Review: “Pandora” by Marguerite Labbe

TITLE: Pandora
AUTHOR: Marguerite Labbe
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Sci Fi; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2017, 2nd edition
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book
  

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Haunted by the screams of the men he murdered, ex-Marine medic Riff Khora is serving a life sentence on board a prison ship. Seeking more punishment for his crime, he strikes a deal with the corrupt Captain Vidal—an exchange of pleasure and pain—and forges a new life leading the team that surveys space wreckage for salvage.

Ship engineer Zed Jakobsen’s psychometric abilities make prison a sentence worse than death, and the barrage of emotional stimuli is an unending torment. His only regret is that he didn’t kill the monster who sent him to prison, and only a glimmer of hope to escape a judgment he doesn’t deserve keeps him clinging to a brutal existence.

When they board derelict ship Pandora and discover a lone survivor, the hell of prison life plunges into abject horror. An epidemic of violence and insanity consumes their ship, driving the crew to murder and destruction. Mutual need draws Riff and Zed together, and their bond gives them the strength to fight a reality they cannot trust. But Vidal possesses the only means of escape from the nightmare, and he’s not letting anyone leave alive.

First Edition published as Pandora in the Deep Into Darkness: Aliens, Alphas and Antiheroes Anthology by Smashwords, 2015.


From the blurb, I was in awe with this book.

The book is a Sci-fi Romance. The plot it’s happening somewhere in the future on a prison ship.

The ship is under the command of Captain Vidal who, we learn that is a sadistic awful man. His kink is breaking down the lifers to the point of no return. Him being sadistic has nothing to do with the need of Riff to be dominated. But Riff is punishing himself…

The story starts with Zed being recruited on a salvage mission lead by Riff. Riff can deny his attraction to the shorter man. It seems he has a type, short and dominant. Riff being the toy of Vidal (which Riff has agreed too) he doesn’t experience the emotion part of being dominated. He doesn’t like to be humiliated neither, him having a leader character. But Vidal humiliates him constantly. Vidal is harsh and has no limits, although Riff asks for more pain for more suffering…

Zed having some psychic powers, he’s able to sense the real need in Riff. He never considered himself dominant, but something inside Riff makes him want to dominate this strong, compassionate man. Zed carves Riff total submission.

Then on the mission, they rescue someone…thump thump thump…they’re bringing him to the onboard…thump thump thump…then all hell breaks loose…

Riff wakes up tied to his bunker, and he hurts everywhere. He doesn’t know what really happened. But the carnage around him makes him sick. He fears for his team, so he goes to find them.

The story is angsty with some violence in it. Although I tagged it as BDSM we can’t call it an erotic read. I loved how genuine was the relationship between Zed and Riff was. The author described Riff’s need for pain very nicely. Reading the scenes you don’t get the feeling of punishment, you see how a Dom seeks out every desire of the Sub, putting his own aside. For me, this is how a real Dom/Sub relationship really is.

4 honest OptimuMM’s.

***The ARC was provided by DSP Publications. 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 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: “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: “The Fool” by A.J. Marcus

TITLE: The Fool
AUTHOR: A.J. Marcus
SERIES: Cards of Destiny
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Fantasy, Dark, Paranormal, Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 84 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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When Arron Carmichael and Ramsey Roland broke up it devastated both of them, but Ramsey couldn’t handle Arron’s family secret. When the family business brings them together, they discover Ramsey has a secret larger than any Arron thought possible.

Arron is part of the Gardener family, a group of witches who have protected the world from daemons for thousands of years. Ramsey couldn’t deal with the magic that was an intricate part of Arron’s life, so he told Arron they were finished, and he needed to leave. His decision left two hearts broken.

When Ramsey is mugged while going to a bar to hang out with friends, it opens him up to the world Arron had hinted at, but it also brings Arron back into his life. Arron does his best to save Ramsey from the dark forces that are hunting them both. When they learn the reason Ramsey is being hunted, it shocks them both to their cores but brings them closer together. Only together can they hope to defeat the forces working against them.


O One of the things I love about reading is how an author can put their own spin on a familiar theme. A.J. Marcus did just that. I especially liked how he described daemons and where they came from. This brought it completely away from the usual Heaven and Hell concept and gave it a more scientific approach.
Aaron is a witch from a family of witches. His family have been daemon hunters for generations. Not only have they been protecting humans but also, they help keep the existence of daemons hidden.

Ramsey is in real estate. He lives a rather boring ordinary life. The only time he’s dealt with any of the so-called paranormal was when he was dating Aaron. Once Aaron told him he was a witch and what his family did, Ramsey got scared. He broke up with Aaron and went back to his plain boring life.

Five years later brings Aaron back into his life. His life and the world around him will never be the same. Not only does he find out about the real existence of daemons, but he learns something new about himself. They realize that neither has gotten over the other. The threat is still there and follows them. The two must overcome the dangers so they can be together. Both of them have no clue of the big surprise to come.

I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the rest of the series. The only thing that I was not fond of was the ending. It went away from how the rest of the book flowed by being rather quick. Some key moments were mentioned briefly rather than the walk through the rest of the book delivers.

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

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Review: “Just a Cowboy” By Julia Talbot

TITLE: Just a Cowboy
AUTHOR: Julia Talbot
SERIES: Riding Cowboy Flats
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Western
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 88 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book
  

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2nd Edition

Can an old-fashioned cowboy and a young man on the run from his dark past find a future together?

Herschel is a simple rancher who believes everybody deserves a second chance, which is why he tends to hire underdogs—like Dalton, a young cowboy who needs all the support and TLC Herschel can offer.

Dalton doesn’t think anyone can forgive him for what he did, but Herschel seems willing to try. In fact, he might be the best thing that has ever happened to Dalton. He might even be the one to help Dalton trust in the future again. Just when he’s about to tell Herschel everything, all hell breaks loose. Herschel must help Dalton break free from everything that’s haunting him, or they’ll both end up alone.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2010.


Even though this is the second book in the series, it can be a standalone. Book one was on Tate and Dave, which are in this book briefly but did not hinder this book at all for me.

Herschel is a good ole cowboy in his thirties that runs a ranch for him and his sister. The one thing I love about cowboys is their big hearts and the way the help others in bad situations, Herschel is no different. He believes people deserve a second chance and hires his right hands that are such people.

This is where the author introduces us to Dalton. He’s a 28-year-old cowboy on the run from his past. He’s a hot ginger with freckles and all. He believes his past is so horrible, that no one can ever know the real him. Dalton is attracted to this big cowboy, but Herschel keeps trying to ask questions. Dalton can’t reveal his real self and tends to run back to the bunkhouse.

This couple is a very sweet and charming couple. Herschel is very understanding and thinks Dalton’s problems are not as dramatic as he makes them out to be due to his age. The age references was the only thing that really bothered me. These two are not even 10 years apart but Herschel is made out to be this old man and Dalton is made to be a kid.

I really enjoyed how the author lets these two build their trust of one another. Trust is huge in relationships, and these two have definitely built trust between them. They even start planning holidays together. That is until Dalton’s sister shows up and Dalton just leaves with her.

Herschel shows Dalton what it’s like to have someone stand behind you no matter what. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys sexy cowboys and an endearing love story.

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

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Review: “Joy” by C. S. Poe

TITLE: Joy
AUTHOR: C. S. Poe
SERIES: States of Love
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 76 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book
  

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Down on his luck is Gideon Joy’s default state. He doesn’t know why he expected anything different on his cross-country trip, but not surprisingly, the hits keep coming—literally this time. Gideon strikes a moose with his car in New Hampshire, not only totaling his own vehicle, but damaging one belonging to local construction worker Silas Bright. He has no choice but to stay in Lancaster and take a job that’ll pay for the repairs. And in a town so small, Gideon’s always running into Silas. What starts as annoyance between them soon blooms into something much more romantic. But when Gideon’s notorious bad luck rears its head yet again, how many disastrous dates will Silas be willing to weather before realizing Gideon’s not worth it?

Despite Gideon’s desire to remain in the quaint community that has accepted him as one of their own, past fears of inadequacy threaten the very joy he left Los Angeles to discover. If he’s to find a happily ever after with Silas, Gideon must learn that sometimes it’s okay to not be the best. And true happiness might be waiting in a small town nestled among the great White Mountains.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.


jologooptimummGideon Joy is unlucky, or so he believes. He got his life all wrong in California and set off on a road trip to the other side of the country and back. He almost made it…he swears the moose jumped out in front of his car and made him hit the truck! The truck’s driven by a mountain of a man, Silas Bright. At first, Gideon doesn’t really ‘see’ Silas since he’s gruff and quiet! Soon, though, he realises Silas is a good guy, like everyone says he is, and he’s HOT! Gideon’s gay, and he really hopes Silas is too, since he now has to stick around the small town of Lancaster, New Hampshire until he’s found a job and earned enough to pay to fix both cars. Luckily the town has some great, accepting, residents and Gideon comes to think of it as home.

Gideon’s bad luck follows him around like a shadow. The B&B double books his room and he has to move out, and he’s picked on by two homophobic drunks, among other things. He does have two lucky breaks, George at the Eatery gives him a job and Silas, who turns out to be George’s brother, gives him a place to stay. But Gideon’s bad luck persists when his dates with Silas turn out to be a string of disasters. Surely Silas won’t want him now? Gideon is convinced he’s ruined this part of his life too.

This was a really fun read. It’s short but sweet, and I really liked the characters of Gideon and Silas right from the start. For such a short book the characters are well defined and lovable. Although the plot is not complex, it’s cute and satisfying, and there’s plenty of humour in there too. I loved the way Gideon tried to win Silas by turning around his boring eating habits. Who eats peanut butter and marshmallow, or Fluffernutter, sandwiches for lunch every single day? Well, Silas did until Gideon makes him a fish taco! I had to laugh out loud when Silas’s workmates bet on whether he’d kiss Gideon.

The ending was predictable, but this is a short story and anything more complex wouldn’t have been right. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to while away a few hours with a good story.

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

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Review: “Enrapture” by Pierce Smith

TITLE: Enrapture
AUTHOR: Pierce Smith
SERIES: Noah
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Kimberly Cortez
GENRE: Paranormal; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 94 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2016
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

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On their first Halloween eve together, things didn’t quite go as planned for two very passionate and horny men. Noah waits anxiously and impatiently for Ethan to get home from work to start their night of sexy fun. Noah discovers a man is watching him through the window across the street. When Ethan phones to let him know he’s caught in traffic, the fun starts with phone sex. Shortly after, a masked Ethan arrives for the Halloween night of fun. But a knock at the door later has left Noah wondering who he just made love to.

They find themselves dealing with more than they bargained for in this debut book of an erotic M/M series. It’s a one-night tale with twists and turns, and lust wrapped in suspicion. A hot read that will have you begging for more!


Enrapture is the perfect title for this book. This author had me enraptured from the get go. First, you meet Noah, who’s waiting for his lover to come home and spend a sexy Halloween with. Ethan, his hot lover, is running late and is stuck in traffic. You wonder how this can be hot and sexy. Well, these two lovers have a way with words on the phone.

Noah is in their window watching a stranger watch him, and Ethan has a hot driver next to him in traffic. The things these two do while on the phone with each other is so hot, you feel the sexiness rip through you. These characters are so believable with their need for each other and the longer they are apart, the hotter it gets. It made me want to have some really hot phone sex, and I’m a bit old for that. LOL

The author made me want to be the stranger watching Noah in the window. I wanted to be the one touching myself while I watched this intriguing man pleasure himself. As this stranger keeps moving around the store, Noah keeps finding him watching. Ethan is hearing all the details and learns that the driver next to him, is also touching himself.

Now, this seems all innocent and fun but remember, it is Halloween. When Noah gets the knock at the door, he excitedly answers the door to his lover. What proceeds is extremely hot, and you should have water next to you for your dry mouth. The author gives great detail of the hotness and connection between these two lovers. Then, there comes a knock on the door.

This is a sexy and hot read. So, if you like voyeurism, phone sex and touching yourself, then I highly recommend this book.

***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: “Sea Shores of Old Mexico” by BA Tortuga

TITLE: Sea Shores of Old Mexico
AUTHOR: BA Tortuga
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 55 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book
  

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2nd Edition

After a bar fight gone horribly wrong, Clint is on the run, tired, hungry, and desperate to get out of Texas and across the border as fast as he can. But more than anything, he needs a place to relax and feel safe—at least for a little while. Searching for work, he stumbles into a cantina on the beach and runs into its owner. Jack might be a little older and a little worldlier, but the two men have enough in common to form a fast friendship that soon spills over into the bedroom.

But Clint isn’t the only who’s done things he isn’t proud of, things he’d rather keep hidden. Both of them have to be ready to drop everything and run if the past gets too close, and that’s no foundation for a relationship—especially since the truth always comes out eventually.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2007


jologooptimummOh, I liked this book, a lot. The writing is very casual, stop-start, lots of one or two-word sentences. I wasn’t expecting it. But wow! Does it work? Well…yeah! The casual language and style suit the short story and the characters perfectly, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading it.

Clint is on the run after a brawl, back in his hometown in Texas, left a man dead. He’s passing through a small seaside town in Mexico when he decides to stop for the night. Finding just enough change, on the ground, for a beer, he lands on his feet when he walks into the local bar, Jacks bar. Jack immediately sees a lot of his former self in the young redheaded Clint that he gives him a job and a place to stay. On discovering they’re both gay the two of them set the temperature soaring, in the shower, on the beach…phew! Hot! But, the past was always going to catch up to Clint, and it does, just as he’s become settled and thinks of the place as home. He goes on the run, leaving Jack a note. Can Jack find him and bring him home?

Jack and Clint are awesome, beautifully described characters and although they’re very different, they’re perfect for each other. There’s not too much depth to the plot, it concentrates primarily on the heat between the two men, but the book is short, and the story is good, so that’s absolutely fine. The ending is tied up really nicely.
I was left wondering what was in Jack’s pocket? I think I know and that would be the perfect ending for them.

This is a good quick read that’s easy to get into and easy to read in one sitting. I highly recommend it.

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

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Review: “Fair Catch” by Leigh Carman

TITLE: Fair Catch
AUTHOR: Leigh Carman
SERIES: Players of LA
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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Two men.

One night of passion.

They never expected to see each other again.

They were wrong.

Tobias Bennett is a quiet and unassuming man who teaches yoga and enjoys parkour. Though he is proud to be gay, an abusive relationship with a domineering man has left Tobias wary of romance, and he keeps to himself in his tidy Los Angeles apartment.

Pro football player Sullivan Archer is Tobias’s complete opposite: loud, brash, fond of the spotlight… and deep in the closet. When a hamstring injury sends Van to Tobias as part of his therapy, neither of them is expecting to come face-to-face with his one-night stand. Now they’re stuck together throughout Van’s healing process, and the close proximity will force them to deal with some hard truths. For Tobias, it’s realizing his hookup is a celebrity. For Van, it means accepting that he likes Tobias more than he wanted. They’ll both have to acknowledge that if they choose to pursue a relationship, their lives will change in big ways.

*The Players of LA Series are standalones, but characters from each book to appear in subsequent novels. It is recommended to read in order to maximize the reading experience*


Fair Catch, is book two of the Players of LA series, but it’s basically a standalone as there is no correlation to the previous book. This book follows the characters Tobias (Toby) Bennett and Sullivan (Van) Archer. Toby is a slightly shy and nervous 22-year-old yoga teacher who has only been in one serious relationship and has never had a one-night stand or hookup, even though his best friend Leo is always trying to encourage him to get out and meet some guys. Van plays pro football for the LA Wild Cats and at 25-years-old is one of the best wide receivers in the country, but he’s also very much in the closet and the fear of destroying his career is keeping him shut tight in there.

Toby and Van first meet at a gay nightclub in LA when Van spots Toby standing at the bar. Van asks his friend and club owner Griff to bring Toby to his office so as he can speak to him, as he can’t go out and pick Toby up in the club himself because he can’t risk being recognised or outed by someone. Toby doesn’t know who Van is and is surprised that a man as attractive as Van would even look at him and thinks Griff has picked him by mistake. There’s an instant attraction between the two men and after a few words pass between them, the little chat soon becomes much more, and Toby breaks his own no one-night rule. A few weeks later, Toby is teaching his yoga class when in walks Van who has been sent there by his team trainer to increase his flexibility after sustaining an injury during a game. Toby is shocked to see Van and the men soon get reacquainted. This meeting begins a series of liaisons and also misunderstandings that bring Toby and Van both joy and pain. Their road to happiness is far from smooth, but in the end, the two men can’t deny what their heart’s and head’s are telling them.

Although the story and plot were pretty predictable, it was actually quite an enjoyable read. The book is written in first person with dual POV, which is something that I really love, I always like to see a story from each character’s perspective. I’m also a huge sports fan, so the fact it was about football made me very happy. The author seemed to have a good understanding of the sport and terminology which definitely added to my enjoyment of the book as there is nothing worse than reading a story where you know the author has just tried to add in something for the sake of it. I liked the characters a lot, especially Van, as he was so different to his public persona. Toby and Van’s friends were also really well written, which brought the whole story to life and made me want to know more about them. Leo in particular, seems like a really fun guy and I hope the author gives him his own story along the line somewhere.

Now, I do have a criticism, and it was quite a big issue for me. The way the story is written makes it feel quite rushed, chapters/POV’s end quite abruptly and when the new chapter/POV begins there is often a time jump which makes it feel like chunks of the story are missing. This is most noticeable in the first few chapters. On more than one occasion I had to skip back to the previous page because I thought I had gone too far forward and had missed a page or section of the story out. This did cause some confusion and did affect how the story flowed, but didn’t affect how I felt about the book overall. The author has done a good job of writing a story that grabs your attention and keeps you interested the whole way through. At the end of the book, we also get a little sneak peek of the next story in the series, and I have to say I’m really looking forward to it.

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

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