4 Stars, Drama, Historical Romance, Lisa Henry, Reviewed by Lynn, Riptide Publishing

Review: Sweetwater by Lisa Henry

Title: Sweetwater

Author: Lisa Henry

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Wyoming Territory, 1870.

Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he’s deaf, but that’s not his only problem. Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden. Continue reading

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4 Stars, B.G. Thomas, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lynn

Review: Summer Lover by B.G. Thomas

Title: Summer Lover

Author: B.G. Thomas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Seasons of Love: Book Two

Scott Aberdeen doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or God. Or love—at least, he knows no one will ever love him. After all, he has carried a torch for his best friend Sloan for a decade, hoping his feelings will be returned one day. But when Sloan finds springtime love with another man, Scott’s fantasies are crushed and his skepticism confirmed. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lana

Review: The Paranormal Detection Agency by Anne Brooke

Title: The Paranormal Detection Agency

Author: Anne Brooke

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 57 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: When paranormal investigator Jack Atkinson meets new client Aaron Riley, he doesn’t expect the level of attraction he instantly feels for the man. Neither does he expect the kind of haunting Aaron describes, which Jack is determined to solve.
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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, Dreamspinner Press, EM Lynley, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kim

Review: Spaghetti Western by EM Lynley

Title: Spaghetti Western

Author: EM Lynley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: A Novel in the Delectable Series

Cordon-Blue trained pastry chef Riley Emerson arrives in Aspen, Colorado for a summer season at the best restaurant in town, only to discover his jerk of a boyfriend has dumped him, leaving his heart and his summer plans in tatters. Doubting himself and longing for a change of pace, he takes a low-paying position as chef at a guest ranch, the Rocking Z. The scenery is gorgeous, but he expects that nature up close and personal can’t hold a candle to his exciting Paris lifestyle. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Literary Fiction, Michael Kudo, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Jackie, Wilde City Press

Review: Red Rose (Blood) by Michael Kudo

Title: Red Rose (Blood)

Author: Michael Kudo

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: “I don’t like to be called an Assassin, I prefer the term problem solver.”

My name’s Alex. I’m an average guy. I kill people for a living. But don’t judge me.

I don’t take jobs on just anybody though. I only kill the really annoying people, like cheaters or abusers. So if you think about it, I’m actually doing God’s work—okay, maybe that’s stretching things a bit. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Erotica, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Rocky Ridge Books, Z. Allora

Review: With Wings (The Dark Angels: Book One) by Z. Allora

Title: With Wings (The Dark Angels: Book One)

Author: Z. Allora

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Pages/Word Count: 251 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: The lights go down and stage lights up. The Dark Angels have arrived. With his come-hither voice and body made for sin, lead singer Angel Luv draws lovers like a magnet. And when he caresses and taunts shy guitarist Darius Stone on stage, well…it’s an act, right? But every touch lights a fire, and every flirtatious glance chips away at Dare’s certainty that he’s straight. No one else has so captured his imagination. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Horror, Love Lane Books, Meredith Russell, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: “Dead Things” by Meredith Russell

“Too often something was lurking around the corner ready to bite you in the ass. Literally.” – Meredith Russell


Title: Dead Things

Author: Meredith Russell

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Pages/Word Count: 182 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Devin never thought he could find hope or love among the ruins of a broken world. Not until he found Noah.

When Devin Reid returned home from his final tour in Afghanistan he thought he’d seen the worst of what people could do to other people. It turned out he was wrong. Continue reading

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4 Stars, D.H. Starr, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Wilde City Press

Review: “The One I Choose” by D.H. Starr

Title: The One I Choose

Author: D.H. Starr

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 33k Words

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Cal’s been with his partner Rhys for three years, their life together was perfect—or so he thought. When Rhys’s culinary path in NYC is detoured, Cal uses his inheritance to relocate them to Boston. While using his contracting skills tirelessly to get Rhys’s restaurant operational, Cal realizes that Rhys’s happiness, their very relationship, may not be as solid as he’d once thought. Cal struggles as he realizes the many ways he’s taken Rhys for granted and needs to make some hard choices if he doesn’t want to lose the man he loves. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, K.C. Burn, Reviewed by Kim

Sound Bite Sunday: “Cast Off” by KC Burn – Narrated By Tristan James

Title: Cast Off (Toronto Tales: Book Three)

Author: KC Burn

Narrator:: Tristan James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 35 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Thirty-five-year-old Rick Haviland is a well-respected speech pathologist, but while his friends are all settling into relationships, he refuses to give up his no-strings-attached club-boy sex life. For him, relationships are dangerous; he’s got a secret to hide. When he meets Ian O’Donnell, an account manager with a local tabloid, Rick figures his personal rules for relationships should be enough to keep him safe from more than a one-night stand. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, GL Roberts, Paranormal Romance, Seventh Window Publishing

Two Men Share A History, Over And Over Again, In GL Roberts’ “A Bell for Andy”

Title: A Bell for Andy

Author: GL Roberts

Publisher: Seventh Window Publications

Pages/Word Count: 173 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Brian Gallagher and Andy McGrath grew up in the south end of Boston in the 1950s. They went to the same catholic school, had the same interest in Ireland, had both been hospitalized for Scarlet Fever–they even shared a room–and grew up having the same dreams that took place during a time they did not live and involved people they did not know. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Felice Stevens, Genre Romance, Loose Id, Reviewed by Jackie

There’s A Little Animal Attraction In Felice Stevens’ “Rescued”

Title: Rescued

Author: Felice Stevens

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 212 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection: his parents couldn’t accept his sexuality and his lover chose drugs over his love. The only bright lights in his life are his younger brother and his rescued pit bull. But now his mother’s punishment for his lifestyle has cut him off from his brother he loves so deeply. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Self-Published

Ellis Carrington’s “Stripped Away” Reveals The Inner Heart

Title: Stripped Away (Stripped Clean #2)

Author: Ellis Carrington

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: HE DOESN’T RECOGNIZE HIMSELF

David Moorehouse has spent his life hiding behind masks. Nice guy. Best friend. Reverend’s kid. After finding his father dead on the floor, he’s been stripped of his job at the family church and his identity as the quiet, nice guy. The life he knew is over, and he doesn’t know what to do next.

HE KNOWS ANGER BETTER THAN ANYONE Continue reading

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kim, Scarlet Blackwell, Totally Bound

Scarlet Blackwell’s “Poetry in Motion” Is Just As Good The Second Time Around

Title: Poetry in Motion

Author: Scarlet Blackwell

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 64 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Traveling salesman Paul is only in the historic English town of Lincoln for one night and is looking to pick up a spicy little something to take back to his hotel. Should twenty-year old student Adam be off limits? He’s too young and Paul should know better. But Adam’s too keen and Paul has limited will power… Continue reading

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4 Stars, Kay Berrisford, Love Lane Books, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Kay Berrisford’s “Catching Kit” Is Urban Fantasy, Elf Style

“I’ve searched centuries for someone like you.” – Kay Berrisford


Title: Catching Kit (Underground Elves #1)

Author: Kay Berrisford

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Pages/Word Count: 110 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Please note: This is a revised version of a previously released title.

Denny is a top secret agent on a mission to protect London from Ethereal Beings – elves – who are seen as dangerous mind-reading parasites who prey on human emotions. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Angel Martinez, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Taz, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Angel Martinez Brings Romance and Sci-Fi Together In “Gravitational Attraction”

Title: Gravitational Attraction

Author: Angel Martinez

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 266 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: A mysterious distress call draws the crew of courier ship Hermes to what appears to be an empty, drifting troop vessel–empty except for the blood and gore spattered corridors and a lone survivor locked in a holding cell. Drawn to the handsome, traumatized man, the crew’s comm officer, Isaac Ozawa, makes Turk his personal responsibility, offering him the kindness and warmth he needs after the horror he experienced. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Less Than Three Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Rachel White, Reviewed by Rena, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Rachel White’s “Blood Tells” Is A Tale Of Treason and Murder

Title: Blood Tells

Author: Rachel White

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 304 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Nineteen years ago, Demetrius Fallon was accused of murdering his father by way of a rare, unusual poison. When the crown prince is nearly killed the same way, Demetrius agrees to work with Rodger Dalme, the handsome, friendly captain assigned to the case, in order to find the culprit and prove his innocence once and for all.

But there is treachery in every corner, and if he hopes to untangle the lies of the present, Demetrius will first have to face the shadows of his past … Continue reading

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Lisa Worrall, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Tina, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Totally Bound

Lisa Worrall’s “Going Under” Packs A Mean Paranormal Punch

“He says you kill ghosts for a living. Like you’re a ghostbuster or something.”

“I’m not a ghostbuster.” ― Kendare Blake


Title: Going Under

Author: Lisa Worrall

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 106 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Battered by unseen forces, Evan Griffin finally seeks help. Paranormal investigator Ross Stone is captivated. Dare he get close when he’s fighting his own demons?

Evan Griffin moved into his remote country house with all the excitement and promise of a new start. He thought he’d found it until the strange noises began… When the attacks become physical, he was left bruised and battered and desperate for help. Continue reading

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Genre Romance, Karenna Colcroft, Loose Id, Reviewed by Jackie

Two Men Take A Chance On Love In Karenna Colcroft’s “Last Chance Tattoo”

Title: Last Chance Tattoo

Author: Karenna Colcroft

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 144 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: After “failing” to make a life and a drag career in Boston, Rad Morris has returned home to Ludington, Michigan, where his primary goal is to avoid his disapproving family. Only his grandmother accepts him, and Rad feels guilty for taking her support and money.

Tattoo artist Dorsey Bellamy moved to Ludington three years ago after the death of his lover in a gay-bashing gone too far. Until Dorsey meets Rad, he keeps to himself, but something about Rad catches Dorsey’s attention. They form a friendship, which soon turns sexual, and then emotions enter the picture. But after confrontations with family members, Rad wants to leave town again, and Dorsey can only try to persuade him to stay. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Erotica, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Chris, Riptide Publishing, SE Jakes

“Not Fade Away” Is A Sexy Interlude In SE Jakes’ Hell or High Water Series

Title: Not Fade Away (Hell or High Water #3.5)

Author: SE Jakes

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 52 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Truth or dare.

Ever since superspy Cillian moved into Prophet’s building, their game of Steal the Couch has been funny to Prophet, but a thorn in Tom’s side. Then Prophet gets bored one night during an ice storm and insists on playing another simple game with Tom: Truth or Dare. In exchange for one of Prophet’s truths, Tom steals the couch one last time. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, K. Vale, Liquid Silver Books, Reviewed by Jackie

Two Men Come To Terms With The Truth In K. Vale’s “Hard Act to Follow”

Title: Hard Act to Follow (Shooting Stars: Book Three)

Author: K. Vale

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Pages/Word Count: 171 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Kyrie is an actor with a physical aversion to telling lies, a one-eyed cat, and horrible taste in men. His ex-brother-in-law and best friend, Greg, harbors a secret crush he can’t shake. After denying his feelings for Kyrie for too long, Greg finally gives in to desire one drunken night. Come the morning, the facts get twisted. Kyrie pretends he doesn’t remember a thing—a lie that eats him alive—and Greg can’t stop thinking about how he screwed up the best thing in his life. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Traci, Riptide Publishing, Vanessa North

Love Rides The Perfect Wave In Vanessa North’s “Double Up”

Title: Double Up

Author: Vanessa North

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 130 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Knowing he’s loved can make any man fly.

Fifteen years ago, Ben Warren was a wakeboarding champion: king of big air, ballsy tricks, and boned grabs. Until a career-ending injury left him broken in ways he still has no hope of fixing. Now he takes his thrills where he can get them, and tries not to let life hurt too much. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Nikki Woolfolk, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Small Gems, Word Nerd Press

Small Gems Sunday: “The Men of Summerly” by Nikki Woolfolk

“You were supposed to go to the Ball for a few hours and have some fun, not find a husband!” – Nikki Woolfolk


Title: The Men of Summerly (Sweet and Steamy Series: Book Two)

Author: Nikki Woolfolk

Publisher: Word Nerd Press

Pages/Word Count: 61 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Tradition is as quaint tradition does.

So thinks British trade envoy Simon Leatherby as he settles into his temporary home in the mountains of Stubborn, West Virginia, to negotiate an equitable export trade agreement. As the guest of honor at the annual Midsummer Night’s Dream Costume Ball, Simon is charmed by the beauty of this rugged country and matchmaking townsfolk, but only business is on his mind. Continue reading

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4 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Cleis Press, John Preston, Reviewed by Lisa

Saturday Classic: “Mr. Benson (A Novel)” by John Preston

“I’ll expect unquestioning service from you. I’ll expect you to be mine—not a trick, not a lover, not a person—just a piece of ass who happens to be my personal servant.” – Mr. Benson


Title: Mr. Benson: A Novel

Author: John Preston

Publisher: Cleis Press

Pages/Word Count: 230 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Mr. Benson is the compelling story of a young man’s quest for the perfect master. In a West Village leather bar, he finds wealthy, sophisticated, exacting Aristotle Benson, who leads him down the path of erotic enlightenment, teaching him to accept cruelty as love, anguish as affection, and ultimately, Mr. Benson as his master. Continue reading

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