Lydia Reviews: Open Road by MJ O’Shea


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

Blurb:

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.

Review:

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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Patrick Reviews: Duke in Hiding by MJ O’Shea


Title: Duke in Hiding
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 545
Characters: Theo Brody, Heath Pierrepont Blackwood, Gillian,
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Dreamspun Desires
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Meeting Heath Blackwood, a gorgeous English farmer, is probably the
most exciting thing to ever happen to small-town landscaper Theo Brody, who
has lived in quiet Mapleton, New Hampshire, all his life. The sexy and
secretive Brit shakes the foundations of his orderly world as they are swept up
in a springtime romance neither can resist.

But Heath’s secrets run deeper than Theo ever imagined. He’s actually
Heathcliffe Pierrepont Blackwood, Seventh Duke of Kingston, in hiding
from recent death threats.

Review:

“Duke in Hiding,” is a wonderful, fanciful, love story full of warm moments and laughs. What boy or girl hasn’t dreamed of a Prince, Princess, or in this case a Duke, coming into their lives and changing a life without love, to one not only full of love, but wonderment. As I stated, this is a love story that Cary Grant and Randolph Scott could have played, although in a much younger version.

This story as some intrigue, a look at the real world that some famous people have to get through, and the simple life of what it’s like living in small town America. If I said I didn’t see the ending coming, I’d be lying. However, if you’re in the mood for a fairy tale and a dream come true kind of story, this book is for you. There isn’t much sex, but the story really doesn’t need more than what’s provided. Be entertained, buy this book!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed by: Patrick St. James

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Lydia Reviews: X Marks the Spot by M.J. O’Shea

Title: X Marks the Spot

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Author: M.J. O’Shea

Pages: 200

Kisses: 4.5

 

 

 

Blurb:

Jack Hunter is always on a quest for lost art, ancient manuscripts, and anything else that’ll romance the millions of viewers who watch his show each week. He hasn’t always hit pay dirt in his searches though, and a string of empty global treasure hunts has left his show on the brink of cancellation. Jack needs a white whale, a holy grail, nothing less than a miracle to revive his career.

Aloysius “Alo” Green likes his ivory towers. He’s content to study from the comfort of a university library and publish papers nobody other than academics will ever read. But coded letters pointing to hidden Nazi treasure fall into his hands, and while colleagues warn him to keep them to himself, Alo can’t stop obsessing. He makes a huge mistake and publishes a paper on his find, ignoring the danger doing so will bring.

Jack is sure he’s struck gold when his assistant brings Alo’s paper to him. Alo wants nothing to do with Jack or his televised treasure hunt. But after Alo is threatened, it appears Jack is his best bet to silence those who seek to use him to find the vast wealth first.

By trusting Jack, Alo might’ve saved himself… or made his worst decision yet.

 

Review:

X Marks the Spot is a contemporary novel with a bit of mystery as well as a bit of comedy. The story has at its center a hero who is your typical reality star, and a college student who wishes to never leave campus.

Jack is an “archeologist” searching for lost treasure as millions of people watch from their living rooms. Only, as the years have passed Jack’s luck has turned and more and more he has come up empty handed. Alo, our other hero, is a young college student who would rather do nothing but study, but instead finds himself thrown into a family mystery that makes him the center of attention. It is this mystery that brings the two men together.

During World War II Alo’s great grandfather worked for the Germans inorder to keep from being sent to the camps. Along the way he is able to stash a vast treasure, with hopes of returning for some day. Only someday never comes and Alo’s great grandfather becomes a family mystery.

In the beginning Jack was not a favorite character as it is quite clear he was only interested in getting everything he could from Alo inorder to keep from being canceled. The chemistry between the two men is strong from the beginning however, and even though they do not get together right away, the connection is strong enough that Alo lets himself be drawn into Jack’s quest. I liked watching Alo come out of his shell and loved the way Jack encourages him along the way. Of course, not everything they do is legal and there were moments during some of their ‘cappers’ when I could not help but laugh.

Of course with a treasure as large as the one Jack and Alo are looking for, you know that there is someone out there who will do anything to keep them from finding it. There are a couple of twists, and one “I did not see that coming” moment, all of which will hold the readers interest. I love the way the author wraps this story up and would love to see more of Alo and Jack in the future.

X Marks the Spot is a fun read and will surely bring the author many new fans.

 

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Souffles at Sunrise by MJ O’Shea and Anna Martin


Title: Soufflés at Sunrise
Author: MJ O’Shea, Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 203
Characters: Chase, Kai
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5





Blurb:

“Welcome to a new season of Burned, where we find fresh new cooking talent… and a few culinary disasters! Every season we do something a little different, and this time it’s all about the sweet things in life. Get ready in week one as twenty pastry chef hopefuls and dessert connoisseurs compete for the thirteen coveted workspaces in our *Burned* kitchen. With stakes this big, we ask the one question on everyone’s mind: Do these chefs have what it takes to rise to the top? Or will they get Burned?”

Burned contestants Chase and Kai are attracted from the start and can’t wait to spend more time getting to know each other… until they see the first episode treatment and realize the producers intend to portray them as bitter enemies. At first it’s fun to pretend to bicker—enemies on film, lovers when the cameras stop rolling—but soon it’s hard not to take the faux rivalry seriously. It’s only when their choice is to band together and bake their way to the final or get burned that they find where their real loyalties lie.

Review:

I have a confession to make…I love cooking shows. They are basically the only ‘reality’ shows I’ll watch. So, I was anxious to see how my love of watching many culinary delights to actually reading a romantic story about one, I knew I had to read Soufflés at Sunrise by MJ O’Shea and Anna Martin.

One of the things I loved about this book was the chemistry between the two heroes. From the moment they meet the attraction between them sizzles, and I LOVED watching these two men form a friendship and eventually fall in love.

At first, they seem to be polar opposites. Chase is from hometown America, with his boy-next-door good looks and true nice guy personality. Kai is more exotic and more driven and competitive to be the best in his field. I loved watching these two men find a common ground and then continue to do so as their story is told.

I also loved the story itself. I thought the plot was interesting and I found myself truly wondering who was going to be the winner. I also hoped Chase and Kai would be able to somehow find a way to be together. Between the fast paced storyline and the romantic relationship these two men had, I ended up reading this story in one setting.

If you are looking for a well-written, entertaining and very sexy story then Soufflés at Sunrise is definitely for you. It is just what this reader needed to keep me warm on a very cold winter’s night.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Win a Copy of Dark Sun and Rising Sun by M.J. O’Shea

M.J. O’Shea is giving away copies of both Dark Sun and Rising Sun! Read on to see how to enter the contest to win🙂

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MJ O’Shea Rising Sun Blog Tour
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Rising Sun (sequel to Dark Sun)
Author: MJ O’Shea
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Sci-Fi M/M
Release Date: April 8, 2014
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New Seattle 2199

Castor Kovalenko, socialite and high ranking member of the Dragon Triad, is worried about his cousin, Lynx. He’s been missing for weeks and there have been rumors circling the city, rumors that he’s been taken hostage by the hacker thief Yoru Katana. Castor needs to find his cousin before it’s too late. He’s willing to do nearly anything to bring Lynx to safety.
Jaffa Sharp is trying to stay alive. It’s not easy when the only thing you’ve ever learned to do is steal. Even harder when he keeps running into one annoying Dragon prince who keeps trying to get him arrested.

When Castor uses Jaffa to get to his cousin and the thief Katana, they both learn that nothing is as it seemed, including Lynx and Katana himself. Castor and Jaffa soon become involved in a plot to take the city back from the villainous triads. They find themselves fighting the people they thought were their leaders — and fighting an attraction stronger than either of them have felt before. Nothing is certain in the precarious new world they find themselves in: Life, death, friend, enemy, and the most uncertain thing of all…love

Woo Hoo! M.J. O’Shea has stopped by today for her Rising Sun blog tour!


I’m Mj O’Shea, author of erotic romance–well all sorts of romance actually, that’s just what’s been published so far!

I grew up, and still live, in sunny Washington state and while I love to visit other places, I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home.
I spent my childhood writing stories. Sometime in my early teens, the stories turned to romance. Most of those were about me, my friends, and our favorite tv stars. Hopefully, I’ve come a long way since then…

Right now, I have four books published through Republica Press (click on the link to visit their site), but I’m constantly working on new projects.

When I’m not writing, I love to play the piano and cook and paint pictures…and of course read. It’s nearly impossible to work on my own writing when I’ve gotten myself hooked into a great new book:) I like sparkly girly girl things, own at least twenty different colored headbands, and I have a little white dog with a ginger eye spot who sits with me when I write. Sometimes she comes up with ideas for me too…when she’s not napping.

Website http://mjoshea.com/
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Newton’s Law of Attraction by MJ O’Shea


Title: Newton’s Laws of Attraction
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 171
Characters: Ben, Rory
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 5+


Blurb:

Rory was Ben’s oldest and best friend until senior year of high school, when they confessed they’d harbored feelings for each other all along. They enjoyed only a few months of happiness until Ben chose closeted popularity over true love… and he’s regretted it ever since.

Eight years later, Ben is out and proud and teaching art at the same high school he graduated from. When he learns the chemistry teacher is retiring, he’s excited to meet her replacement until he finds out the brand new teacher is none other than Rory Newton—the first love he’s never quite gotten over. Despite a painfully awkward start, it doesn’t take Ben long to realize he’ll do whatever it takes to win Rory back. But it’s starting to look like even his best might not be enough.

Review:

As always with Ms. O’Shea’s work, once I start, I have to read it in one sitting to the end. There’s so much emotional turmoil and loving devastation that I feel a physical need to find out what happens next.

Though this has only two sex scenes, the sensuality and desire here are visible in every line. I feel Ben’s love and regrets breathe off the page, sympathizing him—even when I felt he was being too masochistic and letting Rory sort of walk all over him. I mean, at some point you have to stop apologizing and fixing things. For your own sanity.

We get the story solely from Ben’s point of view. Rory is a dream, a fantasy, the missed chance, the goal of Ben’s life and need for forgiveness. Rory’s love is a bittersweet benediction, a torment that sends Ben into the whirlwind, reaping a bitter harvest of his past mistakes.

As usual, Ms. O’Shea’s writing is excellent, evocative and captivating, a feast for the senses, an emotional journey toward happiness. I can’t get over how totally alluring the words are, how they shape into a new world, one so visceral and painful, sensual and beautiful it takes my breath away. The pace was never bogged down, never stilled needlessly or rushed to excess.

This is a deeply character-driven story of redemption and unending love. The plot is predictable but I didn’t care because Ms. O’Shea imbued the two men with such heartbreaking emotions they became real—and damn near broke my heart along with their own. Thankfully there’s a happy ending!

Highly recommended for all who love the M/M genre.

Reviewed By: Susan

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