5 Stars, Genre Romance, Lori Toland, Reviewed by Jackie, Self-Published

Review: Encore by Lori Toland

Title: Encore (The Replacement Guitarist: Book Four)

Author: Lori Toland

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 376 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Blaze Shinozuka is a bonafide rockstar with his band, Razor’s Edge. After his romance with music manager Jason Stockton crashed and burned, Blaze is free to live and love. It’s been a wild and heady year that’s been blissfully drama free until the one man he’s been avoiding comes careening back in to wreak havoc on his heart once again. 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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5 Stars, Genre Romance, N.R. Walker, Reviewed by Jackie, Self-Published

Review: Red Dirt Heart 2 by N.R. Walker

Title: Red Dirt Heart 2

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun and loneliness.

Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll. Continue reading

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3 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Loose Id, Michele M. Rakes, Reviewed by Jackie

Review: Saving Kane by Michele M. Rakes

Title: Saving Kane

Author: Michele M. Rakes

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Kane Abel can’t help falling for his caregiver, the handsome paramedic who saves his life, but he’s resistant. The one time Kane threw caution to the wind, he was left with a wired jaw and a tracheostomy. He can’t take much more hurt. But with his attacker’s promise to return, Kane lives in a constant state of fear, and with the ever-present paramedic, arousal. 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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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Horror, Reviewed by Jackie, Rhys Ford

Release Day Review: “Duck Duck Ghost (Hellsinger: Book Two)” by Rhys Ford

Title: Duck Duck Ghost (Hellsinger: Book Two)

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid knows what his foot tastes like.

Mostly because he stuck it firmly in his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan’s medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse. 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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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, 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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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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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Wade Kelly

Wade Kelly’s “Names Can Never Hurt Me” Challenges Labels

Title: Names Can Never Hurt Me

Author: Wade Kelly

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 340 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: What if sexuality wasn’t a definable thing and labels merely got in the way?

Nick Jones can’t remember a time when he wasn’t part of the in crowd. Everywhere he goes, he stands out as the best looking guy in the room, and women practically fall into bed with him. Then, after kissing Corey on a dare led much more and on many occasions, Nick’s “screw anything” reputation escalated, but he didn’t care. 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, 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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2 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Nic Starr, Reviewed by Jackie

Everything Is Complicated In Nic Starr’s “It’s Not Easy”

Title: It’s Not Easy

Author: Nic Starr

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 130 Pages

Rating: 2 Stars

Blurb: Ben Cooper gave up on following his dreams to keep the peace in his family. Best friend Spencer Henderson has always been Ben’s rock. For Spence, who is in love with Ben, supporting Ben always came first, but as Ben starts to date their friend Suzie, Spence has to think of himself for the first time. The ramifications of one fateful night means leaving their small town may be Spence’s only option to protect his broken heart. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, SJD Peterson

SJD Peterson’s “BAMF” Is One Badass MoFo

Title: BAMF

Author: SJD Peterson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: With his fauxhawk, sleeve tattoos, and visible piercings, Ridley Corbin has the whole bad ass vibe going on in spades. The image serves him well as the self-proclaimed protector of the underdog, and he wants nothing more than to be Alex Firestone’s hero. Continue reading

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4 Stars, A.J. Marcus, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie

Get A Bird’s Eye View Of Love In AJ Marcus’s “The Falconer’s Lure”

Title: The Falconer’s Lure (A Ren Faire Romance)

Author: AJ Marcus

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 204 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Watching birds of prey soar gives Garret Nicholson a sense of peace. It’s exactly what he needs after his recent break-up. His ex never understood Garret’s work with the raptors, but the birds have been part of his life for years. Garret spends his time between The Sky’s the Limit Raptor Rehab Center and his dad’s falconry show at the Hawkwood Fantasy Faire, trying to prove to himself and his father he has what it takes to be a great falconer. Continue reading

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4 Stars, AR Moler, Genre Romance, JMS Books LLC, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Jackie

First Love Gets A Second Chance In AR Moler’s “Does the Feeling Go Both Ways?”

Title: Does the Feeling Go Both Ways?

Author: AR Moler

Publisher: JMS Books

Pages/Word Count: 124 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Deep cover DEA agent Landon Cross can’t seem to escape his past. First, his cover is blown by a guy he’d busted in another operation. Then, his rescuer is medic Trey Jernigan, his best childhood friend, first love, and a person Landon betrayed as teenager. Continue reading

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3 Stars, AAS Publishing, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Genre Romance, Rain Carrington, Reviewed by Jackie

A Man Discovers A Few Things About Himself On The Road To Love In Rain Carrington’s “Penny’s Lane”

Title: Penny’s Lane (Apishipa Creek Chronicles: Book Two)

Author: Rain Carrington

Publisher: AAS Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 391 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Brokenhearted and lost, Lonnie begins to search for something to replace the long held love of a man who is in love with another. His search takes him on a dangerous slope with alcohol once more but there to pick him up and dust him off if an unlikely hero. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Eli Easton, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie

Eli Easton Scores A Must Read Recommendation With “The Mating of Michael”

Title: The Mating of Michael

Author: Eli Easton

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it’s cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his spare time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Scotty Cade

Two Men Weather The Storm In Scotty Cade’s “Chasing the Horizon”

Title: Chasing the Horizon

Author: Scotty Cade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Needing a lifestyle change, Garner Holt, an uptight workaholic psychologist, buys a sailboat and trades in his prestigious job in New York City for a life on the water. After engine failure and six weeks in Savannah, Georgia for repair, he arrives in Key West, Florida early one morning and encounters a half-dressed hooligan walking along the docks of the marina. Garner immediately thinks this barefoot and shirtless man with a shaved head, multiple tattoos, and piercings in every orifice is going to rob him. He prepares for the worst. Instead, the stranger passes Garner by and climbs on a boat two slips down. With the threat of danger gone, Garner is surprisingly intrigued. 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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5 Stars, Genre Romance, Love Lane Books, Reviewed by Jackie, RJ Scott

RJ Scott’s “The Ex Factor” Is More Than Just A Simple Love Story

Title: The Ex Factor (Bodyguards Inc.: Book Two)

Author: RJ Scott

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Pages/Word Count: 172 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: When Bodyguard, Ben Collins, finds Daniel Lincoln in a room, hiding and hurt, he doesn’t immediately think Daniel is the victim of abuse. Daniel is good at pretending and being a finalist in a TV singing competition he seems like he has it made. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Jacques N. Hoff, Reviewed by Jackie, Romantic Comedy

Jacques N. Hoff’s “Jay Walking” Flips The Bird At Serious Shifter Drama

Title: Jay Walking

Author: Jacques N. Hoff

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 100 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Welcome to the avian shifter world of Undercover Peckers. Where love is instant the moment you find your mate. Where there’s only one true pecker for every man. Where the sex is so hot it will singe your tail feathers. Where bird-watching is both a recreation and a preoccupation—that usually leads to feathers flying. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Historical Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, S.A. Meade, Totally Bound

Temptation, Danger, And Love Are Found In S.A. Meade’s “Darkness at Endersley”

Title: Darkness at Endersley (The Endersley Papers #2)

Author: S.A. Meade

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 175 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Joshua thought he’d left his past behind, but there’s something in the darkness at Endersley.

Joshua Endersley is glad to leave a broken engagement and his sordid desires behind in London and claim his inheritance on the rolling downs of Wiltshire. What he doesn’t need is temptation in the form of artist, Daniel Wyndham, to remind him of all he wanted to forget. Continue reading

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