Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Flushed by Susan Laine

Title: Flushed
Author: Susan Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM,Contemporary
Pages: 75
Reviewer: Redz












Publisher's Blurb
To prove to his annoying older brother that he’s a man, well-to-do sculptor Rupert Pemberton tries to repair his broken toilet. But he has no knack for practical tools and no know-how. After a flood of biblical proportions, he has no choice but to call for help.

A gorgeous hunk of a plumber named Paul Cooper shows up at Rupert’s doorstep with a ready toolbox and a sexy smile. With Paul at his side, Rupert realizes he wants more than a quick fix. After a couple of cozy dates and a few bouts of steamy sex, Rupert wonders how he can keep Paul around for good







Review
Flushed by Susan Laine is a nice quick fast paced read that is steamy hot. I stories like this great ones to just sit back and get lost in after a long day.
In this story we have Rupert the youngest, wants to prove he is more than his big brother thinks he is. He wants to prove himself. He is an artist but feels that means he is not really arrived yet. When he has some toilet troubles he is lost how to fix it….but lucky for him he has great tastes in plumbers. He is an unsure, gay man with an over flowing toilet problem.
Paul is the plumber he ends up calling. He is sexy, sweet, and blue collared all the way. He is a bit on the sassy side. He likes Rupert and how he does not put on airs and is himself. Paul owns his business has been working since he was 16.
These two coming together you would never have seen it coming. But this story proves that sometimes opposites do attract. I found this story to be super sweet and a whole lot spicy! Loved it and want more! I will be looking for more from this author in the future.


                    five Shooting Stars




Of Love by Sean Michael

Title: Of Love
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM,Contemporary
Pages: 136
Reviewer: Redz













Publisher's Blurb
Free-spirited computer programmer Kent McMann loves life, candy, his family, and his job designing apps. With his go-getter attitude, he succeeds at anything he tackles. So having a child with a surrogate mother is the perfect start to the family he’s always wanted, even though he still hasn't found his longed-for Mr. Right.

Then, into Kent’s life comes triathlete Dex Lochland, who also happens to be a successful app designer, and the two of them hit it off. They soon begin a relationship full of fun, sex, laughter, and love. But when Kent learns his attempt at fatherhood with the surrogate has succeeded, Dex is shocked. Unknown to Kent until that moment, Dex has never wanted children.

Kent's decision before he met Dex might cost him the man of his dreams.










Review
Of Love by Sean Michael is a really sweet read. I liked the kind and loving character of Kent he is a computer programmer. Has a go getter kind of attitude about him. He he a crazy kind of genius. Not the one night stand kind of guy.
Dex he is a successful programmer in his own right. He doesn't want children. Runs Ironman triathlons. He sometimes spends way to much time in his own head. Parties kind of bore him. He is a real fitness nut.
Who would think two men like these two would fall in love? And can love change the priorities you think you had? Both Dex and Kent learn to bend in this book. And Dex learns a whole lot about himself. I liked how both characters are what the other one needs. This is a spicy sweet romance and one I could not stop reading. 


                             Four Twinkling Stars

 

A Darker Shade of Sorcery by William Collins

Title: A Darker Shade of Sorcery
Series: The Realmers, 1
Author: William Collins
Publisher: William Collins
Page Count: 371
Genre/Pairing: YA Dark Fantasy, M and F
Reviewer Name: Vela




Publisher’s Blurb
The lonely and grieving Evan Umbra is the newest Venator to enter Veneseron, the school for demon hunters. 
A Venator is a wizard, a spy and a demon hunter rolled into one. They’re taught how to wield their sorcery and enchanted weaponry by orcs, elfpires and aliens alike.
 
Their missions range from battling monsters and saving countless lives in the multiple worlds, to the more peculiar, like wrangling killer unicorns and calming down drunken yetis. In their free time Venators enjoy goblin soap-opera’s and underwater bubble travel, but they also understand that every new mission they’re given could be their last.
 
Whilst learning how to manipulate the elements, summon creatures to fight for him and shoot Spellzookas, Evan encounters a dangerous rival and meets a girl who makes him feel nauseous; but in a good way. He makes the first friends he’s ever had in the carefree Jed and the reckless Brooke. Whilst Jed gets on the wrong side of a rival Venator, Brooke finds herself falling for the enigmatic demon hunter who brought her to Veneseron, not knowing he isn't quite human. But it soon becomes apparent that Evan is more than just a Venator. Everyone wants to kill or capture him, from demons to Dark-Venators and even people he’s supposed to be able to trust.
 
Evan reckons he probably won’t survive his first year at Veneseron.
 




Review
In Darker Shade of Sorcery, William Collins did an exceptionally well job with descriptive settings and lively characters which helped move the plot along. In his story Evan Umbra, an orphan boy who wants more out of life, becomes a venator at Veneseron which is a school for demon hunters. Nervous but excited he longs to discover his magical side. This is the first book in The Realmers series
Brooke is raised by a family who shows very limited love for her at the beginning of the book. A trio of boys take her away to Veneseron where she too shall train and become a venator just like Evan. Romance appears in her future…could it be between her and Evan? Her and one of the guys who whisk her away to this other world?
Mr. Collins did a great job with setting detail, pulling me as the reader, into his fantasy world. All the creatures described in the book are different, creative, and effective. The main characters were outlined in the beginning, easily identified by the reader. What I didn’t like about the story was how the plot sounded like it began at least 100 pages into the story, capturing my undivided attention. It was difficult for me to stay interested after reading the beginning of the novel because for some reason it didn’t seem to keep me hooked. Wanting to read this book to give it an honest review, I felt like the story’s main plot didn’t begin until almost half way through the book. Also, I fell more in love with the side characters and had more emotions for the undeveloped side characters compared to the main characters. Overall I’d recommend this book to any young adult reader for its creative adventures, humor, and tales of friendship.

                                   Four Twinkling Stars


Ace in the Hole by Ava Drake

Title: Ace in the Hole
Series: Wild Cards, 1
Author: Ava Drake
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM,Contemporary
Pages: 204
Reviewer: Redz












Publisher's Blurb
Surveillance, seduction, and extra-dirty politics.

Christian Chatsworth-Brandeis has a problem. A huge one. The US senator he works for has run away with his latest mistress on the eve of a make-or-break fund-raising event, and it’s up to him to cover his boss’s irresponsible tracks.

Stone Jackson, the senator’s new bodyguard, looks enough like the senator that, with some extensive grooming, he might pass for Senator Lacey. Christian and Stone hatch a plan to fool everyone by substituting Stone for the senator, but Miami madness and the incendiary heat between them are throwing obstacles in their way. It’s a race to find the senator and pull off the con of the century before the attraction between them spins completely out of control.








Review

Ace in the Hole is the first book in the Wild Cards series by author Ava Drake. I loved this story, it is smart, funny, and really mind blowing chemistry between the characters.
Christian works for a US senator. He is a little up tight, a whole lot organized, and likes to be in control. I loved how he manages people to get them to do what he wants. He is very good at his job and is a good person too.
Stone is a bodyguard. He is rough around the edges but has a huge heart. What I loved is he lets Christian be in charge. He is man enough to let someone else take the reigns and not feel threatened by that.
These two together are pure heat. They have a chemistry that jumps off the pages, but they also work incredibly well as a team. I was cheering for them all the way. I love a story that is fast paced but full of love and romance, Ace in the Hole will be on my keeper shelf. I look forward to reading much more by Ave Drake in the future as well. 



                         Five Shooting Stars
 

Ace by Jack Byrne

Title: Ace
Author Jack Byrne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Contemporary
Pages: 201
Reviewer: Redz












Publisher's Blurb

Jake Tanner is a gay asexual man who finds peace on his small Australian farm and is content to lead a quiet life taking care of his animals. Then a random act of kindness on his part sets in motion a complex series of events that results in him playing the piano in a local pub and meeting Damien Jamieson, a sexy gay biker with a penchant for leather. Damien finds Jake instantly irresistible, but that could be the worst thing for their budding relationship, as Damien is determined to bed the reluctant Jake. However, Jake has no intention of going along with his plan. If there’s a chance for anything between them, Damien will have to figure out how to turn Jake on without scaring him off.







Review
Ace by Jack Byrne is a complicated love story. I felt this had a lot of repetitive moments that took me out of the story. For instance the asexual aspect which is a huge part of this book, I felt it was hammered home to me that Jake is asexual, and every love scene it was hammered more into me. While it is important to know, I felt it was just too much. I wish there was a more fluid way the author could have put it into the story that did not make me feel like it was being force fed to me.
Having said that the storyline is great, and I love the originality of the ideas in this book. I love when authors take risks and think outside the box.
Jake- he is sweet, kind, and musical. He has a huge heart and is a very easy man to fall in love with. He does have a huge problem that takes over the storyline, and makes having relationships hard for him.

Damien is the father of Jake's good friend. He doesn't care that Jake is asexual he just loves him the way he is. I liked his strength and daring. He is a great character who was very well rounded and easy to love and cheer for.

Over all this is a well done story. I am very glad to have read it. Has a topic I feel is not talked about much and I liked the fresh new take on having MM romance.


                                            Four twinkling Stars


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Heart's Protector by Ezrabet Bishop

Title: Heart’s Protector
Series: Dubious, 6
Author: Ezrabet Bishop
Publisher: All Romance eBooks, LLC
Genre and Pairing: Paranormal and M/M and M/F/M
Word Count: 27,000
Reviewer Name: Luna
Publisher Buy Link:
 
Publisher Blurb
Two gargoyles and a woman who needs them…

Medina Argos is a woman on the run from her present and her past. One of three sisters in an international art theft ring, she flees when a routine art heist goes too far. But this curvy girl is about to learn that some hearts beat to a different drum and the road to love is sometimes the less traveled one, even for a woman with secrets.

Thomas Sauveterre is a renowned art restoration specialist. Nothing is more important to him than his daughter, Gabrielle. When he takes on the largest project of his career, he also gains a security officer in the bargain. But love can be hiding in the most surprising places if he can only open his heart to find it.

Grayson Maberry is a man on the brink. Charged with protecting property and guarding the family he’s currently assigned, he is torn by duty and a love that may never be. But a true guardian will wait forever and this gargoyle may have just met his match. Twice.




Review
Medina thought her sisters loved and respected her. But when she learns just how badly they have used her, she runs. Thomas thought his wife could at least accept who and what he is. But when she attempts suicide in front of him and their daughter, he hides. Grayson found his mate, married to a woman. But when his job involves protecting both his mate and a precious art collection, he perseveres. Can these three find a way to move beyond their past and grab a future together?
In Heart’s Protector by Ezrabet Bishop, Medina, Thomas and Grayson must find a way to accept the opportunity for love fate has handed them. I really liked these characters. Both Medina and Thomas had been hurt by love. They struggled to trust. They struggled to find their center. And then they met Grayson. He satisfied differing needs for Thomas and Medina. I loved that Ms. Bishop showed us why Medina and Thomas were so skittish. I loved that Grayson’s strength provided a port in their storm. My only issue with this story is that Ms. Bishop focused so much energy on showing how we get to this point. The cause of their pain was well articulated but I then struggled to believe just how quickly they trusted Grayson with very little communication, especially between Grayson and Medina. Grayson was there for much of Thomas’s pain so I found it easier to accept but not by much. I would have loved to see Ms. Bishop flesh out the growing relationship not just between Grayson and Thomas but also between the men and Medina. The connection between the three felt rushed which I regret seeing. However, overall this story was well written and enjoyable. 
                        Five Shooting Stars
 

Burned Once, Twice... Trinity Blacio

Title: Burned Once, Twice…
Series: Grandmas Need Loving Too, 2
Author: Trinity Blacio
Publisher: Trinity Blacio
Genre and Pairing: Paranormal and M/F
Word Count: 33,035
Reviewer Name: Luna
Publisher Buy Link:
 

Publisher Blurb
Two marriages, three children. Two who had been in her life, the other out there in the world by herself, alone. Faith Bliss knew loneness and she hoped and prayed her daughter had found a decent family to adopt her. Even at the age of sixteen, Faith’s luck at love had sucked. As far as she was concerned, her life was over. She had protected her children as best she could, now all Faith could do was run and hide from the first husband who was bound to kill her. How is Faith supposed to deal with three men claiming her, loving her, and starting her life all over again?
The Nella, were hunters, dragons, and monsters all rolled into one. When brothers Gordon and Jake Nella came across Faith Bliss they knew she was the one meant to hold their heart, but what they didn’t count on was the third man, Xfra, being their mate also. Then there was the new threat to their woman no one knew how to destroy. 
The four of them face this new threat together, well, Gordon, Jake, and Xfra do, while protecting their woman and her children. Can they convince Faith to start life over again? Will Faith be able to handle their loving, their possession? 




Review
What do you do when your life expectancy has dwindled? Enjoy a night out with your girls when one is about to tie the knot, of course. At least that is what Faith does in Trinity Blacio’s second installment of her Grandma’s Need Loving Too series, Burned Once, Twice.
Faith is feisty and protective. I love her willingness to live life to the fullest even as she knows her ex-husband intends to kill her. I love that Ms. Blacio did not allow Faith to wallow. Faith fought but was ready if she was to lose. However, her men were equally determined to keep Faith happy and whole. I adored Gordon and Jake. They seemed scarier before we met them and I kind of liked that about them. They would not allow Faith to carry the burden alone even as she fought them.
I love a kick ass female character and Ms. Blacio gave us one in spades. She then gave us equally strong men who would fight for and protect their woman, even as they appreciated her strength. Then Ms. Blacio throws a twist which was unexpected for everyone. I loved how she kept us guessing even as she moved the story along. She allowed Faith to get to know the men who were hers. Faith was protector for everyone else however, she needed to learn to accept help not only from her men but also from her friends. This story was action packed from the beginning and full of laughter and love. I can’t wait to see where Ms. Blacio will take us next.

                       Four twinkling Stars