Monday, December 11, 2017

Release Day Review: An Unlocked Mind (Secrets #2) by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams

an unlocked mindTitle ~ An Unlocked Mind (Secrets 32)

Author ~ K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 11th December 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, BDSM

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Synopsis

Rob Daniels is determined to prove to himself that his brother Alex got it wrong. Alex believes he found love through BDSM; Rob is certain that’s not possible. He even makes several visits to a London club to prove his point. But when he attends the grand opening of Secrets, Rob gets a shock, one that has him fleeing, vowing never to return—until he does… and runs into the brick wall that is Dom Vic Prentiss. As first meetings go, theirs is a disaster.

The more time he spends around Rob, the more convinced Vic becomes of two things—one, something is eating away at Rob, and two, he’s looking for something. Every instinct tells Vic to help him, but trying to unlock the secrets hidden in Rob’s mind requires a key. All Vic has to do is find it. Because maybe then he’ll get to see the real Rob, the man who’s scared to let go….

Release Day Book Brief: Ballerina Dad by Amy Aislin

ballerina dadTitle ~ Ballerina Dad

Author ~ Amy Aislin

Publisher ~ NineStar Press 

Published ~ 11th December 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Holiday

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Attending his daughter’s holiday dance recital should be easy for pro hockey player Patrick Barnes. Showing up in a tutu, however, wasn’t exactly part of the plan. And yet the holidays get even more interesting when he bumps into Lee, the man he let get away years ago.
Ballet instructor Lee can’t believe who just walked into his studio. He also can’t believe how quickly the flare of attraction between he and Patrick resurfaces, despite the years that have gone by since they last spoke.
Once upon a time, they let opportunities get away. Is it possible they’ll now have the chance to pursue the spark that has come back to life after just one conversation?
Holidays are a time for giving, and neither Patrick nor Lee are about to take this particular gift for granted.

MONDAY’S QUICK BITES and GIVEAWAY

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As M/M Reviewers, between us we have read thousands of m/m romance novels over the years and we would like to share our favourites with you, those reads that have been 4+ stars for us. So every Monday we bring you our Quick Bites, short reviews of our recommended reads. 

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! We have four great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from Xavier Mayne, Victoria Sue, Z.A. Maxfield and Jordan Castillo. Don’t forget you can also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this weeks Quick Bites.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Review: Men of The Cross (Battle Scars #1) by Charlene Newcomb

men_largeTitle: Men of The Cross

Author: Charlene Newcomb

Publisher: Blue X Entertainment

Release: 28th April 2014

Genre: M/M (historical)

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Synopsis

War, political intrigue and passion… heroes… friends and lovers… and the seeds for a new Robin Hood legend await you…

Two young knights’ journey to war at Richard the Lionheart’s side sweeps them from England to the Holy Land in this historical adventure set against the backdrop of the Third Crusade.

Henry de Grey leaves Southampton in high spirits, strong in his faith and passionate about the mission to take Jerusalem back from Saladin’s army. Stephan l’Aigle’s prowess on the battlefield is well known, as are his exploits in the arms of other men. He prizes duty, honour and loyalty to his king above all else. But God and the Church? Stephan has little use for either.

Henry’s convictions are challenged by loss and the harsh realities of bloody battles, unforgiving marches, and the politics of the day. Man against man. Man against the elements. Man against his own heart. Survival will depend on more than a strong sword arm.

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Book Brief: Poison Marked (2017 Advent Calendar - Stocking Stuffers) by TJ Nichols

poison markedTitle ~ Poison Marked

Author ~ TJ Nichols

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 1st December 2017

Genre ~ Fantasy, M/M Romance, Holiday

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Synopsis

Kill his lover or disobey his king and instigate civil war?

As the feared court poison master, Nikko is sworn to do as his king bids. As the lover of the king’s nephew, Lord Rodas, Nikko must hide his affection or risk being labeled a traitor and punished. A former thief who clawed his way into the palace from the filthy streets, Nikko longs to be deserving of Rodas’s love.

A respected war hero, Rodas is in a delicate political situation. He is not the kingdom’s natural heir, though many support his claim over the wastrel, Prince Fortin. The last thing Rodas wants is war. His highest ambition is for Nikko to openly wear the jewels he’s bestowed on him as a public declaration of their love.

Neither man is prepared for the king to order Nikko to poison Rodas during the solstice feast or for the deadly intrigue they’re plunged into, which exposes their affair and rocks the foundations of the kingdom.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Review: Jesus Kid by Kayleigh Sky

jesus kidTitle ~ Jesus Kid

Author ~ Kayleigh Sky

Publisher ~ Kiss Drunk Books

Published ~ 6th December 2017

Genre ~ Science Fiction, M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Thirty years ago, an asteroid stuck the Earth. Now killer plants hunt the last surviving humans.

Ori Scott is a young junkie running from his mother’s prophecy that he’d one day save the world from the killer plants. Her preaching made him a laughingstock and now he hides in his drugs. But he can’t hide the change in his veins. They are turning green, and the prophecy is dragging him into a dark struggle between invisible forces. Set up on bogus drug charges, Ori is taken to a secret facility where he becomes a test subject in experiments to discover an antidote to the alien plant’s sting.

Jack Doll is a cop with a vendetta against the plants that killed his best friend. All he has in the world now is his old friend’s lover, Rive. Together they form an unbreakable bond—or so he thought. Jack has never liked Rive’s friend, Ori, but he believes in Ori’s innocence and doesn’t understand Rive’s strange indifference to Ori’s conviction. Struggling with his suspicions, Jack can’t help digging into a mystery that draws him closer to Ori than ever before—and closer to somebody who has secrets to hide.

Alone and scared, Ori is grateful for Jack Doll’s friendship, and his longtime crush soon blossoms into love. But Ori has no plans to accept his fate. He wants to escape, and he doesn’t care if he takes the cure with him.

Book Brief: Christmas Grace (2017 Advent Calendar - Stocking Stuffers) by C.L. Miles

christmas graceTitle ~ Christmas Grace

Author ~ C.L. Miles

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 1st December 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Holiday

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Synopsis

Christmas has been a lonely time of year for Aaron since losing his family fifteen years ago. But now he’s seeing Craig, and though Aaron is sure they belong together, both have been hurt in the past, so they’re taking things slowly. So far, Craig has been supportive of Aaron’s struggles with anxiety—struggles that cost Aaron relationships in the past.

On Christmas Eve, Aaron is closing his bookshop when Craig surprises him with a specially planned evening. Will this be the night they take that final step and deepen their physical relationship? Aaron hopes so, but things aren’t that simple. Craig has been keeping a secret…. Can Aaron take his place as part of a family again and accept the love he’s missed for so long—or will he find that some deceptions are too big to be forgiven, even with the help of some Christmas grace?

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Blog Tour: Ghostwriter of Christmas Past by TA Moore, New Game, Start by C.S. Poe.

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Today we have TA Moore and C.S. Poe with us on their blog tour stop introducing their two stories from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar Stocking Stuffers. They thought it would be particularly amusing to answer some questions about Christmas and writing to the holidays, video-style! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy of their books.

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Release Day Review: Snow Balls (Balls to the Wall #6) by Tara Lain

snow ballsTitle ~ Snow Balls

Author ~ Tara Lain

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 6th December 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Holiday

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Second Edition
JJ LaRousse looks like a quarterback but acts like a queen. He’s trying to be proud of who he is—until a robbery at the famous Laguna Winter Fantasy brings JJ face-to-face with tough cop Ryan Star. JJ hears Ryan likes manly men, so he drops his voice an octave, colors his pink hair, and tries to pass as a football fan.
Ryan Star may be tough, but he keeps his sexuality to himself at work. He learned in New York that being a gay cop can be deadly. His attraction to JJ threatens his secret, but he’s finding it hard to back away from a guy who’s so totally his type. Then, during a ski trip and a confrontation with JJ’s biggest nemesis, all the façades come crashing down. In the aftermath, can Ryan love JJ for who he really is? More importantly, can JJ?
First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.