Saturday, December 31, 2016

Weekend Review Giveaway

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While our New Releases Weekend Giveaway is taking a break over the holidays and we’re also gearing up to bring you our READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 in the New Year. We’ll have a WEEKEND REVIEW GIVEAWAY, how does that sound? Take a read of our reviews from the week and one lucky winner will get to choose a book from the reviews listed.

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We would also like to wish all our readers every success, the best of health, prosperous and…

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Last Line (Last Line #1) by Harper Fox

61RQ0VNQBKL._SL300_[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

John Griffin and Michael South - agents in the renegade counterterrorism agency Last Line, and closer than brothers. It's a fast-lane life of danger and excitement. John loves every minute of it, but he's facing one big problem now: his feelings for Mike have flared up from friendship into a passion he can no longer hide. And Mike, although the bravest and best of partners, doesn't feel the same.

Their one sexual encounter leaves them baffled and alienated from one another. Mike is a haunted man, shaken by flashbacks to his past life as an MI5 agent and a mission in Russia that went terribly wrong. He's been left with a need for violence between the sheets, and John isn't prepared to hurt him.

Not everyone has Mike's best interests at heart. Their ruthless boss hires a ghost from Mike's past to help track down a Russian war criminal who's planted a nuclear device in the heart of London. Anzhel Mattvei knows all of Mike's dark secrets, and soon regains his former sexual thralldom over him, leaving Mike locked in battle for his will and his soul. Anzhel has turned Mike into a human detonation device. Only John's love can pull him back from the brink - and save millions of lives in the fallout zone.

©2014 Harper Fox (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

MARK

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"I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It made me wince, it made my heart pound with action, it creeped me out at times, all signs of a great book."

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Ash and Cinders (A Gabriel Church Tale #3)

by Rodd Clark

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Synopsis

“It’s just the devil’s share. When life evens itself out and every bad guy gets what’s coming to em’ . . . it’s one of the few balancing things life really offers.” ~ Gabriel Church

Gabriel Church has done a bad, bad thing . . . and normally that doesn’t bother him too much. But everything changed when he met Christian Maxwell. Chris became his unholy grail. The thing he sought more than any other treasure, yet still a priceless pearl beyond his reach. Nothing he does seems to solidify any prospect of them being able to remain together, to live that happily-ever-after story. Even if he were to make a promise to stop his killing in the name of God, it would still only be a salty futility to wet and tempt his lips.

Christian Maxwell discovered a damaged soul inside Church, with a goodness plumbed somewhere below the visible surface. He saw pain shadowing his killer like some trailing footprint left moist in the sand. But he failed to recognize each victim, or the costs of every action the fugitive took for granted. He simply pushed those faceless victims to the dark recesses of his mind, hiding them from plain view as if they were discarded things, recollections intentionally forgotten.

The one thing Church knows with certainty is the writer is the only person who really knows him, and the only man other than himself who possibly understands where they are both headed. But life is about to get more twisted and dangerous. It begins with a backwards Deputy Sheriff and that same ill-fated chance that always prevented him from slowing down his pace or finding a peaceful place to rest with Chris Maxwell by his side.

MARK

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"A journey into what makes people tick, emotions and decisions made which sets us all on the one or the other path in life."

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Until the End of Time by Nicky James

510VEyZ2npL3Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Being a gay man in 1827, was not only frowned upon in England, but punishable by death. Magistrate Simon Stockley would know. He’d convicted men in his courtroom and sentenced them himself. Every time, it left a vile taste in his mouth because Simon was no different than the men whose lives he claimed.

Overcompensating for his secret, fearing discovery, Simon walked the straight and narrow with everything he did. Being overly cautious with life was second nature to him. The consequences of being discovered were among his worst fears. Sadly, this was his life and he accepted it.

Until one cold day in October when James Hansen was led into his courtroom.
Blinded by the fire in James’ eyes and the energy seething from his core, Simon’s entire life was thrown upside down. One cursory glance at the criminal and nothing would ever be the same again.

Problem.

James’ crimes were severe and his punishment was death. However, there was something about him that Simon couldn’t put his finger on. Despite all sensibility, Simon couldn’t let him go.

Maybe some things were worth the risk.

Maybe rules were meant to be broken.

Secrets were wonderful… until someone found out the truth.

CHERYL

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"I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it not only to readers who are interested in historical books, but also readers who like a warm, yet tumultuous romance."

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Whiskey Business (States of Love) by Avon Gale

whiskey-business3Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Ryder Waites will do anything to keep the tiny town of Gallows Grove, Kentucky, from vanishing off the map—even sell his family’s whiskey recipe to Bluegrass Bourbon in Lexington. Hopeful that the larger company can provide necessary improvements to the distillery, Ryder aims ultimately to get Gallows Grove on the Bourbon Trail… and bring in much-needed tourism revenue. But to keep producing Hanged Man Bourbon in Gallows Grove, he’ll have to convince company liaison, unbearably stuffy and seriously hot Adam Keller, that he’s worth the investment.

Adam comes from an old-money family, but he’s determined to make his own way in the world. When he’s sent to Gallows Grove, he questions the life choices that led him to a rented room in a funeral home in a town full of macabre-themed businesses. And he doesn’t know what to make of Ryder, the descendant of bootleggers, who’s on a mission to save his strange town from extinction. When Adam and Ryder put aside their initial mistrust, the results are as smooth as good whiskey. But after Adam’s assignment ends, he’ll have to decide if small-town life and a future with Ryder are to his taste.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

DEBRA

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"If you’re looking for a sexy romance, with plenty of fun and just a bit of tension as to how the MCs will resolve their issues, grab this book."

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Too Close by R. Phoenix

too close[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Skylar Orion's life has been complicated ever since his mother abandoned him and his sister Evie. Making ends meet seemed impossible until Tate Chandler took them in -- his knight in shining armor who promised to make life about more than just surviving. But Tate is not the man he seemed to be, and even his whispered I love yous and generous gifts do little to soothe the pain he causes. Knowing he can't give his sister all that she deserves without Tate, Skylar stays with him, relying on bad puns and a worse sense of humor to keep up the charade.

He will do anything for his sister, even if that means acting the responsible adult and going back to his old high school to meet Dexter Weston, the hot math teacher who can make even algebra interesting. Sparks fly between the two of them, but with his dependence on Tate, Skylar isn't free to follow his heart. He wants what is best for Evie, but can he pass up the chance to find love that heals instead of harms?

Warning: This book contains scenes of domestic abuse and violence that some may find triggering to read.

CHERYL

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"One peek drew me in and I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished."

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All Roads Lead to You by Harper Fox

61fegI5L0jL._AA300_[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Successful British model Sam was making a big name for himself on the catwalks of Rome when he met and fell head over heels in love with Lauro, a waiter in a pizza restaurant. Lauro, charming and naïve, returned all Sam's affection, and they enjoyed one passionate summer in the vibrant city and the wild campagna countryside beyond. But Sam had big dreams. He accepted a modelling assignment in New York and left his pizza boy behind.

Now Sam is back, older and wiser. But Lauro is older and wiser too. Can the city of eternal romance work its magic on these two star-crossed lovers?

©2012 Harper Fox (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

MARK

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"This is a beautiful short story about second chances, about finding each other again, about the fact that a love that never really truly died can be rekindled and this time hopefully they’ll hold on to this second chance and not let go."

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In Enemy Hands by M.A. Church

in enemy hands[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Two very different civilizations—one bathed in bright sunlight and the other veiled in shadow.
Bad decisions, declining resources, and a king on the brink of madness force Prince Varo Kutchif, third son of the royal family and a starship captain, to attempt the impossible: barter for Black Phospolrock, an energy source the mysterious Helkan Kingdom has in abundance. Varo opens a line of communication with Adlar, an intriguing Helkan who seems to reciprocate Varo’s interest. He hopes so, because if negotiations collapse, Varo has orders to attack.

The Helkans preside over a planet shrouded in perpetual darkness. Several species have tried to exploit its natural resources through trade with them, but all have failed. Adlar Mondur is the older brother to the Helkan ruler. An assassin of the highest order, he’ll do anything to protect his king and his people—including tracking down the Yesri prince who crash-lands on their planet, leaving an ugly scar across its untouched beauty.

Thus begins a journey where two men from disparate civilizations grow from enemies to lovers.

FREYA

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"The scenery on Helkan is a delightful mixture of beautiful and deadly. I loved the layout of Adlar’s home - I want one. In Enemy Hands has a charm that I found built up as I read. Its characters are distinctive, and the story is one worthy of the Sci-fi channel."

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More Things in Heaven and Earth by Paul Comeau

more things[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

When young Danny Crawford’s father and a priest conspire to subject him to conversion therapy, Danny only sees one way out. But little does Danny know he’ll soon have a sentinel watching from the darkness, a guardian angel in the most unlikely form imaginable.

Damien, a vampire, is inexplicably moved by Danny’s plight. He takes it upon himself to make sure Danny’s father and the priest can never hurt him again, giving Danny a chance at a normal life. As Danny grows up, Damien struggles to keep the boy—and later the young man—from harm. He does not dare go any further, no matter how much he wants to. To do so would ruin everything he’s tried to do for Danny. He doesn’t realize that as Danny embarks on a successful modeling career and begins dating, Danny feels empty, longing for something—or someone—just beyond his reach: a shadow, a presence he despairingly believes forever lost to him.

When brutality and violence threaten Danny again, Damien must make a decision—risk revealing himself to Danny, or leave Danny to his fate.

CHERYL

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"If you like paranormal romance bordering on graphic horror this is definitely your book. If you’re looking for sweet romance with sanitized, sparkling vampires you’d better stay away."

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GIVEAWAY

Have you decided which book you would like based on our reviews?

Then enter the draw below and one lucky winner will get the chance to choose a book from this week’s review posts. GOOD LUCK!

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28 comments:

  1. I'd choose In Enemy Hands.
    Happy New Year!!!

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  2. In Enemy Hands, please!
    jaffa

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  3. Whiskey Business (States of Love) by Avon Gale

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  4. It would have been Last Line but I bought it with ebucks before ARe closed, so More Things in Heaven and Earth.

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  5. Whiskey Business by Avon Gale

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  6. All Roads Lead to You by Harper Fox. I love second chance stories!

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  7. Whiskey Business or Ash and Cinders. Thanks and have a Happy New Year!

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  8. Ash and Cinders (A Gabriel Church Tale #3)
    by Rodd Clark

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  9. All Road Lead to You - a Harper Fox I've missed somehow!!!!

    All the best for a Happy New Year!

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  10. If I hadn't already read Whiskey Business, that would have been my choice, so I'm going with Ash and Cinders because Mark's made it sound like I really need to give the Gabriel Church series a look. Thank you and happy new year!

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  11. I've heard nothing but good things about Whiskey Business.

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  12. Hard to choose, but I select In Enemy Hands. Thanks and Happy New Year!

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  13. In Enemy Hands sounds interesting. Always trying to find good scifi.

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  14. Always a tough choice, but I settled on In Enemy Hands by M.A. Church

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  15. WHISKEY BUSINESS!

    --Trix

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  16. Last Line (Last Line #1) by Harper Fox

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  17. I've got to go with Last Line by Harper Fox.

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  18. Whiskey Business - I've been looking forward to this one.

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  19. I would choose Whiskey Business. Thanks and happy new year!

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  20. I think More Things in Heaven and Earth by Paul Comeau.

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  21. In Enemy Hands sounds really good, and I love the author, so that's what I would choose.

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  22. HNY. Thx for the year of reviews, and my choice isn't a reflection on one being better (they're all good), but that I love gay historicals ... so, Until the End of Time. - Purple Reader
    TheWrote [at] all [dot] com

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  23. I think I'd choose Whiskey Business (States of Love) by Avon Gale: seems kind of a lighter standalone read...

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  24. Choices.. this is so difficult since you highlighted several fantastic authors. I'll just start at the top with 'Last Line (Last Line #1)' by Harper Fox. Good luck to all as the New Year begins.

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  25. I would pick Too Close by R. Phoenix. Thanks and Happy New Year!

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