Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Christmas Riches by H.L. Day








Blurb


Opposites might attract. But does that include age?

Christmas comes early for Aiden Malone in the form of a seductive, blue-eyed stranger down on his knees. But a shocking revelation about his new “friend” has him running for the hills and cursing his stupidity before the night is out.

Tom's not prepared to give up that easily. He may be rich where Aiden's poor. Innocent in a way that Aiden isn't. And on the wrong side of twenty. But he's old enough to know what he wants. And that's Aiden. He just needs to persuade the older man to look past his hang-ups about age and wealth.

Lust and prejudice pull Aiden in opposite directions, severely testing his willpower. As Tom's layers begin to peel away, Aiden discovers the younger man's life of privilege may not be all it seems. If Aiden gives in, they could have the sweetest Christmas that either of them has ever tasted.

But Tom's about to shatter their joy with a surprise announcement. Decisions need to be made on both sides. It’s down to Aiden, though, to stay strong and decide whose happiness is more important. His? Or Tom's? Because they can’t have it both ways.

It's possible their relationship won't even last as long as it takes for the snow to melt.

Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!


Christmas Riches is a powerful illustration of what is truly important in life. I am extremely impressed with this HL Day romance. 

Tom may be rich as far as society is concerned, but he's alone. His family doesn't care about him and he doesn't have any friends. Aiden meanwhile isn't rich by the normal standards, but his life and heart are rich.

Their
romance is one of intense sexual connection, but some obstacles get in the way of them moving forward. They come from different worlds, with a large age gap. Tom is only 18, with limited experiences, and Aiden struggles with society's opinion. They are opposites, money wise, experience wise, and age wise. But wow, Tom's experiences at just 18 are many. Just wow!

What starts as a hot hookup that seems so wrong, ends up as so much more, as each learn invaluable lessons from the other. 

My favorite quote is "Maybe you can make me smile." I mean, seriously, if that doesn't explain loneliness to you, I don't know what will.

Christmas Riches is so much more than just a Christmas romance. The last part of the book wrecked me. I cried, I smiled, I cried some more, and I swooned. 





RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - A Christmas Wedding by AE Ryecart

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Book Title: A Christmas Wedding

Author: A E Ryecart

Publisher: Independently Published

Cover Artist: Tammy Clarke/Meredith Russell 

Release Date: November 19, 2019

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Themes: Christmas, Wedding/Marriage, Domineering family

Heat Rating: 3 flames 

Length: 49 000 words

It is part of a series but it can certainly be read as a standalone.






Buy Links - Available on Kindle Unlimited




Christmas. A Wedding. Family. It's the Perfect Storm...


Blurb


For Rory Kincaid marrying Jack, the youngest son of the aristocratic De Lacy family, on Christmas Eve, is a dream come true. Handing over the wedding planning to Jack’s mother, the strong-willed Lady Diana, is turning out to be more of a nightmare.

As their big day approaches, the pressure’s on and the strain is beginning to show. Announcements in society magazines, a guest list that’s growing and growing, and fittings for the best bespoke tailoring in London, it’s all a far cry from Rory’s humble upbringing. Piece by piece, Rory and Jack’s dream of a simple winter wedding is fading fast.

Rory is Jack’s everything. Sweet, kind, and totally adorable, Rory is all Jack has ever wanted. And what Jack wants most of all is to give the man he loves the wedding day of his dreams — and that means taking a stand against the indomitable Diana.

***Warning: this story contains two gorgeous men, a mountain of mince pies and cupcakes, a punk rocker Christmas fairy called Bunty, and a snowy Christmas Wedding.***


Review 

My Rating - 5 Stars!


AE Ryecart's A Christmas Wedding is full of romance and tenderness.

Rory and Jack are preparing for their wedding. Along the way the have to deal with a bossy mother and more. I enjoy that although there are issues, it never becomes overly angsty.

This story has everything sweet and romantic about the holidays. It includes a watch, some sexy moments, Christmas carols, and all the feels of the holidays. 

This is a beautiful story of family. It's the story of a man who has no family, finding one with his husband, his in laws, and more. 

If you enjoy Christmas weddings, be sure to pick up A Christmas Wedding. AE Ryecart will leave you satisfied. 



Excerpt



“Where are we going? The Tube station’s that way.” Rory nodded in the direction they were coming from.

“We’re not going home, or not just yet.”

“Oh? I thought we were going to decorate our living room, drink lots of advocaat, and then get naked on the rug.”

Jack threw back his head and laughed. “That sounds like a plan, but there’s something I want to do first.”

“You mean something is more important than naked advocaat?”

Jack just smiled in response. There wasn’t a lot that was more important than naked advocaat, but what they were about to do next just about topped it.

The tiny street would be so easy to miss in the messy and higgledy-piggledy maze that was the City of London.

“Jack? What—?”

Jack pressed his fingertips to Rory’s lips and gazed into Rory’s questioning, confused eyes.

“Just go with me on this, okay?”

Jack pushed the door open, and he and Rory stepped into another time.

The shop was crammed with tall and narrow display cabinets, all of them holding a treasure of watches. Behind the counter, in a corner and almost hidden, sat a small, round, bald-headed man. A pair of glasses perched on the end of his nose, and another was wedged on the top of his head as he worked on the mechanism of a pocket watch, using what looked like a set of toy tools.

“Mr. De Lacy.” The man put aside his work, stood up and extended his hand to Jack.

“Mr. Hogarth. Let me introduce Rory Kincaid, my fiancé.”

Jack moved aside to allow Rory to shake Mr. Hogarth’s hand. Jack smiled; in a moment everything would be revealed.

“Let me bring your order.” Mr. Hogarth disappeared into a back room.

“Jack, I don’t understand. What’s going on?”

Before Jack could answer, Mr. Hogarth returned bearing a small black box, which he handed over to Jack.

“Please.” Mr. Hogarth gestured to a small table and a couple of chairs on the other side of the shop, in the only space not taken up with display cabinets, before he returned to his place once more behind the counter and took up his work as though he were alone.

“I want you to have this,” Jack said, opening the box as soon as he and Rory were seated.

“What?” Rory gaped at the watch, displayed on a pad of black velvet. “But we agreed a strict ten-pound budget, just something silly this year. I haven’t—”

“No, it’s not a Christmas present.”

“Then what—? I don’t understand.”

Jack took the watch out of the box. Like his own, it was plain and unadorned. The black Roman numerals were stark against the white face; the casing was gold, deep and burnished.

“When I was twenty-one, my father presented me with a watch from this shop. He did the same for George,” Jack said, referring to his elder brother. “My father also had a watch on his twenty-first birthday, as did my grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather. The De Lacy men have had watches in one form or another from Hogarth’s since the late eighteenth century. All those watches came from here, from this very shop.” Jack glanced toward the counter, but Mr. Hogarth had gone and was now nowhere to be seen.

“This isn’t a Christmas present, Ro. This is something every De Lacy man receives. And I wanted you to have one, too, because that’s what you’re on the point of becoming: a De Lacy man.” Jack’s lips lifted in a wry smile. “I didn’t know you when you turned twenty-one, although I wish I did. I’m just making up for lost time. On Christmas Eve, you’re going to take my name. I want you to be wearing this watch when you do.”

“Jack, I–I don’t know what to say.”

“Then don’t say anything. Just accept it, along with the words I had engraved.”

Jack held the watch out. All his focus was on his fiancé, reading for the first time the words engraved not only on the watch but on Jack’s heart.

Love, always and forever.

Four simple words which said everything Jack held deep inside about the man he’d found huddled on his doorstep just two Christmases before.







About the Author 

I love all kinds of MM romance and gay fiction, but I especially like contemporary stories. Born and raised in London, the city is part of my DNA so I like to set many of my stories in and around present-day London, providing the perfect, metropolitan backdrop to the main action. I write at home, in the gym, in cafés —in fact I write any place I can find a good coffee! 


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A Summer Soundtrack for Falling in Love by Arden Powell







Blurb

What he wanted was a music career. What he needed was love.

When Kris Golding leaves his dusty Kansas hometown for a fresh start in New York, he thinks an apartment and a job are waiting for him. But when he finds neither, rather than admit defeat, he takes his chances busking—and meets Rayne Bakshi of international rock band The Chokecherries. Rayne needs a new guitarist, and gives Kris his first break since leaving home.
Rayne wears makeup and glitter and thinks nothing of kissing Kris in front of twenty thousand screaming fans for the attention. Instantly infatuated, Kris begins to question whether he might have a crush on Rayne—could he be bisexual? But since Kris claimed to be straight, Rayne’s wary of getting involved offstage.

As the tour gains momentum, Kris’s sexuality becomes the least of his troubles. Between his conservative brother hell bent on “rescuing” him from his life of debauchery, a peacock that may or may not be the avatar of a cult god, and a publicity stunt that threatens to upend his routine with the band, Kris is definitely not in Kansas anymore.


Review 
My Rating - 3 Stars!


A Summer Soundtrack for Falling In Love is a confusing rocker romance by Arden Powell.

Kris is saved from the streets by Rayne and invited to join his band. What follows is a tour full of sexual discovery, drugs, and peacocks.

There are parts of the story where I needed more explanation or development. I thought Kris's previous feelings weren't established. And the cult part was highly confusing at first. As well, Kris's struggle doesn't make a whole lot of sense. 

Overall, it's an emotional ride as Kris struggles with his feelings for Rayne, and struggles with coming out. I did enjoy this part. My favorite thing has to be Kris' androgynous look. I am a huge fan of that look, and I adore his clothes and makeup. And, omg, all the on stage kisses are totally Adam Lambert like, and I love it!!


This one is loaded with touchy feeling band members, which gave me all the feels. I was definitely confused about how quickly Kris and Rayne became so physical with one another, but I liked it. 

There tale includes some acting for the crowd, publicity stunts, and broken hearts. But it's the cult aspect that just threw me. I liked it the story until the last part. The cult just seems as forced as forced can be. To me, this plot point make the book average. There was so much hope in this story. Without the cult, it would be a good book. 

Thus, I can't really recommend it. It's ok, but that's about it. If it's ever revised and changed up a lot, I would definitely be interested in reading that version.





Monday, November 18, 2019

Key Grip (Black Stallion Studios #2) by Vicki Tharp







Blurb

For Grant Hardy, the closet is a lonely place.

And Black Stallions Studios’ straight-acting stud wants out of gay p*rn.

But when Grant’s father’s gambling addiction jeopardizes his grandmother’s home, Grant’s forced to keep working to bail her out.

Can he f*ck his way into solvency?

Sebastian Stavros wants to prove himself to his uncle, the owner of Black Stallion Studios. To be taken seriously, he must keep his pants on and his hands off the talent.

Easier said than done.

Grant and Sebastian’s secret attraction can no longer be denied, and when their affair renders Grant unable to perform, everything he’s worked so hard for is at stake.

Will the truth set him free to love the man he wants?

Or will his family suffer the consequences?


Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!

I love Key Grip from the start. The second book of Vicki Tharp's Black Stallion Studios, this is a fantastic read.


I have a soft spot in my heart for porn stars finding romance and this one didn't disappoint. It's a tender story of finding love.

Key Grip is a lot of fun, as Grant is gay, but has always said he was gay-for-pay. He's firmly stuck in the closet, and he's in a spot where he can't be connected to porn, least he'll lose his lgbt center. But he needs money and he needs it now. In other words, Grant's in a no win situation. Not only does he show up at the porn studio again, he also has to avoid the relationship he wants with Sebastion.
Grant's long liked Sebastian, but he can't take a chance and risk his center. 

Damn, I love Grant and Sebastion. They have some steamy chemistry and are full of passion. Not only are they hot and sexy together, they are also heavy on the emotions. 

A closeted gay porn star? I love this unique idea. The author excels in carrying this out in a way that makes complete sense. I love the writing style, and a thoroughly impressed. 

In addition to the main storyline, there's an emotional secondary storyline involving Tavi, a homeless teen. This part of the story is beautifully done.

Overall, this story has a lot going on. Grant has his share of struggles, fighting between his heart and his head. Sebastian struggles with his career versus his heart, as well as his self esteem issues. And then there's Tavi, who's problems are many.

Holy shit, I seriously love Key Grip. It's a marvelous forbidden romance mixed with a whole lot of confusion and tough decisions. It's a beautiful story of family and making one's own family. It's one of those rare compelling books that make me want to re-read it immediately.




RELEASE BLITZ - Snowdrop in a Storm by Ava Kelly



Title: Snowdrop in a Storm
Series: Snow Globes, Book Three
Author: Ava Kelly
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: November 18, 2019
Heat Level: 1 - No Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 18300
Genre: Contemporary Holiday, LGBT, contemporary, gay, pansexual, trans, interracial/intercultural, holiday, Christmas, established couple, children, panic attack, grief, family drama, teachers

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Synopsis

Daniel Wu’s life is wonderful. He has an amazing family in his partner, Jeff, and their adopted daughter. The only thorn in his happiness is Abby’s biological father, Nick, who can’t seem to let go of the past.

Ridden by guilt for trying to tear apart Jeff’s family a year prior, Nick Mariani struggles to find a place for himself in a future that seems bleak. With the backdrop of a holiday vacation, he embarks on a journey of redemption. An unexpected surprise is Leon, who flirts shamelessly from the moment they meet. Leon brings Nick hope, but the shadows of the past threaten to swallow all that newfound brightness.


Excerpt


Snowdrop in a Storm
Ava Kelly © 2019
All Rights Reserved

“We are so going to regret this,” Daniel said with a sigh.

He smiled as he blew over his teacup, and from across the breakfast counter, Jeff grinned at him. He’d already packed their lunches for Daniel’s last day of work and Abby’s last day of school. Their
suitcases were waiting upstairs, almost ready. In the morning they’d be on a plane.

For the first time in his many years working as a teacher, Daniel Wu’s winter vacation would begin a week early. As a supervisor, he would accompany a handful of lucky eight-year-old chess club
enthusiasts for a training tournament in the picturesque snow-covered Austrian Alps. Daniel looked forward to showing Jeff and Abby one of the places he’d enjoyed the most during his travels.

A pancake flipped through the air and returned with a sizzle to the pan. Jeff shook his head, his excitement contagious.

“We’ll be fine. Between you and me and Amber and Nick, I think we can wrangle a bunch of kids.”

Jeff had a point. It shouldn’t be much harder than keeping an entire class in line during museum trips, especially with so many adults supervising. He just couldn’t help but worry a little, planning for disasters and busted knees and special dietary requirements.

“Besides,” Jeff continued, “other teachers will be there, won’t they? With the other teams.”

“Yep,” Daniel agreed.

The pension hotel they’d be staying at had been reserved to host a mini-tournament of the International Chess Club that Amber had convinced Daniel to join. As a novice teacher, Amber had needed someone else to co-supervise the school’s club. Honestly, it had been a good thing. Some of the kids—Abby especially—had taken to it incredibly quickly during the first months of the semester, and now, they were set to start participating in competitions. One of the perks of the ICC was the winter gatherings that served as practice before the summer tournaments. And some of next year’s teams in Abby’s age group would be present at the resort. It opened up opportunities to meet new kids, learn new things.

Nothing came without a price, however, and Daniel suspected he’d pay for this trip with his patience and a few white hairs. He was excited, for several reasons, and yet—

Some of his ambivalence must have been visible because Jeff said, “Don’t pout,” his smile just as bright as he pushed over a full plate.

“I’m not pouting.” Daniel pulled the flattest expression he could. “My face is poutless, see?”

“Sure.” Jeff looked at the ceiling. “Abby! Breakfast!”

She came thundering down the stairs, hair tied crookedly in two braids falling over her shoulders. She’d been getting better at doing them herself, with a determination Daniel figured she
extracted from her passion of all things Wednesday Addams, but she still had a ways to go. It was a matter of practice. Abby waved the tip of a braid at him, a question mumbled around her mouthful of pancake.

“They’re better today,” he said.

“The best,” Jeff added with a pat to her head.

Abby’s teeth were smeared with jam as she grinned.

“Mouth closed,” Daniel chastised, gently, and heard Jeff’s lips smack against each other.

He laughed—couldn’t not with his precious persons. The happiness of it stung behind his eyes for a moment, and he took a deep breath.

“What am I going to do with you two, huh?”

“I guess you’ll have to love us,” Jeff singsonged in a bad rendition of The Addams Family tune, and Abby snapped her fingers at the end.

Daniel shoved a forkful in his mouth just so he wouldn’t blurt, “Marry me,” to Jeff right then and there.


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Meet the Author

Ava Kelly is an engineer with a deep passion for stories. Whether reading, watching, or writing them, Ava has always been surrounded by tales of all genres. Their goal is to bring more stories to life, especially those of friendship and compassion, those dedicated to trope subversion, those that give the void a voice, and those that spawn worlds of their own.


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Sunday, November 17, 2019

One Shot (Black Stallion Studios #1) by Vicki Tharp







Blurb

One pitch ended Alex Payne’s Major League Baseball debut.

Coming out as gay…

Could end his career.


Alex is dropped from the team after a prolonged post-surgical rehab stint. Short on cash and determined to make a comeback, Alex will stop at nothing to get enough money to continue his therapy and training.
Including jumping headfirst into the world of gay p*rn.

The only catch?
To work with Black Stallion Studios, you have to be straight.

No problem. Until Alex is paired with Elijah Maddox, and Alex discovers he’s not so straight after all. Unfortunately, Elijah refuses to live in the closet.

But when news breaks about Alex’s association with Black Stallion, Alex’s secret is exposed.

Will Alex strike out and lose it all?

Or can he find a way to have his career and his love?

Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!

From the start, One Shot grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go. This Vicki Tharp romance is a gripping start to the fabulous Black Stallion Studios series.

Alex is an injured athlete, who suddenly he finds himself doing gay porn for the money, despite being straight. When partnered with Elijah for a scene, he suddenly finds himself attracted to his co-star.

What follows is a sweet story of self-discovery and sexual exploration. Alex and Elijah are definitely hot together, but they're also sweet and tender. These are two men who are both doing porn as a way of making some fast money. As hot as their chemistry is, it's their developing emotional connection that is superb. 

My first time reading this author, I found myself super impressed. I love the main characters, and am charmed by the secondary characters. If you're a big fan of porn romances, as I am, you will love this story. The author includes some great behind the scenes action which I always enjoy. And the use of dual pov allows the readers to get to understand both men well.

Honestly, I love One Shot and can't wait to read the next book in the series.




Christmas Riches by H.L. Day

Amazon Link Goodreads Link Blurb Opposites might attract. But does that include age? Christmas comes early for A...