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: “A Flying Rescue” by Liza Kay

TITLE: A Flying Rescue
AUTHOR: Liza Kay
SERIES: Wildcat Hills Pride
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 140 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $6.50 /paperback
  

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Bravery isn’t a matter of size, but one of the heart.

Math geek Asa Tibbs is no wilting flower, despite being a butterfly shifter with a reputation for fragility. When he learns his mate has been kidnapped, nothing will stop from rushing to his mate’s rescue. Least of all any objections by the Wildcat Hills Pride, whom he’s conveniently neglected to seek permission from.
Xander Powell, alpha of the Pride, is chagrined beyond belief. Not only has he been captured by a gang of deer shifters—an insult to his masculine pride alone—but he’s become the new main attraction of a rinky dink circus? And he can’t even shift to get out of his situation, not without alerting humankind to the existence of shifters among them. What’s a lion to do?
Help arrives on colorful wings when the big beautiful butterfly that is Asa tumbles into Xander’s cell. Together, the two men escape the circus. But their journey home is just the beginning of the honeymoon from hell…and what they discover along the way will shake the foundations of the paranormal world.


I liked A Flying Rescue by Liza Kay.

This is the first book in the series that I have read, and as such, I was a little lost until I got to know the characters and who had done what.

I think I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if I had read the other two in the series first. However, I did still greatly enjoy both Xander and Asa and all of their packmates and friends. The characters were nicely developed, and I liked how they interacted with each other. However, the books sound like they have a background plot that runs through the series even though the books are each about a separate couple. So I would recommend that you start at the beginning of the series before reading this book to get to know the characters and the circumstances that have made them the way they are. The ending of the book was left open for another book in the series, and I’m hoping that it will be about London and Donovan.

I loved how strong Asa is and how he doesn’t fit into the omega mold. I liked that he didn’t want to be thrust into being a permanent bottom just because he’s slim and smaller than Xander and I liked that Xander was secure enough in his alpha-ness that he would allow Asa to top also. I liked that Asa rescued his mate and that they had a rocky honeymoon while having to deal with corrupt council members and assassins trying to kill Xander and then later his pride.

I can’t wait to see what happens with the corrupt council as that seems to be the background plot that’s running through the series and since it wasn’t tied up in this book.

**** The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. 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: “The Hated Finn” by Charlie Richards

TITLE: The Hated Finn
AUTHOR: Charlie Richards
SERIES: Wolves of Stone Ridge
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Vampire
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2017
PRICE: $ 6.99 -e-book / $ 11.2 -paperback
  

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Do you believe in love at first sight?

Out of the Cage: A cage of the mind can manifest in unusual ways.

Viktor Minsky spent months recovering after having been captured and tortured for information about his friend. While he still bears the scars, he’s proud that no matter how they’d beaten and starved him, he’d never caved. After Viktor joins a group of vampires and shifters to free captured shifters, he’s charged with tracking down several of the vendors that deliver supplies to the facility. When Viktor stops at the ostrich farm that supplied the meat to the scientists, he meets the owner, Finn O’Riley. Not only is Viktor shocked to discover the man is a shifter, but the scent of Finn’s blood causes his mouth to water. He suspects the shifter is his beloved, the other half of his soul, but Finn’s response to his appearance bluntly proves that he wants nothing to do with him. Can Viktor learn if Finn’s hostility is caused because he’s in league with the scientists, or is it caused by something else entirely?


I really liked The Hated Finn by Charlie Richards.

This is the 39th book in the Wolves of Stone Ridge series, but it’s the first book that I’ve read. Aside from being bombarded by a ton of names and their positions during the first chapter which was kind of overwhelming since I didn’t know any of them, the author did a great job of filling in all of the blanks, so I wasn’t lost for long.

This book’s about Finn who’s an Ostrich shifter and Viktor who’s a vampire who has joined a group of vampires and shifters that are planning to raid the Crystal Lake Pharmaceuticals because they were doing illegal testing on the paranormal community and they wanted to free all of the captive shifters. Afterward, Viktor’s charged with checking their suppliers to find out if they had been helping Crystal Lake Pharmaceuticals. While investigating one of the meat suppliers, Viktor stumbles across Finn who might be his beloved. However, Finn has a deep fear of vampires and wolves. I loved how persistent Viktor was in pursuing Finn when he realized that Finn might be his beloved.
I did like how Finn rationalized being an Ostrich shifter that likes to eat Ostrich meat and how it wasn’t cannibalization because he’s just a shifter whose animal to call is an Ostrich. It makes me chuckle just thinking about it.

The hated Finn was well written. It had a great plot and was nicely edited, and it had plenty of steamy hot scenes to go with it. Definitely my kind of story.

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

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Review: “From Ferret with Love” by Astrid Cooper

TITLE: From Ferret with Love
AUTHOR: Astrid Cooper
SERIES: Monsters InK
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Martine Jardin
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 94 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2017
PRICE: $ 3.99 -e-book /$5.25 paperback
  

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Love will find a way. Star-crossed mates, torn apart by enemies, find that the cost of love may be too high.

Fabian, a ferret-shifter with wolven blood, takes a walk on the wild side and is rescued by Ashley, a cop who would rather go home alone to his cat, than play nursemaid to a runaway. Soul-mate recognition intervenes. When Fabian’s alpha, together with the pack enforcer, arrive to drag Fabian home, a deadly battle ensues – one that leaves Fabian soul-wounded and Ashley destroyed.
Three years later, Fabian Ferret, private investigator for the blood-kin, is summoned to Monsters inK to work a cold case.
Left for dead by unknown assailants, Ashley has slowly recovered, but has no memory of the events leading up to his bashing. He has found a new life as a member of Monsters inK.
When Fabian and Ash are re-united, Ashley doesn’t remember his mate, and Fabian knows that to reveal the truth will set Ash free, but damn Fabian and their love forever. Ash decides that the little shifter is too much trouble, but Fabe has ingenious ways to ferret out the truth. So begins a teasing and dangerous game of seduction – one that may see them united or divided by love.


I loved From Ferret with Love by Astrid Cooper.

The way the author writes has a way of sucking you in and refusing to let you go.

I got invested in Fabian (a ferret shifter) and Ashley (a human cop) first when Ashley saved Fabian from a gay bashing in the park and later when Ashley helped Fabian heal, and Fabian revealed that Ashley was his One and they soul-mated and were perfectly happy for that one night. Only to be ripped apart when Fabian’s Alpha and his enforcer showed up to take him home the next morning.

I became even more invested in the couple when Fabian showed up three years later to help Sebastian (a member of Monsters inK) with a cold case only to find that the case involves his mate that he thought had died that night three years ago. Now it’s up to Fabian to help Ashley with his memory loss so that he can be whole again and so that he doesn’t have migraines anymore. But Ashley doesn’t want Fabian’s help, and so Fabian will have to use all of his Ferret abilities to ferret his way back into his mate’s heart.

From Ferret with Love has a developed storyline and lovable characters and sub characters. I will definitely be reading this book again. After reading this book, I can’t wait to buy the other eight books in the series to read about the other characters that I met in this book.

I can’t wait to see if their stories are as good as this one was.

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

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Review: “Brush with Catastrophe” by Tara Lain

TITLE: Brush with Catastrophe
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: The Aloysius Tales
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 14, 2017
PRICE: $ 6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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An Aloysius Tale

Sammy Raphael is a crappy witch, and on top of that, he can’t seem to get a boyfriend. Where other supernaturals can bring down lightning and manifest wealth, Sammy can paint. Granted, the “prophetic” paintings he creates at night always come true, but they never predict anything important. Sammy feels like a total loser with a worthless ability.

One night he paints a gorgeous guy who turns out to be his secret crush, the human Ryder, but Ryder’s changed so much he’s almost unrecognizably beautiful. Then Sammy paints an angel who turns out to be a witch. But is that witch also a devil—a devil who can bring down Sammy’s whole community and everyone he loves? And why the hell does Ryder keep changing? Aloysius, the black cat familiar, always backs a winner. So why is he backing Sammy?


Brush with Catastrophe by Tara Lain is part of the Aloysius Tales series and it was absolutely amazing. I have become a huge fan of Tara Lain, and the way she writes has a way of keeping me energized, focused, invested, and guessing on how the storyline is going to go and then being proved completely wrong as she throws in a twist that I didn’t see coming.

Brush with Catastrophe had so much emotion and passion, and I love when the main characters are allowed to cry. So many books are still going with the age old saying that it isn’t manly to cry and I love that Sammy and Ryder are secure enough in their masculinity to show how they are truly feeling at all times.
Sammy is a great character and has some very realistic insecurities. He is a witch, but he feels that the power that he has received is pretty worthless. He would rather be able to call down lightning and manifest wealth. However, he is a prophetic painter, and although what he paints always comes true, he hasn’t painted anything that’s very important. He has also been in love with his straight, human best friend Ryder. And of course, humans aren’t allowed to know about the paranormal world let alone date one.

But Ryder isn’t what he seems. Come to find out, he isn’t straight or human and he is on a quest of his own. He has also been forbidden to have a relationship or interfere with the people around him. He is there only as an observer before having to go home. He has also been in love with his best friend Sammy for a while. However, he hasn’t been able to physically act on his feelings until his body has entered into adulthood. Ryder is there to put Sammy back together after his relationship with Lucien goes bad. And although it was sad that Sammy had to go through what he did with Lucien, I did like that it was the catalyst that was needed to get Ryder to confess his feelings to Sammy.

Brush with Catastrophe has everything that I look for in a book. It had friends that will do anything for you, a lover turned villain (Lucien), a straight best friend (Ryder) that isn’t as straight as you thought and suddenly isn’t as unavailable as you thought when he confesses that he’s wanted you just as much, a glorious battle between good and evil, and some very, very steamy passion-filled scenes.

I recommend Brush with Catastrophe to everybody who likes a little magic with their happily ever after. I can’t wait to read my next Tara Lain book and get swept away on my next adventure.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. 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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Review: “Mild to Wild in Massachusetts” by Paul Walkingsky

TITLE: Mild to Wild in Massachusetts
AUTHOR: Paul Walkingsky
SERIES: States of Love
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Maria Fanning
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 74 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 12, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book
  

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Brett has spent twenty-seven years trying to be perfect for the Mormon grandparents who raised him. Unfortunately, doing so has meant missing out on lots of life experiences—and denying a major part of who he is. Now that his grandparents are gone, Brett is ready to make up for lost time, break out of the sedate façade he’s always presented, and do something he would have never considered before: attend a gay men’s spiritual retreat in rural Massachusetts.

While trying to infuse some spice into his life with workshops like Erotic Massage, Body Painting, and Drag 101, Brett meets Boston nurse Karl, and it’s hard to deny the connection between them. But will Brett’s lack of experience and Karl’s insecurities end their romance before it can really begin?

It might be a spiritual retreat, but Brett must learn to embrace his physical reality if he’s going to grab on to his chance at love.


I had the opportunity to read Mild to Wild in Massachusetts by Paul Walkingsky, and I have to say that I think the book had some missed opportunities to it. I do want to state that I loved the blurb for the book it was very catchy and made me want to read it. So kudos for snagging my interest. I was expecting lots of wild oat sowing and some pretty hot scenes which I did eventually get when the book finally got to the retreat part. However, the book is only 74 pages, which isn’t very long. The first five chapters are all about why Benjie (later changed to Brett) doesn’t want to be a screw up like he considers the rest of his family and why he decided to stay a closeted gay. Although the first five chapters are well written, I was bored reading them and kept asking myself when we would get to the good stuff that the blurb promised.

I wasn’t disappointed with the retreat portion of the book. It was hot, and I especially loved the parts about the erotic message and body painting. Another missed opportunity for me was the ending. It’s stated a couple of times that because of all of his vacation time available that Brett has booked a week in Boston to continue to explore himself, but we never get to see it. I would have been so much happier to read five chapters about his week in Boston after the retreat then the first five chapters of the book. He could have continued to explore his new relationship with Kyle or even looked up his seatmate from the plane who gave him his number. So yeah, a missed opportunity in my opinion.

Okay so on to the good part of the book, the retreat. I loved this part of the book. Brett meets so many diverse people at the retreat that help him become more comfortable and confident in his body. Walter, who has an agreement with his wife that he gets to come to these retreats to get his other needs met since he’s a teacher at a Wisconsin school. Jared who’s default setting is a hound dog and shamelessly flirts with everybody. Danny, who is from Connecticut and who’s body is the exact opposite from Brett’s and who has the pleasure of being Brett’s erotic massage partner. Karl, who is filled with lots of great pieces of wisdom and is very supportive of Brett getting out there and sowing some wild oats before settling down. Although Karl does jerk Brett around a little bit and sends some mixed signals, and Brett accidently hurts Karl’s feelings, they do manage to work it out in the end.

The sowing of the wild oats isn’t about sex for Brett because at the end of the book he’s still a virgin. But for Brett, it’s about him being more comfortable and confident with his body after each of his classes. And now you can see why I wanted those extra five chapters at the end of the book. I would have liked to see more of Brett and Kyle.

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

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Review: “Runaway” by Nic Starr

TITLE: Runaway
AUTHOR: Nic Starr
SERIES: World of Love
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 86 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 12, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book
  

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Dr Nathan Powell is ready to settle down near his family, and hopefully find the man of his dreams. He returns to the small coastal town where he grew up, but while life is simpler than it was in the city, there are also complications—like patients’ reactions to an openly gay doctor. And like running into Nate’s first love, Damien, an out-and-proud local business owner who is unwilling to be any man’s dirty secret. The reunion reignites old desire even while it stirs up Nate’s guilt over the way things ended with Damien.

When Nate’s nephew runs away, Damien accompanies Nate on his mission to find the young man. The drive to Sydney, and the search of the city, gives Nate time to reconnect with Damien—and to wonder if he made the right decision years ago—when he determined a future for them was impossible. Is a fresh start realistic for two men in their forties? But before he can ponder the second chance they’ve been given, Nate must locate his nephew.

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe


How can I even begin to describe the way my heart feels after reading this book? I loved this story so much, and Nate and Damien even more. I need so much more of these two characters because I was in no way near ready for their story to end. I could easily read a whole series of books about these two men and their lives. It was a wonderfully beautiful second chance love story that had my head and heart seduced from the prologue. I fell completely in love more and more with each word I read.

Nate and Damien were friends/boyfriends as teenagers, their relationship was a secret to everyone who knew them, and after being caught kissing Damien in the park by one of the gardener’s, Nate decided that no one in his hometown would ever know about his sexuality. Fast forward to almost twenty years later, and Nate has recently moved back to Forster from Sydney to be closer to his sister, niece and nephew, and to settle down now that he’s in his early forties. When his sister tells him that her 17-year-old son Jackson is having a hard time, Nate offers to spend some time with him. Nate decides to take Jackson fishing, so they head to the local tackle and bait shop, where Nate unexpectedly comes face to face with Damien—who is now the owner of the shop—for the first time in almost 9 years. At first, the meeting is awkward because Nate realises that even after all the time that has passed, he’s still very attracted to Damien, but he also harbours a lot of guilt about how things ended between them. The men decide to give their friendship another go and to see where it leads, but Damien makes it clear that he is an openly gay man and will not hide in the closet for anyone. When Jackson runs away from home, Damien goes along with Nate to Sydney to try and find him. It’s on this journey that they finally get a chance to talk about the past and their regrets, but also rediscover their feelings for each other.

I know I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I cannot compliment the author enough for writing such a fantastic and heartwarming story that gave me all of the feels. It was a brilliantly thought out story of self-acceptance and following your heart. Although it was quite a short read, everything was covered, and nothing felt like it was rushed or glossed over, but as I said at the start, I want/need more. I need to see what happens next between these two amazing men and also with Jackson as he played quite a big part in the story. This book is really more of an emotional rather than physical romance. There is only one sex scene and a couple of kissing scenes, but I felt like that was completely right for the characters and the story. It didn’t need anything else to make you feel that connection to the characters and their emotions.

This book was an absolute pleasure to read, and my heart literally feels like it could burst from happiness. Highly recommended!

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

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