Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Back Piece by L.A. Witt Blog

E-Original published by Swerve
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
ISBN: 9781250142016
Price: $4.99

Colin Spencer is a tattoo artist with a past he’d prefer to keep a secret. Actually, he has a few secrets that he’d rather people didn’t know about, which is why Colin doesn’t do commitment. But when a shy sailor approaches him at the gym, Colin finds this guy pushing all his buttons. 

Growing up in a conservative family, then escaping with the Navy, Daniel Moore is an unsure virgin who feels like he can’t share his true self with anyone. Seeing Colin—and his tattoos—at the gym are the sign Daniel needs to finally get those tattoos he’s always wanted, and maybe try his hand at flirting. 

As Colin and Daniel spend more time together, their awkward hesitations turn into a deep passion neither expected. But with both men harboring secrets, will their relationship be able to survive their insecurities and become something beautiful? 

Back Piece by L.A. Witt is a sexy, emotional journey of two people learning to love and finding acceptance for who they really are.

L.A. Witt also writes under the name Lauren Gallagher.

Author Bio
L.A. Witt is a M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

Author Links
Twitter: @GallagherWitt

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Outside, some of the guys from the gym were milling around in the parking lot, so Colin took Daniel around the back of the building where they’d have some privacy. There he stopped and faced him, fighting the urge to fidget nervously. “So, how’s the tattoo healing?”
“Good. Good.” Daniel shifted his weight. “It’s still kinda itchy, but it’s getting better.”
Colin grimaced sympathetically. “That’s the worst part. The pain I can deal with, but the itching sucks. You’re not scratching it, are you?”
“No, of course not.”
Their eyes met, and they both smiled, but quickly looked away. Awkwardness didn’t even have to set in—it was already present and accounted for.
After a moment, Colin raked a hand through his hair. “Look, things went really fast the other night, and I’m sorry. I mean, maybe—”
“No. No.” Daniel shook his head. “You didn’t do anything wrong. I just kind of freaked out.”
“But . . . why?” Colin struggled to hold his gaze. “Did I make you nervous?”
“No, you didn’t. But what we were doing . . . yeah. It did. Kinda.” He paused. “Okay, a lot.”
“So, how is that not me making you nervous?”
Color bloomed in Daniel’s cheeks, but blushing wasn’t as cute this time. He seemed genuinely uncomfortable and embarrassed, and Colin’s stomach turned with guilt over putting him in this position.
Daniel took a breath and met his gaze again. “The thing is, that was . . .” He scratched the back of his neck and added a barely audible, “My first time.”
“Your . . .” Colin blinked. “Are you serious?”
Daniel was bright red now, and nodded. “Yeah. I mean, I made out with a guy while I was on cruise, but otherwise . . .” He laughed uneasily. “I’m a virgin.”
Colin stared at him. “Really?”
“Wasn’t it obvious?”
“Not from the way you kissed, no.”
Daniel gave a soft, self-conscious laugh. “Beginner’s luck, I guess.”
“Something like that.”
Daniel moistened his lips. “So it wasn’t that I didn’t want to do anything the other night. I did. And it was . . .” He laughed again and looked at Colin. “It was amazing. I know I took off and all, but it was fucking . . .” He whistled, shaking his head.
Colin smiled. “Good. I was worried I’d maybe gone too fast. Pushed you too far.”
“No. It wasn’t your fault. I mean, I liked it. A lot. And I definitely want it. More. More of it. I just . . . I . . .” He pinched the bridge of his nose, pausing as if trying to collect his thoughts. “Okay, the reason I freaked out is afterward, I thought you’d want me to reciprocate. And I . . .” He dropped his hand and stared at the ground between them. “Man, I don’t have a fucking clue what I’m doing. I guess I was scared you’d be disappointed.”
“Disappointed?” Colin shook his head. “No, not at all.”
“Yeah.” Daniel laughed humorlessly. “That’s because I left before I had a chance to make an ass of myself.”
“My God. Did you think . . .” Colin cautiously stepped closer. “You wouldn’t have made an ass of yourself.”
Daniel said nothing.
Colin advanced again, and now he had to be well within Daniel’s comfort zone. He halted, giving Daniel a chance to pull back if he wasn’t comfortable, and when Daniel didn’t move, Colin reached for him. He paused, glancing around to make absolutely sure they were still alone out here, and then slid a hand around Daniel’s waist, his own skin prickling with goose bumps even before Daniel’s breath hitched. “So you’re afraid you won’t be good at it, right?”
Daniel nodded, still avoiding Colin’s eyes.
“Is that the only thing stopping you?”
“Definitely.” Daniel hesitated, but finally made eye contact. “Because I really, really wanted to keep going last time.”
Colin grinned. “Is that right?”
“Well, my house is just over there.” He nodded past Daniel. “Five minute walk, and my brother works nights, so we’ll have it to ourselves.” He lifted his eyebrows. “You want to?”
Daniel gulped. Then he whispered, “Yes, please.”

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thunder Wolf by Heather Long

Title :Thunder Wolf
Series: Wolves of Willow Bend, 11
Author: Heather Long
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: MF, Paranormal
Pages: 262
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
Most Lone Wolves have a story--a pack they left behind, a love they lost, or worse, one they buried. Some leave their packs to roam because they crave freedom, and independence. Some leave because in their hearts, they can't bear to stay. Some leave because they see no way to go back... 
Enforcer John Nelson has pulled double duty for months, keeping an eye on the Lone Wolves who are his charges as well as those that once answered to Margo Montgomery. More of a loner than most, he doesn't mind going months at a time without seeing another Enforcer as was his typical pattern or at least it was until the formation of the Three Rivers pack disrupted lives everywhere. Now he must divide his time between watching the upstarts and checking on his charges while working with the other Enforcers to anticipate the next move by the Russian Volchitsa. No Enforcer expected to find themselves among the hunted, but when they target the one wolf he can tolerate, John defies orders to go after her.
Hadley Sexton is a bit of a wild card even for an Enforcer, and she loves being unpredictable. More of a mother hen than she likes to admit, she keeps an eye on her Lone Wolves, and treats them more like family than charges...but when three Enforcers are brutally murdered over the course of three weeks, Hadley discovers someone has been shadowing her trail and they aren't alone. It is a dangerous game with a brutal enemy, one willing to kill the wolves she's sworn to protect to draw her out.
For Hadley, John will break every rule, but will he be in time?

Thunder Wolf is the 11th book in the Wolves of Willow Bend series by Heather Long. I did find I was not lost coming in at the 11th book. I have not read this series before at all. I do enjoy Heather Long's writing so decided to pick this one up, I am very glad I did. There is action, adventure, and true love along the way in this book. I am going to say there is a huge part of the picture I was missing but the love story itself is very easy to follow with out having read anything in this series before. It is the political points that will have you slightly confused coming in at the 11th book in the series. So for this review I have concentrated on the parts I understood, the main love story.
John is an enforcer. He has been kinda burning the candle at both ends trying to keep order and peace. He will go months without seeing another enforcer. He watches lone wolves, upstarts, and occasionally work with other enforcers. He also keeps tabs on the rival packs. He has a full plate. He really needs to let loose and have some fun sometimes.
Hadley is a wild card. She loves being unpredictable. She is rather perfect for John she doesn't let him get away with much, and is trouble with a capital T. She is kind, sweet, and wild all at the same time.
Over all there is a lot going on in this book. There are pack politics, along with love, and so much more. Over all I think true fans of the series will love this story. I loved the main love story itself. I would like to go back and see what I missed so I could better understand the politics in this book. And I would really love to see more in this world in the future. 

                   Four Twinkling Stars


Ice Wolf by Jane Godman

Title : Ice Wolf
Series: The Arctic Brotherhood Series, 1
Author: Jane Godman
Publisher: SMP Swerve Imprint of St. Martin's Press
Genre: MF, Paranormal
Pages: 160
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb

They are the Arctic Brotherhood.

They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates.

Elliott Wilder is a mild mannered Alaskan college professor. Wilder craves the things most people find boring. Seclusion. Monotony. Anonymity. But what Wilder craves most of all is the thing he can’t have… memory loss. Four hundred years ago, Wilder and the other members of the Arctic Brotherhood were captured and tortured by the leader of the Siberian werewolves. Wilder is still haunted by memories of that night, when he wasn’t able to protect his leader.

Now the Siberian wolf is on the loose and seeking revenge. Not only must Wilder lead the brotherhood, he must fight the attraction he feels toward its newest recruit, Jenny Piper. Jenny offers Wilder a glimpse of the life he can’t have. As the brotherhood races against time to save humanity from the horror their enemies unleashed on the world, Wilder must reach inside himself to find the leader the brotherhood needs and the mate Jenny craves.

Ice Wolf starts off the Arctic Brotherhood series by author Jane Godman. I really liked this start of the series. There are very strong characters who bring issues to the table I can see being fleshed out in future books. I also like the lore and world building in this book. I want to know more, and I am very engaged. Always good signs in a series, this is my first time reading Ms. Godman but hopefully she continues with this series so it is not my last time reading her.
We have an introduction to the Arctic Wolves. They all protect the world from evil. But they suffered a very huge loss against evil. One that scars our main character of this book. He has to learn to trust himself and his abilities again and basically get back into the saddle and fight.
Wilder is a professor. He never has gotten over the defeat many many years ago. For him it is a fresh memory that tells him to stay out of the fight. He wants to be ordinary and normal. He cannot escape though who he is. He is a protector. His inner wolf keeps reminding him of that.
His personality is strong. I liked that he is gentle but fierce. Very tormented soul when we meet him.
Jenny is a wolf. She is a student. She is strong, sweet, almost carefree. Wilder needs that part of Jenny. He needs to remember to have a little fun once in while. Jenny is the kind of girl who will get what she wants, she is resourceful and will find a way.
She is also very kind, sweet, and fierce! I loved that she can rescue our hero. I love a kick butt heroine. Jenny is that.
Over all an amazing start to this series. If you love paranormal stories with hot heroes and kick butt heroines this is the story to pick up.

                                                            Five Shooting Stars

Friday, April 14, 2017

Rescued by the Space Pirate, Stolen by the Space Pirate, Saving the Space Pirate by Nina Croft

Titles Rescued by the Space Pirate, Stolen by the Space Pirate, Saving the Space Pirate
Series: Ruby Robbin's Space Odyssey , Ruby Robbin's Space Odyssey Part one of three, Ruby Robbin's Space Odyssey Part two of three, Part three
Author: Nina Croft
Publisher Entangled Publishing
Genre: MF, MFM Scifi Futurist
Pages Part One: 68, Part Two: 63 pages, Part three 62 pages
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb

Part One
A few days ago, in a galaxy right here...

The earth faces total annihilation and one young woman signs up for a mission to rescue humanity. Only she ends up getting rescued herself, by a gorgeous space pirate. And the sex is out of this world!

Hopeless romantic, Ruby Robbins spends her days as an accounts clerk, and her nights with her head in the stars, dreaming of space adventures in the arms of an alien…or two. Then one day, she’s approached to help her country by going undercover…in space! She jumps at the chance and before she knows it, she finds herself in the cargo hold of an alien slaver ship.

Space pirate, Killian Sharpe owes a lot of money to some very bad people. So when an anonymous employer offers him a tidy sum to extract one Ruby Robbins from a slaver ship, it sounds like easy money. But once he sets eyes on Ruby, he knows he’s in over his head. Not only is she breathtakingly beautiful—she refuses to be saved.

Luckily Killian hasn’t met a woman yet who could hold out against him for long….

Part Two
A few days ago, in a galaxy right here...

The earth faces total annihilation and one young woman signs up for a mission to rescue humanity. Only she ends up getting rescued herself, by a gorgeous space pirate. And the sex is out of this world!

After a brief, but magical interlude with a couple of stunningly gorgeous space pirates, Ruby is back with the slavers, and her mission is on target. Now all she has to do is stay out of trouble, be a good little slave, and let her tracking device lead her allies from Earth straight to the slavers’ center of operations. Hopefully, before anything really nasty happens.

Protecting Ruby is becoming a habit for Space Pirate, Killian Sharpe. When he learns the slavers’ final destination, he knows there’s more at stake than just Ruby’s mission to save mankind. Because he’s going home. This time, saving Ruby might cost him his life…

Part Three

A few days ago, in a galaxy right here...

The earth faces total annihilation and one young woman signs up for a mission to rescue humanity. Only she ends up getting rescued herself, by a gorgeous space pirate. And the sex is out of this world!

Killian Sharpe, is in over his head. One minute, he’s a notorious space pirate with a price on his head. And now, he’s suddenly become one of the good guys. How did that happen? He can only think of one reason – sexy, spunky Ruby Robbins.

Ruby is thrilled that her mission is almost over. Not only will she have saved her planet, but she’ll finally be able to live happily ever after with the space pirate of her dreams.

But a tragic twist suddenly puts everything into jeopardy. And it’s up to Ruby, with Killian at her side, to change to world for good this time. She can only hope they both survive the ordeal…


Normally I do not do three stories as one review. But this series is done serial style and I felt I would give away far to much doing them one at a time. So Here I go…. All of the stories are written by author Nina Croft.

This one starts off with Rescued by the Space Pirate
Here is the first time we meet Ruby. She is a hard working office girl. Who just lost her job, her boyfriend, and is being shuttled off to the big wigs of the company. The the strange begins.
I had a very hard time with suspending my belief in places in these stories. But I tried very hard.
She is recruited as a spy to get back a very important daughter. She is like yes! I can do that. Well the part she agrees to is to be a sex slave. Cause the girl she is looking for was captured as one.
Well all goes according to plan she is captured, then she gets bought by Killian.
Killian hates slavers. Ohh and there is a whole thing in the cell that happens that just is way over the top also what they do to Ruby to make her more desirable is over the top too. Killian is honorable and is trying to save her. Both he and his first officer Zackary Mer of the Groth Empire both want her. She just wants to go back and do her mission.
This first part is a lot of getting to know each other. Lots of hot sexy moments. Some make sense others are out of left field at times. But over all I was cheering for Kill and Ruby. Not so much Zak at this time.
The first part ends on a cliff hanger.
The second book Stolen by the Space Pirate Kill and Zak are getting their sexy slave girl back. Ruby wants nothing more than to go home. But she is determined to finish what she started.
This too ends on a cliff hanger
Part three is Saving the Space Pirate
These three are working more like a trio now. They have all taken up Ruby's mission. They also are making their way through love. Kill is having the hardest time with it. But don't worry Zak and Ruby wont give up on him any time soon.
Over all I liked this series. Even the parts where I was like wow, really? Cause over all the story makes sense. It has humor, love, and lots of action both in and out of bed. I think for the sake of clean read this should have been one book, however I get why authors write serials. There are readers who love them. Personally I would wait and see if this became a box set then buy it then. But all of these stories are well worth the read.

                                                    Five Shooting Stars

The Wrong Seal: Small Town Hide the Biggest Secrets by Nancy Brophy

Title: The Wrong SEAL: Small Towns Hide the Biggest Secrets
Series: Wrong Never Felt So Right Book 6
Author: Nancy Brophy
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: MF, Contemporary
Pages: 197
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
Sam Samson is a hero. He’s a former Navy SEAL, a former security specialist, and a former decorated police detective - a man successful by everyone’s standards but his own. Five years earlier his life fell apart.
Sam has spent time in the most dangerous places in the world. Fought for his country. Protected his teammates. Put lawbreakers in prison. But it is tiny Crenshaw Valley, Missouri, home of Driscoll Produce, featuring Imogene’s Jams and Jellies, where everything went wrong.
Imogene “Cricket” Driscoll is in big trouble. Someone is stalking her. The windows of her home have been shot out while her kids were in their beds. The production facility of her produce company has had waves of sabotage. She’s broke and sees only bad news ahead. Most of the county works for her. If she goes under so will their jobs and the community.
Cricket needs help.
The sheriff, a drunken fool, has refused. Whoever is behind her problems, is no stranger. But while Sam appears to be the answer to her prayers, he could open an entirely new can of worms. Even in small towns people’s lives are built on lies.
And why hasn’t the five years since he last visited turned him into a troll instead of the handsomeness man she knows?

The Wrong Seal: Small Towns Biggest Secrets is the sixth book in the Wrong Never Felt So Right series by author Nancy Brophy. What I like about this particular book is I didn't have to read the other books In the series to understand this one. I have never read Ms. Brophy before so I was happy I could pick up this series in the middle and not be lost.
Sam is a navy seal. He has seen some of the worse places on Earth. He is pretty cynical but he also is very kind. He has not lost the humanity in him to what he has seen. He is protective, alpha like, and just a person you would want on your side in a fight.
Imogene or Cricket as she would prefer to be called, she is a spit fire. She has young children. Someone is trying to kill them but she is able to keep her wits about her. She might need help but she is not a helpless character.
Sam has always wanted Cricket, but she was with his best friend. Or so he thought. So he stayed away. Now that she needs him though nothing on Earth will keep him away.
This is a great romance. I love Sam he is a perfect flawed hero. I like my heroes a little flawed. And Cricket she is a fiery soul with gumption and drive. I like strong heroines. I would love to continue with this series and see what happens next. I would even go back to read the ones that I have missed. If you like suspenseful romance this one is a great read. 

                           Five Shooting Stars
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Ashwin by Kit Rocha

Title: Ashwin
Series: Gideon's Riders, 1
Author: Kit Rocha
Publisher: Self
Genre: MF, Contemporary
Pages: 242
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
The first book in the follow-up to Kit Rocha's bestselling BEYOND series...

Gideon's Riders, Book One

Lieutenant Ashwin Malhotra is a Makhai soldier--genetically engineered to be cold, ruthless. Unfeeling. His commanding officers consider him the perfect operative, and they're right. Now, he has a simple mission: to infiltrate Gideon's Riders, the infamous sect of holy warriors that protects the people of Sector One.

He's never failed to execute an objective, but there's one thing he didn't anticipate--running into Dr. Kora Bellamy, the only woman to ever break through his icy exterior.

When Kora fled her life as a military doctor for the Makhai Project, all she wanted was peace--a quiet life where she could heal the sick and injured. The royal Rios family welcomed her like a sister, but she could never forget Ashwin. His sudden reappearance is a second chance--if she can manage to touch his heart.

When the simmering tension between them finally ignites, Kora doesn't realize she's playing with fire. Because she's not just falling in love with a man who may not be able to love her back. Ashwin has too many secrets--and one of them could destroy her.

Ashwin is the first book in the Gideon's Riders series by author Kit Rocha. It is suppose to be a follow up to another series she has, but this is my first time reading anything by this author. I will say I was not lost, it is very easy to follow book. I might have missed small nuances but the over all story was fine to start with.
We have the story of Kora and Ashwin.
Kora she has been with the riders about nine months now. She is protected by Gideon their leader. She fled a life as a military doctor. She wants stability and a family. The riders offer her that and more. So she is willing to do what it takes to stay. I liked her right away. She is vulnerable yet a very strong person. She might need protection but she can fight, and she is a strong heroine in her own right.
Ashwin he usually thinks with his head. He calculates, measures, never goes into a situation half cocked. That is till he meets Kora. She puts all his rules on their head. Cause he cannot predict what she will do or his reaction to her.
I like that is more than meets the eye. He is strong and alpha in his own ways.
Over all this is a really great start to a series. There is action, adventure, and lots of love. There is also some room for more. I would love to know more about this world and the riders that live there.

                                                     Five Shooting stars

Just Like Cats and Dogs by B.A. Tortuga

Title: Just Like Cats and Dogs
Series: Sanctuary, 1
Author: B.A. Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 200
Reviewer: Redz
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Publisher's Blurb
2nd Edition

A Sanctuary Novel

Can cats and dogs ever get along, let alone fall in love?

Sam knows you can never go home again. As an orphaned feline shifter raised by wolves, being an outcast is nothing new to him. But the pack is still his family, and when one of them passes away, Sam returns to the New Mexico desert to say good-bye.

Gus is a loner who rarely returns to his pack, but as fate would have it, Sam is there when he chooses to visit. The history between Gus and Sam is tumultuous, to say the least, but when Gus gets an eyeful of the grown-up and gorgeous version of his childhood bully, he can’t control his reaction. And he isn’t alone.

The attraction is powerful, but so are their differences. And with trouble brewing in the pack and danger surrounding them, Sam and Gus might not have the opportunity to seek common ground.

This action-packed shifter novel is the ultimate opposites attract and enemies-to-lovers romance, and it includes a bonus novella, In the Dog House.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2011.

Just Like Cats and Dogs by B.A. Tortuga is a reprint, but since I didn't read this book the first time around it is all new to me. There is a great feel to this book, it is both fun and flirty. I always like the idea of two people that know each other so well fall in love. It is like your best friend with a bonus.
Sam is a feline shifter. He grew up with wolf shifters. So this has always bothered him some. His dad has died so he has come back home to say good bye. I like Sam. He is very feline like. Picky, persnickety, and loveable. He comes from a very large family and feels a responsibility to them all. He is good soul. He just needs to get that others see he is a good soul.
Gus is a loner. Sam used to bully Gus so of course Gus had to do things back. He is a wolf shifter. He is very attracted to the adult Sam.
Some of the things they did to each other as kids left me laughing so hard tears were coming down my face. They each gave as good as they got.
When Sam goes feral in his grief, it is Gus who pulls him out of it. That is a turning point for them both. They are really the perfect team they just have to see it for themselves.
When you want a book that reminds you what true love really means I suggest this one. Just know there is a kitty with kittytude and wolf who's bark is worse than his bite. 

                             Five Shooting Stars