Sunday, December 18, 2016

Weekly Roundup

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

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Murder Once Seen (The Oddities) by J.T. Hall

murder once seen[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

In the city of Nis, things often aren’t what they seem.

Derwin is a bounty hunter gifted with the Oddity of superhuman strength and agility—perfect for hunting down fugitives and demons who roam the streets. One killed his boyfriend two years ago, and Derwin won’t stop until he finds out who. Police suspect it was someone he sent to prison, but he can’t shake the idea that they’re missing something.

Elliot is a rentboy who’s been living on the streets since his parents disowned him. He mistrusts everyone and, given his uncontrolled ability to Read Objects and a client list that includes a major gang boss, despairs of ever having a normal life.

Derwin and Elliot meet in a storm of lust. Derwin’s Oddity is fed by the pain of others, but he only wants what’s freely given. Elliot loves pain, but needs safety and a way off the streets before he can allow it. They may be able to solve each other’s problems . . . if they can survive long enough to work together.

FREYA

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"The characters are primal in their urges and intelligent in many of their actions. MOS has all the elements of an excellent story."

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Plaid versus Paisley (Fabric Hearts #2) by KC Burn

plaidvpaisley3Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Two years after his life fell apart, Will Dawson moved to Florida to start over. His job in the tech department of Idyll Fling, a gay porn studio, is ideal for him. When his boss forces him to take on a new hire, the last person he expects is Dallas Greene—the man who cost him his job and his boyfriend back in Connecticut. He doesn’t know what’s on Dallas’s agenda, but he won’t be blindsided by a wolf masquerading as a runway model. Not again.

Dallas might have thrown himself on his brother’s mercy, but his skills are needed at Idyll Fling. Working with Will is a bonus, since Dallas has never forgotten the man. A good working relationship is only the beginning of what Dallas wants with Will.

But Dallas doesn’t realize how deep Will’s distrust runs, and Will doesn’t know that the man he’s torn between loving and hating is the boss’s brother. When all truths are revealed, how can a relationship built on lies still stand?

DEBRA

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"I really enjoyed Dallas and Will together. They had great chemistry whether they were butting heads at work or having some getting to know you times, they played off each other so well... If you like a good enemies to lovers story, you’ll enjoy this.”

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Coming Home Again by Scott Roche

coming home again[3]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Captain Maximillian Blair had always hoped to discover there was life on other planets. His job at one of the government's most secure research facilities put him in the position to learn the truth, one way or another. When he met a stranger from the stars, he didn't expect to be charged with discovering the man's secrets at any cost. Or to fall in love. How deadly would the truth prove to be? And can his love be the world's salvation or will it be its damnation?

FREYA

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"The main characters are delightful ... if you are a person who is looking for a little something sci-fi that you can read quickly, Coming Home Again fits the bill."

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Tartarus by Eric Andrews-Katz

o-tartarus[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Long ago, the Olympian Gods conquered and nearly destroyed an earlier race known as the Titans. Echidna, Mother of Monsters, was imprisoned in Tartarus. Centuries later, she has escaped. Entering the modern world, Echidna finds the old Gods are gone, and vows to destroy every descendant of the Olympians.

In the contemporary Pacific Northwest, Adrian and Annelise have lived comfortably--unaware of their Olympian birthright and its significance. When Adrian is introduced to Zack, sparks fly and their initial contact slowly turns to romance.

Echidna unleashes a brutal attack and Zack reveals his Divine lineage. Now he must teach the twins about their own heritage, and how to wield their unique powers for the battle to come. The final battle between Titans and Olympians will be held in the Underworld. Modern weapons have no place and only magic can prevail.

MARK

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"This story treated me to a wonderful modern day Greek saga with all the legend, myth and magic to accompany it. A real page turner if ever there was one."

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Snowed In by Teodora Kostova

Snowed-in-Audible-2016-b_thumb1[2]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Be careful what you wish for...

Nate has been in love with Quinn, his brother’s best friend, for as long as he can remember. But when he finally gets the chance to show Quinn how he feels, his heart gets broken in the most unexpected way.

Second chances come when you least expect them...

Quinn doesn’t believe in miracles, especially not Christmas ones. When he decides to win Nate back he knows it won’t be easy. The last thing he expects is a health scare, a road trip and a vicious snow storm to work in his favor.

In the end, a cabin in the woods turns out to be not only the shelter they desperately need, but also Quinn's very own Christmas miracle.

Sometimes, to forgive, you need to get snowed in…

©2015 Teodora Kostova (P)2016 Teodora Kostova

MARK

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"I can recommend this book to anyone who likes the whole idea about forgiveness and second chances."

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The Adrift Collection by T.J. Land

Adrift_Collection_TJLand-f500-400x600[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

The Captain’s Men

The Prayer and her crew have been lost in space for four years. Thomas is lonely and homesick; Zachery is angry and mutinous; Rick is just terrified. And all of them are really in need of some hands-on time with their captain.

The only thing holding them together is their captain, whose methods are unconventional but extremely effective. But now the captain has a choice to make: do they continue their fruitless search for a way home or try to start a new life in this strange galaxy?

The Captain’s Encounter

The captain’s luck is finally changing. They’ve found an inhabitable planet to land on. The whole crew—and his lovers—are happy to set foot on terra firma again. But the fertile landscape hides a secret. When the captain finds himself abducted by an alien life form, he’s got limited time to get back to his crew before they succumb to infighting. Only the alien is so very attractive…

The Captain’s Calamity

Having welcomed an alien into his crew and his bed, the captain has more than enough to worry about without the looming threat of a birthday he’d rather forget.

When his ship develops a catastrophic malfunction and crash lands, he and his men follow Rux to an abandoned city in search of replacement parts, one disaster follows another. Worse yet, Zachery, is developing a crush on the one member of the crew he really shouldn’t…

The Captain’s Promise

Now that the crew of The Prayer have settled down on an alien world, their captain intends for them to forge a new life for themselves. But his plans are interrupted when the ship receives a distress call from a nearby planet. While most of his lovers are excited, First Officer Antoine argues that responding might endanger the crew. As it turns out, his fears are well placed…

FREYA

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"I found the Adrift collection to be a fun, fluffy space frolic, and if that’s the itch you’re looking to scratch, this is just the ticket."

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Boots by Angel Martinez

boots[7]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Willem’s lost his job and his boyfriend, and now possibly his mind when his cat calls him a nitwit.

Willem’s father never approved of his artistic talents, his choices in life, or the fact that he’s gay. When the only thing Horst leaves to Willem is the family cat, he thinks it’s his father’s last insult from the grave. That is, until the cat starts talking to him.

Though Willem’s lost his boyfriend, his home, and his job, Kasha, who claims to be a magic cat, reassures him that all will be well. All he needs is Willem’s trust and a good pair of boots. But giving boots to a talking cat has unexpected consequences when odd events ambush Willem at every turn, such as the appearance of a handsome stranger in his arms at night. While he begins to suspect Kasha’s plans might be dangerous for all involved, how can he distrust such a charming kitty in cowboy boots?

Reader Advisory: This book contains a scene of flexible autoerotica.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

SALLY

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"This is a very engaging story. Even the antagonists were good fun in their own way. Highly recommended for readers who like their romantic fairy tales sweet and spicy."

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Desert Foxe (Skyler Foxe Mysteries #5)

by Haley Walsh

29872686[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Skyler and his friends go to Palm Springs for the annual White Party and find murder!
Out and proud high school English teacher Skyler Foxe and his posse of friends go to the annual Palm Springs White Party for a weekend of fun, frivolity, and luscious men. But there are boy troubles of all kinds ahead. Skyler's boyfriend and high school coach Keith Fletcher has to endure an embarrassing number of Skyler's former hook-ups, one of the SFC might be going solo, Skyler encounters unexpected and unwelcome participants at the party, and there's a murder on the dance floor, literally at Skyler's feet! Both Skyler and Keith are drawn into investigating more than murder when the FBI asks Skyler to do the unthinkable.

MARK 

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"Another wonderful wonderful Skyler Foxe adventure and I’m now officially addicted to this series. This series just keeps getting better and better for me."

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Safe in His Heart (Safe #2) by Renae Kaye

o-safe-in-his-heart[3]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Safe: Book Two

Andrew and Paul learned about God and Jesus in different churches and realize their views of spirituality are worlds apart.

Andrew was raised Catholic and was told his homosexuality was a sin. For his entire life, he hid the truth. He married and had children to present a fa├žade to the world—that of a straight man. It’s not until he has an affair with Paul, who shows him a different side of Jesus, that Andrew realizes he can be gay and still believe in God. Paul’s Jesus is one of acceptance and love, and in Paul’s church, being gay is not a problem.

For Paul and Andrew, falling in love is the easy part of their journey. They must make it through the fires of cheating, being discovered, Andrew’s wife leaving, the necessities of childcare and family life, the demands of their jobs, and working on their commitment to each other. Only then can they be safe in each other’s heart.

JANE

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"I was left with a very positive feeling about the church and religion generally, hopeful that more people will find acceptance there. Overall, I enjoyed the story but it didn’t blow me away.”

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Dear Santa, Dear Dad by T.J. Masters

51pn6kjTF0L[7]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

2nd Edition

Two days before Christmas, widower Steven drives to the North of England to meet his estranged son, Andy, hoping for a reconciliation. Steven rejected his son when, as a nineteen-year-old student, Andy came out to his parents. Andy now enjoys a happy and fulfilling relationship with Peter, who initiates contact with Steven by forwarding an almost childlike letter to Santa, in which Andy asks for a father who loves him.

Andy isn’t quick to forgive his father, but the bad weather conspires to strand them all together over the holidays. Father and son experience a steep learning curve, not helped by Steven’s realization that his son’s lover is older than he is. But proximity and familiarity have a way of breaking down barriers, and if all three men can work together in the spirit of cooperation, this Christmas might be one that changes their lives forever.

First Edition published by Amazon Digital Services, 2013.

FREYA

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"A lovely short Christmas story of hope, realization, and forgiveness. This story ticks all the yuletide boxes."

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