5 Stars, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Loose Id, Nessa Vincent, Reviewed by Lana, Romantic Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: The Chase by Nessa Vincent

Title: The Chase

Author: Nessa Vincent

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 136 Pages

At a Glance: This story is a gem and I highly recommend it.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Halym knows better than to trust humans. Even though he’s a dragon at the top of the magical food chain, he just can’t get any respect from humans—particularly not from a magician like Merrick Leigh, who has the audacity to steal Halym’s soul.

Merrick has good reasons for taking the dragon captive, though it leaves him holding the proverbial wolf by the ear. He wants to use Halym’s powerful magical abilities to work an important spell, but Halym has other plans. Something about this magician piques Halym’s curiosity and whets his sexual appetite. Once Halym gives chase, Merrick finds he doesn’t have the will or the wiles to fend off the dragon’s advances. Although the dragon is under Merrick’s control, Merrick realizes he’s not the one in charge…and he likes it that way.

But everything changes when Halym steals back his soul. Now that Halym is free to leave, he isn’t sure he wants to. Yet staying with Merrick means not only learning to trust humans, but becoming one.

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Review: What do you get when you put together an uptight magician and a sexy sarcastic dragon? You get a fun and amusing story that will make you laugh out loud and fall in love with the MCs. I simply loved it and wanted more.

The Chase is a fantasy story set in modern day England. Merrick is a magician who tricks a dragon, Halym, and steals his soul then enslaves him. Merrick is trying to bring back to life his lover, who was killed in WWII, and thinks that the dragon will help him. Halym is your typical dragon, sexy in human form, sarcastic, an all around wise-ass. He’s not on board to help Merrick with his scheme, but he’s completely into a tussle in the sheets with Merrick.

There’s much more to the plot, which I’m not going to give away, but I will say that the ending was everything and more. I loved Merrick and Halym as a couple. I totally see them verbally sparring, Merrick rolling his eyes, and then Halym grabbing him for a kiss. Yes, I’m writing a new story in my head, but I think Ms. Vincent would do a better job than me.

This story is a gem and I highly recommend it. The writing was very good. The story flowed without any snags. It’s fun, fast, sexy and hot. So pick up a copy. And I hope there will be more.

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Renae Kaye, Reviewed by Kathie, Romantic Comedy

Review: Shawn’s Law by Renae Kaye

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Title: Shawn’s Law

Author: Renae Kaye

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

At a Glance: Five Stars are not enough for this book, and it’s one of my top reads for 2015.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: Shawn is single, twenty-nine, the full-time career of his Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, and a frequent victim of Murphy’s Law—although his family calls it Shawn’s Law. Other than caring for mum, his day consists of painting nude men and spying on the guy who walks his dogs along the street every day at four o’clock. When Shawn takes a spectacular fall on his front steps, who is there to witness it other than the man of his dreams?

Harley doesn’t believe in Shawn’s Law—but he soon changes his mind.

The two men make it through a memorable first date and Shawn’s sexual insecurities to begin a relationship stumbling toward love. But when Shawn’s Law causes Harley to be injured, Shawn is determined to save Harley’s life the only way he knows how—by breaking up with him. Not once, but twice. Throw in a serial killer ex-boyfriend, several deadly Australian animals, two dogs called Bennie, a mother who forgets to wear clothes, an unforgiving Town Council, and a strawberry-flavored condom dolly, and Shawn’s Law is one for the books.

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Review: The elements of an excellent book for me are humor, believable sex, likable characters, and a plot that moves along and that I can learn something from. My entire check list was fulfilled in Shawn’s Law. Five Stars really are not enough for this book, and it will be one of my top reads for 2015.

Renae Kaye seems to not want you, as the reader, to get too comfortable in thinking this is a boy-meets-boy, boy-falls-in-love story. And while it is a love story between Shawn and Harley, it is also a love story between Shawn and his mother and Lisa, his sister; and Harley and his Dad. I think the core of this story is learning to trust and grow in the love you have found. Harley puts it very well, “Like all relationships, Shawn and I require a lot of work, a lot of talk, a lot of compromise and heck of a lot of sex.” As the reader, we get to go along for the ride, and it’s a great ride. Every time “Shawn’s Law” happens, you can’t help but laugh, giggle and feel just a little ashamed of yourself for laughing at someone’s misfortune. But it’s so funny!

If you like hot sex, funny characters, a boy who loves his family, and a Hippy Hotpants (aka Harley) who really doesn’t know what hit him, you are in for a treat. This book will be one of your top reads too!






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5 Stars, Audio Book, Ethan Day, Reviewed by Jules, Romantic Comedy, Wilde City Press

Audio Review: As You Are by Ethan Day – Narrated by Jason Frazier

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Title: As You Are

Author: Ethan Day

Narrator:: Jason Frazier

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Run Time: 5 Hours, 51 Minutes

At a Glance: In a word – FABULOUS.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Operation Danny….

That’s all bartender and recent college graduate, Julian Hallowell has had on his mind for the past year. Julian may have no idea what he wants to do with his life, but he definitely knows he’s in love with the boy next door: the one in the next room to be exact, his roommate, Danny Wallace.

Danny owns a used textbook store just off campus, and while Julian has done his level best to make Danny fall for him, all his hard work appears to have been in vain. Danny doesn’t seem to view Julian as anything other than that–a roommate and friend. So when new guy in town Andy Baker asks him out on a date, Julian can’t think of a good reason to say no.

Julian has already instituted a Reverse Operation Danny plan, which he’s positive will purge all thoughts of love and lust for his roomie out of his head. He’s ready to move on and start looking for his next Mr. Right, and Andy just might fit the bill.

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Review: In a word – FABULOUS. Jason Frazier’s performance of Ethan Day’s As You Are will blow you away. And make no mistake that it is a performance. There is no droning or awkward narration here. Jason’s performance is a tour de force, including at least eight different voices, and covering the entire spectrum of emotions.

We can’t give ALL of the credit to Frazier, though; he had some pretty fantastic material to work with after all. As You Are is hilarious. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed out loud, or simply realized I had a goofy grin on my face while listening. I’m sure my fellow commuters had a chuckle at my expense on more than one occasion as I made my way to and from work. It’s not just a funny book, however. There are also many poignant and touching moments to go along with the biting social commentary and awesome pop culture references.

A huge part of what makes this book so good are the characters themselves. They must have been so much fun to perform. I couldn’t possibly adore Julian more, and while, of course, he and Danny are front and center, I also got a huge kick out of Julian’s best friend Gabby, as well as Julian’s mother, Delilah Hallowell. I love, love, loved me some Delilah.

There are so many memorable moments in this audio it’s difficult to highlight just a few – and I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will tell you there is a football game in the park that is pee-your-pants funny, and if you weren’t completely in love with Julian before his ‘sobbing while watching Anne of Green Gables’ moment, you will be afterward. There is also a hysterical dinner party scene, as well as some absolutely blush-worthy sexytimes. I’m not kidding when I tell you I had to fan myself while listening to parts of this book. Jason Frazier’s voice is like butter, people! Butter!

I highly recommend this one. As a general rule, I’m not a big fan of audiobooks, but Jason Frazier has converted me. Full stop. I fear he has ruined me for other narrators, though, so he had better keep getting gigs! ;)






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3.5 Stars, Amanda C. Stone, Reviewed by Sammy, Romantic Comedy, Self-Published

Review: The Adventures of Cole and Perry by Amanda C. Stone

Title: The Adventures of Cole and Perry

Author: Amanda C. Stone

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 77 Pages

At a Glance: A solid first foray into the m/m genre

Blurb: It all started when Cole met Perry in a bar. Over three years they had some exciting adventures, and misadventures. The six stories included in this book are all about their journey from bar to wedding.

The Anniversary
Another cancellation of plans by his boyfriend forces Cole out to the neighborhood bar. Not long after arriving he meets Perry. Even as exciting as Perry is, he’s unsure how the night will end.

The Fight
Cole and Perry are struggling to make time for each other and constantly at each other’s throats. A fight to the death will decide who is right or wrong in their arguments. But Cole really doesn’t want to shoot Perry.

The Threesome
Deciding they want to spice up things in the bedroom, Perry wants to have a one-time threesome. Cole’s nervous and doesn’t want to ask any of their friends to join them. Perry finds the perfect solution.

The House
After two and a half years together, Cole and Perry want to buy a house. Once they find the perfect house, they get to spend their first morning together in their new space. Perry will have to help Cole decide which room is his favorite.

The Baby
Both Cole and Perry are exhausted. Taking care of a three month old is hard when she’s up all night and is always hungry. If only they could find where they put the bottle warmer.

The Wedding
Cole is ready to make his commitment to Perry life-long. After careful planning, they created the perfect event. What could possibly go wrong? If only Cole didn’t ask the same question.

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Review: With her first novella, author Amanda C. Stone brings us two characters whose playful interactions and obvious love for each other is woven into a sweet romance presented in several short vignettes. Altogether, these chapters from Cole and Perry’s lives are like a roadmap of how the two men keep the passion alive in their relationship while finding a way to accept things about each other that often can derail a lasting partnership.

Perry is a self-employed accountant who works long hours and finds himself constantly having to cancel plans with his boyfriend, Cole. This leads to fighting and a dampening of what was once a healthy lust for each other. In an attempt to revive their passion, the boys indulge each other’s fantasies in the most playful and unique ways. But will it be enough to save their relationship?

The Adventures of Cole and Perry sets up each chapter by teasingly misleading the reader to believe one thing when in reality the opposite is true. This plot device of the bait and switch was well used and made some of the chapters, in particular, “The Threesome,” “The Fight” and “The Wedding” very clever and tongue in cheek. However, I would have liked to see the author change things up a bit in the other stories. I think making some of the stories more straightforward would have really highlighted the others, making them even funnier.

As for Cole and Perry, this novella highlighted Cole most effectively—this was really his story to tell and his voice was strong and very sweet. His worries about Perry and their commitment to each other produced one clever and hot encounter after another. I would have really enjoyed leaning more about Cole, his job and how he and Perry met and fell in love. While complete in themselves, I felt the stories would have been more cohesive if there had been a bit more back story and simple day-to-day living rather than so many stories ending in or highlighting a bedroom scene. The characters were so interesting I simply wanted to learn more about them.

The Adventures of Cole and Perry was a solid first foray into the m/m genre for Amanda C. Stone. I look forward to watching this author come into her own and develop her style and voice with each story she writes.






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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Jacques N. Hoff, Reviewed by Jackie, Romantic Comedy

Review: Cockstrut by Jacques N. Hoff

Title: Cockstrut (Peckers: Book Two)

Author: Jacques N. Hoff

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 120 Pages

At a Glance: This is definitely a fun read

Blurb: Sebastian Grant, a world-renowned avian vet, is so sure bird shifters aren’t real that even when an unruly cockatoo named Louis ends up naked in his arms, it’s difficult for him to admit he’s not imagining it all. Sebastian has traveled all over the globe only to stumble upon the perfect man in his hometown of Chicago.

Louis may just be everything Sebastian has been looking for in a partner—funny, confident, sexy and genuine. But there’s one major problem: Louis is a captive in a gilded cage. With the help of Simon, his blue jay partner Jay and the expanding team of Undercover Peckers, Sebastian is about to find out he’s willing to do anything to make sure Louis is able to fly free and cock strut to his heart’s content.

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Review: Cockstrut is one of the most fun books I have read in a while. Probably since I read the first book in the series, Jay Walking.

As with the first book there were plenty of puns, a ton of tongue in cheek moments, and some steamy “matings” (wink, wink). At the end of the first book Simon and Jay spotted a hot guy with a mohawk steaming up the dance floor, and he is one of our MCs, Louis. Louis Vuitton.

Louis is a very happy cockatoo shifter. He has a fabulous cage, a great owner, and he can get out often enough to shake his tail feathers to keep himself happy. This is enough for Louis, until he meets Sebastian. Sebastian is, surprisingly, an aviary vet who doesn’t believe in bird shifters. After Louis reveals his secret, he and Sebastian realize they are mates; then Louis realizes a cage is cage, no matter how beautiful it is.

Getting Louis free is a complete comedy. Between Simon, Jay, and their other friends from Undercover Peckers, a plan is hatched (hee, hee) to get Louis and Sebastian their happily ever after. From there absolute hilarity ensues, complete with puns for days and a couple of smexy scenes to rev it up.

This is definitely a fun read. If you are looking for something light, fun and a ton of laughs, this is the place to go. The writing duo of Jacques N. Hoff have got some comedy gold here, and I assure you that you don’t want to miss it.






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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, John Inman, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Sammy, Romantic Comedy

Review: Work in Progress by John Inman

Title: Work in Progress

Author: John Inman

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 226 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Dumped by his lover, Harlie Rose ducks for cover in the Belladonna Arms, a seedy apartment building perched high on a hill in downtown San Diego. What he doesn’t know is that the Belladonna Arms has a reputation for romance—and Harlie is about to become its next victim. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kim, Romantic Comedy, TJ Klune

Soundbite Saturday Review: Tell Me It’s Real by TJ Klune – Narrated by Michael Lesley

Title: Tell Me It’s Real

Author: TJ Klune

Narrator:: Michael Lesley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 10 Hours, 24 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Do you believe in love at first sight?

Paul Auster doesn’t. Paul doesn’t believe in much at all. He’s thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother’s homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Lex Chase, Reviewed by Sammy, Romantic Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase

Title: Americana Fairy Tale

Author: Lex Chase

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 340 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Modern fairy-tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One: he’s a guy. Two: his perfect brother Atticus is the reincarnation of Snow White. Three: Taylor has no idea which princess he is supposed to be. Four: Taylor just left his prince (a girl) at the altar. Despite his enchanted lineage, Taylor is desperate to find his Happily Ever After away from magic, witches, and stuffy traditions. Regrettably, destiny has other plans for him. Dammit. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Clare London, Jocular Press, Reviewed by Lisa, Romantic Comedy

Review: A Twist and Two Balls by Clare London

Title: A Twist and Two Balls (With a Kick #1)

Author: Clare London

Publisher: Jocular Press

Pages/Word Count: 66 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Eduardo Mancini is going to be a star of the London stage and screen. Or that was the plan. His alter ego Eddy March hasn’t got further than the chorus and a bit part in a TV series. His parents aren’t supportive, his agent can’t place his particular skills, and he’s finding it hard to hang onto his young dreams. Things go from bad to worse when he’s late for an important audition, hasn’t got enough to money to pay the taxi fare, and is chased across the streets of Soho by the irate driver. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Dane Waters, Genre Romance, Loose Id, Reviewed by Tina, Romantic Comedy

Dane Waters’ “With This Ring, I Thee…Oh Sh*t!” Has Everything A Reader Could Want

“Love is a cowboy’s hardest ride.” ― C.B. Smith


Title: With This Ring, I Thee…Oh Sh*t!

Author: Dane Waters

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 184 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: The days leading up to Dean’s wedding include his mild mannered fiancée morphing into a Texas diva. A future father in law who’d like nothing more than to shoot him in the back. Horny bridesmaids with handcuffs, a Texas sized bar fight, a stripper with hygiene issues, and riding a horse without getting killed. Leo, his fiancé’s little brother, gets him through it all as well as reigniting the urges Dean thought he’d put to rest years ago. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Comedy, Genre Romance, JL Merrow, Reviewed by Jules, Romantic Comedy, Samhain Publishing

A Man Can’t Outrun His Past In JL Merrow’s “Caught!”

“Love is the absence of judgement.” – Dalai Lama


Title: Caught! (The Shamwell Tales: Book One)

Author: JL Merrow

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 276 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: You can run from the past…but the past runs faster.

Behind Robert’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job teaching in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Lou Harper, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Romantic Comedy, Self-Published

Lou Harper Delivers A Delightful Addition To The Dead Man series – “Dead Man and the Army of Frogs”

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Henry Ellis


Title: Dead Man and the Army of Frogs

Author: Lou Harper

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 123 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: All Denton wanted was a few minions. He got frogs instead.

Web developer by day and necromancer by night, Denton Mills is used to seeing things nobody else can. When he starts hallucinating frogs, he simply assumes they have something to do with his boyfriend Bran’s obsession. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dani Alexander, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim, Romantic Comedy, Self-Published

Listen To This And All You’ll Hear Is The Sound Of “Shattered Glass” By Dani Alexander

Title: Shattered Glass

Author: Dani Alexander

Narrator:: Joseph Northton

Publisher: Self-Published

Run Time: 11 Hours, 16 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: A male prostitute, a mangy cat, a murder, and an obsession that threatens his career, his impending marriage and his life…nothing is going as planned for Austin Glass. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Jacques N. Hoff, Reviewed by Jackie, Romantic Comedy

Jacques N. Hoff’s “Jay Walking” Flips The Bird At Serious Shifter Drama

Title: Jay Walking

Author: Jacques N. Hoff

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 100 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Welcome to the avian shifter world of Undercover Peckers. Where love is instant the moment you find your mate. Where there’s only one true pecker for every man. Where the sex is so hot it will singe your tail feathers. Where bird-watching is both a recreation and a preoccupation—that usually leads to feathers flying. Continue reading

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