~Release Day Review~Kairos by Mary Calmes~

 

36781570Title: Kairos
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 137 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.
Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together.
Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same. Now they’ve stumbled across evidence that could change their lives: the impact of Kade’s tragic past, their job partnership, and any future Joe might allow himself to wish for…


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I am not a big fan of short stories, to be honest, but if there is one author, I would gladly make an exception for, it’s Mary!!

I don’t care how long it is, I will read whatever she writes down. 😉

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~Pre-Release Review~Gemini Keeps Capricorn (Signs of Love #3) by Anyta Sunday~

 

36609734Title: Gemini Keeps Capricorn
Author: Anyta Sunday
Series: Signs of Love #3
Page Count: 281 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 18, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Sometimes, one stubborn Capricorn is all it takes… to drive Wesley Hidaka to crazy, flirtatious lengths. 
Wesley loves annoying his RA Lloyd Reynolds. He just can’t help it. Lloyd is focused, decisive, grounded. He has this amusing ability to follow rules. Of course Wesley wants Lloyd to break one… or three hundred. 
Sometimes, one smirking Gemini is all it takes… to have Lloyd laying down the law and marching Wesley straight back to his dorm room. 
It doesn’t stop Wesley teasing again. And again. And again . . . But damn. Lloyd doesn’t crack easily. He’s full of principles. He’s unshakable. He’s the perfect friend to have when Wesley needs help. Like with his truant brother and his old high school principal. 
Sometimes, one little lie is all it takes…to find Wesley fake-engaged to his off-limits RA. 
What can he say? It seemed like a good idea at the time . . . 
“Gemini Keeps Capricorn” serves up a double shot of cluelessness, with a side of rock’n’roll and topped with a slow burn HEA. It can be read as a standalone. 


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This is the third book in this series, and so far I have loved every single one… this one included. 😉

One thing is for sure though. Anyta is the queen of slow burn, and when I say slow…I do mean sloooooow. 😀

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Normally I am not a real big fan of the “extreme” slow burn, but for some reason, this never bothers me as much, when reading one of Anyta’s books. I still got frustrated at times though…Anyways, this book is about Wesley and Lloyd. They have known each other for some years and have become really close friends. Where Wesley is all about the fun and games, Lloyd is all about the rules.

I love a good “opposites attract” story! 😛

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~Review~Drowning in Talon by D.J. Hunnam~

 

34198522Title: Drowning in Talon
Author: D.J. Hunnam
Series: A Clean Slate Prequel
Page Count: 208 pages
Genre(s): Romance, Action/Adventure
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Barring a white picket fence, Cassidy Jacobs seems to have it all: a hardworking husband, a great career, a beautiful home and a fabulous best friend. But things aren’t what they seem. Shackled to a life that is anything but picture-perfect, Cassie is slowly sinking into a nightmare of her own making. When a temporary job assignment takes her to Alaska, she never imagines that the cocky, hazel-eyed Talon Murdock is the man who can set her free. With his long hair, tattoos and irresistible body, Talon is everything she should avoid. But his unapologetic passion for life might be the very thing she needs. Will the secrets of her past destroy any chance of happiness, or will Cassie find the courage to love again and the ability to forgive the one person who needs it most? 
Drowning in Talon is a full-length novel about personal redemption and finding love when you least expect it. It contains steamy scenes with a ton of heat and strong language intended for mature audiences.
Drowning in Talon occurs before Faking It with Damian, but both can be read as standalone novels.


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After reading the other two books of the author, Facking it with Damian and Falling for Dante, I wanted to read this one too.

Boy, what a cover for this book. Dayyyuuummnnn. The cover is perfect. Synchronize to perfection with the book. I really enjoyed this book. Usually, I’m not into so many details, but as much as I despise the details, in this case, I even googled them. I savored every detail. I’m fascinated about Alaska. It was amazing. The writing was smooth and very good. I felt the chemistry and the attraction between the two characters. The shivers from their first meeting.

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~Review~Team Player: A Sports Romance Anthology~

 

36466447Title: Team Player
Authors: L.J. Shen, Sara Ney, Ella Fox, Charleigh Rose, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Kate Stewart, Meghan Quinn, Kennedy Ryan, Rochelle Paige, Emma Scott
Genre(s): Sports Romance, Anthology
Release Date: December 14, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Hot jocks. We love them all. 
Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!
The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick … book. 
The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist. 
Enjoy this naughty Christmas treat!*
*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

Team Player:

  • Adriana Locke (Cross) 
  • Charleigh Rose (Yard Sale)
  • Ella Fox (Out of Formation)
  • Emma Scott (One Good Man)
  • Kate Stewart (Sweeping the Series)
  • Kennedy Ryan (Full Court Press)
  • L.J. Shen (The End Zone)
  • Mandi Beck (Sin Bin)
  • Meghan Quinn (Back in the Game)
  • Rochelle Paige (Slapped Into Love)
  • Sara Ney (Switch Hitter)

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  *This anthology* contains eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors:

Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney.

I never ever read anthologies and to be honest, I didn’t even know this was one when I signed up for it. All I knew, was that L.J. Shen wrote “The End Zone”, and I just had to read it!!

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~Release Day Review~Out For the Holidays: An Out Novella by Cara Dee~

 

36439857Title: Out For the Holidays: An Out Novella
Author: Cara Dee
Page Count: 150 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: December 12, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

I’m not saying Henry jinxed us when he chose to send out two hundred holiday cards stating we were going to have a blissful Christmas at home… 
Before we knew it, our peace and quiet went out the window, and we were headed to Mexico for a photo shoot my agent had neglected to tell me about. Of course, we had to deal with the man who didn’t want us to be together, and then we ended up back in LA, and we had to figure out what was going on with my brother, and, and… Okay, deep breaths. FYI, Philadelphia is nowhere near our home in northern Washington. Additionally, I wonder how Viagra really works, and what’s it gonna take to get a proposal around here? 
Honestly. I’m not saying Henry jinxed us, but I’m writing the damn card next year. 
Warning: This story contains more sugar than the cookies you leave for Santa, and it’s chock-full of greetings and updates from other characters written by Cara, titles including Noah, Home, Path of Destruction, Uncomplicated Choices, and more. 
(A 40k words long Christmas-themed sequel to Out. Not a standalone.)


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All Zach wants is to do is to spend December and the run-up to Christmas at home, peacefully, with Henry. But, things are destined to not go smoothly at all when he finds out he’s been booked for a modeling job in Mexico. Henry goes with him, it might be a nice break, right?…except that they have Joseph to deal with. (cue a really hot sex scene up against a window). 😛

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~Release Day Review~Not Just For Christmas by Annabelle Jacobs~

 

36524022Title: Not Just For Christmas
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Page Count: 207 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance Holidays
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Ben has Christmas, cats, and mistletoe on his side…Jason doesn’t stand a chance. 
For Ben Slater, moving back to Bristol means being closer to his family, living with his best mate, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. But there’s also Jason, his best mate’s eldest brother. Ben’s had a crush on Jason for as long as he can remember, but the eleven-year age gap has always seemed insurmountable. 
Jason Armitage works as a vet at his uncle’s practice. He owns a cute cottage on the outskirts of the city, and a loving dog. The one thing missing is someone to share it all with. His brother’s best friend seems a bad choice, but Jason can’t help taking a second look. Ben’s changed a lot since Jason last saw him; both in appearance and attitude. Gone is the shy young boy, replaced with a confident, twenty-four-year-old man. 
In the run up to Christmas, the festive period gives Ben the ideal opportunity to show Jason what he has to offer. But concerns for his brother’s feelings hold Jason back. If they have any chance of making this work, Ben must convince Jason that he’s old enough to know what he wants, and Jason needs to believe that a relationship with his brother’s best friend won’t ruin their friendship.


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Ben has been crushing on his best friend Liam’s older brother, Jason, for years.

His infatuation was put on hold while he was away at University but now he’s back in his hometown and is bound to run into the object of his desires as he’s moving into a flat with Liam…
Jason was aware of Ben’s interest in him but only saw him as his younger brothers best friend.But now Ben is back, all grown up and Jason definitely starts to see him in a different way!

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~Release Day Review~Van (Cold Fury Hockey #9) by Sawyer Bennett~

 

35018727Title: Van
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #9
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 224 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Score one for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team as a stone-cold badass melts for a woman who makes his blood run hot.
As one of the league’s toughest enforcers, Van Turner is ruthless on the ice. He plays hard because it’s the only way to channel the rage boiling inside, and a reputation as an A-hole is better than everyone knowing the truth. Van has spent his entire life running from a secret that’s kept him from getting involved in relationships—or accepting lucrative deals with East Coast teams. Then the Carolina Cold Fury makes him an offer he can’t refuse…and Van meets a woman he can’t resist.
Simone Fournier is the stubborn one in her family—and that’s saying something, considering her brothers are two of the Cold Fury’s biggest stars. Simone gets what she wants, and what she wants is Van. Still, there’s a part of him Simone can’t reach, no matter how hard she tries. In private, he’s all fire and passion. In public, he freezes her out. Van may want to push her away, but Simone won’t let him go that easily. Because this time, she’s playing for keeps.
The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately.


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Everyone knows I am a big Hockey fan…

And even though I skipped some books in this series, (don’t ask me why because I don’t even know) I was very excited about reading this one. 😉 Sawyer gives us another very steamy (and a bit kinky) addition to this wonderful series. I wonder how many she’ll add since we are in book 9 already!

Not that I’m complaining…no sire!!

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~Review~Unexpected (The Protectors #10) by Sloane Kennedy~

 

36064274Title: Unexpected
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: The Protectors #10
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 24, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

I finally had the chance at a perfect life when I met the man I was supposed to be with. But he’s gone and chances like that don’t come along twice in one lifetime. Right? 
Former president Everett Shaw had his whole life laid out for him from the time he was a child and he lived out every expectation to complete and utter perfection… until he met the one man who changed everything. With plans to leave public life behind after finishing his term in office, Everett was looking forward to a quiet life with the man of his dreams at his side. But one brutal act of violence stole that bright future away, leaving Everett struggling just to get through each day. 
A decade later finds Everett nearing the age of sixty and living a shell of a life. Haunted by his loss, he finds solace in his roses and evenings sitting in front of the television. But when his estranged son is horribly injured while saving the life of another, Everett leaves everything behind in the hopes of mending the broken relationship and helping his son heal in more ways than one. 
My job is to protect and there are rules that have to be followed. Even if there weren’t, I wouldn’t risk letting anyone close… not again. 
Special Agent Jonathan Nash’s job is to keep the former president safe, not be his friend. Even if something about the lonely older man draws him in, he’s not about to risk what’s left of his career for anything. And it’s not like a guy like Everett Shaw would really see him anyway. Nor would he want him to, considering the ugly past Nash left behind to pursue his dream. No, he’s better off following protocol and doing his job. Let someone else deal with the broken man. It’s not his problem… it can’t be. 
I learned a long time ago to live life on my terms and that sometimes you have to take that leap of faith to get what you want. But wanting two men at the same time? That’s new, even for me. 
At forty-five years old, former Navy SEAL Gage Fortier has experienced success and loss in equal measure, and while his life has taken a direction he never planned, he wouldn’t have it any other way. When Reese, the young man he’s partnered with in the underground vigilante group they both work for, is injured on the job, he sees an opportunity to build on the friendship with the bitter former soldier while giving him a place to recover. But when he discovers that the young man is actually the estranged son of a former U.S. president, Gage realizes he has the chance to give both father and son so much more. There’s only one problem with his plan… how to ignore his growing attraction for the devishly handsome Everett Shaw. 
And Everett’s perpetual shadow, Agent Nash. 
Three men on very separate courses. Until something unexpected happens and three become one… 
TRIGGER WARNING: This book as a couple of triggers. You can check out what they are by downloading the sample or using the “Look Inside” feature and scrolling to the appropriate page. Note that reading the trigger warnings could cause spoilers. 
Can be read as a standalone novel. 


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It is no secret that I am a HUGE fan of the ““Protectors” series!

Actually, I am a HUGE fan of anything Sloane Kennedy writes! There is one thing Sloane really exceeds in though…writing M/M/M…No one writes M/M/M like Sloane does!

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~Release Day Review~Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton~

 

36582719Title: Desperately Seeking Santa
Author: Eli Easton
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 22, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns that the event’s Santa is a mystery man. He shows up in costume and no one has a clue who he is. Uncovering Santa’s identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into serious journalism.
Mack “The Mountain” McDonall, at 6’10”, is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s enormous star wrestler. When Gabe first claps eyes on him at a wrestling match, it’s lust at first sight. Gabe’s friend, Jordan, sets up the pair on a date. But when Gabe chatters on about his plans for outing Santa, Mack goes cold, and their first meeting becomes an epic fail.
As Gabe researches the children’s home, he learns that Mack has secrets a guy famous for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, win the heart of a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?
NOTE: This 50,000 word short novel features a new couple but includes Jordan and Owen, from the author’s book “Superhero”. It can be read as a stand-alone.


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Eli Easton’s seasonal stories have kind of become a part of Christmas for me and this one is no exception. A sweet, slow burn holiday treat.

Shame on me, I know, but I haven’t read Superhero which is Owen and Jordan’s story, who feature here but that definitely didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this.

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~Reviews~Him Series by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy~

 

~Him Series~

Check out this fantastic Series, read Wendy’s Reviews and start reading today.
You do not want to miss this series! 😀

Reviews: Him (Him #1), Us (Him #2) 

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25686927Title: Him
Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Series: Him #1
Page Count: 361 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?
Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.
Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.
Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend… and a big one to learn about himself.
Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.


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I first read this book in 2015…and I was blown away!

It was definitely one of the best M/M books I read that year, and considering how many times I have re-read this one it still is…

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When I finished it the first time, I wrote a small review for it, but since I have re-read this book multiple times since, I figured it deserved more from me. So here goes…

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