Release Day Review ~ String Boys by Amy Lane (Giveaway)

Title: String Boys
Author: Amy Lane
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Category: Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 341

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Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.

Kelly Cruz has loved Seth forever, but he knows Seth’s talents shouldn’t be hidden, not when the world is waiting. Encouraging Seth to follow his music might break Kelly’s heart, but he is determined to see the violin set Seth’s soul free. When their world is devastated by a violent sexual assault and Matty’s prejudices turn him from a brother to an enemy, Seth and Kelly’s future becomes uncertain.

Seth can’t come home and Kelly can’t leave, but they are held together by a love that they clutch with both hands.

Seth and Kelly are young and the world is wide—the only thing they know for certain is they’ll follow their heartstrings to each other’s arms whenever time and fate allow. And pray that one day they can follow that string to forever… before it slices their hearts in two.

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Release Day Review ~ Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy (Excerpt)

Bestselling authors Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy return with their first Male / Male romance in 3 years.

LobsterShorts, 21

Jock. Secretly a science geek. Hot AF.

LobsterShorts: So. Here goes. For her birthday, my girlfriend wants…a threesome.

SinnerThree: Then you’ve come to the right hookup app.

LobsterShorts: Have you done this sort of thing before? With another guy?

SinnerThree: All the time. I’m an equal opportunity player. You?

LobsterShorts: [crickets!]

SinnerThree, 21

Finance major. Secretly a male dancer. Hot AF. 

SinnerThree: Well, I’m down if you are. My life is kind of a mess right now. School, work, family stress. Oh, and I live next door to the most annoying dude in the world. I need the distraction. Are you sure you want this?

LobsterShorts: I might want it a little more than I’m willing to admit.

SinnerThree: Hey, nothing wrong with pushing your boundaries…

LobsterShorts: Tell that to my control-freak father. Anyway. What if this threesome is awkward?

SinnerThree: Then it’s awkward. It’s not like we’ll ever have to see each other again. Right? Just promise you won’t fall in love with me.

LobsterShorts: Now wouldn’t that be life-changing…



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Release Day Review ~ The Mage on the Hill by Angel Martinez (Giveaway)

Title: The Mage on the Hill
Series: The Web of Arcana: Book One
Author: Angel Martinez
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Category: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 194




A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.

Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.

The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.

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Release Day Review ~ Fire and Obsidian (Series: Carlisle Deputies Book #4) by Andrew Grey

Title: Fire and Obsidian
Series: Carlisle Deputies: Book 4
Author: Andrew Grey
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 193



Can a couple be more opposite than a thief and a cop? Or do they have more in common than they think?

Mattias stole to survive. He was damn good at it. But there’s no such thing as a victimless crime, and when he saw how his theft hurt people, he resolved to change. Now he works as a consultant, and while helping to investigate a rash of burglaries, he crosses paths with James.

Police Officer James Levinson doesn’t trust thieves, and that includes Mattias. James’s father stole to support himself, and James knows firsthand how that can destroy lives—it inspired him to go into law enforcement. Mattias is no different, from what he can tell… at first.

As they work together, Mattias and James realize there’s something deeper between them than just the physical attraction neither can deny. Given time, they might even grow to trust each other—unless the case they’re working on dredges up pasts both would rather forget.

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Blog Tour ~ Murder Most Lovely by Hank Edwards and Deanna Wadsworth (Guest Post+Review+Giveaway)

Hi there, we’re Hank Edwards and Deanna Wadsworth, and we’ve written a book together! If you like romantic comedies with a heavy dose of sarcasm and swearing, all wrapped around a murder mystery with more than a few twists and turns, we think you’ll really like our book, Murder Most Lovely – Lacetown Mysteries Case One. The book is available right now for pre-order in e-book and paperback on Dreamspinner Press’s site as well as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

We’ve been friends for several years, and have both written gay romance in a variety of genres, including contemporary, paranormal, and romantic comedies. One cold night back in early February, 2018, Deanna had a few drinks and ended up sending Hank a Facebook message that read: “Full disclosure: I’m drinking tonight lol… but I think we should write a book together. #Justsayin.”

Some more back and forth followed, and soon we were working through the plot on Google Docs. The end result was the first book in a planned trilogy about a sassy and sexy hair stylist, Jasper “Jazz” Dilworth, who meets the reserved and very dirty-minded Michael Fleishman, the only mortician in small lakeside Lacetown, Michigan, and the county coroner as well. The first book, Murder Most Lovely, details how Jazz and Michael meet, go on ill-fated dates, and end up embroiled in a grisly murder mystery.

Once we had the plot sort of hashed out, we needed a locale. We’re both mid-westerners, so we decided to place our fictional small town of Lacetown in western Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan. After some discussion about where the funeral home was located in comparison to the police station and the hair salon, we each did hand-drawn maps of the town layout and then took pictures of them and shared them in Google Docs. Old school meets new school.

While we had our heroes and our victim, we needed a foil. Not really a murderer, but someone to clash with our heroes as they worked to solve the case. And so the town sheriff, Hilton Musgrave, was born, and he quickly took on a life of his own. We decided that he and Michael went to high school together where Hilton played football and sometimes picked on Michael. Now that they’re older, it’s difficult for Hilton to break out of old habits, and he tends to pick on Michael and Jazz throughout the investigation. One of Hilton’s most used phrases in the book is “Don’t leave town,” and Jazz starts to say it before the sheriff can, which earns him more than a few dirty looks and surly remarks.

With all of that figured out, we knew something else was missing. Both of us are animal lovers, and we realized one of them needed a pet. The most logical choice was Michael since he owned a home and worked at the funeral parlor right next door. We agreed he was more of a cat person than a dog person, and the amazing Mr. Pickles Furryton the Third came to be. Mr. Pickles is a fat black and white cat who Michael carries back and forth between his house and the funeral home. Mr. Pickles has the run of the funeral home (not the basement, however, where the embalming takes place), and sometimes acts as a therapy cat for people who are grieving.

Mr. Pickles had a lot of personality, and soon we realized he needed to play a larger part in the story. At one point, Mr. Pickles is cat-napped and held for ransom, a twist that leaves Michael in deep anguish. But then he and Jazz work with the sheriff and his deputies to get Mr. Pickles back, during which time the sheriff grumbles about doing all of this for a mangy cat, to which Michael states with more than a little edge that his cat does not have mange!

The steel in Michael’s voice really turns Jazz on. Seeing as how this is an erotic romance, when Jazz and Michael finally manage to find time and opportunity to be alone together, they are happy to discover they are more than a good match. The sex is romantic and steamy, and the two are quickly smitten with each other. To be honest, Deanna and Hank are more than a bit smitten as well.

But, back to the mystery! With each clue they uncover, Jazz and Michael are pulled deeper into the mystery until they suddenly find themselves in way over their heads. Luckily, we have ideas for at least two more mysteries for them to solve, so they live to see their HEA, but it is well-earned.

Speaking of other books planned, we recently submitted the second book in the series to Dreamspinner Press for consideration. This book is titled Murder Most Deserving – Lacetown Mysteries Case Two, and finds Jazz and Michael working with Sheriff Musgrave to solve murders that hit a bit too close to home for their comfort. Stay tuned for details on that book, but for now, grab your copy of Murder Most Lovely – Lacetown Murder Mysteries Case One in e-book or paperback. Continue reading “Blog Tour ~ Murder Most Lovely by Hank Edwards and Deanna Wadsworth (Guest Post+Review+Giveaway)”

Blog Tour: The Doctor’s Secret (Copper Point: Medical Series #1) by Heidi Cullinan (Review+Guest Post+Giveaway)

Title: The Doctor’s Secret
Series: Copper Point Medical: Book 1
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Release Date: April 23, 2019
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 250

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The brilliant but brooding new doctor encounters Copper Point’s sunny nurse-next-door… and nothing can stand in the way of this romance.

Dr. Hong-Wei Wu has come to Copper Point, Wisconsin, after the pressures of a high-powered residency burned him out of his career before he started. Ashamed of letting his family down after all they’ve done for him, he plans to live a quiet life as a simple surgeon in this tiny northern town. His plans, however, don’t include his outgoing, kind, and attractive surgical nurse, Simon Lane.

Simon wasn’t ready for the new surgeon to be a handsome charmer who keeps asking him for help getting settled and who woos him with amazing Taiwanese dishes. There’s no question—Dr. Wu is flirting with him, and Simon is flirting back. The problem is, St. Ann’s has a strict no-dating policy between staff, which means their romance is off the table… unless they bend the rules.

But a romance that keeps them—literally—in the closet can’t lead to happy ever after. Simon doesn’t want to stay a secret, and Hong-Wei doesn’t want to keep himself removed from life, not anymore. To secure their happiness, they’ll have to change the administration’s mind. But what other secrets will they uncover along the way, about Copper Point… and about each other?

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Release Blitz ~ Crossing the Touchline (An Aukland Med Story) by Jay Hogan (Review+Giveaway)


Cover Design: Kanaxa

Length: 119,000 words approx.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


An Auckland Med. Story

What if you’ve worked your whole life for a dream, to play rugby for the most successful sports team on the planet, the New Zealand All Blacks?

What if that dream is so close you can smell it?

What if you meet someone?

What if you fall in love?

What if your dream will cost the man who’s stolen your heart?

And what if the dream changes?

Reuben Taylor has a choice to make.

Cameron Wano is that choice.

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Release Day Review ~ Forget I Told You by Tanya Chris (Excerpt)

Forget I Told You

by Tanya Chris
Published by Tanya Chris Publishing (self-published)

M/M amnesia thriller, 67K words

Available 4/18/19 from Amazon in digital format only. Eligible for Kindle Unlimited.

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Jay has a nice wife and a nice life with a nice house and a nice job in the very nice city of Seattle. Except he’s beginning to suspect that none of that is true. If he has a wife, why can’t he remember marrying her? And why does trying to remember make his head hurt?

Deron knows he shouldn’t be in Seattle. Giving into his need to check on the man who once belonged to him could put a complicated cross-agency investigation at risk. All he wants is one little peek. He didn’t expect Jay to recognize him or for the two of them to get shot at on the streets of Seattle.

Jay’s suffering from a case of amnesia only he can cure and is at the heart of a mystery only he can solve. Too bad he doesn’t know any of that. But there’s one thing he does know: Deron. His memory may have been removed, but his soul will never forget its mate.

Can he remember everything else in time to save both their lives and possibly an entire country?

Content warning: mention of suicide, gun violence

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Blog Tour ~ Galen’s Redemption (Links in the Chain #2) by Parker Williams (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Book Title: Galen’s Redemption (Links in the Chain #2)

Author: Parker Williams

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Genre/s: Contemporary MM Romance

Trope/s: Hurt/comfort, learning to love

Themes: Forgiveness for oneself and for others

Heat Rating: 3 flames

Length: 92 660 words

Release Date: April 16, 2019

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A Links in the Chain Story

A rich man is about to set foot into an unknown world, while a Good Samaritan fears he’ll have to close the charity he’s spent his life building. Poised to lose it all, they might find what they need most in each other.

Son of a wealthy importer, Galen Merriweather lives to broker deals, and he’s damn good at it. But it’s getting harder to ignore the kind of man his father is—a man who would pay Galen’s brother’s lover to leave… a man who’d demand Galen retrieve a quarter-million-dollar check from a struggling homeless shelter.

Robert Kotke knows the money is too good to be true, but it’s a godsend that could help so many people. Still, he hands it over when Galen shows up. But he isn’t done with Galen yet, and he’s going to challenge everything Galen ever believed.

Galen will face an impossible decision: the redemption he’s come to realize he wants, or the life he’d always dreamed of.

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Release Day Review ~ Under His Protection by LaQuette (Giveaway)

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Title: Under His Protection
Author: LaQuette
Release Date: April 16, 2019
Category: Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires
Pages: 250

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They can escape their enemies, but not the desire between them.

Prosecutor Camden Warren is on the fast track to professional nirvana. With his charm, his sharp legal mind, and his father as chief judge in the highest court in NY, he can’t fail. Nothing can derail his rise to the top… until an attempt on his life forces him to accept the help of a man he walked out on five years ago.

Wounded in the line of duty, Lieutenant Elijah Stephenson wants to ride his new desk job until retirement—not take a glorified babysitting gig with more risk than it’s worth… especially not protecting the entitled lawyer who disappeared after the best sex of their lives.

The threat against Camden’s life is real, but their passion for each other might prove the greatest danger they’ve yet to face.

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Release Day Review ~ Where There’s a Will Deanes (Get Out #4) by Sean Kennedy

Title: Where There’s a Will Deanes
Series: Get Out: Book 4
Author: Sean Kennedy
Release Date: April 16, 2019
Category: Contemporary, Teen Fiction, Gay
Pages: 196



Micah Johnson is coming back to Melbourne, and the story of him and his friends is coming to an end.

Or will it be a new beginning?

Will Deanes and Micah Johnson have a past, one that ranges from bitter enemies to best friends. There might be an undercurrent of something else, but Micah remains oblivious, and all Will can do is try to move on.

Except now Micah’s returning to Melbourne full-time, and that means they can’t avoid each other or the tensions that arise. Will is still dealing with an injury that ended his football career, while Micah’s continues to thrive. As they face highs, lows, and family tragedies, they’ll have to get to know each other all over again. Will Micah see that Will means much more to him than a friend?

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