4 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Genre Romance, Loose Id, Remmy Duchene, Reviewed By Carrie

Review: Love Me Harder by Remmy Duchene

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Title: Love Me Harder

Author: Remmy Duchene

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 172 Pages

At a Glance: Love Me Harder is a solid interracial romance.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: Life hasn’t been perfect for Mathew Chance. Between not knowing who his parents are, and being bounced from foster home to foster home, he’s had to work for everything in his life. But lately, he seems to be overdoing it. With two jobs that barely give him time to breath, love is the last thing on his mind. He doesn’t know whether to bless fate or curse it for shoving Asher Mulgrew right into his path.

Wealthy divorce lawyer Asher Mulgrew has it all worked out. From a successful practice to a supportive sister and a fantastic niece, life is good. But he’s lonely. Though he’s not actively searching for a man, he isn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth when he meets bartender, Mathew Chance. Mathew has a wall built around his heart and Asher isn’t sure he can break through even if he wants to.

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Review: Mathew Chance works hard—too hard.  Being on his own since he was eighteen, and aging out of the boys’ home the foster system had placed him in, all he has done is work. There has to be more to life than working himself into an early grave, but Mat doesn’t know what that is. Taking the easy road has never been his thing, and he refuses to bow to the pressures of his life now.

Remmy Duchene does a great job with Mathews’s character. She writes his hamster-on-a-treadmill life in a way that you both sympathize and empathize with his troubles and his way of thinking. How many of us feel trapped by life, unable to change the status quo because of finances or emotional instability? All we can do is try to keep going, hoping for something better, and that is Mat’s character to a T. Of course, Mathew’s something better comes wrapped in the package of Asher Mulgrew.

Asher runs his own law firm, and is sexy and established both in business and his personal life. He always longed for someone to share his life with, but so far, no luck—until he scopes out a quirky little bar where his sister wants to go, and runs into a gorgeous, reserved man named Mathew. Again, Remmy Duchene writes a character with feeling. After meeting Mat, Asher describes himself as feeling “intimately bankrupt,” and sets out to change that with Mathew. This is a romance in every sense of the word. The road is a long one for these guys, they begin the journey worlds apart, but they make it to their HEA in the end.

I felt like the story could have had a little more depth; the premise is a tricky one, with the poor black boy and the rich white guy, but I will say I never felt any part of this book to be gratuitous in its portrayals. The main characters are on an even keel in this one, despite their differences (as a matter of fact, their races are hardly mentioned). Love Me Harder is a solid romance between two men doing the best they can, and finding the road easier with someone to love by their side.

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5 Stars, BL Morticia, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Remmy Duchene, Reviewed by Maryann

Review: Wounded Hearts by Remmy Duchene and BL Morticia

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Title: Wounded Hearts

Authors: Remmy Duchene and BL Morticia

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 256 Pages

At a Glance: What a terrific start to a new series.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Zane Ashford’s stint in the NYPD comes to an abrupt halt when he is injured in the line of duty. After waking up partially blind in one eye, all he wants to do is crawl into a hole, but his friends and family won’t leave him alone. Reluctantly, he lets his best friend talk him into time away on a ranch in Montana. But the moment he gets there and meets Cyrus Abrams, Zane begins to contemplate murder.

Cyrus Abrams is vulgar, ornery, stuck in his ways, and not about to change for anyone, no matter how good Zane Ashford looks in those jeans. The more they lock horns, the more Cyrus begins to see Zane in a whole new light. But Cyrus has a past, one that left him in big trouble and more broken than he cares to admit—a past no one told Zane about. Cyrus fears that when Zane finds out, everything will come to a screeching halt.

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Review: What a terrific start to a new series. Wounded Hearts is such a great collaboration by Remmy Duchene and BL Morticia. I really loved this story; lots of humor, sexy talk, ranching, a cop, and a cowboy. And watch out for the mud wrestling! There’s no mysterious plot or outrageous secrets, just a young, beautiful man from the city, and a crazy, gorgeous, older cowboy, who get so wound up in each other they just keep putting those important conversations on hold. And that certainly leads to some head-butting.

Cyrus Abrams is such a wonderful character; older, grumpy but not vulgar. I just don’t like that word for him, though. Unrefined is more like it. He just says what he feels, and he is very funny at times. He is definitely from another decade, as his previous lover was a gangster, who took Cyrus from bouncer to shady businessman. Even though all that is in his past, Cyrus still carries a lot of grief and guilt about his lost love, and he thinks no one can replace him. When things start to heat up with him and Zane, that guilt becomes a big weight on his shoulders.

Zane is African-American and was adopted by a Caucasian family. After almost facing death, his good friend Renford (Renford is a district attorney, best friend to Cyrus, and like a brother to Zane. He spends some time at the ranch too, and I hope he’s going to get his own story as there seems to be something going on with him) talks him into going to the Montana ranch owned by Cyrus to recuperate. Zane is also very talented with his art, music and photography. He’s not without his issues: can he be a cop again? He feels like he’s not a whole man because of his his injury, and he really wants to find someone special to be in his life.

Brian Daystar is a Native American, younger, and adds a lot of sexy fun to the story. He works for Cyrus on the ranch, and has really bad timing! We also get to meet Cecily, Zane’s older sister, and who could resist Zelda and Woofer? They bring the sweetness to this story!

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4 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Narration Rating, Narration Rating - 4 Stars, Remmy Duchene, Reviewed by Maryann

Audio Review: Deliver Me by Remmy Duchene – Narrated by Paul Morey

Title: Deliver Me

Author: Remmy Duchene

Narrator:: Paul Morey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 3 Hours and 56 Minutes

At a Glance: This is my first time hearing Paul Morey narrate. There is depth to his voice, and it’s very pleasing to the ear.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: The severe bullying he suffered as a teenager left Jack Flemming scarred both physically and emotionally. Now an adult, he has carved out a life for himself as co-owner of the Mechanic Shop. He enjoys his volunteer work with the throwaway boys and has a supportive best friend. When the past resurfaces in a phone call from Zachariah Durban, Jack discovers that while living is easy, forgiveness is much harder.

Zachariah Durban did a bad thing when he was a young punk of a teenager. But right after he did it, he knew it wasn’t right. Still, he ran away and made something of himself as a big shot author. Now, living in the south of France with writer’s block hitting him hard, Zachariah knows something has to change—starting with earning Jack Flemming’s forgiveness.

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Review: Jack Flemmings and Zachariah Durban were suppose to be friends in high school. Then the night of Winter Prom, Jack almost dies from an awful prank, and now their friendship is dead.

15 Years Later

In high school Jack took shop. At the age of twenty-two he was encouraged to go to college, and he got his mechanic’s license. He now owns his own garage, and he also volunteers at the Agency, a place for young boys, most who are gay and have nowhere else to go. Jack brings old cars in and helps the boys do repairs. The boys vote on what to do with the proceeds earned from sale of the cars. Jack also concerns himself with all the boys’ education, especially Jordan’s. Jack has big plans for Jordan. Is adoption in his and Jordan’s future?

Zachariah Durban ran away from what he needed to face fifteen years ago. He is a famous writer now living in the South of France. Zach has been carrying guilt and shame and a secret for those fifteen years, and time hasn’t healed him. His burdens have finally taken their toll, and Zach is having writer’s block because of Jack.

Jack’s friend and employee, Roberto, has been fielding phone call from Zach. Jack just doesn’t want to deal with Zach anymore, but Roberto finally convinces Jack to talk with Zach, who proposes a plan; he’ll send his private plane to pick-up Jack. Even though Jack considers not going, he gives in. Jack figures, what could he lose? He’ll just get this over with and never have to deal with Zach again.

When Zach finally tells Jack what he wants, there is a physical altercation, one that makes Jack leave Zach’s home. Jack finds his way to a café, where he meets Claudia, Zach’s sister. He explains the situation to her, and she insists that he stay at her home. Then Claudia calls and let’s Zach know where Jack is, but the question is, can Jack and Zach help each other heal old wounds, and do they want to?

This is my first time hearing Paul Morey narrate. There is depth to his voice, and it’s very pleasing to the ear. He gives a definite distinction to the characters’ voices, and emotions are clearly reflected. I especially liked the characters of Claudia and Roberto, as both were very supportive in their roles. Jenny was also a sweet little character.

Remmy Duchene’s Deliver Me was also a first for me. I liked the story and the characters. The only part I felt could have been handled differently was the fight at the high school reunion.

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Love Comes Easily In “This Is Love”



“It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative.” — John Burroughs



This is Love is a sweet, low-angst book. It is a good story about two damaged men who find love with each other. It isn’t perfect. My two main gripes are the insta-love that was just too unbelievable and the last third of the book that just didn’t need to exist. The story was over for all intents an purposes, an epilogue would have done the job. Having said that, it is a worthwhile investment of your money and time.
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