~Release Blitz~Rough Terrain (Out of Uniform #7) by Annabeth Albert~Review, Excerpt & Giveaway~

 

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41121276Title: Rough Terrain
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Out of Uniform #7
Publisher: Carina Press/Harlequin
Page Count: 368 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Military
Release Date: January 14, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Dia~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

The camping trip from hell may be the first stop on the road to happily-ever-after. 
Navy SEAL Renzo Bianchi has a soft spot for Canaan Finley, and not only because the man makes a mean smoothie. He’s the first guy to get Renzo’s motor revving in a long time. But when he agrees to Canaan’s insane charade—one all-access fake boyfriend, coming right up—he never expects more than a fling.
Creating a hot Italian SEAL boyfriend to save face seemed like a good idea…until his friends called Canaan’s bluff. Now he’s setting off into the woods with the very man who inspired his deception, and Canaan is not the outdoorsy type. The sparks are already flying when a flash flood separates them from their group, leaving Renzo and Canaan very much trapped…very much alone in the wilderness.
Working together to come up with a plan for survival is sexier than either of them expects. But back in the real world, being a couple is bringing its own set of hazards…


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~Review~Why the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil #2) by L.J. Hayward~

 

40614258Title: Why the Devil Stalks Death
Author: L.J. Hayward
Series: Death and the Devil #2
Page Count: 380 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Suspense
Release Date: December 9, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Jack Reardon uncovers secrets for a living, and the Meta-State spy is pretty good at it. Or rather he thought so until he met Ethan Blade—assassin, warrior, enigma. The unlikely pair have decided to give living together a shot, but Jack’s not entirely certain what he’s gotten himself into—or exactly who he’s in it with.
Jack’s worries are compounded when he’s assigned to a police strike force hunting a serial killer. With each new puzzle piece, Jack considers the true nature of a serial killer—and how similar it is to an assassin. To one particular assassin who’s having trouble adjusting to retirement. Jack’s unsure how to help Ethan—or if he even can.
When the killer strikes close to home, Jack must race against the clock to stop another murder, despite the price someone has put on his head. Could the matters be connected? Is a certain assassin at the centre of both? Surrounded by killers, the only one Jack wants near disappears, leaving Jack drowning in secrets. He’ll have to do what he does best—unravel the secrets, including Ethan’s—to stop the killer and save the life he and Ethan have only just begun to build.
Content Warning: Child abuse and child sexual abuse in a character’s history and not depicted directly on the page.


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~Review~First Light (Heartsville #2) by Christina Lee & Felice Stevens~

 

42951429Title: First Light
Authors: Christina Lee & Felice Stevens
Series: Heartsville #2
Page Count: 269 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 24, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Two years after the death of his wife, Aubrey Hendricks is still weighed down by grief. He can’t focus on anything beyond working at the family farm, First Light. At the urging of a friend, he takes a step toward resuming a normal life and reopens the bakery his wife once ran. He places a Help Wanted ad in the local paper, and to his surprise, an applicant shows up the next day. 
When Oliver Hansen gets a second chance at life, he grasps it with both hands. Leaving his stressful life in New York, he plans to enjoy the simpler things. Driving to Heartsville in the Pocono Mountains to thank his heart donor’s widower is a top priority. But the brusque man with the melancholy eyes strikes a chord in Oliver. So when Aubrey mistakenly believes he’s there to apply for the bakery job…Oliver takes him up on the offer. 
As Oliver busies himself with the grand reopening, he and Aubrey establish a tentative friendship, which soon shifts to blazing attraction. Oliver falls hard for him, yet he can’t help but wonder if Aubrey’s feelings are an attempt to maintain a connection to the wife he’s still mourning. And Aubrey is unsure if Oliver will tire of the slow pace in Heartsville and go running back to the city he loves. The two must successfully navigate the stormy waters of grief, doubt, and their very different lifestyles, or they risk losing both their hearts—again. 
Please note: This is in the same world as our MMM, LAST CALL, except FIRST LIGHT is MM and a complete standalone.–


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~Review~Nothing Special VI (S.W.A.T Edition): His Hart’s Command by A.E. Via~

 

42271845Title: His Hart’s Command
Author: A.E. Via
Series: Nothing Special #6 (S.W.A.T Edition)
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Page Count: 250 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 30, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Lennox Freeman (Free) is one of the best hackers in the world which has caused him to spend most of his life on the run. Never able to put down roots, he couldn’t trust anyone not to take advantage of him, even his own family. If it wasn’t for his best friend, Tech, shielding him, Free’s father would’ve sold him and his skills to the highest bidding crime family when he was still a student at MIT. Free owed Tech his life; so when his friend called for him to come to Atlanta to work with him, he couldn’t say no. However, he wasn’t expecting the overprotective group of detectives that made up Atlanta PD’s most notorious task force. And he certainly wasn’t prepared for the large-and-in-charge SWAT Captain that was responsible for their safety. 
Ivan Hart has lived and bled one creed all of his life: To Serve and Protect. His intense focus and determination in law enforcement has led him to finally commanding his own team. He’d worked hard to put together a squad of badasses capable of backing up a very dangerous team of detectives. Being God and Day’s last line of defense came with a lot of responsibility that he took very seriously.
After his divorce was final Hart turned right around and remarried his job. He had his good friends there in the office with him every day, so it was easier to ignore the few quiet hours he spent at home alone each night. He’d settled well into his new routine and was comfortable with it. Then God decided to disrupt everything by hiring another tech specialist for his department. A man whose brains, trendy looks, and voice would leave Hart tongue-tied and captivated at their first introduction. 
Free quickly awakens a passion in Hart that he long thought was dead. An attraction he didn’t know existed. He couldn’t fathom that the sexy cyber genius could be interested in an over-sized, big-bearded brute that served criminals the bottom line for a living. No matter what his best friend, God said. 
A future with Hart could be potentially dangerous and often times full of terrifyingly close calls; but little did he know that so could falling for the most hunted hacker in the world. All Lennox Freeman wants in life is security, love and protection… Hart had all that to give and more. 
–This novel is a part of a series and contains previously mentioned characters, but CAN BE read as a standalone. No cliffhangers.–


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~Pre-Release Review~Echoes of Fire (The Mercury Pack #4) by Suzanne Wright~

 

40380446Title: Echoes of Fire
Author: Suzanne Wright
Series: The Mercury Pack #4
Page Count: 353 pages
Genre(s): Romance, PNR/Shifters
Release Date: December 11, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

They may not be made for each other, but animal instincts are impossible to ignore.
Madisyn Drake is a rare breed of cat shifter…a loner, unpredictably wild, and emotionally distant. A recent betrayal has left her ready to sharpen her claws on the next man she sees…until a prowling wolf with steel-gray eyes and a brooding dark edge challenges her distrust. No matter how fully he satisfies her touch-hunger, Madisyn’s not ready to open up again, even if it is oh so gratifying.
Bracken Slater has earned his reputation as an indomitable predator. Once broken by grief and guilt, Brack is feeling alive again, thanks to the heady scent of this independent feline. Convincing her that they’re meant for each other is going to take more than branding Madisyn’s beautiful neck. She’s not interested in joining an unfamiliar pack, much less answering to an alpha. But when threats from both their pasts take shape, their unexpected destiny may be the only thing that can save them.


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~Release Blitz~Rend (Riven #2) by Roan Parrish~Review & Excerpt~

 

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38944629Title: Rend
Author: Roan Parrish
Series: Riven #2
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 303 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 27, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

After a whirlwind romance, a man with a painful past learns to trust the musician who makes him believe in happy endings.
Matt Argento knows what it feels like to be alone. After a childhood of abandonment, he never imagined someone might love him—much less someone like Rhys Nyland, who has the voice of an angel, the looks of a god, and the worship of his fans.
Matt and Rhys come from different worlds, but when they meet, their chemistry is incendiary. Their romance is unexpected, intense, and forever—at least, that’s what their vows promise. Suddenly, Matt finds himself living a life he never thought possible: safe and secure in the arms of a man who feels like home. But when Rhys leaves to go on tour for his new album, Matt finds himself haunted by the ghosts of his past.
When Rhys returns, he finds Matt twisted by doubt. But Rhys loves Matt fiercely, and he’ll go to hell and back to triumph over Matt’s fears. After secrets are revealed and desires are confessed, Rhys and Matt must learn to trust each other if they’re going to make it. That means they have to fall in love all over again—and this time, it really will be forever.


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~Release Blitz~Loving a Warrior by Melanie Hansen~Review & Giveaway~

 

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40246271Title: Loving a Warrior
Author: Melanie Hansen
Publisher: Carina Press
Page Count: 276 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Military,
Release Date: November 26, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

 ~Synopsis~

BUD/S: six months of the most intense training there is. It’s survival of the toughest, and Matt Knytych is determined to come out the other side a navy SEAL. 
Distraction is life or death. And just the sight of former marine Shane Hovland is enough to shake Matt’s concentration.
Shane came to BUD/S training ready to prove himself—again. Semper Fi is forever, but he needs a new start. Not this dangerous heat with a man he barely knows.
Everything they’ve ever wanted is riding on a thin, punishing line. And they’ll have to fight for more than just each other if they want to make it through intact.
After all, the only easy day was yesterday.


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~Release Day Review~Dangerous Exes (Liars, Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken~

 

38602316Title: Dangerous Exes
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Liars, Inc. #2
Page Count: 318 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel van Dyken’s scorching series, revenge is a justified pleasure…Isla made one teeny little mistake. Now she and her PI company, Dirty Exes, are being targeted by one seriously angry and furiously sexy ex-quarterback. Jessie freakin’ Beckett. But there’s no way some NFL superhunk is going to take her business away. If only he didn’t make her so hot—and bothered. Jessie wants payback for a ruined reputation. His plan? Top secret. His hard-to-hide arousal for Isla? Not so much. Especially when they let down their guards and sneak a kiss. Like any juicy scandal, it goes so viral, so fast, that only a good lie can combat the bad press. Mortal enemies in a fling? No way. Um…this is love! Actually…could it be? Isla’s not faking it. Jessie can’t. As the game of let’s pretend gets real, Jessie forgets all about revenge. That’s the problem. His plan is already out of his control. Now it could undo everything they’ve been trying to build. Coming clean may be the only thing that can save it.


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~Release Day Review~Game Changer(Game Changers #1) by Rachel Reid~

 

40601927Title: Game Changer
Author: Rachel Reid
Series: Game Changers #1
Publisher: Carina Press
Page Count: 334 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sport
Release Date: October 22, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~
New York Admirals captain Scott Hunter takes his pregame rituals very seriously. In this case, it’s not just a lucky smoothie he’s craving—it’s the man who made it. 
Pro hockey star Scott Hunter knows a good thing when he sees it. So, when a smoothie made by juice bar barista Kip Grady precedes Scott breaking his on-ice slump, he’s desperate to recreate the magic…and to get to know the sexy, funny guy behind the counter.
Kip knew there was more to Scott’s frequent visits than blended fruit, but he never let himself imagine being invited back to Scott’s penthouse. Or kissed with reckless abandon, never mind touched everywhere all at once. When it happens it’s red-hot, incredible and frequent, but also only on Scott’s terms and always behind his closed apartment doors.
Scott needs Kip in his life, but with playoff season approaching, the spotlight on him is suddenly brighter than ever. He can’t afford to do anything that might derail his career…like introducing the world to his boyfriend. Kip is ready to go all-in with Scott—but how much longer will he have to remain a secret?


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~Review~The Truth Within (Pelican Bay #3) by Sloane Kennedy~

 

42363249Title: The Truth Within
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: Pelican Bay #3
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 327 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: October 15, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

I’m not a fighter. I never was. So how do I make the one man who might just be worth fighting for see that? 
At twenty-five years old, Ford Cornell should have his whole life ahead of him but instead, the would-be artist is drowning in denial and just trying to get through each day. And the boy who once believed life was about following impossible dreams has finally come to accept that it’s really only about surviving a living nightmare…one of his own making. But the bruises are becoming harder to hide. 
So is the truth… 
I refuse to fall for a guy who won’t accept the truth about who he is or what he wants. Not again…They say bad things happen in threes. 
For Sherriff Camden Wells, it’s more like fours…or fives…or dozens. 
After an ugly lie destroys his career and the man he’d planned to spend the rest of his life with cuts him to the core with the ultimate betrayal, forty-year-old Cam is counting on his new job as sheriff of the quiet town of Pelican Bay to be the fresh start he needs. What he isn’t counting on is meeting a young man who makes him want to break all his own rules. 
He wants me to accept something that will cause me to lose everything. I may not have much but it’s something and something is better than nothing… right? 
Ford’s gotten used to his role as his older brother’s punching bag and being his mother’s never-ending disappointment. They may not be the Cleavers but family is family and Ford’s seen up close and personal what happens when you don’t have anyone in your corner…or when you go against family. And there’s just no way he’s strong enough to survive that… 
Nothing about us should make sense but maybe that’s why it does… 
Two men…one living a lie and one knocking down the walls of the closet he was forced to live in for so long. When one white-hot encounter leads to another and then another, Ford and Cam are forced to accept that their need for each other isn’t going away anytime soon. But being together means one will need to go against everything he believes in. 
So which man will bend and which will break? And what will the truth ultimately reveal? 
This book CAN be read as a standalone, but you may want to consider checking out books 1 and 2 in the series to fully enjoy all the secondary characters you’ll meet in this story. Book 1 – Locked in Silence…Book 2 – Sanctuary Found


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