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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Alpha Chef (J.T.’s Bar #2) by Sue Brown

We are excited to be a part of the review tour for Alpha Chef (J.T.’s Bar #2) by Sue Brown. I’m sharing my review and we’ve got a great giveaway too!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn

 

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Length: 46,000 words approx.


Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
 
J.T’s Bar Series
 
Book #1 – Alpha Barman – Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Blurb
 

When Greg Mitchelson’s home is torched and his employer killed, Greg fears it’s retribution for his past testimony against a notorious drug gang. Alone, with no money and only the clothes on his back, Greg turns to Colm Riordan, the Deputy US Marshall who’s protected Greg for the last 3 years. But Riordan doesn’t return Greg’s phone calls, and the local Marshal’s office refuses to help him.



In desperation, Greg goes on the run to Wyoming to find his brother, Mitch, whom he hasn’t seen in over a decade. As he reconnects with his brother, Riordan appears, searching for his missing witness. But Greg needs the answers to a lot of questions before he’ll trust Riordan again. Why didn’t he return Greg’s call? Is Riordan there to help Greg – or kill him?
Jenn Review
3.5 Stars
This is an entertaining and action packed story, a similar style to the first book in this series and I did enjoy the ride. This book focuses on Greg, who after getting kicked out by his father for being gay, ends up in witness protection. He’s spent most of his adult life hiding and avoiding but eventually it all catches up to him again, and this time the Marshall’s service isn’t there to help so he turns to his older brother Mitch. The reunion isn’t easy, neither man really knowing what happened to the other over the years, but the two are happy to be together again. When Greg’s Marshall Riordan shows up, questions have to be answered before Greg can trust him again, and even after that, there is the question of the feelings and attraction lingering between the two men. All that plus a dangerous drug cartel that is after Greg leads to an action packed story.
I enjoyed this story and getting to see Mitch and Jake again, along with their team. I think that really played well with this story. Greg has had a pretty rough time and now that he’s found Mitch he doesn’t want to leave him again. The two come to an understanding about their past and want a future. But Greg is in danger and it’s Riordan’s responsibility to protect him. Riordan is also battling his attraction to Greg, something that’s been there from the beginning. These two find themselves alone and hiding in a cabin and that’s where they have to deal with their feelings. I liked these two together, it felt like a good match and something that had already been developed. Riordan is so very protective of Greg, even in the calm moments and I enjoyed that side of him. I really liked seeing Greg grow in confidence as well, in his job and relationships. He was so very likeable, I just wanted him to be happy! There is good character development and a lot of action and overall, an enjoyable read. I’ve definitely enjoyed this series and these characters and the intense situations this group seems to find!

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Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot, and has become an expert at ignoring the orders.



Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. She had an Aha moment and put pen to paper that same day. Sue may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.



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Review Tour with Excerpt: The Other Brother by Meghan Quinn



THE OTHER BROTHER by Meghan Quinn is finally here! Check out the excerpt and teasers!

 

THE OTHER BROTHER
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I got the call. The dreaded call every child fears. My dad wasn’t well, and the man who had always been my everything needed me.
There was only one thing to do; pack up and head back to my hometown. I had finally made my dream life in the city with the great job and loving boyfriend. But was there really a choice not to go?
I found a wonderful job, a quaint house to rent, my boyfriend was working on joining me in Binghamton, and my favorite pizza place was only miles away. Life was good.
Until I met my neighbor.
It’s been three years since I’d seen Aaron Walters, and my God is he all kinds of sexy gorgeous. Figures. He was supposed to be my forever, the man I grew old with, but he had different plans. How can a man who ripped my heart apart still trip me up? How can he make me still want him now more than ever?
I’m tempted, I’m drawn toward him, I’m completely and utterly unaware that I’m dating his biological brother.
Now two men own my heart. The question is, which brother will I choose?
Jenn Review
5 Stars
So every time I read a Meghan Quinn book I fall in love with her characters and there’s still that part of me that thinks I can’t possible love them more than the last book. Well I’m thinking Aaron takes the cake, well the Little Debbie! She makes me laugh, she makes me cry, she makes me fall in love and oh does she make me feel! Meghan Quinn has become an absolute must read for me!
Aaron and Amelia fell in love the first time when they were young. Aaron made the choice to set Amelia free to live her life to the fullest and it was a decision that broke both their hearts. A few years later Amelia returns to her hometown to care for her father who is battling Alzheimer’s and holy moly her new neighbor is none other than Aaron. It’s not the best start to a second chance but some sassy elderly neighbors and some egg cartons later these two just may be on the path to friendship again, and maybe even more. The only problem facing their second chance, Amelia had a boyfriend.
There is so much I love about this story, it’s hard to even know where to start. I’m a sucker for a second chance (or more) story and you add in this group’s humor and obsession with Little Debbie and yeah, it checks all the boxes. Aaron grew up as the other brother, his mother an addict who gave his two brothers up for adoption so they could have better lives, but not Aaron. He lives with the idea that he’s not and will never be enough. Amelia suffered a massive heartbreak when Aaron dumped her, not really ever getting over it and being with him now, it makes her question her feelings.
This book is filled with so much emotion, the fun and the punch to the feels kind but their story is just everything. My heart really broke or Aaron at times, but I was rooting for him all the way. I think he is one of Meghan’s sweetest but smexy guys yet! Their story is sexy and sweet and fun and just all the feels! Another definite must read from Meghan Quinn!
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Why? Why does he have to magically appear in my life? Moving back to Binghamton, I thought about the possibility of maybe running into him, but I thought it unlikely, something that would never really happen.

Boy, was I wrong.

What a sick joke life is playing on me.

Aaron Walters, the boy who broke me into pieces is my neighbor.

I can’t fathom the impact I feel already.

Seeing him in hip-hugging jeans and a tight, plain shirt did a number on me. It kept me up all night as memories of what we used to have flooded my mind.

His voice.

His stature.

The way he used to kiss my neck.

The way I felt so protected in his arms.

Too bad his arms couldn’t protect me from his devastating, heart-breaking self.

And hell, he looked good. Too good.

He’s always been tall with handsome features and a chiseled jaw, but now he’s bulked up to the point that I could see his abs flexing under his shirt, the same shirt that stretched over his biceps.

But it wasn’t his muscles or handsome features that once again made my heart ache, it was those eyes. So bright, so blue, so kind, but still so sad. It reminded me of the first day I met him, of the day he stole my heart from every other man on the market.

Broken, unsure, yet yearning for love. It was all there, and like experiencing a moment of déjà vu, I was transported back into a time when I felt invisible, like I could conquer anything with him at my side.

Once again, I was wrong.

 

 

About the Author:
Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.
Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.
Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!
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5 Star Review: Stryke First by Sandrine Gasq-Dion


This tour is dedicated in the loving memory of Sandrine Gasq-Dion who was taken much too soon. Enticing Journey Book Promotions has had the pleasure of working with Sandrine over the last few years on many of her releases and we have enjoyed every single one. The book community lost a great author. To all her family and friends who had the pleasure of knowing and loving Sandrine we send love and healing thoughts. Sandrine your words touched so many. You will always be missed and never forgotten by our tiny book community.
Title: Stryke First
Series: Rock Series #5
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Genre: M/M Romance 
Release Date: October 15, 2017 

Rebel Stryker has had to fight to survive from the moment he was born to a heroin-addicted mother. Raised by his grandparents, his only mission in life was to succeed where his mother had failed. Now, he and his childhood best friends tour the world as a famous heavy metal band. Like any rags-to-riches young man, Rebel definitely enjoys the perks of being in the limelight.

But now something has changed.

Rebel never wanted to fall in love, shying away from relationships and relishing his ‘no worries’ rock-star persona. But there’s something about the band’s new manager that catches Rebel’s eye. Despite fighting it with everything he has, Rebel finds himself succumbing to man’s quiet ways. It doesn’t hurt that the guy loves Rebel’s grandpa — the one relationship that means the world to him.

Staying true to his name, Rebel fights against the tide of attraction drawing him in. But it’s only a matter of time before love finally strikes.

Stan Jackson is hiding a secret. A Very Big Secret. One he prays will never come to light, especially since life is pretty good now. He finally has a good job, and he considers the people around him friends — even if they don’t see him the same way. All he’s ever wanted in life is to blend in, not make waves, and move on through. Now, as the manager of the internationally famous Skull Blasters rock band, he is put squarely into bassist Rebel Stryker’s orbit. He spends a lot of time with Rebel’s grandfather, which is not only fun, but rewarding. Another big benefit is that Stan gets to see Rebel all the time. When his past catches up to him, Stan learns that he isn’t just the Skull Blasters’ manager.

He’s a part of their family.

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5 Stars

I am a huge fan of this series and have really enjoyed all of these books and Stryke First was just as wonderful! I love the way Sandrine Gasq-Dion creates these characters that are broken but still so love-able and right as I was starting this book I heard the news of her passing. It made this book even more emotional for me, and it broke me heart in many ways. She will be sorely missed and my heart goes out to her family and friends.

The story itself captured me right from the start, finally learning the truth about Stan and where he comes from. He’s been the band manager for a while now, but he keeps his life guarded, trying to make sure he stays hidden from his past. That doesn’t stop his crush on Rebel though. Rebel was raised by his grandparents and now it’s just him and his hilarious grandfather, but he’s facing his own health issues. The band helps with him as does Stan which is what really seems to bring the two together.

I loved how their story unfolded, the relationship between Stan and Rebel, these two have had their share of hardships in life, but there’s something about them together that just fits so perfectly. They definitely struggle with their feelings at times, Rebel afraid of getting attached since, in his view, everything good gets taken away at some point, and Stan, running from a painful past and afraid of being hurt again. As Stan’s real identity comes out, his name is really Jax, Rebel and the rest of the band show just how much they really do care about him.

There is certainly a good amount of drama in this story, as well as humor and love and I adored it from start to finish. This book really shows that you don’t have to be related to be family, that family can be those around you and just how important that bond can be. Jax and Rebel were perfect together, their journey everything I’d hoped it would be. I’ve grown so very attached to these characters in this series and now Jax and Rebel are among my favorites. It truly breaks my heart to think this journey has come to an end. I highly recommend this entire series, it’s got off the charts chemistry, great characters and beautiful love and I thank you Sandrine for these wonderful stories.

 

Best selling author, Sandrine (Sandy) was born in Inglewood, California. Raised by “Old School” French parents, she later moved to Tucson, AZ. It was there that writing became a hobby. Always told she had a great imagination, Sandy wrote short stories for her friends in High School. In college, she took more writing classes while working on her Criminal Justice degree, but it wasn’t until a soap opera caught her eye that she got involved in male on male romances. On the advice of a friend, Sandy dipped her toes into the world of M/M Romance. Sandy takes the writing seriously and has had countless conversations with gay men as well as hours of research.She’s been involved with the military in one way or another for over twenty years, and has a great deal of respect for our men in uniform. She’s traveled the world, but has finally returned to Arizona.
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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Picture Winter by Amy Aislin

Happy Monday! Hope the week is off to a great start! Today we are excited to be a part of the review tour for Picture Winter by Amy Aislin! This is a feel-good m/m romance and I hope you’ll check out my review and the great giveaway too!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Cover Design: Melody Pond

Publisher: MLR Press

Length: 47,000 words approx.

Blurb

Do something new today.

Why he looks at his horoscope every day, Elias Hood doesn’t know. It’s all garbage, and no nickel fortune ever helped him climb all the way up the corporate ladder. He’s about to make Vice President. Rocking the boat with “something new” is the last thing on his mind.

But there’s this guy.

Ty Green can make friends with a tree and Elias can’t help falling for his easy-going vibe and his perfect smile. He’s a fellow Capricorn, like Elias, but that’s as far as their similarities go. Ty works to live–he doesn’t live to work. When Elias takes his horoscope’s advice and asks Ty out, both men are in for a shock. But as Elias’s walls start to come down, they might just realize that they have more in common than they think. In fact, they might even want the exact same thing.

Who knows? Maybe horoscopes aren’t just trash after all.

Jenn Review

 4 Stars

Amy Aislin is becoming a go-to for a feel-good romance for me and Picture Winter is a perfect example of that. It’s that kind of story you pick up when you’re looking for a light, heartwarming book. Elias and Ty may share the same astrological sign but they don’t really share many of the same characteristics but that doesn’t mean they aren’t just meant to be!

Elias works hard at his job, hoping for a promotion to vice president. He may not love his job or be passionate about it, but it pays well, he’s been there for years and he’s moving up the ladder. When he meets city worker Ty after a trash mishap, Elias starts to see that there is more to life than work. Ty and Elias start a friendship that quickly turns into more, both men getting more than they expected when they met. But being with Ty means Elias needs to reevaluate how he views some things in life.

This was a fun read, I really liked both Ty and Elias! They are great characters, as different as can be but also perfect for each other. Elias is a bit cold but Ty and his hilarious family bring such a wonderful warmth to this story. Both of these guys have their hang-ups but I really loved how they worked through things together, sure they make mistakes but in the end these two really seem to understand how important their relationship really is. Another fun, sweet read that I enjoyed from start to finish that just left me happy!

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Author Bio

Amy started writing on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class was forced to stay inside for recess. Tales of adventures with her classmates quickly morphed into tales of adventures with the characters in her head. Based in the suburbs of Toronto, Amy is a marketer at a large environmental non-profit in Toronto by day, and a writer by night. Book enthusiast, animal lover and (very) amateur photographer, Amy’s interests are many and varied, including travelling, astronomy, ecology, and baking.

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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: His Dark Reflection (Heart & Haven #3) by Heloise West

Happy Friday! Today we are happy to be a part of the review tour for His Dark Reflection (Heart & Haven #3) by Heloise West! I hope you’ll check out my review and the great giveaway too!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn

 

 
Buy Links: Amazon US  | Loose Id
 
Length: 72,000 words approx
 
Publisher: Loose Id
 
Cover Design: Syneca Featherstone
 
Heart & Haven Series 
 
Hitting Black Ice (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Send Lawyers, Guns & Roses (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Blurb



Disgraced FBI agent Nick Truman has failed to save his sister, held hostage by a drug cartel until he could give them Alex Crow, who eluded him. His epic downfall lands him in Witness Protection, where he plays by the rules and keeps to himself. But the murder of his neighbor brings danger to his door. He unexpectedly finds himself the champion of innocents and helplessly attracted to the homicide detective in charge of the case.



This can’t end well.



Homicide Detective Hank Axelrod is good at digging out secrets, maybe because he hides a big one of his own. He also suspects his husband has one foot out of the door of their marriage and the specter of single life looms unpleasantly on the horizon.



A murder resembling another brings Nick into his world, a man who claims to be a mystery writer looking for a real life resource. Hank’s instincts say he’s more than that, and he’s rarely wrong.



Torn between the errant soon-to-be-ex husband and the distracting, sexy stranger, Hank needs to focus all his attention on his murder case before he becomes the next victim.

Jenn Review

3.5 Stars

I was really looking forward Nick’s story, curious about how I would feel about him after everything I learned about him from the two previous books in this series. I think Heloise West did a good job making his character redeemable, I did find myself caring about him and feeling for everything he’d been through.

Now in witness protection, Nick is trying to lay low and stay out of trouble. He goes to work, goes out to hook up trying to keep himself distracted but he really doesn’t make friends or attachments to anyone around him. He’s getting by, but when one of his neighbors ends up dead and the boyfriend of someone else he knows is severely beaten, Nick’s natural investigator comes out and he finds himself right in the middle. Hank Axelrod is a hardworking detective investigating the murder and when he meets Nick, he can’t get him out of his mind. Despite the fact that Hank’s husband has just left him he feels drawn to Nick, even more so as he helps with the case. But Nick is keeping secrets from Hank, he knows that, but hopes that eventually Nick will share with him.

I liked Nick and Hank together, they really did work for me, their relationship/friendship comes at a time when they both need someone to lean on. Nick is so broken, trying to come to terms with everything that led him to where he is now, and he really battles with the idea of letting Hank into his life. He doesn’t feel worthy of someone as good as Hank but he can’t let him go. I really felt for him and his struggle. There were some parts of this story that left me feeling pretty confused, unsure of how it was really relevant and that took away from the story a bit but overall I did enjoy Nick and Hank. I’m curious to see if there is more to their story or if this is how their story ends.



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Heloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mayhem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance of all flavors. She travels and gardens with her partner of 10 years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.



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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Be My Best Man by Con Riley

We are thrilled to be a part of the review tour for Be My Best Man by Con Riley! This is a gorgeous love story, beautifully written and delivered. I hope you’ll check out my review and the fantastic giveaway too!

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 Length: 260 pages

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Will Jason’s third time as a best man lead to first-time love for Vanya?


After fleeing violence in Moscow, student teacher Vanya Petrov winds up lonely in a run-down London hostel. At least visiting the Bond Street store where his roommate works lets him practice his English, but as Vanya’s vocabulary expands, so does his isolation, especially when he sees happy couples planning their perfect weddings.


According to Jason Balfour, weddings are a waste of time and money. After all, he’s been best man for his brother twice already. Saying that a third marriage will end in divorce too leads to an angry ultimatum: to save his relationship with his brother, Jason must meet his fiancée, at last, and make a good first impression.


Jason’s need to dress to impress brings him and Vanya together. Language is no barrier to falling in love with the young and fragile Russian, and neither is their age difference. But Vanya’s bruised soul carries secrets that could rip them apart. As the wedding draws near, Vanya must confess, and soon, or risk losing Jason—his own best man in Britain.

 

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4.5 Stars

Con Riley really delivers a beautiful love story with Be My Best Man. I really enjoyed this story and found myself absolutely fascinated with Vanya and everything he was going through. He is a young Russian man seeking asylum and trying to survive in London. He doesn’t speak English very well, but is trying to learn and that’s how he meets Jason, a successful Londoner who needs some fashion help. Vanya ends up acting as a personal shopper for him, and the two click, never expecting to find so much more than a nice shirt and tie.

There is a lot to this story, not just Vanya and Jason’s relationship, it is deep and complex and gorgeously told. Vanya struggles with life in London while awaiting a decision regarding his asylum. He cannot legally work but desperately needs to get out of the hostel he is staying at. He’s trying to learn English and understand the new culture as well as come to terms with what happened to him in Russia. Meeting Jason brings happiness to his life for the first time in a long time, but he’s keeping secrets from him and as the two grow closer and there are real feelings involved Vanya knows his secrets could destroy everything.

There is so much emotion in this book, both from Jason and Vanya! I really loved these two beautiful men. Jason has plenty of insecurities when it comes to relationships, his own and that of his best friend and foster brother Andrew, but his intentions are never bad. Vanya’s heart just made mine melt, I just always thought of him as so very precious. Con Riley does a fantastic job of setting these two up to fall completely head over heels for each other and then drop the bomb on them. I knew it was coming but it still broke my heart! She put me back together though, in a raw and real way as Vanya finally reveals the truths of what happened to Jason. I loved the way this story all came together, it’s not always easy but it’s definitely worth it! Con Riley really delivers a touching and poignant story and I know these characters will stay in my heart!

 

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 Con Riley lives on the wild and rugged Devonshire coast, with her head in the clouds, and her feet in the Atlantic Ocean.

Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that makes them live and breathe.

When not people watching, or wrangling her own boy band of teen sons, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don’t disturb her—she’s probably thinking up new plots.

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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Maybe This Time by Annabelle Jacobs

Today we get to share in the release blitz and review tour for Maybe This Time by Annabelle Jacobs! I’m excited to share my review and this great giveaway! And can I just say how much I love this cover!!

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 60,000 words approx

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Moving into a new home starts with a bang when Ryan Blackwell celebrates turning thirty. Being hungover means he’s bleary-eyed and clumsy the next day, but even in that state, he can appreciate how sexy and fit his neighbour is.

Matt Thomas isn’t looking for anything long-term—one and done is usually his life rule. Why settle down early, like his sister, when casual relationships are so easy? With Ryan living in the same building, chance encounters are inevitable. When one night together becomes two, a friends-with-benefits deal seems a natural progression.

There’s only one problem: sex with no strings relies on matching expectations, so Ryan can’t help worrying. His huge heart always wants more, but Matt’s been clear about his limits. As passion leads to caring, they’ll have to make some tough decisions—maybe this time, breaking some rules will be worth it if that means they’ll get to share a future.

 

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4 Stars

This is a wonderfully fun story of Matt and Ryan, two adorably clueless men who completely fall for each other while insisting they are ‘just friends.’ I really liked these two, they were sweet and charming and their story had a nice, laid-back feel to it. Maybe this time is the kind of story that puts a smile on your face right from the start and it pretty much stays there to the end.

Matt and Ryan are to pretty regular guys who meet when as Ryan is moving into the same building where Matt lives. They don’t get off to the best start, but soon find a connection and strike up a friendship. Matt doesn’t do relationships, one and done is how he operates but after a hook-up with Ryan he seems okay wit the idea of friendship and maybe some extra benefits too. Ryan likes Matt and is trying not to get attached, he doesn’t do the whole friends with benefits thing all that well but he’s determined to make it work to keep his friendship with Matt. The two men start spending more and more time together and realize they enjoy their time together and actually are looking forward to it.

Again, these two are just adorably clueless and it makes for a fun read. It’s sweet to see Matt come to the realization that he’s not only allowed space for Ryan to be his friend, he actually wants more with him. Ryan too spends so much time convincing himself he’s good with the way things are that when it comes time to come clean about feelings it surprises him. I really enjoyed this story, it’s low-angst but filled with heat and sweet. There were some great funny moments and I loved how genuine Matt and Ryan are, I’d definitely want to be friends with them. Overall this was a very enjoyable comfort read that I have no doubt I will go back to when I want that happy heart smiley feeling!

 

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/AJacobs_fiction

Website – www.annabellejacobs.com

Email – ajacobsfiction@gmail.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ajacobsfiction

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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Out of the Shadows by K.C. Wells

We are excited to be a part of the review tour for Out of the Shadows by K.C. Wells! I really enjoyed this sweet story and hope you’ll check out my review and the awesome giveaway!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

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Buy Links: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 62,991 words

Cover Design: Bree Archer

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Blurb

Can he step out of the shadows and into love’s light?

Eight years ago, Christian Hernandez moved to Jamaica Plain in southern Boston, took refuge in his apartment, and cut himself off from the outside world. And that’s how he’d like it to stay.

Josh Wendell has heard his coworkers gossip about the occupant of apartment #1. No one sees the mystery man, and Josh loves a mystery. So when he is hired to refurbish the apartment’s kitchen and bathrooms, Josh is eager to discover the truth behind the rumors.

When he comes face-to-face with Christian, Josh understands why Christian hides from prying eyes. As the two men bond, Josh sees past his exterior to the man within, and he likes what he sees. But can Christian find the courage to emerge from the darkness of his lonely existence for the man who has claimed his heart?

 

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4 Stars

Well this is just a wonderful, sweet story about two men who are just supposed to be! I really loved the tenderness K.C. Wells brings to this story and these characters. Christian was horribly injured years ago and it left him with some bad scars. He’s spent the last eight years living in isolation, not wanting people to see him. When Josh, a handyman he’s watched working in the area ends up being the one to do some work on his apartment, the two end up face to face and it’s not what either man expected. Josh doesn’t see a disfigured monster and Christian doesn’t want to hide from him.

I really enjoyed this story, it’s a slow burn without the overly dramatic angst, but it’s a sweet story. One of healing and friendship and love. I loved getting to know Christian and Josh as their relationship progressed. They have great personalities and I wanted to be friends with these two. This is one of those reads that just makes your heart happy – it’s one of those books you read when you want to feel good with fantastic characters who truly deserve to find that real, forever love.

 

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Author Bio 

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

K.C. loves to hear from readers.
E-mail: k.c.wells@btinternet.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld
Twitter: @K_C_Wells
Website: http://www.kcwellsworld.com

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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: The Bones of Our Fathers by Elin Gregory

We are excited to be a part of the review tour for The Bones of Our Fathers by Elin Gregory! This was a fun read and I hope you’ll check out my review and the awesome giveaway!!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

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Buy Links: Manifold Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 80,000 words approx

PublisherManifold Press

Cover Design: Michelle Peart

Blurb

Malcolm Bright, brand new museum curator in a small Welsh Border town, is a little lonely until – acting as emergency archaeological consultant on a new housing development – he crosses the path of Rob Escley, aka Dirty Rob, who makes Mal’s earth move in more ways than one.

Then Rob discovers something wonderful, and together they must combat greedy developers and a treasure hunter determined to get his hands on the find. Are desperate measures justified to save the bones of our fathers? Will Dirty Rob live up to his reputation? Do museum curators really do it meticulously?

Answers must be found for the sake of Mal’s future, his happiness and his heart.

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4 Stars

This was a fun read – I loved the setting and the characters and the story as a whole. Elin Gregory delivers an entertaining tale with Mal and Rob and their adventure. Mal is an archaeologist who has just moved to the history rich town to run the local museum. He quickly meets Rob, the digger driver and the two have an instant connection. When a discovery is made on a building site that has some major historical value, the town and Rob and Mal are tested.

I think Elin Gregory does a fantastic job of creating this world, these characters feel very authentic, the good and the rough. I loved the way they were all connected with each other and their history. Mal is the newcomer in this community and there are some challenges for him, understanding the significance of the family ties is important and unfortunately tests his budding relationship with Rob more than once. But these two are so right for each other, they are good at finding their way back together. I loved the relationship between them, they definitely made me smile! Their relationship is sweet and just meant to be.

There is a good mix of quirky characters, sweet love and a very interesting discovery. There’s a bit of drama but nothing overly angsty, just added to the story. Overall, this was a fun read that I enjoyed from start to finish.

 

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Author Bio

Elin Gregory lives in South Wales and works in a museum in a castle built on the edge of a Roman Fort! She reckons that’s a pretty cool job.

Elin usually writes on historical subjects, and enjoys weaving the weird and wonderful facts she comes across in her research into her plots. She likes her heroes hard as nails but capable of tenderness when circumstances allow. Often they are in danger, frequently they have to make hard choices, but happy endings are always assured.

Current works in progress include one set during the Great War, another in WW2, one set in the Dark Ages and a series of contemporary romances set in a small town on the Welsh border.

www.elingregory.com

www.facebook.com/elin.gregory

@ElinGregory

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Review Tour, Excerpt & GIVEAWAY: Cinnamon Eyes by Nell Iris

We are excited to be a part of the review tour for Cinnamon Eyes by Nell Iris! This was a very sweet read and I hope you’ll check out my review, we’ve got a great excerpt as well and an awesome giveaway!

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~Jenn

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Buy Links: JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 34,679 words

Publisher: JMS Books

Blurb

Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and break away from his demanding family. When his therapist encourages him to do something for himself, he knows exactly what he needs. I want to see Asher again. The best friend Corey ever had who, at fifteen, held Cory’s heart in his hands without knowing it.

Asher’s had a troubled relationship with his father since he came out. Now that Pops is sick, he’s fighting for his right to help or even find out about his father’s health. Then there’s the complication of an ex-boyfriend unwilling to let go.

When Cory and Asher meet again after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same?

 

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4 Stars

Cinnamon Eyes is such a sweet, good for your heart read! I really enjoyed this story and Cory and Asher, such wonderful men. I found this to be a story of love and finding your place in the world.

Cory has been struggling with depression and has finally found some help and it working to improve his life. When his therapist asked him what would make him happy, it was Asher that he thought of and now he’s determined to find his friend again. Not only does Cory find Asher, the connection they shared so many years ago is stronger than ever. Now it’s up to these two to figure out what exactly they mean to each other and if they are going to have a future together.

These two are just beautiful together! Both men have such wonderful hearts that you just have to root for them. Cory has struggled for so long, the expectations of his parents and grandfather weighing him down and preventing him from being happy, but with Asher back in his life it’s like he can finally breathe and speak up for himself. I loved the strength and support that Asher immediately became for Cory. And the same can be said about what Cory brings back to Asher’s life, he’s happy again. This is one of those stories where two people are just meant to be and once they are together again it’s like the puzzle is finally complete.

Cory and Asher definitely have some tough things thrown at them, Asher’s father and Cory’s relationship with his family, but they deal with things together and support each other. I really enjoyed the flow of this story and how, for me, the focus was on the good of these two together and finally finding that healthy, happy place. This is definitely a book to pick up for that feel-good read that makes you smile and leaves your heart happy! Sweet and adorable, Cory and Asher are fantastic!

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Excerpt

When the song ended, I opened my eyes and clapped with the others. He didn’t look up or say anything, just started strumming another slow song on the strings. Judging by the cheers from the room, it was a popular one.

And then he lifted his head, opened his eyes, and started singing.

I gasped.

It was him. Asher.

Both my hands flew to my face and covered my mouth.

Sixteen years later and I still would have recognized him anywhere. The hair was as unruly as ever, and just as rock ‘n’ roll as his voice. The jawline so sharp he could probably cut glass with it. And the nose was still a little too big for his face.

I couldn’t see his green eyes from here, but I remembered them vividly. The pale color of a leaf newly broken out of its bud in spring, was such a stark contrast to his black eyelashes and olive complexion and had always hypnotized me with their beauty.

When he started singing, his voice pulled me out of my initial shock.

Two best friends

Like no one had ever seen before

Always together

happy and troublesome and wild

Sharing scraped knees

and high flying dreams

Carefree as the clouds in the sky

The boy with laughing cinnamon eyes

And I

The words struck a chord inside me. They reminded me of our friendship, all the way down to the scraped knees. Had he written this song? Had our friendship inspired him?

Then one day

he shimmered with a different light

Just one look at him

made my heart ache, stutter and want

I felt the same

pouring from his soul

A longing for more between us

The boy with loving cinnamon eyes

And I

He sang with such emotion, and the pronouns he used didn’t escape me. Asher was singing to a man, and my stomach made a hopeful jump.

Our story

didn’t have a fairytale ending

He had to leave me

and all I could do was to cry

But with no choice

I had to let go

We hugged and were saying goodbye

The boy with grieving cinnamon eyes

And I

I swallowed. I didn’t understand. That sounded just like … I shut down that thought immediately. It couldn’t be.

It’s been years

and my life has never been the same

I’m often wond’ring

what could have been if he’d stayed

Maybe one day

I’ll see him again

In dreams we were never apart

My boy with the sweet cinnamon eyes

And I

My boy with loving cinnamon eyes

And I

After the last chord rang out, the bar was deadly silent for a heartbeat, and then everyone started cheering and clapping and whistling.

Everyone except me.

I folded my arms on the table in front of me and collapsed with my forehead on top of them and my face hidden in the dark space between.

Had I heard what I thought I’d just heard?

Was that song … about us?

Had he had feelings for me too, back then?

The thought made me shake, and I grabbed my elbows and squeezed to keep myself from flying apart. I took a deep breath and didn’t let it out until my lungs screamed and burned in protest. I repeated the process several times until my teeth had stopped chattering and my heart had slowed its furious pace.

I was still hiding when someone cleared their throat in my vicinity.

“Excuse me? Benji said you wanted to talk to me? Are, uh, are you all right?”

His voice was as deep when he spoke as when he sang, and it sent a shiver down my spine, completely different from the previous desperate shaking. I took a deep breath and raised my head. Forcing myself to face him.

At first, he didn’t seem to recognize me. He searched my face for clues, but it only took a few moments for the spark of realization to light up his eyes.

“Cory?” His voice was gravellier than ever. “Cory, is that you?”

Author Bio

Nell Iris is a romantic at heart who believes everyone deserves a happy ending. She’s a bona fide bookworm (learned to read long before she started school), wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without something to read (not even the ladies room), loves music (and singing along but let’s face it, she’s not Celine Dion), and is a real Star Trek nerd (Make it so). She loves words, poetry, wine, and Sudoku, and absolutely adores elephants!

Nell believes passionately in equality for all regardless of race, gender or sexuality, and wants to make the world a better, less hateful, place.

Nell is a 40-something bisexual Swedish woman, married to the love of her life, and a proud mama of a grown daughter. She left the Scandinavian cold and darkness for warmer and sunnier Malaysia a few years ago, where she spends her days writing, surfing the Internet, enjoying the heat, and eating good food. One day she decided to chase her life long dream of being a writer, sat down in front of her laptop, and wrote a story about two men falling in love.

Nell Iris writes gay romance, prefers sweet over angsty, and wants to write diverse and different characters.

http://www.nelliris.com/

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