~Release Day Review~Homebird by Amy Lane~

 

41956373Title: Homebird
Author: Amy Lane
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Holiday
Release Date: December 18, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Crispin Henry isn’t an adventurer. He learned early on that the world is a frightening place and that home is rare and precious. If his friends didn’t drag him to sports games and ill-advised trips to Vegas, he wouldn’t get out at all—and his trip to Munich for Oktoberfest is no exception. But it’s there that he meets Luka Gabriel, and he learns to take a chance. Luka is a free-spirited world traveler, working at Oktoberfest to feed his enchantment with new places and new people. His only possessions fit in his backpack, and he depends on the kindness of strangers for a place to sleep. Crispin should know better—but he takes Luka’s hand anyway, and together they turn three nights in Munich into the relationship neither of them has been brave enough to risk—and neither can let go of. When Luka turns up on Crispin’s doorstep before the holiday season, Crispin takes him in on hope alone. Yes, he knows the odds are good Luka will flutter out of his life again and leave him bereft, but isn’t it worth it to see if Luka is a homebird after all?


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~Release Blitz~Summerfield’s Angel (The Christmas Angel #2) by Kim Fielding~Review & Giveaway~

 

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42671914Title: Summerfield’s Angel
Author: Kim Fielding
Series: The Christmas Angel #2
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Page Count: 113 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Historical Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

After the hard winter of 1888 ended Alby Boyle’s work as a Nebraska ranch hand, he returned to New York City in search of his long-lost family. His mother and brothers are nowhere to be found, however, and after Alby’s years of absence, Five Corners no longer feels like home. His prospects seem as dim as the nighttime alleys. 
When Alby pauses to admire an angel ornament in a department store window’s Christmas display, he meets Xeno Varnham-Summerfield. Wealthy, handsome, and enthusiastic, Xeno brings Alby some temporary cheer. But for Alby to achieve his dreams of love and a real home, well, that may take a bit of holiday magic.


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~Release Blitz~Christmas Angel (The Christmas Angel #1) by Eli Easton~Review & Giveaway~

 

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42922562Title: Christmas Angel
Author: Eli Easton
Series: The Christmas Angel #1
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Page Count: 121 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Historical Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

When John Trent, a dedicated member of the new Bow Street Runners, finds an exquisite carved angel floating in the Thames, he can’t stop thinking about it. He tracks down its creator, a sad and quiet young sculptor. But neither the angel nor the sculptor is done with John just yet. The blasted angel refuses to leave him be, behaving not at all like an inanimate object should. 
Alec Allston is resigned to the fact that his love will ever be a river that flows out and never flows in. All he wanted to do was create a special gift so that a small part of himself could be with his unattainable and noble beloved, always. But when the gift keeps showing back up at his shop in the hands of a windblown and rugged thief-taker, Alec will need to reconsider his conviction that love is destined to remain an ethereal ideal. 
This book is one of seven stories which can all be read and enjoyed in any order.


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~Release Blitz~Stuck with You by Jay Northcote~

 

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42593065Title: Stuck with You
Author: Jay Northcote
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh, Black Jazz Design
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Holidays
Release Date: November 23, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Two clashing colleagues stuck together for Christmas—will opposites eventually attract?
Patrick has been single since he broke up with his cheating ex almost a year ago. With Christmas looming, he’s resigned to spending it alone with only memories of happier times for company. When a business trip with a co-worker leaves them stranded in the Lake District due to heavy snow, it seems Patrick will have company for Christmas after all. It’s a shame his companion is Kyle, who’s undeniably attractive, but annoying as hell.
Aware of Patrick’s reluctant admiration, Kyle basks in the attention even though Patrick isn’t the type of man he normally goes for. Averse to relationships after being hurt in the past, Kyle enjoys the occasional hook up, but has given up on seeking anything more meaningful. 
Stuck together, their antagonism escalates along with a heavy dose of sexual tension until it finally ignites. What starts as a Christmas fling soon feels like something special; but will their tentative connection melt away as the snow thaws? If they’re going to take a chance on finding happiness together, they’ll have to put their differences aside and learn to trust one another.
Contains enemies-to-lovers, snowball fights, bickering, spanking, a cute dog, a wise old lady, mistletoe, and a happy ending (of course).


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~Release Blitz~Crossroads (A Skins Novella) by Garrett Leigh~Review & Giveaway~

 

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41822040Title: Crossroads
Author: Garrett Leigh
Series: Skins #3.5
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh Black Jazz Design
Publisher: Fox Love Press
Page Count: 109 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Holidays
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

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Angelo Giordano and Dylan Hart are more in love than ever, but their reality is far from ideal. With Dylan working in London, and Angelo recovering from chronic illness in Cornwall, they rarely spend more than few nights under the same sky. 
Dylan is struggling. Being apart from Angelo is killing him, and he’s at the end of his rope. Angelo can’t live in London anymore, but can Dylan give up his whole life and move to a place that often feels like the end of the world? 
As the end of a tough year approaches, they reach a crossroads. Dylan returns to Cornwall for Christmas and Angelo can’t imagine watching him leave again. Can the love that surrounds them on Whisper Farm show them the way home?


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~Pre-Release Review~The Story of Us by Barbara Elsborg~

 

42562254Title: The Story of Us
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 435 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, New Adult
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Two boys. One love. Ten summers. 
Are you okay?
The first words Zed says to Caspian, and the first time someone has cared about the answer. On a hot summer’s day, the lives of two boys are changed forever. A rebel and a risk taker, Caspian doesn’t give a damn for the consequences. Studious and obedient, Zed is the good boy who is never good enough.
The two couldn’t be more different, but there’s one thing they share, a need to belong to someone who understands them, someone who cares. Their friendship goes deeper than either can possibly imagine. They’re young, in love, and planning their future when an act of betrayal tears them apart. 
Fate deals its hand. Seasons pass. Zed’s words follow Caspian through pain, fear and into the darkest of places. Friendships can last a lifetime, even when the world conspires to crush them. But this is more than friendship. This is love and they’re not going to let it slip through their fingers. 
The Story of Us is a tale of love and survival, and the triumph of good over evil against the odds.
The Story of Us is a new adult contemporary romance. It deals with family and social issues, violence and cruelty to children but not sexual assault, sexual situations, and has dark elements and suspense. The events and locations are a mixture of real and fictional. The characters are fictional.


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~Release Blitz~Boy Shattered by Eli Easton~Review & Giveaway~

 

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42272771Title: Boy Shattered
Author: Eli Easton
Cover Design: Tiferet Design
Page Count: 317 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

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Brian 
You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear. 
I had everything—school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new. Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs? 
Landon 
Will you kiss me? 
When I came across Brian Marshall, the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I saw at school that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the man of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over. 


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~Release Blitz~Review & Giveaway~Lucky by Garrett Leigh~

 

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41732041Title: Lucky
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Fox Love Press
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh Black Jazz Design
Page Count: 282 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

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Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it.
Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits.
Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall.
Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.
 


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~Release Blitz~Safe Place (Rainbow Place #2) by Jay Northcote~Release Day Review~

 

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41049130Title: Safe Place
Author: Jay Northcote
Series: Rainbow Place #2
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @Black Jazz Design
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: August 31, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

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Where do you go when your home is no longer a safe place?
Alex is about to turn eighteen and is firmly in the closet. He’s been biding his time, waiting to escape to uni, and finally come out away from the oppressive influence of his homophobic father. When he flunks his exams, he’s stuck in the small town of Porthladock—and what’s worse is that he’s working for his dad. The only thing that makes it bearable is Cam.
Cam’s comfortable with his bisexuality, but he doesn’t broadcast it. Young, free, and single, his social life revolves around playing rugby and hanging out with his mates. He’s attracted to Alex, but with the six-year age gap, Cam’s wary of getting involved. Plus, he thinks Alex needs a friend more than he needs a lover, and as their friendship grows, Cam decides he’s not willing to risk ruining it for casual sex. 
When Alex’s dad finds out about his sexuality, Alex is suddenly both jobless and homeless. He finds work at Rainbow Place, the local LGBT-friendly café and Cam lets Alex stay in his flat for a while. But Alex would rather be sleeping in Cam’s bed than on his sofa. With them both living under one roof, their feelings for each other grow stronger, and the sexual tension is hard to ignore. Will giving in to it ruin their friendship and complicate things for Alex even more?
—Although this book is part of a linked series, it has a satisfying happy ending, and can be enjoyed as a standalone.—


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The second book in this delightful series but can be standalone. I’m pretty much addicted to the charming setting and endearing characters Jay Northcote has created here. A small town setting is one of my favorite things.


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~Release Day Review~Sky Full of Mysteries by Rick R. Reed~

 

41009906Title: Sky Full of Mysteries
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 220 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

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What if your first love was abducted and presumed dead—but returned twenty years later?
That’s the dilemma Cole Weston faces. Now happily married to Tommy D’Amico, he’s suddenly thrown into a surreal world when his first love, Rory Schneidmiller, unexpectedly reappears.
Where has Rory been all this time? What happened to him two decades ago, when a strange mass appeared in the night sky and lifted him into the heavens? Rory has no memory of those years. For him, it’s as though only a day or two has passed.
Rory still loves Cole with the passion unique to young first love. Cole has never forgotten Rory, yet Tommy has been his rock, by his side since Rory disappeared.
Cole is forced to choose between an idealized and passionate first love and the comfort of a long-term marriage. How can he decide? Who faces this kind of quandary, anyway? The answers might lie among the stars…


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I’ve only read one book by this Author, Bashed, so I kind of knew to go into this one it was going to be something different…I’m, honestly, left a bit speechless here. I’m not sure what to make of this but one thing’s for sure after I read the last word I was sitting stunned into silence…I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters and the ending…and that’s the sign of a good book(for me).


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