Thursday, May 25, 2017

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: Road to the Sun by Keira Andrews


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Paperback: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 70,000 words

Blurb

A desperate father. A lonely ranger. Unexpected love that can’t be denied.

Jason Kellerman’s life revolves around his eight-year-old daughter. Teenage curiosity with his best friend led to Maggie’s birth, her mother tragically dying soon after. Insistent on raising his daughter himself, he was disowned by his wealthy family and has worked tirelessly to support Maggie—even bringing her west on a dream vacation. Only twenty-five, Jason hasn’t had time to even think about romance. So the last thing he expects is to question his sexuality after meeting an undeniably attractive park ranger.

Ben Hettler’s stuck. He loves working in the wild under Montana's big sky, but at forty-one, his love life is non-existent, his ex-boyfriend just married and adopted, and Ben’s own dream of fatherhood feels impossibly out of reach. He’s attracted to Jason, but what’s the point? Besides the age difference and skittish Jason’s lack of experience, they live thousands of miles apart. Ben wants more than a meaningless fling.

Then a hunted criminal takes Maggie hostage, throwing Jason and Ben together in a desperate and dangerous search through endless miles of mountain forest. If they rescue Maggie against all odds, can they build a new family together and find a place to call home?

Road to the Sun is a May-December gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring adventure, angst, coming out, sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.

Author Bio

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Aequitas by frumpandcardigans

Aequitas by frumpandcardigans

When Agron dares to call Nasir "little man," he is taught a powerful lesson.

Short, sweet and to the point, this story has it all: romance, humor and heat galore! I'm positive that the playful banter between Nasir and Agron will bring a huge smile to your face, so give this one-shot a try!

~ M

picture credit: Startz

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review: Back to Reality (The Royal Lexingtons #1) by Kevin Sean

It's Daniel's job to help women meet their Prince Charming. So why is it so hard for him to find his own happily ever after?

As the executive producer of reality dating show My Prince Charming, workaholic Daniel Dixon has always had a hard time keeping his personal and professional lives separate. When royal bad boy Charles Lexington is brought on board to boost the show's falling ratings, Daniel is forced to deal with the baggage which accompanies the handsome prince's less-than-stellar reputation. As Daniel deals with drama behind the scenes, he gets to know the man behind the headlines and finds himself falling for Charles—whether he wants to or not.

Charles never gave love a second thought—but after meeting Daniel, it's the only thing on his mind.

When Charles Lexington's traditional English family informs him of his involuntary engagement to Lady Dolores Ellsworth, he needs a way out—and fast. The rebellious royal's plan is simple: appearing on a trashy American reality television show is the perfect way to appall his uptight fiancee, end the arrangement and win back his freedom. Charles seizes the chance to return to a life of partying and paparazzi, but his plans quickly meet a roadblock—the show’s sexy, stubborn producer, Daniel Dixon. To Charles’s surprise, there is true love to be found on the set of My Prince Charming—just not when the cameras are rolling.
 


I thought this was a quick, enjoyable read. The characters are likeable, the writing is pretty good and the plot is interesting. There were a few typos here and there, but not so many that they distracted me from the overall story. While I enjoyed the chemistry the two main characters possessed, I felt they fell in love just a little too fast. Granted, Charles was such a romantic that I didn't mind the insta-love all that much. If you're in the mood for a relatively uncomplicated, romantic story, this will be a great read for you!

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

Buy Link
Amazon

~ M

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Greedy Gods by Cchambers

Greedy Gods by Cchambers

After their break up, Oliver's main outlet for his grief was writing. By some stroke of luck, his collection of poems was published and has become a huge success. While at a book signing, a ghost from the past reappears and drudges up all of those painful memories Oliver thought he'd locked away.

This story blew me away. Granted, it's only in the very beginning stages, but I loved the way the author described the emotions that both Oliver and Connor experience. I absolutely cannot wait to see what Cchambers has in store for this story and highly recommend it to all of you!

~ M

picture credit: American Broadcasting Company

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: Shouboushi to Ningyo no Hon by delica (Free! Doujinshi)

Hello, yaoi lovers! This week's feature is the Free! doujinshi, Shouboushi to Ningyo no Hon by delica!

Makoto discovers Haru's secret after saving him in a fire.

This is a really sweet story, but I wouldn't expect anything else from a MakoHaru dj! I don't want to give too much away because this is a pretty quick read, but if you like Future Fish, you'll definitely enjoy this au!



Click here to read Shouboushi to Ningyo no Hon.

~ M

Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Review: Personal Challenges (Personal #4) by K.C. Wells

Will and Blake couldn’t be happier. They have a beautiful little boy, Nathan, and Sophie finally has the little brother she’s been demanding. But all is not bliss in the Davis household. Coping with reality is going to change all their lives.

Rick and Angelo are sick and tired of trying to get a wedding organized. If it was up to them, they’d be married already, but Angelo's mother has plans and they keep getting bigger. Angelo can see problems on the horizon: big, traditional Italian wedding and gay do not go well together. Something’s got to give.

Colin receives an unexpected call from an ex, with bad news. He feels compelled to help, regardless of the consequences. Ed loves Colin’s big heart and supports him in his efforts, but when the truth comes out, he finds it difficult to keep a lid on his emotions.

As the coming months unfold, the friends are going to need each other more than ever.


This book focuses on three couples, Will and Blake, Rick and Angleo and Colin and Ed, allowing readers to watch as they traverse life and the many emotions, obstacles and rewards it can bring. I enjoyed reading about these men and how much they love one another. I haven't read the three previous books in the series, but I never felt lost or confused. If you're looking for a relatively uncomplicated book with plenty of romance, this is the book for you!


I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

~ M

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: A Worthy Man (The Men of Halfway House #5) by Jaime Reese


Title: A Worthy Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #5
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: May 2, 2017
Photographer: Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography
 


 

A story of two men and the boundless love that forever changed them. 

Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.
 
Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.
 
After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.
 
Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.

 
* Although part of a series, this full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone. *Word count: 124K

Monday, May 8, 2017

Our Freedom by Solrojo

Our Freedom by Solrojo

Agron's life as a slave has been long and arduous, but luckily he has his brother by his side, and his good friend, Spartacus, is planning a rebellion that will hopefully free everyone. When he encounters and beautiful body slave, old memories and past hurts resurface, but he also discovers a love he never thought possible.

I must admit I love the premise of this story. Duro does not sacrifice himself to save his brother's life and readers get the opportunity to see how the two German brothers would have fared throughout many of the canonical moments from the series. From personal experience, I know many in the fandom imagine what could have been if Duro had lived, and this is a great interpretation. I felt like Agron and Nasir fell in love a little too fast and some of the grammatical error can be a little distracting, but the storyline itself is just so good! Give it a try!

~ M

Friday, May 5, 2017

Book Review: Devil's Food at Dusk by M.J. O'Shea & Anna Martin

Joe Fitzgerald hates New Orleans, but he’s stuck there until he convinces one stubborn local family to sell Lumière, the crumbling French Quarter restaurant they’ve owned for generations. The place is a wreck, and it’s hemorrhaging money. Joe figures he's their best chance for survival.

Remy Babineaux despises Pineapple Joe’s and everything the chain stands for. He refuses to let Lumière become some tacky corporate tourist trap. Theme drinks and plastic beads in his restaurant? Yeah, right. Over his dead, rotting corpse. The last thing Remy wants is a meeting with the restaurant chain’s representative, but his father agreed to at least listen to the proposal. There’s nothing Remy can do about it.

Remy figures an anonymous hookup is exactly what he needs to decompress. When he ends up across the table from his fling the next morning, real sparks fly. Joe refuses to give up his prime location; Remy refuses to give up his legacy. It’s war, and they’re both determined to win at any cost. Neither of them counted on falling in love.


I've read the two previous books in this series - I absolutely adored Soufflés at Sunrise - so I was excited about this third offering. Unfortunately, I did not connect with the storyline or the characters. The overall premise of the book is interesting, but the one-dimensional characters and unnecessary filler made the story suffer in my opinion.

I know many readers did not like Joe, but I felt the opposite. To me, he was just a guy trying to do his job. For all of Remy's posturing about the restaurant, the readers (and some of his family members) could see what was really going on. Granted, there was a huge conflict of interest when it came to Joe and Remy, but they were both at fault for that. As for Remy, I loved his passion for the culinary arts, the family restaurant and his family, but he seemed a little too entitled, way too stubborn and too whiny for my liking. The fact that he would have rather sent his family into financial ruin for the sake of nostalgia and his own pride, rubbed me the wrong way. His brother, Andr
é, was nice enough, but relied too much on his family for just about everything and didn't seem like he could be his own person outside of them. The various storylines involving Remy's friends and family received more time than needed and weighed the book down. I also felt that the ending felt abrupt and a little too perfect, making me wonder why the conflict had been drawn out so long if it was only going to be wrapped up nicely after one gesture; granted, it was a huge gesture.

All in all, this was an okay read for me.

2.5 stars

Buy link
Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

~ M

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Laurent and the Beast by K.A. Merikan


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 135,000 words

Cover: Natasha Snow


Blurb


Nothing can stop true love. Not time. Not even the devil himself. 


1805. Laurent. Indentured servant. Desperate to escape a life that is falling apart.

2017. Beast. Kings of Hell Motorcycle Club vice president. His fists do the talking.

Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he’s covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurt his body, but damaged his soul and self-esteem, so he’s wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him.

Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse. Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast’s heartstrings. Laurent is so lost in the world around him, and is such a tangled mystery, that Beast can’t help but let the man claw his way into the stone that is Beast’s heart.

In 1805, Laurent has no family, no means, and his eyesight is failing. To escape a life of poverty, he uses his beauty, but that only backfires and leads him to a catastrophe that changes his life forever. He takes one step into the abyss and is transported to the future, ready to fight for a life worth living.

What he doesn’t expect in his way is a brutal, gruff wall of tattooed muscle with a tender side that only Laurent is allowed to touch. And yet, if Laurent ever wants to earn his freedom, he might have to tear out the heart of the very man who took care of him when it mattered most.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review: Rainbow Sprinkles by Anna Martin

Cooper Reed has a fairly relaxed life for someone who lives in LA. He’s no celebrity—just the guy who makes sundaes at the Dreamy Creamery, and that’s the way he likes it. The highlight of every week is the beautiful guy who turns up and orders a sundae with rainbow sprinkles. Cooper still isn’t sure if that’s a code, because he has a huge crush and the hot guy is terrible at flirting.

Drew Tanner, it turns out, is an original California dreamer. He’s as wholesome as apple pie and twice as sweet, a real-life Disney Prince at Disneyland. But while Drew’s head is in the clouds, Cooper’s feet are firmly on the ground, and their different outlooks might be more than their new relationship can take.


This is an absolutely adorable story that I enjoyed from beginning to end! The characters are extremely likable and will warm your heart. They aren't terribly complex, but I liked that they are just regular guys who do not lead overly extraordinary lives, but love what they do. There is a very small amount of angst, so the rest of nothing but fluffy romance. I did think Cooper and Drew's relationship progressed kind of fast, but that happens with books of this length. If you're in the mood for a relatively uncomplicated, sweet romance, this is the book for you!


3.5 stars 
I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

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~ M

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Connecting the Dots by RamenKitsune

Connecting the Dots by RamenKitsune

While spending a quiet winter evening indoors, Haru realizes his true feelings for Makoto.

You know that warm feeling you get when you read a really sweet book or fanfic? Well, Connecting the Dots will definitely give you the warm and fuzzies as you delve into Haru's inner thoughts. It's a quick read, but very fluffy and cute.

~ M


picture credit: Kyoto Animation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: Darenimo Naisho de by Sakura Rico

Good morning, yaoi lovers! This week's feature is Darenimo Naisho de by Sakura Rico.

Maki is a popular and good-looking dude, but he's a virgin. Despite his playboy looks, he believes that sex should be done with someone you like; a pure-hearted teenage boy that you rarely see nowadays. By some accident, his classmate, Miyashita, discovers his secret. In exchange for his silence, Maki is threatened into going out with him. He reluctantly accepts, but later discovers that Miyashita is a huge sadist.

I thought this was an okay manga. The artwork is appealing, but the story fell flat for me. There are some really sweet moments, and I enjoyed seeing the various layers of Miyashita's personality revealed, but I just wanted more: more passion, more sweetness and more heat.


Read Darenimo Naisho de here.

~ M

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Review & Blog Tour: Falling for Him by C.L. Mustafic

Doctor Gavin Addison’s marriage didn’t end on the friendliest of terms, and his estranged wife’s continual harassment has the local police visiting his home so often they’ve started calling him “the doc.” One of those cops, Officer Lex Turner, has a crush on the handsome doc, even though he knows there’s no chance the doc would ever consider dating a man.

A chance encounter on a crowded dance floor ends with both men in the same bed with the same woman—but with questionable results. When the doc wants to try that again, Lex becomes more involved than he’d dreamed possible as he helps his new friend navigate the kinkier side of sex. Knowing it’s just sex for Gavin, Lex finds it hard to keep his feelings hidden. But when Gavin finally figures out he has feelings for Lex that go beyond what a guy should feel for his buddy, will he let Lex convince him to take a chance with him—even if it turns both their lives upside down?

This book was hit and miss for me. I liked the slow progression of the relationship between Gavin and Lex, but I also felt like I was being inundated with angst and drama from all directions. Gavin's ex-wife was absolutely ridiculous and deserved to be in jail. I will admit that as soon as I realized we were heading down the "unnecessarily crazy female character" trope, I kind of checked out...at least when it came to that plot point. Poor Gavin was just so helpless and it seemed like there was absolutely no recourse. All in all, this was an okay book. It could have been trimmed down by at least 50 pages in my opinion, but it was a good effort by the author.

2.5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

Buy Links
NineStar Press | Amazon

~ M

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

One Equal Temper by hairgel

One Equal Temper by hairgel

Connor and Oliver work for a secret spy agency: Connor handles field work while Oliver deals with all of the behind-the-scenes technology. Their jobs are dangerous, but they soon discover that there is mole within the group, and that person is putting everyone in serious danger. Will Connor and Oliver be able to expose the mole without losing their lives in the process?

This is a great AU! If you thought Connor and Oliver were hot in their canon roles, wait until you read about them as super secret spies. This story has some really intense moments as well as sweet moments. Be prepared to see Rebecca again since this was written during the first season of the show. Highly recommended!

~ M
 
picture credit: ABC

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Book Review: Imagines (Imago #2) by N.R. Walker

Jack Brighton and Lawson Gale have been together for six months and are very much in love. Lawson’s work ensuring the survival of the Tillman Copper is as demanding as ever, and Jack’s work with the regeneration of the bushfire-ravaged national park is just as hectic. 

When Jack suggests they take a short trip, Lawson agrees. But then he is offered a two-week research position in tropical Queensland to help determine why the Ulysses butterfly is on the decline. Figuring they could combine work and pleasure, Jack and Lawson go on their first vacation together. 

Working alongside renowned professor Piers Bonfils isn’t easy. But personal and professional differences aside, Lawson is offered a more permanent role in Queensland. Torn between his new life in Tasmania with Jack and a dying species of butterfly he feels compelled to save, Lawson has to decide where his fate lies. 

But fate changes the rules. On a research expedition into the depths of the rainforest, suddenly it's not only the butterflies’ existence that hangs in the balance. 

A butterfly’s life cycle never changes. From larvae to imago, their course is plotted by design. Jack and Lawson need to determine where they stand, if they live through it. Because the only thing more incredible than one imago is two. 

In the sequel to Imago, we find Lawson and Jack six months into their relationship. They are happy and in love, and are both thriving in their respective careers. I really enjoyed learning more about Jack and Lawson and the strength of their bond. All of the characters were delightful, the writing is fantastic and the ending will warm your heart! Highly recommended!

4.5 stars


Buy links
Amazon US | Amazon UK

~ M

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: Nigatsu no Eden by Kiyuhiko

Greetings, yaoi lovers! This week's feature is Nigatsu no Eden (Eden in February) by Kiyuhiko!

When Haruna Keiichi finds Shiki injured and unconscious in the snow, he feels compelled to take him in and tend to his wounds. After a somewhat rough start, Haruna & Shiki forge a friendship that goes much deeper for Haruna. He admits that he often gets attached to people, pets and anything he really cares about it. Because of this, he becomes worried that Shiki will someday leave him, so he tries everything in his power to keep him close.

This is a lovely manga! The two main characters are really sweet and I look forward to reading more about them as more chapters are released. The artwork is beautiful and pay close attention to Shiki's tattoo. I loved the detail!

~ M

Monday, April 10, 2017

Book Review: Take a Chance by Megs Pritchard

Kicked out at fifteen for being gay, Tom Carter survived by selling his body on the streets. Four years later, Tom, now nineteen, doesn’t know how long he can continue living this life.

One night while out working, Tom sees a face from his past, one he had long forgotten. One he had used to fantasize about. Sebastian Banks. Afraid of the reaction he will receive, Tom runs away hoping never to see him again. But Seb had other ideas.

At twenty-five, Seb’s life is going exactly the way he had wanted. Having worked hard at University, Seb has been offered a permanent contract at a local solicitor.

While driving to a friend’s house to celebrate, Seb is shocked to find Tom, someone he hasn’t seen in years, on the streets, selling himself. Feeling an overwhelming need to help Tom, Seb tracks him down and offers him a way out.

Is Tom willing to take a chance on Seb and accept his offer, or will his distrust of everyone from his past cause him to push Seb away?


This was a somewhat difficult book for me to get through, not because of the writing or the heavy subject matter, but because I really only liked a few of the characters. Seb and a couple of Tom's friends were the only tolerable people in the entire book in my opinion. Everyone else was selfish, cruel, manipulative and just plain unlikable. I completely understood that Tom's life on the streets, and the manner with which he found himself there, hardened him and made him distrustful, but the way he treated Seb for most of the book made my blood boil. No matter what Seb did, he blamed for just about every bad that had happened in Tom's life for the past four years.

Unfortunately, I didn't feel any chemistry between the main characters. Seb was almost saint-like with his patience, funds and feelings, and I felt he deserved much better than Tom - not because he's a rent boy, but because he is a miserable person. Granted, he did have a conscience occasionally, but Tom's behavior was just too mean for my liking. Characters were either saints or despicable. There really wasn't much in between.

All in all, this is an okay book. It's not bad, but it didn't wow me because the characters were not my cup of tea.


 I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

~ M
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Back to Time by samyazaz

Back to Time by samyazaz

Connor receives news that Oliver has been in a an accident and is serious condition. Even though their relationship is pretty much nonexistent after the revelation of Connor's cheating with Pax, he can't help but run to the aid of the man he's too afraid to admit he cares about. When Oliver finally awakes and has amnesia, Connor can either walk away or pretend to be his loving boyfriend.

It's nice to go back and read fanfic from the early years when HTGAWM had just started and Coliver was just beginning to gain steam. This is a great example of story that pulls you into the lives of the characters and makes you feel every emotion that rips through them. Check it out!

~ M

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Book Review: Clickbait by E.J. Russell

After the disastrous ending of his first serious relationship, Gideon Wallace cultivated a protective—but fabulously shiny—outer shell to shield himself from Heartbreak 2.0. Besides, romance is so not a priority for him right now. All his web design prospects have inexplicably evaporated, and to save his fledgling business, he’s been compelled to take a hands-on hardware project—as in, his hands on screwdrivers, soldering irons, and needle-nosed pliers. God. Failure could actually be an option.

Journeyman electrician Alex Henning is ready to leave Gideon twisting in the wind after their run-ins both on and off the construction site. Except, like a fool, he takes pity on the guy and offers to help. Never mind that between coping with his dad’s dementia and clocking all the overtime he can finagle, he has zero room in his life for more complications.
Apparently, an office build-out can lay the foundation for a new relationship. Who knew? But before Alex can trust Gideon with the truth about his fragile family, he has to believe that Gideon’s capable of caring about more than appearances. And Gideon must learn that when it comes to the heart, it’s content—not presentation—that matters.

This book was a bit all over the place for me. I never really felt a connection between the MCs and didn't really believe in their romance/relationship. First, I have to say that in terms of writing, this book is perfectly fine. I had absolutely no problems with that. Secondly, Alex is a lovely character. He is an upstanding man who does whatever necessary to take care of the people he loves, even if it means sacrificing certain things in his own life. Beyond those two things, the book lost me.

Gideon is a character that is superficial, arrogant, judgemental and generally unlikable. I couldn't quite understand what Alex saw in him and it made kind of sad that he thought Gideon was the best he could do. Alex's sister, Lindsey, wasn't as bad as Gideon, but came off quite selfish and vapid at times. She expected people to read her mind and then got upset when they couldn't. I also felt that the two MCs talked to everyone else under the sun more than they talked to each other. All of these side conversations made me skim through chapters because it occasionally seemed like unnecessary filler.

All in all, this was an okay read for me. It wasn't great in my opinion, but certainly wasn't bad. I just wish I could have liked the characters a little more.



I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, and voluntarily provided my honest review.


~ M

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: 18-nen me no Saki ni by Hisato (Free! Doujinshi)

Good morning, yaoi lovers! This week's selection is the Free! doujinshi, 18-nen me no Saki ni (Before the 18th Year) by Hisato.

With graduation and the future coming up, Makoto wonders how much longer he has until he has to part ways with Haru. But then, some surprising news arrives…

This is a lovely, heartwarming story about how Makoto and Haru handle preparing to being separated and attending different colleges after high school. The emotion is so strong that it may even bring a tear to your eye. Definitely give this beautiful story a try! You won't be disappointed!


Read 18-nen me no Saki ni here.

~ M