~Release Day Review~Pretty in Pink (Housemates #6) by Jay Northcote~

 

38594994Title: Pretty in Pink
Author: Jay Northcote
Series: Housemates #6
Page Count: 211 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: February 21, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 3.5 Stars

~Synopsis~

Ryan isn’t looking for a relationship with a guy–and Johnny isn’t looking for a relationship at all.
Ryan’s always been attracted to tall, leggy blondes–normally of the female variety. When Johnny catches his eye at a party, Ryan’s interest is piqued even though he’s never been with a guy before. The attraction is mutual, and the amazing night that follows opens Ryan’s eyes to his bisexuality.
Experience has taught Johnny that love hurts. Staying single is safer, and there’s no need for complicated relationships when hooking up is easy. When he moves in next door to Ryan, they’re both interested in picking up where they left off, and it seems like an ideal arrangement: convenient, mutually satisfying, and with no strings attached.
Despite their best intentions to keep things casual, they develop an emotional connection alongside the physical one. Both begin to want more from the relationship but are afraid to admit it. If they’re going to work things out, they need to start being honest–first with themselves, and then with each other.
—Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.—


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Ever since Johnny was introduced in the previous book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on him, so to speak…Get ready because this one is HOT! 😜

Ryan is straight, although he is definitely a bit bi-curious.He’s totally into tall, leggy blondes so when he sees a girl(he thinks) at a party he’s more than interested.When said blonde turns out to be a guy he’s not really put off. Johnny definitely hits the spot for him.


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~Review~In Wild Lemon Groves by Selina Kray~

 

37842971Title: In Wild Lemon Groves
Author: Selina Kray
Page Count: 212 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: February 8, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars

~Synopsis~

A telltale knock on a quiet winter night is a sound no husband wants to hear.
Sébastien Osaki has spent the past three years surviving the loss of his beloved Henry. When Seb lands in Amalfi, Italy, for their would-have-been tenth-anniversary trip, he’s haunted by the memory of the man he loved. Following Henry’s notebook leads him to some breathtaking coastal views but also right back to his despair. Seb’s there to get his groove back, not let the past wrong-foot him at every turn.
Enter Andrea Sorrentino, chauffeur, part-time pet whisperer, a Bernini statue in a soccer tee and tight shorts. From the moment Andrea picks Seb up from the airport, he knows just how to soothe Seb’s case of the sulks. But Seb isn’t sure he’s ready for Mr. Right Now, let alone a potential Mr. Right, in a part of the world where all roads lead back to Henry.
Can sun, sea, and eating your weight in pasta mend a tragedy-stricken heart? Will wine-soaked Amalfi nights and long walks through lemon groves work their magic on Seb’s wounded soul? Or will he slink back into the shell of his grief once his grand Italian adventure is over?
 


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I need to start with part of the Author’s note at the end of the book…

“In 2015, for one of those big “0” birthdays, I gifted myself a trip to the Amalfi Coast, a place so beautiful and so romantic it almost defies description. Being a writer, I had to at least try to put my experience into words…”

And she certainly did put it into words, in the most beautiful way. She’s portrayed such a mesmerizing picture of the Amalfi Coast seen through Sebastien’s eyes.


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~Release Day Review~Rock King (Nothing But Trouble #1) by Tara Leigh~

 

38623439Title: Rock King
Author: Tara Leigh
Series: Nothing But Trouble #1
Page Count: 370 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars

~Synopsis~

Fans of Kristen Callihan and Kylie Scott will scream for this sizzling bad boy rock star romance! 
I’m not who you think I am.
Shane Hawthorne has it all. At least, that’s what the headlines say about me. I have millions of fans, awards, more money – and women – than I know what to do with. But what you don’t see is the wreckage I’ve caused. The memories and pain I can’t escape, even when I pour them into music and spin them into gold. 
I tried to forget. To lose myself in booze and groupies. It didn’t work. It hurt me and – worse – it hurt my band. That’s the last thing I want to do, so I’m cleaning up my act… starting with Delaney Fraser. 
Gorgeous, smart, drama-free, and even nice – Delaney is the perfect “girlfriend.” When I’m with her I don’t have to pretend. It’s like she sees the real me. And I can see a future with her. But that’s dangerous. Because the truth is, Shane Hawthorne doesn’t actually exist. He’s a shield to hide who I really am. Fraud. Runaway. Addict. Murderer.
And it’s impossible to love a lie, right? 


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This is my first book by this author, so I was very curious as to how it would be…especially since “rockstars” is one of my favorite tropes. 😉 I am happy to say, that I was pleasantly surprised by this one!

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~Blog Tour~Heart2Heart Anthology~Interview~Excerpt~Review~Giveaway~

 

HEART 2 HEART ANTHOLOGY

May Archer * Charlie Cochet * Alison Hendricks * Sloane Kennedy * Lucy Lennox * Ruthie Luhnow * Lily Morton * Chris Owen * Poppy Dennison * Hailey Turner * A.E. Wasp

~Interview with Ruthie Luhnow~Excerpt~Review~Giveaway~
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38395210Title: Heart2Heart, A Charity Anthology
Cover Design: AngstyG
Anthology Editor: Leslie Copeland
Page Count: 595 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: February 7, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars

~Synopsis~

Once upon a time, a bunch of M/M authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day? What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over. 
Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions! Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places. 
And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!

It will only be available for 90 days, so Tuesday, May 8th will be the last time you can purchase this anthology.


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~CHARITIES~

We are pleased to be donating 100% of our proceeds to 3 wonderful charities:

We encourage all readers to learn more about these groups and consider making a donation of your own. Every little bit helps.

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Interview with Ruthie Luhnow

The Lawyer & The Lobsterman

Can you tell us a little bit about your characters?

Opposites attract: Isaac is a meticulous, highly strung lawyer, and Will is a carefree pro sports mascot.

Was writing this story easy for you to do? Or was it a little bit outside of your normal writing zone?

It was a very fun project for me. I liked having the constraints of the prompt and the suggestions from readers—sometimes having “rules” for what I write can force my brain to be a little more creative!

What were some of the reader submissions that stood out to you, and why?

I was surprised by how creative all of them were! There were so many great choices.

Since the anthology is only available for a limited time, (90 days) do you have any plans for your story after that?

I’ll have to see! Expanding it could be a lot of fun—I enjoyed these characters a lot.

What do you think of the line-up of authors? How does it feel to be in such great company?

I’m star struck!!

Other than your own, do you have a favorite story (or two) in the anthology?

I love all of them for different reasons. I loved seeing where so many different authors with very unique styles took the prompt.

Have you ever been set up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out?

No, but I’ve been on a fair few ill-fated first dates.

Have you ever set someone else up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out?

No, though I’ve played wingman many times for my friends—without much success, unfortunately.

If Heart2Heart were to match you with someone, who do you think you’d get paired with?

Hopefully, someone who was willing to listen to me talk about my job the entire time!

Thank you for joining us today!

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~Pre-Release Review~The Runner’s Daughter ( Bastards of Corruption #2) by Jessica McCrory~

 

36313192Title: The Runner’s Daughter
Author: Jessica McCrory
Series: Bastards of Corruption #2
Page Count: 241 pages
Genre(s): Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: February 15, 2018
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 3.5 Stars

~Synopsis~

FBI agent Caid King has fought long and hard to end the corruption within his organization. After the fall of Clayton Matthews, he returns to New York with his head held high and his eye on the next target. He never could have imagined that the dangerous man he’s set his sights on would have ties to the beautiful blonde he found himself instantly drawn to.
Jemma Saige thought she had it all figured out. Her rules for survival were simple. Keep your head down, your bags packed, your running shoes on. But when she meets a man at her local gym, their attraction threatens to break the last and most important of those rules: don’t get tied down. 
Now with Jemma’s secrets out in the open, and both her and Caid’s lives on the line, can they find a way to work together? Or will Caid turn his back on the runner’s daughter?


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This book was so unexpected for many reasons…Good and bads.

Willow is the daughter of one of the most dangerous criminal…You think that being the daughter of the most fearful and rich man, she would have a wonderful life, but actually, it was the exact opposite. She was tortured and hurt mentally and psychologically.

He killed her mother and forced Willow to watch as he did it because she went to the FBI, she betrayed him, thinking that once he would go down, she was free, able to live a normal life. But the FBI betrayed her mother, and so he killed her. Now, her father was going to force her into a marriage she didn’t want with one of his business associates. So after years of torture…now was her chance to escape. 

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~Release Day Review~Bought by the Boss by Stacey Kennedy~

 

35185556Title: Bought by the Boss
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 4 Stars

~Synopsis~

What’s better than one bad-boy boss? How about two?
In a duet of naughty novellas, a charity date auction turns into all-out war when a pair of powerful corporate lawyers each buy the other’s assistant for a weekend of seduction.
HIS PRICE
I’ve wanted Aria Finley from the moment I met her. We flirt, we laugh, we connect. It could be perfect. She’s even best friends with my assistant. Problem is, she works for my archnemesis—Jackson Keller—and she’s the kind of girl who stays loyal unless you give her a reason not to. Besides my hard-on there’s something hot between us, and I won’t rest until I put my finger on it. So when I get the chance to buy Aria for the weekend at a charity auction, there’s no limit. I’m going to take her home and take what I want because I’ll make her want it too. And by Monday, she’ll know she’s mine.

DIRTY MONEY
Liam Maxwell thinks he can get to me through my assistant, Aria. Well, two can play that game. Now Mallory Beckett—Liam’s assistant and Aria’s best friend—is mine for the weekend. Only she has no idea who bought her at the charity auction. This is going to be worth every penny. But soon I realize that Mallory has been waiting for my touch all along. What starts as a fling turns into something more. From the beginning, I was so focused on stealing her away. I never thought about the fact that I’d drown if I lost her. Now the game has changed. And she needs to know that she belongs to me.


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This was some unexpected story, for me at least.This book it divided into two stories, completely different but at the same time completely the same. Since it’s my first read of this author, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleased…I don’t know if it was me, my mood, or the book itself…For me was just the right book at the right moment.

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~Release Day Review~Out of the Ashes (A Metahuman Files: Classified Novella #1) by Hailey Turner~

 

38225001Title: Out of the Ashes
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: A Metahuman Files: Classified Novella #1
Page Count: 87 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sci-Fi, Military
Release Date: February 12, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating:4.5 Stars

~Synopsis~

War never leaves a soldier behind.
Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin is still healing from his brief stint as a prisoner of war. While his physical wounds have mended, the emotional scars left behind are slow to disappear. Eager to prove his resilience in the face of lingering trauma, Alexei is determined to complete his first mission in three months and get back into the field—but he’s not forging ahead without his lover.
Nightmares will always linger.
Agent Sean Delaney’s recovery from trauma is more slow going than he would like, but he pushes through in order to return to active duty and not be left behind. But every decision he makes leaves him feeling like he’s gone two steps forward and one step back when it comes to Alexei. The guilt Sean feels from what they both endured still colors his interactions with the man he loves. Trying to overcome it is difficult and exhausting, making Sean question his place in Alexei’s heart.
Holding on is the hardest thing to do.
The ties between Alexei and Sean were frayed by the enemy’s hand. Mending what’s been broken between them will require a depth of honesty neither man is ready to face just yet. But if they don’t, they risk losing a future together neither wants to let go…
Out of the Ashes is a 28,000 word novella that follows directly after In the Blood in my Metahuman Files series and builds off of events in that book. It is recommended that you read In the Bloodfirst before reading Out of the Ashes. There are explicit intimate scenes that are not suitable for readers under the age of 18 within the novella.
 


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I am normally not a big fan of novella’s, and when I can …I usually skip them.

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But when I found out why there was gonna be an “in between” novella,  I gladly made an exception it. This is my fav couple after all!!

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~Release Day Review~Reed (Cold Fury Hockey #10) by Sawyer Bennett~

 

35083845Title: Reed
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #10
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 224 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars

 ~Synopsis~

Hockey season may be over, but in New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett’s new novel, a Carolina Cold Fury heartbreaker is heating things up off the ice and eager to score with the girl next door.
No one skates like Reed Olson. In the off-season, no one plays like him either. After back-to-back championships, Reed craves a different kind of action. Good thing there’s no shortage of women ready for a summer fling with a sports star. Reed has a specific type—blond, busty, not too bright—and a little black book full of options. But when his bed starts rocking, it’s his unexpectedly sexy neighbor who comes knocking. And the brainy beauty is impossible to ignore.
Josie Ives desperately needs something her celebrity neighbor obviously doesn’t: sleep. His headboard banging against the wall is keeping her up at night—not to mention inspiring some very naughty dreams. Reed is everything she imagined: a little too good-looking, with a body that puts Greek gods to shame. But he’s also funny and charming—a tempting combination. Josie’s the opposite of his type, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable. Their friendship certainly has its benefits, and it’s heating up to be so much more.
 


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This is the tenth book in this series, and so far I have enjoyed every one of them…that’s pretty impressive!!…The blurb of this one reminded me a bit of  “The Wallbanger” so I was pretty curious…Reed, another Cold Fury hockey player, has been very busy keeping his next door neighbor up, with his antics.

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~Pre-Release Review~Bobby Green (Johnnies #5) by Amy Lane~

 

36594567Title: Bobby Green
Author: Johnnies #5
Series: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 350 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Vern Roberts couldn’t wait to turn eighteen and get the hell out of Dogpatch, California. But city living is expensive, and he’s damned desperate when Dex from Johnnies spots him bussing tables. 
As “Bobby,” he’s a natural at gay porn. Soon he’s surrounded by hot guys and sex for the taking, but it’s not just his girlfriend back in Dogpatch—or her blackmailing brother—that keeps him from taking it. It’s the sweet guy who held the lights for his first solo scene, who showed him decency, kindness, and a smile.
Reg Williams likes to think he’s too stupid to realize what a shitty hand life dealt him, but Bobby knows better. What Reg lacks in family, opportunity, education, and money, he makes up for in heart. One fumbling step at a time, they connect, not just in their hearts but in their bodies, where sex that’s not on camera, casual, or meaningless, becomes the most important thing in the world.
But Reg is hampered by an inescapable family burden, and he and Bobby will never fly unless he can find a way to manage it. Can he break the painful link to his unrealized childhood and grow into the love Bobby wants to give?


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I couldn’t believe it when I found out that one of my favorite series…“Johnnies”… was getting another book! Two books from that series are on my “deserves 6 stars” shelve, “Chase in Shadow” and “Dex in Blue” so you can imagine my excitement!!

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~Review~Body and Soul (Twist of Fate #3) by Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy~

 

38314958Title: Body and Soul
Authors: Lucy Lennox, Sloane Kennedy
Series: Twist of Fate #3
Page Count: 335 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating:3.5 Stars

~Synopsis~

Oz: Escaping the international modeling scene to design my own fashion collection is the first step to shucking my bobble-headed supermodel reputation and proving to the world I’m more than just a pretty face. But the minute I have to accept roadside help from the sexy man next door, I feel like the airhead people think I am. And what’s worse, the man clearly doesn’t think I’m worth the time of day. 
But despite trying to ignore my attraction to the mysterious doctor, I can’t help but be drawn to him. With every moment spent together, I begin to realize he’s hiding more than just some details of his past. He has one foot out the door. 
As soon as I start to feel like everything might be coming together for me, I realize the man I’m falling in love with isn’t who I thought he was. 
Jake: After three years on the run for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I’ve finally found a seemingly safe place to settle in Haven, Colorado. With friends, a job, and a cabin in the woods, I have everything I need to live a simple life without drawing attention to myself. Everything’s fine. Fine. 
Until I meet my new neighbor. The gorgeous man is anything but subtle and brings color to my life that I didn’t know was missing. But I learned years ago that falling in love with someone wasn’t an option anymore when simply being seen with me could have dire consequences. It’s time for me to run again, but I wonder if it’s safe to stick around just long enough for a taste… 
Just when I begin to realize Oz is the missing piece to bring me back to life after years of hiding, my past catches up to me and throws everyone around me into danger. I know I should run, but what if it’s time to finally stop running and make a stand, once and for all? 
While Body and Soul is the third book in the Twist of Fate series, each novel can easily be read as a standalone.


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This is the third book in this series and I was very much looking forward to this one because it’s Jake’s story and I have wanted to know more about him since book 1.

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~Pre-Release Review~Just Here for the Pain (The Underdogs, #2) by K.A. Merikan~

 

36216326Title: Just Here for the Pain
Authors: K.A. Merikan
Series: The Underdogs, #2
Page Count: 240 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, BDSM
Release Date: February 4, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating:4.5 Stars

~Synopsis~

…Whips and chains – not optional…
Sid. Drummer for The Underdogs. Secretly yearning for pain and submission.

Asher. AKA Stan. Stalker. More than meets the eye.
It’s hard to find good hookups while on tour. Sid wants pain, humiliation, and the kind of sex that isn’t easy to get from one-night stands. So for now, he’s given up, settled for an online Dom to get his rocks off, and focused on his band instead. The Underdogs are getting increasingly popular, but there is one fan who has followed Sid since before he even joined the band, and he’s driving Sid mad! Rich, spoiled hipster brat looking for the bad boy experience. If he knew what Sid was really into, he would run for the hills.
Asher is convinced that Sid is The One, his One True Love, his endgame. Years ago, Asher lost his virginity to Sid, and from that moment on, he knew it was meant to be. They had a spark, that honest connection that couldn’t be faked. The members of Sid’s band call him a stalker, but all he wants is to offer Sid his love. When Sid finally chokes out what he wants, Asher is more than ready to unleash it on him.
But the last time Sid was out as gay and submissive, he got badly burnt when his former band kicked him out, and the doors to many opportunities slammed in his face. 
Asher wants the whole world to know that he’s dating Sid. Problem is, Sid would much rather keep the relationship as pain-with-benefits.


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Another brilliant read by K.A. Merikan where, once again, the reader is pushed to the limits. For someone who really isn’t into BDSM this one totally worked for me and I think it’s down to the characters of Sid and Asher. 


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~Release Day Review~Redeeming Lottie by Melissa Ellen~

 

36361406Title: Redeeming Lottie
Author: Melissa Ellen
Page Count: 245 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2018
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating:5 Stars

~Synopsis~

Things I never planned on happening in my life: Getting married, being a mother to a house full of kids,
and returning to my small hometown of Billingsley, Texas. I especially never planned on seeing Tucker Monroe again. Sexy smile. Country charm. A man and a life I left behind for a reason.
The only plan I had for myself was my career. A buyer for one of the largest high-end
department stores was the only commitment I had time for. The only one I was willing to make. Now, being left with no choice but to return to my hometown, I’m finding it hard to remember why I left in the first place. Because all that’s on my mind is Tucker. He is just as sexy. Just as charming. Just as dangerous as he used to be…


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OMG, I don’t know what hit me. This book was…Amazing!

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Although I have finished the book days ago, I can’t get it out of my mind. I’m simply dumbstruck, dumbfounded. Don’t let the cover full you. The cover is so sweet and it’s very appropriate. But the book…

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