Friday, 24 February 2017

The Auction by J.R. Gray - Release Blitz




Title: The Auction
Author: J.R. Gray
Genre: BDSM Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 24, 2017



Blurb

Stark is too old to be selling himself, or his services. He’s too set in his ways, too piled in grief, and well…it’s been too long. But when your best friend is a big demanding drag queen, and hosting the event, it’s impossible to say no. It’s one night, he convinces himself, and then he can get back to his reclusive life.

Scotty can handle the club for one night. It’s Christmas Eve after all, and the auction is for charity. If she saw her ex she could deal with it, she hoped and it wasn’t like she had to bid on anyone. But when she comes back from the bar she finds her best friend had other plans, and now she has a date with a mysterious dominant.







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Excerpt

“Remember boys and girls, this isn’t an auction for sex. You’re paying for a service only.” Pinky paused and then said a little softer. “But I’m not saying you can’t go wherever the night takes you, just had to get the fine print out of the way. Can’t have the cops up my ass…I’d much rather have them on their knees.” She winked and gave a little wave to the police chief sitting in the front row, and the crowd ate it up. Their ‘little’ club was full to the brim for Christmas Eve.

“Shall we get this party started?” Pinky raised the glass in her hand, and the rest of the room joined her.

More cheering, and my stomach flipped. The only thing worse than being a piece of meat on stage was going to be having to spend a night with a stranger. He was not good with strangers.

Pinky started to announce the dominants and submissives to be auctioned. As he said their names and preferred title, they did a lap of the catwalk. Most of them were dolled up or oiled to the max. Stark couldn’t bring himself to let anyone touch him with the stuff. He’d played along and was wearing the typical leather pants. The rest he couldn’t stomach.

“Anderson Stark.”

When his name was called, he moved a hand to smooth out his shirt, forgetting he wasn’t wearing one. “Please god, let no one notice me,” he mumbled as he stepped out under the lights.





Author Bio

When not staying up all night writing, J.R. Gray can be found at the gym where it's half assumed he is a permanent resident to fulfill his self-inflicted masochism. A dominant and a pilot, Gray finds it hard to be in the passenger seat of any car. He frequently interrupts real life, including normal sleep patterns and conversations, to jot down notes or plot bunnies. Commas are the bane of his existence even though it's been fully acknowledged they are necessary, they continue to baffle and bewilder. If Gray wasn't writing…well, that's not possible. The buildup of untold stories would haunt Gray into an early grave, insanity or both. The idea of haunting has always appealed to him. J.R. Gray is genderqueer and prefers he/him pronouns.


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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Find Me by Brina Brady - Release Blitz







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Length: 90,000 words


Rent Me Series

Rent Me (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Own Me (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Make Me (Book #3) Amazon US | Amazon UK
For Me (Book #4) Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Blurb


Dmitri and Brennen have been happily married for five years, raising their five year-old daughter. Brennen practices law and mob-free Dmitri works with his brother Mischa at their night club. Dmitri enrolls into some BDSM workshops with Master Ethan as his mentor.

An order from an old drug lord friend disrupts their lives. Brennen worries about Dmitri’s life, his law career, and the safety of Dominika. Antonio Cortez’s request takes them to Germany to fulfill Dmitri’s last obligation to his gangster friend.

Once they arrive in Germany, Dmitri plans to spend time with his husband in the evenings. During the day he and Mischa do Antonio’s bidding. Everything changes when an unexpected event rips their family apart.

Brennen meets many challenges as he tries to deal with his new responsibilities. To make matters more complicated, Dmitri's ex-wife Nika sues for custody of their daughter.


Author Bio

I am from Huntington Beach, Ca. I taught various subjects at a Continuation High School in Los Angeles, California for 27 years. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history, Secondary Social Science Credential and a Master's Degree in Secondary Reading and Secondary Education from California State University, Long Beach. I also enrolled in some creative writing classes at UCLA. You can contact me at brinabrady@gmail.com. 

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

How The Other Half Lives by Clare London - Review Tour






Length: 20,000 words



Blurb

Compulsively neat freak meets chaotic slob: can their living space survive the conflict?

Martin Harrison keeps himself to himself and his Central London flat as neat as a new pin. Maybe he should loosen up and enjoy more of a social life, but in his mind, that’s tantamount to opening the floodgates to emotional chaos. He agrees, however, to join the flat-sitting scheme in his building and look after another tenant’s flat in exchange for a similar watch over his when he’s travelling for his work.

A floor away in the same building, Russ McNeely is happy with his life as a freelance cook and a self-confessed domestic slob. He also joins the flat-sitting scheme, both to be neighbourly and to help keep his flat in order, as Russ also travels for his work.

For a while, the very dissimilar men never meet. Martin is horrified at the mess at Russ’s flat, while Russ finds Martin’s minimalist style creepy. But in a spirit of generosity, each of them starts to help the other out by rearranging things in their own inimitable way.

Until the day a hiccup in the schedule brings them face-to-face at last.



My Review


First and foremost How the Other Half Lives is a sweet, endearing ‘opposites attract’ story. And when I say ‘opposites’ I do actually mean OPPOSITES.

There’s poor Martin; the neat-freak to end all neat-freaks. This is not a case of disliking clutter, or liking things organised. No, Martin is so obsessed about order in his life he’s all but stopped living.

Russ McNeely on the other hand, wouldn’t recognise order if it jumped up and bit him in the face. He doesn’t organise his life any better than he does his apartment or his clothes, but has no problems with the turmoil in his life, even if it drives his friends insane.

These two men should have driven each up the wall once they start looking after each other’s houses, what with Russ leaving Martin’s apartment less organised than he’s found it and Martin trying to straighten some of the chaos in Russ’s house out. Except that both men find themselves adapting to the other even before they accidentally meet.

That’s one thing about this book; the two protagonists don’t actually meet until well into the story. They get to know and used to each other through their living spaces and almost without noticing it they start to affect how the other treats his environment and his life.

When they meet by accident it’s a shock to both their systems but it doesn’t take them very long to figure out that they are very drawn to each other despite, or maybe it is because of, the differences between them.
This is an adorable story. Both Martin and Russ are most endearing; fully aware that their attitude towards their living space is not quite the norm but so stuck in their way that it takes an outsider’s eyes and touch to change how they act.

I have to admit that for me the story could have been somewhat longer. I would have loved to see more of the two men figuring each other out through their house sitting experiences before they actually meet. And I wouldn’t have minded a few moments of utter disbelieve at each other’s approach after they meet either. Having said that, considering that I read the whole story with a smile on my face, it’s safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed this novella and the story works perfectly well as it is. I guess me wishing there had been more to this story only serves to prove how much I did enjoy it.


Long story short; How the Other Half Lives is thoroughly enjoyable, cute, and great fun.

Author Bio

Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.
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Friday, 10 February 2017

Corporate Bodies by A E Ryecart - Release Blitz





Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 86,500 words

Urban Love Series

Loose Connection (Book #1): Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Story of Love (Book #2) : Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

When professional turns personal, it’s too late to step back. . .

Smart, young and ambitious, the future’s bright for Jake Stafford—except for his addiction to a man he should have turned his back on years before. When he receives news that forces him to re-evaluate his life, Jake has to kick his habit and go cold turkey for good. 


When Oliver Lester walks out on his life in New York and returns to London after an absence of more than twenty years, the biggest piece of baggage he brings back is a broken heart. Powerful and sought after, Oliver is a man whose corporate reputation goes before him but as he stares into his future he sees nothing but work-filled days and empty, lonely nights.

Free of long-term relationships which have left them disillusioned and cynical, neither man is looking to risk his heart. But an invitation to dinner leads to more, and Jake and Oliver find themselves swept up in an affair neither is seeking. Crossing the line and breaking all the rules, both men come to learn what it is to feel whole and complete as they begin to fall in love.

But the past has one final trick up its sleeve. An uninvited guest, a violent confrontation and the fear history is repeating itself leaves them reeling.

As the future they promised each other hangs in the balance, Jake and Oliver are faced with a stark question: can they find the strength to destroy the past before the past destroys them?

Author Bio

A E Ryecart writes mm romance/gay fiction about complex, multi-faceted men who don’t always make the right decisions. Filled with angst, high drama and emotional tension, she writes the books she likes to read. An avid people watcher, most of her writing takes place in a local cafĂ© amidst the background hum of hissing coffee machines, where she can check out the other customers for character and story inspiration! 

A born and bred Londoner, she may have moved to someplace more leafy but the city is still very much part of her DNA, which is why her books are set in and around present-day London, providing a thrilling, metropolitan backdrop to the main action.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Weight of It All by N.R. Walker



244 pages

Buy links: Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon AU


The blurb

After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of.

He joins a gym.

Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn’t sure he’ll ever be ready to date again. He’s sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is.

As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamours Reed with recipes and laughter. As the friendship lines start to blur, Henry is convinced there’s no way Thor-like Reed could ever be interested in a guy like him.

Reed just has to convince Henry that life isn’t about reaching your ideal bodyweight. It’s about finding your perfect counterweight.

My thoughts

Why oh why is it so damn hard to write a review for a book I truly loved? I’m torn between writing a long gush-fest and just leaving the review at one word: Fabulous! As it is, I’ve added The Weight of It All to my list of ‘Extra Special’ reads and it has more than earned its place there.

Henry….Oh Henry. He captured my heart from the very start. He’s hiding most of his pain behind humour, mostly through making fun of himself, and had me laughing almost despite myself at times. The way he sees himself when the story starts and he first meets Reed just broke my heart.

“There’s a lot to be said about being the overweight unattractive guy. Kind of invisible, or more to the point, no one sees me as a threat, so I kinda sneak through, you know?”

In fact, despite all the laugh out loud moments in this book (and there were many of those) my heart continued to break for Henry for a large part of the story and never more so then when he comes to the conclusion that he may have spend a good part of his relationship with Graham actually being alone.

“How could I have spent the last eight years with someone and feel alone? How could I find myself suddenly single and there be no void where Graham had been? I didn’t even realise how alone I was until he was gone, because it was only after he’d left that  realised my life wasn’t that much different?”

I initially had my doubts about Henry’s sense (or should I say ‘use’) of humour. Self-deprecation all too often leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I shouldn’t have worried. The balance between humorous Henry, sad Henry, and thoughtful Henry was just about perfect and, what’s more, he had me laughing out loud more than once with his ‘no-brain-to-mouth-filter’ rants. But there’s another side to the humour too. I’m fairly sure most, if not all, of us recognise a lot of what Henry finds himself struggling with.

Is anybody ever happy with the way they look? Do any of us ever think we’re good enough for the person we find ourselves falling for? That is what made this book so very special; Henry goes through and deals with feelings, insecurities, and questions all of us have to deal with at some point in our lives. We laugh with him, but if you’re anything like me, that laughter comes with a little bit of discomfort because I completely recognised what Henry felt.

Reed…sighs…The man of two smiles; one of them reserved for Henry. He is such a wonderful person, and exactly what Henry needs. Because the whole story is told from Henry’s point of view it takes a while before we get a good idea of exactly what makes Reed tick and that was perfect. It is clear from the start that there’s a lot more to Reed than ‘just’ a gorgeous body and loving personality, but for both the reader and Henry it takes a while before we get to the bottom of Reed’s reasons for being who he is. In fact, this is true for quite a few characters we encounter in this story; there’s a lot more to them than we assume at first glance, and how perfect is that in a book that’s all about not judging people based on appearance?

Ultimately, it was the fact that this book could make me think about my attitude to appearance while also having me laugh out loud on numerous occasions, that pushed this book from good to fabulous. The balance was struck perfectly; the message was loud and clear while there wasn’t a preachy moment in this story. Colour me impressed.

The secondary characters in this book are (almost) as fabulous as Henry and Reed. Everybody should have an Anika or Emily in their lives. Anika had me laughing out loud at least as often as Henry, especially in the one scene I’d love to quote here but won’t because I’m fairly sure it would lead to this review being refused on at least one site. J

I could go on and on, there was so much that resonated with me, so much to make me laugh and just as much to make me think. I’ll stop here though. All I can say is that if you haven’t read this book yet, you really, really should. It will make you laugh, sigh, think, and ultimately leave you happy and uplifted when the story comes to a happy yet realistic ending. The Weight of It All is as good and satisfying as you could wish a story to be.



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Fire Trilogy by RJ Scott - Release Blitz






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Kian's Hunter

Kian knows Regan is the perfect man to fight alongside him, but Regan trusts no one.

It isn’t until they are facing death and a terrible evil that Regan finally realizes he can trust another; his fated partner, Kian.

Darach's Cariad

Ceithin teaches Darach that you shouldn’t always believe in fairy tales. Now they have two choices; do they run, or do they make their stand together?

Eoin's Destiny

Eoin is faced with the end of times.

The final installment of The Fire Trilogy discovers old Guardians, ancient Cariad magik, and not least of all the other half of Eoin; Trystyn.


Author Bio

RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.





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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Three Shots by Brigham Vaughn - Release Day Review



Title: Three Shots

Author Name: Brigham Vaughn

Blurb:

Reeve Jenkins is an amateur musician playing in a dive bar. Grant McGuire is a man drowning his sorrows in beer after a painful breakup. When Reeve charms a reluctant Grant into coming home with him, they begin a three-year friendship with some very nice benefits.
But when the two gorgeous men walk into Hawk Point Tavern—the bar Rachael Bradford owns—one evening and greet each other with a kiss, it sets off a chain of events that leads to a steamy night and maybe something more for the trio.



Excerpt:

Rachael sighed and took a seat at her desk, forcing Reeve and Grant from her mind. They made for a fun fantasy, but had no place in real life. She had hours of work to do, and not enough time to get it done in. Hawk Point Tavern didn’t run itself.
She tackled the paychecks first. Her employees would want checks to cash soon, and it couldn’t wait. Thankfully, she had few employees and it didn’t take overly long to tally hours and make out the checks. She had moved on to sorting order invoices for the month when she heard a soft knock on her partially open door. Thinking it was Jenna or Tyler—the other bartender on tonight—she absent-mindedly called out, “Come in.”
“Excuse me,” a low, sexy voice replied.
Rachael’s head shot up and she was startled to see Reeve peering in the door.
“I, uh, hey. Um, hi Reeve,” She stuttered. She cleared her throat. “Come in.”
He stepped into the room and pushed the door nearly closed. “Can I talk to you for a sec?”
“Uh, sure.” She frowned, puzzled by what he wanted, but not entirely displeased to have him in her office either. She stood and walked around the desk—leaning back against it and looking up to meet his gaze. “Is there a problem with your bill? Or something else I can help you with?”
He gave her a slow, sexy smirk. “I certainly hope so.”
Rachael stared at him, waiting for him to continue, but he was silent. His gaze raked over her body and she felt heat building between her legs at the slow, frank perusal of her body. By the glittering, heated gaze of his eyes, Rachael could see that he liked what he saw. Her jeans and t-shirt were hardly high fashion, but Reeve didn’t appear to have any complaints. Besides, Rachael knew she had a tight body and the jeans showed off her ass nicely.
“What can I help you with?” she asked, her voice breathless.
“Well you see, I came here looking to have a drink with a good friend, nothing more, but I found something else I am interested in.”
‘I’m … I’m sorry?”
Reeve stepped closer until he was just a foot from her, and she felt her heart speed up in her chest.
“What’s that?” Rachael repeated when he didn’t reply immediately.
“You.” The word was simple, but it did nothing to clear up her confusion.
“But … but what about Grant?” she asked. “I mean, it looked like you two were together, and I—I don’t want to cause any problems or get in the way of anything.”
Reeve moved so he was standing in front of her, booted feet on either side of her crossed ones. He leaned in, breathing softly against her cheek and she wet her lips reflexively.
“It’s pretty simple actually,” Reeve purred in her ear. “Grant and I hook up occasionally and we are both very attracted to you.” His lips brushed the sensitive outer shell and she shivered.
Bi then. Her experiences with Tom made her a little leery of bi guys, but it’s not like she was going to get involved with them beyond a quick—or maybe not so quick—roll in the sheets, she thought. This was a one-off. It wasn’t like she was going to see them after tonight so she might as well enjoy it while she had the opportunity.
“You aren’t in a relationship with him?” she said aloud. The last thing she wanted was to get involved with another cheater. Jonah had been more than enough, thankyouverymuch.
Reeve shrugged. “We’ve been friends for a long time, but it’s nothing exclusive. We keep things fluid.”
“So how would this work?” Rachael asked, her voice going a little breathless as she imagined what could play out if she said yes. “We’d have a threesome?”
“That is entirely up to you. If you’re only attracted to one of us, the other will step aside, although we’d both be very disappointed. And I somehow don’t think that’s the case, is it?”
“No, I’m definitely attracted to you both,” Rachael admitted. Reeve wrapped an arm around her lower back and pulled her flush against his body.
“Then how we fuck—” he skimmed a hand down her back to cup the lower curve of her ass “—is up for negotiation. Whatever you’re comfortable with.”

Book Info:

Genre: M/M/F erotic romance (contemporary)
Length: Novella - 35,949 words/94 pages
Release Day: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Two Peninsulas Press (self-published)

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My Review:

“Love doesn't have to be limiting.  It should only expand who you are, and make you feel free”

I’m not sure how a story as hot as Three Shots can be both deliciously enticing and incredibly adorable at the same time, but this story has both those qualities in spades.

This is an erotic tale. While there is definitely more to the story than ‘just’ sex, there is plenty of it and both the relationships and the story develop mainly through these incredibly hot encounters between characters.

And when I say ‘hot’, I mean HOT.

Some might say that this story is unrealistic, that these three lovers open up to each other with far too much ease for people who’ve only just met, and while that may well be the case, I have to admit that to me it was a pure delight. In too many books (for my liking) at the core of any issue is the fact that the MCs refuse to talk to each other. Situations that could easily have been avoided if one or the other had just given voice to what was on their mind, grow huge and create drama. While that is sometimes realistic and occasionally even works, it is something I’m not fond of. It was therefore delightful to read a book in which the characters do open up to each other, explain what they think and feel, and subsequently deal with whatever the issue is.

There were a few things in this book I hugely appreciated. It is a wonderful surprise to read a book featuring bisexual characters without their orientation being ‘the’ or ‘a’ major plotline. Just as it is a rare but fabulous experience to read an MMF story in which the female is at least as strong as the male character(s). In fact, you could well say that if anybody has the upper hand in this story it’s Rachael.

The easy, uncomplicated, and near perfect coming together of first Reeve and Grant and then the two men and Rachael gave Three Shots a fairytale like quality. It’s a dream; how we would script our own perfect love story in an ideal world. This is a drama-free tale. While the characters have their, not always happy, back-stories, there is virtually no angst in this book. And sometimes that’s exactly what I need from my reading. It’s a perfect escape. If the story is also well written, happens to feature charming and fascinating characters, and gives me some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read recently, it is safe to say I’ve found my personal Nirvana.

If you hadn’t guessed as much from what I’ve written above, let me make myself perfectly clear here: Three Shots comes highly recommended if you enjoy a well written, captivating, and extremely sexy story.



Author Bio:
Brigham Vaughn is starting the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time writer. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga.  She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.
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