Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Release-Review: SHADES by Jaime Reese


Shades
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 23, 2018
Cover Designer: Reese Dante



Life made him dangerous. Love made him lethal.

Killian Marks is a third-generation hitman. After hunting monsters for over twenty years, he lives under no illusions of happily ever afters and fairy tales. Until he meets a man who threatens to disarm him, by giving him hope for a future and showing him there’s more to life than just death.

For Nick, living in shadows is second nature. He’s all too familiar with the dark side of humanity and knows how delicate life can be. Each new day is a gift, even though it means doing it alone. But he’ll risk his survival for the one man who awakens something deep within and leaves him yearning for more.

Nick wants to solve the mystery behind the dark, brooding man, while Killian craves the life and light emanating from Nick. They soon discover they have more in common than either could have anticipated. With both their lives and hearts at stake, they must confront the ghost from Nick’s past intent on tying up a loose end. Only then will they truly find peace, and discover the shades of life in between.











Though I have this author’s other books, I have not yet had a chance to read them—but after reading Shades you can be very sure that I’ve moved the rest of her books to the top of my list. Shades was a suspense and tension filled story with an intense slow-burn May/December romance that sucked me in from the opening words. This book kept me up way past my bedtime because I wanted to read it straight through to the end.

Killian, our hitman, is your classic bad guy with a conscience—a character type I love to read about and easily come to care for. At first glance Nick seems like an everyday guy, but as the story goes on we find out there’s a lot more to him than meets the eye. The further into the story you get, the more layers peel back for both men revealing two very complex guys who are tied together by more than just attraction. Things between them develop at a slow pace filled with sexual tension, and the intensity of feeling between them is deep and passionate.

Besides Killian and Nick there are some great secondary characters, my favorite being Killian’s partner Dex. He brings humor to the story, helping to relieve the tension from time to time.

There’s plenty of heat between Killian and Nick, but the on-page physical scenes are few and don’t overtake the rest of the story. Don’t worry though—with their chemistry those scenes contain plenty of heat and passion while also showing the deep emotional connection between the two.

I’m finding it hard to say much without giving anything away, so just know that if you’re a fan of romantic suspense you’re going to be beyond satisfied with Shades. It gets 5 solid stars from me, and is one of the top five books I’ve read in the M/M romantic suspense genre. It’s definitely going to be finding it’s way onto my bookshelf as a paperback, a place only my favorites wind up. Be prepared to clear a day or two in your schedule for this one—you won’t want to put it down once you start reading! This story is for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.



Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.




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New Release-Excerpt & Giveaway: DANGEROUS by Tory Richards (Nomad Outlaws Trilogy #2)

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DANGEROUS
Tory Richards
Series: Nomad Outlaws Trilogy Book 2
Genre: MC Romance
Publication Date: May 21, 2018
He calls no place home, and no woman owns his heart...until her!
Jace is a nomad.
An outlaw biker who likes to work alone.
Too sexy for his own good.
A killer when he needs to be.
Dangerous.
He calls no place home, and no woman owns his heart.
Until her.
Luna.
No cliffhangers!
(Jace was first introduced in His Possession. He also appeared in Ruthless)

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Excerpt

"You don't belong here." There was no f*cking way I was going to watch a repeat performance of her getting off on Puck's leg.

"What?" she half-laughed, half-gasped.

"You heard me," I growled. "You don't know what you're doing, messing around with these men. They aren't known for saying no to something they want."

She huffed out a laugh. "What are you talking about?" Her tone revealed that she really had no idea. "We were only going to dance."

Her innocence only made me angrier. "Yeah, I saw your first f*cking dance with Puck. You think a man gives you an orgasm and he's not looking to get inside your p*ssy?"

She gasped sharply. "I don't know, Jace. You tell me. I watched you give that woman an orgasm, is her p*ssy next?"

It wasn't often someone dared to use my own words against me. I had to give Luna credit for not backing down and acting like the proverbial damsel in distress. She was standing her ground, and she wasn't afraid to say it like it was. It was dark, but thanks to the dim light over the door, I could make out her expression, which was growing angrier by the second. It almost made me smile.

"You forget I got off, too," I said crudely.

Silence followed, and I wondered what she was thinking. It didn't take her long to find her voice.

"Right. Then I'd better go back inside and take care of that." She went to grab for the door knob.

"The hell you will," I snarled, reaching for her. I pulled her away from the door, gripping her roughly around her upper arm.

She pulled away with a cry of anger. "What is your problem, Jace? Why should it bother you what I do with another man? It didn't bother me while you and that woman were humping each other's brains out."

I thought about the telling look she'd had on her face when she'd been watching me with CC, the disappointment and the hurt I'd seen. I'd got off a lot of times letting a woman grind against my d*ck, but that moment tonight hadn't been my proudest, because I'd done it with something else in mind. I'd purposely set out to hurt Luna and teach her a lesson, that attraction for men like me meant one thing and one thing only. I called her bullsh*t.

"Liar!" I whispered sharply down into her face. For a minute we just stood staring at each other in the darkness, listening to the sound of each other's breaths. I swear I saw the glistening of tears fill her eyes. "We're not good men, Luna. You come on to one of these men, let him expect something more, and he'll take it, whether you want to give it up or not. That's their f*cking world. If that had been me you were rubbing up on, I would have taken you out back and f*cked you up against the wall."

Other Books by Tory Richards

Be sure to also check out Book 1 of the Nomad Outlaws Trilogy series.
Ruthless
Ruthless
Four years ago Rebel claimed Ginger to keep them both alive, and then she disappeared. Bike Week at Daytona Beach brings them back together. He's a dangerous nomad. A ruthless killer. But he's her addiction, and she's his. Can they keep the past where it belongs and move forward, or is it too late?
"Lots of excitement, a good deal of HOT steamy sex, a happy ending, and a sequel to look forward to! What more could a die hard fan ask for?"
- Margaret S., Amazon.com Reviewer

About Tory Richards

Tory Richards is a fun-loving grandma who writes smut with a plot. Born in 1955 in the small town of Milo, Maine, she's lived most of her life in Florida, where she went to school, married, and raised her daughter. For many years life got in the way of her dreams.
Penning stories by hand at ten, and then on manual typewriter at the age of thirteen, Tory was a closet writer until the encouragement of her family prompted her into submitting to a publisher. She's been published since 2005, and has since retired from Disney to focus on family, friends, travel and writing.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Re-Release-Review: THE LITTLE THINGS by Jay Northcote



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Amazon US | Amazon UK - Currently on Sale for 2.99


Length: 75,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design


Blurb

Sometimes it's the little things in life that make you appreciate what you have.


There are lots of things that brighten Joel's life. His three-year-old daughter Evie is one. His close relationship with her mother, his best friend from university, is another. Joel's boyfriend, Dan, adds spice to his child-free nights, and Joel is pretty happy with how things are.

One cold and rainy night, everything changes. Joel's life is turned upside-down when he becomes a full-time dad to Evie, and his previously carefree relationship with Dan cracks under the strain.

Meeting Liam, who acts as if getting hurt isn't a foregone conclusion, shakes Joel to the core. Their attraction is mutual, and Liam makes no secret of how serious he is about Joel. But Joel is wary. He tells himself he's keeping Liam at a distance for Evie's sake, when really he's protecting his own heart. Taking a chance on this new relationship with Liam may seem a small stepa little thingbut is it one Joel can take after losing so much already?




Carra's Review

The Little Things was a sweet story focusing on Joel dealing with grief and loss while still navigating his everyday life, including his love life where certain aspects become very clear and others not so much.  He has to do this while caring for his adorable daughter Evie…and while I’m not one to care for kids in romance books too much, Evie was just right—not overly enchanting (or the opposite bratty child), and doesn’t steal the scenes from the main characters.

Joel seemed to have a good life at the start of the story, though for me personally I wasn’t a fan of the logistics of his relationship with Dan (Dan’s side of things).  After Joel’s loss though, as with many things in life after a big life event, things change once he comes to certain realizations.  Liam enters the picture slowly after that, but once he does things with him move fast—though to me it never felt too fast since everything between him and Joel seemed to click right from the start, and their emotional and physical chemistry were easily obvious.

There were times that I felt there was too much day-to-day stuff described that didn’t need to be there since it didn’t really add to the story, particularly in the first half of the book.  This did make the first half go a bit slowly for me, but once past that and into the portion of the story that concentrated more fully on Joel and Liam I fell more easily into it.

While I’ve heard some readers don’t consider this a romance, I would have to disagree.  Yes, this story is about Joel dealing with his grief, but it’s about him navigating his romantic relationships during that time, how he deals with it affecting his outlook for those relationships., and it’s about him falling in love while trying to protect his heart.


The Little Things was a 4-star read for me; I think if the daily life things that were so thoroughly described were cut down in the story, I’d be rating at least 4.5.  That said, this is definitely a story I’d recommend to M/M romance fans.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.


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.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.





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New Release-Excerpt & Giveaway: LOVE TORN by Stacy Eaton (Twisted Love Series #2)


LOVE TORN
Book 2 of The Twisted Love Series

Written by USA Today Bestselling Author Stacy Eaton
Co-Authored Series with Bestselling Author Amy Manemann

Monday, May 21, 2018

Review & Giveaway: ALPHA HEAT by Leta Blake (Heat of Love #2)



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Length: 130,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Strange Designs


Heat of Love Series

Book #1 - Slow Heat - Amazon US | Amazon UK


Blurb

A desperate young alpha. An older alpha with a hero complex. A forbidden love that can't be denied.

Young Xan Heelies knows he can never have what he truly wants: a passionate romance and happy-ever-after with another alpha. It's not only forbidden by the prevailing faith of the land, but such acts are illegal.

Urho Chase is a middle-aged alpha with a heartbreaking past. Careful, controlled, and steadfast, his friends dub him old-fashioned and staid. When Urho discovers a dangerous side to Xan's life that he never imagined, his world is rocked and he's consumed by desire. The carefully sewn seams that held him together after the loss of his omega and son come apart-and so does he.

But to love each other and make a life together, Xan and Urho risk utter ruin. With the acceptance and support of Caleb, Xan's asexual and aromantic omega and dear friend, they must find the strength to embrace danger and build the family they deserve.

This gay romance novel by Leta Blake is the second in the Slow Heat universe. It's 130,000 words, with a strong happy ending and a well-crafted, non-shifter Omegaverse. It features alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, heat, and knotting. No cheating. Content warning for brief sexual violence.


Carra's Review

First—you really need to read Slow Heat first before starting Alpha Heat so you can get background on the characters.  Not just Xan and Urho, but you’ll want to know about the others as well since things learned in the first book come into play here in the second.  Keep this in mind while reading my review since I mention things that may be spoilers for the first book here. 

After meeting both Xan and Urho in Slow Heat, my interest was piqued to find out how things would work between them in this second book of the series.  The impression I got of Xan in the first book had me concerned for how things would go for him once Jason was off limits.  And Urho came across as a bit brash and at times a bit overbearing…though I suppose it could be said that these are alpha traits anyway.

One thing I’ve learned in reading this series is that while the character types (alpha/beta/omega) as they are described in the stories may make you want to draw exact parallels to our own world and the male/female or gay/straight/full spectrum dynamics, you can’t really apply the same ideas to the world Ms. Blake has created.  Exact comparisons would be unwise and take away from the unique world the author has built, and also cause you to draw incorrect conclusions or to make assumptions that would not be valid in this world.  While there are similarities, the differences are important and you shouldn’t let comparisons to our own world color your view inappropriately for this one.

I was highly concerned for Xan once I found out how he was slaking his desires at the start of this story.  It also bugged me quite a bit once I knew Xan had his own omega, even if they were not erosgape.  But Caleb (Xan’s omega) and his situation make him and Xan a well-suited pair, and their arrangement while unique in an equally unique world works for them.  It also paves the way for Xan and Urho’s developing relationship—no matter how unorthodox it might be.

There’s a lot of complexity to this story, from Xan’s relationship with his family to his relationship with Caleb and with Urho as well.  Not to mention his past with Jason.  There’s a lot going on, because not only do you have the Caleb/Xan/Urho situation but Vale, Jason’s omega and Urho’s former lover, is pregnant (a situation which has it’s its own issues), and as the story progresses there’s escalating tension between Xan and his family (primarily his father and cousin), and once you get to the last quarter of the book it’s constant craziness as everything on all fronts comes to a head.  There are some things that happen (particularly between Caleb, Xan, and Urho physically) that I had guessed early on, but the way all of the different situations come to their crescendo in the last part of the book was quite enough to still keep me on edge until things were fully resolved.


Alpha Heat was a 4-star read for me, the length of the book did make it feel a little drawn out for my taste.  But there was plenty of tension, especially since the extremely unconventional nature of the relationships represented could mean severe or even deadly consequences for all involved.  Plus my interest is piqued to see if Janus might get his own story given what he went through here in this one.  This book is meant strictly for readers 18+ for adult language, some violence in sexual situations, and plenty of sexual content, as well as mpreg.


Author Bio

Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake's educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.



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New Release-Excerpt & Giveaway: DEMON KING'S DESIRE by J.L. Sheppard


DEMON KING'S DESIRE
Elemental Sisters Series#1

by J.L. Sheppard