~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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~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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~Release Day Review~Made Mine: A Protectors/Made Marian Crossover by Sloane Kennedy & Lucy Lennox~

 

41508042Title: Made Mine
Authors: Sloane Kennedy, Lucy Lennox
Series: A Protectors / Made Marian Crossover
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: August 31, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

What happens when a group of tough vigilantes meets up with a big-hearted family with boundary issues?
Reese: It’s supposed to be an easy job. You know, the kind you get after you’ve been gone a while and the boss is unsure of how capable you still are? But then there’s a mugging, an abduction, two thugs, and a blackmail scheme.
And smack-dab in the middle of it is a beautiful lost soul who needs me. The scared, young gamer-geek pushes all my protective buttons and awakens something inside me that’s ready to dive right in and inhale the man.
But how could I have anything to offer someone like Ben? I’m a mess. Injured, scarred, practically closeted, the recognizable son of a famous man… There’s no way I can ask him to give me a shot at forever. Right?
Ben: It seems like I’ve been looking out for myself my entire life. Heck, I was even given away the day I was born. And, yeah, maybe if my adoptive parents had survived, I would have had a nice life. But they didn’t. And I don’t. Instead, I’m forced to put up with a hateful, scheming foster parent for the sake of sticking around to care for my little sister.
Only, when a blackmail plan lands little Georgie in the hands of thugs, it’s clear I’m her only hope. At least… until I meet the big, strong bodyguard someone sends to watch over me.
Reese is everything I’ve ever daydreamed about: protective, attentive, affectionate, and dedicated. But he’s hiding something, and I don’t have the time or energy to figure out what. Because time is running out, and Georgie is the only family I have left.
Until the biological brother who never wanted me shows up and turns everything on its head.
After having finally accepted it’s just Georgie and me, suddenly falling for my protector and being surrounded by Griff and the Marian clan makes me question everything I’ve ever known about myself and what defines a family.
Can a guy with a broken past ever build a family with someone who seems too good to be true?


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Is is no secret that I am a HUGE fan of the “Protectors” series by Sloane Kennedy. Actually I am a big fan of anything Sloane has written. So when I found out there was gonne be a crossover, between Sloane Kennedy’s “Protectors” and Lucy’s Lennox’ “Made Marian”, my curiosity was peaked immediately.

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~Review~The Foreplay (Hemsworth Brothers #2) by Haleigh Lovell~

 

40201913Title: The Foreplay
Author: Haleigh Lovell
Series: Hemsworth Brothers #2
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: June 6, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

An athlete. A scientist. A love story.
I’m addicted to her; she’s the real deal and every woman other than her would be a placebo.
Her name is Adelaide and she’s a scientist with a brilliant and in-depth mind that analyzes and dissects everything.
Yep, she knows. She knows a lot of things.
What do I know?
I know I need to make her mine.
Note: THE FOREPLAY is a deliciously sexy, full-length novel packed with heat, humor, heart, and you guessed it… foreplay. It’s a sequel to THE SLAM, but it can also be read as a standalone.–


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It has been 2 years since I have read  “The Slam”, and fell in love with Ender and Adelaide…(mostly Adelaide). No, I am kidding. Ender was pretty awesome, but Adelaide..she was the one that made the book, and I wanted to be her new best friend…I was hoping this book would be just as entertaining as the first one. Thankfully I was not disappointed. 😉

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~Pre-Release Review~Guns n’ Boys: A Breath of Innocence (Guns n’ Boys #8) by K.A. Merikan~

 

38910362Title: Guns n’ Boys: A Breath of Innocence
Authors: K.A. Merikan
Series: Guns n’ Boys #8
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd.
Page Count: 330 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: May 14, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

“I would wait a lifetime for this.”
“You don’t have to wait anymore. I want you.”

Mark is done with flings. He is looking for something real, and he knows just where to find it. Years ago, he fell in love with Charlotte Elswood, but after saving her life, he made the difficult choice to stay in a cartel for the sake of his family.
Now, free of the bloodstained work, he’s ready to rekindle what he’s lost.
But in England, he meets someone who is also blond, blue-eyed, and irresistible. Problem is, Griffith Elswood is Charlotte’s brother. Should Mark even consider putting his hands all over an innocent who would push him away if he knew what kind of monster Mark is?
After years of homeschooling, Griffith wants nothing more than to finally spread his wings at university. Secretly, he dreams of meeting a man he can fall madly in love with. A man he would have all the firsts with. But it’s hard to trust anyone after witnessing his sister’s heartbreak.
When Mark moves in next door, Griffith reaches out despite his sister’s warnings. Mark is mysterious, experienced, cocky, and just oh-so-dreamy. Alternating between hot and cold, Mark’s presence sends Griffith into a frenzy of passion like he’s never known before. So hot in fact, it might just burn him if he isn’t careful.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: mafia, organized crime, family ties, secrets, innocence, British setting, dance, homophobia, in the closet, coming out, coming of age
WARNING: Adult content. Scorching hot, explicit love scenes. Dark humor.
 


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I feel as though I’m being a bit unfaithful to Dom and Seth here because this is definitely one of my favorite books in this series. The Mark in this book was not what I was expecting at all and he completely charmed me. 

Mark is done with casual sex, he wants to settle down and find the one. The only person he’s been in love with is Charlotte Elswood, a girl he met years ago in less than perfect circumstances. He travels to England hoping to reconnect with her, what he wasn’t expecting was a temptation to be put in his way in the form of her brother…


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~Release Day Review~Unbroken (The Protectors #12) by Sloane Kennedy~

 

40032551Title: Unbroken
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: The Protectors #12
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: May 4, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Everything was supposed to go back to normal when I was rescued. It hasn’t. And I’m starting to think it never will because I don’t even know what normal is anymore…
It’s been two years since Aleks Silva was rescued by his older brother from the dark underworld of sex trafficking and every day since then has been a battle. Leaving the house, interacting with people, even doing something as boring as deciding what clothes to wear or what to eat for breakfast are tasks that most people take for granted. But for Aleks, they’re torture. Because freedom and choice are things that once came at a steep price and survival meant submitting to the whims of those who only saw him as a possession and plaything.
Until there was one man who saw him as something more…
I knew from the moment I saw him that I was going to get him out. But I also knew once I did, I’d need to let him go…
He’s known as Vaughn and nothing more. His job is to make sure secrets don’t get out and the possessions he’s been tasked with guarding never escape and tell their story. After eight years in a world where innocent kids are used to feed the darkest of depravities, Vaughn has seen things that would break even the strongest man. But he’s played it smart and built up a wall between himself and the darkness that threatens to consume him.
It wasn’t until he met a young man who had to be a thousand times stronger to survive the life he was forced into as a child that the first crack appeared in his carefully constructed wall.
Vaughn’s only job was to make sure young Aleks Silva remained the ugly little secret of one of the most powerful men in Chicago. It was one job he was more than happy to fail at, and when he eliminated the threat against Aleks and set him free, he was sure their paths would never cross again.
But fate has other plans…
Vaughn is the only man from my other life who never had a starring role in my nightmares… but he’s been in every one of my dreams. And I don’t know why…
When Aleks is suddenly abducted after leaving work one quiet spring evening, he’s certain he’ll never see his brother and family again. But terror quickly turns to relief when a familiar face once again comes to his rescue, along with all the feelings he’s always had but never quite understood around the dangerous, older Vaughn. Certain that Vaughn will make everything okay again like he did once before, Aleks knows he doesn’t even need to ask Vaughn to take him home. But when he does anyway, nothing he’s ever experienced prepares him for Vaughn’s answer… or the brutal betrayal that comes along with it.
I’m sorry, Aleks, I can’t do that.
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault Against a Minor—
–Can be read as a standalone novel but if you have not read any books in this series, you may want to at least read Book 6, Atonement, first. Atonement is the story of Aleks’s brother, Dante, and both brothers appear in each other’s books so it is helpful to know their backstories.–


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Ever since finishing “Shattered”, I have been on pins and needles for Aleks’ story. Those of you who are familiar with “The Protectors” series, know that Aleks is Dante’s little brother. He was abducted 12 years ago and spent 10 years of his young life as a sex slave. Two years ago, he was finally rescued by Dante and Magnus in “Atonement”. But let’s not forget they had a bit of help…from Vaughn. He played a big part in Aleks’ rescue.

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~Review~Guns n’ Boys: Gilded Agony (Guns n’ Boys #7) by K.A. Merikan~

 

36686935Title: Guns n’ Boys: Gilded Agony
Author: K.A. Merikan
Series: Guns n’ Boys #7
Page Count: 257 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Dark Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

“We are two halves of the same rotten apple.”
Deep in the Amazonian jungle, there is a mansion with a rose garden and a hen house where juicy tomatoes are the perfect shade of red, and marble countertops glisten.
Inside, where even the shadows don’t reach, something is rotting, and the perfect facade can only hold the stench for so long. 
Domenico promised his husband that he would keep him safe, keep him away from the bloodshed and the brutal world of cartel violence. But when a guest arrives to help retrieve a stolen transport of guns, something sinister sneaks into his home, something more dangerous than his enemies. Or has it been there all along, and he just hasn’t noticed?
Seth’s life is what others dream of. Endless leisure time filled with cocktails, a kitchen stocked with anything he wishes for, and a private pool in the sunshine. What’s missing is the man he shares it with, the man he fell in love with. If being cut off from the mafia business was what he wanted, then why is it so painfully lonely in paradise?
Desperate to be the supportive husband Domenico needs, Seth buries his rage, his violent urges, and the anger that simmers inside of him. But he can only hide in plain sight for so long, and when a guest invites him to play with fire, one misstep, one wrong move, could burn their safe haven to the ground.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Themes: mafia, cartel, assassin, organized crime, family ties, domestic violence, inequality, betrayal, revenge
Genre: Dark, twisted M/M romance/crime thriller
Length: ~92,000 words (Book 7 in the series)
WARNING:  Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.
‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists as well as scorching hot, explicit love scenes. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.


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 “Sometimes I think it’s impossible for two people to be so closely connected.Maybe we’ve met in a different life.”

Seven books in and this series just get better and better and how many series can you say that about? After years of reading M/M romance books, Dom and Seth are still my favorite couple. In this book, K.A. Merikan once again grabs your attention and don’t let go, in what is my favorite book in the series so far…This one is brutal in terms of Dom and Seth’s relationship…


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