Thursday, February 28, 2019

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Helix by Anna Martin






Length: 61,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


Blurb

When high school student James has trouble with his truck, Dylan, who is studying to be a mechanic, comes to the rescue. James thinks he hides his immediate attraction well, but is happy to be wrong when Dylan asks for his number. Since James is new to romance, they take things slowly, and because Dylan is in college, James keeps the budding relationship secret from his overprotective dad.

Across town, Mark, a teacher and single father to James and his sister, Frankie, meets Steve at a bar for what both believe will be a quick hookup. Mark doesn’t see any reason to tell his kids about Steve or press Steve for details about Steve’s adopted son…. It’s just sex between them. Isn’t it?

Two very different love stories grow side by side, each hidden from the other. But all of that changes at a family barbecue, when Mark decides it’s time for his kids to meet Steve and for him to meet James’s boyfriend, who none of them realize is Steve’s son, Dylan. The inevitable explosion means the two couples have some explaining to do to soothe the hurt feelings of their families—and lovers.

Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!

Helix is a great read by Anna Martin. I fell in love with this one immediately. And damn, just check out that cover!

Two men start dating at the same time their sons start dating? Yes please! I appreciate the way this was written, it's developed well and at a good pace. There's a lot going on and it's all handled in good fashion. 

Everyone has some issues. The dads and both kids. Mark's been raising his teenage twins by himself for most of their lives. Steve's been alone since he adopted Dylan 6 years ago, focusing solely on Dylan's welfare. Steve adopting a teenager melted my heart. I love what he asked for when he wanted to adopt. He's impressive with his compassion and willingness to help. Dylan's past isn't an easy read, leaving him with some mental scars. James is still confused by his sexuality, and meeting Dylan moves things forward. 

I adored every second of the romance between the two middle aged men. That is always a favorite of mine. The exhibitionism is Hot! In general, the chemistry between them is amazing, but the desire for public sex is even hotter.

As for the heat level of this one, damn, just damn! James and Dylan have some hot moments, but holy moly, Mark and Steve are downright smoking together. Seriously hot!

As with any Anna Martin book I've read, I'm impressed with the story, in both it's writing and it's uniqueness. Anna is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. Anytime I pick up one of Anna's books, I am left riveted and so damn thankful for having read it.

Helix involves a long estranged mother, ex abuse, foster care, and more. It's complicated as the two dads are dating while their sons are dating. The story is one of second chances, both at romance, and in life.


Author Bio


Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.









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Not His Man: A Brothers Synn Novel (Brother's Synn #2) by Victoria Light







Blurb

Ford
It’s my first time doing this kind of thing. I even gave him a fake name. After all, I’m never going to see him again.

Virgil is nothing like my ex, and that's exactly what I want in a one-night stand. He’s alpha-as-hell, an ex-Marine, and when he takes me to his bedroom he checks off boxes I didn’t even know were there. Maybe I’m not as broken as I believed.

It was supposed to only last one night—until Virgil shows up at my book shop driving a delivery truck. Great. Now we seem to be stuck together. There’s no way a man like him would ever fall for a geek like me—and for the best. I’ll never risk getting my heart broken again, no matter how crazy he makes me feel.

Virgil
I don’t usually go for stuck-up nerdy guys, but Ford is full of surprises. He seems reserved at first, but that all changes once I have him on his knees. Now, I can’t get him out of my head.

Him turning up on my weekly delivery route guarantees we’re going to be seeing a hell of a lot more of each other. I don’t mind taking him home for another night or three, but anything more than that? No way. If a decade in the Marines has taught me anything it’s that life’s too short not to live it on the edge. I’m not going to be tied down.

The problem is, the more I’m forced to see him, the more I realize he makes me feel alive in a way that nothing else does.


Not His Man is the book two in the Brother's Synn series. You can enjoy this book without having read the first, and the series can be enjoyed in any order. Not His Man features plenty of heart-pumping scenes both in and out of the bedroom, and even has a few sword fights (in more ways than one, if you know what I mean)! Always an HEA. Mature readers only!


Review 
My Rating - 4 Stars!


Not His Man is a fun read by Victoria Light. The second book in the Brothers Synn series, it can be read as a stand alone.

It all starts with a rare one night stand for Virgil, as he hooks up with Ford. Never expecting to see one another again, it seems fate had other ideas. 

This is wonderful story of finding love when you're not expecting it. Virgil and Ford are super sweet together. Their attraction is intense, and they easily fall into great companionship.

The author does a great job of writing a captivating and meaningful romance, full of twists and turns. The issues discussed are varied and important, as there are self-esteem problems and more. The side characters are interesting and add a lot to the tale.

Of course, don't forget this romance is between a strong and confident ex-marine, Virgil, and the geeky employee of a bookshop. Relationships between such opposites are always intriguing.

This line is significant, profound, and advice we all should heed. "Life is full of goodbyes...Don't let it keep you from saying your hellos." 

Not His Man is a story of fear, uncertainties, and taking chances. Victoria Light includes enjoyable banter, some delightful snark, and a whole lot of charm. 




Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - Halo (Fallen Angel #1) by Ella Frank, Brooke Blaine




HALO
Book One of the Fallen Angel Series
An MM Rock Romance
ELLA FRANK BROOKE BLAINE




HALO on Goodreads:









Blurb

Massive world tours. Over a hundred million albums sold. Groupies galore.
Every day is a party for Viper and the guys of TBD, the biggest rock band in the world. But it all
comes to a screeching halt when the lead singer walks out of the studio one day and never comes
back.
Ear-blistering vocals. Butchered lyrics. Fame chasers.
After months of lackluster auditions, Viper, the lead guitarist and resident bad boy of the group,
is ready to find solace in the bottom of a bottle. Time’s running out and the pressure’s on to find
a new singer, but it isn’t until an angel walks through the door that the band’s prayers are
answered.
Charismatic. Talented. Magic behind the mic. Halo is everything they’ve been looking for.
With a voice to match his stunning good looks, it isn’t long before Viper’s taking notice. But
there are several reasons this is a bad idea:
1. Interpersonal relationships in the band are discouraged
2. Viper has already broken rule #1—big mistake
3. Halo is straight

Too bad Viper’s body isn’t listening to his head—at least not the one on his shoulders. But you
can’t fake chemistry, not onstage and certainly not off it, and Viper and Halo? They have it in
spades.
As both men try to resist the fire blazing between them, and the band is forced to reinvent
themselves, it’ll be a complicated rise back to the top. But from the ashes of what was,
something beautiful is born. Something better. And when the world finally sees Halo stretch his
wings, they’ll discover what it’s like to fall for an angel.




Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!

There are certain books that begin a new series and leave you a better person for having read it. Halo is one of those books. I was sucked in from the start. 

Did I mention that Halo's straight. Straight as in never thought of kissing a guy before. But, damn, what he feels with Viper, and what he learns with Viper will leave you salivating.

Words cannot express how wonderful Halo is. It's a story of a band redefining themselves, and finding their new path. The band needs a new frontrunner. The first time Viper sees Halo, he is struck dumb by his looks, as well as his musical brilliance.

The band was looking for chemistry on the stage, and boy did they find that and more. The sexual tension between Viper and Halo is off the charts. It's immediate, it's smoking, and you can feel the sparks.

Their writing is superb, allowing the reader to imagine every single moment, every single look, and every single scene. This writing duo is as good as it gets. You can feel the energy of the music and the fans. You can feel every moment of excitement, heartbreak, confusion, and disappointment.

The alternating first person pov sets the feel of the story, as we get into the characters heads and thus feel what they are thinking immediately.

Halo is a story full of sexual tension. And it's amazing! Basically, read this book. It's one of my favorite themes, with rockers as the main characters, band troubles, and more. It's Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine at their finest!






BOOK ONE OF THE FALLEN ANGEL SERIES
A ROCK ROMANCE
www.EllaFrank.com
www.BrookeBlaine.com




Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Destiny Collides Past and Present (The Manx Cat Guardians #3) by J.P. Sayle








Blurb

On the worst day of Stuart Wilson’s life he has a chance encounter with a stranger on a street corner. He finds himself inexplicably drawn from the second their eyes connected. Over the following decade he has never forgotten the brief encounter, or the eyes that have haunted his dreams.
Finding his life has stalled, though successful and financially independent, Stuart feels his life is sadly lacking that one thing everyone wants, love. Making a decision to change, Stuart uproots himself from his life. On the recommendation of a friend he moves to a small island in the Irish Sea, where Stuart’s life takes several unexpected turns and twists when he offers to help his new boss.

Joe King has it all, or so it appeared, until he made a wrong choice which has left him reeling both emotionally and physically. Devastated by the turn of events he seeks refuge with his friend hoping to find some peace and quiet to lick his wounds. What he finds is an unexpected connection to his past that he struggles to accept. The present situation is hindered by a past he wants to escape that will not let go.

Will they find the true happiness Stuart believes can be theirs? Or will the threat from Joe’s past take away what Joe is only starting to realise could be his future, Stuart.

Guardian cats walk this earth, there to protect—if you are fortunate enough to be blessed by the fates. Princess is one such cat. Having found herself in trouble for breaking the rules, Princess believes that being paired with Stuart Wilson as his guardian is her penance. Unbeknown to her that is not the case.
Things turn ugly when Princess steps in to protect Stuart putting her own life at risk causing her new arch enemy Maximillian, an ancient guardian cat to make a decision that has far reaching consequences for them both. Will she accept or fight the changes, only time will tell.

Warning
The content of some of this book is sexually graphic, with the use of explicit language and adult situations involving two/three males. It is only intended for mature adults. There are also some potential triggers of violence and partner abuse.



Review 
My Rating - 4 Stars!


Destiny Collides Past and Present is the 3rd book in the Manx Cat Guardians series by JP Sayle. It's creative and interesting with two wonderful main characters.

I absolutely adore Stuart and Joe. Both men have intriguing backgrounds, and it's great seeing how well they come together. Joe's part is front and foremost, as his ex was abusive, leaving him scared and unable to commit, as well as fearful that his ex will find him. 

The road for these two is not an easy one, but it's totally worth it. They're both survivors who desperately need someone to love and care for them. 

Of course there's Princess, and oh man, I love Princess. She's the guardian cat who's watching out for Stuart, and she's a sassy and fun girl.

With undeniable chemistry, there's some amazing sex scenes. The author really knows how to steam up the pages.

My only complaint is the writing style. JP Sayle is a fantastic writer, with spectacular ideas. However, this writing style isn't my favorite. Full of extreme detail, I prefer less description and a faster pace. But, I know many do love this writing style. That is just my issue.

That said, I still really enjoy Destiny Collides Past and Present, for it's outstanding characters, as well as plenty of humor, and a refreshing storyline. There's action, suspense, sex, and romance. It's a slow burn romance entwined with an emotional ride.



Only for Us (Only Colorado #6) by J.D. Chambers







Blurb


"Just once, I'd like to be part of my own couple, and not the third wheel."

Jay Howard might look like Tinker Bell, but he's looking for a man who will accept all facets of him - from flirty brat to dom top. With all his friends happily coupling up, Jay fears he'll never find a man to love, much less one who loves all of him.

"Once again, fate has decided to have a laugh at my expense, because standing right in front of us is the only man I've never been able to get out of my head."

Silas Boone III has been punishing himself for years for his younger self's screw-ups. Just as he finds someone with the power to make him trust himself again, he's confronted by a face from the past - one that reminds him of his mistakes and all the possibilities he once dreamed could be his.

"I'd found the love of my life. Most people don't even get that much, so it felt selfish to look for more."

After his boyfriend of nine years dies suddenly of a heart attack, Cameron MacGowan moves to Fort Collins for a fresh start. What starts as simple flirtation and easing back into dating turns into a tangle of longing and wanting for two totally different men.

Can Jay, Boone, and Cameron navigate through the treacherous waters of the past to reach a future together?

Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!

JD Chambers' Only For Us is another stellar book in the Only Us series. It's tender, sweet, and smoking hot! Only For Us has some friends to lovers, and a second chance. Did I mention Holy hotness!

In this one, we are treated to three men, yes, three men, falling in love with each other. It's a fun development, as all three are connected, but don't know it immediately.

I'm tempted to say "A car salesman, a lawyer, and a barista enter a bedroom..."

I love that Boone likes to be dominated and punished, despite being a big, tough, former athlete. Cameron is what people would assume is a dom top, but low and behold, he's not. And the smaller Jay is the one who likes to dominate. Woo Hoo! The three men perfectly balance each other, leading for some emotional and hot moments.


Each man is so damn considerate of the others, making for some wonderfully tender moments. Each enters the relationship with baggage. Cameron lost his ex last year, is sad and sullen. Boone's stuck living the life his parents want for him, and is unhappy and closeted. 

Did I mention it's steamy, spicy and hot?

JD Chambers does a wonderful job exploring the struggles of moving on, taking chances, and living your truth. If you enjoy a good menage story, do not miss Only For Us! It's a fantastic and riveting tale of taking two lovers instead of making anyone choose.


GRL 2019 AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT - Long Way Home by Nicky James

In my attempt to cover some of the attending authors for this year's GRL, I am reviewing  ...