Thursday, January 31, 2019

Within the Mind by Alice Winters








Blurb

Seneca is the complete package. He’s smart, sexy, and confident, much to Chevy’s annoyance. They’ve worked with each other for two years, and even though Chevy might secretly find his partner charming and attractive, playful harassment is all they have.

Chevy was born with a unique gift that allows him to go into the memories of others. As detective, he uses this ability to find peace for victims who have been hurt or attacked. He delves into their memories and can pick out minute details that will help them put the criminal behind bars.

But neither Chevy nor Seneca are prepared when they are asked to go into the mind of a serial killer in hopes of finding survivors. They are even more unprepared for the monsters they find inside the man’s mind. Drawn into a memory where it’s hard to figure out where the truth exists, they realize that there may be more to the serial killer than they originally thought. The dark world draws the two men together in a way they never dreamed.

It will take everything Chevy and Seneca can give to stop the darkness that could consume their minds. As the two are forced to face what is keeping them apart, together they realize that there’s more to the mind and heart than either of them know.

Within the Mind is a 90k word romantic suspense with lots of snark, an ominous gramophone, and finger cuddling, because we all know spooning isn’t as great as it sounds.



Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!

Within the Mind is a fantastic book by Alice Winters. I can only hope it is the beginning of a series.

Chevy and Seneca are partners who work together to go into people's minds. In their world, many have gifts, and Chevy has the ability to go into people's minds. Seneca's gift is the ability to mimic other's gifts. This makes for some crazy, scary and insane moments, as one of their cases doesn't go as planned.

As good as that part of the story is, what puts it over the top is the non-stop humor and banter between the two men. We're gifted with sexual innuendos, sass, and whole lot of laughs. 

Does it get any better than the penis fly trap? And, you'll love the poison ivy incident.

If you like Pandora Pine's Cold Case Series, you need to read Within The Mind! There's non-stop action, non-stop suspense, and a budding romance. I loved it.





RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Living On The Inside by Londra Laine


Title: Living on the Inside
Author: Londra Laine
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: About 55,000 words
Genre: Romance, Single dad, gay romance, interracial, ex-con, domestic abuse, work romance

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Synopsis

Micah Grayson lives in his baby mama’s guesthouse. It’s unconventional and awkward, but he’s happy for a chance to reconnect with his teenage son. He doesn’t have time for other distractions—no
matter how sexy, independent, and compassionate that distraction might be. Besides, he’s not good enough for more than a fling—no one would ever take him home to meet their parents.

Adrien Darling has book smarts, but no street savvy—at least that’s what his family says. And after a heart-breaking betrayal by the man meant to love and protect him, Adrien believes them. But then a gorgeous guy with a defeated look in his eyes walks into Adrien’s coffee shop and makes him want to take a chance.

After years of living on the outside as two misfits looking in, both men are afraid to reach for more. But in each other’s arms, Micah and Adrien find out what it’s like to live on the inside. As their tender bond grows and blossoms, old insecurities bubble to the surface. Will their commitment crumble under the pressure? Or will the two find the strength to fight for each other.

***Please be aware that this book contains a flashback of and several references to domestic abuse that may be triggering to some readers.***


Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!


Living On The Inside, by Londra Laine, is a tender tale of learning to love, and live again. 

Mitch and Adrien are two wounded souls who are able to find strength and love in one another. With Adrien, Mitch finds himself feeling again, instead of being numb to the world. 

Both men have complications and baggage. Adrien has been living with the ghost of ex fiancée, who abused him and ruined his spirit. Mitch is living with his ex wife and their child in hopes of getting to know their son. If that wasn't enough, Adrien is Mitch's boss.

I love that Adrien gives Mitch a chance despite his stint in prison. Adrien is supportive and super compassionate. Meanwhile, Adrien's family is nothing but hypocritical. They are downright awful and I found myself wanting to smack some sense into them.

Mitch's relationship with his son is a huge part of this tale. Their relationship is heartbreaking at many times. It's a wonderful evolution and is expertly handled.
The author does an amazing job of demonstrating how tough it can be to overcome one's failures. In addition, she expertly captures the struggle of how to fight for someone when you finally find that special person. 

I love every single second of Living On The Inside. It's a tender story of how easy it is to fall victim to your fears, guilt and insecurities. And it splendidly shows the power love has in the abilities to overcome these feelings.
I'm definitely adding it to my re-read list.

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Excerpt


“Is that what we are?” Micah asked quietly. “Friends?”

“Yeah,” Adrien answered. “I hope so.”  


Then he was surrounded by Micah’s body. Adrien hesitated for a moment before returning the other man’s embrace, locking his arms around Micah’s torso. A few seconds into the hug all the reasons why he needed to pull away from Micah—now—raced through his mind. But he couldn’t make himself do it.


Adrien had been fighting his attraction, but the man had slipped past Adrien’s defenses. Micah’s earnest joy at making progress with his son. His trust in Adrien as he shared his insecurities. His nonjudgmental attitude. Their growing friendship. All those things made him feel strong and needed. Adrien wanted more of that feeling. He leaned into Micah.


Micah sighed as he squeezed Adrien tighter, and Adrien’s body sagged against him, the fight against his attraction to Micah leaving his body. He tucked his head into the crook of Micah’s shoulder, and gave in to defeat, breathing in the salty sweet scent of Micah’s skin, running his palms up the man’s back.


The scent and feel of Micah was heady, and Adrien’s head swam as he let his eyelids flutter shut, let his lips graze the exposed skin between Micah’s neck and shoulder. Micah tensed against him and his breath hitched, making Adrien wonder if he’d gone too far. But then Micah’s palm slid up Adrien’s neck, cupping his nape, grazing a thumb along his hairline.


Micah moved his other hand lower, resting it right above Adrien’s ass, his fingers lightly grazing the swell below Adrien’s hips.


“Adrien,” Micah grated out. Adrien pulled back, slowly opening his eyes. Micah licked his lips, his eyes skimming Adrien’s mouth, and then he leaned forward.


Adrien met him halfway, their lips connecting in a kiss. The light brush became a firm press then flared, hot and wet, as Adrien ran the tip of his tongue against the seam of Micah’s lips. Micah submitted to Adrien’s silent request, parting his lips to give Adrien access to his tongue and mouth.


Then a loud honk made them jerk apart as a car sped past them, headlights bright and blinding. Their chests heaved, and Adrien took in Micah’s disheveled hair and damp lips and wondered if he looked nearly as enticing to Micah.


Adrien’s gaze skittered away, and he grimaced, embarrassment replacing the intense need he’d felt moments ago. What was he doing? He knew better than this. He’d been down this road before. He couldn’t get involved with an employee again.


Then a terrible thought occurred to him. What if Micah felt like he had to hook up with Adrien? Had Adrien pressured him in some way? Shit. Negative thoughts tumbled through his mind, making him dizzy. He had to nip this in the bud.


“Micah, about what just happened—”


“Our kiss?” Micah moved closer to him.


Adrien’s eyes wandered, unable to meet Micah’s. “Yeah, the kiss. I’m sorry—I didn’t mean to—I’m sorry.” He shook his head and Micah stopped the motion by gripping Adrien’s chin between his forefinger and thumb. He lifted Adrien’s face to his.


“I’m not sorry.” Micah’s voice was quiet in the night.   


Meet the Author

Londra has loved reading since she figured out how to do it. She writes to give her guys the happy ending she wishes everyone––no matter their race, religion, gender, or orientation––could experience in real life.

Londra makes money as a communications manager. She is a former journalist, a runner and a mezzo soprano.

In 2010, she moved from her native California to New York City where she lived in Harlem for nearly eight years. In early 2018 she relocated to Seattle with her spouse.


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Southern Brit (He's The One #4) by Marissa Holt







Blurb


Flynn Henderson has always enjoyed the single life. Hot guys and hookups with no strings worked perfectly for him…until his best friend, Kace, found love with his dream man…that’s when Flynn decided to give love and monogamy a try for himself.
But when Flynn’s first attempt at a real relationship ends in disaster and his boyfriend abandons him, Flynn takes drastic measures to ensure his heart is protected and he’s never hurt again. However, Flynn’s plan is quickly jeopardized when his ex-boyfriend’s brother, Royal, shows up in Atlanta needing a place to stay.
Royal Maddox, a UK reality star with a bad reputation, is looking to mend his rocky relationship with his brother on a visit to the US. After finding his brother has taken off, Royal becomes intrigued with Flynn while staying with him temporarily, unaware of Flynn’s true history with his brother.  
Temptations and desires intensify on both sides as Royal re-evaluates what he truly wants before returning home - possibly the guy his brother deserted…and Flynn devises more extreme measures to keep the gorgeous Brit from stealing his heart.
It’s all hands on deck as Flynn’s friends help him navigate the choppy waters of mending a broken heart and pushing past fears to take a second chance on love…this time with maybe the one perfect guy meant just for him…before it’s too late.
Southern Brit is a steamy Second Chance at Love M/M Romance Novel with a guaranteed HEA. This is Book 4 of He’s the One Series. Can be read as a standalone.





Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!

Marissa Holt's Southern Brit is a super fun romance. 

Flynn and Royal meet when Royal comes to town looking for his brother, Flynn's ex. Flynn doesn't even know where his ex is, but lets Royal stay on his couch. I love this, as it is funny, cute, and leads to a great romance.


Flynn and Royal have strong chemistry, but Flynn has just sworn off sex. This leads to awkward moments, misunderstandings, steamy moments, and more. It's about the strong desire and want. I enjoy the language differences between the American Flynn and the British Royal.

Both men are trying to leave their pasts behind, leading to some fantastic, soul-searching moments. Their friends play a big role in their decision making.

I absolutely enjoyed every moment of Southern Brit. Marissa Holt's He's The One series has quickly grabbed my heart. The characters are interesting and the storylines entertaining. This book can be read as a stand-alone, but you'll enjoy it more if you read the series, as you'll run into some of your favorite characters. 




Wednesday, January 30, 2019

COVER REVEAL - Touch Of A Yellow Sun (Colors Of Love #2) by VL Locey





Release Date: February 27 2019

Cover Design: Designs By Sloan

Length: 88,600 words approx.


Colors Of Love Series

Book #1 - Lost In Indigo - Amazon US | Amazon UK

My Review - Lost In Indigo


Blurb

It's been a rough couple of years for Marek Hafer, roaming hockey protagonist and pugilistic expert. Ending up in Berger Lake, Pennsylvania, on a financially unstable minor league team might just be the ending his wretched career deserves. On the other side of thirty, Marek knows his time on skates is dwindling. His goal now is to spend a few quiet years playing for the Berger Lake Badgers, knock a few helmets together as needed, and then call it quits before his salty personality gets him booted out of hockey permanently.


After a bloody encounter his first night on the ice, the Badgers coach suggests that Marek find a way to lower his violent tendencies before he’s sent packing yet again. That decree leads Marek to knock on the door of his next-door neighbor, Shey Pierson, the owner of Sun Touch Yoga Studio. Shey ticks every box Marek has with his soft blue eyes, flowing golden hair, and long limber legs. The only problem is that Shey is yin to Marek’s yang.


Can a man famed for throwing punches find serenity in the arms of a man known for his tranquil ways?



USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.








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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Boiling Point (Brooklyn Boys #3) by E. Davies







Blurb

RICKY

My double life is crumbling around me. Denying who I am isn’t fair on anyone: the girls I tried so hard to date, the guys I’m too afraid to flirt with, or my family who don’t know the truth. I’m afraid of coming out to my mom—but if I don’t, I’ll remain in fear that she’ll find out from someone else. I’m torn between expectation and truth, and I’m not sure I can keep hiding behind a cocky grin.

I’m not ready for the gorgeous guy who challenges me in my own diner. His every word turns me on, and I’m drawn to him like a moth to flame, but if I get so close that anyone finds out, we’re both going to end up burned.

CEDAR

I’m too clumsy to hold onto anything good. Everything I touch breaks, and now I’m dependent on my ex’s good graces. He runs our urban gardening charity, and his dad pays my rent. I do the dirty work, which is all I’m good for: I dig holes and plant seeds. Standing up for myself feels impossible, so I start easy. At least, it was supposed to be.

The cocky cook who couldn’t crisp up my bacon sure crisped up my sausage. Everyone knows closeted guys are a risk, and I’m great at scaring people away. But Ricky gives me the strength to be me, and I can’t stop falling for him. Not even chipped Brooklyn sidewalks can stop true love blooming.

Boiling Point is book three in the Brooklyn Boys series, where good men find their happily ever afters in a hectic metropolis. It has an HEA and no cliffhanger. There will be awkward first times, cops at the door, hiding in thrift store racks, a trouble-making bouquet, a mama’s boy coming home, and an uncontrolled flame.



Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!

With Boiling Point, E Davies has a way of bringing some light hearted humor into a serious subject. This book is a fantastic addition to the Brooklyn Boys series.


Ricky and Cedar meet over some limp bacon. Yes, seriously! From there, we have some more funny moments, along with some struggles. We see these superb men face their fears and insecurities in a touching manner.

Ricky's been hiding in the closet, trying not to upset his mother. Now, with Cedar, he's ready to embrace his sexuality. As he struggles with doing anything sexual, Cedar manages to help him relax and gives him time to get used to things. I love how patient and caring Cedar is about Ricky's inexperience.

Meanwhile, for Cedar, he's shocked, and thrilled, by the way Ricky acknowledges him. While he suffers from the effects of Cerebral Palsy, he rarely finds someone who's supportive. His ex was one who made sure to belittle him for his condition and unfortunately, he still works for him. Ricky's reaction to Cedar's condition is the complete opposite. Ricky makes me feel like an equal in every way, which is wonderful and inspirational.

Both Ricky and Cedar experience significant transformations as a result of their relationship. It's fantastic to see Ricky come out and be his true self, as it's a weight off his shoulder. And Cedar starts to believe in himself and tries to get out from under his ex's negativity.  

Boiling Point is a beautiful story. E Davies had me feeling all the feels. I laughed, I worried, I smiled, and I came close to shedding a few tears. This is an amazing contribution to the Brooklyn Boys series. 








Fixing the Hole by Katherine Halle








Blurb

Heavy rains and strong winds slammed an uprooted tree through Steve Crowell’s roof, leaving a gaping hole to match the one in his heart. After his ex left him for a younger man, Steve’s not sure he’s ready to handle another disaster. His best friend highly recommended the contractor, but the man’s already late, and when he shows up with his music thumping, Steve isn’t impressed—until Riley steps out of his pickup truck. Personable, gorgeous Riley talks a mile a minute, which Steve finds both ridiculously endearing and terrifying. Piecing together a heart isn’t as easy as fixing a roof, but Riley might just be the right man for the job.



Review 
My Rating - 4 Stars!

Fixing The Hole is a short and sweet May to December romance by Katherine Halle.

Steve and Riley find love when Riley is hired to fix the hole in Steve's roof. These two men are such opposites, making for some fun moments. Riley's a talker, just rambling on and on. The way Steve reacts to it though is touching. Instead of being annoyed, he's content with letting someone else do the talking, and thus taking the pressure off of himself.

This story is all about the beginnings of a relationship. It's about the flirting, the getting to you each other, and taking chances. It's about the possibilities.


I enjoyed the age gap, as the younger Riley's just so bubbly and excited, while Steve's more reserved and quiet. One of my favorite things about this story is the way that the younger Riley is the one who flirts often. I find this cute and adorable and find Riley to be so damn loveable.
Steve, having been hurt in the past by his ex, has been drowning in pain and regret. It's terrific the way that Riley encourages Steve to let go of his past and live in the now. 

If you're in the mood for a simple and sweet story, Fixing The Hole will definitely satisfy.



FF - All the Worlds Between Us by Morgan Lee Miller

Amazon Link Goodreads Link Blurb Seventeen-year-old Quinn Hughes needs to be in top shape if she wants to medal at th...