Monday, July 16, 2018

Stalking of Buffalo Bill by J. Leigh Bailey

Title: Stalking of Buffalo Bill
Series:  Shifter U, 1
Author: J. Leigh Bailey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Paranormal
Pages: 200
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
A Shifter U Tale

A smitten coyote isn’t the only one stalking Buffalo Bill.

A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans.

While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away.

It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.

Stalking of Buffalo Bill by J. Leigh Bailey  This is the first in the Shifter U series, and I think for a first book this is a great start. You get some ground work done on this world and I have a great idea of what to expect and anticipate for the next book.
Donnie is a Coyote shifter. Stalking the man he loves. Well stalking might be a strong term, he just keeps showing up where he knows his man will be at.
He works at a café that William eats at in the morning. He loves mooning over him, and making sure his order is right.
William is an ex-super spy, professor in hiding from bad guys. He is a shifter as well.
I really think this is a well-done story with a few flaws. The pacing in this book is just odd. Like something slightly off you cannot put your finger on just what it is. I also had a hard time with the chemistry between the main characters.  For me I was not feeling it.

However, I have seen this sometimes in first books in a series, so I would read more in this series. Maybe the author is just finding their footing in this story. I think there is a great storyline to be had and I really would like to see where the next book takes us. 

                     Four Twinkling Stars 

Love in the Line of Fire by Michael Murphy

Title: Love in the Line of Fire
Author: Michael Murphy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 200
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb

Agent Jonah Pratt heads the Secret Service team guarding the President’s husband. When a routine day turns into a dangerous assassination attempt, the stranger who dives into the melee and takes down the assassin complicates the situation, sparking Jonah’s anger.

Just back from multiple tours of duty in Iraq, Benji hides the fact that he brought the war home with him and that it continues to haunt him. His actions in stopping the would-be assassin are more instinct than strategy. And his first conversation with a furious Jonah doesn’t end well.

Losing a member of his team turns Jonah’s world upside down. And if Benji seems to know exactly what Jonah is experiencing, it’s because he went through the same thing in combat. Jonah’s work consumes him, leaving little room in his life for anything else, and Benji focuses on his studies, working to keep his nightmares at bay. But when they get together, Jonah and Benji recognize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for love and happiness—one worth fighting for. 

Love in the Line of Fire by Michael Murphy, this is the first time I have ever read this author. I will be looking for more, I really liked the pacing of this story, and the love. There is a lot of heart and soul in this story and it really shines through.
Jonah heads the secret service team guarding the president’s husband. Jonah prides himself on being the best.  He has lost his best friend and really trying to stay focused on his job.
Benjamin Campbell or Benji: he is a student. He instinctively took down a shooter. He understands the grieving process and allows Jonah some leeway there. Benji has been to war and has PSTD.
I found these two to really be what the other needs. They are well matched and really need each other.
The action and adventure was really good in this story too. I would love to read more from this author in the future. This story was one I couldn’t put down or stop reading.

                                 Five Shooting Stars 

The Real Thing by B.G. Thomas

Title: The Real Thing
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 44
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
2nd Edition

Bryan Mills has fantasized about cowboys all his life. Real cowboys, that is. He even dresses in what his roommate calls “cowboy drag” when he visits his favorite bar, in the hope of attracting the attentions of a genuine cowboy. But all he usually finds are posers and guys his own age.

Then one night, to his surprise, Curtis Hansen buys him a beer, and Bryan has no doubt this is the real thing. Curtis is a rugged, gorgeous man who is every bit a cowboy. He even owns his own ranch. What follows is about the most amazing night of Bryan’s young life.

But can they move beyond a night of incredible sex when Bryan admits to Curtis that the only horse he’s ever ridden was a birthday party pony? And that he’s nothing but a poser himself? Maybe, just maybe, Curtis can find the real cowboy inside Bryan, and they can ride off into the sunset together!

First Edition published as The Real Thing in Riding Double by Dreamspinner Press, 2011. 

The Real Thing by author B.G. Thomas is a cute fast paced read. Bryan wants an older cowboy to notice him. Granted Bryan is 20 and not a cowboy. But at the bar this one older cowboy got his attention. He wants to be wanted by him. Taking some mental notes he sets off to make his fantasy come true.
Curtis picks up Bryan because he looks young. But the real deal as well. When he finds out Bryan isn’t a real cowboy Curtis has to decide if having a real cowboy is more important than the man he has in his arms.
I liked this one a lot. It is about having a dream going for it and trying to make it work. I like that Bryan knows who he is and what he wants. Curtis even learns a new trick or two from him.
This story is a cute romance that really was sweet to read.

                           Four Twinkling Stars 

Recommended Read : A Day Makes by Mary Calmes

Title: A Day Makes
Series: The Vault, 1
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 200
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways - he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community - but he's really not such a bad guy. Over time he's found a home of sorts, and he even learns he's found a place in the hearts of the people he works least enough so that they won't put a bullet in his head because he's outlived his usefulness to the boss.

But he never thought he'd find one day could change his life, and he's about to discover how wrong he is.

Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It's an improbable idea - a man who deals in death finding love - but it's like it's meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day canchange everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects - if he can stay alive long enough to find out.

A Day Makes by author Mary Calmes is the first book in the Vault series.  I love this author’s works. I cannot stop re-reading them over and over again.  Nice pace to the stories, always full of love the deeply romantic love that draws me in and this one has action too.  Just well-done storyline.  A great overall story arc that kept me turning the pages.  I highly recommend this author to anyone who wants to read MM romance for the first time. Great guess you might say gateway author. Truly gifted and every story I have read so far just really shines.
Ceaton is an enforcer.  He has killed many in his day. Not a very trusting fellow.  He understands the nature of his job very well. Having the strangest day. The boss of the man he killed has offered him a job. He can keep his wits about him in a fight. Never has had a home or roots. Ex-marine scout shooter. He has always wanted a family like he had in the service, now that he has that chance he is going to take it.
Brinley is smart, sexy and more than meets the eye.
This is a fast-paced read with many twists and turns in it. You truly never know what a day will bring or how it can change your life forever.

                                      Five Shooting Stars, and Recommended Read 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Soul of the Wolves by Lizzie Lynn Lee

Title: Soul of the Wolves
Author: Lizzie Lynn Lee
Publisher: Lizzie Lynn Lee
Pages: 125
Genre/Pairing:  ARC, Paranormal Romance,  Romantic Comedy. MF
Reviewer Name: Vela

Publisher’s Blurb

Vivaciously plump Susan “Sookie” Alkin is blackmailed into marrying a stranger. Her younger brother, Jesse, had been infected with a designer virus that transformed him into a feral, dangerous monster: a manmade werewolf. If she wants Jesse to be cured, she has to play as a mourning widow of a young billionaire alpha who rules the Underworld.

Ethan Hunter, Alpha of the only direwolf pack in North America, recently survived an assassination attempt. He fakes amnesia to flush out the traitor within his own family. Imagine his surprise when his cousin, Cain, brings Ethan’s curvy new bride who he said Ethan had married the night before his accident. It’s bogus, of course, and Ethan plans to punish her as Cain’s accomplice once he sorts everything out. But when Ethan sees her, he immediately knows that the curvaceous Sookie is his mate. A bonded mate.

Ethan then decides to play along with the charade. He tries to coax Sookie into revealing the truth. But Sookie has too much at stake even though the attraction between them grows into an uncontrollable wildfire. The question is can he gain Sookie’s trust because he’s the only one who can help her? If he can’t, then their bond will perish in the upcoming war that will sweep the Underworld.

In Soul of the Wolves by Lizzie Lynn Lee, Sookie must help bale her younger brother out of a sticky situation. She knew digging up a grave in a graveyard would top what her younger brother got in trouble for, still she helped him to grab a package. But when she discovered the beast beneath the sand she didn’t realize she’d enter a new world of werewolves she wasn’t prepared for…
Ethan is an alpha in his pack of werewolves. After surviving a plane crash his group discovered someone sabotaging it, he pretends to have amnesia to collect clues to weed out the traitor. Interested by his pack member Cain’s interest in revealing his apparently new ‘bride’ Sookie, his inner wolf cries out to her. Perhaps life mates did exist?
Thrust among action-packed battles and romantic comedy, Ethan and Sookie are forced to work together. She must pretend to be his bride to keep her brother alive, while he pretends to have amnesia to collect information out of his new ‘bride’. Little do they knew the heat continues to rise.
This was a fantastic read! A rare gem among stories I’ve reviewed in the past with romance twisted with comedy to make the reader laugh. Each action scene was delivered in smooth transitions with tension and drama. Each character had a true purpose among the plot. Loved how the author pieced everything together in the end.
This was a standalone and isn’t in a series. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to more from Ms. Lee in the future.

                Five Shooting Stars 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

TK Lawyer Spotlight: Aeron

Grab the latest Guardian Angel in the Guardian League Series!  Each steamy hot read is a standalone and can be read in any order. 

Kim is stuck in a desperate situation – one she never thought she’d wind up in.  Her husband has given up.  Kim wants her freedom but she’s scared of the unknown.  To find true, lasting love is her dream but is it possible?
Little does Kim know who she seeks is searching for her.
Aeron loved and dated.  But he never found the right one. As leader and founder of the Guardian League and co-protector of his charge, his responsibilities kept him active; however, something was missing.  His life wasn’t complete.
He sought a perfect, unique combination:  fiery and spirited with the right mix of nice vs. naughty.  But this elusive minx was nowhere to be found.  Until the day an enchanting vision caught his eye and he walked straight into a line of people awaiting coffee and beignets.    Now that he’s found her, he’s unwilling to let her go.  But does Kim have the strength to trust again?

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Award Nominated Paranormal Romance Author, TK Lawyer has been writing since high school but it was sometime in 2011 when her writing blossomed into a career.  Craving excitement and adventure, she jotted down a few notes for a book and never looked back.
Her books blend her interest in the paranormal and her love of romance.

Steamy, unique, fun tales of adventure with alpha males and feisty, curvy females are her signature.  She writes what she loves:  passionate, erotic, emotion-tugging novels that widen readers’ experiences and leaves them wanting more.  No two books are alike and each one is a stand-alone novel ready for fans and readers alike to dive into and enjoy!