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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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


Blurb:

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.

Review:

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

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