Gabbi Reviews: Backstroking with a Tiger Shark by Charlie Richards


Title: Beneath Aquatica’s Waves, Book 1: Backstroking with a Tiger Shark
Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages: 84
Characters: Tortelion Muenster, Kane Cornshun
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Shapeshifter, Paranormal, Series
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

World of Aquatica: When a human takes a dunk in a shark tank, he discovers a world he never knew existed.

Tortelion, Tort to his friends, is a tiger shark shifter. He spends his workdays awing human audiences with a few aquatic parlor tricks. To him, it’s a pretty good gig. Plus, the people who come to World of Aquatica learn about his kind…well, tiger sharks of the non-shifter variety, anyway. A day that starts the same as any other suddenly takes a turn for the better when a mishap sends two humans tumbling into his tank. Blood in the water tells Tort that one of them is his mate. Joining those taken to the doc’s office as a witness, Tort learns his mate is Kane Cornshun, a busy human graphic designer only visiting the area to see his sister and her kids for a few days. Tort has very little time to woo his unsuspecting mate. Can he convince Kane to give up his life and join him at Aquatica?

Review:

I’m always in the mood to read something different. I’ve read and reviewed many shapeshifter romances, so when I came across the blurb for Backstroking With A Tiger Shark by Charlie Richards, I KNEW I had to read it immediately.

The story itself fascinated me. Who would ever dream of mating with a tiger shark…or have a tiger shark want to mate for life with anyone? I admit that I quickly became so engrossed with this story that I read it without stopping from start to finish. Not only is it a fresh take on a well-loved genre, I totally fell for the unique and interesting heroes and secondary characters of this story.

The backstory behind Tort and the other shapeshifters is a unique one. He and other ocean shapeshifters take refuge and work at World of Aquatica. By day they entertain the clueless masses and by night they are able to live free as aquatic shapeshifters. For over a hundred years, Tort has lived a pretty interesting life but when he saves his mate from drowning, Tort knows his live will never be the same.

Kane is just in town to celebrate his nephew’s birthday and to spend some quality time with his sister. Being pushed into a tiger shark tank and surviving wasn’t in the cards of his to do list. But when he meets the handsome and very attentive Tort after the accident, there is something special and unique about Tort that Kane cannot figure out.

I loved this book. I loved that it’s a quick and satisfying read without taking itself too seriously. Sometimes we just need to read for sheer entertainment and this book is just what the doctor ordered. Backstroking with a Tiger Shark is truly an addictive read from beginning to end. Fun and sexy, Tort and Kane’s story is a deliciously captivating read and a fantastic start to the Beneath Aquatica series. I can’t wait to read the next installment to see what Ms. Richard’s has in store for us and her characters next!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Slow Heat by Leta Blake


Title: Slow Heat
Author: Leta Blake
Publisher: Leta Blake Books
Pages: 350
Characters: Jason Sabel, Vale Aman
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Series, Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

A lustful young alpha meets his match in an older omega with a past.

Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-thirties, he’s long since given up hope that he’ll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He’s fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends.

When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can’t be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.

But for Vale, being with Jason means giving up his independence and placing his future in the hands of an untested alpha–as well as facing the scars of his own tumultuous past. He isn’t sure it’s worth it. But Jason isn’t giving up his destined mate without a fight.

This is a stand alone gay romance novel, 118,000 words, with a strong happy ending, as well as a well-crafted, non-shifter omegaverse, with alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, heat, and knotting. Content warning for pregnancy loss and aftermath

Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book. I admit the blurb peaked my interest, so I was anxious to read it. I’ve read many shifter romances so I expected for this story to be good, but what I wasn’t expecting was how fascinating and addictive this story became for me. Between the fresh story-line and the captivating heroes, Slow Heat has easily become one of my all-time favorite paranormal/shifter reads.

Ms. Blake created an alluring world of tantalizing characters with an intriguing backstory and a well-thought out society these heroes live in. I found myself really wrapped up into the traditions and expectations these characters lived by and quickly became invested into their fascinating lives.

As you know, I’m a big fan of May/December romances. I’ve read many, and some are better than others. In Slow Heat, Ms. Blake really tackles this head on without sugarcoating any issues this couple has AND will possible have in the future. As a reader, I appreciated this very much. Both Jason and Vale and the secondary characters really give their age gap a lot of thought and consideration. What I liked about it was they are able to forge through this head on and become a stronger couple because of it.

Both Jason and Vale are well-written characters. In actuality, ALL of the characters in this story really bring something special to the story itself. They are easy to care for and become invested into their lives.

Throughout the story both Jason and Vale do a lot of self-growth and evolve as people. Jason truly becomes a man and Vale learns that change can be a very good thing. I loved how these two men really became the most important part in each others’ lives and I adored how they learn to communicate, respect and truly love AND like one another.

All in all, Slow Heat is an addictive read that left this reader wanting more! I cannot wait to see what happens next in series! As far as I’m concerned, Ms. Blake can’t write it fast enough! If you are craving a well-written romance filled with a fascinating story-line, then Slow Heat is definitely a book not to be missed.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Gratefully His by Shawn Lane


Title: Gratefully His
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 47
Characters: Sebastian Walton, Pablo Rivera
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

When Sebastian Walton was sixteen, he got his first kiss from a guy, and that guy was his best friend’s older brother, Pablo Rivera. But after the scorching kiss in the Rivera’s swimming pool, Pablo acted like nothing happened between them.

Six years later, Sebastian is close to graduating from college and poised to achieve his dream of going to medical school. During a semester break, he visits his old neighborhood and the Riveras, where openly gay Pablo, now a police officer, is sexier than ever and determined to win Sebastian for good.

Review:

Gratefully His by Shawn Lane is a quick and sexy read from start to finish. I couldn’t help but get wrapped up into these characters lives and I enjoyed the story they had to tell.

Sebastian and Pablo are good together. I enjoyed the camaraderie these two heroes shared between them and they had a sizzling attraction toward one another that could not be denied. Though this book is not necessarily a coming of age story, in some ways it reminded me of one.

Sebastian has been afraid to reveal his sexuality to his family and friends. He’s tired of living a lie but the fear of how the people closest to him will react to his homosexuality keeps him closeted. Sebastian is almost out of college *he’s 22* and he’s really starting to develop into being a man. Other than his closeted sexuality, Sebastian has a strong sense of doing what’s right and working hard to get into medical school.

On the other hand, Pablo is just coming out of a bad relationship. He’s known Sebastian for years and though they’ve shared a quick and forbidden kiss years ago, Pablo can’t forget how much he wanted the younger Sebastian to be his. Pablo is a hard worker and is devoted to his family. He is an easy character to like and I totally understood why Sebastian would be drawn to a man like him. (who wouldn’t?)

Gratefully His is a fast-paced story that would be a perfect vacation read. It’s short and sexy and the relationship that is just beginning to develop and flourish between Pablo and Sebastian is a sweet and memorable one. This is an easy book to recommend and an asset to a highly enjoyable series.

Gratefully His is the 7th book in the His series. Though these books are definitely stand-alone reads, I do recommend reading the other books in the series because they are all sexy and romantic reads.

The His series in book order are:

Accidentally His
Becoming His
Can’t Be His
Devotedly His
Eternally His
Finally His
Gratefully His

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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AUTHOR: R.W. Clinger
ISBN: 9781634863889
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LENGTH: 17,626 words
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Cookbook designer Bay Woods begins to notice strange things happening at his lake house. He could swear someone is visiting his gardens at night, leaving the wrought-iron gate open. And some of his clothes are missing, too. He soon realizes there might be a trespasser in the quiet neighborhood, and maybe something even more mysterious.

As summer stretches on, Bay notices an unusual number of fireflies every evening. One in particular seems to follow him around the property. Why exactly?

Then Bay learns his trespasser is the tall and handsome Christopher Lavre. Unsettling questions make him wonder what Christopher’s link is to the fireflies at night. Or rather, one lightning bug in particular …

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Following the sudden death of his father, Lawrence “Law” Crow must not only comfort his bereaved mother, but also find the strength to continue running the family business, a local and beloved lavender farm in the mountains of northern California. At first, consumed with his own grief and struggling to find meaning in life, Law indulges in his vices, mainly by surrendering to his sexual urges with numerous men, all in a desperate battle to forget his pain and to end the emotional turmoil tearing him apart.

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AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634864336
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LENGTH: 13,126 words
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Hanson Yoo despises his job. He works seven days a week and is in line for junior partner, but that’s not enough anymore. Why does he do it? To please his mother, or at least that’s how it began. But now, not even that can keep him going.

Late one night, Hanson helps an acquaintance out of a bad situation and meets Lindsey Grier, a man he’s been admiring from afar.

When Lindsey flirts with him, Hanson isn’t sure if it’s real or out of gratitude. Things like that don’t happen to him, and he has little self-confidence. Rather than take a chance, he cuts his losses and runs away. But then he doesn’t get the partnership, and realizes he has nothing left to lose.

Hanson has been given a second chance, and isn’t going to waste it. Maybe by learning to love himself, he can love someone else, too.

TITLE: Needing Seth
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634864107
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 21,385 words
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Shy and a bit of a science fiction geek, Seth Landers is afraid he’s going to die a virgin.

Then one day, Casey Logan, the sexier-than-sin doctor where Seth works, notices him. Not only that, but Casey actually asks him out!

Seth’s life could finally change for the better, but only if Casey can convince the shy geek that he needs Seth in his life just as badly.

Gabbi Reviews: Smitty’s Sheriff by Cardeno C.


Title: Hope, Book 3: Smitty’s Sheriff
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Pages: 79
Characters: Richard Davis, Todd Smitty
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they’re perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.

Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious Todd Smitty. Richard won’t find the right man if he’s obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.

It’s lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister’s army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact with no explanation.

When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard’s house, he’s thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?

Review:

Smitty’s Sheriff is the third book in the Home series and it’s one of my favorites. I’m a sucker for May/December romances and Cardeno C is the master at telling a great story with compelling characters that you can’t help but fall in love with.

There is a wealth of miscommunication between these two men. In their past, they don’t discuss their wants and needs, instead they assume what the other man wants. It’s because of this that Richard breaks it off with Todd with the thought that he is doing the younger man a favor. I really liked how they were brought into each other’s lives again and I enjoyed watching both men truly learn how to communicate with one another as their story progresses.

Both heroes are not perfect *far from it*, BUT they seem to be perfect for each other. Richard likes order and to be in control. Todd is a little flighty and needs to be guided through day to day life. Together, Richard’s dominance is just what Todd needs. In some ways, they have D/s relationship without the BDSM aspect to it and I admit, I liked it.

The Hope stories is a feel-good series filled with plenty warm fuzzy feelings and romance. Each and every book in this series has been a keeper and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us next!

The Hope series in book order are:

McFarland’s Farm
Jessie’s Diner
Smitty’s Sheriff

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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TITLE: Jake’s Regret
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634864046
GENRE: Gay Interracial Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 15,708 words
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Former wide receiver Jake Fields broke up with his lover and teammate, quarterback Damian Grant, by leaving a note. Eleven years later, Damian attends Jake’s father’s funeral.

Damian is hoping for a renewed relationship with Jake, but when a woman from Jake’s hometown sees them together, a still closeted Jake panics, leaving a note for Damian once more.

When Jake’s small town turns against him, life goes from bad to worse. Jake realizes it’s time to stop running from who he is and try to win Damián’s forgiveness. But if Damian has had enough, this may be Jake’s ultimate regret.

TITLE: Nothing in Common, Except …
AUTHOR: Edward Kendrick
ISBN: 9781634864091
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Mystery Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 45,636 words
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Braxton “Brax” O’Hara is a shifter, a PI … and an art thief. He has no problem with being all three. As a matter of fact, he likes his less than legal job.

Kyle Grayson is a member of an all-shifter art crimes team. He does everything within his power to catch the thieves he’s after, and believes he’s found his next quarry — Brax O’Hara.

Things take a turn for the worse when Russo, Brax’s partner in crime, wants him to retrieve some blackmail pictures instead of a piece of art. At the same time, Kyle comes into the picture. When the two men meet, they discover they both know the blackmailer — and they both hate him, too, for different reasons.

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TITLE: Red, White, and a New Beginning
AUTHOR: Thomas Grant Bruso
ISBN: 9781634863315
GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 12,430 words
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It’s Independence Day, and the annual fireworks along Lake Champlain are set to begin.

Adam Rankin gets a telephone call from his former boyfriend, Dave Peterson, who’s back in town for the festivities. It’s been a year since they separated and parted ways. Dave has moved from their small upstate New York town to Albany, where he works as a paralegal. Adam stayed behind, working as a chef in a Greek restaurant and feeding the homeless on weekends at a local shelter.

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TITLE: Smoke and Dreams
AUTHOR: Rhozwyn Darius
ISBN: 9781634864015
GENRE: Bisexual / Gay Steampunk Erotic Romance (MMF)
LENGTH: 64,555 words
PRICE: $5.99

The last place medium and artist’s model Tally Munro wants to be is Galveston, Texas, in 1908. After the terrible hurricane devastated the island, killing thousands, ghosts assail her with their cries for help. But her fiancé, artist Crispin Reid, has asked her to join him and his new friend, businessman and inventor, Angus McClaren at the Reid summer home.

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ISBN: 9781634864299
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Morgan O’Connor takes a long vacation to try to sort out his commitment issues, but his trip takes a mysterious turn once he crosses into Canada. There he begins to have vivid dreams, and is followed by a grey wolf only he seems to be able to see.

On his way home, Morgan stops at a woodcarver’s shop, where he meets James Standing Elk. The two men have a strong and immediate connection. When Morgan learns James’ Ojibwe name is Grey Wolf, he’s more than a little unnerved and leaves before he can uncover the link between his visions and James.

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Sequel to Witch King

When an Archmage needs a guard to see him through the enchanted Alahanai Forest, dwarf Einith Redstone jumps on the opportunity. The amount of coin offered for the contract is enormous, and he wants to help a fellow dwarf find his Heartstone. And then Einith is stunned when the enticing elf Tae’liamath joins them as their guide.

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A percussionist with the local orchestra, Ashlee sometimes has very little to do, so she daydreams about the new bass player, Michela. When Michela asks her out to dinner, her dreams seem to be coming true.

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In a forgotten part of the city, where unusual beings are free to be themselves, werewolf police officer Warden searches for his boyfriend, Tate. With help from Snap, an odd little fellow and Tate’s assistant, Warden descends into the trolls’ den to find Tate. Knowing Tate is a feared inhabitant — if not unofficial ruler — of the Underground, Warden can only imagine the way things will play out if he isn’t found.

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