5 Stars, Genre Romance, Mathew Ortiz, Reviewed by Lana, Self-Published

Review: The Butcher, the Baker, and the Custom Bike Maker by Mathew Ortiz

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Title: The Butcher, the Baker, and the Custom Bike Maker: The Myer Triplets (The Butcher)

Author: Mathew Ortiz

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 116 Pages

At a Glance: I really loved this book. I had a smile plastered on my face throughout.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: What does a horny, bisexual, triplet, father of one do to blow off some steam? Go to the most infamous sex club in Atlanta, that’s what! Avery Myer was the responsible, dependable, reliable… too many ‘bles’ in his opinion. So when his little boy Peg decided to spend the night at a friend’s house, Avery decided it was time to have a night of nasty, dirty anonymous man sex and lord knows he needed it!

Martin Gaither knew if his sister Nan found out where he was going, she would disapprove. She would say he was looking for love in all the wrong places and he’d reminded her that he hadn’t had any luck finding love in the right places. So why not forgo love and jump on lust instead? Not like he was going to find love at Hobbins Gym and Sauna!

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Review: The Butcher is a sweet story filled with hot men, hot sex, and lots of delicious food. I’d suggest you eat first before you read this book because it will leave you hungry in more ways than one!

The story opens up with a sex scene, and this usually can go either way. Either it’s good, setting a sexy playful tone, or it’s like bad porn with no feelings, and goes downhill from there. It definitely worked here, though, because it was hysterical!

Martin Gaither, one of the Gaither cousins from the Love and Salvage series, visits a bath house, and is regretting his decision because the men don’t catch his eye one bit—but the lack of cleanliness does. The story is told from his POV, and his sarcastic inner monologue will have you laughing out loud. He finally meets Avery Meyer, and the first words out of Avery’s mouth are, “I’m horny.” Well you can just guess what happens next. They have a very hot interlude, and after the high, Avery realizes what he’s done and hightails it out of there. Martin’s disappointed but resigned that that’s how things are.

Weeks later, both still can’t forget that night. They bump into each other on the first day of school. Each one has a child, and on the first day of first grade, they have a very awkward and funny encounter at school! Their reactions are priceless. They make a date and go from there, and that’s the story; them getting to know each other, starting a relationship and, yes, always eating. Seriously, you need to eat before you read this because who knows what you’ll do on an empty stomach!

Mr. Ortiz knows how to write hot Southern men. They have sex appeal, charm, some are more alpha than others, they are secure in who they are, yet they are always looking for their true love. They love their families and friends, some are real mama’s boys, but they are all good men who just want love and companionship. These are my favorite type of characters to read about. All his characters are sarcastic and funny, and always find the bright side to life. This story is a love affair between two men who are meant to be together. They get their happy ending and eat more food!

The ending is a set up for Boone’s story, and it looks like it’ll be loads of fun too. I really loved this book. I had a smile plastered on my face throughout. If you love sex and food you’ll love this book. Can’t wait for Boone’s story next!

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3 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Mathew Ortiz, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lana, Self-Published

Review: Luxuria by Mathew Ortiz

Title: Luxuria (The Oswald Witches: Book Two)

Author: Mathew Ortiz

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 217 Pages

At a Glance: While I enjoyed reading this book, it didn’t wow me.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Duncan Blackthorne carried a heavy burden for one so young. One of the most powerful witches of the Earth Clans, his singular ability to control fire was both blessing and curse. The wallflower of his family, they had no idea of what turbulent waters churned under his calm surface. Never expecting to find love, he trudged through life, expecting nothing. Until the man in his dreams became more real and insistent, Duncan realized his dream lover was so much more than expected. Suddenly he had a real world dominant that rocked his body and a dreaming ghost lover who captured his heart. Now what the hell was witch to do?

Note to my readers: This book contains strong male/male content. It also contains an epilogue, updating characters from previous series, linking my various books.

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WARNING: REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

Review: Luxuria is the second book in the Oswald Witches series. Where I loved the first book, this one didn’t live up to my expectations. I enjoyed it but was not blown away. And I wanted to be.

Luxuria is Duncan’s story, though the focus wasn’t solely on him but on several other characters also. I found this a bit distracting. The plot follows Duncan and the resignation that he’s going to spend his life alone without his bonded mate. Duncan’s power is fire and because of that, he can only be with demons, who are impervious to fire. We also learn that Duncan has a dirty little secret. He likes tattoos, piercings and a lot of kinky sex—as in bondage. He gets mixed up with a demon Dom, who later tries to kill him. Duncan also finds his bonded mate, who turns out to be a ghost. This is a big problem! The ghost, Zeke, is the same ghost from Skin Tight Levis. He’s also the ghost lover of the original Duncan, who was killed during the Salem witch trials. Present day Duncan is the re-incarnation of the original Duncan. The whole Duncan/Zeke plot wasn’t developed fully, and the resolution was a bit off a cliffhanger. I was disappointed because I wanted Duncan and Zeke to have their HEA. I’m hoping they do eventually.

There were a number of other plot lines and lots of characters. While I enjoyed them, I felt that either they needed more space devoted to them or to be cut altogether. I thought all the storylines needed to be more tightly written, and felt they were all over the place. And at the end Oliver finds his mate, but we get absolutely no details. That would have been an interesting story too.

Luxuria was much darker than the previous book and the little humor there was, was like a breath of fresh air. I wanted more of that, particularly with Duncan.

At the end, there was a snippet into the lives of the boys from the Renovating Love series, and it just whetted my appetite for the next books to come. I mentioned this before—the way Mr. Ortiz tied all of his books together is pretty ingenious and enjoyable.

While I enjoyed reading this book, it didn’t wow me. I’m waiting for the next installment of the Oswald witches to make my witch’s senses tingle.






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5 Stars, Genre Romance, Mathew Ortiz, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Review: Desdemona Darkly: When Mickey Met Hugh by Mathew Ortiz

Title: Desdemona Darkly: When Mickey Met Hugh

Author: Mathew Ortiz

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 155 Pages

At a Glance: I was completely charmed by this book. It was a win, start to finish.

Blurb: Are we rolling?”

“Yes Mr. Sherwood. Just say the lines as we rehearsed.”

“Got it.”

Mickey nodded and sucked in a lungful of air. Blowing it out, he began. “Welcome to Desdemona Darkly, your premier online site for adult toys and accessories. I’m here to introduce myself and tell you about our site and staff. My name is Mickey Sherwood Co-Founder and CEO of Desdemona Darkly. My staff and I are committed to providing you with only the highest quality intimate products and superb customer service. We have the online site to order from or if you wish, you can speak to one of our customer service team members, if you have questions with your order. You can also call us if you have any questions at all, regarding our products. Our phone lines are open twenty-four seven for your convenience. Making you happy and satisfied is our primary goal, here at Desdemona Darkly. Thank you again for choosing us, for your personal pleasuring needs.”

“And cut.”

Mickey grinned. “Was that good?”

“Excellent Mr. Sherwood.”

Mickey slid out of his chair, grinning. With this new commercial, he was hoping to increase sales for his company. So far everything was a success in his world, except his love life. Phfft, what else is new? Flicking on his phone he checked his messages. He had stopped by the studio to film the commercial before heading to the docks. A customs official, a Mr. Hugh Brannough, was cocking up the shipment of some of their badly needed merchandize. Well, Mr. Brannough, I’m coming for you!

A shiver suddenly raced down Hugh’s spine, as he sat at his desk at the docks. I wonder what the hell that was about? Shrugging, he went back to work…

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Review: Desdemona Darkly is decadent and delicious. I have a confession to make: I wanted this book because of its title. I had no idea what it meant, what the story was about, or even if I was going to like it, seeing as how I’ve never read Mathew Ortiz’s work before. I now know that the business Desdemona Darkly is a fine purveyor of quality sex toys. I also now know what the story is about and can say, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that not only did I like it but I loved it. I can also say that it’s made me an instant fan of Mr. Ortiz’s writing, his humor, and the warm feelings he inspires toward his characters.

Mickey Sherwood is only part owner of Desdemona Darkly—the other half is owned by his ex, Dag Jorgenson. Dag is having a bit of a problem with the ex part of their relationship, though, which may explain why Mickey can’t seem to find a new partner. Dag is the dog in the manger in this tale—he didn’t want Mickey anymore, and he wants to make sure no one else can have Mickey either. Or, at least he didn’t think he wanted Mickey anymore. There are complications, but in an odd twist that I didn’t see coming, I didn’t hate Dag, so kudos to the author for making him just that wee bit sympathetic in the end.

Hugh Brannough is the customs official who’s got Mickey’s panties in a twist, and not in the sexy way either (that comes later). Hugh’s holding a shipment of Chinese dildos in customs because of a paperwork snafu, a delay that’s going to affect Desdemona Darkly’s already stagnating bottom line in a negative way, so when Mickey high tails it to the shipping office to tear a strip from Hugh’s hairy Scottish hide, Mr. Ortiz makes several things immediately evident, not the least of which is that sparks are going to fly between the two of them. And och aye, do they ever. Sexy sex is sexy.

What Mathew Ortiz has done in Desdemona Darkly is written a believable opposites attract story filled with delightful characters, comical moments, and the truth about what it’s like to begin a new relationship, feeling things out and making things up as you go along, from deciding whether the toilet paper should roll over or under (and those passive-aggressive little battles to assert over/under toilet paper dominance) to working on their relationship and building a home from a place of equality. There are times when these two men say the wrong thing, do the wrong thing, but then they come to each other from a place of forgiveness, and it’s in those moments the author establishes the foundation for why Mickey and Hugh work as a couple. They know what they’ve stumbled into is worth hanging on to and fighting for. And, in Mickey’s case, it’s worth changing just a little bit for too, not because he’s being forced to but because he’s learned from his mistakes and isn’t bound to let history repeat itself.

The story is told in the first person, in alternating points-of-view, so that first person intimacy is doubled in this book. We get to know both Hugh and Mickey, who they are apart as well as together, and it was a great way to deliver their story because we also get to know, through their eyes, the people and things that matter to them. Mickey’s sister, his employees, and Desdemona Darkly all figure greatly in revealing who Mickey is; while Hugh has his twin teenage sons and ex wife—who, in a pleasant turn, isn’t the villain in the story and works with Hugh to parent their boys even though they aren’t a couple anymore—to ground him as someone other than Mickey’s love interest.

As someone who doesn’t read much contemporary genre romance, I’m always excited when I take a chance on one and it pays off. Desdemona Darkly is a relationship book, at its heart, but what sets it apart from some other contemporary romances is that it’s funny and playful at times; at others, it tugs at your heartstrings and makes you want to go back and start reading it all over again because it’s just that satisfying to cheer Mickey and Hugh on. I was completely charmed by this book. It was a win, start to finish.






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Simply The Best 2014 – Round Two: The Year In Reviews And A Giveaway

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Hi, everyone, we’re back again with the second round of our Best of the Best (be sure to check out Sammy’s and Tina’s lists HERE), and another chance for you to win e-copies of THREE of the titles selected by Jackie, Lana, and Jules, winner’s choice! THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED Continue reading

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5 Stars, Mathew Ortiz, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lana, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Self-Published

Review: Avaritia: The Oswald Witches by Mathew Ortiz

Title: Avaritia: The Oswald Witches

Author: Mathew Ortiz

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 251 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Welcome all to Maquintock Bay. A sleepy little town a few hours north of Boston on a picturesque stretch of New England coast. The town’s folk live a quiet life away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the simpler life, even if just north of them dwell the infamous Oswald family. The Oswald Estate is only minutes north of the town but most people avoid it. The town’s history tells of witches and supernatural events at the stately mansion. Is there truth to the rumors? Witches aren’t real, are they? Continue reading

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All Bets Are Off When It Comes To “Skin Tight Levi’s” – Reviewed by Lana


“Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt.” ― William Shakespeare


Title: Love and Salvage: Skin Tight Levi’s

Author: Mathew Ortiz

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 157 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: When most guys looked at Seth Okuda all they saw was pretty and girly. He hated the fact that guys wouldn’t look past his exterior and look further. After ending his last relationship, in which he let the guy change so much about him for the guy, Seth swore he would only date men who wanted him just the way he was, even if that came with a household of quirky, protective roommates, a hideously overbearing mother and a ghost. Yeah like that wasn’t instant birth control!
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This Is One “Halestorm” You’ll Be Happy To Be Caught In – Reviewed by Lana


“Witches don’t look like anything. Witches are. Witches do.” ― Franny Billingsley


Title: Halestorm (Love and Salvage: Book Three)

Author: Mathew Ortiz

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 139 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Cursed, he must be cursed. Everything about Bumper Gaither drew Hale like a moth to a flame. When Bumper walked into the room, time stood still for Hale, and it took all he had not to scale Mount Bumper. Every fiber of Hale’s being wanted to throw himself into the big bear’s arms. There was one problem. Well not a problem, exactly. How was Hale gonna tell Bumper, that he was a witc…
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Mathew Ortiz Makes “Eli’s Three Wishes” Come True


“Sane is boring.” ― R.A. Salvatore


Title: Love and Salvage: Eli’s Three Wishes

Author: Mathew Ortiz

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 142

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Eli Gaither was a big, rough, mean sumabitch of a man. Solitary by choice, he only attended Gaither family events when he was made to. Still hurting from a painful divorce, he was like an angry bear licking his wounds. Most people, save for his family, avoided him until Oscar Hernandez came into his life, yelling at him and turning his world upside down.
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Mathew Ortiz Brings Luck And Love To “Love and Salvage: Loving Emmett”


“Love, like Fortune, favours the bold.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri


Title: Love and Salvage: Loving Emmett

Author: Matthew Ortiz

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 154 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Tatesville was a quiet little town just east of Atlanta, home to the Gaither clan. Emmett Gaither loved his family and his life. It was perfect. Being the only gay son had its challenges, but his family stood by him and loved him all the same. He never dreamed that his world would be turned upside side by the new banker in town. The sexy blonde man made Emmett’s blood boil. But he wouldn’t be interested in a redneck man like Emmett? Would he?
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