Lydia Reviews: Open Road by MJ O’Shea

Title: Open Road
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Pages: 200
Kisses: 4.5


Angus has been with the same guy for ten years. When his boyfriend breaks up with him the night of his thirtieth birthday party and announces his engagement to a twenty-two-year-old less than ten hours later, Angus is… a mess. To put it lightly. He spends days in bed, drinks himself into a stupor every night, and ends up losing his job and his apartment. His best and oldest friend, Reece, decides it’s time for an intervention. And a change of scenery.
Reece and Angus take off on a buddy trip across the US. They don’t have much of a plan; they just start driving. It takes Angus a couple of days to do much more than grunt when Reece talks to him, but slowly he opens up. They drive, talk, heal, shout, drink a bit too much sometimes, dance, meet new friends… and somewhere between Portland, Oregon, and Portland, Maine, they fall in love.

Which was the last thing in the world Angus expected.


Open Road by author MJ O’Shea is a bit on the angst driven side but readers will find themselves drawn in from the beginning. It is the story of two friends and how one loses his way and is brought back to life with the love and help of the other.

Angus is already having a hard time with turning thirty but believes the love of his longtime boyfriend will see him over life’s little bump. What he does not expect is to be dumped and replaced so quickly by someone much younger. I could not believe the actions of Angus’ boyfriend, Brad. To dump Angus in the manner he did was uncalled for and not to sound ugly but I wanted to smash his face. Angus takes what happened hard, as can be expected. What I did not see coming is just how hard he does take it.

Reece is Angus’ friend. He has been in love with Angus for as long as he can remember but because of Brad, is willing to step aside. When Angus is dumped Reece is there to help pick up the pieces. Reece is just as shocked as the readers will be when he sees how far Angus has fallen. Reece feels a guilty for not stepping in to help his friend sooner and comes up with a plan to help bring the old Angus back. Of course this is a MJ O’Shea story so fans know that the chemistry between these two will be intense. I loved seeing their relationship change and was happy to see them find their HEA.

I love when the characters in a book hit the road, especially when they go to places I know. I also love that Reece sees this as a way of helping his friend and plans to drive until Angus is ready to return home. The fact that they just drove, going in whatever direction they wanted with no clear plan in mind made me a little jealous.

I think fans of Ms. O’Shea will really enjoy Open Road. It is a story that has found its way to my keeper shelve and one I will be reading again.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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by Stevie Woods
72 pages / 18000 words
ISBN: 978-1-946058-05-8

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After an injury Audin needs the help of a healer and is shocked to discover the one recommended to him is Tener, who he hasn’t seen since their split following an argument a dozen years earlier. Both men have experienced much during their years apart and life has tempered them.

On discovering that Audin’s life is at risk from an implant placed inside him by the authoritarian government department he works for, Tener confesses his involvement with an underground organization fighting to bring down the government. They work together hoping to solve Audin’s problem and in consequence that of others infected by this vicious piece of technology. Can Tener remove the device without killing Audin in the process?

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Velvet Claw
by L.J. Hamlin
202 pages / 61000 words
ISBN: 9781-946058-06-5

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Researching and finding cures for illnesses is what Dr. Evan Kidd does best. When he’s asked to help determine what’s making the children of Felis Forest sick, he can’t say no. Evan accepts, and even understands, why Rene has to follow him around town. It’s not every day a human is allowed in the “cat people only” town. But being attracted to someone who doesn’t trust him, much less like him, brings back painful reminders of his past.

Rene has plenty of his own baggage and having to shadow a human—who happens to be a doctor—isn’t helping. Evan challenges all Rene’s preconceived notions about humans and about himself. If they can survive all the obstacles while uncovering the truth, they might just discover they aren’t so different after all.

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


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.


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


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….


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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?


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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