Thursday, November 7, 2019

now, but then too by Bagell


Alec finds himself watching over Magnus much like he did many years ago when Magnus pretty much died in his arms at the Institute. Fortunately, his husband is only suffering from a common cold and will be back to his old self very soon. While resting, Magnus remembers his time in the Institute's infirmary and what he noticed around him.

This is a really heartwarming story. I don't want to give too much away, but your heart will melt at Alec's sweet reassurances and declarations of his unwavering love. Definitely give this story a try!

If you need a refresher for the scene Magnus mentions in the story.
Just remember, Magnus is perfectly okay and living happily with his husband. 😃💜🖤

~ M

Photo & video credit: Freeform

Friday, November 1, 2019

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: Twice Shy by Sally Malcolm


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 88,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Sally Malcolm
New Milton Series

Book #1 - Perfect Day - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #1.5 - Love Around The Corner - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Between The Lines - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb
The last thing Joel Morgan wants is to fall in love again. Scarred by his failed marriage, Joel’s determined to keep his life emotionally stable—which means taking a job teaching fourth grade, fixing up his house on weekends, and avoiding absolutely all romantic entanglements. And he's doing great.

Until he meets sweet but struggling single dad, Ollie Snow.

Following the tragic death of his sister and her husband two years earlier, Ollie became the legal guardian of their two young sons—much to the horror of the boys’ conservative grandparents. They think Ollie’s too young and too unreliable to raise their grandsons. So to prove them wrong, Ollie’s determined to parent the boys without anyone’s help.

Until he meets reserved but caring teacher, Joel Morgan.

As the only two men in the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, Joel and Ollie are thrown together over a series of fundraising events, and somewhere between the Beach Fun Run and the Fall Festival they fall in love. But Ollie has another reason for moving to New Milton—a reason he’s keeping close to his chest—and Joel’s wounded heart won’t trust a man with secrets.

Dare they hope for a future together, or will their past pain keep them apart forever?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: Claiming Marcus by Jocelynn Drake


Title: Claiming Marcus
Series: Lords of Discord #1
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Publisher: Indie
Release Date: 10/31/2019
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 100,000
Genre: Romance, paranormal romance  

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Synopsis


Vampires slaughtered my family.

No one believed me until I met some new friends, who promised to help me get justice.

But nothing prepared me for Marcus Varik.

Tall, dark, and mind-numbingly sexy.

But he’s also shy, protective, and adorably eccentric.

Oh God, I should have never agreed to betray him.

Hopefully, it's not too late to fix my mistake before I lose more people I love.

Claiming Marcus is the first book in an MM paranormal romance series that has vampires, betrayal, annoying brothers, music, heartbreak, hope, sexy times, and a raven named Ozzie.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Familiar by AtowncalledMalec

Familiar by AtowncalledMalec

Magnus has been trying to gain the courage to request a particularly special piercing, but never expects to have such a strong connection with the tattoo artist/piercer who just so happens to be a mundane...or is he?
 
 A perfect representation of Alec in this story!
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I really enjoyed this story! Since it's tentacletober, I've read quite a few stories featuring tentacles and this is by far one of my favorites! It's sweet, fluffy, intense and just plain good. Give it try!

~ M

photo credit: Freeform

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Shadowhunters Flufftober: Roommates by alecmagnuslwb


Graduation is behind them and Magnus and Alec soon find themselves awaiting their roommate assignments for college. Even though they're attending the same university, things won't be the same for the couple. Since they were small children, they've lived within yards of each other, so the thought of potentially living across campus from one another is daunting. However, when Magnus receives the name of his roommate, he can hardly believe his eyes. Never has random selection been so perfect!

The author wrote this chapter in a month-long anthology of fluffy Shadowhunters stories and, so far, this is my favorite. It's just so darn cute! Definitely give this a try. It will leave you wanting to see more...in the best way possible.

~ M

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Book Review & GIVEAWAY: All or Nothing by Riina Y.T.

When shy sociology student Remington Belotti finds himself stuck on campus two days before Christmas, the handsome and untouchable Carter McCormack unexpectedly offers him a ride home. Having secretly longed for Carter’s attention for over a year, his sudden interest, along with the kind gesture, gives Remmy hope that his attraction might be returned, after all.

On their way to Remy’s hometown, they encounter bad weather and are overtaken by an unforgiving blizzard, leaving them stranded along the highway. The sparks of attraction fly in the safety of Carter’s car, where they share heartfelt confessions along with body heat and gummy bears. When they check into a motel for the night, their electrifying bond deepens, and their shared time might just bring Remmy and Carter the Christmas surprise they could only have dreamed of.


This is a sweet, feel-good story about two guys who have been crushing on each other for a long time and finally get to confess their feelings when they travel together and are eventually stuck with one another during a snow storm. I really enjoyed the likeable characters and seeing their relationship develop. If you're in the mood for a quick, heartwarming read, this is the book for you!


I received a copy of this book from the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design and voluntarily provided my honest review.

~ M

Friday, September 27, 2019

Catharsis (Having It Out) by Aria_Lerendeair

Catharsis (Having It Out) by Aria_Lerendeair

After their beautiful wedding and honeymoon, Magnus and Alec return home to start their lives together. However, there is a very important conversation they need to have before they can move forward. It's going to hurt, but it's necessary for the success of their relationship.

This is a beautiful story that I believe will be greatly appreciated by fans. Magnus and Alec sit down and actually talk about everything. Not only is the process cathartic for the two main characters, but also for the readers. There are certainly heartbreaking moments in this story, but always keep in mind that Magnus and Alec love each other immensely and are married and embarking on a new life. You won't be disappointed in this wonderful story of love, healing and forgiveness.

~ M

photo credit: Freeform

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sweet Home Alexander by honestmalec

Sweet Home Alexander by honestmalec

Magnus is set to walk down the aisle, but there's one little problem. He's still married to his childhood sweetheart. Determined to get his affairs in order before he says "I do," Magnus returns to his small hometown in hopes of getting his husband to sign the divorce papers. 

As some of you may have recognized, this fanfic is inspired by the movie Sweet Home Alabama. I've only watched the film once, so I look forward to seeing how the author can weave our favorite Shadowhunters characters into the storyline. So far, I'm really enjoying the read! Check it out for yourselves!

~ M

photo credit: Freeform

Friday, September 13, 2019

Book Review & GIVEAWAY: Puzzle Me This by Eli Easton

Luke Shumaker begins receiving cryptic messages in the local newspaper's daily crossword puzzle that seem eerily aimed at him. Alex Shaw, a crossword puzzle writer, has had a crush on the game designer, and fellow neighbor, for a while and figures the messages would be an interesting and different way to get his attention. When the men finally meet, there is instant chemistry, but there is also one glaring obstacle: Alex is confined to a wheelchair. 

I thought this story was sweet and relatively uncomplicated. The chemistry between the MCs was great and I really enjoyed their humorous banter. I did feel that the requisite conflict/misunderstanding was little cliche, but the author didn't drag it out forever. Unfortunately, the ending came rather abruptly and left me wanting more to help tie things up completely.

Like many of Andrew Grey's books, I appreciated that Eli Easton incorporated towns and locations with which I'm familiar in rural Pennsylvania. It's always nice to read about these places in fiction and know that I can relate in some fashion.

~ M

Thursday, September 12, 2019

SIGNS of Love by QueenyClairey

SIGNS of Love by QueenyClairey

Magnus takes his son to a convention for his absolute favorite TV show so that he can meet his all-time favorite actress. When Magnus is unexpectedly asked onto the stage, he not only helps people in the audience understand the panel through his interpreting, but he also has the opportunity to get a much closer look at the actor he definitely does not have a crush on, Alec Lightwood! 😏

There are stories out there that just make you feel warm and happy and this is definitely one of them! It's still in its early stages, but if the first two chapters are anything to go by, we're all in for a great treat! QueenyClairey was inspired to write this story after seeing all of the fun that was had at the Shadowhunters conventions this summer. We all know that Shadowhunters did an excellent job when it came to representation and the author portrays another community that is still often overlooked in a thoughtful and respectful way. #RepresentationMatters 

Definitely check this one out! I highly recommend it!

~ M

picture credit: Rostercon

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Blog Tour: Him Improvement by Tanya Chris


Book Title: Him Improvement

Author: Tanya Chris

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza

Release Date: September 3, 2019

Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance

Trope/s: enemies to lovers, opposites attract, millionaire, age gap

Themes: gentrification, compromise

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 60 000 words/ 161 pages



Blurb

The course of true love runs through every neighborhood….

Only one thing stands between Gregory MacPherson II and his dream revitalization project for the gritty neighborhood of Ball’s End: a rinky-dink, run-down used bookstore called Hailey’s Comic. But when master negotiator Mac shows up to make a deal with the owner, he comes face-to-face with quirky, colorful Hailey—unexpectedly good-humored about Mac’s attempted eviction and, also unexpectedly, a hot guy.

Hailey won’t give up his lease, no matter how much money Mac offers. When it comes to consummating their mutual attraction, though, he’s a lot more flexible. Soon Mac has as hard a time prying himself out of Hailey’s bed as he does prying Hailey out of the building. But Hailey doubts Mac’s plans serve Ball’s End’s best interests, and he insists Mac give him a chance to prove his case. If they’re going to build a happy ever after, one of them will have to be remade….

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Blog Tour: Would it Be Okay to Love You? by Amy Tasukada


Length: 118 pages

Would It Be Okay To Love You Series
Book #1 - Would It Be Okay To Love You - Universal Link
Book #2 - Year One - Universal Link
Book #3 - Happy Merry Christmas - Universal Link
Book #4 - Year Two - Universal Link

Blurb

A voice actor out of the closet. A boyfriend in the tabloids. Can their love survive the trappings of fame?

Aoi is more comfortable in the recording studio than in the limelight. But when his boyfriend persuades him to come out on national TV, he skyrockets from D-list adult voice actor to gay icon. Caught in a whirlwind of fame, Aoi worries the wear and tear will be too much for his vocal cords—and his heartstrings—to handle.

Sato is a diehard fan of geek culture and his dreamy boyfriend. So when Aoi’s newfound star power gives him a chance to voice a favorite anime character, Sato’s over the moon. But after doctors diagnose Aoi with a career-threatening throat condition, Sato doesn’t know which is worse—the relentless rumor mill or his crushing guilt for pushing the man he loves to the brink of ruin.

In the midst of a media frenzy and medical emergencies, can Aoi and Sato’s love survive, or will it be silenced forever?

Year Three is a heartwarming gay romance with a unique Japanese setting. If you like steamy chemistry, Japanese anime culture, and emotional journeys of overcoming the odds, then you'll adore Amy Tasukada’s pitch-perfect slice-of-life anthology collection.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

If You're Gonna Hit Me, Hit Me Harder... by I_have_a_Mycroft_of_my_very_own


Shortly after Alec decimated his heart and broke up with him, Magnus walks aimlessly through the streets. He has no magic, no home and now, no boyfriend. He doesn't know how he'll move forward until he encounters an angel friend he hasn't seen in years.

I'm pretty new to Good Omens, but I love what I've watched so far, so reading a story that throws Malec, Aziraphale and Crowley together is right up my alley. I love the banter between the Good Omens MCs as well as the engaging angst between Malec. I also have to applaud the author for their clever use of several well-known characters throughout literature, rounding out this story perfectly!

If you're in the mood for a humorous story with a healthy dose of Malec angst and hurt/comfort, this is the story for you! You won't be disappointed!

~ M

photo credit: Freeform

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Blog Tour: Today (Single Dads #2) by RJ Scott


Length: 55,500 words approx.
Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Single Dads Series 
Book #1 - Single -  Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

Blurb
When the world labels a man and judges them blindly, is it possible to ever find love?

Firefighter Eric is on the front line, battling the threat of nature’s destruction in the California grasslands alongside his CalFire team. Focused and calm, even in the direst of situations, he has a strong affection for his fire truck, loves his career, and has best friends he can rely on. All he needs now is love, but that seems to be impossible to find. At his friend’s wedding. Eric falls in lust at first sight with the shy, slim and sexy Brady, even if Brady isn’t the type of guy he usually goes for. What Eric longs for is an equal in his bed, not a smaller guy who might want Eric to role-play big strong firefighter every time they have sex. He wants to find someone he can be vulnerable with, someone who will love him for his soft heart and quiet ways.

Brady’s life plans grind to a halt when his niece and nephew lose their parents in a tragic accident, and he becomes a dad overnight. His Developmental Coordination Disorder rules his life, but he fights both DCD and the fears that chase him every day, to give Maddie and Lucas a home. Agreeing to go to a friend’s wedding is a decision he regrets long before he even gets there. But, he refuses to give in to his fear, even if he might do something that makes him a target for people’s comments and laughter. Meeting Eric, a huge man with a gentle voice and a flair for chivalry, he falls hard. Now, if only he can let himself get past his panic that Eric would never want someone like him, then maybe he could fall in love for real.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Romance Abroad by alecmagnuslwb

A Romance Abroad by alecmagnuslwb
 
Magnus and Alec are in their final semester of college and studying abroad. They've had a huge crush on each ever since they discovered they'd be roommates. Things finally heat up and soon they discover that their feelings are far deeper than just a crush or fling. One day they come up with a crazy idea, they should get married. Will they follow through with their idea or will reality, family and friends put a stop to their whirlwind romance?

I really enjoyed this story! It's adorable, sweet, heartwarming and everything you could hope for in a good fluffy one-shot. Definitely check this one out! It will certainly bring a smile to your face and give you the warm and fuzzies.

~ M

Monday, August 12, 2019

Tales from the Convention by QueenyClairey

Tales from the Convention by QueenyClairey

Clary drags Magnus to a fan convention when Simon falls ill and is uable to go. At first Magnus thinks that this is going to be a boring day spent with a bunch of rabid fans, but he soon finds out that the most unexpected connection can be made with a perfect stranger.

This is an adorable story! If you enjoy going to fan conventions or Comic-Con, you will definitely relate to this story! I know you'll have a lot of fun following Magnus and Clary during their adventure at the con! Check it out!

~ M 

picture credit: Freeform

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A Bridge Never Built... by Morgana_avalon

A Bridge Never Built... by Morgana_avalon

Azazel has returned to get his revenge on Magnus and almost succeeds when Magnus loses his magic. Against his better judgement, Alec goes to the only person who could help them...or irrevocably hurt them more.

This story is SO GOOD! We all know that the relationship between Magnus and Asmodeus is chilly at best, but this AU delves deeper into their past and the true feelings they hold for one another as father and son. I know you'll start to question your own feelings towards the Prince of Hell. If you're looking for a fascinating and engaging read, this is the story for you! Highly recommended!

~ M

photo credit: Freeform

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Blog Tour: Complementary Colors by Adrienne Wilder


Book Title: Complementary Colors

Author: Adrienne Wilder

Publisher: Self-Published

Cover Artist: Adrienne Wilder

Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance

Trope/s: From different worlds

Themes: mental illness, PTSD, HEA

Heat Rating: 5 flames 

Length: 362 pages

It is a standalone story.



Buy Links - Available on Kindle Unlimited





Blurb 

My sister Julia manipulated my life into a prison to keep me silent about our dirty family secret. Her greed made me a slave and circumstance left me with no way to escape.

Trapped, the only way I could silence the nightmares driving me to insanity was to wrap them in color, hold them with shadow, and stitch them to negative space with line.

But no matter how bright the pigments, no one could see my confession.

Except for Roy Callahan.

I thought he was just another nameless one-night stand in a long line of many. 

But I was wrong. Roy could see past the façade of my life and through the veil color over the canvas. He could see what the world couldn’t.

And with him I’d find the courage to tell the truth about the boy.

The boy who kissed me.

The boy who loved me.

The boy whose name I couldn’t remember.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Blog Tour: I've Got You by Becca Seymour


Book Title: I’ve Got You
Author: Becca Seymour
Publisher: Rainbow Tree Publishing
Cover Artist: Booksmith Design
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance
Trope/s: Single dad romance
Themes: Coming out, forgiveness
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 69,000 words/240 approx. pages

It is a standalone story. It is the same world with different characters as Let Me Show You.


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Blurb

When a single dad and a newly outed veterinarian meet by chance, it takes red-cheeked conversations, a tentative friendship, and the willingness to put their hearts on the line to show these men they’re made for each other.

Single dad Davis Jackson is busy balancing his coffee shop and being the best dad he can be. That doesn’t mean he’s not lonely. After a fumbling encounter with a man who looks as gorgeous as he does unhappy, Davis is left wondering who the mystery man is.

All Davis knows is that he has never felt such an instant attraction to anyone before, but when he discovers the brown-eyed man’s identity, it’s clear the recently out-of-the-closet veterinarian is lost and quite possibly broken.

A swoon-worthy low-angst stand-alone contemporary M/M romance featuring characters from LET ME SHOW YOU.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Blog Tour: The Yakuza Path by Amy Tasukada



Blood Stained Tea
A bloody past haunts him. A devastating present calls him back…

Nao hides from his violent past in the Japanese mob by opening a teahouse in Japan's cultural center, Kyoto. His past comes flooding back when he discovers a gravely injured man with a tattooed chest, a bloody knife, and a Korean business card.

Saehyun would've died if not for Nao's help. He knows nothing of his savior's connection with the local mafia, but Saehyun has his own secrets. He commands the Korean mafia, the mortal enemy of Nao’s former syndicate.

As Nao and Saehyun grow closer, so does the strength of the Korean mob. A shocking murder pulls Nao back into a past he'd all but abandoned. War is looming, and Nao must choose between protecting Saehyun or avenging the honor of his old mafia family.

Better Than Suicide

A twisted cop. A mob on the verge of self-destruction…

Nao Murata is the new Godfather of the Matsukawa syndicate. When Detective Yamada confronts Nao over a dead drug dealer, the Nao knows his organization isn’t responsible. The Matsukawa doesn’t deal drugs… or does it?

When Nao discovers drugs in a locker owned by his syndicate, he no longer knows who to trust. With the police bearing down on the Matsukawa, Nao must make unlikely allies to find out the truth. Can he discover who is betraying him before time runs out, or will everyone suffer for a crime he didn’t commit?

One Thousand Cranes

When a body goes missing, a young Yakuza’s life hangs in the balance…

Aki Hisona’s latest promotion is a cause for celebration. But because his new job is working as the personal secretary for the Yakuza's Kyoto-based godfather, it’s also a cause for dangerous envy. He takes an invitation from a friend for congratulatory drinks, but Aki never thought the night would end with a deadly knife fight…

Aki is tasked with disposing of his friend’s corpse, but there’s one problem: the body is missing. As body parts surface around town, it’s only a matter of time before the police piece together the clues. But keeping one step ahead of the cops may not matter if Aki can’t solve the mystery before his cold, unforgiving godfather boss does…

The Deafening Silence

An unproven alliance. A broken promise. A mafia boss must shed blood to secure peace…

Nao Murata is on the verge of brokering peace between his syndicate and the rival Mafufgumi mob. To seal the deal, he’ll need to pick up Russian prostitutes to appease his newest ally. When the exchange goes sour, both sides draw blades and Nao has no choice but to care for a blood-soaked enemy. If the man doesn’t make it through the night, Nao and his crew will pay with their lives.

Outnumbered and stranded in enemy territory, Nao is forced to fight his way out before the Mafufgumi Godfather takes the deal off the table. As his wounded enemy’s heartbeat slows, Nao must act fast or condemn his syndicate to a brutal turf war.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Blog Tour: Impossible Things by Beth Bolden


Book Title: Impossible Things (Star Shadow series #2)

Author: Beth Bolden

Publisher: Beth Bolden Books

Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood Designs

Genre/s: Contemporary MM Romance. Friends to lovers. Slow burn. Rock star romance.

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 80,000 words

Release Date: June 10


 

Buy Links - Available on Kindle Unlimited





It’s never the end . . . it’s only the beginning.


Blurb

For the last ten years, Benji and Diego have not only been members of Star Shadow, one of the biggest boy bands in the world, but best friends. During the years of fame and fortune they've also held a front row seat to the callous cruelty of the music industry. As much as they've both wanted more from their relationship, it never felt worth it to trade what they have for something hot, heady and completely impossible.

But is it really?

After welcoming back their long lost member and making it through their reunion tour with a new lease on fame, life suddenly seems too short to continue settling for safety.

Benji and Diego could have everything they’ve ever wanted, but can they figure out how to choose each other? Despite every impossible thing the world intends to throw at them?

It’s never the end . . . it’s only the beginning.



Excerpt

“Are you okay?”

Benji glanced up and of course it was Diego. Of course it would be him who’d know that something was wrong.

He cleared his throat, his tongue suddenly thick in his mouth. The panic hadn’t faded entirely yet, and he felt too close to the edge still, but Diego reached out and cupped his shoulder with his hand. The fear retreated a little more.

If he couldn’t be honest with Diego, could he be honest with anyone?

“I was just thinking of the last bow, the one we took when we didn’t know it was the last one,” Benji admitted.

After a moment of hesitation—which Benji understood entirely, their friendship sometimes seemed like a walk through a minefield—Diego pulled him into a hug. His hands hovered over Diego’s shoulders before giving in and gripping him tightly.

They stood there together for a long moment, holding on to each other. Benji let his head fall down to Diego’s shoulder, but otherwise they didn’t move.

“It was hard, because we didn’t know it was over, but it was over,” Diego finally said, the sound of the stagehands beginning to take down the stage around them punctuating his words. “But it turns out that it’s not really over after all.”

Benji didn’t want to say that some mornings he woke up and for a split second he still thought it was over. That he sometimes had to remind himself that he wasn’t on his own again, that he wasn’t struggling with a career that didn’t fit quite right, that he didn’t miss his boys so much he ached, that he hadn’t ultimately crashed and burned.

“It’s hard to forget, sometimes,” he said, even though he hadn’t really meant to say anything at all.

Diego pulled back, and even in the dim of backstage, Benji could see the empathy in his eyes. “You know, you’re more than your achievements,” Diego pointed out softly.

It wasn’t like he hadn’t been told that before, but something about the earnest belief in Diego’s voice made him want to believe this time. The problem was knowing, with crystal clear clarity, what he was capable of. And never being able to settle for less than that, without that ugly voice yelling in his ear that he’d failed again.

“I know.” Benji’s smile was wry. “Theoretically.” Reluctantly, he let go of Diego. Too long holding him, too long of them holding each other, and he was going to want even more than he already did.

Diego laughed. “Yeah, that’s the whole problem. Theoretically. You’re rich and famous. You don’t need to work so hard all the damn time. You’ve made it, Benji.”

All theoretically true.

If only that voice would shut the fuck up sometimes.

“Yeah,” Benji said, rolling his eyes. “I know.” He paused. He and Diego had been practically inseparable this tour, but it was ending tonight, and they had two weeks in LA before the recording sessions on the new album started. Even though they’d spent so much time together already, the idea of a two-week break from Diego hurt. It had never hurt before. Somehow, Benji knew, they’d crossed that point of no return. Friendship alone would never be enough again. Had it been the kiss? He could barely remember it, it had been so short and brief. Nothing like he’d always imagined. He’d wanted a do-over for the last six months, but maybe they needed more privacy for that.

“Hey,” he started again hesitantly, “we should get together when we get back to LA.”

Diego was leading the way back to the green room and didn’t look at Benji. “I’m not sure. I’ll probably be busy with Ana.”

Benji knew how much he loved his daughter, and how much he’d missed her on this tour, even though his ex, Vicky, had brought her to as many tour stops as she could. So he didn’t know what to say to that. Even though it was probably true, it was hard not to see it as a brush-off. Diego was good with people; he wouldn’t give a brush-off that felt like one. He’d make it sound legit, all to spare Benji’s feelings.

The question was why was he brushing him off, right after hugging and reassuring him? Benji didn’t know, and didn’t know how to bring it up, because they were walking into the green room, and Max was spraying the walls with a bottle of sparkling apple juice and Leo and Caleb were dancing to the Black Eyed Peas, their favorite post-show soundtrack.



About the Author 

A lifelong Oregonian, Beth Bolden has just recently moved to North Carolina with her supportive husband. She still believes in Keeping Portland Weird, and intends to start a chapter of Keeping Durham Weird.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published eleven novels and four short stories, with Impossible Things, the next book of the Star Shadow series, releasing in June 2019.


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Friday, June 14, 2019

Book Review: Chef vs. Chef by MJ O'Shea

Bobby Diaz has worked his whole life to get where he is – running a restaurant with his two closest friends, no boss, and generally content. When his best friend Baldwin gets the gig of a lifetime, he asks Bobby to take over the restaurant while he’s gone. He’ll miss his friend, but he’s excited to put himself to the test. He can’t believe he’s getting the chance to finally run his own kitchen.

Cal Mayer is thirty and starting over. His last relationship was a failure. His job went down the drain. So when his cousin Pete, a.k.a Baldwin Powell celebrity chef, offers him a gig in his restaurant, he can’t help but to jump at the offer to reinvent himself.

Bobby and Cal don’t exactly hit it off—to put it lightly. Bobby resents getting Cal dumped in his lap. Cal doesn’t appreciate Bobby’s frosty attitude. They’re stuck together day and night, and their chemistry is undeniable… but will it be sweet summer love or a case of too many chefs in the kitchen?


I enjoyed this latest effort by MJ O’Shea. Anything with chefs, especially chefs who fall in love, is right up my alley. All of the main characters were quite likable for the most part. Bobby was particularly prickly when Cal arrived, but I understood why. My only issue with the story was the inevitable conflict between the main couple. I felt it was a little forced and it’s resolution very rushed. The side characters, Murph and Baldwin/Pete, were great and I will definitely read the first book in the series to learn more about them and their sweet relationship. All in all, this was a good read, even though some of the characters frustrated me at times. lol

3.5 stars

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

~ M

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Blog Tour: Single by RJ Scott


Length: 54,000 words approx.
Cover Design: RJ Scott

Blurb

Reeling from the painful rejection of a man he thought he loved, Asher is left holding the baby.

Ash wants a family, and is determined to continue with a surrogacy he’d begun with his ex. Bringing baby Mia home, he vows that he will be the best father he can be. Nothing in this world matters more to him than caring for his daughter, not even accidentally falling in lust with the doctor next door. Challenged by his growing attraction to Sean, and confronted by painful memories of his family, Ash has to learn that love is all that matters.

When ER doctor Sean moves in with his friends next door to sexy single father Ash, he falls so quickly it takes his breath away. The sex they have is hot, but Ash is adamant his heart is too full with love for his daughter to let anyone else in. Why is Sean the only one who sees how scared Ash is, and how can he prove to his new lover that he desperately wants the three of them to become a family?

Friday, June 7, 2019

Blog Tour: Kiss Me Again by Garrett Leigh


Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow With Kindle Unlimited
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Length: 227 pages

Blurb
Tree surgeon Aidan Drummond is content with his own company. He works alone, and lives alone, and it doesn’t occur to him to want anything else until a life-changing accident lands him in hospital. Then a glimpse of the beautiful boy in the opposite bed changes everything.

Ludo Giordano is trapped on the ward with a bunch of old men. His mind plays tricks on him, keeping him awake. Then late one night, a new face brings a welcome distraction. Their unlikely friendship is addictive. And, like most things in Ludo’s life, temporary.

Back in the real world, Aidan’s monochrome existence is no longer enough. He craves the colour Ludo brought him, and when a chance meeting brings them back together, before long, they’re inseparable again.

But bliss comes with complications. Aidan is on the road to recovery, but Ludo has been unwell his entire life, and that’s not going to change. Aidan can kiss him as much as he likes, but if he can’t help Ludo when he needs him most, they don’t stand a chance.

"Kiss Me Again is a deliciously tender and prickly romance about the intimacy that comes with acceptance. Ludo and Aidan accept and love each other for exactly who they are—complications, injuries, mental health issues, moods—and I loved them for it." -- Roan Parish

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Blog Tour: Love & Tea Bags by C.F. White


Buy Links: Pride Publishing - To be released wide July 16
Cover Design: Erin Dameron-Hill
Length: 79,679 words
Publisher: Pride Publishing


Blurb

Fate can be written in a tea bag too.

Mark Johnson is hitting his forties and is stuck in a rut.

He's had the same boring office job for ten years, with no motivation or inclination to change it. The same crumbling house for ten years, with no cash or know-how to fix it. And the same Facebook status for five years—it's complicated. It isn't. He's single. He just doesn't want to correct it. That would be admitting defeat.

The day a tea bag splats onto his face whilst he’s emptying the dregs of his morning cuppa at Macy's Tea Shoppe is the one that makes him question each of his current life choices…the tea bag and that the shop is currently being run by one rather friendly, rather hunky, but rather young Australian named Bradley Summers.

Tea has never tasted so good.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Book Review & Blog Tour: The Color of Summer by Anna Martin

Tattoo artist Max Marshall races into his hometown of Sweetwater, West Virginia—and is promptly pulled over for speeding. Max’s luck isn’t all bad, though, because he recognizes the deputy, Tyler Reed, Max’s childhood best friend’s older brother.

Reconnecting with Tyler helps Max settle back in, and it also leads to attraction. But when he tries to explore that connection at the grand opening of his tattoo studio—by kissing Tyler—awkwardness ensues. Max wants more, but has he misread Tyler’s signals?

As a single father raising a six-year-old daughter, Tyler doesn’t have much time to date. He’s ignored his attraction to men for years, but he can’t stop thinking about the kiss he shared with Max. If he can handle the complications of dating in a small town and the possible consequences to his career, this romance could blossom with all the colors of summer.

This book was nice. I wasn't wowed, but I didn't dislike it. The main characters are pretty likable, but I didn't really feel much of a connection between the two of them in this slow burn romance. All in all, this is a pleasant book. It's not my favorite from Anna Martin, but I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

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

~ M

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Blog Tour: Under the Jasmine Flowers by W.S. Long

Book Title: Under the Jasmine Flowers

Author: W.S. Long

Publisher: JMS Books

Cover Artist: Written Ink Design

Release Date: May 18, 2019

Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance

Trope/s: Forced in the closet until he realizes he has to be out

Themes: Coming out, forgiveness

Heat Rating: 3 flames 

Length: 73,321 words/154 pages


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Blurb

Jojo Arias, a Spanish-Filipino mestizo, didn’t expect to meet a U.S. Marine in a swank bar in the Philippines. But, Jojo can’t deny the electricity they have once he meets Adam. Although they come from different worlds, they struggle to keep their relationship private to protect Jojo’s status, and position as part of one of wealthiest and powerful in Filipino society. Billions of dollars could be easily lost if his family business was jeopardized by Jojo’s secret. Jojo is pressured to abandon Adam and live a life in the closet. When the struggle to maintain their secret romance unravels, Jojo is left with a life-changing decision to leave his family, or to pursue his love.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Blog Tour: It’s in My Blood by Sean Azinsalt


Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 62,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Blurb
Death eventually comes for us all. But what if there’s a way for older people to regain their youth? To stay a step ahead of the grim reaper?

Turning 40 was the last straw for me. It’s practically 60 in gay years and I wasn’t ready for dentures yet, so I came to Youthology — a program that injects clients with blood transfusions from young, fit and healthy donors.

I chose Nick.

Handsome. Masculine. And more importantly, young.

I thought I hit the lottery, until my life started to change for the worst. Not even the top medical experts can explain what happened to me. From the moment Nick’s blood flooded into my veins, I stopped being me, and I became something new; something dangerous and deadly.

I became my donor.

His obsessions are mine now. His darkest desires, his dreams, his needs, and nightmares are all a part of me, and I don’t want to let them go.

I embrace them and the beautiful boy who haunts both of our dreams.

My blood pact was sealed the moment I entered Youthology.

I never thought I’d become a killer.

This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and contains a dark M/M romance.

Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.

Author Bio

Sean Azinsalt is the pen name for Shane K Morton.

Shane lives in Studio City, CA with his husband Jody and their fur baby Slayer. His first novel, The Trouble With Off-Campus Housing was published in 2016. When not writing, Shane can be found at a film festival or performing cabaret somewhere in a dark dive bar in LA.

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