Lydia Reviews: Stranded With Desire by Vivien Dean and Rick R. Reed


Title: Stranded with Desire
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Vivien Dean & Rick R Reed
Pages: 228
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

When their plane crashed, their desire took flight.
CEO Maine Braxton and his invaluable assistant, Colby, don’t realize they share a deep secret: they’re in love—with each other. That secret may have never come to light but for a terrifying plane crash in the Cascade Mountains that changes everything.

In a struggle for survival, the two men brave bears, storms, and a life-threatening flood to make it out of the wilderness alive. The proximity to death makes them realize the importance of love over propriety. Confessions emerge. Passions ignite. They escape the wilds renewed and openly in love.
When they return to civilization, though, forces are already plotting to snuff out their short-lived romance and ruin everything both have worked so hard to achieve.

Review:

Stranded with Desire is a great story co-authored by two wonderful authors. Ms. Dean and Mr. Reed pull their readers in from the beginning with a prologue that gives the readers a glimpse of what is coming. From there, they continue to hold the reader’s attention until the very last page.

The main characters are two men who will learn just how strong they are. Maine is the CEO of a family company. He has taken over for his father and works hard to keep the company going. But someone is trying to mess things up and Maine is unsure who to trust. Colby is Maine’s assistant. He makes sure his boss is where he needs to be, and that only those that need to do business with Maine get to see him. While both men love their jobs, they also love each other, something they have been keeping a secret from the other. When Maine gets a text telling him to come home, he sets things in motion that end up changing both men’s lives.

Due to the book’s blurb we know that the men will survive a plane crash, but that is not all they end up surviving. The authors really put these two men through their paces and more than a few of those moments will have you gasping. Also expect a few laughs when Colby meets a bear. It is while Maine and Colby are struggling to get back to civilization that they declare their love for each other.

Of course the plane incident is not the only problem the men end up having. There is the fact that Maine is engage, as well as the fact that someone wanted to make sure neither man made it home from Seattle.

Between the heroes Colby and Maine, as well as all the problems they face, fans of these two authors are sure to enjoy Stranded with Desire.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Gabbi Reviews: The Senator’s Secret by KC Wells


Title: The Senator’s Secret
Author: KC Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 212
Characters: Samuel, Gary
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Politics, puppy dogs, and passion, oh my!

When his Republican opponent outs him with a photo in a Facebook post, Senator Samuel Dalton doesn’t have many options open to him. It doesn’t matter that the photo is totally innocent. He has no choice but to come clean… until his staff suggest putting a spin on it that leaves Sam reeling.

Sure, he’ll end up with a lot of sympathy, not to mention the possibility of more voters from the LGBT community, but it still seems a pretty drastic solution.

Now all they have to do is persuade Gary, the other man in the photo, to play along. It sounds so easy: convince the constituents of North Carolina that he and Sam are engaged.

No big deal, except for the fact that they’ve only just met….

Review:

The Senator’s Secret by KC Wells is part of the Dreamspun Desires line at Dreamspinner Press. These books have a more harlequin feel and characters often find themselves in fun and sometimes outlandish circumstances.

KC Wells is one of those authors that I really like. She has a way of writing heartfelt characters that often stay with me long after I finish reading one of her books. From BDSM themed books to a sweet, romantic tale, Ms. Wells knows how to write relationships and romance.

I really enjoyed watching Sam and Gary’s relationship transition from strangers to lovers. At first their relationship is developed under a lie, but as they get to know each other, it was easy to see why they became friends and fell in love. They just fit together nicely and I enjoyed the story they had to tell.

This book is pure sugar and sweetness with a dash of hot seduction. It brought a smile to my face and I enjoyed the lighthearted backstory. If you are looking for angst, this is not the book for you, but if you crave romance with two heroes that fall almost instantly for each other, look no further because this is definitely the book for you.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Read the Monday Blues away with a NEW Release from JMS Books!


TITLE: Beasts Like Us
AUTHOR: Feral Sephrian
ISBN: 9781634861373
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Interracial Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 55,966 words
PRICE: $4.99

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Mateo, a jaguar nagual descended from Mayan shamans, attends the Northern Nevada Con-fur-ence furry convention to hide in plain sight. Who will look twice at a long, black tail and inhuman yellow eyes when there are neon huskies and dancing dragons around?

There Mateo meets Dazi, a mountain lion skin-walker who is at the con with friends from his Shoshone-Paiute reservation. They want to find out if the furries are close to stumbling across their tribe of shifters.

When these two big cats rub up against each other, their cultures collide in a way neither Mateo nor Dazi could predict. But Mateo has trouble being entirely human around his alluring new companion, and Dazi puts his tribe at risk when he reveals their secrets to an outsider.

Can Mateo and Dazi overcome their natural secretive and bestial instincts to find their purr-fect ending?


TITLE: His Scar
AUTHOR: Erin E. Keller
ISBN: 9781634861700
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 33,666 words
PRICE: $3.99

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A car wreck leaves Ryan with a facial scar he believes people find unsightly. But not Sean, a smiling tattoo artist who doesn’t judge a book by its cover.

Sean manages to find the beauty in everyone, including gruff and defensive Ryan. He refuses to be put off by the hard mask behind which Ryan hides. But convincing Ryan to open his heart is proving to be quite a challenge.

When someone from Ryan’s past offers him what he wants most in the world, Ryan has a decision to make. Which voice will he listen to –­­ his heart or his head?


TITLE: Only in His Dreams
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634861403
GENRE: Gay Interracial Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 16,059 words
PRICE: $2.99

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Shy, conservative Darrell Lincoln has worked hard to get his job as billing manager for the law firm of Anderson, Llewellyn, and Stevens. For a conscientious worker like Darrell, the job is perfect except for one thing. He has a big-time crush on one of the partners, Travis Anderson. Darrell thinks a gorgeous, wealthy, hotshot lawyer like Travis would be interested in a guy like him only in his dreams.

Lonely after the death of his longtime partner, Travis isn’t the dashing, smooth playboy Darrell imagines him to be. In reality he’s just as interested in Darrell as Darrell is in him.

Both men are after the same thing — each other. Their relationship is the stuff of dreams … until Travis meets Darrell’s not-so-welcoming family. Can Darrell convince Travis he’s still his dream man?


TITLE: The Diner
AUTHOR: Edward Kendrick
ISBN: 9781634862189
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Romance
LENGTH: 34,250 words
PRICE: $3.99

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A mysterious man has come to Spirit Falls. Does he have something to do with the new diner, or maybe the disappearance of the town’s mayor? Sheriff John Darkman needs to find out the answers to both questions.

Noah Graham is also curious about the mystery man and the new diner. Then he meets the man, Arik Dalca, who offers him a job as a waiter there.

When the mayor reappears and begins to sicken, John and Noah discover the real reason Arik has come to town. Shocked and horrified, they are drawn into what is happening in their town.

In the process of trying to stop the horror, Noah begins to fall for Ewan, one of Arik’s team members, and John is drawn to Arik himself. Can the four men — and the town — survive what is to come?

Gabbi Reviews: How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton


Title: How to Howl at the Moon
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Eli Easton
Pages: 188
Characters: Tim Weston, Lance Beaufort
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Shifter, Romantic Comedy
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of ‘quickened’—dogs who have gained the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come.

Tim Weston is looking for a safe haven. After learning that his boss patented all of Tim’s work on vegetable hybrids in his own name, Tim quit his old job. A client offers him use of her cabin in Mad Creek, and Tim sees a chance for a new start. But the shy gardener has a way of fumbling and sounding like a liar around strangers, particularly gorgeous alpha men like Sheriff Beaufort.

Lance’s hackles are definitely raised by the lanky young stranger. He’s concerned about marijuana growers moving into Mad Creek, and he’s not satisfied with the boy’s story. Lance decides a bit of undercover work is called for. When Tim hits a beautiful black collie with his car and adopts the dog, its love at first sight for both Tim and Lance’s inner dog. Pretending to be a pet is about to get Sheriff Beaufort in very hot water.

Review:

Eli Easton is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors for when I need a pick-me-up or just in the mood to read *or in my case re-read* a well-written, thoughtful romance.

How to Howl at the Moon
is a unique take on the well-loved shifter genre. Not only did this book have many laugh out loud moments for me, it was written with real heart. It was so easy to fall in love with the two main heroes and the townspeople of Mad Creek. Each and every person really brought something special to the story and I enjoyed the journey they took me on.

It isn’t exactly love at first sight with Sheriff Lance Beaufort and Tim Weston meet. Tim is from out of town and Lance isn’t trusting of strangers and when Lance takes certain steps to see what Tim is up too, both men can’t help but fall for one another.

I’m not going to say a lot about the story because I want you to read it. Yes, it’s that good and it’s so easy for me to recommend. I loved the intimacy these two men shared. They truly become a mated pair because it was so obvious they were meant for one another. Between the love Tim and Lance share and the camaraderie they have with the townspeople *and Lance’s mother…omg…loved her* of Mad Creek, I finished this book in one sitting.

I loved this book. How to Howl at the Moon is the first book in the Howl at the Moon series and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Unwrapping Hank by Eli Easton


Title: Unwrapping Hank
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Eli Easton
Pages: 135
Characters: Hank and Sloane
POV: Alternating 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus.

Nothing in Sloane’s classes is as intriguing as Hank Springfield, Micah’s brother and fellow frat house member. Hank looks like a tough guy—big muscles, tatts, and a beard—but his eyes are soft and sweet. He acts dumb, but he’s a philosophy major. He’s presumably straight, but then why does Sloane feel such crazy chemistry whenever Hank is around? And why does Hank hate Sloane so much?

When Sloane ends up stuck on campus over Christmas, Micah invites him to spend the holidays at their family farm in Amish country. It’s a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas–and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Can Sloane unlock the secrets of this family and unwrap the heart hidden inside the beefcake?

Review:

Unwrapping Hank
by Eli Easton is a sweet and thoughtful romance full of hope and new beginnings.

I love a well written Christmas romance and Unwrapping Hank is a definitely a good one. It was easy to like both Sloane and Hank and watch these two characters really try to get to know each other. At first glance, these two men are polar opposites. Hank is a beefed up, tattooed frat guy who oozes masculinity. But there is something about Hank that pulls at Sloane’s heartstrings. To him, there is more to Hank than meets the eye and Sloane is determined to find out what it is.

I liked how both characters go through a sense of self-growth as the story progressed. I also enjoyed the playful banter they shared between them. I particularly thought that Hank’s parents were amazing and really loved how they spent the holiday together.

When it comes to a feel good, sexy romance Eli Easton is a force to be reckoned with. I truly enjoyed this story and if you are looking for a sweet and sexy romance, then this book is definitely for you.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Lydia Reviews: North to Zombieville by Meg Bawden

Title: North to Zombieville
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Meg Bawden
Pages: 200
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

The year is 2028, and Dallas and Raleigh Jenson are torn apart when a worldwide zombie apocalypse ravages their home of Townsville, Australia. After a year of searching, Dallas, a former Australian army rifleman, finally reunites with Raleigh, but it’s not like old times. Not only do they have zombies to contend with, but also other humans, changed by desperation and willing to do anything to survive.

Dallas and Raleigh have changed too. So much so, that Dallas struggles with the idea that Raleigh no longer needs or wants his protection. But they will need to rely on each other and find strength in their love as they are forced to evade zombies and watch their friends die. As they fight for their lives in a brutal landscape where every supply and every step toward a potential cure is a battle to the death, only their trust in each other can keep them from perishing.

Review:

Meg Bawden is a new author to me and after reading North to Zombieville she is one that I will be reading more of. Fans of the zombie sub-genre are sure to love this new series and I love how it is a little different from what we have seen before.

North to Zombieville takes place in the future and other than the time period nothing seems any different from today’s world. The main characters, Dallas and Raleigh have been together for a while and are celebrating their anniversary. I love that neither man worries about making excuses for loving who they do. I also thought the way they met was over the top and could not decide who I was more embarrassed for, Dallas or Raleigh, when Dallas’ friend showed up to say hi.

Dallas is former military so when something goes down at the restaurant where they are celebrating, he goes to see how he can help. What ensues next is something that neither man can understand and during the upheaval Dallas and Raleigh are separating. The author continues to follow Dallas so the readers see how much he fears losing his husband. I wanted to cry alongside the tough military man as he sat next to his husband’s china.

North to Zombieville picks up a year later and while Dallas has been searching for Raleigh, he has gathered a group of strays who are also trying to stay alive. He has no problem with them staying with him, or looking at him as their leader, as long as they realize that his first thought will always be Raleigh. While the reader knows that Dallas will eventually find Raleigh, due to the publisher’s blurb, you can’t help wondering how that will be possible with the way things are now.

When Dallas finally finds Raleigh, both men are shocked and overcome with joy but tragedy soon follows that has Raleigh totally shook up. I have to say that for me that was an OMG moment as well as an Oh Crap one. As you would imagine there is an adjustment period for these long time lovers as Raleigh has learned, to some extent, how to stand on his own, which means Dallas can’t help wondering what his role in Raleigh’s live will be now.

The romance between Dallas and Raleigh is an important part of the book; however, the author does an outstanding job bringing the Science Fiction part of the story alive for the readers as well. There is very little lag time in this book and readers will be flipping the pages to see what will happen next. While one question may be answered, due to Raleigh, there are still many unanswered questions and I can’t wait for the next book to come out. Fans of the sci-fi genre, especially that dealing with zombies, really should give this story a shot.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed by: Lydia

Gabbi Reviews: Sylvan by Jan Irving


Title: Sylvan
Author: Jan Irving
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 239
Characters: Multiple
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Sylvan Collection, Western, Contemporary
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

Return to small-town Sylvan in Jan Irving’s bestselling series—reimagined and re-edited with an all-new bonus novella.

The small Western town of Sylvan is a place for new beginnings for those who won’t settle for anything less than true love. These sweet tales of slow-simmering romance and the old-fashioned values of commitment and pulling together when times get tough prove that sometimes the best matches are also the most unexpected.

With the help of a storm, a washed-up Olympic swimmer and a carpenter cracking under the strain of caring for his Alzheimer’s-affected father learn that opposites sometimes really do attract.

A likable cowboy called Happy Nate is determined to help a mute boy speak again—and to help his father move beyond the repression of the Mennonite community to find the love he deserves.

When a hard-partying cowboy is suddenly saddled with a surprise baby, he’s at his wit’s end. Luckily the local doctor is available to help, and if the two men can find the courage to accept themselves and step into a new life, they might just make a real family. They’ll need to lend each other strength when an unspeakable tragedy strikes—and when it’s time to pick up the pieces.

Review:

Sylvan by Jan Irving is a collection of stories written about heroes who live in the same small town America. I admit, I’ve read these stories before and really enjoyed the characters Ms. Irving created, so I was very interested in revisiting these characters and enjoying a new short featuring these characters.

One of reasons why I enjoyed this book was the well-written and interesting characters Ms. Irving created. Each and every person really brings something special to the stories and it’s easy to get wrapped up into the story they have to tell.

In the first story, Sylvan, we meet Mal who is returning to Sylvan to mourn the death of his beloved grandmother. Due to an injury, Mal’s life has been turned upside down. Once a Olympic swimmer, Mal is grieving both over the loss of his grandmother and a dream that is now lost forever. When he meets, Leif, he is intensely attracted to the quiet and sexy man. But any kind of relationship with Leif brings complications. Leif is the main caretaker of his ill father and having any kind of future with him will bring a lot of complicated responsibilities that Mal isn’t sure he’s ready to deal with in his life.

What I liked about this story was the chemistry between the two heroes. Though they are really drawn to each other, they both know they come with baggage that they aren’t sure they want to share with the other person. I enjoyed watching these two men work through these issues and liked the way they soon began to fit each other into their lives. In some ways, I would have liked the story to have been a little more fleshed out, but that’s what we get with short stories. All in all it is a good and solid read and I really liked it.

3 out of 5 Kisses for Sylvan

Luke is a story about Luke Walker who is a young cowboy who suddenly has the custody of his baby daughter. In the beginning of the story, Luke is a more than a little lost as to what to do with his life. He wants to be a good father, but his financial instability and the suddenness of having another life under his sole responsibility has thrown him into a ball of worry and confusion. When Luke stumbles across the local doctor’s land, Morgan, he is immediately taken in and given the opportunity to work for him so he and his daughter will have a warm roof over their heads.

Luke is confused by the sudden attraction and feelings he has for Morgan. Morgan is a sweet man who has a big heart and Luke finds himself really drawn to him. But as Luke and Morgan continue to live together and a relationship develops, Luke soon has to decide what kind of life he wants to live for both him and his daughter.

Luke is one of the strongest stories in the series. It was easy to see the conflict both of these two men had as they struggle to see how they fit into each other’s lives. I really liked both heroes and enjoyed the heated chemistry they had together. These two men were heroes that I really wanted to find their happy ending together and I enjoyed the journey they had to achieve their happy ending.

4 out of 5 Kisses for Luke

Nathaniel is my favorite story in the collection. Nathaniel is a man who enjoys having a good time. As a cowboy, he both works and plays hard and in general loves life. When a quiet, conservative man, Aaron and his son, begin to work at the ranch, Nathaniel can’t help but take notice. Aaron has left his Mennonite community to start a new life for him and his mute son, and Nathaniel is both attracted and fascinated by the somber man.

When Aaron’s son is bullied at school, Nathaniel takes it on himself to help both Aaron and his son out. I really loved how these two men come together and truly develop a strong friendship and an eventual family together. Though they are very opposite of one another, they truly form a bond between them that was easy to see why they were made for each other.

5 out of 5 Kisses for Nathaniel

Luke’s Baby

In the last story, Luke’s Baby, we revisit Luke and Morgan. Luke’s daughter is in the hospital in critical condition and this puts Luke and Morgan’s relationship into an uproar.

What I really liked about this story was realistic portrayal of how sometimes we get wrapped up into our own life and problems, causing us not to always be aware of what our significant other may be going through. Out of all of the stories, I really enjoyed watching the growth Luke goes through and the way these two men form a bond that will not be broken.

4.5 out of 5 Kisses for Luke’s Baby

Sylvan is a collection of well-written, sexy stories that is a highly enjoyable read from start to finish. Ms. Irving really gets to the heart and soul of her characters and this collection of stories is real easy to recommend.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi