Lydia Reviews: Shards in the Sun by Trina Lane


TITLE: Shards in the Sun
Author: Trina Lane
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 251
Characters: Brandon Blackstun and Tyler Synder
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Western, Contemporary
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

The heart of Texas beats strong, fueled by the love between two men whose lives are in-terwoven like the long grass of the hill country they call home.

Brandon Blackstun has spent the last decade moving on from the hellish halls of high school. With an invitation to his reunion in hand, he plans to show his former classmates that not only did the repeated occurrences of being slammed into lockers not cause brain damage, but he’s now a successful cover artist for the very books they buy off the shelves.

Tyler Synder was determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps as head of the interna-tional corporation that bears the family name. Instead, his heart is tied to the beat of his horses’ thundering hooves. He operates a breeding program for Tennessee Walkers and a guest ranch a couple of hours from the urban luxury of Dallas where he was raised.

The two men might live very different lives, but the heat between them is hotter than any Texas sun. With the help—or meddling—of an unlikely pair of friends, the two explore a re-lationship that stirs something deep inside them. Distance and misunderstandings force Ty-ler and Brandon to consider whether the fulfillment they’ve experienced in each other’s arms is worth the sacrifice of the lives they’ve built individually.
Texas may be the second biggest state in the union, but is it large enough to embrace the love between these two men, or will their deeply hidden fears shatter the boundaries of their hearts?

Review:

Shards in the Sun is the first book in Ms. Lane’s The Heart of Texas series. This book is a contemporary western that spans over a period, however the author does such a good job with this story that it does not feel as if is dragging.

Brandon was raised by a single mother and while he’s smart he felt college was not for him. After some struggles he found himself a job at the library, which he sort of loves, and a side job designing book covers. When his ten-year high school reunion rolls around, Brandon would prefer not to go but gets talked into it. While there, two things happen. One, one of his old tormentors apologizes for what he did and explains why he behaved the way he did. Two, Brandon meets the love of his life, he just doesn’t know it yet.

Tyler was raised with everything he wanted. However, when he decides not to follow in his father’s footsteps, his parents do not approve and things between them become tense. Tyler had plans though and with an inheritance from his grandfather he buys a ranch and starts on his dream. While he doesn’t leave the ranch much, he does go out occasionally and when he’s out one night he comes across Brandon.

The two have a rocky start. There are numerous misunderstandings that lead Brandon to believe that he just imagines a connection between him and the gorgeous cowboy. After a little meddling by his friend, Jessenia, and Tyler’s brother Zach, Brandon and Tyler finally get together.

The chemistry between the two men is intense and the men really heat up the pages, however, there are so many issues between them that I could not help wondering when the two would face a separation. That eventually becomes an obstacle that they must overcome but their biggest problem is Brandon and his feelings of not being good enough.

I really liked this story. The men pull you into their story from the get go, and keep you wondering how things will play out. I loved the interaction between them even if there were some times when I wanted to shake Brandon. I did like the way he got Tyler’s parents to see that what Tyler was doing was something to be proud of. As for Tyler, I liked that he stood by Brandon, even if he should have been a little firmer with him a time or two. One of the best parts of this story for me was watching the way Brandon grows as an individual. He comes into his own professionally and realizes just what is important personally.

Shards in the Sun is also full of wonderful secondary characters that play import roles in this story. There is of course Brandon’s mother, who is a little crazy. Jessenia who is Brandon’s best friend. There is also Tyler’s parents and brother. What is a little unexpected is the role that Brandon’s former bully plays.

Javier has a connection to both main characters and while his past actions have long lasting effects in their lives, a friendship of sorts does eventually form. He’s not in the story a lot, but it is hinted at that he will be the focus of book two.

Fans of Ms. Lane’s are sure to like this new story, and while I believe this is the first of her books I have read, it will not be the last. I can’t wait to see what book two has in store.

Reviewed By: lydia

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Woo Hoo! Pride Publishing has discounted Acceptable Behavior by Jenna Byrnes for .99 cents!!


Check it out! For a limited time, Pride Publishinng is discounting the first in the Marked Men series, Acceptable Behavior by Jenna Byrnes for .99! This amazing discount is available through Pride Publishing, Amazon, Kobo and other ebook retailers!

Blurb:

Tattoos don’t define a person’s character, or make him sexy. But, if you ask Sam Madison, they sure don’t hurt.

Dr. Travis Nelson has a passion for ink but keeps his many tattoos covered by long sleeves and trousers. He’s aware that as a pediatrician he’ll be judged not only by the other physicians in his practice, but also by the parents of his young patients.

When Sam Madison takes his young nephew, Levi, to be seen for an ear infection, he’s immediately attracted to Travis and the feeling is mutual. But Sam’s sister Melanie is going through a rough time and caring for Levi, and covering her obligations, keeps Sam occupied. He feels like he’s in no position to start a relationship.

Travis sees things differently, though he’s unable to truly understand the deep bond and connection Sam shares with his twin. As Melanie’s life goes from bad to worse, Sam is forced to make difficult decisions. Is protecting Levi enough of a reason for the two men to stay together, or will fighting for the child ultimately tear them apart?

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Pippa Reviews: Shards in the Sun by Trina Lane


Title: Shards in the Sun (The Heart of Texas series)
Author: Trina Lane
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 251
Characters: Brandon and Tyler
POV: Third
Sub-Genre: Cowboys and western
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

The heart of Texas beats strong, fueled by the love between two men whose lives are interwoven like the long grass of the hill country they call home.
Brandon Blackstun has spent the last decade moving on from the hellish halls of high school. With an invitation to his reunion in hand, he plans to show his former classmates that not only did the repeated occurrences of being slammed into lockers not cause brain damage, but he’s now a successful cover artist for the very books they buy off the shelves.

Tyler Synder was determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps as head of the international corporation that bears the family name. Instead, his heart is tied to the beat of his horses’ thundering hooves. He operates a breeding program for Tennessee Walkers and a guest ranch a couple of hours from the urban luxury of Dallas where he was raised.

The two men might live very different lives, but the heat between them is hotter than any Texas sun. With the help—or meddling—of an unlikely pair of friends, the two explore a relationship that stirs something deep inside them. Distance and misunderstandings force Tyler and Brandon to consider whether the fulfillment they’ve experienced in each other’s arms is worth the sacrifice of the lives they’ve built individually.
Texas may be the second biggest state in the union, but is it large enough to embrace the love between these two men, or will their deeply hidden fears shatter the boundaries of their hearts?

Review:

I am a huge fan of cowboy stories, but I have to say I have mixed feelings about Shards in the Sun. Before I launch into what I liked and didn’t like, I gave the book a solid 4 kisses because of some wonderful characters and scenes.

Trina Lane has created two very likeable characters in Brandon and Tyler, and I liked their disparate backgrounds. Brandon’s job as a cover artist is close to my heart, and I love cowboys. I wasn’t so sure about some of their interactions and conversations, but I love their interactions with other people. My mixed feelings arise from the fact I was less interested in them as a couple, and more interested in the men with their friends and families.

Overall, I was more captivated by the secondary characters than the main pair, and the author took time and care to give them depth. It was well done, and kept me reading to the end. I appreciated that the author didn’t use stereotypical tropes for the wealthy family, and the family dinner made me chuckle. I also appreciate that female best friend was treated with respect, and wasn’t a Mary Sue to be used and tossed aside.

When I read a book, I don’t usually pay much attention to description and vocabulary unless it detracts from the story, but in this instance, it was evocative and spot on. Shards in the Sun has shown us a well-developed world, and I look forward to reading more in the series.

Reviewed By: Pippa Wood

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Sophie Reviews: Dragon’s Breath by Stephani Hecht


Title: Dragon’s Soul, Book 3: Dragon’s Breath
Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 77
Characters: Tommy, Nicholas
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Shifter, Fantasy, Series
Kisses: 3

Blurb:

Sometimes, to save another, you have to look at your own weaknesses first.

Ever since Nicholas saw the small Dragon in chains in the scrying bowl, he knew that he had to save him. For some reason Nicholas is drawn to the other man and he won’t rest until he knows he’s safe.

Tommy has been a captive from the day he was born. When he is rescued by Nicholas he feels an instant connection to him. But Tommy is afraid to let his guard down and let anybody get close to him.

Can Tommy overcome his abusive past? Or will it doom him and Nicholas from finding love?

Review:

Dragon’s Breath is quick and easy paranormal themed story with plenty of action, sex and a cast of characters that are all sexy within their own right.

Stephani Hecht is an author I’ve read before and for the most part, I really liked what I read. She writes heroes who are pretty damn sexy and there is usually a wit to her writing that gives me a chuckle or two.

Who wouldn’t love Tommy? He’s small and has been a slave all of his life. Unable to shift into his dragon, Tommy has some self-esteem issues but still has a zest for life that I really liked. Nicholas is the perfect man for him. He is sarcastic, funny and a general bad ass when it comes to fighting for what is right and fighting for Tommy. They were a good couple and I liked them together.

The story is a smooth read. I liked the backstory these characters told and overall, enjoyed the interesting life they lead. If you are looking for a short and sexy story this one is for you.

I wish there had been more to it. There is an instalove factor to it and because it is a shifter story, I guess I understand it, I just wish there was more to the relationship than what was given us. There really isn’t a buildup between these two men and I missed it. I’ve read many stories by this author and though I really like them, in some ways they all follow a pattern that I would love for the author to get away from, because I would love to see a fresh take on a much used formula.

I liked Dragon’s Breath. I wish it had been longer had more depth to Tommy and Nicholas’ relationship.

Dragon’s Breath is the third book in the Dragon’s Soul series by Stephani Hecht. I haven’t read the first two, Dragon’s Eye and Dragon’s Heart yet but I do plan on reading them some time in the future.

I recommend this read to those who enjoy a shifter story and crave a quick and easy read. Fans of this author will enjoy her latest installment in this series and look forward to more.

Reviewed By: Sophie

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Woo Hoo! Celebrate Valentine’s Day week with a special discount from Pride Publishing

To celebrate this week of romance Pride Publishing has an amazing discount from Bestselling author Carol Lynne at Amazon for a limited time. Pride Publishing has set up a collection of the first three titles from the Campus Cravings series as a volume which will be discounted, Campus Cravings Volume One!

To purchase Campus Cravings Volume One click HERE

Want to know more about Campus Cravings? Check out the blurb below:

Books one, two and three in the bestselling Campus Cravings series – previously released as single titles

Coach

Being a gay high school football coach isn’t easy, especially in a small town. For five years Justin has repressed his sexuality in order to keep the job he loves. His only serious temptation is the father of his star running back. Sparks fly between the two men, and one Friday night after a winning game, Justin just can’t say no.

Luc is the man he’s been searching for his entire life. But is this new relationship worth risking his career?

Side-Lined

College is supposed to be a time of exploring new things, learning about yourself and having a good time doing it. For Max Henley, it was the hardest time of his life. During his sophomore year, his best friend and lover, Nick, was killed in a car wreck. A car Max had been driving.

Now two years later Max has thrown himself into his studies. Side-lined from football due to an injury sustained during the wreck, Max’s entire focus is on academics. Well, that and his Professor Alec Demakis.

The problem is, whenever Max thinks about his Professor, the guilt over Nick’s death returns. Can Max ever forgive himself enough to love again?

Sacking the Quarterback

Julian Malono loves his job as conditioning coach for the university football team. When he meets incoming freshman quarterback Koby McIntire, he’s instantly attracted and offers to help with Koby’s conditioning regime.

Koby is thrilled when his all-time favourite player agrees to help him. Not only can they work on Koby’s upper body strength, but maybe on the growing attraction between them.

What Koby doesn’t know is that a lifetime of abuse has left its mark on Julian. When shadows from the past threaten their growing relationship, Koby helps Julian fight back by getting him the help he so desperately needs.

But will therapy be enough when the past comes back to threaten Julian in person

Pippa Reviews: Resuscitating Love by Devon Rhodes


Title: Resuscitating Love
Author: Devon Rhodes
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 33
Characters: Hill and David
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Cowboy and Western
Kisses: 3.5

Blurb:

If Hill keeps putting cowboys ahead of his marriage, even being a cardiologist won’t help David fix their broken hearts

Hillard ‘Hill’ Pearson, the new events director of the American Royal, has worked hard to get to where he is. This is his first year as director, and the huge responsibility of the more visible position has taken over his life. Yes, he could be considered a workaholic, but he’s put fifteen years into the event he’s loved since he was a kid, and now is his chance to shine.

When David Weinstein finally convinced his long-time partner, Hill, to marry him, he thought it would bring them closer together. Instead, they’re not even to their first anniversary and their relationship is suffering. David’s finally at a stage in his medical career where he has regular hours, but he can’t seem to connect with his husband when he’s free. Now, with the event that he’s sick of hearing about underway, he feels like he’s making all the effort with no return.
Can Hill and David resuscitate their love before David gives up on the promise of forever?

Review:

I read Resuscitating Love twice, not sure what I felt about it the first time around. I’m glad I did, because I better appreciated the nuances of the storyline after a re-read.

This is a classic story of two men at different stages of their careers, one reaching the pinnacle of his career as the other has more time to relax. It’s not surprising that the relationship ends up with issues.

Like many short stories, I wish this had been expanded into at least novella length. This was a snapshot of an important moment in Hill and David’s life together. I think it’s testament to the quality of writing from Devon Rhodes that I felt Hill and David deserved a longer story. I wanted to know more about the couple as I felt dropped in the middle of the scene and then it finished. I wanted more.

Reviewed By: Pippa Wood

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Check it out! Pride Publishing has discounted Elements of Retrofit by NR Walker for a limited time!

in celebration of bestselling gay romance author NR Walker. We are discounting the first in the Thomas Elkin series, Elements of Retrofit!

This book will be discounted to 99c/p from the 7th February for a limited time on Pride Publishing, Amazon, Kobo and other eBook retailers.

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Here is the Blurb for Elements of Retrofit:

Generation versus generation, traditional versus contemporary, these men are about to learn a lesson in architecture and love. Can they prove that the old and new can be the perfect design?

A successful New York architect, Thomas Elkin almost has it all. Coming out as gay and ending his marriage before his fortieth birthday, he needed to start living his life. Now, four years later, with his relationship with his son back on track, and after a few short-lived romances, this esteemed traditional draftsman thinks he knows everything about architecture, about life.

Cooper Jones, twenty-two years old, is about to take the architect world by storm. Talented, professional, driven and completely infuriating, Cooper is the definition of Generation Y.

Starting an internship working with Thomas, Cooper is about to knock Tom’s world off its axis. Tom can teach Cooper about the architecture industry, but Cooper is about to teach Tom what it means to live.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released under the same title. It has been re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.