Sunday, November 18, 2018

All Hearts on Deck by Gianni Holmes


First, it’s a Christmas promise
Then a bonus…
Now their lives are forever changed

My older brother took me off the streets six years ago when I ran away from home. I owe him everything. When he asks me to be the guardian of his twins in the event of his death, I agree. I promise him our manipulative mother will never get her hands on the kids. Now backed into a corner, I’ve no choice but to break my promise. But they're still mine for what's left of the year. So I'll, do everything I can to give them the Christmas my brother would have wanted. I’m broke, but the answer comes in the premium class cruise tickets I receive from my boss for a Christmas bonus. I’ll trade them in for regular tickets and take the kids on a holiday cruise. And I’ll try not to think that I may have done the one thing I promised myself never to do again for those tickets.

Money and men are my two vices. The first is easy to make, the second is always a distraction. I tend to attract men for all the wrong reasons, the latest, the handyman, Bailey, who works around my estate. When I gift him two tickets for a Western Caribbean cruise, I have no intentions of following him, but Bailey breaks our professional relationship when he shows me just how grateful he is. Following him on that cruise, I have every intention of picking up right where we left off, but Bailey comes with extra baggage I’m not sure I can handle. Do I dare pursue his heart on deck when he’s made it clear he’s a package deal?

My Rating - 4 Stars!

All Hearts On Deck is a great boss/employee romance. 

Bailey's raising his niece and nephew, but is close to losing them in a custody battle. When he takes them on a cruise, with tickets given to him by his boss, Arthur, he never expects to find love. 

Arthur's had a crush on Bailey for a while, and was hoping for a romantic cruise with the younger man. As the two men navigate their way through their feelings, they have to deal with wrong assumptions, fears and secrets.

The two men are complete opposites, in age, wealth and responsibilities. Following as they try to come together, and try to figure out if there's even a way to do so, is a fun and entertaining journey. Gianni Holmes did a great job with this book. 

Heart of a Redneck by Jodi Payne & B.A. Tortuga


Colby McBride is a blue-collar cowboy trying to make ends meet laying tile in Colorado. A loner by choice, Colby works hard with his hands and finds his peace camping in the mountains outside Boulder. Gordon James is a white-collar restaurateur who owns not one, but two successful establishments in downtown Boulder. He’s a sophisticated urbanite who is devoted to his work and is accustomed to getting what he wants.

The men are friends, but sparks fly when Colby falls in love and decides to show Gordon how much fun a good old boy can be. They’re just beginning to explore their relationship when Gordon’s sister’s suicide leaves him with custody of his five-year-old niece.

Colby comes from a huge family and is eager to help with the girl and to prove his worth to Gordon. But neither of them is ready for the tremendous changes to their already busy lives, or for how this new relationship with Olivia challenges them, complicating the way they interact with each other.

They say opposites attract, but can these two very different men work together to join their disparate lives and form a strong, if highly unlikely, family?

My Rating - 5 Stars!

I love Heart Of A Redneck by Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga. 

In the beginning, I was a little put off by the writing, as it seems jittery and gets off to a slow start. But, wow am I glad that I continued reading. The pace picked up and I soon found myself fully invested in these characters.

When we first meet Gordon and Colby, they're in a casual relationship, involved just hook ups, despite Colby wanting more. But things change immediately when Gordon becomes the guardian for his five year old niece.  Suddenly Gordon is thrown into instant fatherhood, just trying to survive day by day. Admittedly there were times I wanted to yell at Gordon, but I still came to love him. 

I can't praise Colby enough, as he is one of the most gentle characters ever. He is absolutely caring, loving and selfless. He is a rare gem of a man. I also adore Oliva, Gordon's niece, as she's adorable and well written.

Heart of a Redneck does an amazing job of demonstrating how quickly life can change. It's beautifully written and positively gripping. I am thrilled to have found this sweet romance. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Walking In A Winter Wonderland by Claire Castle

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 
Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow in Kindle Unlimited

Length: 34,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Claire Castle


Colton Dawson is miserable this holiday season. Those he’d loved the most are no longer
in his life. With one disappointment after another, how can he possibly get into the Christmas spirit? Maybe a change of scenery—a new
place to put down roots—is just what he needs for a second chance to find some happiness.

Winterbourne Vale is only too happy to help his much-loved aunt and uncle run their café in
Canada while on his short December break—even if it means leaving his home in the United Kingdom. After a defeated-looking Colton
walks into the café, Winter is determined to lift his spirits.

Can Colton and Winter’s Christmas happiness continue long after the gifts are unwrapped
and the decorations are stowed away?

Walking in a Winter Wonderland is holiday treat filled with special ornaments and glistening
snow, hot tea and cold-weather kisses, along with some sexy shenanigans and plenty of holiday cheer. 

My Rating - 4 Stars!

Walking In A Winter Wonderland is a sweet Christmas romance by Claire Castle. 

Colton and Winterbourne meet right before Christmas. Colton's going through a rough time, struggling with grief, confusion and sadness, and has been isolating himself. Winter's in town to help his aunt at her café during the holidays. Upon meeting, Winter can see the sadness in Colton's eyes and wants to cheer him up. In his pursuit of this, the two grow close. Of course, Winter's only in town for the holidays. 

Their story involves some cute holiday activities, an almost insta-love, and then the obstacle of living long distance. It certainly gives us that holiday feeling and charm. 

As it's a short story, we don't get to know either guy too well, but we do get a decent understanding of them and their backgrounds. There is certainly a lot of build-up missing since it is so short. But, I like what I know of each man. I actually enjoy how possessive Winter becomes. 

Overall Walking In A Winter Wonderful is a story of hope. It's emotional and tender in it's telling.  

Claire Castle grew up surrounded by books. She has loved reading for her whole
life. Her true love is romance and HEAs. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found wearing comfortable leggings, drinking
mocha and petting her west highland terrier. She loves collecting awesome mugs and paperbacks of her favorite stories.

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - The Husband Gambit by L.A. Witt

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Exclusive to Amazon and 
Available to Borrow in Kindle Unlimited

Length: 95,000 words approx.

Cover Design: L.A. Witt


Marry me for 1 year. Payment: $1.2 million.

Hayden Somerset is convinced the ad is a joke, but he responds
anyway because, hello, $1.2 million. He’s broke, living in a tiny apartment with two roommates, and exhausted
from praying his ancient car survives just one more week. His skyrocketing rent and crushing student loans aren’t
helping either. At this point, there isn’t much Hayden wouldn’t do for that kind of cash.

The ad isn’t a joke. Jesse Ambrose is absolutely serious. His
father, the charismatic patriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty, has his eye on politics, and he’s counting on
California’s liberals and progressives to elect him. But Jesse knows what his father believes when cameras and
voters aren’t around. As the election looms, he’ll do anything to force the man’s hand and show the public who
Isaac Ambrose really is.

Anything, including marrying a stranger so his father will make
good on his promise to disown Jesse if he ever takes a husband.

Now he just has to wait for his father to take the bait... and try not
to accidentally fall in love with his fake husband.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

LA Witt's The Husband Gambit is a wonderful pretend husband romance. 

As I love fake relationship stories, I was very excited to read this one. But, I never expected to enjoy this one as much as I did. 

This story is fantastic. I absolutely love the reason for the fake marriage, finding it to be complicated and realistic. And it is so much fun to read. 

Hayden and Jesse are complete opposites in status, way of life, and their upbringings. This part is well developed, realistic and emotionally charged. I enjoy all the times Hayden makes Jesse realize that not everyone is used to having money. And even better, is the way that Hayden, and Hayden's roommates handle their new-found money. 

I can't put into words how much I enjoyed Hayden's reaction to his future in law's house, as well as his reaction to meeting them. It is so funny, as we, as readers, are able to perfectly understand the ostentatious nature of it all. 

Their worlds are so far apart. Jesse's lived a life of wealth and privilege, as the son of Hollywood royalty, and Hayden's hasn't been able to be careless with even a dollar. 

Their romance is an amazing, emotional slow burn. I find it to be as good as it gets. And when they finally get together for sex, wow, just wow. It's an amazingly emotional, tender, beautiful and completely perfect moment.

Of course, their road will not be easy. Things are obviously complicated with Jesse's homophobic, tyrannical father. They also have to deal with their own feelings of love, and doubt. 

Jesse and Hayden are definitely one of my favorite couples. Hell, this is now one of my favorite books. I was drawn in immediately, and stayed up reading late into the night. I was as emotionally invested in this story as I could possibly be. 

The Husband Gambit is sensational. LA Witt manages to realistically and expertly explore the Hollywood world, the manipulation, lies and deceptions, as well as the fact that riches do not bring happiness. In the end, it's all about having a family who loves you and who you love. 

Author Bio

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small
army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut...

Twitter: @GallagherWitt

Bishop Ridge (Sawyer's Ferry #2) by Cate Ashwood


They found exactly what they weren’t looking for.

I had almost everything I’d ever wanted—career, friends, my own easy life in Sawyer’s Ferry, Alaska. I’d given up on filling in the missing pieces long ago. Now, I was more than satisfied with the perfectly practiced, perfectly predictable routine I’d created for myself. At least until Jackson Daley walked into my clinic.

Working the rigs is temporary. Everything in my life is. Jobs, cities, and the guys I take home—nothing sticks, and that’s exactly the way I like it. After four years in Alaska, I’m itching to pick up and leave. I’m ready to move on and start over someplace new, until a one-night stand I can’t seem to shake has me breaking all my own rules.
Now as I get closer to walking away, my reasons for leaving seem blurrier than ever, and for the first time in my life, there could be something worth staying for.

My Rating - 4 Stars!

I love Cate Ashwood's town of Sawyer's Ferry. Bishop Ridge is the second book of this series. and it has that wonderful small town I love. 

Two men, complete opposites, that fall in love in Alaska. Hell yes! Logan's grown up in Sawyer's Ferry, has a solid base of friends and family, and he loves it. Jackson, meanwhile, has grown up as a nomad, and can't phathom ever putting down roots. 

Of course, meeting Logan causes Jackson to realize how lonely his life is. And when they start their casual relationship, neither expects feelings to evolve. Their relationship was never meant to be long-term, thus leaving Jackson terrified of his feelings for Logan.

I was hooked from the beginning, and loved every second of this tale. It took me on both an emotional and enjoyable journey.

Their story is sweet, with some great character backgrounds. If you like small town stories, you'll be sure to enjoy Bishop Ridge. Reading this Cate Ashwood tale is a great way to spend a few hours. 

Zero Warning (Asher Radman: By the Numbers 0) by John Charles


When FBI agent Mateo Hachman took the undercover assignment, he knew the risks.  Infiltrate the Proveedores Consortium and get enough on them to bring down the inner circle.
It took almost five years, but Mateo not only infiltrated the consortium, he was elevated to the prestigious inner circle.  From his vantage point, he provided enough evidence to bring down Demarco Sanchez the head of the Proveedores as well as over a dozen high level members.  For decades, Sanchez was the target of every agency in the US.  He had his fingers in everything from drugs, to contraband, to counterfeit designer handbags.  But they never could gain enough evidence to arrest him.  With Mateo's testimony, he received multiple life sentences.  He would never see the light of day again.
When henchman Abraham Garceau was sentenced for multiple counts of murder, he swore he'd find a way to torture Mateo until he begged to die.
Eight years later, Mateo had a new name, new career, and new life.  In those eight years, he never stopped looking over his shoulder, never let his defenses slip, and never got close to anyone until he met Isaac Konners.  Konners was everything he wanted in a partner.  Getting close to Isaac would mean breaking his personal vow and endangering an innocent person.  Yet, Isaac wormed his way into his heart, took hold, and wouldn't let go.
In what appeared to be an inside job, Garceau escaped from a prisoner transport van and disappeared.  Several weeks later, a video played on every news channel.  A close-up of Garceau looking into the camera filled the screen.
"This video is for one person and one person only - Mateo Hachman.  I promised I'd get you no matter how long it took and now that I'm free of that f*cked up prison and those bullsh*t guards; I intend to keep my promise."
Suddenly Mateo was pulled into the worst nightmare anyone could have imagined.  The one man who could and would find him was promising to do just that.  Revenge was strong with Garceau and his word was law.  He never broke his word.
Did he know where to look?  Did he know Mateo's new name?  What about his new looks?  And what about Isaac?  How could he protect Isaac from that lunatic?

My Rating - 4 Stars!

Zero Warning is an exciting and steamy, action packed book by John Charles.

After seven long years, Scott has finally started to feel safe. Then he discovers that Mateo is out of jail and after him. 

Scott and Isaac are adorable together, as they're sweet, funny and cute.

Overall, the story is short, fast paced and entertaining. It flows smoothly, and is well written.