Review: “Kissing Lessons” by Susan Laine

TITLE: Kissing Lessons
AUTHOR: Susan Laine
SERIES: Before… and After
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: AngstyG.
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Gay For You
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 81 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2017
PRICE: $ 3.99 -e-book
  

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A kiss is just a kiss. It doesn’t have to mean anything. Does it?

At seventeen, Merry’s never been kissed. Since he doesn’t want to disappoint his prom date, he asks his more experienced best friend, Boone, for some pointers. Surprisingly, Boone agrees to give him a hands-on lesson.

But they have no idea what they’re getting into.

They explore hundreds of ways to make out, but somehow it isn’t enough. A week later, they’re back together for another session. This time things go further than either of them planned, and their relationship becomes awkward and uncomfortable.

Have they learned enough to salvage their friendship and help it evolve? Their lessons have come to an end. They can either part ways forever… or share a true love’s kiss.


This is the first time that I have read a book by Susan Laine, but it definitely won’t be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kissing Lessons, which is the second book in the Before… and After series. It’s a standalone book. I loved the cover for the book, and the blurb for the book was catchy and made me want to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed in what I read. The book’s pretty steamy with lots of hot kissing scenes and a little bit more. It’s the perfect length for reading just before bed but don’t be expected to be able to sleep afterward. It didn’t have an in-depth or complex storyline which I was okay with, but it might not be for others who are looking for something more complex.

The book’s centered around the main characters Merry and Boone, who are best friends in high school. I found both Merry and Boone to be fun and playful characters that seem to have a history of doing things together in the past. So it’s only natural for Merry to ask Boone for kissing lessons when he’s nervous about his prom night with his date Sarah. And over the next two weeks, they do manage to practice quite a bit of kissing before prom.

I loved all of the different types of kisses that Boone comes up with and how he demonstrates them on Merry and then has Merry practice them on him. My favorite kisses were the neck to shoulder kiss and the Australian kiss, although I liked the full back kiss also.

The book did move quickly with an instant love kind of feel to it as Merry and Boone move from friends to lovers in under two weeks. They had great chemistry though, and I loved their inner monolog as they tried to sort out their feelings for each other. I liked that Boone had previous experience with both girls and boys. However, his experience with boys was limited to making out with two boys during summer camp. I loved how he passed on his experience to Merry without pressuring him to do more than he wanted to do and allowed Merry to be the aggressor. Merry’s completely inexperienced, and I thought it took a lot of guts to ask his best friend for help so that he would make a good impression on his date.

I can definitely relate to this book as I can remember talking and asking lots of questions to my more experienced best friend in high school and how inseparable we were. It brought back a lot of great memories.

I can’t wait to read the first book in the series After the Romance Novel. It’s about a different couple, but it has a very catchy blurb also. And if it’s as good as this one was then I’ll be a happy girl.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Olive Juice” by TJ Klune

TITLE: Olive Juice
AUTHOR: TJ Klune
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; No sexual content
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 121 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:

I want to see you.

He agrees, and on a cold winter’s night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.

David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.

Phillip offers redemption.


levilogooptimummNo one can make me cry like TJ Klune…

Last night when I finished this book, my pillow was wet with tears, I didn’t cry as much since I read Wolfsong, from the same author.
When we are talking about TJ Klune, we are talking about magic. In my honest opinion, he’s one of the most talented contemporary writer.

With this book, you’re in the dark almost until the end. So many scenarios run in and out across my mind while reading. This is a definite tearjerker kind of reading.
We will witness the entire story from the POV of David, who is struggling with his loss. We will assume, of course, what did happen to David, but there will be so many questions. The questions we’ll find answers for almost at the end of the story.

This review will not reveal much, not because I don’t want to, ohh God how I want to, but because it would ruin your reading.
What I can say though is this, if you’re a fan of TJ Klune, for sure, you will not be disappointed. Again the master creates and catches you with his magic. I couldn’t stop reading between sobs, and angst and blowing my nose. The word play is amazing, the double meaning of things were mind blowing.

You need to read this work of art…just be ready for the klunewreck.

As I said it many times now, there isn’t enough stars in this universe to rate TJ Klune…!

****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “From War To Forever” by Andria Large

TITLE: From War To Forever
AUTHOR: Andria Large
SERIES: War Trilogy
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Military
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 330 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback
  

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Dennis

The love of my life is dead. Is there a reason to live anymore?

I’m a veteran Marine. Terrorists took not only my foot, but also my wife. Recurrent nightmares, a dead-end job, and a painful limp are all I have left. My best friend, Tucker, and my sister, Lizette, keep me afloat. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Tucker… literally. And then, out of nowhere, there are these feelings. The kind I haven’t felt in years. The kind I’m not sure I can handle, or even want to. But they’ve started wrapping around my broken heart, trying to mend it. Only they are not for a woman, but for the man suddenly sharing my bed. I’m not so sure I’m ready to give love another go.

Tucker

The war took my hearing, but I’m alive. Many of my friends are not. I am building a life with my best friend, Dennis. We have become practically inseparable. And now, we are more than friends. I’ve never had feelings like these for a man. My parents, my brother, my buddy, Duke—will they understand how I feel about Dennis? Can I risk losing my family?

First Edition published as At War by KDP Select, 2015.


If you are a fan of gay military romance? Then this is the one to go for. It’s one of the best that I have ever read. The characters are very realistic. The author must have done some serious research.

Dennis lost his wife and part of one of his legs in the war. He’s depressed and suffers from PTSD. On his last time in the hospital, he met Tucker, and the two have been best friends ever since. Tucker was also wounded in the war. He has terrible nightmares of some of the missions he was on. They are each other’s support along with some really good family and friends.

I think what I loved most about this book was how believable everything was. A lot of times you read these types and it’s either a dealing of symptoms with a bland story or it’s overly dramatic. Andria Large found the perfect balance. Not only of a veteran’s journey in civilian life but also with everyday family and friend issues. I really loved Dennis’s sister Lissette, and Tucker’s friend Duke is amazing.

This is a second edition. I read the first and liked it very much. This one though, I love. The changes she’s made has everything flowing so much smoother. Plus, it makes the interactions with other characters a lot more realistic. This is the kind of book that I look for. A story you can really dive into with characters you fall in love with and a few you actually hate. At times they had me laughing, especially Duke. Other times I was crying though some of those were happy tears. I look forward to reading many more of Andria’s books knowing I’m going to enjoy to the very last page. It has an ending you are happy with even while you’re sad to finish the book.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Fishy Riot” by Lindsey Black

TITLE: Fishy Riot
AUTHOR: Lindsey Black
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: AngstyG
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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Most people think riot squad officer Taylor Jameson is an asshole. Little do they know his apparent indifference stems from having a meddlesome family always butting into his business. And little does Taylor know he’s about to stumble into a situation that’ll make indifference impossible.

When everything goes horribly wrong at a political rally on a harbour ferry, Taylor encounters Sietta Salisbury. The son of a wealthy politician, Sietta is a revered—but presumed dead—musician, and an enigma who is so strange, Taylor is compelled to look into his background. What he discovers draws him into a bizarre mess of prisoners, politics, and attempted murder that makes him realise what he’s been missing.

Falling in love isn’t hard. Trying to convince someone else you’re worth loving despite your crazy family and the people trying to kill you? That’s a whole other can of worms.


levilogooptimummMy first read from this author and damn if she isn’t good!

This book it’s not what I was expecting. It surprised me in a good way.

Taylor and Clay are twins, attached at the hip. They both work in law enforcement in Sydney being members of the Riot Squad. They are big, like huge-big. They think alike, walk alike and breath alike. When you look at them, you think you are drunk, and you’re seeing double. Clay is in a relationship with Joel, a university professor, but the twins find time to be with each other. But this book is not about their relationship though…

Taylor is an asshole, everybody said so (shhhh…he isn’t). But his mind works differently than others. Where others see sympathy, he sees logic. He’s a rational man, with rational thoughts, although for some people it may appear as asshole-ish behavior. When a mission brings them to a fundraiser party on a ferry, his life changes definitely. He meets Sietta Salisbury, with his Gucci glasses. Taylor’s lost…

Sietta Salisbury’s family is powerful, his father’s in politics and they are the epitome of high class. But people thought he’s dead. He isn’t. Well not technically. Sietta is strange, a perfect match to Taylor, and it seems that he can get Taylor where everybody else fails. And Taylor sees him where everybody does not.

I can’t go into detail, for not spoiling it for you, but the story is more than worth reading it. Your heart will break for Sietta, and you will laugh out loud when you’ll meet the Jamsons. They are hilarious, funny and borderline crazy.

This book is a fun read, full of emotions but not overwhelmingly so. I really enjoyed it and I would very much like that this would become a series! I would have loved to read Clay and Joel’s story too, there is so much potential for other couples…

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Just Add Argyle” by KC Burn

TITLE: Just Add Argyle
AUTHOR: KC Burn
SERIES: Fabric Hearts
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 204 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 21, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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Tate Buchanan is a troublemaker who can’t keep a job, no matter how many times his lucky argyle sweater gets him hired. Add to that a learning disability and an impetuous nature that sends him into altercations to protect the defenseless, and he hardly manages to make friends, let alone find a man who’s interested in him for more than one night.

Most people think EMT Jaime Escobar is a player, but the truth is he wants a serious partner—he just can’t justify wasting time on guys he knows aren’t a match. But when he treats a gorgeous redhead after a fight, he finds the spark he’s spent so many years looking for.

Jaime wants to take the next step with Tate, but it’s clear Tate’s not going to curb his impulsive behavior—his next fight sends him to the hospital. Jaime’s relationship with a near criminal isn’t something his family is ready to accept, not any more than Tate is willing to be kept a secret. Jaime will need a lot of understanding—and some luck of his own—to keep them both. But this is one fight he’s going to see through to the end.


Just Add Argyle is a stand-alone story, but the third book to be released in the Fabric Hearts series. Characters from the other two books are also involved in this story, but they are integrated well without any issues or making you feel like you’ve missed something.

Tate Buchanan has a hard life. He lives with his alcoholic, drug addict mother, who simply doesn’t give a damn about him. Tate has been taking care of himself since he was a child, but can never seem to catch a break no matter what he does. He dropped out of high school because he couldn’t grasp what he was being taught, and was never able to pass any tests. Thinking he was stupid—just like his mother kept telling him—he decided to just give up. We find out throughout the story that he actually has a type of number dyslexia. Tate works in low-paying, unskilled jobs that he keeps getting fired from, so spends most of his time at the library or wandering the streets to avoid going home to his mother. One night, after being fired from his latest job, Tate goes to the mini-golf course where he used to work to hide out for a while. When he arrives, he discovers someone he used to work with being assaulted by two men, Tate steps in to stop the attack and ends up taking a bit of a beating in the process. The police and ambulance soon show up, and Tate comes face to face with the man that will change his life and everything he has ever thought of himself.

Jaime Escobar is an Army veteran, who now works as an EMT. He has seen and been through a lot over the past few years, and as a result of fighting in Afghanistan, Jaime suffers from PTSD. He comes from a big family, where everyone gets involved in everyone else’s business, but Jaime always tries to change the subject or deflect whenever they try to interfere in his love life. He wants to settle down and find a long-term partner and not just a one-night stand, but the only person who ever made him feel this way—even though they were never romantically involved—died in his arms in the desert. When Jamie answers a call-out for assault, he doesn’t expect to meet a man who lights a fire in him that he thought had long died out, even if he does have to break down some barriers to get to a place of peace and happiness.

When I first started this book, I really struggled to get into the story and seriously considered giving up a couple of times. I felt that the first few chapters dragged on more than they needed to and that there were parts that seemed to go off on unnecessary tangents, but I stuck with it, and I’m so glad I did. When we finally get into the story where Tate and Jaime meet and then get to know each other, the whole feel and flow of the story changes. It becomes a much more enjoyable read that touches on some serious issues, and does so in a very sympathetic way. Tate and Jaime’s love story found a place in my heart that I couldn’t imagine it would have when I first began.
The ending was so utterly adorable and perfect that I need to give huge credit to the author for turning the book from something that I thought I was going to dislike, into something that had me beaming with joy.
Now I need to go back and read the previous two books because I’ve kind of fallen for these characters and want to know a little more.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “A Good Neighbour” by Clare London

TITLE: A Good Neighbour
AUTHOR: Clare London
SERIES: London Lads
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Valerie Tibbs, Tibbs Design
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 60 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2017
PRICE: $ 3.99 -e-book
  

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A London Lads Story

A secret affair can’t go on forever.

Dylan Philips admits it himself: he’s a relentlessly single man in a small suburban town, both proud of and resigned to being a good teacher and a devoted nephew to his mischievous great-aunts.
When the aunts take a hand in matchmaking him with Josie Whitman, the girl who lives along the street, Dylan doesn’t tell them what kind of soul mate he’s really looking for—and the fact that he’s already found the man in question. It’s not Josie who’s travelling from London every month to her town property, but her journalist brother Neal. And Dylan meets up with Neal whenever he can.
But decisions must be made for their future. Dylan is risk-averse to everything from overseas travel to coming out, whereas Neal embraces adventure—and now he wants to take Dylan with him.
Horrified that his chance at love will move even further out of his reach, Dylan realises it’s time for him to own up to what kind of man he really is. He needs to find courage and compromise. And who knows whether the great-aunts will be a help or a hindrance with that?

First Edition published as A Good Neighbor by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2009.


A Good Neighbour’s the third book in the London Lads series by Clare London. It’s a standalone book. Although A Good Neighbour’s only 60 pages and is a quick read, it was engaging, descriptive, and very much enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the book because it’s set in and around London and I just got done visiting England in December, and it was fun to read about some of the places that I had visited.

Dylan’s a single man living in a small suburban town. He doesn’t date, and he’s a school teacher. He’s both proud of and resigned to being a good nephew to his mischievous great-aunts. When his great-aunts attempt to be matchmakers, they try to set him up with the girl next door, Josie. However, it isn’t Josie that he’s interested in. He’s interested in her brother, Neal.

Neal’s a journalist and gets sent all over the place for his job. In between assignments he stays at his sister’s town property. He’s a free spirit and loves to travel and visit new places. He loves his relationship with Dylan even though they have to keep it secret. Recently though he’s been fantasizing about Dylan coming with him on his assignments, so they can explore the new places together instead of him coming home and telling him about them.
There’s some discord in Neal’s and Dylan’s secret relationship, and they have to figure out where they’re heading in the future and what they both want out of it. And Dylan needs to figure out if he’s going to find the courage to be the man that he knows himself to be and to compromise on some of the things that Neal wants out of their relationship.

I was biting my lip while I continued to read to see whether they would be able to work out their problems or not. Even with the book only being 60 pages, I was still invested in the story, and I loved all of the characters. Dylan’s mischievous great-aunts were a hoot, and I loved how they manipulated him and Neal. Dylan and Neal were opposites in both looks and attitudes, but they brought out the best in each other and made each other whole.

A delightful read with some pretty steamy scenes and just enough angst. I can’t wait to read more books by Clare London.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “A Day Makes” by Mary Calmes

TITLE: A Day Makes
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways – he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community – but he’s really not such a bad guy. Over time he’s found a home of sorts, and he even learns he’s found a place in the hearts of the people he works with…at least enough so that they won’t put a bullet in his head because he’s outlived his usefulness to the boss.

But he never thought he’d find one day could change his life, and he’s about to discover how wrong he is.

Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It’s an improbable idea – a man who deals in death finding love – but it’s like it’s meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day can change everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects – if he can stay alive long enough to find out.


levilogooptimummAs we used to by now, this is another great story of Mary Calmes that will keep you on your toes for the entire story. There are so many strings that you can’t really guess the outcome of this story…

We will witness the book from Ceaton Mercer’s POV. Ceaton has an interesting personality. His morality, even being a mob enforcer are different from the other bad guys. Oh don’t get me wrong, he’s the bad guy everybody fears. He was a Marine, and after doing the right thing, he finds himself now without anything to do. He was “asked” to leave the Marine Corps, a conflict of interest you might ask but no, just the old, “When I say jump you say how high, Sir,” attitude. Well, Ceaton is not made like that. He’s very good at following orders, though, it soothes him, grounds him.

But then when he’s ready for the next step of his life, he got an offer to become an enforcer for the Serbian mob. We will witness his growth in that society and the bonding with his fellow comrades. Comrades you will come to love, they are funny, fears and they always have each other’s back. He feels like he’s in the Marine’s again. Ceaton is known for his loyalty, but that means nothing when you get suspicious that you maybe planning something. Then when the next step of his life is happening…

If I described Ceaton, I would say he’s like a calm ocean, strong, big and apparently offering you shelter. And what about Brin you may ask?

Brinley storms into his life with a force that disturbs the enforcer’s equilibrium pretty much. From the very beginning, Brin makes a claim on him, talking about their future…only after just one hour of meeting the guy! In Ceaton’s opinion the dude is crazy but deep down he can’t say no to those plans, can’t argue with Brin’s claims of him. He definitely got caught up in this whirlpool called Brin.

I finished this book in a couple of hours. It was a strong, romantic and some tear sharing read. Your heart goes out for Ceaton without reason. He’s calm, gathered and so compassionate. When he’s given up finding the one, is when Brin comes into his life. And in A Day Makes his life turns again in a way that he would never expected…

When I asked Mary last night if she plans to continue this story she said…well, I can’t really say what she said, can I? Yeah yeah, I know…I’m a tease…but that’s why you love me so much, don’t you?!

****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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“Into The Sunset” by Piper Kay

TITLE: Into The Sunset
AUTHOR: Piper Kay
SERIES: Eight Second Cowboy
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink, Crushing Hearts, and Black Butterfly Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Carrie Jax
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Western
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 175 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 7, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

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Matt Stephens has always found it hard to let people in. Ever since he was a child, the only person he’s been able to count on, is his best friend, Mindy. Now, with Lance in his life, he is trying to make it work, especially with the life changing event that is about to take place. However, before that happens, all Matt wants is to retire from the rodeo circuit a champion, with his reputation intact and then ride off into the sunset. Sometimes, the things we want, aren’t really what we need… And sometimes the things we think we need are beyond our grasp…


Piper Kay has topped herself. If you thought Eight Second Cowboy was good then this one will blow you away. There is so much more to Matt and Lance that gets discovered.

The rodeo is a hard living. Made harder when you are trying to keep their relationship a secret only makes it harder. Add in the fact that Mindy is due any day, there is a lot of pressure on these guys. Not to mention the worry they feel not going together so they can make sure Mindy is never left alone.
When tragedy strikes it affects the guys differently. While one is shutting down, the other tries to be supportive and keep the home running. With all the pressure and pain it is hard to communicate how they feel. Somehow they make it though.

This was one of those highly emotional reads that not only will have you chuckling, but will also have you in tears. It does what we want a great read to do. It has characters you can connect with, deeply felt emotions so you can purge yours with, and a happy ending that will leave you with a contented smile.

Piper Kay has definitely made a big fan out of me with this series. When I look for a cowboy book this is what I want. Realistic cowboys who also love men. You can tell Piper either knew or researched thoroughly the rodeo life. The proof is in the details.

I look forward to reading her other series.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Bad Boys Get Tickled” by Jeff Enro

TITLE: Bad Boys Get Tickled
AUTHOR: Jeff Enro
SERIES: Bad Boys Series
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST:Angela Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 27 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 22, 2016
PRICE: $1.99 -e-book
  

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Isaac has been extremely ticklish for as long as he can remember. As a kid his best friend Ty used to hold him down and tickle him, but once they started high school, they drifted apart. Isaac came out as gay kind of young, but Ty never revealed his sexual orientation, and as a result Isaac felt sort of abandoned by his best friend. Now, a few years later, they’re both home from college and run into each other in a bar. This leads to a confrontation and a dispute that can only be settled the good old fashioned way—tickling.


Bad Boys Get Tickled is the third book in the Bad Boys series. I enjoyed the story but couldn’t really connect with the characters. I’ve never been very ticklish as I have an older brother that loves to tickle torture. So I quickly had to learn not to be ticklish. As a result, I wasn’t as into this book as it centers around tickling. That being said, the book was still very entertaining, and I loved the chaise tickle recliner that Ty had made. Isaac is adorable with his bratty attitude and how he loves to antagonize Ty until Ty will discipline him and hold him down and tickle him. The book was well written and nicely edited although there were a couple of instances where an article in front of a word should’ve been used and wasn’t. But it wasn’t too distracting.

Isaac and Ty were friends in high school, and Ty found out that Isaac was intensely ticklish. Isaac was still trying to figure out his sexuality and had a love-hate relationship with being tickled. As he got older, it became a trigger for him to get aroused when he was held down and tickled. And he loved being held down and tickled by Ty who was so much taller and stronger than he was. However, in high school, he thought Ty was straight and didn’t think his crush on his best friend would be reciprocated. They didn’t end up reconnecting until after college.

Isaac ends up seeing Ty at a gay bar hanging on a blond college-aged twink, named Trevor. Isaac is mad at Ty when Ty admits that he knew he was gay in high school and didn’t say anything to him and then avoided him when he came home during summer breaks. Isaac lets his bratty and impulsive nature out and orders a drink and then proceeds to throw it on Ty. What happens next is exactly what Isaac wants to happen. Ty carts him off to have the most extreme tickle session of Isaac’s life.

Lots of giggling, squirming, jerking, twisting and pleading ensued and all have a good time. If you like tickle torture, then this is the short story for you.

****The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “New Lease” by B.G. Thomas

TITLE: New Lease
AUTHOR: B.G. Thomas
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 46 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 12, 2017
PRICE: $1.99 -e-book
  

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2nd Edition

Wade Porter spent his whole life in the shadow of a lover who doled out snippets of love and time as he saw fit—and who insisted that love stay deep in the closet. But now that man is gone, and Wade finds the oceanside cottage where they spent so many weekends together in the Florida Keys cold and empty. He has come one last time, not even sure he wants to keep living.

To his surprise, the house next door is occupied by another bereaved and lonely man. Kent Walker is an artist of romantic gay paintings who is open to the future—and determinedly interested in Wade. Kent wants to show Wade the beauty in being an openly gay man and the possibilities for a real relationship.

Maybe Kent can help Wade let go of the past and discover a better way to live—and love.

First Edition published in Two Tickets to Paradise by Dreamspinner Press, 2012


jologooptimummWade was in mourning. He was feeling the loss of Gene, his lover of 20 plus years, even though it had been a while since he’d died.
Wade has returned to the place where they first met, a cottage on the Florida coast and he’s seriously contemplating the pills and alcohol he has with him when he sees a light on in the cottage next door. He has a flashback to his first meeting with Gene and, believing it might be him, he runs to knock on the patio doors…but it’s not Gene, of course, it isn’t and the realisation knocks him backwards. The stranger, who picked him up off the floor, invites him in, to recover from the fall. The hot, younger, man in ‘Genes cottage’ is Kent and Wade, disconcertedly, finds himself attracted to him. Embarrassed at this, he makes a hasty exit only to find the flirtatious Kent at his door early the next day bearing mugs of coffee.
Despite Wade’s reticence, Kent thrusts his way into his life making him question and re-evaluate his entire relationship with Gene. His eyes are opened, and he finally sees it for what it truly was.

Both Wade and Kent have experienced loss, both are lonely, but can they cross that dark divide enough to be together and bring some light into their lives? This is a really short read, but I loved every page. Wade’s character is so emotionally written despite the fact that this book is less than 50 pages and Kent’s character is perfectly described through his actions and words.

Both men quickly stole my heart. From such dark beginnings, light emerges and the emotion I felt for Wade, as he sees the truth and his beliefs are changed, was palpable. The ending is a happy for now and leaves the reader to decide the future, but that feels right for the story and characters. Everything is new for Wade, and he needs time to decide what happens next.

This is well worth the couple of hours it takes to read, and although it starts off dark there is some humour, and the tone gets lighter as the plot progresses.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book*** 

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