Friday, May 31, 2019

REVIEW TOUR - Room For One More (Herc's Mercs #8) by Ari McKay




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Length: 80,000 words approx.





Herc's Mercs Series



The Bigger They Come (Book #1) - Universal Link
Line In The Sand (Book #2) - Universal Link
Bloody But Unbowed (Book #3) - Universal Link
Once A Hero (Book #4) - Universal Link
The Harder They Fall (Book #5) - Universal Link
Where Angels Fear To Tread (Book #6) - Universal Link
No Pain, No Gain (Book #7) - Universal Link





Blurb




Love may not be pie, but when it comes to your lover, sharing isn't the easiest thing in the world.

When Joe Morrissey returns home, heartsick and traumatized by his latest mission, the last thing he expects is to find his partner and lover, Brian Finnegan, has fallen for someone else. Even though Joe knows Finn has never been a one-man man, he has difficulty accepting Drew Martin's place in Finn's life -- and especially in his heart. But when Finn is kidnapped by criminals seeking revenge on Joe, he's forced to pair up with his rival to make sure Finn is kept safe. Joe has no choice but to face his deepest issues, not only about Drew, but also about his own past that has come back to haunt him. Doubt and pain are tearing Joe apart... Can Drew help put him back together, or does Finn risk losing both of the men he loves forever?

Trigger warnings: This book deals with PTSD and human trafficking. There are mentions of sexual and physical abuse, kidnapping, and child abuse (NOT GRAPHICALLY DEPICTED).



Review 
My Rating - 4 Stars!


Room For One More, the 8th book in Ari McKay's Herc's Merc series, is the first read of this series for me. It can easily be read as a standalone, but I'm assuming it would be even better to have read the whole series.

The compelling part of this story is the development of the menage. Joe and Finn are friends with benefits with a complex relationship. Joe knows Finn is all he needs, and loves him deeply. But Finn needs more than Joe can give him, despite loving him. 

Finn's developing feelings for his hook-up Drew takes Joe by surprise, and the drama begins. The feelings of all three men are wonderfully described, pulling the reader deeply into their story.

Room For One More is a beautiful story of loving someone enough to give them what they need. It's about loving deeply and loving fiercely. This Ari McKay book is compelling, riveting, and an enjoyable read. I hope to read more of this series. 








Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.

Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.

McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.










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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Captivated (Out of darkness #1) by Brittany Cournoyer










Blurb

Ethan Fletcher’s a rising star in the modeling industry, and after landing an ad on a billboard, things were looking up for him. From the outside looking in, he was living his best possible life. No one knows the struggles Ethan faced, or that every night he removed the carefully constructed mask he had to slip on just to face the outside world. However, the camera wasn’t the only thing in love with Ethan’s face.

When the gifts started to arrive, they seemed innocent enough. But, the attention from the fan who called himself The Suitor had Ethan on edge, and when someone important in Ethan’s life goes missing, he knows it’s no coincidence. Receiving no help from the local police, Ethan seeks comfort from a very unlikely source. Together, they find themselves in a race against time to catch The Suitor before Ethan becomes his next victim.

Captivated is book 1 in the Out of Darkness series. It talks about stalking, kidnapping, murder, and mental illness. Captivated ends with a happy for now and is a continuing series. This book is an extremely slow burn with a romance that progresses throughout the series.


Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!


If you want to feel creeped out, read Brittany Cournoyer's Captivated now! Seriously, this is one riveting story that has to be read in one sitting.

In a stellar writing move, the author calls the stalker "the suitor" instead of giving him a name. This completely ups the creepy factor. To say that "the suitor" is one twisted and messed up person is an understatement. 

The writing style in general is amazing, with a non-stop pace, and alluring development. The mystery, obsession, and thriller aspects are phenomenal, keeping one intrigued throughout. 

There's no romance yet as it's only a developing friendship in this book. As for that friendship, it is beautifully done, with two men who start as enemies and slowly become each other's only support. The author does a perfect job of letting us get to know these two men slowly, and bringing them together. 

One notable thing about this story is that as creepy as it is, the gory details are off page. They are there though, and the author doesn't hesitate to upset the reader at all.

As for the ending, it's a happy for now one that leaves me dreading what's gonna happen next. There's no way this author will go from this type of start to a fairytale second book. Yikes. I'm dreading it as much as I'm looking forward to it. 




RELEASE BLITZ - The Color Of Summer by Anna Martin




Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 71,000 words approx.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Design: Reese Dante




Blurb

Tattoo artist Max Marshall rushes into his hometown of Sweetwater, West Virginia—and is promptly pulled over for speeding. Max’s luck isn’t all bad, though, because he recognizes the deputy, Tyler Reed, Max’s childhood best friend’s older brother.

Reconnecting with Tyler helps Max settle back in, and it also leads to attraction. But when he tries to explore that connection at the grand opening of his tattoo studio—by kissing Tyler—awkwardness ensues. Max wants more, but has he misread Tyler’s signals?

As a single father raising a six-year-old daughter, Tyler doesn’t have much time to date. He’s ignored his attraction to men for years, but he can’t stop thinking about the kiss he shared with Max. If he can handle the complications of dating in a small town and the possible consequences to his career, this romance could blossom with all the colors of summer.


About The Author

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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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

KINGSTON (Beckford Brothers Book 2): An M/M Romance Novel by Candice Blake







Blurb

KINGSTON:
I landed an interview at the city’s best tech firm.

When the handsome and tall CEO walks into the boardroom for my interview, I didn't expect him to be someone who's helped me before. His name’s Felix and despite my inexperience, he decides to hire me.

After a work trip with Felix, I start falling hard for him and now I have to deal with the feelings I have for my boss. Not only am I a virgin, but Felix is also so much older than me. The thought of opening up to a man who's confident and successful is terrifying. Can I overcome this fear and finally go for the man of my dreams?

FELIX:
I built my multi-million-dollar tech firm from nothing.

Running a successful company means I don’t have any time to date, and all the women I've been with haven’t given me any desire to settle down. When I meet Kingston, he’s nothing more than someone who can help my company grow. But I realize that beneath his bright green eyes, he has the kindest and gentlest soul.

I’m straight.

I’ve never been into another man before Kingston walked into my life. And under the watchful eyes of my business partners, I'm hesitant to explore this thing I have with my employee. I'm good at putting out fires in my company, but what if the flame between me and Kingston is too big to put out?

Warning: KINGSTON contains explicit sexual content not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

The Beckford Brothers series focuses on four brothers who go on their own journeys to find love. Each novel can be read on its own or as part of the series. 


Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!


Damn! I love this Beckford Brothers series by Candice Blake, and Kingston's a fantastic addition to this series. 

Intrigued by Kingston from the start, Felix is drawn to hiring the young man for a tech position in his company. Their first meeting is cute and humorous, and their first time together is hot. 
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Now, middle aged, Felix's having a sexual discovery, suddenly feeling himself attracted to Kingston.

"Do you need a hand?"

As boss/employee, they're starting a forbidden relationship, that will add to the angst. I enjoy that the age difference doesn't seem to matter at all. And I love the way Felix helps Kingston to feel safe and protected.

Kingston's family, of course, is awesome. Supportive, loving, and close, they are all great friends as well as being brothers. I absolutely love them.
As for Felix's co-worker Sarah, I just wanted to slap her. 

The only thing I didn't like is the author's struggle with narratives, repeatedly using "he said." That drives me crazy. But, other than that it's a great story.




Unfortunate Son (Sons #1) by Shae Connor








Blurb

Five years ago, Evan Day lost his lover in the Afghan sand, and in the fallout, he lost his military career and his family. With help from friends, he reinvented himself as porn star Trevor Hardball, but his scars are hidden, not healed. When Riley Yeats falls into Evan’s lap in a bar, he awakens a part of Evan he’d thought was dead and gone. Evan’s fascinated by the blond and twinky Riley, even though he’s the opposite of Evan’s usual type.

Then Evan’s family reappears his life, and Evan soon learns Riley has his own family-inflicted wounds—ones that make it hard for him to be there for Evan. A disastrous confrontation between Evan and his parents leaves Evan’s mother injured and Evan overcome by anger and fear. Losing his tenuous hold on his emotional control, Evan makes one bad decision after another, but maybe his final fall will be the wake-up call Evan needs to set things right—with his parents, and with Riley.


Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!


Shae Connor's Unfortunate Son is a fantastic book. It's a good story that will catch your attention and not let go.

Riley's a wonderful character. From a rich family, this twinky flamboyant man captured my attention immediately. He's full of life and just a great kind of guy. 

Trevor/Evan meanwhile is a complex character who's doing porn, struggling to survive after being kicked out of his home. He's had a tough stretch of years, losing his lover in the service, but meeting Riley changes the course of his life. He's taken by the man who doesn't recognize him or know who he is. 

Immediately hooked by this story, I found the pace to be great, the flow to be perfect, and the story to be emotional. The writing's riveting, the characters development is superb, and the connection is strong.

Their relationship involves anger, confusion, and family issues in addition to grief, guilt, and sex. It's a tale about making amends and forgiveness. It beautifully delves into the aspect of family, both it's ability to break you and it's ability to heal you.

I enjoy the exploration into the struggle of people thinking they know you when you're famous. This is definitely one of the toughest parts of fame, and the author perfectly displays this. It's also a great look into the porn industry, which is always an interesting read.

Unfortunate Son is a gripping tale of hope and healing. This second chance at love is left me sad to see it end. 





His Two Alphas (Men of Meadowfall #8) by Anna Wineheart







Blurb

For twenty years, single-dad Micah Davis has dreamed of the perfect wedding.
The perfect alpha.
Then the Fire tears apart Micah's body, leaving him crippled and scarred.
His confidence wrecked, his chances of finding a bondmate sub-zero, Micah has little left...
Except a secret:
The nineteen-year-old in his college classes, Spike? Micah's son's close friend?
Spike makes Micah feel desirable again.
Like Micah might just be the most important person in the world.

Spike keeps his secrets close:
He's in love with his professor. Has been for nine years.
He's been homeless. He's secretly a sap.
Then there's his alpha stepbrother, Kai, and Spike shouldn't love him, too, but he does.
Except Micah's too good for Spike, and Kai has sworn to leave Meadowfall.
Sooner or later, they'll both break Spike's heart.

Kai has a dream: To play major-league basketball. To become stronger, richer.
So he can never be hurt again.
That means leaving his hometown, and it means leaving Spike behind.
But Kai won't rest easy until Spike settles down with a bondmate... And if it's the professor Spike wants, it's the professor Spike gets.
Kai will do anything for his stepbrother.
What Kai doesn't expect... is for his own heart to be tangled in the process.

His Two Alphas is a MMM, A/A/O non-shifter, standalone MPreg romance. HEA guaranteed.


Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!

Anna Wineheart's His Two Alphas is the eighth book in the Men of Meadowfall series. And, damn, it's a steamy one.

Spike and Kai are two alpha stepbrothers who happen to have a thing for their friend's father, Micah. Spike and Kai's relationship is heartbreaking and yet heartwarming in the end. They've physically been together a lot, which, of course, is taboo, but the emotions were never able to complete their bond. Adding Micah to the mix brings their emotions to an all time high. The scenes between them, and the lack of a mark between them, is as emotional as it gets. 

Then we get to add in Micah. Did I mention Micah's also their professor? The forbidden aspect of their relationship is exciting and riveting. Together, they are Hot, Hot, Hot! Seriously, the heat jumps off the pages. 

Their relationship consists of fears, insecurities, and hesitation. Micah's scarred from a fire, and the scenes were the alphas talk to him about his scars are so damn tender and beautiful. 

The writing's fantastic, keeping me invested throughout. It' so exciting to finally get Micah's story and to see him find love. 

His Two Alphas is absolutely riveting. I love every single second of this menage romance. This scorching hot double forbidden romance is a wonderful treat that highly delivers all the feels!



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

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