~Release Day Review~When The Devil Wants In by Cate Ashwood & J.H. Knight~

 

36689729Title: When The Devil Wants In
Authors: Cate Ashwood, J.H. Knight
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 246 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 3.5 Stars

~Synopsis~

John Turner has been living a lie most of his life. Growing up in the rural Georgia town of Magnolia Ridge, he’s only ever let one person truly know him: his best friend, Chloe. To the rest of the world, they’re the perfect couple, but just between them, she’s helping John hide in plain sight.
Matt Kinsley, a cop from San Francisco, moves to town looking for a slower pace and to reconnect with his Southern roots. Starting over in Magnolia Ridge means taking a step into the closet, but Matt finds that with John for company, he doesn’t mind so much.
As the two start to explore a possible relationship, a horrific murder rips the town apart but brings John and Matt together in ways neither could’ve imagined. Matt must decide where his loyalties lie while John resists the urge to run again. Together, they have to discover who the real devil is before another life is destroyed.


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John Turner has lived in the sleepy town of Magnolia Ridge all his life.He’s firmly planted in the closest, getting his kicks from out of town hookups.He’s been hiding all his life…and things aren’t helped by his religious, overbearing mother who, at times, was more concerned about what other people thought of her family than recognizing their needs…No one suspects he’s gay and his close relationship with his best friend, Chloe, is the perfect cover.People assume they’re a couple and neither of them denies it.

Matt Kinsley is a cop, new in town.He’s gay and not ashamed of his sexuality at all but he finds himself returning to the closest in this judgmental town. After an out of town hook up one night both men are surprised to find themselves living in the same town.


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~Release Day Review~ Beneath This Mask (Enhanced #3) by Victoria Sue~

 

33536685Title: Beneath This Mask
Author: Victoria Sue
Series: Enhanced #3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 206 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal/Science Fiction
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Gael Peterson has spent years hiding behind the enhanced abilities he wears like a mask, even though he is an important, confident member of the FBI’s exclusive H.E.R.O. team. The hurt and betrayal of his mom’s abandonment and his father’s fists are secrets buried deep beneath the ugly scars on his face, and he doesn’t trust Jake, his new regular human partner, with any of them. In a world where those with special abilities like Gael’s are regarded as freaks and monsters, it won’t be easy for him to rely on Jake to have his back, especially when the abilities of a vulnerable, enhanced, nonspeaking child make that child a murder suspect.
Tempers rise and loyalties are challenged, and when the serial killer targeting the enhanced finally sets his sights on Gael, not only will Gael have to trust Jake with his secrets, he might have to trust him to save his life.
 


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 After reading the first two books in this series, “Five Minutes Longer” and “Who We Truly Are”, which I both loved, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one!!!

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Now before I go further with my review, I would like to advise all to read books 1 and 2 first. Even though this book is about a different couple, it’s not a standalone and these books have a continuing storyline! No worries though…like I said, the first two books are pretty awesome. 😉


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~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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~Release Day Review~Tried & True (THIRDS #10) by Charlie Cochet~

 

36044431Title: Tried & True
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS #10
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 254 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Fantasy, Shapeshifters
Release Date: November 24, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Sequel to Darkest Hour Before Dawn
When THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley met Team Leader Sloane Brodie, he couldn’t have imagined how slamming into his new partner—literally—would shake both their worlds. Now four years later, they’ve faced dangers, fought battles both personal and professional… and fallen deeply in love. Now their big moment is finally in sight, and they’re ready to stand up together and make it official. Unfortunately, as the countdown to their big day begins, an enemy declares war on the THIRDS…
With their family in danger, Dex and Sloane are put to the test on how far into darkness they’ll walk to save those they love. As secrets are unearthed, a deadly betrayal is revealed, and Dex and Sloane must call on their Destructive Delta family for one last hurrah to put an end to the secret organization responsible for so much devastation.
Dex and Sloane will have plenty of bullets to dodge on the way to the altar, but with happiness within their grasp, they are determined to get there come hell or high water…


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I absolutely loved every single book in this series, which is quite the feat, since there are 10 already!! As far as I am concerned, I could do with 10 more. 😛

I have gotten to know all the characters in this series so well…they feel like family to me now! A family, that I have come to love a whole lot!

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Now Sloane and Dex…they will always have a spot in on my “All Time Favorite Couples” list. They earned it fair and square…They have been through so much together, and they are still standing strong…

And we have finally gotten to the point of their wedding!

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~Release Day Review~The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania #3) by T.J. Klune~

 

30370040Title: The Consumption of Magic
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 450 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.
It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.
Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.
With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.
A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.
 


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This is the the second (third?) book of the Destiny Fuck Yeah! trilogy…and I have been dying to get my hands on it.

I have also been pretty nervous, about the hints TJ kept dropping…He told us there were going to be some big changes in this book…He told us we would get to know Justin a bit better, and he warned us about the emotions we would be feeling while reading this one.

He wasn’t wrong….damn my emotions and Wookie Cry Face!!

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~Release Day Review~Late In The Day (The Vault #2) by Mary Calmes~

 

35830232Title: Late In The Day
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: The Vault #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Second from The Vault
Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name—and the people associated with it—behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his forty-plus years… but that’s now changing.
The newest chapter of his life is bringing serious change: a stable home, a recovered identity, an unlikely family, and now a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm. The reasons they parted are still valid, and there’s no way they can trust each other. But Efrem has already decided he won’t let Darius go… and Darius will have to decide if he wants to take a chance with his heart this late in the day.


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It’s no secret, that I am a huge fan of all things “Mary”. Her books are like comfort food to me…I re-read them all the time.

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I fell in love with Conrad, when I read “Mine” He was actually my favorite part of the book, and he was just a side-character. So imagine how happy I was, when I found out he was getting his own story.

Now before I say anything more…I would advise everyone to read book 1, “A Day Makes” first, and to also read “Mine”. A lot of characters from this book, make an appearance and I think you might get a bit lost of you don’t.

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~Release Day Review~Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem #2) by Rhys Ford~

 

35491732Title: Tramps and Thieves
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Murder and Mayhem #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 210 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.
Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.
For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in. 
When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.


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Happy to have two of my favorite guys back!

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“Fuck, I missed this,” Rook whispered, stroking the edge of the lock. “Why the hell did I give this up?”

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens gives into the thrill of one last caper. Okay, maybe he was a bit driven by a teeny-weeny desire for revenge. Maybe he felt the need to prove himself that he is still one of the best. And yeah, maybe he should have known better…

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~Release Day Review~Off the Beaten Path by Cari Z.~

 

36095814Title: Off the Beaten Path
Author: Cari Z.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Werewolves/Shapeshifters
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

When Ward Johannsen’s little girl Ava shifted into a werewolf, she was taken into custody by the feds and shipped off to the nearest pack, all ties between father and daughter severed. Ward burned every bridge he had discovering her location, and then almost froze to death in the Colorado mountains tracking her new pack down. And that’s just the beginning of his struggle.
Henry Dormer is an alpha werewolf and an elite black ops soldier who failed his last mission. He returns home, hoping for some time to recuperate and help settle the pack’s newest member, a little pup named Ava who can’t shift back to her human form. Instead he meets Ward, who refuses to leave his daughter without a fight. The two men are as different as night and day, but their respect for each other strikes a spark of mutual interest that quickly grows into a flame. They might find something special together—love, passion, and even a family—if they can survive trigger-happy pack guardians, violent werewolf politics, and meddling government agencies that are just as likely to get their alpha soldiers killed as bring them home safely.


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“It’s not your place to take care of me.”
“It is now, though,” I said earnestly. “You’re my pack.”
“You feel like pack. You might feel like more.”

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Granted, the circumstances under which Ward Johannsen and Henry Dormer met are not the best, to put it mildly.

Ward lands on Henry’s doorstep -literally-, on the brink of drawing his last breath -also quite literally- in search of his little daughter, Ava, who got snatched from under his nose by the government and sent to Henry’s pack after turning into a werewolf. Ava is all the world to Henry and with nothing else to lose, he moves heaven and hell to find her, his own delicate state of health notwithstanding and fully intent on not letting himself be put off by an intimidating alpha werewolf.

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~Release Day Review~Remember When by S.J.D. Peterson~

 

35651136Title: Remember When
Author: S.J.D. Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 210 pages
Release Date: August 28, 2017
Genre(s): M/M,Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Life is simple and hopeful in youth. Luke and Nelson are best friends exploring their budding sexuality. They have big plans for the future, and nothing can stand in their way or tear them apart—except a family move that puts a continent between them.

Ten years later Luke and Nelson meet again, but nothing is simple anymore. As strong as the attraction remains, obligations and expectations come between them as Luke is forced to honor family responsibilities over the desires of his heart.

Impossibly fate sees fit to offer them a last opportunity to see what might have been. Will the third time be the charm, or is trust so badly broken it is impossible to repair? Can they recapture the innocent love they once knew and make up for all the wasted years? In a love story that spans half a lifetime, two friends destined for each other will have to fight hard for their happily ever after.


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“It was going to be him and Luke against the world forever “

Guess what? It wasn’t like that.

This story starts with a prologue that takes place in 1988, where our MCs,  Nelson Maitland, and Lucas Rollins…Friends and neighbors since they were five years old… witness their plans and dreams shattered when Luke has to move with his parents to another state. Because we all know that for a 13 years old kid, that is a galaxy far far away, and kinda the end of the world.

“At thirteen he thought his life was over, couldn´t understand why the world was still spinning when his had stopped”

After that “break up” (and the quotation marks are necessary since they were not a couple, just best Friends “experimenting”) our heroes are going to cross paths in life again but let me tell you, it’s not gonna be an easy journey.

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~Release Day Review~Pins and Needles by A.J. Thomas~

 

33349745Title: Pins and Needles
Author: A.J. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 300 pages
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

The truth is rarely seen on the surface, and getting to it might mean digging deep….

After a devastating accident and a long stay in the hospital, the last thing petroleum engineer Sean Wilkinson wants to deal with is the settlement the oil company tries to force on him. He’ll never be able to work in his field again, his education is all but useless, and his surgeons are pessimistic about whether he’ll ever walk again. He needs someone in his corner, but most lawyers take one look at his tattoo-covered foster father and turn their backs. It’s just Sean’s luck that the one attorney willing to give him a chance is also the hottest guy he’s ever seen.

As a trial lawyer, Nate Delany has a lot to prove—to his father, the world, and himself. Sean intrigues Nate, and he struggles to reconcile the gifted tattoo artist he can’t stop fantasizing about with the quiet, brilliant engineer. His investigation reveals facts left out of the accident report—including an illicit affair, greedy coworkers, and a vicious corporation that will do anything to protect its bottom line. When Sean’s life is threatened, winning Sean’s case, and his heart, becomes a lot more dangerous.


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“I’ve always found that art and science are really just different reflections of reality. Different ways of appreciating the same thing, of understanding the world and showing it to others.”

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Sean Wilkinson always tried to combine both in his life. Emanated from a difficult childhood he found a new home and a surrogate father in Hawk, a gentle from-head-to-toe tattooed giant who taught Sean not only his love for art and how to bring it to life but also encouraged him to make something of himself, to follow up on his fascination of science, which earned Sean two degrees, one in chemistry and one in petroleum engineering. Working as a tattoo artist and as an engineer on a ship belonging to an oil company was everything he could have hoped for in life until an accident destroys not only his chance for a thriving career -not to say almost his life-, but it also left him damaged and…

“I think I have more scar tissue than skin, and I’m…” He was broken, although he couldn’t bring himself to say it out loud.”

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~Release Day Review~The Long and Winding Road by T.J. Klune~

 

32801570Title: The Long and Winding Road
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: Bear, Otter, and the Kid #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 346 pages
Release Date: August 11, 2017
Genre(s): M/M,Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
~Synopsis~

Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.

And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they’ve never been before.

There’s a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go.
There’s a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect.
There’s a brother returning home after learning how to stand on his own.
As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever.

Beginning in Bear, Otter, and the Kid, and continuing in Who We Are and The Art of Breathing, TJ Klune has told a saga of family and brotherhood, of love and sacrifice. In this final chapter, the events of the past pave the long and winding road toward a future no one could have imagined. 


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I was so very happy when I got my hands on this book….yet also so very sad. 

I know that all great things usually come to an end…doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it though. 😛

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Now I have promised some of my dear GR friends to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, so that’s what I am gonna try to do. I know plenty of people want to read this awesome book and I don’t want to ruin things for them. 😉

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