~Pre-Release Review~As I Am by Melissa Collins~

 

35408623Title: As I Am
Author: Melissa Collins
Page Count: 302 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 25, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Chase Hansen. Broke. College drop out. Male stripper.
My life wasn’t at all what I imagined it would be. I should have been finishing up college, interning with a well-respected business, partying with my friends. But instead, I was raising my seventeen year old brother, struggling to make ends meet. Love wasn’t even on my radar. Besides, what did I have to offer? A few crumpled singles pulled from my G-string? Defeated and exhausted, I knew I had zero chance of finding someone to love me just as I am.
Noah Carpenter. Angry. Betrayed. Doctor.
Just when I thought my life was going exactly as it should, everything turned upside down. With my final rotation in medical school complete, I finally achieved my lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. What I never expected was to catch the man of my dreams in our bed with the man of his. Beyond infuriated, I struggled to piece together the remnants of my life. Just when I’d decided to give up on love altogether, I found a man who loved me just as I am.
—This is the extended version of the short story which originally appeared in the Drunk in Love Anthology.
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A Stripper and a Doctor…

Chase Hansen, is in his final year of college when a devastating event turns his world upside down. He has no option other than to drop out of college and raise his 16-year-old brother. He has to grow up fast and taking a job as a stripper is far from ideal but the money’s good and that’s his main priority…providing for Benny.

Noah Carpenter, a doctor, thinks his life is going along nicely when he’s betrayed by his boyfriend. He’s left in pieces, struggling to get his life back on track and one night at work, exhausted by recent events something happens that he can’t get out of his mind.


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~Review~Alaska (Sawyer’s Ferry #1) by Cate Ashwood~

 

39692683Title: Alaska
Author: Cate Ashwood
Series: Sawyer’s Ferry #1
Cover Design: Cate Ashwood
Page Count: 183 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 23, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Nobody says no to a Prescott. Not even one of their own.
Holden:
Living up to expectations had never been easy, but when I went after something, I got it. Success. Money. Victory. I was standing on the doorstep to having it all. There was only one thing standing in my way.
Gage: 
Power and prosperity are overrated. Especially when they come at a price. When enough became enough, I walked away. Nothing had ever tempted me to look back, until one day the past showed up in my backyard.
I’m not so sure I can walk away a second time.
 


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The blurb for this book really peaked my curiosity. I just had to know what it was about…especially after I also salivated over the cover !! I have a thing for hands and arms…and damn, those are some very nice ones. 😛

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~Pre-Release Review~Blood Veil (Mission #2) by Megan Erickson~

 

35195486Title: Blood Veil
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Mission #2
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 220 pages
Genre(s): Romance, Paranormal/Vampires
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

In the midst of supernatural chaos, worlds and hearts collide.
Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . .
Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.
–Megan Erickson’s thrilling Mission novels can be read together or separately:
BLOOD GUARD | BLOOD VEIL–


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This is the second installment in this, series and since I really enjoyed reading the first book “Blood Guard” , I was very curious about this one. 😉 This second book is about Idris, Athan’s (Blood Guard) brother. He has been sent to keep his eye on princess Celia, the daughter of their enemy. Idris wants to use Celia as a pawn to get to her father. After everything that has happened in the first book…Idris is ready for some revenge.

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~Release Day Review~Forgiveness (Forbes Mates #4) by Grace R. Duncan~

 

38738547Title: Forgiveness
Author: Grace R. Duncan
Series: Forbes Mates #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 224 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Werewolves/Shapeshifters
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Ben’s love can help Eric find the forgiveness he needs… if Eric can accept it. 
Nine years ago Eric Joyce went wolf when his chosen mate broke the bond, and he hasn’t walked on two legs since. Convinced he lost his friends when he ran out on them, he cut himself off from the pack. But a surprising visitor prods him back down the mountain, and he finds himself welcomed warmly.
Ben Arellano grew up in Texas with a human Catholic mother who didn’t understand a thing about wolves—and didn’t try to learn. He spent his whole life being told his wolf was a demon that needed to be exorcised, surrounded by a wolf pack made up of good ole boys who had no tolerance for his Mexican ancestry or his bisexuality. When he’s given the opportunity to relocate to an accepting pack in Pittsburgh, he jumps at the chance.
When Eric and Ben meet for the first time, neither is ready for it. Where Ben expects rejection, Eric is convinced yet another mate will leave, break the bond, and put him through the same hell all over again. Can they get past their reservations and have a happily mated life?


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I really enjoyed the previous book in the “Forbes Mates” series, so I was very curious about Eric’s story since he was a big reason for Tanner’s behavior in book 1…9 Years ago, Eric’s chosen mate broke their bond, leaving Eric to retreat into his wolf-form and run.

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~Pre-Release Review~Murder Notes (Lilah Love #1) by Lisa Renee Jones~

 

36248053Title: Murder Notes
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Lilah Love #1
Page Count: 264 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s heart-pounding thriller of a woman’s secrets—and a past that’s about to come out of hiding…
As an FBI profiler, it’s Lilah Love’s job to think like a killer. And she is very good at her job. When a series of murders surface—the victims all stripped naked and shot in the head—Lilah’s instincts tell her it’s the work of an assassin, not a serial killer. But when the case takes her back to her hometown in the Hamptons and a mysterious but unmistakable connection to her own life, all her assumptions are shaken to the core.
Thrust into a troubled past she’s tried to shut the door on, Lilah’s back in the town where her father is mayor, her brother is police chief, and she has an intimate history with the local crime lord’s son, Kane Mendez. The two share a devastating secret, and only Kane understands Lilah’s own darkest impulses. As more corpses surface, so does a series of anonymous notes to Lilah, threatening to expose her. Is the killer someone in her own circle? And is she the next target?


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I am a big fan of suspense and I loved Lisa Renee Jones’ “Inside Out” series, so I figured I would give this one a go. https://www.google.com/search?q=emoticons Now, even though I love me some murder and suspense, I am also a big fan of romance and I have to say that I found this one a bit lacking in that department. That said, this is just book 1, in the series, so I still have hope. https://www.google.com/search?q=emoticons

This story is about Lilah, who works as a profiler for the FBI.  A murder investigation takes her back to her “hometown”, where she hasn’t been for ages…and there is a reason for that.

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~Release Day Review~Dirty Games (Dirty #2) by HelenKay Dimon~

 

34997330Title: Dirty Games
Author: 
HelenKay Dimon
Series: 
Dirty #2
Publisher:
Loveswept
Page Count:
247 pages
Genre(s):
M/M, Romance
Release Date: 
March 20, 2018
Reviewer:
~Wendy~
Rating:
✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Sometimes, to get what you want in business or in love, you have to get your hands dirty. Luckily for Finn and Justin, dirty comes naturally.
Finn Drummond is the baby in a family of sharks—which means he’s worked twice as hard to make a name for himself. After learning the tricks of the trade from his brothers, Finn’s just as ruthless and dominant. Out in the field, his appetites are legendary: for success, for money, for women and men. But when supplies from Drummond Charities go missing, Finn has to partner up with the smoldering ex–Army grunt who’s always challenging his authority—or giving him mixed signals.
Justin Miller wanted his attraction to Finn to be mutual, but the cocky brat always had a girlfriend. Who could blame Justin for trying to move on? Despite their history, they’ve got to work together to figure out who’s been derailing their humanitarian work. But after Justin and Finn are thrown together against gunrunners and kidnappers, their simmering chemistry turns explosive. Turns out, Finn knows how to handle himself in a crisis—and in the sack. Justin only hopes that hot sex is enough to persuade this spoiled pretty boy to do the right thing.


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When I read book 1 in this series, one person stood out for me and that was Finn, so I was really looking forward to reading his story. I was very excited jumping into this one but when I did…I got so confused…

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I didn’t understand what was going on, and it felt like I was thrown into the middle of a story and missed the beginning…Maybe I should have read book 1 again before starting this one, but since it hasn’t been that long, I didn’t figure it necessary…my bad. So it took me some time to really get into this one…

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~Review~Fake Out (Fake Boyfriend #1) by Eden Finley~

 

39298105Title: Fake Out
Author: Eden Finley
Series: Fake Boyfriend #1
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: March 15, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Maddox 
The reason I rarely go home is three simple words: I’m a liar. 
When the pressure to marry my childhood sweetheart became too much, I told her I was gay and then fled to New York like my ass was on fire. 
Now, five years later and after a drunken encounter, I find myself invited to her wedding. And I have to bring my boyfriend—the boyfriend who doesn’t exist because I’m straight. 
At least, I think I am. Meeting the guy I’m bribing to be my boyfriend for the weekend makes me question everything about myself. 
Damon 
When my sister asks me to pretend to be some straight guy’s boyfriend, my automatic response is to say no. It’s because of guys like him people don’t believe me when I tell them I’m gay. 
But Maddox has something I need. 
After an injury that cost me my baseball career, I’m trying to leave my playing days behind and focus on being the best sports agent I can be. Forty-eight hours with my sister’s best friend in exchange for a meeting with a possible client. I can do this. 
I just wish he wasn’t so hot. Or that he didn’t kiss like he means it. 
Wait … why is the straight guy kissing me? 
–Fake Out is a full-length MM novel with no cliffhanger.–


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This is a new to me author, and the blurb had me very curious…This story was pretty much the world upside down for me…

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When Maddox felt like he couldn’t break up with his high school girlfriend, he told her he was gay just so he could escape her…and she wouldn’t be too broken-hearted.

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Things pretty much blow up in his face though, when his ex-girlfriend informs the whole town of his gayness before he even gets home. This includes his parents, who are really supportive of him being gay.

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~Release Day Review~The Blueprint (The Game, #1) by S.E. Harmon~

 

38504190Title: The Blueprint
Author: S.E. Harmon
Series: The Game, #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 270 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Kelly Cannon is satisfied with his life. He has friends, a wonderful family, and a great job. But his love life has reached a new level of pitiful. Why? Well, his heart decided to break all the rules. Don’t fall in love with a straight guy. And definitely, don’t fall in love with your best friend.
NFL standout Britton “Blue” Montgomery has pressure coming at him from all sides. From his father, who’s only interested in Blue’s football career. From his coaches, who just want him to play without getting injured again. From the fans. From his agent. And from his mother, who has popped up on the radar after leaving his family years before. And now his relationship with Kelly is on shaky ground, and that frightens Blue more than anything.
When Kelly admits he’s in love with Blue, bonds are tested, and Blue has to decide what’s really important. He doesn’t want to lose the number-one person in his life, but the cost to keep Kelly close might be more than he’s willing to pay.
It’s a good thing his nickname is the Blueprint—it’s time to draft a new set of plans.


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The blurb of this one looked all kinds of promising to me…I mean SportsFriends to Lovers” “Opposites Attract and GFY all in one go!! There were definitely parts of this book that I was very pleased with…but I am sad to say that there were also parts I was not too happy with.

Blue and Kelly have been friends for a very long time. Blue is an NFL player and Kelly is a physics professor. Pretty awesome friend duo…” the nerd and the jock“. 😜

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~Review~Company Ink by Kat Colburn~

 

37921294Title: Company Ink
Author: Kat Colburn
Page Count: 249 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: December 7, 2017
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Office intrigue takes on a whole new meaning in this story of love, friendship, and the secrets hiding behind boardroom doors…
The Company has a rule about falling in love on the job.
I’ve never been one for rules. But I need this one. I need this rule to remind me why I can’t be with Dani Wallace.
I need this smart little foul-mouthed fighter by my side more than I need her in my bed. I need her to close this massive deal. She thinks it holds the key to her escape from cubicle hell and another shot at the life she always wanted. 
But there is more riding on our success than she can possibly ever know. So I’ll keep my hands to myself and my secrets safe for one more day.
But now I can’t stop wondering what my best friend has on beneath her conservative suit. I can’t stop imagining the things that sharp mouth of hers could do to me if I leaned back in my chair and unzipped my pants. And I can’t stop pushing our flirting too far.
I’m trying to remember the rule. But some rules are made to be broken.


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This book was so much, it was awesome and so unexpected, for many reasons. I really like it and enjoyed reading it.

Dani is a shell, a shadow of the woman she once was. Once, she was a happy woman, she loved and she was loved, she created her job/company, (it was her baby), she had friends and she loved her life, only now…she hated everything.

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~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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~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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~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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