Reunited by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: Reunited
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Author: A.J. Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Pages: 175
Kisses: 4.5






Blurb:

Once a US Marshal, always a US Marshal. When a beloved friend is abducted by a dangerous lunatic, Kieran Fox and Jubilee Mason don’t hesitate to dust off their badges and pack their weapons to kick some serious ass.

It’s been two years since we last saw the four couples from the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series. They are all still close, though Jubilee, Kieran, and their son are a long way from their US Marshal family with new lives and jobs in Vancouver, Canada.

An unexpected kidnapping of one of their own brings the two men to the US where they swear in once again as marshals to join forces with Nicholas, Sean, Sam, Marco, and Trace, in Indiana for a manhunt.
Teaming up with several other law enforcement agencies for a wild and treacherous rescue effort in a remote forest, the reunion of all the men fortifies the friendships, solidifying family ties of this unorthodox US Marshal family. One couple moves to Canada, another considers adoption. And through it all, the bonds between them strengthen and deepen… heralding a new kind of Orgasmic Texas Dawn… Being reunited never felt so good.

Review:

Reunited is the last book in the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series by authors DJ Manly and A.J. Llewellyn. Those who have read the other stories in this enjoyable series will want to make sure they remember to pick this new book up right away. Set two years after the end of book twelve, our couples have gone through many changes yet are still as close as ever. When tragedy strikes and all the Marshals come together to help it is easy to see the close family ties that run through the group.

This was one of the best series I have read in a long time and the fact that the authors chose to wrap it up with a final book gives the readers closure in a way that just throwing an epilog at the end of book twelve would not have. I loved being able to catch up with all the couples, and the fact that some were having a rough time made for a more believable story. As for the mystery that is woven throughout the book, this one is really intense. The personal aspect of the crime plays a toll on each of the couples, something that the authors do a great job showing.

Reunited was a well done follow up. This is a series that really must be read in order. Each book builds on the layers that make up the various characters making them and the situations they find themselves in more believable. These two authors have quit the following and once you read one of their books you will understand why.

Reviewed by: Lydia

Burning up the Sheets by D.J. Manly


Title: Burning Up The Sheets
Author: D. J. Manly
Publisher: Amber Quill
Pages: 77
Characters: Ray, Lautrel
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Action/Suspense
Kisses: 4.25


Blurb:

Police officer Ray Nixs has just come off a hard case, and he’s still mourning the death of some children he was unable to rescue from a psycho. His partner wants him to return to work, yet Ray has enough troubles just dragging himself out of bed each morning.

Then Ray is offered a different type of job, a chance to guard a famous rock star for a few weeks. Ray knows he definitely needs something to help himself get back on track, to ease himself into work again, and the rock star in question, Lautrel Jennings, is someone Ray actually knew in high school, so he decides to take what he hopes is a cushy assignment.

Could the handsome, out-and-proud rock musician be the right kind of therapy for Ray, or are the men just too different to even get along?

Review:

Ray had a really bad case at work, and he needs a break, or he’ll have a breakdown. He becomes the bodyguard of an infamous rock star, Lautrel, who he also knows from high school. Lautrel is a shameless flirt, and Ray finds the man hard to resist. But Lautrel has a serious problem with an obsessive stalker, and there’s nowhere to hide.

The writing’s good, the pace just right, and Ray and Lautrel complement each other’s characteristics extremely well. Ray may seem stoic and strong, but he’s had some awful experiences on the job, which show us the vulnerable man behind the badge. And Lautrel may appear wild and untamed, reckless and casual with his flirtations, but he’s kind at heart and he wants to love.

Yes, some of the story is predictable, and yes, at times you’ll see the movie Bodyguard flashing before your eyes. Nonetheless, overall, a good story with hot and tender moments, plus some danger toward the end. Not bad at all.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Love Most Inconvenient by DJ Manly


Title: Love Most Inconvenient
Author: D.J. Manly
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Pages: 91
Characters: Multi-Characters
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 2.5


Blurb:

Sometimes love can be most inconvenient.. At least it sure is in D.J. Manly’s new trilogy of deliciously devilish, sexy, romantic contemporary comedies featuring three couples, who most inconveniently meet the love of their lives!

In No Vacancy, Manuel returns to his apartment late at night fresh from an undercover job only to find a strange man in his bed.

In Right Before My Eyes, it’s love at first sight for Paul, who falls for the smokin’ hot DJ at the rock and roll radio station where he gets his dream job, only to discover that this guy could be the bloody poster boy for heartbreaker of the year!

In My Name is Dane, Mark kidnaps the guy responsible for getting his sister pregnant, a guy who insists his name is not Christopher, but Dane!

Experience the love, the lust, and the calamity, and see firsthand how love won’t be denied, even if it is bloody inconvenient.

Review:

I admit wholeheartedly this collection of three stories wasn’t for me. I thought it was mainly rubbish. The writing was good, but the stories themselves… Let me explain.

In the first story, No Vacancy, Manuel breaks into an apartment and is hit over the head with a baseball bat—and he continues like nothing happened! In the real world, you hit someone in the head with a baseball bat, their skull breaks and they don’t come up again, let alone to flirt with John, the stranger who did it. Completely insane. And this is just the beginning! Manuel is a detective, so when John gets the police involved when Manuel threatened John with implied rape and murder, the cops apologize to Manuel and leave! I mean, Manuel’s name isn’t on the lease, and yet they laugh at John’s statement about an intruder because he’s an actor and Manuel’s a cop! Even cops today wouldn’t be that dumb! I’d sue their incompetent asses!!I suppose all the above was supposed to be humorous, but NO. It wasn’t, just stupid. Someone else might find all this funny. Have at it.

The second story, Right Before My Eyes, was the best of the three. Paul falls for Marco, but nothing comes of it. Then he falls for Philip, a closet case and a liar and a cheat. Years later Paul has to accept he made a mistake. Is it too late to have Marco? This story was a good example of inability to see faults in someone you love. That blindness can be harmful. This was realistic and compelling. You want to shake Paul to see what’s right in front of him, but it isn’t easy to let go of love, even if it’s bad. I liked this story the best, and it was the only reason I brought the rating up from two stars to two-and-a-half.

Now we come to the last story, My Name is Dane—quite probably the worst story I’ve read in a long time. Mark claims to be a good man, but he allows his gangster-wannabe brother Frankie beat up a man with brass knuckles, and then abducts him and ties him to a bed in a remote cabin just because their dumb sister managed to get herself pregnant by another gangster. In what world is this acceptable, let alone erotic? And the man Mark kidnaps is the wrong man, Dane, not Christopher! This was by far the dumbest, most aggravating story ever! Hated every minute I wasted reading it. I mean, really: A man beats you, kidnaps you, ties you down, and threatens your life—and Dane decides to flirt with and kiss Mark?! WTF?! I couldn’t read the whole thing, it was just too effing idiotic. I jumped to the end. And… Dane lets Mark get away with it all ’cause he has a cute butt and he falls in love. OMG…. *eye-roll*

As is, there are way better anthologies about inconvenient love scenarios out there. The writing is skilled and good, but the content? Sorry, not for me. See for yourselves if you want a second opinion. Who knows? You might like this.

Reviewed By: Susan

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At Heart by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly


Title: At Heart
Author: AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 190
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Sam Channing has enrolled at FLETC for the rigorous seventeen week training program for US Marshals. Though Marco visits him when he can, their snatched moments together are precious few. Sam begins to realize how much Marco means to him, especially when he learns that his lover is working on a crazy case with wacko, drugged out Canadian movie star, Ezra Winters.

Things turn violent when Ezra’s female co-star is taken hostage but Marco has plenty of backup. Sam gets to see his new Marshal family in action firsthand. In spite of everything, at heart, it’s all about love and the extraordinary lengths the men and women of law enforcement will go to in order to defend and protect it.


Review:

At Heart is the eleventh book in the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series by authors DJ Manly and AJ Llewellyn. Like the other books in this series, this newest book is a romantic mystery with Sam Channing and Marco Dellburn taking center stage. In this story readers find Sam in training to be a US Marshall. I will admit that, for me, this had a “jumping the shark” aspect to it because of Sam’s previous illegal history, but I since I love this series, this is something I choose to overlook. I did like the way the authors choose to make Sam’s experience at FLETC difficult, as it is easy to see why others would hold his past against him.

As for Marco, he once again finds himself involved in one crazy case after another. Some of the cases Marco, and the other US Marshall, have found themselves in during the course of this series are, at times, over the top and this time is no different. I could not help wondering just how the authors came up with these ideas. Through all of this the two men continue to move forward in their relationship, something that is not always easy.

As fans of this series have come to expect, previous characters show up to lend Sam and Marco a hand. This is one of the aspects of this series that I have really come to enjoy. The authors do a wonderful job bringing the family relationship shared by Sam, Marco, Kieran, Jubilee, Sean, Nicholas, Trace, Pauline, and of course the boys, across for the readers to see.

I am a big fan of both these authors, and besides this series, have read several of their previous stories. I would strongly recommend At Heart to anyone who has not yet tried it, but remember this is a series that must be read in order.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Touche by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: Touché
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Author: AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Pages: 190
Kisses: 4





Blurb:

US Marshal Marco Dellburn faces new and difficult challenges in this tenth exciting installment of the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series. His relationship with motorbike gang Born Evil leader, Sam Channing, undergoes huge changes as Marco grapples with a secret, and potentially fatal, prescription drug addiction. Unable to cope with his increasing dependence on pain medication stemming from the attempt on his life, Marco fears losing his job. Worse, he worries that Sam, who suspects Marco’s addiction, will leave him. Nothing seems to work on the intense pain from his lingering injury and Marco curses what he believes to be his own weakness.

Add to that, Sam agrees to go undercover for the US Marshals in a drug sting operation in Colombia, South America that may finally take down the Carter Family cartel once and for all…

Review:

Touché is the tenth addition to the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series by co-authors, AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly. This story continues the saga of Marco and Sam, two former bad guys who are trying hard to turn over a new leaf.

Marco is now a US Marshal, while Sam continues to waiver in his role as leader of the Born Evil biker gang. The relationship between Marco and Sam continues to grow stronger, and while in the beginning I would have liked to have seen Marco with someone else, now I cannot imagine him with anyone other than Sam. I was still curious to see how the authors would bring these two together in a way that is believable, given the fact that Sam is in serious trouble with the law and Marco is a newly made US Marshal. Besides the relationship aspect of this story, there is also the issues each of the men are facing in their private lives. The authors seem to enjoy throwing the heroes into one mess after the other and this time is no different. I found myself holding my breath more than once as issue after issue was thrown at the two men.

One of my favorite things about this series is the connections between all the main characters of this series. I love seeing all the previous characters show up to lend Sam and Marco a hand. The snappy re-marks between them helps show the close family like relationship that exists between all the men.

Touché is a story that fans of the authors should not miss, but remember this is part of a series that should be read in order. If you have not yet read anything by either author then this is a great series to start with.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Joy by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: Joy
Author: AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 215
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

In this twelfth chapter of the best-selling Orgasmic Texas Dawn, all four couples whose lives have come together personally and professionally, tackle Christmas. The holiday season heralds the birth of Trace and Pauline’s baby, and one truly bizarre case.

Kieran, Jubilee and Juan travel from Vancouver to visit, not realizing their lives are about to be forever changed. Neither do Sam and Marco, who are getting ready to move into a new house. Nicholas and Sean are challenged by a dramatic new case that brings them face to face with a violent old foe. But for Trace, Pauline, and their twins Philip and Andre, old memories give way to the new blessings of a baby.

For all four couples, it’s a season of joy.


Review:

Joy is the twelfth book in the romantic mystery series, Orgasmic Texas Dawn. The last book centering on Sam and Marco finds Sam graduating from FLETC. While readers are able to see the changes Sam makes during the course of his and Marco’s story, this book gives readers an even clearer look at the former biker gang leader’s vulnerability. I did not expect him to be so nervous and thought that this made him more loveable. Unfortunately, what should be a happy time for everyone involved turns sour fast I did not see this little twist coming and while shocked by the outcome was not surprised by who pulled off the deed.

Of course, as those who have been reading this series know, the authors throw more than one mystery into the stories and the primary case in Joy has so many twists that readers will have a hard time guessing what will happen next. I could not believe all the little twists that were going on, and when Sean breaks down I wanted to cry. All the mystery aside, and it is a good one, the best part in the whole book has to be Trace coping with Pauline’s pregnancy, and later labor. There were times during this story when Trace had me laughing.

It is easy to recommend any book in this series to readers who have not yet given it a try. However, this is a series that needs to be read in order as each story flows into the next. This series is also a good one to start with if you want to get your feet wet in the m/m genre as each book is a solid story with the right mixture of sex and mystery.

Reviewed by: Lydia

Turmoil by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: Turmoil
Author: A.J. Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 228
Characters: Marco Dellburn and Sam Channing
POV: Alternating 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Series
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

Marco Dellburn is anxious to change his life and become a US Marshal. He’s found a family with his favorite law enforcement officers. There are those in his past, however, who will do anything to stop him–and destroy him–completely.
Marco Dellburn’s past as an abused teen has provided him with the toughness needed to be a US Marshal. Supported and encouraged by his idol, Jubilee Mason, Marco takes his advice and enrolls in all the grueling courses the Marshals have to offer. He even attends intense FBI workshops and upon graduation, finds he really does have a family in Jubilee and his husband, Kieran Fox, Nicholas Fournier and his lover Sean Mercado and especially Trace Thatcher, his surrogate dad and landlord.
Living in Trace and Pauline’s home, Marco finds the protection and acceptance he never had at the hands of his brutal father, Kenny Dellburn, the leader of the vicious motorcycle gang Born Evil. Trace, who shot Kenny in defense of Marco, is now a marked man wanted by Born Evil. There’s another big problem too. Marco is deeply in love with the gang’s new leader, Sam Channing… the man he can never be with and can never, ever stop loving. There’s a heavy price to pay for this passion. There’s turmoil. And death.

Review:

Turmoil is the ninth book in the ongoing series, Orgasmic Texas Dawn, by authors AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly. This is an outstanding series, one I fell in love with from the beginning. The authors have split the series up into groups of four, and this newest book is the first book in the last set. If you have been following the series, and it is important to know that you must read the books in order, then you will not be surprised to know the book is about Marco and Sam.

When we first met Marco he was a wise cracking, sometimes trouble making, juvenile delinquent, but I could not help liking him. I loved how he drove Sean and Nicholas crazy, and the relationships he has with Trace and Juan are truly special. But Marco’s life has not been an easy one and he has a lot to put behind him. With his troubled past I was curious as to how the authors would handle Marco’s character and was surprised when they made him the Marshal. I also wondered about Marco’s love interest.

Readers of this series know that Marco has been in love with Sam for some time, yet Sam is not the type of character most would see as a hero. Although you could see how much Marco loved Sam, I wondered if they would find a way to pair them together or bring in someone new. I loved the way their story unfolds.

Turmoil
has so many twists and turns that readers will spent a good bit of time on the edge of their seats. I was surprised by the direction the story took, and more than once found myself thinking “Oh Crap”. Many of the secondary characters are well known to the readers, as they have been present throughout several of the stories. Even the bad guys will be familiar.

Unlike the previous books, Turmoil is light on the passion, although when Marco and Sam come together the scene between them is intense. I like that the authors used this story to build up a connection between the men. Although I hate the idea that this series will soon come to an end, I am curious to see how each future book will play out.

Reviewed By: Lydia