~Release Day Review~Bitten By Desire (Regent’s Park Pack #3) by Annabelle Jacobs~

 

36376325Title: Bitten by Desire
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Series: Regent’s Park Pack #3
Page Count: 311 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: October 12, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Two lovers from rival packs. Have they come together only to be forced apart? 

Alec Knight, a beta in the Regent’s Park pack, guards his heart carefully. Ghosts from his past keep him alone and angry, any hope of a relationship impossible while guilt from the pack wars still haunts him. With the anniversary drawing near, Alec needs a distraction. 
As a lowly member of the Primrose Hill pack, Mark Appleton isn’t used to having his alpha’s attention. Lately he’s had more than his fair share, and not for the right reasons. Despite growing suspicions that all is not well, Mark tries hard to do better, but constant criticism leaves him desperate for a stress outlet.
Sex is a good way for shifters to let off steam, and while their packs attack each other with accusations and lies, Alec and Mark work out their frustrations in bed. Pillow talk and shared secrets lead to a closeness neither was expecting, but when pack relations reach an all-time low, any future for them seems out of the question.
If they want to be together, they’ll have to go against their alphas’ wishes—except Alec won’t and Mark can’t.


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I am a big fan of the “Regent’s Pack” series, but this one so far is my favorite!

All books center around a different couple, but I would advice to start with book 1, “Bitten by Mistake”, since most of the world-building is explained in that one. It also has a continuing storyline in the background…In the previous books, we’ve had shifters pairing up with a human. This time, we get two shifters getting it on and let me tell you…

I am a fan!!

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~Release Day Review~We Met in Death by K.A. Merikan~

 

36069697Title: We Met in Death
Authors: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd
Page Count: 274 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Dark Romance
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

“This is not the night you die.”

After years of working for a loan shark, Robert is done with blood and violence. All he has to show for it is a bag of money and a lifetime of regrets. There’s no other way out of his line of work than in a body bag.
So Robert decides to die.
But on the night he chooses to seal his own fate, destiny offers him a chance at redemption. When Robert saves a handsome young escort from a terrible death, he has no idea he is setting in motion much more than one last attempt at proving that inside the hardened shell, he is a decent human being. 
Charming, quick-witted, and full of smiles, Nathan is all Robert could dream of. He’s also ready to fall into the arms of his gruff protector. Robert, on the other hand, has never been with a man and will first need to fight his own demons if he is to accept that his whole being wants to make Nathan his.
With his former boss hunting them both, time is ticking, and Robert might just not get the chance to decide before it’s too late. More importantly though, Robert will stop at nothing to protect the man who’s made him feel alive again, the man who is the only thing between him and the abyss.
“I never had to think much about death before, but I did yesterday. I thought I would die. In a hole. Covered with dirt. Suffocate underground. 
But then you saved me.”

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, torture, mentions of suicide, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters, homophobia and homophobic language


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These Authors excel at writing dark, gritty stories with a touch of humor.

Their stories are brilliantly unique, you never quite know what to expect when you start reading one of their books but it’s always one hell of an exciting ride as their characters develop beautifully through the pages.

Robert is pretty much at rock bottom the night he comes across Nathan, jaded with the violent lifestyle he’s been sucked into.He finds himself thinking, why not do something worthy for once and save a life instead of taking one?

Nathan thought he had things planned out.Working as an escort he thought finding a sugar daddy would set him up nicely.He has big dreams for the future until one night things take a dramatic turn.

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~Review~Safe and Sound (Twist of Fate #2) by Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy~

 

36262701Title: Safe and Sound
Authors: Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy
Series: Twist of Fate #2
Page Count: 362 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

 ~Synopsis~ 
I’ve been drowning for a long time. I never thought I’d find someone who knows what that’s like…
Self-proclaimed playboy, Aiden Vale, has it all – good looks, successful career, plenty of cash in the bank and an endless supply of men who know the score… that one night is just that. So the last thing he wants, or needs, is to forge a connection that might mean revealing more of himself than he’s ready to. But when fate intervenes, putting Aiden in the path of someone who threatens to knock down his carefully constructed walls, he’s quick to realize the young man he’s become infatuated with is hiding a painful secret.
I finally have a shot at freedom. I’ll never let anyone take that from me ever again…
Ash Valentine is just looking for a way out, and the last thing he wants or needs is another man controlling every aspect of his life. Desperate for the cash that will help him flee his abusive boyfriend, Ash accepts what is supposed to be a temporary job at a local coffee shop. But nothing prepares him for the gorgeous and enigmatic Aiden Vale, and the small acts of kindness the charming coffee shop regular bestows on him or the new friends he begins to make along the way. 

Terrified of once again becoming too reliant on someone else to take care of him, Ash refuses Aiden’s repeated offers of help in any form. But when it becomes clear that there’s something more behind Aiden’s need to save him, Ash begins to wonder if he’s found someone who needs saving just as badly.
I know he wants to save me, but what if he’s the one who needs saving…
As their tentative friendship turns into something more, long buried secrets begin to surface. When Aiden’s need to protect Ash clashes with the younger man’s desire for independence, memories of the one he couldn’t save begin to tear at the fragile cords of Aiden’s soul, and he’s forced to face a truth he’s been hiding from for a long time. 
Threatened with losing what they’ve only just found, will Aiden and Ash find a way to accept their pasts or will they let the pain drag them below the surface for good?No cliffhangers and can be read as a stand-alone.

*** TRIGGER WARNING – includes scenes of domestic violence. ***


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This is the second book in the “Twist of Fate” series, book 1 being “Lost and Found”.

I really enjoyed book 1, so I was very excited about this second installment. I had very mixed feelings about  Aiden in the previous book, and I was curious to see what the authors had in store for him.

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~Release Day Review~Gummy Bears & Grenades (A THIRDS Novella) by Charlie Cochet~

 

36123887Title: Gummy Bears & Grenades
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: A THIRDS Novella
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 102 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: October 4, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.
Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.
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Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.


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I have read and loved every single book in THIRDS Series …

 And that includes all the novellas…Now, this may be another shorty, but just like the others, that doesn’t make it any less awesome. I for one laughed my ass off. 😛

Sloane and Dex are among my top favorite MM couples and think they always will be. 😉 They have come a long way since book 1 and things haven’t always been easy for them. They did it though and now that they are about to tie the knot…

It’s bachelor party time!!! 😀

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~Release Day Review~As Sure As The Sun (Accidental Roots #4) by Elle Keaton~

 

36291847Title: As Sure As The Sun
Author: Elle Keaton
Series: Accidental Roots #4
Page Count: 263 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

The universe is trying to tell Sacha Bolic something. A fire escape collapses under him, he lands in crap, and a killer barely misses his target… all in the same few seconds. That’s on top of a long list of mishaps and job dissatisfaction. Not one to ignore signals when they’re shoved in his face, Sacha retires and uses his savings to buy an old building in Skagit, Washington. With a little help from DIY videos, he’s going to bring it back to its former glory.  And, yeah, it’s a metaphor. If he makes one change, others will follow… 
Seth Culver avoids entanglements, romantic or otherwise. Who needs them? He’s learned the hard way that people betray you or leave. Still, Seth finds people compelling. He kind of collects them, learning their secrets before letting them go their own way. His commitment to no commitments may have met its match in Sacha. Handsome and hot, Sacha seems to offer a permanence that scares Seth more than anything ever has. Seth will have to decide if he’s going to grab life by the balls or keep watching from the sidelines. 
A box of inconsequential belongings hidden for decades in the old building hints at lives imagined but not lived, reminding them both there are no guarantees in love, or this thing called life. 
A standalone in the Accidental Roots series, HEA, and hot m/m. 18+ .


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 open q The past is behind, learn from it.
The future is ahead, prepare for it.
The present is here, live it. close q 

“ #journal #vintage #hallmark movie ”

Sasha Bolic is 39 years old and feels every single year in his bones. After the umpteenth close call on his life while on duty as a US Marshall and a premature midlife crisis of some sorts, he contemplates his life choices and decides that something’s got to give. Big time. And fast.

Sick of being uncomfortable with his sexuality and of living in the closet his whole life, he is tired of hiding his true self any longer and grabs the bull by the horns and retires, in order to find a new home somewhere where he just can be. The one place that immediately comes to his mind is Skagit, WA, the dump where he spent several years on an undercover mission and where he made some sorts of friends during that time. Buying an old building and bringing it back to its former beauty is his new purpose in life, which is easier said than done.

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~Release Day Review~Rim Shot by Skylar M. Cates~

 

36120877Title: Rim Shot
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 216 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Can college roommates go from friends to lovers?
Kyle: I’m confident that with hard work, my position as point guard can carry me from rural Indiana to the NBA. I also know I’m attracted to guys, but admitting it might disappoint my father, who is all I have in this world. I have big dreams, so I’ll stay in the closet. As long as my life remains scandal-free, I have a shot.
Micah: My large family can’t spare the money to help with my education, but that won’t stop me from studying medicine. I needed to get out of the house I was sharing with my ex before I went insane. Luckily, I heard about a guy looking for a roommate. Living with a straight jock won’t be easy, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.


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The second I saw this book’s blurb I was sold. I am a sucker for sports books and you can throw me a geek and a jock storyline any day.

So I was very excited when I finally got my hands on it.This was my first book by this author so I really had no expectations going in…except for that awesome blurb that is.Unfortunately…I wasn’t blown away…

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Kyle is a point guard on the college basketball team. Now I had to look that up because I really don’t know anything about basketball, except for the fact that most of the players are huge and that the ball needs to go through the hoop. 😀

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~Pre-Release Review~The Half Wolf by Jay Northcote~

 

36227588Title: The Half Wolf
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Page Count: 193 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Fantasy/Shifters
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?

Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.
Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?
Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.


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I am a big sucker for everything shifters, mates, biting, and mine. 😛

So when I found out Jay Northcote was releasing a shifter story I was on it like white on rice. 😉

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~Pre-Release Review~Cover Up (Skin Deep Inc. #3) by L.A. Witt~

 

35828316Title: Cover Up
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Skin Deep Inc. #3
Page Count: 306 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

After ten years of blissful marriage, Navy Pilot Nate Chandler is divorcing his cheating husband. Single for the first time in years, Nate is numb to all emotion and kisses any chance of another relationship goodbye.Not only is Nate struggling to get through this divorce, but his body is branded with a permanent reminder of his failed marriage: a matching tattoo with his ex.

Searching for a place to cover up his old tattoo, Nate finds himself at the Skin Deep, Inc., where he meets the young and charming cover-up tattoo apprentice, Lucas Brandt.From just flirty glances to steamy hot encounters, Nate and Lucas dive headfirst into a fling of hookups. But worried that he’ll forever be Nate’s “cover up” rebound relationship, Lucas fears that their love won’t be anything more than just skin deep. What was once just a casual attraction, Lucas now hopes to turn into a real relationship. But will he be able to convince the still tender-hearted Nate to fall in love again?

Third installment of L.A. Witt’s Skin Deep romance series, COVER UP is a story of passion, pleasure, and happily ever after.


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I have read the first book in this series, but I skipped the second. I will go back to read that one, If you are like me and don’t mind reading books out of order, no worries, cause this one can be read as a standalone. 😉

Nate’s marriage of 10 years has ended because his husband cheated on him. Now he wants the tattoo, that reminds him of his ex, to be covered.

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~Release Day Review~Prophesy (The King & Alpha #1) by A.E. Via~

 

35846816Title: Prophesy
Author: A.E. Via
Series: The King & Alpha #1
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Page Count: 294 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Fantasy/Shapeshifters
Release Date: September 23, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

An Enemies to Lovers Shifter, Vampire True Mates story. 
Justice Volkov is the youngest Alpha Zenith to ever lead the wolf shifters. Following in his father’s large paw prints was a responsibility he met head on. Now at age thirty-three, he is alpha of the alphas. As a direct descendant of the original Siberian pack, his wolf is bigger and stronger than Justice, himself is sometimes able to control. 
“His wolf howled long and hard but Justice kept it inside. It felt like a bass drum beating against his rib cage. The harsh breaths, angry snarls and the determined pacing inside him was overtaking him. All the while… his mate kept calling.” 
Justice takes his role of leadership and his legacy very seriously. He has little time for romance, not to mention a true mate. His packs are his priority. With a human government trying to regulate them, an uprising of rogue shifters, and a violent team of scientists trying to experiment on them, Justice has his hands way too full. 
Chadwick ‘Wick’ Bentley is not enthusiastic when the captain of his escort tells him he has to leave his comfortable London home and go back to the States. As the Vampire King, he has no choice but to get his species back in line before they cause anymore chaos. At over two-hundred years old, Wick is no one to trifle with, but his smooth, charismatic manner makes him quite unique, despite the negative reputation vampires have. Wick has had nothing but time up to this point. He doesn’t feel the need to make issues pressing. Nothing is urgent in his life. Until he meets Justice. His beloved. 
“Natural enemies can’t be mates.” Or so Justice thought. He knows his skepticism and rejection is hurting his mate, so while he fights their connection, Wick gets help from a source very close to Justice to help him win his beloved’s heart. Wick is a force all on his own, but when he’s blessed with a special gift from the Mother herself, not even Justice’s powerful wolf can prevent the prophesy from being fulfilled. 
This story DOES NOT contain/mention MPREG. 
No multiple pairings. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has an HEA. 
Warning: This book is MM paranormal: If you DO NOT like hot, alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their mates, this may not be your read. 


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I love A.E. Via’s books.

Especially her “Nothing Special” series. The reason I love this author so much is because when I open one of her books, I know I am guaranteed a hot Alpha and some very nice steam. 😛 When I found out she was gonna publish a new PNR book… I squealed a bit !! This book has not one, but two of my weaknesses…

A shifter and a vampire!!! I feel so blessed!!!

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~Review~Locked in Silence (Pelican Bay #1) by Sloane Kennedy~

 

36241872Title: Locked in Silence
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: Pelican Bay #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 284 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Release Date: September 13, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

I’ve spent years hoping someone would finally hear me. It’s easier not to try anymore…
Ten years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rearview mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home.
At twenty-eight, Nolan has traveled the world as a successful concert violinist with some of the best symphonies in the country. But success breeds envy, and when Nolan’s benefactor and lover decides Nolan has flown high enough, he cruelly clips Nolan’s wings. The betrayal and ensuing scandal leaves the violinist’s career in shambles and with barely enough money to start fresh somewhere beyond his vindictive ex’s powerful reach. But just as he’s ready to get his life back on track, Nolan gets the call he’s been dreading.
After a stroke leaves his father a partial invalid, duty-bound Nolan returns to Pelican Bay and a life he’s spent years trying to forget. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again…
Even if I could speak, there wouldn’t be anyone there to listen…
Pelican Bay’s golden boy, Dallas Kent, had the quintessential perfect life. Smart, gorgeous, and popular, the baseball phenom was well on his way to a life filled with fame and fortune. But more importantly, he had a one-way ticket out of Pelican Bay and far away from the family who used love as currency and whose high expectations were the law of the land. But a stormy night, sharp highway curve and one bad decision changed everything, leaving Dallas with nothing.
Because the accident that took his parents, his future and his crown as the boy who could do no wrong, also stole his voice.
Despised for the horrific wreck that ended the lives of two of Pelican Bay’s most respected residents, Dallas has retreated to a secluded stretch of land where he’s found refuge in a menagerie of unwanted animals that don’t care that he once had the world at his feet or that he’ll never speak again.
But when the quiet, bookish boy he wasn’t allowed to notice in school suddenly reappears ten years later at Dallas’s wildlife rehab center in desperate need of a job, Dallas is thrust back into a world he’s worked hard to escape.
Dallas’s silence was supposed to send Nolan scurrying, but what if Nolan ends up being the one person who finally hears him?
Will two men who’ve been fleeing from the past finally come home to Pelican Bay for good or will the silence drive them apart forever?
 


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So when I found out that she was working on a new series, I was very curious about which direction this would go.

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This book is much different than any of the others in the “Protection” and the “Finding”series. It was emotional…though not too angsty. It made me angry, but not with the MC’s. I would really qualify this one, as a “hurt/comfort” book, but also as a “second chance” one.

Nolan and Dallas both grew up in the small town Pelican Bay.

Nolan was the nerdy, scrawny kid, who didn’t have a lot of friends. Many times he was the target of practical jokes and bullying. He spends most of his time playing his violin and making sure he got accepted to Juilliard.

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Dallas was the school’s “golden boy”. He excelled in everything and he was loved by everyone. No one ever knew the “real” Dallas though. He himself never did anything to hurt Nolan, when they were young… but he didn’t stop the others either.

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