Thursday, May 25, 2017

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: Road to the Sun by Keira Andrews


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Paperback: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 70,000 words

Blurb

A desperate father. A lonely ranger. Unexpected love that can’t be denied.

Jason Kellerman’s life revolves around his eight-year-old daughter. Teenage curiosity with his best friend led to Maggie’s birth, her mother tragically dying soon after. Insistent on raising his daughter himself, he was disowned by his wealthy family and has worked tirelessly to support Maggie—even bringing her west on a dream vacation. Only twenty-five, Jason hasn’t had time to even think about romance. So the last thing he expects is to question his sexuality after meeting an undeniably attractive park ranger.

Ben Hettler’s stuck. He loves working in the wild under Montana's big sky, but at forty-one, his love life is non-existent, his ex-boyfriend just married and adopted, and Ben’s own dream of fatherhood feels impossibly out of reach. He’s attracted to Jason, but what’s the point? Besides the age difference and skittish Jason’s lack of experience, they live thousands of miles apart. Ben wants more than a meaningless fling.

Then a hunted criminal takes Maggie hostage, throwing Jason and Ben together in a desperate and dangerous search through endless miles of mountain forest. If they rescue Maggie against all odds, can they build a new family together and find a place to call home?

Road to the Sun is a May-December gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring adventure, angst, coming out, sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.

Author Bio

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Aequitas by frumpandcardigans

Aequitas by frumpandcardigans

When Agron dares to call Nasir "little man," he is taught a powerful lesson.

Short, sweet and to the point, this story has it all: romance, humor and heat galore! I'm positive that the playful banter between Nasir and Agron will bring a huge smile to your face, so give this one-shot a try!

~ M

picture credit: Startz

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review: Back to Reality (The Royal Lexingtons #1) by Kevin Sean

It's Daniel's job to help women meet their Prince Charming. So why is it so hard for him to find his own happily ever after?

As the executive producer of reality dating show My Prince Charming, workaholic Daniel Dixon has always had a hard time keeping his personal and professional lives separate. When royal bad boy Charles Lexington is brought on board to boost the show's falling ratings, Daniel is forced to deal with the baggage which accompanies the handsome prince's less-than-stellar reputation. As Daniel deals with drama behind the scenes, he gets to know the man behind the headlines and finds himself falling for Charles—whether he wants to or not.

Charles never gave love a second thought—but after meeting Daniel, it's the only thing on his mind.

When Charles Lexington's traditional English family informs him of his involuntary engagement to Lady Dolores Ellsworth, he needs a way out—and fast. The rebellious royal's plan is simple: appearing on a trashy American reality television show is the perfect way to appall his uptight fiancee, end the arrangement and win back his freedom. Charles seizes the chance to return to a life of partying and paparazzi, but his plans quickly meet a roadblock—the show’s sexy, stubborn producer, Daniel Dixon. To Charles’s surprise, there is true love to be found on the set of My Prince Charming—just not when the cameras are rolling.
 


I thought this was a quick, enjoyable read. The characters are likeable, the writing is pretty good and the plot is interesting. There were a few typos here and there, but not so many that they distracted me from the overall story. While I enjoyed the chemistry the two main characters possessed, I felt they fell in love just a little too fast. Granted, Charles was such a romantic that I didn't mind the insta-love all that much. If you're in the mood for a relatively uncomplicated, romantic story, this will be a great read for you!

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

Buy Link
Amazon

~ M

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Greedy Gods by Cchambers

Greedy Gods by Cchambers

After their break up, Oliver's main outlet for his grief was writing. By some stroke of luck, his collection of poems was published and has become a huge success. While at a book signing, a ghost from the past reappears and drudges up all of those painful memories Oliver thought he'd locked away.

This story blew me away. Granted, it's only in the very beginning stages, but I loved the way the author described the emotions that both Oliver and Connor experience. I absolutely cannot wait to see what Cchambers has in store for this story and highly recommend it to all of you!

~ M

picture credit: American Broadcasting Company

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: Shouboushi to Ningyo no Hon by delica (Free! Doujinshi)

Hello, yaoi lovers! This week's feature is the Free! doujinshi, Shouboushi to Ningyo no Hon by delica!

Makoto discovers Haru's secret after saving him in a fire.

This is a really sweet story, but I wouldn't expect anything else from a MakoHaru dj! I don't want to give too much away because this is a pretty quick read, but if you like Future Fish, you'll definitely enjoy this au!



Click here to read Shouboushi to Ningyo no Hon.

~ M

Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Review: Personal Challenges (Personal #4) by K.C. Wells

Will and Blake couldn’t be happier. They have a beautiful little boy, Nathan, and Sophie finally has the little brother she’s been demanding. But all is not bliss in the Davis household. Coping with reality is going to change all their lives.

Rick and Angelo are sick and tired of trying to get a wedding organized. If it was up to them, they’d be married already, but Angelo's mother has plans and they keep getting bigger. Angelo can see problems on the horizon: big, traditional Italian wedding and gay do not go well together. Something’s got to give.

Colin receives an unexpected call from an ex, with bad news. He feels compelled to help, regardless of the consequences. Ed loves Colin’s big heart and supports him in his efforts, but when the truth comes out, he finds it difficult to keep a lid on his emotions.

As the coming months unfold, the friends are going to need each other more than ever.


This book focuses on three couples, Will and Blake, Rick and Angleo and Colin and Ed, allowing readers to watch as they traverse life and the many emotions, obstacles and rewards it can bring. I enjoyed reading about these men and how much they love one another. I haven't read the three previous books in the series, but I never felt lost or confused. If you're looking for a relatively uncomplicated book with plenty of romance, this is the book for you!


I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

~ M

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: A Worthy Man (The Men of Halfway House #5) by Jaime Reese


Title: A Worthy Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #5
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: May 2, 2017
Photographer: Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography
 


 

A story of two men and the boundless love that forever changed them. 

Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.
 
Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.
 
After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.
 
Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.

 
* Although part of a series, this full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone. *Word count: 124K

Monday, May 8, 2017

Our Freedom by Solrojo

Our Freedom by Solrojo

Agron's life as a slave has been long and arduous, but luckily he has his brother by his side, and his good friend, Spartacus, is planning a rebellion that will hopefully free everyone. When he encounters and beautiful body slave, old memories and past hurts resurface, but he also discovers a love he never thought possible.

I must admit I love the premise of this story. Duro does not sacrifice himself to save his brother's life and readers get the opportunity to see how the two German brothers would have fared throughout many of the canonical moments from the series. From personal experience, I know many in the fandom imagine what could have been if Duro had lived, and this is a great interpretation. I felt like Agron and Nasir fell in love a little too fast and some of the grammatical error can be a little distracting, but the storyline itself is just so good! Give it a try!

~ M

Friday, May 5, 2017

Book Review: Devil's Food at Dusk by M.J. O'Shea & Anna Martin

Joe Fitzgerald hates New Orleans, but he’s stuck there until he convinces one stubborn local family to sell Lumière, the crumbling French Quarter restaurant they’ve owned for generations. The place is a wreck, and it’s hemorrhaging money. Joe figures he's their best chance for survival.

Remy Babineaux despises Pineapple Joe’s and everything the chain stands for. He refuses to let Lumière become some tacky corporate tourist trap. Theme drinks and plastic beads in his restaurant? Yeah, right. Over his dead, rotting corpse. The last thing Remy wants is a meeting with the restaurant chain’s representative, but his father agreed to at least listen to the proposal. There’s nothing Remy can do about it.

Remy figures an anonymous hookup is exactly what he needs to decompress. When he ends up across the table from his fling the next morning, real sparks fly. Joe refuses to give up his prime location; Remy refuses to give up his legacy. It’s war, and they’re both determined to win at any cost. Neither of them counted on falling in love.


I've read the two previous books in this series - I absolutely adored Soufflés at Sunrise - so I was excited about this third offering. Unfortunately, I did not connect with the storyline or the characters. The overall premise of the book is interesting, but the one-dimensional characters and unnecessary filler made the story suffer in my opinion.

I know many readers did not like Joe, but I felt the opposite. To me, he was just a guy trying to do his job. For all of Remy's posturing about the restaurant, the readers (and some of his family members) could see what was really going on. Granted, there was a huge conflict of interest when it came to Joe and Remy, but they were both at fault for that. As for Remy, I loved his passion for the culinary arts, the family restaurant and his family, but he seemed a little too entitled, way too stubborn and too whiny for my liking. The fact that he would have rather sent his family into financial ruin for the sake of nostalgia and his own pride, rubbed me the wrong way. His brother, Andr
é, was nice enough, but relied too much on his family for just about everything and didn't seem like he could be his own person outside of them. The various storylines involving Remy's friends and family received more time than needed and weighed the book down. I also felt that the ending felt abrupt and a little too perfect, making me wonder why the conflict had been drawn out so long if it was only going to be wrapped up nicely after one gesture; granted, it was a huge gesture.

All in all, this was an okay read for me.

2.5 stars

Buy link
Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

~ M

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Laurent and the Beast by K.A. Merikan


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 135,000 words

Cover: Natasha Snow


Blurb


Nothing can stop true love. Not time. Not even the devil himself. 


1805. Laurent. Indentured servant. Desperate to escape a life that is falling apart.

2017. Beast. Kings of Hell Motorcycle Club vice president. His fists do the talking.

Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he’s covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurt his body, but damaged his soul and self-esteem, so he’s wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him.

Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse. Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast’s heartstrings. Laurent is so lost in the world around him, and is such a tangled mystery, that Beast can’t help but let the man claw his way into the stone that is Beast’s heart.

In 1805, Laurent has no family, no means, and his eyesight is failing. To escape a life of poverty, he uses his beauty, but that only backfires and leads him to a catastrophe that changes his life forever. He takes one step into the abyss and is transported to the future, ready to fight for a life worth living.

What he doesn’t expect in his way is a brutal, gruff wall of tattooed muscle with a tender side that only Laurent is allowed to touch. And yet, if Laurent ever wants to earn his freedom, he might have to tear out the heart of the very man who took care of him when it mattered most.