5 Stars, Ashlyn Kane, Genre Romance, Morgan James, Reviewed by Janet

Review: Winging It by Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James

Title: Winging It

Author: Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 300 Pages

At a Glance: From the terrific world building, the endearing characters and the solid plot and timelines, this book was simply so much more than I could have hoped for.

Reviewed By: Janet

Blurb: Gabe Martin has a simple life plan: get into the NHL and win the Stanley Cup. It doesn’t include being the first out hockey player or, worse, getting involved with one of his teammates. But things change.

Dante Baltierra is Gabe’s polar opposite—careless, reckless… shameless. But his dedication to the sport is impressive, and Gabe can overlook a lot of young-and-stupid in the name of great hockey. And Dante has a superlative ass in a sport filled with superlative asses.

Before Gabe can figure out how to deal, a tabloid throws him out of his comfortable closet into a brand-new world. Amid the emotional turmoil of invasive questions, nasty speculation, and on- and off-ice homophobia, his game suffers.

Surprisingly, it’s Dante who drags him out of it—and then drags him into something else. Nothing good can come of secretly sleeping with a teammate, especially one Gabe has feelings for. But with their captain out with an injury, a rookie in perpetual need of a hug, and the race to make the playoffs for the first time since 1995, Gabe has a lot on his plate.

He can’t be blamed for forgetting that nothing stays secret forever.

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Review: This book was absolutely brilliant!! I loved it. The writing duo of Kane and James is producing stories that are technically perfect, full of humor and excitement, and guys you just can’t help falling in love with. I can see the progression to excellence through their writing history, as each book gets better than the last; a single voice for the pair, strong characters, and seamless plots that are really out there and so very original.

This particular book is about hockey, professional NHL hockey players, and coming out against that background of media frenzy and the politics of professional sports. It may sound strange, though, that I don’t think of it as a sports book, per se, as the characters are so well developed that the focus is on them, their emotions and reactions, so the hockey is just a backdrop, a part of them and their world, and this is made clear to the reader.

Let me state clearly that even though I am Canadian, I have never had a pair of ice skates on my feet, nor have I ever watched an entire hockey game, clips on the news being my only personal knowledge of the sport, and yet I got the book. Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James present all the knowledge any reader needs to enjoy the book fully. It is hockey 101, total immersion. Any and every detail is covered – from the chapter headings as periods of play, the glossary of terms and players for reference – all come together to create an experience for the reader.

Gabe and Dante are the MCs and getting to know them was a real treat. Watching them dance their way into a relationship was even better. The sex was hot and their awkwardness was sweet. Gabe’s obliviousness made me want to shake him sometimes, and Dante’s earnest determination made me so proud. The full cast of characters were so well developed that reality just resonated off the pages. Winging It is masterfully written, a completely engaging story from start to finish, and really, just writing this brings it all back and I want to read it again. From the terrific world building, the endearing characters and the solid plot and timelines, this book was simply so much more than I could have hoped for – I can’t recommend it highly enough. This is not simply a book, it is an experience, and you will love it.






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Interview and Giveaway: Hard Feelings by Morgan James and Ashlyn Kane

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TNA: Hi, Ashlyn and Morgan, welcome to The Novel Approach. I’m happy to have you both here with us today. Why don’t we start things off by having you tell us a bit about yourselves?

Ashlyn: I’d rather cook than do laundry. The only houseplants I can reliably keep alive are peace lilies and bamboo. Sometimes I forget to go outside. I’m very excitable and high-strung, but only when I have someone around to ground me. When other people are more excitable and high-strung than I am, I am a cool cucumber. I went on a road trip with Amy Lane and Julianne Bentley, and they were all “chaos! Panic! What if we run out of gas! What if we drive off the road!” I was like, “Ladies, chill. This is a Honda, we’re not going to run out of gas.” They thought I was Xanax personified. My husband still doesn’t believe me. If it had been the two of us in that car, I would have been a neurotic mess. Continue reading

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Ashe Barker, Ashlyn Kane, Bey Deckard, Cardeno C., Charlie Cochet, Cover Reveal, D.H. Starr, GayRomLit, Hayden Thorne, JC Wallace, K.A. Merikan, Keira Andrews, Morgan James, Rebecca Cohen, Rhys Ford, T.M. Smith, T.T. Kove

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, and welcome back to anyone who’s popped in today to see what we’ve got in store for the week ahead!

If you missed my announcement on RJ Scott’s blog about the Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways we’ve got coming up at the end of the month and into the first week of October, I’ll repeat the news here because, well, it bears repeating. We’ll be doing a giveaway of SIX baskets, courtesy of Team TNA’s GayRomLit featured and supporting authors. Each basket will include $25 in E-Gift Cards to various retailers, as well as E-books from the following participating authors: Jordan L. Hawk, Erica Pike, Zathyn Priest, DH Starr, Rhys Ford, Sophie Bonaste, Ethan Day, JK Hogan, Rafe Haze, LE Franks, Edmond Manning, Jacob Z. Flores, Jamie Lynn Miller, Lex Chase, RJ Scott, Sherrie Henry, Katey Hawthorne, Charlie Cochet, Deanna Wadsworth, and a late but very welcome addition to the giveaway, Z.A. Maxfield.

That’s a lot of titles and a lot of gift cards to give away, and I’m so excited to get the party started in just a few weeks’ time!

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4 Stars, Ashlyn Kane, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Morgan James, Reviewed by Tina

There Are Lots Of Good Feelings To Be Found In Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James’s “Hard Feelings:

“Design means how something works, not how it looks – the design should evolve from the function.” —James Dyson


Title: Hard Feelings

Author: Ashlyn Kane & Morgan James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Rylan Williams hates conferences: too many people, not enough routine, and way too much interaction with strangers. When he gets stuck in a broken elevator with Miller Jones, the kid who fell asleep in his lecture, he figures things can’t get worse. Then Rylan realizes he’s the same guy he just spent an hour perving over from afar. Continue reading

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“A Good Vintage” Is The Perfect Complement To Any Bookshelf


“No, this was the part where Mal broke Luke down into tiny component pieces and put him back together different. When this was over, Luke didn’t know who he’d be. Just that he’d be Mal’s, maybe forever. And even though it terrified him, he couldn’t stop it. Didn’t want to.” — Ashlyn Kane



Title: A Good Vintage

Author: Ashlyn Kane

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Luke Scherer has turned bad romance into an art. When he catches his latest deadbeat boyfriend selling Luke’s belongings—and his own body—to cover his debts, Luke decides he needs a vacation. He just doesn’t expect his Napa Valley retreat to be a step into his past.
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