Lydia Reviews: Wounded Pride by BL Morticia and Remmy Duchene


TITLE: Wounded Pride
Author: BL Morticia and Remmy Duchene
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 206
Characters: Renford Kline and Brian Daystar
POV: 3rd person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Renford Kline is straight… right? He got over his experimentation in college and moved on. Then how does he explain his blush-inducing fantasies about Brian Daystar? Fantasies he’s having when he should be focused on his career move from attorney to professor. When Brian comes to New York, Renford knows he’s in trouble. Everything about Brian attracts him—from his tight body to his beautiful, dark hair—but Renford is straight… right?

Brian Daystar needs a break. He’s been working nonstop to turn his Montana ranch into a safe haven for at-risk youth—so much so that he can’t even bring himself to care when he finds out his partner, country star Corey, is cheating on him. Their relationship has been over for a long time, but it might take his feel-ings for Renford to make Brian accept it.

Both men have decisions to make. Renford must come to terms with who he truly is, and Brian is going to have to decide if he will shun his happiness or embrace it.

Review:

Wounded Pride is the second story in the Wounded series. This story centers on Brian and Renford, characters that showed up in the first book. These characters will pull you into their story from the beginning. Both are strong men facing changes in their lives. Brian is working hard to make a haven for LGBT youths while holding onto his boyfriend who is starting to make it big in the music industry. Renford on the other hand is an attorney in the process of becoming a professor.

There is a strong attraction between the two from the moment they first meet, however, Renford thinks Brian is too young for him. Then there is the fact that Brian already has a boyfriend, even if he is an ass. For Brian, he thinks Renford is straight and while things between him and his boyfriend are not going well, Brian feels guilty for the feelings he is having for Renford. When Brian goes to visit Corey, Zane asks Renford to let the younger man stay with him. It is during this time that the two men get to really know each other.

I really enjoyed Wounded Pride. The characters are likeable and I liked that the readers had the chance to see the characters, especially Brian, grow while figuring out their feelings for each other. Of course, every good book needs a little angst, and Wounded Pride is no different. However, while there is enough angst to keep this story from being too sweet, it is not so much that the readers will feel bogged down. I loved the way Renford goes about fixing things between him and Brian when the men have separated.

Wounded Pride is a collaboration between Remmy Duchene and BL Morticia. Fans of both these authors will be glad to know that the writing is so well down that you cannot tell were one writer’s voice starts and the other’s ends. This smoothness is not always found when a book is written by more than one author, the fact that these two have it means I will be buying more of their stories in the future.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Gabbi Reviews: Blossom of the Samurai by Sedonia Guillone


Title: Sword and Silk, Book 3: Blossom of the Samurai
Author: Sedonia Guillone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 112
Characters: Aoki, Toho
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Historical, Series
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

The samurai’s only true master is his heart….

For seven years while training for his life as a samurai, Toho Morimasa has been away from Aoki, the beautiful actor who helped him to heal from the trauma of his parents’ brutal murders. Now, nightmares that Aoki is in trouble plague Toho’s sleep, and he makes the journey back from Edo to Kai, no longer wanting to be away from Aoki’s side. Once there, Toho meets the very real source of his nightmares and vows to honor and protect Aoki. When his beloved Aoki is brutally assaulted, will Aoki survive long enough to understand that the love Toho has for him is the love he too has been craving his whole life but doesn’t feel he deserves?

Review:

Blossom of the Samurai is the third and final installment in the Sword and Silk trilogy. To say that I am saddened by this is an understatement because I love the characters Ms. Guillone has created and truly hate to say goodbye to them. There is something very special about Ms. Guillone’s characters. Each and every one easily touches the heart of her readers and quickly becomes a unique and loveable hero that lives and breathes off of the written page.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book because I fell in love with Aoki and Toho’s characters. I had hoped they would somehow find a way to their own happiness with one another and I’m pleased to say, this book did not disappoint.

I truly love heroes that are genuinely nice men and that’s what these men are. Though they’ve both been through so much in life, and it would be so easy for both of them to be bitter and aloof, both Aoki and Toho’s inner beauty and strength persevere through a very tough past and are truly amazing men. I loved the way Toho’s love for Aoki gave Aoki the determination to be strong again. I also loved the way Aoki’s love for Toho allowed the younger man to find who he is truly destined to be.

As a reader, I appreciated the slow buildup and the way their relationship developed throughout the story. Watching Toho become a man in Aoki’s eyes was a beautiful thing to behold. They must go through a lot to get their happy ending, but oh what a lovely ride it was to see.

Although this book could probably be read as a stand-alone in the series, I do NOT recommend it. The characters in the first two books play an important role in this story AND to truly understand the dynamics between all of them, including the bond between Aoki and Toho, I would read this series in book order. Believe me, if you enjoy a well-written, historical romance, then the Sword and Silk series is not to be missed.

A word to the wise, though there are many uplifting and beautiful moments in this story, there are some heart-retching ones too. I needed a tissue and wept from Aoki’s assault, but the beauty of friendship and of Toho’s love lightened my heart and made Blossom of the Samurai one of my favorite reads in this series.

The Sword and Silk books are:

Flying Fish
Blind Love
Blossom of the Samurai

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Enjoy your day off with a NEW release from JMS Books!


TITLE: Blackstone Manor Box Set
AUTHOR: Kassandra Lea
ISBN: 9781634863285
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Fantasy Erotic Romance Box Set
LENGTH: 49,258 words
PRICE: $4.99

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Masonry gargoyle Io is head over heels in love with the alpha Cinder, but it might take some convincing to get Cinder on board. What better way of catching Cinder’s eye than gifting him Blackstone Manor? Cinder has a soft spot for the rundown mansion. And once he notices Io, sparks fly.

Not everyone is happy about the idea of the two becoming a couple, however. Beta Ran’imy also has her sights set on Cinder, and she loathes Io. If she can just get him out of the picture …

From the first kiss to building Christmas snowmen together, Cinder’s about to learn that loving Io isn’t always easy.

Contains the stories:

Blackstone Manor: Masonry Gargoyle Io is determined to give his alpha and crush, Cinder, the greatest birthday gift he can imagine. Blackstone Manor. The old manor, slated for demolition, has captivated Cinder for years. Io will do whatever he has to, including crossing the line and potentially getting banished from the family.

Heart’s Triumph: The gargoyles Io and Cinder are still in the early stages of their relationship. Will their love be strong enough to withstand the Council and revenge?

Promised: Io wants to throw a Halloween party in the newly renovated Blackstone. Cinder isn’t exactly on board, harboring a secret from his lover. But how can he deny the love of his life a little fun around the spookiest time of the year? And after all, what could possibly go wrong?

A Gargoyle Christmas: It’s the most wonderful time of the year and all Io really wants is snow. And to find just the right gift for his husband, Cinder. Meanwhile, Cinder needs to appoint a new beta, find a gift for Io, and figure out what’s wrong with Daisy.

TITLE: Galen’s Destiny
AUTHOR: Edward Kendrick
ISBN: 9781634863773
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Mystery Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 50,991 words
PRICE: $4.99

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What would you do if you turned eighteen, with your whole life ahead of you, only to find out you were a dhampir, destined to spend your nights hunting vampires? Would you accept your fate, or walk away? Galen faces that decision, and makes the right choice.

By the time he’s twenty-five, he’s an expert at what he does. Then fate intervenes when a powerful elf emerges who wants to rule the world. Will Galen, with the help of his father Rénald, a loup garou named Marc, and two elves, Ian and Ewan, be able to foil the rogue elf’s plan? And, in the process, can Galen find true love … without dying before that happens?

TITLE: Heaven’s Light
AUTHOR: Thomas Grant Bruso
ISBN: 9781634863858
GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 32,031 words
PRICE: $3.99

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Sequel to Winter’s Light

Christian Rivers receives the phone call he has been dreading for six months. His father has died.

Flying home to Arizona with his husband Phillip, Christian arrives in Glendale to a family in chaos. Christian’s mother Lori struggles to go on without her husband. She collects lots of things to occupy her mind and pass the time. Her sleeping habits have changed, too, and she’s no longer able to stay in the same house without the man she loved.

To make matters worse, Christian finds his sister Paula in a life-and-death situation. In an attempt to escape the news of her father’s death, Paula turned to drugs, and Christian is the only one able to help her through this tumultuous time.

Fraught with his own demons, is Christian strong enough to solider on and battle the challenges awaiting him when he arrives home to say a final goodbye to the man he called Dad?

TITLE: Maelstrom
AUTHOR: Kass Barrow
ISBN: 9781634863766
GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 69,063 words
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When Kylor Knightley, a multi-millionaire nightclub owner, is out talent-spotting at an open mic event in London’s Limehouse district, the last thing the stiff-lipped Brit expects is to fall head-over-heels for a devastatingly handsome singer ten years his junior.

Born in New York, twenty-two-year-old Eden McFadden now calls London home and has ambitions of making it big in the capital’s music scene. In the meantime, the feisty free spirit is secretly rocking it as a stripper at a gay club in Soho. But when fate brings him and Kylor together in Limehouse, it starts a chain of events that tears both of their worlds apart.

It’s going to take some serious attitude adjustment for the smart-mouthed stripper and the arrogant British gent to find common ground, but the attraction is too strong to ignore. Sometimes you have to trust in fate and see where it takes you.

TITLE: Romancing the Bouncer
AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634860918
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 12,532 words
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Bennett “Ben” Pachowski is a bouncer at Throwbacks. He likes his job, though he gets tired of being thought of as more brawn than brain. He loves books, prefers to be romanced before sleeping with a man, and has a crazy feline companion named Bessie.

Ben’s favorite band, Rebel’s Ultimatum, plays at the club on weekends, giving him an eyeful of sexy bass player, Monty Mabuse. Ben is content to flirt — nothing more. He knows the kind of person Monty is, and commitment is not something the bass player is interested in.

When Monty resorts to something devious to get what he wants, it backfires, and Ben walks away. Before he goes on tour with his band, Monty finally gets Ben to talk to him, but if Monty really wants to have something serious with Ben, he’ll have to change his ways.

A little romance could go a long way.

Gabbi Reviews: Demon Prince by SJ Frost


Title: Paranormal Nobles, Book 3: Demon Prince
Author: SJ Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages: 180
Characters: Sytri, Basil Warrick
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance, Series
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

As a prince of demons, Sytri’s existence has been for one thing, power. He’s gained that in the demon realm, but his pursuit of it cost him something far greater…something he didn’t realize the value of until it was gone. When he first met vampire prince, Basil Warrick, in an instant he saw—and desired—to have once again all that he’d lost; friendship, companionship…love.

Basil has lived for more than three hundred years, and quietly carries the scars left by the vampire who turned him. Connecting with others has never been easy for him, but Sy’s sensual charm is more than he can resist. He knows Sy’s history of betrayal, and the demon is exactly what he shouldn’t want in his life, and yet, Sy is all he wants.

The return of an old enemy of Basil’s brings painful memories and danger to him, and a new enemy of Sy’s threatens to take away what he’s gaining in his life. If their lives are to be eternally bound, the two princes must overcome the threats and challenges before them.

Review:

When it comes to comfort reads, there are some authors I will reach for when I’m in need a pick-me-up or just for a sexy and well-written romance. SJ Frost is one of those authors that I find myself reading and re-reading her stories time and time again. I’m pleased to say that her newest book, Demon Prince is another favorite of mine and I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series.

Demon Prince is the third book in the Paranormal Nobles series. This series is one of my favorites because of Ms. Frost’s fresh take on a well-loved genre AND the fact that as the series progress all of her main characters that I’ve come to love in previous novels, play an important part of each story written.

I’ve been looking forward to Basil’s book. He’s always been a bit of a mystery to me. He’s been such a likeable, wonderfully flawed and very sexy character. I was very pleased by his continued drive to the right thing as well as his willingness to follow his heart and fall in love with Sy, who is a demon. As a general rule, Vampires and Demons do not get along that well in Ms. Frost’s creative world. Neither being really trusts the other and because of some bad blood in the past, they really don’t get along very well.

Sy himself is a Demon Prince who doesn’t always do the right thing…after all he is a demon, but what makes Sy likeable is his heart. Though he probably wouldn’t want this told, Sy finds himself falling in love with Basil and he even wants to be part of the close-nit, makeshift family that Basil belongs too. *he’d probably never really admit it though…lol* I particularly enjoyed Sy’s determination to have Basil in his life and enjoyed watching the roguish demon fall in love with one of my favorite vampires.

Though I liked Sy, I have to admit that Sal is and probably will always be my favorite vampire. *His story is Book 2 in the series* Sy doesn’t have the sexy mischievousness that Sal has but he’s still an intriguing character.

This is going to probably sound strange, but I did have some problems with the two demons names…Sy and Sal being so similar that sometimes I found myself being confused on who was saying what…especially when they shared time together in the story. This is probably a non-issue for most people, but for me it sometimes confused me so much it brought me out of the story.

In the end, I loved this book. You can’t help but get emotionally attached to these amazing characters and get wrapped up in the story they had to tell. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and easily recommend this book and this series to anyone who loves a paranormal romance.

The Paranormal Nobles series in book order are:

Vampire Prince
Demon Duke
Demon Prince

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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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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Gabbi Reviews: Just Add Argyle by KC Burn


Title: A Fabric Hearts Story, Book 3: Just Add Argyle
Author: KC Burn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 196
Characters: Jaime Escobar, Tate Buchanan
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Tate Buchanan is a troublemaker who can’t keep a job, no matter how many times his lucky argyle sweater gets him hired. Add to that a learning disability and an impetuous nature that sends him into altercations to protect the defenseless, and he hardly manages to make friends, let alone find a man who’s interested in him for more than one night.

Most people think EMT Jaime Escobar is a player, but the truth is he wants a serious partner—he just can’t justify wasting time on guys he knows aren’t a match. But when he treats a gorgeous redhead after a fight, he finds the spark he’s spent so many years looking for.

Jaime wants to take the next step with Tate, but it’s clear Tate’s not going to curb his impulsive behavior—his next fight sends him to the hospital. Jaime’s relationship with a near criminal isn’t something his family is ready to accept, not any more than Tate is willing to be kept a secret. Jaime will need a lot of understanding—and some luck of his own—to keep them both. But this is one fight he’s going to see through to the end.

Review:

The Fabric of Hearts series just keep getting better and better. It is so easy to get wrapped up into these amazing characters’ lives and enjoy the stories they have to tell.

Who doesn’t love Jaime? OMG, I for one, have been intrigued with him since he first made an appearance in book one. Throughout the first two books, Jaime is always sexy but there has been an air of mystery to him that has kept me fascinated with him. I was thrilled to see him get his own story and I am so happy by the way things turned out for him.

Jaime is a caretaker at heart. As a EMT, he lives to help others and excels at being both comforting and a professional at his job. Jaime is often misunderstood and perceived as nothing but a player with no intention of every wanting to find true love for his own. Though he is close with his family, Jaime often keeps his inner demons and feelings about his life and love to himself. He secretly longs to have a special relationship like his cousin, Caleb and his partner Raven and his close friends Will and Dallas. Just when he thinks true love isn’t for him, he meets Tate under surprising circumstances. Jaime is a man of instincts and once he meets Tate he knows deep within his heart, that there is something very special about the younger man. Despite the mystery that surrounds Tate’s life, Jaime is determined to get to know Tate and even wedge his way into Tate’s wary heart.

For Tate, life has been one struggle after another. He’s endured a lot of abuse and neglect from those who are supposed to love him and because of this, Tate has had to fend for himself for most of his young life. Tate struggles with math and because he has a mother who is a worthless bitch *sorry…I honestly hated that woman* Tate doesn’t think much of himself. Though he’s been ignored and fallen through the cracks, Tate has learned to survive by his street-smart intelligence and ability to always protect himself and others that are weaker than him.

Tate is one of those men who have a heart of gold. Like Jaime, he is an easy character to love and root for and even though these two men seem to be polar opposites, they fit together perfectly. Watching both men bring out the very best in each other was a amazing. Also, I loved the way they truly liked, admired, loved and had a true respect for each other. All in all their relationship develops into a cherished one and it was simply a joy watching these two wounded men share something special between them.

I love this book! I love this series and I can’t wait to read more about these characters! Just Add Argyle is a beautifully written love story that will live in your heart long after you finish reading it. The Fabric of Hearts books is a series that should not be missed and I am anxious to see what is in store for us yet.

Highly Recommended!

The Fabric of Hearts series in book order are:

Tartan Candy
Plaid verus Paisley
Just Add Argyle

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Plaid versus Paisley by KC Burn


Title: A Fabric Hearts Story, Book 2: Plaid versus Paisley
Author: KC Burn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 209
Characters: Will Dawson, Dallas Greene
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Two years after his life fell apart, Will Dawson moved to Florida to start over. His job in the tech department of Idyll Fling, a gay porn studio, is ideal for him. When his boss forces him to take on a new hire, the last person he expects is Dallas Greene—the man who cost him his job and his boyfriend back in Connecticut. He doesn’t know what’s on Dallas’s agenda, but he won’t be blindsided by a wolf masquerading as a runway model. Not again.

Dallas might have thrown himself on his brother’s mercy, but his skills are needed at Idyll Fling. Working with Will is a bonus, since Dallas has never forgotten the man. A good working relationship is only the beginning of what Dallas wants with Will.

But Dallas doesn’t realize how deep Will’s distrust runs, and Will doesn’t know that the man he’s torn between loving and hating is the boss’s brother. When all truths are revealed, how can a relationship built on lies still stand?

Review:

Plaid Versus Paisley
is the second book in the Fabric Hearts series and it’s one not to be missed. This contemporary series is full of angst, romance and just the right mix of flirtatious fun. Because of a few misunderstanding and a lot of lack of communication, Dallas and Will’s relationship is a complex one.

Enemies to lovers us usually a hit or miss for me. I’m not a huge fan of this theme because, in my opinion, and as the saying goes, there really is a fine line between love and hate. Because of this, I don’t always believe the transition from two characters who go from hate to love, so I admit I was a tad bit worried about this book. BUT I loved Will in the first story and hoped his story would be one that I would enjoy, and quite frankly, be a story that was worthy of him.

I am so pleased to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I liked the way the relationship developed between Will and Dallas and quickly became captivated by the story they had to tell. There were times I wanted to shake some sense into Will because he can be a stubborn ass sometimes, but it was highly gratifying to see Will and Dallas work through their differences and misunderstandings and develop a strong and loving relationship.

Though Will can be full of self angst and self doubt, I still liked him. He is grumpy and often doesn’t think before he acts, but it’s what is inside of him that made him a man I really cared for. Once he works through his fears and insecurities and allows the warm and even compassionate person he is inside, I could easily see why Dallas was so enamored with him.

I liked Will BUT I adored Dallas. He’s sweet and loving and craves to be loved and accepted for the man he really is. His sheer determination to have a better life than the one he lived before he moved to Florida is a noble one. I liked how he was able to tear down the wall around Will’s stubborn heart. Despite Will’s best efforts to hate Dallas, it’s Dallas’s sheer determination for Will see him for the smart, warm and caring person he really is, is the reason why I truly loved him. Better yet, Dallas is able to do this without becoming a doormat to Will’s strong and sometimes overly dominant personality.

Between the intriguing heroes and the addictive story they had to tell, Plaid versus Paisley is a highly satisfying read filled with the right mix of angst and romance. Will and Dallas may have started off on the wrong foot, but watching their relationship grow and evolve into a strong and loving one was a lovely thing to read.

Highly Recommended!

The Fabric Hearts series in book order are:

Tartan Candy
Plaid versus Paisley

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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