3.5 Stars, A. Catherine Noon, Loose Id, Paranormal Romance, Rachel Wilder, Reviewed by Chris, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

There’s Magic and Danger In A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder’s “Sealed by Fire”

Title: Sealed by Fire

Author: A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 269 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Vanya is a sorcerer’s apprentice who finally achieves his goal, initiation as a sorcerer – only to find that he, himself, is the intended sacrifice in their ritual. When the ritual goes wrong, his master flees and he is left with the creature that his master summons. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Stay Tuned For More Of Jake Biondi’s “Boystown”

Title: Boystown: Season Two

Author: Jake Biondi

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 219 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: In the aftermath of the warehouse shootings, lives are forever changed and relationships are forever altered. As the families of the victims work to put the horrific event behind them, they find themselves at the center of an even larger plan for revenge.

Ciancio twins Marco and Gino are as handsome as they are powerful — and they arrive in Boystown with a scheme rooted in the bad history between the Ciancio and Mancini families. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, A.M. Arthur, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie

A Man Must Confront His Fears In A.M. Arthur’s “Understanding Jeremy”

Title: Understanding Jeremy (Discovering Me: Book Two)

Author: A.M. Arthur

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 138 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: No one in Jeremy Collins’s life ever stays. His parents, sister, and wife are all dead. Now he has taken Cole Alston into his home to help him recover from years of abuse at the hands of his ex. Jeremy hopes Cole, who he loves, will stick around, but after eight years of Cole not being allowed to make his own choices, Jeremy doesn’t think he has the right to ask. As Jeremy keeps his concerns and desires to himself, his best friend Bethann calls on him for a huge favor–claim he’s the father of her baby so she isn’t ostracized in their small town for sleeping with a married man. However, doing so would be tantamount to denying his relationship with Cole. Rumors fly before Jeremy can explain to Cole that he said no, and suddenly the whole town is in his business. Rather than reassure Cole, Jeremy’s explanations have the opposite effect. Something is going on in Cole’s mind that Jeremy doesn’t know about, and in order to get Cole to talk, Jeremy will need to confront his own deepest fear. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Brynn Stein, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie

There Are Obstacles To Overcome In Brynn Stein’s “Living Again”

Title: Living Again

Author: Brynn Stein

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Daniel Larson has walled himself off from any possibility of romance since his lover died violently five years ago in Afghanistan. The same bomb that ended his partner’s life took the lower part of Daniel’s left leg. The only support Daniel has, his Uncle Lawrence, is dead-set against anything homosexual, including Daniel. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Drama, Genre Romance, L.M. Somerton, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Jules, Totally Bound

Double-Header Review: “Rasputin’s Kiss” and “Evil’s Embrace” by L.M. Somerton

PicMonkey CollageTitle: Rasputin’s Kiss and Evil’s Embrace

Author: L.M. Somerton

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 222 Pages/178 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars Overall

Blurb: Rasputin’s Kiss — What if the last thing you felt was the kiss of a knife? Rasputin’s kiss is lethal. He’s a ghost-killing and disappearing into the night. With few leads and four bodies on his conscience, Detective Inspector Alex Courtney and his team are running on empty and it’s only a matter of time before Rasputin strikes again. When Alex recruits a young detective to play the part of his boyfriend and provide a tempting target for a killer, he knows he is taking a huge risk. He doesn’t expect Conor Trethuan to be a perfect potential submissive. When their mutual attraction becomes more, Alex has to face the conflict between his possessive instincts and the need to push his young lover into danger. Investigating their feelings has to come second to investigating the case. There’s no time to decide if what they feel for each other is real. With Rasputin closing in, they may not live to find out.
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3.5 Stars, Drama, Erotica, Jake Biondi, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Prepare For A Drama Fix In Jake Biondi’s “Boystown: Season One”

Title: Boystown: Season One

Author: Jake Biondi

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 303 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: One of the most diverse and lively neighborhoods in the country, Chicago’s BOYSTOWN has something for everyone. So it’s no wonder that Jesse Morgan and Cole O’Brien chose to live there upon graduating from college. Ready go begin the next phase of their lives in an exciting new city, Jesse and Cole quickly find themselves at the center of a new group of friends.
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3.5 Stars, Avril Ashton, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Sinner's Haven Publishing

A One Night Stand Causes Conflict in Avril Ashton’s “So Far Gone”

Title: So Far Gone

Author: Avril Ashton

Publisher: Sinner’s Haven Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 108 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: One night? Feels like three years…

Jacob Donnelly wants something new. Something different. Which is why he’s got a one-way ticket to New York and his bags packed. One last night out to the bar finds him in a sexy stranger’s bed, giving in to an explosive chemistry Jacob had been searching for, but never found. Until now. It’s too bad he’s leaving town, although once he finds out his one night stand’s true identity, Jacob can’t get away fast enough. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Michael Murphy, Reviewed by Sammy

Michael Murphy’s “You Can’t Go Home Again” Is A Heartwarming Story Of Love’s Triumph Over Grief

“Love can only be found through the act of loving.” – Paul Coelho


Title: You Can’t Go Home Again

Author: Michael Murphy

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: In work and in love, life has taught seasoned police officer Jack that closeness only leads to pain.

But Jack is wracked with guilt when his rookie partner Kevin is shot during an undercover assignment and dies in his arms. Why didn’t he take the time to get to know the rookie a little? Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Anthology, Kiernan Kelly, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lana, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Torquere Press

A Trio Of Fantasies Rounds Out Kiernan Kelly’s “The Fantasy Collection”

Title: The Fantasy Collection

Author: Kiernan Kelly

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 73 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: This collection features three tales of fantastical lives and impossible love. Suspend your belief, and dive into a trio of stories filled with incredible circumstances, and magical influences. In Mr. Fix-It, a frustrated consumer finds himself the owner of a futuristic android who comes equipped a secret BDSM function. A young man whose life is continually complicated by the presence of the ghosts of three stubborn-if-well-meaning music legends, finds old time rock and roll to be just the thing he needs to find love. Finally, a sheriff in a town on the outskirts of Hell finds love despite his constant battle with evil’s minions.

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3.5 Stars, Andrew Grey, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kathie

John Solo Narrates Andrew Grey’s “Inside Out”

Title: Inside Out

Author: Andrew Grey

Narrator:: John Solo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 35 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Former mercenary Bull Krebbs now heads up security at his nightclub in Harrisburg, PA. Working the door night after night, he’s seen it all. Though tough on the outside, he’s a little hurt that people find him unapproachable. Then he pulls a cute twink out of line to perform a random search, and he’s surprised when the guy giggles and squirms. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Serena Yates

Two Men Fight For The Right To Live Their Own Lives In Serena Yates’ “Fighting for Freedom”

Title: Fighting for Freedom (Modern Battles: Book Four

Author: Serena Yates

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Luiz Oliveira, a US-born Brazilian, joined the US military when he was eighteen to escape his ambassador father’s tyranny. Once his active duty obligation ends he starts a private investigation and security company with his Army buddy, Reinaldo Valverde. Years later, Luiz learns Colombian drug lords have kidnapped his childhood friend and teenage crush, Dr. Pascal Taylor-Cornett. Geography and their careers may have kept them apart, but they have been attracted to each other since they were fifteen, so Luiz is determined to come to Pascal’s rescue. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Cardeno C., Dreamspinner Press, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Traci

Two Men Find The Windows To Each Other’s Souls In Cardeno C.’s “In Your Eyes”

Title: In Your Eyes

Author: Cardeno C.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: A Book in the Mates Series

Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. Taking control comes easily to Samuel, but relating to people, including those he’s supposed to lead, is a constant challenge. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Felicitas Ivey, Genre Romance, Reviewed by BJ

Two Men Take A Chance On Love In Felicitas Ivey’s “Tell the Bees I’m Sorry”

Title: Tell the Bees I’m Sorry

Author: Felicitas Ivey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 70 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Physics Grad Student Marcus Fitzhughes agrees to leave New York City with his roommate, Andy, to visit Andy’s uncles in Vermont. Marcus wants to escape the city and his ex-boyfriend, Dan, who hasn’t taken their break up very well. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Traci, T.A. Chase, Totally Bound

Opposites Attract In T.A. Chase’s “Anywhere Tequila Flows”

Title: Anywhere Tequila Flows (Rags to Riches #4)

Author: T.A. Chase

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Two men convinced they’ll never find love discover it in the least likely of places.
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3.5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, M.J. O'Shea, Reviewed by Kim

Audio Book Review: “Coming Home” by M.J. O’Shea – Narrated by Tom Vilot

Title: Coming Home (Rock Bay: Book One)

Author: M.J. O’Shea

Narrator:: Tom Vilot

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 37 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Tallis Carrington ruled Rock Bay with his gang of jocks and an iron fist-until a scandal destroyed his family’s name. Ten years later Tallis is dead broke, newly homeless, and on the walk of shame to end all walks of shame. He needs money and needs it fast, and Rock Bay is the only home he knows. But the people of Rock Bay haven’t forgotten him-or the spoiled brat he used to be. The only person in town willing to overlook his past is Lex, the new coffee shop owner, who offers Tally a job even though he appears to despise Tally based on his reputation alone. When Tally discovers his gorgeous boss is the kid he tortured back in high school, Lex’s hot and cold routine finally makes sense. Now Tally has to pull out all the stops to prove he was never really the jerk he seemed to be. After all, if he can win Lex’s heart, the rest of the town should be a piece of coffee cake. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Ravenous Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Rory Ni Coileain, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

A Fae And A Human Find Love In Rory Ni Coileain’s “Hard as Stone”


“Only themselves understand themselves and the like of themselves, as souls only understand souls.” ― Walt Whitman


Title: Hard as Stone (SoulShares #1)

Author: Rory Ni Coileain

Publisher: Revenous Romance

Pages/Word Count: 185 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Tiernan Guaire is a Fae in exile. Forced from the Realm into the human world for the unimaginable crime of a brother’s murder, he lives by a century-old vow, to trust no one, and never to allow himself to love or be loved. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, D.W. Marchwell, Genre Romance

D.W. Marchwell’s “A Fine Mingling” Might Leave You Wanting

Title: A Fine Mingling

Author: D.W. Marchwell

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 214 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Benjamin “Big Ben” Forrester came from a wealthy family, went to the right schools, and had handsome men falling at his feet. But all Ben has ever wanted is a man to love him unconditionally. Being a firefighter won’t bring Ben fame or riches, so where will he find true love and acceptance?
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3.5 Stars, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lana, Samhain Publishing, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Summer Devon

Big Brother Is Watching In Summer Devon’s “Revealing the Beast”


Title: Revealing the Beast

Author: Summer Devon

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Desire that runs deeper than blood.

Colt Easton is easygoing, fun loving, good with little kids and he occasionally turns into a beast capable of ripping out a man’s throat. It’s a family secret he’d be more than happy to keep if there wasn’t a little boy’s life at stake.
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3.5 Stars, LC Chase, Reviewed by Tina, Riptide Publishing

Love Heats Up The Rodeo In L.C. Chase’s “Let It Ride”


“Life had its own plan; folks just had to learn how to ride it or get bucked off.” — L.C. Chase


Title: Let It Ride (Pickup Men #2)

Author: L.C. Chase

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 195 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Pickup man Bridge Sullivan is the kind of cowboy everyone wants—as a brother, a friend, a lover. People think he’s straight, but Bridge isn’t one for labels, and when a sexy male paramedic jumpstarts his heart, he charges in with all guns blazing.
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3.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Kate McMurray, Reviewed by Tina

Opposites Attract in Kate McMurray’s “The Silence of the Stars”


“You can’t patch a wounded soul with a Band-Aid.” ― Michael Connelly


Title: The Silence of the Stars

Author: Kate McMurray

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Sandy Sullivan has gotten so good at covering up his emotions, he’s waiting for someone to hand him an Oscar. On the outside, he’s a cheerful, funny guy, but his good humor is the only thing keeping awful memories from his army tours in Afghanistan at bay. Worse, Sandy is now adrift after breaking up with the only man who ever understood him, but who also wanted to fix him the way Sandy’s been fixing up his new house in Brooklyn.
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3.5 Stars, Reviewed by Jules, Self-Published, Taylor V. Donovan

Rumor Has It In Taylor V. Donovan’s “Hearsay”


“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu (quoted in Hearsay)


Title: Hearsay (Bylaws #1)

Author: Taylor V. Donovan

Publisher: Self-Published (TVD Books)

Pages/Word Count: 299 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Senior associate attorney Derrick Swain wants it all: a loving husband, a fulfilling career, and a couple of kids. After years of hard work he’s on the fast track to a promotion. He’s also met the man of his dreams. A week of daily lunch meetings in Central Park provides the perfect setting to get to know him better, and Derrick thinks it won’t be long before they take the next step and go on a date. But instead of asking him out, the object of his affection stops showing up without explanation, leaving him to wonder what went wrong.
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3.5 Stars, Gene Gant, Harmony Ink Press, Reviewed by Jackie

A Young Man Learns That Life Is Rarely Simple In Gene Gant’s “If You Really Love Me” – Reviewed by Jackie


“Never tie your happiness to the tail of someone else’s kite.” ― Beth Hoffman


Title: If You Really Love Me

Author: Gene Gant

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Pages/Word Count: 172 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: With time ticking until graduation, Ellis Carter doesn’t have a plan for after high school. Since his best friend Cary dropped out, he has no one to talk to. All he knows is he doesn’t want to continue being a burden to his mother. Adding to his daily torture is the school’s new resident bad boy, Saul Brooks. So to say he’s amazed when the mysterious Saul invites him to the gym for a workout is an understatement. Soon, they go from workout buddies to boyfriends, and Ellis couldn’t be happier. But happiness is fleeting. His mother begins a new relationship he thinks will lead to pain, and Cary makes a decision that could take him out of Ellis’s life for good. Just when he needs to lean on his boyfriend the most, Ellis discovers Saul has a secret that could break them apart.
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3.5 Stars, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Reviewed by Kim, Samhain Publishing

The Past Returns In L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov’s “No Distance Left to Run” – Reviewed by Kim


“Desperation can make a person do surprising things.” ― Veronica Roth


Title: No Distance Left to Run (Distance Between Us: Book Four)

Authors: L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 227 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: The night before Chris and his best friend Joshua were sent thousands of miles apart on their respective Mormon missions, they finally gave in to their mutual desire. Left trying to make sense of what happened, Chris’s already shaky faith crumbled altogether a year later when Joshua suddenly died.
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3.5 Stars, Love Lane Books, Reviewed by Tina, RJ Scott

Love Is The Answer In R.J. Scotts “A Reason to Stay” – Reviewed by Tina


“I’m sorry I couldn’t be more for you.”
Ian frowned, then dismissed the words with a huff. “Months of sex with a whole lot of laughing and beer? Nothing wrong with that.” — R.J. Scott


Title: A Reason to Stay (Heroes #1)

Author: R.J. Scott

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Pages/Word Count: 290 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: When SEAL, Viktor Zavodny, left small town America for the Navy he made sure he never had a reason to return for anything other than visiting family. He wanted to see the world and fight for his country and nothing, or no one, was getting in his way. He fights hard, and plays harder, and a succession of men and women share his bed.
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