Sunday, October 09, 2016

Weekly Review Roundup

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Our regular weekend recap of all our review posts from the week in one easy go. If you have missed any of our reviews here’s your chance to browse over them all again quickly in one convenient post. Take a look and see what you may have missed.

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Reading the Signs by Keira Andrews

reading the signs_thumb[1]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

This hot-headed rookie needs discipline—on and off the field.

Pitcher Nico Agresta is desperate to live up to his family’s baseball legacy. Since he was a teenager crushing on his big brother’s teammate, he’s known he can’t act on his desires. His father’s made it clear there should be no queers on the field, but if Nico can win Rookie of the Year like his dad and brother did, maybe he can prove he’s worthy after all.

At 34, veteran catcher Jake Fitzgerald just wants to finish out his contract and retire. His team doesn't have a prayer of making the playoffs, but who needs the stress? Jake lost his passion for the game—and life—after driving away the man he loved, and he swore he’d never risk his heart again.
Then he’s traded to a team that wants a vet behind the plate to tame their new star pitcher. Jake is shocked to find the gangly kid he once knew has grown into a gorgeous young man. But tightly wound Nico’s having trouble controlling his temper in his quest for perfection, and Jake needs to teach him patience and restraint on the mound.

When their push and pull explodes into the bedroom, Nico and Jake will both learn how much they’ll risk for love.

This gay sports romance features men who have been repressing their feelings far too long, light BDSM, an age difference, sweaty locker rooms, and a happy ending. 86,000 words.

DEBRA

::: REVIEW POST :::

"A low-angst love story with romance, passion, steamy sex and a bit of kink that guarantees a happy ending you’ll do well to pick up this story."

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Terror in Tulsa by Buck Powers

51FQ0BLjPPL_thumb[2]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Tension Mounts

Backlash from the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage threatens to escalate into violence. The Republican-dominated Oklahoma Legislature introduces more anti-gay bills than any other state. Security concerns mount as Gay Pride Weekend approaches. Signs of trouble erupt as a popular right-wing radio host inflames anti-gay passions and skinheads vandalize vehicles parked in front of the Pride Center in downtown Tulsa. The city refuses to provide extra security because of budget constraints blamed on the downturn in oil prices.

Militia Surrounds Building

Pride opening night confirms the worst fears. A militia group wielding AR-15s surrounds the building, terrorizing those inside. Someone calls 911, but the operator refuses to place the call. Others try but get the same result. The operators mention the state’s new Religious Freedom law. Placing the call would violate their religious convictions. Celebrants decide to take matters into their own hands.

Major Players

Josh Rendell, the director of the Pride Center, largest in the nation, makes history by flying the gay flag over downtown.
Tom Benson, director of Helping Hands, a social service agency housed in the center, instigator of the gay threesome that ensnares his two best friends.
Andrea Minotti, ex-wife of Enzo, disgraced ex-police officer, temperamentally unstable, troubled by gambling and alcohol addiction.
Enzo Minotti, sexy police detective, assigned to investigate threats against the Pride Center; his working relationship with Josh leads to something neither man expected.
Dana Gilmore, ambitious newspaper reporter; on the trail of a secret state plan to divert public funds to a gay conversion program.
Ben McAda, Dana’s colleague on the Tulsa Globe, and Josh and Tom’s best friend. The metrosexual cool Brady District is his element, and the sexy dude from the newspaper with the shadow beard becomes the mystery man everyone wants.
Christie, officer manager at the Pride Center, ace paralegal and Pride Center nerve center.
Rita, Christie’s girlfriend, also troubled by gambling addiction. Rita’s startup business and her connection with Andrea Minotti, threaten to shatter her fragile relationship with Christie.
Bobby Joe Riser, unemployed refinery worker, exudes a rough sensuality that attracts women and men alike. For now, Riser is GRUNT Church volunteer coordinator, but Minister Doug Evers has bigger plans. When Riser realizes what’s in store, his life changes forever.

CHERYL

::: REVIEW POST :::

"The story is cohesive, the editing quite well done, the voice true and the characters well rounded."

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In From the Cold (The CASTOFFS Book 1)

by J.T. Rogers

in-from-the-cold_thumb[1]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Robert Flynn abandoned a sterling military career when his best friend and fellow soldier, Wesley Pike, died under his command. More than a decade later, Flynn’s quiet life is disturbed by the troubles of a fledgling CIA and Alexander Grant, a flashy agent with a lot to prove. As the space race between the United States and the Soviets heats up and the body count rises, the two men fight to find common ground. Grant knows Flynn believes in the cause, but all Flynn sees is the opportunity to fail someone like he failed Wes. An attack by a Soviet agent spurs Flynn to action and a reluctant association with the agency, and tilts Flynn’s world on its axis with a shocking discovery: Wesley Pike may be alive and operating as a Soviet assassin.

With Grant to bankroll the operation, his superiors looking the other way, and Flynn’s hard-earned peace officially forfeit, Flynn reunites his old team with the singular goal of finding Wes. But they get more than they bargained for—Wes is amnesiac and dangerous, brainwashed into becoming the perfect weapon. Flynn struggles to reach his friend, lead his team, and navigate his charged relationship with Grant—something neither of them expected and aren’t sure how to parse—while coming to grips with his long-buried feelings for Wes.

SALLY 

::: REVIEW POST :::

"If you’ve ever wanted Captain America to have a boyfriend then this is the book for you. If you have a familiarity with the Marvelverse then you’ll just have some pretty mental images – this book really does standalone."

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Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean

Bitter Legacy_thumb[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Detective Sergeant James Henderson’s remarkable gut instincts have put him on a three-year fast track to becoming an inspector. But the advancement of his career has come at a cost. Gay, posh and eager to prove himself in the Metropolitan Police, James has allowed himself few chances for romance.

But when the murder of barrister Maria Curzon-Whyte lands in his lap, all that changes. His investigation leads him to a circle of irresistibly charming men. And though he knows better, James finds himself enticed into their company.

Soon his desire for photographer Ben Morgan challenges him to find a way into the other man’s lifestyle of one-night stands and carefree promiscuity. At the same time his single murder case multiplies into a cruel pattern of violence and depravity.

But as the bodies pile up and shocking secrets come to light, James finds both his tumultuous private life and coveted career threatened by a bitter legacy.

MARK

::: REVIEW POST :::

"After reading the first chapter I was shouting from the rooftops with joy! A masterful style as the author plays her reader like a puppet with her easy, professional and well rounded narrative. Don't miss out on reading THIS BOOK!"

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The Alpha’s Revenge by Shane Keleher

51OIUF0OodL_thumb[2]Rating ~ 3 Stars

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Synopsis

Justin Crane thinks he's met the man of his dreams in Parker. Not only is the man smolderingly sexy and mysterious, but he's also gentle and caring, the full package. Little does Justin know that Parker has a secret. He comes from a family of werewolf hunters and their new relationship has attracted the ire of one particularly vengeful alpha werewolf who’s vowed retaliation against those who’ve hunted his kind for generations.

Then one night it happens--the alpha strikes. And it gets its revenge by attacking Justin and turning him into what Parker’s family hates most--a werewolf. Now Justin is caught in the middle of an ages-old battle between hunters and werewolves. Each side has sworn the destruction of the other, and if Justin makes the wrong move, it could spell disaster, not only for himself, but for countless others.

Can Justin make the correct decision and align himself with the right faction? And of greater importance to the men, can their growing love survive the ferocious clash between hunter and werewolf?

Sue

::: REVIEW POST :::

"There's an exciting finale to the story and a satisfactory resolution to the conflict. Overall, a fun read with plenty of action."

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Gideon (Order of the Black Knights Book 1)

by Ashe Barker

gideon_thumb[1]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Order of the Black Knights

Gideon Maybury enjoys a life of wealth and privilege, not to mention the advantages his position offers him in his career as a merchant banker and his less public life as a high-class, skilled, and very well-paid assassin for Her Majesty’s government. When his brother dies unexpectedly, he becomes the Duke of Westmoreland.

Michael Mathison has hated Gideon since they were at university together. He’s convinced Gideon had a hand in the death of Michael’s college lover, Christopher, and that he had something to do with the death of his own brother. So he gets a job as Gideon’s driver, enabling him to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the elder Maybury sibling. At first his suspicions seem to be confirmed, but clues emerge that suggest all is not as it appears at Maybury Hall.

As the mystery deepens, so does the attraction between the two implacable enemies, as does the feeling that they have met before—under dark and terrible circumstances. Each has reasons not to trust the other, but neither is averse to a bit of kinky play. Gideon and Michael end up owing each other their lives, and it results in consequences neither could have imagined.

FREYA

::: REVIEW POST :::

"I found the first couple of chapters hard going, but after that, the story settled and drew me in.”

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My Angel (Angel Enterprises #1) by Sue Brown

Morning-My-Angel-jpg_thumb1Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Josh Cooper, top US security field agent, is sent on an inter-agency assignment to London, when a partner in his firm goes missing in suspicious circumstances. Used to working in sole charge of his well-honed team, he clashes heads with the handsome, but pompous Cal, his UK co-operator and superior. Josh’s gut tells him something is wrong. He’s being kept out of the loop and Cal’s agenda is running on a different path.

He also has a personal issue to deal with. He’s involved in a cyber-relationship with “Charlie”, an unknown man who connected with Josh by accident. Their banter has led to deeper respect and a sexual interest, but now Josh is faced with a growing attraction to Cal. Between this conflict and the tension of the mission, Josh’s heart and head are overworked and confused. Things can’t get much worse.

Then Josh discovers the enemies he’s seeking have a new target: him.

DEBRA

::: REVIEW POST :::

"There were a number of twists and surprises and I was kept wondering whodunit until the very end. Even the romantic aspect of the story wasn’t as simple as it seemed in the beginning."

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Sunset Park by Santino Hassell (Audiobook)

o-sunset-park_thumb[1]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Raymond Rodriguez's days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.

David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way—he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens—but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret.

Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence—he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.

IRO

::: REVIEW POST :::

"There's great banter, just the right amount of hot sex and lots of feelz so I don't think there's a chance you won't like this one."

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A Kind of Honesty (A Kind of Stories #3)

by Lane Hayes

kindofhonesty_thumb[1]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Music is drummer Tim Chalmers’s great escape and the one thing that’s never let him down. But his band Spiral’s meteoric rise to fame has made it difficult for him to maintain a low profile. Unwanted press pesters him after a public breakup with a volatile ex-girlfriend who loves the limelight as much as he loathes it. Tim’s main goal is to avoid confrontation. However, when a handsome stranger in a dive bar turns out to be someone he might know, everything changes.

Carter Hamilton-Temple might be a successful financial consultant with more brains, sophistication, and charm than most, but he always falls for the wrong guys: closet cases or men with issues. He can’t fight his attraction to tattooed rock star Tim, but can he trust his own judgment? When the thrill of danger combined with a fierce physical connection proves too strong for either man to resist, a quiet liaison away from the public eye and curious friends seems like a safe bet. But some secrets are hard to keep. When rumors threaten to rock his world, Tim realizes it’s time to confront his fear with his own kind of honesty.

FREYA

::: REVIEW POST :::

"An interesting cast from the annoying, protective mother to the exuberant best friend. It’s a tale about living the life you want rather the one dictated to you. The story starts well; there’s a high mid-way, and the ending is good too.”

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Model Bodyguard (Haven Investigations #2)

by Lissa Kasey

model bodyguard_thumb[1]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Sequel to Model Citizen
Haven Investigations: Book Two

Things are going well for androgynous model Ollie Petroskovic, ex-Marine Kade Alme, and their business, Haven Investigations, until rock star Jacob Elias shows up in need of their services… and trouble follows.

Jacob is a playboy with a serious penchant for kink, slaves, and sex toys. He’s also Ollie’s ex—and all that implies. With the media exploiting his personal life, a stalker sending blood-soaked “gifts,” a bumbling security team, and a family he can’t trust as far as he could throw them, Jacob is in desperate need of a bodyguard for his latest tour, and Kade can’t refuse.

While Kade deals with new doubts about his partnership with Ollie and struggles with reminders of his war injuries, Jacob’s stalker escalates from blackmail and threats to murder. As Kade and Ollie work to keep Jacob safe and find the culprit behind the attack, a web of family secrets, lies, and abuse slowly emerges, leading up to a final confrontation that they might not walk away from—and that will have lasting repercussions for Kade and his relationship with Ollie.

CHERYL

::: REVIEW POST :::

"A book that was fresh and complex but not to the point of confusion. I was able to keep the cast and plot clear in my mind from the start and there were enough surprises to keep me on the edge of my seat. Others might see the ending coming, but to me it was a big shock and very well done."

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