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Title:  Leaning Into the Look

Series: Leaning Into Stories, #6

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Lane Hayes

Release Date: March 23

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 82000

Genre: Romance, friends to lovers, san francisco, humor, businessmen

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Grant Kostas made a career based on his looks before joining his family’s real estate firm. He may not love his job but he’s better at sales than he thought. And when he’s poised to bring in the biggest account of the company’s history, even his father is impressed. Unfortunately, the extra attention highlights Grant’s personal life. His parents accept that he’s gay. They just wish he’d meet a nice Greek man.

Miles Harrison is a fabulous red head going through a rough patch. Between getting dumped by his long-term boyfriend and finding a new place to live in the city, he’s nearing his wits end. He’s not sure why he thought rooming with his boss’s friend was a good idea. Miles has had a crush on Grant for years. However, he knows attractive people aren’t always pretty on the inside. As the two men grapple with external problems, they form an unexpected bond of friendship and trust that feels like the real thing. The only way to know for certain is to let go of fear and lean into the look.

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I stopped short when we reached the other side of the street and then backed him against the brick façade of a bank building and pressed my lips over his. It was a bold move and not one I’d ever tried on any man in public before. But I couldn’t help myself. It felt oddly freeing to share one of the bleaker parts of my past with him. I wanted to thank him somehow but that seemed awkward so I kissed him instead. I held his head and glided my tongue alongside his, loving the moment when he flung his arms over my shoulders and responded with fervor. When we broke for air, I rested my forehead on his and grinned.

“Your ass is pretty spectacular too, Mi.”

He chuckled good-naturedly. “Thanks.”

“No really. I think I’m love with it.” I lowered my hands down his back and squeezed his cheeks as I molded his pelvis to mine.

“That’s kind of romantic. But if you’re thinking about falling in love with me too…don’t.”

I backed up slightly to get a better look at him. “Okay. I won’t.”

“Pinky promise.” He held up his right hand and wiggled his fingers.

“What makes you think you’re so irresistible?” I asked, wrapping my pinky finger around his.

“I’m not and you’ll figure it out sooner or later. But I like you and I want you and…”

“And what you’re really saying is you don’t want to fall for me.” I kept my tone light, hoping a jocular vibe would steer us from turning this into an uncomfortable conversation.


“Look, Mi. I’m not—”

“No. Listen. Don’t make this into a big deal. It’s not. We’re going to have a grand adventure. Just me and you. We’ll do incredible things and have amazing conversations and lots of sex. And when it’s time to say good-bye, we won’t ruin it by pretending we were ever in love. What do you say?”

Nothing. I had nothing to say. All I could think was maybe he really was crazy because who said shit like that?

But when I looked past the lighthearted swagger I saw the cracks in his armor. He was scared and battered and raw on the inside. Kind of like me. And somehow I had a feeling it wasn’t an ex-lover that made him so cautious. I only knew he was right. We were a couple of oddballs who unexpectedly found ourselves inhabiting the same circle. Temporarily.

But love? I should have walked away. Or at the very least, laughed at his wild leap. Instead I cocked my head and squinted. “What kind of adventures?”

Miles grinned. A slow-moving, gorgeous upturn of the lips that morphed into something celestial. He literally took my breath away. I hoped the dizziness faded before I gave him a reason to think it was a good thing he’d issued a warning about getting too attached.

“All kinds! We’ll turn this town upside down being one hundred percent ridiculous.”

“Okay…” I gave a half laugh and pushed a stray lock of hair behind his ear. “What do you have in mind? Dancing, parties—”

“No. More like Trivial Pursuit marathons, Netflix binge-watching fests in our Pjs, the compare and contrast game and—”

“The what?”

“Don’t worry. We’ll have fun. You’ll see,” he assured me earnestly as he laced our fingers together and pulled me away from the wall.

I glanced down at our joined hands and briefly thought about joking that he should be careful about giving me mixed signals. But I knew my limits. My comedic timing was crappy and the last thing I wanted was to push him away. I might not love Miles but I liked him. A lot. And holding his hand while we wandered through town under a sea of rainbow flags on a random Sunday felt special. The way new beginnings sometimes did.

Meet the Author

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won first prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

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Lydia Reviews: Dragon’s Hoard by MA Church

TITLE:  Dragon’s Hoard

Author: M. A. Church

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 234

Characters: Warwick Ehecatl and Avery Montgomery

POV:  3rd

Sub-Genre:  Paranormal,

Kisses: 4.5


To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.

A hundred years ago, werewolf Alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation—he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget—or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an Omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree. He soon has second thoughts, though. Warwick is fearsome, and he’s free to do as he likes with Avery.

Warwick knows his race’s reputation, and he even admits some of it is deserved. But he’d rather cut off his tail than let his innocent mate’s light go out. It won’t be easy, but buried deep, there’s something between them worth safeguarding.


Dragon’s Hoard is a new paranormal romance by author M. A. Church.  I have read several books by this author and Dragon’s Hoard is my favorite to date.  I really loved the main characters, Avery and Warwick.

Avery comes to Warwick’s attention in a way that causes more than a few problems.  You see, Avery’s father, the Alpha of the Sunset Creek pack, needs money.  As a result, he turns to Warwick for a loan.  One that has some stiff penalties if Alpha Montgomery defaults.  Unfortunately, when the loan becomes due and Montgomery does not have the money to pay for it, he must turn over his son, Avery as well as three pack businesses.  As you would expect Avery is not the least bit happy when he finds out what has happened, but when he meets Warwick he cannot help but be drawn to the man who is his mate.

Warwick has been around for a long time.  His reputation as someone not to cross is well earned.  But what he keeps hidden is that he cares for those around him and has bonded with a few key members in his employment.   It is this hidden side that draws Avery to Warwick.   Soon the attraction that these two feel for each other explodes.  I loved seeing these two together, especially when they run in their animal form.

There are several moments that will have you laughing, such as when Warwick and Avery get a little passionate, forgetting that they are in the park, or when Warwick takes Avery to see his hoard and wallows in his treasures.  It is moments like this that hold the reader’s attention.  Dragon’s Hoard will draw you in from the first page.  This is an excellent story to start with if you are looking to get your feet wet in the M/M genre.  It is also a book that fans of the author are sure to love.

On a side note, if the blurb for this story does not draw you in, the cover is sure to grab your attention.  The cover artist really did an outstanding job, especially with the eyes.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Gabbi Reviews: Diving with a Hammerhead by Charlie Richards

Title: World of Aquatica, Book 3: Diving with a Hammerhead

Author: Charlie Richards

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages: 78

Characters: Anthony Keller, Solomon Lynch

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Series, Shapeshifter, Romance

Kisses: 4


World of Aquatica: A single choice to do the right thing sends one ex-soldier’s life spiraling out of control.

Solomon Lynch figured his decision to help his boss’s son escape from under his dominating thumb would cost him his job. Instead, it nearly costs him his life. He’s jumped and beaten in an alley, but Solomon has no delusions about who sent the men. He only lives because his ropes weren’t tied tight enough, and he manages to escape the cinderblock that was meant to send him swimming with the fishes.

He doesn’t remember much after that, but rousing in an unfamiliar place is a mixed blessing. Doctor Anthony Keller is hawt! Solomon realizes instantly that the doc returns his attraction, but his instincts tell him that Anthony is hiding something. Besides that, how can he drag the handsome man into his screwed-up life, a life that could be cut short any minute by a vindictive rich guy? 


When I’m in the mood for a quick and sexy read, I find myself reaching for a book written by Charlie Richards. Ms. Richards has a way of writing sexy men with interesting lives that keep this reader anxious as to what will happen to them next.

The World of Aquatica has become a must-read series for me. I like that the shapeshifters are unique people and I love the fresh take Ms. Richards has on a shapeshifter romance.

As with many of this author’s books, there are twists and turns within the lives of Solomon and Anthony’s story. There is plenty of action and mystery in both of these men’s lives and I ended up reading this book in one sitting. What I really enjoyed about Solomon and Anthony’s story was the way they truly seemed to like and respect one another. I liked how Solomon was able to keep an open mind to Anthony’s unique life and how he ended up embracing it. I love a good story with men who genuinely care about one another, and I thought this fast-paced read was a highly satisfying one.

Diving with a Hammerhead is the third book in the series. I immediately was swept up into the lives of these two men. Both men are intelligent, a bit mysterious and sexy as hell. I liked how easily they related to one other and enjoyed the strong sexual and emotional chemistry they had together. I was, and I continue to be, intrigued by the lives of the shapeshifters who reside in the World of Aquatica. I think the author does a wonderful job at keeping her readers curious about her current and upcoming heroes enough to remain excited about what is yet to come.


Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Anne Reviews: Lander by J. Scott Coatsworth

TITLE: Oberon Cycle, Book 2: Lander

Author: J. Scott Coatsworth

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 294

Characters: Jameson/Xander, Robyn/Quince

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Series, SF

Kisses: 5


Sometimes the world needs saving twice.

In the sequel to the Rainbow-Award-winning Skythane, Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over.

Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander’s kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them.

In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced.

Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?


I loved Skythane, the first book in this series, so I was very keen to read Lander. It was well worth the wait.  However, I would recommend reading book one first as this carries on from where that left off.

One thing I always know I’m going to get from this author is detailed, well-thought-out, world building, and he delivers that, and more, in Lander.  I appreciated that there were consequences for these two worlds reunifying such as storms and landscapes changing, which made it feel much more realistic. It also gave an atmospheric feel to the story.  No pun intended.

I was already invested in Jameson and Xander’s story, and I loved how the author raised their relationship a notch in this book.  I particularly liked how he introduced their ex’s and made them likeable characters in their own right. I was fully prepared to be suspicious of their motivations, but now I’m rooting for them to get their own happy ending.  I have a theory about what Alix’s final fate might be, but I’m not sure if I’m reading something into the hints I think I’m seeing.

Jameson and Xander’s reactions after learning about the pith is realistic, and I thought the ways they work through that revelation reflects the differences in their characters.  Jameson had grown substantially from the beginning of Skythane to the end of that story, and his journey continues in Lander.  I liked that his using newly discovered abilities comes with consequences.

Robyn and Quince’s story also advances, and we see a lot more of Robyn’s strength of character, as she takes on a major role. I liked the way the story moved between them and Jameson/Xander and other characters.  Although there are romances in the story, I felt as though it was a story with romance rather than romance being the story, which is another one of its strengths.   I also enjoy the presence of strong female characters in my MM romance, and Lander includes them wonderfully well.  I loved Jessa who is far from a traditional damsel in distress.  Ditto for Robyn or Quince or any of the other minor female characters we meet along the way.

However, as all good second books in series do, Lander answers some questions, but well and truly sets up for book three which promises to be another great read.  I’m looking forward to it.  (That’s a hint for the author to write faster!)

I’d recommend Lander to readers who love science fiction with detailed world building, interesting three-dimensional kick-arse characters, and a story which keeps you turning pages far too late at night.

Reviewed By: Anne

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Lydia Reviews: Tramps and Thieves by Rhys Ford

TITLE:  Murder and Mayhem, Book Two: Tramps and Thieves

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 210

Characters: Rook Stevens and Dante Montoya

POV:  3rd

Sub-Genre:  Mystery, Series



Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder… and sleeping with Harold’s wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West LA detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time is not on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.


Tramps and Thieves is the second book in the Murder and Mayhem series.  This is a series that needs to be read in order, please keep that in mind when reading this review if you have not read the first book.

When the book opens it looks as if Rook is back to his old tricks and for a moment there I was a little worried.  I really loved how the author used this hook to pull the readers back into the world created for Rook and Dante.  As I said it looks as if Rook is honing his skills has a cat burglar but, unfortunately for Rook not only does he not find what he is looking for, he ends up finding his cousin, Harold, dead in his bed.  Of course, that is not the worst of it, as he becomes the prime suspect after the police show up.

Standing by Rook through everything is Dante.  I love the way Dante believes in Rook, never thinking for once that the young man could ever kill his cousin.  With all that is going on not once does Dante really worry about how things would go for him at work because of Rook.  While the relationship between Rook and Dante continues to grow, and their passion is intense, it is the mystery that will really hold the reader’s attention until the last page.

The Maltese Falcon plays a key role in this aspect of the story which makes sense given Rooks occupation.  There are a lot of twists and turns as well as a few surprises that will shock the readers.  There is a scene, that at one point about had me crying.

While the mystery is wrapped up in a way that readers are sure to enjoy, it was the finally pages of the story that I am sure will have many fans of the series talking.  Now we just need to wait patiently for book three.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Lydia Reviews: Rim Shot by Skylar M. Cates

TITLE:  Rim Shot

Author: Skylar M Cates

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 216

Characters: Micah Hutchinson and Kyle Sweeney

POV:  Alternating 1st POV

Sub-Genre:  Contemporary, Sports

Kisses: 4.5


Can college roommates go from friends to lovers?

Kyle: I’m confident that with hard work, my position as point guard can carry me from rural Indiana to the NBA. I also know I’m attracted to guys, but admitting it might disappoint my father, who is all I have in this world. I have big dreams, so I’ll stay in the closet. As long as my life remains scandal-free, I have a shot.

Micah: My large family can’t spare the money to help with my education, but that won’t stop me from studying medicine. I needed to get out of the house I was sharing with my ex before I went insane. Luckily, I heard about a guy looking for a roommate. Living with a straight jock won’t be easy, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.


Rim Shot is a new novel by author Skylar M. Cates.  This is a fast paced story with a couple of college boys at its center.  Both the guys, and the story line, will pull the readers into the story and keep them turning the pages until the end.  While the story is not really angst ridden  I believe there are a few moments that will surprise the readers

Kyle is a star basketball player on his college team.  Raised by a single father, he plans on using his skills on the court to make it to the NBA, but in order to do that he feels he has to keep his private life just that, private.    Keeping things private might have just gotten a little harder though when Kyle gets a new roommate.

Micah is struggling to keep things running smoothly in his life.  Working two jobs just to remain in school was hard enough but now he is forced to share a house with his ex-boyfriend and the ex’s new squeeze.  If Micah doesn’t figure out how to change things soon he may just go crazy.  When he gets a call from Kyle he can’t believe his luck is starting to change.

Things between the two young men are shaky from the start as each tries to get use to the other.  To make matters even worse, there is chemistry between them that each tries to ignore.  Its not to long before a friendship forms between Micah and Kyle.  As you would expect that friendship soon becomes more.  I actually like that the author keeps these two friends for awhile before moving them in to the lovers category.   Although I have a problem with Kyle’s need to keep his relationship with Micah quite it is understandable.

As the relationship between the young men changes so do the priorities in their lives.  Slowly they begin to see that it is possible to get the things the want in live with out having to sacrifice what is important.  I liked watching them come to terms with not only their feelings for each other but others in their families.

Rim Shot was a great read and I am glad I was given the opportunity to read it.  This is a story the fans of the author are sure to enjoy, while at the same time bringing the author new ones.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Anne Reviews: Makepeace by Anna Butler

TITLE:  Taking Shield, Book 3:  Makepeace

Author: Anna Butler

Publisher: Glass Hat Press

Pages: 328

Characters: Bennet/Flynn

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: SF, Series

Kisses: 5


Returning to duty following his long recovery from the injuries he sustained during the events recounted in <i>Heart Scarab</i>, Shield Captain Bennet accepts a tour of duty in Fleet as flight captain on a dreadnought. The one saving grace is that it isn’t his father’s ship—bad enough that he can’t yet return to the Shield Regiment, at least he doesn’t have the added stress of commanding former lover, Fleet Lieutenant Flynn and knowing the fraternisation regulations will keep them apart.

Bennet’s new mission takes him behind the lines to Makepeace, once a human colony but under Maess control for more than a century. The mission goes belly up, costing Albion one of her precious, irreplaceable dreadnoughts and bringing political upheaval, acrimony and the threat of public unrest in its wake. But for Bennet, the real nightmare is discovering what the Maess have in store for humanity. It’s not good. It’s not good at <i>all</i>.


One of the things I really like about this series is that there are consequences.  After Bennet is injured in the previous story, he doesn’t just snap back into action, but spends months recovering from his ordeal.  I enjoyed seeing more of Bennet’s relationship with his family in this story, plus his building bridges with his father. I felt for Bennet and Flynn and that they couldn’t be together—so tragic on both sides. I thought the imagery the author used for that worked nicely.  Bennet’s sister being assigned to the Gryfalcon added another level of awkwardness to an already awkward situation.  I also liked Rosie as a character and really felt for her and the situation she finds herself in. I think she makes the right call in order to stay true to who she is.

There is a bit more about the background of their world in this story, too, which I enjoyed. The links to Egyptology is great, and it’s obvious the author has a passion for the subject.

But as with the previous books in the series, this is an action SF story in which the protagonists happen to be gay, and I thought the author balanced the relationship and story well.  The storyline with the Maess kicks up a notch, and I was horrified by certain parts of it. I liked the contrast between Bennet’s reaction to that of the Caliban’s crew to what is going on. Bennet’s guilt as to what he has done comes across very clearly, and I like the fact that it’s not going to go away anytime soon.

Another thing that kicks up a notch is the political agenda.  Kudos to the author for writing such politically driven people that I disliked with a passion almost immediately.  She doesn’t pull any punches and I was turning pages quickly needing to know what happened next.  The story asks some very realistic ethical questions, and I found it very thought-provoking.

I’d recommend Makepeace to readers who like a solid action packed military SF story with well developed world building and characters, and a plot that makes you think.

Reviewed By: Anne