September 11th, 2014

Embers Burn by Ditter Kellen

Embers Burn by Ditter Kellen
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Length: 52 pages

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Summary:

Ember Wells knows the fear of having a serial killer set his sites on you. For one horrible year she became the target of one man’s twisted game. But with the killer convicted and behind bars, Ember’s life as a photojournalist has finally returned to normal. That is, until Angelo Dimitrov moves in next door.

Angelo, known as Angel, is sexy, irresistible, and definitely hiding something. He calls up every erotic fantasy Ember could imagine while triggering perpetual doubt in her reporter’s mind.

Now a copycat has emerged, with the killer’s M.O. and signature, including his interest in Ember. With fear her constant companion, Ember’s suspicions fall on her sexy new neighbor with one too many secrets. She can’t trust him, but she burns for him, and Ember’s heart refuses to believe the threats come from the Angel of her dreams.

Note: Ember Burns is the first part of a serial novel, and as such lacks a traditional happy ending. The next installment will be available in early 2014. Feel the burn! Don’t wait. Pick up the first part today!

Shandy Jo’s Review:

This was a bit frustrating, as it’s a serial novel so you’re getting the first 50 pages of the book then waiting how ever long for another installment. It’s frustrating because it ends just as the story is getting good.

Ember is a decent character, she’s trying to get her life back together after being targeted by a serial killer. This has made her overly cautious, and maybe a little paranoid, but then who wouldn’t be after being stalked. When she meets Angel there is immediate lust, but he seems to good to be true. This is where Ember falls out of her cautious little bubble and bangs him after just meeting him. Granted the sex scenes are hot, seriously I wanted to go out and sit in a snow bank after reading them, but it seemed too fast and not right for this wary woman.

There’s a lot more going on than meets the eye and now I’m hooked so I’ll have to get my grubby little hands on the next installment so I can see where this is all going.

Rated 4.5 Delightful Divas by Shandy Jo!

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September 11th, 2014

The Bad Wolf by Meredith Russell

The Bad Wolf by Meredith Russell
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: GLBT, Erotic Paranormal Romance, M/M
Length: 157 pages

Summary:

The journey to become a better man isn’t easy, especially when there’s something worth fighting for.

Evan has been alone since Kaine’s death, moving from place to place, and for the most part, keeping to himself. He never expected to cross paths with Mason and Niall again. When he gets caught up in something bigger than himself, he is left injured, scared, and with nowhere else to turn.

Michael is like no wolf Evan has ever met before. Born a werewolf, Michael is stronger and faster, but has yet to truly tap into his abilities. Taken in by Mason and Niall, Michael struggles to come to terms with the horrific events in his past and the loss of his family. In Evan, Michael finds an unexpected focus. And despite warnings of Evan’s own dark past, Michael finds Evan to be someone worth fighting for, and someone who can help him understand exactly what he is capable of.

Evelise’s Review:

The Bad Wolf, The Lone Wolves Trilogy #2 by Meredith Russell was an interesting mesh of wolf, hunter and human. The story dealt with the relationship of made wolves Evan and Mason and their lives after the death of the treacherous alpha, Kaine. Mason and Niall have found peace and harmony in their lives as a loving couple. Together they help heal born-wolf Michael, a young man with a dark past and deep-seeded issues.

Evan, alone, found himself attacked and in need of refuge. His seeking landed him at the doorstep of Niall and Mason, and none of them too pleased. Michael and Evan discovered a unique bond between them, which raised more questions than gave answers.

Ms. Russell delivered a tale of sentiment and a journey of discovery. Both Michael and Evan must come to terms with the life they are to lead and must find a way to coexist with each other, as well as Mason and Niall in their make shift pack.

The story moved along and gave more incite to the psyche of the wolves created by Meredith Russell. The wolves retain an air of darkness, even with their mates, thus allowing them to be a true beast when in wolf form.

This reviewer is a fan of Ms. Russell and all her works and I look forward to the next tale in the trilogy.

Rated 3.5 Delightful Divas by Evelise!

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September 11th, 2014

The Wolf’s Healing Touch by Charlie Richards

The Wolf’s Healing Touch by Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: GLBT, Erotic Paranormal Romance, M/M
Length: 112 pages

Summary:

Out of the Cage: Sometimes a healing touch comes from a predator.

Having been raised by his puma shifter godfather, Edwin Aldridge has always known that paranormal creatures exist. Edwin works as a genetic engineer, attempting to apply a shifter’s healing abilities to humans. When Edwin learns that another scientist has done something similar, he looks forward to reviewing his work. Edwin quickly becomes infatuated with Byron, the wolf shifter who delivers the information. Remembering his godfather’s stories, Edwin realizes the wolf shifter is his mate. Unfortunately, once Byron learns about Edwin’s research, the wolf shifter rejects him.

When Byron Ziegler scents Edwin, he knows the skinny government agent is his mate. He plans to pursue him, eager to learn everything about the human so they can build a life together. Then Byron learns that Edwin is a scientist working on shifter DNA. He’s devastated and turns his back on the human. While Byron regrets the decision, how can he bond with a man that wants to do the same thing as the people his pack spent years tracking down and stopping?
Will the mate-pull be enough to help them find common ground?

Evelise’s Review:

The Wolf’s Healing Touch by Charlie Richards, another installment of The Wolves of Stone Ridge was told through the eyes of a human scientist, rather than a shifter. Although the human was a mate to a shifter, the perspective switch was interesting.

Byron was part of the pack and along with other member’s was tasked to deliver a scientist who had been experimenting on shifters. Edwin, a human scientist, knew about shifters from his godfather (a shifter) and had been contracted to find the secret to helping humans heal utilizing shifter blood.

I enjoyed both characters, since I am fond of the series, but found Edwin slightly whiny. I’m also not sure why the book was titled as it was since the wolf really didn’t heal anyone. Yes, Edwin discovered he was inadvertently experimenting on shifters and was extremely upset, but I felt an integral part of the story was glossed over.

On a high note, Jared was one of my favorite characters from previous books and he made numerous appearances in The Wolf’s Healing Touch.

Rated 3 Delightful Divas by Evelise!

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September 11th, 2014

Bedtime Stories (Collection) by Shelby Morgen

Bedtime Stories (Collection) by Shelby Morgen
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Length: 155 pages

Summary:

Bedtime Stories’ webmaster Carter Roth has two great passions: his work, and his lover, Brody Mann. So when he learns someone’s hacked into his precious website, Carter is determined to track down the culprit and make him pay! Editor Claire Casson is on the run. The last thing she wants or needs in her life is the complication of an alpha dragon capable of setting her blood on fire.

Jean-Paul, incubus editor, has been assigned a new author. Dominick may be a fantastic author, but when he gets aroused, he turns into a real ogre… When review coordinator Pixie calls reviewer B.J. Smith into the office to discuss a bad review, she finds out “she” is two males. Very drool-worthy males. Callie, the Bedtime Stories mascot, is about to get all the loving she can handle… if she can just shut up. Brad, the warehouse manager, revisits the past with a steamy confrontation with the man who broke his heart twenty years earlier.

Bedtime Stories in no way represents any actual publishing company. Any resemblance to the staff and authors of Changeling Press is purely coincidental.

That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

This collection contains the previously released Bedtime Stories titles:

Troll’s Blog by Shelby Morgen
Beyond Boundaries by Hunter Raines
Kiss of Fire by B.J. McCall
Ugly Duckling by Lena Austin
Pixie’s Playmate by Anne Kane
Shut Up! by Marteeka Karland
Raising Caine by Reneé George

Dakota’s Review:

What can I say about this delightful little collection? Well quite a bit. The novellas/short stories in Bedtime Stories lived up to their name. Since this is a collection, below I’ve given a brief review of each story.

Troll’s Blog by Ms. Shelby Morgen : This story is the one that starts it all. I loved not only Sam (our hunky cop disguised as a Bad Boy Biker), but also Maddie aka the Troll. This short had everything from fast bikes to fantasies. And the sex was sizzling hot with a little bit of voyeurism thrown in on the side. Ms. Morgen did a wonderful job kicking off the collection.

Beyond Boundaries by Hunter Raines: Dear Lord! Want to talk about hot? I can’t think of anything much hotter than a sexy Special Forces Agent/Hacker challenging his vampire lover to loosen up a bit and let the vamp come out to play. The tension in this story was nearly as delicious as the sex. All I can say is that Brody is definitely more courageous than I am. But then again he’s determined to get his man. Ms Raines concocted a story that left me breathless.

Kiss of Fire by B.J. McCall: Ooooh! Yum, can we say dragon shifters? I love em, love em, love em. Ms McCall’s contribution to this collection was more than delicious. Her heroine, the sexy Claire was more than an ample challenge for her soon-to-be mate, Jonas. Add into the mix an unknown stalker and you have a tantalizing little read. A very well done shifter story. :D

Ugly Duckling by Lena Austin: Le Sigh….Ms. Austin’s contribution is both sexy as hell and a tear jerker all in one. How she did it? I’m not entirely sure, but who couldn’t help but feel for Dominic (the ogre but no ogre) and Jean-Paul, a cursed incubus. Both characters pulled on my heartstrings even as the sex between them had me panting. Kudos to Ms. Austin for writing such a gem of a tale.

Pixie’s Playmate by Anne Kane: OMG times three. That’s what Ms. Kane’s sweet little short is. Whew! I could only wish I had Pixie’s luck when it came to reviewers. Not only are Jake and Bill hunky, they have a sexual imagination that would put the Kama Sutra to shame and aren’t afraid to share it. This story had me looking for a tall drink of something cold before I self-combusted!

Shut Up! by Marteeka Karland: What a cute edition to this collection. Ms. Karland stretched the boundaries with her sassy little tale of a kitty shifter and a reject character looking for someone who will accept them as they are. So if you love sarcasm and steamy sex with a playful kitty, then this is the story for you. :)

Raising Caine by Reneé George: Oh the angst….a lonely vampire and the love of his youth… Ms. George did a wonderful job of giving an old familiar story a new twist. As a vamp, Caine was just to die for. Devious at times, yet vulnerable at others. While Victor was a man after my own heart. I was really rooting for these two to find their own HEA. Raising Caine, is a delicious little tidbit for all those paranormal lovers.

Bedtime Stories is a delightful collection of stories that more than satisfied this reviewer’s kinky bone for things that go bump in the dark. It was done in a refreshing way, with each story connected through a fictitious publishing company, Bedtime Stories and the quirky individuals who are behind the scenes. From the ‘I dare you.’ CEO to the vampires maintaining the websites – to the incubus editors and pixie reviewers, there will be something to satisfy everyone’s taste in paranormal.

Rated 4.5 Delightful Divas Dakota!

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September 11th, 2014

Lycan Unleashed by Tiffany Allee

Lycan Unleashed by Tiffany Allee
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Ever After
Genre: GLBT, Paranormal Romance, M/M
Length: 162 pages

Summary:

Detective Astrid Holmes is a sensitive, a human capable of feeling the energy of otherworlders. When she is dispatched to the horrific murder scene of a local vampire, she expects it to be just another day on the job. But when evidence is stolen on her watch, she is removed–not only from the investigation, but from her job as a member of the Chicago police department’s paranormal unit.

Astrid’s only hope of reinstatement lies with her ex co-worker and almost-lover, Lycan Mason Sanderson. But convincing the OWEA agent to let her assist with the investigation isn’t nearly as difficult as staying alive when the murderer realizes that Astrid may hold the key to unlocking his identity.

Fighting to take down a killer could have deadly consequences for Astrid and Mason, but working together puts their already fragile relationship in jeopardy.

Shandy Jo’s Review:

This is the third book in the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series and I really enjoyed books one and two as well as some of Ms. Allee’s other works. Of course I had to give this a read too. Sadly I wasn’t as taken with Astrid and Mason as I had been with her other characters.

I really enjoyed the plot and was swept up in the investigation from the get go. I really enjoy how Ms. Allee creates her world by mixing magic and the paranormal with police investigations. It’s very well balanced and allows you to believe that the two could mingle.

Astrid is a sensitive working for the police department, but when she is called to the scene of a murdered vampire and things go downhill from there. Stolen evidence leads to Astrid’s removal from the case and an internal investigation. Her only hope is to catch whoever stole the evidence and find the killer. To do that she has to turn to the man who confuses her like no other.

Mason has the alpha wolf/man thing down pat. He does things his way and uses intimidation to get what he wants. But Astrid has seen through the tough guy act. Mason has much more going on under his hard outer shell. These two had chemistry, but the build up was a bit too long for me. I actually breathed a sigh of release when they finally got together. I wasn’t crazy about Mason’s reasons for keeping Astrid at arms length, but could understand them. Although Astrid’s issue after he confessed, irked me.

Overall, I did enjoy the book, but in my opinion it had a few issues.

Rated 4 Delightful Divas by Shandy Jo!

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September 11th, 2014

Calming a Demon Heart by Charlie Richards

Calming a Demon Heart by Charlie Richards
Series: A Paranormal’s Love # 6
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: GLBT, Paranormal Shapeshifter, Erotic Romance, M/M
Length: 112 pages

Summary:

Matthew Beakman’s life just got turned upside down. His brother, Marty, stumbled across something strange and fascinating and amazing! Gargoyles exist! Matthew wants to know everything about them. First, though, he wants to find the gargoyle that saved his brother’s life and thank him.

Their people’s leader, Maelgwn, points out a blood-red, behemoth of a gargoyle named Vane, then warns Matthew away from him. Never good at following orders—and because he can’t help but find himself intrigued by the huge creature across the room—Matthew tracks Vane down anyway.

At first, he’s confused by the way his body responds every time Vane growls at him, until a conversation with Logan makes him suspect that he and Vane are mates. Unfortunately, he also learns Vane went through some extreme torture in the hands of humans.

How can he convince the stubborn gargoyle that not all humans are the same?

Jessie’s Review:

Ms. Richards’ book Calming A Demon Heart ( A Paranormal’s Love: Book Six) was set at the estate of the group of gargoyles in a secluded area.

Matthew Beakman was in shock over the shooting of his brother, when out of no where Marty is kidnapped from the hospital. When Matt and his friend Logan try to find out what happened, they themselves are kidnapped.

Vane is a gargoyle with a painful past. He is a loner, lost in a world of mistrust towards humans. As his fellow gargoyle Raymond tends to his mate, Marty, Vane realizes that Matthew is his mate. He resist the handsome human, but Matthew has other ideas.

As the past comes back to Vane, he finally sees he needs Matthew. Calming A Demon Heart is a true story of love finding a way, even if one of people involved is fighting it. A wonderfully intriguing story of love and putting the past to rest. Ms. Richards does it again.

Rated 4 Delightful Divas by Jessie!

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September 9th, 2014

Top Off Tuesday : Highland Burn by Victoria Zak

What better way than to top off a good book than with a GREAT Cover!

Every week, Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading,and Felicia from Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog want to see those Top Off covers that grab your attention! Please play along and tell us your favorites (old, new, or not yet released). Button made by Missie at The Unread Reader and Diana at Book of Secrets.

Every once in a while there are covers that just make you say Oh My! Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is bad, and sometimes it is head scratching. The point of Top Off Tuesday is to show you the ones with their Tops Off!

Summary:

Will Love’s Flame Quench the Dragon’s Fire? …

The past never stays in the past, it rears its ugly head eventually. James the Black Douglas knows this all too well. With a past that has left him vengeful and his dragon blood thirsty, his reputation as a ruthless warrior haunts his enemies in their sleep. As his allegiance stands with Robert Bruce, the King of Scotland, he must now repay a debt to the king and agrees to marry his daughter, Abigale Bruce. The problem is he doesn’t want a wife. When flames start to burn out of control between him and the auburn-haired lass, he must decide to either kindle the flames of passion or shelter her from the truth and set her free.

It’s What Shines in the Dark That Brings Forth Your True Light…

Determined to keep his daughter safe and out of the hands of the English, Robert hides Abigale behind the safe walls of a nunnery. After eight long years of living her life in seclusion, Abigale is finally set free. But her new found freedom comes to an abrupt halt when she learns of her betrothal to the infamous Bogeyman – James the Black Douglas. She soon finds herself falling in love with the uncontainable and haunted man. Is her love enough to soften his hardened heart?



 



September 8th, 2014

Must Have Monday : The Catch by Nessa Vincent

Must Have Monday

The Catch

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John Dearborn, newly dumped, meets a handsome stranger named Vic. Vic is a little weird, but he’s a catch–sexy, sweet, and an animal in bed. If John didn’t know better, he’d think Vic was too good to be true. And in fact, Vic has a secret: despite his impressive good looks, he’s normally gray-skinned, hairy, and four feet tall, just like every other fairy in the woods. But to catch John’s attention, Vic is masquerading as a human–temporarily. When the spell breaks, Vic turns into a fairy again, John freaks out, and their relationship shatters.

Vic can’t go back to sleeping in a dead tree and eating bugs; he needs his human body, and he needs John. He has one last chance to pick up the pieces and become a human man again. But now there’s a catch: Vic will only remain human if he can wring a commitment out of a hurt and wary John, and the spell will keep him from confessing his feelings. Instead Vic has to show John why they’re so good together, and he can think of only one way…



 



September 3rd, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday : Love Bites by Angela Knight

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, originally started by Jill at Breaking the Spine , that highlights upcoming book releases everyone or at least I’m waiting on. :)

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Summary:

The New York Times bestselling author explores her most daring side yet in three tales of seductive vampires and the women who love them.

In the brand-new “Oath of Service,” Angela Knight introduces the Doms of the Round Table and a kinky circle of pleasure, pain, and power as she returns to her “sexy as hell” (Heroes and Heartbreakers) Mageverse world for a new twist on the Arthurian legend.

Morgana le Fay finally gets what’s coming to her in this novel-length story. After a fight with a dragon goes wrong, Morgana takes an Oath of Service to Percival, vampire Knight of the Round Table. Percival and his partners, Cador and Marrok, decide to give Morgana a taste of bondages and submission she’ll never forget. What they don’t know is that the lovely witch is keeping secrets that could destroy them all. To make matters worse, the dragon is plotting a deadly revenge….

In “Be Careful What You Wish For,” a beautiful vampire and her two vamp lovers lock horns with a wizard with the ugly habit of refusing to take no for an answer. When he casts a spell on Beau and Decker, Amanda finds herself the object of both men’s lust. She’s had some yummy threesome fantasies along the same lines, but since the men hate each other, she figured it was never going to happen. But when it does, things get a lot more kinky than Amanda expects.

In “The Bloodslave,” Angela Knight’s classic “must read…highly erotic” (*The Best Reviews) novella, a female mercenary comes under fire during a hunt. The beautiful, virginal, and very human Verica is captured by three hungry alpha vampires driven deliriously feral by her purity. But they desire more than her warm blood. They want her body, leaving Verica more vulnerable than ever before—and loving every minute of it.



 



September 2nd, 2014

Top Off Tuesday : Light My Fire by G.A Aiken

What better way than to top off a good book than with a GREAT Cover!

Every week, Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading,and Felicia from Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog want to see those Top Off covers that grab your attention! Please play along and tell us your favorites (old, new, or not yet released). Button made by Missie at The Unread Reader and Diana at Book of Secrets.

Every once in a while there are covers that just make you say Oh My! Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is bad, and sometimes it is head scratching. The point of Top Off Tuesday is to show you the ones with their Tops Off!

Summary:

“Laugh-out-loud funny–I loved it!” –New York Times bestselling author Thea Harrison

The trouble with humans is that they’re far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months–and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I’m trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I’m sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

Praise for The Dragon Who Loved Me

“A chest thumping, mead-hall rocking, enemy slaying brawl of a good book.” –All Things Urban Fantasy

“Aiken aces another one.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars



 



September 1st, 2014

Must Have Monday : Peyton 313 by Donna McDonald

Must Have Monday

Peyton313

Sci-Fi/Cyborg

Book #1 of the Cyborgs: Mankind Redefined Series

Releasing September 17, 2014

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Summary :

Worst epic fail of her scientific career? Falling for a cyborg she helped create.

Kyra Winters never meant for her cyber science discoveries to be used for evil, but that’s exactly what happened. Now returning Peyton 313’s humanity is the last chance she’ll ever have to atone. She can’t get back the lost decade, but she can change the present by restoring the cyborg who was once Marine Captain Peyton Elliot.

Certainly her grand plan for rectifying her mistakes didn’t include madly kissing the confused, passionate Marine when he begged her to. The same scientific mind that constructed the cyborg creator code now warned her not to let Peyton’s tempting offers of heaven cloud her rational decision making. Yet it’s difficult to resist the cyborg she’s restoring when he’s also the most intriguing man she’s ever known.

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Donna McDonald is an Amazon best selling author in Contemporary Romance and Humor, and lately has been climbing the Paranormal Romance lists as well.

Paranormal reviewers are calling McDonald “a literary alchemist effortlessly blending science fiction and romance”. Contemporary and humor reviewers often write to tell her that the books keep them up reading and laughing all night. She likes both compliments and hopes they stay true forever.

Her idea of success is to be sitting next to someone on a plane and find out they are laughing at something in one of her books. She sincerely hopes that will be you.



 



August 27th, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday : Priestess Dreaming by Yasmine Galenorn

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, originally started by Jill at Breaking the Spine , that highlights upcoming book releases everyone or at least I’m waiting on. :)

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We’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Delilah is a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. Menolly is a vampire married to a gorgeous werepuma. And me? I’m Camille, a Moon witch married to three hunky husbands, and I’m about to journey through the veils to search for a long lost legend…

With the war in Otherworld raging, the Queen of Shadow and Night summons me to her court. Aeval orders me on a quest through the mists to find an ancient ally of hers.

I am to seek out The Merlin and wake him from his long sleep.

Surrounded by danger on all sides, with Morgaine and Bran along for the journey, I must pray they are allies rather than enemies, as we undertake a perilous search through the labyrinth of time…



 



August 25th, 2014

Must Have Monday : Rescued by Felice Stevens

Must Have Monday

Rescued

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Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection. His parents rejected him because of his sexuality and his lover decided drugs were more important than his love. The only bright light in his life is his younger brother and his rescued pit bull, But now his mother’s punishment for the lifestyle she doesn’t approve of has cut him off from his brother he loves so desperately. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.

Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. Her ultimatum to get married pushes him to break off their relationship and he’s determined not to jump into the dating scene. When a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he calls the neighborhood rescue for help.

After adopting one of the dogs, Jason finds he can’t forget Ryder, and the two become fast friends. Then one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. After Jason devises a plan to bring Ryder and his brother together, they can no longer deny the passion between them. Will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the gender?

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The pulse of the music pounded into Ryder’s brain. Why he allowed Connor and Emily to drag him here, he couldn’t say. They meant well, but he had no desire to chat up some random guy to have hurried sex in a bathroom stall or a dark hallway.

“Come on, let’s get some drinks. This place looks like it could be fun.” Connor pushed him toward the large glittering bar, waving at the shirtless bartender to get his attention. “Two beers, my man, with lime, and one Sea Breeze.” He grinned, and Ryder saw the bartender wink and smile at his friend.

“Another conquest, Con.” Poor guy would be sad to know Connor was here with his wife. And not into threesomes. Ryder accepted the mixed drink from his friend and passed it to Emily. She stood, facing the dance floor, enthralled by the men dancing, the light show, or both. “Em, here, take your drink.”

“Thanks.” Her hand reached out, but her gaze remained fixed on two men out on the floor. Their bodies were sinuously entwined, arms and lips pressed together. To Ryder, they looked hot, wild, and sexy as fuck.

“They are so free and beautiful, aren’t they?” He had to bend down to hear her. “I can’t see how anyone could think this is wrong.”

A tight little grin thinned his lips. “Well, obviously my parents do, since they have no desire to ever see me again unless I become ‘normal’ in their eyes.” He gulped half his beer, licking his lips afterward.

Connor draped an arm over his shoulder. “Screw ’em, I say. You’re doing nothing wrong. Live your life and find some happiness. We’ll always be here for you. You know that, right?” His friend’s arm tightened around his shoulder as Ryder nodded.

“They’ll come around one day, Ryder. You have to believe that. In the meantime, find someone to share your dreams with.” Ryder watched his friend’s gaze flicker over to Emily, who returned his look with her sweet smile. “It’s no good to be alone, man. It sucks the soul out of you.” Connor took his wife’s empty glass and placed it on a mirrored shelf next to where they were standing. “Now I’m going to dance with my wife, and I want you to find someone to dance with.” He took Emily’s hand and pulled her onto the floor.

Ryder chuckled and took another swallow of his beer. When he finished, he looked to put his bottle down, but instead caught the eye of a man who stood watching him. He recognized that look. It was one of heat, desire, and the need to get down and dirty as fast as possible. His groin responded, but he ignored it and instead returned to the bar to get another beer.

It took a while to make his way to the front of the bar and catch the bartender’s attention to order a drink. A large palm pressed against the small of his back. “Why did you turn away from me?” The voice murmured in his ear, sending tingles up his spine while a hard body pressed him into the wooden railing of the bar. An impressive erection nestled into the crease of his ass. He could feel the heat pouring off the man’s body.

Ryder froze. He took his change from the bartender, then spoke. “You need to take your hands off me.”

“Come on, I only wanted to talk and maybe get to know you better.” The man moved closer, rubbing himself against Ryder’s ass. In another minute the guy would be humping him in public.

That did it. Snarling, Ryder whipped around to face him. “I said back the fuck up, man.”

The stranger was extremely handsome. European, Ryder surmised, with a pale complexion, dark hair and eyes, and a full, sexy mouth that hinted at all things wicked. His six-foot-plus frame was clothed in an expensive suit, which did little to hide his broad shoulders and narrow waist. The thin shirt he wore pulled against the muscles of his chest, and Ryder could see the hard nipples poking through the silky fabric. Heat blazed in his glittering black eyes.

“I noticed you as soon as you walked in, so beautiful with your golden hair and skin and those bright blue eyes like a summer sky.” He licked his lips, drawing Ryder’s attention once more to their fullness. “I like your mouth too. I watched you drink your beer and wished your lips were wrapped around my cock instead of that bottle. Imagine, a grown man being jealous of a bottle.”

Ryder sucked in his breath. He’d never been so blatantly seduced. In his mind he pictured this man stripped bare, pale body, glowing damp with perspiration, draped over Ryder’s own naked flesh. If he wanted, he knew he could take him, lead him to the back, and have him on his knees within minutes. Ryder imagined sliding his zipper down, pulling out his dick, and stuffing the man’s sexy, full mouth.

Sex with a stranger, in a club. How predictable and fucking depressing.

Finishing his second beer, he reined in his temper. “I don’t like people touching me unless I give them permission first.” He leaned closer, catching a whiff of the man’s cologne, mixed with the faint aroma of tequila and sweat. “And I didn’t give you”–Ryder touched the man’s nose with his fingertip–“permission to touch me.”

A groan burst forward from the man’s mouth as he closed his eyes. Ryder took the opportunity to escape and join his friends on the dance floor. Emily slipped her arm around his waist. “What was that all about, sweetie? He looked hot and totally into you.”

Ryder shrugged and swayed his body to the music as he danced with his friends. “Nothing and nobody. Someone looking for a fuck buddy for the night.” The music changed, and he made a face. “I hate this song. Come on, let’s get another drink.” He grabbed her hand, pushing his way off the dance floor, Connor trailing behind them, grumbling about rude friends.

“I’ve got this round, Connor. What’ll it be?” It was so tight by the bar they overlapped shoulders. Connor, touchy-feely bastard that he was, clasped the back of Ryder’s neck, resting his hand there.

“Get me another beer and Em another Sea Breeze.”

He’d given the bartender his order when he came face-to-face with the man he’d left before. Only this time the sexy mouth was sneering, and his handsome face twisted in an ugly grimace.

“So you let this pretty boy touch you, but you disappear on me?” His anger had Ryder taking a step back, forcing Connor to grasp him around the neck. The man’s eyes flashed. “He came with a woman. I saw. You like it three way, maybe? I can arrange for that.” He stepped in closer, and Ryder knew he had to get out of there.

“I’m out.” He spoke over his shoulder to Connor. “See you tomorrow.” Ryder pushed past the man and hustled out of the club. The cold wind bit through his shirt. Shit, he forgot his jacket inside. He texted Connor to get it from the coat check and take it with him when he left. There was no way in hell he was going back in there. Hailing a cab was simple, and within minutes he was hurtling down Broadway back home. Another disaster. Letting his head fall back on the headrest, he closed his eyes, and as always when he was alone and depressed, his thoughts turned to his former lover, Matt.

Was the man even alive, or had the path he’d chosen–drugs over his love–sent him to an early grave? What a waste of life. Matt had been so vibrant and healthy when they’d first met at the gym. But his easygoing, California-surfer-dude mentality hid a dark side. Drugs had always been prevalent in the music industry, but Matt wasn’t into weed. He was into the hard stuff–heroin. Ryder begged him to get help, to go to rehab, but his boyfriend insisted he didn’t have a problem. Working for an Internet radio station gave him easy access to all the drugs he could ever want.

The last ugly episode, when Ryder came home to find Matt passed out with a needle on the floor, would remain forever scalded in his brain. Never in his life had he been so scared as he was at that moment.

“Matt, Matt.” His earsplitting screams had no effect on his unconscious lover. Waiting for the ambulance to arrive, Ryder thought he’d go mad. He tried slapping Matt, pushing him, anything to rouse him out of his stupor. But Matt remained unmoving.

Three days later in the hospital, still looking like shit, Matt tried to joke it off. “Come on, dude, it wasn’t so bad. I promise I’ll cut back.” He grinned that wide-open smile that before had always melted Ryder’s heart.

Not this time.

“I can’t do it anymore. You have to make the choice.”

Matt’s grin faded. “I don’t know, man. It makes me feel good. And life is about feeling good, you know?”

No, Ryder didn’t know. “I’m sorry, but no. I don’t want any part of it.” He stared at the man he thought he loved. Did he even exist anymore, or had the drugs leeched into him too deep to let go? Was he wrong, forcing him to choose? “Aren’t I enough to make you feel good?”

“If you loved me, you wouldn’t make me choose.” Matt’s face tightened in anger, and his brown eyes darkened. “But it’s no problem, dude. I’ll pick up my stuff and head over to Troy’s. He’s cool with me.”

Pain sliced through Ryder’s chest. He gasped. “Have you been sleeping with him?” Though they always practiced safe sex, he didn’t want to know his lover had cheated on him.

A sigh of relief escaped him when Matt shook his head. “Nah, man. Troy’s not gay. We’re friends.” His face softened. “I’m sorry, Ry. We had fun, though, right?”

Fun. That was all their year together meant to the man? Matt didn’t love him, never had. Ryder turned on his heel and left Matt’s room and the hospital.

He never saw Matt again.

The gruff voice of the cabbie interrupted his thoughts. “Hey, buddy. We’re here.”

Swiping his credit card, he tipped the driver, then took his receipt. He scrambled out of the cab, anxious to get inside and out of the cold night air. By the time he made it to the entrance, he was shivering. Clarence, the doorman, pulled open the door.

“Mr. Daniels, where is your coat? It’s freezing tonight, sir.”

Ryder chuckled. “Clarence, you’re like a mother hen. Connor has it, and I’ll pick it up tomorrow. I trust you had a nice holiday?” He pulled his keys out of his pocket.

The elderly, gray-haired doorman smiled. “Yes, all the grandchildren were there, and they kept my lap busy. I trust you had a nice holiday, sir?”

Ryder nodded and knew his strained smile didn’t fool the man. “Well, good night, Clarence.”

“Shane wanted me to tell you he walked Pearl and fed her tonight. He even stayed and played with her a bit. Good night, sir.”

“When you see him, tell him how much I appreciate it, please.” Ryder took the elevator to the sixteenth floor and was greeted by a whining Pearl. She hated being left alone. Ryder gave her some treats, drank two glasses of water, and after shedding his clothes, fell into bed. Within moments he was asleep, his arm around his dog.

* * * *

At eleven o’clock on Monday morning, Ryder sat, manning the phones at Rescue Me, when an emergency call came in.

“Tell me the address, please.” He jotted down an address in Red Hook, Brooklyn–an area well-known to harbor dogfighting rings. “Okay, we’ll be there within half an hour at the latest. Don’t touch the dogs, and give them plenty of space.” He hung up the phone. Emily was readying herself for the trip. She took out muzzles, large blankets, and some food and bowls.

“I’m ready, Ry. You’ll fill me in on the way there.” She, along with Laurel and Hardy, jumped in their van. Crates were clipped to brackets on the floor. Ryder slammed the door shut, and they started out for the drive to the construction site, where it seemed the foreman had come upon some pit bulls he didn’t know how to handle. Afraid of getting bitten, he called the rescue.

Not twenty minutes later, they were bouncing along the cobblestone and broken-up streets of one of Brooklyn’s strangest areas. On one block were some of the toughest housing projects in the city, and on the next were gentrified townhomes, IKEA, and expensive, charming restaurants. They pulled into a double-wide parking area, their van squeezing by a truck with Malloy Bros. Construction emblazoned on the side.

From the passenger seat, he could see a crowd of men standing around, some in hard hats, along with curious onlookers. One man in shirtsleeves, tall and beefy with curly brown hair, stood off to the side talking into a phone. It was the other man who caught Ryder’s attention.

He was tall, a few inches over six feet. His dark hair fell in loose waves that brushed the top of his collar and curled at the bottom of his neck. He was built strongly, and Ryder could see the muscles bulging through his button-down shirt. As cool as it had been on Thanksgiving, the temperature had risen to an almost balmy fifty degrees today. His shirtsleeves were rolled up to his elbows, showcasing his powerful arms.

“Wow, that is one cute guy.” Emily nudged him. “I see you staring at him. Make sure you go over and speak to him.”

Ryder scowled at her. “I’m here to work, not make a date.”

Emily squeezed his thigh and poked him. “Maybe you can do both.” She winked and gave him her saucy smile.

He kissed her cheek. “Now I see why you and Connor are perfect together. You’re both annoying.”

Her eyes sparkled as she kissed him back. “You love it. Come on, let’s go.” She opened the van’s door and hopped out.

When Ryder looked out the van’s window, he locked eyes with the dark-haired man’s intense stare. He licked his lips, inexplicably nervous.

What the hell is that about?

All thoughts fled as he saw a group of men approach the row of houses and start up the stairs. They had bats in their hands, and one held a chain. In a flash he jumped down from the van and raced toward the group of men.

“What the fuck do you think you’re doing?”

Copyright © Felice Stevens

 

 

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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. She started reading traditional historical romances when she was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels became renewed.

But somewhere along the way, her tastes shifted. While she still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, she began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. And once she picked up her first, she became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, she knew she wanted to write her own.

Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of her own. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. She practices law but daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.



 



May 21st, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday : Blood Games by Chloe Neill

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, originally started by Jill at Breaking the Spine , that highlights upcoming book releases everyone or at least I’m waiting on. :)

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Coming August 5, 2014

Summary:

“IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A VAMPIRIC ROLE MODEL, YOU COULDN’T DO ANY BETTER THAN MERIT….CHICAGO IS LUCKY TO HAVE HER.”—#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris

While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet….

A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?



 



May 20th, 2014

Top Off Tuesday : Taking the Reins by Kat Murray

What better way than to top off a good book than with a GREAT Cover!

Every week, Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading,and Felicia from Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog want to see those Top Off covers that grab your attention! Please play along and tell us your favorites (old, new, or not yet released). Button made by Missie at The Unread Reader and Diana at Book of Secrets.

Every once in a while there are covers that just make you say Oh My! Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is bad, and sometimes it is head scratching. The point of Top Off Tuesday is to show you the ones with their Tops Off!

Summary:

Peyton Muldoon needs a man bad.

No, not that way. What she needs is a trainer for her struggling stud ranch. And only a true life horse whisperer will do, a man with the right touch and real know how.

Redford Callahan’s on a hot streak.

Not in the sack. But with the ranch owners who hire him to gentle their animals without breaking their spirit. He can pick and choose his next gig, so he’ll be damned if he’s going to waste his time on a mismanaged operation like the M-Star. Not until Peyton sashays into his motel room one night to make him a deal he can’t refuse. Now Red’s days as a loner are numbered and he’s starting to wonder if there’s one spitfire he won’t be able to tame. . .

“Sassy and sexy. . .a welcome new voice!” –USA Today bestselling author Donna Kauffman



 



May 19th, 2014

Must Have Monday : SEALs Of Summer: Military Romance Superbundle – Navy SEAL Style

Must Have Monday

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Summary :

Military Super-bundle of TEN novels and novellas by 10 NYT and USA Today bestselling authors.

* New York Times Bestseller *
* USA Today Bestseller *
* AMAZON Top 25 Bestseller *
* AMAZON #1 Bestseller in Romance – Military *
* AMAZON #1 Bestseller in Romance – Mystery & Suspense – Suspense *

IT TAKES A SEAL, An Adventure Girls, Inc. story by USA Today Bestselling author Delilah Devlin: A travel agent visiting friends in the Bahamas is stranded on a desert island with a sexy ex-SEAL after their private pleasure cruise is interrupted by men who mistake her lover for a reclusive billionaire.

SEAL OF MY HEART by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Sharon Hamilton: Kate Livingstone’s engagement is at risk the instant she sets eyes on the handsome elite warrior sitting next to her on a plane trip to visit her sister. Navy SEAL Tyler Gray had thought he knew what he wanted in life, until he meets Kate and their obvious attraction for each other sparks something deep in his soul. What starts out as innocent letters between friends turns out to be much more. Can someone fall in love deeply just with words and letters exchanged, or is this just a pleasant fantasy that will ruin their lives forever?

SMOKING HOT by National Bestselling Author Anne Marsh: When an ambush kills his teammate, Navy SEAL Tye Callahan vows to spend the summer in Strong, California, fighting fires with the smoke jumper team and looking out for Katie Lawson, his teammate’s fiancée. Now, as the summer heats up, they must decide if the chemistry burning between them might just be their second chance at living their own lives… together.

THE NAVY SEAL’s E-MAIL ORDER BRIDE by National Bestselling author Cora Seton: If Mason Hall, Navy SEAL, can’t find a wife and get her pregnant–and convince his three brothers to marry, too–before the year is up, he’ll have to forfeit the ranch his family has prized for over a hundred years. Who knew one city girl and three wayward brothers could put up such a fight?

FALL OUT by National Bestselling Author Zoe York: Drew Castle is a Navy SEAL with a bad case of indifference. Until Annie Martin shows up on his doorstep, scared out of her mind, and all of a sudden, keeping her safe becomes the most important mission of his life. And this time, he’s on his own.

CLOSE QUARTERS by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Roxie Rivera: Getting tangled up in Jamie Pearson’s latest hot mess–or her sheets–is the very last thing Navy SEAL Leland Gates needs, but in close quarters like these, there’s no denying the white-hot passion blazing between them.

KILLING HONOR by International Bestselling author S.M. Butler: Returning home after a disastrous extended deployment, Navy SEAL Brody Battles struggles with nightmares and government secrets building a wall between him and his wife, Devyn, especially when a security breach compromises his identity. While they’re adjusting to being a family again, an old enemy waits in the shadows, salivating for the sweet taste of revenge.

COMING IN HOT by Award-winning author Kimberley Troutte: For Navy SEAL Mack Riley, rescuing a family in Colombian jungles isn’t as hard as seeing the admiral’s daughter again, but since Jenna is joining the hostage rescue team, his orders are to protect her. In the heat of battle, love breaches their defenses just as missiles lock onto their coordinates …can they save the family and get out alive?

A SEAL’s SONG by Golden Heart Finalist author Jennifer Lowery: Navy SEAL Jack Taggart’s plans to catch some much-needed downtime between deployments are demolished when he risks everything to rescue beautiful wedding singer, Darci O’Shea, from a band of thieves. Will the battle between their inner demons be the hardest one to fight, or will they find rescue in each other’s arms?

SEALS’s EMBRACE by USA Today Bestselling author Elle James: Injured Navy SEAL and the critical care nurse he’s attempting to woo join forces to stop a terrorist attack.

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