Friday, December 1, 2017

Save the Date by Annabeth Albert and Wendy Qualls

Title:  Save the Date
Author:  Annabeth Albert and Wendy Qualls
Publisher:  Self-published
Genre and Pairing:  MM Contemporary
Page Count:  153
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Randall Young has one duty as his sister’s “man of honor”: to ensure she has the best wedding ever. That includes an epic bachelorette pub crawl, leading him to Portland’s most popular gay bar… and into Hunter Mitchell’s well-muscled arms. A one-night stand with a sexy soldier is the perfect way to ditch that pesky V-card and get himself in the mood for a weekend of flowers, cake, and nuptials.

Hunter wants to blow off some steam before he stands up as his best friend’s best man. He's already married to his military career, not looking to settle down. He certainly doesn’t intend for the one guy he met (and, okay, got off with) in Oregon to be his counterpart in the wedding party. Or a virgin. Definitely wasn’t intending that. Luckily, they have the rest of the weekend for Hunter to show Randall what he's been missing.

The more they’re thrown together by the wedding, the more Randall and Hunter grow together outside the bedroom… which is dangerous because there’s a lot more than 2500 miles standing between them and a happily-ever-after. If they want a future beyond their wedding weekend hookup, both must find the courage to take a chance on love.

Save the Date by author Annabeth Albert and Wendy Qualls is a cute love story between Randall and Hunter.  Randall is at a bar for his sister’s bachelorette party.  He is the kind of person to give money to a homeless person. He has a very kind heart. He also babbles and blushes a lot

Hunter is just trying to find someone to blow off some steam with.  He is buff keeps in shape.  Has a secret thing for quiet brainy men.  He is good friends with the groom.
I really like how both men grow in this book.  They each must grow and learn how to be with the other. I felt this was a great start to what promises to be years of love for both of them.   If you love a sweet romance with a bit of spice thrown in this is the book to pick up.

                                Five Shooting Stars 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Pretend Husband by Declan Rhodes

Title:  The Pretend Husband
Series: Romance in the City, 1
Author:  Declan Rhodes
Publisher: Self published
Genre and Pairing:
Page Count: 187
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb 
“We could pretend I'm your husband."

Alex only needed a place to crash for two or at the most three weeks while he licked his wounds from the end of a bad relationship and found a full-time job to get back on his feet. Liam was more than generous offering room and board in exchange for regular dog walking and home maintenance.

It all seemed so simple until Alex's stay stretched into a month, six weeks, and more. Faced with the skeptical eyes of friends, and complete strangers' unsolicited compliments about being the perfect couple, Liam and Alex concoct a scheme to present themselves to the world as husband and husband.

It works perfectly until they lose control of their plan. Alex finds out about a quality job, and it looks like it's time to leave. Will the pretend marriage turn into a pretend divorce or something much more real?

The Pretend Husband is the first book in the Romance In the City series. It is a romance centered around a fake relationship theme. The novel contains steamy scenes, no cliffhangers, and a happily-ever-after ending.

The Pretend Husband is the first book in the Romance in the City series by author Declan Rhodes. This book in written in dual POV.
I found myself having a little bit of trouble with character connection in this story. It is good but at times I was left going where is the connection gone?  For a romance that is a problem to me. The storyline itself though is very good and well done.
Liam is at a bar just unwinding from a seriously long day at work. That is where he meets Alex. Alex is about to be homeless.  Liam being the kind-hearted person he is helping him out. And it turns out later Alex can help Liam out too.  I liked these two together but did not feel that intense connection they just have so so chemistry for me.
The story itself is very believable and well written. I just wish there had been more of a connection between the men.  If that had been there this book would be off the charts. But it is okay just the way it is. It is a cute humorous modern love story with a cute ending.

                     Four Twinkling Stars 

Stay by Piper Scott

Title: Stay
Series: The Omegaverse, 3
Author:  Piper Scott
Publisher:  Lovelight
Genre and Pairing: MM, bdsm[T1] , contemporary
Page Count:  250
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb 
Above a kingdom of kink rules an alpha who’s fought for his family since the beginning.

Sterling Holt, owner of kink club The Shepherd, has given all he has to keep his family together. But after years of hard work raising his much-younger sister, his nest is empty—and so is his heart.

Beneath the weight of his own guilt aches an omega who can’t see salvation.

Proud, cocky, and outspoken, on the surface it looks like Adrian Lowe has it all—but beneath his prickly facade lurks something darker. Something painful. Something he can only escape during weekends at The Shepherd.

He will never forgive himself for what he’s lost.

But the lost can be found again.

When one night of scorchingly intense passion binds two lonely souls together, Adrian and Sterling will either have to sever ties and give in to their loneliness, or admit that what they’ve found in each other is worth staying for.

Stay is a 78,000 word BDSM-flavored novel set following the events of Obey and Beg. With this much snark, power play, and pain/pleasure, it can be read as a standalone, but it’s best read as a sequel 

Stay by author Piper Scott is an intense read. I liked the BDSM elements to it, it really brought the story together in a powerful way.  The characters have a strong storyline that keeps me turning the pages wondering what will happen next.
This story is set in the Omegaverse, and is the third book in this universe. It should be read in order. We have characters from the other stories and this story is built on previous storylines.
I particularly like that about this book. Allows me to have a more in-depth relationship with the characters I meet and the ones I know and love.
Adrian’s little brother is kidnapped. He goes to the Shepard looking for peace and something he himself is not even sure of.
Sterling the owner of the kink club knows how to get to Adrian’s desires. He is perfect for him. Someone who cares and is willing to put the time into helping him heal.
This story is full of against and love.  I really love the direction this series is going in. I am looking forward to more in this series too.  If you love an angsty love story with bdsm thrown in this is the one for you.

                               Five Shooting Stars 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Shining Star Award: Heathens by Britt Collins

Title:  Heathens
Author:  Britt Collins
Publisher:   Deep Desires Press
Genre and Pairing:  Contemporary and M/F
Page Count:  223 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
Publisher Buy Link:  

Publisher Blurb 
The dark-haired, tattooed, rebellious JB Branson is leading a quiet life of self-induced exile after the death of his mother. That is, until his twin brother Caesar shows up and informs him that their father and cousin are hanging onto life.

The moment Amina Lewis steps foot on the Branson Family property looking for her estranged mother, she soon realizes that she’s more like her mother than she wants to admit. She, too, loves a bad boy.

JB has a reputation as the crazy, uncontrollable one in the family, and he’s not about to let his family or anyone else stop him from getting the two things that he wants in life: the killer of his mother and Amina Lewis as his forever.

Branson is a name synonymous with redneck criminal empire in their neck of the woods.  JB is the baddest of the bad who happens to be a tad bit crazy.  But Amina doesn’t mind his brand of crazy that is until it may cost her her life.

I can honestly say I was surprised by Heathens.  This story by Britt Collins was darker and grittier than I have ever read.  However, having said that, I really liked JB and Amina.  They both had issues, serious issues, but their crazy worked.  JB was honest to a fault.  He made no bones about who he was, even though; unlike Amina he couldn’t see the good in himself.  His family was as redneck as it is possible to be, but JB managed to see Amina aside from her race.  I loved that Ms. Collins gave her just as many issues as JB.  She struggled even as she accepted all JB was and could be.  Ms. Collins didn’t hide much about this family and I loved that JB was trying to be better even before Amina entered his life.  This story is dark.  The characters are equally dark but the love between them worked.  I loved seeing the journey Amina and JB were taking in spite of their respective families.  I found myself drawn into not only this world but also the characters.  This was my first time reading Ms. Collins work but I can honestly say it will not be the last.

                    Five Shooting Stars and Shining Star Award 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Resurrected by Kris Sawyer

Title: Resurrected
Series: Alpha’s Warlock, 2
Author: Kris Sawyer
Publisher: Creative Minds Promo
Genre: MM, Paranormal
Pages: 131
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Terry has returned from the shadows of death to be with Clyde, but he has more questions than he has answers. The pack is suspicious, and even his lover has doubts about his outlandish story. Desperate to clear his name and learn more about his forgotten past, Terry embarks on a journey of discovery. What he finds will change everything.

Deep in the pine forest, a tormented creature seeks revenge on the pack that has held him captive. More powerful than the werewolves, he wants to destroy. The hybrid hides among them and waits for his chance to pounce. The Alpha senses that his pack is once again on the brink of destruction, but without Clyde’s warlock, he fears all hell is about to break loose.

Resurrected is the second book in the Alpha’s Warlock series by author Kris Sawyer.  This is written almost in serial style. So all the books should be read in order.
In this story, we have Terry trying hard to remember what has happened to him.  This has an almost thriller feel to it. We know by reading his plight he really must remember, or he and his mate will be in great danger.
Clyde wants to support Terry. But he feels rather helpless to do so.  He does let Terry work it out for himself and supports Terry’s efforts any way he can.
This story is not sexual in nature. It more of a who done it feel and plot driven. I really loved this story. There is tenderness but not just that driving the story. There is a ton of ideas in this story that makes me want to read more. I really loved this story and I cannot wait for more.

                                      Five Shooting Stars 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Season of Seduction anthology blog post

Season of  Seduction
Limited Edition collection of Holiday romances

Ring in the holidays this year with this collection of steamy to sexy scintillating reads from today’s hottest bestselling authors. Whether you’re looking for a romance by the warm glow of the fireplace or a passionate romp on a bear skin rug, there is something for all readers, for every taste, desire, and whim. Come and join us, won’t you? This is sure to be a Season… of Seduction.

Featured Authors

Storm of Seduction (Gilpin County Search and Rescue) by Nicole Morgan
Will Lori’s plan be the thing that brings her and Kevin together again? Or will the rewards not be worth the risk as their very survival hangs in the balance?

Car Crash Love by Caitlyn Lynch
Could a car crash really be the beginning of Paige’s happily ever after?

Snowed In and Set Up by: Whitley Cox
Six lonely hearts, five days and a whole lotta mistletoe.

Winter’s Reign by Tracy Goodwin
One queen falls, as one queen rises.
Long may she reign …

Delivered through The Storm by Nicole Garcia
One special delivery can change your life forever.

Paper Love by Aubrey Wynne
Can Ben win her love with the help of a stray homing pigeon and an old origami legend?

 Out of her Element by Debbie White
Everything happens for a reason…

Finding Love by Krista Ames
Sometimes the best things are found in awkward places...

My Little Secret by Ember Leigh
Just once is never enough.

Slow Hand by Bonnie Edwards
A jilted bride...a sexy sea at first touch…

Wherever Love Finds You by Laura Haley-McNeil
It’s his game. He makes the rules. Rule number one - only he can break the rules.

Finding Their Future by Sarah Marsh
Sometimes to get to your future, you have to go through the past.

The Beast In A Suit by Elena Kincaid
She’s no damsel. He’s no prince.

A broken promise.  A broken heart.  Can a helicopter crash mend both?

Accused by Carmen Fox
United by grief. Separated by secrets.

Venetian Holiday by Christine Donovan
Her best friend’s brother. Will they or won’t they?

Christmas at Starlight  by Kris Jett
The weather may be cold outside, but things are sizzling indoors.

 War Of Hearts by Shelique Lize
The heart wants, what it wants.

The Snow Drift Inn by Michelle Ziegler
Our pasts don’t define us, but they leave scars that can ruin our future.

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