Review: “A Kind of Home” by Lane Hayes

TITLE: A Kind of Home
AUTHOR: Lane Hayes
SERIES: A Kind Of Story
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 224 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 23, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust him, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that Isaac travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. The man is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.

Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in unchartered and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.


Even though this is the fourth of the series, you’ll have no problem whatsoever following the storyline.

Isaac Dalton is the guitarist of the famous rock band Spiral. Spiral became famous like a year ago, but even in this short time, they are rocking the whole wild world.

The story starts when the guys are back from a world tour. Isaac has a stalker, and their manager hired a bodyguard who follows every step of the guitarist. Isaac is not used to that. He’s coming from a small-town . The music is his everything, he doesn’t really care about fame and money.

When he arrives at his apartment, he’s shocked to see his childhood friend, Adam McBride, still in his apartment. Actually, Adam is the older brother of his childhood best friend, Ned, but what nobody knows is that Isaac had a major crush on Adam back in the old days. Isaac is openly bi now, but Adam is straight as an arrow.

Isaac finds out that Adam got divorced and he’s taking a break from his small-town life, and the big city helps him with his divorce. He managed to find two part-time jobs: a dog-walker and a bartender job. Adam is a bit of a slob, and that’s not going to well with Isaac.

Then things are getting a pretty much angsty with this anonymous stalker. First, he just writes on the band’s official page, every message of the stalker starts with: “You are a star, and I’m your biggest fan”. They don’t figure out who the stalker is until is almost too late.

From the very beginning, there is an amazing sexual attraction between the two MCs. Isaac is not acting upon this because he’s convinced that Adam is straight. But then, after a dare turns out that Adam is not quite that straight of an “arrow”.

This is a sweet read, if you want to spend a weekend with an easy story.

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

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Review: “Switch Hitter” by Cheyenne Meadows

TITLE: Switch Hitter
AUTHOR: Cheyenne Meadows
SERIES: Shifter Hardball
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Shapeshifter, Gay for you
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Tucker Wilde’s life is in a tailspin. Twenty-four hours ago, he was one of the top second basemen in the all-shifter professional baseball league. Now, he’s lost his starting spot to a rookie, been dumped by his girlfriend, and had a night of explosive passion with a man—a teammate at that. He can’t get Dixon out of his mind—even though Tucker still believes himself to be straight. With his career in jeopardy, he’s unsure where to turn or how to fix the mess.

Dixon Foxx is a baseball prodigy, though a perfectionist father stole any joy he might find in the game. He only sticks with it because it’s all he knows—and because of Tucker, the man Dixon’s wanted since they met. His dreams come true one night, only to turn into a nightmare the next morning when Tucker blows off their incredible time together as a drunken mistake, never to happen again.

The life of a switch hitter is all about mixing things up. Tucker excels at it. Only this time, the game isn’t on the line—his heart is.


Gather around everyone…closer…a bit closer…now say CHEESE! And you can say that again, cheese. But before you go and start to badmouth the cheesy romance, lemme tell you dear reader, there is nothing wrong with a good cheesy romance book, like in this case here.

While at the beginning my tooth ached of the cheesiness at the end I was glad that I read this book. Yes, its romantic. Yes, its sweet. Yes, it’s cheesy, but aren’t we all needing this?!

First of all, this is about baseball. Well, I’m European, so I know absolutely nothing about baseball. I googled a lot about terms and rules. Thanks to that now I know more about baseball, well not as much as Dixon…

Speaking of Dixon. Dixon is a veteran, with a baseball heritage that he must keep up and also the good family name in this sport. He is calculated, very dedicated…in other words, his life is baseball. Dixon is gay. Everyone knows this, and he’s not hiding it.
Dixon is also a fox shifter with silver fur. And he finds himself lusting for Tucker. But he’s lusting in secret because Tucker is the very epitome of straight until…

Tucker is a wild dog hybrid shifter. He grew up without a pack, just him and his mother. When he turns 18 years-old, she drops him at the college and goes back to her pack. All his anger goes into practice. He is now part of a prestigious team, but this goes to his head, and he starts slacking. He made friends too, like Dixon. Dixon is his buddy.
When Tucker loses his starting spot, he gets a bit desperate then his girlfriend drops him for the very same reason and that leads to booze. He is a bit drunk, and Dixon takes him home, and by home, I mean Dixon’s home.
There Tucker goes from straight to power bottom in nanoseconds (well this part was funny in my opinion as a gay man, not so realistic though, but after all, we are dealing with shifters…). The next day he regrets everything…I’ll let you figure out the rest, or better yet, read the book!

The story is a sweet read, perfect for a cheesy afternoon…

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

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Review: “Lochlann” by Andrea Speed

TITLE: Lochlann
AUTHOR: Andrea Speed
SERIES: Order Of The Black Knights
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2017
PRICE: 6.99$ -e-book / 14.99$ -paperback
  

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Violence has been Lochlann O’Connor’s companion since he was born into a family of old-school Irish terrorists. From there he is recruited into Alpha, a secret government agency dedicated to fighting terrorism—with extreme prejudice. Lochlann’s bravery, efficiency, ruthlessness, and the natural dead eye that lets him hit anything that moves, quickly make him one of the shadowy organization’s most valued operatives.

Cas Vega joins Alpha because it’s marginally better than a prison sentence. He’s a former drug cartel assassin—or at least that’s his story. But Lochlann is suspicious. Despite an irrational and overwhelming attraction to Cas, Lochlann has questions, and they soon lead to a deeper and deadlier mystery. What is Alpha’s true purpose, and why does it seem they want to eliminate Lochlann?

Lochlann and Cas must work together to get to the bottom of Alpha’s scheme and escape it—and all while Cas keeps secrets that could cost him his life if they’re revealed. But it’s not an alliance that can last. Duty turns the men into enemies, even while fate compels them into each other’s arms. Before they can contemplate which will prevail, they must figure out how to survive.


I’ll be honest, it was my first time with Andrea Speed and her universe. How it’s possible that I never read her books before? How it’s possible that I missed this series?
Lochlann made a pact centuries ago with a sorcerer after his family and all his village had been massacred. Since then, Lochlann is reincarnated each time in a new life over and over. At each death, he remembers all until his next life when he’ll be reincarnated in someone else. The only way for him to be freed, is to forgive the murderer of his family.

Lochlann is an assassin for Alpha, a government organization which « cancel » terrorist/traficant/politics all around the world. Lochlann is one of the best (if not THE best) among the operatives, but he suspects that something’s off with Alpha.

Castillo wa sa young FBI agent who had infiltrated the Herrera Cartel before being recruited by Alpha. He has one goal, take Alpha down by any means necessary.
What Cas hadn’t seen coming is Lochlann. When he expected to meet a cruel, ruthless killer, instead, he met a man, a man who was used as an assassin without really knowing the truth.
Cas and Lochlann have to work together to achieve their goal—take down Alpha and freedom for them.

I enjoyed this book.

Lochlann is the archetype of the tortured man, but it wasn’t too much. I enjoyed the ambivalence between robot-Lochlann in the mission, and man—Lochlann alone with his thoughts and guilt over his actions.
The Author wrote a pure action book with the fight, plot and interesting second characters like Inga or Anze.
All the book is about Alpha and how Lochlann and Cas would succeed in destroying the organization. But in my opinion, it’s also about redemption and forgiveness.
The only thing missing was the romance part between the characters.
Lochlann and Cas are in a relationship, but the author doesn’t develop this part, no scene sex (no I’m not a perv) the feelings between them aren’t really developed too. And I missed it in my reading. I would have love to read more about them in their most intimate moments (ok, I’m a little pervy).
But, it doesn’t spoil the story, and the reading is still enjoyable.

I recommend this book, even if it’s part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.

Now if you will excuse me, I have the 5 previous books to read.
Enjoy,
Ivy

The book, as I said I dedicated for young readers between 14 till 18.

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

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Review: “The Eye of Ra” by Dakota Chase

TITLE: The Eye of Ra
AUTHOR: Dakota Chase
SERIES: Repeating History
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: No Sexual Content; Adventure; Come To Age;  Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 107 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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What do you do when you accidentally destroy your history teacher’s prized collection of historical artifacts? If you’re teenaged delinquents, Aston and Grant, this is more than just a rhetorical question. They’ve made a huge mistake, one that might cost them everything. Adding to their misery, their history teacher’s name is Merlin. Yes, that Merlin, and the answer to their dilemma is deceptively simple according to the old wizard. You go back in time to replace the items you destroyed! Aston and Grant find themselves in ancient Egypt, where their first task is to find and retrieve “The Eye of Ra,” a golden amulet owned by none other than King Tut, the boy king of Egypt. Neither of them is all that versed in history, so they have to play it cool and learn as they go. It’s not just the amulet that’s causing them trouble, either. They soon become friends with Tut, and find that they want to help him out. Surrounded by enemies, needing to survive in a primitive world, Aston and Grant quickly learn one basic truth. History isn’t dead when you’re living it.


levilogooptimummWell, this was a short and fun read.

I would recommend this book to the youngsters as it has no sexual content at all.

The story is about Aston and Grant who ends up in a boys’ school. Actually, they were sentenced by a judge as a result of their doing. They come from opposite poles of society and end up as roommates.

They don’t really have time to be roomies because, against all the promises, Aston swore to keep his head down, not even after 24 hours he and his roommates end up in ancient Egypt.

They become fast friends with Tuk the young pharaoh of Egypt. Well, let’s just say I don’t think its really easy to get near to a Pharaoh but I don’t think that going back in time is easy neither, so there you have it…

Aston is gay, a real bad boy who doesn’t think further then next second. This kind of behavior lands him where he is now. Grant is no different, maybe a bit more diplomatic but he is hotheaded too.

Back in Egypt, they must face politics and wars and those things are not really their forte.

The book, as I said I dedicated for young readers between 14 till 18.

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

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Review: “Blue” by B.G. Thomas

TITLE: Blue
AUTHOR: B.G. Thomas
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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Blue McCoy has lived on the streets for a long time, surviving by his wits and doing what he must, and he’s not above using his youthful appearance and air of innocence to his advantage. It’s not an easy life, but he’s happy. He has everything he really needs: the clothes on his back, a house to squat in, a sweet dog. Everything except that special someone to love him.

Six months ago, John Williams’s wife left him because she was bored. “Even your *name* is boring” were her last words to him before she walked out. Now he’s by himself in a big house, trying to figure out what direction his life should take. He’s never been so alone.

A chance encounter sets John on a new path, a path that becomes clearer when loneliness sends him to a local animal shelter to get a dog—and he finds an angel instead. An angel named Blue. A crisis brings them together, but it is something else that keeps them there. Could it be love? A love that can forever end two men’s deep loneliness and bring them the support and sense of belonging they’ve searched for all their lives?


Reading the blurb, I was excited about this book because it sounded really interesting and definitely showed a lot of promise, but for me, it just didn’t hit the mark or fulfill the potential I thought it could’ve had. Although the plot and characters were quite sweet, I felt that they needed more depth, because even at 240 pages long, the story just felt as though it was lacking in some way. I wouldn’t say that I disliked it, it just wasn’t one of my favourites.

Blue is 23 years-old, and lives in an abandoned shack of a house with no heat or electricity. He shares the house with three friends, who are also his occasional sexual partners, and his recently acquired stray Labradoodle that he named Chewie. Blue essentially has nothing and no one. He works various odd-jobs to get money to live and eat, but they are never permanent. And on occasion, when he’s been really struggling for money and hungry, he’s resorted to sleeping with strangers for a meal, or a place to stay for the night. No matter what life throws at him, Blue nearly always sees the positive side, and is mostly a happy guy. But he has a brain that works at a million miles a minute, so people often find him to be a little weird, which normally makes it hard to form a special connection to someone. So he’s resigned himself to the fact that it’ll probably just be him and his dog alone in the world. Then one day disaster strikes, and Blue has to rush Chewie to the animal shelter to see the vet after he’s knocked down by a car.

John is the President of a bank. He’s always been attracted to men, but pushed it to the back of his mind, and was basically in denial. As far as he’s concerned he loved his wife and was happy with her, the sex may not have been earth-shattering, but he was never tempted to look elsewhere. At 45 years-old, he’s suddenly alone after his wife leaves him to travel and have a bit of adventure and excitement in her life. John’s feeling kind of lost, he was so used to doing things with his wife, that he doesn’t know how to fill his time now, she even took their dog when she left him. John decides he needs to fill the emptiness of his house so goes to the local animal shelter to get a new dog. This is where he meets Blue for the second time. A few months previously, he encountered Blue when he almost hit him with his car, and he found that in the time that passed since that day, he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the young man. When he enters the animal shelter, he sees a young man in the waiting area visibly upset and shaken. When John goes over to make sure he’s ok, he’s surprised to find that the man is the person who has been filling his thoughts and dreams, and who has been making him question everything he thought about himself and his relationships. From this point, the two men come together to nurse Chewie back to health and explore what it means to have happiness, acceptance, understanding and love.

For me, the writing style was too chaotic. I felt as though it was a little disjointed, and I had to really concentrate on what I was reading, or I’d get a bit lost. Characters were introduced, and I thought they would have been expanded upon, but then they were never really involved again which did disappoint me. The story just didn’t flow as well as it could have, especially when switching between POV’s. Also, there was quite a lot of brand and name dropping that made it feel like it was some sort of advertisement. These issues are what affected my enjoyment of the book. I liked John and Blue, they were really loveable characters with personalities that made you want to get to know them more, I just wish I was able to feel more of a connection to them through this story.

So overall, this book didn’t exactly push my buttons, but that may just be personal preference, there’s nothing to say that you won’t love this story. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author, but it won’t put me off reading other titles.

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

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Review: “His Brother’s Beta” by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus

TITLE: His Brother’s Beta
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus
SERIES: Pack Rules
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 88 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $5.25 -paperback
  

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fter twenty years of being away, Harlow has come back to his birth pack. Now in his early forties, he’s a doctor and ready to retire from human life in order to take his place in the pack. But the pack he left behind isn’t anything like what he comes back to. His older brother is the new alpha, and the pack that was once full of families is now little more than a harem of young wolves following his brother blindly.

The only one not afraid of his brother is his beta, Nathan, who stays to protect the others. Harlow brings with him the much needed hope Nathan has been searching for, but Harlow has to prove himself worthy of the position of alpha before Nathan will follow him.


I liked His Brother’s Beta by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus. His Brother’s Beta is the first book in the Pack Rules series. I did have mixed feelings about this book. His Brother’s Beta is well written, and I liked the plot but the second half of the book seemed rushed and not as developed as the first half of the book. I would have liked better chemistry between Harlow and Nathan. I liked both Harlow and Nathan as separate characters, but there didn’t seem to be any chemistry between them before they became mates. I would have liked to see more of a build-up of chemistry between them. I also hated Harlow’s brother Silvio and his how he treated his “harem,” but that’s how I was supposed to feel about him so great job there. I think what bothered me the most is how young the men in the “harem” are.

Although it’s stated that they’re at least 19 years old, they seem younger because of how they acted, whether in human form or wolf form. I did like what happened to Silvio and how the pack recovered. I did like Lydia’s character and how she stayed to protect the “harem” as much as she could from Silvio.

Poor Harlow didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he came back to take his place in the Woodlands pack after finishing his schooling and his stint with the Peace Corps. He came back to be the pack’s doctor. He definitely wasn’t expecting to find that everybody he knew, except for his friend Lydia and younger brother Silvio, who is now the pack’s Alpha, to be gone. Now it’s up to Harlow to find out what happened and come up with a plan to fix everything. The brother Harlow knew is no more and has been replaced by a monster that only cares about what he wants and has a taste for young men, his harem.

Nathan is Silvio’s beta. He was changed by Silvio and has been with the pack for five years. He doesn’t enjoy being the pack enforcer to a crazy alpha, but he knows that a pack’s better with an alpha than without one, even if said alpha is volatile. Nathan knows that he doesn’t have what it takes to be the

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

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Review: “Lost Mate” by Dirk Greyson

TITLE: Lost Mate
AUTHOR: Dirk Greyson
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Shapeshifter; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 96 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Wolf shifter Falco Gladstone knew Carter McCloud was his mate when they were in seventh grade, but school and the foster care system tore them apart. Years later, Falco is second in command of his Michigan pack, serving under an uncle who cares more about his own power than the welfare of their people. The alpha orders Falco to marry and produce offspring—but Falco’s already found his mate, and mates are forever.

Carter’s lonely life is turned upside down when he detects a familiar scent on the wind. The mates might have found each other, but their happily ever after is far from guaranteed. Falco’s commitment to Carter puts him at odds with his uncle’s plans, and when one of the alpha’s enforcers starts shadowing the couple, something must be done—something that will either cement their relationship or destroy it once and for all.


levilogooptimummThis is a fast sweet read.

The book starts with Falco coming to the aide of Carter, his mate. Falco is just 13 years-old, and his senses are more developed than other wolfs of his age. But there is no time to build a bond because as sudden Carter appeared just as suddenly, he disappeared.

13 or so years later, Falco was hit by the same sweet smell of is mate. Carter, his name is the only thing Falco knows about his mate, seems to be a wolf too. But there are obstacles for them to be together. His alpha who is Falco’s uncle is homophobic, and he just challenged the previous alpha and won, for being gay.
Falco needs to choose between claiming his mate and his pack. The pack needs his help because his uncle seems to care about his power more than the welfare of the pack.
Carter is the owner of a pet shop. He inherited the place from his aunt, and now he is back.

One day, after he finishes his work, he caught a smell like never before. But the guy from whom the smell is coming from looks like his abusive ex. So, when his mate shows up in his store the next day, he hesitates.

Then he sees Falco’s kind side, and his protective instincts. He can’t resist to the power that Falco radiates, and it seems that the more they are together their bond is growing stronger and stronger. They can sense each other feelings now, and when the time for Falco to choose arrives Carter is resigned …

This book is an easy read, with some angst. I would have liked that the story would be a bit longer because it has so much potential.

***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: “Two Cowboys and a Baby” by BA Tortuga

TITLE: Two Cowboys and a Baby
AUTHOR: BA Tortuga
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2017
PRICE: $ 3.99 -e-book / $ 9.99
  

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A little bundle of joy means big changes.

Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he’s been in love with since he can remember. He’s a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life.

Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep.

Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do—he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls.

In the meantime, Hoss and his best friend, Bradley, have their hands full trying to care for an infant, run a ranch, and deal with the sudden confession that Bradley doesn’t hate Hoss for coming out to him in high school. In fact, Bradley’s been trying to catch Hoss’s attention for damn near a decade.


Two Cowboys and a Baby is a slow burn passion story. There isn’t a lot of details about what happens behind closed doors. Minimal shows of affection, one bj scene and a bit of kissing. And I thought that some parts of the book were glossed over while other parts like when Hoss was injured and laid up were given too much focus. Overall the story was cute for a western, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. Hoss is portrayed as being a dumb cowboy which I didn’t care for. And Bradley is kind of judgmental when he should be supportive to his friend that has never lied to him. I also didn’t think the relationship in parts was believable.
The two guys have been in love with each other for about ten years, and yet when Bradley finally lets it slip that he doesn’t hate his best friend for coming out as gay in high school, they do nothing about it. I get that they had a newborn to take care of, but what about their alone time when she’s down for the night. I did like how they referred to anything sexual as “Fight Club,” as in can’t talk about fight club in front of the baby. That did make me chuckle. The book did have some interesting twists and turns, and the baby was adorable. Overall not a bad story just not for me.

Hoss owns a ranch and is a bull rider. Bradley lives in a trailer on the outskirts of Hoss’ property and is a handy man. Hoss came out to his best friend in high school, and Bradley stopped talking to him for a while and started dating a girl. As a result, Hoss thought that Bradley was straight his whole life. Imagine his surprise when Bradley lets it slip nearly ten years later that he’s also gay and has fancied Hoss all of this time but Hoss hasn’t noticed. To complicate matters further, Hoss finds that somebody has abandoned a baby on his doorstep. While the authorities are trying to find the mother, Hoss with the help of his mother and Bradley will take care of the wee one and fall in love with her more and more the longer they have her.

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

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Review: “Bad Boys Get Spanked” by Jeff Enro

TITLE: Bad Boys Get Spanked
AUTHOR: Jeff Enro
SERIES: Bad Boys Series
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST:Angela Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: N/A
RELEASE DATE: November 18, 2016
PRICE: $1.59 -e-book
  

BLURB:

Boys will be boys… bad, bad boys who like to get spanked.

Kurt, a registered nurse, works a lot of hours. When he comes home after a long day, he expects his house to be neat and tidy, because the last thing he wants to worry about is housekeeping. His roommate, Greg, however, is a total slob. Kurt tries talking to his younger, less-responsible roomie, but Greg is ambivalent. When Greg throws a party and trashes the house the day before Kurt’s parents are due for a visit, Kurt considers throwing him out. Instead, he devises a better, more erotic punishment, one they both enjoy… and as a result, they have a spanking good time and the house remains tidy forever more.


Bad Boys Get Spanked is the first book in the Bad Boys Series by Jeff Enro. Bad Boys Get Spanked had potential to the storyline and characters. I liked the characters. Kurt agreed to take Greg as a boarder because he’s super cute and he has a beautiful smile. However, he should have known better than to have a boarder that’s so young. Even though Greg is great at getting the rent in on time and helping out with money for food and utilities, he’s a slob that spends all day playing video games and hates to clean up after himself and is forever leaving his nasty socks and underclothes all over the house. He tells Greg that he needs him to clean up the house because his parents are coming to visit the next day, and he won’t be there to help and supervise since he has to work a 12-hour shift at the hospital where he’s a nurse.

He’s counting on Greg to do what he has promised to do, which isn’t a lot since Kurt has already cleaned the living room and the kitchen. All Greg has to do is his bathroom and then keep the kitchen and living room clean. It sounds easy right. Nope, not for Greg. He decides to throw a party. Kurt comes home to find the house is trashed and that he now has to clean the house instead of getting three hours of sleep. He kicks Greg and his lover out of bed and makes them help him clean the house. After his visit with his parents is over Kurt comes up with a way to make sure that Greg never does this again and that Kurt never has a dirty house to come home to again.

I loved how Kurt punished Greg and how they came up with how many hits he would take from the paddle. I would have loved if the book had more sex scenes in it. There is a reference that Greg and his lover got each other off but it wasn’t detailed, just a one line sentence and then the book is ended with Greg on his knees awaiting to give Kurt a BJ. I really wanted to read that scene and thought that the book should have been ended after it.

Overall, I loved the spanking element of this book but it needed more sex, and it needed to be longer. The book was nicely written and edited.

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

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