Woo Hoo! Celebrate Valentine’s Day week with a special discount from Pride Publishing

To celebrate this week of romance Pride Publishing has an amazing discount from Bestselling author Carol Lynne at Amazon for a limited time. Pride Publishing has set up a collection of the first three titles from the Campus Cravings series as a volume which will be discounted, Campus Cravings Volume One!

To purchase Campus Cravings Volume One click HERE

Want to know more about Campus Cravings? Check out the blurb below:

Books one, two and three in the bestselling Campus Cravings series – previously released as single titles

Coach

Being a gay high school football coach isn’t easy, especially in a small town. For five years Justin has repressed his sexuality in order to keep the job he loves. His only serious temptation is the father of his star running back. Sparks fly between the two men, and one Friday night after a winning game, Justin just can’t say no.

Luc is the man he’s been searching for his entire life. But is this new relationship worth risking his career?

Side-Lined

College is supposed to be a time of exploring new things, learning about yourself and having a good time doing it. For Max Henley, it was the hardest time of his life. During his sophomore year, his best friend and lover, Nick, was killed in a car wreck. A car Max had been driving.

Now two years later Max has thrown himself into his studies. Side-lined from football due to an injury sustained during the wreck, Max’s entire focus is on academics. Well, that and his Professor Alec Demakis.

The problem is, whenever Max thinks about his Professor, the guilt over Nick’s death returns. Can Max ever forgive himself enough to love again?

Sacking the Quarterback

Julian Malono loves his job as conditioning coach for the university football team. When he meets incoming freshman quarterback Koby McIntire, he’s instantly attracted and offers to help with Koby’s conditioning regime.

Koby is thrilled when his all-time favourite player agrees to help him. Not only can they work on Koby’s upper body strength, but maybe on the growing attraction between them.

What Koby doesn’t know is that a lifetime of abuse has left its mark on Julian. When shadows from the past threaten their growing relationship, Koby helps Julian fight back by getting him the help he so desperately needs.

But will therapy be enough when the past comes back to threaten Julian in person

Susan Reviews: Kiss Me Cowboy by Carol Lynne


Title: Kiss Me, Cowboy
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 46
POV: 3rd
Genres: Contemporary, Cowboys/Western, MM/Gay
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

It isn’t easy to cling to teenage promises when you become one of the forgotten.

For Eli Barron, Jesse Clooney has always been the one. From their first day of kindergarten through their high-school graduation, the pair were inseparable. So, when a situation arises that splits the two men apart, it’s up to Eli to keep the home fires burning as Jesse sets off to follow his dreams on the rodeo circuit. But how long can a man continue to stoke the fire before the flames die out?

Review:

Told from Eli’s third person point of view, we get a tale of long-distance love, longing that lasts over the years but not with ease. Jesse follows his dream to become a bronc rider far away while Eli is left behind to tend to the family ranch, never able to put himself and his desires first.

This is well written, and the story moves fluidly and swiftly. There’s a few editing snafus but not too many to take you out of the story. There’s a mix of internal monologue and everyday dialogue, suppressed emotions and exposed sexual desires, though only one sex scene, just so you know. Plus, there’s a whole heap of angst here, so much so that it hurts to read all of it.

When it comes to characterization, Eli’s the more fleshed-out person since only his POV is given. He’s supposed to be a giver and a sympathetic guy but all too often he comes off as a doormat. His heart wants only one thing: Jesse — who follows his own dreams, travels the country, and sleeps with other guys. To me, he came off as a selfish asshole who takes Eli for granted. I wanted Eli to get someone better, someone who appreciated him. But, as it often is with stories like this, even idiots do eventually see the light and we get our HEA.

For such a short story this one packs a punch. So many feels it’s almost too much. Sometimes it’s hard to choose between what to pursue, what to keep, and what to let go. Freedom is important but so is family. These kinds of choices are not meant to be easy, and we get the whole rainbow of feels from that.

Despite the short length, there’s a full story here, so do check it out.

Recommended to those who like their cowboys making mistakes, learning from them, and being reunited to build a new life together.

Reviewed by: Susan

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Gabbi Reviews: Sunset at Turtle Lake by Carol Lynne


Title: Sunset at Turtle Lake
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 71
Characters: Sam Burgman, Ian Mendoza
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Winter isn’t the only chill in the air on Turtle Lake.

When Sam Burgman’s mother, Gloria, nears the end of her battle with cancer, Sam makes the hard decision to leave his job as a corporate lawyer in Miami to take his mom home to Turtle Lake, Minnesota.

Ian Mendoza takes his job as Gloria’s caregiver very seriously, but, unlike the assignments he’s taken in the past, Ian fails to maintain a professional distance when it comes to Sam. Unfortunately for Ian, Sam refuses to open his heart despite their mutual attraction.

Born and raised in Miami, Ian isn’t prepared for the frozen landscape that is Minnesota in the winter, but the chill he wants to erase is the one coming from Sam.

Reader Advisory: This book deals with maternal illness/death.

Review:

Carol Lynne writes warm and wonderful romances that will live in your heart long after you finish reading the book.

Sunset at Turtle Lake is a heartfelt read that gave this reader a roller-coaster ride of emotions while I read it. I’ve read many books by this author and enjoyed them all, with this story I really became invested in the characters and found myself experiencing a wide range of emotions as I read it.

Both heroes are interesting and unique in their own way. Sam’s mother has cancer and it’s taken a toll on both her and Sam. Though she’s fought the hard battle, she is now in hospice and in the last stages of her life. Though Sam loves his mother, he has a hard time dealing with watching her die and has a tendency to push her and other people away because of it. Sam decides to abide by his mother’s wish to take her to Turtle Lake where they both know will be the last moments in her life. There he must face not only the loss of his mother but he must accept the changes in his life that sometimes a loss of a loved one gives him.

Sam is a little bit of a lost soul. His tendency to push others away to keep himself from being hurt was something I understood and could even empathize with. Though he knows his emotional distance often can hurt others, Sam has a hard time working through the fear of loss and the fear of sticking himself out there and making himself vulnerable to others. It’s a good thing his mother’s caretaker, Ian is there to comfort him and prepare him for the loss of his mother and for giving him hope for a bright future ahead of him.

Ian was my favorite character. He is a warm and loving man who you can’t help but fall in love with. Ian gives so much comfort and love to both Sam and his mother that it truly warmed my heart as the story progressed. Ian wears his heart on his sleeve and it’s because of this, his unrequited love for Sam often breaks his heart.

I have to say that this story has more angst than many of Ms. Lynne’s other stories. This book made me angry *Sam drove me crazy at times* and cry and even rejoice in the future for both of these characters. I really enjoyed every minute I spent reading this story and recommend it to those who crave an emotional, well-written read.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Review of: Cowboy Pride written by Carol Lynne

Title: Cowboy Pride

Author: Carol Lynne

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages: 73

Characters: Dub Walker, Shane Ackerman

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Cowboy/Western, Erotic Romance

 

Kisses: 4

 

Blurb:

Two unconventional cowboys make an unconventional relationship work.

As owner of the Rocking W, Dub Walker’s job is to make sure his cowboys keep their minds on their jobs and not the hot rough stock riders who come to the ranch to train. It hasn’t always been easy for Dub to resist the sweet young things, but he’s been doing less prowling since realising there’s only one man on the ranch for him.

For years, Shane Ackerman has tried to prove to Dub that they’re right for each other. Unfortunately, the man Shane loves and worships pushes him away at every turn. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Shane does what any twenty-something man would do—has sex, lots of it.

Dub could easily take Shane to his bed, but he wants more from the younger man than a roll in the hay. With temptation around the ranch seven days a week, Dub knows monogamy will be a problem for both of them. With the help of a friend and a bit of soul searching, Dub discovers the only people qualified to define a relationship are those in it.

Review:

This is a very frustrating story. At first. There’s misunderstandings and annoying side characters and so much sexual intrigue it’ll make you hopping mad. Why can’t Dub and Shane just get together, dammit? But… that’s also why this story kinda works. Both men have their pride. Dub’s hung up on preconceptions and petty jealousies, and Shane’s a sort of a slut but with a heart of gold. Still, they’re men, and as men it takes them a while to get to talking things through and really seeing one another. But, when they finally manage to negotiate a mutually satisfying relationship agreement, all bets are off.

Dub’s hedging in starting a relationship with Shane is a bit irritating, his reasoning I mean. But, on the other hand, a man like him understands that monogamy enforced by society’s standards doesn’t always work for everyone.

There’s a big section in the story where the two men have gone their separate ways, and there’s sleeping with other men before Dub and Shane get together. If you consider that cheating, then steer clear. There’s also a modicum of violence in this story, and an ample dose of irritating men.

In any case, this story ends abruptly, with several loose threads left unsolved, like what happens with Trent and Justice. That bugged me quite a bit. But there’s a sequel involving Dub, Shane and Cash. I’m definitely looking forward to that. The romance ends up being quite sweet, not to mention hot between the sheets. A good cowboy story even though it ends sort of in the middle.

 

Reviewed By: Susan

 

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Cowboy Pride by Carol Lynne

Title: Cowboy Pride
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Pages: 73
Characters: Dub Walker, Shane Ackerman
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Cowboy/Western, Erotic Romance



4 kisses




Blurb:

Two unconventional cowboys make an unconventional relationship work.

As owner of the Rocking W, Dub Walker’s job is to make sure his cowboys keep their minds on their jobs and not the hot rough stock riders who come to the ranch to train. It hasn’t always been easy for Dub to resist the sweet young things, but he’s been doing less prowling since realising there’s only one man on the ranch for him.

For years, Shane Ackerman has tried to prove to Dub that they’re right for each other. Unfortunately, the man Shane loves and worships pushes him away at every turn. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Shane does what any twenty-something man would do—has sex, lots of it.

Dub could easily take Shane to his bed, but he wants more from the younger man than a roll in the hay. With temptation around the ranch seven days a week, Dub knows monogamy will be a problem for both of them. With the help of a friend and a bit of soul searching, Dub discovers the only people qualified to define a relationship are those in it.


Review:

This is a very frustrating story. At first. There’s misunderstandings and annoying side characters and so much sexual intrigue it’ll make you hopping mad. Why can’t Dub and Shane just get together, dammit? But… that’s also why this story kinda works. Both men have their pride. Dub’s hung up on preconceptions and petty jealousies, and Shane’s a sort of a slut but with a heart of gold. Still, they’re men, and as men it takes them a while to get to talking things through and really seeing one another. But, when they finally manage to negotiate a mutually satisfying relationship agreement, all bets are off.

Dub’s hedging in starting a relationship with Shane is a bit irritating, his reasoning I mean. But, on the other hand, a man like him understands that monogamy enforced by society’s standards doesn’t always work for everyone.

There’s a big section in the story where the two men have gone their separate ways, and there’s sleeping with other men before Dub and Shane get together. If you consider that cheating, then steer clear. There’s also a modicum of violence in this story, and an ample dose of irritating men.

In any case, this story ends abruptly, with several loose threads left unsolved, like what happens with Trent and Justice. That bugged me quite a bit. But there’s a sequel involving Dub, Shane and Cash. I’m definitely looking forward to that. The romance ends up being quite sweet, not to mention hot between the sheets. A good cowboy story even though it ends sort of in the middle.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Alrik by Carol Lynne


Title: Alrik
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher:Total E-Bound
Pages: 69
Characters: Alrik, Ben
Pov: 3rd
Sub-Genre: M/M Shifter
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

Dr. Ben Cook has devoted his life to saving the Mexican grey wolf population fom extinction. A year after being shot while looking for a large pack of Mexican greys, he’s determined to try again. When Ben’s sister hires one of the C-7’s shifters to protect him on his mission, he feels an immediate and undeniable attraction to the huge blonde protector.

Alrik’s body yearns for his client on sight, but for a shifter who prefers sex without sentiment, Ben presents a problem. Centuries earlier Alrik learned that love was a worthless emotion that only served to trap those stupid enough to fall.

Alrik is determined to keep keep sex with Ben simple, but when wolves, shifters and bullets enter their world, all bets are off.

Review:

This first book in Carol Lynne’s new shifter series is wonderful! Alrik and Ben together is so amazingly hot. It is so obvious that Alrik has fallen hard for Ben and is pretty funny how he continues to deny it.

The characters introduced in this first book has wetted my appetite for the books to come.
My only criticism for this book is that it is way too short and would have loved some more details on Alrik’s past. I recommend this book and really look forward to the ones to come.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Ghosts of Alcatraz by Carol Lynne


Title: Ghosts of Alcatraz
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Pages: 146
Characters: Jensen, Brian
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense, Horror
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Suffocation, mutilation and dismemberment aren’t the normal outside influences that bring two people together, but inside the newly refurbished Alcatraz Prison, anything can happen.

Inmates begin dying in shocking and sometimes gruesome ways. The deaths prompt Warden Jensen Black to bring in sexy para psychologist, Brian Phipps. With the help of Brian, Jensen hopes to get to the bottom of what is killing the men he is responsible for. What he didn’t count on was falling and falling hard for the smaller man with the heart of a lion. The attraction between the two men is instantaneous, but before they could fully explore the depths of their passion, the ghosts set their sight on Brian. As their relationship begins to heat up, the danger escalates, leaving both men to wonder if they’ll ever make it off Alcatraz alive.

Review:

I found this book so different from any Carol Lynne book I have read before. I love Jensen and Brian as a couple was a little surprised at the love at first sight, but it didn’t take me long to see these two men are just perfect for each other.

There are some scary, crazy things going on at Alcatraz; Inmates dying alone in their cells in really strange ways, Brian trying to figure out why Alcatraz would be haunted and being distracted by the really hot Warden. Jensen fell in love almost at first sight with Brian, but how do you protect your lover from things you can’t see?

Carol Lynne really nails it with mixing romance, and the sacrifices these men will make to appease the insane ghosts who just want their brand of justice. Love the character of Fisher, Jensen’s Boss and Best friend. I was surprised by the many twists and turns the story made and ended up enjoying every minute I spent reading this book.

I would recommend Ghosts Of Alcatraz just for the hot man love but I got to say it also kept me on the edge of my seat wondering if anyone would make it out alive! Can’t wait to see if Ms. Lynne will be bringing Fisher back for his own story…..

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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