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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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Historical Romance, Kim Fielding, Reviewed by Kim

Review: The Pillar by Kim Fielding

Title: The Pillar

Author: Kim Fielding

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: During his youth, orphaned thief Faris was flogged at the pillar in the town square and left to die. But a kind old man saved him, gave him a home, and taught him a profession. Now Faris is the herbalist for the town of Zidar, taking care of the injured and ill. He remains lonely, haunted by his past, and insecure about how his community views him. One night, despite his reluctance, he saves a dying slave from the pillar. 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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5 Stars, Comedy, Hank Edwards, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim, Wilde City Press

Review: “Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law” by Hank Edwards

Title: Repossession Is 9/10ths of the Law

Author: Hank Edwards

Publisher: Wilde City Press

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Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Alan Baxter barely scrapes by working as a deejay in suburban Detroit. To make ends meet, he takes a job as an automobile repossession agent, and discovers his very first assignment is a car owned by his drug dealer ex-boyfriend. On top of that, a body is discovered in the trunk…by a cop. Soon Alan’s life is completely upturned as he is pulled into a mystery involving more bodies, a highly lethal new street drug, a mysterious man with a top hat and cane, raging dwarves, a house fire, a cranky police detective, and his even crankier cat! 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, 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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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim, Rhys Ford

Greg Tremblay’s Narration Scores Another Hit With Rhys Ford’s Dirty Laundry

Title: Dirty Laundry

Author: Rhys Ford

Narrator:: Greg Tremblay

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours, 56 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: For ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis, each day brings a new challenge. Too bad most of them involve pain and death. Claudia, his office manager and surrogate mother, is still recovering from a gunshot, and Cole’s closeted boyfriend, Kim Jae-Min, suddenly finds his teenaged sister dumped in his lap. Meanwhile, Cole has his own sibling problems—most notably, a mysterious half brother from Japan whom his older brother, Mike, is determined they welcome with open arms. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Comedy, Marshall Thornton, Reviewed by Kim, Wilde City Press

A Boyfriend May Be The Answer To The Problem In Marshall Thornton’s “My Favorite Uncle”

Title: My Favorite Uncle

Author: Marshall Thornton

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Martin Dixon’s carefully constructed peaceful life is turned upside down.

When his super Christian eighteen year-old nephew Carter shows up unexpectedly on his doorstep and announces that he’s gay, Martin’s first impulse is to send him back to his parents. But when he discovers that Carter has been in a mental hospital to cure his gay-ness, he realizes he’s stuck with the boy. Unfortunately, the two get on each other’s nerves, each driving the other to distraction. Independently, they each arrive at the same conclusion. The other would be much less annoying if he only had…a boyfriend. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim, Rhys Ford

Greg Tremblay’s Narration Garners Rhys Ford’s “Dirty Secret” A Recommended Listen

Title: Dirty Secret

Author: Rhys Ford

Narrator:: Greg Tremblay

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours, 4 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Loving Kim Jae-Min isn’t always easy: Jae is gun-shy about being openly homosexual. Ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis doesn’t know any other way to be. Still, he understands where Jae is coming from. Traditional Korean men aren’t gay-at least not usually where people can see them. 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, 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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5 Stars, Marshall Thornton, MLR Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim

All The Clues Add Up To A Great Mystery In Marshall Thornton’s “Boystown 6: From the Ashes”

Title: Boystown 6: From the Ashes

Author: Marshall Thornton

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 194 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: The most unlikely person in the world asks Private Investigator Nick Nowak to investigate the oversuspicious death of a priest. It’s winter 1984, Private Investigator Nick Nowak has allowed his life to fall to pieces: he’s stopped taking cases, lost his apartment and works as a bartender at a sleazy bar tucked under the El. All he wants to do is lick his wounds after the death of his lover, Detective Bert Harker. But, when the least likely person in the world shows up and asks him to take a new case he finds himself investigating the very oversuspicious heart attack death of a priest. Nick is convinced he’s wasting his time until the clues begin to add up to. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dani Alexander, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim, Romantic Comedy, Self-Published

Listen To This And All You’ll Hear Is The Sound Of “Shattered Glass” By Dani Alexander

Title: Shattered Glass

Author: Dani Alexander

Narrator:: Joseph Northton

Publisher: Self-Published

Run Time: 11 Hours, 16 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: A male prostitute, a mangy cat, a murder, and an obsession that threatens his career, his impending marriage and his life…nothing is going as planned for Austin Glass. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, M.J. O'Shea, Reviewed by Kim

Audio Book Review: “Coming Home” by M.J. O’Shea – Narrated by Tom Vilot

Title: Coming Home (Rock Bay: Book One)

Author: M.J. O’Shea

Narrator:: Tom Vilot

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 37 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Tallis Carrington ruled Rock Bay with his gang of jocks and an iron fist-until a scandal destroyed his family’s name. Ten years later Tallis is dead broke, newly homeless, and on the walk of shame to end all walks of shame. He needs money and needs it fast, and Rock Bay is the only home he knows. But the people of Rock Bay haven’t forgotten him-or the spoiled brat he used to be. The only person in town willing to overlook his past is Lex, the new coffee shop owner, who offers Tally a job even though he appears to despise Tally based on his reputation alone. When Tally discovers his gorgeous boss is the kid he tortured back in high school, Lex’s hot and cold routine finally makes sense. Now Tally has to pull out all the stops to prove he was never really the jerk he seemed to be. After all, if he can win Lex’s heart, the rest of the town should be a piece of coffee cake. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, Draven St. James, Loose Id, Reviewed by Kim

Love And Tension Heat Up In Draven St. James’s “Fused by Fire”


“When you want something this badly, you don’t just give up. You fight and fight until you absolutely can’t fight anymore.” ― Gail McHugh


Title: Fused by Fire (Firehouse Six #3

Author: Draven St. James

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 116 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Michael prides himself on being the man that everyone can depend on until one of his firefighters is severely wounded on the job. Will he be allowed to process the situation alone? Not when a loud and persistent Simon Winters shows up on his doorstep. The man hasn’t met a boundary he didn’t skip across.
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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Kim Fielding, Reviewed by Kim

Kim Fielding’s “Motel. Pool.” Is A Ghost Lover’s Paradise


“I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that’s what.” ― Salman Rushdie


Title: Motel. Pool.

Author: Kim Fielding

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 206 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: In the mid-1950s, Jack Dayton flees his working-class prospects in Omaha and heads to Hollywood, convinced he’ll be the next James Dean. But sleazy casting couches don’t earn him stardom, and despair leads to a series of poor decisions that ultimately find him at a cheap motel off Route 66, lifeless at the bottom of the pool.

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4.5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Kim, V.M. Waitt

Hugh Bradley Narrates A Great Story In V.M. Waitt’s “Chase the Storm”


“Life is a journey that gives you the liberty to draw your own map and choose your own route.” ― Dennis E. Adonis


Title: Chase the Storm

Author: V.M. Waitt

Narrator:: Hugh Bradley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 5 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Up until he buys an old truck, Elijah Morgan lives life according to his family’s plan, never feeling like he belongs. Desperate to find his own path, he heads out on the open road, only to end up stranded in Nebraska. Not wanting to ask for his parents’ help, he takes a job with tough, independent farmer Chase McKenzie.

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, K.C. Burn, Reviewed by Kim

Kim Recommends Giving KC Burns’ “Cop Out” A Listen – Narrated by Tristan James


“No secret can remain hidden forever. Silently and patiently, it waits in the dark. It lets you build your life, carefully stacking the bricks one by one, and then it appears. It deals its blow and everything crumbles.” ― Stefanos Livos


Title: Cop Out

Author: KC Burn

Narrator:: Tristan James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 3 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Detective Kurt O’Donnell is used to digging up other people’s secrets, but when he discovers his slain partner was married to another man, it shakes him. Determined to do the right thing, Kurt offers the mourning Davy his assistance. Helping Davy through his grief helps Kurt deal with the guilt that his partner didn’t trust him enough to tell him the truth, and somewhere along the way Davy stops being an obligation and becomes a friend, the closest friend Kurt has ever had.
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4.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Lisa M. Owens, Reviewed by Kim

Love Is Worth Fighting For In Lisa M. Owens’ “Worth the Seeing Through” – Reviewed by Kim


“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt


Title: Worth the Seeing Through (Love’s Value: Book Two)

Author: Lisa Owens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Police officer Connor Maclean has been on the job less than two months when a robbery call sends him to the art gallery of Guy Gustavsson, the man he fell in love with during one life-altering week in LA. He moved to Montana for Guy, even after the artist cut off contact. Now he discovers him injured and unconscious, along with a note indicating Guy was to meet someone named Jones about Guy’s painting of a former lover. But that’s hardly likely—for reasons only Connor knows.
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4 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Lisa M. Owens, Reviewed by Kim

Kim Reviews Lisa M. Owens’ “Worth the Coming Home” – Narration by John Solo


“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” ― Stephanie Perkins


Title: Worth the Coming Home (Love’s Value: Book One)

Author: Lisa M. Owens

Narrator:: John Solo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 31 Minutes

Rating: 4 Star

Blurb: For Josh Brooks, it’s a summer of wishes come true. First he gets his dream horse from a rival trainer. Then his brother’s Army Ranger buddy, Dane Keller, comes to work on the ranch and Josh meets his dream lover too. Dane is hot, competent, and fresh out of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Everything would be perfect-except nobody knows Josh and Dane are gay.
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3.5 Stars, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Reviewed by Kim, Samhain Publishing

The Past Returns In L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov’s “No Distance Left to Run” – Reviewed by Kim


“Desperation can make a person do surprising things.” ― Veronica Roth


Title: No Distance Left to Run (Distance Between Us: Book Four)

Authors: L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 227 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: The night before Chris and his best friend Joshua were sent thousands of miles apart on their respective Mormon missions, they finally gave in to their mutual desire. Left trying to make sense of what happened, Chris’s already shaky faith crumbled altogether a year later when Joshua suddenly died.
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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Kim, Rhys Ford

Kim Says The Narration Is Top Notch In Rhys Ford’s “Dirty Kiss”


“It’s like a bad joke over here: a black woman, a Filipino transvestite, and a Korean ex-stripper walk into a gay man’s house. All that’s missing is a priest and a talking dog.” ― Rhys Ford


Title: Dirty Kiss

Author: Rhys Ford

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 hours, 21 minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-cop and PI, is trying to get over the shooting death of his lover when a supposedly routine investigation lands in his lap. Investigating the apparent suicide of a prominent Korean businessman’s son proves to be anything but ordinary, especially when it introduces Cole to the dead man’s handsome cousin, Kim Jae-Min.
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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Kim, Rider Jacobs

A Young Man Is Gone But Not “Forgotten” – Reviewed by Kim


“Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that’s what.” ― Salman Rushdie


Title: Forgotten

Author: Rider Jacobs

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Some houses come with secrets, and some secrets should never be forgotten.
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3 Stars, Reviewed by Kim, Samhain Publishing, Scarlet Blackwell

Two Men Fall In Love “Against Reason” – Reviewed by Kim


“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.” ― Blaise Pascal


Title: Against Reason

Author: Scarlet Blackwell

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 109 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: He lost his heart once. Is it too damaged for love to find it again?

In the five years since the love of his life abandoned him at the altar, Jake Morgan hasn’t left his house. The locals in this small, English town have dubbed him “Mr. Havisham”, but he’s too preoccupied wrestling his demons to care about Dickensian comparisons.
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