Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cardeno C Blog Tour


~Rough Edges
Kyle has an unwelcome crush on his nemesis Brent. Brent has a welcome crush on his friend Kyle. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.
Born on the wrong side of the tracks to the wrong family, Kyle Potter has spent his life clawing his way toward a better future. When he gets the perfect job at the perfect firm in perfect Los Angeles, Kyle is sure there are only blue skies ahead. And then he meets perfect Brent Haralson.
Born with a silver spoon to a well-established family, Brent Haralson has never been interested in leveraging his connections. Friends, success, and dates come easily to Brent and rejection isn’t something he has to deal with in life. And then he meets perfect Kyle Potter.
Kyle despises his unwelcome crush on his lazy, arrogant nemesis. Brent welcomes his feelings for his stubborn, brilliant friend. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.
This is a 2nd edition without substantive changes from the 1st edition, which was part of the It Was Always You anthology.
~Jumping In
When love's on the line, the brave jump in with both feet...
Small town cop Clint Rivera can’t catch a break. His ex of two weeks is suddenly getting married, his dogs tore up his furniture, he’s getting evicted, and he’s out of beer. When he decides to solve his alcohol shortage by going to his ex’s engagement party, Clint winds up too drunk to drive himself home. Enter gorgeous deputy mayor Hawk Black, the man who constantly shows up unexpectedly and sends Clint’s body and mind into a tailspin with nothing but his whiskey voice and blue eyes.
After months of patience, Hawk can finally seduce the man he’s been craving. Clint’s day might not have started out well, but Hawk’s going to make sure it ends with a bang, preferably in bed. He’ll show Clint some rewards are worth the risk.
With love on the line, Clint will need to decide if he can open his heart, tear down his shields, and jump in with both feet.
This is a 2nd edition without substantive changes from the 1st edition.


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Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever- after sunset.
Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Stardust Award Nothing Special by A.E. Via

Title: Nothing Special
Series : Nothing Special, 5
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: Star Book Press
Genre/ Pairing: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 365
Reviewer Name: Redz
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N0G9507/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33016763-nothing-special-v?ac=1&from_search=true&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Publisher Blurb
The boys are back and fiercer than ever!

"We were a unit tonight, moving as one. Even apart, we are deadly, but when combined – we are f**kin’ unstoppable." ~~ God ~~

Atlanta's notorious narcotics task force is at it again. They are stronger, bigger, and better than ever. Especially when a city councilman sends RECON Marine, Edwin Steele - who’s been blacklisted from his Oakland department - to join the team. God and Day weren't recruiting. They have a lot on their plates, like the fact they're supposed to be getting married soon. They don't have the time or the patience to integrate a decorated war hero with a slight chip on his shoulder into their well-oiled machine.

A hothead that's uncontrollable and terrible with authority… but wasn’t that their team motto?

Steele was ready to hang up his shield. He was done fighting with bigoted bastards that couldn't respect the job. He was good at fighting; he just needed the right team to fight with. When his uncle - City Councilman, Rasmus Steele - shows him a video of God's team in action, he knows right away, it's where his nephew belongs in order to restore his faith.

Steele pointed to the driver, a behemoth of a man wielding those massive firearms like a true beast… like a soldier.And him. Who the hell is he?”

That’s your new boss. Lieutenant Cashel Godfrey… they call him… God.”

Steele was skeptical about his new placement, but when he meets God's technology specialist/computer genius, “Tech,” he's willing to give it his all, and he definitely shows and proves.

Tech is stunning. His sweater vest and khakis, a stark contrast to the blue-jeaned roughnecks he works with. A beautiful sheep amongst the wolves. Steel thinks there's no way the brilliant man would be interested in a hardhead like him, but Tech has a few badass hidden talents of his own and manages to fool him... fool all of them.

This story is a part of a series but can stand alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has a HEA. There are no multiple pairings in this novel.

Nothing Special by author A.E.Via is the fifth book in the Nothing Special series. This book is not a stand a lone. There are many characters we know and love from the previous books in this book. Also you will understand this story better if you have read the previous books that connection is really vital to this story.
You get to catch up with God and Day. They are still ironing out some problems. Working long hours and trying to balance love is hard for these two.
I loved getting caught back up with my favorite couple. They have a love that is meant to last.
Sean Murphy is also known as Teck. He thinks of Day like his brother. The man got him out of some of the worst situations of his life. He will do anything to protect the team.
Steel all he seems to have done with his life is fight for the good and the innocent. He sees that has been taken from him. Friends he can never get back and his partner killed. He is tired and wants to be left alone. He has turned in his shield and wishes he could just stop caring. He has always lived his life on his terms. Strong character, with a deep past that has left him bruised and hurting.
I liked him very much with Teck. Teck gives him his light back. Teck is dying to prove he is as good as those in the field. He wants to be as tough as everyone else. Steel sees that in Teck. He gives him a chance and really builds a friendship not just a romance with the man.
I really think that fans of this series will LOVE this book. We catch up with old friends, and we meet some new ones. If you love this series I really highly suggest you pick up this book. Plus you have to get to know Teck and Steel. They are strong smart men who find a love of a lifetime. 

                   Stardust Award and Five Shooting Stars


Shining Star Award Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid

Title: Built For Pleasure
Author: Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre/ Pairing: MM, Scifi Futuristic
Pages: 200
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb
Retired military officer Malcolm Torvik runs a rehabilitation facility for malfunctioning pleasure cyborgs. When WLF-6759—Wolf—arrives at Reboot Camp, the former battle cyborg presents problems Malcolm’s never faced before. Most pleasure cyborgs are sensation junkies, constantly high on the chemicals sex releases into their bloodstream, but Wolf’s faulty refit means it’s spent a decade suffering through unwanted encounters—and sometimes fighting back despite the consequences.

At first Wolf’s rebellion frustrates Malcolm even as Wolf’s undeniable physical perfection draws him. Then Wolf’s unexpected vulnerability and need open a whole new dynamic between them, and Malcolm finds himself feeling far too much for something that isn’t even human. Or is it? Could Homo sapiens technica be just as human as Malcolm is? And if it is, what’s Malcolm supposed to do about it? Malcolm’s been alone for so long…. Is it possible he’s found love with a cyborg? How far will he go to ensure Wolf’s freedom? Malcolm knows what he must do—for both of them—but it might cost him much more than his comfortable life.


Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid is an amazing read. I loved the originality of this story, and the chemistry. I really could not put this one down and wanted more when it was done. I would love to see a series in this world. I think it would be amazing to read.
Malcolm he is a doctor of sorts for cyborgs. When they malfunction he is the one who repairs them. He lives and breaths his work. He doesn't really get along with his parents much. After all he is single, childless, and gay that pretty much is a no no for them.
He now gets to work on a cyborg that has murdered over 29 peacekeepers. Owned by 12 separate families. After each sale he grows even more violent.
Malcolm would have terminated him but he a buyer lined up for him. They wanted him to make this violent cyborg into a pleasure bot.
Malcolm has always been proud of the work he does and willingly accepts this new challenge.
What he is not prepared for is Wolf ( the cyborg's name) is full of resentment and anger. He also desperately wants to seduce Malcolm.
The more we get to know Wolf and Malcolm the more I knew they were meant for each other. Malcolm is the perfect person to teach Wolf kindness and love. Two things Wolf has never had in his life. They are both lonely but in different ways. Those ways blend together to make for an unforgettable story with tons of love and hot man love in it. Each man touches the other's heart in ways they never dreamed possible.
I liked this story a lot. The true romantic in me was in love with the characters and their journey from the get go. I also like the originality of the story line. I would love to see more in this world. I truly hope there is more. I would be in line to get it. 
               Shining Star Award and Five shooting Stars


The Closet Boy by Sean Michael

Title: The Closet Boy
Series: Iron Eagle Gym, 4
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre/ Pairing: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 214
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb
Way’ra Bernard is only twenty years old when his parents kick him out of the house. He has been brought up to believe being gay is wrong and he is going to go to hell for it. He tried very hard not to be gay but couldn’t change the way he felt. Now he’s living furtively in a closet on the third floor of the place he’s working as a janitor—the Iron Eagle Gym.

Neal McPherson is an unattached Dom in his midtwenties and a member of the gym. One evening after working out, he notices Way’ra on the stairs, and he’s immediately attracted and intrigued, so he asks Way’ra out. Unable to come up with a reason to refuse, and also interested in Neal, Way’ra accepts.

There are a lot of obstacles to the relationship they attempt to build after their date, not least of which is Way’ra’s upbringing and his lingering doubts about the kinky sex Neal enjoys. But with patience and persistence, Neal might convince Way’ra not only to accept himself, but to loosen his inhibitions enough to explore and find a happy ending together.


The Closet Boy is the fourth book in the Iron Eagle Gym series by author Sean Michael. This story really tugs at the heartstrings. Way'ra has been kicked out of his conservative Christian college. His parents kicked him out as well with only the clothes on his back and the money he had on him. All because he was outed for being gay.
Now he has a job being a janitor for the Iron Eagle Gym. He doesn't have the money for a rent so he is secretly staying in the closet of the gym.
Neal has noticed the cute janitor. He also knows that something strange is going on. When he finds out what he wants to help Way'ra. Neal is a dominate and Way'ra could be the Sub of his dreams. Way'ra just needs to get over his fears and give the sexy Dom a chance.
This book is part of a series and should be read in order. There are characters from previous stories we briefly meet again in this one. Out of the ones so far I found this book to be the most emotional. Way'ra is a very sweet and deep thinking character. He has a lot of layers. I very much enjoyed getting to know him and Neal.
This story is pretty fast paced but I felt everything fit. There wasn't anytime that I felt lost or anything. Over all a great read. I love this series and want more of it. 

                                 Five Shooting Stars

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Merlin's Moon by Annabelle Jay

Title: Merlin's Moon
Series: The Sun Dragon, 2
Author: Annabelle Jay
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Genre/ Pairing: MM, YA, Paranormal
Pages: 180
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb
Half-human, half-dragon Mani hatched from an egg and was adopted by Allanah, a human woman who discovered him after the death of his dragon mother. He possesses abilities he’s only beginning to understand, and every night he takes the form of a blue dragon.

When Mani’s secret is revealed, he takes refuge at the wizard Mansion. There, he encounters the Animal Guard, a group of people who share his affliction. But the members of the Animal Guard are under a curse by the sorceresses, and they need Mani’s aid to break the spell and resume their human forms. Growing romantic feelings for the wolf-boy Lup convince Mani to offer his help, but Mani’s own developing powers might destroy any chance at a relationship. The world of magic is changing, and as Mani and his friends fight to stop the evil sorceresses from using the deadly North Star, they must figure out what places they will hold when the battle is over.


Merlin's Moon is the second book in The Sun Dragon series by author Annabelle Jay. I suggest reading this series in order. It really is a lot to take in, and jumping into the second book first I think was a mistake on my part, just on the world building and such. I was a tad not a lot but a tad lost. You know the feeling where you think something is already in progress and your just walking into the room, that is more like what I was feeling. I will say though, this is an amazing book, I really like how refreshingly new it feels. If you like fantasy books this one would really be up your alley. This does tread on the YA side of things, but it is not written YA if that makes sense. I feel any age would enjoy this series a lot.
Mani he doesn't know a whole lot about his powers. He was hatched from an egg. Raised by humans. At night he turns into a blue dragon.
Sad how he is treated and feels about himself  but the journey that  sets him on is full of adventure and love.
Mani learns a lot about who he is and who he wants to become in this book. I liked this journey. I felt really connected to Mani and his adventures. I also really like the world itself. I want to know more. I would love to read more in this series and see what happens next. 

                         Five Shooting Stars

Warders Vol.1 by Mary Calmes

Title: Warders, Vol. 1
Contains: His Hearth, Tooth & Nail, and Heart in Hand
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre/ Pairing: MM, paranormal
Pages: 280
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb
Most humans live in blissful ignorance, never dreaming of the frightening surprises and paranormal danger that lurks in the night. Most... but not all. These few who stand against the darkness are the Warders, men who fight demons and square off against all kinds of creatures from the pit with only their brothers-in-arms and their lovers-their Hearths-to strengthen them in the unending battle of good versus evil.

Note: Contains books #1-3 in the Warders series. His Hearth (July 2010), Tooth & Nail (November 2010), Heart in Hand (May 2011) were previously published individually in eBook format by Dreamspinner Press.

Warders Vol. 1 by author Mary Calmes has His Hearth, Tooth & Nail, and Heart in Hand. The first three books in the Warders series.
His Hearth
Julian just found out the guy he was with has been cheating on him. He is pretty disillusioned.
Ryan he is a hot male model. He really wants Julian. He will do anything to be with him. Julian just has to get through his own pain and loss to see Ryan.
Julian is very scared of being hurt. He cannot wrap his mind that someone like Ryan would even want him.
These two are the perfect balance together. They each bring something the other needs. They are good men who really deserve the happy ending.

Tooth & Nail
Malic finds his hearth by rescuing him. He knows he is way too young for him but he never counted on how much Dylan was determined to be with him.
Dylan young, sweet, and persistent. He might be just nineteen but he knows he who he wants and he is determined to get him.
I loved Dylan. I like sassy twinks and Dylan is very much that. But he also has a strength to him. He can be an asset to Mal if Mal could just get over the age thing and see it.
Heart in Hand
We have Simon a bartender and Leith his boyfriend.
Simon has an old boyfriend draw a gun on him and demand that they get back together. When he says no way things really get interesting.
Leith is a warder by day and artist.
These two are working out just how to be a couple in the real world. With all the problems and obstacles that come with that.
Over all I really liked that these all came in one set. It really gave me an insight into the world, and the men that live there. I also want more!! Bring on the box sets I will be in line to read about them.

                                Five Shooting Stars

The Soldati Prince by Charlie Cochet

Title: The Soldati Prince
Series: Soldati Hearts, 1
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre/ Pairing: MM, paranormal
Pages: 87
Reviewer Name: Redz
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Publisher Blurb
2nd Edition

One moment Riley Murrough is living a normal life working in a coffee shop, and the next he’s running for his life from demons, learns he bears the mark of a shape-shifter king from a magical realm, and—worst of all—he’s destined to become the mated prince to the arrogant tiger shifter he would rather strangle.

Khalon, the shifter king, is equally distraught at the idea of being bound to a human prince, and along with his Soldati warriors, he sets out to return Riley to his own world where he belongs. On their journey they might discover why the priestess brought them together—if they can escape the demons and make it to her alive.

First Edition published as The Soldati Prince in Charmed & Dangerous by JCP Books LLC, 2015.

The Soldati Prince is the first in the Soldati Hearts series by author Charlie Cochet. This is a really good start to a series. There is chemistry, and action in this book, along with enough information to make me want more, and see where this series will go next.
Riley, he is closing his bakery when two men come in. They ask for him and then turn into shrieking monsters. Riley thinks he has lost his mind. He runs into the alley way and two tigers rescue him. He now knows he has lost his mind.
Riley is the kind of character I love. He is feisty, brave, and sassy. He might be a human in the world of paranormals but he has a strength they all need.
Khalon is a tiger shifter. Riley has the mark declaring that the human is his. Khalon is less than thrilled to have a human mate. Khalon when we first meet him is kinda of an arrogant prick. But once we get to know him we just learn he is very careful with his heart. He is a good person. A great leader, and very strong. He demands the same from those around him too.
Over all a very intriguing start to a series. I would love to read more. Find out more, have some more world building, and find out of course who falls in love next. 

                                      Five Shooting Stars