Sunday, October 23, 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.


Drawn In by Barbara Elsborg

drawn in[3]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Undercover police officer Kell has crossed the line. He’s become trapped in an abusive relationship with his violent thug of a boss and sees no way back without wrecking months of work. The hope of ever being involved with someone who respects him seems a distant dream.

Private investigator Gethin is depressed that the bulk of his work involves following unfaithful partners. He knows just what it’s like to be cheated on. Even worse, his relationship with his ex is complicated and Gethin can see no way of breaking free of a guy who so desperately needs him.

A chance encounter brings Kell and Gethin together, entwining their lives with secrets and danger. They both have reasons to keep things casual. But there are consequences to zipless fucks. Not only do they have to survive people trying to kill them, they need to trust each other and keep their wits about them, while ensuring their hearts stay intact.



"The story starts and ends well, with some areas of brilliance in between. If you are the kind of reader of who thrives on detail and loves a side arc that will turn you to blubber, then this is for you."


The First Act by Vanessa Mulberry

the-first-act3Rating ~ 4 Stars

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April 1594. William Moodie thinks he’s in love with celebrated actor Richard Brasyer. When Brasyer’s playing company, Goldfox’s Men, comes to town, William is only too willing to leave his country life for the opportunities of the theater and a life in London. Determined to become Richard’s apprentice, William seeks to impress his mentor with his acting—and please him in bed.

Meanwhile, Richard struggles to escape his past as a spy and disentangle himself from the manipulations of his former master and ex-lover, Bennett Goldfox. Swearing off a relationship with his new apprentice proves difficult for Richard, as William uses all his youthful charms to seduce him. When Bennett’s life is threatened, Richard is lured back into the game for one final mission, and he and William travel to Cambridge to hunt down a list of traitors to the Crown.

In the midst of danger and deception, Richard and William come to truly see each other, faults and all, and realize their feelings run deeper than either expected.



"The First Act has a charm about it. William is pushy, Bennet is ruthlessly calm, Richard is caught between the two. I found it an easy story to read and understand."


Sweet Summer Sweat by Clare London

sweetsummersweat[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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When you find a place where lust and sex rule life, and your every desire can be fulfilled, why would you ever want to leave?

Young runaway Scot and his boyfriend Jerry escape their deadbeat homes and families, hoping to leave prejudice behind them and travel to a new life in Las Vegas. Unprepared and naive, they're lost almost at once, and shelter at a run-down, deserted motel in the middle of the scorching hot Nevada desert. A place with secrets, run by staff both gorgeous and uninhibited, and driven by a mysterious sexual connection Scot’s never even dared to dream.

All but drugged by the lazy heat and the hedonism around him, Scot watches as Jerry is seduced away and realizes their relationship was nothing more than shared lust. Restless, Scot knows he wants true love and real understanding. Could he find it with the mysterious and elusive owner of the motel, Connor Maxwell? Connor seems to think so, every time he appears and pursues Scot for his own. But where does Connor come from? It seems the passion calls him into being at its own whim.
Eventually, what binds Connor and his friends to the motel may be too strong for Scot to break through. Scot has ambitions to travel, to make something of his life – but is his only option to embrace life at the motel in his true lover’s arms?

Or will that love be strong enough to release them both …



"Read a chapter of this story and you’ll be pinning your partner to the mattress or taking matters into your own hands. Yes, it’s that hot. Everyone has a journey in life, and it’s a case of having the balls to hit the road and who you take along with you.”


Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford

(Audiobook Review)

Murder_Cover_Ford_smallRating ~ 4 Stars

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Dead women tell no tales.

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he's never been accused of taking a life - until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter's Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.

Detective Dante Montoya thought he'd never see Rook Stevens again - not after his former partner falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he'd fought to put in prison and who still makes his blood sing.

Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn't bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook's feet, he's forced to reach out to the last man he'd expect to believe in his innocence - and the only man who's ever gotten under Rook's skin.

©2015 Rhys Ford (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press



"A story that I enjoyed, had me laughing at times, had me wondering about what was going to happen next, not only with the murder / mystery part but also in Dante’s and Rook’s relationship. Yes, a thoroughly entertaining story.”


Tempting Tristan by Melissa Foster

Tristan_FINAL-3_thumb[1][2]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, hot alphas. One injured war hero​, one who has loved and lost. Each struggling for a future not bound by his painful past.

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try and figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault--he leads with his heart, not his head--and that's never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he's beginning to get a handle on things. That is, until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar...
Alex has spent eight years in the Army, months in a hospital bed, and far too long hiding his sexual identity. He's guilt-ridden, damaged, pissed off, and up for a Silver Star--for the incident that nearly cost him his life, and kept him from his grandmother's funeral. But all he wants to do is forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn't necessarily accept, and live the life he's always dreamed of.
The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together the hotter the flames become. But the closer Tristan gets, the more Alex's walls go up, and when the two walk onto a military base, Tristan finds out Alex's physical scars aren't the ones that run the deepest.



"A great introduction to this author for me. An MM romance full of sexy deliciousness and tender-hearted romance. I will definitely be seeking out more books by this author."


If the Spirit is Willing by H.D. Nels

if the spirit is willing[3]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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When Martin Provost comes out to his family, his parents accept him but, surprisingly, his twin sister does not. On his way home, Martin’s car is hit by a truck that crosses into his lane. He survives the accident, but barely -- he is unresponsive.
Anthony Carsen is a widower trying to deal with his partner’s suicide. He lives near the scene of Martin’s accident and rushes to help, though he thinks he might be too late.

Though Martin’s body is in a coma, his spirit is drawn to Anthony, and soon the two fall in love. But Martin’s isn’t the only presence in Anthony’s home, and soon other spirits make their presences known.

Martin isn’t dead, but his life is fading fast. Can Anthony convince his spirit to return to his body? Will Anthony’s late partner leave him and Martin in peace to pursue their love? If the spirit is willing ...



"I really enjoyed the story and it’s a sweet romance with a lot of nice touches. If you’re looking for an easy read, with some drama, a good story and a sweet romance, and are willing to forego deep emotional connection then this may very well be the book for you."


Shameless (The Finn Factor #6) by R.G. Alexander

shameless[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author R.G. Alexander.

Who knew he’d be so Shameless?

Seamus Finn is a bar owner, a single father of four and the center of the Finn family… And he hasn’t been with anyone since his twins were born. An all-expense paid trip to Ireland for a firsthand lesson in brewing beer turns into a different kind of holiday as Seamus rediscovers things about himself—and his sexuality—that don’t fit into the carefully controlled balancing act his life has become.
Giving in to a fling is one thing, but when risk-taking, over-the-top billionaire Bellamy Demir follows him home and meets the family things may get crazy…

But crazy might be just what Seamus needs.

Warning: Explicit m/m erotic romance full of awww, oooh, and oh my. Oh and some super-hot naked wrestling in a basement, a British television fetish, and maybe a little Billy Joel…is that weird? You may be right.

(This book is a stand-alone romance but in the same family as the rest of the Finn Factor. Read them all!)
(M/M, Gay Romance, Erotic Romance, Beauty and the Beast, Boxing, Turkish Wrestling, Gay For You)



"R. G. Alexander writes books that are HOT at a level that could incinerate panties in a split second. A fantastic addition to this series which is full of sexy deliciousness and tender-hearted romances. I can’t wait for more!"



Full Circle (Second Chances #2) by T.A. Webb

full-circle3Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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The funny thing about circles is that, to draw one, the curve must go down before it can go up again.

Robbie Jennings knows all about ups and downs. Used and abused as a teen by those he should have been able to trust, he almost gave up on life. Then someone stepped in to offer him a second chance. Robbie took the lifeline and ended up with a new family who wanted him…and a boyfriend who loved him.

Nevertheless, Robbie knows the downs can make a man crash. Faced with the perfect storm of woe—a painful voice from the past, a loved one’s grave illness, and a heartrending betrayal—Robbie’s not sure he can close the circle one more time.

His new family must join forces to show him that, together, they can always come Full Circle.



"Tom Webb’s stories always bring out strong emotions and mange to jerk the tears and this is another one where you’ll really feel right there in the midst of it all with the characters."

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Must Like Spinach by Con Riley

must like spinach[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Jon’s future in New York seems bright. He’s on the corporate fast track as an executive problem solver, but somehow he can’t help feeling hollow. Yearning for a life spent outdoors makes no sense if he wants to flourish in this city, nor does losing his cool with clients when they make bad decisions. Only leaving the East Coast behind for three months can save his business reputation.

His exile in Seattle has unexpected upsides. Jon’s rented home has a garden where his true passions blossom. It’s overgrown yet idyllic—perfect if he didn’t have to share it with another tenant. Tyler might be as cute as hell, and their landlady adores him, but Jon can’t let himself fall for someone who seems lazy.

Three months could be enough time to see Tyler clearly, but choosing which to nurture long-term—love or a business career—might take Jon longer than one summer.



"I highly recommend this book if you want a sweet old dear, the most caring guy on earth and someone who sees the error of their ways and changes their life around."

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1 comment:

  1. I love these selections! I need more hours in the day to read...