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October 29, 2014 in Site News by Sarah San

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Death Gets a Boyfriend by Sophie Bonaste

October 29, 2014 in Drama, Fantasy by Morgan

From Dreamspinner:

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Death is in a lonely business. Since the beginning of time he’s been reaping souls then returning home to his little condo in the sky. It’s not a bad job. There are perks. But Death would kill to meet his soul mate, no pun intended.

Tommy Neilson is the next human slated for death. But when he can see Death, Tommy turns his whole world upside down. Curious, Death seeks Tommy out. The chemistry between the two is immediate and soon an unlikely romance starts to form. While Death may not be lonely anymore, he isn’t allowed to interact with humans. Consequently, he must make a choice: billions of souls or the one that makes being immortal worth it.

My Review

Death – yeah that’s his name – is supposed to kill Tommy, but something stops him. Instead of killing him, as directed, he stops and stares and is shocked when Tommy stares back! No one can see Death! (If they could they’d know he looks nothing like they’ve depicted him!) This freaks Death out and he leaves Tommy in the hands of the paramedics and returns to killing. Back on the job.

He can’t help himself and is compelled to go back to check on Tommy and he finds out that Tommy can still see him. What a find! He spends more and more time with Tommy and the two find they have a lot in common and end up being friends then lovers.

Of course, everyone has to die sometime, and Death is in charge of that so… you guessed it – dilemma time. Death has to choose between giving Tommy a few more years or saving maybe billions of lives…Luckily there’s a little more to it than that and we end up with a super HEA that is quite touching.

**

This is a quick, funny read from a new (at least to me) author. The secondary characters are as charming as the MCs and the premise is unique and fun.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author.

I give it a 3.5 of 5 hearts.

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Bound by Nature by Cooper Davis (Print and Audible)

October 29, 2014 in Adult, Contemporary, Drama, Fantasy, M/M romance (Gay relationships), Paranormal, Romance, Shifter by Morgan

From Samhain:

The mind may forget, but the heart remembers… A Forces of Nature novel.
As Hayden and Josh journey through rituals – and intimacies – that will knit their souls for life, passion and anger flares, revealing a powerful secret. In a different world, they might have been friends. Now, face to face after five years, the bitterness in Hayden’s eyes fills Josh with regret for what could have been – should have been.
As Hayden and Josh journey through rituals – and intimacies – that will knit their souls for life, passion and anger flares, revealing a powerful secret. The truth about a long-ago sharing of hearts, bodies and souls that ended in tragedy.

My Review

Hayden and Josh are shifters and mates. Hayden doesn’t believe Josh is gay and thinks he is, in fact, taunting him. In actuality Josh is trying to find a way to get closer. When the two finally do get together in a passionate clench the chemistry is amazing, it turns out they are mates, and their love is deep and profound… but not for long. Trouble has followed them home and they are subject to the most atrocious violence you can imagine (because it’s important to know and this is a possible trigger– rape and beating almost to death) leaving Hayden in a hospital with a spotty memory and a jail sentence.

There is much more to that night than Hayden knows and after years in jail it’s time for him to find out the truth. The problem is can he handle the truth? Or more importantly can their relationship handle the truth?

In the end, Hayden does remember… but is it too late and can they overcome the horror?

**

This is a hard story to read. If you have any triggers around rape this will spike them. The violence is severe and the rape scenes are difficult to read. In addition, the separation and the reason behind the separation is also hard to read… these boys suffer – a lot – before they can come together again.

I thought the way the story was told, through a series of flash backs, was nicely done. Sometimes it was a bit clunky, but for the most part it worked.

Because it was a shifter story, the insta-love thing worked – though I was perplexed by Josh’s actions in the beginning of the story. I don’t think that was ever explained to my satisfaction, but it was a small blip.

I really enjoyed their time together and the subsequent reunion, but I wished for more of them together, happy, settled and at peace. This is listed as “Force of nature book 1” but I’m not sure there is any more to this series written or in the works.

I give the story 4 of 5 hearts, I really enjoyed it.

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Audio:

Brock Thompson is the narrator and this is the first I’ve heard of him. He does a solid job. His voice is nice and rumbly, which I appreciate for the characters, but he does no variation whatsoever. In fact, most of the story is told fairly monotone. Even the rape scenes or passionate scenes are pretty flat.
It’s not hard to listen to (that puts it over a 2) but there is no real spark or imagination to his narration so that keeps it at a 3 of 5 hearts.
I wouldn’t avoid this narrator but I definitely wouldn’t seek him out.

 

So overall I give the experience a 3.5 of 5 hearts

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All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes, Audible edition narrated by Tristan James

October 28, 2014 in Adult, Audio, Books, Contemporary, Drama, M/M romance (Gay relationships), Romance by Morgan

From Dreamspinner:

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

As a marshal and a soldier, Ian’s expected to lead. But the power and control that brings Ian success and fulfillment in the field isn’t working anywhere else. Ian’s always resisted all kinds of tied down, but having no home—and no one to come home to—is slowly eating him up inside. Over time, Ian has grudgingly accepted that going anywhere without his partner simply doesn’t work. Now Miro just has to convince him that getting tangled up in heartstrings isn’t being tied down at all.

Review:

Mary Calmes is my hero because she could write a book about anything and make it work. However, I love her for her A Matter of Time series, which is probably one of her most popular, and this book brings many of those characters out to play!

This is a book about US Marshals Miro and Ian who are best friends and partners. Miro has been pining for Ian for years, but since Ian is “straight”, Miro has put his feelings on ice, for the sake of the friendship. In a nutshell it’s a GFY (gay for you) romance where Ian and Miro have to overcome their fear of losing their friendship and partnership to get together as lovers. But it’s so much more than that, because Ian has some issues he needs to resolve that not even his best friend knows about, and we also have other obstacles on the path like wayward prisoners, gunfire, broken bones, and Ian’s mysterious “second job”.

In the meantime there is a lot of sexual tension. Mary knows how to do sexual tension well and it runs hot between these two boys. We are kept on needles and pins waiting and wanting for Miro to get his chance with the hot, if somewhat awkward Ian. When the two do get together (not a spoiler right?) it is hot! Smokin’ really. But oh so sweet, and tender. Just as we have come to expect from Mary.

I loved how Mary brought in characters from Acrobat, A Matter of Time, Where You Lead and Parting Shot into this story because there are bits and pieces of those characters in Ian and Miro. It’s always fun to see these old characters re-surface, but they do not overwhelm the book and if you have never read even one of her books (shame on you!) you won’t be confused about a thing.

Mary writes amazing secondary characters, too, and she has given us a gaggle of amazing women who are Miro’s friends as well as some men who should perhaps (hopefully!) get their own books, i.e. Drake, Cabot and Holley.

The story moves along swiftly and I really enjoyed that there was not one single “crime” that we followed but a series of events, it felt more like the real work of the Marshals. The common theme for each event – OUCH – poor Miro somehow ends up injured in each one!

I think Mary Calmes excels in her contemporary fiction, and this book does not disappoint. I give it a 5 out of 5 hearts for a sweet, sexy, scintillating, superb and sentimentally wonderful read.

Audio Review

Tristan James. Le sigh. I just love his narrations. He does another really great job with this story. I really enjoyed his version of Ian’s voice – just perfect. Tristan’s pacing is wonderful. He has a great vision of how to keep the tension up and how to play the flat perfection of Miro and the vaguely bewildered Ian. His secondary characters were wonderful and I was so sad he didn’t narrate the Matter of Time series – his Sam Kage was amazing!

I highly recommend this narration of All Kinds of Tied Down and give it 5 of 5 hearts.

 

Overall 5 of 5 hearts

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A Boy and His Dragon by R. Cooper

October 28, 2014 in Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, M/M romance (Gay relationships), Paranormal, Romance, Shifter by Morgan

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From Dreamspinner:

Arthur MacArthur needs a job, and not just for the money. Before he dropped out of school to support his younger sister, he loved being a research assistant at the university. But working for a dragon, one of the rarest and least understood magical beings, has unforeseen complications. While Arthur may be the only applicant who isn’t afraid of Philbert Jones in his dragon form, the instant attraction he feels for his new employer is beyond disconcerting.

Bertie is a brilliant historian, but he can’t find his own notes without help—his house is a hoard of books and antiques, hence the need for an assistant. Setting the mess to rights is a dream come true for Arthur, who once aspired to be an archivist. But making sense of Bertie’s interest in him is another matter. After all, dragons collect treasure, and Arthur is anything but extraordinary.

My Review

Bertie is a dragon-shifter and an author who needs an assistant. Arthur is a history student in need of a job.
Basically the bulk of the book is Arthur and Bertie’s slow dance of getting to know one another and their growing attraction. The language is sometimes strange and halting, like the juxtaposition of modern times and the Victorian age that is a dragon in modern times.

After a long, long build up, Arthur realizes he is “important” to Bertie in an above average way and the two finally connect.

**
I find it hard to rate this book. On the one hand I loved the idea of it. The slow build. The sweetly old-fashioned phrasing of things. The romance of the dragon and his boy.

On the other hand it was sometimes jarring when Arthur would leave Bertie’s world and in his head be talking about f*cking and cell phones and the rest of the modern world.

I loved their relationship and the basic tenets of the story, and I guess maybe I would have wanted a finer-toothed comb for editing to smooth some of the ragged edges that left me scratching my head or feeling jolted from the mood. For one, I couldn’t help but think that Arthur was being deliberately obtuse and missing Bertie’s obvious attraction for the purpose of prolonging the story.

I would recommend it, I really did like it, but I would warn you that it is not a typical romance. I’d give it a 3.75 out of 5 hearts.

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Two Point Conversion-Mercy Celeste

October 28, 2014 in Books, Interviews by Kiwi

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I had the opportunity to speak with another author who had a similar experience to Max Vos.  Her book, Two Point Conversion which had a twincest storyline was also removed from Amazon and ARe (All Romance e-books) for violating their TOS.  Ms. Celeste states that although her book Two Point Conversion made it to the #1 spot on the LGBT romance charts on Amazon, she experienced heavy returns.  She wasn’t sure if it were the returns or a complaint that brought the book to Amazon’s attention.  She states that she received an email informing her that the book violated their terms and that it would be removed and blocked. Amazon never replied when she asked the actual terms that she was non-compliant with.  She states that she had decided not to question further because she wanted to continue to publish with them.  However, several readers did contact Amazon and was told that they (Amazon) doesn’t remove books, that it was was the author who chose to remove the book. Meanwhile, the book remained on ARe for six weeks, sold very well was in top sales for about five weeks.  She received an email from the owner informing her that someone flagged the book for inappropriate content and they’d (ARe) removed it.  Mercy states that this surprised her because they have warning options for incest, about and other triggers and she placed the incest tag on the book. She never heard from them until it was flagged.

She also states that her friend and fellow author, Sharita Lira had a series with a twincest theme that was banned by both venues whole M/F titles were and still are overlooked. Two Point Conversion is available for sale on Barnes and Noble.  Strangely, the print edition of Two Point Conversion is for sale on Amazon through their print self publishing site Createspace while the e-edition is still blocked.  What kind of sense does that make? Mercy has recently published the book with SmashWords and she self hosts the book through her site using Payhip a service owned by PayPal.

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Cockstrut (Peckers #2) by Jacques N. Hoff

October 27, 2014 in Adult, Books, Contemporary, Fantasy, Humor, M/M romance (Gay relationships), Romance, Shifter by Morgan

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From Dreamspinner: 

Sebastian Grant, a world-renowned avian vet, is so sure bird shifters aren’t real that even when an unruly cockatoo named Louis ends up naked in his arms, it’s difficult for him to admit he’s not imagining it all. Sebastian has traveled all over the globe only to stumble upon the perfect man in his hometown of Chicago.

Louis may just be everything Sebastian has been looking for in a partner—funny, confident, sexy and genuine. But there’s one major problem: Louis is a captive in a gilded cage. With the help of Simon, his blue jay partner Jay and the expanding team of Undercover Peckers, Sebastian is about to find out he’s willing to do anything to make sure Louis is able to fly free and cock strut to his hearts content.

My Review

Sebastian is called (as a vet) to help Mrs. Green with her sick cockatoo, Louis. Louis is really a shifter who had been roofied the previous night and recovering back in his bird form in his cage.

Louis prefers the bird form to his human form but is convinced to spend more time as a human when he meets his mate, Sebastian.

The two have to find a way to break Louis free from his gilded cage with Mrs. Green and work out their newly formed mating. Along the way they run into Simon and Jay from book one and a new, super funny guy, Mickey.

**
This is funny, light, full of puns, some smexy scenes and a sweet love story. It’s insta-love for sure, but it’s cute and Louis being a cockatoo is a fun take on the shifter theme. He loves to boogie and I can just picture both the man and the bird boppin’ along!

I recommend it for anyone who likes shifter stories, especially tongue-in-cheek ones. 3.5 hearts

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Blood & Thunder (THIRDS #2) by Charlie Cochet

October 27, 2014 in Adult, Contemporary, Drama, M/M romance (Gay relationships), Paranormal, Romance, Shifter, suspense by Morgan

From Dreamspinner:

Sequel to Hell & High Water
THIRDS: Book Two

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When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.

Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.

My review

In this sequel we find Sloane and Dex still trying to get that evil Issac and his anti-Therian thugs. This plays in the background while we watch the developing romances of (practically) the entire team Delta Destroyers. And it is AWESOME!

Sometimes the second book in a series can have a tough road to travel because they are stuck in the middle – the relationship has started, but it is not in its dramatic finish-stage. There are only a limited number of mile-stones that can be covered. This sequel has absolutely no problems keeping things moving and keeping us on the edge of our seats.

First, Sloane has some deep, dark secrets that are keeping him from letting Dex “in”. When one of the psychiatrists from the early days of THIRDS is captured, Sloane’s secrecy is threatened. Sloane has to decide if he wants out of the relationship now, or dig in deeper.

Second, Dex is facing his own inadequacy issues: he isn’t Therian, he isn’t ex-military, he isn’t Gabe… But he doesn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on this. That just wouldn’t be him. Instead, Dex continues to be hysterical and we get another drunken night out, this time with the ex! Lou is great and ends up giving Sloane pointers on how to handle Dex.

The other team members (Calvin and Hobbs, Cael and Ash) have their own stories move forward too. I am hoping to see their stories in the “Couples TBA” at the end of the series.

I absolutely love Charlie’s version of shifters. My favorite part of this book was Therian training where Dex is being shown how Sloane (in Jaguar form) is bonding with Dex. It is HYSTERICAL but oh so damn sweet too. I hope we get to see more of the Therians in their animal form in future books.

There is a partial ending in this book that leaves you very satisfied but the door is still wide open to trouble, setting the stage for book 3. I love the advancement of all the relationships in this book and look forward to seeing who does what next.

6 out of 5 hearts, even better than book one! I highly recommend this book and the entire series!

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A Tooth for a Fang (Leader Murders #1) by Liv Olteano

October 27, 2014 in Adult, Contemporary, Drama, M/M romance (Gay relationships), Paranormal, Romance, Shifter by Morgan

From Dreamspinner:

Three days. Three dead bodies. One newly turned, broken-hearted lycan tracker to figure out the connection.

The one summer Rick Barton takes a vacation, all hell breaks loose. Running from an abusive relationship leads him into the arms of hard-nosed lycan Travis Chandler, who gives him little choice but to become a lycan too and join the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation. Out of options, Rick joins the weird organization, expecting some two weeks of training and an adjustment period. Tough luck, he doesn’t get either. On his first day, his new partner offers to promote him to field agent if they get mated – less time wasted on training, more time on the field, and considering Rick is the only tracker the Bureau has on hand when a wave of strange murders hits the community, time is of the essence.

Someone’s killing the leaders of the paranormal world and mutilating the bodies. Investigating and tracking clues is enough of a challenge, and Rick must contend with an impatient Council, Travis’s advances, and actually adjusting to being a lycan. Only one thing is certain: Rick’s new life promises plenty of interesting adventures—as long as he can survive.

My Review
Rick leaves an amazingly abusive, and long-term relationship which also equates into him leaving his job because his boss was his boyfriend. He goes on vacation where he falls in instant lust with a guy at the beach, Travis. But this guy is no mere “boy of summer”, he is actually a werewolf on the prowl for a new “partner”.

Travis ends up biting Rick, which starts Rick’s transformation process into a werewolf. Rick is given two choices: complete the transformation with a second bite and become a werewolf who is subject to the Alpha orders of Travis and become his partner on the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation or take some serum which will stop the transformation but leave you permanently in pain and less likely to live your full life-span.

Duh. Rick takes door number one, and becomes Travis’ partner in solving paranormal crimes, despite his anger at being forced into this decision and his reluctance to have to obey this stranger in all things.

It gets worse. Travis is kind of an asshole. He is brusque, rude, demanding, sarcastic and bossy. There are times he abuses his “Alpha” voice to get what he wants, even though the results push Rick farther away.

To add insult to injury, Travis’ boss and his mate are psychopaths with a political agenda that no one knows about which ends up placing both Rick and Travis in harm’s way.

Oh yeah. He has to resist being around Travis for two weeks or the pheromones released between a turned werewolf and his Alpha will push them into a mating that transcends work partners and makes them permanent life partners as well.

Well – he doesn’t resist and ends up mating Travis, against his better judgment, and now Travis has even more power over him. Peachy.

The two end up embroiled in solving a crime spree that spans species and ends up involving people high up on the command of the PBI. Now their lives are in danger and they haven’t even admitted that they might love each other!

Not to mention, Rick is haunted by his role as victim and can’t get past the fact that his present feels distressingly similar.

In the end, they solve the mystery, figure out they mean more to each other than work “partners” and we get a HEA, however shaky.

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There were parts of this book I absolutely loved. I thought Travis was a uniquely flawed werewolf who, given enough time, could really evolve into a guy we might all love. I thought Rick did a great job of trying to sift through his experiences as a victim of domestic violence and differentiate that from what goes on in a werewolf relationship where everything is controlled by pheromones and animal impulses.

The “mystery” was fairly straight-forward, but interesting and compelling and I enjoyed the CSI tools the pair used to get at the truth. I loved the troll in the morgue, she was great!

I liked the world-building, it was interesting, unique and has a lot of potential.

I didn’t always like the writing. It was disjointed at times and I had to read several passages multiple times to figure out what was being said. It could have used some editing with simple punctuation and sentence structure to make it easier to read, and more flowing.

I also never liked the relationship between Travis and Rick. It had the roots of a relationship that might work – one day – but it didn’t get there by the end of the book. Maybe it wasn’t supposed to and there is a sequel, but if not, I didn’t quite buy their “love”.

I really, really hated the “take the transformation or lead a horrible life” choice Rick was given. Yes, that was part of the mystery, part of what they fought against, but it was never resolved for me. Never justified in any way as being ok. I wanted Travis to at least have a damn good reason for taking away RICK’S ENTIRE LIFE with that first bite. Even “I think you’re hot and might make me a good Mate one day” would have been something! As it was, I saw Travis as another abuser that Rick fell victim to and we never saw him regain his own power. It felt like the same abuse, different guy.

Another thing that bugged me, though minor, Rick never gets to be a dang werewolf. We don’t ever get to see him transform, not once! Sure he uses his super sniffer all the time, but never once does he get furry. I wanted to see that. **sigh**

All in all I enjoyed the book, read it quickly because it kept my interest, and I really rooted for Travis and Rick as a couple. But…I was kinda disappointed by the weak ending in that Rick gives up a lot, Travis gives up absolutely nothing, and though they love one another it isn’t ooey gooey at all. I still felt like Rick was more or less “compelled” to love Travis and Travis never did explain why he chose Rick or convince us that he felt more for Rick than what the pheromones made him feel. I just didn’t feel like we got to the point where finding true love makes up for all the bad stuff our hero goes through.

So I give it a 3.5 of 5 hearts, it’s worth a read, but I didn’t love it.

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Unspeakable Words-Sarah Madison (Sixth Sense #1)

October 26, 2014 in Books, Drama, M/M romance (Gay relationships), Paranormal, Sexuality Exploration by Kiwi

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From Dreamspinner

Special Agent John Flynn is everything Jerry Parker is not: dangerously handsome, coolly charismatic, and respected by his peers. Special Agent Parker is dedicated and meticulous, but his abrasive personality has given him a reputation for being difficult. When new information on a cold case appears, Parker is assigned to work with Flynn, and the sparks fly as their investigative styles clash. Contact with a strange artifact changes everything when it bestows unusual and unpredictable powers on Flynn… and the two men must learn to trust each other before a killer strikes again.

 

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You have two FBI agents, a serial killer on the loose and a set of mysterious artifacts. All of these combined, made a very good mystery. John and Parker are so totally different: John is this gorgeous, self assured, but not arrogant, admired and respected FBI agent. What makes him even more likeable is that although he is aware of just how gorgeous he is, he never uses it to get ahead. Jerry has this OCD, socially awkward and repressive personality. Although highly intelligent and in demand at work, he is grossly underappreciated. This book was surprisingly delightful and so cute. I absolutely fell in love with these characters and when Madison added the cats into the mix, she had me.

I read the blurb, but you know that I still wasn’t expecting the paranormal aspect of the story? The paranormal aspect was a really sweet surprise; a perfectly balanced dessert, like a decadent chocolate filling in a red velvet cupcake. Although there was an attraction between these two men, the book wasn’t saturated with sex. Instead, you see these men build a relationship which is build on a friendship and a deep affection for one another. Bravo, Ms. Madison on a job well done.

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