Gabbi Reviews: Hot Under the Collar by Summer Devon


Title: Hot Under the Collar
Author: Summer Devon
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 89
Characters: Sam Trevisani and Dan Bailey
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Attorney Sam Trevisani never thought he’d play the bad guy, but now his job to stop a dog park makes him the enemy of every dog owner in town—and whenever he meets his main opponent, Dan Bailey, the vet gives him the evil eye. Tired of playing for the wrong side, Sam has to find a solution. Maybe the tempting Dr. Bailey can help him find a solution for his restless need for change. Or maybe it’s his attraction to the vet that pushes Sam to pay a late-night visit.

Tired of town politics and manipulative games, Dan has no interest in helping the flashy lawyer. Yet Sam’s dogged interest in him proves oddly appealing. Dan reluctantly allows the attractive lawyer into his house and sparks fly. Sam doesn’t mind hookups, but Dan doesn’t do them–yet in one night, they both change their minds.

Determined to keep Dan from running away from something promising between them, Sam has to get past his attorney uncle, Dan’s pack of misfit dogs, and a powerful but unpleasant client who could end not only the dog park but any chance of romance between the lawyer and the vet.

Review:

Summer Devon is a must read author for me. I read many of her books and I’ve enjoyed each and every one of them. Who doesn’t love an enemies-to-lovers romance? Throw in adorable dogs and some heated chemistry between the two heroes and I’m in! I’m pleased to say that Hot Under the Collar is a fun and flirty romance that was a well-spent escape from the everyday ho-hum life I lead.

What I liked about this couple was the banter and the shock they share from the realization that, despite their past negative feelings for one another, that they really do like one another. Though their relationship develops quickly, it was pretty well-written and an enjoyable read.

While Sam goes through some self-discovery and much needed personal growth it was fun watching Dan be perplexed by the determination Sam had to both change and to be an important partner in Dan’s life. I have a feeling that in the future these two men will be develop a strong emotional bond and be a couple who will have an amazing relationship.

Though I really enjoyed this book, I do wish it had been longer. I thought the ending was a tad bit abrupt. But, I still liked this story even though I found myself wishing for more.

If you are looking for a smoothly written and sexy romance then Hot Under the Collar is definitely a great choice if you are looking for a hot and sizzling summer read. I can’t wait to read more by this author and will definitely be looking forward to more from her in the future.

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 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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Revealing The Beast by Summer Devon


Title: Solitary Shifters, Book 2: Revealing The Beast
Author: Summer Devon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 211
Characters: Colt Easton, Dr. Jasper Glen
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Shifter, Series, Alternate Worlds
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

Desire that runs deeper than blood…

Solitary Shifters, Book 2

Colt Easton is easygoing, fun loving, good with little kids…and he occasionally turns into a beast capable of ripping out a man’s throat. It’s a family secret he’d be more than happy to keep—if there wasn’t a little boy’s life at stake.

A deathbed confession revealed the child could carry Easton blood. The only way Colt can monitor the boy is with a job at his day-care center. The problem? New laws decree that all shifters be tagged. No blood test, no job.

Dr. Jasper Glen is instantly drawn to the outgoing Colt and is certain any child would be safe in the handsome shifter’s care. He ought to know—he’s been studying shifters for years, even invented the blood test that now, to his shame, the government is using against them.

All it takes is a quick vial switch. Except Jasper’s good deed blows the lid off a secret he didn’t even know he was keeping. And triggers a chain of events that makes them all moving targets.

Product Warnings

Contains hot shifter seduction, government goons, and a mad scientist.

Review:

I’ve read several books by Summer Devon and I’ve enjoyed them all. I really like how she writes compelling, interesting characters that live and breathe off of the written page. Plus, her stories have fast-paced plots that keep this reader wondering what is going to happen next. Since the blurb does an excellent job at describing the book, I won’t rehash a lot of it. Instead, I thought I’d talk about why I really loved this book and why I’d recommend it.

I really loved the characters. The main heroes are likeable men who I couldn’t help but become addicted to their story. Both Colt and Jasper have issues they have to work through, but they are honorable men. Colt is a shifter (you’ll have to read it to see what kind he is) whose animal side has a reputation of being violent and out of control. Even though this might be the case of other shifters like him, Colt is not this way. He is in control of his beast and strives to be a better man because of of it. I really liked his determination to do the right thing, despite the prejudices he has against his kind. Also, Colt has a flirty-funny side that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. I loved how he seemed to bring out the best in Jasper and how reliable he was when things became dangerous for them.

Jasper has lived with the guilt and conflicting feelings of wondering if he is doing the right thing. His job is to test people to see if they have shifter blood in them. Because of this, he has witnessed first hand how much the government and others are becoming more obsessed and prejudiced against shifters in general. When he meets Colt, he is struck by Colt’s honesty about his life as a shifter and feels compelled to help him. He knows if he does help Colt, his life as he knows it is over, but since he’s unable to take the guilt and pressure of his job, he decides to do it anyway. Jasper is definitely has a serious-scientific side to him and Colt is able to lighten him up a little, despite all of the serious things that happen to him.

Together they make an excellent match. Colt is easygoing and fun, whereas, Jasper needs to lighten up a little bit. I liked the friendship that developed between them and loved how their relationship evolved into something really special. They made a good team together and I loved how Colt helped and stuck by Jasper when he needed him the most.

Also, there is a very unique and creative world that Ms. Devon created with these characters. As a reader, I’ve read many shifter themed books, but Revealing the Beast had a definite freshness to the storyline that made it a very addictive, thought-provoking read.

Between the the love story, the villains and the fast-paced storyline I was totally disappointed when the book came to an end! I wanted more of these characters and was dying to see how Jasper and Colt handled Jasper’s ‘new condition’. I’m so thrilled that this is a series and can’t wait until I read more about these characters and see what happens next.

Revealing the Beast is the second book in the Solitary Shifters series. Somehow the first book, Taming the Bander, has escaped my notice, but you can believe that I’ll be reading the first book very soon. Even though it is the second book in the series, Revealing the Beast can easily be read as a stand-alone story in the series. I had no difficulty following along and had no trouble getting into the story itself.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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The Gentleman’s Madness by Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee


Title: The Gentleman’s Madness
Author: Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 191
Characters: John Gilliam, Sam Tully
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Historical
Kisses: 5+


Blurb:

An imprisoned heart finds escape in forbidden love.

No pride. No privacy. No hope.

Academic John Gilliam thought being caught embracing another man was the worst that could happen. Until he agrees to “treatment” at an asylum, where a vicious attack leaves him shaken and afraid.

But having all means of writing or reading taken from him… That is a serious threat to his sanity. Then a moment of kindness from an asylum attendant begins to restore his dignity.

Sam Tully feels sorry for the patient everyone calls “the professor”, but with a back injury that cost him his job on the docks—and without the education that would have bettered his position—he tries to keep his head down, and a tight lid on his attraction to men.

As John prays for freedom, he grows closer to the gentle, innately intelligent Tully. In spite of themselves, forbidden attraction leads to touches, kisses, and more. But there’s something other than curative treatments going on at the asylum. When John and Tully uncover a heinous conspiracy, their very lives are in danger.

Review:

I’ve read several books by the writing team of Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee and I have to say, I’ve never read a book by them that I haven’t loved. They have a way of getting to the heart and soul of their characters, while being able to spin a well written tale that leaves this reader almost breathless with anticipation.

One the things I truly loved about the book was how the authors did not sweet John’s time in the asylum under the rug. I found myself quickly becoming both fascinated and appalled by the treatment he was given because of his sexuality. I absolutely loved the tenderness and care that Tully not only showed John, but the other patients as well. Both men go through a lot of personal growth and become stronger men because of their situation.

If you like historical romances and love the writing team of these two amazing authors, this is a must read. This is definitely my favorite read I’ve read so far this year and it’s definitely one I’ll read again. I can’t recommend this book enough and hope that you will definitely consider it.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Sibling Rivals by Summer Devon


Title: SIBLING RIVALS
Author: Summer Devon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 122
Characters: Peter, Colin
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Kisses: 3.5


Blurb:

Meeting the family shouldn’t be this complicated.

As the designated slacker of the family, Peter Stevens was accustomed to being eclipsed by his “perfect” older brother, Mark. But when Mark came out to their parents one Christmas vacation, it was his turn to be the black sheep.

Even more surreal was Peter’s brief encounter with his brother’s boyfriend, Colin. The unmistakable sparks between them shook the foundations of his confirmed heterosexuality. Years later, when they meet again as graduate student and professor, that bone-deep attraction is still there.

Thanks to the emotional scars Mark left behind, Colin has had his fill of Stevens men. Having Peter at his university shouldn’t be a problem though, as he knows the younger man is straight. But when Colin realizes the electricity sizzles both ways, he can’t resist indulging in a passionate affair.

Yet some old flames stubbornly refuse to die. This time, Peter refuses to step aside—and when an emergency brings the family together again, Colin must decide if it’s worth the risk to trust another Stevens brother with his heart.

Review:

Two years after the fiasco at Christmas when Colin went with his boyfriend for the Christmas holiday and was surprised by Mark coming out, and dumped on the way home because it didn’t go well at all, Peter, Marks younger straight brother asked if he could stay at Colin’s house where he was starting Graduate school, just until he found a place of his own. Peter was attracted to Colin since he met him two years before, he hoped for a chance but older brother Mark has decided he wants Colin back.

What should have been a really good read with all that angst, but I found it a little dry and a little forced. Peter is fun loving, whereas Colin is very stiff and unyielding. So, you would have thought that Peter would liven things up…well not so much. When there is a family crisis, Colin goes along with the brothers to help, but it is just a lot of brothers bickering and fighting over Colin. I would have liked to have seen a lot more interaction between Peter and Colin and less between the arguing brothers.

My favorite part of the novel was in the last few pages. It was a lot of fun to read and I really saw the chemistry between this couple, I just wish there had been more of it. All in all Sibling Rivals is a solid read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a lot of conflict and angst.

Recommended.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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