~Release Day Review~Sin and Tonic (Sinners #6) by Rhys Ford~

 

35491768Title: Sin and Tonic
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Sinners #6
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 270 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Miki St. John believed happy endings only existed in fairy tales until his life took a few unexpected turns… and now he’s found his own. 
His best friend, Damien, is back from the dead, and their new band, Crossroads Gin, is soaring up the charts. Miki’s got a solid, loving partner named Kane Morgan—an Inspector with SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their own—and his dog, Dude, at his side.
It’s a pity someone’s trying to kill him.
Old loyalties and even older grudges emerge from Chinatown’s murky, mysterious past, and Miki struggles to deal with his dead mother’s abandonment, her secrets, and her brutal murder while he’s hunted by an enigmatic killer who may have ties to her. 
The case lands in Kane’s lap, and he and Miki are caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. When Miki is forced to face his personal demons and the horrors of his childhood, only one thing is certain: the rock star and his cop are determined to fight for their future and survive the evils lurking in Miki’s past.


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Rhys Ford is definitely one of my “automatic buy” authors. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I am a very big fan of the “Sinners” series and especially of the first book “Sinner’s Gin”. Miki stole my heart the minute I met him, he will always be my favorite!! So when I saw we were gonna get some more Miki and Kane, … I jumped for joy. 😜

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~Release Day Review~Crocus (Bonfires #2) by Amy Lane~

 

38895620Title: Crocus
Author: Amy Lane
Series: Bonfires #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 224 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Saying “I love you” doesn’t guarantee peace or a happy ending.
High School Principal “Larx” Larkin was pretty sure he’d hit the jackpot when Deputy Sherriff Aaron George moved in with him, merging their two families as seamlessly as the chaos around them could possibly allow.
But when Larx’s pregnant daughter comes home unexpectedly and two of Larx’s students are put in danger, their tentative beginning comes crashing down around their ears.
Larx thought he was okay with the dangers of Aaron’s job, and Aaron thought he was okay with Larx’s daughter—who is not okay—but when their worst fears are almost realized, it puts their hearts and their lives to the test. Larx and Aaron have never wanted anything as badly as they want a life together. Will they be able to make it work when the world is working hard to keep them apart?


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I absolutely loved the first book in this series “Bonfire”. I fell in love with Larx and Aaron on the spot. I had no idea there was gonna be a second book though, so imagine my surprise and joy when I found out!!

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~Release Day Review~A Wish Upon the Stars (Tales From Verania #4) by T.J. Klune~

 

33640227Title: A Wish Upon the Stars
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 450 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.
The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne. 
But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind.


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This is the last book in the “Destiny F@@k Yeah! trilogy” and it’s a bit bitter-sweet for me. I know T.J. might do us all a great, great pleasure, and write Justin’s story, but nothing is set in stone, so I still feel a tad bit sad…Goodbyes are never easy…

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Now, just like with the previous books, I am going to keep my review pretty vague and spoiler-free, because I know that’s how T.J. likes it, and I aim to please only him. 😛

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~Release Day Review~Forgiveness (Forbes Mates #4) by Grace R. Duncan~

 

38738547Title: Forgiveness
Author: Grace R. Duncan
Series: Forbes Mates #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 224 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Werewolves/Shapeshifters
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Ben’s love can help Eric find the forgiveness he needs… if Eric can accept it. 
Nine years ago Eric Joyce went wolf when his chosen mate broke the bond, and he hasn’t walked on two legs since. Convinced he lost his friends when he ran out on them, he cut himself off from the pack. But a surprising visitor prods him back down the mountain, and he finds himself welcomed warmly.
Ben Arellano grew up in Texas with a human Catholic mother who didn’t understand a thing about wolves—and didn’t try to learn. He spent his whole life being told his wolf was a demon that needed to be exorcised, surrounded by a wolf pack made up of good ole boys who had no tolerance for his Mexican ancestry or his bisexuality. When he’s given the opportunity to relocate to an accepting pack in Pittsburgh, he jumps at the chance.
When Eric and Ben meet for the first time, neither is ready for it. Where Ben expects rejection, Eric is convinced yet another mate will leave, break the bond, and put him through the same hell all over again. Can they get past their reservations and have a happily mated life?


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I really enjoyed the previous book in the “Forbes Mates” series, so I was very curious about Eric’s story since he was a big reason for Tanner’s behavior in book 1…9 Years ago, Eric’s chosen mate broke their bond, leaving Eric to retreat into his wolf-form and run.

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~Release Day Review~Twisted and Tied (Marshals #4) by Mary Calmes~

 

37660998Title: Twisted and Tied
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: Marshals #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 266 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finally has everything he ever wanted. He’s head-over-heels in love and married to the man of his dreams, his partner Ian Doyle, he’s doing well at work, and all his friends are in good places as well. Things are all tied up nicely… until they’re not.
Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he’s come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian’s individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he’s pretty certain everything just went up in smoke. But before he can even worry about the future, his past comes for a visit, shaking his world up even more. It’s hard to tell what road he should truly be on, but as he learns some paths are forged and others are discovered, it might be that where he’s going is the right course after all. If he can navigate all the twists and turns, he and Ian might just get their happily ever after.


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Mary Calmes is one of my favorite authors and this series is definitely one of my favorite series, which means that Miro and Ian are also one of my favorite couples… 😜

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Now, I promised not to put any spoilers in my review, which is pretty hard since all info I give can be considered a spoiler…So I will keep this review simple and try to stick to how it made me feel…Needless to say, this book rocked! Just like the ones that came before…

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~Release Day Review~The Blueprint (The Game, #1) by S.E. Harmon~

 

38504190Title: The Blueprint
Author: S.E. Harmon
Series: The Game, #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 270 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Kelly Cannon is satisfied with his life. He has friends, a wonderful family, and a great job. But his love life has reached a new level of pitiful. Why? Well, his heart decided to break all the rules. Don’t fall in love with a straight guy. And definitely, don’t fall in love with your best friend.
NFL standout Britton “Blue” Montgomery has pressure coming at him from all sides. From his father, who’s only interested in Blue’s football career. From his coaches, who just want him to play without getting injured again. From the fans. From his agent. And from his mother, who has popped up on the radar after leaving his family years before. And now his relationship with Kelly is on shaky ground, and that frightens Blue more than anything.
When Kelly admits he’s in love with Blue, bonds are tested, and Blue has to decide what’s really important. He doesn’t want to lose the number-one person in his life, but the cost to keep Kelly close might be more than he’s willing to pay.
It’s a good thing his nickname is the Blueprint—it’s time to draft a new set of plans.


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The blurb of this one looked all kinds of promising to me…I mean SportsFriends to Lovers” “Opposites Attract and GFY all in one go!! There were definitely parts of this book that I was very pleased with…but I am sad to say that there were also parts I was not too happy with.

Blue and Kelly have been friends for a very long time. Blue is an NFL player and Kelly is a physics professor. Pretty awesome friend duo…” the nerd and the jock“. 😜

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~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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