Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Blog Tour: After Alex Died by Dakota Madison


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Dakota Madison
New Adult Romance
Date Published: 11/28/2013

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"Don't be someone who defines her life by someone else's death."

Dee Dee DeMarco's brother, Alex, was funny, free-spirited and creative. He was also gay. Tormented by bullies, Alex killed himself on his 15th birthday. 

Two years later, and now in college, Dee Dee believes getting a summer job working with a college-prep program for disadvantaged high school students is a stroke of luck, until she discovers that the guy assigned to co-lead her group is Cameron Connelly, a star basketball player and one of the bullies who tormented her brother to death. How can Dee Dee possibly spend the entire summer working so closely with one of the boys she blames for her brother's death?


EXCERPT
I could feel my heartbeat quicken as I entered the auditorium. The kids were talking and messing around as they waited for the class to begin. The other counselors, with the exception of Cameron, were also seated in the audience with the kids. Cameron was standing at the podium with Dr. Jones.

When Cameron saw me walk in, he winked at me. I didn't know whether to slap him or hug him. Therein was the problem. 

Dr. Jones waved her arms to get everyone's attention. "Quiet everyone. We have a special presentation today. Cameron is going to talk to you about bullying and how it impacted his life."

"Who would bully him?" one of the kids cracked and the other kids laughed.

"Enough," Dr. Jones reprimanded. "I expect you to give Cameron your attention and utmost respect."

Cameron took the podium. "Thank you, Dr. Jones. I'm here today to talk about bullying. Not because I was bullied when I was your age but because I was a bully. And it ruined my life."

When I looked out over the sea of faces, all eyes were trained on Cameron.

"I thought I had everything. I was one of the school's first string basketball players. We were all-state champions. I already had a full basketball scholarship to Penn State. I was popular. I had tons of friends. I could get a date with any girl in the school. And I lost it all."

Dakota Madison

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: The Engineered Throne by Megan Derr

The Engineered Throne Title: The Engineered Throne by Megan Derr
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
Published November 13th 2013
Length: 346 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Lord Vellem is a man desperate for escape. His father hides from his problems in alcohol, his mother hides from her misery in drugs, and his brother fled to the relative safety of the royal palace. Vellem eventually found solace in the Royal Army Corp of Engineers, but still could not entirely escape. Then his brother provides him with an unexpected chance, and now Vellem's marriage to the young prince of a neighboring kingdom is only months away.

The marriage promises not just a fresh start in a new land, but a challenge to his famed skills in building roads and bridges. But before he can settle into his new life, tragedy strikes, and Vellem isn't certain he's up to rebuilding the ruin left in its wake.

Purchase Link: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/

Review:

This book is set in a pseudo-historical world with dragons. Two kingdoms, previously at war, are now attempting peace by marrying a prince and a hero together from the two sides. Vellem, a war hero and an excellent engineer, is marrying Perdith, the youngest prince who has no hope of ever being king due to the long line of older brothers. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes and all the royal family members died in a bombing except for Perdith. Now Perdith and Vellem have to figure out how to manage a kingdom, make their marriage work in the long run, and figure out who is responsible for the bombing.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: Wrapped Up In You by Lucy Whedon

Wrapped Up In You (Heartwarming) Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Title: Wrapped Up In You by Lucy Whedon
Series: Heartwarming
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published December 1st 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 33 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Friends of Norris Mason and Danny Falk said their relationship was guaranteed to last. But lack of communication and individual insecurities broke them apart, and their love affair ended with Danny seeking employment in Japan. Now it's two years later, Danny is back in town, Norris hasn't let go of his love for Danny, and their friends are determined to see them happy again—together. A bit of Christmas matchmaking may encourage a new start for Norris and Danny… if they're willing to take a chance.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package "Heartwarming".

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4504

Review:

This is a very nice, heart warming short story about reconciling lovers at a Christmas party with their close friends.

Norris and Danny's friends are endearing in their way of helping these two forlorn lovers reunite. They set up several chances for Norris and Danny to talk and reconcile. But Norris is too stubborn, afraid, and hurting after Danny left him. Even though Norris was the one who told Danny to get out, he didn't mean it and still regretted saying it. Now Danny is back from Japan and plans to work close to Norris, Norris doesn't know how to handle his own feelings. He rejects Danny twice and Danny is about ready to give up. Their friends, however, want to try one more time to bring them back together.

Review: Marked by Garrett Leigh

Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Marked (Roads, #1.5)
Title: Marked by Garrett Leigh
Series: Roads #1.5
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published October 14th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 20 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Missing Moment from Slide

It's been six months since Ash shuffled into Pete's life and turned his world upside down, and six months since they sat in an all-night diner plotting Ash's theoretical solution for Pete's faded, botched tattoo. Pete has just about given up hope of Ash ever fulfilling his promise when one day the end of a long shift finds Ash waiting for him.

Tonight is the night.

Ash is ready, and it seems the time has come for him to leave his mark on Pete in more ways than he ever imagined.

Free at: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4305

Review:

If you've read Slide, the first book, and liked it, you should definitely consider reading this one. This is a light read focused on a missing moment in Slide of when Ash gives Pete a tattoo. There are no spoilers in the story for the first book.

Originally, Ash is shy and jaded from years of living on the streets, but Pete wins his heart with his personality and trust. They started out as roommates but they eventually become lovers. 6 months later, Ash decides to give Pete a redesigned tattoo to make up for a botched tattoo and this is where the short story starts. I love how this short story shows how well the MCs interact, understand, and lean against each other. Of course, there are some sexy scenes too.

Review: Slide by Garrett Leigh

Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Slide (Roads, #1)
Title: Slide by Garrett Leigh
Series: Roads #1
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published October 14th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 274 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Don’t look back. Don’t you ever look back…

Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.

Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength—things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.

Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him from home, and he doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4259

Review:

This is a really emotional story that leaves me thinking about the MCs beyond the story ending and leaves a slow burning feeling in my heart. This book definitely has a lot of emotional impact.

Part one of the story focuses on how Pete and Ash interacts and forms a romantic relationship. Part two of the book gets into their relationship on a deeper level and shows how Pete and Ash's relationship will last in the face of Pete's unreasonable working schedule, crazy murders in the city that is somehow to connected to them, and Ash's sudden withdrawn personality and emotional depression.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway: The Billionaire's Christmas Baby by Victoria James


Giveaway: Victoria will be awarding the first two books in the Red River Series (A Risk Worth Taking & The Best Man's Baby) + $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

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Highland Homecoming
Title: The Billionaire's Christmas Baby by Victoria James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published November 19th 2012 by Entangled Publishing (Indulgence)
Length: 184 pages

Blurb:
Jackson Pierce didn’t make his fortune entertaining every half-cocked idea, especially one involving diaper changes. Not even the cute brunette who links him to the baby in her arms can crack his icy heart.

A baby on the doorstep is the least of Hannah Woods’s problems—she has to find the baby’s uncle, or the child will end up in foster care. She sleuths her way to the reclusive CEO’s doorstep only to find six feet of holiday sexy—and a door slammed in her face. But when Jackson comes around and urges they marry for little Emily’s sake, Hannah finds herself falling for the jaded billionaire and wishing for a holiday miracle of their own…

Book Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleEntangled Publishing
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Top Ten Favourite Things about the holidays-from my hero and heroine, Jackson and Hannah…

Now, they gave me this list prior to them meeting…so they are at totally opposite spectrums when it comes to the holidays.

Jackson Pierce

1. Being alone.
2. Going to my cabin.
3. Not hanging Christmas lights.
4. Not having a Christmas tree.
5. Not seeing people (because my cabin is in the middle of nowhere).
6. Not shaving (because no one comes to my cabin).
7. Not answering the ‘what are you doing for Christmas’ questions (because I’m at my cabin).
8. Not listening to Christmas music (I don’t have to listen to it at my cabin).
9. Not having to pretend to like Christmas (because I don’t see anyone at my cabin).
10. Not having any Christmas decorations.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Review and Excerpt: Pretty Poison by Kari Gregg

Pretty Poison Title: Pretty Poison by Kari Gregg
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Published December 16th 2013 (first published December 14th 2013)
Length: 147 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Deadly poison…or exquisite cure?

Noah fell from an eighth story balcony as a toddler, cracking open his skull and shattering his body. The accident would’ve killed a human, but even shifter blood can’t heal some damage. After the pack recommended a mercy killing, Noah’s family ran. But there’s no outrunning the mating pact formed before Noah’s birth.

Wade, the new alpha, chooses an adult Noah to fulfill the pact. Wade believes the previous alpha was a fool to reject Noah as a weak and inferior wolf, but Noah’s family was wrong to hide him and starve his wolf, too. Human doctors with human medicines are poison to shifter physiology. Now that Noah is fully grown, halting his shift to retain the pins, plates, and bars holding him together hurts rather than helps him, and for Wade, more than Noah’s recovery is at stake.

Noah’s family sacrificed everything to keep him alive. Noah will do whatever it takes to save them—including mate with the alpha who is determined to correct past mistakes and defeat old prejudices contaminating the shifter community.

Too bad some still believe Noah is the true poison…and should be culled from the pack for good.

Content Warnings: Dubious consent, shifter knotting/tying, and Nerf gun assassination attempts. Ereaders (and you) may spontaneously combust–-Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Purchase Link: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-prettypoison-1370510-145.html

Adina Falling

Review:
3.5 Stars rounded up to 4

I really like the unique set up of Noah's story about how he's surviving and adapting to life after a very traumatic physical injury. Wade forces Noah's family to give Noah to the pack and mates Noah. Wade doesn't believe in human medication and forces Noah to try shifter remedies. Noah thinks that Wade is keeping him prisoner.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Tour, Giveaway: Highland Homecoming by B.J. Scott


B.J. will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card, Scottish shortbread cookies, can cooler and mouse pad (US/CANADA ONLY) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a beaded book thong with silver charms, book marks, pen, and canvas tote to a randomly drawn host (US/CANADA ONLY).

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Review: Holly and Oak by J.L. O'Faolain

Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Holly and Oak (Heartwarming)Title: Holly and Oak by J.L. O'Faolain
Series: Heartwarming
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Published December 1st 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 28 pages

Rating: 2 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Twice each year, during the solstice, the Holly King battles the Oak King as Nature takes its course. This year, however, Holly concedes defeat far too easily. Curious about his brother's haste, Oak nags his brother into revealing his secret: a new relationship with a human. While loving a mortal is not taboo, Oak fears his brother's love may run too deep. But despite knowing he risks his heart, Holly is determined to share warmth with his Sergio for as long as the world will allow, if not beyond.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package "Heartwarming".

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4495

Review:
2.5 Stars rounded to 2

Oak and Holly begins their twice a year fight to bring on the changing of the seasons. Nothing has changed between these two brothers, except that Holly seems to be in a rush this year. Later, it's revealed that Holly has a human lover and he hastens to be reunited with him.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Giveaway and Excerpt brought to you by A.F. Henley

Be sure to read through to the end for your chance to win a free ebook copy of the Gift, in the format of your choice.

The Gift the Gift by A.F. Henley

Exclusive Excerpt For Books On Silver Wings

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He woke to knocking and fumbled for his cell phone. If the lack of lighting in the room was an actual indication of time, someone was going to die. August wasn't sure if he actually spoke the words "It's not even six a.m. yet!" or just thought them loud enough that it seemed like it.

"Auggie? Auggie!" Knock, knock, knock; bang, bang, bang and August frowned in bitter annoyance. If that kept up they were going to be kicked out of the hotel only hours after they'd arrived.

He gritted his teeth and got out of bed, opening the door with exaggerated aggravation. "One," he growled at Doren's grin, "I warned you about calling me Auggie. And two, if you have any fondness whatsoever for your testicles, this better be important."

Doren's smile grew, his eyes sweeping August from top to bottom. "Nice jammies."

August lifted an eyebrow. "What is it, Doren?"

"Come with me," Doren gushed, all excitement and teeth and grabby hands. "I need to show you something."

"It is six in the morning."

Doren's only reply was to snag August's hand and yank him into the hall.

"I thought music people didn't get up this early," August grumped.

Doren turned and winked. "I haven't been to bed yet."

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Review: Flying Colors by Clare London

Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Taking A ChanceTitle: Flying Colors by Clare London
Series: True Colors #5
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published October 7th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 234 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

True Colors: Book Five

Red De Vere appears to have everything—good looks, a prestigious job, attention from the paparazzi, and a choice of lovers. But one day he takes an outrageous step too far at a formal embassy dinner, and the press turns on him. Shocked, he realizes it's time to find something better in life than partying. He envies the love that his friends Miles and Zeke have, and when he dares to consider that possibility for himself, his hopes and desires rest in his quiet, serious friend Carter Davison.

Carter loved a man who cheated on him, then died violently, and he refuses to make himself vulnerable again. He knows Red is interested; Red has been supportive and admiring since they met. And Carter's honest enough to admit he’s attracted to Red. But Carter can also think of nothing worse than being the lover of someone in the public eye. Playboy Red must stay an attractive friend, that’s all.

While Red yearns for something real, Carter has some sweet, sexy secrets that might surprise even Red. If Carter dares emerge from his shell, and Red pursues a more rewarding path, romance could spark. Then there’s no telling what might happen.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4250

Review:

This is the 5th book in the series, however, it's not necessary to read all the previous books, just the first book. There are several references to major plot points in True Colors (book 1) so reading the first book would help familiarize yourself to the characters and their personalities.

Giveaway, Book Tour: When It's Right by Jeanette Grey


Jeanette will be awarding a $25 gift card to the winner's choice of Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $10 gift card to the winner's choice of Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com to a randomly drawn host.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Review: The Gift by A.F. Henley

The Gift Title: The Gift by A.F. Henley
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary, Supernatural
Published December 4th 2013 by Less Than Three Press LLC
Length: 289 pages

Rating: 5 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Doren was born with a powerful gift—a gift he's managed to use to put him well on his way to becoming a star. But there is more to that gift than just musical talent, and as careful as Doren is to hide that fact, there are some who know of the power behind the sound, and all the ways they could abuse it.

August's goal in life is simple: make an impact in the music industry. An opportunity to work as the personal assistant to Doren seems to be exactly the kind of break he needs to accomplish that goal.

But all too often in life, simple becomes just another complication, especially when there are people whose goal is even simpler: destroy and dominate.

Purchase Link: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/

Review:

Surprisingly, the book is really action packed with clear bad guys versus good guys battling it out. Doren, the rock star, and August, his assistant, are a match made in heaven. They work well together and their supernatural powers complement each other. August is hired to be Doren's assistant as he goes on a tour, but some weird events are trying to keep them apart.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Review: Training Cats by P.D. Singer

Training Cats Title: Training Cats by P.D. Singer
Series: Getting Better; On Call
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published September 17th 2011 by Torquere Press
Length: 31 pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb:

Close enough to touch, and still out of reach—Evan rings the PriceCo pharmacy register for Brent and keeps his thoughts about the pharmacist to himself. He dies a little inside every time he sees Brent with Tyler—why does Brent let that jerk treat him like dirt?

After one humiliation too many, Brent’s asking himself that same question. He has a better chance of teaching a cat to sit and stay than of convincing handsome, self-centered Tyler to be thoughtful. It’s time to be single again.

With the right bait, Evan can teach a cat to roll over or a man to see what’s before his eyes. He might need Kitty Noms, or a touch of kindness, a pinch of consideration, and a trail of M&Ms.

2nd edition, revised and expanded

Purchase Link: http://pdsinger.com/books/on-call-stories/training-cats/

Review:
3.5 Stars rounded to 3

The book mainly focuses on how Brent accepts that Tyler is a lover that he cannot please and so Tyler is not the right boyfriend for him. Behind the scenes, Evan is watching this couple and waiting for his chance. He places a bet with himself and buys a pack of plain M&Ms to lure in Brent.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Enjoy A Long Excerpt of Let It Snow by Heidi Cullinan



Title: Let It Snow by Heidi Cullinan
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Samhain
Length: 228 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Read my review here: http://onsilverwingz.blogspot.com/2013/11/arc-review-let-it-snow-by-heidi-cullinan.html

Blurb:
The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot.

Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.

Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.

Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears.

Purchase Link: SamhainAmazon, B&N
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Excerpt: 

As the first day of their being confined together wore on, Marcus began to feel like the fat kid at a pool party—and he had been the fat kid at a pool party, so he knew what he was talking about. Even when people tried to include him, the overtures felt awkward and obligatory. Part of him knew he should try to join their conversations on his own, but he couldn’t seem to find a way in, which only served to make him feel more left out.

Book Tour: For Your Heart by A.L. Davroe




Title: For Your Heart by A.L. Davroe
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Date Published: 10/31/2013
Length: 344 pages

Blurb:
Experience THE BALLAD OF TAM LIN like you’ve never read it before…

It has been seven years since Jeanette Sauderheim followed her best friend into Carver Hall Park...and came out alone. Jeanette has never gotten over his mysterious disappearance nor has she gone back into the park. While that traumatic night still haunts her, Jeanette distracts herself by balancing her time between trying to pass Spanish, hanging out with her friends, and reading the latest manga.

But, when a promise to a friend drives her back into the park, she's forced to re-live the memories of that night. Lost and confused, Jeanette crosses paths with Tamrin, whose violent reaction to her provides yet another reason to avoid the park.

Tamrin, a knight of the Summer Court, has been sent to Earth to guard a garden of roses that hold special meaning to the queen of the Summer faeries. When his distraction at meeting Jeanette leads to her picking one of the Summer Queen’s roses, Tamrin vows to right his failure to do his duty.

However, the equivalent of one of the queen’s roses is a human heart and Tamrin’s reluctance to readily exact the sum from Jeanette sets in motion a spiral of love, betrayal, and magic that could mean damnation for them both.

*This is an Upper YA paranormal romance novel with NA and contemporary fantasy appeal.

Book Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18040275-for-your-heart
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Adina Falling
A.L. Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction.  Her debut YA paranormal romance novel, FOR YOUR HEART, releases October 31, 2013.  By day, she lives in Connecticut her two feline hench-creatures. She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods.  She also wears Vibram five-finger toe shoes and corsets...Though not always in the same ensemble. She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.

Links: WebsiteFacebook , Twitter: @aldavroe, Blog

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway: King of Bad by Kai Strand


Title: King of Bad by Kai Strand
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: July 1, 2013
Length: 174 pages

Blurb:
Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA.

He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst – the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the Supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?

Book Links: PublisherAmazonBarnes and Noble , Add it to Goodreads
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It Isn’t How You Say the Name; It’s How You Write It

Working with a small press usually gives the author input to her cover. Whiskey Creek is no exception. They asked for my thoughts on what I’d like on the cover and what I didn’t want on my cover. I love having input, but honestly designing a cover is not my forte, so I trust the assigned artist to know more than me and I’m happy to give them the reins. 

Angela Archer did a beautiful job on the cover for King of Bad. I was happy with the model she chose for Jeff and I loved her interpretation of Jeff’s opposing abilities of fire and ice. Especially the ice. It’s so beautiful. So many books have fire on the cover and I was impressed that Angela found a unique way to depict it. I excitedly showed my husband and my teenage daughter and they said, “Like it!”

And then my teenage son came home from school and I said, “What do you think?”

Astute son said, “The title – the writing – it’s girlie.”

To which I replied, “Whaaaaat?” and to which my daughter did some epic eye roll-frown thing. Why do I never have a camera when I need one?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Review: Chuffed by Tia Fielding

Chuffed (Finnshifters, #1) Title: Chuffed by Tia Fielding
Series: Finnshifters #1
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Published June 6th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 124 pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb:

Mikael Jarvela may only be a half shifter, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be alpha of the eastern Finland farm-turned-sanctuary his father founded. Six wolves, a red fox, a black jaguar, and a lynx all think of him as the head of the family. But Mikael doesn’t have anyone to call his own until he comes across an injured Siberian tiger in the woods.

From the moment the animal recovers and Mikael and Maxim meet face to human face, the attraction between them is undeniable. They strike up a tentative relationship, but they’re both proud men, and their egos keep getting in the way. Just when it looks like their romance is doomed, an outside threat to the family—to Mikael—forces Maxim to choose between the life of solitude he knows and the love and companionship that could be his if he stays.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2969

Review:
3.5 stars rounded to 3

The story starts off with an introduction about Mikael and his pack. He's a half shifter and the alpha of a small farm. The story delves into how he runs the farm and people respecting him as a alpha even though he cannot shift. No one knows his exact animal excerpt that it's some sort of a cat. He picks up an injured tiger on his lands and offers food and shelter. Things are rosy until a newcomer arrives at the farm intent to overthrow Mikael's control of the farm and takeover.

Review: Wallflower by Heidi Belleau

Taking A Chance
Title: Wallflower by Heidi Belleau
Series: Rear Entrance Video #2
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary, Gender Bender
Published October 21st 2013 by Riptide Publishing
Length: 187 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

"This gamer geek has a lacy little secret." Art student and MMORPG addict Robert Ng has always been a loner, but he's recently made it his goal to make more (IRL) friends. Which is how he winds up working nights at Rear Entrance Video, shilling sketchy porn and blowup dolls as a favor to his roommate. The longer he works there, though, the more he realizes he'll never be truly happy until he becomes the person he is online: his female persona, Bobby.

Bobby is cuter and funnier than Rob is, and a thousand times more popular with boys. Becoming Bobby IRL presents its own set of challenges, though . . . especially when you're sitting on the fence between two genders, only one of which has caught the attention of your seriously cute customer/classmate.

Dylan Ford is a six-foot Inuit comic book artist who always says what's on his mind, and screw anyone who doesn't like it. As rough as he appears, though, Dylan has a soft spot for Rob. But will out-and-proud Dylan still want Rob if he's not all man?

Purchase Link: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/wallflower-rear-entrance-video-2

Review:
3.5 Stars rounded to 3

Bobby, or Bob, is a shy, geeky art student that works at a porn rental shop part time. Online, he plays a female character and talks in a girl voice. At school, he meets Dylan, who rented porn from him and is attracted to him. As Bob experiments with girl clothes and make up, he gets bolder as Bobby but hides Bob more often. He needs to find a balance between the two genders before someone discovers his secrets.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Review: Biochemistry by Andrew Grey

Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Taking A ChanceTitle: Biochemistry by Andrew Grey
Series: Chemistry #2
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published October 9th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 158 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
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Blurb:

When his college biochemistry class turns out to be much more difficult than star quarterback Freddie Samuelson imagined, his lab partner, Kurt Maxwell, agrees to help. They’re very different: a rich kid athlete and a hardworking openly gay scholarship student. But Kurt slips past Freddie’s defenses, and little by little—despite Freddie ignoring his own sexuality in the past—Freddie realizes he wants to get to know Kurt, especially when Kurt helps him through more challenges than their science class. But it isn’t long before rumors begin to fly, and the obstacles Freddie will face may block him from both the future he planned on and the future he didn’t know he wanted.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4252

Review:

This is the second book in the Chemistry series, however, it can be read as a stand alone. For readers that have read Organic Chemistry, it'll be a pleasure to see Brendon and Josh again.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

ARC Review: The 12 Days of Dennis by Jude Dunn

The 12 Days of Dennis Title: The 12 Days of Dennis by Jude Dunn
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Expected publication: December 18th 2013 by Less Than Three Press LLC
Word count: 18,000

Rating: 4 Stars
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Blurb:

When an unexpected package is delivered on December 14th, Martin is more than a little intrigued by the contents—especially as they're from his boyfriend, Dennis, and come with instructions to wear them when they go to dinner with Dennis' parents the following night.

And that's only the beginning of Dennis' suggestive gifts.

Purchase Link: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/

Review:

This is a cute, fun short story for Christmas. Martin is surprised by his lover, Dennis, when he receives sexy gifts several days in a row before Christmas. Martin seems like an easy going guy and Dennis is on the fun, kinky side, but he definitely does everything out of love.