Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Homecoming Hearts Collection by HJ Welch


Title: The Homecoming Hearts Collection
Series: Homecoming Hearts 1-5
Author: HJ Welch
Publisher: HJ Welch
Genre: MM Contemporary
Pages: 1384
Reviewer: Redz






Publisher’s Blurb
Meet the five members of Below Zero, a boy band who have just been dropped by their record label and have to find their way back home again. Join Blake, Joey, Raiden, Trent, and Reyse as they each discover their happy ever afters!

This 1500+ page box set features all five original novels as well as two follow up short stories that catch up with the guys after their HEAs!
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Scorch
Blake Jackson just wants to open a dance school now his pop star days are done. But his life is turned upside down by a reality TV show, and an old school friend the director has made into his fake boyfriend. Blake isn’t gay, but he’s happy to reconnect with barista Elion Rodriguez. However, Elion is gay, and has been secretly in love with Blake since freshman year. As the lines between fake and reality begin to blur, an obsessive stalker shadows Blake. Can he save Elion from getting pulled under?
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Spark
The last thing Joey Sullivan wants is to go back to his homophobic family, but he’s penniless and has no choice. Recently single and heartbroken Gabe Robinson loves the town Joey hates. As a librarian and voluntary firefighter, he’s used to helping people. When Joey gets a lucky break out of state, Gabe doesn’t hesitate to take him on a road trip. The sparks that fly between them have to be just temporary, though. Joey can’t wait to leave town and his family are eager to kick him out the door. Can Gabe’s love save him from ending up on the streets?
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Burn
Songwriter Raiden Jones never thought he’d need a bodyguard. But when a malicious hacker starts destroying his career and threatening his life, he finds himself desperately in need of protection. That means ex-Marine Levi Patterson is stuck on tour with the bratty Raiden, their friction quickly turning sexual. Bisexual Levi is firmly in the closet and Raiden’s never thought of being with a man before, but the chemistry is too fierce to ignore. Will the hacker ruin everything before they can work through their differences?
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Steam
Bad boy movie star Trent Charles is in need of an image makeover. Ashby Wilcott wants some peace and quiet after his ex-boyfriend cheated on him. They both find themselves in a remote sky resort, but Ashby refuses to fall for hot-as-hell Trent. Good thing Trent is straight, because Ashby is done with trouble makers. Except when Trent rescues Ashby from a creep, they find themselves pretending to be boyfriends for a wedding weekend. Ashby awakes a longing in Trent he’s never felt before, and Ashby realizes Trent has a heart of gold. But can this fling last longer than the melting snow when there’s a creep determined to tear them apart?
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Blaze
Reyse Hickson might be an international pop sensation, but he’s also forced to remain in the closet thanks to his homophobic record label. When gorgeous Corey Sheppard saves Reyse from a mugging, Reyse can’t resist falling into his bed, if only for one night. However, a family emergency calls Reyse home, and it seems like the perfect chance for him and Corey to steal some secret time together. But it can’t last. Reyse’s label would never allow it. Can Reyse and Corey walk away from the best thing that’s ever happened to either of them? Or is this love worth going down in a blaze of glory?
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One Night in Hawaii
Raiden and Levi spend a perfect day on their dream Hawaiian vacation, but Levi has plans to make it even more magical.











Review: 
The Homecoming Hearts Collection by author H.J. Welch has books 1-5 and two bonus short stories included.   The collection is about how each guy rebuilds his life after their band Below Zero breaks up. Each one has a unique journey and road to happiness and love.
Here are the stories in the Collection:
Scorch
Blake Jackson just wants to open a dance school now his pop star days are done. But his life is turned upside down by a reality TV show, and an old school friend the director has made into his fake boyfriend. Blake isn’t gay, but he’s happy to reconnect with barista Elion Rodriguez. However, Elion is gay, and has been secretly in love with Blake since freshman year. As the lines between fake and reality begin to blur, an obsessive stalker shadows Blake. Can he save Elion from getting pulled under?
Spark
The last thing Joey Sullivan wants is to go back to his homophobic family, but he’s penniless and has no choice. Recently single and heartbroken Gabe Robinson loves the town Joey hates. As a librarian and voluntary firefighter, he’s used to helping people. When Joey gets a lucky break out of state, Gabe doesn’t hesitate to take him on a road trip. The sparks that fly between them have to be just temporary, though. Joey can’t wait to leave town and his family are eager to kick him out the door. Can Gabe’s love save him from ending up on the streets?

Burn
Songwriter Raiden Jones never thought he’d need a bodyguard. But when a malicious hacker starts destroying his career and threatening his life, he finds himself desperately in need of protection. That means ex-Marine Levi Patterson is stuck on tour with the bratty Raiden, their friction quickly turning sexual. Bisexual Levi is firmly in the closet and Raiden’s never thought of being with a man before, but the chemistry is too fierce to ignore. Will the hacker ruin everything before they can work through their differences?

Steam
Bad boy movie star Trent Charles is in need of an image makeover. Ashby Wilcott wants some peace and quiet after his ex-boyfriend cheated on him. They both find themselves in a remote sky resort, but Ashby refuses to fall for hot-as-hell Trent. Good thing Trent is straight, because Ashby is done with troublemakers. Except when Trent rescues Ashby from a creep, they find themselves pretending to be boyfriends for a wedding weekend. Ashby awakes a longing in Trent he’s never felt before, and Ashby realizes Trent has a heart of gold. But can this fling last longer than the melting snow when there’s a creep determined to tear them apart?

Blaze
Reyse Hickson might be an international pop sensation, but he’s also forced to remain in the closet thanks to his homophobic record label. When gorgeous Corey Sheppard saves Reyse from a mugging, Reyse can’t resist falling into his bed, if only for one night. However, a family emergency calls Reyse home, and it seems like the perfect chance for him and Corey to steal some secret time together. But it can’t last. Reyse’s label would never allow it. Can Reyse and Corey walk away from the best thing that’s ever happened to either of them? Or is this love worth going down in a blaze of glory?

One Night in Hawaii
Raiden and Levi spend a perfect day on their dream Hawaiian vacation, but Levi has plans to make it even more magical.

Once Upon a Time
Now their family has grown, Joey rushes to get home to Gabe and make sure he's therefor storytime.


These are all the full stories. Each one really sets the other one up.  What I loved about this series as a whole is the love and connection that all the men have. There is a ton of emotion and angst.   I am going to do the full review of my favorite book but they are all amazing reads.
Scorch this is written in Dual Pov, most of the books in the series are written in Dual Pov. I happen to enjoy that Pov the most. It allows me to really sink into what both men are thinking.  This story has Blake coming home after being dropped from the record label. He is ashamed to have to start over.  But he has a great support system His parents have really helped him.  And then one sexy barista/ best friend really heats things up.  This is a great story to start the series with. Lots of real emotion and it also leaves things open so we can have more stories.
Overall The Homecoming Hearts Collection is really well worth the read. I liked having all the stories in one place.  I don’t have to search for the next story. I loved the shorts that gave me extra scenes with the guys.  I think this is well worth the read and I am very glad I got to know the men in this series.

                            Five Shooting Stars 




Friday, February 7, 2020

Blade by Aiden Bates and Ali Lydia

Title: Blade
Series: Hells Ankhor, 1
Author:  Aiden Bates and Ali Lydia 
Publisher:  Aiden Bates
Pages: 248
Genre:  MM, contemporary
Reviewer Name: Redz


Publisher Blurb 
An MC President and his enemy’s son make for an explosive combination …

Blade has a motorcycle club to run and he doesn’t need a turf war on his hands. When a beautiful young man with haunted eyes walks into his bar, Blade’s protective instincts roar to the surface. The kid clearly isn’t made for MC life, but once Blade has had a taste, he can’t let go.

All MCs can burn in hell, as far as Logan is concerned. He’s seen the way his father runs his club, and he wants nothing to do with the life. But infiltrating Hell’s Ankhor is his one chance at escape, and now he’s in the crosshairs of the sexy as sin, President Blade. How can Logan resist the strong, protective man when he’s everything he’s ever wanted in a partner?

But Blade is still a big rough biker who will do anything to protect his club. What will he do when he finds out who Logan truly is? And how much destruction will Logan’s father cause when he finds his son in bed with the enemy?








Review
Blade by author Aiden Bates and Ali Lydia  is the first book in the Hells Ankhor series. I really liked this as a first book.  Works well. There is plenty of explanation of the world we are in and how it works. But it doesn’t leave me feeling like I have information overload.  This book is written in dual pov and that too works great for this story. You really do need to be in the minds of both characters.
Logan his car broke down in the wrong place.  He is fleeing his father and trying to stay out of the war that is coming.  He is beaten both mentally and physically.  But still fights.  He might be scared but he has a wonderful loving heart.
Blade tries to help to uplift everyone. He is a born leader. His inclinations are to make everyone else’s life better. Why he makes a great bike president. The club is the only family he has ever had.
I liked these two together. They each have what the other needs. I liked that Logan is a strong character in his own right and even stronger with Blade at his side.  I really enjoyed this beginning to the series and look forward too many more books in the future.

                           Five Shooting Stars 


The Alpha and His King by Kiki Clark

Title: The Alpha and His King
Series: The Kincaid Pack, 1
Author:  Kiki Clark
Publisher: Kiki Clark
Genre: MM,  Paranormal
Pages: 336
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
When Kai flies out of a shed, swinging a rake, Rick’s life flips upside down.

As alpha, Rick’s dedication to his pack has never wavered—until Kai. The pull he feels toward the younger man is more than a simple distraction, but Rick won’t let himself lose focus. Not while a hidden enemy is drawing near.

Moving in with the grumpy alpha who saved him is a big change for Kai, and it isn’t long before he begins to ache for something he can’t have. As a half-human shifter responsible for his three younger siblings, he knows he can never be Rick’s mate.

Pushing aside their doubts and insecurities, they grow closer. But when the pack’s enemies strike, bringing their fears to fruition, Rick and Kai have to decide if they’re willing to risk it all to be together.

The Alpha and His King is the first book in the Kincaid Pack series and features a quick-tempered and possessive alpha; a sweet and feisty alpha-mate; shifters, seers, and witches galore; massive amounts of hurt/comfort; and a happily ever after. 








Review
The Alpha and His King is the start of The Kincaid Pack by author Kiki Clark.  I liked this story there is tons of angst and action along with a sprinkling of love.   This is a great first story for this series.
Rick has always been dedicated to his pack.  Some days he hated being Alpha.  He has to banish two pack members who were stealing from the pack.
Kai is brave, he might not be strong be he is determined. He bursts out of his shed willing to defend his brother and sisters.  He is spunky even when he is terrified.
These two do not seem to be the likiest of mates but they each bring something the other needs to the relationship.  I liked that no one has more power than the other.
For a first book this is a great intro into this world and the politics of it. I cannot wait for more I know I will be looking for the next book in this series.


                             Five Shooting Stars 

His Fake Prison Daddy by Thursday Euclid and Clancy Nacht

Title: His Fake Prison Daddy
Author Thursday Euclid and Clancy Nacht
Publisher: Einekein press
Genre: MM Contemporary
Pages: 217
Reviewer: Redz



Publisher Blurb
When eighteen-year-old hacker Elias Stuyvesant ends up in a maximum security state prison, he's woefully unprepared despite his time in juvie. On day one, he's thrown in with a man known as the Santa Fe Slayer, Ambrose Hughes.

Hughes is quiet, disfigured, and weirdly urbane. Elias was so young when Hughes committed his crimes that he has only the faintest idea what Hughes is in for. However, Hughes makes clear that Elias is his ideal victim type...and there's no one to protect Elias from the much larger man with his prison-jacked body and that hard gleam in his dark eyes.

Whoever paired them has it in for Elias; that much is obvious.

Elias is terrified of Hughes, but he soon realizes the other prisoners are worse. If Elias is going to survive, he'll have to choose the lesser of the evils: To preserve himself, he'll need Hughes for his Daddy. And given Hughes's skewed morality, they'll have to fake it till they make it.






Review
His Fake Prison Daddy by authors Thursday Euclid and Clancy Nacht is a fiery read with gritty angst thrown in.
Elias is 18 and he should not be in a high maximum prison. His crime doesn’t make sense with the punishment he gets. Looks like a fresh-faced angel.  Smart mouthed and knows his way around people.
He gets put in a cell with Ambrose Hughes a killer.  Who’s profile Elias fits to a T. But there is much more to Ambrose and Elias’ sentence than meets the eye.
Elias ends up seducing a killer and learning to survive hell along the way.
This was a very gritty read with twists and turns I did not see coming.   This story has a lot of really fresh ideas and is an unforgettable read.



                          Four Twinkling Stars 

Escape by Sean Ian O'Meidhir and Connal Braginsky

Title: Escape
Series: Crossing Nuwai, 1
Author: Sean Ian O’Meidhir and Connal Braginsky
Genre: MM Paranormal
Pages: 200
Reviewer: Redz








Publisher’s Blurb
For sheltered Robbie, one week of freedom leads to sexual awakening and adventure… but when his world intersects with Theo’s, they’ll need all their wits and Theo’s magic to fight for their future.

Rare male weresnake Robbie has had his whole life decided for him down to his meals. But when the time comes for him to perform an unspeakable duty to his clan, he runs.

San Francisco Pride is in full swing when technomage Theo spots a scared-looking young man with brilliant emerald eyes. He’s only looking for a hookup, but before he knows why, he’s taking Robbie home and introducing him to champagne and enchiladas. He doesn’t have any intention of falling in love.

Robbie doesn’t want to return to his clan, at least not without trying to fit a lifetime of experiences into a week, but every day he stays puts Theo in more danger.







Review
Escape is the first book in the Crossing Nuwai series by authors Sean Ian O’Meidhir and Connal Braginsky.  This book is written in dual POV. Which is a huge help to establish both the tone of this book and what the characters are thinking and feeling.
Robbie he is a sheltered were snake.  He has had his whole life decided for him to include what he eats and when he eats.  He wants to escape his fate, so he runs away.
Robbie is brave, stronger than he thinks, and a sweetly vulnerable character all wrapped up in one cute little package.
Theo is a human mage. He can merge with technology. I found that to be a fun and useful skill for a person to have.  He originally picks up Robbie at a Pride parade and thinks he will have some fun with him.  But the more he gets to know Robbie the more he falls for him.
These two each have something the other needs. I liked this story to start off a new series. There is just enough introduced to make me want more.  I will be looking for more books in this series in the future.


                      Five Shooting Stars 

Home Ky and Nick by Sandy Smith

Title: Home Ky and Nick
Series:  Six Degrees,1
Author: Sandy Smith
Publisher: Sandy Smith
Genre: MM Contemporary
Pages: 226
Reviewer: Redz




Publisher’s Blurb
He gives me everything despite me not deserving it, but what do I give him?

Ky is an intimidating man. An overworked cop. A perfect son. He has spent the past sixteen years trying to be enough, to be worthy. Fear of anyone finding the skeleton in his closet has kept everyone at arms reach.

Nicholas is sex on legs. Sydney’s most eligible millionaire. And totally uninterested in commitment.

Ky knows he shouldn’t ask for more, that he doesn’t deserve more. But when he meets playboy Nicholas, things get messy. What happens when Nick breaks down Ky’s walls and makes him crave more? What will happen when Nick sees behind that wall and learns his secret? When Nick is everything he ever wanted, what happens when he has nothing to offer in return?

Home is a contemporary MM romance novel with some adult scenes and is not suitable for young readers.






Review
Home: Ky and Nick by Sandy Smith is the first book in the Six Degrees series.  I liked this read.  I smiled a lot as I read Nick and Ky’s story. I also felt the pain and sorrows of the characters.
Nick is a businessman he is very smart.
Ky cop and good at his job.  Makes getting into relationships hard for him.
They have issues to work throughout the book. Both personal and external factors. Their past is murky and often rears its ugly head. But once they learn to trust each other everything comes through. 
This is a pretty intense read. One I had to really sit down and read through.  But I love stories I can sink into and immerse myself in and this one is that. I highly recommend this one to anyone who likes a read they can read over a few days and really feel what the characters are feeling in it. I will be looking for more books in this series in the future. I would love to see where it goes and what happens next.


                                          Five Shooting stars


Sanctuary by Kelly Fox

Title: Sanctuary
Series:  wrecked book one
Author:  Kelly Fox
Publisher:  Kelly Fox
Pages: 233
Genre:  MM, contemporary
Reviewer Name: Redz


Publisher Blurb 
What's the first rule of running a gym for combat vets?

Enjoy the scorching hot scenery, but get your kicks somewhere else.

Never mind that my cousin-slash-business partner ignores that rule every chance he gets. I don't ignore it. Ever. And frankly, between Grindr and living in one of the gayest cities in America, it's not exactly a hardship.

Hell, it's so easy, I can do it on one leg.

That is, until a pair of blue eyes swimming with vulnerability shows up at my door, looking for a job. He's too skinny, too mouthy, and way too young for the likes of me, but he pings that protector instinct in me, hard.

I want to fix whatever put that lost look in his eyes, but to manage that, I'd have to do the one thing I said I'd never do.

Break my own rules.

Sanctuary is an MM military romance featuring hurt-comfort, found family, and a gym full of ripped men wearing tight shorts lifting heavy objects. 







Review
Sanctuary by author Kelly Fox is the first book in the Wrecked series. I loved this story a lot. It has a lot of emotional range and some great angsty love that kept me turning the pages.
Nick has high standards for his new gym Wrecked.  He wants dependable employees who take the job seriously as he does. He also needs to loosen up a ton. He wound pretty tight. But he has his reasons for that too.
Elijah he needs this job interview to go well. He has nothing. He is starting over.  He is vet who led PT for his unit. He wants a business degree and is willing to start at the bottom to have a job.
I loved that he is snarky and sassy when needed too. He is not a man to let people walk all over him. And he stands up for what is right.
Overall a really great story. I loved watching these two fall in love. I also liked meeting the other men at the gym and cannot wait for their stories to come out in the future.

                            Five Shooting Stars