~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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~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 Day Review~The Doctor’s Secret (Copper Point Medical #1) by Heidi Cullinan~

 

42734190Title: The Doctor’s Secret
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: Copper Point Medical #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 250 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: April 23, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Dia~
Rating: ✮3 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

The brilliant but brooding new doctor encounters Copper Point’s sunny nurse-next-door… and nothing can stand in the way of this romance.
Dr. Hong-Wei Wu has come to Copper Point, Wisconsin, after the pressures of a high-powered residency burned him out of his career before he started. Ashamed of letting his family down after all they’ve done for him, he plans to live a quiet life as a simple surgeon in this tiny northern town. His plans, however, don’t include his outgoing, kind, and attractive surgical nurse, Simon Lane.
Simon wasn’t ready for the new surgeon to be a handsome charmer who keeps asking him for help getting settled and who woos him with amazing Taiwanese dishes. There’s no question—Dr. Wu is flirting with him, and Simon is flirting back. The problem is, St. Ann’s has a strict no-dating policy between staff, which means their romance is off the table… unless they bend the rules.
But a romance that keeps them—literally—in the closet can’t lead to happy ever after. Simon doesn’t want to stay a secret, and Hong-Wei doesn’t want to keep himself removed from life, not anymore. To secure their happiness, they’ll have to change the administration’s mind. But what other secrets will they uncover along the way, about Copper Point… and about each other?


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~Release Day Review~Burden (Love, Unexpected #2) by K.C. Wells~

 

44800601Title: Burden
Author: K.C. Wells
Series: Love, Unexpected #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 194 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: April 23, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Dia~
Rating: ✮3 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

They never knew what hit them. 
A hooker with a heart, falling for a Vice cop? This is no Hollywood movie, and if they want a happily ever after, it’s not going to be easy.
Detective Randy Michaels is back with Vice, working to help NYC crack down on its prostitution problem. When he suspects Jesse Bryant of soliciting, Randy is torn between duty and his knowledge of what put Jesse on the streets. Jesse is clearly struggling, and he isn’t the only one. Recent events have forced Randy to question his sexuality, and a shocking encounter with Jesse plunges him into a crisis of conscience.
Jesse didn’t think his life could get any worse. His family cut all support, his education is on hold, and he’s surviving the only way he knows—selling himself on the streets. Of all the people who could have offered him a helping hand, why did it have to be Randy?
Two men carrying their own personal burdens: How long will it take them to realize that what they really need is each other?


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~Guest Post~Soft Place to Fall by BA Tortuga~

 

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Soft Place to Fall
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44448349Title: Soft Place to Fall
Author: BA Tortuga
Cover Artist: Tiferet Design
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 237 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Western
Release Date: April 9, 2019

~Synopsis~

Stetson Major and Curtis Traynor are about as opposite as two cowboys can get. Stetson is a rancher, tied to the land he loves in Taos, New Mexico, while Curtis is a rodeo cowboy whose wanderlust never could be tamed. 
But now Stetson’s momma is dying of Alzheimer’s, and she can’t remember that Curtis hasn’t been Stetson’s boyfriend for a long time. Curtis’s absence makes her cry, so Stetson swallows his pride and calls his ex-lover. 
To Curtis, Stetson is the one who got away, the love of his life. And Momma is his friend, so he’s happy to help out. Yet returning to the ranch stirs up all sorts of feelings that, while buried, never really went away. Still, the rodeo nationals are coming up, and Curtis can’t stay… even if he’s starting to want to, especially to support Stetson when he needs it most. 
Stetson and Curtis want to find a place where they both fit, to be there to catch each other when they fall. But family, money problems, and the call of the rodeo circuit might end their second-chance romance before it even gets started.


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~Guest Post-BA Tortuga~

Hey y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and lover of all things western, and I can’t wait to introduce y’all to bull rider Curtis and New Mexico rancher, Stetson. Stetson is caught between a rock and a hard place, and it’s funny, because he calls Curtis and…well, Stetson ends up doing a little saving himself.

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Curtis set the alarm on his phone so he wouldn’t sleep in and make Stetson do all the damned work this morning.
He still managed to miss a good many of the chores, judging from the fact that Stetson was gone when he got up and still wasn’t back after he had a shower and tugged on every bit of clothing he owned.
Jesus, was the furnace broke or just….
Fifty. The thermostat was set to fucking fifty.
Curtis stood in the hallway, torn. Stetson had his pride, and obviously he was having trouble making ends meet. That was clear as glass. But damn. Curtis turned it up to sixty-two. Happy medium.
“Shit, it’s bitter out there.” He heard Stetson stomping and clearing his boots of snow, and then he heard Stetson chuckle softly. “You pups hang out and I’ll find everyone a couple more blankets.”
Curtis moved to the kitchen and the coffee maker, which, wow. Ancient. Gross. Okay, he needed to make a trip to Target down in Santa Fe. Was there a Target in Española? He couldn’t remember. “Morning, Roper.”
“Hey, cowboy, you sleep good? Everyone’s fed and snuggled up out there.”
“I did. You need me to help with the dogs?”
“Nah, I’m just going to make sure they’ve got enough to keep warm. Fixin’ to dump snow again this afternoon.”
“It’s amazing up here. Shit, I’d forgotten the winter.” He’d acclimatize again, but right now he needed to carb load and mainline water.
Stetson chuckled for him, then disappeared into Miss Betty’s part of the house and returned with a pile of old blankets. “You want to start coffee, and I’ll bring in some wood.”
“I’m on it. You want pancakes for breakfast?” He knew he’d gotten all the stuff last night.
“Oh, that would be a blessing. Please, thank you.”
“You got it.” Coffee. Pancakes. Chicken sausage. He snagged Stetson for his good morning kiss because he wanted one.
“Oh—” Stetson’s lips were icy, but the kiss wasn’t. Not at all.
No, the contact warmed up real quick, Stetson wrapping those long arms around his neck and holding on. He hummed, a happy noise that kinda surprised him.
He stepped right into the curve of Stetson’s body, holding them tight together. They both tilted their heads the other way, the kiss going deep in another direction.
Jesus. Good morning to him. He worked the buttons of Stetson’s shearling coat open, hunting that tight body that waited for him. Life was short. He was gonna start with dessert first.
“Curtis! It’s morning!”
“Mmm. Broad daylight, even.” He grinned at Stetson, feeling his face stretch with it. “God, I want to lay you out in the sunshine one day, watch you arch for me.”
Stetson moaned, the sound damn near pained.
“You need loving, Roper. You scream for it.”

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BA

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~Guest Post~Inked Music by Sean Michael~

 

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Inked Music
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44005644Title: Inked Music
Author: Sean Michael
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 193 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, BDSM
Release Date: April 9, 2019

~Synopsis~

Can a wealthy but bored businessman rescue a tortured musician from his self-imposed purgatory with a scorching kinky romance? 
When Rene Conette attends an intimate performance at a local bar, the guitarist moves him enough that he attempts to go backstage but is stymied by the man’s bodyguard. Putting it down as not meant to be, he goes on with his life only to run into the man again, late at night at a bookstore. 
Gavin Turner used to be a famous musician until an obsessed fan kidnapped and tortured him. Then it came out that he was into the BDSM lifestyle, and the court of public opinion ravaged him. He lost his Master and his self-confidence. Now he hides behind his ink and his bodyguards, who make sure he doesn’t come into contact with anyone or anything he doesn’t want to. Though it’s been years since he satisfied his needs, he doesn’t think he can trust again. 
If Rene can work his way past Gavin’s defenses, they might find they complement each other perfectly.


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Thank you to Dirty Books Obsession for hosting me today.

I love starting a new book. I love discovering who the characters are, what the things are that make them unique. I really love writing how they first meet, their first kiss, the first time they make love. It’s all shiny and new and exciting and it gets my writing juices flowing big time.

Some characters just pop for me right from the start in a special way and I know they’re going to be awesome. Rene and Gavin were like this. I knew it the minute Gavin stepped out on stage in nothing but a pair of jeans and his skin that was covered in tattoos. Rene and I both sat up and paid attention when that happened.

Each character comes with their own personalities and traits and quirks too, and those are just as fun to discover. Like music for Gavin. He’s not just a musician, but music drives his life. It’s his breath, you might say. I loved how Rene dialed in on that and instinctively made sure that Gavin always had music around him even when he was visiting Rene’s place.

I hope you love discovering Rene and Gavin, too!

Sean Michael
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~Guest Post~Over and Back (Bronco’s Boys #5) by Andrew Grey~

 

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Over and Back (Bronco’s Boys #5)
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43563213Title: Over and Back
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Bronco’s Boys #5
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 202 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: April 9, 2019

~Synopsis~

Sequel to Round and Round
Opposites attract on an overseas holiday, but trouble has hitched a ride.
While Bronco’s nightclub is closed for renovations, the owners invite the staff on a trip to Italy. Bartender Hank needs a roommate, and he’s had his eye on waiter Grant for a while, even if he’s had to keep his distance. But sharing such close proximity means sparks are sure to fly…
Grant has a problem saying no, and it’s led him into some less-than-healthy relationships. While he’s determined not to repeat his mistakes, it’s clear Hank is different.
They’re both willing to take it slow and explore the feelings building between them, but even in a foreign country, their pasts are catching up, and that could hurt more than just their budding romance.


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This story was inspired by the trip to Italy that Dominic and I took last year.  So here are the top 5 things Dominic and I saw on our trip.

1)  The Pantheon in Rome – An incredible building and done that has been standing for nearly 2000 years.

2)  The Sistine Chapel – I craned my neck for as long as they would let me stay to marvel up at Michelangelo’s ceiling and altar piece.

3)  The Duomo in Florence – Dominic and I climbed to the top of the Dome for a breathtaking view.  I’m so proud of Dominic for doing it with me and overcoming part of his fear of heights.

4)  The Uffici in Florence – Renaissance marvels of all kinds.  An amazing experience where you get to get up close with DaVinci.

5)  David – The best butt in marble. And yes, we did walk around back to take a look.

  

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~Release Day Review~Blue Umbrella Sky by Rick R. Reed~

 

44069489Title: Blue Umbrella Sky
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Milt Grabaur has left his life, home, and teaching career in Ohio to start anew. The Summer Winds trailer park in Palm Springs, butted up against the San Jacinto mountain range, seems the perfect place to forget the pain of nursing his beloved husband through Alzheimer’s and seeing him off on his final passage.
Billy Blue is a sexy California surfer-type who once dreamed of being a singer but now works at Trader Joe’s and lives in his own trailer at Summer Winds. He’s focused on recovery from the alcoholism that put his dreams on hold. When his new neighbor moves in, Billy falls for the gray-eyed man. His sadness and loneliness awaken something Billy’s never felt before—real love.
When a summer storm and flash flood jeopardize Milt’s home, Billy comes to the rescue, hoping the two men might get better acquainted…and maybe begin a new romance. But Milt’s devotion to his late husband is strong, and he worries that acting on his attraction will be a betrayal. Can they lay down their baggage and find out how redemptive love can be?


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~Release Day Review~In Safe Hands by Victoria Sue~

 

43559314Title: In Safe Hands
Author: Victoria Sue
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Page Count: 204 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Former helicopter pilot Maverick Delgardo’s injuries ended his Air Force career, leaving him bitter and one drink away from becoming an alcoholic. When his sister asks for his help on a private protection case to babysit a disgraced pop star, Mav reluctantly agrees.
Deacon Daniels, onetime lead singer and idol to his teenage fans, saw his career and reputation ruined when a reporter’s exposé led to a devastating scandal. Without money or a job, a heartbroken Deacon has lost custody of his baby niece. And just when he thinks his life can’t get any worse, a stalker’s threatening messages escalate to murder.
Mav only agreed to one meeting, but his protective instincts kick in, along with an attraction to Deacon. When the body count increases, however, Mav is unsure he is up to the task of protecting Deacon from a killer. But it is too late for Mav to step away, now that he’s lost his heart, and he must find the strength to reassure Deacon and his niece that they are in safe hands no matter the cost.


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~Release Day Review~Jacked Cat Jive (Kai Gracen #3) by Rhys Ford~

 

43209931Title: Jacked Cat Jive
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Kai Gracen #3
Cover Artist: Chris McGrath
Publisher: DSP Publications
Page Count: 242 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: March 5
Guest Reviewer: ~Dia~
Rating: ✮3.5 up to 4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Stalker Kai Gracen knew his human upbringing would eventually clash with his elfin heritage, but not so soon. Between Ryder, a pain-in-his-neck sidhe lord coaxing him to join San Diego’s Southern Rise Court, and picking up bounties for SoCalGov, he has more than enough to deal with. With his loyalties divided between the humans who raised him and the sidhe lord he’s befriended and sworn to protect, Kai finds himself standing at a crossroads. When a friend begs Kai to rescue a small group of elfin refugees fleeing the Dusk Court, he’s pulled into a dangerous mission with Ryder through San Diego’s understreets and the wilderness beyond. Things go from bad to downright treacherous when Kerrick, Ryder’s cousin, insists on joining them, staking a claim on Southern Rise and Kai. Burdened by his painful past, Kai must stand with Ryder against Kerrick while facing down the very court he fears and loathes. Dying while on a run is expected for a Stalker, but Kai wonders if embracing his elfin blood also means losing his heart, soul, and humanity along the way.


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