Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review & Giveaway: OVERTIME by V.L. Locey (Cayuga Cougars #4)

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Length: 68,000 words approx.

Cayuga Cougars Series
Book #1 - Snap Shot: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Open Net: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - Coach's Challenge: Amazon US | Amazon UK


Sander March is one season away from the pros, or so everyone tells him.

If only Sander had as much faith in his ability as the Cougar coaching staff does. Outwardly, he's cocksure, borderline bitter, and slightly sarcastic. All that strut and sass hides a wounded soul though. Working to hide a brutal past filled with humiliation, abuse, and a family member who still haunts him, Sander has never found the kind of comfort and understanding he so desperately needs. Until he meets Mateo Castillo, a minor league baseball player for the nearby Elmira Egrets. Mateo and Sander click instantly, and a budding friendship develops between the two athletes.

Mateo then introduces Sander to his boyfriend, Noah Coombs, an aspiring manga comic creator. The three men find themselves bonding strongly, and that slowly gives way to sexual attraction. Eventually, Mateo and Noah invite Sander into their relationship. The path to happiness isn't going to be easy for Sander as he faces criticism from his friends, teammates, and the press for his choices. The brash young star can handle all that, it's when his abuser shows up in Cayuga that Sander fears not only for his own safety, but for the lives of the two men he has grown to love. Will Sander's past tear him away from Mateo and Noah, or will he be able to leave the darkness behind?

Warning - This story has disturbing subject matter.

Carra's Review

I’m always up for a hockey romance, and the fact that this one is M/M/M just made it all the more enticing to me.  I’ve been enjoying this series, and this latest book following the Cayuga Cougars fits well with the series even if it includes some darker points in the story.

Sander knows he’s good at playing hockey, but everything in his life is colored by the reality of his past and that he is constantly on alert for that past to come crashing back into his life.  But when he allows himself to let go, all of that can fall into the background—especially once he meets Mateo, and then Noah.  Sander and Mateo click almost instantly, while Noah takes a bit more time thanks to his own past that still haunts him.  But together, the three men form a solid friendship where they fully complete each other, and watching that evolve made for some really good reading.

We get to see the team dynamic at work again, and it’s always a pleasure to revisit these guys.  I liked how Vic and Dan played an important role in this story, and got a kick out of how Sander teased Vic later in the story.  As for drama, there’s definitely an injection of it at several points in the book thanks to Noah’s past making itself known in his present.

When it comes to M/M/M, some authors can overdo it with the sex scenes, but in this story that’s not the case.  Here, those scenes are used only as needed to show the growth of Sander, Mateo, and Noah’s relationship; the story is more focused on the interactions between them, and how that contributes to the development of their bond together.

Overall, Overtime was a solid 4-star read for me.  I could have gone higher, but it was too easy for me to guess what was coming when the dramatic conflict near the end of the story came about.  Fans of the series will be pleased with Overtime.  It could conceivably be read on its own, but you’ll get a lot more satisfaction out of this story if you read the series in order.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language, sexual content, and some disturbing subject matter.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. Who, Torchwood, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.


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New Release-Excerpt: FOREVER IN INK by Jude Ouvrard (Ink Series #4)

Ink Series Book 4

by Jude Ouvrard

Friday, June 15, 2018

New Release-Review & Giveaway: MY ANTI-MARRIAGE by DJ Jamison (My Anti Series #3)

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Length: 40,000 words approx.

My Anti Series

My Anti Valentine (Book #1) - Amazon US | Amazon UK
My Anti Boyfriend (Book #2) - Amazon US | Amazon UK


Can one drunken night in Vegas and a pair of wedding rings lead to a happily ever after?

Love has never been a good bet for Chris, so going on a Vegas wedding trip for his friends is bittersweet. Especially when Ant, the last man to break his trust, is suddenly along for the ride. Which explains why Chris wakes up in his hotel room with the mother of all hangovers. Not so much why Ant is in his bed ... or worse, wearing a matching wedding band.

Ant invited himself on a Vegas trip, gambling on a second chance with the man who got away. He never dreamt he'd be the one with a wedding ring on his finger, but if their predicament gets Chris talking to him again, he'll make the most of it.

Between keeping their secret from friends and trying to figure out what really happened that first crazy night in Vegas, passions ignite. If they can hold on to their fresh start, maybe the Vegas motto doesn't have to hold true: What happens in Vegas doesn't have to stay there.

Carra's Review

This is such a fun series, and what better place to set fun in than Las Vegas? In the first two stories of this series, I never rally got past thinking about Chris other than he’s a good friend to the other guys in their group.Now that it’s his turn to have his story told, I found him to be a great character—even if he may have jumped to conclusions the first time around with Ant (something that I abhor in a romance story).

The premise of waking up married in Vegas is one I’ve seen before, but the author puts a good spin on this one, giving it its own distinctive touches with Chris and Ant being on this trip for their friends’ wedding, and with this being a second chance for the two of them…not to mention how incredibly hot they are together.  As long as Chris doesn’t keep looking to the past and what he believes happened back then.

It was really good to visit again with Bret, Harry, Brad, and Riley, and as the supporting characters this time around the did a great job in those roles.  We get another glimpse into Bret and Harry’s unique relationship, and get to see Brad and Riley solidifying their own with their wedding.

This is a good, mostly light-hearted story with a very nice dose of heat, and for me it was a solid 4-star read.  While you could read this on its own, I would highly recommend reading the first two books in the series so you can get the other couples’ stories which provide some of the background for this one.  The first two books are very quick reads, with this third one being two to three times longer than the others.  As a series, they all make for very entertaining reads.  My Anti-Marriage is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

Author Bio

DJ Jamison is the author of more than a dozen m/m romances, including the Ashe Sentinel series and the Hearts and Health series. She writes a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual, with a focus on telling love stories that are more about common ground than lust at first sight. DJ grew up in the Midwest in a working-class family, and those influences can be found in her writing through characters coping with real-life problems: money troubles, workplace drama, family conflicts and, of course, falling in love. DJ spent more than a decade in the newspaper industry before chasing her first dream to write fiction. She spent a lifetime reading before that, and continues to avidly devour her fellow authors' books each night. She lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, two fish and, regrettably, one snake.

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New Release: RAINBOW PLACE by Jay Northcote

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Length: 54,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design


Can Jason find the courage he needs to be the man Seb deserves?

When Seb Radcliffe relocates to a seaside town in Cornwall, he feels like a fish out of water. He misses queer spaces and the sense of community he enjoyed when he was living in the city, and decides to open an LGBT-friendly cafe-bar.

Jason Dunn is the builder Seb hires to help renovate the rundown space where the cafe will be housed. Jason is also gay, but unlike Seb, he's deep in the closet. He's never had a relationship with another man-only allowing himself the occasional hook up with guys who are prepared to be discreet.

The attraction between the two men is instant and impossible to ignore. But while Seb is out and proud, Jason is terrified of being exposed. With the grand opening of Rainbow Place approaching, tension is growing among some locals who object to Sebís plans. When things escalate, Jason is forced to choose whether to hide in the shadows and let Seb down, or to openly support the man he's fallen so hard for.

Although this book is part of a series, it has a satisfying happy ending and can be read as a standalone.

Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story-just to see if he could-and found it rather addictive. He hasn't stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

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