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Jeff & Will’s BIG GAY Fiction PODCAST

I shared this on my blog (www.nicstarr.com) but wanted to spread the word further as I think this podcast is really worth signing up to if you’re a lover of m/m romance.

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Have you discovered Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast yet?

It’s just been launched and here’s how they introduce themselves…

Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast is for readers and writers of gay romance fiction. If you can read it, write it, watch it or listen to it, we’ll talk about it. Look for new episodes each Monday. Subscribe on iTunes, YouTube, RSS feed, or watch on the site.

I’ve watched the first few episodes and I’m hooked. Jeff and Will have given the series a really personal touch, kicking off with an introduction to themselves and how they met. The series will follow their writing journeys, and also showcase other gay romance authors.

Be sure to subscribe as it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Click here for the website.

Nic xx

And here’s Episode One to kick you off.

 

 

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Happy Australia Day!

It’s the 26th January which means it’s Australia Day here in the land down under. We wish all our Aussie friends, far and wide, a very special day.

We arranged for some of our friends – Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Keith Urban, Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman – to sing you a special song. 😉

Have a great day!

Nic and Robyn xx

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★★★★ Review, Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway! Love and Punishment by Susan Mac Nicol ★★★★

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Love and Punishment

by

Susan Mac Nicol

Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Blurb:

The search for a serial killer, Detective Anthony Parglietto and Flynn Parker learn that every man must make a choice: to kill, to live, to love.

FROM DARKNESS AND LIGHT

Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.

Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.

 

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Excerpt:

Anthony walked down the hall. He reached the bedroom and gently pushed the door open. He saw Flynn framed in the light of the lamp shining from the lounge. He lay, apparently asleep, on the leather and wood divan Anthony had brought over from Italy. Its dark burgundy colour contrasted with what Flynn wore, which was nothing but a black thong lying stark against his pale skin. The divan was under the window. The bed covers were rumpled, as if Flynn had been sleeping. His robe was draped across the foot of the bed. Anthony moved towards the gleaming body of his supine lover.

Flynn’s face was turned away towards the back of the sofa. His dark hair was tousled and his arms stretched above his head to the right. He wore a blindfold. Anthony felt a stir in his groin seeing those lean, hairy legs stretched out wantonly, inviting him to run his hands up and over his groin. Even appearing asleep, Flynn had the power to excite him, to make Anthony hard and ready. He stepped towards him, watching the rise and fall of Flynn’s chest with their already hardened nubs. Anthony wanted to run his tongue over that chest, with its smattering of fine hair, to take Flynn’s nipples in his mouth and suck them until Flynn groaned in pleasure. As he got closer in the dim light he saw the hands with their bonds of silk. Green bonds lay dark against Flynn’s wrists, fastened to the wooden struts of the upright chair arm. His hands were tight fists. Anthony chuckled softly, a noise that sounded loud in the stillness of the room.

“Been waiting long?’ he whispered as he took off his jacket. ‘I tried to get home as soon as I could.”

Anthony knew the bonds would be loose so Flynn could break free if needed but he also knew he wouldn’t. It was the way the game was played.

 

Review:

★★★★

I do enjoy a good serial killer novel and Love and Punishment really worked for me. I enjoyed the chase and the little POV from our killer.
The story grabbed me from the beginning; much the same way Flynn Parker is grabbed by the bowtie killer (BTK) on the first page.   But Flynn isn’t to be the next body found he’s just the perfect pawn BTK needs to taunt DI Anthony Parglietto as he continues to leave bodies all over London. Anthony is determined to stop BTK but how far is he willing to go to make that happen, will he cross that line between hero and villain?  How far will Flynn go to protect his lover, Anthony, from BTK once he is threaten with keeping secrets from Anthony.
One of the things I really liked about the story was that our MC’s were already in an established relationship; instead of falling into insta-love while tracking a killer.  Those types of stories always make me go huh, you have time to get busy and fall in love while tracking down a killer? This was more like getting home and falling into the arms of your lover to give you strength. That statement holds for our killer as well.
 I also liked the fast pace of Love and Punishment even with the sex breaks (and there were quite a few of those) the story maintained it’s flow.  Oh and I really liked the last part of the book were we see how Anthony tries to come to terms with his actions.
About halfway through the story Flynn’s role kind of takes a backseat as BTK’s POV and lover’s POV become more of the focus and Anthony trying to figure it all out.  This almost made it feel like you were getting a bonus book/story.  How would you know you are dating a serial killer and what would you do if your lover found out you were a serial killer?  Makes you look at your significant other and think hmm did they really go to work or were they killing someone…
Some of the actions by the police officers in this story really didn’t ring true to me but I’m sure it was done to push the story in a certain direction.  And some of the editing got really choppy toward the end of the story.  But overall I really enjoyed this story the suspense was always there bubbling under the surface and I liked that a lot.

Enjoy

Bookjunkie xx

 

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Author Bio:

Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000. Currently, She lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family.

Sue is a PAN (Published Author’s Network) member of Romance Writers of America and a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. Also, she is a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer’s Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell. She has written nine novels, two novellas and a screenplay since February 2012 and clearly believes in keeping herself busy. She has found herself wanting to stay in the sub-genre that is M/M Romance so more can definitely be expected.

Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.

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★★★★ Pre-release review: In Your Eyes by Cardeno C ★★★★

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The blurb…

Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. Taking control comes easily to Samuel, but relating to people, including those he’s supposed to lead, is a constant challenge.

When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for putting him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then tries to avoid him. What he can’t do is forget Korban’s warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.

When a battle between their fathers results in tragedy, Samuel and Korban are thrown together. With his world crashing down around him, Samuel must save his pack and show them he can lead. But first, Korban needs to save Samuel by inspiring him to feel. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past the rules they’ve been taught to realize they are destined to fit together.(

So what did I think?

Are you excited?

‘Cause I’m excited.

New Cardeno C., people! I love the Mates series and would possibly consider sacrificing a finger just to read more of them. So it’s a forgone conclusion I would enjoy this book.

One of the many things that make this particular Cardeno book enjoyable is main character Samuel Goodwin. Samuel is the son of his pack’s alpha and takes his role of presumptive alpha extremely seriously. He’s in love with facts and knows exactly how an alpha should act at all times. But empathetic he is not. Yes, he understands how he should behave, that part of being a good alpha is sympathy and compassion – unfortunately anything involving an emotion is lost on him. He doesn’t understand other people’s feelings and doesn’t recognize his own. Samuel doesn’t even know how to hug people; where does he put his hands? How long does a hug have to last? 2 seconds? 3? Some readers may find him a bit robotic, but to me his lack of emotional intelligence makes him vulnerable and even more loveable for it. He’s like a shifter Mr. Darcy. A shifter Mr. Darcy who hates Korban Keller.

The first thing I hated about him was his smile. Nobody smiles that much genuinely. It’s fake.

Samuel and Korban first meet when they’re eight and eleven respectively. Like Samuel, Korban is the presumptive alpha of his pack but in every other way he’s Samuel’s opposite. He’s friendly, smiles and laughs easily and is completely uninterested in the rules and regulations of shifter lore. But he’s extremely interested in Samuel. Samuel, aka Mr. No Emotions, finds such interest highly suspicious. Samuel may have trouble keeping his eyes off Korban, but he mistakes this for distrust. Korban confuses him and rather than deal with it, he assumes his discomfort stems from hatred, which is much more understandable than anything else he may imagine.

And therein lies the problem; it never occurs to Samuel that he may be feeling a more pleasant emotion. Samuel knows only facts and it’s a fact that males only mate with females. It’s simple shifter lore: men are more in touch with their shifter side and so must “tie” (sexy times) with a female shifter, who are more connected to their human side. It’s how shifters retain both their humanity and their shifterity (that’s right, I just made that up). He’s never seen any proof that two males may tie together and therefore the possibility doesn’t exist for him. Which makes it even sweeter when, after a series of dramatic events, Samuel finally realizes that what he’s feeling is love. That Korban is in fact his mate.

The feelings were already there—locked away, hidden, but there….[Korban’s] kiss led them out from the darkness where they were buried and showed them the light of day….For the first time in my life, I was where I was meant to be, who I was meant to be. I was whole.

If that doesn’t make you go aww… as you melt into a puddle of syrup I don’t know what will.

What I like most about this whole series is the way Cardeno deals with the ever popular shifter mates theme. As I stated above according to the shifter lore found in this series there is only one correct combination that makes up a mating; males and females. But Cardeno shows that not only can two men love each other, two men, even two species within the series, can complete each other. Wake Me Up Inside features a shifter and a human, Until Forever Comes features a shifter and a vampire and in this book we have two alpha shifters. Cardeno uses the Mates series to show that there’s more than one way to be “correct.” As Zev from the first books says (he makes a brief appearance):

Tying isn’t about males and females. It’s about connecting with someone who can better you, someone who can give you what you’re lacking, someone who can fulfill you and make you whole….We tie with our mates on all levels—physical and emotional—so we can become the best versions of ourselves. That’s what makes us complete, and then we’re stable enough to bind both our forms—wolf and human.

We may not live in the Mates world, but this is still a lesson the world needs to learn and a lesson we should take to heart in our own lives.

The only problem I have with this book is that I want more Samuel and Korban together. They have a few interactions early in the book, but they only start really communicating about halfway through. It’s even further on that we finally get to the smex. Once they do it’s wonderful but I need MORE time with my boys. Especially Korban. He’s a great character, absolutely loveable, but I never get to know him as well as Samuel.

Other than that tiny complaint, this book was the fluffy, romantic & sexy good time you can expect from a Cardeno C. book. Now I can’t wait for the next one. This time I may be willing to give up 2 fingers for it.

4 stars

Rosa

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About the Author and the series

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  • Until Forever Comes (book #2)
  • In Your Eyes (book #3) – in this review

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BLOG TOUR with Giveaway! The Sergeant by Christa Tomlinson

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Synopsis

“You’re the only one I want to control. The only one whose submission I want, need, and crave with every part of me, every second of every day.”

– Sergeant Logan Pierce

Sergeant Logan Pierce: Head of Houston’s elite SWAT team. He leads his squad with cool efficiency, taking down rough criminals while keeping his team safe. But behind closed doors he sets a darker part of himself free. He’s a Dominant in the world of Bondage and Domination. As a Dom, he’s controlled many submissives, but never had one for his own. That’s because there’s only one man he wants: Corporal Clay Foster.

Corporal Clay Foster: Highly trained SWAT officer. He’s always the first one to face the dangerous situations of their job. Over the years he’d noticed his Sergeant’s secretly admiring glances and suspected his attraction. One night, with one kiss, he’s proven correct. Clay dives headlong into the rough passion of BDSM that Logan introduces him to. He submits to Logan’s control, accepting the sweet shackles that bind him to his Sergeant. But secrets, both his and Logan’s, force him to leave the newfound safety of his Dom’s arms.

Logan refuses to let go of what he’s wanted for so long, Clay as his own, proudly wearing his collar. Clay wants to be his. He knows it and Clay knows it too. Can Logan safely guide Clay through the obstacles that separate them until he can claim his submissive once more?

Here’s a playlist that was created by Christa – the music that inspired her and she listened to while writing the book.

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Meet the Author

I love to write stories that are emotional and lovely with sex that is integral to the characters romantic arc. Purple is my favorite color, but I don’t use purple prose. My stories involve straight couples, curvy couples, gay couples, interracial couples … I write them all. I feel the same as many others; love is love and everyone should have their story told.

Thanks for reading,

Christa

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Stranger On The Shore by Josh Lanyon

We welcome our new reviewer Barbara who gave 4 stars to Stranger On The Shore!

And don’t forget to check out the book trailer!

Stranger on the Shore

Stranger On The Shore

By Josh Lanyon

The blurb..

Twenty years ago young Brian Arlington, heir to Arlington fortune, was kidnapped. Though the ransom was paid, the boy was never seen again and is presumed dead. Pierce Mather, the family lawyer, now administers and controls the Arlington billions. He’s none too happy, and more than a little suspicious, when investigative journalist Griffin Hadley shows up to write about the decades-old mystery. Griff shrugs off the coldly handsome Pierce’s objections, but it might not be so easy to shrug off the objections of someone willing to do anything to keep the past buried.

So what did I think?

Journalist Griff Hadley has always been fascinated by the lives of the rich, so when he is invited to write a book about the unsolved kidnapping of four-year old Brian Arlington, he jumps at the chance. The Arlingtons are extremely wealthy and Brian was taken 20 years before in the middle of a costume party at the family’s lavish estate.  One of the family servants was jailed for the crime, but Brian was never found.

When Griff arrives at the estate he finds himself unwelcome in the extreme.  Only the family patriarch Jarrett is kind. The rest of the family and servants are hostile, fearful that Griff’s research will turn up too many family skeletons.  Worst of all is Pierce Mather, the family lawyer.  Pierce is handsome, well-groomed, and an imperious jerk who tries to buy Griff off on the very first evening.

Griff is undeterred by the general hostility and throws himself into the research, uncovering many details that the police never knew.  He also uncovers a softer, although confusing side of Pierce during an awkward one-night stand.  Just as Griff is making progress putting together the pieces of the kidnapping and the pieces of Pierce’s story, a stranger appears who claims to be the long-lost Brian.  It seems as though the Arlingtons are due for a happy ending but something still isn’t quite right.  It’s up to Griff and Pierce to find out the truth.

This is a great mystery and a very satisfying romance.  There are lots of twists including one big whopping one at the end, and it was the kind of plot that I like where the reader can’t solve the mystery until the characters do.  The characters and setting were very well done, and even though murder in the mansion is a common plot device, it was handled with originality. The author was very smart- he carefully referenced the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and The Great Gatsby both of which added a lot of atmosphere.

I liked the romance a lot.  Pierce is that kind of Mr. Darcy type who you hate at the beginning and like more and more as the story goes on.  He and Griff are both complicated characters who don’t fall in love easily, and that added the satisfying level of erotic tension to the story.

I recommend this book highly!  Good plot, good characters.  What more can you ask for!

4 stars

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