Friday, March 15, 2019

Book Review & GIVEAWAY: A Forever Kind of Love by L.A. Bryce

You never forget your first love ... especially when they cause you pain. Chase thought he was doing the right thing when he left Liam years earlier, but when he finds out he was wrong, it might be too late. The trust they once shared may be past the point of repair.

The Forever Kind of Love is a story of second chances that asks the question -- is a good reason enough to wash away the years of hurt it caused? Chase comes home from the military ready to start his life with Liam. But he discovers Liam’s life has already started without him. Is there a place for him in it? Is the possibility of more pain worth the risk for Liam?

If that isn’t hard enough, they only have the week Chase is on leave to come to terms with their future. Can they find forever in seven days?

I enjoyed this short story about second chances at love. The main characters are both likeable, but at times they were a little frustrating because I wanted to shake both of them, hoping they'd gain a little sense. My heart went out to Chase and Liam and the pain they experienced, but I also felt a sense of hope. This is a really sweet story that you can enjoy over your lunch break or a soothing drink at your favorite coffee shop.

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

Friday, March 8, 2019

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: Moved By You by Ann Lister

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Length: 67,000 word approx.

Vance feels trapped. He never cared about his family’s wealth and prestige, but he finds himself pinned in place by the weight of his father’s expectations. Vance would much rather sweat in his studio creating metal sculptures with his blow torch than take any kind of position at the family firm. When pressure from his father mounts, Vance is torn between going with the flow or making waves. But everything changes when Vance hits a bike messenger with his car.

Kyle has drifted through his life with a massive chip on his shoulder against the privilege that’s always been just out of reach. His job as a bike messenger doesn’t help. He’s stuck delivering packages to the very elites he loathes. When Vance crashes into Kyle, they’re suddenly thrust onto different paths than they ever expected. But can they take this new path together, or will egos and societal privilege create too many obstacles to overcome?

Monday, March 4, 2019

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: The Ghosts Between Us by Brigham Vaughn

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Length: 130,000 words approx.

Dr. Christopher Allen knows how to deal with death. He’s a psychiatrist who works with hospice patients and their families, helping them cope with grief and letting go. But Chris’s job doesn’t prepare him for the sudden death of his devil-may-care brother Cal.

At Cal’s funeral, Chris is completely thrown when he meets Elliot Rawlings, an artist Cal has been dating. Chris is hurt to discover that the brother he knew as straight was actually bisexual. Elliot is angry and resentful of having been kept hidden from Cal’s family.

After the funeral, a night of drinking at the bar with Cal’s friends leads to Chris and Elliot falling into bed together. The next morning, they’re overwhelmed by guilt and grief and agree to never speak of it again.

But Cal’s apartment needs to be packed up and Elliot reluctantly agrees to help Chris, as well as answer some questions about Cal’s life and their relationship. Despite their guilt and initial dislike for one another, they sort through the pieces of Cal’s life and begin to fall for each other.

Despite his best efforts to fix things, Chris’s family seems to be crumbling around him and he begins to question who he is and what his role with them is. As his feelings for Elliot grow, Chris must decide if they’re worth further damaging his fragile relationships with his friends and family.

Elliot’s rough upbringing has left him distrustful of getting close to anyone, much less another man who isn’t willing to acknowledge him in public. The odds seem stacked against Chris and Elliot, but if they can overcome them, they may be able to lay Cal’s ghost to rest, along with their own demons.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: Helix by Anna Martin

Length: 61,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

When high school student James has trouble with his truck, Dylan, who is studying to be a mechanic, comes to the rescue. James thinks he hides his immediate attraction well, but is happy to be wrong when Dylan asks for his number. Since James is new to romance, they take things slowly, and because Dylan is in college, James keeps the budding relationship secret from his overprotective dad.

Across town, Mark, a teacher and single father to James and his sister, Frankie, meets Steve at a bar for what both believe will be a quick hookup. Mark doesn’t see any reason to tell his kids about Steve or press Steve for details about Steve’s adopted son…. It’s just sex between them. Isn’t it?

Two very different love stories grow side by side, each hidden from the other. But all of that changes at a family barbecue, when Mark decides it’s time for his kids to meet Steve and for him to meet James’s boyfriend, who none of them realize is Steve’s son, Dylan. The inevitable explosion means the two couples have some explaining to do to soothe the hurt feelings of their families—and lovers.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Weight of Lives by Fanatic_weirdo

Weight of Lives by Fanatic_weirdo

When Magnus is unable to save a warlock, he is devastated and feels like a failure. These things aren't supposed to happen on his watch, and Magnus soon finds himself falling into a dark abyss of a self-loathing and doubt. Alec does his best to support his husband, but when another emergency arises involving warlock, Magnus refuses to fail again.

Although the subject matter is pretty heavy, this is a beautiful story. Not only do we see the immense love Magnus and Alec have for one other, but we also see how deeply committed Magnus is to his people. This is not a story you want to skip over. Highly recommended!

~ M

P.S. Don't forget to tune in tonight for the 3B premiere of Shadowhunters!

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Blog Tour: Better Place (Rainbow Place #3) by Jay Northcote

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Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited
Length: 66,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Rainbow Place Series 
Book #1 - Rainbow Place - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Safe Place - Amazon US | Amazon UK


Joe deserves better. Meeting Dylan helps him see that.

After a recent redundancy, Joe takes a few months off to try and make it as a writer. His partner, Harry, is less than supportive but Joe is used to that after ten years together, just like he’s used to Harry’s controlling nature and his drinking habit.

Dylan, a server at Rainbow Place, is fascinated by Joe as he sits in the café and works on his laptop. His attempts to flirt are met with awkwardness at first, but gradually Joe opens up. Dylan is disappointed when he learns Joe isn’t single. As their friendship develops he begins to worry about the nature of Joe’s relationship, especially when he witnesses Harry’s behaviour in person. Abuse isn’t always physical, and Dylan knows that from experience. His concern helps Joe see his relationship for what it is, and gives him the courage to end things with Harry.

Free to act on their mutual attraction, Joe and Dylan dive headlong into something that becomes serious fast. Joe revels in the passion and intimacy he’s been missing out on for so long, but Dylan is worried that Joe is on the rebound. He puts on the brakes, knowing that they need to slow down to make this last. For this new relationship to work, Joe needs to show Dylan that he’s ready to move on from the past.

Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone and has a satisfying happy ending.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

My Clumsy Darling by Malec_LB777

My Clumsy Darling by Malec_LB777

Magnus and Alec meet when they are children. Alec had tripped and fallen and Magnus helped him up. The two boys became fast friends and that friendship lasted well into adulthood. Now, many years later, Alec and Magnus are taking a new and wonderful step in their relationship.

This short one shot was a true joy to read and shows the magnitude of Alec and Magnus' special bond. If you're looking for something short, to the point and so sweet your heart will melt into goo, this is the story for you!

~ M

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