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Book Review: Jon's Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case by AJ Sherwood

Jon's Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case (Jon's Mysteries Case, #1)Jon's Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case by A.J. Sherwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

AJ Sherwood is a new-to-me author who just blew my mind with this book. I absolutely loved everything about this book, from the plot to the characters to the world building she does.

In a world where psychics exist and work hand in hand with law enforcement on a regular basis, Jonothan (Jon) Ban is a licensed pyschic who routinely works with the police to help solve crimes and act as a human lie detector thanks to his incredibly unique psychic ability. Oh and he also routinely fries all modern electronics, but that's a whole different problem.

Psychic abilities are like fingerprints in this world, each one is unique but even among the unique Jon is in a class of his own. He is also a psychic without an anchor, without someone to ground him and help him control his abilities. As such, he's prone to some pretty nasty migraines right up to being forced into a blanket fort for a few days because he just can't stand to be near people after a particularly deep dive. Thanks to his ability to read people's 'chakra lines' the criminals hate Jon, and they've expressed that hate in various ways including attacking him and right up to shooting at him. He's been lucky up til now.

Enter Donovan Havili. The man looks big - really big - and scary. He sets everyone in Jon's Psychic Investigations Agency on edge, including Jon's boss. So of course, the minute Jon gets into the office everyone wants him to peek into the boss's office and get a read on the potential new guy. Most are hoping he won't be the new guy but when Jon does... What he sees has him floor. The man is a supernova of kindness, protective instincts and competence. So of course he tells his boss this - and his boss makes the new guy Jon's partner. Poor new guy. Except Donovan fits. Like really _fits_ with both Jon and the agency. And he's fiercely protective of Jon and already half acting like the psychic's anchor.

Throw in a bizarre case of one university student shooting another, a young woman who was found dead in a park, and a serial killer and Donovan's first week is anything but easy. Add to it that he's crushing on someone and Jon is crushing on him and then there's the whole Jon needing an anchor thing...

This book was enthralling from the moment I picked it up. The characters were realistic and wonderful. The author interspersed humor, action, adventure, police drama and romance in a beautifully seamless way. I will definitely be one-clicking the rest of this series and I've just bought her fantasy book "Fourth Point of Contact" because, dayam, I like her style.


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Book Review: Winter Twilight by Richard Amos

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

This is the final installment of the Coldharbour Chronicles series and boy does it deliver! Richard Amos has created the most amazing world where magic and reality have merged, where the supernatural walks among us and trapped in a magic bubble is a city that is ground zero for an invasion from another reality - the reality of the Beast - bent on claiming our world as theirs.

In this final installment Jake Winter and his guardians finally face down the Head Beast herself, Lilisian, who has inhabited the body of the former lover of Jake's guardian - and lover - Dean, the half fae. Pregnant, Lilisian used the blood connection between the child and Dean to enslave him to her will in the last book. And in a bizarre twist of fate the White Eyed Guy who started Jake down the path to become the Weapon of the Goddess, turns out to be Jake's ancestor, _THE_ Hercules of old who clashed with the Titans, and he saved Jake in the last book by almost killing him. But he's definitely Team Jake now, even if he has a grudge against the Goddess.

So Jake has to defeat Lilisian, drive the Beast back to their own dimension, save his lover _and_ his lover's child and not die in the process... all in a day's work for the Weapon, right?

This book was a thrill ride and an amazing end to the series. There is a HEA, which made me happy, but not everyone got out alive, as is expected in a book series about the attempted take over of the world by a terrifying reality of monsters.

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Book Review: The Secret by May Archer

The Secret (Love in O'Leary #3)The Secret by May Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a really sweet and hot read, one I thoroughly enjoyed. May Archer has built a completely contained and believable world within the real world here in O'Leary. Her writing style is crisp and clean and she is pretty darned good at the one liners, puns and zingers lemme tell you. The plot was a little formulaic but May embraced the tropes and made them really fun to read.

I admit to being enthralled by main character Constantine Ross. He's someone I can relate to in that he hides behind humor and cheekiness when faced with adversity - and he's had a lot in his life. His attitude is his armor and he wears it proudly. Underneath it all is a tender heart that's been bruised so often he no longer recognizes his own self worth. Sure he's the pretty boy and the good lay but he's so much more and he's forgotten how to be anything but what the people around him perceive him to be.

Enter Micah Bloom - sort of rival business owner to Con's family business. Micah is straight laced, by the book and in complete control of everything. He got over a decade on Constantine and has a plan, an ambitious plan that puts him in direct competition with Ross Landscaping and Florals. He sees Con as a cocky little troublemaker who breezes through life and doesn't have a serious bone in his body... until he overhears a conversation that slaps him upside the head and makes him realize there's so much more to Constantine than a pretty face. And he _recognizes_ the pain he hears in Con, the disappointment, far too well. Except he'd become Mr. Buttoned up tight and responsible instead of cocky and self-deprecating. They were far too similar for Micah's peace of mind. and Constantine was far too fascinating for Micah's libido.

Sparks fly as the two men try and find a happy medium between their Romeo and Romeo blooming romance and their family business drama. There's misunderstandings and secrets aplenty that end up blowing up in their faces but they find their happy ever after in the end.

Like I said, a bit formulaic but oh my goodness, such a fun read. This story made me smile. It made me sigh. It gave me fluffy bunny feelings along with some smoking hot loving. Plus there's that whole May/December thing that I do love.

Definitely a great read.

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Book Review: How Not to Break by Susan Hawke

How Not to Break (Lovestrong #3)How Not to Break by Susan Hawke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 2nd Lovestrong book I've read by Susan Hawke and I really enjoyed this one as much as the first I read.

I first met one of the MC's in the first Lovestrong book and I wondered about the mysterious bar owner, Nick St. Cloud, and why he was so sad. In this book I got to learn why, and wow, what a great story.

I should start by saying this is a May-November romance, (yes I said NOVEMBER). Nick St. Cloud is a 40 something (edging 50) out of the closet gay man who is living his life as he wants. A former Navy Seal, he now owns the local gay club and counts a large number of drag queens among his friends. Nick has never been involved with anyone, and many of his queens worry about him, as does his sister-in-law, Dana and his niece Becca. He's single and sad and nobody likes that. But Nick has a secret. Ten years ago he let his best friends eighteen-year-old son, Shaw, seduce him. On the night his best friends died.

Shaw's parents had taken him in when his own family had turned their backs on Nick for being gay, including his ahole brother, Dana's ahole ex-husband. Charlie and his wife had taken Nick in, gave him a family to call his own, and how did he reward their love and trust? by seducing their pride and joy, their son Shaw.

Trouble is, Shaw was the one who had done the seducing. And he didn't regret it. He'd wanted Nick forever, and he'd taken the chance. Yes it had ended in tragedy, and then he'd had to deal with Nick as the executor of his parents estate, but it didn't stop Shaw from wanting or dreaming of the gorgeous ex-SEAL. Nick had made it abundantly clear, however, that Shaw - and that night - had been a mistake. So Shaw had tried to move on. But he had a type. Older, more mature, and if he dreamed nightly about a certain hard-bodied SEAL? Maybe called out the man's name while with someone else? That didn't mean anything, right? Just because Nick St. Cloud had been Shaw's first didn't mean he was his last.

But then Shaw found himself being stalked and the police couldn't seem to stop it. His home was invaded, his _bedroom_ was invaded while he slept, gruesome warning were left and creepy gifts delivered. He wasn't safe in his own home, he wasn't safe anywhere...

Except with Nick. St. Nick riding to the rescue again. But this time Nick had his head out of his butt and his priorities on straight. This time he was letting go of the guilt and not making the same mistake he'd made a decade ago. This time Nick was going to protect and _keep_ Shaw Michaelson. This time Nick was going to tell Shaw he loved him.



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Book Review: A King to be Claimed by Brea Alepou

A King to be Claimed (Our king, our master, #1)A King to be Claimed by Brea Alepoú
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This was an interesting premise for a book and one I'm looking forward to reading more of. In a world with gods and goddesses, the edoli are a race that have lived along side humans for thousands of years, not unseen - but unrecognized. There are different classes of edoli. Those with the power to bind others to them and amplify their power and the power of those bound to them are called kings or queens. The ones they bind are called keepers, and they have the ability to shapeshift, control the elements and are great warriors that are bound to their master/mistress through blood and the call, sworn to protect them to the death. Hunters are lesser edoli, bound to the Alpha keeper through blood, and are the hunters of the house - or clan - be it prey for food, or other edoli.

This is important to know, as the author doesn't really explain all this until almost half way through the story. There is an appendix of these terms, that might have been better served as a forward as I was a little lost while reading the first few chapters given that the author jumped straight into the story. That being said, the story was good, if a little too wham-bam-thank you Sam.

Titos, the main character, is a half-edoli weakling who has been shunned, ostracized and then condemned to death by his family and the queen of his house. He's never been able to bond with other edoli as blood makes him sick, and is considered not worth any value. In order to avoid being put to death for being weak he ran and has lived in the human world for years, avoiding the hunters sent to kill him. Until his luck runs out.

Cornered and certain death is imminent, Titos is saved by a powerful edoli, Seth, who tells Titos he heard his king's call and came to serve, that Titos is his king and a powerfully rare one at that. Titos, of course doesn't believe it at first but through a series of events, the acquisition of three more keepers, and an earth-shattering revelation about his past, Titos soon has not choice but to believe that he _is_ in fact a king, and one the edoli haven't due to the edoli council hunting them to supposed extinction.

Which means the threat to Titos is far from over. He's still being hunted by his former queen's keeper - his cousin - and sooner or later the council will come for him. It's a race against time for Titos and his keepers to build his power base, secure followers and prepare for the war that is surely to come.

The book has some issues with a relatively fast reversal of fortune, insta-love, and a few other tropes but for the most part I really enjoyed it and will be reading the next book in the series.

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Book Review: Melded Attraction by Alex Tyler

Melded Attraction: An M/M Urban Fantasy Romance (Whitacre Foundation Book 1)Melded Attraction: An M/M Urban Fantasy Romance by Alex Tyler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Morgan Whiteacre works for his family's foundation as a manuscript and photograph restoration expert. The Whiteacre Foundation is, on it's surface, an organization intent on preserving and, when necessary, repairing historical books, sculptures, art etc. On it's surface. But the Whiteacre Foundation, and the Whiteacre family, have a secret. They use magic, one of the few families in the world that can do so. And they're searching for an artifact that can bring magic back to the world. The trouble is, Morgan isn't sure if the world is ready for that. And there are others searching for the the artifact as well, and their intentions are less than honorable and a lot more lethal.

Jake Anderson is officially an Aussie ex-pat as well as an ex-cop. He's packed up his life in Oz to settle down in Washington D.C. with his fiance Ashley Roberts, who just happens to be best friends with Morgan and Ygraine Whiteacre. In fact, Ashley managed to snag him a job as the graphic designer for the Whiteacre Foundation. But an immediate and powerful attraction to Morgan has him questioning his commitment to Ashley while a bunch of hinky coincidences have his spidey cop senses tingling, and not in a good way. And then there's all the weird stuff that he thought he'd put behind him when he was let go from the force starting to happen again, especially when he's around Morgan.

Morgan, who just ended a 3 year relationship with a guy, has decided to go back to women when Jake enters his life. His _best friend's fiance_ for the love of all things, and strictly off limits. But the attraction is immediate and powerful. And then there's the fact that Jake is _magic_ and doesn't seem to know it.

But as the hunt for the artifact heats up, things become dangerous for Morgan. People are dead and Morgan is sure he's been 'seen'. That combined with Jake confronting him on the hinky happenings has Morgan revealing all, including the fact that Jake has magic.

This is a slow burn romance, that has a natural break-up of the engaged couple, and the natural progression of a more powerful attraction combined with the mystery of an Indiana Jones style quest for a magical holy grail. It took me a little to get used to the first person present writing style of the author, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I'm looking forward to the sequels!

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Book Review: All Souls Near and Nigh, Soulbound #2, by Hailey Turner

All Souls Near & Nigh (Soulbound, #2)All Souls Near & Nigh by Hailey Turner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hailey Turner just gets better and better. I was so captivated by this book I pulled an all-nighter because I HAD to finish it!! Her blend of world building, plot, suspense, the twists she tosses on, and the strong, well-rounded and _flawed_ characters make for an engrossing read from start to finish.

In the second installment of this series, Special Agent Patrick Collins and his soulbounded lover, and pack alpha, Jonothon de Vere, are once again pulled in to a right mess of a situation thanks to Patrick's soul debt to the Gods. This time it involves the territories of the vampires and werecreatures in NYC and the treaties that have kept the peace, stopping the preternatural world from going to war in the city streets. Oh and Lucien is back... oh Lucien.

Patrick and, because of the fact that Jonothon has claimed him as lover and pack, Jonothon are thrust into the middle of the a developing turf war, the treaties coming unraveled as a vampire drug known as Shine is flooding the streets and the bodies of were creatures have been found with vampire bite marks and their bodies show signs of being enslaved with silver burns at throat and wrists.

Special Agent Patrick Collins has been reassigned by the Supernatural Operations Agency to New York City. Navigating his new relationship with Jonothon de Vere, the werewolf he’s now soulbound to, is nothing compared to dealing with territorial disputes between the vampires and werecreatures who call the five boroughs home. But the delicate treaties that have kept the preternatural world in check are fraying at the edges, and the fallout is spilling into the mundane world.

Through the course of their investigation, Jonothon comes head to head with the NYC God Pack once again, and the barely held together promise on Jonothon's part is put to the test as the most heinous kind of betrayals is revealed. And Patrick comes face to face with death, yet again, but this time he may not survive the confrontation.

We are introduced to a whole new pantheon of gods in this book, and the world Hailey is building becomes even more fascinating. This is, without a doubt, her best writing to date, not that any of it has been less than amazing. But the story, the action, the feelz this book evokes. I'm truly impressed with her writing ability and she is a writer I will always drop what I'm reading in order to devour anything new she puts out.


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Book Review - Suspects & Scales by Maz Maddox

Suspects & Scales (Stallion Ridge #3)Suspects & Scales by Maz Maddox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the 3rd Stallion Ridge story and the best one yet! Maz Maddox is getting better and better.

At the end of Book 2 Deputy Cody Moore discovered the dead body of his dear friend, the Iara calling himself Wade, and in the moment he did Cody _changed_. Changed into a monster, something that should not have been possible given that Cody was human, not one of the other races. His grief, his guilt pushed him to the point of change.

But Wade wasn't just any Iara, he was Salias, the youngest son of Matron Lelia, ostensibly the queen of the Iara. Wade had been a prince and had been murdered. Matron Lelia wanted vengeance for her son's murder and when she came to claim her son's body she brought with her the one person she trusted to mete out justice - her assassin, the Iara Widow Quellin.

Quellin was more than just an assassin and had powerful ties to both his matron and the dead Iara prince. Vengeance burned in his heart, but there was something about young deputy Moore, Salias's human friend, that made him burn in a different way.

Cody is determined to help Quellin find Wade's killer, but he was also determined to bring the killer to proper justice because it was the righteous thing to do. But there was something about the Iara Widow that made Cody tingle in places he'd never tingled before. As they worked together to catch Wade's killer their attraction burned hotter and they eventually gave in to it but...

Quellin was Matron Lelia's to command, his life was not his own, and as such he could never be Cody's. As the investigation nears it's conclusion Quellin is forced to make the hardest choice of his life. His promise to Matron Lelia, or the young more-than-human who'd captured his heart.

This book was amazing. Seriously. And I leave you with two words...

Supernatural. Shibari.

Daaayaaaaaamm ::Fans face::


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Book Review: A Dance Too Far by H.L. Day

A Dance Too FarA Dance Too Far by H.L. Day
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book by H.L. Day that I've read and it's the third one I've loved!

Max Farley is a, well, man-whore. An event in his past means he only has one night stands and doesn't trust his heart to anyone. A last minute plea for help by a friend has Max, a sound technician, filling in at the newest ballet production at the Royal Opera House in London, England. Not his usual cuppa, but it paid the bills and he got to watch all the male dancers in their obscenely tight dance outfits - win win as far as he was concerned. And then the principle dancer walked on stage. The haughty, ice prince, Valentin Bychkov, rising start of contemporary Russian ballet. Max is pole-axed.

Valentin seems to have it all, amazing talent, a beautiful body and face, wealth and an ascending star in the ballet scene. But appearances are deceiving. Valentin had sold himself to a dangerous devil in order to achieve his ability to dance, and that Russian devil keeps close tabs on him, plus a pair of Bratva thugs posing as bodyguards. But there is something about the sound tech that not even a quick but thoroughly satisfying encounter could content Valentin. Because Max saw past his mask and his make-up, saw past the ice prince to the man beneath.

Their mutual attraction begins to morph into something more, but with their growing feelings comes growing danger. Because Valentin's 'benefactor' shows up, and the devil wants his due. Will their relationship survive... will _Max_ survive daring to poach what belonged to a Bratva boss?

Read the book and find out. It's worth it!

For those that need to know these things, there is a HEA, but there are some things left dangling. I won't tell you what but if you read the author's afterword she acknowledges them and why she did it and hints at possible future closure.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy.

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Book Review - New Horizons by Hailey Turner

New Horizons (Metahuman Files: Classified #2)New Horizons by Hailey Turner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved taking a trip back to Hailey's Metaverse in this smoking hot novella.

Taking place after the last Metahuman's book, In the Requim, Alpha team is now disbanded - officially - and all it's members are in the MDF's reserves, scattered around the country.

Trevor Sanchez, the team's medic and telekinetic has gone to med school, on Jamie's dime, to learn how to be a doctor. He's fast tracking but with his military field medic experience and time spent in Alpha team, the slog isn't that hard. Late night classes though, can be a pain in the ass.

And then a code silver echoes through the teaching hospital where his classes take place. Code silver - a situation in the ER involving an armed assailant. Once a Marine, always a Marine, or so the saying goes. And it goes double when you're a former member of Alpha Team. So Trevor reacts, telekinesis ripping through the situation, a bunch of Sons of Adam members and a domestic situation culminating in Trevor finding himself looking into a pair of blue eyes and a boy next door face of a paramedic putting himself between the victim and the shooter.

Is it any surprise that Trevor falls hard for Brendan Kane? And when his interference makes him a target? Well with friends like Trevor has... it gets taken care of Alpha Team style.

Oh and there may be an inappropriate but exceedingly HOT use of telekinesis and a wall. Oh my!


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Book Review - Winter Blood by Richard Amos

Winter Blood (Coldharbour Chronicles #4)Winter Blood by Richard Amos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So have I mentioned that I absolutely LOVE this series? Each one is like, well, crack, I can't stop reading it until it's done and I'm left desperate for more.

In the fourth installment of this series our hero, Jake Winter, has finally given in to the attraction between him and Dean Tseng, his fey guardian. He carefully hopes that he's found a ray of happiness in the absolute cluster... ahem... that is Coldharbour, the city magically sealed away from the rest of the world and ground zero for the war with the Beast horde, with Dean. His heart may actually be healing, he may actually be getting over the murder of his husband. Jake may be the goddess's weapon but he's also human... kinda... if one discounts his lineage, but that's a whole different issue.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Beast Lolisian is still gunning for him and betrayal lurks around every corner, even amongst his guardians. The worst kind of betrayal, and one that might fracture Jake's team beyond repair.

I want to write more but this book NEEDS to be read. It was... mind blowing. Richard Amos's best book yet. This series seriously just keeps getting better and better.


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Book Review: Open Mind by Luna David and Morningstar Ashley

Open Mind (Kink Chronicles, #1)Open Mind by Luna David
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was hesitant to read this one, I'll admit it. While I do like the BDSM genre, there are a _lot_ of kinks out there and this book touched on some that I tend to shy away from. But I decided to give it a shot. I figured it was a way to expand my horizons, so to speak, and to support authors who tackle the so-called 'trigger' subjects. Don't even get me started on trigger warning. Ugh. But I digress.

I really enjoyed this book. The plot was really interesting and it sucked me in. There were no car chases or murders or catastrophic events, there were just two people falling in love and exploring their sexuality.

Jameson (Jamie) Gray is a nurse who has decided to settle down in Powell's Point. An openly gay man, he understands prejudice well and so when he takes a job for 'Dr. Kink', Ronan Kincaid, the doctor who built his practice around treating people from the BDSM community, he brings a genuine desire to have an open mind and be accepting of everything.

Things go along swimmingly, with Jamie loving his job and him and Ronan feeling a slow build up of attraction. But Jamie is vanilla and not into kink... until one fateful Friday night when he forgets his phone at the office and goes back to get it, only to stumble upon Dr. Kincaid in full Dr. Kink mode, conducting an after hours scene in his clinic with friends from the community. Jamie finds himself unable to stop watching and his attraction to Dr. Kincaid goes from slow burn to inferno.

The next week has Jamie acting strange around Ronan as he tries to figure out his nascent attraction to a lifestyle he never thought he'd enjoy. Apparently voyeurism is his kink. A week later Jamie once again spies on a scene, this time getting caught mid act. And Ronan calls him out, bringing their attraction and Jamie's curiosity to a head.

The rest of the book is Jamie's exploration of a world he never knew he needed to be part of, and the growing relationship between Jamie and Ronan. There are ups and downs, and some really, really, REALLY hot scenes, but at the end of day, this was a romance, just with a side order of kink to spice things up.

This is my first time reading Luna David and Morningstar Ashley and I will be reading more from them, including any sequels to this book.

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Book Review: Noble Hops by Layla Reyne (Trouble Brewing #3)

Noble Hops (Trouble Brewing, #3)Noble Hops by Layla Reyne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The final chapter of Trouble Brewing is everything I could have hoped for!

I have to admit, I have a soft spot for Layla Reyne's Agents Irish and Whiskey, and this spin off series with Dominic Price and Cameron Byrne. I kinda heart the whole universe she created as well as her writing prowess. The world she's created is believable, the people flawed and wonderful, the action almost as good as one of my beloved Marvel movies and her wordsmithing - concise and slick.

In the culmination of the three book arc, Dominic Price and Cameron Byrne have finally stopped hiding from everyone. They're living together and in love, working at building a life, when it all comes crashing down around them. The threat against Dominic comes to fruition. His father is dead and he's left to deal with the gangster who's been threatening everyone and everything he loves. And Nic isn't going down without a fight. But if there's one thing fighting Irish Cameron Byrne knows how to do, it's fight for those he loves, and he'll be damned if Nic is going this alone.

But will a ghost from Nic's past prove to be too much for Cameron and Nic to take? Will they be able to hold on to everything - and everyone - they hold dear? And when Cameron's specialized skill set of kidnap and rescue becomes needed, will Nic trust his lover to do what he's trained in while Nic does what he's meant to - defend the innocent against those intent on breaking the law?

This was everything I wanted in the final chapter of Nic and Cam's story and it definitely left me with the warm fuzzies. I can't wait to see what Layla comes up with next!


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Book Review: Kissing Booth by Pandora Pine

Kissing Booth (Valentine's Inc. #7)Kissing Booth by Pandora Pine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was such a lovely, funny, sweet Valentine's Day novella by Pandora Pine. I seriously heart this one! Get it? Heart it? Valentine's Day?

Pandora Pine takes us once more to Salem and her Cold Case Psychic series, but this time we get to meet Granger Galloway, lead reporter for Salem's Rainbow Gazette newspaper and the guy in charge of the annual Valentine's Bazaar - an annual fundraiser for the LGBTQ community in Salem. Last year Jude Byrne, the 'town trolly' had raised the most money ever in the bazaar's hottest attraction, it's Kissing Booth, and Granger is determined to beat that record this year except... Jude has bailed and Granger has tried to get _everyone_ to fill the booth, to no avail.

In a fit of desperation Granger clicks on an online ad for Valentine's Inc., an online 'dating' service for people needing a stand in or, in this case, a last minute rent-a-hunk to lock lips with the entire town. Of course, Granger had to put down what his fantasy man would be like since it was asking what he was looking for. Granger wasn't expecting to get his absolute fantasy man though and yet.... cupid was smiling down on him, or maybe cursing him.

Enter Lennox McArthur, a towering redwood, a bonny braw redheaded Scot complete with the kilt and the dreamy burr of an accent. Honestly, Lennox could have stepped off the cover of one of those Highland Romances, or out of the set of Outlander, he was just that perfect. And everybody in Massachusetts seems to think so as well. _Literally_ everyone in Massachusetts because people from all over the state are showing up for their turn at the Kissing Booth. Lennox doesn't just break Jude's record, he smashes it to smithereens with no hope of the man every reclaiming his title.

Of course Granger didn't expect he'd fall head over heels in love with his rent-a-date in the space of three days. Nor did he expect the green eyed monster to make him lose his mind at the number of people kissing HIS highlander. Now if only he has the courage to take his turn in the Kissing Booth's line and get the man of his dreams!

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Book Review: Sins of Omission by T.S.McKinney

Sins of OmissionSins of Omission by T.S. McKinney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Grrr, Goodreads, I need half stars! This book is a solid 3.5 in my books

Pink... oh my, I have come to appreciate that colour in a whooooole new way thanks to this book! I admit, I've read this series out of order. I haven't read Sub Mission yet, but when I had the chance to read Sins of Omission I jumped at the chance, and I'm so glad I did. This book was a fun, kinky, luscious read!

Arizona was turning 20 in a few short days and what did he have to show for it? He was brainy, yes, already finished college and working in a really cool IT job for a really cool protection agency but he was still the same socially awkward loser that had lost the only man he'd ever loved by being too young. But 20 was gonna be his coming out party to himself - he was gonna go on a cruise, get laid and finally get over Eli Wallace!

Eli had fallen hard and fast for college student Ari, only to discover that he was younger than Eli had thought. MUCH younger. Seventeen years old to be exact. It hadn't stopped Eli from loving him but it had stopped him from doing anything else because there were some lines that Eli wouldn't cross. Instead he'd dropped out, packed up and left Ari in order to stop himself from crossing that line.

Three years later, Eli is back. Ari is turning 20 and Eli is ready to claim his man. And then someone tries to kidnap Ari... and Eli is assigned to protect Ari, who is having none of that! Ari tries to avoid Eli, going so far as to ditch one cruise for another one - a gay cruise - with a fake id and the whole nine yards. He fails. And during the cruise Eli and Ari take the first tentative steps towards a relationship. Eli makes Ari promise to be honest with him from now on but... doesn't follow his own rules.

Misunderstandings and broken hearts ensue, only to be mended during a rather kinky interlude in a BDSM club. But even as things are starting to look rosy, Ari's had 2 kidnapping attempts and there is still a threat out there... a Russian threat.

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Book Review: Nudging Fate by E.J. Russell

Nudging Fate (Enchanted Occasions, #1)Nudging Fate by E.J. Russell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the cute fairy-tale m/m book that I didn't know I'd been wanting!

This first book in the Enchanted Occasions series is a wonderful start! The world that E.J. Russell builds is, as usual, exquisite. In a world - well worlds - where all the supernatural realms actually exist, and everything from Norse Gods to demons can roam the interstices - the place between worlds - anything can happen, including the somewhat frowned upon procreation with humans. These beings are called Aitchers, neither pure human nor pure blooded, and they tend to be looked down upon. But in a world where blood purity matters Enchanted Occasions Event Planners has made a name for themselves as being able to deliver the best event in any realm - Earth included.

Enter Anders Skuldsson, a half-Norn, who also happens to be male. The Norn are female, everyone knows that! Not so, poor Anders, or Andy as he prefers to be called, is the only half-norn male in existence and he's under strict orders from Odin himself not to meddle with Fate. Period. He also happens to have been specifically requested by the Queen of Faerie herself to oversee the mating competition of the one true prince of Faerie, and her only son - Prince Reyner. It's like an r-rated supernatural Bachelor competition where everything from dates to bedding can happen. The Prince has beings from across the worlds coming to compete for his hand in marriage and it's up to Andy to make sure things run smoothly.

Except catastrophe strikes thanks to a conniving elf and Andy is forced to play one of the suitors until the catastrophe has been averted. And then he meets Reyner and the prince is nothing like what his press and reputation make him out to be. And Andy finds himself falling for his client. Bad bad bad!

Conall of Odstone's is Prince Reyner's half brother and he has once again been suckered into impersonating his brother while Reyner enjoys his last few days of sweet freedom before his mother has him shackled - both magically and through marriage - to a mate he doesn't want. Not the first time he's played stand in for his half brother but this time... well he didn't expect to fall for one of the competitor's for his brother's hand.

This story has all the elements of A Midsummer Night's Dream and has humour, wit, and romance to boot. Thoroughly enjoyable and I'm off to read the 2nd book in the series!


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