~Release Blitz~Wrong Way Home (Criminal Delights: Taken) by K.A. Merikan~Review & Giveaway~

 

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42622237Title: Wrong Way Home
Authors: K.A. Merikan
Series: Criminal Delights
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Page Count: 264 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Dark Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

— One wrong turn. One right man. —
Colin. Rule-follower. Future doctor. Witness to murder. Captive.
Taron. Survivalist. Mute. Murderer. Captor.
Like every other weekend, Colin is on his way home from university, but he’s taunted by the notion that he never takes risks in life and always follows the beaten path. On impulse, he decides to take a different route. Just this one time. What he doesn’t realize is that it’s the last time he has a choice.
He ends up taking a detour into the darkest pit of horror, abducted by a silent, imposing man with a blood-stained axe. But what seems like his worst nightmare might just prove to be a path to the kind of freedom Colin never knew existed. 
Taron has lived alone for years. His land, his rules. He’d given up on company long ago. After all, attachment is a liability. He deals with his problems on his own, but the night he needs to dispose of an enemy, he ends up with a witness to his crime.
The last thing Taron needs is a nuisance of a captive. Colin doesn’t deserve death for setting foot on Taron’s land, but keeping him isn’t optimal either. It’s only when he finds out the city boy is gay that an altogether different option arises. One that isn’t right, yet tempts him every time Colin’s pretty eyes glare at him from the cage.
“When Taron looped the heavy metal collar around the slender neck and closed the padlock, his body throbbed with the excitement of knowing he owned this boy.
Was it wrong? Yes, yes it was.
Was it so, so good? Definitely.”

–POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Themes: prepping, alternative lifestyles, disability, crime, loneliness, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, fish out of water, opposites attract, abduction, Stockholm syndrome, family issues
Genre: Dark, thriller M/M romance 
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes
Length: ~ 70,000 words (Standalone)
–This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and will contain a dark M/M romance. 
–Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted. This story contains scenes of explicit violence, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters.
–This book is part of the Criminal Delights series. For other books in the collection, please see: Criminal Delights Listopia —


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~Review~Four Ever by Sloane Kennedy~

 

43599239Title: Four Ever
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Page Count: 357 pages
Genre(s): M/M/M/M, Romance
Release Date: January 16, 2019
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Surrounded by a group of devoted four-footed and two-winged family members, Zak and Killian have built what should have been a dream life in their countryside farmhouse. But a cruel twist of fate and the re-emergence of old demons has frayed the edges of the men’s seven-year relationship until just one wrong move could end up severing their bond for good. 
Seemingly content to walk on eggshells around one another, things come to a head when ER nurse Zak brings his work home with him… literally. 
After being forced to leave their posh Southern California lives, homeless stepbrothers Liam and Noah are slowly losing themselves to the streets they can’t seem to escape. When twenty-one-year-old Liam is beaten up while protecting his younger “brother,” the pair find themselves being welcomed into a home where being a stray is considered a good thing. But Liam and nineteen-year-old Noah have learned the hard way that nothing is given for free and there’s no such thing as the kindness of strangers. Survival means only counting on and trusting in each other. 
Will Zak and Killian’s offer of a no-strings-attached place to heal end up being more than any of the four men bargained for? Especially when feelings between Liam and Noah begin to crawl to the surface and the truth of what Zak and Killian’s relationship has turned into becomes harder to deny? 
And what happens when lines begin to blur and needs start to change? Will Zak, Killian, Liam, and Noah end up going their separate ways? 
Or will they learn that love doesn’t always come in twos? 
–This is a novel about a foursome relationship, not just a story of two separate couples in physical relationships with one another. Thus, there is no “cheating” in this story. This is a standalone novel.–
–Trigger Warning: The trigger warnings in this book may be considered “spoilerish” so they can be found by using the “Look Inside” feature or by downloading the sample and going to the section entitled “Trigger Warning.”–


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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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~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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