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: “Runaway” by Nic Starr

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Review: “Leap of Faith” by Jackie Keswick

TITLE: Leap of Faith
AUTHOR: Jackie Keswick
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 125 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Close friends and partners at FireWorks Security, Joel Weston and Kieran Ross know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They have each other’s backs, make a formidable team, and carefully ignore their volatile chemistry.

When Kieran struggles with the aftermath of an assignment gone wrong, Joel is there to help. When Joel is caught in an explosion, Kieran jumps into a burning marina to rescue the man who means so much to him. But they never discuss what’s closest to their hearts, not prepared to risk their friendship for the mere possibility of something more.

Faced with bombs, assassins and old ghosts, Joel and Kieran must find out why they’re targets, who is after them and—most of all—how each would feel if he lost the other. Can they continue as best friends, or is it time to take a leap of faith?


This book was a surprising little page-turner of a story. I was totally captivated from the start and was pretty gutted reading the last page because I wanted there to be more. It was almost everything I could have wanted in a book. There was action, mystery, edge-of-your-seat suspense and romance. A perfect little package really.

Joel Weston is an Army veteran who works for FireWorks Security, which is owned by his dad and uncle. His partner, Kieran Ross, an ex-DEA agent, has worked for the company for the last 4 years. Kieran is suffering from emotional distress after an innocent woman is killed by a suspect who had taken her hostage when he was trying to escape. Kieran blames himself for not being able to save the woman and hasn’t coped well since the incident. Joel’s father sends Joel to keep a close eye on Kieran to make sure he doesn’t come to any harm. Joel decides one of the days at Kieran’s house that enough is enough and Kieran needs to sort himself out, he suggests that they meet up with some other members of their team for lunch and an afternoon of fun. During their day out, the two men are passing the marina when they hear a woman scream and a man shouting. They run towards the commotion and see that the man is holding a child at gunpoint and pulling him towards a yacht in what looks like a domestic dispute. Joel doesn’t hesitate and chases the man on to the boat, almost as soon as he steps onto the yacht there’s an explosion which sends him and a lot of debris flying into the water. Kieran sees this and is consumed by worry and fear for his partner and friend. Without a second thought, he jumps into the water to try and rescue Joel and the young boy.

Kieran has been attracted to Joel for a long time, but has always hidden his feelings for the other man and has no intention of ever acting on them as he doesn’t want to lose or ruin the very close friendship and bond that they have. This brush with death brings out a very protective side of Kieran, and he doesn’t want Joel out of his sight and refuses to leave him on his own, even at the hospital. What Kieran doesn’t realise, is Joel has been having the same feelings and desires for him too, and is also scared of doing anything that would take their friendship to the next stage. The men and their team soon discover that everything is not as it seems, and what they thought was an accident at a marina is actually a complex plot that involves drugs, smuggling, assassination attempts and the cartel.

This book was the first I have read from this author, and I really liked it. It was well written, with a very interesting plot/storyline that wouldn’t be out of place on any well-known TV cop show. I was a little disappointed that sex scenes were short and that there were only a few but as it isn’t marketed as erotica then I guess I can’t really make a big deal of it. What I will say is that the book has an open ending, most questions are left unanswered for what I can only assume will be follow up books, even though it doesn’t state that it’s the first book of a series. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, which is good because I don’t think I could have waited in suspense for however long it takes for the next one to be released hehehe. A very enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it if you like stories with a little bit of action and adventure along with the romance.

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

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Review: “From Top To Bottom” by Kevin Klehr

TITLE: From Top To Bottom
AUTHOR: Kevin Klehr
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Humor; MMM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: –
LENGTH: 56 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2017
PRICE: : $1.99 -e-book
  

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Can a dedicated top really learn to bottom? Tony wants to find out but he’s scared another die-hard top will just plow through him, instead of taking it nice and slow on a newbie.

Enter Butch, a bear who’ll try anything, and Ford, a guy whose curiosity is tempting him to cheat on his boyfriend. Like Tony, both are dedicated tops wanting to try something new, and on this journey of physical self discovery, all will find that being open means more than taking it doggie-style.


First of all, before I go any further, I want to start by saying that this book, for being under 60 pages long, was an unexpected little gem of a read and I didn’t want it to end.

The main character of the story is Tony, who sexually has always been a top. At 29 years old, he decides that he wants to explore his sexuality a little more and has become curious about what it would be like to bottom. The only thing holding him back is the fear of another top hurting him. Tony has a very close relationship with his father, and no topic is off limits between them, especially Tony’s sex life. When Tony mentions to his dad that he wants to try being a bottom his dad plays it off like a joke by making fun of Tony, saying that he’ll now be like the girl in bed. He thinks that Tony needs to grow up and settle down and take a bit more responsibility with his life as he’s too much of free spirit. Not to be deterred by his dad’s skepticism, Tony updates his social media profiles to say that he’s a top, looking for another top who would be interested in exploring bottoming. This is where he meets Butch and Ford. When the three men meet at Tony’s apartment for the first time, Butch tells Tony that he’s in an open relationship with his long-term partner. Ford announces he’s also in a relationship, but his partner doesn’t know that he’s meeting up with the men. From this first meeting, the three men discover that they are very sexually compatible, can get completely comfortable with each other and are able to let go. This new experience has awakened something in each of them that has been dying to get out.

This author has done a fantastic job with this story. It really has everything you can ask for in a book, it’s smutty, but also incredibly funny in parts and then it’s also emotionally deep. We follow these three men on their journey through finding themselves and what happiness is for them, and it isn’t what you’d expect from where it all begins. The story is written in first-person so we get to see the whole experience from Tony’s point of view. The way the author tells the story and how it’s written has you completely immersed, and I really felt like I was part of the little bubble that was created.

From the author bio at the end of the book, we discover that he lives in Australia. This really comes across in the writing as some of the language used makes you aware straight away that it’s not set in the USA. At first, I thought it was British as some words are similar, but this did not affect the story in any way, in actual fact it makes the funny parts funnier, reading it with an Australian accent in your head (I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this *giggles*) just adds to the overall enjoyment.

As I’ve already said, this book was a little gem, I loved every bit of it, and I’m looking forward to reading more by this author. I literally can’t stop the smile that’s on my face.

5 out of 5.

***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: “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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Review: “Lickety Split” by Damon Suede

TITLE: Lickety Split
AUTHOR: Damon Suede
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Western
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 286 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 -paperback
  

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Lickety Split: Love won’t wait.

Patch Hastle grew up in a hurry, ditching East Texas for NYC to make his name as a DJ and model without ever looking back. When his parents die unexpectedly, he heads home to unload the family farm ASAP and skedaddle. Except the will left Patch’s worst enemy in charge: his father’s handsome best friend who made his high school years hell.

Tucker Biggs is going nowhere. Twenty years past his rodeo days, he’s put down roots as the caretaker of the Hastle farm. He knows his buddy’s smartass son still hates his guts, but when Patch shows up growed-up, looking like sin in tight denim, Tucker turns his homecoming into a lesson about old dogs and new kinks.

Patch and Tucker fool around, but they can’t fool themselves. Once the farm’s sold, they mean to call it quits and head off to separate sunsets. With the clock ticking, the city slicker and his down-home hick get roped into each other’s life. If they’re gonna last longer than spit on a griddle, they better figure out what matters—fast.


When I first read the blurb for this book I thought I knew what to expect from the story, I was so wrong! This book was just so far beyond what I imagined that I wanted to kick myself for having pre-conceived ideas.

The story is set in the small, East Texas town of Hixville, where Patch Hastle grew up on his parents’ farm. At 16, Patch left home as his parents weren’t accepting of him being gay, now at 22 years old, Patch has had to return to the home and town where he never felt he belonged after his parents die in a car accident. Patch is now a successful DJ in New York and has plans to eventually open a club of his own with his friend. When he sees that by selling the farm as quickly as possible he can get the money together to make his dream become a reality, he works from sunrise to sunset to get the house cleared out and sold so as he can get back to New York and his life. There’s only one problem with his master plan, and that’s Tucker Biggs. Tucker was Patch’s high school football coach and father’s best friend who also lived and worked on their farm land. As a teenager, Patch was tormented by Tucker, but even though the older cowboy seemed to make his life a misery, Patch couldn’t help the attraction and lust he felt whenever he looked at Tucker. Tucker has been left as executor of Patch’s parents’ will, and because of how he used to treat Patch when he was still living at home on the farm, Patch thinks that Tucker will do whatever it takes to stop him from selling the farm and moving on with his life.

Tucker is a bit of a loner who has never been out of the state of Texas. He doesn’t have many friends and comes from a broken home with a not very pleasant childhood. Tucker has had many failed relationships and almost as many illegitimate children under his belt, and at the age of 43 shows no signs of changing his ways. When Patch arrives back in town to arrange the funeral, he meets Tucker for the first time in seven years. Patch thinks that Tucker will behave the same way he did before he left town, but Tucker surprises Patch by being friendly and helpful, which brings the strong attraction Patch thought he left behind years ago back to the forefront of his mind. Patch doesn’t realise that Tucker also has a little secret, men aren’t off limits for him, and Tucker is attracted to Patch just as much as Patch is to him. When Patch discovers this little piece of information, things between the two men get really interesting and also extremely hot and steamy. Tucker loves to be in control, especially of Patch’s pleasure, so out comes his Dominant side and some rope play to take Patch to levels he’s never experienced before. The two men find a connection that they didn’t expect and one that isn’t as easy to walk away from as they thought it would be.

I really enjoyed this book, I wasn’t expecting it to take me on the ride that it did. There were times my heart was in my mouth because I was scared to read what would happen next. Times I wanted to cry because my heart almost broke and times I had to take a few minutes to collect myself because the sex was so damn hot. I absolutely loved Patch and Tucker as characters, the author has done a fantastic job of bringing them to life in the story. The dialogue is written with a Texas twang which adds to the southern charm of the of the story and characters, this is most noticeable with Tucker as his “accent” is so strong you can’t help but completely fall for him. The big tough and rugged cowboy is actually an incredibly sweet gentleman at heart.

There is one thing that slightly bothered me about the story, and that was Tucker insisting he wasn’t gay or queer even though he was having sexual relations with men over a number of years. The way I see it, if you find sexual pleasure with another man you definitely aren’t straight and I feel like this was never properly addressed. It may just be a personal hang up for me, and I may be looking into it too much and finding something that isn’t really much of an issue, but I feel like I had to mention it as I know it could be a problem for some readers. Even with this small issue, I still had a brilliant time reading this book. The story was perfectly structured and was written in a way that completely drew me in and had me wishing I was on that farm in Texas. A great piece of writing and storytelling by the author.

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

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Review: “Driven” by MB Mulhall

TITLE: Driven
AUTHOR: MB Mulhall
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; New Adult
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 7, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Eighteen-year-old Oliver’s troubles don’t end when he’s released from prison. He has nowhere to go, and he can’t even think about moving past his crimes while trying to survive homelessness.

Helping an elderly woman after a fall guides Oliver into at least a temporary home. In exchange for odd jobs and some assistance, he’s welcomed into a life with the old twin spinsters, and it seems too good to be true. The neighbor, Simon, certainly thinks it is. He doesn’t trust Oliver or his motives. Oliver is used to that kind of judgment, but it isn’t helping him overcome his guilt. Maybe Simon is right and Oliver doesn’t deserve happiness—or any of the other feelings stirring in a heart Oliver thought he’d closed off for good.

Oliver has two options: let the pain of his past swallow him and destroy all hope for the future, or move on to the new possibilities in front of him. Choosing to live won’t be easy, and Oliver might not be able to do it alone.


I don’t really know where to start with this review that would even come close to doing this book, and what I can only describe as a phenomenal piece of writing proper justice. I also don’t want to give anything about the story away because the way the story builds, progresses and flows is something you need to experience yourself. From the very first paragraph, I was completely and utterly hooked and read it straight through in one sitting.

The story centres around the main character, Oliver Sutton, who for the last 2 years has spent his time in prison and then on the streets. One day whilst on the street, he meets Tude Westling, an elderly lady who has taken a fall. After some not so subtle prompting, Oliver agrees to help Tude home, here he meets her twin sister Vera. As a thank you for his help, the ladies ask him to stay for dinner and then the night. The next day, Oliver literally bumps into Simon Green, who’s the young and handsome neighbor of Tude and Vera. From this point, everything in Oliver’s life changes. With the help of the twins, Simon and his Parole Officer, John Richards, Oliver discovers what family, love, acceptance and forgiveness really means.

The plot of the story was simply brilliant and had me on the edge of my seat desperate to find out what the next pages and chapters were going to bring. There’s nothing at all about this book that I can fault. The author took us on a journey of Oliver’s life. We got to see the background story that led us to this point, but there was mystery and intrigue and secrets that remained hidden until exactly the right moment for their reveal which added to the excitement. There were quite a few times I had to force back the tears that were threatening because my heart was shattering for Oliver and the way he treated himself because he thought it’s what he deserved. Every character and moment in the book felt real, nothing seemed like it was far-fetched and couldn’t happen in daily life and I think that’s why I connected with the story as much as I did.

Apart from some kissing and lustful excitement, there isn’t anything sexual about this book. So if you’re looking for hot and steamy sex then this is not for you, but if you want a story that will grip you, pull at your heart strings and then leave you feeling warm and fuzzy at the end, then this book couldn’t be more perfect.

This is my first time reading anything by this author, but she is one I will definitely be keeping a look out for from now on. With this one book she has gained a reader/fan for life. A very easy 5 star read, I only wish I could give it more.

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

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Review: “Royal Service” by LJ Collins

TITLE: Royal Service
AUTHOR: LJ Collins
SERIES: Men in Love and at War
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Mystery/Suspense; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 178 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 3, 2017
PRICE: : $4.99 -e-book
  

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Wherever Berkeley goes, or whatever he does, drama follows. Having recovered from the ordeal of being the victim of an internet scam, his life returns to normal working at a five-star hotel selling VIP vacation club memberships to wealthy clients, and being with the love of his life, Captain Rick. That is until he finds Rick cheating on him with a woman. Feeling sad and lonely, Berkeley is enticed by the prospects of high earnings and a jet setter lifestyle when he’s approached by one of his clients to be a high-class escort.

Whilst he revels in being treated like a prince, he has to accommodate some strange and unusual sexual requests, and before long he’s caught up in a web of espionage between a transport conglomerate and a client who is developing a futuristic technology that will change the future of transport forever. Only Berkeley knows how he’s going to weave his way out of his new-found problem.


This book, is book 5 of the Men in Love and at War series. It may be beneficial to read the other books in the series first to get to know the characters and setting a little better because we’re not given much information at the outset of the story as to who they are or where they’ve come from. I went into this story blind not knowing it was a continuation of a series and although I got through it without any real issues, I feel it would have enhanced my reading experience by knowing what happened to the characters before we got to this point in their lives.

Set in a town called El Sauzal on the island of Tenerife, we meet the main character of the story, Berkeley. After breaking up with his boyfriend Rick, Berkeley, through his job selling memberships to a private vacation club, meets Peter Moore. Peter owns Royal Service which is a high-class escort agency and with some hands-on persuasion, he convinces Berkeley to come work for him. Berkeley’s first client is Sebastian who’s a multimillionaire living in the south of France. Sebastian doesn’t do relationships and whenever he needs some company he enlists the services of Peter’s agency. When Sebastian and Berkeley meet, they find that they actually get on really well and enjoy their time together. Sebastian later requests that Berkeley accompanies him on a trip to South America. During this trip Berkeley discovers that Sebastian has developed a new technology for travel which is similar to teleportation. Sebastian sees this as the future of travel, where someone can be anywhere in the world within seconds. A few weeks later, Berkeley’s asked to go to London to meet a new client who has asked for him. Here, he meets Frederick and straight away there’s a connection between them that is completely different to what he had with Sebastian. With Frederick, he feels more comfortable and relaxed and like he could actually fit in Frederick’s life and be happy. Frederick tells Berkeley that he’s the spokesperson for a group of people in the travel industry and that they know about Sebastian’s technology and want to stop it going further than the stage that it’s at as millions of jobs are at risk. He has been told by his bosses to convince Berkeley to steal the data from Sebastian and pass it on to them so as the research can be discredited.

As a character, Berkeley comes across as quite arrogant and materialistic, he only really thinks of himself and the money. Even though he enjoys being with Sebastian and Frederick and they are paying for his services, he always wants to do things on his terms. The story did flow well, but it was written almost like two halves, the first part where Berkeley becomes an escort and takes us through his experience of meeting new clients and dealing with their often strange requests and then the second part where he becomes an industrial spy and business guru. This had me slightly conflicted about the story because I didn’t know where it was trying to go. There were some twists which added excitement, but there were also some parts that were so cheesy I wanted to cringe. Although everything in this story is wrapped up and finalized, it’s left open for more books in the series to follow, the ending felt right for the story, and I’m happy with how the author completed this little adventure in Berkeley’s life.

In the end, I can’t say I loved the book, but I also didn’t hate it. Maybe if I had read the previous books in the series, I would have been able to connect to this story more, but I was left feeling indifferent. Will I read the other books in the series? The answer is maybe, I wouldn’t rule it out and it certainly hasn’t put me off reading other work by this author because it actually was a good story concept.

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

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Review: “Shifting Views” by Meg Harding

TITLE: Shifting Views
AUTHOR: Meg Harding
SERIES: The Carlisles
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 10, 2017
PRICE: : $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Successful fashion model Denver Carlisle is finally living on his own. He’s got a new apartment, a neighbor who has a problem shutting his blinds, and a local bakery with an owner who makes his knees weak. It’s raining men, and Denver hasn’t gotten any in a long time. Going out on a limb, he asks Ethan Monahan out and resorts to a little exhibitionism for his neighbor. Only to be turned down by both. That’s a first.

Ethan Monahan runs his own bakery and has a new neighbor who walks around naked. The latter is a little too distracting. When his naked neighbor turns out to be none other than model Denver Carlisle—and the customer who asked him out—Ethan tries to make amends. In a purely friendly way.

Friendship leads to more, and both men find themselves in over their heads with emotions and compromises. Denver has trust issues that could span the Sahara, and Ethan is a product of the foster system with a chip on his shoulder and a serious wariness of those with money. There’s only one way to reconcile their issues: work together.


This book is part of The Carlisles’ Series but can be read as a standalone. In this book, we have the two main characters, Denver Carlisle who is a 30-year-old fashion model and Ethan Monahan who is a 34-year-old bakery owner. We do get to meet Denver’s family members and significant others throughout the story but they are easily integrated and there’s no sense of confusion as to how they are involved.
Denver has just moved into a new apartment after living with his twin brother who has recently moved in with his boyfriend. Denver has always had his family around him and has never had to be self sufficient. So, he’s almost at a loss as to what to do on his own—deer in the headlights comes to mind when we first get to know him. But he’s also very stubborn and determined to do this adulting thing on his own but is always thinking in his head, “What would my sister or brother do/say?”

Ethan has owned his bakery for the last 4 years, he lives and breathes his business and has no time for anything else especially relationships. His only friends are his two employees, and he mostly lives in his own little world of eat, sleep, work, repeat. The bakery will always be his number one priority as he doesn’t want to fail. Ethan is a little bit of a control freak and has issues with abandonment and attachment so doesn’t really get close to anyone.

When they meet for the first time, we can definitely see the attraction between them. There’s is a lot of going back and forward of one person then the other making an embarrassing mistake when they are really just trying to impress and then when they do get together there’s doubt from both sides as this is all new territory.

I really liked the plot of this story and also Denver and Ethan as characters. Their friendship/relationship got off to a bumpy start, but I think it added to the enjoyment of seeing how they progressed. There were parts of the story that made me laugh out loud, and there were parts that made me a little bit sad. The first time we see them take the next step and sleep together is pretty much mind-blowingly erotic. Ethan’s controlling dominant side really comes out to play here, and I was left thinking damn where has this sex god been hiding in the book so far. I loved this assertive side of his personality, and it was like we were finally seeing the real him instead of the self-doubting man who always shied away from letting people get close. We also see a different side of Denver during this scene, the normally confident and self-assured model becomes a kinky submissive, and I loved it.

Now, there are a couple of negatives. Firstly, Denver is supposed to be 30-years-old but the way he’s written makes him seem really immature, and you can’t help but think of him as being in his late teens or early twenties. I had to keep reminding myself of how old he actually was. Secondly, the way the author uses pronouns or the characters’ names along with short sentences almost feels like reading a list and does detract from the flow of the story especially in the first few chapters.

Overall I did enjoy this book, it took a little while to get going, but once it did, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. This is the first book I have read in this series and also by this author, but I would go back and read the rest as I would like to know the other family member’s stories.

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

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