Gabbi Reviews: From a Jack to a King by Scotty Cade

Title: From a Jack to a King

Author: Scotty Cade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 200

Characters: Bay Whitman, King Slater

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

New York Times best-selling mystery writer Bay Whitman leads the life of a celebrity—at least on the surface. In public he’s self-assured and in control. Women hang on his every word, while men envy his confidence and swagger. But in reality, Bay is a loner. He’s shy and introverted, and his life consists of sitting in a dimly lit room writing his famous Jack Robbins mystery novels. His one vice—gambling. Winning an escort in a poker game will change Bay’s life in ways he never imagined.

Matthew “King” Slater is one of the hottest tickets in gay porn. He spends his days in front of the camera and his nights as a highly paid escort to the rich and famous. Deep down, he craves romance and a real connection, but his past makes it hard to separate the needs of his body from those of his heart. For now, it’s easier to think of sex as just a job. But while doing a shoot in Vegas, King is hired for a tryst at a famous hotel and casino, and his handsome client might blur the line between work and play.

Review:

I just finished reading From a Jack to a King and all I can say is, Whew! Scotty Cade can write romance! There is something special about the way his heroes connect with each other that really make his stories a well-written, beautifully told romance.

King is an unapologetic gigolo and porn star. He’s good at what he does and he enjoys it, too. At first, King seems to be very arrogant and his confidence about himself that borderlines a superiority within his field that can almost be off-putting. At first, I honestly didn’t know if I was going to like him.

Here’s the thing about King. He is a very complex character. As more about him is revealed, I began to really care for him. I liked how Mr. Cade did not sugarcoat his character or some of his behaviors at all. Why? Because watching King’s personal growth and how hard he falls for the sweet, intelligent and sexy Bay was a heartwarming thing to experience.

I understood why King fell so hard for Bay. Bay is a genuinely nice guy. He has a knack for poker, he’s a very successful writer and is an all-around likable guy. But, Bay is a very introverted man who is afraid to open up and allow people to see who he is on the inside. When he meets King, Bay is challenged to take a hard look at himself, as well as, allow himself to be opened to new possibilities.

I loved this book. Yes, there were times I wanted to strangle King, but those moments were few and far between. As a reader, I appreciated the way these two men learn to communicate and open their hearts and minds to one another.

I also loved the difference between King going through the motions at his job vs making love with Bay. Yes, there was a significant difference between it, and I was swept up in how each touch King and Bay shared between them was a loving, beautiful one.

I love romantic tales that sweep me up into the lives of complex, sexy, intelligent men who clearly are made for one another. Mr. Cade is a master storyteller and I adored every moment I spent reading this book.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed by: Gabbi

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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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Gabbi Reviews: Felix and the Prince by Lucy Lennox

Title: Forever Wilde, Book 2: Felix and the Prince

Author: Lucy Lennox

Publisher: Self-Publishing

Pages: 318

Characters: Felix and Lio

POV: Alternating 1st Person

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series

Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

Felix

Things I expect to find at Gadleigh Castle: – Rare stained glass, the subject of my dissertation. – Peace and quiet, to finish said dissertation. – An escape from the paparazzi swarming around my starlet mother’s latest blockbuster release. Things I don’t expect to find: – A hidden door leading to a secret room. – The most gorgeous man I’ve ever set eyes on. – Love.

Lio

Things I know are expected of me in life: – One day soon I will become the King of Liorland. – I will marry a nice woman who will become queen. – I will provide heirs to my family’s monarchy. Reasons that might be difficult – I’m gay. – I’m falling in love with Felix Wilde. – He has no idea I’m royal. While it can definitely be read on its own, Felix and the Prince is the second novel in the new Forever Wilde series about the huge Wilde family from Hobie, Texas, whose patriarchs aren’t above a little meddling if that’s what it takes to help their grandkids find true love. Beware: nekkid man parts touch. Let’s just say, Felix gets royally screwed in the very best way.

Review:

OMG! Felix and the Prince totally blew me away! If you read romance, then you probably already love fairytales, and in many ways Felix and the Prince is an adult fairytale with plenty of romance, sweetness and angst to satisfy even the pickiest of readers.

I loved this book! We meet Felix in the first book, Facing West and I was thrilled that the sweet and shy man had his own story. Felix is one of those heroes that you will immediately fall in love with. He’s thoughtful, intelligent, funny and an all-around sexy man. Whew! I understood why Lio became so enamored with him, because I found myself falling for him too!

Lio is a Prince to be remembered. His obligation to be King is strangling the person he longs to be. When he meets Felix, he immediately becomes captivated by Felix’s sweet and sexy ways. Felix treats him like a normal person and for once in his life, Lio finds himself wishing he truly could be honest with his parents and his kingdom about his homosexuality.

I adored these two men and I loved the story they had to tell. Between the friendship and love they share together, Felix and the Prince swept me up into their story and I loved every single moment of it. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, but this is going to be a hard story to top.

Felix and the Prince is written where it can easily be read as a stand-alone story, but in my opinion, I would read the Forever Wilde books in series order because we meet Felix in the first book and some of the secondary characters in each book play a part in the storyline as well.

The Forever Wilde series in book order are: 

Facing West

Felix and the Prince

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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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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