~Release Day Review~String Boys by Amy Lane~

 

44035120Title: String Boys
Author: Amy Lane
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 341 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.
Kelly Cruz has loved Seth forever, but he knows Seth’s talents shouldn’t be hidden, not when the world is waiting. Encouraging Seth to follow his music might break Kelly’s heart, but he is determined to see the violin set Seth’s soul free. When their world is devastated by a violent sexual assault and Matty’s prejudices turn him from a brother to an enemy, Seth and Kelly’s future becomes uncertain.
Seth can’t come home and Kelly can’t leave, but they are held together by a love that they clutch with both hands.
Seth and Kelly are young and the world is wide—the only thing they know for certain is they’ll follow their heartstrings to each other’s arms whenever time and fate allow. And pray that one day they can follow that string to forever…before it slices their hearts in two.


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Prophesy Book II: The Bringer of Wrath (The King & Alpha Series #2) by A.E. Via~Review & Giveaway~

 

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45168748Title: Prophesy Book II: The Bringer of Wrath
Author: A.E. Via
Series: The King & Alpha Series #2
Cover Design: Jay Aheer/Simply Defined Art
Page Count: 267 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: May 22, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Shifter and Vampire True Mates story. 
Alek’s older brother, Justice—the Alpha Zenith—was the first shifter to mate with a vampire in many generations, and it was believed the rare, fated pairing would stop at him. But, it hadn’t. Aleksei ‘Alek’ Volkov was second beta, next in succession to the most powerful shifter in the world. He was proud of his title and he took his duties seriously. It was all he had. Until his true mate literally showed up on his doorstep. 
While his brother—the overachiever—excelled at having a vampire as a mate, Alek wasn’t that optimistic he would. He wasn’t averse to love, and he’d often thought of how different his life could’ve turned out if he’d ever experienced the emotion. His life was a mess and he’d worn a mask of stability for a majority of that time, only showing his siblings and pack what they needed to see—a strong Volkov alpha. Not the damaged man he was, with a tortured soul and a rogue wolf. 
Alek dropped his heavy head in his hands. Now, for some reason, I’ve been granted a true vampire mate. And not just any vampire. The intimidating Belleron Liatos. Lord High to the King and the leader of his army.
Belleron ‘Bell’ Liatos had come to the states for one reason—his best friend and Vampire King, Chadwick Bentley. He certainly didn’t come to be pounced on by a wolf that could act independently of its master. Not only was his destined cherished a complicated and confused man; but he was also unaware of the powerful presence that lurked in the shadows of his soul. Bell didn’t know he’d be the key to unlocking an exceptional triad that would play a critical role in fulfilling the prophesy. 
This story DOES NOT contain or even mention MPREG. No multiple pairings. No cliffhangers. Ends with a very HFN.
Warning: This book is M/M paranormal: If you DO NOT like alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their destined beloveds, than this may not be the novel for you. 


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~Release Day Review~Why We Fight (At First Sight #4) by T.J. Klune~

 

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44175127Title: Why We Fight
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: At First Sight #4
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 341 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Dia~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Do you believe in love at first sight?
Corey Ellis sure doesn’t. Oh, everyone around him seems to have found their happy ending, but he’s far too busy to worry about such things. He’ll have plenty of time for romance after he survives his last summer before graduation. So what if he can’t get his former professor, Jeremy Olsen, out of his head? It’s just hero worship. And that’s the way it should stay.
Except that this summer, bigender Corey—aka Kori—is interning at Phoenix House, a LGBTQI youth center that recently hired an interim director. And because life is extraordinarily unfair, the director just so happens to be a certain former professor, now current boss.
Desperate to keep things professional as he and Jeremy grow closer, Corey makes a major mistake: he turns to his friends, Paul Auster and Sanford Stewart, for help.
But Paul and Sandy have some ideas of their own.
–Set in the summer of 2016, Why We Fight is a celebration of queer life and being true to oneself… no matter the cost.–


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~Release Blitz~Gideon (Finding Home #3) by Lily Morton~Reviews, Excerpt & Giveaway~

 

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45691552Title: Gideon
Author: Lily Morton
Series: Finding Home #3
Page Count: 280 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: May 12, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Dia~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Gideon Ramsay is so far in the closet he should be a talking faun. 
A talented, mercurial, and often selfish man, Gideon has everything he should want in life. Fame, money, acting awards – he has it all. Everything but honesty. At the advice of his agent, Gideon has concealed his sexuality for years. But it’s starting to get harder to hide, and his increasingly wild behaviour is threatening to destroy his career. 
Then he’s laid low by a serious illness and into his life comes Eli Jones. Eli is everything that Gideon can’t understand. He’s sunny tempered, friendly, and optimistic. Even worse, he’s unaffected by grumpiness and sarcasm, which forms ninety percent of Gideon’s body weight. And now Gideon is trapped with him without any recourse to the drugs and alcohol that have previously eased his way through awkward situations. 
However, as Gideon gets to know the other man, he finds himself wildly attracted to his lazy smiles and warm, scruffy charm that seem to fill a hole inside Gideon that’s been empty for a long time. Will he give in to this incomprehensible attraction when it could mean the end of everything that he’s worked for? 
From the bestselling author of the Mixed Messages series comes a story about a man who needs to realise that being true to yourself is really just a form of finding home. 
–This is the third book in the Finding Home series but it can be read as a standalone. —


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~Review~Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy~

 

45446051Title: Top Secret
Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Page Count: 319 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Bestselling authors Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy return with their first Male / Male romance in 3 years.
LobsterShorts, 21. Jock. Secretly a science geek. Hot AF.
 

LobsterShorts: So. Here goes. For her birthday, my girlfriend wants…a threesome. 
SinnerThree: Then you’ve come to the right hookup app. 
LobsterShorts: Have you done this sort of thing before? With another guy? 
SinnerThree: All the time. I’m an equal opportunity player. You? 
LobsterShorts: [crickets!] 
SinnerThree, 21. Finance major. Secretly a male dancer. Hot AF. 
SinnerThree: Well, I’m down if you are. My life is kind of a mess right now. School, work, family stress. Oh, and I live next door to the most annoying dude in the world. I need the distraction. Are you sure you want this? 
LobsterShorts: I might want it a little more than I’m willing to admit. 
SinnerThree: Hey, nothing wrong with pushing your boundaries… 
LobsterShorts: Tell that to my control-freak father. Anyway. What if this threesome is awkward? 
SinnerThree: Then it’s awkward. It’s not like we’ll ever have to see each other again. Right? Just promise you won’t fall in love with me. 
LobsterShorts: Now wouldn’t that be life-changing… 
–Q&A about Top Secret: 
Q: Have we met these characters before in another book? 
A: No! These guys are brand new, and we can’t wait for you to meet them. 
Q: Is this story MM? Or is it a MMF / MFM / menage? 
A: This book is MM. 
Q: Is this a love triangle story? 
A: Not really. You’ll see.


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~Release Blitz~If We Could Go Back by Cara Dee~Review & Excerpt~

 

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45308912Title: If We Could Go Back
Author: Cara Dee
Page Count: 351 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: April 29, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

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My sister asked me if I could stand the sight my own reflection, if I’d caused enough damage yet, but I didn’t see myself when I looked into the mirror. I saw Kieran standing behind me, pressing a kiss to my shoulder while he undid my belt. I saw everything I wanted that I couldn’t have. Not unless I was prepared to hurt everyone around me. 
Kieran was in a similar situation. 
Were we monsters or men? Were they one and the same? Did we give a flying f—hell. We did care. Just not enough to stop, not enough to walk away, and I knew we constantly asked ourselves the same question because of it. If we could go back to when we met on the train…if we could erase the deceit, erase our first hello…would we?


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~Release Blitz~Don’t Fight the Spark (Soldiers and Mercenaries #1) by Kasia Bacon~Review, Excerpt & Giveaway~

 

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44442303Title: Don’t Fight the Spark
Author: Kasia Bacon
Series: Soldiers and Mercenaries #1
Page Count: 86 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: April 26, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

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As the Light Festival draws near, the Něssyrians craft paper lanterns, awaiting the most important holiday of the year. 
The Lyliňg Fighting House, too, prepares for celebration—by laying fresh sand onto the arena and setting up a match against their top pit fighter, the unrivalled Yüuzuki Ōren.
His last match. One he can’t win.
With the odds more than stacked against him, the gorgeous Barbarian is as good as dead. Unless his lover, healer Ĥaiatto Ẽkana, proves himself every bit as determined as he is clever and finds a way to protect the man he’d stop at nothing to save.


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~Release Blitz~Family Camp (Daddy Dearest #1) by Eli Easton~Review, Excerpt & Giveaway~

 

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44558143Title: Family Camp
Author: Eli Easton
Series: Daddy Dearest #1
Cover Design: Reese Dante
Page Count: 219 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: March 28, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Dia~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

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When Geo signs up for Family Camp, he envisions nature hikes, s’mores, and a chance to win over his recalcitrant new foster kids, Jayden and Lucy. He’s tried to become a dad for so long, and he hopes the three of them can be the family he’s always wanted. What he doesn’t anticipate is the prickly and gorgeous camp counselor who constantly comes to his rescue. 
Travis spends a week every year at Camp Evermore, the camp his adoptive parents own. As a pro baseball player, his presence guarantees a full campground and excited campers. He has one rule: never, ever mess around with anyone at camp. His profession demands he stay in the closet. But one sweet and funny new dad is about to test all his resolve. 
Sparks fly for Geo and Travis, and not because of the nightly campfire. Having been a foster kid himself, Travis is drawn to Geo’s sincerity and big heart and to his kids. The four of them just fit. But will this be a summer romance? Or can they find a way to be a family long after Family Camp is over? 
–About the Daddy Dearest series-The Daddy Dearest series will consist of stand-alone contemporary novels focusing on single gay dads who find hot romance. Expect laughs, sweet and sexy slow-burn romance, and lots of family feels!–


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~Release Day Review~Heated Rivalry (Game Changers #2) by Rachel Reid~

 

41735449Title: Heated Rivalry
Author: Rachel Reid
Series: Game Changers #2
Publisher: Carina Press
Page Count: 310 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sport
Release Date: March 25, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Dia~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

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Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.
Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardize that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.
Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane’s not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he’s as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him—except Shane. They’ve made a career on their legendary rivalry, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realizes he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great.
As their attraction intensifies, they struggle to keep their relationship out of the public eye. If the truth comes out, it could ruin them both. But when their need for each other rivals their ambition on the ice, secrecy is no longer an option…


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~Blog Tour~All Souls Near & Nigh (Soulbound #2) by Hailey Turner~Review, Excerpt & Giveaway~

 

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44415720Title: All Souls Near & Nigh
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Soulbound #2
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 374 pages
Genre(s): LGBT, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Dia~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

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You can’t bargain with death if you’ve already sold your soul. 
Special Agent Patrick Collins has been reassigned by the Supernatural Operations Agency to New York City. Navigating his new relationship with Jonothon de Vere, the werewolf he’s now soulbound to, is nothing compared to dealing with territorial disputes between the vampires and werecreatures who call the five boroughs home. But the delicate treaties that have kept the preternatural world in check are fraying at the edges, and the fallout is spilling into the mundane world. 
Manhattan’s club scene is overrun with the vampire drug known as shine and the subways have become a dumping ground for bodies. When the dead are revealed as missing werecreatures, Patrick and Jono find themselves entangled in pack politics twisted by vampire machinations. 
Learning to trust each other comes with problems for both of them, and the gods with a stake in Patrick’s soul debt aren’t finished with him yet. Bound by promises they can’t break, Patrick and Jono must find a way to survive a threat that takes no prisoners and is stalking them relentlessly through the city streets. 
Old and new betrayals are coming home to roost but the truth—buried in blood—is more poisonous than the lies being spun. Trying to outrun death is a nightmare—one Patrick may never wake up from. 
–Reader Warning: This book contains on page sexual assault.
All Souls Near & Nigh is a 104k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to A Ferry of Bones & Gold, and reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one. Please see the disclaimer at the beginning of the book for content some readers may find triggering.


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