Gabbi Reviews: Chilling with Max by Bonnie Dee

Title: Love Off Leash, Book 3: Chilling with Max

Author:  Bonnie Dee

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages: 85

Characters: Grant Edgerton, Max Thompson

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series

Kisses: 4

Blurb:

High tension meets laid back in a collision of opposites.

Grant Edgerton hasn’t had free day in years. From overachieving student to workaholic real estate developer in a high-pressure firm, he’s striven for success to the point of developing a stomach ulcer. When he literally crashes into a dog walker and his charges, it’s time to let loose the hounds of change. After failing to land a very important client, Grant takes an afternoon to play.

Max Thompson rolls through life’s curves with easy grace. Dog walking supplements his gigs as a musician, and he’s content with his easy come, easy go existence. He’s fluid to the point of not standing firm for anything, until an eye-opening encounter with an uptight businessman shakes his cool.

As lust stirs, then love grows, Grant begins to reevaluate what it really means to be successful in life. And as Max teaches Grant to chill, he learns some things are worth making an effort to hold on to.

Review:

As many of you know probably know by now, it is no secret that I’m a fan of Bonnie Dee. There is something special about her stories. They are always well-written, romantic and sexy as hell.

I was anxious to read Chilling with Max. I’m a sucker for a good opposite attract story and throw in a dog or a cat and I’m all in! I’m pleased to say that this story has everything I love when it comes to reading a heartfelt romance and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it.

Grant and Max are polar opposites. Grant is an overachiever who needs to relax and Max is a free-spirit who needs to take some things a little more seriously. What I liked about these two is how they seemed to fit together. They seemed to bring out the best in each other and I was totally on board with them from the first moment they met until the end.

The story itself is a fast paced one. Their relationship moves at a quick and steady pace without a lot of drama and over the top angst, in which this reader did appreciate. My only tiny niggle was the ending…I wish it had been a little more fleshed out, it felt a little rushed, BUT it is a very satisfying one that left me with a smile on my face.

Chilling with Max is a quick and satisfying sexy and sweet read which is easy to recommend. Fans of Ms. Dee will surely love these men as much as I do and highly enjoy their story.

Chilling with Max is a stand-alone book in the Love Off Leash series.

The Love off Leash books are:

Caring for Riggs by Bonnie Dee

Hot Under the Collar by Summer Devon

Chilling with Max by Bonnie Dee

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: The Masterpiece by Bonnie Dee


Title: The Masterpiece
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 142
Characters: Arthur Lawton, Joe Sprat
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Historical Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

Built from the bottom up: one perfect gentleman.

Man about town Arthur Lawton spends his days pursuing entertainment while shoeshine Joe Sprat labors to better his family’s lives. When an argument about nature versus nurture sparks a wager, Arthur swears to a friend he can turn this working man into a gentleman who will pass at a society function.

Joe is happy to participate in the experiment for a fee but receives more than he bargained for after moving into Lawton’s house. Arthur is determined Joe won’t merely wear a veneer of sophistication but educates him in every way. As he creates his new and improved man, Arthur grows more deeply infatuated with him, while Joe falls equally hard for his charismatic mentor.

Underneath a growing friendship, desire simmers and one day explodes. After their relationship escalates, the pair exists in a dream bubble until the threat of exposure sharply reminds them they belong in different worlds. When the ball is over, each must resume his own life, changed by their encounter but destined for different courses.

Find out if love is strong enough to bridge the gap between peer and pauper in this twist on the tale of My Fair Lady.

Review:

The Masterpiece by Bonnie Dee is a brilliantly written romance set in 1909 London. Not only was I immediately swept up into the lives of these characters, the historic setting was almost as captivating.
The blurb describes the story so well, there is really no reason for me to rehash it. Instead, I thought I’d write the reasons why I loved this story and why it’s one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

To say that I loved this book is an understatement. Not only was it a beautifully told romance, I became addicted to these two heroes. Coming from two totally different lives and circumstances, they shouldn’t have fit together so perfectly…but they did.

There is an honest emotional connection between them. It was easy to see how much they came to like, respect and admire one another. I loved the friendship they developed and enjoyed the camaraderie and easy banter they shared together as their story progressed. When they do give into the heated attraction they have for one another, it is a natural and beautiful step in their relationship.

Actually, heated attraction is an understatement. WHEW! The sizzling chemistry they shared steamed up my computer screen! After a scene or two, I found myself needing to turn on the fan to cool off! *Fans Self*

There isn’t anything I didn’t love about this story and the two heroes. They will live with me long after I write this review and I know I will have to read this book again, just to have my Joe and Arthur fix. In my opinion, Bonnie Dee is one of the best gay historical romance authors out there, and her books are not to be missed. I’ve loved each and every one of them and I can’t wait to read more stories written by her in the future.

If you love historical romance…read this book. If you love sexy heroes that are so well-written they live off of the written page…read this book. If you are craving a fast-paced romance that will live with you long after you finish reading it…read this book.

I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: The Mighty Have Fallen by Bonnie Dee


Title: The Mighty Have Fallen
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 112
Characters: Trevor Rowland, Jack Burrows
POV: 3rd Limited
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Theatre headliner Trevor Rowland is at the peak of his career when disaster strikes. In one fell swoop, he loses his eyesight, his fame, and his boyfriend, who absconds with most of his money. Trevor must take on a flatmate, hardworking East Ender Jack Burrows, to afford the rent. Anger and bitterness have taken up residence in his heart—but Jack shines light into the shadowy corners with his relentlessly sunny disposition.

Jack introduces Trevor to a local drag club and convinces him he can enjoy the stage again. Trevor’s defences slowly come down as Jack becomes much more than a barely tolerated roommate.

But will Trevor’s fragile trust be destroyed when it appears he’s been manipulated yet again by a man he’s come to care for? Will he reclaim his life or crawl back into a shell of defeat? Trevor must learn to trust not only a man, but himself, once more.

Review:

The Mighty Have Fallen by Bonnie Dee is a story about forgiveness and what the healing power of love can do for the wellness of your soul. I was quickly gripped into the engrossing lives of these two men and ended up reading this story in one sitting.

Told through Trevor’s point of view, we get to truly know him as a man. In the beginning of the story, Trevor really isn’t living. As a newly blinded man who has lost everything, including his dignity and Trevor’s bitterness about his life is apparent as newly cleaned glass. It was easy to understand and empathize with him because of his devastating losses. Trevor is surly and grouchy and is easily triggered to be resentful over the loss of his eyesight and the helplessness he feels because of it. To make matters worse, Trevor’s former lover left him and took all of his money, so Trevor is now having to share a living space with a roommate, Jack, who gets on Trevor’s last nerve.

At first, Trevor is a bit of a snob. He comes from a good family and hasn’t had to fight for a lot in his life. Now that his charmed life is over, Trevor is trying to come to grips with having to start living his life in a new way. This isn’t easy for him, but through Jack’s persistence and unconditional friendship, Trevor begins to realize that wallowing within his own misery isn’t hurting anyone but himself.

Though Trevor is far from perfect, I really liked him. As a reader, I appreciated his willingness to overcome the barriers that life has thrown his way. Through Jack’s guidance, Trevor is able to find the strength it takes to brush himself off and start a new life. I liked how these two men began to communicate with one another and enjoyed watching their relationship develop as time went by.

Jack himself is nothing but a sweetheart. He’s witty, likeable and has a heart of gold. His sheer willingness to be the solid ground for Trevor to stand on really made him a hero that I could respect and admire. I liked how Trevor began to see Jack as an intelligent, thoughtful man instead of the oaf he once mistakenly thought he was.

The relationship between the two men isn’t smooth sailing. Trevor has some serious trust issues and must go through some personal growth if there is to be something special to grown between them.

The Mighty Have Fallen is an easy book to recommend. Ms. Dee has written an exceptionally lovely story that will leave you with a huge smile on your face.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Pammyla Reviews: The Professor and the Smuggler by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon


Title: The Professor and the Smuggler
Author: Bonnie Dee, Summer Devon
Publisher: Duet Publishing
Pages: 222
Characters: Phillip and Carne
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: MM Historical
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

A grumpy smuggler meets a bumbling professor and treasure is found.

An explorer at heart, former university professor Phillip Singleton’s adventures have only taken place in his imagination—until recently. Exploring the Cornish coast to research a travel book, he encounters a living example of a pirate archetype. Dark-haired, black-bearded Carne Treleaven might have been hewn from the very rock his name describes, and Phillip is eager to discover more.

Carne has little patience for the awkward, dreamy professor, an outsider who must be steered away from local secrets. He agrees to serve as a guide to seaside caves where smugglers once operated only to keep Phillip away from more recent activity.

As personalities clash, secrets unfold, and riches are revealed, the two polar opposites find the point where their similarities lay. Carne’s old beliefs are shattered by his attraction to a man and he must decide if he’s willing to take a huge step outside his familiar life and into a brand new world.

Review:

Professor Phillip Singleton arrives at the the Cornish coast of England, to explore the area and its history, and take photos for the travel book he’s in the process of writing. That’s where he meets Carne Treleaven, a broody, local fisherman. What Phillip doesn’t know is that Carne isn’t really a fisherman; he’s a smuggler.
Carne takes on the job of must steering Phillip away from the secrets of the place and its people and becomes his travel guide.

I really liked Phillip; open hearted, babbling, a dreamer— uninhibited in bed— and can even make tough guy Carne blush.

I would have liked to see more of the relationship, which at times seemed rushed, while the mystery/action subplot— although good—was occasionally over-worked and over-wordy.

If you like a historical tale with romance, action, and two dashing main characters, then The Professor and the Smuggler is likely to be for you.

Reviewed By: Pammyla

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The Shepherd and the Solicitor by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon


Title: The Shepherd and the Solicitor
Author: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 137
Characters: Gregory Tobin, Daniel Pierce
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Victorian, Romance
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

When a storm is brewing, taking shelter could be the most dangerous move of all.

One careless, public sign of affection cost Daniel Pierce’s lover his life at the hands of a hate-filled mob. Grief-stricken, Daniel retreated from society to a sheep farm in the wilds of the north. Years later, Gregory Tobin erupts into his solitary life.

Sent to confirm the existence—or the death—of the Pierce family’s lost heir, Tobin isn’t sure he’s found the right man. The gruff, shaggy hermit calling himself Jacob Bennet bears little resemblance to photographs of the younger Pierce. Tobin needs more time to study his quarry.

With lambing season in full swing, Daniel grudgingly admits he could use an extra hand. Through a long, exhausting night, they parry back and forth as Tobin probes closer and closer to the truth. And something beyond casual attraction simmers between them.

They come together in a crash of desire, but ultimately Daniel must overcome the terrors of the past to reconcile the man he was with the man he’s becoming—a man capable of loving again.

Product Warnings

Many sexy encounters on a sheep farm—NO, not like THAT!—between two adult males with temperaments as different as night and day.


Review:

If you follow my reviews you know it’s no secret that I love the writing team of Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee. I’ve read just about every one of their books and I have to admit I’ve loved just about all of them. They have a smooth, descriptive writing style that easily flows throughout their stories and their characters live and breathe off of the written page.

I loved every minute I spent reading this book. I thought both men were sexy, humanly flawed heroes that were able to work through their own insecurities so they could develop something truly special between them. Both Daniel and Tobin go through a lot of personal growth and as a reader, I enjoyed watching these men learn to work together as a team.

Despite them getting off on a rocky start, their immediate distrust for one another changes and it soon becomes obvious that they really begin to like and respect each other. Daniel has many secrets and Tobin’s determined to find the truth about Daniel’s past. Their journey isn’t always an easy one, but it’s oh so much fun to see how everything worked out in the end.

When it comes to writing historical romances Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee are masters at what they do. It was so easy to get swept up into the lives of these two incredible men and the story they had to tell. If you love well-written, sexy romances with a perfect amount of angst, sweetness and intrigue then The Shepard and the Solicitor is definitely the book for you!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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The Tutor by Bonnie Dee


Title: The Tutor
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 167
Characters: Graham, Sir Richard
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Gothic Romance
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

Gothic romance with a twist.

Elements of The Sound of Music, The Enchanted Garden, Jane Eyre, and “true” ghost hunting shows make this story feel familiar. Gay love makes it unique.

Seeing an ad for a position at a Yorkshire estate, typesetter Graham Cowrie decides to make an upward career move by passing himself off as a tutor. How hard can it be to teach a few subjects to a pair of nine-year-old boys? But on his arrival at the ancient house, he finds the staff creepy, the twins odd, and the widowed master temporarily absent.

His first meeting with brooding, stern, but oh-so-attractive, Sir Richard doesn’t go well, but with no other prospects vying for the teaching position, Graham manages to keep it. His mission soon becomes clear, break down the walls of reserve both father and sons have erected and attempt to bridge the gap between them.

But strange sounds, sights and experiences keep Graham on edge until he finally admits the Hall is haunted by two entities with very different agendas. Graham works to appease one and combat the other while protecting the broken family he’s grown to care for.

Review:

Bonnie Dee is one of my go-to authors. I’ve read a lot of her work and I’ve loved them all. She has a real knack of writing compelling, interesting and sexy heroes that live and breathe off of the written page. I also am huge fan of her historical novels. They easily sweep this reader into the world she creates and I find myself lost in the story she has to tell.

One of the things I really loved about this novel was the nail-biting suspense of it. Not only is there a very strong romance between the two heroes, there is a mystery in the storyline that kept this reader on edge. Before I knew it, I was captivated by the life Graham led. He is such a well-written character and even though he himself is far from perfect, he was a perfect man for Sir Richard and his children.

Graham is living a lie and he knows it. He took the position as a tutor under false pretenses, but once he gets to the estate and meets the children, I thought he really had a knack for it. I liked his creative mind and his determination to get the boys to like him. I also loved how he was able to bring down the walls that surrounded Sir Richard’s heart down brick by brick. Not was there a burning attraction between them, there was also a true friendship that develops and I found myself really rooting for them to be together.

The Tutor
is a very easy book to recommend. If you love gothic romances with a lot of intrigue and nail biting suspense this book is definitely for you. I for one, look forward to reading more from Ms. Dee in the future. I can’t wait to see what she will come up with next!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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The Bohemian and the Banker by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon


Title: The Bohemian and the Banker
Author: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 146
Characters: Nigel, Jay
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Historical Romance
Kisses: 5



Blurb:

A night lost in Paris finds two hearts changed—forever.

Sent to Paris on business, Nigel Warren doesn’t quite understand why his colleagues’ eyes twinkle as they tell him to meet them at a local night spot.

When he discovers it’s a drag cabaret and his acquaintances aren’t there, he realizes he’s the butt of a joke. Yet he finds himself quite undone by a singer dressed in an elegant gown, crooning a spellbinding ballad.

It’s not unusual for Jay, a former Londoner, to bring a new “friend” home from the cabaret, but he’s never had a guest quite like Nigel, whose straitlaced manner hides an unexpected passionate streak.

One romantic night on a rooftop under starry skies, followed by an afternoon enjoying the excitement of the 1901 Paris Exposition, bonds these opposites in a way neither can forget—even after they part.

Their spark reignites when Jay comes to London, but he’s not sure he can go back to hiding his true self, not even for the sake of love…unless Nigel is willing to shed his cloak of staid respectability and take a leap of faith.

Product Warnings
Contains a virgin who doesn’t speak French but is fluent in numbers, and a drag performer who is trilingual in English, French and Love. Not responsible for extra pounds brought on by the urge to dine on croissants au deux.

Review:

It is no secret that I absolutely adore the writing team of Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon. I’ve read almost all of their books, and each and every one of them are some of my favorites. Why do I like their books so much? Well, the short and easy answer is: They write amazing characters with strong, sexy storylines that keep this reader’s attention, and I always crave for more.

The Bohemian and the Banker starts off with a bang and ends with one. It begins with Nigel being asked to meet some co-workers at a local hot spot. When he shows up, he realizes no one showed up but him. Well, unbeknownst to him, it ends up being a somewhat raunchy burlesque show with interesting characters, including a very sexy drag queen, which Nigel can’t help but be fascinated with. Nigel finds himself extremely attracted to her, and ends up outside after the show just to see what the man is like without all the makeup.

When Nigel lays eyes on, Jay, he is immediately drawn to him. He can’t help but go along with his attraction for him. Even though Jay is performer and comes from a very different cultural standpoint from Nigel, they both crave a way to be together. Soon, both men must make some hard choices if they want to keep their relationship and love alive.

I loved this book! At first, Nigel has this stiff upper lip thing going on. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him relax and enjoy life with Jay. Jay definitely brings out the best in Nigel. Although he will always be more serious than Jay, it’s good to see him become a more fun-loving man with Jay. I also thought, Nigel brought out the best in Jay too. Even though Jay loves to sing and act, his heart belongs to Nigel and he does what he can to be with him.

I liked how these men had to go through some serious issues before they could be together. It’s not easy for them, but oh the ride for their happy ending was such a wonderful one! I thought this book really balanced out the angst, sweetness and romance that I crave when I’m reading a story. It’s a perfect balance, strong storyline and has amazing characters I truly loved.

The Bohemian and the Banker was a sheer joy to read. Before I knew it, I had read the entire book in one sitting. When it comes to writing romance, Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon are definitely masters at what they do. If you like historical romance, this book can’t be missed. If you like strong characters and heavy romance, this book can’t be missed. The Bohemian and the Banker has a permanent place on my keeper shelf and I know I’ll reach for it again and again in the future.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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