Monday, September 16, 2019

Daddy Bear: The Complete Series by B.J.Smyth

Title:  Daddy Bear the Complete Series
Series:  Daddy Bear 1-5
Author:  B.J. Smyth
Publisher:  B.J. Smyth
Genre and Pairing:  MM, Contemporary
Page Count:  241
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb 
This book is the five DADDY BEAR stories compiled into one book.

Immaturity, Jealousy, Envy, Insecurity can Carter and Frank survive them all?

When Carter and Frank meet, it is an attraction that pulls them together in a heated desire for one another.

All Carter has ever wanted is the Daddy he craves, someone to love and care for him.
But will his immaturity be the downfall of this relationship or can Frank deal with his tears and tantrums?

Frank’s life is complicated, when he meets Carter, he is still confused by his feelings for his Ex-Partner and dealing with his mum’s deteriorating health.

Carter’s immaturity has always been difficult to handle. However, following an incident at Carter’s flat, Frank made the rash decision to ask him to move into his house, into his life, now Carter is around full-time.

But did he think about how that decision would change things between them?
As life’s complications enter their world, can they learn to share life together?

Will this Daddy & Boy make it from that first heated attraction to a long-term relationship?


Daddy Bear the Complete Series by author B.J. Smyth has Carter and Frank’s complete journey.   There does seem to be some redundancy with book 2 Carter and book three Frank.  But I did not mind it. I just felt both of those stories were one story and should have just been done in dual POV. If I had purchased each book separately, I would have felt really like I wasted my money.
In this boxset however they make sense.
Carter and Frank meet at the pool.  Carter is much younger than Frank, but I liked how Carter knows who he is. He might be young in years but not spiritually.
I liked Frank’s confidence and drive to be a better person. He is just what Carter needs in his life, and I loved he is willing to let Carter grow, even if he might grow away from him.
Overall I loved this box set.  I felt it was a great progression and story arc.  I am very glad I got to pick this one up.

                                          Four Twinkling Stars 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Just Like Heaven by T.L. Bradford

Title: Just Like Heaven
Author: TL Bradford
Publisher:  TL Bradford
Genre:  MM Contemporary
Pages: 484
Reviewer : Redz

Publisher’s Blurb

Noah Sinclair
Noah Sinclair is best described as an egotistical, pompous, anal retentive, asshat. And those are his better qualities. Lately, Noah has lost touch with his playboy character “Jace” on the show Americana and can't quite put his finger on why. The studio decides it is time to shake up his character by making him an offer he can't refuse, literally. They will introduce a new love interest for his character “Jace.” Only this time, there's a twist.

Josh Hill
Josh Hill is up a creek and sinking fast. He's got no job, no money, no credit and is about to be kicked out of his apartment. Opportunity comes in the form of a job offer from the show Americana. Everything should be perfect; only there is one hitch. He will be the new love interest for Noah Sinclair’s character on the beloved show.

So, opposites are supposed to attract, right? Not so fast. No one said life was that easy. Both actors find themselves in untested waters. Will they be able to play a same-sex couple with no prior experience authentically? Well, they say practice makes perfect.

Carefree, fun-loving Josh and uptight, overbearing Noah, realize they need to make the best of their bad situation and are forced to find common ground. Over time, their roles in each other's lives become blurred. Is their attraction fake, or is it real? To top it off, Noah has a dark skeleton in his closet that can prevent them from ever moving forward.

Can they get on the same page and save both of their careers and their relationship?

Or will they end up yesterday's tabloid fodder?

(Just Like Heaven is a full-length, slow-burn love story. It can be read as a standalone. It contains a cast of fully-developed characters that encounter romance, heartache, laughter, and life lessons. The book has darker themes that may act as triggers to some readers. It contains adult language, mature themes, and is best enjoyed by those over the age of 18.)

Just Like Heaven by T.L. Bradford is a good read, I did find some odd time jumps in this book and the POV hard to follow in places. But over all really solid read.
Noah works on a show he refuses to call a Soap Opera. His character has been dropping in ratings. So they have a new storyline for him. He has to play a gay character. They are bringing on a new love interest for him.  He has some trouble at first, but then he is okay with it.
I found him a desperate character at first, then he goes into a more loveable sweet character. I liked he is willing to see himself as he really is and deal with that. He is the kind to roll with what he is given and strive for more.
Josh he is a complex character. He really needs this job to work. When he is brought in to play Josh’s love interest, well his life takes a very dangerous turn.
I liked all that he has over come.  I also felt creeped out with a choice he makes at the end of the book.  I would not cross Josh ever.
Overall solid read with good characters. There were some bumps along the way, and again something Josh does doesn’t sit right with me.   So I cannot say I truly liked him at the end.  Good read glad I got to the chance to pick it up.

                                Four Twinkling Stars 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Brides of the Kindred Blog Post

Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume One
(Claimed, Hunted, Sought, Found)
by Evangaline Anderson
Genre: SciFi, Paranormal Romance

Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume One
Contains Claimed, Hunted, Sought, and Found all in one volume

A race of Genetic Traders from beyond the stars.
Three very different types of Alpha males
all focused on one thing…claiming their brides
In all their years of travel the Kindred have come across only three worlds with
species close enough to their own to initiate a trade.
Earth is the fourth.
Olivia Waterhouse is about to be Claimed.

A desperate girl on the run
with nowhere to hide...
A warrior who has made a vow
never to claim a bride...
Sophia Waterhouse is being Hunted
and the only man who can save her
is the one she fears the most...

One woman...Two hot guys...A galaxy of problems
Kat O’Connor is no pushover. She’s a no nonsense girl with a commonsense approach to life. But there’s nothing common about what’s happening to her lately…
Kat is being Sought by two Kindred warriors at once--how will she ever survive?

A warrior with a scarred heart who doesn’t know how to love. And the woman who must teach him how before it’s too late…Can Lauren and Xairn, the abused and wounded son of the All-Father come together in time to avert catastrophe? You'll have to read Found to find out.


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Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume Two
(Revealed, Pursued, Exiled)

Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume 2
Contains Revealed, Pursued, and Exiled all in one Volume

Nadiah is bound to her home planet and a male she doesn’t love by an unbreakable blood bond—a bond only a Kindred warrior can break.
Rast is just an ordinary human with no chance of setting her free…or is he? The truth is about to be Revealed

A warrior scarred both inside and out.
A woman broken by her past.
Can they make each other whole or will Elise run from her pain? If she does, Merrick cannot help but chase her.
Elise is being Pursued.

A timid priestess turned Mistress...
A proud warrior posing as her slave...
Will their love blossom on the savage world where domination, submission, and kinky sex are the order of the day?
Or will Lissa be Exiled from the one male she loves above all others?


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Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume Three
(Shadowed, Chained, Divided)

Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume 3
Contains Shadowed, Chained, and Divided all in one Volume

Reddix is a Kindred warrior with RTS—a debilitating disease that forces him to endure the emotions of others like a physical invasion every time he is around anyone. Nina is the girl he dreams of but can never have. Will he open up enough for Nina to heal him or will his fate remain Shadowed?

A shy scientist with no experience of anything outside the laboratory.
An enslaved warrior with a shadowed past.
Can they rescue each other before it’s too late?
Or will both be forever Chained in darkness…

One girl who was supposed to be a nun
Two hot warriors constantly at odds with each other
Both of them want her
But neither one can have her alone.
Because with these Kindred, it takes two...


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Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume Four
(Devoured, Enhanced, Cursed)

Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume 4
Contains Devoured, Enhanced, and Cursed all in one Volume

A girl on the run from her past
A warrior trying to forestall the future
Can Tess help Garron contain the ravenous beast that lurks within him?
If not, she will surely be…Devoured

A frightened girl. running from her dreams of a dark warrior…
A warrior without emotions, determined not to feel.
But when their encounter forces him to face the darkness of his past will he go mad…
Or finally learn to love?
You’ll have to read Enhanced to find out.

A fierce warrior, forced to feel the agony of others
A girl with a past full of pain caused by his kind
When the two of them go undercover on a dangerous mission will they bond?
Or are they Cursed to be apart forever?


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Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume Five
(Enslaved, Targeted, Forgotten)

Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume 5
Contains Enslaved, Targeted, and Forgotten all in one Volume

A warrior sold as a slave against his will...
Bought by a woman forbidden to love him
When passion flares, she grants him his freedom
But his heart has been forever...Enslaved.

A Kindred warrior turned assassin, sworn to kill his prey or die trying
A girl who lives a boring life on the outside yet hides a remarkable secret within
When Tragar recognizes Emily for what she is, he must make a choice.
Will he fulfill his mission and terminate her life? Or will he give his own to save her?
Emily Brooks has no idea she has been...Targeted

A warrior sworn to get his mate back or die trying
A woman under a curse which stole her love
Rone is determined to win back Kate’s heart
Even though he has been…Forgotten


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Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume Six
(Switched, Uncharted, Unbound)

Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume 6
Contains Switched, Uncharted, and Unbound all in one Volume

A warrior with a talent that could get him killed
A girl transported to a new existence with no warning
When the two of them trade lives, it places them in mortal peril.
Not to mention really screwing up their love lives!
Will they ever be able to get back in their rightful bodies?
Or have they been forever...Switched?

A wounded Warrior seeking Revenge for all that has been taken from him.
A woman looking desperately for a Cure for her terminally ill sister.
Drawn together by the will of the Goddess, they must journey to the Dark Sector.
What awaits them there--love or death? Or both?
You'll have to read Uncharted to find out.

Slave to Love…
A Warrior bound by blood and Love
A Princess in Danger
He must risk everything to save her…
Even if it means losing his bond with her forever.


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Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume Seven
(Surrendered, Vanished, Imprisoned)

Brides of the Kindred Box Set Volume Seven contains:
Surrendered, Vanished, and Imprisoned all in one volume

A warrior working undercover allows himself to be sold as a slave.
A Mistress lonely for a male she can trust buys him.
Can Thorn give Neh'sa his body without losing his heart?
Read Surrendered to find out

A warrior traveling through time
A girl who must be changed in order to prevent a nightmare future
Can the two of them alter the past in order to avert disaster?
And will their love sustain them when Harper has Vanished…

A girl dressed as a boy
In a Triple Max prison full of savage predators
A Kindred warrior undercover, trying to protect
What he thinks is an innocent boy.
Lathe can't understand why he is so drawn to Ari
But when her secret comes out, will it kill them both?


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**New Release!! **
Trapped in Time
A Kindred Tales PLUS Novel

A woman trapped in the past
A dark, intense warrior who claims she is his wife
Will Caroline survive her stay in the parallel universe she has fallen into?
Or will she be forever...Trapped in Time?

Dr. Caroline Lambert has a PhD in Astro-Temporal Physics but no clue about matters of the heart. Married to her work, she has built a machine called PORTAL, capable of opening a window into other universes. She believes it is only for observation, so imagine her horror when she finds herself sucked through the window and right into a whole other world--a world that seems stuck in the past, around the time of the Victorian era.

Now Caroline must deal with hoop skirts and elaborate etiquette, not to mention all the dangers of the past. It's a minefield of antiquated social mores and poisons used as medicines and cosmetics. But perhaps the most perplexing problem is the husband she has somehow acquired--a tall, dark Blood Kindred named Richard who claims she is his wife and refuses to let her go. For in this universe, the Kindred arrived 200 years earlier than in her own time and they have made their way into polite Richard seems determined to make his way into Caroline's heart.

Will Caroline ever find her way back to her own time and universe? Will she succumb to Richard's charms and give in to the big Blood Kindred who claims her as his own? And what about the scheming mother she has in this world who is determined that she will leave Richard for a Viscount of questionable morals? Caroline doesn't know what to do, she only knows that if she cannot somehow open another window into her own world she will be forever...Trapped in Time.

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About the Author
Evangeline Anderson is the USA Today and NYT Best Selling Author of the Brides of the Kindred, Alien Mate Index, and Born to Darkness series. She is thirty-something and lives in Florida with a husband, a son, and two cats. She had been writing erotic fiction for her own gratification for a number of years before it occurred to her to try and get paid for it. To her delight, she found that it was actually possible to get money for having a dirty mind and she has been writing paranormal and Sci-fi erotica steadily ever since.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Shining Star Award : Fighting Chances Anthology

 Title:  Fighting Chances
Series: Anthology
Authors: Emily Alter, Riley Ashby, Kat Cassidy, Tanya Chris, Alicia Graybill, E.M. Leya, J.D. Light, BL Maxwell, K.K. Pieza, Corie Rosling
Publisher: All Profits donated to Project Children Alcoy
Genre: MM, Enemies to lovers
Pages 699
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
An opportunity to put his hands around his enemy's... neck.

What can a man do when the spark of hate ignites the fire of passion? Can desire bridge the gap between two men on opposite sides of a fence? A kitchen isle? What about a war?

Can love heal years of resentment and little hurts? And is the line between hate and love really all that thin?

In these 10 stories by well-loved M/M authors united by a common cause, you can find men in conflict with each other and with themselves... ready to give love a fighting chance.



Fighting Chances anthology has ten MM enemies to lovers stories inside it.  All profits are going to be donated to Project Children Alcoy. There is a great explanation of that charity, what it does, and just how your donation helps.
What I truly love about anthologies is I get to find a new to me author inside usually. I found a few in this one I would love to keep reading.  The authors and stories are as  follows: 
Emily Alter: Nerve
Riley Ashby : Don’t Mean a Thing
Kat Cassidy: Turning Over a New Leaf
Tanya Chris: Hooked by the Bell
Alicia Graybill: Saving the Dagon
E.M. Leya: The Wedding Party
J.D. Light: Frustration and Fire Works
BL Maxwell: Six Months
K.K. Pieza : The Dawn Singer
Corie Rosling: Going Down
I am going to pick my two favorites to talk about in this review. They are all well worth the read though.
Hooked by the Bell by author Tanya Chris
This story starts off the anthology.  Told in dual pov.  Matt and Harper are the modern-day Hatfield and McCoy’s of their generation.  They have been friends forever, and always their families have fought over a tiny piece of land. No one wants to give in. when Matt and Harper get their family homes will this feud continue?  Well, these two reminded me of two kids fighting over the same toy. They were funny as heck. The chemistry makes it pure adult though. They have a lot of underlying tension. Might just be what this feud needs for it to stop.  I always say make love, not war.
The next story I am going to talk about is The Wedding Party by author E.M. Leya.
This was a very powerful read for me.  I think this short story deals with a lot of heavy themes done in a beautiful way.  After his parents die Ross ends up raising his sister. She is his world. He has given up all of his dreams to make hers come true. Now she is getting married. There are a couple of things Ross needs to get past, one her best friend Karl. And the fact Ross is finally going to have to start living for himself.
Karl has a feminine side, was kicked out of his family home as a teen. He lived with Ross and his sister. But something happened and Karl thinks Ross hates him. Will Tess getting married bring these two together?
What these two needed to do was grow up a ton and learn to talk to each other. Once they do woooohooo there is smoke and fire.  I loved this story and I would love to visit these characters again sometime.
Overall Fighting Chances is a must-read. I was not disappointed in any story in this anthology. All are well-done well-rounded stories that I really loved.  I now even have some new to me authors to follow. If you love enemies to lovers as much as I do and want to donate to a great cause too, I highly recommend this anthology.

                       Five Stars and Reviewer's Choice Award