~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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~Pre-Release Review~The Story of Us by Barbara Elsborg~

 

42562254Title: The Story of Us
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 435 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, New Adult
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Two boys. One love. Ten summers. 
Are you okay?
The first words Zed says to Caspian, and the first time someone has cared about the answer. On a hot summer’s day, the lives of two boys are changed forever. A rebel and a risk taker, Caspian doesn’t give a damn for the consequences. Studious and obedient, Zed is the good boy who is never good enough.
The two couldn’t be more different, but there’s one thing they share, a need to belong to someone who understands them, someone who cares. Their friendship goes deeper than either can possibly imagine. They’re young, in love, and planning their future when an act of betrayal tears them apart. 
Fate deals its hand. Seasons pass. Zed’s words follow Caspian through pain, fear and into the darkest of places. Friendships can last a lifetime, even when the world conspires to crush them. But this is more than friendship. This is love and they’re not going to let it slip through their fingers. 
The Story of Us is a tale of love and survival, and the triumph of good over evil against the odds.
The Story of Us is a new adult contemporary romance. It deals with family and social issues, violence and cruelty to children but not sexual assault, sexual situations, and has dark elements and suspense. The events and locations are a mixture of real and fictional. The characters are fictional.


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~Pre-Release Review~Risk Taker (Mixed Messages #3) by Lily Morton~

 

40849061Title: Risk Taker
Author: Lily Morton
Series: Mixed Messages #3
Page Count: 288 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: July 22, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Being in love with your best friend is hard. 
Henry’s the odd man out. All his friends are settling down, and his reputation as the Hook-Up King of London seems more like a curse than a blessing these days. Especially when it keeps photojournalist Ivo, his best friend and the brilliant man he’s loved since they were fifteen, at arm’s length. But that’s where Ivo wants him, right? Putting aside his feelings, Henry decides to give up casual sex and look for the real deal. After all, he has no chance with Ivo – or does he? 
Henry is everything to Ivo. Best friend, soul mate, the one person who has never let him down. The one person he is loyal to above everything and everyone. But Henry’s in a box marked best friend and that’s where Ivo’s kept him for nearly twenty years, despite steadily falling in love with the gentle man. And besides, why would Henry want to date Ivo? Burned out and injured, he’s the walking embodiment of damaged. 
Distance has helped Henry and Ivo keep a lid on their attraction, but when they find themselves in the same city for a change—Ivo hurt and needing assistance, and Henry more than willing to provide it—the two best friends grow closer than ever, forcing a realization, and a decision. Risk their friendship for their hearts? Or can they have both? 
–From the bestselling author of Rule Breaker and Deal Maker comes a tender love story about two best friends who are perfect for each other, and always have been – if only they knew it. This is the third book in the Mixed Messages series, but it can be read as a standalone.–


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I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, “Rule Breaker” and “Deal Maker”. I gave them 4,5 and 5 stars, 😉 So when I found out we were getting Henry’s book next, I couldn’t wait to dive in!!

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~Release Day Review~Edge of Forever by Barbara Elsborg~

 

40055953Title: Edge of Forever
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 279 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: May 31, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

When you stand on the edge, you might just find yourself falling. 
Teaching Russians how to be cowboys? Levi thinks his father is joking when he tells him that’s what he wants him to do for the next six months. Working in the frozen desolation of southwest Russia he’ll earn enough to buy a new barn for their Montana ranch. But there’s a deeper agenda for sending him to the edge of nowhere. It will stop him sloping off on Saturday nights to gay bars and clubs for threesomes with strangers. 
Pasha finally pushes his father too far and is banished to a remote ranch in the middle of a snowy Russian winter. Stripped of all the trappings of his privileged Moscow lifestyle, he has nothing at his disposal but a suitcase of designer clothes and a whole lot of sass. Pasha hates the countryside, hates physical work, hates the cold and hates cows. But de-prived of money, phone, and access to anyone who might help him, he’s screwed and not in a good way. 
Levi’s counting down the days till he can return to the States and his Saturday night hook-ups. Then Pasha arrives at the ranch wearing eyeliner, retching every time he walks into a barn, and Levi is amused, irritated—and attracted. After a vicious attack on Pasha throws them into close quarters, both men are forced to re-evaluate not just who the other is, but whether they truly want to return to the lives they left behind. 
When you stand on the edge, you just might find yourself falling in love. 


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I am a huge Barbara Elsborg fan! So when I found out she had written a new book, I knew I had to read it! She is a genius,  I mean nobody does PNR the way she does it, and Inigo is still one of my all-time favorite characters. For those of you who don’t have a clue who I am talking about…go read “Bloodline” !! Actually, you should read that whole series, because Ezra is pretty awesome as well…All Barbara’s PNR books are favorites of mine!

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~Pre-Release Review~Wild Hunger (The Phoenix Pack #7) by Suzanne Wright~

 

38085832Title: Wild Hunger
Author: Suzanne Wright
Series: The Phoenix Pack #7
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre(s): Romance, Paranormal, Werewolves & Shifters
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

When half–wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother…and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until she catches the scent of an old friend—warmly familiar and intoxicating.
Trick Hardy, alpha wolf of the Phoenix Pack, can sense the rush of mutual attraction when he sees Frankie again. He knows immediately that she’s his true mate. But he also knows that, given her fragile state, he needs to tread with care—no matter how fierce his surging desires.
As aroused as Frankie is by Trick’s darkly dominant air and simmering desire, her priority right now is her past—not her future, no matter how tempting. But as more secrets emerge and Frankie’s life is threatened, Trick must do everything he can to keep her close and safe. After all, it’s their destiny.


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I have been waiting to read Trick’s book ever since I read Marcus’ book. No that’s a big fat lie! I have been waiting to read Trick’s book, ever since I read that naughty little scene in “Feral Sins” (book 1) when Trick and Marcus got down together! Wow, that was awesome. 😉

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~Pre-Release Review~I Flipping Love You (Shacking Up #3) by Helena Hunting~

 

36048542Title: I Flipping Love You
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #3
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

A new kind of love story about flipping houses, taking risks, and landing that special someone who’s move-in ready…
SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL
Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…
HE’S A FIXER UPPER
Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?


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When I signed up to read this one, I had no idea it was part of the “Shacking Up” series. Thankfully I have read and enjoyed the previous two books in the series, but if you haven’t, no worries, this one can be read as a stand-alone. 😉

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~Release Day Review~In the Requiem (Metahuman Files #5) by Hailey Turner~

 

40043784Title: In the Requiem
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #5
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sci-Fi, Military
Release Date: May 21, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Never let go.
Weighed down by scandal, Captain Jamie Callahan must choose between saving his family’s reputation and his father’s political aspirations, or taking down the enemy once and for all. Choosing one over the other will have lasting repercussions he can’t escape. Whatever path Jamie ultimately picks, Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan will be right by his side to face the consequences. Kyle knows in a situation like this the only way out is through. Together they can make it to the other side, but surviving that journey will take everything they have.
One last chance.
Agent Sean Delaney is learning what it means to be part of Alpha Team through trial by fire. He wouldn’t change it for the world, nor would he give up the life he’s building with Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin. But their time together is threatened by outside forces they can’t outrun. Having put the nightmare of Boston behind him, Alexei is focused on keeping his family safe, but he can’t have eyes on everyone. Alexei knows he can’t ignore the danger on the horizon, and when it strikes, he is unprepared for the tragedy it leaves in its wake.
Risking it all.
The odds are stacked ever higher against Alpha Team, and outmaneuvering a precog is a daunting, almost impossible task. Jamie knows something has to give, and when it does, it just might break him the way nothing else in his life ever could.
—In the Requiem is a 122k word steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a mostly HEA and concludes this main plot-arc of the series. There is military violence within the story that might not be suitable for everyone, as well as explicit intimate scenes not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is a direct sequel to In the Blood and Out of the Ashes. Reading the previous books in this series would be helpful in enjoying this one.—


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I can’t believe we have reached the end of this amazing series… I have been a huge Hailey fan, ever since I opened book one and she introduced me to the world of sci fi…a world I promised myself I would never enjoy reading about… Guess I was wrong…Shocker I know, but it does happen at times. 😛

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~Pre-Release Review~Object of Desire by Dal Maclean~

 

39664645Title: Object of Desire
Author: Dal Maclean
Publisher: Blind Eye Books
Page Count: 310 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Psychological Thriller 
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.25 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Tom Gray is one of the world’s top models–an effortless object of desire. Self-contained, elusive and always in control, he’s accustomed to living life entirely on his own terms. But when Tom comes under suspicion in the gory death of his employer, his world spirals into chaos.
Someone’s framing him. Someone’s stalking him. And as old secrets come to light, Tom finds his adversary always one step ahead.
Will Foster is the only man Tom trusts to help. But Tom brutally burned all bridges between them two years before, and Will paid a bitter price. If he wants to survive, Tom must prove his innocence to Will–and to the world. 


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Dal MacLean, once again, delivers a riveting story-full of mystery, and intrigue that had me second guessing just, about everyone at some point.
Tom Gray is at the top of his game. It might not have been the career he envisaged for himself but he’s a highly successful model. His stunning looks have made him an Object of Desire for a lot of people. Disillusioned by his parent’s relationship he put all his energy into modeling and walked away from the only relationship he had two years ago with a then Police Officer, Will Foster…


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~Pre-Release Review~Worth the Risk by K. Bromberg~

 

31314086Title: Worth the Risk
Author: K. Bromberg
Publisher: JKB Publishing, LLC
Page Count: 437 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

From New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg comes a new, sexy standalone about taking chances and finding love when it’s least expected. Or wanted.
This whole contest was supposed to be easy. I know, I know. Famous last words.
It’s a long story, but I messed up at work. Big time. To earn back the trust of my boss, I promised to save one of our magazines. Yep. That Hot Dad contest you’ve seen advertised all over the place was my idea. And if I’m successful, if I’m able to increase our online readership, then I get a shot at my dream job.
But the one thing I never expected to happen, happened: Contestant number ten, Grayson Malone. Hello, Mr. Difficult. And did I mention sexy as hell?
Unfortunately he knows me. The old me, anyway. And while we might be older now, I remind him of before. Of the woman who broke his heart, who hardened him, and who left him alone to raise the cutest little boy I’ve ever seen. 
But I don’t want a relationship. And I definitely don’t fall for single dads with baggage. Even ones with chiseled abs and killer smiles. 
But he got to me. They got to me. Him and his son and their messy, crazy life. But I got to him too. I see the stolen glances. I feel the walls he built start to crumble. I recognize that there’s an unexpected beauty to the chaos in his life. 
And now that the contest is about to end, we’re left to decide whether the last six months were just fun or if what we have is worth risking it all?


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I have been waiting for Grayson’s book, ever since I’ve read “Cuffed”. I was so curious to get to know more about this “medevac” single dad! I’m glad to say that he didn’t disappoint. 😉 He is definitely a combination of sexy and sweet! A real Hero…I especially loved the relationship he had with his 8 year old son, Luke.

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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.
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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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