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Own Me by Brina Brady

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Blurb

Russian mobster Dmitri Dubrovsky weds former rent boy Brennen Brady.

Two husbands, deeply in love and lust, continue to doubt each other’s commitment and believe the worst. Dmitri’s possessiveness collides with Brennen’s jealousy and insecurity.

Brennen desires to fully submit and satisfy his husband’s every need, if only Dmitri would let him.

Everything is upended for the steamy couple when Dmitri’s ex-lover reveals a dangerous plot within the powerful Russian family’s organization. A series of events is set in motion that forces the pair to examine the depth of their devotion.

Dmitri’s secrets and lies, an effort to protect Brennen; lead to misunderstandings and conflicts. Through it all, the couple’s lust remains strong as they have blisteringly hot kinky sex at every opportunity.

Two husbands, still deeply in love and lust. Will that be enough when the family’s enemies bring the fight to their door?

Review

This is the second part of the “Rent Me” series. I started reading this book and then realised I needed to read the first part to appreciate the dynamics and the plot. I am glad that I did… Wow…  The jealousy and the insecurity between Bren and Dmitri feel so real in this story. I honestly wanted to go and talk to them in a motherly way to help them. That is how much I was caught up in the story of these two. Dmitri and Bren are not only lovable but also charismatic. Let us not forget Viktor, who still loves Dmitri…ohh..he is so manipulative! The dynamics between them is very gripping. There are layers and layers of depth in the story, and I felt compelled to digest each line slowly,  because the more I understood the guys, the better I appreciated the” Rent Me” series.

The D/S part in the story is refreshingly different, and certainly very complex (please read the first story). I couldn’t help but love Bren who still seeks reassurance and love…That part is so powerful as you will see in the way Dmitri responds to his husband. There are other characters in the story which made me hope Brina Brady will continue to expand on the “Rent Me” series so that I can get to know the other characters more intimately within their own stories.

There is a lot of drama, passion and heightened emotions in this story…and my stars, the sizzling sex scenes are sensuous, and emotional . I really hope Dmitri and Bren will find their happy end , otherwise Brina will hear me crying my eyes out all the way from Australia. 5 stars

About the Author

I read and write M/M Gay Erotica/Romance novels.

I am a retired high school teacher with a Master’s Degree from California State University of Long Beach and UCLA.

I taught various high school subjects including the following:world history, math, Algebra, Careers, CAHSEE prep, Independent Studies,science, Adult School, Orientation, and even middle school for three years. Let’s not talk about the middle school experience. I prefer teaching high school seniors.

During the day, I read and write. I enjoy taking writing classes in my spare time.

Check Brina out at her website.

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INTERVIEW: Mending Fences by Nya Rawlins

Nya Rawlins has just released Mending Fences, book 6 in her Crow Creek series.  She joins us for an interview.

Mending Fences

Interview

Congratulations on the recent release of your story! It must have been a very exciting time to release your latest story. We were hoping you could share a little of your experience with your fans.

Firstly, can we talk about the cover of this story. Can you share with us a little about the cover design process, because all the covers in the series perfectly chosen telling something about the characters and the story.

Nya: My cover artist is the talented Sessha Batto. She and I have worked together for a long time, beginning way back in the dark ages when I was a publisher. We seem to be on the same wavelength when it comes to expressing the feel for each book. I choose the male models (photos, not live ones!) and sometimes the background. It helps that I have horses and a “Western-looking” landscape so I can use my own photo shoots (saves a bit of money doing that). Miss Winnie and young master Czar have figured prominently on a couple of the covers in the series.

For Mending Fences, it was an easy choice to include a Wyoming fence line along a lonely dirt road that reflected the journey of one of my favorite characters in all my books. Sessha uses the same color palette, along with layout, to give all the covers in the series a distinctive look.

Where did the inspiration for the series and also for this particular 6th story come from?

Nya: Wyoming and Colorado are like my second homes. I’ve spent many happy times packing into the mountains, riding the high country, and exploring just about every square mile you can reach, on and off-road. One of my best friends, sadly passed away, had a ranch near Laramie, Wyoming. I visited her many times over the years, learning the history and soaking up the lore of the west. I also had a rare opportunity to participate in a local rodeo as a barrel racer (no, I did not set any speed records, but I did stay on and completed three runs). And since cowboys have always been my heroes, it seemed natural to write about what I know and love so dearly. As for Mending Fences, it was the story that surprised me. I thought I would cap off the Crow Creek series with Flankman, but readers kept asking about Ben. When does Ben get his HEA? I guess that bad boy was listening because he kept whispering in my ear, teasing me until I gave up and gave in. I’m so happy I did.

Can you tell us a little about your characters, Ben and Matt?

Nya: Ben is the kind of person who wears his heart on his sleeve. He and Oak grew up together, came out together, and had each other’s backs when their respective families kicked them to the curb. He’s carried a torch for Oak most of his life. Ben is irreverent, has a wicked sense of humor, and is the one man you can count on when the going gets tough. And though he loves people and fits in wherever he goes, at heart he is a loner who wants nothing more than to give himself to the right person. Throughout the series, Ben has come up short in finding that person. While Ben is open and friendly with everyone, Matt is more of an introvert. He and Ash (Oak’s partner and husband) were boyhood friends. Growing up hiding who they were was hard on both men. Matt made a few poor choices as a teen but hoped to redeem himself by following Ash’s lead and joining the military. For eight years, he had a distinguished career until one mistake outed him and destroyed both his career and his self-esteem. When Matt returned to Crow Creek, it was to settle old scores and to try to find a measure of peace. He hadn’t planned on finding a man like Ben Kincaid who understood what it was like to live in the shadow of heartbreak.

Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

Nya: Ben is a bit of a revelation in Mending Fences. Generally, he jumps in where others fear to tread, but with Matt he’s not nearly so willing to dive in the deep end like he usually does. Yes, Ben’s tremendously attracted to Matt, but he’s also been hurt so much that he’s finally learned to step back, take it slow, and let someone else lead the way for a change. And the single most important lesson he can learn—that you can love someone and still let them go—is pivotal in bringing these two men together.

Will you be writing another edition to the series?

Nya: I have a Christmas novella in mind, a reunion of all the characters, plus a few surprises on how life has unfolded for one couple especially. I can tell you there will be a very special pony and a little magic involved.

Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? How do you spend your time when you are not writing?

Nya: Tending to the two horses (Mr. Bob and Czar) and the Hens from Hell, the three parakeets, and the love of my life, Little Miss Mayhem (my rescue kitty, for those who don’t know her) are what I do when I’m not writing. I’m retired from a high pressure job, so the fact I can pick and choose what I want to do with each day is a gift I take very seriously. I also love to cook, read and write reviews (for GGR-Reviews and my own site). I have a son transitioning to become my daughter, a most joyful and tremendously brave thing to do. It’s terrifying and exciting and fearsome watching her become the person she’s always wanted to be. And I am very, very proud of her.

Do you write other genres? If you do, where do you find your inspiration?

Nya: I’m a people watcher. I like nothing better than to lurk and listen. A stray word, an expression on someone’s face, a memory—all this is fodder for my stories. I do write in several different genres: YA fantasy, crime, M/F romantic comedy, paranormal, dark urban fantasy, and even science fiction romance. My characters rent apartments inside my head. They are like a Greek chorus, always demanding my attention, always surprising me with the twists and turns in their stories. I’m not sure where they came from, but I’m delighted they choose me to set down literary roots.

Can you tell us what you find the most challenging as a writer?

Nya: What’s tremendously challenging for me is to listen to my characters without prejudice, to give them the respect they deserve, and to make sure they are real, not stereotypes or cardboard mockups. Given I tend to be on the opinionated side, it’s not always easy to step back and let my characters develop at their own pace, with their own agendas, and their own way of working through the difficulties life throws at all of us. To do that, I truly have to be just the scribe, scribbling or typing as fast as I can, without inserting my own waggling finger and thou shalts into the mix. We argue now and then, especially me and Ben. I had thoughts about how this or that should go, but fortunately he had better ideas, bless that sly devil. I try hard, truly I do, not to love one of my guys more than another, but with Ben? Well, I can’t quite help myself. And no, he’s not complaining, blast his hide.

Thanks so much for having me, Lily! It’s been a pleasure to visit with you.

Review

I read the series several times as I always felt for Ben Kincaid. He was larger than life and certainly made himself very noticeable with his attitude and behavior…but one only needs to look at him with total focus and can see how much he was hung deep down. This man had real difficulties in dealing with his demons so I was relieved that Matt came to the ranch. The stars were aligned so well for them to the point, Matt and Ben had their opportunity to get to know each other in the best possible way. I did not say it was easy. I said the best possible way and what could be better than that opportunity to be in the wilderness, of course.  This story is a beautiful addition to the series, but now, I am left day dreaming and craving for more so I hope Nya Rawlyns is writing another wonderful addition.

Lily

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REVIEW: Absolution by E.M. Leya and Nicole Colville

Sinful Temptation Series

  • Horizontal Analysis – book #1
  • Absolution – book #2 (review below) Can be read standalone

Absolution

Blurb

Although this is book two in the collection, it can be read as a standalone or the first in the series.

For most of his adult life, Jon dedicated his life to the church, finding solace in helping others, but there has always been something missing. Up until now, he’s been able to push that aside and move forward, letting everyone think he’s happy and doing what he loves.

Ash doesn’t want to continue with life. Left behind to live a cold and empty life after his partner died in a tragic accident, he doesn’t see any future for himself. He goes through the motions of living, but inside he’s ready to give up. All that’s left behind is the anger and hurt he has inside him.

Finding comfort in each other’s company, the two men struggle with emotions, guilt and fears about the future. Confiding only in each other, they grow closer, both denying the bond building between them, and a past that won’t let them move on.

Review

I loved the first story in the series and I was more than happy to read “Absolution” and I am so glad that I had the opportunity.

I loved how I was instantly placed in the story which flowed so well from the first one so I recommend you to read the first story before you start this one to appreciate the whole series. I must also applaud Nicole Colville and  E.M. Leya because their work was so cohesive…it felt like one person wrote this story rather than two.

Jon as a Catholic priest stole my heart. His character was meaningfully complex bringing out a lot of emotions in me so I think he was the ideal man for Ash, who was still grieving over the death of his long term partner.

The way the awkward warmth and friendship blossomed between these two was just heart warming for me so you can imagine how emotional I became when their friendship evolved into something more deep. What happens between these two felt realistic for me and their struggle made sense. The dialogue was engaging and stirred a lot of emotions in me and what these two did was very sensuous.

I love the series so I know I shall reread them again as a weekend “Sinful Temptation” bonanza read. 5 stars.

Lily xx

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REVIEW: The V Unit by Max Vos

V Unit

The Blurb

Only a select few in the human world knew of the existence of the V-Unit, a small group of highly trained Marines – who happened to be vampires.
And it would have stayed that way.
But when events in the vampire world, threatened the stability of the human world, the powers that be called for the unit’s specialized services.
An intrepid war correspondent, Bronson Rudan, who’d seen more than his fair share of fighting, stumbles across the unit by accident, and is drawn into their world.
Bronson has no problem with that, given that he gets to spend time with a hunky Marine Lieutenant, Sarge. Although he won’t remember any of this when they’re through.
At least, that was the plan…

Contains M/M, M/M/M and M/M/M/M

Review

Wow….what a story…If you love vampires and sexy hairy guys who love to have their wicked-wicked ways, then you would like this story A LOT.

The story line is very different and refreshing with a very masculine tone, so I really got caught up in the V Unit and its characters. The sex scenes are written generously and very explicitly so be prepared to swoon.

I can’t help but believe that Max’s vampires feel more real than some of the other vampire stories that I read. I mean, his vampires are very confident, masculine and lack inhibition in a very burley way. This story is not fluffy with brooding sparkling vampires looking permanently hurt. Nope.. Max Vos’ vampires are badass guys who are also emotional, but in a very alpha way.

I am still debating whether I like David or Woody more…but then there is Burrows too…hmm. decisions…decisions…

I hope there will be a second and a third in the series. 4.5 stars

Lily x

About the author

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QUICK REVIEW: The Sky Is Dead by Sue Brown

The Sky Is Dead

The Sky Is Dead
by Sue Brown

The Blurb

Danny is young, gay, and homeless. He lives in the park, preferring to avoid attention, but when thugs confront a stranger, Danny rushes to his rescue. He and the would-be victim, Harry, form a cautious friendship that deepens months later, when Harry persuades Danny to visit his home. Daring to believe he has found happiness, Danny finds his world turned upside down yet again when tragedy strikes.

Until he runs out of options, Danny won’t trust anyone. Finally he has to accept the offer of a home, and Danny becomes David, but adjusting to a new life isn’t easy. When he meets the mysterious Jack, it stirs up feelings he thought were long gone. Can David dare to allow himself to love? Or will the truth bring his new world tumbling down around him?

What did I think?

Great plot, dialogue and ending.

I loved Danny for the way he survived on the streets and he never lost his humanity. There are a lot of realistic parts of this story which made me want to read it and I really appreciated the mix with a dose of unrealistic moments, like how he met Harry, Sylvia and Mary.

If this story would have been totally realistic, I reckon, I would have been gutted,  walking around with swollen eyes from crying. The  writer blended reality with HEA ending really well. The story gives a good insight towards homeless issues as well as the goodness and darkness in humanity. I loved the pace of the story too…

A great story that I would read it again. 4 stars.

Lily x

About the Author

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has got expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

 

 

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Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review and Giveaway! Dance Off by Ariel Tachna & Nessa L. Warin

 

Dance Off 

By Ariel Tachna & Nessa L. Warin

Blurb: 

On the reality show Dance Off, pro rugby player Olivier Gautier and Olympic swimmer JC Webster each have one goal in mind: to stay on the show as long as possible to earn his charity of choice maximum exposure and a larger donation. As the competition heats up, their goals expand to catching each other’s interest, but Olivier is firmly in the closet and plans to stay there. JC is willing to be discreet, but not to hide forever.

Starting a romance with another man is challenge enough for any celebrity, but doing it under the microscope of reality TV—and one majorly intolerant costar—is even harder. Add in meddling dance pros, JC’s overbearing family, and the need to play up chemistry with dance partners to win America’s hearts, and JC and Olivier’s time together is looking more and more like a recipe for disaster.

As the pressure to stay in the competition mounts, JC and Olivier must face their inevitable separation at the end of the show as well as decide whether a relationship as complicated as theirs can survive in the real world, outside the bubble of the set and practice studios.

 

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Excerpt

 

JC stretched up on his toes in the doorway to the old
restaurant that had been converted to a dining room for the cast, hooked his
fingers over the molding at the top, and leaned forward a little to stretch his
chest muscles. It hurt with the good kind of pain, and he stayed on his toes
until Chelsea came up behind him.
“Move,” she said, smacking him lightly on the ass and
knocking him off balance. “Some of us want to eat.”
“Some of us don’t want cramps later,” JC countered as he
stumbled forward. “I forgot to stretch my arms before coming up.”
“Well, you’ve stretched. Now let’s eat. We need to get back
downstairs.” Chelsea grinned and started making a sandwich from the deli meat
platter on the island. “The more we practice, the better you’ll be.”
“Not if I’m so stiff I can’t move.”
The sight of JC’s strong, compact body in a full stretch was,
as far as Olivier was concerned, the perfect anodyne for four hours of dancing
in shoes that felt like they were solid steel. He figured whatever Chelsea had
spent the morning doing to her partner, she needed to keep doing for another
several hours so Olivier could get another such view at the end of the day. “What’s
this about being stiff?” he asked as he took a plate for himself and prepared a
sandwich.
“Chelsea seems to think I should scarf down lunch and head
straight back to work.” JC took four bottles of water out of the refrigerator
and handed them around to Chelsea, Olivier, and Tricia. “I think I should take
time to stretch so I can move in the morning.”
“Worry about tomorrow in the morning,” Tricia said. “You’ve
still got four hours of rehearsal this afternoon. Everyone will be exhausted by
the end of the first week. It’s just the way it goes.”
“It can’t possibly be worse than the start of off-season
training after we’ve had a break post championships,” Olivier said. “Yes, it’s
eight hour days, but we aren’t lifting weights or running drills.”
“I’m just worried about using muscles I’m not used to using.
Swimming is very repetitive once you learn the right way to move. This is
different.” JC pulled his arms across his chest one at a time, stretching them.
The pull of muscle felt good and let him relax a little as he took a long
swallow of water and picked up his sandwich.
“You’ll be fine,” Chelsea said with a wink. “Though I would
like it if you could move in the morning.”
Olivier took another moment to appreciate the play of JC’s
muscles beneath his T-shirt and then forced himself to concentrate on lunch. He
still didn’t think it would be worse than the start of off-season training, but
that didn’t mean he intended to let anyone get the best of him. “You didn’t
stay here at the house last night,” he said to JC after a few minutes. “Do you
live nearby?”
JC swallowed the last of his sandwich and grinned. “No. I
live in Texas when I’m not training. My aunt has a house here in LA, though, so
Mama and I are staying with her.” He ducked his head as he realized he’d just
admitted he’d brought his mother with
him, and he tried not to think about whether he was more embarrassed because it
was Olivier or not. “She’s a huge fan of the show and insisted. My aunt said
she could stay too, and, well….” He shrugged, trying to play it off.
“And well, you love your Mama, and that’s as it should be,”
Olivier replied. “Don’t disappear every night, though. We had a good time
sitting around playing cards last night. Tyler says tonight he will teach me to
play rummy.”
“Tonight is family dinner. Mama, my aunt, all my cousins….”
JC chuckled ruefully. “There’s no way I can stay around tonight. If I miss it,
I’ll never live it down. You, uh—” He bit back the urge to invite Olivier over,
though he knew his mama would love it. “Let me know how the rummy goes. Maybe I’ll
stick around later in the week, and we can play.”
“Yes, another night,” Olivier said. This way he could learn
the game without JC present to see him embarrass himself. “You should bring
your mama to watch a rehearsal. I’m sure other couples would let her watch as
well.”
“Maybe once we’ve had a few more days to practice. I don’t
think Chelsea would appreciate Mama trying to give advice when I’m just
learning the moves.”
“I would be happy to meet your mother, but maybe not just
yet,” Chelsea said. “I’d hate for you to be embarrassed.”
“She’s more likely to embarrass you. I’m used to her.” JC
grinned. “She loves dancing, and she’s watched every episode of Dance Off. She’ll probably try to give
you advice about what the judges like and what gets audience votes. I wouldn’t dare let her watch other couples yet.”
“Maybe we should get her to come give us advice too,” Olivier
said with a wink for Tricia. “I could use all the help I can get.”
“Don’t you worry about that,” Tricia said. “We’ll make sure
to give the audience what they want. I already have an idea for your costume.”
“Nothing too over-the-top,” Olivier insisted.
JC smirked. “Oh please, Tricia, over-the-top. I want to see
Olivier shirtless. It’ll make all the girls swoon.”
No one would be swooning if they saw the burn scars on his
back, but he’d worry about convincing Tricia of that if it actually came up
with the costume department.
“Careful or I’ll get you shirtless too, JC,” Chelsea warned
as she bumped her shoulder against his. “I’m sure all the girls would love to
see your abs as well.”
“I’ve competed in a Speedo,” JC pointed out, trying to hide
his amusement and failing. Dance Off
was different from swimming, but shirtless was shirtless, and on the ballroom
floor, he’d still have on pants and shoes. “Dripping
wet
in a Speedo, mind you. No outfit you put me in could possibly be more
revealing than that.”
“Don’t tempt her,” Tricia said. “I saw some of the outfits
her partners wore in previous seasons.”
Don’t
tempt me,
Olivier thought, but he wasn’t quite ready to share with
everyone else just yet. He didn’t know Tricia and Chelsea that well, and while
he knew JC was bi, he didn’t know how JC would react to anything more than the
light flirting they had done so far. Olivier was willing to find out, but not
when they had an audience.
“I thought this was a family show,” Olivier said instead. “Doesn’t
everything have to be appropriate for children?”
“Swim meets are generally considered family friendly.” JC had
definitely gotten some well-concealed enjoyment out of watching some of his
teammates climb out of the pool at the end of practice or after swimming in a
meet, but there was no doubt that families of all sorts had watched them in
competition. “No one objected to the Speedo when I won races.”
“Swimming pools and dance floors are a little different,”
Chelsea said. “People expect you to be mostly naked and soaking wet at a pool.
Not while you’re dancing.”
“The costume designers know the guidelines,” Tricia added. “They’ll
keep everything in line. They do a fabulous job with fitting everything. We’ll
probably have the first meetings with them tomorrow so they can take
measurements.”
“It will be interesting to see what they come up with,”
Olivier said. He finished his sandwich and his bottle of water. “But now it is
time for more practice, yes?”
“Yes.” Chelsea finished her water and tossed the bottle in
the recycling bin under the counter. “Come on, JC. Time’s a-wastin’.”
“Slave driver,” JC muttered fondly, but he tossed his water
bottle in the bin and followed Chelsea out of the dining room, pausing to touch
the top of the doorframe as he passed through. “Don’t work too hard, Olivier.”
Olivier narrowed his eyes as JC disappeared down the hallway.
If they had known each other better, Olivier would have sworn that last little
stretch was for his benefit. As it was, he was left hot and bothered thinking
about it without any way to do anything about it.
“Don’t work too hard, mon
oeil
,” Olivier muttered. “We will show them how to do the cha-cha, n’est-ce pas, Tricia?”
She smiled at him. “Believe me—you have advantages in this he
doesn’t. Come on. Let’s get back to work.”

 

Review

4 Stars

For fans of “Dancing with the Stars,” the authors created a story just for you!

Olivier the rugby player was just lovable and the former Olympic swimming champion. JC was the ideal man for him so you can imagine the energy between these two yummy sportsmen. They simply reminded me of real life sporst guys who join TV dance competitions much like “Dance Off,” which really fed my imagination. I think I shall watch the competition with dreamy eyes from now on, trying to imagine whether there was romance between the dancers. Although a large focus is on the competition side in the story, but there was enough sizzle and romance that kept me going.

I sometimes struggled with the foreign words in the story because I do not know French or Spanish, but I kept assuming some of the meanings judging by the rest of the sentence so I continued reading. However, I think it would help the readers if some of the meaning of the these words were explained in brackets or something. Whenever I struggled with the foreign words too much, I just moved on to the next sentence or paragraph regardless, because the story was very engaging, funny and endearing.

About the Authors
Ariel Tachna lives outside of Houston with her husband, her daughter and son, and their two dogs.  Before moving there, she traveled all over the world, having fallen in love with France, where she met her husband, and India, where she hopes to retire some day.  She’s bilingual with snippets of four other languages to her credit and is as in love with languages as she is with writing.
You can find Ariel at

 

         
Nessa L. Warin lives in a fantasy world that’s mostly inside her head, though her physical address is in southwestern Ohio. Her two cats kindly play along with her fantasies and graciously let her pay all the bills, but they do require her to provide pampering on a regular basis. Nessa enjoys exploring the wonders of this world through travel—something her cats strongly disapprove of as it cuts into their pampering time—and can find whimsy in the most mundane places. When the real world becomes too much, Nessa enjoys dressing in costume and going to Renaissance Festivals and fantasy conventions. A short trip to either does wonders for her state of mind, so she makes sure to attend at least one of each a year. These trips help Nessa add to her collection of faerie and dragon art, and she swears she will frame and hang all the prints she’s collected some time soon.
When she’s not living in a fantasy world, Nessa enjoys tasting and learning about wine, particularly since it’s one of the few things she and the rest of her family agree on. She’s a regular at the wine tastings held by her local wine shop, and considers it a sin for her wine rack to have more empty spots than full ones. She’d prefer her wine rack to be filled with Pinot Noir, Malbec, and Syrah, but one of her favorite things about wine is the way it can always surprise her. More than once she’s been taken aback by which wine she likes best at a tasting, and she loves the way her wine rack illustrates the joys of trying new things.
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REVIEW: Johnnie by Cardeno C.

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Blurb

A Premier lion shifter, Hugh Landry dedicates his life to leading the Berk pride with strength and confidence. Hundreds of people depend on Hugh for safety, success, and happiness. And at over a century old, with more power than can be contained in one body, Hugh relies on a Siphon lion shifter to carry his excess force.

When the Siphon endangers himself and therefore the pride, Hugh must pay attention to the man who has been his silent shadow for a decade. What he learns surprises him, but what he feels astounds him even more.

Two lions, each born to serve, rely on one another to survive. After years by each other’s side, they’ll finally realize the depth of their potential, the joy in their passion, and a connection their kind has never known.

What did I think?

If you are looking for a different shifter story, C. Cardeno wrote one for you. This is a lion shifter story about a black alpha lion and his Siphon. The alpha premier is named Hugh, who is well above average human size and weight… doesn’t that sound so sexy to you? It does to me!

“The Siphon” is a new concept so it took a while for me to get into it, but who cares because this “Siphon” is nothing less than adorable and lovable. He was more than a living, breathing receptor of the Premiere’s overflowing power, but not in the eyes of the pack including their alpha. He was seen but not noticed so the story starts dramatically, which instantly drew me into it. It is rare that a writer bases a story of a character with issues such as the Siphon. The way Cardeno wrote about the Siphon’s feelings and his actions was harrowing and compelling. You need to read these parts to understand what I mean so I shall say nothing more to make sure you get the most out of the story because Siphon and his behavior play a crucial part in the story.

His despair broke my heart, but it also pushed his Premier to notice him for the first time… wow! This part was also written beautifully and with total empathy. I can visualize Hugh the Premier struggling to understand why Siphon was the way he was but I respected Hugh for trying to understand what was hurting the younger man.

Reading how they start re-establishing their relationship was nothing less than endearing because they were both learning something new about each other and about themselves. I found this part in the story also very engaging and captivating.

Hugh is the ultimate alpha male who cares, protects and is totally into his pack. I liked how Cardeno wrote parts from Hugh’s perspective because I had a glimpse into how his mind worked and his own personal struggles. For me, he was like any other alpha male in a great story, so what made this story different and captivating was the Siphon. I felt tearful when I read the part where Siphon was given his first proper name and he was named Johnnie.  Johnnie makes this story memorable for me. He is probably one of the most unforgettable fictional heroes for me so I just loved him.

The story has a great plot because it is very different and flows all the way through. I adored reading how the tender love grew between Hugh and Johnnie. I thought the sensuality between these two was sizzling, smoking hot. I mean, how wouldn’t anyone not like the thought of a very sensuous but innocent virgin male with an alpha male who has a high sex drive and massive pleasure giving spikes on his man-bits. I think part of the dialogue in the story was a little repetitive and not as unique as the plot was but it did not diminish the pleasure of reading this story which started with sadness and despair and ended beautifully.

4 stars

About the Author

Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan

When the opportunity arose to review the re-released version of Nowhere Ranch, we were excited. Two of us had read it and really enjoyed it but Lily hadn’t. We were keen to see what she thought of this hugely popular book. And I wasn’t disappointed. Read below for Lily’s comments. Plus we have a copy of the book for one lucky person who leaves a comment on the blog.

★★★★★

Roving ranch hand Roe Davis never mixes business with pleasure, but his new boss, Travis Loving, lines up with Roe’s kinks like a custom-set rail and makes it clear Roe’s days of running away from love are over.

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Blurb

Love will grow through the cracks you leave open.

Ranch hand Roe Davis absolutely never mixes business with pleasure—until he runs into his boss, Travis Loving, at the only gay bar within two hundred miles.

Getting involved with the ranch owner is a bad idea, but Roe’s and Travis’s bedroom kinks line up against one another like a pair of custom-cut rails. As long as they’re both clear this is sex on the side, no relationship, no interfering with the job, they could make it work.

Shut out by his family years ago, Roe survived by steadfastly refusing to settle into so much as a post office box. As his affair with Travis grows into more than just sex, Roe’s past catches up with him, threatening the thin ray of happiness he’s found, reminding him it’s well past time he went on his way.

But even a loner gets lonely, and at this point, there’s nowhere left to run. The shame and sorrow of what he’s lost will stay with Roe wherever he goes—until he’s ready to let love lead him home.

This novel has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

What did I think?

When I started reading this story, I felt shocked at the kinky explicit scenes, but the same time, I developed a morbid curiosity and kept on reading. I was mesmerized by what I was reading because the style of the story was so captivating. This is not an average kinky BDSM erotica, my friends. This is a deeply emotional romance, drama and erotica. As I kept on reading the story, I found out that the sex and the kinkiness were the superficial parts of the story and what lay beneath was nothing less than beautiful.

“Nowhere Ranch” is told from Roe’s perspective and the writer wrote it with total empathy. I felt like, Roe and I were sitting on the porch and he was telling me his story…. I could almost imagine this wounded hero gazing out the pastures and talking reflectively… Wow.

It was so obvious that Roe was gutted by the way his family rejected him for being gay, yet some family members kept in contact with him to “save his soul”. What they were doing was toxic, but what was tragic, was how Roe was reacting to these family members.

I loved Travis, who was down to earth, honest, kind and loyal. I adored him for helping Roe to come to terms with his grief and help him to move forward. He was the ideal man for Roe.

There are more characters in the story who were unforgettable, but that caring and selfless character called  Hayley is the one who stood out for me. Hayley played a crucial role in the story because of her loyalty. She resolved her issue in such a way that everyone was a winner…. Oh… The finale of the story will leave you with soaring hearts.

My friends, I shall read this story again and again on a cold winter night to keep my heart warm.

5 stars

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It’s simple. Just leave a comment on this blog post letting us know what appeals to you about Nowhere Ranch. The lucky winner will receive a copy (ePub, Mobi or PDF) of Nowhere Ranch. You have up until 28th March to leave your comment.

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Heidi Cullinan head shotHeidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and teenaged daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.

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REVIEW: Chase and Capture by Hurri Cosmo

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Blurb

It was only a game, right? An adult twist on “Capture the Flag”. Very adult, actually. Especially the “flag” and where it went. In fact, the only similarity between the kid version and the adult version was you still needed to capture your opponent’s flag to win. So how the hell had Camden ended up here? Oh yeah, that’s right, Tanner, Camden’s good buddy from college. He was not going to let Camden waste another birthday. In fact, he was hell bent on getting Camden laid. So much so, the idiot set up this entire weekend gig. And that’s where Camden found himself now; on a remote island, crashing through the woods, playing a chase and capture game, trying like hell to stay ahead of his pursuer. But why was he the one being chased? Why was Camden the prey and that big, sexy, dark haired, muscle bound, relentless god of a man, Gunner, the hunter? It should be the other way around because it was Camden’s birthday, damn it! Well, thankfully there were going to be three rounds played because it looked like Camden was going down before even reaching the first check point. Yep. Going down on all fours, flag confiscated and…well, let’s just say he would be screwed.

So… what was the down side of losing again?

What did I think?

This is a sizzling action romantic erotica. I thought the writer was very creative with this adult version of the MM “Capture the Flag” game. I can imagine it would make a lot of readers swoon because of what it represents… a totally hedonistic, free adult fun time. I really liked Camden’s character as a wounded hero and Gunner was nothing less than an alpha male in the story. In the story these two males were perfect for each other. I loved how Gunner was chasing Camden in the woods. Those parts were so easy for me to visualize in my head and I loved it. The sensuous moments between them was nothing less than hot.

I guess the suspense and thriller in the story started well and intriguing, but near the end, it became a little over the top for me and I found myself losing my interest. I also felt that Stephen’s interpersonal skills were a little over the top so whenever he was on the scene, I found myself getting too irritated with him, which was distracting for me…. So the plot was a bit too layered and complex, but the “capture the Flag” game part was fascinating because those scenes were well described and explained. There were some hint of BDSM scenes, but that was all.

Despite the over the top plot, I liked reading this story because in its own way, it still flowed with its HEA ending. But who cares after all, this story gave me a good time to escape from the daily stresses so it was a pleasant story of escapism. 3 stars

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ARC REVIEW with GIVEAWAY: A Taste of You by Irene Preston

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Our lovely friend Lily agreed it was a shame we weren’t posting many reviews anymore. And good news, she’s agreed to step in and share some of thoughts on the books she’s read.

The first book she read was, A Taste of You by Irene Preston and she loved it.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for a Guest Post from Irene Preston. She’s visiting Two Men on 11th March.

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A Taste of You

 A Taste of You by Irene Preston

Coming March 10, 2015 from Fated Desires

Contemporary LGBT romance (m/m)

146 pages

The Blurb

Hell’s Kitchen has nothing on the flames Giancarlo and Garrett ignite at Restaurant Ransom…
Garrett Ransom is America’s hot chef du jour. He has a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, a hit reality TV show, and a new man in his bed every week. Yes, he secretly thinks his business partner, Giancarlo “Carlo” Rotolo, is hotter than a ghost pepper, but he would never jeopardize their friendship with a fling. Then Garrett overhears some juicy gossip among the crew and realizes he’ll have to break Giancarlo’s cardinal rule, no banging the staff – for Carlo’s own good, of course. Just a taste of Carlo should be plenty. Long-term relationships aren’t on Garrett’s menu.
Giancarlo’s been in love with Garrett forever. He’s sure Garrett will eventually realize they are destined to be more than business partners. But when Garrett installs his latest boyfriend as their new chef d’cuisine and announces plans to leave Carlo in New York while he opens a second restaurant on the west coast, Carlo is forced to re-evaluate his life.
Can a high-strung British chef and a nice Italian boy from Brooklyn find the perfect fusion of fine-dining and family-style?

Review by Lily

This culinary decadent and gay romance story was beautiful from the first page till the very last one. The story line reflects passion for life driven through one’s five senses through to the heart and mind.

Both Garrett and Carlos were absolutely lovable for me and it felt real too. Garrett for all his quirks, he was a very wounded soul, emotionally stunted, with some significant attachment issues. He was insightless about how much he cared for those around him. For example he fed and pampered a cat, which he never actually owned, he just protected, fed and brought the cat to his bed…or the way he talked with Carlos’ little niece about passion for cooking was another example of how caring he was but never thought himself that way. He was brutally honest with the little girl who made her brownie but he also understood this little child’s passion for cooking, hence he continued talking and discussing the ingredients.  He had some significant OCD traits in the kitchen area and he was deep down very lonely. It is no wonder I loved him. He was the ultimate wounded hero for me to adore a HEA story.

I guess one part in the story that left me puzzled was Garrett’s parents. They very briefly appeared in the story and quickly disappeared. These were the parents that left Garrett emotionally scarred so I wish I had more to read about the dynamics between Garrett and his parents. For me, that part in the story was unclear but this did not lessen my pleasure or captivation of the story. Garrett touched my heart a lot and left me feeling choked at times, especially with his inability to express himself like he wanted to, but did not know where to start from or even how to start. I felt so glad and relieved that the writer created Carlos for him.

Carlos is exactly the right man for Garrett. He was intensely loyal, kind, patient, and empathic. He was like a safe haven for Garrett. He simply grounded Garrett.

As I was reading I felt like I was at a cinema watching a movie called “A Taste of You”. It was so easy for me to visualize those awesome meals from the pea soup or the meat balls sub that Garett detested so much. Even though, I am not a good cook and would practically eat anything that is vegetarian, reading this book made me wish I had the love of cooking or the interest…since I did not have either, reading this story made me feel like I knew about the love of cooking.

I thought the dialogue was engaging and fluent. The plot is very detailed yet easy to follow. I love the writer’s style of weaving her story with such aplomb. The angst, the gentle humor, pulse increasing sensuality, romance, and love were simply oozing out of the pages for me.

RATING: 4.5 stars

Excerpt

Screw “not too eager.” His legs must have moved, but Giancarlo couldn’t have said how he got from Point A to Point B. He knew only that Garrett was home, and they were together again. They were doing their usual greeting, a mash-up of a bro-hug and a more European double-cheek air kiss. And how had two gay men come up with something so awkward?

Or maybe it wasn’t awkward to anyone but Carlo because he didn’t want the bro-hug or “air kisses.” He wanted to sweep Garrett into his arms and soul kiss him until they were both dizzy and panting. He wanted the real damn thing.

Instead, he held himself awkwardly rigid while he leaned in to welcome his best friend home—upper half only on the hug so an indiscrete brush of thigh wouldn’t reveal exactly how happy he was to see his business partner. He inhaled carefully on the second kiss, and his knees nearly buckled. Garrett was the only chef he knew who never seemed to smell like his kitchen. No fish. No beef. No spices. Never in a million years the fry station. Garrett smelled sweet—warm cookies, vanilla, and sugar—like he should have been the pastry chef instead of Grace. The aroma always blindsided Giancarlo. Garrett wasn’t known for sweet. The scent was a secret thing. The Garrett no one knew but him.

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Irene Preston has to write romances-after all, she’s living one! As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe. Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses.

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