~Release Day Review~A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat by Roe Horvat~

 

36793845Title: A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat
Author: Roe Horvat
Page Count: 193 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Simon had always expected love to feel different than this. Whether it was his Catholic upbringing or the poetry he’d read—Simon had thought that true love would be uplifting, fulfilling, that it would give a meaning to his loitering, and add joy to his leisure. But not this kind of love. This love was a flesh-eating monster, sharp-clawed and evil-eyed, ravishing his mind with medieval cruelty. 
Dr. Simon Mráz is a respected specialist and lecturer at the Charles University in Prague. He is a serious man, responsible. His students call him The Cruel Doctor Frost not because he’s unkind, but because of his unwavering, ice-cold composure. As a psychiatrist, he values sanity. And sanity can be found in work, restraint, and self-control. 
Not many know of that one time in the past when The Cruel Doctor Frost lost his cool. His ill-advised, secret affair with a student left Simon deeply wounded. Since that day, every minute of Simon’s life has been a struggle to remain sane, functioning. He’s managed so far—as long as he is needed, as long as his work makes a difference, Simon can scrape together enough strength to get up in the morning and run off the nightmares. But when his friends begin drifting away, his beloved protégé becomes independent, and the man who bereaved Simon of his precious sanity might return… Simon’s mind and body stop responding to his impressive willpower.


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I’ve got to say Roe Horvat can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned.

A lot more angsty than previous books but totally up my street. As usual, the writing and storytelling are superb…You get a brief introduction to Matej and his thoughts at the beginning of the story. A beautiful, enigmatic student who seems to have set his sights on a certain Lecturer, Dr. Simon Mraz.
Fast forward a few years and the story continues from Simon’s pov and for about half the book Matej remains someone only in Simon’s thoughts.

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~Release Day Review~Out For the Holidays: An Out Novella by Cara Dee~

 

36439857Title: Out For the Holidays: An Out Novella
Author: Cara Dee
Page Count: 150 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: December 12, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

I’m not saying Henry jinxed us when he chose to send out two hundred holiday cards stating we were going to have a blissful Christmas at home… 
Before we knew it, our peace and quiet went out the window, and we were headed to Mexico for a photo shoot my agent had neglected to tell me about. Of course, we had to deal with the man who didn’t want us to be together, and then we ended up back in LA, and we had to figure out what was going on with my brother, and, and… Okay, deep breaths. FYI, Philadelphia is nowhere near our home in northern Washington. Additionally, I wonder how Viagra really works, and what’s it gonna take to get a proposal around here? 
Honestly. I’m not saying Henry jinxed us, but I’m writing the damn card next year. 
Warning: This story contains more sugar than the cookies you leave for Santa, and it’s chock-full of greetings and updates from other characters written by Cara, titles including Noah, Home, Path of Destruction, Uncomplicated Choices, and more. 
(A 40k words long Christmas-themed sequel to Out. Not a standalone.)


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All Zach wants is to do is to spend December and the run-up to Christmas at home, peacefully, with Henry. But, things are destined to not go smoothly at all when he finds out he’s been booked for a modeling job in Mexico. Henry goes with him, it might be a nice break, right?…except that they have Joseph to deal with. (cue a really hot sex scene up against a window). 😛

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~Release Day Review~On Your Knees, Prospect (Kings of Hell MC #3) by K.A. Merikan~

 

34536214Title: On Your Knees, Prospect
Authors: K.A. Merikan
Series: Kings of Hell MC #3
Page Count: 341 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Dark Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: December 6, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

There is freedom in blacking boots for the right man.
Jake. Kings of Hell MC Prospect. Obedient. Desperate for approval.
Vars. Dominant. Stern. Undead.
Jake is itching to become a patched member of the Kings of Hell MC. For two years he’s toiled as the only prospect. So when a new guy swans in and thinks he’ll get a patch in no time just because he’s got friends in high places, Jake is there to stand in his way.  Only that the guy is older, more experienced, drives a Harley, and has the kind of boots Jake craves to lick. But he won’t. Because he only fucks patches.
Vars is ready to find a new home in the Kings of Hell MC after a messy relationship led him straight to hell. In comparison, the pretty, blue-eyed prospect could be just the pleasant rebound he needs. The boy is a brat, but that could be amended with a firm hand and a gag. If only Jake was ready to admit to his submissive needs, Vars would gladly take him under his wing. That is, until he finds out something inhuman resides inside of Jake. Vars didn’t cheat death only to call out to it again. But stuck together in one room, keeping each other’s secrets, they might just have to become allies, no matter how unwilling. Because if there is something Vars can’t resist, it’s a boy with pleading eyes.
“You are mine now, boy. This room is soundproof. No one will hear you scream.”
“Yes, sir. My body is yours.”

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Themes: motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, demons, monster, tattoos, secrets, crime, self-discovery, gothic, fresh start, submission, stalking, PTSD, May/December, self-acceptance, enemies to lovers, Daddy/boy, body horror
Genre: Dark, paranormal M/M romance 
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes, BDSM
WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.


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I’ve got no idea how these Authors came up with this story but I’m fully invested in it.

It’s pure genius how the individual club members stories are interwoven here in this highly addictive PNR series.

Jake is 21, and has been a prospect in the Kings of Hell MC Club for two years. Earning his patch is long overdue but he’s happy to wait for all the club is his life, his family.He’s prepared not only for hard work in the club but also any sexual favors the men might want.But he starts to question what he really wants when a new prospect arrives…

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~Review~Archangel’s Assassin by Barbara Elsborg~

 

36686615Title: Archangel’s Assassin
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Page Count: 275 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

He wants to forget 
West is an archangel’s assassin delivering justice to supernatural creatures who break the law. Not a straightforward job because he also has to absorb the memories of those he kills. Even worse, West is breaking the law himself in an attempt to free his brother from hell. If he doesn’t succeed before his archangel boss finds out, West will be joining his sibling. 
He wants to remember 
A young guy wakes in a London park with his memories gone. He has no idea who he is, or where he comes from. A bracelet engraved with the single word Tao is the only clue to his identity. With no sign of his memory returning, he drifts into a life on the streets. Begging is his only way to survive. 
Two worlds collide 
When Tao returns West’s stolen wallet, West offers to buy him a coffee. Tao delights in the chance to sit down with a good-looking guy until his instincts tell him to run away. Fast. West is surprised when Tao flees, considering how much he’d been mentally urging him to stay. Is he losing his touch or is Tao more than a scruffy young man down on his luck? 
Only one way to find out. 


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I don’t read that many PNR stories but Barbara Elsborg is one of my favorite Authors in this Genre.

I love how she mixes it up with stories set in the present day combined with Mystical elements.

Tao (who I adored), wakes up in London with no memory of how he got there or who he is.The only indication of anything from his life is the bracelet he’s wearing with ‘Tao’ written on it.
-He doesn’t want to beg…but he has to in order to survive…
-He’s confused and frightened but still has a sense of what’s right and what’s wrong.
-When he sees a man’s wallet being stolen, he steps in…was the encounter just the right thing to do or fate?

Hints are given from the beginning that Tao might not be all he appears to be.

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~Release Day Review~Not Just For Christmas by Annabelle Jacobs~

 

36524022Title: Not Just For Christmas
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Page Count: 207 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance Holidays
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Ben has Christmas, cats, and mistletoe on his side…Jason doesn’t stand a chance. 
For Ben Slater, moving back to Bristol means being closer to his family, living with his best mate, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. But there’s also Jason, his best mate’s eldest brother. Ben’s had a crush on Jason for as long as he can remember, but the eleven-year age gap has always seemed insurmountable. 
Jason Armitage works as a vet at his uncle’s practice. He owns a cute cottage on the outskirts of the city, and a loving dog. The one thing missing is someone to share it all with. His brother’s best friend seems a bad choice, but Jason can’t help taking a second look. Ben’s changed a lot since Jason last saw him; both in appearance and attitude. Gone is the shy young boy, replaced with a confident, twenty-four-year-old man. 
In the run up to Christmas, the festive period gives Ben the ideal opportunity to show Jason what he has to offer. But concerns for his brother’s feelings hold Jason back. If they have any chance of making this work, Ben must convince Jason that he’s old enough to know what he wants, and Jason needs to believe that a relationship with his brother’s best friend won’t ruin their friendship.


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Ben has been crushing on his best friend Liam’s older brother, Jason, for years.

His infatuation was put on hold while he was away at University but now he’s back in his hometown and is bound to run into the object of his desires as he’s moving into a flat with Liam…
Jason was aware of Ben’s interest in him but only saw him as his younger brothers best friend.But now Ben is back, all grown up and Jason definitely starts to see him in a different way!

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~Release Day Review~The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish~

 

36369679Title: The Remaking of Corbin Wale
Author: Roan Parrish
Page Count: 226 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance Holidays
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Last month, Alex Barrow’s whole life imploded—partner, home, job, all gone in forty-eight hours. But sometimes when everything falls apart, better things appear almost like magic. Now, he’s back in his Michigan hometown, finally opening the bakery he’s always dreamed of. But the pleasure of opening day is nothing compared to the lonely and beautiful man who bewitches Alex before he even orders.
Corbin Wale is a weirdo. At least, that’s what he’s heard his whole life. He knows he’s often in a fantasy world, but the things he feels are very real. And so is the reason why he can never, ever be with Alex Barrow. Even if Alex is everything he’s always fantasized about. Even if maybe, just maybe, Corbin is Alex’s fantasy too.
When Corbin begins working at the bakery, he and Alex can’t deny their connection any longer. As the holiday season works its magic, Alex yearns for the man who seems out of reach. But to be with Alex, Corbin will have to challenge every truth he’s ever known. If his holiday risk pays off, two men from different worlds will get the love they’ve always longed for.


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The Remaking of Corbin Wale is a unique story!

I’ve read a few books by this Author and enjoyed them-but, this is something completely different.The writing is special, and, captivating, the story has a wonderful, almost, magical feel about it.

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~Release Day Review~Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton~

 

36582719Title: Desperately Seeking Santa
Author: Eli Easton
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 22, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns that the event’s Santa is a mystery man. He shows up in costume and no one has a clue who he is. Uncovering Santa’s identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into serious journalism.
Mack “The Mountain” McDonall, at 6’10”, is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s enormous star wrestler. When Gabe first claps eyes on him at a wrestling match, it’s lust at first sight. Gabe’s friend, Jordan, sets up the pair on a date. But when Gabe chatters on about his plans for outing Santa, Mack goes cold, and their first meeting becomes an epic fail.
As Gabe researches the children’s home, he learns that Mack has secrets a guy famous for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, win the heart of a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?
NOTE: This 50,000 word short novel features a new couple but includes Jordan and Owen, from the author’s book “Superhero”. It can be read as a stand-alone.


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Eli Easton’s seasonal stories have kind of become a part of Christmas for me and this one is no exception. A sweet, slow burn holiday treat.

Shame on me, I know, but I haven’t read Superhero which is Owen and Jordan’s story, who feature here but that definitely didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this.

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~Release Day Review~Citywide (Five Boroughs #6) by Santino Hassell~

 

35495782Title: Citywide
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs #6
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 367 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 13, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Anthology can be read as a standalone
A record-breaking heatwave engulfs the Five Boroughs, and emotions run as hot as the temperatures.
In Rerouted, Chris Mendez is trying to live a drama-free life. That doesn’t include another threesome with Jace and Aiden Fairbairn. But then a citywide blackout leaves them trapped together, and Chris is forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew about relationships and his own heart.
In Gridlocked, former Marine Tonya Maldonado is keeping real estate heiress Meredith Stone on permanent ignore. Mere isn’t Tonya’s type. Not even close. Who cares if she kisses like a dream and has the filthiest mouth this side of the East River? But then a security detail at a summer party ends with her saving Mere’s life and discovering they have more chemistry than she’d ever imagined.
In Derailed, Stephanie Quinones escapes the heat and her complicated love life by going on a company retreat. Trouble is, it’s a couples’ retreat, and she lied about having a boyfriend. Unfortunately, the only person willing to play pretend is her on-again/off-again fling, Angel León. They’re currently “off again,” but after a week in the woods, Stephanie realizes she wouldn’t mind them being permanently on.


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 Rerouted. 5/5.

open q “And you’ve been what’s missing, baby. You weld all our pieces together. When you’re with us, or just texting us, your presence in our lives makes everything… better.” close q 

After getting Jace, Aiden, and Chris’s story in Third Rail I couldn’t wait to get more of these three men’s story and this Novella was just perfect.After a few hookups, Chris has been trying to distance himself from Jace and Aiden-not because he doesn’t want to be with them, it’s more a case of he’s terrified to get too involved and let his feelings for them become more than just sexual.
When a record-breaking heatwave puts New York at a virtual standstill the three men find themselves together again and this time there’s no escaping the deep feelings they’re beginning to develop for each other.
If ever there was a perfect M/M/M combination…this is it! They’re hot, sexy, sweet, and so right together.

Just delicious…

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~Review~Reservations by Kindle Alexander~

 

36490337Title: Reservations
Author: Kindle Alexander
Page Count: 405 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Wildly successful entrepreneur, Thane Walker is stubbornly set in his ways and adamantly resists the shackles of commitment. He’s seen enough unhappy endings to learn the best way to play is by keeping his men on the payroll. 
Levi Silva’s dream of graduating from one of the country’s top medical schools is in his grasp, until news from home changes everything. Now, he’s raising his two teenage brothers and trying to keep everyone’s head above water, emotionally and financially. 
When Levi’s new job puts him in Thane’s path, their chemistry explodes, but their fear of being involved in relationships keeps them apart. Unfortunately, despite the intense desire drawing them together, neither man can move forward until they get past their own…Reservations. 


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Thane Walker, 29, has made a success of his life in business with a string of restaurants and his new venture Reservations, an exclusive club for men, looks set to be just as successful.To say he’s emotionally closed off is an understatement.His parent’s marriage was far from happy and has left Thane not wanting to go anywhere near any kind of relationship.He gets his kicks from escorts, that is until he spots a new waiter working in Reservations and is practically salivating at the sight of Levi in tiny purple briefs and boots…..and yes, I was more than happy with that mental image!

Levi Silva, 26, is not in a good place in his life.Due to the recent death of his father he’s had to put his medical studies on hold to take care of his two younger brothers.He’s struggling, emotionally and financially.So when he gets an offer to work at Reservations the prospect of earning good money is too hard to resist.He’s definitely not into random hookups.He believes in family and monogamy so when he catches the eye of Thane, his life is about to get a whole lot more complicated.

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~Release Day Review~A Charm of Finches (Venery #2) by Suanne Laqueur~

 

36285077Title: A Charm of Finches
Author: Suanne Laqueur
Series: Venery #2
Page Count: 582 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

“I swear. Give me one more chance and I will make the most of it.”

Ex-escort Javier Landes is asking for his third chance at love. And the third time is the charm. He meets an art therapist named Steffen Finch and what starts as casual deepens into a passionate relationship—everything Jav has ever wanted, and everything he fears losing. 
Stef’s business card reads Curator & Sailor. His creativity and insightful nature have made him into a talented therapist, the one to call for tough cases. His professional success can’t conceal a deep need to connect with someone, but Javier Landes is the last person Stef expected.
Geronimo “Geno” Caan is Stef’s most challenging case. To cope with his ordeal, he’s allowed an alter-ego called Mos to make decisions, and now lives a double life within a web of lies. Under Stef’s navigation, Geno uses art to express what Mos forbids to be spoken aloud. But as Geno’s attachment to Stef gradually extends to Jav, the boundaries between professional and personal begin to blur.
Over the course of a year, Jav, Stef and Geno form an unexpected and unconventional triangle, revealing how men make love in times of war and how love is a great wisdom made up of small understandings. The long-awaited second book of the Venery series, A Charm of Finches is an epic tale of survival and secrets guaranteed to make you think and feel and remember.


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Another powerful and moving story from this highly talented Author.

I found this a lot darker than book one and I went through a range of emotions reading it-definitely not always pretty but a story told so well.

This subject matter is harrowing at times and I really commend the Author for not portraying some events in graphic detail and yet still leaving the reader in no doubt about what has happened.Is it better for a reader to visualize events in their own minds? For me, it definitely was and I found it all the more impactful.

The story picks up from book one, that’s not to say this can’t be a standalone, as events and background stories regarding the characters are well explained and introduced into this story without too much repetition…However…

I would recommend reading book one to fully appreciate the story here and especially Jav.

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