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CIRCLE OF FRIENDS ~ February 2018 #gayromancenovels #mmromance

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So many wonderful authors and books! I’ve been flat out with edits for my upcoming release, and haven’t been reading as much as usual. However, I’ve been blessed to read some fabulous stories this month and wanted to share them with you.

Bobby Green by Amy Lane

Amy Lane is one of my favourite authors. This is the 5th book in her Johnnies series and I’ve enjoyed every single one. Angsty, complex characters, with superb writing. Click here to find out more.

Rebel by Rhys Ford

This book starts a new series, 415 Ink. I love the style of Rhys’s writing. She has the ability to transport me directly into the settings of her stories – the sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes – and this story is no different. It has a comfort/hurt theme, broken characters with troubled pasts, trying to build themselves a better life. And find love, of course. Click here for more.

The Breaking Free series by A.M. Arthur

I usually read contemporary romance but detoured into some Omegaverse stories this month. It was refreshing to read something relatively new to me and I enjoyed the world creation. These stories feature Alphas, Betas and Omegas, each with their specific role. The complexities of the fight for omega rights, bonding, the hurt/comfort theme, all made for interesting reading. Click here to check out the series. It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited.

This month my audio book is Wild Trail, also by A.M. Arthur. It’s narrated by Greg Boudreaux who does a great job of voicing the characters, Mack the sexy cowboy, and Wes the flirty actor. I’m currently half way through and I’m looking forward to more time on the treadmill to get it finished. It’s amazing how listening to a romance story can make a treadmill run seem enjoyable 😉

Happy reading,

Nic x


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INTERVIEW: The Truth As He Knows It by A.M. Arthur

Do you like finding out some juicy truths and interesting facts from the your favourite authors? See how A.M. Arthur has answered some questions like below! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway.


The Truth As He Knows It

By A.M. Arthur

Release Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Cover Artist: Lyn Taylor

Pages or Words: 83,000 words, 255 pages


Do you listen to music while writing?

Sometimes. I am all over the place when it comes to how I write. I used to play music all the time. I’d often have a playlist of songs that reminded me of the stories or characters. Now more often than not, I write either in silence, or with the background noise of a fan running. Sometimes if I want music, I’ll choose something that’s instrumental, instead of with lyrics. Some of my favorite instrumentals are the scores for “Band of Brothers” and “Dante’s Cove.” It depends on my mood, or if I need help getting in the mood to write a certain kind of scene.

What do you do while writing that others might find unusual?

I can’t really think of anything. I don’t believe in rituals. I know sometimes I’ll see a writer say “I can’t write without my tea!” or “I have to be in a coffee shop with noise all around me.” I write whenever I can, at whatever time of day is convenient. I don’t need anything special around, although I always have something to drink within reach, usually water. Water feeds the brain and body, so hydration is important.

I know, I’m boring.

Which of your books was the most difficult to write?

Out of all of my books that have been published, I would have to STAND BY YOU. While I wrote it fairly quickly, it wasn’t an easy book. The romance was a very slow burn romance, with a lot of sexual tension. Romy went to hell and back, so getting him through everything he was trying to overcome was a special challenge. Knowing in my heart that the way it ended in terms of Romy and Brendan’s sexual relationship was correct (and some readers have disagreed with it, which is their right). I really wanted to give Romy the story he deserved.

Now, if we aren’t talking published, then THE WORLD AS HE SEES IT wins hands-down for most difficult. This is the second Perspectives book, and once you meet Tristan in THE TRUTH AS HE KNOWS IT, you’ll understand why his POV was so difficult to get into. But once I figured him out and knew where his story was going, it got a little easier.

Who is an author you would like to meet and talk to over dinner?

Michael Moss. He’s a nonfiction, food writer who has authored multiple books on food and the way we eat in America. I’ve become very aware of processed foods, GMO’s, and how our eating habits affect our overall health and enjoyment of life. I now eat gluten-free to help manage chronic pain. SALT SUGAR FAT is a must-read about the processed food industry. I would love to pick his brain and simply have a conversation about food.

Slow and gentle or up against the wall?

I’m pretty vanilla in my own life, so I’d have to go with slow and gentle. Up against the wall sounds like it has its own merits, but I imagine you can only go so long before someone gets a leg cramp.



Perspectives, Book 1

Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.

When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.

Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.

The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.


“I want to see you again,” Shane said.

Noel grinned, flashing those dimples. “I’d like that too. My work schedule is pretty weird, though. I’m first shift, which is eleven at night to seven in the morning, five days, starting tomorrow.”

Shane worked that one around. It gave them daytime hours, and evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. He worked at the deli tomorrow, and Saturday was off the table. Probably Sunday too, for good measure. “When do you sleep?”

“Usually when I first get home, from about eight to two or three. Sometimes longer, depending on the night.”

“So you’re usually free dinnertime until like ten?”

“Pretty much.” Noel cracked an unexpected yawn. “Sorry, my schedule is a little off after spending the day with Tristan. I try to keep similar sleep times on my days off so I don’t get too screwed up.”

Shane stood, surprised. “How long have you been awake?”

“About thirty hours.”

“Shit, why didn’t you tell me that?”

“Because I wanted to do this tonight. I’ve been thinking about you all week, and I’m glad I saw you at Mineo’s today. Really glad.”

“Me too.” Shane draped his arms around Noel’s waist. “And since this has been a fantastic night, I’m going to go before you pass out from exhaustion.”

“Do you want to get together tomorrow?”

He considered it for about two seconds. “My weekend’s pretty booked with work and stuff. Monday? We could maybe go out for real this time?”

“Sounds good. I’ll call you when I get up Monday and we can hammer out the details.”


Shane collected his clothes and dressed, taking his time because Noel was watching. The opposite of a striptease, and Shane kind of loved the novelty of it. He meant his good-night kiss to be soft, quick, but Noel held him tight and devoured his mouth until Shane was breathless and half-hard. God, he could kiss Noel for hours and not get tired of it. But he saw the fatigue in Noel’s eyes, and it was time to leave.

“See you soon,” Shane said. “And thanks for dinner.”

“You’re welcome, cowboy.”

Shane strolled back to his car with a bounce in his step, positive he’d never be able to hear the word “cowboy” again without thinking of Noel Carlson.

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A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland.  She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop.  She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder.  She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

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Contact her at with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (, as well as on Twitter (, Tumblr (, and Facebook (A.m. Arthur). A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Musa Publishing.

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Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway! Foundation of Trust and Stand By You by A.M. Arthur


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Stand By You


A.M. Arthur

Foundation of Trust: Samhain Publishing

Stand by You: Carina Press

Cover Artist: Foundation of Trust: Lyn Taylor


Foundation of Trust:

David Weller thought he had it all—a loving partner who gave him a ring, a steady job he didn’t hate, and so much hope for the future. But in the wake of a devastating diagnosis, everything he thought was solid and real lay in pieces at his feet.

Four years later, he’s still sifting through the rubble of his life. His catering partnership occupies his days, while his nights are filled with dangerous sexual hookups and very bad decisions. Then the last person he ever expected to see again walks back into his life.

Owen Hart’s single biggest regret is the way he was forced to leave David behind—no explanations, no chance to make it right. Until now. Finally free of eight years of lies, Owen’s back for the only man he’s ever loved.

An incendiary encounter in a club proves that time hasn’t weakened their physical connection, but David’s wounds run deeper than Owen’s deception. And if David can’t first forgive, Owen doesn’t have a second chance in hell.

Warning: This book contains an Australian transplant with a head full of secrets, a party planner with enough baggage to sink a battleship, and a surly teenager who just wants them both to get over themselves.


Stand by You:

Three months after his rescue from an abusive boyfriend, twenty-two-year-old Romy Myers has landed his first legitimate job—bussing tables at his friend’s new coffee shop. The job has brought him some stability after years of abuse have left him feeling damaged and broken. He’s working hard on his panic and social anxiety, and those things are often tempered by the big, burly presence of Brendan Walker.


From the moment ex-football player Brendan helped rescue Romy from his ex’s abuse, he’s wanted to protect him. And he does, from a distance, with joking text messages, a new gym routine to toughen him up and a genuine friendship. So far it’s been easy—but Brendan’s feelings aren’t just friendly anymore…


When an argument spirals out of control, a hot and heavy make-out session causes Romy’s friendship with supposedly straight Brendan to reach a new level. The last thing Romy wants is to fall for another guy who could potentially shatter him, but Brendan also wakes up a part of him he thought had been destroyed by violence—his heart.





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Foundation of Trust:
A shadow drifted across Owen’s face—the same shadow that had been there almost constantly that first year. An angry shadow that had diminished under the brilliance of their love for each other. “We had to, me and my son both. Michael was born Benjamin Hadley Swenson.”

“But why?” David needed to know why he’d been lied to for so long. Why he’d fallen in love with a man whose name he never really knew.

“To protect us from the man who killed Michael’s mother and grandfather.”

“You told me his mother was killed during a home invasion.”

“I used parts of the truth to fashion the lie. Makes it easier to remember. She was killed by a man who had no business in that house, but he wasn’t there to rob anyone. He was a dangerous man, and I did what I had to do to protect my son.”


 Stand By You:

“So make a plan for yourself.” Romy was getting excited over the idea of Brendan going back to college—maybe because Romy had never gone and probably never would. He didn’t even have his GED. And here he was giving Brendan career advice when the longest job he’d ever held in his life was as a hooker. “Figure out what it will cost to go back and finish. Figure out how you’ll save the money. Nothing is impossible, Bren, not if you want it bad enough.”

Brendan looked at him, chocolate brown eyes catching his, and something in that moment changed. Like a snap or a zing, Romy couldn’t describe it. Only that his words had touched something in Brendan, and that something leapt across the space between them and right into Romy. His pulse raced.

Oh crap.

Romy broke eye contact first, using the untwisting of his bottle cap as an excuse to kill the odd charge between them. Not happening. Not again, and not with Brendan. Brendan wasn’t even gay!

Was he?


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A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) and “The Young Riders” with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.


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Contact her at with your cooking tips (or book comments).

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A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Musa Publishing.


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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: ★★★★ Maybe This Time by A.M. Arthur ★★★★

Maybe This Time

Maybe This Time

by A.M. Arthur

Release Date: 21st July 2014

The blurb…

As a regular at gay hotspot Pot O Gold, Ezra Kelley avoids his tangled emotions with the simplicity of one-night stands and attachment-free hookups. Until the night bartender Donner Davis picks him up off the floor after a misunderstanding and too much tequila. Ezra can’t remember the last time someone was…nice. It’s more than he deserves.

Witnessing his lover’s death two years ago has Donner trapped in a holding pattern living in his sister’s basement, working at the Pot and flirting with the customers. He’s not above spending a night with the gorgeous Ezra, but love is not in the cards. That’s more than he’s ready for.

A passionate night leads to a connection neither man expects, and they take the first steps to something that looks like a real relationship. But Ezra’s been running from himself so long he doesn’t know how to live any other way. And Donner can’t risk his heart just to lose everything again. They’ll both need the strength to let go of the past if they want to get it right this time.

So what did I think?

Donner has lived a life of tragedy. He has endured the death of his ​ ​step-mother at the hands of his abusive father. He witnessed the​ death of his boyfriend, Jacob, while doing charity work. He is now ​ living in his step-sister’s basement, relying on the small bit of
family he has left to get by. Although he is happy going from one ​ night stand to one night stand, he is also open to the possibility of​ finding love again. For Donner, there is nothing in between, however. ​ He won’t do casual. At least not when it comes to Ezra.

Ezra is wandering through life with no real goals. He finished 4 ​ years of college but never even chose a major. Rather than finding​ meaningful work, he is satisfied being supported by his parents’ guilt ​ money for having sent him to therapy for being gay. His last​ ​boyfriend, Bryan, left him when he finally admitted to the baggage he ​ carried. Now he believes he must keep that baggage hidden from​ everyone. He wants to be what Donner needs but doesn’t know if he has ​ it in himself to let his guard down again.

I loved Donner. He was warm. He was caring. His sense of loyalty ​ showed on so many occasions. He was working to overcome his demons​ and live a life that Jacob would have been proud of.

Ezra I didn’t get until the end. Yes, Bryan dumped him. Yes, he made​ a point of leaving his family to be with Bryan and is now embarrassed ​ it didn’t work out. But that was quite a while ago. Through much of​ the book kept I thinking “get over it already.” It isn’t until we
find out why Bryan dumped him and we meet Ezra’s poor excuse for a ​ family that I really began to have sympathy for him. I know that the​ author held back this information for effect, but I think I would have ​ enjoyed the story more had it been disclosed earlier.

There were so many things to love about this story. First and foremost, the sex was HOT and didn’t take too long to happen. Always a bonus. Both MCs had ​ great back stories that made me want to reach into my Kindle and hug​ them. The relationship came together really well. The secondary ​ characters did a great job of supporting the story. The writing was​ quite good.

My first read from this author. Certainly not the last.

4 stars

Mishyjo x

Reviewed by Mishyjo

To find out more about A.M. Arthur and her books visit her website.


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Pre-Release Review: No Such Thing by A.M. Arthur

Pre-release review. This book will be released on 17th February.

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The blurb..

Twenty-two-year-old Alessandro Silva knows that returning to tiny Perch Creek to help his foster mother was the right thing to do. With no degree and a delinquent’s reputation, he’s lucky to have landed a job waiting tables. But not everyone is happy he’s back, and the only thing keeping his move home from being a total bust is his boss’s hot brother.

Jaime Winters spent most of his life watching the world go by, first from a series of hospitals and then from behind big stacks of textbooks. Studying is easier than facing the fact that years of heart failure means he’s still a virgin at twenty-three. Until the new waiter in his sister’s diner awakens desires he’d long ago given up on.

The last thing Alessandro wants is to fall for someone as fragile as Jaime. And Jaime may have a new heart, but he’s scared of what giving it to another person would mean. Their no-strings-attached, instructional approach to sex keeps emotion safely at bay, until a secret from Alessandro’s past forces them to confront their feelings in the present…

So what did I think?

This is a story of the choices you make in life and following the right path.

Alessandro has had a difficult life with his early years spent in trouble and his reputation still haunts him when he moved back to his small town to take care of his recently widowed foster mother and her current foster kids. There is not a sign of Alessandro’s past in the man he is now. He is honourable and trust worthy and places his family first.

Jaime has also had a hard life, losing his mother to the same heart disease that resulted in his own health problems. He missed the last years of high school as he waited a heart transplant. In the following years he has been afraid to catch up on the things he missed out on – dating and sex are frightening to a young inexperienced gay man.

Fate intervenes and brings Alessandro to the bakery owned by Jaime’s sister and a beautiful relationship follows. What initially starts as a journey of sexual awakening for Jaime and a ‘no promises’ relationship for Alessandro obviously turns into something more although both men are slow to acknowledge it.

This is a story with lots of drama – violence and mystery as Alessandro’s past which comes back to haunt him and Jaime. It is also a story of intolerance as small minded people ensure their opinions on being gay are noted in a major way. Family plays a key role and I adored Jaime’s relationship with his sister Shannon. I do hope she finds a boyfriend soon! I loved Eunice, Alessandro’s foster mother – such a strong and accepting woman.

I loved Jaime and Alessandro and the tender way they treated each other. There are some sizzling sex scenes and lots of sexual energy and tension, particularly when they hit the gay bar and meet some of Alessandro’s friends! Great mix of hot and passionate and slow and loving throughout this book.

I am very much looking forward to book 2 when it is released.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in return for my honest review.


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