Friday, December 14, 2018

Burning Up (Rainier Family #3) by Ashton Cade



The Rainiers are one big happy family. That is, except for me. I keep to myself mostly. When I learned that you can't always trust the people who are supposed to take care of you, I did my best never to rely on anyone.
Except for my stable full of horses. They always understand. That's why I started a therapy program for kids who have issues, like me -- I know the horses can help them too.
When Jason walks in to the paddock, all the parts of me I thought were dead suddenly come alive with a vengeance. I've never been with a man before -- never risked it -- but I want him more than I've ever wanted anyone. Whenever he's around I feel as wild and free as a young stallion, but just as easy to spook. Can I let someone in? Will he break me?


I'm taking care of my sister's kid, so I'm pretty much a single dad. And that's wonderful, but it also means I have baggage. I'm just learning what it is to be the main support for someone as alone as Emily. So when moody, brooding Sawyer begins to teach us about horses, we're also learning to love. He's more man than I've ever laid eyes on, and I'm a firefighter. Over six feet of the kind of muscle you can only get by doing hard work, perfectly faded jeans and boots, and the kind of stormy eyes that make me want to never let him go. But I'm part of a package deal these days. My needs come second. Can I trust him to be the man we need?

Burning Up is the third book in the Rainier Family series and can be happily read on its own. 67k words of hot loving, leaving worries behind, Rainiers saving the day, and as always, a whole big, bustling, small-town family waiting for its HEA.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Burning Up, the third book in Ashton Cade's Rainier Family series, is wonderful and riveting.

First, I need to praise Sawyer for the beautiful way he wants to use his horses to help people. Since the horses have helped him, he wants to help others by offering equine therapy. I appreciate this aspect of the story for it's realistic importance of bringing so much tranquility to those to need it. 

When Jason brings his niece to Sawyer's place, the attraction and sizzle between the men is smoking. Both men have their share of baggage, however. 

Jason's an impressive, selfless and loving man, raising his autistic niece, and altering his life completely to meet her needs. 

I can't give enough praise for the way Emily is written. She's autistic and mostly non-verbal. This is written with knowledge, compassion and care. It's beautiful the way she is depicted. Her emotional connection with the horses is remarkable and inspirational.

As we learn more about Sawyer, my heart aches for him. He's had a tragic past and continues to struggle to move forward with his life. He's guarded and pretty reclusive for a good reason. The way that he allows Jason to bring him out of his shell is captivating and irresistible.

Essentially, Burning Up is a tender story of two men who help one another to move forward with their lives, to take chances, and to accept another into their world. 


REVIEW TOUR - Christmas Prince (The Christmas Angel Series) by RJ Scott

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 40,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Goodreads Link

The Christmas Angel Series

Christmas Angel - Eli Easton - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Summerfield's Angel - Kim Fielding - Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Magician's Angel - Jordan L. Hawk - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Christmas Homecoming - L.A. Witt - Amazon US | Amazon UK
A Soldier's Wish - N.R. Walker - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Shrewd Angel - Anyta Sunday - Amazon US | Amazon UK


Prince Raphael, the youngest son of the Montaunoit royal family, is the custodian of his country's history. At a Sotheby's auction, he outbids Marc on an item he doesn't even want. Just because he can.

Meeting the museum curator turns Raphael's world upside down, and when lust turns to love he knows he has to change.

Can Marc be the one to show Raphael that he doesn't have to stay the lonely prince forever, and that love is always an option?
This story is one of seven stories which can all be read and enjoyed in any order.


My Rating - 5 Stars!

RJ Scott's Christmas Prince is a good Christmas story.

I love the playfulness in this story. A boop on the nose? Seriously? I absolutely love it!

The romance between Raphael and Marc is sweet, interesting and fun.

It took me a little while to get into this story, but once I did, I enjoyed it. The author does a great job setting a royal scene. And the discovery they find is wonderful.

The Christmas Prince is a good addition to the Christmas Angel series by various authors. 

The Christmas Angel Series

In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love.

Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas angel through the years. Whether it’s 1700s England (Eli Easton's Christmas Angel), the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding’s Summerfield’s Angel), the turn-of-the-century (Jordan L. Hawk’s Magician’s Angel), World War II (L.A. Witt’s Christmas Homecoming), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker’s Soldier’s Wish), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday’s Shrewd Angel), or 2018 (RJ Scott’s Christmas Prince), the Christmas angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need its blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.

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USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.

RJ Scott is the author of over one hundred romance books, writing emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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Aftermath (Southern Comfort #3) by S.L. Danielson, Julie Lynn Hayes


In the aftermath of the Homecoming Dance, a great rift has grown between Mark and Blake, one that was begun with the refusal of a dance. New alliances are strengthened and old ones reinforced. Mark makes his choice and moves out of the Davis home, back to George’s house… and Todd. Clay does his best to give Blake what he needs, even if it entails staying with Mark. Todd’s mother steps in to nurse George back to health, and that bond only deepens. Will Mark do what he just told Blake he couldn’t, and give Todd his ring? Will Clay show Blake that he’s the better man? And will new student Taylor Andrews throw a monkey wrench into Mark’s plans for Todd?

Who will survive the aftermath, and what will the new alliances be?

My Rating - 4 Stars!

With Aftermath, the Southern Comfort series is really starting to break my heart. SL Danielson and Julie Lynn Hayes has really put a lot of layers into this series. 

In Aftermath, Mark and Blake have gone their separate ways, but things are still messy between them. Todd and Clay get involved, along with their other friends. And of course their separation affects Blake's whole family. 

The boys have to deal with jealousy, rejection, fear, homophobia, and more. As we know, fear makes people do stupid things. 

This book does an excellent job of showing that people can change. If fact, Clay and Troy end up really redeeming themselves, showing they are both great, loyal friends. 

The progression of Mark and Blake's problems get ugly. And there's so much pain and hurt involved. 

Aftermath may have made me really mad at times, but it is wonderful, even if it takes a path other than what I had wanted. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Dedicated (Rhythm of Love #1) by Neve Wilder

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 92,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Mayhem Cover Creations


“Our greatest hit is a love song I wrote for my bandmate. And he has no idea.”

Messy-haired, soulful-eyed, off-kilter lyricist Les Graves holds tight to the hedonist’s credo of consumption in every avenue of life. He has trouble staying still, trouble staying sober, trouble turning down a good time—but put a pen in his hand, and he’ll set a page on fire.

Music was Evan Porter’s ticket out of the backwater mud puddle he was born in, the passion keeping him warm as he busked on street corners, fueling him through a dead-end bartending job. Every chord, every song, every ounce of sweat has been devoted to making Porter & Graves a success. He’s the level-head, the quiet maestro, the seatbelt that keeps Les from flying too far out of control. And he’s getting pretty tired of playing savior.

Their chemistry onstage is electric, but offstage it’s another story.

Angst, snark, and nuclear levels of unresolved sexual tension combust in this tale of two rockers, a handful of secrets, a bombed album, and a publicity nightmare thrown in a remote cabin with one shot at redemption. Can Evan and Les find harmony or will they—and their music career—go down in flames?

Dedicated is a 92k standalone bisexual friends-to-lovers romance that also plays on the fake relationship trope, contains a cockblocking greenhouse, really poor decisions involving social media, and a borderline over-the-top HEA.

*Please note: This book contains reference to and depiction of a MMF scene*

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Neve Wilder's Dedicated is one of those books I fall into immediately, enjoy every single second of, and wish would never end.

This book has a feel that immediately drew me in, hook, line, and sinker. 

Of course, I was excited by the story, as it's two band mates, two great friends, who suddenly are broken by a disconnect, an inability to communicate, and extremely repressed feelings for each other.

The best part of this book, however, is the execution. Through frequent flashbacks, we slowly learn what led to the divide between the men.

Throughout we are able to fully feel how each man feels, as the author expertly brings us into each scene.

Their story is an emotional journey, full of lust, confusion, and a whole lot of intensity.

I love this story. I would be happy if every book I opened gave me the feelings this one does. I loved the pain, the hurt, and the jealousy. The sexual tension is palpable. It's an extraordinary journey of two men trying to figure out their feelings for each other. 

If you like rockers, or a slow burn, yet intense romance, read Dedicated. Neve Wilder delivers with the first book in her Rhythm Of Love series. I can't wait for the next book!

Neve Wilder lives in the dirty South, where the summers are hot and the winters are...sometimes cold. She is a mom to three rambunctious weebeasts who have joined forces in a mission to carpet the family home with toys and small items that really suck to step on at six in the morning.

She reads promiscuously, across multiple genres, but her favorite stories always contain an element of romance. Incidentally, this is also what she likes to write. Slow-burners with delicious tension? Yes. Whiplash-inducing page-turners, also yes. Down and dirty scorchers? Yes. And every flavor in between.

She believes David Bowie was the sexiest musician to ever live, and she's always game to nerd out on anything from music to writing.

And finally, she believes that love conquers all. Except the heat index in July. Nothing can conquer that bastard.

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Where We Belong by Tia Fielding


It all starts at a concert at the Red Rock Amphitheater in 2004. Blake just finished high school, Dusty is a college sophomore, and as soon as they meet, they know—they belong together. With Blake living in Nebraska and Dusty in Colorado, distance does its best to keep them apart.

For two years, it succeeds.

Then Blake flees his bigoted—and even dangerous—hometown.

Two years later, Blake and Dusty are getting their lives off the ground, with Blake trying to grow his computer repair business and Dusty working with kindergarteners. Dusty thinks there’s room in their hearts and their lives for their family to grow… he just has to figure out how to express that to Blake.

My Rating - 4 Stars!

Tia Fielding's Where We Belong is a rare pleasant, no-angst story. It follows Dusty and Blake through the years, from when they meet as teens, to living together, becoming parents and more. 

They are a sweet couple, with a wonderful best friend, and some helpful grandparents.

I enjoyed every moment of Where We Belong, as it's a simple and heartfelt story of family. If you enjoy sweet coming of age stories, this one fits the bill.

One Perfect Christmas Eve (Not So Perfect Christmas Eves Book 2) by Chris McHart


It’s been two years since Jonas missed the biggest folk music concert of his career. But back then, he also met Fritz, and the two have been ridiculously in love ever since then.
Now, Jonas is ready to take the next step and ask Fritz to marry him.

Fritz still hates folk music, just the way he did when he was forced to attend Jonas’ concert. That never changed, even though he suffered through a lot of them by now. Nevertheless, he’s ready to make sure Jonas knows Fritz is perfectly fine living with a folk music star… and marrying one.

But the weather has other plans, and once more, they’re stuck in traffic. And that’s just the beginning of a day that might not lead to a perfect Christmas Eve… or will it?

My Rating - 5 Stars!

One Perfect Christmas Eve picks up two years after Two Ruined Christmas Eves.
It's a perfectly sweet and romantic update of Fritz and Jonas' lives. I enjoyed every moment of it.

Fritz and Jonas may have started their relationship off quickly, but they truly are wonderful together. My only complaint is that I would love more of this couple.

Death To Christmas Sweaters by L.E. Franks


A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent CalendarChess and Benjamin are casual lovers, each hiding his devotion to the other and his wish for more. But Chess is a wealthy playboy who—Benjamin believes—will never settle down. And Chess is sure, with the way Benjamin keeps him at arm’s length, that he can’t be interested in getting serious.

They’re destined for a head-on collision as Chess plans for a holiday escape designed to send Benjamin’s ardor spiking like the temperatures in Los Angeles, while Benjamin desperately drags his feet, wanting to cool things down to protect his vulnerable heart. But when the ghosts of Chess’s Christmas past and Benjamin’s unwelcome present converge at LAX, it’s obvious there are other forces at play and about to take over.

Drawn into their respective family dramas at a joint gathering, will Chess and Benjamin finally take a stand for each other and the relationship they both want, or will the holiday finally take its toll?

My Rating - 4 Stars!

LE Franks' Death To Christmas Sweaters is a pleasant, feel-good Christmas romance. 

Chess and Benjamin have been friends with benefits for a while, but Benjamin is ready to break things off, as he wants more. 

It's a short novella, only 56 pages, but it packs a lot of merriment into those pages. The family will have you laughing, and the young men will be sure to entertain you as they try to figure out their future.