Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: Branded by Bru Baker

Branded
Title: Branded by Bru Baker
Series: Mended 2014 Daily Dose Anthology
Genre: M/M Romance, Historical
Published June 1st 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 36 pages

Rating: 2 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

When a would-be assassin sneaks into the citadel disguised as a servant, the king requires that all servants who work in the castle be branded with the royal crest for easy identification. Prince Coren is powerless to fight the edict, but he refuses to allow his personal advisor and secret lover Brannir to suffer alone. Coren shows his devotion by wielding the brand to mark Brannir himself, even though he fears it will change their relationship. He's prepared for resentment, hurt, and anger--every outcome but the one he receives: unconditional love.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5125
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Review:  

Since an assassin sneaked into the castle by disguising as a servant, all servants must be branded for identification. Bran will be forced to leave the castle if he isn't branded. Coren hates to mark his lover but he also can't disobey his father and out himself to the public, after all, he's the crown prince.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Review: The Byte of Betrayal by Ashavan Doyon

The Byte of Betrayal Title: The Byte of Betrayal by Ashavan Doyon
Series: Mended 2014 Daily Dose Anthology
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published June 1st 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 73 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Caleb McDonnell lives his life online. A thirty-year-old fast food worker, he spends his time talking in an Internet world where his job and living conditions can't dictate his friendships. He's found acceptance, friendship, and even romance. But when an online friend is revealed as a fake, Caleb loses all sense of trust. To stave off the emotional collapse of his betrayal, Caleb leaves his online life behind and retreats into the monotony of his job.

Nicodemus Rokos feels like his heart has been torn out. He knew Caleb would be hurt, but he'd hoped not to be shut out of his boyfriend's life. He can only hope Caleb still feels something when he shows up in person to reclaim what he's lost.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5126
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Review:  

3.5 Stars rounded to 3

Caleb has a crush on Nic but he doesn't have the courage to tell him so he tells his online best friend, Kevin. He also can't afford a trip to visit Nic since he's so poor, he's eating Ramen noodles and stale bread. He's living his life online and having online friends. A thousand miles away, Nic wants to be Caleb's boyfriend and discovers Kevin is a fake. Nic tells Caleb the truth but he can't accept it.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Unexpected by E.T. Malinowski

Unexpected
Title: Unexpected by E.T. Malinowski
Series: Mended 2014 Daily Dose Anthology
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
Published June 1st 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 26 pages

Rating: 1 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Unseelie are vicious, heartless, and cruel, or so Merin believes. Then Tarel, an Unseelie warrior, comes to his rescue, and turns his view of the world upside down.

To escape the effects of his curse, Tarel exiled himself to the forest. He has enough issues with his own people, but he never thought he’d share his bed with a Seelie either, even if only by medical necessity. If Merin and Tarel can overcome their prejudices, they might see what a gift fate has given them.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5140
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Review:

Marin is chased into Tarel's woods by a pack of goblins. Just before the goblins kill him, Tarel saves Marin and obliterates the pack of goblins. Marin is a Seelie Sidhe and Tarel is Unseelie. They are sworn enemies but are instantly attracted to each other. Tarel feels compelled to heal Marin and takes him home.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ARC Review and Interview: Business or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd

Today I'm hosting Ashley Ladd on the blog for an interview and to talk about Business or Pleasure. Check it out at the end of the post!


Business or Pleasure
Title: Business or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Expected publication: August 22nd 2014 by Totally Bound
Length: 121 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy provided by author

Blurb:
Tommy Boudreaux is extremely attracted to Guy Rogers even though he’s a passionate vegetarian and animal rights activist and Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue joint in town.

Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Boudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he’s ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. He could never be with a carnivore. Unfortunately, Tommy isn’t really a vegetarian or an animal activist. He never said he was, either, he just didn’t eat meat when he was with Guy. And maybe he emptied his house of all meat and dairy products before inviting Guy over. In fact, Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and, if his family has their way, he’ll manage the new location.

When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that’s a monument to eating meat, he’s livid and doesn’t know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.

But then Guy’s life gets crazy—his dad’s paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he’s been too militant and narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/business-or-pleasure
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Review: 
2.5 stars rounded up

Guy is an animal rights activist with an extreme pro-animal rights attitude and cannot tolerate eating meat at all. He wants to move out of his dad's place and meets real estate agent, Tom. They are attracted to each other, but Tom isn't a vegetarian and his family runs a barbecue restaurant that Guy would be totally against. Tom tries to hide those facts from Guy but when Guy finds out, he feels betrayed. Guy's dad is also causing trouble for him. Guy has too much going on in his life to try to make a relationship with Tom work out. Trouble escalates when Guy decides to picket Tom's family barbecue restaurant.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Guest Post, Review, Giveaway: Designs on You by Carrie Pack

Today we have Carrie Pack on the blog to talk about Designs on You and its inspiration. Check out the giveaway at the end of the post!



Designs on You was largely inspired by my experience working as a production artist and graphic designer right out of college. I worked for a national retailer creating print ads, designing signage, and scanning photos. That was in the dark days before digital, folks—we didn’t even have email for the first six months that I worked there.


It was interesting work, but it could also be tedious. Some days I would be doing nothing but scanning photos all day or stuffing signs into mailboxes to go to stores. Other days, I might get to work on a catalogue or poster for the stores. And sometimes I would get crazy requests for retouching that meant zooming in on model’s crotches or putting one man’s head on another man’s body.


When I got the idea for a story about a graphic designer falling for a model, I really started to think about what it would be like for someone to be stuck in a rut professionally, doing a job very similar to mine, while also being stuck in a rut romantically. How would that play out? Who would that person be?


Enter my protagonist, Scott Parker. He’s just about to turn 30, still recovering from a nasty breakup and trying to get his career going. That’s when he gets asked to retouch photos of a gorgeous new model Jamie Donovan and the sparks fly.


Of course, the crush that Scott develops on Jamie is also a bit of commentary on our society’s obsession with celebrity and image. It has become very easy, especially with social media, to think we know a celebrity personally. We may even go so far as to create an idea in our heads as to who that person is and start to fantasize about meeting them or being in a romantic relationship with them. Scott falls into that trap. He creates a fantasy version of Jamie in his head that doesn’t quite fit with what he sees in real life.

Ultimately, Scott is faced with his own conflicting desires and what it means to balance fantasy with a budding, real-life friendship.


Giveaway: Carrie will be awarding a $25 Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Barnes and Noble GC and a print edition of Designs on You (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn host. A free download of an Interlude Press eBook title or an author/book swag pack (US ONLY) will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter at each stop during the tour.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Guest Post and Giveaway: Pivot and Slip by Lilah Suzanne

Today we have Lilah Suzanne on the blog to talk about Pivot and Slip and its cover art. Check out the giveaway at the end of the post!




I remember being so nervous about the conference call we had for the book cover, and that afterwards I immediately felt like I hadn’t contributed anything helpful at all! As much as I wish that I had visual art skills, I just really don’t. So I didn’t have a particular image in mind at all.


I can describe things, sure, I do plenty of that. But an actual visual? Not really. So I have to give all the credit for the cover to Interlude Press’ art director, RJ Shepherd and the cover artist, CB Messer. I don’t know how they did it, but it’s as if they reached into my brain and took out an image I didn’t even know was there!


That cover is Felix. It captures him so well. It captures the essence of his story and the overall feel of the book perfectly. The first time I saw it, I was stunned beyond belief. You can see him there—that moment of feeling broken, of “Now what?” There’s a sense of this man who is trying to put the pieces back together and doesn’t know it yet, but soon will meet the person who helps him.

It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I am so lucky to have this cover on my debut book.


Giveaway: Lilah will be awarding a $25 Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Barnes and Noble GC and a print edition of Pivot and Slip (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn host. A free download of an Interlude Press eBook title or an author/book swag pack (US ONLY) will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter at each stop during the tour.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Giveaway Tour: A Bite in Time by Viki Lyn & Vina Grey


Giveaway: Viki & Vina will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.
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