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New Review: Hello Forever Sarina Bowen

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A SINGLE BASKETBALL GAME CHANGES EVERYTHING…

When they were only teenagers, Axel and Caxton were caught making out in the woods at church camp. And afterward, Cax had disappeared from all the youth group activities.

Six years later, Axel is astonished to spot his first love’s face in the crowd of a college basketball game he’s watching on TV—at a school which has just offered him a job. It’s a thousand miles away, in a tiny rural town. But suddenly, he can’t wait to get there.

Cax can’t believe his eyes when Axel appears in the same Massachusetts town where he now lives. And he’s still just as drawn to Axel as ever. But he can’t let himself go there again, because loving Axel will mean giving up everything else he holds dear.

Both men have so much to lose. But as far as their love is concerned, it’s Hello Forever.

Hello Forever is a stand-alone novel with no cliffhangers. Readers of Goodbye Paradise will get to check in on Caleb and Josh and their clan

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4.5 Stars

Sarina Bowen delivers another fantastic read! I’ve been so excited about this book, I loved Goodbye Paradise and Ms. Bowen certainly delivered. I really love second chance love stories and this one is excellent! This book definitely can be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend Goodbye Paradise as a wonderful book too plus we get to see a bit of Josh and Caleb in this book.

 Axel and Cax were friends when they were young but after getting caught together at a church camp Cax disappears from Axel’s life and it isn’t until years later while watching a college basketball game online that Axel sees him again, and it changes everything.

I loved both Cax and Axel right from the start, both of these characters are just so easy to love. Cax is doing what he always does, hiding himself away and trying to help raise his brothers and protect them from their awful, hateful father. There is something so very special about the way these two re-connect! They have a great connection, despite their years apart, you can just feel that these two are meant to be together. It’s not that easy though, there are definitely challenges for these two – mainly Cax’s father. He’s afraid of what will happen if his father finds out he’s gay and what would happen to his brothers.

This was an emotional read and I felt for what Axel and Cax went through and the pain caused by his father. But there is such wonderful love in this story as well, between Axel and Cax, Axel’s amazing mom and of course Josh and Caleb too. I loved this journey from start to finish and in the end my heart was so very happy! For me, Sarina Bowen has become one of those authors that when I see her name I know I’m going to read that book! I’m really hoping that we get a Jason book next!!

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Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US, as well as the WAGs novels.

Sarina also has a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She’s also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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New Review: Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland

 

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The first time I met Caine West was in a bar.

He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.

When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.

You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend–smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.

He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.

Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.

Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.

Oops.  My mistake. 

Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.

I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?

That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.

Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.

I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.

Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.

This was going to be interesting…

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5 Stars

Vi Keeland has done it again! Every time I pick up one of her books I know it’s going to be super smexy with irresistible characters and yes Caine is exactly that! From the opening of this book (which is just epic) to the very end I just couldn’t put it down.

Rachel is just awesome, she’s smart and sassy and doesn’t put up with much. I loved her whole personality, especially when challenged by Caine. And Caine, oh hello hot sexy professor oh and yes Rachel is your new TA! These two have amazing chemistry together and their story really is something special! Vi Keeland throws a pretty good twist in this story and she definitely kept me guess but oh what a ride! I loved their story, their journey definitely wasn’t always easy but it’s totally worth it. This is one of those stories that grabs you by the heart, it will make you laugh, probably make you cry a bit and will surprise you! Vi Keeland delivers another wonderful story with characters that will stay with you long after the story ends! I am so in love with Caine and Rachel!

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Blog Tour: Smitty’s Sheriff by Cardeno C.

Happy Friday! We are excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Smitty’s Sheriff by Cardeno C. For me, Cardeno C is a go-to author when I want something that will make my heart totally swoon and make me smile and this series definitely does all of that. Jesse’s Diner and McFarland’s Farm were both fantastic reads as well and I hope you’ll check out my review and the excerpt for Smitty’s Sheriff!

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Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they’re perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.

Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious Todd Smitty. Richard won’t find the right man if he’s obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.

It’s lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister’s army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact with no explanation.

When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard’s house, he’s thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?

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3.5 – 4 Stars

I have really enjoyed this series, they are sweet and touching stories that go right to the heart and I did enjoy this one too, perhaps not my favorite but still a CC story that makes my heart happy!

Todd and Richard have a history together, but unfortunately for both men that’s what it is – history! Todd is too flighty and can’t commit and Richard is too serious and set in his ways and maybe a bit controlling, at least that’s how things seem. They split after seeing each other for a few years and have had very little contact since then. But, when Todd’s older sister and Richard’s close friend needs someone to look after her daughter for a few months while she is working she looks to Todd and Richard to take care of Molly. Now that they will be under the same roof will they finally be able to sort out their relationship?

I really did like these two together, as different as they are they worked for me. I loved Richard’s strength and Todd’s heart and when they get it right they seem like a wonderful match. These two really have to learn to communicate with each other and open up about expectations and wants, so many of their issues felt like misunderstandings and lack of honesty. There were times when I struggled with how little Todd thought of himself, he really lacked confidence. But, overall I really enjoyed how these two men, again so very different seem to balance each other out and just how much they love each other.

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“Todd.” Leanne snapped her gaze toward him. “You’re not too young to know the nickname people used to call guys named Richard, are you?

“Uh.” Todd blinked and darted his gaze between Rich and Leanne. They were finally paying attention to him and all he wanted was to go back to being invisible.

Dick,” she said. “Big D got his nickname before we met, but some of us in my squad figured it wasn’t just about his last name being Davis. So we had a bet going.”

She flicked her gaze to Rich again, as if expecting him to interrupt.

He didn’t.

“Problem is, we couldn’t agree on which side won because we couldn’t get solid evidence.” She focused on Todd. “But now I have an eyewitness.”

“I, uh, I don’t—” Todd stammered, hating being in the middle of what felt like an argument.

“Don’t let Sparky get to you,” Rich said, still completely unbothered.

“Some of the guys saw Big D in the latrines, and they said he’s big all over, but when they tried to collect on the bet, the other side made a good point.” She narrowed her eyes menacingly at Rich. “If the man’s a show-er, that means he isn’t grow-er, so he doesn’t actually have a big D, now does he? That means the other side should win.”

Todd drew his eyebrows together and tried to follow Leanne’s question. “Are you saying you guys have a bet going on the size of Rich’s dick?”

“Yep.” Leanne leaned against the chairback, looking smug. “And you, little brother, are going to settle that bet.”

Normally, Todd had no problem talking about a guy’s package. Hell, in the right situation, dicks were damn near his favorite topic. But he had never spoken to anyone about Rich’s body or, really, anything else related to Rich because he knew that was off limits. Of course, Leanne was asking him the question because she already knew he had the answer.

Flicking his gaze toward Rich, Todd said, “Am I allowed to…”

“It’s a simple question,” Leanne snapped. “Is he a grow-er or a show-er?”

Rich didn’t tell him to stay quiet so Todd figured he had permission to answer. “Both.”

She blinked.

“Seriously.” He bobbed his head. “Length, girth.” He held his hands far apart. “It’s awesome.” As long as he had permission to share, he figured he should be thorough in his explanation. “His balls too.”

Leanne coughed.

“I mean it. They’re huge. Each one’s a mouthful by itself.”

“Ehm.” Leanne cleared her throat. “Thanks.” Looking decidedly uncomfortable, she held her palm up in a stop motion. “I’m good on the details. You don’t need to keep going.”

“Are you sure?” After a lifetime of being the butt of the joke with his siblings, Todd enjoyed turning the table. “I can sketch you a picture, but I’ll need one of those extra-long pieces of paper if you want it to scale.”

“That won’t be necessary.” Leanne actually blushed. “I’m all set.”

Rich threw his head back and laughed. “Thanks, Todd. Eighteen years these jackasses have had the silly bet going and I do believe you just put it to rest.”

Thrilled with the praise and relieved to be playing and flirting with Rich again, Todd smiled broadly. “No problem. When it comes to your big D, I’m always willing to lend a hand.”

He settled into the chair, comfortable for the first time that night, and when the conversation turned back to stories about people he didn’t know, he truly didn’t mind. Eighteen years was a long time. If Rich had cared about putting an end to the bet, he’d probably had a dozen different chances. That he did it now, meant his goal had been less about the bet and more about a point. Todd knew something about Rich that nobody else did, or at least nobody who mattered enough to meet his friends. That meant Todd mattered. Leanne knew that now. And so did he.

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New Release Review & GIVEAWAY: The Escape by Nicky James

Title: The Escape: Soren’s Saga
Author: Nicky James
Genre: M/M Romance Contemporary
Release Date: July 14, 2017
 
Dancing, loud music, drinking and sex… 

 


Who wouldn’t love a job that entailed all these things?

After giving up on school and being cast aside by an unsupportive family, Soren Matheson figured he’d landed every young man’s dream job.

But… there is a catch. 

Not everything is as it seems and at the end of the day… 

Maybe even dream jobs don’t exist.

Remy Moretti lives in a world of precision and order. When a chance run-in with a sassy, sarcastic blond one evening upsets his structured world, Remy needs to find out who he is.

What he discovers makes his hair stand on end. 

The defeat and fear hidden behind the young man’s eyes gives him nightmares.

Someone needs to get to the bottom of this.

Until then, Remy will need to do whatever it takes to keep Soren safe.
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4 Stars
I have to start by saying this book wasn’t really what I expected, going into it I thought it would be pretty dark and sad and while it had those moments, for me it felt more like a story of healing and hope and I truly enjoyed it! There are definitely tough moments, they will hurt, but the overall feeling was healing and a wonderful journey of love and finding oneself. I think Nicky James does a wonderful job with Soren’s story, and the way it all came together made my heart incredibly happy!
Soren works in a club as a bartender, dancer and quite often is required to provide sexual services to the clubs VIPs. He’s only 22 and has been working in that club for years. He’s had enough though, he’s miserable and wants out, but he doesn’t see a way out. His life is controlled by the club owner Donny (total scum bag). One night he meets Remy, a magazine editor who likes order, organization and cleanliness. These two should not click, but they do and when Remy realizes what is happening to Soren he promises to help him get out and get his life together.
These two start out building a friendship, one that both men really need and as that develops and trust begins to form they are put to the test and that is when real feelings start to form. These two are so wonderful for each other, Soren discovers what is like to have support and trust and someone who genuinely cares about him, and for Remy, Soren is that person to test him, to challenge him and his OCD habits. These two together made me smile and made me feel; the love, the passion and the hope.
I felt like this story wasn’t so much about Soren’s initial job and what he had to go through, but more about his journey out of it and building a life with Remy. Both of these characters are just absolutely beautiful, Soren broken inside but wanting more and Remy understanding love and family but lonely and wanting to care for Soren. Their romance builds and becomes so solid that you just know these two are meant to be. I thought this was a touching, sweet story that totally took me by surprise. There is some darkness, but then it’s all about the light. This definitely will not be my last Nicky James read!

Nicky James lives in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada. She is mother to a wonderful teenage boy and wife to a truly supportive and understanding husband who, thankfully, doesn’t think her crazy.

Nicky has always had two profound dreams in life; to fall back hundreds of years in time and live in a simpler world and to write novels. Since only one of those dreams was a possibility, she decided to make the other come alive on paper.
Nicky writes MM romance books in a variety of styles including contemporary, medieval, fantasy, and historical.

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Release Blitz with Review & GIVEAWAY: All In (The Den Boys #1) by A.T. Brennan

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Length: 69,000 words approx

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“I learned a long time ago that nothing is free, not even help.” ~ Blaze

Almost getting killed in a gay bashing should have been one of the worst moments of my life, but with everything I’ve been through, it was just another day, except for the gorgeous man who stepped in to save me. There is something about Galen that draws me in and makes me want know him, and the more time I spend with him, the more I feel free to be myself. Galen doesn’t seem to know what he wants, but I’m a man who stays true to himself, and Galen seems to be someone worth taking a chance on.

“Then you happened and all you have to do is touch me and I lose myself.” ~ Galen

I never thought I’d stumble on an attempted murder, but that’s exactly what happened one night while I was trying to get home. After chasing away the assailants and helping the enigmatic young victim home I tried to put the incident out of my mind, but I couldn’t get him out of my head. I might not have ever thought about being with a man before, but the more time I spend with Blaze, the more I learn about who I really am. Blaze has scars that run deep, but as he opens up to me I find myself questioning everything I thought I wanted, and wondering if I’m a good enough man to give him what he needs.

*This is Book 1 of The Den Boys series, but can be read as a standalone – no cliffhangers.

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4 Stars

This is one of those stories that is sweet, and HOT and will just make your heart happy! Blaze and Galen couldn’t be more different and yet once they meet, despite the circumstances, they couldn’t be more perfect for each other. These two have an immediate connection, both emotionally and physically (I mean, they seriously cannot keep their hands off each other). I really enjoyed their story as these two men prove their love for each other!

Blaze and Galen meet when Blaze is the victim of a hate crime and Galen comes to his rescue, he brings him home and tries to make sure he’s ok. The two part ways, but neither man can get the other out of their mind.

I really loved the relationship that these two built, it was touching and sweet all done without excess drama or angst. It really was about how these two men healed each other and found happiness together. They are definitely tested, there are outside issues and internal, insecurities that creep in the end these two really do work together to find happiness. Blaze struggles with his harsh past and the scars it’s left and Galen comes from a cold upbringing without love but together they prove how strong, amazing and beautiful love really is!

I definitely enjoyed this story from start to finish and am already looking forward to the next in this series!

Author Bio

A.T. Brennan, who also writes under the name Mandie Mills, is a romance and erotica author. A native of Ottawa, Canada, she enjoys picking up and moving from city to city every few years. A former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, current entrepreneur and freelance writer, she enjoys spending her days working on her many projects and her nights writing and not getting enough sleep. Currently she lives on Canada’s East Coast with her family, both two- and four-legged. She enjoys collecting books and exploring the different sides of romance and romantic expression in her works.

You can visit her at www.mandiemillsauthor.com, or on Facebook at A.T. Brennan Author, and also at Author Mandie Mills.

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Release Day Blitz, Excerpt & GIVEAWAY: Unscripted Love by Aimee Nicole Walker

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Kyle Vaughn had three goals in life: become a vet, find the man of his dreams, and start a family. He easily checked off the first item on the list when he took over his grandfather’s veterinary practice. Too bad he wasn’t as lucky in love.

Chaz Hamilton took a leap of faith when he decided to pursue a career in writing, but one best seller didn’t mean he could quit his day job. All work and no play threatened to make Chaz a very dull man when the only romantic action he saw was in the pages of his manuscript. Too bad he couldn’t write his own happily every after.

Circumstances pushed the two men together, and one magical kiss beneath fireworks and stars changed everything. Kyle knew his luck had finally turned around and Chaz found a man far better than any book boyfriend ever written. There was just one problem. Chaz has kept a secret from Kyle that could ruin their chance at a beautiful life together.

Kyle and Chaz learn that the best-laid plans often go awry, the heart has a mind of its own, and the greatest love is unscripted.

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This was a cute, sweet story and I really liked the idea of it! I love small town stories, especially when they become a series. I really liked Kyle, he is such a love-able sweetheart but for some reason I really struggled with Chaz a lot of the time. I understood his hang-ups and felt for him, but I really just had a hard time connecting with him.

There is definitely a sweet connection between Kyle and Chaz, one that’s been building for quite some time. These two really do seem made for each other, their fun personalities a great match. I really was happy to see them figure it all out together and not get too hung up on the mistakes. Overall, I enjoyed this story and am definitely curious to see where it goes next!

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Chaz stared unblinkingly into my eyes for several awkward moments when I arrived. Our connection broke when he took a deep breath and shifted his features into a mask of cool professionalism, but not before I saw the hurt in his eyes. Hurt? What the hell did he have to feel hurt about? I was the one who put myself out there, and he ignored me.

If asked, I would tell you that my greatest personality trait was my patience and my laid-back attitude was a close second. I rarely lost my temper, but I felt my blood simmering beneath the surface that day. My heart pounded in my chest as fury rose inside me. I had half a mind to toss him over my shoulder and carry him off so I could kiss a confession out of him. I hadn’t mistaken the desire in his eyes when he looked at me nor had I imagined the sparks that flew between us when our lips first touched. I just needed to find out why Chaz turned cold on me so suddenly.

“Jazz is running a few minutes behind,” Chaz coolly said as if he spoke to someone who hadn’t experienced the pleasure of his tongue in their mouth. “Please help yourself to a beverage and a magazine while you wait in the reception area.”

That little imp was dismissing me, and I wasn’t about to… My thoughts were interrupted by the sounds of heavy work boots walking across the polished hardwood floor of the salon. It wasn’t a sound I associated with the classy salon, so I turned to see who was wearing them. My mouth dropped open at the sight of the sexy stud approaching Chaz and me, but I don’t think he even noticed I was alive because he couldn’t seem to tear his eyes off of Chaz. Was this guy the reason Chaz didn’t answer my calls or return my messages.

My eyes raked over the tall, dark stranger with bulging biceps and perfect pecs straining the fabric of his white T-shirt that was three sizes too small. His tool belt hung low over jeans much too tight to wear while constructing anything but wet dreams.

“Hi Andy,” Chaz said cheerfully. “How’s it going?”

I didn’t care if Andy constructed orphanages in third world countries in his free time; I hated his fucking guts because of the way he looked at Chaz and the way Chaz returned his interest. Andy leaned artfully against the high counter of the reception desk and smiled at Chaz.

“It could’ve been better,” Andy said. “A certain someone could’ve joined me for a drink like I asked.”

Chaz laughed uneasily and darted a glance in my direction to judge my reaction. I thought the soft blush that bloomed across his cheeks was adorable and wished that I was the one who put it there. His eyes widened when they met mine, and he licked his bottom lip nervously. Could he sense how angry I was right then? Was anger even the right emotion? It felt more like… jealousy. I could feel that I wasn’t the only one who had ideas what Chaz could do with his sexy tongue. I turned to face my new nemesis.

“I don’t believe we’ve met yet,” I said to the newcomer. “I’m Dr. Kyle Vaughn.” Even to my own ears, I sounded a bit pretentious, but I couldn’t take it back once the words left my mouth. I extended my hand to him, which he accepted in a vice-like grip.

“Andy Mason,” he told me. “Carpenter.” I could tell he wasn’t impressed by my title and didn’t like the possessive gleam he saw in my eyes. I narrowed my eyes as the beefcake squeezed my hand harder instead of releasing it.

“Guys,” Chaz said, trying to interrupt the standoff between us. We ignored his attempts and continued to stare one another down like two MMA fighters at the press conference before fight night. “Andy.” The flirty way Chaz said Andy’s name penetrated the carpenter’s brain and he jerked his attention back to Chaz.

“Yeah?” He asked, sounding hopeful.

“What’s the real reason you came downstairs?” Chaz asked, his flirty tone replaced with a professional one. “As flattering as it would be, I’m pretty sure you’re a man on a mission.”

“I’m a multitasker,” Andy boasted.

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I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever-after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.

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Blog Tour and 5 Star Review: Oversight by Santino Hassell

Ok, so excited to share another must read today – Oversight by Santino Hassell! I have been completely consumed into this psychic world and loved every word of it! I think you’ll definitely want to read Insight first, as Oversight continues off that story but this series is fantastic! I hope you’ll check out my review and the great excerpt!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

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OVERSIGHT by Santino Hassell

Series: The Community, Book #2

 

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 26th, 2017

 Length (Print & Ebook): 242 pages

Subgenre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal

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Book Blurb:

 Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.

Holden Payne has it all . . . or so he thinks. As heir to the founder of the Community—an organization that finds, protects, and manages psychics—he’s rich, powerful, and treated like royalty. But after a series of disappearances and murders rock the Community, he’s branded the fall guy for the scandal and saddled with a babysitter.

Sixtus Rossi is a broad-shouldered, tattooed lumbersexual with a man-bun and a steely gaze. He’s also an Invulnerable—supposedly impervious to both psychic abilities and Holden’s charms. It’s a claim Holden takes as a challenge. Especially if sleeping with Six may help him learn whether the Community had more to do with the disappearances than they claimed.

As Holden uncovers the truth, he also finds himself getting in deep with the man sent to watch him. His plan to seduce Six for information leads to a connection so intense that some of Six’s shields come crashing down. And with that comes a frightening realization: Holden has to either stand by the Community that has given him everything, or abandon his old life to protect the people he loves.

 

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5 Stars

 Okay, let me just admit that I am obsessed with The Community! Phew – I thought I was hooked after Insight but this book hooked me even more. I feel like I am a part of this world and just completely captivated by everything that is happening! Absolutely fantastic read and I NEED more!

Holden is the son of one of the founders of The Community, Richard Payne. He runs a gay nightclub that is geared towards members of The Community, he really doesn’t have much real responsibility and spends his time working his psy charms on others. That is until the disappearances start and he’s assigned a handler, Six. Six is impenetrable, he doesn’t play Holden’s games and doesn’t take his crap. But, these two have a connection that goes back many years, one that will help change the future and hopefully save people. Holden will discover the truth about his father, his friends and even The Community as a whole.

Holy crap I loved this story, it was mysterious and suspenseful and I could not put it down. Holden was not my favorite at first, he’s definitely a bit of a spoiled brat but once his eyes are opened he is definitely on my favorites list now! I also loved the development of the relationship between Six and Holden, it is so well developed and plays out perfectly. Their connection and how it really began, gah, the feels! I was absolutely consumed by this story, these characters and this world and please Santino Hassell, I NEED MORE!

Excerpt 

 Six was sitting behind the desk, once again clad in a skintight polo buttoned up all the way but this time paired with cargo pants. As he sat on the edge of the chair with his thighs spread, Holden was waiting for all those muscles to burst the seams.

“Why do you dress like an extra from Jersey Shore?”

“I’d have to pop my collar for that.” He only paused in his typing when a surprised laugh fell from Holden’s mouth. Raising an eyebrow at me, Six said, “Was I not supposed to get the reference?”

“Well, you’re a cyborg so I didn’t think you would.”

Six turned in the chair so he was facing Holden. He had on his default neutral face, but a slight twitch of his brow and lip betrayed possible amusement at the comment. Was there some getting through to him after all, or were they destined to stare at each other in mutual blankness to see who could emote the least for the next… however long he’d be here as Holden’s handler?

“Not having an empathy chip doesn’t make me a cyborg. There are plenty of ways to figure someone out without feeling any of their vibes.”

Holden crossed his arms over his chest and leaned against the wall next to the desk. “As someone who was born with an empathy chip with elephantiasis, color me skeptical.”

Six mirrored his post, crossing his arms and leaning back in the chair with his thighs spread. The view of thick thighs and a good sized bulge were a temptation Holden didn’t try to resist. He glanced down twice before managing to hold Six’s steady gaze.

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Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

 

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Release Blitz & GIVEAWAY: The Weight of Life by Whitney Barbetti

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“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.
 
He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.
 
Although he said he’d stay, we both knew he wouldn’t. I had already survived one loss—I didn’t know if I’d survive another. 
Ames
 
She spun into my life like a tornado of smiles and chatter and everything else I’d long avoided, with a persistence that I admired, albeit begrudgingly. She broke down each neat wall I’d constructed without even trying. Her presence alone caused me to remember what it felt like to smile, to look forward to what the day would bring.
 
But it was only supposed to last three weeks.
 
“Don’t let go,” she’d pleaded.
 
I’d promised her I wouldn’t—but I would. I didn’t have a choice.
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3.5 – 4 Stars
This was a very sweet story about life, about loss and about love. Mila and Ames are two people who have both experiences love and loss in life, and a chance meeting on a bridge brings the two together and gives them a new chapter for love. This is a story about how differently people can grieve after loss and also how it doesn’t mean you have to stop living and experiencing.
There was a tenderness and a sweetness to this story that really goes right to the heart. Mila is determined to live, to have all the experiences she can and she will do that to honor the memory of her boyfriend who passed away. Ames on the other hand, spends his life trying to take care of his deceased wife’s family, putting his dreams on hold to do right by them. When the two meet, there is a connection right from the start and soon Ames sees the light that is Mila and her beauty, inside and out.
I enjoyed this story, it was touching and sweet and I liked Mila and Ames. For some reason though, I had a bit of difficulty completely connecting with Mila. I felt for what these characters experienced and the pain they had to go through and was happy with the way their story came together. It was a feel-good journey to see Ames come to life again and love with Mila.
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Review Tour and GIVEAWAY: Romancing The Ugly Duckling by Clare London

We are excited to be part of the review tour for Romancing the Ugly Duckling by Clare London. This was a wonderful, sweet story and I loved it from start to finish! I hope you’ll check out my review as well as the great giveaway!

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Buy Links: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 63,000 words

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover: Bree Archer

 

Blurb

Is this the makeover of a lifetime?

Ambitious fashionista Perry Goodwood lands the project of his dreams—track down a celebrity family’s missing brother in the Scottish Highlands and bring him back to London for a TV reality show. But first he must transform the rugged loner into a glamorous sophisticate.

Greg Ventura has no use for high fashion. He lives on the isolated island of North Uist to escape the reminder that he’s nowhere near as handsome as his gorgeous brothers and avoid the painful childhood memories of being bullied.

Greg wants nothing to do with city life, and Perry’s never been outside London. When Perry is stranded on North Uist, this conflict seems insurmountable. But Greg is captivated by the vivacious Perry, and Perry by both the island and his host. However, Perry’s one heartfelt wish remains: that ugly duckling Greg fulfill his potential as a swan.

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4.5 Stars

There was something incredibly special about this book for me, I absolutely fell in love with Perry and Greg and their amazing setting in Scotland. I loved the idea of the ugly duckling story and I think Clare London really delivers with this fun, sweet read!

Greg and Perry do not seem like they’d ever be friends, let alone of a love match but their journey together proves they are just perfect for each other! Greg comes from a beautiful family, all of his brothers are gorgeous and famous and in order to land a reality show deal they need Greg to be a part of the family again. Perry is given the task of giving Greg the makeover of a lifetime, but he has to leave posh London and head to Scotland for this job. It’s something neither man really wants and they certainly do not get off to a good start but as they get to know each other, they discover something very special.

I really did adore both of these men, they are both so good and sweet and just loveable – even though Greg doesn’t believe it at all! I did feel for him, he grew up with his jerk brothers calling him names and making him feel less than because he didn’t have their model good looks. He’s carried that with him all of his life, but Perry won’t stand for it and I loved his determination to show Greg how great he really is.

I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading, it was fun and sweet and touching and I think Clare London has done a great job bringing their story full circle. There are fantastic supporting characters in this story that add to this story as well. This story really had it all, it made me smile, it made me swoon and at times it made my heart hurt a little but in the end, I was left so very happy!

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Author Bio

Clare London took her pen name from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant.

She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic, and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter three stage and plenty of other projects in mind… she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

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Review Tour: Summer Heat by Jay Northcote

Today we are excited to be a part of the review tour for Summer Heat by Jay Northcote!  Jay delivers a great summer fling, friends to lovers story that totally made me smile! I hope you’ll check out his new book and my review!
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Cover: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Length: 47,000 words approx.
Blurb

A summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it’s with your best friend, things get complicated.

When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.

Adam’s best friend, Finn, agrees to accompany him at short notice. Finn’s had a crush on Adam for years, but is determined to put his feelings aside and be the perfect wingman in Adam’s time of crisis.

A spontaneous threesome with another guy forces Adam and Finn to confront their attraction to each other. Having a holiday fling together wasn’t part of the plan, and as their trip heats up, they soon realise that one night of fun won’t be enough for either of them.

The passion might be scorching, but their hearts and friendship are on the line. If their romance is going to survive the flight home, they have to be honest about what they want.

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4 Stars
Summer Heat is a fun, lighthearted summer read with low-angst that will leave you with a smile. Jay Northcote delivers a great friends-to-lovers romance with smoking hot chemistry in a beautiful location.
Adam and Finn have been friends for years, and although Finn has always had a crush on Adam, their one chance didn’t go anywhere and they became great friends. Adam got involved with an older guy named Drew and Finn felt like he really lost his chance with Adam. But one night, Adam shows on up Finn’s doorstep with a his stuff and announces that he and Drew split up. Finn is quick to take Adam in and then finds out that Adam has a vacation planned, one that he and Drew were supposed to take together and now Adam invites Finn along. It’s supposed to be a relaxing, fun time, maybe some hookups and getting over the breakup. But one wild night will make Adam and Finn question their feelings for each other, but can it become more than friends.
I loved these two! They are adorable and fun and definitely meant to be! It’s easy to see that these two clearly have feelings for each other, feelings they both have been trying to deny since it didn’t work out the first time. They have a great friendship too, and I liked that both seemed to take that in account when things were turning real on the romantic side. They both go into this thinking it’s a vacation fling, but they both want more. They are sweet and adorable and I loved them. This is a great summer read that totally made my heart happy!

 

 

 

 

Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

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