4.5 Stars, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Reviewed by Sammy, Self-Published

Review and Backlist Title Giveaway: The Dating Game by Jay Northcote

Title: The Dating Game

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 103 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Five sex-free dates—how hard can it be?

When they were at uni, Owen always had a bit of a crush on Nathan. But Nathan was apparently straight, and Owen was too busy with other guys to take his crush seriously.

When Nathan moves back to Bristol after a year away, Owen hears that Nathan has come out of the closet, and he propositions him. Nathan doesn’t want to be just another notch on Owen’s bedpost, though, so he challenges Owen to prove he can be serious: five dates before they have sex. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Daisy Harris, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Lana, Samhain Publishing

Review: November Rain by Daisy Harris

Title: November Rain

Author: Daisy Harris

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 140 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: A single bullet could take them both down.

Fire and Rain, Book 4

Detective Joe Klamath is used to guys falling on their backs at the arch of his commanding eyebrow. Yet he can’t seem to get a read on a cute, department-store sales guy. The vagrant who just walked in, though? He’s easy to read. He’s dangerous. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, H.J. Brues, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim

Review: Yakuza Courage by H.J. Brues

Title: Yakuza Courage

Author: H.J. Brues

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Sequel to Yakuza Pride

Ex-Navy SEAL Brendan O’Farrihy enrolls in kendo classes to investigate a Honolulu dojo acting as a front for a yakuza syndicate. Or at least that’s what Brendan’s client, Senator Harris, believes. Through his kendo instructor, the cocky, short-fused, gorgeous Kinosuke Yonekawa, Brendan learns the criminals who are supposedly using the senator’s son, Kenneth, to expand their activities into the US, seem to have severed any yakuza connections. The jaded, soul-scarred former soldier is captivated by the loyalty these gangsters show each other and the way they protect Ken like a tight military unit. Brendan wonders why the senator lied to him, and what the yakuza are shielding Ken from. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Charlie Cochet, Dreamspinner Press, Historical Romance, Reviewed by Lisa

Review: A Rose by Any Other Name by Charlie Cochet

“The Green-eyed Monster causes much woe, but the absence of this ugly serpent argues the presence of a corpse whose name is Eros.” – Minna Thomas Antrim


Title: A Rose by Any Other Name

Author: Charlie Cochet

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Nights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life’s too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It’s a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought after performer at the Pantheon, Julius uses his beauty and charm on enthusiastic patrons, but growing weary of superficial love, he longs to make a better life for himself. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Cardeno C., Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Self-Published

Review and Giveaway: “McFarland’s Farm” by Cardeno C.

“Wanting something and being able to have it aren’t the same things.” – Cardeno C


Title: McFarland’s Farm (Hope #1)

Author: Cardeno C.

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 102 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father’s demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father’s money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Harmony Ink Press, M.J. O'Shea, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Young Adult

M.J. O’Shea’s “Loveblood” Reminds Us Soul Mates Really Do Exist

Title: Loveblood

Author: M.J. O’Shea

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Pages/Word Count: 256 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Max Appleton and his mother Celia are on the run, hiding from an abusive father and husband who’s also a notoriously bad pack leader. When Max hit puberty and it became obvious he’d never make an alpha wolf, his father turned the brunt of his anger toward his inferior son and his beta wolf wife for producing him. Max and Celia find sanctuary in a garden cottage at Holly Court, the sprawling estate where Celia’s oldest friend lives with her pack alpha husband, three daughters, and teenaged son Jonah. 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, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Erotica, Kol Anderson, Reviewed by Sammy, Self-Published

Kol Anderson Redefines Brotherly Love In “The Crying Game”

“I am afraid of him now. The one I love most in the world.” – Neil Jordan


Title: The Crying Game

Author: Kol Anderson

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 41 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: William Davenport can’t take the weight of the secret in his life any more.

When his brother makes the ultimate sacrifice for their family’s legacy and leaves William in the cold, it may just be time to accept the reality that everyone wants him to accept. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Kendall McKenna, MLR Press, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Chris, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Survival Depends Upon The Strength Of A Bond In Kendall McKenna’s “Strength of the Mate”

Title: Strength of the Mate (The Tameness of the Wolf #3)

Author: Kendall McKenna

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 356 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Rampaging werewolves cause the True Alpha to send his Omega, Dawson Rivers, to bring them under control. Can Adam Madison help or hinder Dawson’s mission?

Adam Madison is in Iraq, driving supply trucks for the Marines, but he still can’t outrun his personal ghosts. Outside the wire, insurgents are a relentless threat. Inside, renegade werewolves are a constant danger. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Charlie Cochet, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Falling In Love Could Be The Greatest Of All Dangers In Charlie Cochet’s “Blood & Thunder”

“When it seems like the world’s burning down around you, a little sense of normality can go a long way.” – Charlie Cochet


Title: Blood & Thunder (THIRDS: Book Two)

Author: Charlie Cochet

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos. 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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4.5 Stars, Audio Book, B.G. Thomas, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Reviewed by Kim

Charlie David’s Narration Makes B.G. Thomas’s “The Boy Who Came In From the Cold” A Recommended Listen

Title: The Boy Who Came In From the Cold

Author: B.G. Thomas

Narrator:: Charlie David

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 57 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Todd Burton has had enough of small-town Buckman. His abusive stepfather calls him a fag; his friend Austin makes him realize he may be gay, but Todd doesn’t want to admit his stepfather is right; and he dreams of being a chef. Three good reasons to flee his hometown and pursue greener pastures. But when Todd reaches the big city, his luck runs dry. Soon he can’t pay his rent and gets evicted. In the middle of a snowstorm. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Sammy, Self-Published, Silvia Violet

Silvia Violet’s “Unexpected Trust” Is An Action Packed Addition To The Series

“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.” – Paul Coelho


Title: Unexpected Trust (Unexpected #2)

Author: Silvia Violet

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 175 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Special Agent Hugh Cranford, better known as Sport, is conducting an off-the-record investigation. He’s after Danny O’Sullivan, a spy rumored to have assisted in the ambush of Sport’s former SEAL team.

Danny claims he and Sport are on the same side, and the real traitor is the man Sport is working for. But Danny is a master manipulator. He’s also the most seductive man Sport has ever met. Sport can’t help being attracted to him, but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to trust him. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by BJ, T.K. Paige, Totally Bound

Love Catches Fire In T.K. Paige’s “Here for You”

Title: Here for You

Author: T.K. Paige

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 108 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: When James falls for the new guy at the station is he just setting himself up to be burned?

Welcome to Deacon, Oklahoma. Straight population—seven hundred and ninety-six. Gay population—James Hara. Except it really isn’t that bad because when he came out to his hometown, something wonderful happened. They still loved him…most did anyway. The only problem is the lack of a dating pool. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Chacelyn Pierce, Dreamspinner Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Kim

Chacelyn Pierce’s “Cryptshiver” Is A Great Introduction To The Dark Regulators Series

Title: Cryptshiver

Author: Chacelyn Pierce

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 106 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: When a skinned corpse found in a cemetery rises from the dead, supernatural agents Avi Grissom and Jakob Ender hunt for the killer. But Grissom is more interested in his partner’s mysterious disappearance two years ago and his recent return. Something isn’t right with Ender, and the werewolf in Grissom desperately needs to sniff out what has Ender so tight-lipped while fighting off the desire for the secretive vampire that has only grown during his absence. His quest to solve the murder unearths personal truths of vengeance and death magic, and reveals one of their most notorious enemies. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Harper Fox, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Possession Is 9/10ths Of The Fun In Harper Fox’s “Tinsel Fish”


“What the hell are tinsel fish? And who here is thinking so hard about them?” – Harper Fox


Title: Tinsel Fish (Tyack & Frayne: Book Two)

Author: Harper Fox

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 97 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Christmas in a Cornish seaside town, bright lights and a hot new romance to ward off the winter storms… What could be finer? But Gideon and Lee’s first festive season together is shockingly interrupted when Lee tries to rid a client’s home of a malevolent presence. The ritual goes wrong, and in its aftermath Lee is strangely altered. As well as dealing with the changes in his lover, Gideon has a sinister thread to follow, linking the haunted house with disappearances among the homeless people of Falmouth. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Torquere Press

Torquere Press Shows A Little Love To “Men in Uniform”

Title: Men in Uniform

Author: Anthology

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 166 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: There’s just something about a man in uniform, no matter what kind of uniform it happens to be. In “Best Laid Plans” by M. Durango, Craig gets a blast from the past when his new delivery man turns out to be his college boyfriend, Ryan. In “Seven Steps To Heaven” by Emily Moreton, stripper Steve finds that hooking up with a hot police officer is easy, but navigating what comes next, that’s the challenge. In “UPSex” by Rob Rosen, Don loves a man in uniform, especially Ernie, his brown-clad UPS man with the ample empty space in the rear of his truck. Gunshots rip through an idyllic neighborhood and soon Rick and Gabriel are combing the mountains for a kidnapped child in a search that becomes much more, in “Crossfire” by Jon Keys. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Harper Fox, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

What Lurks In The Mist In Harper Fox’s “Once Upon a Haunted Moor”?


“That sound—you feel it before you hear it, a kind of low vibration in your bones.” – Harper Fox


Title: Once Upon a Haunted Moor (Tyack and Frayne: Book One)

Author: Harper Fox

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 80 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Gideon Frayne has spent his whole working life as a policeman in the village of Dark on Bodmin Moor. It’s not life in the fast lane, but he takes it very seriously, and his first missing-child case is eating him alive. When his own boss sends in a psychic to help with the case, he’s gutted – he’s a level-headed copper who doesn’t believe in such things, and he can’t help but think that the arrival of clairvoyant Lee Tyack is a comment on his failure to find the little girl. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, M.J. O'Shea, Reviewed by Chris

A Summer Fling Leads To Love In M.J. O’Shea’s “Impractical Magic”

Title: Impractical Magic

Author: M.J. O’Shea

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 206 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Physics teacher Fenton Keene is looking forward to a summer of doing nothing but hanging out with friends and maybe getting into a little trouble. With his best friend out of town, trouble seems like the best option and it comes in the form of his building’s newest temporary resident, a gorgeous fireman named Kevin. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Ethan Stone, Reviewed by Traci, Totally Bound

Ethan Stone Delivers Some “Vegas Hustle” And A Great Story

Title: Vegas Hustle

Author: Ethan Stone

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 66 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: A business trip to Las Vegas becomes a life or death situation for a comic book fan.

Comic book geek Adam Brand is young, good-looking and wealthy. He’s also a virgin because he’s not skilled at picking up guys. While in Vegas with his friend Dean to finalize a real estate deal, he throws caution to the wind and hires a professional. Hustler Javier Campos is just Adam’s type and his first time is perfect.
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5 Stars, Genre Romance, J.M. Cartwright, Loose Id, Reviewed by Jackie

A Lawman And A Rock Star Find Love In J.M. Cartwright’s “A Change of Tune”

Title: A Change of Tune

Author: J.M. Cartwright

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 254 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Johnny Rayne has had enough–enough of being at the top of the rock music industry for the last decade, enough of constant touring and recording. He wants something more–something very different. Moving to a farm in West Virginia, Johnny runs smack into Sheriff Virgil Grissom his first morning in the mountains.
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4.5 Stars, Charlie Cochet, Dreamspinner Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Charlie Cochet’s “Hell & High Water” Is An Action Packed Intro To The THIRDS Series


“Most of all, I want you to know without a doubt that I’ve got your back. And your front. And your sides. I’ve got all of you and I’m not letting go.” – Maya Banks


Title: Hell & High Water (THIRDS: Book One)

Author: Charlie Cochet

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 296 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.
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4.5 Stars, Bailey Bradford, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Reviewed by Traci, Totally Bound

A Man Acts Out His Fantasies In Bailey Bradford’s “Unexpected Places”

Title: Unexpected Places

Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 28 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Love finds you in the most unexpected places.

Carter Hausemann loves his adventures in the great outdoors. He never feels as free and happy as he does when he’s hiking up a mountain or over a desert trail. After a childhood spent locked indoors, he craves the sunlight on his face and the blanket of moonlight.
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4.5 Stars, Reviewed by Traci, Riptide Publishing, SE Jakes

SE Jakes Is Off And “Running Wild” With The New Havoc Series


Title: Running Wild (Havoc #1)

Author: SE Jakes

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 270 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Embrace the danger.

Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.
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