Saturday, February 16, 2019

Stardust Award: His Surrogate Omega by Kelex

Title: His Surrogate Omega
Series: Omega Quadrant, 1
Author: Kelex
Publisher: Twisted E Publishing
Pages: 458
Genre/Pairing:  MM, Omegaverse
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
An MPREG Omegaverse Book.

Omega Gray Tomlinson is positive he’ll remain unmated for the rest of his life. By his mid-thirties, he remains unclaimed and without prospects, and lives confined to the Omega Quadrant, where he’s sure he’ll end up dying alone.

When his older brother, Silver, and Silver’s alpha die in a tragic accident, Gray’s nephews come to live in his little sequestered world. Without an alpha, he knows he has little means to help support the boys. The only choice he can stomach is to offer his services as a surrogate.

The minute Gray meets Jamie, the infertile omega who so desperately wants a child, he senses a bond like none he’s ever felt before. It’s brotherly love at first sight, and Gray decides Jamie is the one, agreeing to carry his and his alpha, Rohan’s, child.

But when circumstances change, Gray is faced with new challenges, a new love interest, and a battle for the very life that grew inside him. And maybe there’s an alpha out there for him after all… 

His Surrogate Omega by author Kelex is the first in the Omega Quadrant series. It is a beautifully emotional start to this series.
Warning have tissues ready when reading this story. It is so beautiful the way this whole love story unfolds.
Kelex does a great job of also setting up this new world. Everyone has a place. Omegas live in the Omega Quadrant they depend on Alpha’s for money and to have children.  They really have no rights of their own, but that is coming you get the idea change is in the air in this first book.
Gray is an Omega.  He has no alpha.  He is supporting his brother’s children (His brother and his wife have died) so the kids really are depending on Gray. There are not a lot of options on how to make money as an Omega. So Gray decides to become a surrogate.
This is how Gray meets two men who will change his life forever.
Jamie and his Alpha Rohan.  Jamie has had a long illness and has no womb. He wants Gray to carry his Alpha’s child.
Gray and Jamie become fast friends, and Gray agrees to be the surrogate.  That is when this story really takes the emotional turn.  I can say this, you will never forget Jamie once you meet him, and you will see how big Gray’s heart is and how loving the man really is. Rohan is strong, kind, and loyal to the end. 
When you want an emotional book you will not soon forget I highly recommend this story.  I for one will have this one on my keeper shelf for re-reading.

 Five Shooting Stars and Stardust Award 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Dear Cupid by T.Lee Garland

Title: Dear Cupid
Author: T.Lee Garland
Publisher: Painted Hearts Publishing
Pages: 40
Genre/Pairing:  MF, Contemporary
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb

All curvy school teacher Marlee Simpson wants for Valentines is a toe-curling snuggle buddy who will steal her heart and leave her wanting for more. But after two years of spending Valentines night alone she’s not holding out much hope for this one either. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just write Cupid a letter, a la Santa style, and ask for the man of your dreams? Marlee does just that one cold Tennessee night as she’s falling to sleep. She’s not expecting the stylish, bald man in the Armani suit dripping with jewels who claims to be the one and only Cupid! When he shows up in the middle of the night at her home and shoots her with an arrow through the heart that disappears in a cloud of glitter, Marlee awakes thinking she’s had a
nightmare from some bad yogurt.
Then she meets the new gym teacher and her new neighbor, Noah Hawks, and she starts to believe maybe Cupid was real after all. Noah’s almost too good to be true. Will he disappear in a cloud of glitter after Valentines, or will the man of her dreams stick around and keep her warm?

Dear Cupid is a Valentine’s Day story with humor and love by author T. Lee Garland.  I loved reading this adorable story.  This one is written in the first person from Marlee’s point of view.   She is a curvy girl, with snark for days.   I loved getting this story for her point of view. She is so funny.   She has two besties who are the dream best friends.  She is not the kind of person to be mean to anyone, not even the school’s queen b.  she just is kind and lovable.
Noah is the new gym teacher.  When he lives next door to Marlee the sparks really fly.

Ohh and throw in Cupid and you really have a Valentine’s Day story to remember. When you want a cute story that will keep a smile on your face I highly recommend this one. 

                              Five Shooting Stars 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Star Dust Award: Touch by Remmy Duchene

Title: Touch
Author: Remmy Duchene
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 137
Genre/Pairing:  MM, Contemporary
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
One can’t walk the path of darkness and expect to escape unscathed.

At eighteen, Foster Erickson stepped out of the closet into a world of homelessness, prostitution, and drugs. Years later, he’s pulled it together and is ready to rebuild.

Determined not to let the demons win, Foster starts university with a plan to keep others from making the same mistakes he did. The last thing he expects is Sylvester Roberts.

After years of working with his father, Sylvester decides to step out on his own. University at his age is strange, but for him, failure isn’t an option. After flunking a few tests, Sylvester’s professor assigns him a tutor—Foster Erickson. The moment they meet, Sylvester knows Foster isn’t like other guys.

As the darkness hovers and Sylvester begins falling, he will have to decide if helping Foster fight his demons will be worth it in the end.

Touch by author Remmy Duchene is a very thoughtful and emotional read. I am just gonna start with the dedication to this book, it really touched my heart. I love how thoughtful Mr. Duchene is.
Foster: he has been homeless, a prostitute and drug user. Years later though he has pulled himself out of that and gotten his life together. He starts college wants to help people like himself one day.
Foster has been through a ton in this book and before.  His parents are unsupportive, judgmental, and just mean. But I loved his guts Foster is able to do what most others could not, and I admired his character for his strength.
Sylvester, he worked for his own father.  Now he too is breaking away and doing something on his own. He is going to college as well.  Meets Foster because Foster ends up being his tutor.
I loved these two men each is distinctly unique and has something to offer the other man to make them stronger and better people.  They are determined to be better people. I loved that about them.
When you want a love story that touches the heart, I really suggest reading this one.  I am huge Remmy Duchene fangirl and this book is another well done read by this author.

                  Recommended Read and Five Shooting Stars 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Star Dust Award: You Never Know by Mary Calmes

Title: You Never Know
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages:  194
Genre: MM contemporary
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He’s going to live in his hometown, be everybody’s friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He’s well on his way—until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it’s no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer’s two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he’s never gotten out of his head.

Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since.

If Hagen’s going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he’s grown up and isn’t going to let go. They could have a new chance at love… but Hagen is insistent he’s not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.

You Never Know by Mary Calmes is a beautifully written love story about best friends, growing up, and a love that never died.
Hagen he lives in his old home town. He is everyone’s friend. He was in the military and saw war.  He has some PSTD due to that. He has changed some fundamental things about himself because of this. Right now he is trying to just find himself. He is not looking for love.
Mitch he has 2 young sons. They are adorable little boys!! Loved meeting them. he has a furniture business.  He used to date Hagen and he has come to rectify the biggest mistake of his life, leaving Hagen.  Only thing is Hagen is not ready to forgive and forget the reasons why Mitch left him to begin with.
Hagen really needs Mitch. He needs the trust he has with Mitch despite all of the hurt in this life. 
These two have a very intense love story. I could not stop re reading this particular story. There is emotional angst, love, and lots of adorable moments that made me smile.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who is a true romantic at heart. This book is one for my keeper shelf.

               Recommended Read and Five Shooting Stars

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Shining Star: Safe Haven by Sheri Lynn

Title: Safe Haven
Series: Safe Haven, 1
Author: Sheri Lyn
Publisher: Gae Gae press
Pages:  170
Genre: MM contemporary
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb

Nothing in Phoenix’s life ever went right. He never knew where his next meal would come from or if he would be safe going home at night. Desperate to escape, he trusts the wrong person. A different kind of evil wrapped in hope led him into the claws of a prison he might not survive.

Gryphon took a chance on a new life and ended up a captive. To his shock, he wasn’t alone. Twenty boys experimented on physically and mentally, few would ever see the light of day again.

A family forged in the fires of hell. Escape came, but at the price of losing more of themselves than they realized. They must depend on each other and new friends. No-one is expecting to find love, but love may find them anyway.

Their mission is clear: Find the people who did this to them and destroy them.

But some missions aren't always so cut and dry...


Safe Haven is the first book in the Safe Haven series by author Sheri Lynn.  This is a very powerfully written book. I could not put this one down once I started reading.
The changes AJ makes to become the man his today makes him even more remarkable as a person. Tortured as a child, betrayed as a young adult, has risen to become Phoenix out of the ashes reborn and stronger than before.
His only friends now are his brothers, the brothers of his own choosing from the agency. They have all been betrayed and are escaping their own hellish nightmares and lives.
Gryphon they are best friends. They are determined to find the people that put them through hell. They are gonna do this together.  I loved how Phoenix grounds Gryphon and how Gryphon brings love back into Phoenix’s life.
I liked the build up in this book.  I think the story really needed that to balance the powerfully written characters. I got an amazing understanding of the characters and I want more from this series in the future.

I highly recommend this one, it is a beautifully done story and I cannot wait for the next installment to the series. 

                                FIve Shooting Stars and Reviewer's Choice award. 

Star Dust Award: His First Family by Victoria Sue

Title: His First Family
Author: Victoria Sue
Publisher: Victoria Sue
Pages: 271
Genre: MM contemporary
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Thrown out and thrown away.
Lorne Austen—on the very day his alpha’s youngest children were fifteen—was told to pack his bags and leave the only real home he had ever known. Heartbroken and alone he takes shelter from the snowstorm with other stranded travelers, miles away from the family he had always considered his.
Doctor Jonathan Owens has personal reasons for never wanting to mate an omega, but all his good intentions are tested to the limit when he meets Lorne. After spending the night together he is devastated to find Lorne has vanished without a trace.
Soon enough, Lorne discovers the impossible has happened and he is pregnant. But the law says unmated omegas cannot keep the babies they give birth to. Eventually, realizing something is badly wrong with his pregnancy, he goes to the clinic and comes face to face with Jonathan again.
All Lorne has wanted is a family he won’t lose. Jonathan has spent years making sure he never needed one. Faced with the real danger that the babies won’t even survive long enough to be born, can these two find love and the strength they need in each other or will their differences always pull them apart? 

His First Family by author Victoria Sue is a fun fast-paced read I truly loved.  This is a Mpregnacy romance, but it is done in a realistic way that made me really believe in this story.
Lorne, when we meet him, is being kicked out by his old Alpha. He is losing three beautiful children he did not the father, but he raised.  I was so sad the kids never got to say goodbye to him. He is kicked out with almost nothing. I so hope that old alpha gets his comeuppance he soo needs Karma to visit.
Lorne though gets to meet another alpha one more deserving of the sweet lovely omega that Lorne is. He is loyal, kind, caring, and very sweet.
Jonathan is not your typical alpha. He is kind, sweet, and does not abuse his power.  He is more than kind and loving.  He does make mistakes, but he is more than willing to own up to them and help correct them.
I loved how this story is handled. Feels very real and emotionally driven. I liked the characters and the entire arc of this story.  I liked the twists and turns of this story as well.
When you want an Alpha Omega pairing you can fall in love with, I highly suggest reading this book.  The ending is adorable, and the characters are perfect to fall in love with.

Recommended Read And Five Shooting Stars 

Marking What's Mine by Gianni Holmes

Title: Marking What’s Mine
Series: A Marksman Novel, 1
Author: Gianni Holmes
Publisher: Gianni Holmes
Pages: 211
Genre: MM contemporary
Reviewer Name: Redz
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Publisher’s Blurb
When a man drives to the neighboring city for sex, it's more than likely he doesn't want to be seen...nor remembered.

As the eve of his partner's death looms, 40-year-old Captain Connor Marks only wants a willing guy in his bed to de-stress for the night. The hot young twenty-something-year-old, who taps him on his shoulder in a club to ask if he's okay, should not be that guy. Mac's too young, too inexperienced, and way too likable.

After breaking his no kissing rule
And his one night stand rule
And no sharing personal information rule
Marks decides it's best to cut his losses and disappear. He never expects to meet Mac again and is stunned when his weekender shows up at his precinct as the new transfer.

Known for his strong work ethics, Marks has never been so conflicted before. Will he be able to focus on a case where the body count is rising while trying to decide if Mac will inevitably betray him? When push comes to shove, will he be able to make the critical professional decision that may cost him his job or Mac?

Marking What's Mine is a 40k word steamy romance mystery with violence as is common in the world of law enforcement. It is not suitable for readers under the age of 18. 

Marking What’s Mine by Gianni Holmes is the first book in the Marksman series. I cannot wait for more. This story is fantastic.  I loved this one. Great memorable characters, nice story arc, and a really great storyline. 
Connor, it has been four years since the death of his partner.  He has panic attacks.  He distracts himself by coming to a gay club. He is the captain of the Charlestown police department.
Mac: comes over to see if Connor is okay. He is sweet, innocent, and kind. Also his first time at a gay bar. Turns out he is a rookie at the police department. There for off limits, but stopping love is not that easily done.
They might be forbidden lovers but I loved their dynamic. They are perfect for each other. 

When you want an intense fast-paced love story I highly recommend this one. 

                                 Five Shooting Stars