Sunday, January 22, 2017

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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Prick of the Thistle (Heartwood Series Book 1)

by Qeturah Edeli

prickofthethistle[6]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Despite Lord Duncan Friseal's surly disposition, William finds the heir to the wealthy highland thanedom of Faoltaigh irresistible. After Lord Friseal saves William from a fate worse than death, William grows obsessed with his penetrating fuck-or-kill gaze and aches to discover what lies beneath his great kilt. Lord Friseal appears ignorant of William’s affections, but no matter; William has dealt with his fair share of capricious men and it will be only a matter of time before Lord Friseal succumbs and gives him what he craves.

Lord Friseal realizes too late how dangerously attracted to William he is. He cannot resist the temptation of a man who knows exactly what he wants and where he wants it. Constrained by his station, clan, and religion, Lord Friseal must decide if his passion for a sensuous but traumatized Englishman is worth risking his family’s future and the fate of his immortal soul. Circumstances continue to thwart his swelling sentimentality as William proves to be emotionally distant for all his sexual appetite, and Lord Friseal’s intrusive houseguest, Moira MacKenzie, draws ever closer to the truth.

FREYA

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"I found it to be a subtle story of delicate investigations and simmering emotions that encounter by encounter, chapter by chapter, grew in intensity. Heart-pounding drama filled scenes made the slower times worth the wait."

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The Difference Between by Blake Moreno

thedifference-between-thumbnail[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

"You're the strongest person I know."
Wade Maguire and Russ Paulson are in love. After a year of passion and happiness, they're buying a home and moving in together. Everything is rosy for them--until a jealous and insane ex from Wade's past puts all of that to the test.

"I need to figure out if there's a way to move past this. For both of us."

After being kidnapped and tortured by his deranged former lover, Wade loses his ability to engage with his own sexuality or with Russ. With the help of a psychologist, EMDR therapy, and a sex plan, they work together to overcome the damage inflicted. In the process, they discover wells of love they've never known before.

"You never deserved what happened to you. No matter what you've told yourself. You only deserved love."

As passion is reborn and their sex life reignited, Wade realizes a need to re-experience certain events in Russ's loving arms. For Wade, the difference between pain and pleasure is love, and the difference between rape and rough sex is consent.
Dark, and yet ultimately hopeful, this story of true love and rape recovery contains many emotional and graphic scenes of two men making love, as well as some intense scenes of torture. Proceed with care.

JANE

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"If you like darker stories with an element of hope and love then this is certainly a book you should read."

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Fire Triangle by Iyana Jenna

fire triangle[3]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

While investigating a house fire, Detective Miles Tucker uncovers a similar case twenty years prior. Digging deeper, Miles learns that a survivor from the earlier fire might have some answers to his questions.
As a boy, Devin Treadwell survived a fire that wiped out his entire family. The trauma he suffered left him in a mental institution, but he has since made a full recovery and, though partially deaf and mute, now lives an independent life as a music teacher.

Devin's life is disrupted when the handsome Miles suspects him of being a serial arsonist. But he wasn't the only survivor. A boy named Sebastian who had been adopted by Devin's family also survived the blaze.

Then an attempt is made on Devin's life. Can Miles keep Devin safe from an arsonist who will stop at nothing to silence him? Or will the attraction between them jeopardize the investigation?

FREYA

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"Fire Triangle was a story with a difference. Sebastian and Devin added a different twist to a classic concept. So, if you like stories with that tilt, then I’m sure this will be a winner."

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Devotedly His by Shawn Lane

devotedly his[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

For years, Spencer Lyons has been a devoted best friend to Max Ramirez, helping him through break up after break up. But Spencer has never let Max know his true feelings -- he’s been in love with his best friend for years.

It doesn’t occur to Max that club-hopping Spencer has deeper feelings for him. When he does learn of Spencer’s love, Max begins to wonder ... should he admit to the love he feels himself and risk losing his best friend if it ends in yet another break up? Or will Spencer always be devotedly his?

FREYA

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"For its length, Devotedly His made the most of what was available. Yes, it is basic, but nonetheless stimulating and it had my heart stuttering."

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Ghostly Investigations by Edward Kendrick

ghostly investigations[6]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Jon Watts heard stories about ghosts but never believed in them ... until he becomes one. Now, if he wants to move on, he has to solve his own murder.
At least he'll have help from three new friends: Brody, an undercover cop who was killed five years earlier by an unknown assailant; Sage, a medium who can see and speak with ghosts; and Mike, the detective investigating Jon's murder, who doesn’t know ghosts exist until Sage convinces him otherwise.

Will the four men solve both Brody’s and Jon’s murders? The possible attraction between Mike and Sage only complicates things. Or are Jon and Brody doomed to remain ghosts forever?

FREYA

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"Ghostly Investigations has a delightful charm to it. I liked the idea of human/ghost team solving crimes. The scenario opens a world of possibilities, both serious and amusing."

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Commitment Ranch (Dreamspun Desires)

by BA Tortuga

commitment-ranchaudio[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

A fist fight, a snowstorm, a stolen kiss in the barn and a second chance at love.

Ford Nixel has two law offices, two fancy condominiums, and all the right connections. In short, he has everything he wants.

The last thing he needs is his Uncle Ty's stake in the Leaning N, a ranch that's been in the family for generations. Ford hasn't even been to the ranch in over a decade, not since he left his boyfriend Stoney behind and headed back to college alone.

Ford arrives at the Leaning N to find Stoney, now a single father, right where he left him. A fist fight, a snowstorm, and a stolen kiss in the barn later - Ford knows none of the heat between them has dissipated.

SUE

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"This is such a feel good story with great writing and dialogue. I loved it."

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