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Speechless by Nicole Edwards
He’s suffering in silence...
Teague Carter, one of the four owners of Pier 70 Marina, has spent his life feeling rejected. To the point that he has never allowed himself to get close to anyone. He prefers it that way, in fact. But he refuses to believe that his destructive behavior might be something more than rebellion.
He’s unable to speak...
Hudson Ballard, Pier 70’s mechanic, has been fighting his attraction to Teague for years. He has stood by and watched the kid get more and more out of control, but this time is the last. If Teague wants to use sex to escape his problems, Hudson is certainly willing to be the one to show him that he’s good with more than just his hands.
Sometimes words aren’t necessary.
There are fireworks when this out-of-control bad boy agrees to no strings with this tatted up, dominating mechanic.
Can Teague and Hudson keep their emotions from getting involved in their arrangement? Or -- thanks to the demons from their pasts -- will the darkness steal from them before they have a chance?
Lisa: I think my addiction to Nicole Edwards’ books may have reached new heights.
I may need therapy.
Speechless is the third book in Nicole Edwards’ MM series entitled Pier 70. In this series we have been introduced to the men who own and operate Pier 70 Marina – Cam Strickland (featured in book one), Roan Gregory, Dare Davis (featured in book two), and Teague Carter. I always fall wholeheartedly in love with anything Ms. Edwards writes and if you know anything about her books you know that she tends to write about copious amounts of sexual variations (MF/MFM/MM, etc.) and you also know that her books are HOT AS FUCK as we watch each of the characters Ms. Edwards creates succumb to passion and love. I am certainly a huge fan and love the fact that this is her first entirely MM series! I love getting wrapped up in a sexy romance with enough emotional turmoil to fulfill any angst lover. This book definitely fit the bill as we watch two antagonistic co-workers forge a path on the rocky road of lust and love.
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Maurice - A New Beginning by L. R. Spickett
"Because, well, what do yer say, Maurice, love. Yes that's it - Jesus Christ - I love you, Maurice!"
The year is 1920 and whilst the war may be over, Maurice and his friends are fighting private battles of their own. L. R. Spickett continues where E. M. Forster left off in his original tale of forbidden love - ‘Maurice'. In ‘Maurice - A New Beginning' the recently heartbroken Maurice has been given another shot at love with the handsome but lower class Alec, but there are still hurdles to overcome - they face obstacles from family, friends, and society. Relationships are never easy and in a time when homosexuality was considered a criminal act they could be almost impossible. However, when a kindly couple step into their lives, things begin to look up and with determination and the support of friends, love looks set to win the day.
Mark: My June Hotpick has to be the continuation of the classic story Maurice. If you know the original then a continuation has to be a must read. So with my sense of trepidation I opened the book with an open mind and I’m delighted to say that Mr Spickett took me on a wonderful journey, giving me closure on the classic story of Maurice and Alec. A very fitting, enjoyable and felicitous sequel indeed - LOVED IT!
I could wax lyrical about this book all day so I had better stop here. Are my questions answered from the beginning of my review? I can most definitely say….. YES! Mr Spickett has done a masterful job in continuing Maurice’s and Alec’s story and is most definitely a worthy sequel to the original which by default is a tall order in itself. It rounds off E.M. Forster’s book wonderfully tying up all those loose ends and questions left in the first. I’m sure E.M. Forster would be very happy with the result indeed if he were living today. However, I would not recommend reading this book as a standalone. To get the most from Mr Spickett’s story you should really read or be at least familiar with the original and then this book will mean a lot more and make a lot more sense. I applaud Mr Spickett for giving me a wonderfully written continuation of Maurice’s and Alec’s romance which left me with a soppy sigh and a silly smile knowing that everything is now going to be OK in romance lala land with two of my favourite characters ever.
Wolfsong by TJ Klune
Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.
Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.
Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.
It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.
Debra: Like I started off in my original review, nothing I say will do this book justice. It’s not just a shifter/paranormal book. It’s an amazing story of family, love and loyalty that also has shifters and magic and evil. It will rip you to shreds then make you unbelievably happy, then crush you again, but in the end it will have you begging for more (which I’ve now learned there will be!).
TJ Klune just keeps getting better and this story has a varied cast of amazing main and secondary characters who will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride as you fall in love with Ox, Joe and the Bennett clan. The story spans more than a decade as we watch Ox and Joe grow up together and fall in love, while Ox becomes integrated into the Bennett family after he and his mother were abandoned by his no-good father. While it’s heavy on emotion, there is still plenty of TJ Klune’s distinctive humor woven into the story.
This is one of TJ Klune’s more serious, angstier stories as Ox and Joe are both a bit broken and their path to happy ever after is not an easy one, but the love and bonds forged more than make up for it. I couldn’t recommend it more!
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Soul Seekers by Jake C Wallace
Nineteen-year-old college student Levi Reed has spent his life with hollow emotions and a darkness so deep that he’s convinced he’s losing his mind. He’d give anything to feel something, anything, real.
When a mysterious stranger appears, Levi is convinced the man is trying to kill him. When he’s near, Levi experiences head-crushing pain and something surprising—real emotions for the first time. Jeb Monroe is arrogant, self-assured, closed-off, and handsome, but he isn’t the harbinger of doom Levi assumed. Jeb’s mission: help Levi find his missing soul.
Levi is pulled into the secret world of Seers and Keepers, those born with the innate ability to manipulate souls and tasked with balancing the negative energy they can produce. Levi learns he possesses a rare gift, and he’s in danger. As Jeb and Levi grow closer, they discover a group of zealots who want to harness Levi’s power to cleanse the world of damaged souls. Everyone Levi cares for is threatened unless he agrees to become their tool of death. But agreeing could spell the destruction of humankind. With no one to trust and nothing as it appears, it’s up to Levi to save them all.
Freya: Not only was this story engaging, but not a word, storyline/subplot or character was wasted. I love a story that primarily keeps me interested, but if it also gives my emotions a workout, it gets 5*. Oh, and damn the heat rating is excellent.
Levi is an emotionally stunted, medicated to the gills young man, whose world does a 180 when he decides to give his suitcase of tablets a miss. His family has secrets; his town has secrets – hell just about everyone has something to hide. And, it’s one hell of a ride to discover what they are and the consequences.
I was introduced to the world of cults (yes be careful how you read that, cu..L..ts), soul seekers, keepers, family dynamics (including a brilliant protective brother), good and evil. The author cleverly keeps who is good and bad under wraps until the last possible moment, which ramped up the drama no end.
The cast dynamics changed as the story developed. It was a boiling cauldron of soul, and when a leg of lust, an arm of magic, a head of evil and a sauce of secrets is added, we end up with a superb story that I’d recommend to anyone.
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Fire Up My Heart by Asta Idonea
London bartender Fane thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he finds a rare and expensive service Bot discarded in a dumpster, and he takes it home to get it working again. The Jo-E brings some much-needed companionship to Fane’s lonely life, but there’s something different about this Bot, as indicated by its odd behavior. Fane’s developing feelings toward Jo-E trouble him, and things go from bad to worse when a robotics engineer arrives on Fane’s doorstep, demanding the return of his property. Fane is forced to choose between a hefty reward and following his heart. Giving in to his forbidden desires might get him killed—or change his life forever.
Sally: Over years of reading sci fi and spec fic I have enjoyed many stories about robots, cyborgs and artificial intelligences, but this short story from Astra Idonea is the first ever romance.
Set in London in the not too distant future – 2045 – Fire Up My Heart has quite a lot packed into it, including the necessary happy ending. I found the story very satisfying and just about the right length, too. For such a short story quite a lot was packed into it, including the necessary happy ending. I found the story very satisfying and just about the right length, too. Great fun and a good introduction to the work of this author.Great fun and a good introduction to the work of this author.
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Iro’s Hot Pick
The High King’s Golden Tongue
(Tales of the High Court #1) by Megan Derr
Prince Allen has trained his entire life to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious mother, who has made their kingdom one of the wealthiest and most influential in the empire. For the past few years he has trained to become the new consort of the High King. The only thing no one prepared him for was the stubborn, arrogant High King himself, who declares Allen useless and throws him out of court.
High King Sarrica is ruling an empire at war, and that war will grow exponentially worse if his carefully laid plans do not come to fruition. He's overwhelmed and needs help, as much as he hates to admit it, but it must be someone like his late consort: a soldier, someone who understands war, who is not unfamiliar with or afraid of the harsher elements of rule. What he doesn't need is the delicate, pretty little politician foisted on him right as everything goes wrong.
Publisher note: this is a highly expanded, completely re-written version of the free short that was previously available under the same title.
Iro: I couldn't put this book down! I loved it – the writing is wonderful and the story itself captivating. I dare say The High King's Golden Tongue gave many of my high fantasy favorites a run for their money! The slow burn romance and the miscommunications and political developments that complicate the MCs' relationship may be center stage, but the secondary characters were a huge part of this book not only for the role they played in the story but on their own merit. Extremely nuanced, interesting and likable they went a long way to make this book that much more interesting. I laughed so much with the banter among Sarrica, Lesto and Rene, his brothers-in-law and head of the army and a band of mercenaries respectively.
I gave the book 5 stars without second thought. I had an amazing time reading it and if there were any flaws they were insignificant. In one word: Beautiful. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book, since it's Lesto's story I am sure it will be a treat!
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