Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Guarding His Anchor by Kacey Hammell Blog







#NewRelease! #CanadianMuscle Book 2 ~ Guarding His Anchor #Suspense #ERom @KaceyHammell @EvernightPub


Thank you so much for sharing my latest release, Guarding His Anchor, with your readers! Frank and Charlie haven’t had an easy road, but their journey is romantic and adventurous.

Happy Reading.
Kacey








Series: Canadian Muscle (Book 2)
Genre: Contemporary/Suspense/Erotic Romance
W.C.: 57,400
Warning: Includes biting (Odaxelagnia) during sex
ISBN: 978-1-77339-185-4
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Evernight Publishing


Canadian Muscle …
When Desires Need Protecting.
Charlotte Weber is no stranger to heartbreak. FBI agent Frank Shaw has swept in and out of her life as though she’s a revolving door, stomping on her heart in the process. Now that she’s finally had enough, he’s back again and seems determined to spin her life out of control.

Frank knows Charlie is the anchor for his lost soul, even though he can’t risk settling down. The demons of his past are too great, and he won’t run the risk of hurting her. This time, his only objective should be locating Charlie’s brother, Sean. But Charlie’s a complication, and not just because she refuses to believe Sean is guilty.

As Frank and Charlie fight for what they believe in, they also try to resist their powerful connection. The future is unclear, but when danger surrounds them, they are each other’s only anchor.


Excerpt © Kacey Hammell, 2017
Frank watched Charlie intently.
Charlie.
That name was for a young girl, not for a woman like her.
To him, she was all Charlotte. Confident, virile, elegant, intoxicating. A vixen who turned a man on with one sultry glance and then brought him to his knees with one heady taste of her. He hated calling her by such the tomboy-ish name everyone else called her.
Others didn’t see what he did. Which was a good thing, too; he didn’t want her sharing that part of herself with anyone else. Especially not with this Numbnuts Neal that Jonas had told him about last night. Another guy was sniffing around his lady, and he didn’t like it. Not one fucking little sliver.
So.” Charlotte interrupted his thoughts. He’d deal with Numbnuts later. “Tell me”—she shoved the file aside—“in your own words, everything my brother has allegedly done. And sugarcoat nothing on my behalf. I’ll read the report later.”
There was the woman he cared for. The brook-no-argument heat in her eyes. Her deep, sea-blue gaze sliced deep and offered no mercy.
Your brother actually went undercover five years ago. You knew he was changing jobs and would be out of the country for a long time. You told me that yourself, remember?” Charlotte nodded but said nothing. “Through my contacts and the agent in charge of the case, it’s been almost eighteen months since his handler’s spoken to him.”
Her eyes widened and she shifted, but remained silent.
I tracked him down in the most desolate area of Tel Aviv and to a branch in a drug cartel he’d started investigating years ago. The minute details are in the file, but to make a long story short, I got too close. Breached a compound to look for evidence of your brother being there and anything else I could use in the case.” He ran a hand down his face, the skin itchy from not having shaved in days. “Only sparse personnel were to be on the grounds, less eyes watching, but the Intel I got had been wrong. Before I knew what was happening, I was getting shot at from every direction.”
So Sean might not be the one who shot you.” Her eyes were eager, hopeful. Of course she’d latch on to the fact multiple bullets were aimed at him.
He shook his head, wishing he could answer her pleas. “I managed through the worst of it and found my way to an empty garage where I ran into your brother. And before you ask, yes, I am certain it was him. He appeared confused at first, then said, ‘Charlie’s Frank?’ So he knew who I was. Then voices and more gunfire rang out and coming toward us. Before I could react to anything, he suddenly raised his gun and shot me.” Frank rubbed his wound, still surprised he’d survived. The doctors had said a couple inches left or right, depending on travel of the bullet and bone fragment concerns, and surgery wouldn’t have been an option either.
How’d you get out of there?” He hoped the concern in her eyes was true and for him, not just her brother.
One of the other agents with me pulled up in a jeep. I ran out as fast as possible, and he hauled our asses out of there.”
Charlotte scoffed. “Okay Rambo-slash-John McClane, you still watch too many action films. Unless I hear it from Sean, I won’t believe he’d shoot you for no reason.”
She’d always been pigheaded, but Frank couldn’t believe she’d question it. “What reason would I have to lie to you? Hell, Charlo—ie, I latched on to the case to prove his innocence.”
Why? Why did you want to get involved? You left Vikki and high-tailed it on the first plane out with barely any notice. You didn’t tell me much before you left. And you were on your way to partnering up with Gavin and Marc with the security stuff. But you dropped everything and left. Why was Sean’s case that important to you?”
For you!” he bellowed, confused why she didn’t see that. “He is your brother, Gavin’s best friend, and I’d have access to the whole case to help him.”
Don’t pretend that you were doing me any favors. I never asked you to get involved, Frank.”
Well, of course not,” he growled low. “You’d never have found out any of it if I had my way. I was hoping to get Sean out of trouble and bring him home to you. But you overheard Gavin and I talking before I left. And as far as leaving Vikki, she and I discussed it. She needed space and was only too eager to see me go. She didn’t need my hovering at that point and wanted to stand on her own, or try to. Gavin watched over her for me.” He smiled. “You all did, and I appreciate it very much.”
We’ve become great friends.” He loved the way Charlotte’s eyes softened as she talked about his cousin. “It is an honest friendship. And it has nothing to do with you.”
Months had turned her hard, distant. He only had himself to blame. They hadn’t left things on a positive note, but he’d hoped she’d understand one day.
Hell, he’d foolishly hoped that she would come to appreciate having him on Sean’s case rather than a stranger. Their personal relationship aside, he assumed she’d trust the agent he was, and how long and hard he’d continued searching for Vikki. What other proof did she need to trust him?
How wrong he’d been.
I don’t want to think about Sean doing this.” The worry on her face tore at his heart. “Was he undercover too long? Is that a reason people believe he’s capable of such violence?”
There are many cops and agents that have gone so far undercover they get caught up in the lifestyle and it’s impossible to find their way back.” Sadness crept across her face. “Sorry, Charlie, that’s as honest as it gets.”
None of this makes sense.” She stood and piled paperwork on the file cabinet. “It goes against who Sean is, and not who Norris raised. I can’t wrap my head around it. My brother isn’t a monster.”
Her voice broke, breaking his heart in the process. Frank stood and crossed the room, then rested his hands on her shoulders. “I’m sorry, hon. I know you’re scared, and I’m sorry you have to go through this.”
Charlotte turned, surprising him, and burrowed her face in his chest. Sobs tore from her, shaking her strong yet delicate frame. He wrapped her in his arms, resting his cheek on her head, and let her cry.
It had been so long—too long—since he’d inhaled her sweet scent of fruity shampoo and the coconut butter body wash she used every day. He’d barely made it through any meal that served any of the combinations, the memories of her too fervent to let him eat in peace. Soft, warm, and the tranquility that came to him whenever he held her close were all potently his Charlotte.
Home. Being this close to her again was like coming home. But he wasn’t a man looking for one place to settle down. And it puzzled him why he returned time and time again.
You know exactly why. You have an addiction, buddy. And she’s in your arms right now.
Yes, he supposed his conscience was trying to tell him something, but it was wrong. He kept returning here because of his friends, the security business. But Charlotte pulled him back in like a reel catching a fish every single time.
No. Fuck no.” Her high-pitched squeal surprised him. He fell back on his feet, shocked at her strength to shove him so hard.
Charlotte—”
Shut up. No. Damn it.” She glared at him, fists tight. “Get out. Don’t coddle me. Don’t console me. You won’t use me. Get. Out.”
Use you? Coddle you?” He huffed. “You turned to me,” he yelled, frustration gnawing at him.
Guess I’m an idiot, but I won’t fall for it. I won’t let you close enough to betray my brother. If I even hear from him again.” Her chest heaved and sweat dotted her forehead and cheeks. Frank had never seen her so out of control, seething and yet so stunning. How ferocious she was in battle.
Charlie?”
Frank’s head whipped around to the intruding voice in the doorway.
Charlie, are you all right?”
We’re having a private conversation. Get lost, buddy.”
Shut up, Frank. Come on in, Neal. He and I are finished.”
So this was Numbnuts Neal. Dark hair, squinty eyes, tanned skin. Dressed to the nines in a suit and tie, with a cute little handkerchief in his breast pocket, and a pair of round glasses in his right hand. Jesus, what a nerd. Frank wanted to pick him up and chuck him back out into the hallway.
I, um, just came to see if you wanted to catch up. Maybe dinner?” Numbnuts eyed Frank with caution. Good. Frank wanted the guy scared shitless of him.
But the little prick stepped forward and extended his hand to shake.
Frank eyed the small limb with the urge to break it but wanting to be an adult.
Oh, for cripes sake,” Charlotte groused. “Neal Simmons, Frank Shaw. And vice versa. Whatever.” She pushed a pile of folders into a shoulder bag then her phone and grabbed another smaller bag she slid under her arm. “I’ll call you later, Neal. I need a time out.”
Hey, wait a second,” Frank called out, following her into the hall.
No, I’m done here. I can’t do this right now.” She turned and rushed away.
Frank watched, jaw clenched. Anger and frustration filled him as Charlotte and Numbnuts disappeared. He strode back into her office for his cell phone he’d set on her desk earlier. Frank eyed the landline phone sitting there.
After extracting a small case from the front pocket of his pants, he opened it and pulled out the tiny device and lifted the dial-phone. He placed the electronic bug underneath it and set it back down.
If Sean contacted his sister, this would be one number he might call. As much as Frank disliked going behind her back like this, he had a job to do. No matter how much he cared about her, he’d do whatever it took to bring bad guys in. He wasn’t bred any other way.


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Canadian-born author Kacey Hammell is definitely a book-a-holic. A romance reader from a young age, she fell in love with happily ever afters.  These days, as a multi- published erotic romance author, she enjoys adding a lot of heat, sass, and emotion to the many genres she writes.

Mom of three, Kacey lives her own happily ever after with her perfect hero in Ontario, Canada.


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Shining Star Award: The Escort by Jeff Erno

Title: The Escort
Author: Jeff Erno
Publisher: Sea to Sky Publishing
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 265
Reviewer: Redz













Publisher's Blurb

At twenty-five, Travis Sheppard knows all about taking care of himself. He’s been on his own since the age of seventeen, and he learned long ago how to use his assets and natural-born talent to get what he needs…and wants. Travis is a hustler, a male escort, and he caters to men of means who like to shower him with gifts and cash in exchange for his affection—sometimes for his mere presence.

When Travis accepts an overnight gig with a new client, he’s surprised by the fact the customer has pre-paid. When Travis arrives at the gentleman’s surprisingly modest home, he learns that his client is an accomplished, best-selling author. Darren, otherwise known as DJ Torrent, makes Travis a proposal. He wants Travis to accompany him to a gay literature conference. The catch is that for their five days together, Travis is to be more to Darren than just his escort. Darren wants Travis to pose as his husband.











Review

The Escort by Jeff Erno is a fun read. What I particularly enjoyed about this book is it reminded me a lot of my own experiences at a romance conference. Everything from some can be catty to the ones you love and stay in touch with well beyond the conference. I also liked how in touch with author's feelings and some issues in the MM community this book got. I say this one is really well done from that perspective.
I also loved the connect that Travis and Darren develop over the time they are together. It feels very real. I loved the almost gentle heat they have. There is real chemistry there and I as the read felt that.
Travis he has been taking care of himself since he was 17. He is an escort and knows to how to turn on the charm to get what he needs. It does frustrate him at first that Darren appears immune to his charms. I think it causes him to really reach inside himself for the first time and see the man he has become.
Darren I loved this character. He is geeky, shy, and reclusive. I liked that he is very sweet and caring. I also liked how I knew there was more to his story than we at first knew about. He has many layers and as this book went on they slowly peel back to reveal the real man within.
Over all I say this one is a must read. Very romantic, very real, and most of all a book I could not put down. 


                  Five Shooting Stars and a Reviewer's Choice Award


 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Gunpoint by Erin M. Leaf

Title: Gunpoint
Series: Sky Hunters, 1
Author: Erin M. Leaf
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: MM, Paranormal
Pages: 110
Reviewer: Redz










Publisher's Blurb

Soul-bruised and bitter, Charlie left the military for peaceful solitude. When he’s mugged at gunpoint, his isolation is shattered, because the guy with the weapon is his mate, and Charlie’s falcon insists on truth: the other half of his soul is a desperate man who doesn’t know he’s a shifter.

Warren has no money for rent, his sister’s ex beat her bloody, and he’s working double shifts to survive. He thought his life couldn’t get any worse, but then he mugs an ex-soldier who somehow turns the tables and offers him something impossible: hope.

Of course, nothing is that simple, and Charlie’s resistance to their bond sabotages their relationship before it really begins. Warren can handle hardship, but now his enemies are bigger than the bully next door, and he’s broken the darkest taboo of the Sky Hunter falcons. Only Charlie can save him, but can a damaged ex-soldier save himself, too?






Review

Gunpoint is the first book in the Sky Hunters series by author Erin M. Leaf. I like this story of learning to trust yourself, and how love can bring that process to a head.
Charlie what do you do when your fated mate has a gun on you and wants to rob you? Well he does feel do damaged to be a mate. But not too damaged to use this situation to help his mate. I liked his heart. He is a true alpha spirit in him. He is loyal, kind, and a bit too hard on himself.
Warren before meeting Charlie was never gay, he also never knew he was a shifter. Who knew meeting one man could change his life in so many ways. He is taking care of his twin sister. Going to college, he is just trying to make ends meet. Over all he is a great person. Loyal, very kind, and extremely driven to help.
I liked how these characters balanced each other out. Where one is experienced the other is innocent in a lot of areas. But together they can do anything. I love this start to the Sky Hunters series and look forward to many more in the future. 

                          Five Shooting Stars


 

Lone Wolf by Erin M. Leaf

Title: Lone Wolf
Series: Bad Oak Boys, 4
Author: Erin M. Leaf
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: MM, Paranormal
Pages: 150
Reviewer: Redz










Publisher's Blurb

***MPREG***

Shane River is the last of the Bad Oak boys to feel the pull of his animal trying to get out. Problem is, once he shifts, the wolf wants nothing more than to run far away… alone. He’s an Alpha Lone Wolf, and that means he doesn’t need a pack.

Tim Cooper thought his father was human. He wasn’t. He thought his werewolf mother could survive anything. She didn’t. He thought he’d never be able to shift, but he thought wrong, and the truth is more disturbing than anything he could’ve imagined.

When Shane finds Tim’s mother dying in the desert, he vows to track down the vicious wolf-coyote hybrids responsible for the attack. He doesn’t expect her son Tim: a hybrid who has no idea what he is. He doesn’t expect Tim’s animal to call to his wolf. And he certainly doesn’t expect to mate with a creature ravaged by grief, but when instinct howls, the wolf must obey.











Review


I love this series by Erin M. Leaf!! Lone Wolf is the fourth book in the Bad Oak Boys series. Should be read in order. There are characters we know and love in play in this book. I love how the stories all build on each other.
Shane has a mission. The North American pack leader has sent him on the mission to find out who attacked his brother. They know it is a shifter just not which one. Family and pack are all that matter to Shane. He is an alpha at heart. He loves being in the band with his brothers. But at times he has to go away find some peace out side of the band and his brothers.
Tim has always wished his shifter genes would take effect. They seem to be stalled making him human rather than shifter. He can sense danger though. Being part wolf part human he might never shift. Been a nomad most of his life with his mom. When his mom is in danger he will do whatever it takes to rescue her.
Over all this is a great addition to the series. It has action, intrigue, and lots of passionate love. I particularly like how Ms. Leaf brings a great connection to the characters. That is what brings me back to read more. I like the feeling of being invested in them. Over all a great series and really a must read. 


                                     Five Shooting Stars 


 

Mercenary's Mate by Marie Cole

Title: Mercenary's Mate
Series: Lake Valley Shifters, 2
Author: Marie Cole
Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: MM, Paranormal
Pages: 94
Reviewer: Redz








Publisher's Blurb

Lake Valley Shifters Book Two

Claiming his mate might be trickier than shifting for the first time...

Greg Little has one goal: find out who killed his parents and orphaned him and his sister. Oh, and hopefully stay alive during the process. Too bad life has a way of throwing things at him he didn't expect. Take being bitten by a shifter and turning into a wolf—he'd never seen that one coming. Even more surprising is Greg's mate turns out to be Derren Stone, a close friend, fellow mercenary, and bear shifter.

Derren has waited five years to claim his mate, partly because of fear of rejection and partly because of stubborn pride. But he won't wait any longer. Now he only has to convince Greg they are true mates and help Greg with both his shifting and his search for his parents' killers. But the further Greg delves into what happened to his parents, the more they realize the conspiracy goes deeper than they ever imagined.

Now Derren can only hope they both make it out of this alive.








Review
Mercenary's Mate is the second book in the Lake Valley Shifters series by author Marie Cole. This is the first time I have read this series. I was not lost in the love story itself. I did feel like there were things I might have missed though. So I would say read this book in order.
Greg is a determined man. Not yet shifting makes him also feel a little inferior to his sisters. He also has a big heart. I liked that he is sweet and brave at the same time. He is the kind of person you want on your side. Loyal to the end.
Derren is a were bear. Greg is his mate. He just has to convince Greg of that. He doesn't care if Greg ever shifts, he just wants his mate. He is willing to make Greg's quest his own. Very protective, and fiercely loyal.
I liked both of these men. I really felt they clicked and fit together. I could feel the connection. What I was lost on was the actual story. For me it has some holes in it. It also has a feeling of more going on than I am seeing while reading this book. Perhaps that feeling comes from starting with book two? I really could not tell you. However, I would like to see more of this series. There is great content here and great flow. I would recommend this one to anyone loving shifts, intrigue, and love.

                                         Five Shooting Stars



The Naughty Stepbrothers by Trinity Blacio

Title: The Naughty Stepbrothers
Series: The Naughty Series, 3
Author: Trinity Blacio
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Genre and Pairing: Paranormal and M/F/M
Page Count: 45 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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publisher Blurb
In the third installment of best-selling author Trinity Blacio’s Naughty Christmas series, Xena Castor had always believed she was Daddy’s little girl. It was just the two of them against the world, until that fateful day when her father met the Stepmom from Hell. Then said little girl had no one, until two wolf-warriors showed up in her life--her stepbrothers.

Were they a gift from Santa or another curse following her as she ran from the danger she knew was coming? Would her Christmas wedding dream ever become a reality? Or had she been too Naughty, needing a good old-fashioned spanking that secretly craved?






Review
Xena is alone. It used to be her and her father facing the world together until he remarried. With a new stepmother, the man who promised to be there for her through thick and thin was no longer there. But when her new stepbrothers enter her life, can she trust them to remain with her forever and keep her safe?
In The Naughty Stepbrothers by Trinity Blacio, Xena must decide if she will trust Jasper and Caleb to protect her from their mother. Xena has learned that humans are not alone in a brutal way. Her father has mated and his mate is more than human. Can she trust Jasper and Caleb? Can she trust the speed of her feelings for both men? I really liked Xena. She found herself alone and struggling to accept just how quickly her world was changing but she did it quite well. She found courage from within even as she made new and powerful friends. I loved her kind heart and protective nature. She found the courage necessary to take a step into a world full of unknowns. She also found the courage to accept the men who claimed her as theirs. Ms. Blacio does a nice job of adding layers to this world she is building. We got to see old friends even as we meet new. Xena found herself in a new world but also learned that she wasn’t quite as alone as she thought. I loved how Ms. Blacio connected her within this series. She brought laughter and love into a scary new world and I loved seeing Xena blossom under the new friends and her new men. This is a nice addition to this series and I am looking forward to seeing more.


                                 Five Shooting Stars 

Claiming His Cub by Kayleigh Malcolm

Title: Claiming His Cub
Series: RCMP: Pride, 1
Author: Kayleigh Malcolm
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: MM, Paranormal
Pages: 51
Reviewer: Redz








Publisher's Blurb

Dary, an officer with the Paranormal/Research/Intelligence/Discipline and Education (PRIDE) department of the RCMP, has little time to pursue his personal interests outside of his job. As a dominant bear shapeshifter in his prime, and a taste for slim, trim boy-toys, his preference has brought him to a crossroad—his desire to find a partner to share his life with is overcast by immature males who don’t share his interests. When he learns about the 1Night Stand service and Madame Eve’s incredible track record for successful matches, he utilizes a rare weekend away from his job to indulge in some much-needed fantasy.

Rhudaii is a unique man in every imaginable way. With an unusually youthful appearance and a little known inherent bombshell of his own, he longs for a deeper connection with a man than just instant gratification. Being an avid romance junkie, Rhoo plans a getaway to a book convention in Ottawa, except surrounded by hundreds of women isn’t what he’s looking for. Instead, he arranges a date through the 1Night Stand service.

When the men meet sparks fly and the sexual tension soars. Each of them has a secret that could make or break any potential long-term relationship. But, what if they have more in common than they thought?







Review
Claiming His Cub by Kayleigh Malcolm is the first book in the RCMP Pride series and part of the One Night Stand series. I found for a first to a series this one is really good. As a one night stand book, it is okay.
Dary has been a Royal Canadian Mounty, he was assigned to the Pride Detachment of the RCMP. He is used to handling unusual cases, after all this what what Pride does. He is a bear shifter himself. He is really lonely and would like to come home and have someone there for him. He is a natural dominate. And he agreed to the one night stand because he hopes with Eve's reputation she can find his one. The one he can have for always.
Rhoo he has taken a lot of heat because of the books he loves, he has always been teased about it. He wants to fall in love and share everything with another person. Very romantic at heart. Also a natural submissive.
Over all there is a ton thrown into this book. I think if the author had scaled back somethings it would have flowed better for me. But it is a great start to a series. As for a 1NS it is a hard read for that. Most of the 1NS books are easier to read than this one, so on that scale just be prepared to read and get absorbed in the story. Over all I loved this one, I would love to see more from this series in the future.

                                                         Five Shooting Stars