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


“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.


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


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

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.


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+


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.


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


Catch my Breath by MJ O’Shea

Title: Catch My Breath
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 348
Characters: Danny Bright, Elliot Price
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 5


Danny Bright was born to entertain. He just needs his big break. So when he hears that Blue Horizon Records is holding auditions looking for the next big thing, Danny jumps at the chance. It doesn’t turn out exactly as he imagined, though. Instead of getting solo contracts, Danny and four other guys are put into a boy band.

Innocent, idealistic Elliot Price thinks he’s headed for college. An impulsive decision to sing in the local talent search changes all that. A bigwig producer happens to see him, hands him a business card, and turns Elliot’s life upside down.

Elliot and Danny are close from the beginning. They love all the guys, but it’s different with each other. Soon their friendship turns into feelings more intense than either of them can ignore. The other three boys only want Danny and Elliot to be happy, but when their management team and record label discover two of their biggest tween heartthrobs are in a relationship, they’re less than pleased. Danny and Elliot find themselves in the middle of a circle of lies and cover-ups, all with one bottom line—money. They have to stay strong and stick together if they don’t want to lose themselves… and each other.


Danny auditions for a solo vocal artist—only to find himself a part of a boy band. And one of the other five guys, Elliot, makes his blood boil and his heart sing. The two young men are made for each other. Unfortunately, there’s a whole host of obstacles stacked against them. One, Danny has a girlfriend. Two, Elliot is a virgin. Three, their band, Static, is about to become big news—and four, the managers of Blue Horizon Records demand all members appear straight and single. In fact, they have it written on their contract. When Danny and Elliot literally can’t keep their hands to themselves they learn just how ruthless and greedy the music industry really is.

The realism here is strong, the warm, sympathetic characters pulling you into the story from the first lines. The plot arc consists of nearly two years, showing just how difficult it is for people in the spotlight to be allowed to be themselves. All five Static guys start out naïve and enthusiastic, and those things are stolen from them, bit by bit. It was heartbreaking. For the music industry to really believe that certain stereotypes must be maintained in order to fill financial quotas and to attract the adoration of teenage girls, well, it just shows how idiotic the people running the show are.

As a result of the above, the angst level here rises to alarming rates. I was so sad and happy and angry etc. over everything. Danny, Elliot, and their friends just want to sing and make music. But that’s not what the managers want, and they go about squashing all freedoms of the artists with a duplicitous cruelty. I was seething mad at some points. Danny and Elliot have to struggle through so much to get the chance to be together, from vicious rumors to fake girlfriends. Yet, whenever the two guys finally manage to steal a few precious, loving moments together, it’s so sweet, tender, and hot that I literally had a grin on my face and tears in my eyes. I only wanted them to be happy. And they sure had a kind of patience and restraint that I wouldn’t have been able to show, not for two seconds! As this story expands over several years, you’ll have to learn patience too.

So, another wonderful story by M.J. O’Shea. The writing is catchy and witty, funny and warm. The use of Tweets, for example, was rather creative. In short, there wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this story. Danny and Elliot balance each other so well. Due to the madness around them, when one is weak, the other is strong, and their love for each other is a power to rival the sun. This story is way easy to recommend.

Reviewed By: Susan


Finding Shelter by MJ O’Shea

Title: Finding Shelter
Author: M.J. O’ Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 204
Characters: Justin Foster and Logan O’Brien
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Series
Kisses: 5


Justin Foster has nineteen years of nothing but trouble behind him. After escaping his abusive father, he finds himself in Rock Bay, Washington, with his cousin Travis. Justin is bruised and has a hard time trusting, but with the help of his family and the small town, he might be able to heal.

Logan O’Brien is also new in town, hoping he can finally get away from his past and the memories of the girlfriend who shattered his heart. It doesn’t take him long to realize Rock Bay can be more than safe harbor: it can also be home. And for the first time in his life, he finds himself captivated by a man—by Justin.

Justin is attracted to Logan too, but he’s also wary. Physically, Logan reminds him a bit too much of the closeted jerks who used to beat him up after school. But after one awkwardly amazing kiss, he’s smitten, despite how his past and insecurities continue to haunt him. Logan’s love, faith, and stubbornness are just what Justin needs to believe their love is worth fighting for.


I am a fan of Ms. O’Shea’s and love her stories. Finding Shelter is no exception. Right from the start I found myself pulled into Justin and Logan’s story. The author really knows how to paint a picture, so it was not difficult to find myself feeling for Justin from the beginning. The relationship he has with his father is abusive and I could not believe how his mother more or less does nothing to help. Not all authors are able to pull off characters like Justin, yet this author brings Justin to life in a believable way. The way he reacts to certain events is realistic, as is the way he slowly comes into himself as an individual.

Logan is another wonderfully written character. There are many things about this young man that readers are sure to love. First, he is a “straight” young man getting over a relationship with his ex-girlfriend. When he starts to have feelings for Justin, Logan does what comes natural, turning to his best friend for help. I really loved these scenes as it shows just how well rounded Logan is, and allows the reader to see that he is the perfect match for Justin. Second, he as strength about him at helps him deal with issues from Justin’s past. I liked that while he was able to show Justin his strong side, and that he would always be there for him, he did not have trouble showing his vulnerable side either.

The relationship between these two is in no way a smooth one. Not only must Justin learn to come to terms with the abuse he suffered at his father’s hands, but he must also learn to trust again. This does not come easily, and almost brings an end to their relationship. There is also the fact that Justin has not heard the last from his father, and as readers can imagine when he shows up again it is not a happy reunion.

Finding Shelter is the third story in the Rock Bay series and while each book can be read by itself, each story introduces characters that show up in future stories. This is a well written story and I hope the author has plans to add more stories to this series.

Reviewed By: Lydia

Please give a warm welcome to the amazing MJ O’Shea!!

Hello, MJ:) Welcome to Top 2 Bottom reviews and more! Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

Thanks for having me…and let’s see. Oh, man! I’m a toss up between coffee and tea. I think tea. Yorkshire tea with milk and a little bit of honey:) That’s my favorite.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hmmm, it always feels so dorky to talk about myself:) I live near Seattle, I used to teach reading/creative writing to middle school kids. I really love music and art. I tend to spend a lot of time doing those when I’m not writing. What else. I just got back into running. It’s pretty painful still. I’m hoping I get back into my old shape soon!!

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

Haha!! I think I was too shocked to even say anything. After a few minutes I think there might have been a very ladylike “Holy Sh**” :) It was a good day.

What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

You know, It’s a combination of a few things. I had surgery in late 2009 and was stuck at home for a while. I got into Queer as Folk (the gateway drug for many) and at the same time I found Supernatural…see a pattern forming here? Haha. Anyway, the idea struck me and I did some research and found out that I wasn’t even close to the only one who liked the idea of writing romance between two men. I was off and running after that!

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Cake please!! My favorite cake EVER is this lilikoi (passion fruit) cake from a Hawaiian bakery nearby. It’s like the best thing in the world!

How many hours a day do you spending writing?

It depends on my day job schedule and how many other bits and pieces I need to do. On a good day I get in a solid hour or two. On a great day four or five.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I do a little bit of both. I usually don’t revise until I’ve finished a whole chapter, then I go back and revise one chapter at a time, fleshing out scenes I just sketched lightly and adding/changing words. Then I’ll go back after the whole book is finished and do another round of revising and wording changes.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I’m an outliner for sure. It’s really hard for me to finish a book if I don’t have an idea of where it’s going. That’s not to say that things don’t change along the way but it really helps me to have a general idea.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

You know, Nick Ventura is still my all time favorite…because he had so much redeeming to do, plus it was a ton of fun to write his mouth. He got to say things we’re just not allowed to say in day to day life:)

I think my new second favorite is Elliot from my boy band book Catch My Breath coming out in a few months. He’s awkward and dorky and endearing and pretty much the exact opposite of Nick. I couldn’t help but to love him.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

Of course! Sometimes I admit I’m not going to get any writing done and I clean my house or dance or go on a walk or paint another tree on my wall (pretty soon my house is going to look like a forest!). Sometimes, though, I’ll do some timed writing, just make myself get into it. It’s surprising how that works and before you even realize it you’re writing away and into the scene.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

I have an office to write in:) I know lots of people write with their laptop on the couch or their bed, but I haven’t had a lot of luck with that.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

Nope! There’s nobody to warn other than my two little dogs, and they just like to sleep in the armchair in my office and hang out with me:)

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

You know, it’s varied. I typically don’t laugh at comedy films, but I love banter, inside jokes, innuendo. That’s the kind of thing that will make me laugh for hours, and quite easily. Usually in a crowd if there’s one person talking and giggling away, it’s me.

What is the most frequently asked MJ O’Shea question?

Hmm…lately it’s been about Finding Shelter. I’ve had months of people asking when the third Rock Bay book was going to come. I love that they cared:))) It’s so amazing. Other than that, I think people just really want to know regular things about me. It’s always nice to know the person behind the book!

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a contemporary about two guys who have a rocky past and end up at the same school, in the same hallway, teaching. Lots of sparks flying, lots of angst:)

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

I think the best thing (for me at least) is to get out and experience things. We all create people and places in our minds but the more things I experience and do the easier that is!

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

Tons! I think I actually read more outside the genre than inside. I love Dan Brown and Steve Berry, the historical conspiracy mysteries. I’ll always be a huge JK Rowling fan, and I love to read middle grade and young adult. The books are light reading but the ideas can be amazing and fresh.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

Eek. Horse trainer? I’m not much into horses, but I don’t have the patience for two of them and there’s no WAY I’d go out in space! Plus at least you’re outside.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I play a few instruments, I like to do that when I’m not writing. I paint, usually murals in my house, I do go to the gym fairly regularly, I like to walk and I’m just starting to build my garden. I want to have a pretty herb garden. We’ll see how well that works:)

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

I do have a book coming out in either June or July from Dreamspinner. It’s probably my favorite book that I’ve ever worked on. It’s called Catch My Breath, again, and it’s about a boy band. I started thinking it would be cute and fluffy — and parts of it are — but the more I looked into pop culture and the music industry the more I realized just how fascinatingly duplicitous and. So there’s a lot of The research for this book changed the way I see so many things and I wanted to include what I’d found. I had a great time writing it and I hope people like reading it:)

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

Website and blog:



It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

Sure! I like to cook:)