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+


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.


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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Click HERE to read my review of An Unconventional Courtship by Scotty Cade. *It’s one of my all time favorite reads*




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+


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.


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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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+



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.


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.


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



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.


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+


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? 


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: Tramps and Thieves by Rhys Ford

TITLE:  Murder and Mayhem, Book Two: Tramps and Thieves

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 210

Characters: Rook Stevens and Dante Montoya

POV:  3rd

Sub-Genre:  Mystery, Series



Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder… and sleeping with Harold’s wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West LA detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time is not on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.


Tramps and Thieves is the second book in the Murder and Mayhem series.  This is a series that needs to be read in order, please keep that in mind when reading this review if you have not read the first book.

When the book opens it looks as if Rook is back to his old tricks and for a moment there I was a little worried.  I really loved how the author used this hook to pull the readers back into the world created for Rook and Dante.  As I said it looks as if Rook is honing his skills has a cat burglar but, unfortunately for Rook not only does he not find what he is looking for, he ends up finding his cousin, Harold, dead in his bed.  Of course, that is not the worst of it, as he becomes the prime suspect after the police show up.

Standing by Rook through everything is Dante.  I love the way Dante believes in Rook, never thinking for once that the young man could ever kill his cousin.  With all that is going on not once does Dante really worry about how things would go for him at work because of Rook.  While the relationship between Rook and Dante continues to grow, and their passion is intense, it is the mystery that will really hold the reader’s attention until the last page.

The Maltese Falcon plays a key role in this aspect of the story which makes sense given Rooks occupation.  There are a lot of twists and turns as well as a few surprises that will shock the readers.  There is a scene, that at one point about had me crying.

While the mystery is wrapped up in a way that readers are sure to enjoy, it was the finally pages of the story that I am sure will have many fans of the series talking.  Now we just need to wait patiently for book three.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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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+


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.


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+


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.


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+


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?


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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Susan Reviews: The Shadow Mark by Mason Thomas

Title: The Shadow Mark
Author: Mason Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 281
POV: 3rd
Genres: Fantasy, Gay
Kisses: 5+


Auraq Greystone, once a military officer with a promising future, exists on the fringe of society. Accused of murder, Auraq is on the run from the ax—until two fugitives crash into his solitary life. One is a young man named Kane. The glowing marks on his arm pulse with an otherworldly power, and they have made him the target of a sinister organization called the Order of the Jackal. When the old man protecting Kane dies in an ambush, Auraq swears an oath to take his place.

But the runes are far more significant than they realize. They are a message from the shadow realm, a dark memory of the past—one holding evidence of a bloody massacre and its savage architect; one that will shake the kingdom to its foundation. Risking arrest and execution, Auraq fights to get Kane to the capital city where the cryptic marking can be unlocked. And with assassins close on their trail, Auraq might never get the chance to show Kane what’s in his heart—or the way their journey together has changed him.

The Shadow Mark is an epic tale of magic, murder, conspiracy, betrayal, and—for the two men tasked with unraveling the mystery—love and redemption.


This one starts out with a bang. There’s so many fascinating things happening here that the romance becomes secondary to the superbly written plot. Thomas is an excellent writer who paints vivid, visceral landscapes, characters, and events. Thomas’s handling of battles, especially, shines as the reader can feel each and every punch, slash, and cut as if they themselves were on the receiving end. Top marks.

Another top mark comes from world-building. Though this is the second book in the Lords of Davenia series, it’s a standalone. Details and background of the world around the characters is given in tiny increments and shown with subtle but short descriptions or through dialogue. Everything else is left to the imagination, and it’s a wonderful choice of writing styles. It’s captivating, luring and drawing the reader in without fail. Once begun, the story must be completed practically in one sitting.

Fair warning: It’s worthy of note that this is far more a fantasy adventure than a romance. There’s only a kiss or two, no more. No hanky-panky of any kind. I admit, I was hoping for some intimacy. But the pace of the plot is tense and unyielding. Once the events are set in motion, there is virtually no reprieve, no chance to pause and take a breath. The pace moves swiftly and efficiently, without any annoying lulls or boring dialogue. In fact, I could not leave a single word unread. Not a single one. This book is masterfully written.

The only POV given is Auriq’s. It’s intriguing because it keeps Kane’s mystery, well, a mystery. Both men are still well described individuals, with their own ways of doing things. Auriq is the strong silent type while Kane is a pretty regular guy thrust into the thick of things because of strange magecraft by accident. Kane could have been a bit more fleshed out, I suppose, but his character as a steadfast young man was shown adequately.

In the beginning, the interaction between the two men was wonderful to follow, the dialogue snappy and witty, the chemistry hot and heavy. Toward the end, though, as Kane grows weaker and events spiral out of control, they had less chances to interact, and that was a real shame. Personally I would have preferred more scenes with these two alone, even just talking and getting to know each other. Nonetheless, this wasn’t enough for me to lower my rating. Why? Because of the story and the plot which, like a storm, races toward the end at a breathless pace, urging the reader to continue until the very last word.

From forest and hamlets to palaces and cities, we get to see a lot. Thomas’s writing brings us there, to travel alongside the (anti)heroes as they make their way through the kingdom in a desperate escape from monsters and assassins. Never was there a dull moment. There’s plenty of action, sword-fighting and battles, narrow escapes and tense chases, magic and palace intrigue. We learn about the world through the people, through merchants, soldiers, mages, palace noblemen, and so on. I was drawn in, and I loved it.

The rest of the review would undoubtedly merely repeat what I’ve already stated, with a whole host of more glorifying adjectives. If you’re not too hung up on expectations of sensuality with your gay romances and you appreciate the fantasy genre, I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and likely this series. I know I’ll be checking out the first book, Lord Mouse, and whatever comes later.

Reviewed by: Susan

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