Sunday, December 25, 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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Interlude: First Noel (The Executive Office #1.5)

by Tal Bauer

File 19-12-2016, 07 39 31Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Before Ethan returns to DC…
Before he becomes Jack’s first gentleman…
Jack and Ethan share their first Christmas together.

Step back to Jack and Ethan’s first Christmas season and the tentative early months of their relationship under the world’s spotlight.

Three months into Ethan’s transfer-in-exile in Des Moines, Iowa, the pressures of dating Jack, the president of the United States, start to wear Ethan down. His weeks are measured by the days he works in Iowa, chasing counterfeiters and financial crimes, and the weekends he manages to steal with Jack back in DC. The media stalks his every move, he’s isolated by his coworkers, and loneliness hammers at his heart.

In DC, Jack tries to piece together a global alliance to take down the Caliphate, while the world seems focused on tearing apart his personal life. Hostility surrounds him from all corners of the globe, but a surprise offer from President Sergey Puchkov may pave the way for a tentative alliance…and perhaps the beginning of a friendship.

As Ethan finds himself in the middle of an investigation that rubs too deeply against his soul and Jack tries to balance leading the free world and keeping his and Ethan’s relationship going, the two men must face what their love has become…and where they are heading together.

FREYA 

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"The loneliness of being in the public eye comes out, but there’s also a lot of loving and tender moments. The Christmas loving in this story makes Enemy Of My Enemy more emotional and relevant."

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A Bond of Truth (Sensual Bonds #2) by K.C. Wells

File 19-12-2016, 07 39 48Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Sequel to A Bond of Three
It is twenty years since the Bond of Three returned to Teruna. The kingdom of Kandor, once Teruna’s enemy, seeks help and sends its finest warrior, Dainon, on a diplomatic mission. A solitary man since his wife and child died, Dainon is unable to explain why an encounter with a young man on a beach rocks his world to its core.

Prince Arrio of Teruna has always been attracted to men but has never acted on it—until he meets Dainon. Headstrong Arrio goes after what he wants, despite his fathers’ advice. But when Prince Kei arrives unexpectedly, Arrio finds himself drawn to both men. Is history repeating itself?

Prince Kei has his first taste of freedom and is shocked when the visions that have plagued him since childhood become reality. The three men embark on a voyage of discovery. No one has foreseen the day, however, when the arrival of a stranger threatens to destroy their bond.

DEBRA

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"Full of romance, drama, adventure and a bit of magic and humor, I highly recommend it to fans of ménage stories."

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When Forever Ended (Camassia Cove #2)

by Cara Dee

when forever ended[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

At ten years old, Kelly and I were two rambunctious boys who carved our initials into a tree in the forest. We promised to be best friends forever and bumped our fists to seal the deal. I never should've kissed him that summer before college. It was a day that buried me in shame, a day I spent the next twenty-four years regretting, a day I never told anyone about.

At forty-three, depression was suffocating me. Not even my wife and two children could lift the heavy fog. I was riddled with guilt and self-hatred, and I was starting to realize that I would slowly fade away until nothing remained. Then one day, Kelly was back in town.

10% of the proceeds will be donated to Hope For Depression.
(All novels taking place in Camassia Cove are standalone.)

JANE

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"There is also no quick fix in this story which I thought was far more realistic than some accounts I’ve read. On the whole this is an angsty, but heart warming tale and I really enjoyed it and look forward to my next return to Camassia Cove."

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Soul Bonds (Common Powers #1) by Lynn Lorenz

soul bonds[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

It’s not how big the power, it’s how you use it.

Mitchell’s tired of one night stands and casual encounters.

Sammi is a runaway sex slave who’ll do anything to stay free.

When they meet in a bar, Mitchell can’t believe his luck. Sammi is sex on two legs and seems to know just what Mitchell wants from a lover. But Sammi’s owner Donovan isn’t going to let him go so easily. He’s prepared to destroy anyone who stands in his way to get back his prized slave.

Is the bond between Mitchell and Sammi strong enough to stand up against the damage Donovan inflicts on their lives, or will it shatter?

Reader Advisory: This book deals with the sex slave industry and people who are held against their will.

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

CHERYL

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"If you want a book that is first and foremost a sweet romance, with some danger and just a pinch of supernatural sprinkled over like cinnamon on a chai latte then this is most definitely for you."

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Love and Snowball Fights by J.R. Loveless

love-and-snowball3Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Lane Freeman supposed there were worse places to be dumped than a place named Christmas Valley. After being ejected from the foster care system, he spent the past five years hitchhiking and moving around. But six months of a steady job at Tal’s Bar and Grill, an apartment, and even a three-legged cat have him almost ready to risk putting down a few roots when Tal’s brother comes home for the holidays.

Dallas firefighter Trey Jenkins reluctantly accepts that Lane isn’t like the other drifters who’ve come through his brother’s place. A fragile attraction begins to bloom between them in spite of the many reasons they each have to fight it. Trey wants to give Lane a family, but experience has taught Lane to depend on no one but himself. Will winter love burn hot in the town called Christmas Valley or will Lane return to his wandering ways?

JANE 

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"This is such sweet novella, perfect to indulge yourself with on a Christmas holiday afternoon. I really enjoyed a cosy afternoon reading this and I definitely felt a little more in the Christmas spirit because of it."

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The Weather Baker’s Son by Peter Grover

o-the-weather-bakers-son[4]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Nature’s call of desire among golden fields and intoxicating red-lipped poppies seems to proclaim a path to love and healing in southern France. Yet Peter, an American university student struggling with self-doubt following a failed love affair, is determined never to be hurt again. While on a vacation with his widowed mother, Peter is smitten by Gaston, a handsome local baker. Gaston, less bold than Peter, is drawn to Peter as well but fearful of the loss of family esteem—particularly the respect of his cousin Mario, who looks up to Gaston. Their friendship grows into more as Peter continues to visit the bakery, but their increasing intimacy does not go unnoticed. The road to fulfillment becomes increasingly obscured, and internal doubts and external events spiral out of control. The arrival of a handsome stranger, suspicions of murder, and the threat of harm might spell the end of more than just their relationship.

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

FREYA

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"A tale of thoughts, dreams, and emotions with a nice ending. The heat is unrequited passion, rather than physical. Albeit, there are some intimate, though not explicit scenes.”

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Seven Summer Nights by Harper Fox

51Lv4-8rQgL[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

It’s 1946, and the dust of World War Two has just begun to settle. When famous archaeologist Rufus Denby returns to London, his life and reputation are as devastated as the city around him.

He’s used to the most glamorous of excavations, but can’t turn down the offer of a job in rural Sussex. It’s a refuge, and the only means left to him of scraping a living. With nothing but his satchel and a mongrel dog he’s rescued from a bomb site, he sets out to investigate an ancient church in the sleepy village of Droyton Parva.

It’s an ordinary task, but Droyton is in the hands of a most extraordinary vicar. The Reverend Archie Thorne has tasted action too, as a motorcycle-riding army chaplain, and is struggling to readjust to the little world around him. He’s a lonely man, and Rufus’s arrival soon sparks off in him a lifetime of repressed desires.

Rufus is a combat case, amnesiac and shellshocked. As he and Archie begin to unfold the archaeological mystery of Droyton, their growing friendship makes Rufus believe he might one day recapture his lost memories of the war, and find his way back from the edge of insanity to love.

It’s summer on the South Downs, the air full of sunshine and enchantment. And Rufus and Archie’s seven summer nights have just begun...

SALLY and MARK

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"Once again Harper has delivered a super book, full of depth in plot and character, a pure joy to read. I can’t recommend this book highly enough."

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Soul Storm By Maris Black

32670903._UY2700_SS2700_ (1)[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

DAVE BALLARD is a tool. A high-level music exec with only one thing on his mind: getting ahead by leveraging the talents of others. When a coworker talks him into going to the middle of nowhere to scout a troubled singer, Dave thinks it will be an exercise in futility. But once he sees the mysterious silver-tongued Luca Wayne on stage, he changes his tune.

With his soulful voice, bad boy vibe, and sad green eyes that can pull you under, Luca is the kind of talent that comes along once in a lifetime. Even before the first song is over, Dave knows he has to sign him. Trouble is, Luca doesn't want to be discovered.

LUCA WAYNE is perfectly content playing to a crowd of twenty in his father's dive bar on Tybee Island. Never mind that he looks like a homeless street performer and eats just enough to survive. Luca doesn't want more. He doesn't want to be a star. Hell, he barely wants to live. And after what happened to him, who can blame him?

The heartbreaking discovery Dave makes about Luca's past awakens something inside him, softening his heart and filling him with a need to wrap Luca in his strong arms and make everything okay. But can Dave reconcile the business shark in him with these new tender feelings? And even if he can, Luca's problems may be more than even he can handle.

When Dave finds himself lost in the eye of the hurricane, he'll find out once and for all if he has the strength to save Luca from his SOUL STORM.

JANE

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"The ending of the book is practically perfect and I did have a little aawww moment where my heart was so happy for them both. It was sweet and heart warming. A total recommendation from me, I loved it."

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Soldier of Fortune by S.J. Frost

51FncEANZ3L[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Conrad Dane is a mercenary of many talents, but Lucas Hartman brings out his softer side, reminding him of good in the world, and to protect him, Conrad's willing to use all his skills, including his most deadly.

Mercenary. Gun for hire. Soldier of fortune. That's Conrad Dane. Maybe he hasn't always done things the right way in his life, but that doesn't mean he's a bad guy. And sometimes, it takes doing the wrong thing, to get the right results. These days, he's backing out of the underworld, taking more jobs in the open in personal protection. He's contracted to protect a rising politician and gets more than he expected. Not from bad guys, but from the politician's son, Lucas.

Lucas likes the good guys, both in his favorite comic book superheroes and the men he forges relationships with. Conrad isn't the kind of man he goes for, but that's not stopping Lucas from being drawn to him, wanting to be closer to him.

Conrad and Lucas can't deny their attraction toward each other. When someone targeting Lucas's father pulls Lucas into danger as well, Conrad will do whatever it takes to keep Lucas safe.

FREYA

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"Soldier Of Fortune is an excellent action/drama story with a heat rating that made me need a cold shower."

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Foxe Den 2: Summer Vacation

(Skyler Foxe Mysteries #5.1) by Haley Walsh

31282947[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Just like the original Foxe Den: A Holiday Collection, there is no mystery to solve in this novella. Skyler Foxe is a high school English teacher, now out and proud. He's "Mr. Foxe" to his students, and just plain "Skyler" to his posse of friends and his boyfriend, high school football coach Keith Fletcher.

In Foxe Den 2: Summer Vacation, Skyler and Keith offer a beach party for the Gay-Straight Alliance kids. Two gay teens have an intimate moment in their own story, Skyler's friend Mike de Guzman experiences Skyle's favorite gay bar, Trixx, and finally, Skyler and Keith go on a backpacking trip.

MARK

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

“I love these little interludes between the full length stories as we take a break from all the action and sleuthing, it let’s us get to know our gang on a more personal level."

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When Christmas Lights are Blue by Harper Fox

51i5OUQ7v8L[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Rob and Karan are a great couple, but they’re tearing apart under the pressures of modern life. They both work as paramedics for the NHS, and just before Christmas, their plans for the future are in jeopardy.

Rob knows he’s on thin ice with the man he loves more than anyone else in the world, and he’s at a loss to fix it. The job is getting tougher, and Karan, who’s of Sikh descent, is facing violence on the streets in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU. Financial problems, hostile families on both sides... Their troubles seem insoluble.

An emergency callout stops them on the brink of a final and heartbreaking row. In a forest on the bleak northern hills, Rob loses control of the van in the snow. The only gleam of light comes from a strange, lonely house among the trees. Lost, cut off from the world they know, can they find their way back to one another? It’s the longest night of the year, and spirits are abroad among the pines...

MARK

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"In a little under a two hour read, Harper had touched on so many emotions within in me. Anyone who is aware of what is happening around us today and wishes to see this through the eyes of Harper Fox then I can’t recommend this book highly enough."

Merry Christmas

Your Sinfully Team

Monique, Debra and Mark

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