New Release Review ~ Team Orders (Lights Out Series) by RJ Scott

Team Orders – RJ Scott

When tragedy strikes and team orders are called for, will Archie and Noah’s love survive the fallout?
Noah is devastated when his best friend is badly hurt in a fiery crash, and shocked when the team’s rookie steps up to take Augusto’s place. Not only is Archie inexperienced on the track, but he’s a threat to Noah’s heart when giving in to lust and passion could only end badly. Caught in the chaos of Formula 1, and despite being terrified of losing everything, Noah falls for Archie one passionate but secret moment at a time.
In his rookie F1 season as Deacon-Graaf’s reserve driver, Archie is called up to cover for an injured driver. He’s determined to earn a permanent place in a team, but for now he’s thrilled that he’s driving alongside his idol, Noah. Falling for his teammate is as simple as breathing, but their romance threatens to expose them to a media frenzy, leaving Archie facing a stark choice — love or career.
This M/M romance from RJ Scott features teammates, a secret affair, hurt/comfort, and is set in the high octane world of Formula 1 featuring fast cars, driving at the limit, spectacular crashes, heated rivalries, and of course, a HEA.
Each book in the Lights Out collection is a standalone story, and the books can be read in any order.

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New Release Review ~ The Brigand’s Wife by Samantha Cayto

The Brigand’s Bride

By Samantha Cayto

Book 6 in the Treaty Brides series

Being a bride is a state of mind, not of body.

Evander hit the road to seek adventure after a conventional and boring upbringing. He wanted no ties and the liberty to wander wherever his fancy took him. The misery he found among people too powerless to defend themselves, however, has led him to create a band of brigands. They waylay rich travelers, taking their money to help the poor who are being robbed through taxation by their baron. With the situation growing more desperate, he reluctantly decides to kidnap someone from a rich family and hold them ransom. Luck is with him when the baron’s younger son comes his way. Destiny delivers a stunning blow when he finds the boy beguiling and irresistible.

Rory has cultivated a reputation as a spoiled brat. Deep in his heart, nothing could be farther from the truth. His father’s cruelty caused him to erect emotional barriers and pretend he cares for nothing and no one. When he falls into the hands of a brigand, he puts his studied arrogance on display. His act becomes harder to maintain under the watchful and captivating eye of his captor and his growing understanding of how great his father’s viciousness truly is.

Evander and Rory are two men with a similar enemy. Together they can give their people a brighter future—if they can learn to trust each other.

General Release Date: 23rd May 2023

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New Release Reviews ~ Teacher of the Year by M.A. Wardell (Excerpt + Giveaway)

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Teacher of the Year
By M.A. Wardell

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Love: Not as easy as ABC.

They were supposed to keep things casual. Who’d expect they’d be schooled in love?

Those who can, teach. Marvin Block is one of the best kindergarten teachers out there. And despite his anxiety, Marvin’s life is sweet. He knows what he wants. And what he wants is the Teacher of the Year Award. Not just for himself – his school needs him to win.

Returning from break, the New Year finds Marvin all set to welcome a new pupil to his class. But when Illona walks in with her cute-as-hell single dad beside her, Marvin’s focus starts to slide.

Sure, his students always come first, but he deserves to have a life outside the classroom, too, right?

As their friendship starts to deepen, Marvin realizes Olan has the potential to teach him things about love he never thought possible. But with the Teacher of the Year award and his school’s future on the line, now’s not the time for anything complicated.

Education has always been Marvin’s world. And he needs to keep a cool head if he wants to win the award and save his school. But will it be worth it if he loses Olan in the process?

With Olan’s past and Marvin’s present colliding, their experiment in love hangs in the balance. Marvin knows what he wants out of life. But now he’s forced to consider what he wants out of love.

Will Marvin chalk the relationship up to experience? Or can they revise their story into a textbook romance?

Teacher of the Year is a steamy open door friends-to-lovers gay romance novel that explores the balance between friends, family, career, and relationships while overcoming trauma and dealing with anxiety.

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Book Reviews ~ How to Love Thine Enemy by Eli Easton (Excerpt)

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How to Love Thine Enemy
By Eli Easton


Can a forbidden love heal the rift between two enemy tribes?

Legend says that, centuries ago, the sled dogs and the Inuit were so deeply bonded that the dogs rose up on two legs and became men. The Qimmig and the People lived together happily until one of the Inuit betrayed the dog-men. The Qimmig fled, vowing never to return.

Taq figured that was just another story elders told around the campfire. But when he witnesses two guys survive a polar bear attack by shifting into dogs, he has to rethink everything. Could the Qimmig really exist? And could they have anything to do with the special, golden-eyed boy he’d played with as a child?

Cupun has missed his old friend, Taq. But it is forbidden for the Qimmig to have anything to do with one-skinned Inupiat. When a series of events brings Taq back into his life, the feelings of protectiveness and joy awakened in his dog’s heart tell him that Taq is his soul’s mate.

But neither the Qimmig nor the Inuit are prepared to accept this bond. Are the boys fated for tragedy? Or will their love find a way?

How to Love Thine Enemy is a star-crossed lovers/Romeo and Juliet trope set in Alaska. Friends-to-lovers, doggie shifters, and destined romance with a little wilderness adventure.

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New Release Review ~ Merlot Rebellion by Leigh Jarrett

Merlot Rebellion by Leigh Jarrett



Devastated when things don’t work out, Patrick refuses to even consider risking his heart again. As soon as he proclaims his love, everything always falls apart.

One afternoon while heading a wine tour, Patrick recoils when he encounters a man he’s been told is a monster by his latest ex-boyfriend.

Heartbroken, Charles is convinced his last breakup was his fault. His seductive looks are the only reason anyone ever picks him up. He has no other worth. His latest partner of seven years told him as much. He was cheated on, abandoned for another—replaced by a blond boy toy.

Then the vapid adulterer has the gall to walk into his winery.


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New Release Review ~ Romance Languages by A.J. Truman

Can my straight friend help me cash in my v-card by my birthday?

In one month, I turn thirty-five with my virginity still intact. Is there anything more embarrassing than knowing most of my French students have gotten more action than me? Je suis triste

When I accidentally reveal this secret to my close friend and co-worker Seamus, South Rock’s baseball coach, he offers to help me round the bases.

It has to be a joke, because Seamus is one million percent straight.

There’s no way he’d want to fool around with a chubby language nerd like me, even though I’ve harbored a secret crush on him since the day he first walked into the teachers lounge.

But then I realize he’s not joking.

I’m either entering thirty-five with a bang…or a friendship going up in flames.

Romance Languages is a virgin, nerd/jock, friends to lovers romance filled with humor and heart. Julian and Seamus will put the A-plus in HEA, and like all good students, there’s no cheating. It’s the third book in the South Rock High series, which revolves around a found family of nerdy gay high school teachers, but can be read as a standalone.


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New Release Review ~ The Secret Bride by Samantha Cayto

Being a bride is a state of mind, not of body.

Lord Cariad’s exciting journey as a cartographer working in the territory of the deadly Swarm turns to terror when his ship is boarded and he is captured. To disguise his identity, he pretends to be the captain’s bed-warmer. That plan backfires when a leader of the boarding party takes him as his own.

Balthazar pretends to live up to his reputation as the vicious son of the Swarm’s leader. All the while, he is planning on deposing his mother and changing the course of his people’s lives. He wants peaceful trading. When a pretty boy puts his plans to the test, he knows he must protect him.

Cariad and Balthazar overcome their mutual suspicions and find a growing love in each other’s arms. But politics and evil are stalking them. They need to trust one another out of bed if they are both to survive.

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, torture, an instance of public sex and mentions of childhood abuse.

General Release Date: 25th April 2023


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New Release Review ~ Ben: MMM Paranormal Shifter Romance (Assassin’s To Order Book 2) by JP Sayle & Lisa Oliver

Has Fate taken science and shown it who’s boss, when everything about Nico and Teilo is not what it seems?

Ben was happy looking out for the wider shifter population in his role as acting council lead. Then one particularly complex case involving the assassin program unfolds, making him question what he’s doing. When Ben comes across a photo, it sends him on a race home to Paraguay to fight for the shifter’s ultimate gift—his mates.

When the scientists leave Teilo and the others to rot in their cages—disappearing without a word—Teilo is ready to give up. Every waking minute of his life he dreams of freedom, a life he wants to share with Nico. Teilo doesn’t understand their connection, he just knows he can trust it soul deep.

Nico knows nothing else but life in a cage and his skills to bestow death on those the Devil wants dead. The only person who keeps him from going feral is his cage brother, Teilo. The man scientists use to get Nico to comply with their demands. Kept in their animal forms, with no food or water, they both know the end is coming for them.

That is, until a strange cat visits their basement…

Finding each other is just the beginning. Teilo and Nico have to heal, and Ben has a responsibility to the council. Can the three men untangle the binds that hold them and find the answers before someone else has to suffer the same fate?

Ben is a gritty MMM Paranormal Romance story. The book includes scenes of graphic violence and intimacies between three men (none of which are blood related). We intend it for adults only—please store your e-content responsibly and enjoy.


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New Release Reviews ~ Love Song by Christina Lee

🎵♥️LOVE SONG by Christina Lee🎵♥️

🎵Release Date: April 20th

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Thirtysomething bandmates, Nolan Metcalf and Ellis Bloom, have been there for each other through thick and thin. So when a life-changing event sends Ellis to the safety of Nolan’s apartment, he’s grateful for the comfort his best friend provides. They’ve never done anything resembling cuddling and sleepovers before, but Ellis finds he needs it just the same.

Soul-deep conversations and tender moments transform into a passion that shocks them both. Since neither has ever entertained the idea of being with another man, they attribute their confusing feelings to their established nightly routine. Determined to spend time apart, they resume their solo lives. But the desperate, achy neediness only returns, and soon enough they’re back in each other’s arms—and beds.

Before they have time to work through it, the real world intrudes. Admitting their secret status would change not only the chemistry of their band but the trajectory of their lives. Plus, their newfound feelings seem as fragile as the beginning notes of a new melody. They’ll need to rely on the solid foundation of their friendship, and even then, it could all fall apart. Will they become a one-hit wonder or a love song that endures the test of time?

*TW: Discussions of past child abuse and a home invasion involving weapons

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♥️bandmates ♥️hurt-comfort

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New Release Review ~ Defying Logic (Valor and Doyle #5) by Nicky James

Two months ago, a catastrophic incident on the job forever changed Aslan’s life. It left him shaken and scarred, unsure if and when he would be able to return to work. Fighting to stay sober and battling his mental health, Aslan finds other crutches to help him cope.

Work and a challenging new partner have kept Quaid busy, but he spends every free minute nurturing Aslan’s wounded soul, ensuring his live-in boyfriend knows he is loved and cherished and not alone.

When Quaid gets entangled in a strange missing persons case, Aslan finds himself craving the job he’s abandoned. He wants to be part of the action.

To do so, Aslan needs to overcome significant personal barriers, and Quaid is willing to help in any way he can.

Their bond has grown exponentially, but what does the future have in store?


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New Release Review ~ Something Unexpected: An MMM Small Town Romance (Split Rock Ranch Book 2) by Rory Maxwell

Tropes: MMM, small town, horse ranch, new-friends to lovers, found family, high-heat
DOMINIC LAUDER never thought he’d return to Split Rock Ranch. But after twenty years, he finds himself knocking on his aunt’s door. He just wishes he was there with better news. Nick is used to making difficult calls in the name of family…except those family obligations weren’t supposed to come up against a smoking hot ranch manager, his enticing young husband, and the undeniable attraction that crackles between the three of them. Now Nick has to decide what’s more important: his responsibilities or his heart.MICAH AVERY has always followed his heart and it’s gotten him everything he’s ever dreamed of. He’s married to his first love, his horse-training business is taking off, and life at the ranch couldn’t be better. But his perfect world is turned upside down with the arrival of Nick Lauder. Micah never expected his heart to lead him in this direction, but it hasn’t steered him wrong yet.

RYAN AVERY is still amazed by the happiness he’s found with Micah. But one thing he’s learned from his husband of three years, is that anything is possible. When Nick’s arrival opens up the opportunity for some no-strings-attached fun, Ryan is on board. Then the three of them click in ways that Ryan couldn’t have anticipated, and he starts to see possibilities he’d never dreamed of. Possibilities that just need to survive Nick’s real reason for being there.

Something Unexpected is an 80k, high-heat, MMM romance with a happily established couple finding their third, absolutely no cheating, and a guaranteed HEA. It’s the second book in the Split Rock Ranch series and is best enjoyed after book one.

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New Release Review ~ Cufflinks and Claws (Billion Dollar Wolf) by Megan Slayer

Book one in the Billion Dollar Wolf series

He’s got a billion dollars, but he wants priceless love to last a lifetime. It’s not impossible to have love and money, right?

Dixon Meade made his fortune buying and selling property to create a haven for his pack. He doesn’t let many in on his secret. He’d give his riches to have the one man who makes him whole, but that man has no idea Dixon isn’t just another brilliant businessman—he’s a wolf shifter. He’s also got less than forty-eight hours to claim his mate and accept his role as the alpha of his pack. The question is, will Sidney accept the various sides of Dixon?

Sidney Ayers has worked alongside Dixon Meade for the last ten years. He’s been secretly in love with him since he hired on at the brokerage firm. All he wants is to be with Dixon. When Dixon proposes marriage, Sidney can’t turn him down. There’s just the tiny matter of Dixon being a wolf.

What’s a guy to do when the man of his dreams sprouts fur and has fangs? Run the other way…or accept a forever love?

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of violence.


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New Release Review ~ The Cowboy and the Rascal by Jackie North

First, you have to trust. Then comes trust in return. Then comes love.

Gabe’s working hard to save up to buy his own cattle ranch. That dream is years in the future, but he’s a patient man.

For now, he’ll be the first team lead in the valley’s ex-con rehab project. The idea is, put a parolee to work for a summer and he’ll have a leg up on the rest of his life.

Blaze, who’s just been released from prison after serving two years for a crime he did not commit, is among the first group of parolees to enter the program.

Nobody believes he’s innocent, including Gabe.

After all, all ex-cons are just liars, right?

A gay m/m cowboy romance with age gap, hurt/comfort, opposites attract, forced intimacy, emotional scars, lumberjack stuff, fish out of water, trust issues. A little sweet, a little steamy, with a guaranteed HEA.


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New Release Review ~ The Rancher’s First Love by Dee Adams

The Rancher’s First Love
By Dee Adams

Book 1 in the Westland Men series

Finding love was the last thing he’d expected when he moved back home.

After Robby learns that his father’s had a stroke, he packs his things and moves back to the town and ranch where he grew up. Being there means that he has to hide his sexuality. Even so, Robby is happy to be back. But he doesn’t have time to enjoy being at home before Joon, his brother’s best friend from university, steps into his life. Joon is the most confusing and captivating man Robby has ever met.

Beautiful beyond words and with a quirky and eccentric personality, Joon attracts Robby as no one else has before. Robby repeatedly succumbs to his desires, but every time his fears get the best of him and he ends up hurting Joon. When he realizes he has fallen for Joon, he fears it’s too late and that he’s already lost him.

Then, when things finally look good in their relationship, someone steps in and threatens their happiness. Almost losing Joon forever makes Robby realize he’s let his fears keep him away from his family, instead of trusting their love for him.

Reader advisory: This book contains instances of homophobia and internalized homophobia, gun violence, and chronic illness.

General Release Date: 28th March 2023

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New Release Review ~ All I Want by Abrianna Denae


🗡All I Want by Abrianna Denae 

🗡Series: All’s Fair, book 1


🗡Release Date: March 16, 2023

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When Carter Russo accepted a position in the Amato Organization, he never expected to get close to the man at the top—let alone end up in his bed. 

Cristian Amato is cunning and ruthless, he rules the Family with an iron fist. He never expected to find someone who could be his equal in all things. Yet Carter is one of the few able to see the man beneath the title of Boss. 

What should be the best day of their lives is shattered by a betrayal that’s closer than anyone could have predicted.

As secrets are revealed and cracks form in the foundation of their lives, Carter and Cristian must put duty above their hearts. Is their love strong enough to survive, or will it prove to be nothing but lies…


*All I Want is the first book in the All’s Fair series. This is a dark mafia romance book with violence and intense sexual situations. Please see the TW page for details.* 

All I Want was previously published in the O Deadly Night Anthology. It has been significantly expanded. 


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