Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Release Day-Review: WRECK YOU by Randi Perrin





Wreck You
Series: Trade Me
Author: Randi Perrin

Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: September 27, 2016


Blurb

Mechanic for Hard and Fast, Mike Davis has an intense crush on the parts delivery driver, Blake. For the sake of the business, he keeps his distance, not acting on his wanton desires. What Mike doesn’t realize is Blake is crushing equally as hard on him.

Just as love and life appear to take shape for Mike, his old demons take hold and drag him under, leaving him spiraling out of control.

Will Blake push Mike further into the abyss or will he be the one to finally pull him free?





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Carra's Review

Wreck You was one of those books that has a good storyline and plenty of potential, but that would benefit from being a longer story to really delve into the main characters' relationship to do it justice.  This is especially true given the fact that they both have wanted each other for two years, which is one hell of a buildup.

Both Blake and Mike want each other, but neither has made any kind of move to let the other know-each with their own reasons for not acting on their desires.  When they both finally give in, it results in a difficult situation with emotional impact for both of them...though the fallout for Mike is especially dramatic.

For me, I had a hard time feeling the connection between Blake and Mike.  We are told how each feels about the other, but I honestly didn't feel it, and I think that is due to the shorter length of this story.  I was also troubled by the quick spiral that Mike was thrown into, particularly so by the point he reaches with one of the secondary characters, Connor, before Blake intervenes.  The extreme behavior at that point seemed sudden to me considering the progress he had made thanks to his best friend and boss.  I know that sounds a bit vague, but expanding on Mike's situation would spoil things for you.

Overall, the story is a good read and gets 3.5 stars from me.  It's intended for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content, and readers should be advised of scenes of alcohol use and potential illegal drug use.



Author Bio

Randi has spent her entire life writing in one form or another. In fact, if she wasn't writing, she'd likely go completely and utterly insane. Her husband has learned to recognize when the voices are talking in her head and she needs some quality time with an empty Word file (the key to a successful marriage with a writer).

She lives with her husband, daughter, and four-legged children—all of which think they are people too.

A pop-culture junkie, she has been known to have entire conversations in movie quotes and/or song lyrics.



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New Release: THE WEREWOLF AND HIS BOY by Warren Rochelle


Warren Rochelle
The Werewolf and His Boy
September 27, 2016

Blurb

Their leap of faith could unleash magic-or plunge them into darkness.

Henry Thorn has worked at Larkin's since graduating high school. He likes it-especially when he can use his secret skill of hiding inside shadows so his boss can't find him. Without that talent, he would never have survived growing up different.
When a new hire enters the store, Henry's other latent talent kicks in. He can smell an emotional response even before he lays eyes on the redhead.
Jamey Currey came out, and his conservative parents promptly kicked him out. He, too, is different-he senses Henry's attraction the moment they meet. The first time they kiss, torrential rains fall from skies split by lightning.
Their kiss also awakens the Watchers, diabolical hunters who will stop at nothing-even extermination-to keep magic suppressed. With the help of a coven of friendly witches, the boys embark on a quest to discover an ancient key to restoring magic to the world, and to understand the mysteries of their own hearts.
Warning: Contains a werewolf and a godling, prescient dreams, bloodthirsty monsters, annoying pets, (mostly) friendly witches, dark secrets, sex in hardwares, and meddling gods.



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About the Author


Warren Rochelle is a Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His short fiction and poetry are published in such journals as Aboriginal Science Fiction, Forbidden Lines, Crucible, The Charlotte Poetry Review, the Asheville Poetry Review, the North Carolina Literary Review, Romance and Beyond, and Icarus. A critical book, Communities of the Heart: the Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, was published by Liverpool University Press in early 2001. 
Golden Gryphon Press published his first novel, The Wild Boy, in the fall of 2001, and his second novel, Harvest of Changelings, in 2007. His third novel, The Called, also published by Golden Gryphon, was published in July 2010.
The Werewolf and His Boy, his fourth novel, releases on September 27, 2016 from Samhain Publishing.


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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: ENIGMA by Vanessa Liebe (The Enigma Trilogy #1)

It gives us great pleasure to bring you the Cover Reveal for ENIGMA, the first novel in The Enigma Series by Vanessa Liebe! Enigma is wet, wild, and deliciously sensual... guaranteed to tickle your senses in every fun and imaginative way.
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About Enigma

Series: The Enigma Trilogy, Book 1
Genre: Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance, Marital Heat
Mark and Lucy Fuller have a great marriage, or so they think. But there is always room for improvement and there is one side to their marriage that they have never discussed or indulged in and that is their fantasies. When Lucy is referred to a new club where they can enact their fantasies, albeit only be intimate with one another, they become members and discover a whole new side to their marriage with some interesting and positive results.
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Vanessa Liebe Author PicVanessa Liebe is the author of fun, sexy erotic romance and erotica, both contemporary and historical. She mostly writes in the Fantasy and Paranormal categories as she likes a man with bite.
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Release Day-Excerpt & Giveaway: A SISTER'S WISH by Shelley Shepard Gray (The Charmed Amish Life #3)


A Sister's Wish
The Charmed Amish Life #3 
By: Shelley Shepard Gray
Releasing September 27, 2016
Avon Inspire




Blurb

In Shelley Shepard Gray’s third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.
Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman—at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she’s also harboring a secret: She’s been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he’s about as far from “perfect” as an Amish man could get… but that’s exactly why she’s so drawn to him.

Life hasn’t been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he’s determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past…unless it pertains to Amelia.

He’s loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas—who just happens to be Simon’s best friend—has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he’s the only one who can truly make her happy.

But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love… but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.


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Prologue
Thirteen years ago
He had almost made it.

All he had to do was make it another two miles, then he’d be able to catch the bus to New Philly and eventually Mansfield. After that? Simon Hochstetler reckoned it didn’t really matter. He would be free and that was good enough.

But for now, all he had to do was ignore the pain in his side, make it over the next bend, then finally hike through the northern edge of the Kinsingers’ property. Once he did all that, the road would be flat. A whole lot easier to walk on.

He winced as he shifted his stuffed army-green backpack on his left shoulder, wishing that his right one wasn’t as bruised as it was. ’Course, if he was making wishes, he should probably start with wishing that he didn’t have a black eye or cut lip. From there he could wish his ribs weren’t hurting, either.

His father had been in fine form tonight.

He walked on, patting his pocket, feeling for the wad of money he’d been saving for the last year and kept hidden in an old coffee can near the woods. How long was it going to last? He had no idea how far eighty-eight dollars lasted in the city, but he was fairly sure it wouldn’t be far enough. He was going to need to figure out a way to make some cash, quick.

Feeling panicked, he stopped to readjust his backpack.

“Simon? Hey! I thought that was you,” Amelia Kinsinger called out, her voice ringing through the empty field like a bright, merry cowbell. “Whatcha doing?”

He froze. Then, attempting to gather himself, he turned to watch her trot closer. A bright smile was on her face. She looked really pleased to have spied him.

Though he knew better than to stay, he remained where he was. Even at only nine years old, little Amelia was the prettiest thing he’d ever seen. White-blond hair, crystal-blue eyes, and pale skin that never seemed to tan, she was everything delicate and perfect. She was also sheltered and his best friend’s baby sister—and the only person who seemed to think he was worth something. Both of her brothers had confided that Amelia had a terrible crush on him. They’d thought it was embarrassing. Levi had even apologized for her.

He hadn’t needed an apology, though. Simon had always thought Amelia’s infatuation made him something special. He’d never let on that he noticed the way she always looked at him. He never acted annoyed when she rushed over to tell him about her day. Instead of making fun of her, he’d been patient and often sat with her when her older siblings were too busy. 

But that said, he’d always taken care for her not to see him like this. He wanted to look worthy in her eyes. Not beaten and bruised.

“Can’t talk right now, Amy,” he bit out as he started forward. He took care to keep his gaze fixated on the ground in front of him. Maybe then she wouldn’t catch sight of his eye.

But, as usual, she didn’t listen to his warning. Instead, she picked up her pace. “Did you know that the sun is almost set? Where you going? It’s going to be dark soon.”

“Ain’t none of your business.”

She stumbled, then caught herself before he reached out to steady her.

“Slow down, wouldja?” she said.

“Can’t.”

She sighed. “Why are ya being like this?” she asked, hurt in her tone. “All I asked is—”

“Simon! What happened to you?”

Unable to help himself, he drew to a stop. Then, because he probably was never going to see her again anyway, he allowed himself to lift his chin and let her look her fill. As he’d expected, she was staring at him in concern, her pale pink lips parted in wonder. And, he suspected, pity.

“Go on home, Amelia.”

“Did you . . . did your daed do that?” she whispered, letting him know that his secret had never actually been one. “Do you need something? Do ya need some help? ’Cause my daed’s home. If we went to him, I bet he’d help ya.”

That was why she meant so much to him. Here he was, bruised and battered, running away from home, and she thought he could still be saved. “Your daed can’t help.”

Tentatively, she held out a hand. Then, to his shock, she swiped at a patch of skin just to the side of his lip. When he flinched at her touch, she looked at him with sad eyes. “Sorry, but your lip is bleeding.” She held up her finger to show the stain.

Seeing his blood on her hand was one of the worst things he’d ever experienced. It symbolized everything that was his life . . . and everything he didn’t want it to be. Unable to help himself, he grabbed her hand and roughly swiped it on his shirt. “Wash your hands when you get home, hear me?”

“Oh. All right. But . . . but, Simon, won’t you come with me? You could wash up, too.”

Nee. I’ve gotta go.”

“You’re leaving, aren’t you?” she asked softly. “Just like your brother and sister did.”

He couldn’t lie to her. “Jah. I’m leaving. Just like Jeremy and Tess did.”

“Please, don’t.”

As much as he would have liked to do anything she asked, he couldn’t do that. “Listen, do me a favor, wouldja? Don’t tell nobody you saw me.”

Her bottom lip trembled. “But—”

“They’ll find out soon enough. Just . . . just let me go, okay?” Then he did what he’d sworn he’d never do. He looked at her directly in the eyes and let her see his pain. “I have to do this, Amy.”

Around a ragged sigh, looking so very sad, she nodded.

“Okay.”

“Bye, Amelia. You take care of yourself.”

He started walking before she could reply. Before he did something stupid and followed her to her house. Before he thought about staying just a little longer so he could see her again.

He started walking because no matter how difficult and scary it was to leave, he knew for certain it was always going to be a whole lot worse at home.


Author Info

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Hold Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.




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New Release: HEART OF THE KING by Bruce Blake (Khirro's Journey #3)-Includes Excerpt!


HEART OF THE KING
Khirro's Journey Book 3

by Bruce Blake

Monday, September 26, 2016

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: ROGUE SOLDIER by Jamie Lynn Miller (Shadow Unit #2)




SUMMARY

Rogue Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 2)
Shadow Unit may have overturned the illegal arms cartel in Kuala Lumpur, but the harrowing undercover op left emotional scars on Sergeants Shawn Weller and Connor Finley. Slowly, patiently, they piece their partnership back together, closer now than ever before.
But the arrival of Julian Montgomery, Shawn’s former CIA handler and lover, threatens to tear them apart. Julian knows all of Shawn's secrets as well as the past Shawn has kept hidden from Connor. Now the self-serving Julian wants Shawn back—with the CIA and with him. No one will get in his way. Including Connor.
When the joint Shadow Unit/CIA mission to stop the supplier of a deadly biological weapon goes sideways, Connor is captured, tortured, and used as a human test subject. It’s a race against time to save his life. But who can Shawn trust?
And who has gone rogue?
Missed Shawn and Connor’s earlier adventures? Read BROKEN SOLDIER, available from your favorite retailer.


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EXCERPT

A short time later Connor walked into their room and spied Shawn out on the balcony, leaning against the railing. He turned when the door closed behind Connor.

"Hey," he greeted Connor as he came back inside. "Did MacDonald slap your wrist for that stunt you pulled last night?" Shawn joked, but then sobered at Connor's serious expression.

"Finn? Everything okay?"

Connor took a breath. "He offered me a promotion to Captain."

"No f*cking way." Shawn's face lit up with a grin. He moved in close to Connor and kissed him. "I'm proud of you, man. You deserve it."

Connor paused, trying to choose his words carefully. "I think I'm ready for this."

"Of course you're ready for it! You were born to be officer material. Though…does this mean I need to salute you now?" He winked. "Because - "

Connor cut him off. "It's with another unit."

Shawn's mouth closed abruptly and he took a step back, his eyebrows drawing together in confusion. "What?"

"A new unit is being formed. They want me to be second in command," Connor explained. 

Shawn's joyous demeanor changed in a heartbeat before Connor's eyes, becoming closed off, his body radiating tension. "Are you going to take it?"

"Honestly? I want to," Connor answered.

Shawn's face was a stone mask, completely devoid of emotion. "Then you should," he said, voice tight and sharp. Then he pushed past Connor, heading for the door.

Connor snagged his arm. "Oi! We're not done talking about this."

Shawn's head snapped around and Connor saw the flash of hurt and anger in his blue eyes. "What more is there to say?" Shawn asked. "I thought we were a good team. I never have to worry about what's behind me because you always have my back. And I thought you felt the same way. But you've obviously made your choice. And it's not me. Us."

Connor shook his head. "Why does it have to be one or the other? We could make this work."

Shawn gave a sarcastic huff. "Yeah. Sure. Me on one side of the world, you on the other. Maybe we can meet up for Christmas break."

Connor felt his world tipping sideways, Shawn's reaction taking his feet out from under him. "I don't want to lose you, Shawn. Are you saying you don't even want to try?"

"I'm saying it's either me or the job."

Connor looked at Shawn in disbelief, both angry and hurt. "You're giving me an ultimatum?"

Shawn's eyes were cold. "Take it anyway you want."

Then he shook out of Connor's grasp, moving swiftly across the floor and out the door. All Connor could do was stand there and watch him go, the slamming of the door like a punch to his gut that drove the breath from his lungs.


CARRA'S REVIEW

After reading the first book in this series, Broken Soldier, I was torn apart and stitched back together with Shawn and Connor's emotional, dramatic and disturbing story.  When I heard the author was giving them a second book, I approached with eagerness and a bit of trepidation after how the first one put me through the wringer--but still very ready for more.  While Rogue Soldier wasn't as distressing, it still had me tied up in knots on the edge of my seat-and still wrenched my emotions around until the very end.

Connor and Shawn have come out of the events from book one stronger together than before, protective of each other and each very aware of what the other goes through.  Things go sideways during the op at the beginning of this story, and it's Shawn's turn to help Connor deal with the outcome.  Shawn shows patience and a level of understanding that makes it obvious he knows what Connor is going through.  But before everything can be worked through, Shadow Unit is pulled away for a different op with someone from Shawn's past who clearly riles him up-and not in a good way.  From the moment Julian enters the picture, I had just as bad a feeling about him as Shawn did.

The action and excitement continues to build with every page, as does the passion and heat between Shawn and Connor-even when things between them become difficult.  The stress on them from the ops as well as from a curveball thrown at Connor from his commander ramps the tension of the story up at the same time things are getting even more strained from the dangerous op they are on.  While Julian's actions may be just what we expect, the result for Connor is devastating-and shows readers exactly how dedicated to him Shawn is.

The story is thrilling and packs plenty of action-it had me riveted to the pages, not wanting to put it down until I was done.  And just when I thought I wasn't going to be torn up on the emotional front...I was.  I was thoroughly invested in Shawn and Connor in Broken Soldier, and here in Rogue Soldier, I became even more so-which made my reaction to what happens to Connor that much more emotional.  

Rogue Soldier was a 4.5-star read for me, and I do highly recommend it, especially to M/M military romance fans.  You'll get the action you crave alongside passion and intrigue.  While I suppose you could read this as a standalone, I would strongly advise you read Broken Soldier first, it really sets the stage for Shawn and Connor's relationship and will give you better insight into the two characters.  This story is strictly for the 18+ crowd for adult language, violence during military operations, and explicit M/M sexual content-which is scorching hot.



AUTHOR BIO

Jamie Lynn Miller has been writing fiction since childhood and decided to take the plunge and go pro in 2008, finding to her amazement that people truly enjoyed her love stories. She’s a romantic at heart, and her tales reflect the desire we all have to find “the one,” persevering through trials and heartache for that happy ending.
Jamie has a degree in fine arts and has spent the last twenty years working as a graphic designer, though she’d much rather be writing. She was born in Chicago and still lives there today with her husband and their two furry, four-footed children, er… cats.
If she’s not brainstorming story ideas, you can find Jamie at a sci-fi convention, in front of a furnace doing glass blowing, or on a mat twisted into a yoga pose.

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