Friday, November 30, 2018

Strays and Lovers by John Inman


Forty-six-year-old Eddie Hightower has a problem. He’s all alone. The only thing that saves him from facing that stark reality is the fact that he isn’t really alone at all. He has a house full of pets and a refuge full of stray unwanted animals he spends every waking hour trying to place in homes. While he loves what he does with all the joy in his heart, that same poor aging heart is still missing something. And Eddie knows exactly what it is. Romance.

But wait. Cue the music. Suddenly, beyond all hope, it happens. In the small desert town of Spangle, California, where Eddie lives, comes a sad young stranger with piercing gray eyes. They are the palest, most stunningly beautiful eyes Eddie has ever seen. Poor Eddie Hightower is swallowed up in their silver depths and disappears without a gurgle. The stranger’s name is Gray Grissom. Gray, like his eyes. Without hesitation Eddie opens his doors—and his heart—to the lost young man. After all, that’s what Eddie does. He finds homes for strays. But this is one stray Eddie intends to keep for himself.

My Rating - 4 Stars!

Strays and Lovers is a good May to December romance by John Inman. It just so happens to include a whole lot of animals too.

Eddie, who's closer to 50 than to 40, runs an animal refugee. Gray meanwhile, is 20 years his junior, but he certainly helps Eddie to feel less lonely.

When they first meet, Eddie can easily see the sadness in Gray. He's ashamed and embarrassed by his past, full of pain and fear. He's definitely a survivor, he just doesn't realize this.

Eddie and Gray are two men who are definitely better off together than alone. Each man fills a hole in the other's life and heart.

I found the story to start off with a slow start. But, soon the pace and the story picked up. It is most definitely a relationship-driven story. 

Strays and Lovers has an ending that's super sweet, and you can just feel the love jumping off the pages. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

So close by Ella Blake


Two best friends.
One brother.
Two lovers.
A thousand temptations.
Too much guilt.
What would you do if the spring of your deepest desires was just one step away from you, and yet so morally unattainable?
Ramo knows what he wants—or better yet—he knows who he wants, and he is willing to do anything to make things happen.
Ric is split in half: he struggles, he runs away—but never far enough.
Will his heart and mind reach a common ground? Which one will be the first to blink?
‘So close’ is a mix of love, drama and explosive passion.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

The blurb for So Close, by Ella Blake, had me intrigued. And the book was better than I could have ever expected. This is definitely on my all time favorites list!

I love the writing style of this story. In the beginning, we meet Ric and Mattia when they are young. It's immediately riveting and wonderfully developed. I love every damn second of this book, as it follows Ric, Mattia, and his brother Ramo, through the years. 

So Close tells a wonderful story of two boys as they fall in love over the years. The slow burn is amazing and the way their relationship changes over the years is enchanting. I love that they have spent their lives together, always seeking comfort in each other, and always supporting one another. 

As for Mattia and Ramo's family, they are kind, generous, and inspiring. To say that they saved Ric is putting it lightly.

It is heart-breaking, happy, hopeful, and all around perfectly done. I wish I could read a book like this everyday. I wish every story could give me the comfort and love that this one did. 

I can't recommend So Close enough. It's definitely one of those books you want to read while cuddling up on the couch. It is just such a damn feel-good story, that is completely enchanting and romantic. 

With A Twist (Speakeasy #1) by K Evan Coles & Brigham Vaughn


Love, served with a twist.
Nursing a broken heart when his ex-boyfriend, Riley, leaves him for the love of his life, Carter, Will Martin throws himself into teaching at NYU and writing. An invite from Riley to a speakeasy called Under helps Will begin to heal, and he finds himself enjoying both the drinks and the company.
Soon after, he’s shaken by news of his father’s cancer diagnosis and Will reluctantly returns to Long Island to see the man who disowned him after he was outed.
Sparks fly when Will meets his father’s mentee, Republican Senator David Mori, who is both mixed race and openly gay. Will is looking for a no-strings-attached fling and David is leery of getting involved with his mentor’s son, so they keep their affair a secret.
As his father’s health worsens, Will elects to remain in Garden City and his relationship with David grows beyond casual sex. Now, both men must decide how to bridge the divide between them.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

With a Twist is an excellent story by K Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn.

The premise of this story is great, and it definitely delivered on being a fun and interesting story. I love the writing, the story and the characters.  

There's an emphasis on politics, as Will and David differ in their political views. Will's never agreed with his dad and now he's falling for a constituent of his father. 

Their feelings and strong and the attraction is magnetic. 

In addition to their struggles with their own issues, they also have to deal with family health issues, and the issues involved with being under public scrutiny. 

With A Twist is a beautiful story of reconciliation, compromises and the true strength of love. 

RELEASE BLITZ - Santa Daddy by Keira Andrews

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

Length: 30,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Smart Design


Mall Santas aren’t supposed to be hot.

Hunter Adams is hopelessly adrift after college. He’s still a virgin, can’t find a real job, and has no clue what to do with his life. In desperation, he returns to his humiliating old job as an elf at the Santa's Village in his hometown's dying mall. The Santa on the job is an unexpectedly sexy lumberjack, twice Hunter's size and age. He makes Hunter feel very naughty—too bad he's grumpy and intimidating.

Years after the tragic death of his partner, Nick Spini has his beagle and long, hard days on his Christmas tree farm. That’s plenty. But he can’t refuse a loyal friend’s plea for help and finds himself filling in as Santa at the local mall. Despite Nick's attempt to stay aloof, the beautiful, anxious young man playing elf brings out his long-dormant daddy instincts.

When a surprise blizzard traps them alone in Nick’s isolated forest home, their attraction burns even brighter. Will they surrender to the sizzling connection between them and find the release and comfort they crave?

Santa Daddy is a holiday gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring an age gap, steamy m/m first times, daddy role-playing and light spanking, Christmas romance feels, and of course a happy ending.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Santa Daddy is a hot, kinky Christmas romance by Keira Andrews.

When Nick fills in for the mall Santa, he meets the hot elf, Hunter. The two can't help but to oogle one another, despite the 20 years between them.

Hunter's only home for a short time, ready to leave soon to find a real job now that he's done with college. Nick's just surviving, still reeling in the loss of his ex-husband. He's been lost in his loneliness and grief, working too much to try to forget his problems.

Their story is beautiful and tender. Nick wants to teach and soothe Hunter, despite knowing that Hunter will cause him trouble. Hunter needs to get over his anxious self doubts. And Nick wants to help him by grounding him. He wants to be his Daddy. And it ends up that Hunter is turned on by that idea.

What follows is some holy hotness between the two, as well as a fun and interesting love story.

As usual, Keira Andrews delivers with the perfect mix to create a heart-felt, and steamy story.

Author Bio

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

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REVIEW TOUR - Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert

Title: Better Not Pout
Author: Annabeth Albert
Pages: 288
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Male/Male, Holiday
Imprint: Carina Press
On-sale Date: November 12, 2018 (ebook), November 27, 2018 (MMP)
Price: $4.99 (ebook), $8.99 USD (MMP)
Format: ebook, Mass Market Paperback (MMP)
ISBN: 9781488038686 (ebook), 9781335924841 (MMP)

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One hard-nosed military police officer. One overly enthusiastic elf.
One poorly timed snowstorm.
Is it a recipe for disaster? Or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for holiday romance?
Teddy MacNally loves Christmas and everything that goes along with it. When he plays an elf for his charity’s events, he never expects to be paired with a Scrooge masquerading as Santa Claus. His new mission: make the holiday-hating soldier believe he was born to say ho-ho-ho.
Sergeant Major Nicholas Nowicki doesn’t do Santa, but he’s army to his blood. When his CO asks an unusual favor, Nick of course obliges. The elf to his Kris Kringle? Tempting. Too tempting—Nick’s only in town for another month, and Teddy’s too young, too cheerful and too nice for a one-night stand.
The slow, sexy make-out sessions while Teddy and Nick are alone and snowbound, though, feel like anything but a quick hookup. As a stress-free holiday fling turns into Christmas all year round, Teddy can’t imagine his life without Nick. And Nick’s days on the base may be coming to a close, but he doesn’t plan on leaving anything, or anyone, behind.

My Rating - 4 Stars!

Annabeth Albert's Better Not Pout is a charming, feel-good Christmas romance. Teddy plays an elf, and is paired with the grumpy Nick, who's filling in for Santa. Nick may be old, but he's definitely attractive to the younger Teddy, who's just so happens to be a hot twink. Teddy's quickly smitten and, after they hook up, wants more. And more. When he saves the hot Santa from a snow storm, he is quite relentless. Their chemistry is hot and I adore their age difference. These two are complete opposites, making for a fun tale. Their story contains some mixed signals, temptations, fear and guilt. And the wonderful theme of having to find strength to forgive yourself if you're going to allow yourself to be happy. The author is fantastic, creating a wonderful Christmas setting, adding in two lovable men and one amazing family. Annabeth Albert will definitely leave you happy at the end.

About the Author
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance series include the #OutOfUniform, #Gaymers#PortlandHeat, #RainbowCove and #PerfectHarmony series.
To find out what she’s working on next and other fun extras, check out her website: annabethalbert.comor connect with Annabeth on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify! Also, be sure to sign up for her newsletter for free ficlets, bonus reads, and contests. The fan group, Annabeth’s Angels, on Facebook is also a great place for bonus content and exclusive contests.


PRE ORDER BLITZ - Nice Guys Don't Win (The Boys #2) by Micalea Smeltzer

Title: Nice Guys Don't Win Series: The Boys #2 Author: Micalea Smeltzer Genre: New Adult College Romance Release Date: May 19, 20...