Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: The River Leith by Leta Blake

The River Leith
The River Leith by Leta Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The past is what makes a person who they are in the present, but what if the memories of the past are gone? How do you move forward when you can't remember who you are?

Leith lives for boxing; it's the most important thing in his life and defines who he is. At least, that's what he thought, before everything changed. Waking up in the hospital after surviving a horrific blow to the head that could have killed him, Leith has lost all his memories from the past three years. Once confident, outgoing, and driven to succeed, Leith is now uncertain and drifting. His memories are gone, he doesn't recognize his friends, boxing is no longer an option, and he's being handled like a fragile glass globe that could shatter at any moment.

The sad-eyed young man who comes to visit is a stranger to Leith, but something about him tugs at Leith's heart. Zach's scent moves him in ways he doesn't understand, and the unfamiliar desire to protect the fragile-looking bird who hovers just beyond his memory confuses Leith beyond reason.

Zach is devastated when Leith, the love of his life, no longer remembers him. In fact, Leith doesn't even remember that he's gay. Once loved and cherished, Zach now must be strong for the man who used to be his rock. Determined to rekindle their love, Zach is willing to do whatever it takes to win his lover back, but Leith has changed, and Zach must decide if he can let go of his own memories of the man Leith used to be and love who he has become.

THE RIVER LEITH is an exceptionally well-written story about self-discovery. With a complex storyline that slowly builds from the past into the present, I was captivated from the very beginning. Leta Blake weaves a story of love and loss with emotional depth and flawless character development. Delving into the past, while at the same time discovering the future, her characters will take readers on a journey of life, love, and loss that is unique and mesmerizing. With sensual love scenes and tender emotionalism, THE RIVER LEITH is a perfectly balanced romance that will captivate readers' hearts and carry them away on a river of love.

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Review: Broken Walls by Alex Tempera

Broken Walls
by Alex Tempera

Mick Lancelot is a police officer in his hometown of the very small town, Broken Bridge. Ryan Jordon is the Fire Chief, who recently moves to Broken Bridge. One look and the connection was there but … both Mick and Ryan have built up walls around their hearts. Brick walls. 
With pasts that haunt them, can the two turn a one-night stand into something more than friendship and sex, and yeah, scotch? As bricks fall from the walls, more are built back up. Can they save each other from not only their hurtful exes from the past, but the pushing and pulling of their heart? Will the walls around their hearts finally crumble and be open to each other, or will it become a lifetime of armor?

Blog Tour: Unexpected Places by Bailey Bradford

Unexpected Places
by Bailey Bradford
Genre: Gay Contemporary

Love finds you in the most unexpected places.

Carter Hausemann loves his adventures in the great outdoors. He never feels as free and happy as he does when he’s hiking up a mountain or over a desert trail. After a childhood spent locked indoors, he craves the sunlight on his face and the blanket of moonlight.

Unfortunately, he has to work, so his hiking trips aren't as frequent as he would like.

He has a new adventure planned, but little does he know, his real adventure will start at a worn-down looking club in Odessa, Texas. Carter’s dreams of finding his perfect men will become more than fantasy, starting with one sexy leather-clad man, Eddie Canales. What starts out as a night of debauchery turns into so much more.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of male ménage.

"Totally Bound has a brand new Imprint out, What’s his Passion? and I am thrilled to be a part of it! My contribution is Unexpected Places, a story featuring Carter Hausemann, a man who is passionate about hiking." ~Bailey

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Book Spotlight: Reality Bites (Coletti Warlords #4) by Gail Koger

Reality Bites
(Coletti Warlords #4)
by Gail Koger

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Humor
Release Date: July 1, 2014

Bree never thought her dimwit act, military grade mace, cattle prod, or dumping a ton of stinky manure on Jaylan's head would encourage his pursuit. Who knew a Coletti warlord would think being zapped with a cattle prod as foreplay?  Or a clever opponent only heightened his  enjoyment of the chase?

The chase comes to an abrupt halt when the Tai-Kok attack Tucson, forcing Bree to team up with the Coletti warlord to stop them. Suddenly plucked from Earth by a crazed Tai-Kok commander, Jaylan and Bree find themselves stranded on a hostile alien world, and being tracked by a deadly Askole assassin. Neither of them expected to find love.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pride Week: With Carina Press, authors A.M. Arthur & Josh Lanyon

Maybe This Time
(The Belonging Series)
by A.M. Arthur
Release Date: July 21, 2014

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.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sneak Peek: Tapout by J.C. Valentine

Book Title: Tapout
Author: JC Valentine
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: July 8, 2014
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History brought them together. Circumstances may them apart.

Alyson Blake’s past left her with scars. Scars that she tried to fix the only way she knew how—by helping others. But actions have consequences, and Alyson is about to find out that being naïve is no excuse.

Fighting is Jamison Weston’s passion. Alyson is his obsession. Despite the past and a few lingering concerns, their relationship is as solid as ever. Until a shocking lie is uncovered and all of his plans begin to unravel. Now, Jami is rushing to pick up the pieces, but as relationships are put to the test, will he be strong enough to keep it together, or will it all just fall apart?
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blog Tour: Opposites Series by T.M. Smith

The Opposites Series
by T.M. Smith

Book 1 - The Opposites
In the year 2081 our planet survived global warming of an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty first century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene. This gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians. A new society is born.

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty fourth century having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins Aiya and Aiyan are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.

Love is Love.. it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions and boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.

*WARNING* Opposites is a majorly M/M New Adult novel that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pride Week: With Carina Press, Ava March and Libby Drew

Sharp Love
(Gambling on Love #2)
by Ava March

 London, 1822
William Drake has lived among thieves, bastards and beggars all his life, doing what's necessary to survive. As a young orphan, that included looking after his best friend, Jack Morgan. But as they grew older, Jack took the honest path, leaving Will behind to fend for himself the only ways he knows how.

When an unsavory errand for his employer brings Jack back to London's underbelly, he needs Will's help. It's there, among the alleys they ran through as children, that the love he's always felt for Will returns. As their nights together grow hotter, Will discovers something new about his old friend—Jack's need to serve extends into the bedchamber.

Will has never fully abandoned his dream of escaping London with Jack. But what could the Duke's driver want with a dishonest cheat like him, beyond a bit of rough sex? It takes the gamble of Will's life to find out if he can win Jack's heart…

Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: D/s theme and elements, and male/male sexual practices

Monday, June 23, 2014

Review: The Sergeant by Christa Tomlinson + A super cool Top Ten from Christa!


“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?
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Review: Gear Heart by Hollis Shiloh

Gear Heart
Gear Heart by Hollis Shiloh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heartwarming and imaginative!

Rejected by his family and classified as less than alive by society, Auden has paid a high price for the magical mechanical heart that saved his life after being injured during the war. Just because his heart whirs and ticks instead of beats doesn't make him feel inhuman. Being welcomed into Dr. Gregory's home and accepted as part of the unusual cast of characters that make up their family gives him a measure of contentment. While the strain of supporting his mechanical heart gradually weakens his body, his spirit is still strong.

When a stalker begins threatening Dr. Gregory's life, Auden calls the authorities to help catch the criminal that threatens their peaceful home. Owen, the handsome and kindhearted officer assigned to the case, can't help but draw Auden's eye and make him wish for more than a casual flirtation.

When the pressures of life and love begin to threaten them all, Auden discovers that he isn't as strong as he believed himself to be, and it's Owen who steps up to offer his support. The sexual chemistry between the two men is undeniable, but will the end of the case be the end of their relationship or will Auden get his mechanical heart's desire for more?

A well written and engaging story, Gear Heart is a dystopian romance that captured my heart. The characters are complex, the storyline is detailed, and Hollis once again presents readers with the perfect balance of sweet and sensual story weaving I've come to expect!

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Review: The Hollywood Version by Harry K. Malone

The Hollywood Version
The Hollywood Version by Harry K. Malone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mark Lawler moved from a small town where everyone was "Minnesota Nice" to make his dreams come true in Hollywood. Somewhere along the way he lost himself. Becoming more focused on his image and living the lifestyle that on being true to himself. A popular television star he seems to have the perfect life; a beautiful wife, awesome best friend and is riding a rising star.

Nothing in Tinseltown is ever as it seems. His relationship with his wife lacks passion, and the rising sexual tension between his best friend and costar Zach has him questioning his sexual orientation.

When rumors begin to run rampant about his so-called relationship triangle the fickle beast of fame turns on Mark and his life begins to fall apart at an alarming rate. Turning to the only friend he has left, a man named Ross from his home town; Mark begins to realize how superficial he has become and it's time to make some hard choices about who he really is.

A well written romance with complex characters, an intricately developed story line, and raw emotional exploration. The Hollywood Version is more than a love story. It's about honesty, making the right choices, and being true to who you are. Readers will fall in love with Mark as they follow him on this unique journey of self discovery.

A copy of The Hollywood Version was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Needing the Alpha by Liliana Rhodes

Needing the Alpha
Needing the Alpha by Liliana Rhodes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With engaging characters that have serious spark and capture the imagination, Liliana Rhodes latest and last offering in The Crane Curse Trilogy tells the story of one of my favorite characters. The spunky and outgoing Pinky doesn't think that there is anything special about her, because she isn't a shifter and has no magic.

Rafael is drawn to the pint sized beauty, but every time he tries to get close she shuts him down. Unwilling to give up the woman he's sure is his mate, Rafael continues to take every opportunity available to put himself in Pinky's path.

When tragedy strikes her family, no one is more shocked than Pinky to discover that her father's disappearance is in some way tied to the legendary Crane Curse. Determined to do whatever it takes to bring her father home alive, even if it means working with the distractingly sexy bear.

The mystery is finally solved. An entertaining read with a fun writing style, fast paced storyline and engaging characters from the talented pen of Liliana Rhodes. I just couldn't put it down!

A copy of Needing the Alpha was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Bound for Trouble by E.M. Lynley

Bound for Trouble
Bound for Trouble by E.M. Lynley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Taking romance in a completely different direction than before, E.M Lynley offers readers her first BDSM themed story. After a devastating miscalculation that cost innocent lives; Deke went from being next in line for promotion to riding a desk in the basement. Worse, not only do his superiors question his judgement, he's also begun to doubt himself.

After years of supporting himself with his body, Ryan has finally left his job as a dancer/hooker at the local gay bar and has his eyes set on college someday. The past won't let him leave it behind that easily; and when he tries to do the right thing for once, he ends up heading back to his roots.

When Deke is assigned to watch over Ryan while he works as a confidential informer for the FBI, Deke has a bad feeling about the BDSM bar where Ryan is now working. Uncomfortable and yet strangely drawn to both the sexy CI and the lifestyle, Deke must learn to trust his instincts again or risk losing Ryan, his job, and maybe even his life!

The roller coaster ride of emotions Bound for Trouble takes readers on is one you will want to ride again and again! The characters are intensely written, the story line is intricately developed and Lynley's writing made me feel like I was experiencing every action packed moment in real-time! With sexual encounters ranging from a tentative first-time spanking too hard-core BDSM, this is one story that will test readers limits while at the same time have you wanting more!

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Cover Reveal: My First, My Last by Lacey Silks

Young couple kissiing

My First, My Last 
by Lacey Silks
Publication Date: July 21, 2014 
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance 

Fate has kept them apart for twenty years. Their roads hadn't crossed and the stars didn't align until now...

Matured, more experienced, pierced, tattooed and hot as hell, Adrian steps back into Mia's life to reclaim his first love. And the moment she sees him she can't even remember her own name.

Adrian Reed had always remained in Mia's heart. After all, he was her first boyfriend and the man she'd lost her virginity to, but that was twenty years ago. His sudden appearance at a bar, on a girls night out, has Mia acting like the fifteen year old girl she was when they parted.

But life now is not as simple as it was twenty years ago. With two kids, a hopeful ex-husband and new insecurities, Mia finds opening up to a new relationship more challenging.

Will she give her first love another chance, or will she push him away, this time for good?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Spotlight: Dark Cravings (Dark #1) by Madeline Pryce

Dark Cravings
Dark Series, Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

Ella Grey’s life sucks. A half-breed vampire, she does her best to pass the time killing demons and secretly admiring her Shadow Hunter partner, Micah. He’s hot, dangerous and knows it. He'd be just Ella’s type if he weren't likely to kill her the moment she put a toe out of line.

A chance encounter with a succubus changes everything. From the second the succubus’ spell washes over them, Ella and Micah are helpless to keep their hands off one another. The sex, when it’s not leaving them on the verge of death, is earth shattering and for the first time in ages Ella is connected with someone on a level she'd feared lost forever. But a dangerous prophecy has been set into motion, and if Ella’s not careful it'll pull her straight from Micah’s arms and into the deepest bowels of the underworld.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published under the title Blood Lust Rising. It has been revised and expanded for Ellora's Cave.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Book Spotlight: Dangerously Happy by Varian Krylov

 Dangerously Happy
by Varian Krylov
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance

Aidan has always played it safe. Instead of pursuing his dream of creating innovative music that makes his soul sing, he settled for a degree in software, a job in a cubicle, and a spot in a generic band with his buddies.

And he's always been straight. But when he's seduced by magnetic local literary luminary Dario, Aidan must decide whether to keep playing it safe, or succumb to a ravenous passion and a nourishing love unlike anything he's experienced before. Will he find the courage to go after real happiness if it means admitting he's in love with a man? 

Their journey together isn't easy. Sometimes it isn't safe. Even if Aidan has the courage to admit he's in love with Dario, can he endure the repercussions of the traumatic event in Dario's past?
This novel has mature content and is intended for readers over the age of eighteen. Although this is a story about two men falling in love, there are extended, explicit sex scenes, including some BDSM, m/m/m and m/m/f scenes. There are references to sexual violence which may be a trigger for some readers, although there is no graphic depiction of rape in the book.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Innocent Lies by J.W. Phillips

Innocent Lies
by J.W. Phillips

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 30, 2014
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Author Spotlight: Holley Trent and 'O for Two' (Den of Sin Series)

O for Two 
(Den of Sin Book 6)
by Holley Trent

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Olivia Patterson is a rolling stone…or maybe a flying one. As a flight attendant, she lives in the air. She’s never put down roots, and liked it that way…until now. When she touches down on the ground, she wants there to be someone waiting for her. For now, she'd settle for a bit of no-strings-attached company. She accepts an invitation to the Hotel Beaudelaire’s exclusive Den of Sin expecting to have her kinks indulged, not her heart battered.

Clint Morstad and Ken Brook have been in a committed, monogamous relationship for eleven years and are a mostly perfect match. However, after a decade together both admit their relationship needs a feminine influence. They visit the Den to search for their perfect woman, and believe easy-going Olivia could be their ideal match.

As much as she adores them, Olivia doesn't want to get attached to men she can’t keep. When she slips away before they can invite her home, Clint and Ken left with a dilemma. Should they give chase to the only woman they've wanted to share, or let her fly?

(Contains m/m/f ménage scenes and m/m intercourse)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: Across Worlds: Collision by S.A. Snow

Across Worlds: Collision
by S.A. Snow

Genres: Fiction, Mixed Gender Sci-Fi,
 Erotica, Adventure

Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC
Release Date: August 1st 2014

Jane expected six months undercover to be hard; she expected it to be lonely and bleak. She didn’t expect to find love.

Jane Butler, a CIA operative, is assigned the task of infiltrating the Xanthians and determining if they’re a threat to humanity. Going undercover as a Xanthian mate, she boards the transport ship and meets Usnavi—her new mate. After spending six days traveling through space, Jane is ecstatic to explore the Xanthian station and soon sets out to complete her mission. The only problem? Usnavi—and the feelings she is quickly developing.

Fumbling their way through varying sexual expectations, cooking catastrophes, and cultural differences, they soon discover life together is never boring. As Jane and Usnavi careen into a relationship neither of them expected, Jane uncovers dark secrets about the Xanthians and realizes she may no longer be safe. When it becomes clear she’s on her own, Jane is forced to trust and rely on Usnavi. Simultaneously struggling with her mission, her feelings for Usnavi, and homesickness, Jane faces questions she never imagined she would have to answer.

After chasing around puppies and corralling kittens, S.A. Snow flips open her BSG replicated console and enters her mysterious world of imagination. Seeking to escape the rigors of her day jobs, she enters flight mode and powers her engines full-speed ahead.

A prolific writer of non-traditional erotica, S.A. Snow grew up on a small alpaca farm high in the Andes Mountains. A lover of yoga and meditation, she spends her free time constructing alien space stations, organizing werewolf governments, and cataloging all episodes of Star Trek in order of technical soundness. A firm believer that one need not choose between Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas, she also has closely examines all Star Wars movies in order to determine which episode is more factually based.

S.A. Snow writes truth and only truth, factoring in all evidences she can find. She writes only about parallel universes she has personally visited, and believes if something about her books isn't shocking, she’s not effectively telling the story.

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