3 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Kate Sherwood, Narration Rating - 4 Stars, Reviewed by Sadonna

Audio Review: More than Chemistry by Kate Sherwood – Narrated by Derrick McClain

Title: More than Chemistry

Author: Kate Sherwood

Narrator: Derrick McClain

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 2 Hours and 13 Minutes

At a Glance: A humorous and fun story that illustrates that the heart wants what the heart wants.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: Jack Lawson grew up poor and can’t forget it. He’s a huge success in the business world, but it won’t be enough until the image of “poor little Jack” is completely wiped away. When Jack runs into his old friend, Noah Mercier, he decides that Noah’s sister, an up-and-coming movie star, would be the perfect evidence of glamorous success. If Jack can win Hayley, it will be clear to everyone, including himself, that he has truly arrived.

The problem with Jack’s grand plan is that he’s more attracted to Noah. Jack’s never worried about the gender of his conquests, but Noah just isn’t flashy enough for Jack’s scheme to set the world on fire… unless Jack realizes he has practically no control over deciding who he wants—and even less choice in who he needs.

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Review: Jack is a self-made man who is the CEO of his company. He grew up in much different circumstances, though, so he still feels like he has to “prove” his success every day.

When meeting with a new ad firm, he recognizes Noah, a guy on the team, as a guy from his high school. He thinks he’ll be able to use this to his advantage, and so he decides that he will only work with Noah. This freaks Noah out because he’s really a tech guy – not a client guy. But Jack has a pretty quirky personality, and he really likes to mess with people, and he wants to control the situation with this agency. For his part, Noah is shocked that Jack even remembers him. But it seems that Jack actually does like Noah, and he wants him to succeed. They end up spending quite a bit of time together, and Jack really enjoys his time with Noah – they seem to be developing a real connection. Noah lacks a bit of self-confidence. He makes sure Jack knows he is gay. Jack is bisexual and really doesn’t seem to worry too much about labels or the gender of his partners.

When Jack discovers that Noah’s sister is a movie star, he decides that will be the final feather in his cap to show that he has truly arrived. He wheedles and coerces Noah into securing a date with Hayley (the sister) for a hockey game. Noah isn’t comfortable with that, but he gives in to the force of nature that is Jack, and he agrees to go with them to the game.

When the time comes for the date, though, it turns out that both men are having second thoughts and mixed feelings. There are some big surprises for Jack, and for Noah as well, and it turns out that sometimes what you think you want isn’t at all what you need.

I had forgotten when I signed up to review this audiobook that I had read the story several years ago, right when it was published. Kate Sherwood is a favorite author – her Dark Horse series is one of my all-time favorites, and my favorite ménage series to date. This is a MUCH lighter tale, and the narrator makes it that much more fun. His characterizations – particularly of the quirky and clueless Jack – are spot on and definitely enliven the story. I really loved the secondary characters too – especially Hayley and Jack’s assistant, Claire. I would definitely listen to another audiobook with this narrator. Definitely recommended for a delightful couple of hours fun.







 

You can buy More than Chemistry here:

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Giveaways, Kate Sherwood, Riptide Publishing

Guest Post and Giveaway: The Sacrati Blog Tour With Kate Sherwood

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The Novel Approach welcomes Kate Sherwood today on the Sacrati blog tour. Kate’s here to chat a bit about the “what ifs” of speculative fiction, and there’s also a tour-wide giveaway from Riptide Publishing of a $15 Gift Card to use in their bookshop. To enter, just leave a comment below. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 10th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Don’t forget to add your email so they can contact you if you win!

Good luck!

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Sacrati is a hard book to categorize. I mean, the broad category is easy – it’s m/m romance, for sure. But the subcategory? Fantasy, maybe, but there’s no magic, no dragons. Alternate History? I guess, but usually alternate history is at least a little connected to our world. Like, it’s set in recognizable countries, but things shook out differently than they did in our reality.

Speculative Fiction. I like that term, and it’s probably the one that fits best. But mostly it fits best because it’s a bit vague.

That said, it sums up my favourite part of writing – the speculation. The “what if” game we can play. What if there was a pre-industrial society even more militarized than the Spartans? What if someone from a more ‘traditional’ pre-industrial society was introduced to the militarized one?

And then the more conventional speculation, of course. What if two opposites fell in love? What if they didn’t trust each other? What if they had to work together?

That’s really what novels are all about, after all. They start with a “what if”, and then the story continues from there. “What if a neglected boy found out he was actually a powerful wizard?” “What if a shy virgin fell in love with a kinky millionaire?” “What if a totalitarian government forced children to fight each other in a televised contest, and one of the children challenged the system?”

What are your favourite books with speculative themes? And what are your favourite “what if”s for books in general?

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Sacrati_400x600Blurb: As an elite Sacrati fighter in the mighty Torian military, Theos is blessed with a city full of women who want to bear his children, and a barracks full of men proud to fight at his side and share his bed. He has everything he needs—until he captures Finnvid on a raid.

Finnvid is on a secret mission to prevent the Torian invasion of his homeland Elkat. Being enslaved by Torian soldiers wasn’t in his plans. Neither is his horrified fascination with the casual promiscuity of the Sacrati warriors. Men should not lie with other men—and he should not be so intrigued when they do. He definitely should not be most intrigued by the leader of the soldiers who captured him and plan to invade his home.

For Theos, everything would have been easier if the infuriating, lying, bewildering Elkati had never come into his life, but he can’t stay away. When betrayal and treachery threaten both their nations, they must work together to stop a war that could destroy their homes forever—even as they begin to question everything they’re fighting for.

Buy Links: Riptide Publishing | Amazon | All Romance eBooks

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Kate SherwoodAbout the Author: Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”–other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy–the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.

Keep up with Kate on her Website, Facebook and Twitter.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Giveaways

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome! I’m so excited to share who and what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. We’ve got a fantastic lineup of authors and giveaways, a couple of cover reveals, and, of course, lots of reviews to share.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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MondayMarie Sexton kicks off our week with a cover reveal of her novel Shotgun, the latest addition to her Coda series

Also joining us today is author Kate Fierro on the tour for her new novel Love Starved

Tuesday – Our second cover reveal of the week comes to us courtesy of Susan Mac Nicol and her latest novel in the Men of London series, Suit Yourself

A.F. Henley also stops by today with a guest post on the Baby’s on Fire blog tour

Wednesday – Today we have author Rick R. Reed joining us on his Dinner at Fiorello’s blog tour

Author Karen Stivali will also be here with the Moments of Clarity blog tour

ThursdayDebbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney drop by on their Leaving Flowers blog tour

Riptide Publishing and author Heidi Belleau will also be with us today to share the newly remade covers for the Rear Entrance Video series, and the story behind them

Friday – We have Amy Lane with us today to chat about fairy tales and her new novel Immortal

Joining her is Kate Sherwood with a guest post on the Sacrati blog tour

Saturday – Finally, to close out the week, we’re hosting the blog tour for Wilde City Press’s new anthology Butt Riders on the Range

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And that does it for this time around. Until next week, happy reading!

 

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4 Stars, Kate Sherwood, Reviewed by Tina, Samhain Publishing

Kate Sherwood’s “Mark of Cain” Is A Challenging And Thought Provoking Read – Reviewed by Tina


“It had felt like Lucas was being swept along in a powerful river and he’d reached out to grab hold of Mark, standing safely on the bank. But Lucas hadn’t wanted to be rescued, he’d wanted to pull Mark into the current with him. Maybe they’d have drowned or maybe they’d have ridden the rapids together.” – Kate Sherwood


Title: Mark of Cain

Author: Kate Sherwood

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 338 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: When a man is consumed by hatred, is there anything left to love?
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Tina Strongly Recommends Reading Kate Sherwood’s “Riding Tall”


“Soul connections are not often found and are worth every bit of fight left in you to keep.” – Shannon L. Adler


Title: Riding Tall (The Fall #2)

Author: Kate Sherwood

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

**This Review Contains Minor Spoilers**

Blurb: Joe Sutton and Scott Mackenzie have ridden off into the sunset, but they wake to the cruel light of reality. Joe loves his family, even with the addition of three neighbors orphaned by a house fire. He loves the land that has supported them for generations. While there’s plenty of room left in his heart for Mackenzie, Joe must make room for him in his life.
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Risk And Sacrifice Go Before “The Fall”


“When we face pain in relationships our first response is often to sever bonds rather than to maintain commitment.” – Bell Hooks


Title: The Fall

Author: Kate Sherwood

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 214 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Every relationship leaves something behind. Dumped by his sugar daddy, part-time model Scott Mackenzie somehow ends up owning an abandoned church in rural Ontario. He dreams of using it for gay weddings, even if he’ll never have one of his own.
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