Thursday, March 21, 2019

Tiny Dancer: (A Cold Case Psychic Spin Off #7) by Pandora Pine


Museum Curator, Riordan Quinn, is still reeling from the tragic death of his husband a year ago. He knows life must go on for him and his two young daughters, and the first step is a dance recital for Isla, his oldest child. Things start to go awry the morning of the dance when the ballerina can’t find part of her costume. The day goes from bad to worse when his tiny dancer refuses to go onstage and dance with her class.

Sitting in the audience, Cold Case Detective, Faulkner Hayes, can’t believe his eyes when a handsome man runs up onstage at his niece’s dance recital and starts dancing with his young daughter, who’s suffering an obvious bout of stage fright. He’s stunned a second time when he finds out that the dancing man is the father of his niece’s best friend. Thrown together later at a party, Faulkner realizes Riordan is tailor-made for him. He’s just not sure what the protocol is for courting recently widowed men.

When Faulk makes his move and asks Riordan out, strange things start to happen. Is it just coincidence or the spirit of Riordan’s husband not giving his blessing to this fledgling relationship?

There’s only one man who can settle this question once and for all. When things seem darkest for Riordan and Faulk, Tennyson Grimm steps in to decipher what Stephen Walker-Quinn is really trying to say to his surviving husband and his tiny dancers.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Tiny Dancer has all the love, charm, and humor we've come to expect from Pandora Pine.

It's a beautiful second chance at love for Reardon, as Faulk gives him another chance at love. It's wonderfully done, with all the usual hesitation you'd expect, but with the added charm of the physic's gifts. Perfectly done!

The author excels at writing little kids, with all the good and bad, with a whole lot of the sweetness and innocence. "Uncle Fuck."

I love every second of this story, as with Pandora Pine's books in general.

Reardon's loss is gut-wrenching, and I am thrilled it was glossed over quick.

Tiny Dancer is sweet, emotional, and will endear you to these men. All of the men we've met at the West Side Magick shop are wonderful, full of love, heart, and humor. I absolutely love these books.

Clean Break (Farm College #2) by Erin McLellan


Connor’s To-Do List:
• Learn to accept my future on the family farm
• Be social, to a degree
• Make a secret bucket list
• Have a real conversation with Travis Bradford

Travis’s To-Do List:
• Get into my top law school
• Get the hell out of Elkville, Oklahoma
• Stay focused on my dreams and goals—no crushes, no distractions
• Get spanked by hot and perfectly fussy farm boy, Connor Blume

Travis and Connor do not like each other, but after being paired together in Entomology 101, their mutual hostility explodes into secret after-class hookups and unexpected feelings. With graduation looming near and their careers taking them in different directions, they’ll have to decide if a future together is worth adjusting their to-do lists and letting go of their carefully laid plans.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Erin McLellan's Clean Break is the second in the Farm College series. After loving book one, Controlled Burn, I was super excited to dive into this one.

And I love it! Travis and Connor are two complicated young men who are struggling with their feelings, their futures, and a major case of OCD.

Travis and Connor start as acquaintances who have some animosity between them. As they work together in class, they decide to pursue their mutual attraction. 

Connor's struggling with his future, as he's been destined to run his family farm since birth. Never given a choice in the matter, he's unable to pursue his own dreams. 

As for the relationship, they start off as make-out buddies, and as time goes on, it evolves to more, for both their bodies, minds, and hearts. Unfortunately their futures don't mesh. 

I enjoy the author's writing style, as well as her storylines, which take place in that all too important time in our lives, college to adulthood. I love the writing style, as well as the flow and tone.

Clean Break is an amazing tale with a whole lot of sexual tension and attraction. It's an emotional ride as they progress from make out buddies to more. And there's some kink involved, with a spectacular spanking scene.

Their relationship consists of lots of awkward moments, which are superbly written and very naturally fit. They have to deal with fears, doubts, and insecurities, as well as boundaries and mental issues. They struggle with secrecy and sneaking around. 

The OCD is superbly written, with a whole lot of knowledge, compassion, and care. I could the pain and suffering in every fiber of my being, as one of the men struggles with his obsessions. Knowing people who suffer immensely from this, my heart broke for him.  
One of my favorite lines is " invisible backpack feels a lot lighter around you." Cue swooning!  

Clean Break is a beautiful story of dealing with one's predestined gals aren't in alignment with ones own dreams. 

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Blue Umbrella Sky by Rick R Reed

Length: 60,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Reese Dante


Milt Grabaur has left his life, home, and teaching career in Ohio to start anew. The Summer Winds trailer park in Palm Springs, butted up against the San Jacinto mountain range, seems the perfect place to forget the pain of nursing his beloved husband through Alzheimer’s and seeing him off on his final passage.

Billy Blue is a sexy California surfer type who once dreamed of being a singer but now works at Trader Joe’s and lives in his own trailer at Summer Winds. He’s focused on recovery from the alcoholism that put his dreams on hold.

When his new neighbor moves in, Billy falls for the gray-eyed man. His sadness and loneliness awaken something Billy’s never felt before—real love.

When a summer storm and flash flood jeopardize Milt’s home, Billy comes to the rescue, hoping the two men might get better acquainted… and maybe begin a new romance.

But Milt’s devotion to his late husband is strong, and he worries that acting on his attraction will be a betrayal.

Can they lay down their baggage and find out how redemptive love can be?

Blue Umbrella Sky is my first novel set in my new home of Palm Springs, California. The old song is true—it never rains in southern California, but when it does, it pours. A flash flood plays an unlikely Cupid in bringing our two main characters together, as you’ll see in the excerpt below.

My Rating - 4 Stars!

Blue Umbrella Sky is a great romance by Rick R Reed.

Billy and Milt are neighbors who meet during a storm. Both men are dealing with a whole lot of damage from their previous experiences, but the attraction is undeniable. 

Milt's new in town, trying to escape his loss, and is isolating himself in his grief. His background with his husband is so damn dismal, as watching a spouse with Alzheimer's is never easy. It's tough enough that he lost his husband, but it's worse that he nursed him for years, without the advantages that marriage bring. As Milt struggles to move on, he finds that it's okay to love again. Moving on doesn't diminish what he had before. Milt's grief is expertly written, as it's on his face, in his body, and whole demeanor.

Their relationship is an emotional ride, full of longing, acceptance, and taking chances. It's about moving forward from both your low and your grief. The author expertly illustrates the importance of not judging someone from what we see, as we have no idea what they've experienced.

It's a fantastic story supporting the importance of surrendering, and turning your will over. Whether you're a religious person or not, this is something we can all benefit from doing more often.

Billy's alcoholic background is sad and it's very realistic in it's development. It gets into the nitty-gritty, ugly truth of alcoholism. If that's a trigger for you, skip this one. The alcoholism is written with extreme knowledge, care, and understanding. It's tough to read, but very accurate. It definitely brought out all the feels for me. 

I always enjoy a good May to December romance, and this one deals with the age gap in a fun and wonderful manner. 

Blue Umbrella Sky is a beautiful tale of overcoming your grief and allowing yourself to move forward with your life. It's another terrific read by Rick R Reed.

EXCERPT: Boy Meets Boy

Worst of all, Milt watched the water hover just outside the sliding glass doors, waiting, perhaps, for an invitation to come inside.

Ah, the hell with it, the water seemed to say, why wait for an invitation? This party needs crashing!

And it began to seep in…. A little at first, and then faster and faster, until his entire floor was covered.

Milt involuntarily cried out, voice high-pitched and terrified, nothing like the butch forty-two-year-old he thought himself. “Help! Flood! Somebody, please!” The cry was pure panic. Logically, he knew no one would hear.

What that helper would do, Milt had no idea, but he simply wanted someone to be with him in his predicament. The thought flitted across his consciousness that he’d been here six months, and it wasn’t until today and the advent of a rainstorm of biblical proportions that he realized he didn’t want to be alone. He swore as warm water covered his bare feet at the exact moment his power went out, plunging his little sanctuary into murky dark.

And at this very unnerving moment, Milt realized—gratefully—someone just might have heard his pleas for help. There was a pounding at the back door, rattling the glass jalousie panes. He turned, confused for a moment—he’d cast himself as a sole survivor, a man against nature, alone.

The pounding continued. A voice. “Hey! You okay in there?”

Milt crossed the living room and the small galley kitchen to get to the back door. But when he opened it, there was no one there. The wind pushed at him, mocking, and the rain sent a drenching spray against him. Despite getting soaked, Milt leaned out, gripping the door’s frame with both hands for balance, and looked around.

Even though the covering of storm clouds had made it seem as though a dusky twilight had fallen, he could see that there was no one there.

He wondered if he’d imagined the knocking and the voice. He really didn’t know his neighbors, having kept to himself since he’d moved out here because he just wasn’t ready to connect with others again. He’d given so much to his Corky during those final tortured months…. Sometimes Milt felt he had nothing left to give anyone again ever.

And a dog, cowering and bashful as she might be, had been company enough.

His little reverie was shattered by a second round of knocking, this time at the sliding glass doors in his living room. “Okay, so I’m not hearing things.” Milt turned away from the back door and headed to the sliders.

Outside, a young man stood, drenched from head to toe, in a pair of neon-pink board shorts and, well, nothing else. Maybe there’s flip-flops. Milt couldn’t see the guy’s feet. His jaw dropped as he hurried to open the door. In spite of all that was going on—the storm, the flood, the risk of his home being destroyed—he couldn’t help his thoughts, notions he’d decided long ago died within him.

I am looking at an angel; that’s all there is to it. He’s going to sweep me away in those muscular arms, lifting me right up to heaven and setting me down gently next to my Corky.
Milt shook his head. A short burst of laughter escaped him, almost as if someone else were chuckling in his living room with him.

The guy was handsome, a tanned and buff dreamboat. Corky would have loved him, saying, once upon a time, that looks like this boy’s should be illegal, or at least sinful. Milt smiled.

Even though his hair was plastered to his head, Milt could tell it was thick and luxurious—right now the color of dark wheat, but Milt was certain that in dryer moments, it was as gold as the pure, unfiltered sunshine Milt had grown accustomed to being greeted by every morning. He had a body that made Milt, if only for a moment, forget the storm and the fact that he was a widower, still grieving nearly a year after losing his man. Muscles, smooth bronze skin, and a six-pack had the power of oblivion, of taking precedence over everything else.

Stop, he mentally chastised himself. He flung open the slider, noticing the rain had—at last—slowed to a patter and the winds had died down almost completely. Milt, though, couldn’t seem to put lips and tongue together to form a greeting or ask a question or to even say anything at all. His eyebrows came together like two caterpillars possessed of their own will.

“Hey there, man. I heard you calling out for help.” He jerked a thumb over his shoulder. “I live in the unit behind you.” He smiled, revealing electric-white teeth that made Milt’s thoughts go even more blank or even more lascivious, he wasn’t sure which. He shivered.

Real Men. True Love.

Rick R. Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning. Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love. He’s the award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book. Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” You can find him at or Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband and their fierce Chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Blindsided (Fake Boyfriend #4) by Eden Finley



When Talon left to play pro ball six years ago, the hole in my chest confused me. I focused my heartache into making my own NFL dreams come true, and by the time I was drafted, the longing I had for my best friend was buried deep.

Now he wants everything to be like it was in college, but we can’t have threesomes and be reckless like we once were. The media storm would be enough to break both our careers.

That’s not my biggest concern though. The torch I had for him burns brighter after so long apart, and there’s nothing I can do about it. Marcus Talon is straight.

I need to stay away from him.


Years ago, Miller and I made a pact that we’d win a Super Bowl together. When I’m offered a position on his team in Chicago, I don’t hesitate. I move across the country to chase a dream that’s a decade old.

Only, now that I’m here, he’s avoiding me every chance he gets. If he was anyone else, I’d cut my losses.

But this is Shane Miller—the guy who makes everything better just by existing in my universe. The guy I’d do anything for. The guy who’s more to me than a brother, a friend, or even a teammate.

I’m not going to let him get away.

**Blindsided is a full-length MM novel with an HFN/HEA and no cliffhanger. Unlike the other books in the Fake Boyfriend universe, Blindsided does not contain a fake boyfriend trope.**

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Eden Finley's Blindsided is an amazing friends to lovers romance. Although it takes place in the Fake Boyfriend's world, this is not a fake boyfriend tale.

Talon and Miller started have threesomes with girls in college. Now, years later, they're back on the same team, and things get interesting. 

I am absolutely in love with Miller and Talon. I enjoy the way they know each other so damn well, as well as the way they bring out the best on one another. Miller explored long ago and discovered he's bisexual, with Talon being the man for him.  It takes longer for Talon to come to terms with his feelings for Miller. When he suddenly realizes Miller's the one he's into, not the girls that they used to hook up with together, his world is thrown for a loop. New feelings suddenly come to life and confessions are made.

Their story is one of doubts, fears, and insecurities. They have to face being closeted in the world of pro football, and figuring out if, when, and how to come out. There are injuries to contend with, and trying to not run away from the what-ifs. 

It's truly an amazing book. Eden Finley's writing style is superb, taking me along for an incredible ride. I found myself fully engrossed in every moment and every scene. Her writing is accomplished and I am thrilled to read her works.

I find the aspects of homophobia and the power of hate to be extremely well explored. The author doesn't shy away from demonstrating the force behind hatred.

My favorite line has to be "Marcus Talon has the power to break me and he doesn't even know it." These men are so deeply in love, but have never told each other, and they are absolutely the other's everything.

Blindsided is a mesmerizing romance. Eden Finley excels in this tale of missing one another and wasted years, and all repressed feelings, fears, and doubts. And, damn, I love athletes falling in love and this one is as good as it gets. 

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Rewind by Rowan Shaw

Book Title: Rewind

Author: Rowan Shaw

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Molly Phipps

Genre/s: MM Romance

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 73 350 words/ 343 pages

Release Date: March 18th, 2019

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Were Enzo and Florian truly meant to get a second chance or were they doomed from the start?


The day Enzo Chevalier lost his hearing, everything changed. Forced to rebuild his future and fight for his dreams, Enzo refused to let anything take him down...until the man of his life walked out on him and shattered his heart.

Florian Beaudry had his whole life figured out. His business was flourishing and everything was settling down at last. Or so he believed...until he walked in on his girlfriend and best friend.

Still on the rebound and unable to trust another man, Enzo never expected a chance encounter with Florian. The one person he thought he would never see again. The one person he missed the most.

Were they truly meant to get a second chance or were they doomed from the start?

REWIND is an MM romance novel set entirely in France. Though part of a series, it is a standalone story without a cliffhanger.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Wow. I love Rewind. Rowan Shaw excels with this riveting romance.

Enzo and Florian were high school boyfriends, but haven't spoken in a long time. We're treated to an inspirational tale of "rewinding" and going back to where they were before. The men need to  "rewind" to find out what went wrong and to try to make things work now. 

The tone is full of melancholy, as it's a tale of overcoming separation. They have a lot to deal with, and the tone sets the scene perfectly. In fact, I found myself totally engrossed by the somber mood, feeling bad for the guys even when they weren't sad. I was instantly thrown into a gloomy and depressed for them state. But, it's also a refreshing story of hope, in addition to the angst and heartbreak

I love Enzo. He's adapted extremely well to his hearing loss and it's beautiful that he doesn't want to live in fear. The details about people with hearing loss, both the treatment of them, and the education aspects, are written with knowledge and care. As well, the thoughtlessness of his ex is very well captured.

My favorite quote is "They saw deafness as a disability; I saw it as a gift."

Their relationship deals with family issues, deception, hate crimes, and being kicked out by one's family. They face bad times, scary times, angry times, and end with love and happiness.

An interesting topic is bisexuality and the assumption that a bisexual person can't be monogamous. It's a thing I tend to hear a lot, so I appreciate this discussion.

Told in a third person dual pov, the reader is able to complete get into their minds. The writing is superb, allowing us to feel every emotion, while also capturing the environment in a first-rate manner. A debut novel, I am extremely impressed.

Rewind is a story of dealing with misunderstandings and lies. It's a wonderful second chance romance that had me gripped from the start, as the two men try to rekindle their old relationship. It's fantastic and accomplished, full of hope and romance.


I stared at Enzo, unsure what to do or how to react. I hadn't seen him in such a long time. When I smiled at him, the deep scar on his left cheek carved into his skin as he replied with a grin of his own, along with a shy wave. I gaped like a moron. He was even more breathtaking than he used to be, taller and stronger too.

My eyes caught on the gorgeous male with his arm around Enzo's shoulders. Something inside me sank. I could either be a coward and ignore Enzo, or I could be the bigger person and ask him to join me for a drink—even if that meant watching him flirt with that hot guy all evening.

Enzo was staring back at me without moving, so I took that as my cue to beckon him forward. The man next to him raised a questioning eyebrow, but Enzo signed at him, explaining I was someone he used to know in high school. The guy crinkled his forehead and glared at me with eyes so green, I couldn't help but stare. Even their hypnotizing tint wouldn't soften the warning in his glower.

Enzo chuckled at the guy's reaction and grabbed his hand, leading him toward me.

I had also forgotten how beautiful he was when he laughed. Even in my fondest memories, he had never looked as good as he did now. The scar on his face only heightened his splendor, especially since I knew what it represented. I tried hard not to gawk, but it felt so good to see him again and get confirmation he was well.

Enzo kept smiling at me shyly, but before he could reach my level, the other guy stood in the way.

"Florian, is that it?" he asked with a hint of hostility.


I held out my hand to shake his, but he snubbed me, leaning forward instead, blocking Enzo's view. "I don't remember Enzo telling me about any friends in high school. If anything, I only remember him talking about his bullies."

I clenched my teeth at the threat under his tone. "I'm not going to hurt him if that's what you're implying."

About the Author

Rowan Shaw is a human being from Planet Earth (originally from the country of France). She's also the queer author of Rewind, an MM romance series set entirely in her home country.

Addicted to reading and writing, Rowan can usually be found with a book in her hands or sitting in front of her computer typing some kind of story while listening to music from the 80s.

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Tiny Dancer: (A Cold Case Psychic Spin Off #7) by Pandora Pine

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