Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekend 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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Step by Step by K.C. Wells

StepByStepFS_v1[4]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Jamie’s life is one big financial mess, and it really isn’t his fault. However, the last thing he expected to find in the library was a Good Samaritan. He might have been suspicious of Guy’s motives at first, but it soon becomes apparent that his savior is a good man who has been lucky in life and is looking to pay it forward. Guy being gay is not a problem. Jamie’s not interested… or so he thinks.

Guy is happy to help Jamie, and the two men get along fine. But when Jamie’s curiosity leads him from one thing to another, Guy finds himself looking at the younger man with new eyes. What started out as a hand up is now something completely different….

DEBRA

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"If you love a feel good, super sexy, relationship centered story, go check this one out."

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Lickety Split by Damon Suede

LicketySplit-DamonSuede-400px[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Lickety Split: Love won’t wait.

Patch Hastle grew up in a hurry, ditching East Texas for NYC to make his name as a DJ and model without ever looking back. When his parents die unexpectedly, he heads home to unload the family farm ASAP and skedaddle. Except the will left Patch’s worst enemy in charge: his father’s handsome best friend who made his high school years hell.

Tucker Biggs is going nowhere. Twenty years past his rodeo days, he’s put down roots as the caretaker of the Hastle farm. He knows his buddy’s smartass son still hates his guts, but when Patch shows up growed-up, looking like sin in tight denim, Tucker turns his homecoming into a lesson about old dogs and new kinks.

Patch and Tucker fool around, but they can’t fool themselves. Once the farm’s sold, they mean to call it quits and head off to separate sunsets. With the clock ticking, the city slicker and his down-home hick get roped into each other’s life. If they’re gonna last longer than spit on a griddle, they better figure out what matters—fast.

JANE

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"I enjoyed this book immensely and loved the hidden easter egg that Damon Suede left for us to find, always a big tick in my box when an author does that."

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Insight (The Community: Book 1) by Santino Hassell

insight[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate. 

Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.

Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.

FREYA

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"This story is intricately thought out, and the reader is kept guessing using extremes and character uncertainty."

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One Last Try by Kari Gregg

one last try[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

When Nox was fourteen, his brother Joth murdered their older brother, their mother, and a human girl. Nox survived, but the attack wrecked his womb. Shattered, Nox rejected the pack who fumbled helping a barren, grief-stricken omega cope. He built a new purpose for himself as a master craftsman. Mating? No thanks. He’s better off alone.
Humans studied Joth in prison until his father’s death ended the weekly visits. Joth demands Nox in their father’s stead in exchange for resuming therapy and tests… thereby risking the destruction of Nox’s carefully ordered world. Again.

The pack drafts alpha fixer Dio to untangle the mess. One sniff of the wary omega convinces him Nox is his mate. New medical treatments offer a slim possibility Nox could bear children, but if the past years taught shifters anything, it is an omega’s value is greater than his fertility. Reconciling Nox with his pack is more important. Laying to rest the ghosts haunting Nox is too. Learning to trust? Vital.

Dio just needs to coax Nox into one last try.

Content Warning: Omega mpreg and fertility themes, dubious consent, shifter knotting, an omega who rejects labels, and a bewildered alpha who wouldn’t have it any other way

CHERYL

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"If you like your character couplings to be damaged/rough around the edges, your sex rough and your story complex and fresh, this is the book for you."

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Danced Close (Portland Heat #6) by Annabeth Albert

danced close[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Portland, Oregon, is one of the hottest cities in America. Just ask all the hard-working men sweating it up behind the counters of the restaurants, boutiques, and caf├ęs all over town . . .

Newly clean and sober, Todd’s taken a shine to his job at Portland’s most talked about bakery. It’s not just the delicious desserts they sell, but the tasty treats who keep walking through the door. That certainly includes Kendall Rose, a wedding planner with eyes the color of brown sugar and skin to match. Todd doesn’t try to hide his attraction to Kendall’s elegant confidence and unique style, even as he worries about exposing the secrets of his past.

For Kendall, the attention is just part of the anything-goes Portland he’s grown to love. But he’s still looking for that special someone who will embrace all of him—including his gender fluidity. So he takes a chance and asks Todd to be his partner in a dance class leading to a fundraiser. When the music starts and he takes Todd in his arms, Kendall is shocked at how good it feels.  Turns out taking the lead for once isn’t a mistake. In fact, it might be time to take the next step and follow his heart . . .

LISA

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"I love how real and unique the characters this author creates seem to be. Todd and Kendall were no exception."

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The Death of Israel Leventhal by Boom Baumgartner

deathisrael[3]Rating ~ 3 Stars

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Synopsis

Israel Leventhal can speak to the dead. This brings some interesting jobs his way, but his latest job leaves him a little more nervous than he likes, so he calls in a reinforcement: his best friend George, who can also talk to the dead. When the job goes as badly as he feared it would, Israel is driven to drastic lengths to survive it—lengths that change how he sees the man he's always called his best friend.

SALLY

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"There aren’t many books that lead up to then deal with the aftermath of a protagonist’s death. It’s a brave storyline for any author to take, but this author is nothing if not brave.”

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Sophie (Survivor Stories #5) by JP Barnaby

sophie[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

A Survivor Story

It’s amazing how a single word from a tiny girl can change your life.

Spencer Thomas’s world turns upside down when his beloved Nell dies and leaves custody of her three-year-old daughter to him. Her “Spenna” comes when Sophie needs him most, but his boyfriend, Aaron, can’t be a parent. He just can’t. Neither of them expected a baby to fall into the lives they’d finally just settled.

When Nell’s ex comes to claim Sophie, Aaron needs to make a decision: man up or walk away as Spencer faces the fight of his life.

JANE

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"Sophie is the perfect book to wrap up this moving, at times heart breaking, powerful, soul stirring series. Please read it, it is definitely worth the rollercoaster journey and a great way for author JP Barnaby to sign off.”

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Ring Around the Sun (Last Line #2 - Audiobook)

by Harper Fox

Narration by David Thorpe

61pJ2dp3t6L._SL300_[4]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

MI5 agents Marina Griffin and Leo South are made to be together. But their mission's-end encounter with Ashkeloi gypsies the Russian forest reveals a terrifying prophecy - a fate that will tear them apart, and re-echo into the lives of their sons, John and Mike.

Thirty years later, a deadly climate shift has opened up a seaway through the Arctic, and nuclear war is imminent as the global superpowers make a grab for the oil reserves suddenly exposed. Like everyone else, Mike and John just want to ride out the storm and protect the people they love, especially their boy Quin. But love isn't enough when the stakes are this high, and Mike and John too are in the grip of a destiny they can't avoid. Summoned from their Glastonbury farmhouse to the office of their ex-boss, James Webb, they discover not only the truth about their heritage but the forces they will have to encounter if the war for the Arctic - and the future of humanity - is to be won.

©2015 Harper Fox (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

MARK

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"It’s a difficult thing to write a review for something so momentous as reading this story from Harper. The book is excellently plotted, it’s suitably labyrinthine for such a thriller style story but never loses the reader, rather keeps the intrigue going until the final scene has played out."

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A Bear Mountain Story (Project Zed #1) by Kelex

beast[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

A shifter altered into a beast, transformed into a weapon…
Subject Z-701 has few memories. Kept in a drug-induced haze and controlled through neural transmitters, he’s let out of his cage when death and destruction is what’s desired.
Until an accident changes his fate.
Freedom beckons, but he finds himself in yet another cage. Without the drugs, the voices get louder, pushing him to the edge of his already precarious sanity.

If it wasn’t for him, the one person able to calm the voices and keep him from teetering into the abyss.
Samuel…

Tossed between heaven and hell, he must forge a path toward Samuel or be lost forevermore.

Project Zed is a spin-off series from the Bear Mountain series. Readers do not need to have red Bear Mountain prior to reading this book, but it is highly recommended.
This book is intended for a mature audience.

CHERYL

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"Once you get past the introductions, the story fires up and gets interesting."

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Here For Us (Us #1) by A.M. Arthur

here-for-us3Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Cris Sable doesn’t walk into popular gay bar Big Dick’s expecting to find more than a casual hookup, so he’s surprised by his instant attraction and intense chemistry with go-go dancer Jake. Jake’s sexy as hell and a firecracker in bed. The sparks between them are undeniable, and what starts as a hookup evolves into something deeper, possibly permanent—until Jake dumps Cris flat on his ass for no good reason.

Angry and confused, Cris finds comfort with his longtime friend and employer Charles “Chet” Greenwood. Cris’s emotional state stirs up Charles’s long-buried feelings for Cris. Feelings he’s denied for eight years, because Cris is his employee and therefore off limits—not to mention two decades younger than Charles. Cris admits he has feelings for Charles, too, but he’s still getting over Jake and both men agree nothing can happen between them while Charles is still Cris’s boss.

Jake Bowden knows he doesn’t have anything to offer a guy. He’s a go-go dancer with no degree and no real career aspirations. He’s also used to everyone who loves him leaving, so it makes sense to cut Cris loose before things get too serious. Cris is kind, passionate and totally deserves a guy like Charles—wealthy, owns a home, successful businessman. Jake can’t compete so why bother? They’re better off together. But when Jake has a serious personal crisis, Cris and Charles unite to pull him back together, and the three men discover it’s possible—maybe even inevitable—to fall in love with more than one person at a time.

"Here For Us" is the first in a brand-new m/m/m menage romance series that explores the March/May/September relationship of three very different men.

DEBRA

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"A.M. Arthur did a wonderful job of keeping all the men’s voices distinct and pacing the relationship differently for all them while still maintaining the chemistry between them."

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Drinker of Blood (SPECTR Series 2 Book 3)

by Jordan L. Hawk

drinker of blood[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

An outbreak of demon attacks across Charleston has worn SPECTR agent John Starkweather to the bone. Now a new threat faces his team: a demon with bullet—and bite—proof skin, which can’t be stopped by ordinary means.

John’s only solace comes in the form of his lovers: Caleb Jansen and the vampire spirit Gray. Caleb and Gray have their own problems, however. Unbeknownst to John, they’ve been tracking a mysterious entity across the city. And after they finally come face to face with their quarry, nothing will ever be the same.

CHERYL

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"The book was a cracking read. It stretched my mind and made me think about a lot of things, while thoroughly entertaining me."

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