Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Coach's Challenge - Cayuga Cougars #3 by V.L. Locey - Cover Reveal



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Point Shot Trilogy - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Cayuga Cougars Series

Book #1 - Snap Shot - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Open Net - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

Victor Kalinski and his husband, Dan Arou, are living the dream. Married for over a year now, the couple have settled into life in Cayuga surrounded by friends, family, and a team that’s poised to make another championship run. Each man is enjoying professional success as well as personal bliss. Who knew life in the suburbs with a spouse and a child could be so darn satisfying? Not Vic. K, that’s for sure.

The happy times are about to turn rough, though. The Cougars have picked up a new player, Sander March, a brash young center whose sass, skill, and attitude can rival Victor’s. When it’s revealed that this new player and Dan have history, tensions begin to rise between the newlyweds. As Victor and Dan work on those issues, the one person Victor never thought he would meet arrives in the small New York hamlet and proceeds to flip everything in Vic’s life upside down.


Can Victor and Dan’s marriage withstand what life is about to drop on it, or will the challenges be too much for them to handle?


Author Bio

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.





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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Breaking Free (Den Boys #3) by A.T. Brennan - Release Blitz



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 72,000 words

Cover Design: Teresa Conner

Den Boys Series

Book #1 - All In -  Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Healing Him -  Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

“I would never forgive myself if something happened to another man I cared about because I’d been careless and given in to temptation.” ~ Zander

The last thing I was looking for was a relationship, then I laid eyes on a dancer at a nightclub and my entire world was flipped upside down. Kai is everything I’ve ever wanted, but shouldn’t have. I’m haunted by a past I can’t seem to break free from, and I’m not sure I can be the man Kai deserves. He makes me want to try, but I worry that I’m broken beyond repair.


“There was already a big enough stigma attached to being a go-go dancer, but add being a webcam model to the mix and people tended to assume things about me.” ~ Kai


School, dance, cam, repeat. My life was on a constant loop as I struggled to keep my head above water. After seeing Zander in the crowd while I was dancing, I knew I had to meet the handsome stranger who took my breath away. I don’t know if I’m the right man to help set him free from his pain, but I’m going to do everything I can to try and help him see that the past doesn’t have to define his future.




Author Bio

A.T. Brennan, who also writes under the name Mandie Mills, is a romance and erotica author. A native of Ottawa, Canada, she enjoys picking up and moving from city to city every few years. A former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, current entrepreneur and freelance writer, she enjoys spending her days working on her many projects and her nights writing and not getting enough sleep. Currently she lives on Canada's East Coast with her family, both two- and four-legged. She enjoys collecting books and exploring the different sides of romance and romantic expression in her works.


You can visit her at www.mandiemillsauthor.com, or on Facebook at A.T. Brennan Author, and also at Author Mandie Mills.




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Snowflakes & Cinnamon Buns by Clare Castle – Release Day Review



79 pages
Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Also available on Kindle Unlimited
Cover artist: Cate Ashwood

The blurb

Cameron Pearce loves to work hard and play hard. Living in New York City, means lots of men and lots of variety. He isn’t looking for love. When he goes to his small hometown Dickensville for Christmas, food, friends, family and seeing his best friend Levi are what’s on the agenda. He also hopes for some friends-with-benefits enjoyment. 

Levi Jones owns and runs his own caf√© in Dickensville. He loves the Christmas season and all that comes with it. Decorating, baking, and snow among other things. Another perk is when Cameron visits home and he gets him all to himself. 

What will happen when true feelings are revealed and everything is put on the line. Will their friendship survive? Can best friends go from hooking up to a real relationship? Do they even want to?

This book contains delicious cinnamon buns, a cute westie and sexy hot men to warm up your holidays.

Review

What to say about Snowflakes & Cinnamon Buns? For starters this is a sweet, fast-paced and very easy to read story about two very hot men who are quite incapable of keeping their hands off each other. It is also a story about growing up, about reality checks, and about being brave enough to follow your heart.

Cameron and Levi have enjoyed a friends-with-benefits relationship for years. For so long in fact, that for Cameron it has become a fact of life. He doesn’t question it, nor does he take a close look at any feelings he might have that don’t quite match the arrangement. He made up his mind that he doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters years ago, and isn’t inclined to revisit that decision.

Levi on the other hand is ready to embrace more than their current set-up. But when he finds the courage to confess his feelings to Cameron, he sends his best friend into a panic and running, possibly meaning the end not only of the benefits but also of the friendship. Cameron needs to figure out what he really wants and feels and this requires a fair amount of soul searching.

I enjoyed this sex-driven story. Cameron and Levi when they get together can’t keep their hands (and other body parts) off each other, have an interesting dynamic going, and most definitely know how to bring each other — and in the process the reader — a lot of pleasure.

Special mention should be made of Rory, Levi’s adorable Westie; the author’s soft spot for this charming breed shines through the story and makes it all the more adorable.

This is a quick read. In fact, at times it was a bit too fast for me. I would have liked a bit more dialogue and interaction between these two men that wasn’t centred on sex. At times the story felt rushed, as if the platonic parts of the story had to be dealt with quickly so that we could get to the next sex scene.

Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised by this debut and thoroughly enjoyed the hour or so I spent reading it. I’ve got a feeling this won’t be the last book by Clare Castle. In fact, while it’s quite possible I’m imagining things, I like to think that we’ve been set up to expect a sequel to this charming story, featuring a character named Ashton who is in clear and obvious need of his own, personal, sexy bear. Bring. It. On.


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Michael’s Wings (Original Sinners 6.3) by Tiffany Reisz



Release Date: November 7, 2017
253 pages
Publisher: 8th Circle Press
Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

Griffin has just popped the question—yes, that question—and Michael doesn’t have an answer. He flees town for New Orleans to see his confidante and sometime-Domme, Mistress Nora. Will a weekend of beignets and beatings help him untangle his knotted-up heart?

Thus begins Michael's Wings, the eponymous novella that kicks off the latest entry in Tiffany Reisz's LAMBDA Literary Award-winning* Original Sinners series.

This companion collection to fan-favorite The Angel also contains six previously-published stories starring Mistress Nora's favorite angel and Griffin—his master, his true love, and the sexy-as-hell bane of Michael's existence.

Review

Anybody following my reviews will be well aware that I’m a huge fan of Tiffany Reisz’s books, with the Original Sinner series being my favourite by a mile. And if you forced me to pick favourite characters from the amazing cast in those books, I wouldn’t hesitate for even a heartbeat before naming Griffin and Michael. These two men stole my heart when I first read The Angel (Original Sinners #2) and despite the wide variety of books I’ve read since that day, they remain my favourite MM couple. I could give you about a million reasons why that is the case, but maybe it’s easier if you just read my reviews of the book. Yes that’s plural. Not only did I break the habit of a lifetime and reread the book, I also re-reviewed it. You can find them here and here.

As for this story…. I could rave about it for at least a thousand words, but I won’t. In fact I’m going to keep this review nice and short, if only because I’m sure that anybody who’s read the Original Sinner’s book won’t need me to persuade them to pick up Michael’s Wings. And if you haven’t read the earlier series, you really should do that first, before you pick up this delightful collection.

Michael’s Wings was everything I hoped and expected it to be: touching, sexy, funny, irreverent, engrossing and utterly wonderful. And of course it was also exquisitely well written. I don’t think Tiffany Reisz could write a story about these two men that wouldn’t charm the socks of me. I’d lose myself in a trip to the grocery store with these two. So when the title story brought me (and Michael and Griffin) an even happier climax to their already happy ending, it was like a one way ticket to my own personal version of heaven.

I mean what’s not to love? I got to spent time with Nora, while she helped Michael get his head around the idea of marrying Griffin through some rather unorthodox but very kinky methods. In fact, the only thing better than the Michael and Nora combination was Michael and Griffin together. The gift and answer Michael gives Griffin is perfection, as is Griffin’s reaction to it.

This wouldn’t be an Original Sinner’s story if it didn’t come with plenty of hot and very kinky sexy times. And yet, as always, the story is about so much more. It’s about family, about friends who are as close as family, about being there for each other, and ultimately about recognizing and accepting your future because it is everything.

“If there’s even the tiniest way of making you more mine, one more way of owning you, one more way of keeping you tied to me, I want to do it, and I want to do it yesterday. I know that sounds possessive, but that’s kind of our thing, right? But you're smart, Mick. You know you own me as much or more than I own you. And that's exactly how I want it."

Michael’s Wings takes up about 30% of the book. The rest of it features a selection of earlier short stories featuring Michael and Griffin. If you are a fan, you’ll recognize them because you’ll have read them on Tiffany Reisz’s website. Trust me when I say that reading them again was a pure delight. Having them all together in one volume now may well be the best Christmas present I receive this year.

Long story short: Michael’s Wings is an excellent addition to the Original Sinner’s series and a must read for anybody who’s read and loved those books.

Still my favourite



Monday, 6 November 2017

Beauty & The Guardian Beast (Queerky Tales #5) by Rhys Ethan




Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Length: 8,000 words

Cover Design: Ethereal Ealain

Queerky Tales Series

Book #1 - Snow White & The Seven Angels  - Amazon US | Amazon UK (Currently Free)
Book #2 - The Little Mermaid & The Dry Lands - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - Sleeping Beauty & The Magic Curse - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 - Cinderella & The Fairy Secret - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

The classic tales you know, the characters with secrets you don't.

Ayo is a lonely boy, bullied and withdrawn, until one day his father sends him away to the kingdom of Azizi, to study under the king’s advisor, Issa, a fearsome tiger, that thinks and talks like a man. Ayo misses his father and one day he takes it out on his new companion. The next morning he wakes up to find he is starting to turn into a beast himself and if he’s to ever turn back into his human form, he has a lot to learn.


Queerky Tales is a series of classic fairy tales retold with LGBT characters. Based on the French classic, Beauty & the Guardian Beast is a tale about oppression, kindness and forgiveness.


For children and adults alike.



November 13 - Valerie Ullmer
November 17 - Padme's Library

Author Bio

Writer of the LGBT retellings "Queerky Tales". Author of fantasy and sci-fi. Also writes queer adult romances under the pen name "Chris Ethan".


Struggling actor and a juggler of graphic design, book covers, photography, filmmaking and too many hobbies to be considered a sane person.


Rhys welcomes you into his digital home where you can find out everything he's up to and explore the life of a professional crazy person.




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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Back Where He Belongs by Isobel Starling



Size: 740 KB
Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Also available on Kindle Unlimited

Blurb

Back in Scotland after five years working in Australia, Kier Campbell finds himself stranded on a road in the Scottish Highlands on Christmas Eve. He needs to get to the next village urgently or freeze to death in his broken down hire car. Kier hikes down the icy road and as he walks memories of the life he'd run from-and the love he'd abandoned in Scotland return to haunt him.

With a blizzard fast approaching, a passing motorist finds Kier and offers him a lift. He is surprised to recognize the driver. As the weather worsens he realizes they is no way he will reach his parent's farm, and so is stranded with his savior for the holidays.

Kier's one Christmas wish is to make up for the mistakes he made all those years ago, but, curiously, he finds he has an unexpected rival for his lover's affections...

FYI: This 'second chance at love' story contains descriptions of Gay sex and Puppy Play (Woof!)

This book comes with an additional free short story "The Christmas Bonus"

Review

Back Where He Belongs distinguishes itself in that it is both one of the sweetest and one of the kinkiest stories I have read in recent times. With this being a second-chance at love story it could easily have been angst-ridden, filled with soul searching and anguish. Much to my delight it wasn’t. Sure, both men have one or two moments when the past comes back to haunt their thoughts, but these are short and almost immediately dealt with. For the most part this is the story of two men at last both being ready to embrace what they are and have together, at the same time.

The confusion about Douglas’s housemate made me smile. I had a feeling where it was going to go from the start but that didn’t make the journey any less charming. In fact, despite the snowy and freezing setting so vividly described in this novella, Back Where He Belongs only brought me warm, fuzzy feelings from start to finish; exactly what I want and expect from a Christmas story.

But, this wouldn’t be an Isobel Starling book if the fuzzy didn’t come with its fair share of imaginative sexiness. Puppy play is a relatively new area for me but if the combination of kink and tenderness described in this book is an accurate portrayal, I will have to revisit it in the not too distant future.

I was totally charmed by this sexy, heartwarming and uplifting story. It is very well written. The descriptions of the surroundings and the weather managed to put me in the Scottish Highland’s in December. And, most importantly, Kier and Douglas (not to mention his housemate) charmed the socks off me.

“Nobody else has ever made me feel like this, like” — he paused to find the right words in the jumble of thoughts, “ — like a million fireworks are exploding in my chest when you look at me. I feel like I’ve been hit by a steamroller when you smile at me that way.” – Kier

****

This novella comes with a bonus story, appropriately titled: The Christmas Bonus. I really don’t want to say too much — read ‘anything’ — about this short story except that it managed to surprise me from start to finish because nothing and no one was quite what they at first appeared to be. And I like that sorta thing.



Thursday, 2 November 2017

Merry Gentlemen by Josephine Myles - Release Blitz with Review





Length: 48,000 words

Cover Design: Harper by Design 

Blurb

’Tis the season of goodwill to all men… even the one who dumped you.


Riley MacDermott is going places. Managing the annual Bath Christmas Market—which involves long hours in the cold and a whole lot of hassle—will secure the promotion he needs to afford to move out of his noisy, top-floor flat. Where not even his balcony is safe from an aggressive seagull.


The last stallholder he expects to see is his ex. Riley never recovered from their break up, and five years on the old chemistry still sparkles. Shame they can’t seem to manage a simple chat without arguing.


Stan never wanted to leave the love of his life, but the pull of the woods was too strong—and Riley wouldn’t hear of leaving the city. Reconnecting is painful, but Stan still jumps at the chance to stay with his old flame during the Market. And damn the consequences.


As the weeks pass, the two grow closer than ever. But despite scorching sex and cozy intimacy, they both know they face a cold and lonely future. Unless they can figure out a compromise.


Warning: Contains sex in a shed, a seagull with a grudge, glamping, awful Secret Santa underwear, misuse of an ABBA song, and as many wood-related puns as the author thought she could get away with.


Excerpt

You could lose yourself in Stan’s eyes. Well, I could. They reminded me of sun-bleached denim, with a deeper indigo ring around the outside. They were the kind of eyes that spoke of hard work in the great outdoors, and if it hadn’t been for the fact they’d been just the same back when he’d slaved away as a housing officer, I’d believe they really had been lightened by the sun. His hair certainly had. I’d always thought of him as a dirty blond rather than a honey one.


I still thought of him as a dirty blond, although not because of the colour of his hair.


Before my brain could get hijacked by thoughts of just how dirty Stan could be, I recovered my manners and stuck my hand out.


“Stan. Fancy seeing you here. I had no idea. Really.”


Stan stared at my hand like I was offering him a slice of mouldy pizza. I was just about to snatch it back when he grabbed it and held on.


“Ri? You look… You haven’t changed. Not one bit.”


Normally I’d preen a little at a comment like that. Make some allusion to Botox—not that I had any desire to freeze the expression out of my forehead, as how would I cope if I couldn’t do my patented single-eyebrow raise?


But right now, with Stan holding my hand in his rough, calloused—oh my God, he had genuine, honest to goodness callouses!—paw, I found it hard to do anything other than fight down my body’s instinctive response to him. I wanted to hit him and I wanted to lick him all over, and I couldn’t bloody well figure out which urge was winning.


Actually, right now I needed to stop paying any attention to my body and concentrate on keeping my cool. Couldn’t have Stan seeing me ruffled.


“Well, you’ve definitely changed,” I said. “You’ve got that whole rugged, outdoorsy vibe working for you now.” I didn’t need to hide the fact I was checking him out, thank Christ, so I took my time drinking in the sight of him. “Going back to nature really does pay off, doesn’t it? Shit, you never bulked up this well in the gym. And you’re tanned in the winter, but not a streak of orange to be seen. It’s a modern day miracle. Hallelujah.”


“I don’t need to fake it,” Stan growled, tilting his head back to look down at me and making the most of his three-inch height advantage. It was his arrogant-bastard pose, and he bloody well knew I was a sucker for it because I’d once made the mistake of telling him. Never, ever let a toppy git know just how much they turn you on, or you’ll spend your whole bloody life in a state of perpetual turned-on-ness. Was that even a word? It was now.


“What happened to your hair?” I said, reaching out for a lock. “Totally hot, but aren’t you getting a bit old for the whole surfer look? And you’re way too landlocked, down in deepest, darkest Somersetshire.”


“Piss off, Ri,” Stan said, but there was no heat in his words. The heat was all in his eyes, beaming out and frying me like a laser beam. They’d find me later, nothing more than a pair of melted boot soles on the cobbles.


Was that angry heat or turned-on heat? Couldn’t figure it out on him either. I had to face it, we both had ample reason to be pissed off with each other, but five years was a long time to hold a grudge.


“Much as I’d love to get on my way, it’s actually my job to check up on you. See if there’s anything you need any help with. Lend a hand, you know.” Jesus, could I have made that sound any more like a come-on? Clearly my mouth was in cahoots with my dick rather than my brain. I bit the inside of my lower lip, just to show it who was boss.


But Stan just carried on staring at me, while the sun-warmed denim of his eyes frosted over.


“Right. Just your job.” Oh, that guttural Slovakian accent! After the best part of a decade of living in the UK, Stan’s had definitely mellowed compared to when we’d first met, but it was still sexy as hell. “I’ll make sure I let you know if there’s anything you can help me with.” He stepped a little closer then, and tucked both thumbs into the waistband of his combats, hands framing his package like I needed any reminding of what was hidden in there. Well, not so hidden. Whereas I was a grower, Stan was most definitely a show-er, meaning his tackle was almost as big flaccid as it was erect. Not that that was a disappointment. More of a relief, really. If he’d got any bigger when hard, I’d have had to make like a snake and dislocate my jaw before giving him a blowjob.


And I really didn’t need to be remembering blowing Stan right now.


Review


I have to admit to a fondness for Josephine Myles’ stories. She always manages to bring me realistic yet charming, funny and occasionally slap-worthy characters, who couldn’t be anything other than British. Picking up a book by Myles invariably means I’ll smile my way through most if not all of the story. Merry Gentlemen completely lived up to that expectation.

On the surface Riley and Stan, while clearly besotted with each other, are too different to forge a life together. Five years ago that meant a not all together friendly parting of their ways and when they unexpectedly meet again on the Christmas market Riley is in charge of, Riley is distinctly uncertain about his emotions and Stan’s reaction to seeing him again.

But, just because Riley’s preference for the hustle and bustle of the city and Stan’s love for the great outdoors forced them into parting ways all those years ago, doesn’t mean the attraction pulling them together also died. In fact, it is clear from Riley’s thoughts that he never got used to, never mind comfortable with, life without Stan. And if Stan’s reactions are anything to go by, their separation hurts him just as much.

It doesn’t take them long to give into the heat still lingering between them, and the resulting nights of passion (can I hear you saying HOT?) make it very clear that their bodies yearn for the other as much as their hearts do. But no amount of mind-blowing sex can disguise the fact that their life goals are still as far apart as they were all those years ago. Stan has built a new life for himself in what Riley considers the middle of nowhere and Riley still sees himself as a city boy with ambitions to work his way up the career ladder. No matter how much they enjoy each other’s company while Stan is in Bath, once the Christmas market comes to an end, so does their reunion. Because surely Riley could never walk away from the life he’s built for himself…could he?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I grinned my way through Riley’s shenanigans — especially when they involved a certain seagull —, got somewhat hot and bothered whenever he and Stan got up close and personal, and couldn’t stop myself from wanting to give both of them a good talking to. I loved that the story is relatively angst-free, and I absolutely adored how it all worked out in the end (no, I’m not going to spoil that here, who do you take me for?).

If you enjoy a substantial but basically fun and sweet Christmas story that is also thoroughly British, you really ought to pick up Merry Gentlemen this year. It most definitely hit all the right buttons for me.

About the Author


English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo’s novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and an incessantly curious toddler.




Twitter: @JosephineMyles


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