Review: “Sexy To Go Gay Romance” by Avery Duran, Leigh Ellwood, Asta Idonea …

TITLE: Sexy To Go Gay Romance
                                            AUTHOR: Avery Duran, Leigh Ellwood, Asta Idonea, Eva Lefoy, Dale Lowry, Jodi Payne, Shiloh Saddler, Sam Thorne, and A.E. Wasp
SERIES: Sexy To Go
PUBLISHER: Sexy To Go
COVER ARTIST: Sexy To Go
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Anthology
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 228 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

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9 Hot MM stories sexy enough to make your blood sing. Find shifters, hunky construction men, mythological heroes and everyday lovers who scorch the sheets with their boy on boy, man on man lovin’. From honey-mooning couples to intense instant hookups, these same-sex couples remind us that love is always worth fighting for, no matter what the cost.

Matzo Ball by Avery Duran

When Jacob’s outgoing best friend talks him into attending a party for Jewish singles, neither man realizes that it’s not a gay event. Things go from bad to worse when Jacob’s friend doesn’t show up. The night turns around when Jacob befriends Ian, a sexy bartender. After a spectacular kiss good night, they go their separate ways. But Jacob can’t forget the chemistry he shared with Ian, and hungers for more. In a city the size of New York, will these men be able to find their way back to each other?

Styx & Stone by Leigh Ellwood

What’s the afterlife really like? Charon the ferryman knows the River Styx like the back of his hand, and he enjoys giving newly departed Stone the full tour.

First Swallow of Spring by Asta Idonea

The first swallow of spring draws Seanán back to the fae circle each year, where he dances with the handsome fae lord, Iorweth. He knows the four rules he must follow if he wishes to be free to leave at the end of the night; however, Iorweth is growing ever more inventive in his attempts to trick Seanán into breaking them.

How Hercules Got His Bruise by Eva Lefoy

Hercules might have completed his 12 labors and become immortal, but he’s still not out to himself. Until he meets Sisyphus, a man who turns him on in ways not even a goddess can compete with. When Zeus threatens to destroy their new bond, Hercules must again rise to the challenge, this time to protect his right to love a man.

Loggerhead by Dale Lowry

Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles – and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.

Handyman by Jodi Payne

Danny is haunted by memories of his ex, Peter, who moved out six months ago. He recognizes just how bad off he is when he wakes up to a flood in his condo, a problem Peter would have adeptly handled. Danny can’t find the insurance paperwork, he doesn’t know who he should call first, and he’s about ready to strangle his stoner neighbors. His day starts looking up, though, when the workmen arrive to deal with the water, replace his breaker box and demolish the soaked ceiling. Ken, a handyman, shows up to handle the drywall, but can Danny handle Ken?

Clipped Wings by Shiloh Saddler

When a male swan shifter is captured by a cruel master he develops feelings for another male slave. The master has plans for the shifter that go against every fiber of his being. Will the two men bow down to their station in life or take flight to keep their love alive?

Rebuilding the Future by Sam Thorne

Allen’s peace has been seriously disturbed. As the shy architect takes on the task of extending the home he inherited from his late aunt, his life becomes a battle. The building work is going fine, but he can barely contain his one-way lust for sexy foreman Declan, who’s a one-man generator of testosterone and mixed messages. As the build completion approaches, Allen’s ready to do just about anything to keep Declan around a little longer…

Man in the Mirror by A.E. Wasp

A companion story to the Paper Hearts novel, Man in the Mirror is the first short in a new erotic series set in the world of the Veterans Affairs books. Benny hasn’t let Mikey see him naked in a week, will barely let Mikey touch him. Mikey’s going to get to the bottom of the issue if it takes all night.


This is a true gay romance anthology. Not only do you get a good variety of writers, but also a unique blend of tropes. With that many choices, it is easy to see which writers you’ll want to read more of.
For me, the first two fall into the needs more category. I enjoyed Avery Duran’s Matzo Ball and the main characters Jacob and Ian. It was a good short but would have been a great novella. Styx and Stone by Leigh Ellwood definitely needed to be more. I thoroughly enjoyed the world she created but because of the details needed, Cheron and Stone took a back seat.
Asta Idonea’s First Swallow of Spring was a sweet short story. I’d love to see this author turn it into a series. You can’t go wrong with the fae.
I love stories about the Gods, and Eva Lefoy delivered beautifully with How Hercules Got His Bruise. It’s a great blend of the myth with a romantic spin. I’d love more myth based stories from her.
Loggerhead by Dale Lowry is such a sweet romance. Eric and Jake remind us that life may get busy, but we must take the time for each other. By slowing down and reconnecting, they remember what they love the most.
Full on steam with a sweet side, Handyman by Jodi Payne reminds us why we enjoy reading romance. Danny and Ken show that while they both may have been hurt, they can take the chance to try again. Plus, the amazing sex doesn’t hurt either.
For those who like historicals with a twist, Shiloh Saddler’s Clipped Wings is just for you. While I’m not big on historicals, I did like the writer’s concepts.
I loved Rebuilding The Future by Sam Thorne. The writer’s style and balance were highly enjoyable. Even though it was a short story, you still got a slow burn with angst built into a hot conclusion. Not to mention a very adorable boy named Charlie and the most unpleasant twin sister. I am definitely going to look for more by this author.
Ending out this set is a little catch-up moment by A.E. Wasp. Man In the Mirror takes place after her Paper Hearts novel. I love when authors do this. It gives us a chance to reconnect with characters we fell in love with.

Overall, I find these anthologies a great way for readers to discover new authors and
learn a little about their tastes as well. I would like to thank the authors for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book.

***The ARC was provided by Sexy To Go. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Drama Luau” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Drama Luau
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: : Yes – Nicky and Noah Comedy Mystery series
PUBLISHER: Smashwords
COVER ARTIST: Holly McCabe
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Humor
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Theatre professors and spouses, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are on their honeymoon at a Hawaiian resort, where musclemen in grass skirts are keeling over like waterfalls. Things erupt faster than a volcano when Nicky and Noah, along with their best friends Martin and Ruben, try to stage a luau show. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the grass curtain down on male hula dancers—before things go coconuts for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining fourth novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and aloha!


Boy, was this a fun read. To me, it was a combination of Laurel and Hardy mixed with Hitchcock and Murder She Wrote. So much so that it would make a great show. Loaded with puns and one-liners, I found myself enjoying it more than I expected. Also, it was obvious from the beginning that the author took the time to research not only the general location history but the beliefs as well.

Nicky and Noah are on their honeymoon. Since there were some financial cuts, the only way to afford a Hawaiian honeymoon was to make it a working one. The pair are put in charge of the resort’s luau production. But if you have read the other books in the series then you know that it never is as simple as that. On opening night, the drama starts. As the dancers go missing and the suspect list grows, Nicky and Noah, with the help of their friends Martin and Ruben, are on a quest to solve the mystery. All four with their dramatic flair try to unravel what’s really going on.

What I really liked was how the author kept you guessing. With so many suspects with many different reasons. Just when you think you know who, another reason pops up. Right to the end, you are kept guessing, and the conclusion still has a surprise in store for you. I have to say though, for me, Taavi was by far my favorite. Such a sweet, smart boy. Who wouldn’t want to have him for a son.

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: “As You Wish” by Isobel Starling

TITLE: As You Wish
AUTHOR: Isobel Starling
SERIES: Shatterproof Bond
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Isobel Starling
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Gay For You; Humor
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 238 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 28, 2015
PRICE: $1.99 -e-book
  

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1 wedding, 2 best men, one hell of a love story!

Declan Ramsay’s brother Oliver was marrying Annabelle Aiken at a fairy tale Castle on the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland. The bride and groom decided, so that he didn’t feel left out, Annabelle’s gay younger brother Sam Should share the best man duties with Declan.

Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man.
Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. He wouldn’t meet Declan until a few days before the wedding, so the best men communicated and planned their speech by email for more than a year.

But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realise the kid isn’t a kid at all, but a tall, blond and athletic young man. Declan is sure he’s straight, so he’s alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

But is Samuel Aiken all that he appears to be?

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love is an Open Road” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.


Now, this is how you start a series. It has everything you look for without any of the full moments. I loved the way the author gave you both viewpoints while still retaining some of the mystery. Sam and Declan are a joy to discover.

Even though they had been exchanging emails for over a year, Declan and Sam had never physically met and had no clue what each other looked like. Their first meeting may have been a sour one, but that didn’t last long.

Declan’s straight. He’s had a long run of boring to downright horrible internet dates. He has finally come to the conclusion that he just isn’t meant for a happy relationship. In fact, he has pretty much been labeled a commitment-phobe.

Sam’s a gay man who works for his father. For the last two years, he has worked in places where he’s had to hide the fact that he is gay. Countries where gay men are beaten and killed with nothing done about it. It has left him not only lonely but extremely horny as well.

When these two really start to get to know each other the fun begins. They are funny and sexy. I really enjoyed the shenanigans they got up to. This is book one of a three book series.

Just by this story alone, I can tell that I am going to love the other two as well. With mystery, action, love, and some steamy sex scenes, this promises to be a favorite of mine.

***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: “My Broken Angel” by Sadie Sins

TITLE: My Broken Angel
AUTHOR: Sadie Sins
SERIES: Wounded Hearts Book
PUBLISHER: Writer2ePub
COVER ARTIST: Sadie Sins
GENRE: Romance; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 232 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 3, 2017
PRICE: $0.99 -e-book
  

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An angel-demon halfbreed just falls into my lap. Okay, he bleeds all over my shoes if you want to get technical. Moments later, this total stranger also manages to steal my heart.

Damn, I don’t even know how to explain this.

Have you ever met someone and just known they were the one? I thought I had until I met Danyal. I thought after eighteen years of living I knew all about love and meant to be and heartbreak. Then this damn bastard of a gorgeous fallen angel bleeds all over me, nearly ends up dead, and tears my reality in half. The wings don’t help. The kiss? The kiss makes me realize Hell is real and far hotter than I could ever imagine.

Discovering I’m bi is way less mindblowing than finding out my soulmate comes from a different realm of existence with bloodthirsty demons hunting him down. Worse, the longer I know him, the more I see it’s the demons in Danyal’s head that are going to kill him first.

Getting Danyal to stay and be mine is going to take an act of God. Or maybe a favor from the guy down below.
http://www.sadiesinsbooks.com


When I heard that this book was coming, I started thinking about what direction the author would go. Drunk, Blind, Stupid Cupid had an angel, a half angel, and an angsty new adult. How could that be topped? Well, Sadie Sins found a way. While still retaining the humor and sexiness that was so key in the first book, she added a darker edge with a realistic feel.

Ben is Aiden’s best friend. He sees how happy Aiden is in his relationship and wants to have it for himself. While on a date with a crush he meets her brother, and discovers something new about himself. He realizes that he’s bisexual. Already insecure, this just makes it worse for the eighteen-year-old virgin.

Danyal is a halfie. His long white hair is very rare in someone who’s half angel half corrupt. This made him a favored pet in the pit and made the other halfies very jealous. Finally escaping and being severely wounded, he wants to see his chosen before he dies. He’s very traumatized by what has happened to him in his life.

Between Ben learning not only about himself but about the existence of angels and demons plus Danyal learning how to live free from slavery for the first time, you wonder how they can be together. From meeting to blood bonding and fighting their own fears, the journey to a full bond is rough. Their actions will confuse and hurt each other even after a full bond.

Sadie Sins has once again delivered a story full of all the things that make a great read. With humor, joy, pain, and passion she has written a great story. As with her other books, this could also lead to more in the line or be the stopping point. I look forward to wherever her creative mind leads her.

***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: “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
  

BLURB:

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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