Sunday, June 30, 2019

Omega in the Middle (Triple Heat #1) by Braylon Black







Blurb

Charlie Cox is a strong, independent omega who doesn’t need an alpha. Until he falls in love with two of them.

All straight-A college student Charlie Cox wants is a quiet place to study and rest his head, away from the obnoxious partying and drunken debauchery of his dorms. But moving in with two hot, hunky alphas proves to be an order of magnitude more distracting than he ever anticipated.

Gavin Grey and Luca Burnett are best friends and roomies, but the driven, hard-working alphas are more than that, too: they’re secret lovers, with plans to eventually add a third—an omega to share between them. But that’s not their main priority. For now, they’re far too busy racing against the clock to buy back Gavin’s childhood home from a developer before the house is demolished.

All they want out of Charlie Cox is a responsible roommate, but the strength of their desire for the young omega proves too powerful to resist, and they just can’t keep their hands off of him. Soon, all three find themselves wrestling with unintended consequences that threaten everything they’ve been working so hard to achieve.

Omega in the Middle is a 65k standalone, non-shifter MMM mpreg romance and book one of the Triple Heat series. This is a light, fun, zero-angst story with LOTS of steam, no cheating, and a heart-warming HEA.

A Non-Shifter MMM Mpreg Romance.


Review 
My Rating - 3.5 Stars!


Omega in the Middle is a fun, hot menage romance by Braylon Black. 

When Charlie moves into a new apartment, he never expects to find love. Gavin and Luca are best friends who are hiding their real relationship. As two alphas, they aren't able to let people know that they love each other. And I must say that Damn, the two alphas are hot together! How can they not be? Two sexy, intense, and aggressive alphas. Oh hell yes!

I was immediately intrigued by this roommate romance. The tone was great and the characters were interesting. The secret romance between the two alphas is phenomenal.  

One fantastic scene is when Charlie shows up at the apartment unexpectedly.  

As the book continued however, I found myself a little disappointed. There's nothing that I didn't like, I was just hoping for more; more emotion, angst, and/or depth.  


Overall, Omega in the Middle is a fun and sweet romance.




Saturday, June 29, 2019

Window Watcher by Matt Converse







Blurb


Murder is in the eye of the beholder. In this M/M nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window, Heston is a writer who spends most of his life alone in his own little world. One spring day he pulls up his window shades and sees more than he ever imagined.
The gorgeous and younger Icarus wants Heston to commit to love. To prove himself, he ends up trying to solve a murder without either of them becoming the next victim. A peek into a stranger’s life can turn from sexy to deadly in the blink of an eye. What you see isn’t always what you get. 


Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!


Matt Converse's Window Watcher is a delightfully entertaining gay take on Rear Window. It's a riveting mystery/thriller that I had to read in one sitting.

Heston's not willing to commit to his lover Icarus, which is drama by itself. Add in a murderer and Heston seeing some interesting things through his neighbor's window, and things get both wild and dangerous.

The author did a wonderful job of making me question things along the way. As cut and dry as it should be, it still threw me of at times. 

If you are looking for a quick thriller, don't miss Window Watcher.

 


Friday, June 28, 2019

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Bernard's Diary by SL Danielson


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Book Title: Bernard’s Diary

Author: S. L. Danielson

Publisher: Self-Published

Cover Artist: Diana TC (triumphcovers.com)

Release Date: June 28, 2019

Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance

Themes: Coming out, suicide attempt, forgiveness

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 44 000 words/142 pages








Can a suicidal bellhop find true love?


Blurb

Bernard Covington, suicidal and not the most-handsome man in the world would be happy to leave the world behind altogether. That is until he meets Dr. Jack Larson. The physician takes his wounded heart and soul and patches them back together, but is he Mr.Perfect?

Bernard and Jack develop a romance, but soon the tide begins to shift as Jack’s past is revealed and it becomes a game-changer for the couple to deal with.

Will Bernard and Jack have a happy ending or will he succumb to his desire to end it all or will dealing with Jack's phantoms keep him going? Only Bernard's diary knows what secrets lurk in his soul...


Review
My Rating - 4 Stars!

Bernard's Diary is a fascinating read by SL Danielson.

Bernard. Wow. Bernard's a complex and empathetic character. Middle aged and obese, he's in the hospital after his fourth suicide attempt. This is where he meets Jack, a doctor overseeing his care. 

This book is heavy on the depression aspect. If this is a trigger for you, avoid! Bernard's depression is so damn heart-breaking. His struggle with self-confidence is agonizing. That said, I absolutely love when he's told that before he can love someone else, he needs to learn to love himself. 

One interesting thing about these men is that neither are as they appear. No one can truly understand Bernard's depth of depression, and no one can begin to grasp the depth of Jack's demons. In other words, neither man is transparent, making for some interesting reveals.

Already an avid fan of SL Danielson, this book did not disappoint. I love the writing style, as it flows nicely and the characters are always well developed and wonderful. Overall, Bernard's Diary is a great read. 



Excerpt

Prologue

Bernard sat on his bed after another long day at the hotel just a few miles away. He was a bellhop.

Not the most glamorous profession, but the only one he could get years ago when his life plans changed drastically. He raked his fingers through his thick salt-n-pepper hair and yawned wide. He reached down and opened up his nightstand drawer and pulled out his journal. He flipped to an open page and plucked off the pen that was attached to the outside and clicked the point down.

I can’t hold this in much longer. Jeremy makes me want to explode every time I get near that incredible body of his! He’s such a good customer, tips well, and never has much luggage. I love bringing up room service to him...I wish it were me that was staying behind in the room with him. I have to tell him how I feel; he must suspect something by now. I’d give anything to have a real man in my life for once, just once! Something’s gotta change in a big way or...shit. I’ve just, I’ve got to do this before I fall apart and die a 46-yr-old virgin. Wishing myself luck!

Chapter 1: Fateful Night

August 8th. 10 p.m. The blinding red and blue strobing from the ambulance lights lit up the dark street. It’d been a silent evening until its arrival. Two paramedics rushed up the concrete steps to the midnight blue steel entry door on the far side of the long, rectangular apartment building. The lights from the ambulance painted a brilliant hue onto the otherwise dull, gray brick building. Even the trim was gray and all of it was rusted and falling apart.

Another medic followed after, steering a gurney down the steps. Their patient was out cold and

stripped from the waist up. He had all kinds of medical apparatus on him; IVs, a breathing mask,

and a defibrillator on standby. Finally, the two medics maneuvered their patient down and into the waiting ambulance.

“Ok, what’ve we got?” barked the voice over the radio.

“Heart attack and attempted suicide,” the medic replied in a professional, matter-of-fact tone.

“Any defib?”

“Shocked him twice. 46-year-old male, obese, two bad wrist lacerations, and ingestion of pills.”

“10-4, we’ll be ready.”

The ambulance pulled into the emergency department at Adams County hospital. It wasn’t a fully-equipped center, but it would have to do. The patient was near death. The doors on the ambulance flew open and the stat team ran out to greet them. In charge was a tall, handsome young doctor named Jack Larson. They ran with the gurney inside and to a treatment room. There were four people working on him at once, but Jack kept order to the chaos.

“Nurse, type and cross-match his blood and start him on Narcan.”

“Yes, Doctor.”

“What’re his vitals?” he demanded.

“BP is 90 over 50, pulse 135,” the lead nurse replied.“Damn, too high. What’s our patient’s name?”

“Bernard Covington.” The other nurse read it from the report.

He touched the patient’s shoulder and leaned over him. “Mr. Covington? Can you hear me?” He pulled out his exam flashlight and pulled up the man’s eyelids one at a time to check the dilation.

“He’s out cold, doc. Cops said they found him like this, pills were right next to him.” One of the medics chimed in.

“How many and what kind?” Dr. Larson asked.

“Effexor, 50 mg. Had 30 pills filled, only 20 were found, and it was just filled.” The nurse drew the necessary blood and labeled it for the lab.

The doctor groaned. He hated seeing suicide cases. “All right, let’s pump his stomach, suture these wrists too. They’re pretty deep.”

“Yes, sir.” The nurse prepared the needle, cleansed the wounds, and very skillfully sewed up the wounds. He wrapped them in a thick, cushy layer of gauze and laid them at the patient’s side.

“Good job, Higgins.” Dr. Larson nodded at him.

“Damn, Dr. Jack; that’s the worst I’ve seen. Cops found a butcher knife with blood on it.”

Jack looked at the nurse in surprise. “A butcher knife? Damn, Bernard, you’d cut your hand off.”

He pursed his lips and shook his head.

“He’s stabilizing, Dr. Larson,” the nurse reported.

“Alright, go prep him and pump his stomach. Keep him on constant watch.”

“Yes, Doctor.”



About the Author

S. L. (Stephanie) Danielson began writing at the tender age of five. She knew it was her calling from the moment she put pen to paper. In her teens she began writing alternative works and the genre stuck. She created ever more elaborate tales and finally in her early 20’s years began to create works with her new love; male/male romance. She has since written more than 30 works both solo and collaborations).

Stephanie is classically trained in business, accounting, and HR/training, possessing both an undergrad and graduate degree. She also owned and operated Romance First Publishing where the ultimate goal was to help other unknown, as well as known authors get their start in the publishing world.

Beyond writing, her other hobbies include: painting, gaming, and spending time with her husband and two cherished cats.

Her blog is www.sldanielsoncom.wordpress.com and email is ladyauthorsld@gmail.com



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Heated Rivalry (Game Changers #2) by Rachel Reid








Blurb

Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.

Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardize that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.

Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane’s not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he’s as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him—except Shane. They’ve made a career on their legendary rivalry, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realizes he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great.

As their attraction intensifies, they struggle to keep their relationship out of the public eye. If the truth comes out, it could ruin them both. But when their need for each other rivals their ambition on the ice, secrecy is no longer an option…


One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

This book is approximately 66,000 words


Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!


OMG! I love Rachel Reid's Heated Rivalry. Hockey romances are always so much fun, and this one is perfectly delicious. The second book in the Game Changers series, it's easily read as a standalone.

Shane and Ilya are two hockey players who start hooking up. It's fun watching them go from hook-ups to falling in love. As NHL stars, there are many complications, as the press loves to pit them against one another, they're both closeted, and how could they ever make a real relationship work?

The w
riting is wonderful, the development is perfectly paced, and the storyline is downright enjoyable. I love these two guys. The heat between them is scorching and the relationship that slowly develops is riveting.


My fav moment is the phone call in Russian. That's all I'll say. You'll have to read to understand. But trust me, it's a beautiful, sweet, and tender moment.

Damn, this story is hot and these men are so amazing together. Seriously, if you like Hockey romances, you need to read Heated Rivalry!






Tripping over the Edge of Night by Layla Dorine








Blurb


Going home had never felt so wrong.
When Derrick received the phone call informing him of his mother’s death, it felt like the bottom had dropped out of his entire world. Gone was every hope and ideal he’d left home with, replaced with the bitter realization that he’d run out of time, run out of plans, and was desperately close to running out of give-a-damn.
It doesn’t help to come face to face with his older brother, Ray, who’d spent much of his childhood either ignoring him, ditching him, or complaining about his very existence. It’s enough to send him right back on the road again, or at least, it would have been, were it not for a house, a cat named Slash, and Mason, his best friend-with-benefits, now the head librarian in town and hot as sin.
It was hard enough leaving Mace in the first place, but a second time? He didn’t think he had it in him to be so heartless. Twelve years ago he’d slipped away under the cover of darkness, without even a single goodbye. Now, standing on the edge of night, looking down at the tiny town he’d fled, Derrick is left with one burning question:
Can the door to the past ever be closed enough to allow space for the future?

Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!


Tripping Over the Edge of Night is a great romance by Layla Dorine. It's gripping, compelling, and will have you reading late into the night.

I love the story, but the title and cover don't seem to really match the tale. I have to start with the cover though. To me the cover didn't fit the story. The cover screams dark to me. Yes, the story if heavy, but I didn't ever find it dark. Yes, the script explains the cover, but it just doesn't work for me. As for the title, I actually had to stop reading a couple of times to check what book I was actually reading. It just seemed nothing like the title implied.

Now for the story. It's a story of second chances, not just at love, but with family. It's a story of making amends, with others, as well as yourself. And it's so well done. The writing is phenomenal, with complex characters who will draw the reader right in. I seriously could not put this book down.

I was immediately intrigued by Derrick's struggle of returning home after his mother's death. Not only does he have to deal with his brother, he also has to face his ex, Mason. Derrick's lack of self esteem is sad, and his journey towards healing, both himself and his relationships, is emotional. 

Tripping Over the Edge of Night is a must read for anyone looking for a second chances romance. Layla Dorine will entertain you, as well as take you on one hell of an emotional ride. 



Thursday, June 27, 2019

RELEASE BLITZ - Aftermath (Ever After #3) by Tanya Chris




❣️ Aftermath (Ever After Book 3) is LIVE! ❣️


“I love everything about this story and I could not put it down.” ~Sarita, GR Reviewer

“Five stars all round.” ~Jean, GR Reviewer 



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The Ever After series concludes in Aftermath. Tragedy, redemption, love… Ever After

Once upon a time, Casey flirted with a pretty boy at a bar, and that changed everything. Recently released from jail, he’s starting to rebuild without the family who raised him to hate himself. He’s got a new job, a room at his aunt’s, and community service hours at an LGBTQIA community center. But his biggest challenge is figuring out how to live as the one thing his father and brother drilled into him he could never be: a gay man.

Once upon a time, Brooks was a confident Dom with a particular taste for bigger men. But since his run-in with a dangerous homophobe, he’s lost his touch. Big, buff guys are hot but scary, and hurting people isn’t as much fun as it used to be.

Until he meets Casey, the big guy with the problematic past. Casey’s willing to do anything, but does his submission stem from healthy kink or from an unhealthy need to be punished? And is Brooks doling out release or revenge? Two people who share a past as violent as theirs could never fall in love. Unless, somewhere in the aftermath, there’s forgiveness.

Content warning: internalized homophobia, homophobic language, and references to homophobic hate crimes that have occurred in the past



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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

CHRISTIAN (Beckford Brothers Book 3) by Candice Blake







Blurb

Christian: He was the boy next door and now he’s my Boy.

I’ve run away from things my whole life. After living overseas for the past ten years to run away from my problems, I finally decided to come home. As the CEO of my own multi-million-dollar company, I don't have time to date and I don’t do feelings either. But when I reconnect with Gage, the boy who once lived across the street from me, he stirs up a whole lot of feelings in me that I'd rather not deal with. Gage makes me reconsider everything I thought I knew about myself--including my sexuality. What happens when he starts calling me Daddy and wants me to commit? Will I run away from the uncomfortable feelings or will I finally stay for good?

Gage: Everything changed when I called him Daddy.

When I decide to move back home after finishing college, I didn’t expect to cross paths with Christian, someone I hadn't seen in over a decade. Christian made me realize I was gay when I was thirteen and the feelings I had for him as a teenager are still there and stronger than ever. The thing is, Christian is so much older and more experienced than me while I'm still a virgin. He’s out of my league and I’m afraid to let myself fall for someone so powerful and successful. Will I build up enough confidence to go for the man of my dreams?

Warning: CHRISTIAN 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 - 4 Stars!

Christian, the third book in Candice Blake's Beckford Brothers series, sucked me in from the start.

I highly enjoy this series, and this book, with Christian and Gage finding love. The age gap and the Daddy dynamic is a hell of a lot of fun. And Christian's journey from being straight to discovering his feelings for Gage is wonderfully done. Gage's long time crush on Christian adds to the fun.

I definitely enjoy Christian and Gage as a couple. To get there though is an emotional ride. Gage has long loved Christian, but Christian's insistence that he's only bi-curious is their big obstacle. Christian's fear and denial is quite frustrating at times, but I think it's a good exploration of the struggle to come out to oneself. If you enjoy the angst of sexual awareness, you'll enjoy this book. I also enjoy the angst of riding that fine line between being professional and giving into your feelings. 

This romance includes Daddy play, but it's not a deep look into it, rather an introduction. By the way, does it get any better than falling for the man you babysat when he was a kid? So fun!

Their relationship also includes some first time moments, as Christian is new to gay sex. I just consider that to be an extra bonus.

It's fun seeing the other brothers and their partners appearing. I love the Beckford brothers and the strong sense of family they portray. 

My one complaint is the repeated "he said." That is my biggest pet peeve in books and this one definitely had it's moments where I was cringing. I might not love the writing style, but I love the stories.

Christian is a sweet, fun read. This series is definitely more enjoyable if read in order, so start with Leo and Kingston before diving into Christian. As for me, I will now be not-so-patiently waiting for the fourth book. 


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...