Review: “From War To Forever” by Andria Large

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

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Dennis

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

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

Tucker

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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“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: “Apprentice Saga” by Sadie Sins

TITLE: Apprentice Saga
AUTHOR: Sadie Sins
SERIES: Demon Bonded
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
COVER ARTIST: Sadie Sins
GENRE: Romance; Paranormal; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 186 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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This volume contains episodes 5-9 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode ‘The Forging Of An Apprentice,’ written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2016. Apprentice Saga is the second saga in the mm erotic world of Demon Bonded. This serial is a fun play on monster collecting and male harems. Expect demon bonding, master/slave relationships of mild and abusive nature, multiple partners, magical powers, learning how to be a sorcerer, and conflict with crueler demon masters.

Ky’s recovery from the overseer Demencious is short lived. His parents have lost all trust in him, and Ky again has to wonder if he’s losing his mind. That is until he starts his first art class at his new college, and meets an actual sorcerer apprentice.

Liem Kane could have been a typical teenager, but there is something terribly wrong beneath his well-groomed exterior. His demon, Fido, is twisted and abused, the wolf Relic tormented daily by his young master.

In his quest to save Fido from certain death, Ky must face Liem’s master. A demon trainer of cruelty that far surpasses his young pupil, Tobias has no qualms in murdering those that disobey. Ky faces off against this monster among men. It’s kill or be killed, and Ky isn’t sure he can live with either option.

18+ This book contains explicit m/m sexual content, shifter demon anatomy that knots and ties, graphic language, violence, and themes of bondage. 68,000+ words


This book follows Demencious Saga with episodes #5-9. This is one of those series that builds quickly. We are back with Ky as he stumbles along trying to protect those who want to either control or destroy the relics. Each episode he learns more.

Episode five picks up right where the previous one ended. Here while the human bonds get colder, the demon bonds get stronger. Ky is beginning to see who he is and what’s important. The responsibility he feels for the demons in his care. He’s also finding out what he gained in the bonding process as well. This has all been new to him and he’s had to learn not only from Lovely and Feral but from each new experience is adding to it too. He’s also teaching the demons about him. How truly caring and concerned he is for them.

Episode six is where most of the groundwork for the rest of the book is laid. This is where the chain of events start to connect Ky’s magical life at home to those that are around him. We meet Lien, who’s instrumental in getting Ky to have a further purpose and concern. Seeing how he’s different from other sorcerers. What he sees as his weaknesses and where he lacks knowledge.

When you get to episode seven, then you see the changes that Ky starts to go through. Because of his trusting nature, just how vulnerable those he cares for are. He’s chosen his true family and fights not only for their physical safety but their mental well-being as well. He sees that he needs to learn more for their protection. He takes the demons’ pain to heart and hurts for them. Never thinking of himself but instead how he can save and protect the relics. While those he holds dearest think of his safety and mental well-being.

Everything comes together in episodes eight and nine. Showdowns not only with outside forces but at home as well. A lot of things are learned, and the stage for the next saga is set. By the time I got to the end, I was eager for more. Sadie Sins has created a world of magic and morals, love and sacrifice. A place where the worst monsters are human and the demons more like knights.

***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: “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: “Trust” by A M Raulerson

TITLE: Trust
AUTHOR: A M Raulerson
SERIES: Trust Series
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Hammad KhaLid
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; BDSM; MMM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 197 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 2, 2016
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book / $9.99 -paperback
  

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David and Charlie are the ideal couple with a wonderful life, and a perfect Dom/sub relationship… well almost perfect.There seems to be one thing missing for both of them, a third person to make their lives, and their love complete. Charlie think he may have found the ideal candidate, and David sets out to bring him into their small family. When he finds Justin he his hungry, homeless, and broken. Carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, and fragile from a life of severe childhood trauma and hardship. Blanketed by the terror and agony of his past, Justin feels he can fall no further, left to fend for himself in a world that has only ever tried to hurt him or use his body for their own sick pleasures. Darkly cynical, hollow stare out of this broken and starving young man’s face. David and Charlie feel so strongly for this devastated man. They believe so completely that Justin is the missing peice of their puzzle. They have no choice but to embark on a long, dark, and emotional journey to try and fix him. To make him their ‘third’, completing their triad and their lives. The outcome is by no means certain, as ahead of them is the dark and horrifying past that Justin has never been able to shake. Join them in their troubled and often heartbreaking journey of love and sexual healing. Discover what love truly means and what it can achieve. 


What a powerful read. From the start, you are emotionally tied to Justin. You feel every bit of his pain, fear, and isolation. Plus the strength it takes him to carry on. I can’t recall reading a character I wanted to comfort more. Never has a book hit me that hard that fast. With barely a glimpse of any other person. Each chapter is told from one of the characters point of view. This gives you better insight into who they are by letting you get up close and personal with the emotional upheaval they’re going through. To the point where it’s almost as though you’re the one experiencing it.

As you read, David, Charlie, and Simon are revealed to you. How they will help Justin on his journey. They are such strong, caring men that have had their own pain and loss to overcome. The bond between David and Simon from going through the same tragedy. Plus, David and Charlie’s relationship and how David helped him out of an abusive situation. Even Molly, the previous dog that Simon cares for will play a part in Justin’s healing. You will also see more of the trauma that sweet Justin had to endure. The anger and despair will be deeply felt. There will also be moments so heartwarming you could cry tears of relief and joy. Meeting Aaron after knowing how he taught David and helped Charlie, lets you know Justin will be in good hands. By the time you reach the end, these guys are so much more than mere characters in a book. They are your friends and maybe even family. I look forward to meeting more people from their life and whatever stories may unfold.

There are few things more enjoyable than finding an author who can bring their characters to life. A M Raulerson is one such author. I was hooked from the start. I can only imagine what will be accomplished next. I would love to check in on these guys as well.

This is one author I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next book from and can see this being the case after every one. Because this has the potential to be one of those series you come back to read over and over again.

***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: “Eight Second Cowboy” by Piper Kay

TITLE: Eight Second Cowboy
AUTHOR: Piper Kay
SERIES: Eight Second Cowboy
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
COVER ARTIST: Karrie Jax
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Western
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 107 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 24, 2017
PRICE: $0.99 -e-book
  

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It’s Rodeo Roundup time in Houston. Undefeated bull riding champion, Matt Stevens, runs into longtime nemesis, Lance Loskey. Matt is intense, his focus and drive sustain him, but seeing Lance with his carefree attitude rages a plethora of feelings to the surface. This mellow cowboy is in position for more than just the championship after a freak accident paves Lance’s way. This is an opportunity for bull riding opponents to embrace their destiny. Will they succumb to fate, or will stubborn pride end the 8 second ride in tragedy?


This book was such a great read. From the start, you meet the spitfire that is Mindy. Matt could not have gotten a better best friend. What’s even more amazing is she travels with him to the rodeos. Matt is a champion bull rider while she barrel races. Lance is also a bull rider. Matt blames Lance for losing to him in California. They used to be friends training together. But confusion and tragedy tore them apart.

There’s a lot of fire between these two. Lance deals with it by being brash and cocky. For Matt, with the thoughts and dreams he has of Lance, he’s aggressive. The more Lance taunts him, the angrier he gets. You know pretty quick that they’re going to be fighting. There’s no doubt they are both covering their real feelings.

When they do finally get together, the next battle begins. They have to keep it secret. Matt’s sure that if word got out, his career would be ruined. There’s no way the rodeo would accept gay bull riders. All it would take is one little slip up in public. Is Matt brave enough to have the love he craves or will he run scared back home and hide.

Piper Kay has done a great job of giving us a story with all the bucks, twists, turns, and jerks of a real bull ride. I laughed, cried, and even wanted to shake the guys a few times. If you love cowboys, then this is a must read. I look forward to enjoying all of her books. 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.

***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: “Cleansing Flame” by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Cleansing Flame
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: Rekindled Flame
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
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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Life has been grinding Dayne Mills down almost for as long as he can remember. First he lost the love of his life in an accident that also left him with a permanent injury, and then his mother passed away a year later. When his house burns to the ground, it’s the last straw. He can’t take any more, and if it wasn’t for kind and handsome firefighter Lawson Martin offering him a hand up and a place to stay, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Dayne would love for his relationship with Lawson to evolve into something beyond charity, but he knows going after a man so far out of his league will only lead to yet more heartache. It’s best to just keep his mind on his research.

It’s that research that leads Dayne to an old student journal that not only provides clues to the Native American heritage Lawson has been searching for, but chronicles a century-old love story. The tale that unfolds might be just what Dayne and Lawson need to remind them that no matter how dark life becomes, love can find a way to shine through.


One look at the cover and my first thought was: sexy firefighter. There’s actually a couple of them in here. The two guys that are the real focus though are Lawson and Dayne. This isn’t your typical romance, and it’s not all fluffy and light.
Lawson is a firefighter. He has had good and bad days at work. He loves high excitement and adventure. He knows he’s good looking and that guys are attracted to him. He has been trying to find out more about his great uncle’s life. He knows that he went to the Carlisle Indian School but not much more.
Dayne is a student at Dickinson. He has decided to do his research paper on the Carlisle Indian School. The day he meets Lawson is the day his house burns down. Thankfully, Lawson invites him to stay with him. Since Richard and Morgan, Dayne’s good friends, vouch for Lawson, Dayne accepts.
Dayne’s life has been a series of tragedies. He can’t believe someone like Lawson could be into him. He’s always waiting for bad things to happen and is just waiting for the next one. When it does happen, he’s sure it is all his fault. The only drawback to this book was that Dayne was too negative. I felt that he did not need to go on so much about the same thing a couple of times.

What I loved about this book was that it didn’t glamorise firefighting. It isn’t always a win, and sometimes firefighters get hurt. Also, the author took the time to explain Dayne’s limitations and options for better functionality. There was not an easy fix, letting us know that Dayne won’t be running marathons.

I have to say that while I enjoyed the story, Ted’s journals about not only what he felt but his and Matthew’s relationship was my favorite. They were so moving and heart-rending at the same time. I am glad that the author included their story. I found this story enjoyable and look forward to reading more not only in this series but by this author as well.

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

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Review: “Demencious Saga” by Sadie Sins

TITLE: Demencious Saga
AUTHOR: Sadie Sins
SERIES: Demon Bonded
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
COVER ARTIST: Sadie Sins
GENRE: Romance; Paranormal; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 169 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 28, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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This volume contains episodes 1-4 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode ‘Far From Home’, written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2015-2016. Demencious Saga is the first saga in the gay, mm erotic world of Demon Bonded. This serial is a fun play on monster collecting and male harems. Expect demon bonding, master/slave relationships of mild and abusive nature, multiple partners, magical powers, learning how to be a sorcerer, and conflict with crueler demon masters.
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After his father is laid off, Ky Scion is forced to reside in his ancient family manor in the small town of Blackstone Falls. An outcast to the local farmers, Ky turns to repairing the huge house while pursuing his art degree. His parents are blind to the terrible secret he slowly discovers among the bloodstained walls. Something is living in the dark, in the nooks and hideaways of the old house. Something with hot breath and strong hands that wakes Ky up in the middle of the night.

In the dark hides the demonic Relics. Unique and beautiful, they’re exploited for their power and fought after viciously. But Relics aren’t items, they’re sentient beings, demonic people stolen from their very world to be bonded into servitude to callous sorcerers.

Ky’s grandfather disappeared years ago, leaving his Relics to be killed off, one by one without his protection. Smelling of rot and blood, Ky can sense the monster’s approach. But he’s not a sorcerer, and has no way to defend himself from the murderous beast set on revenge.

18+ This serial contains explicit m/m sexual content, graphic language, violence, and themes of bondage.


This is the first four episodes of the amazing Demon Bonded series. Yes, amazing is the best word to describe it. The development of the characters both past and present brings them to life. Each episode gives you a little more of the puzzle. Plus, the bonus episode shows you how it began.
Episode one is where we meet Ky. He’s just moved into the family estate and is looking forward to college. He’s an artist who prefers his own company to others. Through exploring his home and the many strange things in it, he learns about what his grandfather was into.

Episode two is where the story starts opening up. You get to meet Feral who’s another demon in the house. There is so much more character interaction. This one focuses more on Ky’s feelings and perceptions. I love how the author pulls you in and leads you towards the next episode.
Once you get to episode three, you see Ky, Lovely, and Feral starting to be open with each other without giving a lot of the story away. Ky is starting to figure out what he’s dealing with. He’s building his confidence up thanks to Lovely and feral. All while having some of the hottest scenes. Sexy enough to make you a demon lover as well. Yet you know that there’s more to learn.

By the time you get to the fourth episode, you think you know what’s going on. That’s not so. The author still has surprises in store for you. While the pieces are coming together, you’re still aware that there is so much more to know. By the end, you are eagerly awaiting the next book.

Sadie Sins is one of my favorite authors. Not only is she talented, but she is fearless. She writes with such a free spirit and is not shy about her subjects. She conquers demons, families, and fears. Her characters come to life as you read. The emotional depth that she’s able to convey in even her short stories will blow you away. I have yet to read a book I didn’t love. Read one for yourself and feel a little fearless too.

***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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“Why I Love Waiters” by T.A. Chase

TITLE: Why I Love Waiters
AUTHOR: T.A. Chase
SERIES: Why I Love
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 149 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 3, 2017
PRICE: $7.13 -e-book
  

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As a member of a covert army unit, John Davidson isn’t scared of many things, yet one look into the dark blue eyes of Heath Kane and John knew a different kind of fear for the first time. John couldn’t be gay, at least not out and proud in his unit, even with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell being repealed. He’d never been interested enough in any man to risk the fallout.

Heath Kane left home never wanting to return. The army-base town wasn’t the best place for a gay kid to grow up, but his grandmother did her darnedest to make it good for him. Now he’s paying her back for all her love. She’s getting older and needs help with the family restaurant, so he waits tables at the Corner Café while taking online courses to get his degree. Even though the army base provides lots of buff eye candy, he knows it’s best to keep his eyes to himself.

Yet neither Heath nor John can deny their attraction, and when John returns from a visit up North, he seems willing to act on their mutual interest. Are John and Heath willing to risk everything to hold each other?


As you read along more and more of Heath’s life and his past is exposed. It’s done in such a way that you are intrigued at first. Then you go through changing emotions with each reveal. By the end, you are not only majorly impressed with him but fall in love with him as well.
With John, there isn’t a lot of drama or excitement to his back story. Instead, the author focused on John’s family and his current standing in the military. I love this approach. John has such an interesting family that you want to know more about. Especially since they’re very close. His struggles with his career are rather eye opening. It makes you wonder how it really is and if it’s getting better.

As an extra bonus, you get to see how Chuck and Herb are doing. For those who read the first in the series, Why I Love Geeks, this is a special treat. Plus, you get more insight into John and Chuck’s sister Jesse. I found the interactions between Heath and Herb to be the funniest parts of the whole book. I’d love to see more of them in the rest of the series. They are both delightful and a joy to read. While both books can be read alone, to get the most out of them, I would read them both in order.

I’m looking forward to the next one in the series and getting to know all these characters and the new ones to come. The author has done a great job of building a realistic society with interesting and complex characters.

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

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Review: “Second Chances” by G.R. Lyons

TITLE: Second Chances
AUTHOR: G.R. Lyons
SERIES: Matchmakers
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Natalie Fawn Danelishen
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 326 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2016
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book / $11.99 -paperback
  

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Nineteen-year-old porn star Remy Dawes loves his job at Matchmakers, a gay nightclub, but the fantasy he portrays every night doesn’t leave room for what he really wants: companionship, love, someone to come home to, someone just for him. Who would ever take seriously a kid who practically sells his body for others’ pleasure?

Thirty-five-year-old Chance Whitaker has sworn off dating younger men after having been cheated on one too many times, until the owner of Matchmakers convinces him to take a chance on Remy Dawes, a gorgeous kid who surprises Chance at every turn.

As things fall apart through meddling, death, and betrayal, will there be a second chance for two people to find love?

(Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as the Shifting Isles series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included with the story for those interested in the little worldbuilding details.)


Second Chances is the first book in the Matchmakers – A Shifting Isles Trilogy. Not only do you get Chance and Remy’s story, but you also get the groundwork for the next two books. The author does a great job of laying the foundation for the trilogy.
Chance is a thirty-five-year-old editor who likes to date younger guys. The problem for him is that they keep cheating on him. All he wants is someone who will remain faithful. He’s just about given up on finding what he’s looking for.
Remy is a 19-year-old dancer and performer. He’s had a real rough life and wants safety and stability. He’s looking for a lifetime partner. Someone who can see him and not the character he plays at work. He’s ready to build a life with someone.

When these two first meet, they start with false assumptions. Chance is sure Remy is just another young guy who will end up cheating on him. Remy thinks that he will be looked at as not good enough because of his job. Throughout the whole story these guys will continue to falter with communication while dealing with their trust issues. There’s lots of drama and intense passion. Plus, they will both make mistakes along the way.
In this roller coaster of a read, both men learn a lot about not only each other but about themselves as well. The road is filled with many tests and betrayals that will test their relationship and their faith before they can get their happy ending. Having Dan as their trusted friend will help them throughout the whole ride.

I was surprised by how deep I got into the characters. I got frustrated and upset at times and others about to shed tears of happiness. Even a few moments where I cried for the character’s pain. It definitely left me looking forward to the next book. I need to know how Chance and Remy are doing. Will Dan get his turn at love? The perfect way to start a series while leaving you thirsty for more.

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.

***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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