4 Stars, Genre Romance, Nico Jaye, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Release Day Review: Unscripted by Nico Jaye

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Title: Unscripted (Heartsville)

Author: Nico Jaye

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 80 Pages

At a Glance: Fun, sweet, adorable, charming—Unscripted is all that and a little more.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Theater manager Teddy Carbone’s life has gone pretty much according to script… until now.

To his surprise, Teddy finds himself co-owner of the Oasis Theater with Carter Monroe, a corporate shark who’s looking at him like he’s chum in the water. Being in charge of the theater is one thing, but having to deal with Carter and his demands is another. With Carter’s proposed plan to sell the Oasis looming, Teddy must convince Carter the theater is worth saving. When he introduces the bright, bold world of the stage to Carter’s cold, all-business lifestyle, though, Teddy soon comes to recognize that the Oasis might not be the only thing he has a chance to save.

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Review: I’ve said this publicly on any number of occasions, but it bears repeating here. I love short stories and novellas because sometimes I just want to get in, get happy, and get out. Get me to the HEA without all the angst and big misunderstandings, give me a fun and sweet short, maybe a little bit of the sexy too, and I’m your audience pretty much every single time.

Nico Jaye’s Unscripted was the perfect little read for a weekend afternoon. When we meet Teddy Carbone, he’s just received news that he’s now the partial owner of the theater that’s grown into such an important part of its community, this neighborhood called Heartsville. He’s also been informed he has a new partner, Carter Monroe, a successful businessman and the nephew of the former owner of the Oasis—a man who’s forgotten what the theater had once meant to him.

This story starts off with the sexy, moves on to the sweet, then ends with the fun (and more of the sexy, which, as an excellent bonus, was also fun!), perfectly paced as Teddy charms his way through his efforts to convince Carter not to sell the theater, lusting after him more than a little, and then Teddy proceeds to impress Carter not only with his love for the place and its people but with his knowledge of the running of the theater itself.

Teddy is adorable, Carter has a sexy sort of commanding charisma, and while we don’t get pages and pages of these two men falling in love, what Nico Jaye does give us is a convincing glimpse of their passionate and playful sides, and I totally bought into them as a couple. I also loved Teddy’s family—they give the story some feel-good moments that add to all the other warm feelings Unscripted delivers.

If you’re not a big fan of shorter stories but decide to give Unscripted a chance, the only thing I think you’ll find it doesn’t do is last long enough.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Countdown to GayRomLit with Nico Jaye

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Welcome to another edition of the Countdown to GayRomLit 2015. Today we’re pleased to have author Nico Jaye with us. As you enjoy her guest post, be sure to pay special attention to the giveaway she’s offering–an ecopy of her novella Where There’s Smoke.

Good luck!

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Being an “Author” at GRL with Nico Jaye – The Importance of Just Right: An Encouraging Word to Short Authors

Hi there, everyone! Nico Jaye here to chat about all things m/m romance! Well, maybe not all since that’s rather ambitious, but some stuff, anyway. *grins* Thanks so much to the folks at The Novel Approach for hosting me as part of the GRL Blog Tour. I’m really excited about meeting all of you fellow m/m enthusiasts in San Diego next month. :3

To clarify the title of this post, it’s not intended only for authors who are vertically challenged. ;) While I do count myself among those numbers, I’m here to deliver kudos and pats on the back to authors out there who write short stories and novellas.

Going to GRL as an author is a scary as hell prospect for me. Exciting, too, but pretty scary. Imagine the whole looks-around-at-everyone-then-points-at-self-“me????” reaction. I’ve only ever written short stories and novellas, after all.

Am I even a real author?

Then I checked, and there are almost a dozen stories with my name on the cover. Yeah, I did a double take when I looked that up, and it pretty much blows my mind. Half of them are freebies, and none of them is novel length, but still… *mind blown* That many?? When I started writing m/m romance in 2012, I never would’ve predicted I’d have so many stories to tell. However, after writing my first story for public consumption, I simply kept on going.

I got my start by writing a freebie for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s annual writing event. It was a wonderful experience, and Cam and Brad are two characters that remain close to my heart. Shortly thereafter, I saw a submission call for an Olympics anthology. Eager to continue writing, I birthed some plot bunnies, corralled them, and submitted a story that, to my surprise and delight, was accepted for publication.

Holy shit. I was a published author.

I continued to write and submit, and, thankfully, received responses that were mostly positive. But what I wrote was all short. Some very short and some novella length, but all under that magical 60,000 words “this is a novel!” mark.

Unlike some authors, I peek at reviews now and again. The angst that goes into that decision is a topic for another blog post, but my point is I’m fully aware of this comment that I so often see about my stories: It was too short.

It’s not that I wouldn’t like to write a longer story. It’s not that I wouldn’t love to have a nice, juicy novel to my name. It’s not that I don’t secretly (or not so secretly?) want to hold a paperback in my hands that contains a precious story written by little old me (an actual, ohmigod, book with pages and a glossy cover and everything!).

All of those things would be awesome.

So far, though, they haven’t been right for me. I write the stories I have to tell, and those stories have been shorter ones.

What I’m trying to say with this post is that short is okay.

I’ve never written with a word count goal, aiming to get a story to XYZ words. Honestly, my brain just doesn’t work that way. The way it works is “heyyyy, wouldn’t it be cool if Joe met Jack in a vet’s office? What if they were neighbors? What if Joe loved OITNB, but his internet was down, and Jack said, “hey, why don’t you come over and watch it at my place?” What if their dogs fell in love?” Essentially, I write the story I have to write, no more and no less.

If you’re out there and you’re an author, aspiring to be one, or simply thinking about picking up proverbial pen and paper, then say it with me: short is okay.

I’m going to GRL as a supporting author—an author of short stories and novellas—but dammit, I’m going as an author! Because, short or not, my stories are out there, and I’m damn proud of having written them.

As long as you’ve told the story you have to tell, you’ve succeeded. It doesn’t matter if it’s five pages long, fifty, or five hundred pages. What matters is you’ve said what you had to say, and you’ve brought your characters to life. You’ve accomplished something wonderful; don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

Short is okay. Really.

Because, maybe, short is actually just right.

P.S. Also, once you finish that story, remember to have a celebratory cupcake, refreshing beer, or unicorn glitter cocktail, too! You deserve it. :D

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THE GIVEAWAY

I’d love to give one of you blog readers a taste of my (short) stuff! ;) Leave a comment by 11:59 pm Pacific time on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, for the chance to win an e-copy of my short contemporary novella Where There’s Smoke.

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Where There's Smoke by Nico Jaye - Cover (artist, Catt Ford) - SmallBlurb: If he can make room in his life and his heart, an isolated medieval history professor might find a real life knight in shining armor.

A terrible breakup in his early thirties left David shying away from relationships. For years he’s been content with his solitary life, finding fulfillment in his career, books, television show marathons, and his cat’s companionship. When David meets his neighbor Zach, he can’t tell if Zach is just being friendly or if the handsome fireman might actually be interested in him. The more time they spend together, though, the more David questions his resolution to remain single. If Zach can extinguish the flames left by David’s past, David might finally break away from his structured life and take a chance on love.

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Nico Jaye - CroppedAuthor Bio: Nico Jaye is a fan of all things HEA and has dragged her romance collection along for her moves from San Francisco to Los Angeles to Chicago to New York and back. She thinks reading is awesome and loves that she can hang out night after night with crinoline-wearing debutantes, brawny firemen in suspenders, and werewolf shifters with Scottish brogues. Her favorite stories are those that marry smut and fluff (a.k.a. smuff) into a gooey ball of HEA and fuzzies.

An overall feline enthusiast, Nico secretly (or not so secretly?) adores Hello Kitty, cat GIFs, spontaneous traveling, pretending to be crafty, emoticons, hot menfolk, and parenthetical statements (not necessarily in that order). After starting as the pitcher for Team Awesome (literally) and visiting places like South Africa, Oman, and Fiji, Nico discovered that letting the boys in her head tell her where they want to go could actually be the most exciting journey of all.

Find out more at www.nicojaye.com.

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The Fine Print:

*Entrants must be 18 years or older to qualify
*No residency restrictions apply
*All comments must be relevant to the author’s prompt to be eligible (when applicable)
*The Novel Approach will not be held liable for prize delivery unless otherwise specified

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3 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Nico Jaye, Reviewed by Karen

Review: Where There’s Smoke by Nico Jaye

Title: Where There’s Smoke (A story from the 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”

Author: Nico Jaye

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 58 Pages

At a Glance: A cute story that need just a bit more.

Reviewed By: Karen

Blurb: If he can make room in his life and his heart, an isolated medieval history professor might find a real life knight in shining armor.

A terrible breakup in his early thirties left David shying away from relationships. For years he’s been content with his solitary life, finding fulfillment in his career, books, television show marathons, and his cat’s companionship. When David meets his neighbor Zach, he can’t tell if Zach is just being friendly or if the handsome fireman might actually be interested in him. The more time they spend together, though, the more David questions his resolution to remain single. If Zach can extinguish the flames left by David’s past, David might finally break away from his structured life and take a chance on love.

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Review: Where There’s Smoke was, all in all, a cute story.

David was all set to live his life alone and then, all of sudden, Zach is there coming to his rescue, and the walls start crumbling. Zach is the nice guy next door who shows David with his actions that he wants to be around. They were both very nice and sweet together.

I loved Mrs. Pettifer, she had me chuckling with her meddling, but I just felt that there was something missing, and I didn’t find myself connecting with the characters. Where There’s Smoke is a quick read, and if I’d had more, if it had been a little more fleshed out, I could see myself really having enjoyed the story. Unfortunately, though, it just fell a little flat for me.

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3 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Nico Jaye, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Karen

Review: He’s Just Knot That Into You by Nico Jaye

Title:  He’s Just Knot That Into You

Author:  Nico Jaye

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Page/Word Count:  127 Pages

At a Glance:  The story was cute and I loved the characters, but there just seemed to be so much that wasn’t explained or that didn’t seem to fit in.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb:  When Tanner moves to Chicago for a new job, he experiences his First Shift, a revelation that signifies he’s met his mate since the last full moon. The only problem? He doesn’t know who it is. To find his mate, he enlists his new assistant Jon to arrange a series of dates, but each one turns out more disastrous than the last.

With the next full moon quickly approaching, Tanner finally determines the identity of his true mate. Unfortunately, Jon has since disappeared, and Tanner must now begin a new search. Is it really Jon’s family crisis pulling him away, or is Jon just not that into him?

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Review:  Tanner is an alpha wolf; although, alpha wolf in this story, as far as I could tell, is just the more dominant of the wolves. There doesn’t seem to be packs or anything, you’re just either an alpha or an omega, but this wasn’t really explained clearly.

The concept that you don’t shift until the first full moon after you come in contact with your mate was also different, and kind of an interesting idea. Although I liked the idea of this, I still was confused because, based on conversations Tanner had with his mother, or him recalling things said by other family members, when you meet your mate you would know, but that isn’t how the story played out. Tanner had come in contact with his mate, but it took almost a month of seeing Jon every day, and going on “dates” with others, for him to realize Jon really was his mate. I did love the interactions between Tanner and Jon; they were so cute and sweet. Yup, they were adorable!

Without giving too much away, the other conflicts that popped up more toward the end of the book, with the magic and curses, was just a little too out there for me and pulled me out of the book, especially since there isn’t really any backstory or anything related to it.  I just didn’t find the additional twist necessary, and, in my opinion, it kind of took away from the story.

He’s Just Knot That Into You is cute and I loved the characters, and even the twist on words in the title, but there just seemed to be so much that wasn’t explained, or didn’t seem to fit in, that it left me confused and feeling unconnected to parts of the story.  There were a few times I laughed out loud and at one point, I was even a little embarrassed for one of the characters. I can tell you this: I am pretty sure I will NEVER look at mashed potatoes the same way again!

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3.5 Stars, Historical Romance, Nico Jaye, Reviewed by Rena, Self-Published, Short Story

Review: A Time for Loving by Nico Jaye

Title: A Time for Loving

Author: Nico Jaye

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 26 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Jack and Christopher have made it through years of campaigning and the horrors of Waterloo together–side by side by day and, by night, in each other’s arms. After the war is over, however, will the love shared between this batman and his officer survive when Christopher returns to the life of a gentleman? Continue reading

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Book Blast and Giveaway: A Time for Loving by Nico Jaye

Title: A Time for Loving
Author: Nico Jaye
Genre: Historical M/M Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: October 23, 2014
Word Count: 6,565

Blurb: Jack and Christopher have made it through years of campaigning and the horrors of Waterloo together—side by side by day and, by night, in each other’s arms. After the war is over, however, will the love shared between this batman and his officer survive when Christopher returns to the life of a gentleman? Continue reading

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Alex Beecroft, Alexis Hall, Belinda McBride, Eva Lefoy, Garrett Leigh, Jack Byrne, KJ Charles, L.A. Witt, M.A. Church, Margie Church, Nico Jaye, Piper Vaughn, Poppy Dennison, Taylor V. Donovan

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hello from Disney World! Yes, it’s been a fun-filled week with Mickey and Minnie, and after a week of GRL just before, I’m so ready for my couch and my Kindle and little else.

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week, filled with lots of good books. Here’s what we’ve got scheduled in the week ahead.


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Monday – Kicking off the week, we welcome Eva Lefoy on the Darkest Flowers blog tour, with a giveaway

KJ Charles also joins us today on the Flight of Magpies blog tour

Tuesday – Author M.A. Church joins us today on her Be My Human Blog Tour, with a giveaway

Taylor V. Donovan is also here today on her Heavy Hitters Blog Tour

WednesdayAlexis Hall stops by today on his Prosperity Blog Tour

Alex Beecroft also joins us with an interview on The Reluctant Berserker Blog Tour, with a giveaway

ThursdayL.A. Witt is our guest today on the Precious Metals Blog Tour

We’ll also welcome Belinda McBride on the Prince of Faith Blog Tour, with a giveaway

FridayGarrett Leigh stops by today on the Slide Blog Tour, with a giveaway

We’ll also host Nico Jaye with a Book Blast and Giveaway of her short story A Time for Loving

And be sure to watch for the second installment of “Dinner and a Book with Piper and Poppy”

SaturdayJack Byrne joins us today on the Dingo Run Blog Tour

Eden Winters will also be here with an exclusive excerpt from Manipulation, featuring more Lucky and Bo, and there’s a giveaway

Sunday – And closing out the week, Margie Church drops by to chat a bit about her new book Coming Back for Drew, the sequel to The Camera Never Lies

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And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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4 Stars, JMS Books LLC, Nico Jaye, Reviewed by Lisa

Nico Jaye Offers Up A Little Taste Of “Sex and Candy”


“Nothing is ever as good or as bad as it appears to be.” ― Jeffrey Fry


Title: Sex and Candy

Author: Nico Jaye

Publisher: JMS Books LLC

Pages/Word Count: 19 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Lee may be in a relationship with Tony, but that little fact doesn’t stop Lee when Tony agrees to allow him one wild night of no inhibitions. With excitement thrumming through his veins, Lee finds himself letting loose at Hard Candy, a popular cruise-worthy dance club known for its sweet Candymen and even sweeter one night stands. Under the club’s pulsing lights, he meets a mysterious man in leather, and things soon get hot and heavy as Lee rediscovers his submissive side under the Dom’s firm yet loving guidance.
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