Gabbi Reviews: My Fair Captain by JL Langley

Title: Sci-Regency, Book 1: My Fair Captain

Author: JL Langley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 244

Characters: Nathaniel Hawkins, Prince Aiden Townsend

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Science Fiction, Series

Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

A Sci-Regency Novel

When Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins goes undercover to investigate the theft of an IN weapons stash, the mission raises painful memories from his past. Using a title he fled nearly two decades earlier, Nate once again becomes the Earl of Deverell, heir to the Duke of Hawthorne, in order to navigate the ins and outs of a Regency world. But planet Regelence—where young lords are supposed to remain pure until marriage—has a few surprises for Nate, not least of which is his attraction to Prince Aiden.

A talented artist, Prince Aiden Townsend isn’t interested in politics and the machinations of society gentlemen, and he adamantly rejects the idea of marriage and a consort. Aiden wants the freedom to pursue his art and determine his own future. But the arrival of the dashing and mysterious Deverell awakens feelings of passion and longing the young prince can’t deny.

As Nate uncovers a conspiracy reaching far beyond the stolen weapons, his future is irrevocably altered by the temptations of a life he never thought he could have. Drawn into the web of intrigue, Aiden is in danger of losing his life… and his heart.

Review:

My Fair Captain by JL Langley is one of my all-time favorite books. I read and have re-read the first edition years ago and it has been one of my comfort reads ever since it was published in 2007. When Dreamspinner Press republished it as a second edition, I jumped at the chance to read and review this re-edited and revamped edition of it.

Since the blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, I won’t rehash it. Instead, I thought I’d write about why I love this story and why I consider it a desert island keeper.

Ms. Langley writes heroes that are easy to identify with. They are flawed, likable men who is so easy to come to care for. It’s also easy to see that Ms. Langley loves her heroes because they live and breathe off the written page. You feel as if you are experiencing their journey with them. I loved every minute I spent watching their lives intertwine with each other, and I’m always enraptured by the story they have to tell.

The romance between Nate and Aiden is beautifully told. From the first moment they meet, sparks fly, and it seems to be a natural transition for them to fall in love. What’s even better is…these two men genuinely like and respect one another. Their admiration for their partner is something, as a reader, that I love to watch unfold before me. I love how they love each other and the sexual chemistry between them truly sizzle up the pages they are written on.

Not only will you love Nate and Aiden, you’ll fall in love with the secondary characters, too. Every character in this book *and beyond* have something to bring to the story. I quickly found myself wishing Ms. Langley wrote faster so I could about their lives and future loves. Out of all the secondary characters, you’ll fall in love with Aiden’s two fathers…omg…they are a hoot and soooo sexy together. I hope Ms. Langley writes a prequel about them one day…hint, hint.

The romance drives the story but there is a whodunit mystery that is also intriguing. Between the suspense, danger, and romance, My Fair Captain, will keep you captivated with Nate and Aiden’s story from start to finish.

I simply adore this book and I can’t recommend it highly enough. I’m glad I read the second edition and enjoyed it as much as the original one. If you love highly romantic tales that will live with you long after you finish the book, then My Fair Captain is the book for you.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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LeeAnn Reviews: Pyro’s Accidental Shooting by Toni Griffin

Title: Hounds of the Hunt, Book 2: Pyro’s Accidental Shooting

Author: Toni Griffin

Publisher: Mischief Corner Books

Word Count: 90,000

Characters: Pyro, Callum

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre:  Paranormal, Series

Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

Winter in Melbourne makes the hunt for supernatural beings gone bad harder than usual during the cold foggy nights. A chill has settled deep in Pyro’s bones. One he can’t shake loose. More than anything, Pyro wishes for a heart mate of his own to come home to after the long nights of a hunt, one who understands him and his desires, who can hold him together when he needs to let go.

Life has always been planned out for Callum. His family of cops expected him to be a cop, so that’s what he became. But Callum isn’t so sure about being a detective for the Melbourne police. Not many people understand the demands of being a cop, and it’s been the downfall of more than one of his relationships. Why should his chance of loving someone get sidelined for a job he isn’t even sure he wants?

One fateful encounter on a fog-shrouded night changes both their worlds forever. Now Pyro just has to convince his heart mate they belong together while Callum tries to come to terms with a world he never knew existed and does his best to make up for accidentally shooting the unusual and intriguing hellhound.

Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from word one. Who doesn’t like a hot, sexy Hellhound ? Pyro is all that and more. He , like his fellow Hellhounds ,spend their lives trying to rid  of evil that has escaped to terrorize the world.

Pyro may be  big and tough  but he longs for his mate. A mate that will have no problem dominating him in the bedroom. Callum is a sexy, hot cop. Smaller in stature than Pyro but a man who knows what he wants in a man and how to control him in the bedroom.

To say Pyro was surprised to find out that not only was Callum his mate but a dominating one..well that just made it so much better. These two characters are so enjoyable to read about. The things they see, feel and encounter in this book make for a great read. Problems arise as they do in a great story but the author did an amazing job laying it all out so I, the reader, was able to see it all as it happened. The intimate scenes are amazing with a little kink on Pyro’s side spicing things up. I will give no more away as I don’t want to take away from the  readers experience.

I highly recommend this book!

Reviewed By: LeeAnn

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Lydia Reviews: Sin and Tonic by Rhys Ford

Title: Sin and Tonic

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 270

Genre: Mystery, Series

Kisses:5+

Blurb:

Miki St. John believed happy endings only existed in fairy tales until his life took a few unexpected turns… and now he’s found his own.

His best friend, Damien, is back from the dead, and their new band, Crossroads Gin, is soaring up the charts. Miki’s got a solid, loving partner named Kane Morgan—an Inspector with SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their own—and his dog, Dude, at his side.

It’s a pity someone’s trying to kill him.

Old loyalties and even older grudges emerge from Chinatown’s murky, mysterious past, and Miki struggles to deal with his dead mother’s abandonment, her secrets, and her brutal murder while he’s hunted by an enigmatic killer who may have ties to her.

The case lands in Kane’s lap, and he and Miki are caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. When Miki is forced to face his personal demons and the horrors of his childhood, only one thing is certain: the rock star and his cop are determined to fight for their future and survive the evils lurking in Miki’s past.

Review:

Sin and Tonic is the sixth and final book in the Sinners series by author Rhys Ford.  This book returns to the beginning with Miki and Kane as the MC’s and Miki’s past once again destroying his life.  When Edie, the band’s manager is approached regarding Miki’s mother she is shot during an exchange of information. The shooting messes with Miki’s head, especially since he is already having trouble adjusting to all the changes he has had to face over the last few years.

In my opinion, Ms. Ford always does a wonderful job developing a mystery that keeps the readers turning the pages, and Sin and Tonic is no different.  She pulls the readers back into the mystery of Miki’s birth and how he ended up on the streets and answers all the questions readers may have had.  There are a lot of twists and turns along the way. Some, the readers may see coming, and others that will surprise the reader.

Another aspect of Sin and Tonic that I enjoyed was seeing all the secondary characters come back, especially Donal and Brigid.  When Miki first met Kane’s parents he was unsure how to act or what to expect. Now as the years have passed, Miki has formed a tight bond with Donal, one that has him calling the older man Dad.  His relationship with Brigid, on the other hand, is still tense. In some ways this is understandable, yet I found myself feeling bad for Brigid. When Miki finally calls Brigid for help, I was as happy as she was.  There is also a change in Miki’s relationship with Damie. In many ways, this is understandable as their lives are following different paths with the loves of their lives. Yet, these two are brothers of the heart and will always find time for the other.

Finally, there is Miki and Kane.  These two have already been through so much and with the new threats to their lives, both men are worried.  But, where Kane is holding things together fighting to find out who is after his boyfriend, Miki is worried that Kane will finally reach the point of no return and break things off once and for all.  This fear leads Miki to act out in ways that are not normal for the young man and those around him are worried.

I sincerely hate seeing this series end.  From the beginning I found myself caring about all the characters, wanting to see them all get their happily ever afters.  The way Ms. Ford wraps up the series, however, is done in such a way that fans are sure to love it.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Gabbi Reviews: How to Save a Life by Eli Easton

Title: Howl at the Moon, Book 4: How to Save a Life

Author: Eli Easton

Publisher: Eli Easton

Pages: 283

Characters: Rav and Sammy

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Series, Shifter Romance

Kisses: 5+

Blurb:  

Rav Miller looked into the terrified, intelligent eyes of the chocolate Labrador on death row, and knew he’d do anything to save him. When the dog, Sammy, escapes and heads to Mad Creek, Rav follows. Mad Creek. The town had become legendary in Rav’s mind after he’d met that bizarre group last year. Rav dismissed his crazy suspicions back then, but when he arrives in Mad Creek, he knows it’s true. Dog shifters exist, and apparently they all live in the California mountains. It’s enough to blow a bad boy’s mind.

Sammy has something in common with Rav—neither one of them trusts people. After Sammy’s abuse as a dog, he particularly dislikes tough-looking men like Rav. But when Sammy gets a chance to work with rescued dogs at the new Mad Creek shelter, his deep compulsion to help others overcomes his fear. Rav and Sammy bond over saving strays. If they can each find the courage to let someone else in, they might find their way to love.

Sheriff Lance Beaufort doesn’t like humans moving into Mad Creek, especially not the tattooed and defiant Rav. When Rav starts a rescue shelter, the town thinks he’s wonderful! But Lance isn’t fooled. He doesn’t buy Rav’s innocent act for one second. How much does Rav know about the quickened? What is his game? And why did he have to show up now, when Lance and the other town leaders are overwhelmed by all the new quickened pouring in?

Rav knows how to save a life. But can he save an entire town? Can he rescue Mad Creek? 

Review:

The Howl at the Moon series by Eli Easton has been a favorite of mine since the first book, How to Howl at the Moon was released. There is something very unique and special about all the characters in this series and I have to admit, I eagerly await each and every new story in this series.

Like the other three previous books, I immediately fell in love with the heroes AND all of the secondary characters in this story. I couldn’t help but totally be enamored with both Rav and Sammy and the story they had to tell. 

The special thing about this book *this series in particular* is the strong emotional connection between the two heroes. Both men have had a difficult, hurtful past that they have to work through before they can truly come together as a couple. Through each other, they learn to trust, fall in love and truly form an unbreakable bond and friendship between them. Watching them develop such a special relationship made this a happy-heart read for me. Like the other books, I loved this couple and the Mad Creek townspeople and I can not wait to see what Ms. Easton has in store for us next.

The Howl at the Moon series needs to be read in book order. This way you can truly fall in love with each and every character and witness how much they grow, right along with the townspeople of Mad Creek.

The Howl at the Moon series books are:

How to Howl at the Moon

How to Walk Like a Man

How to Wish Upon a Star

How to Save a Life

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Lydia Reviews: The Long and Winding Road by TJ Klune

Title: The Long and Winding Road

Author: TJ Klune

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 346

Characters: Otter, Bear, and Ty

POV:  1st

Sub-Genre:  Contemporary, Series

Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.

And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they’ve never been before.

There’s a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go.

There’s a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect.

There’s a brother returning home after learning how to stand on his own.

As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever.

Beginning in Bear, Otter, and the Kid and continuing in Who We Are and The Art of Breathing, TJ Klune has told a saga of family and brotherhood, of love and sacrifice. In this final chapter, the events of the past pave the long and winding road toward a future no one could have imagined.

Review:

The Long and Winding Road is the last book in the Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles series by author TJ Klune.  While the author does touch base on some of the stuff revealed in the previous books, it is necessary to read this series in order.  If you have not read the other books be warned, there are spoilers in this review.

Although it has been some time since I read the earlier books in this series, I was pulled right back into the world and lives of the three main characters created by the author.  Some may question the reference of three main characters but that is how I have always viewed this story, because Kid (Ty) is just as important as Bear and Otter.  Like the first book, this one is also told from Bear’s perspective so be prepared for a wild ride.

As the book begins we get to see again how the series began, how Bear and Otter came to be, and how the Kid grows into the man he is now.  Of course, that means reliving some of the events that had me laughing and crying the first time around.  It also gave us a chance to see some of the aspects of The Art of Breathing from Bear’s point of view.  Those events had my heart breaking all over again and many times I wanted to jump to the end of the book to make sure everyone got their HEA.

The author also brings Isabelle back into the fold, surprising Bear who has also just realized that he is going to be the father of twins.  Isabelle’s arrival brings a whole new set of problems for Bear and Otter and along the way a few misunderstandings as well.

While there are a lot of angsty moments in The Long and Winding Road, there are also many light-hearted moments.  There is Anna’s pregnancy and of course Creed’s behavior.  Then there is Megan, who is the guy’s surrogate. When Bear meets Marty, Megan’s boyfriend I could not stop laughing.  I am not sure which was funnier, this scene or when Bear was stressing about the twins becoming serial killers.

With the final chapters and epilogue, the author does a wonderful job wrapping up this series.  Although I loved seeing how everything played out I was sad to see it ending.  This is one series I will be reading many times over.  It has made me a fan of the author’s, opening me up too many more wonderful stories.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Gabbi Reviews: Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan


Title: Love Lessons
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Heidi Cullinan
Pages: 301
Characters: Kelly Davidson, Walter Lucas
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

2nd Edition

Love doesn’t come with a syllabus.

Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus.

Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.

Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view.

As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last.

Review:

I’ve read several books by Heidi Cullinan and I’ve loved them all. Ms. Cullinan has a way of really getting to the heart and soul of her characters. She has an ability to write well-told, sexy and thought provoking stories that live long with you long after finish reading it. The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash a lot of it. Instead, I thought I’d talk about why I love this book and why I highly recommend it.

After I finished reading Love Lessons, I couldn’t help but feel like this was a well-rounded story. I loved how both heroes, and in my opinion, by the way Ms. Cullinan wrote them, loved them too. They are definitely not your average everyday cookie-cutter characters. No, these two men are extremely well-developed, humanly flawed and lovable heroes that live and breath off of the written page.

When it comes to the old adage that opposites attract, it is never better said than the romance in Love Lessons. Kelly comes from a small town, loves anything romantic. His favorite movies are Disney related and he hopes to one day find his own Prince Charming. Kelly is determined to have his own happily ever after.

When Kelly meets his new roommate, Walter, he wonders what in world they could have in common…except that they are both gay.

Walter has a love ’em and leave ’em attitude and doesn’t believe in romance, but he can’t keep from becoming fascinated with his new roommate, Kelly’s, romantic ideas and naive view of the world. As a budding friendship between the two men turn into something more, Walter soon learns that maybe there really is a Prince Charming out there for everyone…even for a pessimistic romantic like him.

I loved how Ms. Cullinan reveals the quirks and problems her characters are experiencing little by little as the story continues. Just as the Walter and Kelly get to know each other, we as readers, also truly get to know who these two heroes really are on the inside. I also loved how these two men really seemed to have an undying affection, friendship and deep love for each other. Believe me, Kelly and Walter’s story is not a quick, easy ride, but it’s truly a beautiful one to read.

Love Lessons is one of my all-time favorite books. It will be on my re-read and keeper shelf where I know I’ll revisit these characters and their amazing story again and again. If you are looking for a romantic read that will both bring tears to your eyes and joy in your heart, then Love Lessons is definitely the book for you!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Trust with a Chaser by Annabeth Albert


Title: Rainbow Cove, Book 1: Trust with a Chaser
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Annabeth Albert
Pages: 275
Characters: Mason Hanks, Nash Flint
POV: Alternating 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove, Oregon with one goal in mind: turn the struggling coastal community into a thriving LGBTQ tourism destination. Step one is transforming an old bar and grill into a gay-friendly eatery. Step two? Don’t piss off Nash Flint, the very hot, very stern chief of police who’s not so sure he’s on board with Mason’s big plans.

Nash Flint just wants to keep his community safe and enjoy the occasional burger in peace. He’s not big on change nor is he a fan of Mason’s troublemaking family, especially his rowdy older brothers. But Mason slowly wins him over with fantastic cooking and the sort of friendship Nash has been starving for.

When their unlikely friendship takes a turn for the sexy, both men try to steer clear of trouble. Nash believes he’s too set in his ways for Mason, and Mason worries that his family’s reputation will ruin any future with Nash. Burning up the sheets in secret is a surefire way to crash and burn, and discovery forces a heart-wrenching decision—is love worth the risk of losing everything?

Review:

As soon as I read the blurb to Trust with a Chaser, I knew I had to read it. Not only has, Annabeth Albert, quickly become a must-read author for me, I was excited to see that Trust with a Chaser is the first book in a new series.

Many of you know that I am a sucker for a May/December romance. Throw in a surly chief of police officer and a thoughtful man who is determined to make something of himself and I’m all in! The problem is…I made the mistake of starting this story right before my bedtime. Honestly, I should have known better, but since I was anxious to at least start the book, I didn’t think there would be any harm in reading a chapter or two before falling asleep. WRONG. I ended up becoming so wrapped up in Nash and Mason’s lives that I read through the night and finished the book without any sleep. Believe me when I say it was worth it! I loved every minute I spent reading this story and I can’t wait until the next book in the series!

Mason and Nash are complex characters. Nash is a forty year old man who still lives his life firmly in the closet. For all of his life, Nash has lived his life to not only serve the community he loves, Nash has strove to live up to his dead father’s expectations. Since his father was something of a homophobe and a cold fish, Nash has pushed aside his own wants and happiness to please a man who couldn’t ever be possibly pleased.

Mason Hanks has just returned to town and he is determined to not live up to his family’s bad reputation. To the townspeople and to Nash, the “Hanks” name has become synonymous with trouble, and Mason’s conviction to be nothing like his family is a noble one. Mason’s steadfastness to become a successful businessman and to make Rainbow Cove a safe haven for LGBTQ tourist makes him an easy character to like. Between his dedication to get Nash to like and respect him and his zest for life, Mason is truly a force to be reckoned with.

At first glance, one wouldn’t think these two men should be together, but between the sizzling chemistry they shared between them, and Mason’s determination to be seen as someone important in Nash’s eyes, I admit I hopelessly fell for this couple. I liked the way they brought out the best in each other and I loved the way both of them continued to grow and evolve as people and as a couple throughout the book.

Mason and Nash truly fit together. I loved them and I hated to see the book come to an end. I will say that both of their family’s attitudes drove me crazy. There were times I wanted to punch Mason’s family in the throat because of their laziness and constant mooching off of Mason. Nash’s mother can be a real cold fish, too. BUT saying this, the hate I had for them made this story and Mason and Nash’s journey an even better read.

Trust with a Chaser
is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. It’s a great start to what looks to be an amazing series and I can’t wait to read the next book! Do yourself a favor and read it and check out other books written by this author. You won’t regret it.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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