Kimberly Reviews: Tufted and Tatted by Jacques N. Hoff


Title: Tufted & Tatted
Author: Jacques N. Hoff
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 82
Characters: Atticus, Scott, Irwin, and Mickey
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Humor, Shapeshifters
Kisses: 2.5

Blurb:

Freed from the Australian zoo where he was the subject of forced breeding experiments, Atticus makes his way to the tufted puffin grounds in California, only to find he may not be free after all. Atty is a loner, but he doesn’t want to fight the pull of a flighty surfer who gives his inked skin a pleasant, uncontrollable itch.

Scott has the sun on his face, the waves beneath him, and gratitude for every second of life he gets to embrace. Then Atty appears, and it’s like the universe has tuned his meditation bell to the perfect frequency.

The Tiki Pro surfing competition in Florida is calling to Scott, and Atty agrees to make sure Scott gets there safely. A cross-country road trip in the Hunny Wagon seems like a perfect way to live in the present and get tantric all at the same time.

But they aren’t making this trek alone.

Review:

Tufted & Tatted
centers around tufted puffin shifter Atticus and his rather sudden mating attachment to a flighty surfer named Scott. Atticus was not looking for love or mates or anything of the sort when he was freed from his zoo enclosure. After all, he saw what his friend Irwin and his French booby mate Mickey were like, all committed to each other and willing to go to the ends of the earth with each other. Atticus was not looking for any of those hang-ups. But love does not abide by anyone’s timeline, and soon Atticus is bonded with a surfer dude who appears to have a few gaps in his memory and his awareness.

What commences is a cross-country trip, where Atticus tags along with Scott on the way to a Florida surfing competition. But what could have been a meaningful storyline where the two get to know each other and reveal a bit more about their bond gets a bit short-changed by the light plot. Tufted & Tatted is the fourth book in the Peckers series. Having never read the three prior books, I came into this a bit lost and all my questions were never really answered. Perhaps the Shifter origins were explained in an earlier book, but coming in as a new reader I did not get that information. Nor did I get clarity on Scott’s car accident, which gave him the blackouts and amnesia in the first place. Was it truly an accident or was it insurance fraud, which was the implication that continued throughout much of the book. I felt like I was just dropped into the middle of events and then pulled out again, and that made my enjoyment of the book decrease. So, too, did the flipping points-of-view, but that’s just a personal preference, and I could have overlooked it if the switches came with answers to the lingering mysteries of the backstory.

Coming out of this book, I was intrigued enough by the concept of the universe to want to know more. Which means I’ll likely go back to the beginning and ready all the books in order, in hopes that my questions are answered along the way. And that’s the advice I’d give other readers who are new to the series. Don’t jump in at the end, else you might find yourself lost and wondering too much to enjoy the developing story of newly-bonded mates Atticus and Scott.

If you’d like to read the entire Peckers series, the books in order are:
• Jay Walking
• Cockstrut
• Masked Booby
• Tufted & Tatted

Reviewed By: Kimberly

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Title: Exposure

Author: Aly Hayden

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Aria from Resplendent Media

Genres: Contemporary M/M Romance

Length: 61,000 words/150 pages approx.

It is the first book in the Drawn Together series.

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Blurb

Sam Hayward’s parents think he has a boyfriend. And he does… in his dreams. But when they insist Sam bring his partner to the annual Labor Day family reunion, his options are to either admit it was all a lie or find a stand-in in a hurry. The trouble is that his lies have all been based on one very real man.

Ben Matheny has been hurt before. When he’s bribed into playing a part by his friends, he fleshes out Sam’s dreams, but it’s like flying too close to the sun. He’s always had a crush on Sam, and now they’re going to the Hamptons to spend a week pretending they’re lovers, everything is getting harder.

When Ben uncovers another lie Sam has told – that Ben is every bit as rich as Sam is – things begin to unravel. If Sam isn’t happy with who Ben is, Ben can’t stick around to get burned again.

With their hearts on the line, the two must fight for their dreams as the pressure mounts. It would be so easy to admit that it was all a sham, but some dreams are worth the risk.

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“Guess we have the hot tub all to ourselves,” Ben said with a smile.

He didn’t know whether he meant the words to be flirtatious or not. It was one thing to flirt when there were other people present. That was just what he did, how he interacted with people. Deliberately flirting with Sam was different. Dangerous.

“Guess we do.”

Sam’s voice was lower than usual. Almost seductive. There was no one around that would make Sam feel like he had to play the part of the boyfriend, which meant only one thing: Sam was actually into him. The signs were all there, if Ben was reading them correctly—the way Sam had taken to holding his hand, the morning wood after cuddling all night long, the look Sam had given him when he’d seen Ben in the shorts. And then there was that thing he had started to say right before they had gotten on the boat.

Much as Ben wanted to believe that Sam might have feelings for him too, there was still a part of him that wasn’t sure. There was certainly one way for him to find out, though. The hot tub was big enough for about six people, so naturally they had taken corners along the same wall. Slowly, Ben moved closer and closer to Sam, until they were sitting side by side. He took a deep breath, steeling his nerves, and let his leg brush against Sam’s.

“What are you doing?” Sam’s voice was low and husky, and when Ben looked up, he found Sam’s pupils so large that only a sliver of hazel showed around the edges.

He swallowed hard. “Getting closer to you.”

His heart beat so fast that his chest ached as he waited for Sam to do something. Say something. Have any reaction at all. It had been so easy when it was just flirting, but this…this was terrifying.

Seconds passed, though, and Sam didn’t move away. Instead, he leaned back against the side of the hot tub and slid his hand into Ben’s, underneath the water.

“I’m glad you’re here,” he said softly.

Encouraged by the reaction, Ben shifted down a bit and let his head rest on Sam’s shoulder. “Me too.” They sat in silence for a few seconds. Ben didn’t want to ruin the moment, but he knew that if he didn’t say anything, he would regret it. “Before, when we were about to get on the boat. What were you going to say?”

“I um…” Sam scratched at the back of his neck. “I was going to say, what if—”

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Ben whipped around to see Karrigan. Someone had escaped from nap time. He fought to suppress a groan. Looked like this conversation would have to wait.

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Lydia Reviews: One Last Try by Kari Gregg


TITLE: One Last Try
Author: Kari Gregg
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 155
Characters: Nox and Dio
POV: 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Shape-shifter
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

When Nox was fourteen, his brother Joth murdered their older brother, their mother, and a human girl. Nox survived, but the attack wrecked his womb. Shattered, Nox rejected the pack who fumbled helping a barren, grief-stricken omega cope. He built a new purpose for himself as a master craftsman. Mating? No thanks. He’s better off alone.

Humans studied Joth in prison until his father’s death ended the weekly visits. Joth demands Nox in their father’s stead in exchange for resuming therapy and tests… thereby risking the destruction of Nox’s carefully ordered world. Again.

The pack drafts alpha fixer Dio to untangle the mess. One sniff of the wary omega convinces him Nox is his mate. New medical treatments offer a slim possibility Nox could bear children, but if the past years taught shifters anything, it is an omega’s value is greater than his fertility. Reconciling Nox with his pack is more important. Laying to rest the ghosts haunting Nox is too. Learning to trust? Vital.

Dio just needs to coax Nox into one last try.

Review:

One Last Try is the latest release from author Kari Gregg. This shifter story is sure to be a hit with her fans and those trying her for the first time. Before I go any further in this review however, it is important for me to let everyone know that this book touches on several topics that could be triggers. For that reason, please think twice if abuse in one form or the other is something you are uncomfortable with.

One Last Try has the usual alpha and omega pair up, but that is the only commonality this story has with others in its sub-genre ends. Dio is an alpha fixer. When a pack has issues, and no alpha to rule over it, Dio goes in and cleans up any problems while finding the right alpha to take over. When his job is finished, he moves on to the next pack. From the start, it is clear that this time will be different, especially since Nox turns out to be his mate.

Nox is an omega, but one unlike any other. He keeps himself away from the rest of the pack, having as little contact with them as possible. He also has no wish to be dominated by any alpha. When readers learn of his history everything about Nox becomes clear. In fact, there were times I was close to tears and could totally understand why Nox was the way he was.

I want to say that the relationship that develops between these two men is one of love and caring right from the beginning, but that is not necessarily true. When Nox’s father dies, Dio forces Nox to take his place visiting Joth so that the human authorities can continue to study him. There were times I really wanted to smack Dio and thought he was being too hard on Nox. I also thought he used his strength against Nox at times. One of the things I did like was the fact that Dio has Nox go into therapy, something that should have been forced on the young man a long time ago.

While this story is at times hard to get through, it is good. I think many readers will enjoy it if they keep in mind that it is very raw at times. Those that have read other stories by Ms. Gregg know that her stories do not always follow the easy path. One Last Try is no different.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Anne Reviews: Wish You Were Here by Asta Indonea


TITLE: Wish You Were Here
Author: Asta Idonea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 59
Characters: Oakley/Bobby
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

The death of Oakley’s sister has left his family broken and buried beneath their grief. In an attempt to get out from underneath their pain, they rent an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds. For Oakley, it’s an exercise in futility. He doesn’t see much hope for things to get back to the way they used to be, and he’s bored and restless as he waits out the time until he can return to the city and university. All of that changes when he meets local boy Bobby, and the connection between them is instant. Within a few days, Oakley is ready to walk away from everything to stay with Bobby. However, Bobby has problems of his own, and they might be more than the budding romance can survive. But they might also give Oakley a new perspective on his own situation.

Review:

This is the first story I’ve read by Asta Idonea, and I loved it.

The first scene set the mood immediately, and pulled me into the story. Although it’s not a long read, I didn’t feel as though it was too short either. The characters still had enough room to grow, and I got invested in them quickly. The ending left me with a bittersweet feeling, as it’s not really a HEA, yet I still felt hope for the characters’ future. Both Oakley and Bobby have a lot to work through, and I liked the way they grew as the story progressed.

I had worked out the plot twist early on, but part of that is because I read a lot of this genre, and it didn’t detract from the story. I thought the POV changes were very cleverly done, so that the secret of who Bobby really is isn’t revealed through his POV. The hints as to what is going on are subtle, and nicely done, with enough for me to guess, but not be sure until the reveal. The setting is a character in its own right, and adds to the feeling of the story. I enjoyed the author’s writing style—it flowed well, and I read the story in one sitting.

I’d recommend Wish You Were Here to readers who enjoy a shorter length story with interesting characters who aren’t always what they seem, a plot twist, and a hint of the paranormal.

Reviewed By: Anne

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Kimberly Reviews: Tart and Sweet by Amy Lane


Title: Tart and Sweet
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 220
Characters: Robbie, Cy, Adam, and Finn
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 3.5

Blurb:

In the Army, Robbie Chambers turned on his lover out of fear—and he hasn’t been able to live with himself since. Now he’s out of the Army but still trapped in the closet that brought on his most cowardly moment, and he starts to think he’ll never be able to fight his way free.

Until he sees Cy McVeigh. Beautiful and uninhibited, Cy is dancing on the boardwalk at Old Sac for no other reason than the moment called for it. Robbie not only joins in the dance but is smitten from the very beginning.

However, Robbie still has old business to clear up, and when he helps out a kid in need and comes face-to-face with the man he betrayed, he’s forced to come clean with himself. He can’t redeem his mistake if he’s still locked into his old patterns, and he won’t ever be worthy of Cy if he can’t earn Adam’s forgiveness. He’s going to need all the help he can get from the people at Candy Heaven in order to make things right with his past so he can have a future with Cy.

Review:

Tart and Sweet is the fourth and final book in the Candy Man series. The story centers around Robbie and Cy’s developing romance, as well as Robbie’s need to rectify some issues from his past. There was past lover drama and family drama, but overall the characters came out of this with a happy ending an a bright look towards the future.

Having never read the former books in the series, I came in having to get to know the multitude of characters that were mentioned, and that perhaps put me at a disadvantage because there was an expectation that the reader would already know the names well and the short-hand descriptions would suffice. For me, though, it was extremely difficult to know who was who, what significance each side character might have in the larger universe of the series, and who I should pay attention to more thoroughly. Instead of trying to sort them all out, I concentrated my attention on Robbie and Cy’s relationship and not let many of the casual mentions about the other characters’ issues weigh me down too much. Was it impossible to enjoy the book? No. However, I think that the story would be much more enjoyable to those who had read the prior books in the series and knew all the characters well.

If you’d like to read the entire Candy Man series, the books in order are:
• Candy Man
• Bitter Taffy
• Lollipop
• Tart and Sweet

What drew me in to Tart and Sweet the most, aside from the developing relationship between Robbie and Cy, was the way Robbie came to terms with who he was and non-apologetic for his sexuality. He walked away from his girlfriend and into the arms of Cy perhaps a bit too quickly, but his interactions with his parents and trying to get them to see him for who he truly was made for great storytelling. I wouldn’t mind seeing where Robbie and Cy might end up a few years from now, whether Robbie’s father might accept him or if his mother continues to try to bridge the gap in the fractured family. For now, though, I’ll believe that Robbie and Cy retain their happily ever after.

Reviewed By: Kimberly

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