~Release Day Review~Bitten By Desire (Regent’s Park Pack #3) by Annabelle Jacobs~

 

36376325Title: Bitten by Desire
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Series: Regent’s Park Pack #3
Page Count: 311 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: October 12, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Two lovers from rival packs. Have they come together only to be forced apart? 

Alec Knight, a beta in the Regent’s Park pack, guards his heart carefully. Ghosts from his past keep him alone and angry, any hope of a relationship impossible while guilt from the pack wars still haunts him. With the anniversary drawing near, Alec needs a distraction. 
As a lowly member of the Primrose Hill pack, Mark Appleton isn’t used to having his alpha’s attention. Lately he’s had more than his fair share, and not for the right reasons. Despite growing suspicions that all is not well, Mark tries hard to do better, but constant criticism leaves him desperate for a stress outlet.
Sex is a good way for shifters to let off steam, and while their packs attack each other with accusations and lies, Alec and Mark work out their frustrations in bed. Pillow talk and shared secrets lead to a closeness neither was expecting, but when pack relations reach an all-time low, any future for them seems out of the question.
If they want to be together, they’ll have to go against their alphas’ wishes—except Alec won’t and Mark can’t.


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I am a big fan of the “Regent’s Pack” series, but this one so far is my favorite!

All books center around a different couple, but I would advice to start with book 1, “Bitten by Mistake”, since most of the world-building is explained in that one. It also has a continuing storyline in the background…In the previous books, we’ve had shifters pairing up with a human. This time, we get two shifters getting it on and let me tell you…

I am a fan!!

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~Release Day Review~We Met in Death by K.A. Merikan~

 

36069697Title: We Met in Death
Authors: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd
Page Count: 274 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Dark Romance
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

“This is not the night you die.”

After years of working for a loan shark, Robert is done with blood and violence. All he has to show for it is a bag of money and a lifetime of regrets. There’s no other way out of his line of work than in a body bag.
So Robert decides to die.
But on the night he chooses to seal his own fate, destiny offers him a chance at redemption. When Robert saves a handsome young escort from a terrible death, he has no idea he is setting in motion much more than one last attempt at proving that inside the hardened shell, he is a decent human being. 
Charming, quick-witted, and full of smiles, Nathan is all Robert could dream of. He’s also ready to fall into the arms of his gruff protector. Robert, on the other hand, has never been with a man and will first need to fight his own demons if he is to accept that his whole being wants to make Nathan his.
With his former boss hunting them both, time is ticking, and Robert might just not get the chance to decide before it’s too late. More importantly though, Robert will stop at nothing to protect the man who’s made him feel alive again, the man who is the only thing between him and the abyss.
“I never had to think much about death before, but I did yesterday. I thought I would die. In a hole. Covered with dirt. Suffocate underground. 
But then you saved me.”

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, torture, mentions of suicide, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters, homophobia and homophobic language


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These Authors excel at writing dark, gritty stories with a touch of humor.

Their stories are brilliantly unique, you never quite know what to expect when you start reading one of their books but it’s always one hell of an exciting ride as their characters develop beautifully through the pages.

Robert is pretty much at rock bottom the night he comes across Nathan, jaded with the violent lifestyle he’s been sucked into.He finds himself thinking, why not do something worthy for once and save a life instead of taking one?

Nathan thought he had things planned out.Working as an escort he thought finding a sugar daddy would set him up nicely.He has big dreams for the future until one night things take a dramatic turn.

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~Release Day Review~Gummy Bears & Grenades (A THIRDS Novella) by Charlie Cochet~

 

36123887Title: Gummy Bears & Grenades
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: A THIRDS Novella
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 102 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: October 4, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.
Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.
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Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.


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I have read and loved every single book in THIRDS Series …

 And that includes all the novellas…Now, this may be another shorty, but just like the others, that doesn’t make it any less awesome. I for one laughed my ass off. 😛

Sloane and Dex are among my top favorite MM couples and think they always will be. 😉 They have come a long way since book 1 and things haven’t always been easy for them. They did it though and now that they are about to tie the knot…

It’s bachelor party time!!! 😀

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~Release Day Review~Bad Reputation (Bad Boys of Sports #1) by Nicole Edwards~

 

33871822Title: Bad Reputation
Author: Nicole Edwards
Series: Bad Boys of Sports #1
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 273 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Meet the most wanted players in sports…one ridiculously hot alpha male at a time.

Chase: With a nickname like “Sin,” it’s no wonder they call me the bad boy of hockey. Opponents curse me. Fans scream my name—in the arena and in other, much more private places. Penalties or not, I’m not afraid to dish out a little pain. But pleasure? That’s my weakness. And no one knows it better than my best friend, Cassie Desrosiers. I’d have to be blind not to notice her rocking body and teasing grin. So when she invites me along on a trip to Vegas, my curiosity isn’t the only thing that’s aroused.

Cassie: Chase Barrett is a world-class A-hole. As his best friend, I’m allowed to call him on his BS. Who else is going to do it? Certainly not the puck bunnies swooning at every flex of his biceps. Everyone knows that Chase is the love-’em-and-leave-’em type. There’s no such thing as commitment for the king of casual hookups. So why should I care? Maybe because all work and no play makes me a sexually frustrated girl. It’s time to put the hockey stud at my beck and call to good use…but after a week in Vegas with Chase, I might never want to go back to the real world.
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Oh, My God!!!…This book is officially the sweetest book that I ever read. I fell in love right away…I savored every word.

Two or maybe three years ago, my friend Ralu insisted that I should read…Alluring Indulgence series and Club Destiny series by Nicole Edwards. Obviously, I postponed them and read them much later…I was so very sorry that I did that and don’t read them earlier…I loved this two series!

Some people say that at some point you get bored because she describes a lot and gives a lot of details. But NO WAY. She can write to the sky and to the stars. Every single word of hers is like a tiny little piece of a giant puzzle. You savor every detail and every word.

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My God this woman can write. And the hot stuff…damn…I could’ve melted the Antarctica. 😀

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~Release Day Review~Logan (Preston Brothers #2) by Jay McLean~

 

36039486Title: Logan
Author: Jay McLean
Series: Preston Brothers #2
Page Count: 394 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

As a kid, Logan Preston was a brat. 
Through his teens, he became the bad boy. 
Now, at nineteen, no one knows what the hell to expect.
High school dropout, Logan Preston is a good-for-nothing stoner. 
A black sheep. A disappointment. 
The worst Preston Punk of the lot. At least that’s how everyone in his small town makes him feel. But Logan Preston has secrets. Secrets so dark and so deep below the surface that the only way he can fight them is to stay high, high, high. 
He wears cockiness as a mask. Arrogance as his armor. Until one girl, one night, asks one life-changing question: 
What’s beneath the bravado, Logan Preston?


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I absolutely adore this author…

Because she is responsible for writing my all time favorite books,  “More Than Forever“, but to be honest… I have loved reading every single one of her books!! I think this book can be read as a standalone, but I would strongly advise everyone to read the “More Than” series first. It’s an amazing series and it’s where I first met little Logan. You should also give the first book in this series, “Lucas”  a go…

I promise you won’t be sorry!!

But like I said…this book is all about Logan, and I have wanted to read his story, from the moment I met him. 😉

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~Release Day Review~Rim Shot by Skylar M. Cates~

 

36120877Title: Rim Shot
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 216 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Can college roommates go from friends to lovers?
Kyle: I’m confident that with hard work, my position as point guard can carry me from rural Indiana to the NBA. I also know I’m attracted to guys, but admitting it might disappoint my father, who is all I have in this world. I have big dreams, so I’ll stay in the closet. As long as my life remains scandal-free, I have a shot.
Micah: My large family can’t spare the money to help with my education, but that won’t stop me from studying medicine. I needed to get out of the house I was sharing with my ex before I went insane. Luckily, I heard about a guy looking for a roommate. Living with a straight jock won’t be easy, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.


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The second I saw this book’s blurb I was sold. I am a sucker for sports books and you can throw me a geek and a jock storyline any day.

So I was very excited when I finally got my hands on it.This was my first book by this author so I really had no expectations going in…except for that awesome blurb that is.Unfortunately…I wasn’t blown away…

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Kyle is a point guard on the college basketball team. Now I had to look that up because I really don’t know anything about basketball, except for the fact that most of the players are huge and that the ball needs to go through the hoop. 😀

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~Release Day Review~Act Your Age by Eve Dangerfield~

 

36252773Title: Act Your Age
Author: Eve Dangerfield
Page Count: 372 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: September 27, 2017
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Just because Kate ‘Middleton’ McGrath, wants a man to call ‘daddy’ in bed doesn’t mean— 
Oh, you stopped reading. Cool. 
Kate gets it. Kinks aren’t for everyone. Hell, they’re probably not for Mr. Henderson, her grumpaholic boss. She really shouldn’t have crush on him, but the man is just so goddamn stern. Sure, a lot of that comes down to ‘being her boss,’ but still, it feels like there might be something there. 
Tyler Henderson is a golden boy who’s lost his shine. He’s old, his dream career is over, his fiancée’s left him. Now all the former firefighter is to try and bury his troubles in paperwork and hard liquor. He says ‘try’ because he can’t get Middleton out of his head long enough to wallow properly. He’s not going anywhere near the girl. HR issues aside, he’s done with sweetness and things don’t come sweeter than a cupcake-baking engineer who knits her own hats. 
A case of mistaken identity causes Kate and Ty’s attraction to give way to blistering sex. They have more in common—and more to lose—than either of them realized. When it comes to unreasonable attraction you can rarely change your mind but can you act your age?


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Eve did it again. She’s an exceptional author. She has a unique style and an even unique and awesome imagination.

I’ve read all her books, and all of them are unique, funny, hot, very well written and with an amazing story and subjects. She does a wonderful job. Her characters are the best.

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She became one of my favorite authors. And every time I get a message from her I am so excited. I don’t need to read the blurb, or for her to ask…I just say yes. I know what she is capable of. I don’t have enough words of praise for her and I am very honored that she gives me this chance every time, to read her new book.

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~Release Day Review~Prophesy (The King & Alpha #1) by A.E. Via~

 

35846816Title: Prophesy
Author: A.E. Via
Series: The King & Alpha #1
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Page Count: 294 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Fantasy/Shapeshifters
Release Date: September 23, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

An Enemies to Lovers Shifter, Vampire True Mates story. 
Justice Volkov is the youngest Alpha Zenith to ever lead the wolf shifters. Following in his father’s large paw prints was a responsibility he met head on. Now at age thirty-three, he is alpha of the alphas. As a direct descendant of the original Siberian pack, his wolf is bigger and stronger than Justice, himself is sometimes able to control. 
“His wolf howled long and hard but Justice kept it inside. It felt like a bass drum beating against his rib cage. The harsh breaths, angry snarls and the determined pacing inside him was overtaking him. All the while… his mate kept calling.” 
Justice takes his role of leadership and his legacy very seriously. He has little time for romance, not to mention a true mate. His packs are his priority. With a human government trying to regulate them, an uprising of rogue shifters, and a violent team of scientists trying to experiment on them, Justice has his hands way too full. 
Chadwick ‘Wick’ Bentley is not enthusiastic when the captain of his escort tells him he has to leave his comfortable London home and go back to the States. As the Vampire King, he has no choice but to get his species back in line before they cause anymore chaos. At over two-hundred years old, Wick is no one to trifle with, but his smooth, charismatic manner makes him quite unique, despite the negative reputation vampires have. Wick has had nothing but time up to this point. He doesn’t feel the need to make issues pressing. Nothing is urgent in his life. Until he meets Justice. His beloved. 
“Natural enemies can’t be mates.” Or so Justice thought. He knows his skepticism and rejection is hurting his mate, so while he fights their connection, Wick gets help from a source very close to Justice to help him win his beloved’s heart. Wick is a force all on his own, but when he’s blessed with a special gift from the Mother herself, not even Justice’s powerful wolf can prevent the prophesy from being fulfilled. 
This story DOES NOT contain/mention MPREG. 
No multiple pairings. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has an HEA. 
Warning: This book is MM paranormal: If you DO NOT like hot, alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their mates, this may not be your read. 


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I love A.E. Via’s books.

Especially her “Nothing Special” series. The reason I love this author so much is because when I open one of her books, I know I am guaranteed a hot Alpha and some very nice steam. 😛 When I found out she was gonna publish a new PNR book… I squealed a bit !! This book has not one, but two of my weaknesses…

A shifter and a vampire!!! I feel so blessed!!!

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~Release Day Review~Lucas (Cold Fury Hockey #8) by Sawyer Bennett~

 

33593824Title: Lucas
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #8
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 280 pages
Genre(s): Romance, Sport
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team is stacked with hotshots. But when a new player joins their ranks, he learns that even superstars can’t go it alone when it comes to love.
Lucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most . . . er, demanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.
Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.
Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling Carolina Cold Fury series can be read together or separately.


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I started this series a long time ago and I loved the first couple of books.

Somehow along the way, I lost track of it and now it seems I skipped a couple of books. No worries though.. I will be rectifying my mistake. 😉

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I am known to read my books out of order and I had no problem reading this one as a standalone…but…I would still advise everyone to read the previous books first. A lot of characters from those books, make an appearance and Lucas also played a part in the previous book. So I think it would make the reading experience better if you do. 😉

I am a huge hockey fan… I have no idea how this came to be, but big men with huge hockey sticks really do it for me. 😛

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~Review~Locked in Silence (Pelican Bay #1) by Sloane Kennedy~

 

36241872Title: Locked in Silence
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: Pelican Bay #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 284 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Release Date: September 13, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

I’ve spent years hoping someone would finally hear me. It’s easier not to try anymore…
Ten years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rearview mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home.
At twenty-eight, Nolan has traveled the world as a successful concert violinist with some of the best symphonies in the country. But success breeds envy, and when Nolan’s benefactor and lover decides Nolan has flown high enough, he cruelly clips Nolan’s wings. The betrayal and ensuing scandal leaves the violinist’s career in shambles and with barely enough money to start fresh somewhere beyond his vindictive ex’s powerful reach. But just as he’s ready to get his life back on track, Nolan gets the call he’s been dreading.
After a stroke leaves his father a partial invalid, duty-bound Nolan returns to Pelican Bay and a life he’s spent years trying to forget. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again…
Even if I could speak, there wouldn’t be anyone there to listen…
Pelican Bay’s golden boy, Dallas Kent, had the quintessential perfect life. Smart, gorgeous, and popular, the baseball phenom was well on his way to a life filled with fame and fortune. But more importantly, he had a one-way ticket out of Pelican Bay and far away from the family who used love as currency and whose high expectations were the law of the land. But a stormy night, sharp highway curve and one bad decision changed everything, leaving Dallas with nothing.
Because the accident that took his parents, his future and his crown as the boy who could do no wrong, also stole his voice.
Despised for the horrific wreck that ended the lives of two of Pelican Bay’s most respected residents, Dallas has retreated to a secluded stretch of land where he’s found refuge in a menagerie of unwanted animals that don’t care that he once had the world at his feet or that he’ll never speak again.
But when the quiet, bookish boy he wasn’t allowed to notice in school suddenly reappears ten years later at Dallas’s wildlife rehab center in desperate need of a job, Dallas is thrust back into a world he’s worked hard to escape.
Dallas’s silence was supposed to send Nolan scurrying, but what if Nolan ends up being the one person who finally hears him?
Will two men who’ve been fleeing from the past finally come home to Pelican Bay for good or will the silence drive them apart forever?
 


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So when I found out that she was working on a new series, I was very curious about which direction this would go.

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This book is much different than any of the others in the “Protection” and the “Finding”series. It was emotional…though not too angsty. It made me angry, but not with the MC’s. I would really qualify this one, as a “hurt/comfort” book, but also as a “second chance” one.

Nolan and Dallas both grew up in the small town Pelican Bay.

Nolan was the nerdy, scrawny kid, who didn’t have a lot of friends. Many times he was the target of practical jokes and bullying. He spends most of his time playing his violin and making sure he got accepted to Juilliard.

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Dallas was the school’s “golden boy”. He excelled in everything and he was loved by everyone. No one ever knew the “real” Dallas though. He himself never did anything to hurt Nolan, when they were young… but he didn’t stop the others either.

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