Review: Blind Date by Kay Doherty

Review: Blind Date by Kay DohertyBlind Date by Kay Doherty
Published by NineStar Press on August 29, 2016
Pages: 113

Dekker Callan is content with his life though he knows something is missing. Wanting the kind of love his friends share with their partners, Dekker is talked into taking part in a modeling and dating show as part of a fundraiser. He immediately falls in love with the anonymous, sexy voice on the other side of the wall, but fate has a surprise in store–his mystery man isn’t single.

Slade Gannon wasn’t supposed to take part in the dating show. That spot was for his roommate, Phil, who becomes ill and asks Slade to take his place. Slade has just recently gone through a breakup with his cheating boyfriend, George. Shocked and pleased when he wins the interest of handsome Dekker Callan, before he can go on the obligatory blind date, his ex asks for a second chance. Believing Dekker can’t possibly be as good on the inside as he looks on the outside, Slade agrees.

Dekker and Slade hit it off immediately, drawn to each other despite Slade being involved with someone else. They finally get their opportunity to be together when Slade finds out his boyfriend is still cheating, but just as they seem to discover the happiness they’ve been waiting for, George throws them one last hurdle—and this one may prove to be insurmountable.

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Blind Date was a fun, quick read romance. The dating show premise was a unique idea that I really enjoyed. Dekker and Slade meet during a fundraiser dating show and hit it off immediately on their first date. They seem perfect for each other. The only problem? Slade just got back together with his ex-boyfriend and wants to give that relationship another shot. But Dekker is determined not to let his perfect match slip through his fingers. Continue reading →

Review: The Mystery of Nevermore by C.S. Poe

Review: The Mystery of Nevermore by C.S. PoeThe Mystery of Nevermore by C.S. Poe
Series: Snow & Winter #1
Published by DSP Publications on August 30th 2016
Pages: 216
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It’s Christmas, and all antique dealer Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with closeted CSU detective, Neil Millett. When Snow’s Antique Emporium is broken into and a heart is found under the floorboards, Sebastian can’t let the mystery rest.He soon finds himself caught up in murder investigations that echo the macabre stories of Edgar Allan Poe. To make matters worse, Sebastian’s sleuthing is causing his relationship with Neil to crumble, while at the same time he’s falling hard for the lead detective on the case, Calvin Winter. Sebastian and Calvin must work together to unravel the mystery behind the killings, despite the mounting danger and sexual tension, before Sebastian becomes the next victim. In the end, Sebastian only wants to get out of this mess alive, and live happily ever after with Calvin.

This is the first full-length novel by C.S. Poe and a fantastic first book for a series! I’ve loved C.S. Poe’s short stories and was super pumped about this novel, and it did not disappoint. OK, I know what you’re thinking – another crime book following an Edgar Allan Poe theme? I know, I know, there are a ton of ’em out there. But this one… this one is great. Continue reading →

Review: Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

Review: Been Here All Along by Sandy HallBeen Here All Along by Sandy Hall
Published by Swoon Reads on August 30th 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 224
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Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.
Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…

Been Here All Along is a sweet, quick young adult LGBT read. YA is not my usual genre, but the adorable blurb captured my attention and I knew I had to give this one a read, and I’m glad I did. Continue reading →

Release Blitz + Review: Counting Daisies by Nicola Haken + GIVEAWAY!

Release Blitz + Review: Counting Daisies by Nicola Haken + GIVEAWAY!Counting Daisies by Nicola Haken, Reese Dante, E Adams
on July 24, 2016
Pages: 376
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Dylan Roberts and Cameron O’Neil were good kids. Growing up together, they shared everything. By the age of fourteen they were more than best friends – they were in love. They dreamt of their future, of success, marriage…happiness. They were going to grow old by each other’s side.

But… “Kids are stupid.”

When tragic circumstances forced them apart, Dylan discovered that life wasn’t the fairytale he dreamed of; it was dark, difficult, saturated with pain and shame. Life wasn’t meant to be enjoyed, merely survived, but even that became a challenge.

Damaged, worthless, and disgusting, he saw no point to his pitiful existence…

Until he came face to face with the boy he used to love.

Successful, honourable, and happy, Cameron had achieved the future they planned. He was good, positive, popular…everything Dylan would never be. What would happen if Dylan let him back into his world? Would he destroy Cameron too? Would his poison push him away like everyone else?

“Everybody leaves.”

“They leave or they die.”

But what if…what if Cameron didn’t?

(MM Romance, recommended for over 18’s due to language, sexual content, and scenes of IV drug use.)

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Review: The Arrangement by Felice Stevens

Review: The Arrangement by Felice StevensThe Arrangement by Felice Stevens
on July 20, 2016
Pages: 201
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Carter Haywood lives for the weekends—specifically the one weekend every month when he escapes real life, with all the pressures of work and caring for his special needs brother, to do whatever he wants, with whomever he wants. Sex is only a release; he's not looking for love, a relationship or even a second night with the same man, until he walks into a bar and finds someone who makes leaving it all behind impossible. After one incredibly passionate encounter, he breaks his rule and goes back. He needs to see this man again. And again.

Damaged goods. That's all Reed Kincaide sees and hears when he looks in the mirror. Anxiety and ADHD define his life and he’s learned to keep people at a distance, never letting them get close enough to know who he really is. When Carter proposes a monthly weekend of sex without strings, it's the ideal arrangement for him. Or so he thinks. Every month, leaving Carter proves to be more and more difficult. It’s not only the intensely hot sex they have in their hotel suite; Reed wonders about the secret life Carter refuses to share.

As months pass and they grow closer Reed finds himself falling for Carter, but he needs more than hurried hugs and farewell kisses. He wants it all. Letting Reed into his carefully constructed family life could upset Carter’s whole world, but it might be the risk he’s finally willing to take, if it means keeping Reed. Once bodies are engaged, the heart is sure to follow, and Carter and Reed discover that holding on to each other is the first step in letting go of the past.

Picked this up after it was recc’d on Facebook. I was a bit wary… I’ve read several of Felice Stevens’ books and, while good, they are often on the border of too flowery/purple for me. However the blurb sounded too good to pass up and I’m glad I gave this one a shot. I started it in the afternoon and couldn’t stop reading til I finished it after midnight. Continue reading →

Review: Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly

Review: Under the Knife by Laurin KellyUnder The Knife by Laurin Kelly
Published by Less Than Three Press on July 20th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 335

Season three of TV's hottest cooking competition, Under the Knife, is gearing up, and Nate is equal parts excited and terrified that he's one of the twelve competitors. But the prize is a quarter of a million dollars, and that's worth a few weeks of being stressed and afraid.
It may not, however, be worth weeks of putting up with Zachary, the cold, snotty competitor who definitely thinks he's better than everyone else. The man can cook, and he's the hottest man Nate has ever seen, but every time he opens his mouth Nate hates him all over again.
He came here to be driven crazy trying to prove he's the best chef in the world, but if Nate can't learn to block Zachary out it won't be the competition that pushes him to the breaking point.

This was such a fun read! A few warnings: This book is long. It’s good–but long. I’m a pretty fast reader but it took me nearly 9 hours to finish. Also, if you aren’t a foodie, or aren’t really into cooking/reality shows, this book may hold your interest. The main focus of this book is the cooking show as much, if not more than, the romance between Nate and Zachary. Continue reading →

Release Blitz + Review: Picked Fresh by Posy Roberts + GIVEAWAY!

Release Blitz + Review: Picked Fresh by Posy Roberts + GIVEAWAY!Picked Fresh by Posy Roberts
Series: Naked Organics #2
Published by Labyrinth Bound Press on June 23, 2016
Pages: 269
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Is five thousand miles far enough to say I love you?

Hudson Oliva loves stability. He was a throwaway teen before finding Kaleidoscope Gardens, but has since thrived at the commune. When Jude Garrity moves in, life gets even better, but Hudson still craves more. He knows he has to be satisfied with their exclusive status being temporary and that Jude will eventually navigate his full sexual awakening with their other housemates.

Hudson has a journey of his own to make. It might only require going home to settle his grandmother’s estate, but he plans to use his time away to figure out how to temper his feelings for Jude and bury his jealousy once and for all. But when Jude joins him on his trip, Hudson falls even deeper in love, especially after Jude stands by his side when he finally confronts his mother for rejecting him.

However, it’s not all hearts and flowers while they travel. They’re over two thousand miles from home when Hudson learns a ruthless corporate farm threatens the commune they both love. In order to save their way of life, Hudson must ask his mother for help. And if he wants a chance at a stable future with Jude, he has to tell him the truth about his feelings, no matter if it ruins the harmony he’s tried so hard to preserve.

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Review: On the Brink by Kate Willoughby

Review: On the Brink by Kate WilloughbyOn the Brink by Kate Willoughby
Series: In the Zone, #0
on June 28th 2016
Genres: Romance, Sports, Contemporary
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Holtzer University junior Hart Griffin won't let anything interfere with his future as a professional hockey player. No way, no how. He's the star forward of his college team and a first round NHL draft pick.
One hot night with a male super fan calls into question everything Hart thought he knew about his sexuality and launches him on a soul-searching journey in which nothing is as it seems and his entire world is turned upside down.

On the Brink is a prequel novella to Kate Willoughby’s established In the Zone series. In this novella, we meet Jeremy Fenton and Hart Griffin. Jeremy is out and proud and happens to have a huge crush on Hart, their college’s star hockey player. The two have a steamy hook-up after one of Hart’s games and this sends Hart into a tailspin of questioning his sexuality and his feelings for Jeremy as well what these things might mean for his future. Jeremy goes through the internal battle over falling in love with a man that won’t acknowledge his feelings for him. Continue reading →

Cover Reveal: Complexity by Harper Miller + GIVEAWAY!

Cover Reveal: Complexity by Harper Miller + GIVEAWAY!Complexity by Harper Miller
Series: The Kinky Connect Chronicles #4
on July 8, 2016
Genres: M/M
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Fairy tale endings weren’t made for people like me. Happy for now usually ain’t in the cards, either.

The dents on my wall from where my headboard kept knockin’ against the same spot was the first clue that I needed to calm my ass down. At the rate I was racking up notches and plowing through hookups, I wasn’t ever gonna find nothing real. Guess I kinda jinxed myself. I created my circumstances. You can’t get what you want if you keep falling back into the same pattern of bad habits. But then things changed. I stumbled onto somethin’ I never in a million years expected to happen. You gotta understand, I’m never the guy who wins. It was supposed to be just sex, but that shifty rhyming and scheming bastard, Cupid, pulled a fast one.

I may have changed some stuff to protect a couple of people. But before you go believing the tabloids, make sure you understand that you’re gettin’ the lowdown straight from the source.

I needed to get this off my chest, and it’s only fair that you at least get my side of it all. At some point, I might regret telling you any of this, but for now, you need to know.

*Disclaimer* This is a novella. Not a short story, novelette, or novel. This tale features an M/M pairing. If gay erotica/erotic romance is not your cup of tea and you are offended by same-sex relationships or crass language, you should bypass this story. Content is intended for a mature audience, 18+.

Complexity is the fourth installment in The Kinky Connect Chronicles. The Kinky Connect Chronicles are short erotic stories/novelettes all wrapped up in neat little bows. These stories are standalones. No cliffhangers in the lot!

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Review: Noah by Cara Dee

Review: Noah by Cara DeeNoah by Cara Dee
on April 26th 2016
Genres: M/M
Pages: 283
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Have you ever woken up and expected to see destruction everywhere?
In 48 hours, I lost everything. I came home to find my girlfriend of four years with another man. The next day a plane crash ripped my family away from me, shattering me in the process. In many ways, I died that day, too. The fun-loving man who'd lived in the fast lane and loved his career in the film industry was gone. Left was a forty-year-old shell that dwelled at the bottom of a bottle.
Only one person knew what I was going through. My sister's stepson, who hadn't been on the plane. Julian knew what it was like to lose everyone he loved, too. He'd stopped showing up at reunions when he was a teenager, so I didn’t know him very well. But I told him at the memorial service he could come out and visit me in LA whenever. One day he did, and I guessed it was as good a day as any to start picking up the pieces and see what was left of us.

This book hits you right from the first few pages with all kinds of feels. We barely meet Noah before his life falls apart, first with his girlfriend cheating on him and then the majority of his family dying in a tragic plane crash all within 24 hours. Meeting and getting to know a character in the middle of all this tragedy was an interesting and unique thing that I really enjoyed. The author does a great job of showing us Noah in those moments, how he shuts down and tries to deal with things. Continue reading →