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Book Review - A Christmas Situation by H.L. Day

A Christmas Situation (Temporary #1.5)A Christmas Situation by H.L. Day
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Christmas Novella from H.L. Day featuring Dom and Tristan.

Dom and Tristan have been living together for almost a year now. In fact, the anniversary of the first time they'd slept together, aka the start of their relationship, is fast approaching. And Tristan is out of control. His zany antics and horrific decorating style has Christmas vomiting in their apartment, traumatizing Dom, and he's up to something. Okay Dom has some trust issues - a lot of trust issues - but Tristan is DEFINITELY up to something... the question is will Dom and will their relationship survive? Will the company survive yet another Christmas party? Will there be spiders lurking?

This was a cute, snarky, drunken romp of a Christmas Novella and made me realize just how much I love Dom and Tristan. They are just so. Darned. CUTE together.



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Book Review - A Temporary Situation by H.L. Day

A Temporary Situation (Temporary #1)A Temporary Situation by H.L. Day
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enemies to lovers story that is delightfully snarky and fun!

Personal Assistant Dominic despises the CEO of the company he works for, Tristan Maxwell. The man is arrogant and self-entitled and sees the people who do all the work in his company as 'minions'. Just because he is drop dead gorgeous and knows it, doesn't mean that Dominic is gonna fall at his feet and worship, like so many others. Luckily Dom has little to no contact with the jerk of a CEO, except to maybe let elevator doors shut in his face as Dom scowls.

Too bad Dom's luck runs out when Mr. Maxwell's PA is rushed to hospital with a ruptured appendix and he asks Dom's boss (orders Dom's boss) to hand over his PA in the interim. Great. Peachy. Dom's life is ruined... or he could do his darnedest to make Maxwell hate him back so he could go back to working for his nice boss and ignoring the CEO.

Despite his best efforts to despise the man, Dom grudgingly grows to respect, tolerate, and even like his new boss (not to mention lust after him but he's not mentioning that part). And Tristan seems to like him too, but just not _that_ way, coz Tristan is engaged to a woman... until he isn't and he's set his sites on wooing and winning the snarky Dom.

This was a fun and entertaining read. I loved Dom's snark, Tristan's fear of that creature that shall not be named, and the way these two played off each other. Can't wait for more from this author!

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Book Review: Hunter's Curse by Pandora Pine

Hunter's Curse (A Cold Case Psychic Spin Off, #5)Hunter's Curse by Pandora Pine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I'm a little late to the Pandora Pine party as this is the first book of hers that I've read. Wheee, this was a roller coaster ride of fun, action and hot man sex. I have to say I was most impressed with her writing style and the world she's created. The characters are gorgeous too.

This book starts in the 418 AD. Demon slayer Hunter Conroy is caught in a trap of evil warlock Osian. The choice he was given, join Osian and kill his own family and other demon slayers like him, or be cursed to spend eternity as a stone gargoyle for ninety years of ever one hundred and then a brief ten year reprieve before the choice was offered again. Hunter, of course, declined. And then spent the next six centuries watching the world change through the unblinking eyes of his gargoyle save for those ten tiny years of freedom granted as reminder that he'd spend the next ninety in stone.

In 2010 Hunter came out of his gargoyle to find himself in Salem, Massachusetts. He'd made a quiet life for himself but had somehow found himself pulled into the community's more supernatural side despite trying to lie low. And then he meets Doctor Walker Harmon. And for the first time in centuries Hunter has someone to fight for, someone to stay for. But his curse is coming due and Osian will turn him back into a gargoyle, possibly forever this time around. But Salem protects its own and the community of witches, psychics, vampires and magic users band around Hunter and Walker, determined to break the evil warlock's curse and give the couple the happily ever after they deserve... but are they enough to stop a centuries old warlock who has a fallen angel on his side?

Read the book and find out!


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Book Review: A Deceptive Alliance by Sydney Blackburn

A Deceptive AllianceA Deceptive Alliance by Sydney Blackburn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by this book by Sydney Blackburn. It was a lovely mix of m/m romance, fantasy, and action.

Kel, Lord Lindere, and his twin sister, the lady Isabel, are wards of their uncle, the king of Karleed. Fraternal twins, they look far too similar and have traded places often, so Isabel could taste the freedom of being 'male' and so that Kel could flirt with handsome men at balls. They were as close as could be, but had always known they would have to make advantageous 'state' matches. So when Isabel is betrothed to Darin, Prince of Pervayne, third son of the ruler, she seemed resigned... until she wasn't and ran away to avoid the marriage.

Kel has no choice but to impersonate his sister until his cousin, the crown prince, locates his errant sibiling. So he dresses in her wedding dress, says her vows in the proxy wedding, and then heads off with the entourage to meet 'her' new husband. The plan is that Kel will play Isabel, his cousin will look for his sister and then race to meet the slow moving caravan so that Kel and Isabel can trade places in the dead of the night with no one the wiser. Except we wouldn't have a story if that happened.

So Kel is forced to spend weeks impersonating his sister and during the voyage falls hopelessly for the servant that Prince Darin has sent to protect his princess. At least the voluminous skirts he's forced to wear as part of his disguise cover Kel's reaction to the servant. But where the heck is his sister, and will he escape this debacle with his heart still in tact?

But what if the servant known as Dare was more than meets the eye? And what if Kel didn't have to hide behind Isabel's skirts and makeup... what would happen then?

This was a lovely, happy read that left me with all the happy feelz. I definitely recommend this book.

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Book Review - Shifting Shadows by Michelle Frost

Shifting Shadows (Metal and Magic #1)Shifting Shadows by Michelle Frost
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very intriguing start to this new M/M series by Michelle Frost.

It's a world reinvented where the supernatural came out of the closet and humans clawed back some semblance of order but where there are still great swaths of the country are still controlled by supernatural elements, including the center of the country which is now known as The Between.

Deckard Warren is the chief enforcer for the Ironheld Wolves, and they guard their territory, humans and supernats alike, fiercely. One night on patrol along the border of their territory a terrified young man stumbles across the line into their area. The young man is without a doubt Deck's mate. But he doesn't remember anything beyond jumping into Deck's arms and every time he does try to remember a black cloud of panic descends. Deck calls him Colt.

As Colt and Deck try to solve the mystery of his past, Deckard brings Colt more and more into his family, his pack. But there are elements raging against them. Some wolves look down on humans as inferior and right now there's a human leading the pack - Deck's brother in law, Gavin. His sister, Isobel, had been alpha but she'd been killed a year ago and Deck was still full of rage and grief over it. And now he has to contend with the fact that once his mate regains his memories he may lose Colt too.

And there is something dark and evil lurking in Colt's past. But what will it mean for Deckard and the Ironheld Wolves?

The world that Michelle is building is amazing. Her writing is clean and crisp and draws you in. I'm really looking forward to book 2.

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Book Review - Kinky Pride Anthology

Kinky PrideKinky Pride by Susan E. Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This anthology of kinky Pride stories is a light little read - yes I said it was light, but hot.

Four novellas about men who like to take a little walk on the wild side of kink, and show their Pride doing so.

The book starts off with Whiskey Dreams, a story about a boy(man) with a broken heart running into the man who broke it and his sexy, Dommy best friend and co-owner of the newest, hottest gay bar in Atlanta. It turns out that the break up had been orchestrated by the ex-boyfriend's now very pregnant wife. However, there was a happy ending for our boy, he found out what he really wanted was a sexy Dom to love him and take care of him and he finds it in the best friend.

In Fireballed we meet cute and, yes, twinkie Jeremiah, next door neighbour to the hot fireman called Tennessee. A moment of panic over a pan on fire on the stove brings Jeremiah crashing into Tennessee's life, and the man can't help fall for the loveable Fireball of fun, flirtation and sass. Throw in a Yorkie called Princess, a German Shepard called Buddy, a controlling ex-boyfriend and a pregnant sister and it was a great little story.

Tequila Sunrise is a story about college besties finding out that they were actually much more while dealing with homophobic relatives and unexpected life events.

Skyy's Bailey

Now this story just hit all the right buttons for me. I would give this one a 5 out of 5 for sure. Bailey is a broken man from a broken home. He watched his abusive father murder his mother even as he hid his younger brother and drew his father away when he was less than a decade old. That night he lost his entire family, brother included.

Bounced from foster home to foster home, Bailey grew up with a chip on his shoulder and a lot of rage. He also had a fear he was as much of a monster as his father had been.

Fast forward to the present, a chance encounter and a cage fight gone wrong and Bailey had turned his life around and found a way to leash the beast inside of him though the BDSM lifestyle. And he has his brother his brother back in his life. Evan had been adoped by a music mogel and had followed in his dad's footsteps. He'd also used his considerable wealth to track Bailey down.

Enter Skyy, spoiled teen rock star with true talent who had crashed and burned hard and had been put under his greedy parents conservator-ship. Even had been his manager and was his friend and had managed a three month reprieve for Skyy. The problem is, Skyy has performance anxiety. Which was why he'd used the drugs and alcohol to take off the edge. But he HAD to stay sober or risk being put back under his parents thumb despite now being an adult. Which is where Bailey and his BDSM lifestyle came in.

This story has one of my favorite kinks in it - shibari. And maaan it was a hot one.

It was a nice little anthology of stories - short and sweet, with lots of heat.

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Book Review: Winter Shadows: Coldharbour Chronicles #2, by Richard Amos

Winter Shadows (Coldharbour Chronicles #2)Winter Shadows by Richard Amos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series just keeps getting better and better!

This is the 2nd in a trio of books by author Richard Amos. The world building he has done and continues to do in this series is absolutely stunning. This series is seriously phenomenal and I am totally addicted to it. The description the author uses is spot on: A dark urban fantasy tale with kick-ass action and slow-burn m/m romance.

In this second book of the Coldharbour Chronicles, we are once again in the magically sealed off town of Coldharbour, where the other realm species known collectively as The Beast, are trying to find a way into our world at large. Our erstwhile hero, Jake Winters, is still trying to deal with the fact that he is the chosen weapon of the goddess Hecate, reeling from the murder of his husband by the White-Eyed man, and assimilate the crazy world he's found himself in. And now he has to protect a Beast called Luke while the Purple-haired psycho Beast, Dana is gunning for him, and his sparky hand are amped up to devour Beast left and right, leaving him hungry for more and... really really horny.

As expected, everything goes to doo-doo as Purple manages to get her hands on a Goblin Wars artifact, a potion with no antidote, and releases it on the helpless cat Beast Luke. Things go from bad to worse as the twin Beast shadows are released and begin to wreak havoc down on Coldharbour while trying to free the Beast Supreme, Lilisian, from the weak and dying host body she's trapped in. And then The White-Eyed Man comes back. Jake's life is well and truly messed up.

Oh, did I mention he has the hots for one of his Guardians, the apparently straight half fae Dean, who is beyond smoking hot. And the object of Jake's Beastfed lust. And it's Christmas. Jake hates Christmas.

Well hell.



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Book Review: Dark Rivers by Brice Morgan

Dark Rivers (Witchbane, #2)Dark Rivers by Morgan Brice
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book of Morgan Brice that I've read and the second full Witchbane book (there is a novella in between one and two), and I can honestly say the author keeps getting better and better. In this book they deliver on the promise made in Witchbane, with more back story of both Seth and Evan as well as a fleshing out of a great plot. The world building continues and it is one amazing world they are creating.

In a continuation of Witchbane and Burn, the novella, the main characters Seth Tanner and Evan Malone are continuing to hunt for the witch-disciples of Rhyfel Gremory, and this time their hunt takes them to Pittsburgh, PA, right before Christmas. But there are complications to this hunt. Serious complications in the form of a hardcore hunter team consisting of an ex-priest and an ex-FBI agent who have a vested interest in this hunt. And then there's the specter from Evan's past, the abusive ex-boyfriend turned stalker.

The book kept me on the edge of my seat, the love scenes were hot, the new characters introduced very interesting (I have hopes to see a pairing of the ex-priest and the FBI guy coz that's kinda a thing for me) and the action kept me turning the pages.

Even though the book takes place around Christmas, it was a perfectly spooky read for Halloween night!



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Book Review: Starstruck by LJ Stark

Starstruck (Opposites Attract #1)Starstruck by L.J. Stark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was just what I needed this week. Super sweet, made me a little verklempt in places, and absolutely engaging. First time novelist L.J. Stark knocked this out of the park.

The story is a tale as old as time... hahahaha had to do it, but in a way it is, frenemies become friends and fall in love - while married.

Indie Actor Peter Czerny is a struggling actor, barely keeping his head afloat, when he nails the audition for an up and coming mega action movie staring A-lister Aiden Hunt, _the_ Hollywood hot property. Trouble is Aiden wants final say on who works with him so Peter finds himself in a hipster coffee shop with his agent waiting on the reigning king of Hollywood. Turns out Aiden Hunt is an ***hole! The man was rude, abrasive, annoying and cocky as heck without a shred of human decency... he was a freaking robot! Before he knew it, Peter was calling him on his ***holery and storming out of the meeting, effectively tanking any shot he had at making it as an actor. Or so he thought. It turned out that Hunt's agent _loved_ him and insisted that Peter be cast opposite Aiden. It was Peter's big break - he just had to get through the next three months without killing the arrogant jerk.

Three months of trading barbs and insults later, the movie wraps much to the relief of both Peter and Aiden. All they had to get through was the wrap party in Vegas and then they wouldn't have to see each other until the press junkets and premiere. The booze flowed freely and things happened and Peter and Aiden wake up _married_ with it already leaked and the media was reeling from the revelation that Hollywood's lead actor was into guys, not girls. Well hell.

Now Peter and Aiden are stuck in a fake marriage for the next few months in order to sell the movie and to let the furor die down. Once the movie premieres they can get a quickie divorce and get back to their own lives, right? The trouble is sometimes animosity is a cover for attraction and sometimes attraction leads to emotions like... love. Well hell.

As I said in the beginning, LJ Stark is a new author and this is their first foray into m/m romance. I truly enjoyed the writing style and the world created. There were a few rough patches where you get introduced to characters and you're like 'wha?' but for the most part I really enjoyed this story. I'm looking forward to Book 2!


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Book Review: Vow of Protection by Brittany Cournoyer

Vow of Protection (Personal Protectors #1)Vow of Protection by Brittany Cournoyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First time reading this author and I liked the book!

Privileged Walker Cardwell had the world at his feet - at least on the outside. His family was wealthy, his father running for reelection as governor and he worked as his dad's campaign manager. He had everything money could buy. Except he'd caught his girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend in HIS bed, his father was a verbally abusive, domineering asshole, his mother lived her world through the haze of medication and he had his own demons. But the girlfriend and his former best thing had been the straw that broke the proverbial back.

Needing to blow off steam and not able to go to the trendy, elite clubs he normally went to because, damn, his so called friends were the biggest gossips and backstabbers out there, so he ended up at a dilapidated bar called Rusty's with a bouncer who didn't know who he was and didn't care, which only added to his ire. A bunch shots of tequila later, Walker was feeling no pain and wanting to try his luck a line dancing. Luck was not on his side - he accidentally groped the girlfriend of the leader of the local biker gang and got himself beaten into oblivion.

The bouncer - Beckett - was forced to break up the fight, and take the unconscious and badly damaged governor's son to the hospital. Nephew of the bar's owner, the ubiquitous Rusty, Beckett had seen more than his share of action in his life. Ex-military, he was working for his uncle while he tried to figure out what he would do now after a medical discharge because of PTSD. But he couldn't not take care of the little twerp of a governor's son, because no one deserved the kind of beat down he'd just gotten. Meeting the twerps a-hole father made him realize that maybe the life of privilege wasn't so privileged after all.

Waking up in the hospital the next day Walker realized he may have bitten off more than he could chew with getting on the bad side of the gang and that he probably needed to hire a bodyguard - and oddly enough the bouncer from last night was his first choice. And he managed to convince Beckett to work for him just in time. A series of events made Walker realize someone really was out to get him.

Beckett and Walker strike sparks off of each other like oil and a match and when they ignite - the flames will either destroy them or make them stronger. Combined with the mystery of why Walker is being targeted by a stalker and the two have the odds stacked against them.

The book was an enjoyable read. There were some typos, a few things missed in editing, and the plot a little obvious at points; but on the whole I liked it.

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Book Review: Winter Rising by Richard Amos

Winter Rising (Coldharbour Chronicles #1)Winter Rising by Richard Amos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was weirdly wonderful and I can't wait for Book 2!

Jake Winter is a man who has lost everything; his husband had been murdered and the killer had gotten away. The only 'good' thing that came from it was that Jake got clean, kicked his heroin addiction, stopped smoking and drinking, and started getting into shape. He had a killer to kill and a husband to avenge. On the one year anniversary of his husband's death Jake confronted the 'white eyed' bastard who'd destroyed his life. And had his entire existence turned upside down and inside out.

A deadly game of Cat and Mouse (with Jake the unwitting mouse) leads our hero to Coldharbour, a town shrouded from the rest of the world by magic, sealed by a curse and supposedly inaccessible. And yet the White-Eyed bastard had led him straight into the town through a crack in the magic, and then saved his life. Why would he do then when he'd robbed Jake of everything precious to him? And why the hell was he calling Jake a 'gift' and a 'weapon'?

Coldharbour is a place where evil entities known as 'beast' have broken through from their own realm. It is a town of goblins, trolls, werewolves, vampires, witches and fae (or half fae). It is a place where Jake can tip the balance and save the world from Beast if he can learn how to harness the power within him. Along with his four chosen guardians, Jake battles the Beast on the streets of Coldharbour, hoping to end the war before it bleeds into the rest of the world. Oh yeah, and in between all that Jake really needs to figure out why he turns into a complete idiot around his hot, half-fae guardian.

But what does the White-Eyed bastard want with him and why does he keep saving Jake?

This book was a spine tingler from start to finish. I admit, I was a little leery at first, it was a bit hodge podge and didn't really make sense until a few chapters in. I'm probably dating myself here but it reminded me of that animated fantasy movie, Heavy Metal, the one that jumped from scene to scene with no discernible connection - at first. But by the end you were like 'aha! I get it, I see the connection!' The writing was slick and sharp and full of vibrancy. I found myself sucked into the story, not wanting to put the book down even when I knew I should. The world building Richard does is impressive and seamless. He sets up his reality and makes it plausible. I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for the sequel!.

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Book Review - Elemental Magick by Jacki James

Elemental Magick (The Donovan Coven)Elemental Magick by Jacki James


This is my first time reading this author and this book is an interesting start to a new paranormal m/m series. 
The main character, Aaron, loves his nice staid, _safe_ life as the owner of an Antique (slash used stuff) Store in small town America, a store he inherited from his grandmother along with his house. Aaron's greatest ambition as a child was to be a cashier at Walmart, that's the kind of safe and secure he wants. He haunts Estate sales to find things to sell in his store and an estate sale of the belongings of a local 'witch' is too good an opportunity to pass up so Aaron drags his friend Russ to the sale and comes away with a weird book, among other things, a book he didn't even want but one that Russ insisted he buy. Well it was interesting, at least, not that he believed in witches or the occult. Wicca, sure, it was a religion, but real spells and stuff? Hah!

And then the book does weird things like open only for him, manifest energy, and make things shake but... witchcraft was NOT real, and Aaron would prove it by doing one of the spells in the book... and almost summoned forth a demon. Well crap!

Enter Malakai Donovan, of the Donovan Clan of Kilkenny Ireland, witch and super hottie. He's been looking for the fabled Coughlin Grimoire for years, this particular Book of Shadows the most powerful of it's kind. And someone - Aaron - not only found it, but opened it _and_ cast a spell from it. And now all sorts of magick users are crawling out of the woodwork to get their hands on it - from bad witches to warlocks to vamps and shifters. Kai has his work cut out for him, protecting both the book and the gorgeous little witchling the book has bonded too. Piece of cake, right? Oh and then there's the little matter of them being soul twins and Aaron being freaking adorable and firing _all_ of Kai's protective instincts.

The book was a nice, light read. Some of the plot points were a little rushed, speeding the story along a little faster than believable. There were a few places where the reader had to really suspend disbelief and just go with the flow but on the whole it was an enjoyable little book and the series shows promise.

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Book Review - Craft Brew, Trouble Brewing Book 2, by Layla Reyne

Craft Brew (Trouble Brewing, #2)Craft Brew by Layla Reyne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love me a good Craft Brew, I won't lie, and this particular drink was delish!

In a continuation of Imperial Stout, this book takes up shortly after the end of the last book. And Dominic Price is running... although he says he's not, all the way to San Diego. It's an opportunity to try out the top chair as US Attorney while trying to figure a way out of the mess his father has made. But he didn't expect to miss Cameron Byrne like he would his own breath.

Meanwhile back in San Fran Cam is determined to get Dom to move in with him as well as stand by his man and get the bad guy gunning for him. He just has to get through the next six weeks of lonely nights and then convince Dom he's right - piece of cake.

But Vaughn isn't done with his threats and Dom is barely back in the door of his apartment when fire in the apartment directly above him forces him out and into Cam's place. A fire that was determined to be arson. Cam is thrilled by the chance to have Dom live with him except he gets a call from his brother that summons him home to Boston. Waiting for him is a decades old personal tragedy that has barely begun to heal and a request that rips the wounds completely open again.

Now Cam is racing against the clock to solve the mystery that tore his family apart, help rescue a missing daughter of a South end Boston cop, and still find time to help Dom solve his own problems. Except he's falling apart at the seams and this time it's Dom that needs to save Cam - and keep him afloat.

This book was a high octane rush from start to finish. I loved the tension that Layla builds from her very first word, and she keeps the tension up throughout. I was especially impressed with how she combined Cam's past with his present and wove it throughout the story. The whole book let us get to know him so much better than we have up until now.

And we finally get to know more of Dominic's story too. We learn why he's so afraid of losing someone he loves, why he keeps himself apart from his new family, why he's been keeping Cam at arm's length. And we see them both realize that they're stronger together than apart.

This book, and series, is fast becoming my favorite of Layla's. It takes the best parts and people from Agents Irish and Whiskey and infuses them into this masterful series. All our most loved characters make an appearance and weave throughout Dom and Cam's story beautifully.

This is a must read book, and series. And Layla Reyne is definitely in my top 10 authors to read and watch!

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Book Review: His Instant Family by Rheland Richmond

His Instant FamilyHis Instant Family by Rheland Richmond
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a sweet, contemporary May-December romance.

This is the first book I've read by Rheland Richmond and I enjoyed it. The characters were believable and fun to read. The plot was a little predictable but that didn't take away from the charm of the story. There were a few instances of extra information that wasn't really needed to set the scene, which slowed down the story for me, and a few tropes common to this genre. I admit I had to suspend my disbelief a little at quickly a man who'd never had sex with another male was able to do some of the things the character could do right out of the gate. That being said, I still thought the book was sweet and a lovely light read.

The book starts out with Teo Wright, a slightly absent minded but brilliant author and illustrator of children's books running late to his sister's obgyn appointment. Teo's brother in law traveled a lot so family oriented Teo didn't mind in the least acting as his sister's stand in birthing partner. Already flustered at being late, Teo becomes even more so when he comes face to face with his sister's doctor the gorgeous silver fox Dr. Michael Ashworth, who instantly gets nicknamed 'Dr. Do-me.'

Michael Ashworth is a widower of three children aged seven to mid teens. He's a talented doctor who lost his wife in a tragic (if slightly unexplained) set of circumstances that have left him guilty for not being home as much as feels he should have been despite building his career and practice. He's had a few affairs with women since his wife's passing but has resigned himself to being a widower. And then he meets his patient's partner and feels an instant pull despite the fact that Teo is a 'married' man. And Teo, seeing pictures of a wife and children behind the good doctor, also has to deal with his straight crush.

It turns out both men were wrong about the other's status and at an event for one of Teo's books the two men discover that they are both single and interested. Sparks immediately fly and they start dating. However, a monkey wrench is thrown into the works when Michael's oldest, his son Lucas, lashes out at the idea of Michael dating Teo, 'the young boy toy after his money'. Even when he's corrected and told that Teo is independently wealthy, it doesn't matter. Why can't dad marry Aunt Ashley, his mom's sister? This sets the scene for some family strife. Add to the mix that his deceased wife's family are nasty bigots and there's a whole lot of family drama.

The book does end in a happily ever after with Lucas realizing he was being manipulated by his aunt and finally accepting Michael and Teo's relationship, allowing the two men to finally be together. There is also a tease for book 3 and a tie in to book 1 in the book, providing some nice continuity.

On the whole this was a nice, light read, and one I enjoyed.

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Book Review - Change for You by Crystal Lacy

Change for You (Oahu Lovers, #2)Change for You by Crystal Lacy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hot, sweet, romantic, curmudgeonly and sexy as all get out!

OMG I loved this book. It was a lovely relationship book. There were no car chases, no explosions, no murders or mysteries to solve. What there was was two beautiful souls, one still full of hope and light, the other battle scarred and hiding behind snark, falling in love. A May-December romance in an accounting office. In Honolulu, Hawaii. And it was perfect.


Mr. December, Stephen Webb, is bitter, wounded and has had his ego and his belief in love and happily ever afters trampled by life. He's an accountant, and a damned good one, because it's a safe and secure job; two things that Stephen needs given his rough start at life. His boss is a nasty, cranky douche canoe who won't make him partner even though he deserves it. It's making him become grouchy, sarcastic and a workaholic to the point it cost Stephen his last relationship.

And then intern Minoru 'call me Max' Kamigawa walks into his life and not only makes himself indispensable during the busy tax season when Stephen's department is understaffed thanks to douche canoe, but he brings light and laughter and music back into Stephen's life. Not to mention Max is sexy as all get out and Stephen can't keep his eyes off of him.

But Max's first love is music, not accounting; he's taken the internship out of a need to help his mother and his grandmother and to be practical about life. Music doesn't pay the bills, doing other peoples taxes does. And then there's the fact that Max can't keep his eyes off of the grumpy silver fox either.

What starts as a drunken hook-up becomes so much more. Max falls head over heels for and Stephen despite being warned not to, and Stephen is trying to make partner so becoming involved with his 20 years younger intern is anything but smart. But the heart wants what the heart wants and ultimately Stephen is forced to decide if Max is worth risking his shot at partnership, his job security and changing his curmudgeonly ways for a chance at love. Real love. And maybe even forever.


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Boo Review - Heartache & Hoofbeats by Maz Maddox

Heartache & Hoofbeats (Stallion Ridge #1)Heartache & Hoofbeats by Maz Maddox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book surprised me. Really surprised me.

Don't get me wrong, I love shifter stories, paranormal stories and m/m stories but the idea of an alt paranormal Wild West with Centaurs? I admit it threw me for a bit. Maybe it was the idea of centaur 'size' vs. human size, maybe it's because it was set in the Wild West and I've never really gotten into historical romances. Whatever, I walked away thoroughly hooked and loving this series.

The premise is an interesting a twist on a Wild West love story. Instead of school marm and the bad guy with the heart of gold, it was a train robber who really did have have good intentions falling hard and fast for an honorable, stalwart sheriff. Throw in some serious sexual tension, snark, sass, really nasty bad guys and a bull-headed Minotaur... hehehe, bull-headed Minotaur... and it was an explosive group.

Off to read book 2.

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