Thursday, July 30, 2015

Shining Star Award: Knave of Broken Hearts by Tara Lain

Title: Knave of Broken Hearts
Series: Love in Laguna, 2
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 224
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Jim Carney has a full time job—running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems—a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc’s stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable—but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares.

How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital—when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?

Knave of Broken Hearts is the second book in the Love in Laguna series by author Tara Lain.  I loved this one for many reason one was the Yaoi I love that myself so I was very excited to see that in this book too. 
The first person we meet is Jim. Jim is pretty much a slob. He isn’t really into the girl he is dating. He owns a construction company.  If you remember Billy from Love in Laguna, 1. Well he is trusting Jim to finish up his job while he is on his honeymoon. Jim wants to do a good job so badly sometimes he forgets it is okay to say no to people. He has never been lead foreman before but he is a good person and well qualified he just has to believe it.
Ken, now Ken meets Jim at Billy’s wedding. Ken looks like Jim’s Yaoi dream come to life. The chemistry is instantaneous.  But Jim is straight…or is he?
Both have commitments that keep them from each other at first. They both have to learn to trust their love and hearts to each other.  I loved this story it is beautiful and I couldn’t put it down. I liked the different cultures were addressed too. I felt like the author did their homework and knew what they were talking about.
When you want a love story that shows dreams sometimes do come true this is the one to pick up.

                        Five Shooting Stars and a Shining Star Award 

Star Dust Award: Constant by Megan Slayer

Title: Constant
Author: Megan Slayer
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: MM, BDSM, Contemporary
Pages: 97
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
He demands his submissive’s body and soul…but can he accept his sub’s heart?
Roddy Green never planned to fall in love and certainly not with his Dom, but every time he goes into Darkness, a fetish club, he falls for Vegas all over again. Being in love isn’t the same as being loved in return. Vegas is there to do a job—not to build a romance. But what if the main constant in Roddy’s life is also the one person he can’t live without?
Andrew Vegas knows his job. He’s a Dom. But there is more than one side to him and he’s tired of keeping the other parts of him hidden. One man makes him feel safe and comfortable enough to open up—his pet, Roddy. But will Roddy, the producer of a local news broadcast, want to be with a man with secrets? 
Reader Advisory: This book contains references to light knifeplay.
Publisher's Note: This book contains characters who also appear in Permanent. 

Constant is by one of my favorite authors Megan Slayer.  I love her edgy BDSM and deep romantic connection it brings to her characters.  There is light knife play, now usually that would make me shiver and not in the good way, but in this book it is light and no blood so I am totally okay with it. 
Okay let’s get to the characters.  Roderick Green or Roddy he is a producer at channel 25 for the last eight years. It is a fledgling channel and all new and inexperienced people are under him. He has a lot of pressures to make this channel work. He takes a lot of things on to himself.  He needs the submission he seeks with Master Vegas.  He has to learn to let go and just be for a while otherwise he would just break.
Master Vegas – Andrew is his real name.  But he loves Roddy.  He drops everything when he calls asking for a scene. He is a tough but fair dom who is falling hard for the sweet needy submissive.
I would describe Constant as a beautiful powerful read. I love when BDSM brings another layer and deeper connection to characters. Ms. Slayer makes me love her character and want much more of them. I also have read Permanent but you do not have to understand this story.  I would suggest reading it anyways it is a wonderfully written story with unforgettable characters.
When you want some edge to you man love this is the book to pick up. 
                     Five Shooting stars and Recommended Read

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ripples in Cedarwood blog

Ripples in Cedarwood
Book 2 in the Single Fathers Society
Loose Id Publishing
M/M, Anal Sex

One never intended on being a father and the other isn’t looking for a relationship, but they’re about to find out what they want and what they need might be the last thing they expected.
Steve Moore wasn’t planning on being a dad. He envisioned a life of teaching and professional swimming. Fast forward a year and he’s the guardian of his ten-year-old sister. He wants love and passion, but who wants to date a guy with a family?
Farin Baker believed love wasn’t in his cards—until he takes his nephew to swimming lessons. One glance at the water-slicked hunk teaching the class has him thinking about jumping into the dating pool once again. He’s ready for a fresh start and a hot guy for his bed.
Will these two men find heat between the sheets or will the guardianship situation be the biggest detriment to them finding happiness?

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Farin drifted his gaze over the man. He liked tall men, and this one was at least five-eleven. Thin, but not too thin. When he glanced back at Farin, he offered him a good look at his face. Chocolate-brown eyes and a dimple. Goodness fuck, the man had a dimple.
The tips of Farin’s ears warmed and his neck prickled. Shit. He shouldn’t be ogling the swim instructor. He was a dirty old man who needed a date.
The guy clapped his hands. “Okay, you guys. The others will be here shortly. I want you and Gage to do laps. Show me you’ve been practicing your breathing.” He put his hands together and dived into the water. He barely made a splash and moved through the pool like a fish. When he surfaced, droplets glistened on his body and accentuated his strong form.
Farin’s jaw slackened. The man was so hot and even better wet. He’d read plenty of books describing characters as poetry in motion, but he’d never believed something like that was possible until he saw the swim instructor. Or was he the coach? Farin wasn’t sure.
By the time Gage and the other children climbed out of the pool, an hour had passed. Farin barely noticed. He’d been too engrossed in watching the teacher.
Gage wandered up to Farin, leaving sloshy wet footprints in his wake. “Hey, Uncle Farin. Are you in there?” He waved his hand in front of Farin’s face. “Uncle Farin?”
“Sorry.” He focused his attention on Gage. “I was thinking.”
“About a guy?” Gage’s eyes widened. “Dad always says he’s thinking when he’s really thinking about Jordan—or when I’m in trouble. I’m not in trouble, right?”
“I don’t think you are.” He handed his nephew the towel. “It looked like you were having fun. You’ve got the backstroke down pat.”
“It’s my favorite one.” Gage draped the towel over his head. “I’m going to change. Mr. Moore wanted to talk to you once we’re all done. I don’t know what about. He’s in the changing room, so I can’t get into any trouble.”
“Oh.” Farin tucked his tablet into his bag, then stood and stretched. His ass ached from sitting on the hard bleacher, and his back had stiffened from being hunched over. Part of him wanted to follow his nephew into the changing room to monitor the situation. The rest of him wanted to check out the swim instructor. The wet trunks left little to the imagination, but Farin wanted to unwrap him and check out his package.
Farin blinked. No—no dirty thoughts about the swim teacher. Squelch the dirtiness before it overtakes you. Time to let his head, not his heart and libido, lead the way. If only his libido would agree to the decision. He’d screwed himself over one too many times by thinking with his dick. This guy had to be about nineteen at best and way too young. Farin sighed. He was thirty years old. He needed to start thinking about settling down and planning for retirement, not finding a date.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Rainbow Connection by Alexa Milne

Title: Rainbow Connection
Author: Alexa Milne
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 226
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
 Two men, one with a past, and one determined to give them a future, together.

Mick Flanagan has kept himself hidden since his only lover died three years ago. He works at night, keeps to his routine, has impressive facial hair, and avoids contact with other people. Enter Ceri Llewellyn, with his constantly changing rainbow-coloured hair, who seems determined to talk to him. Gradually, Mick tells his story and begins to trust Ceri, but Mick has a past that contains more than just a dead lover. Can Ceri show him that he deserves to be loved and, above all else, help him find his true self?

Rainbow Connection by author Alexa Milne is a story about finding yourself and accepting who you a really are. I liked Mick, he works as a night guard he sticks to watching people in his monitors. He doesn’t socialize much. He also has a lot of little quirks that really make him real and human.  He has a good heart, he just has not found the one to open it up yet.
Ceri Llewellyn he is the color to Mick’s black and white world.  He empties one of the vans that Mick is watching and makes Mick take notice of him. He is at ease with himself. Very outgoing  the perfect person for Mick. 
What I loved is each man in this relationship brings something to table. Something the other one needs. The ying and yang of this match makes it very beautiful.   Mick learns that coming out of your shell is not easy, it can be messy and painful but  so very worth it to find the man you really love.  Ceri learns that sometimes you have to go after what you want, and show the other person they are more than worth the effort.   These two made me smile. They are intense and in love  Love is always worth the risk. 

                                  Four Twinkling Stars