Sunday, January 08, 2017

Weekly Review 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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Long Shadows (Common Law #1) by Kate Sherwood

51IthCm X2L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_[11]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he's back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications -- and, as always, Wade Granger complications.

Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends -- and then, after Jericho's escape, nothing. Wade's magnetism hasn't been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho's father, the old connection still sparks.

When Jericho's newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade's a terrible choice, but Jericho's never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he'd rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.

MARK

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"This book is a good start to what I feel will be a promising new series. I liked the book based on the fact that it is a solid murder-mystery / thriller, plenty of mystery and action which kept me enthralled throughout the book."

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Kiss Me, Cowboy by Carol Lynne

kiss me cowboy[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

It isn’t easy to cling to teenage promises when you become one of the forgotten.

For Eli Barron, Jesse Clooney has always been the one. From their first day of kindergarten through their high-school graduation, the pair were inseparable. So, when a situation arises that splits the two men apart, it’s up to Eli to keep the home fires burning as Jesse sets off to follow his dreams on the rodeo circuit. But how long can a man continue to stoke the fire before the flames die out?

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released as part of the Unconventional in Kansas City anthology with Pride Publishing.

FREYA

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"Kiss Me, Cowboy may be a shorty, at 46 pages, but it does not disappoint. I found it to be an emotional rollercoaster for both Eli and me."

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From The Ashes by Xen Sanders

51odTT9z09L[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Sociopath. Killer. Deviant.

Monster, devoid of morals, incapable of human emotion. The villain known as Spark has been called this and more, and as a super-powered aberrant has masterminded countless crimes to build his father’s inhuman empire. Yet to professor Sean Archer, this fearsome creature is only Tobias Rutherford–antisocial graduate researcher, quiet underachiever, and a fascinating puzzle Sean is determined to solve.

But one kiss leads to an entanglement that challenges everything Tobias knows about himself, aberrants, and his own capacity to love. When his father orders him to assassinate a senator, one misstep unravels a knot of political intrigue that places the fate of humans and aberrants alike in Tobias’s hands. As danger mounts and bodies pile higher, will Tobias succumb to his dark nature and sacrifice Sean–or will he defy his father and rise from the ashes to become a hero in a world of villains?

FREYA 

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"From The Ashes, isn’t so much a tale of redemption, but an education of the heart. Interactions whether intimate or life ending throw white hot sparks into the mix."

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The Next Competitor by Keira Andrews

the-next-competitor3Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

If he risks his heart, can he keep his head in the game?

To win gold, figure skater Alex Grady must train harder than the competition morning, noon, and night. He's obsessed with mastering another quadruple jump, and due to the lack of filter between his mouth and brain, doesn't have a lot of friends. As for a boyfriend, forget it. So what if he's still a virgin at twenty? The Olympics are only every four years--everything else can wait. Relationships are messy and complicated anyway, and he has zero room in his life for romance.

So it's ridiculous when Alex finds himself checking out his boring new training mate Matt Savelli. Calm, collected "Captain Cardboard" is a nice guy, but even if Alex had time to date, Matt's so not his type. Yet beneath Matt's wholesome surface, there's a dirty, sexy man who awakens a desire Alex has never experienced and can't deny...

Note: This gay romance from Keira Andrews features opposites attracting, new adult angst, sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.

First published in 2010. This new version has been extensively rewritten, updated, and expanded into a new adult romance with explict on-page sex.

DEBRA

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"Another solid romance from Keira Andrews with likable MCs and a good cast of secondary characters. I thought the ending was realistic (though I would have liked to have seen a bit more of that last skate) and left open the possibility of another story about Alex and Matt which, of course, I would read in a heartbeat."

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Vespar (Order Of The Black Knights #3)

by Thianna Durston

vespar[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Special-ops-turned-professional-killer Vespar McKauley is hired to take out Marcolm Rogers, son of his employer’s worst enemy. But Marc isn’t like any hit he’s ever done. He’s just twenty-one, he goes to a private university studying English Lit, and for fun, he plays computer games with his friends. No drugs, no partying, no crime. The day Vespar bumps into Marc and looks into his azure eyes, the world drops out from under him. 

With his father in the Chicago crime syndicate, Marc and his mom have stayed out of the limelight, hiding from those who might harm them. He figures he’s safe at a small liberal arts university, all the way across the country. But midway through his senior year, he feels eyes on him and the shadows encroaching. Just as he’s about to run, he meets Vespar and experiences an instant attraction. When Vespar tells him he’s in danger and offers to protect him, Marc wants to believe him. But he’s been hunted before, and this time he isn’t sure he’ll get away. Especially when he finds out he is Vespar’s target.

FREYA

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"If you enjoy a book that is high on the protection scale, with some love and drama, but without lots of blood and gore, then this is one to read."

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Love’s Tethered Heart by C.L. Etta

loves tethered[3]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Two years ago Mico and his partner suffered a savage gay bashing that left Mico a quadriplegic—and ended his dreams of traveling the world as an archaeologist. Abandoned by the man he loved, he lives in isolation, tethered to his bed by the machines keeping him alive, with only his caretakers and immediate family as companions.

Assigned to interview Mico and uncover the story behind his assault and his refusal to identify his attackers, journalist Danny is unprepared for his reaction to the fragile enigmatic man. Mico is afraid to let Danny into his life, and Danny is unsure how to change his mind. Mico is also keeping secrets, and he isn’t the only one. Danny is determined to protect Mico, and he’s determined to show Mico that their feelings for each other can thrive amidst the mechanics of Mico’s existence.

If you enjoy romantic tales of heartbreak turned to hope, the life-affirming story of Danny and Mico will make you believe in the possibility of love for everyone—no matter what obstacles they face.

CHERYL

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"I definitely recommend this book to people who like sweet, but unusual, romances. The fact that Mico is quadriplegic raises complications and obstacles for the two of them to get over and it gives a lot of weight to the story."

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Switched by N.R. Walker

switched[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Israel Ingham’s life has never been easy. He grew up in a house devoid of love and warmth. Nothing he ever did was good enough. The fact Israel is gay just added to the long list of his father’s disappointments.
Then a letter from Eastport Children’s Hospital changes everything.
A discovery is made, one of gross human error. Twenty-six years ago two baby boys were switched at birth and sent home with the wrong families.

Sam, Israel’s best friend, has been his only source of love and support. With Sam beside him every step of the way, Israel decides to meet his birth mother and her son, the man who lived the life Israel should have.

Israel and Sam become closer than ever, amidst the tumultuous emotions of meeting his birth family, and Sam finds himself questioning his feelings toward his best friend. As Israel embraces new possibilities, he needs to dissect his painful relationship with his parents in order to salvage what’s left.
Because sometimes it takes proof you’re not actually family to become one.

JANE

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"The ending of the story left me with a very happy heart and I will read this again and again. Another brilliant read, in typical NR Walker style, totally recommended!"

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Merry Christmas Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

51WnYpIdpdL._SL300_Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowledgeable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute - especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.

But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there's a sadness about him that Toby can't figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn't commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library - and their head librarian.

Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean's past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish - to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.

SUE

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"I recently enjoyed the ebook of Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles and was eager to listen to the audio version narrated by Tristan Wright. He conveyed the emotions and the dialogue between the two main characters very well and clearly portrayed the other characters too."

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Unsafe Exposure (Hidden Wolves #4) by Kaje Harper

unsafe-exposure3Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Stepping out of the closet as a gay man may be a walk in the park, compared to coming out as a werewolf.

From the moment artist Dylan Shore arrives in Chicago, his life gets twisted like a kaleidoscope. Why does a street gang he's never met want him dead? Why is a hot but odd mathematician stalking him? And how can half the things Alex Corwin says possibly be true, no matter how honest he seems?

Alex has a frightening dilemma. Dylan is attractive, appealing, out and proud. He's also completely unaware that he's a werewolf. It shouldn't be Alex's job to tell him, and warn him that gay wolves usually end up dead. But someone has to, before he finds out in blood and violence.

Chicago's not Alex's home town, but somehow he needs to protect Dylan from the local packs, protect the Packs from being outed by Dylan, and keep his cool around the first man to touch his own deeply-closeted heart.

DEBRA

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"Kaje Harper’s writing is always wonderful, with plenty of plot detail to help immerse the reader in this world of Hidden Wolves. Suffice to say I’d absolutely recommend this to shifter fans."

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Block and Strike by Kelly Jensen

block and strike[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Jacob Kendricks is three months out of prison, estranged from his daughter, and ready to get his life on track. Taking care of the bum curled up on his doorstep isn’t part of the plan. When he realizes the man has been assaulted, Jake takes him to the hospital, where he learns that Max is his downstairs neighbor… and that he could really use a friend. Keeping Max in the friend-zone would be easier if he wasn’t so damned cute.

Maxwell Wilson has been bullied for years, and the only person who ever cared lives too far away to come to his rescue. Now his upstairs neighbor is offering support. Max remains cautious, suspecting he is little more than a project for the handsome Jake. When he learns Jake has had boyfriends as well as girlfriends, Max has to reevaluate his priorities—and muster the courage to take a chance at love.

Just when a happy future is within their grasp, life knocks them back down. A devastating blow leaves Max lower than ever and Jake wrestling with regret. They both have to find the strength to stand on their own before they can stand together.

JANE 

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"If you’re looking for a slightly harder hitting, realistic, contemporary romance, I whole heartedly recommend this one. I loved it!"

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