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: A Little Bit Country by SJ Frost


Title: A Little Bit Country
Author: SJ Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages: 209
Characters: Ash Ivers, Jackson Abrams
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance,
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

Rock singer, Ash Ivers, and country music star, Jackson Abrams, have intense passion that brings them together, but will they be able to overcome all their differences when Jackson’s career is threatened?

Ash Ivers says and does what he wants, and with being the lead singer of the world famous rock band, From Ashes, he gets away with both. Three years ago, his mouth got the better of him, and he started a media feud with county music star, Jackson Abrams. When they’re both booked to play a charity concert, he sees his chance to finally confront Jackson in person. Though, he’s uncertain if his anger will hold against his attraction to the singing cowboy. Jackson Abrams is the darling of country music. He’s polite, charming, handsome…and he has a secret that he fears could jeopardize his career. When it comes to the cocky rock star, Ash Ivers, he’s infuriated and intrigued by him. He wants their feuding to stop, but he also doesn’t want to lose the attention it gives him from Ash. As Ash and Jackson meet, the heat of anger turns to passion. But when Jackson’s world starts crumbling around him, will their differences make them stronger, or drive them apart?

Review:

A Little Bit Country is a sweet and sexy romance by SJ Frost. Ms. Frost knows how to write romantic relationships that develop between two seemingly opposite personalities and somehow make them fit.

I read this book because the author mentioned it on her Facebook page. This book had somehow escaped my notice and since I enjoy reading Ms. Frost’s works, I knew I had to purchase it and review it.

When we first meet Ash and Jackson they are in the middle of a feud. Ash is the epitome of a bad boy rockstar, whereas Jackson is the darling of country music. For months they’ve been trading barbs back and forth to one another through the press, so when Jackson decides to put their feud to rest, both men find themselves surprisingly wrapped up into an attraction that neither man is prepared for.

I liked how Ash and Jackson began to relate to one another. Though they look to be polar opposites, they begin to bridge a commonness and friendship between them that I really enjoyed watching develop. Plus, the heated physical attraction these men had for one another had an intensity that I loved.

As they begin their budding relationship rumors of Jackson’s sexuality begin to surface. Because he is popular in an industry where homosexuality isn’t always embraced, both Jackson and Ash have some hard decisions to make if they want a future together. I really enjoyed watching them work things out and loved how they joined together as a team.

If you are looking for a sexy romance without a lot of angst and with a guaranteed happy ending, A Little Bit Country by SJ Frost is definitely the book for you!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Demon Duke by SJ Frost


Title: Demon Duke
Author: SJ Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages: 247
Characters: Calvin Blackwood, Sal
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Demons, Vampires, Witches
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

As a witch, Calvin Blackwood knows the dangers of demons, but to save his brother, he’s willing to enter into a deal with demon duke, Sal, and give him anything the demon wants in return, including himself.

A month ago, Calvin Blackwood found himself in the company of vampires, having been hired to use his talent as a witch to summon a demon. That demon ended up saving his life. In the time since, he hasn’t been able to forget about Sal. He knows entering a deal with a demon is dangerous, but to save his brother, binding himself to the beautiful demon might be worth the risk.

Sal is a duke among demons. An immortal being, more powerful than a vampire, but who has one admitted weakness, a fondness for humans. When Calvin comes to him to make a deal, he’s hesitant, but can’t deny his need to be closer to him. He also knows if he doesn’t help him, Calvin will summon another demon, and he knows all too well the treachery of his own kind.

Desire and trust builds between Calvin and Sal. Their relationship grows, but so does a hidden threat, and it might take power greater than a demon duke to save them. It might take that of a witch.

Review:

Demon Duke by SJ Frost is the second book in the Paranormal Nobles series. I admit that I anxious to see this book to be released. I absolutely loved the first book, Vampire Prince and I had a strong suspicion that I would love the second book in the series as well.

Ms. Frost knows how to write romance. It is so easy to get wrapped up into her characters’ lives. Her secondary characters usually play a main part in the story itself, which causes this reader to totally fall for all of them. We meet the demon, Sal in the first book and his flirtatious humor allows him to be an easy character to like. Plus, he has this sensuous side to him that really resonates off of the written page.

I also really enjoyed the heated chemistry between Sal and Calvin. Calvin is new to his witchcraft and when he summons Sal to help him, the physical attraction they shared between them practically steamed up my computer screen. It was so easy to enjoy the banter and friendship that these two men began to share together. I, as a reader, really enjoyed the fact that these two men not only were lovers, but became friends as well. Watching their relationship develop between them was a fun and interesting one to watch and I for one, loved every minute they shared together in this book.

Another great thing about this book is continuation of the story as a series itself. It’s really interesting to see how things are progressing with all of the characters and I know I’m anxious to see what Ms. Frost has in store for us next.

Ms. Frost’s Paranormal Nobles series is one of the best I’ve read this year. It is so easy to wrapped up into these characters’ lived and I know I can’t wait to see what happens next!

The Paranormal Nobles series in book order are:

The Vampire Prince
Demon Duke

Although Demon Duke could probably be read as a stand alone book, I HIGHLY recommend reading The Vampire Prince first. There is an ongoing backstory and each and every one of the characters bring something special to the story.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Roxy reviews” Uniform Fantasies,” by Mark C Wade

Mark C Wade
MLR Press
Genre: fetish(Uniform) MM contemporary
Buy here: MLR

Blurb:

A state trooper breaks the law when he indulges people’s uniform fantasies for pay.

Mike hires state trooper Tom to fulfill his uniform fantasy. By chance, they meet each other in a diner and begin a relationship. Mike struggles with Tom having sex with other people for money, and they learn to understand the difference between lust and love as their relationship matures.

Roxy’s thoughts

This is the first time I’ve heard of this author, so I offered to read his story to help get his name out in the big reading world. I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review so here it is.

As the blurb states, Mike hired Tom- who is like an escort- to fulfill his dream of having a man in a uniform- in this case a state trooper-to bust him. As in arresting him. But not. Throw the cuffs on then head to a private area and have his dirty way with him and then let him go. Seeing as how we rarely act on our sexual fantasies due to whatever reason, I thought that the writer had a wonderful idea for a story so perhaps more of us will come out of our sexual hiding places and share what we think would turn us on. Mike did it and guess what? He not only got lucky in the sex department, but he met the real life officer- yes, he’s the REAL deal here, as in he is a deputy sheriff! And on the side he plays an escort to bring men’s fantasies to life for extra money…how do you like that?! A person of the law…doing that? LOL! Epic move on part of the writer! WTG! Mark!! Never mind the legalities here, nope. We’re not concerned at all because this is a FICTIONAL story boys and girls and real life doesn’t matter when we’re lost in a story! Dammit! Well, they meet up one day while they’re out having lunch and bam! They find that they are attracted to one another but it’s the handsome deputy who is the brave one and kisses sweet nerdy Mike, but runs off before getting that accountants number…The meeting between them is just cute, and hot…the sex in this is HOT…Mixed in here is how a man in uniform deals with having a lover who is stuck on the uniform and in turn how that man deals with the why’s behind his man being an escort…yes, they get together! It’s as it should be and it’s not an easy meet, fall in love and move in, marry and live happy ever after here…it’s more than that and that’s what I like about the story. There’s a plot happening. The issues I had were more to do with word building than anything. It’s an easy fast read for that hour lunch you have and need something to read that takes you to the edge of your seat in yummy ways. One other thing I had a problem with was how choppy some of the sentence were. Way too short and not complete. Sorta like that last sentence and now this. But the guy’s story was terrific!!

Gabbi Reviews: Death or Life by TA Chase


Title: Death or Life
Author: TA Chase
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages:
Characters: Noah Wiltson, Cain Packert
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Imagine Noah Wiltson’s surprise when a hired killer gives him the means to live his life without doubt or fear.

Noah Wiltson wants nothing more than to be left alone. His father’s candidacy for President forces him to have secrets. Imagine his surprise when a hired killer gives him the means to live his life without doubt or fear.

The killer knows this hit is going to be his last. Whether he chooses to walk away or whether they kill him. He’s never been a team player, so he ends the game on his terms.

A few months later, Noah meets Cain Packert, a man who intrigues and excites him. Only one of them knows the truth. Can they find love amid secrets and threats?

Review:

Death or Life by TA Chase is a nail biting, suspenseful novel that kept this reader on the edge of her seat. Wow! Just when I thought things were going to go a certain way, Ms. Chase threw in a curve ball or three and before I knew it everything I thought was going to happen didn’t!

Death or Life starts off with a bang and ends with one.

When we meet Noah, he’s being confronted by a man sent to assassinate him. To his surprise, and to my own, the contract killer gives him a few words of warning and lets him go. What follows next is a series of twists and turns that will satisfy any reader who loves a lot of mystery with their romance.

Noah is a very likeable man. Basically, he’s a genuinely nice guy caught up into a deadly deceit and lies of someone who should have been looking out for him, instead of wanting to kill him. Luckily, Noah does have a small circle of people he can trust and rely on. This is good, because Noah has a good heart and often looks out for others, even when his own life is in danger.

When he meets Cain, Noah is immediately drawn to the mysterious man. I liked the sizzling chemistry between them and the ongoing saga of who Cain really was *I truly thought he was someone else for a while…boy was I wrong* and the secret of his past that continues to haunt him. Cain is one of those men who does what he feels is right, even if it isn’t always the noblest of choices to make. I liked Cain and found him to be a strong character and very well matched for Noah.

The characters that really did steal the book for me were the two main secondary characters. I can’t say their names, or I’ll spoil it, but I totally fell in love with them and was bewitched by their relationship. I couldn’t help but hope there was going to be more about them than there were. In some ways I thought this couple stole the spotlight from Cain and Noah. Though I really liked the main heroes, in the end it was the secondary couple who truly stole my heart.

Death or Life by TA Chase is a novel not to be missed. I truly hope Ms. Chase will one day write more about the secondary heroes. Along with Cain and Noah, I adored them and would love to read more about them in the future.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Kissing Cody Starr by SJ Frost


Title: Kissing Cody Starr
Author: SJ Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages: 199
Characters: Christian Larson, Finn Madigan
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

Known as the famed adult star, Cody Starr, Christian Larson is a young man looking for love and stability, and he wants it from Finn Madigan, but they must overcome the challenges of Christian’s career if they’re to be together.

Cody Starr is one of the most popular actors in gay adult films. Young, beautiful, charismatic, when he’s on screen, he shines. But Cody Starr is a stage name, a persona, and the real man, Christian Larson, isn’t as enthusiastic about his adult career anymore. The problem is, Christian fears if he stops being Cody, he could end up homeless…again. He came to Hollywood with big dreams and lost them all, even the one of finding someone to love him.

Finn Madigan is an Army veteran who has a warrior’s soul and a hero’s heart. He makes his living protecting people. When he meets Christian, he sees a young man who needs someone who can be there for him. He’s hesitant to begin an intimate relationship with Christian, but at the same time, he’s helpless to resist him.

Passion, desire, and emotion are strong between Finn and Christian, but they will they be enough to overcome the challenges of Christian’s career?

(Please note this is a re-release of a previously published work.)

Review:

Kissing Cody Starr by SJ Frost is re-release and a much loved favorite book of mine. I first discovered this book over a year ago and I shamelessly admit that it continues to be a staple in my reading wardrobe. When I am in the mood for a romantic, sexy and well-balanced read this is a book I will read over and over. Any time I need a pick-me-up, Kissing Cody Starr is a book I reach for and it never fails to brighten my spirits and bring a much needed smile on my face.

When it comes to reading books by SJ Frost, I somehow didn’t discover this amazing author until last year. Since then, I’ve read almost all of her books and I’ve honestly enjoyed each and every one of them. Ms. Frost has a true talent of writing characters that are both flawed and realistically written, yet they experience a lot of self-growth as their story develops. As her couples continue to get to know each other, they blossom into having a beautiful relationship together. As a reader, I also appreciate that no matter what life throws their way, they strive to work together through any obstacle and they end up coming together with an even stronger love.

One of the things I loved about this book is how Christian “Cody” truly comes into his own man. Christian has been working in the adult industry for years. At seventeen, he was homeless and didn’t know when he’s able to have his next meal. When he was approached to do an adult movie, fear and desperation causes him to agree and soon he is wrapped up into becoming Cody Starr.

It’s Cody that puts meals into Christian’s mouth and a roof over his head. As the years pass, Christian never forgets who he is. Although in some ways he will always be Cody, Christian still longs for more out of life. He wants to break away from the adult industry and even one day fall in love with an amazing man, but Christian fears this is something that will never be.

When Christian meets Finn, he is immediately drawn to him. To his surprise, Finn shows no interest in him and although this hurts his ego a little, he still can’t help but wish someone as smart and sexy as Finn could ever want to have something special with a porn star like him.

Finn is a military hero who was injured overseas. When he returns to the states, his sterling reputation as a soldier quickly gives him the opportunity to become a bodyguard to celebrities. This quickly takes off and soon he has a successful company that he loves. When he is badgered into accompanying a friend to a strip show that features some famous porn stars, Finn honestly is counting down the minutes until he can leave. Just when he’s about to call it a night, the sexy Cody Starr begins to perform and he can’t help but become immediately drawn *and turned on* by the younger man’s performance.

When Cody’s performance ends, his admiration for the porn star fades as he watches Cody interact with others. Cody seems to be full of himself and it’s the performer’s haughty attitude that turns Finn off. Just when he’s about to leave, he is approached by Cody and surprised by Cody’s boldness to spend time with him. Although he is flattered, Finn doesn’t want to get involved with a porn star. He’s a one-man’s-man and one night stands just isn’t his thing. But when Cody finds himself in danger, Finn comes to the rescue and he quickly begins to see the warm and wonderful person Cody is inside.

I truly enjoyed watching Finn war with the fear of becoming involved with a porn star. Will he be able to cope with Cody’s profession or will he not take a chance in finding the love of his life he, himself has always longed for?

I loved this book. Watching these two amazing heroes learn to respect each other and fall in love was a beautiful thing to see. If you love romantic tales full of light angst and sweet and sexy romance, then Kissing Cody Starr by SJ Frost is definitely the book for you!

As I mentioned before this is a re-release and I have the honor of having both copies. In all honesty, I liked this second release by MLR Press more because of it seemed to be a tighter read. If you already have the original, buy the second edition. AND if you haven’t read this gem of a story, give yourself a treat and give Kissing Cody Starr and this amazing author a try.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: A Gentle Kind of Strength by Kendall McKenna


Title: A Gentle Kind of Strength
Author: Kendall McKenna
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages: 186
Characters: Ray Lerner, Damien Federov
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

A police K9 handler believes he’s lucky when a romance starts with the local veterinarian, but then his canine partner is injured in the line of duty.

Sergeant Ray Lerner is a veteran sheriff’s department K9 handler. Damien Federov is the veterinarian caring for Harley – Ray’s canine partner. When taking a man as a lover, Ray’s always been confident. Around Damien, Ray becomes uncharacteristically shy and tongue-tied. When Damien begins their romance, Ray knows he’s lucky.

His obsession with a past tragedy blinds Ray to everything he has with Damien. When Harley is injured on duty, his life is in Damien’s hands. As Ray sits vigil, he has one final chance to allow Damien in all the way, or risk losing everything important, in a single night.

Review:

To my knowledge, A Gentle Kind of Strength is the first book I’ve read by Kendall McKenna. After reading this beautifully written romance, I plan on reading Ms. McKenna’s back-list of books so I can familiarize myself more with this amazing author’s work.

I love it when to the main characters have a strong emotional and physical connection. When the author is able to make me care about them as a reader, well they’ve got me hooked. I can honestly say from the moment Ray and Damian meet, this reader was immediately captivated by them. Not only do they respect and genuinely like one another, the attraction that sizzled between them had an intensity of longing and passion that practically steamed up my computer screen.

To make things even better…there is Harley. Harley is Ray’s K-9 partner and I totally fell in love with him. As a reader, I enjoyed the relationship between Harley and Ray and I loved that, in the end, it is Harley that ultimately brings them together.

One of the things that blew me away was the descriptive storytelling ability Ms. McKenna has. It was very obvious she is very knowledgeable about K-9 training, police officers and military men. It was easy to visualize how Ray and Harley worked together and what a great team these two partners made.

In the end, this book has a lot of heart. It is easy to fall in love with these characters and root for their happy ending. A Gentle Kind of Strength is a book not to be missed if you are a hopeless romantic like myself.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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