Friday, April 28, 2017

Release Day-Review & Giveaway: ONE CALL AWAY by Felice Stevens




One Call Away
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2017


Blurb

When a brutal attack from a jealous competitor leaves Noah Strauss, darling of the modeling world, physically scarred and emotionally damaged, he quits the runway to become a psychologist. Using his contacts from his time in the spotlight, he creates One Call Away, a radio show dedicated to gay men looking for love, advice or someone to talk to. But with secrets of his own and a mother who refuses to understand the career path he's chosen, the one person Noah can't seem to help is himself.

On a drunken dare from the senior partner's grandson, Oren Leavitt calls Noah’s radio show, pretending to be gay. Only Oren isn't certain if he's pretending. He's left his strict Orthodox Jewish upbringing behind, but the guilt remains. Guilt that his actions have prevented his sister from finding a husband and guilt that he's failed his parents. Talking to "Dr. Noah" helps, and as he finds himself calling the man again and again, he knows he must be honest. But Oren is unsure if he's lying to Noah or himself.

For Noah, trust is paramount; he's been deceived in his personal and professional life and while he desperately wants to help Oren, he also finds himself falling for the sweet and tortured man. Oren is trapped: he risks losing his job and more importantly the love and security of his family but knows he can't hide if if wants to be with Noah. When unresolved heartaches from the past rise up to control the present, Noah and Oren discover that love often comes from the most unexpected places, and sometimes a call for help not only saves a life, it can be a new and beautiful beginning.






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Carra's Review

A bit angsty, a bit sweet, a bit hot, and with the always superior writing and storytelling I’ve come to expect from Felice Stevens…that’s what you’ll find when you open up One Call Away.  Oh, and let’s not forget Oren and Noah, the two amazing main characters with whom I completely fell in love.

Noah is an incredibly kind and giving man, always wanting to help others but still hiding away on the personal side thanks to a horrible attack he endured years ago.  He now needs to relearn how to love and accept himself as he is now so he can truly move on with his life.  Oren grew up in a very strict Orthodox Jewish household, but just couldn’t continue that level of religiosity for his entire life.  He loves his family and is always concerned he’s going to let them down because he left home and didn’t want to continue to live such a devoted religious life.  The moment his boss eggs him on to call in to Noah’s radio show as a joke is the moment that Oren truly starts a new journey of self discovery.  

Noah and Oren’s relationship develops slowly and naturally, with both men helping each other on their individual journeys.  There’s a lot of emotion on both sides, and it intensifies everything between them…and when they finally get to the point where they give themselves to each other totally, it’s powerful and passionate—not to mention sensual and scorching hot!

The angst and drama is present on several fronts, from Oren not being out to anyone to his uncomfortable and actually downright hostile work environment to the strain of him coming out to his family, then also Noah’s pain over his scars to his resentment of his mother’s attitude toward his prior modeling career and his last lover’s betrayal.  All of this plus Noah and Oren’s blossoming relationship—which is sweet and tender yet oh-so-hot—means that emotions are running high for the majority of the story, which had me not wanting to put this book down for any reason.

One Call Away was a fantastic story and gets 5 stars from me.  I highly recommend this to any M/M romance fan, though readers should be 18+ for the adult language and explicit M/M sexual content.  



Author Bio

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, my characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.


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Review & Giveaway: A GOOD NEIGHBOUR by Clare London



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Length: 18,825 

Cover: Tibbs Design



Blurb


A London Lads Story

A secret affair can't go on forever.

Dylan Philips admits it himself: he's a relentlessly single man in a small suburban town, both proud of and resigned to being a good teacher and a devoted nephew to his mischievous great-aunts.

When the aunts take a hand in matchmaking him with Josie Whitman, the girl who lives along the street, Dylan doesn't tell them what kind of soul mate he's really looking for-and the fact that he's already found the man in question. It's not Josie who's travelling from London every month to her town property, but her journalist brother Neal. And Dylan meets up with Neal whenever he can.

But decisions must be made for their future. Dylan is risk-averse to everything from overseas travel to coming out, whereas Neal embraces adventure-and now he wants to take Dylan with him.

Horrified that his chance at love will move even further out of his reach, Dylan realises it's time for him to own up to what kind of man he really is. He needs to find courage and compromise. And who knows whether the great-aunts will be a help or a hindrance with that?

First Edition published as A Good Neighbor by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2009.




Carra's Review

For a short novella, A Good Neighbour packs a healthy--and steamy--punch.  Dylan has a massive amount of patience with his great aunts...if I was him I would have probably blown my top a long time ago.  They mean well, but those are two pushy old broads!  But in the end, they know better after all...much to Dylan's surprise.

Dylan and Neal together fogged up my screen pretty well; the two of them together have incredible physical chemistry.  The conflict in this story actually comes from the emotional side of their not-for-the-public relationship, something that could well derail the pleasure they've already found together.

I really enjoyed this story-even though it was a pretty quick read, I still felt a tie to the characters.  But the length of the story did feed into the reasons behind my rating in a slightly negative way simply because this story left me wanting a LOT more...as in more background on how Dylan and Neal got together.  When the book begins, they've already been quietly seeing each other for a while so it almost felt like I had come in to an existing story.

Regardless, I was still quite entertained by this book, and it was a 4-star read for me.  I'll just keep my fingers crossed that maybe it could be expanded in the future because I really did not get enough of Dylan and Neal.  I'd recommend this one to any M/M romance fan, especially if you're looking for something quick to read.  Things between the couple do get nice and hot, so this story is meant for readers 18+.




Author Bio

Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She's written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she's just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she's happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters. 


Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home. 


All the details and free fiction are available at her website. 
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Spotlight-Excerpt & Giveaway: SILK & SCHOLAR by Cassandra Dean

The much anticipated next installment of
the Silk series is finally here!
Will a firebrand and her antagonist
discover passion of a different kind?
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SILK & SCHOLAR
Cassandra Dean
Series: The Silk Series, Book 4
Genre: Historical Romance, Sweet Romance, Victorian Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Most ladies dream of finding a husband, but Etta Wilding-Marsh dreams of the law. Establishing a law school for women is the determined firebrand’s dearest ambition and she has no time for distraction and certainly no time for the wickedly handsome antagonist from her youth.
After years of annoying her from afar, Lord Christopher Hiddleston leaps at the chance to return to Cambridge and the fiery girl he has never forgotten. Now a successful Gothic novelist, Christopher will use his notoriety to support the school...and drive Etta wild.
A chance meeting leads to another, and then the firebrand and the antagonist find a passion of a different sort. But can a woman who dreams too much and a man who never does truly find a happily ever after?

Excerpt

"What is your novel to be about?"
A strange kind of excitement filled Christopher. "I thought in the first novel, she could be a client of the inquiry agent and proves herself invaluable in solving the case. Of course, he thinks her frivolous to begin with, but, over the course of the novel, he realises she is more than what she seems and comes to rely upon her insight and counsel."
Etta regarded him for the longest time, so long his stomach felt like lead. "It sounds interesting," she finally said.
Relief tore through him, and he gave a cocky grin. "Of course it's interesting. I shall write it."
She rolled her eyes. "I should have known better than to think you would be serious for half a minute."
Sobering, he said, "Would you read it? If you saw it in a shop, would you pick it up?"
"Perhaps."
He released the breath he hadn't known he had taken. Her opinion mattered. It always had. In fact... "I should like it if you would consult on it."
She blinked. "I beg your pardon."
"I should like it if you would consult. Be my editor, as it were." He warmed to the idea. "You were practically my editor on the first story anyway."
"I beg your pardon?"
"Your comments." She still looked utterly confused. "On the passages I included with the articles."
"You mean those gothic scribbles you sent with the articles You actually applied my criticisms?"
Now she seemed shocked as well as confused. "Of course. You were correct, every time."
Here was a sight he'd never thought he'd see. Etta Wilding-Marsh, stymied. "Will you be my consultant?"
She seemed to snap herself out of it. "I shall have to think on it."
Something inside him dulled, but he swallowed it with a grin. "Don't think too long. Others would clamour for the opportunity."
"Then perhaps you should ask them."
He merely continued to grin.
"I have to go," she stammered. "Gwen-the duchess-is expecting me."
"Of course," he murmured.
She made to move past him only to hesitate. "You truly wish my opinion?"
"Of course."
A smile lit her face, blinding in its brilliance.
He sucked in his breath. Heart pounding, he nodded dumbly as she said another good-bye and left, glancing over her shoulder with another smile before disappearing around the corner.
Regaining his breath, he silently recounted the last few moments. He, apparently, was to write a series, and not just any series, but a detective series. Something he'd barely allowed himself to think of, he'd blurted out to Etta without a thought. And then, he'd asked her to help him with it. And she had smiled at him.

Other Books by the Author

Check out the other books in the Silk series by Cassandra Dean.
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Silk & Scandal
Series The Silk Series, Book 1
Eight years ago Thomas Cartwright and Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons were friends, but when her diplomat father departs London, Nicola must follow. Bored, she falls into scandal and Thomas, studying to become a barrister, is forced to sever their ties.
Now Lady Nicola is back and she won’t let him ignore her.
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Silk & Scorn
Series The Silk Series, Book 2
No matter how much their mothers wished them wed, Sarah Wetherall loathed Arthur Davenport. Circumstance, however, conspires against her and perhaps she does need his legal expertise, but she refuses to acknowledge how handsome her oldest foe has become or her reaction to him.


Book CoverSilk & Scars
Series The Silk Series, Book 3
For over a year, Miss Gwendolyn Parkes and the Duke of Sowrith have corresponded. At first an error, the letters quickly became something much more, a friendship forged on like minds and perhaps the hope of something more.

Praise for the Silk Series

An absolutely fabulous novella from their first letter until their last.
- Lady Rhyleigh, ARe Cafe on Silk & Scandal
It takes a special kind of talent to craft a compelling short story-it takes very unique talent indeed to create characters as engaging and sympathetic as those found in Cassandra Dean's stories...
- Bridget, The Romance Reviews on Silk & Scorn

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About Cassandra Dean

Cassandra Dean is the author of historical romance ranging from sweet to steamy, playing about in the eras, roaming from Ancient Rome to Victorian to the Old West and beyond. Her books take readers on an emotional rollercoaster, from the lowest of lows to the joyous of highs. And, of course, her characters fall into the forever kind of love.
Cassandra is proud to call South Australia her home, where she regularly cheers on her AFL football team and creates her next tale.
Visit Cassandra’s website at http://cassandradean.com
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review & Excerpt: TIED TO YOU by Riley Hart


TIED TO YOU
WILD SIDE BOOK 2
by Riley Hart
Genre: M/M romance

Cover Design: X-Potion Designs
Cover Photo: John Karrer
Artwork:  Sarah Jo Chreene

Blurb
Miles Sorenson prides himself on his brutal honesty. Facts and logic are a hell of a lot easier to deal with than emotions. He’s got his career and a small, close-knit group of friends, and he doesn’t need nor want anything else. The total opposite of Quinn Barker, who doesn’t take life too seriously and thinks a good laugh can cure anything.

When Quinn takes Miles home, it’s supposed to be a one-time deal. Except they really click in the sack and end up spending the weekend together, enjoying each other's bodies as much as their company…to Miles’s dismay. Matters get even more muddled when, months later, they run into each other at the popular West Hollywood bar, Wild Side, and pick up right where they left off.

On the surface, Quinn and Miles are like oil and water, but the draw between them is undeniable. As their lives further entwine, they realize there’s more to their connection than the way they singe the sheets together.

But demons from the past have a way of catching up, and no matter how strong the link is tying Miles and Quinn together, the pressure may be enough to make it snap.


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EXCERPT
They made it to Miles’s car and to the 101 freeway before his cell rang again. “Oh f*ck.” Miles rolled his eyes after looking at the screen.
“Your mom again?” Quinn asked from the passenger seat, snickering. “She offered to bring you chicken soup while I was blowing you. That’s some funny sh*t.”
“No,” Miles replied. “Worse. It’s Chance.” Who he had no doubt called because he’d gotten notice that Miles called off work today. Maybe this whole close-friendship-like-family thing wasn’t such a good idea after all. “What?” Miles said into the cell.
“You better be dying.”
“I’m not.”
“Oh, well your mom thinks you are. She’s convinced you’re somehow dying. I thought she was going a little overboard, but then she said you called off work, and I had all sorts of crazy thoughts—cancer, heart attack, but then I just remembered it was early as f*ck and I’d gotten woken up because you’re suddenly a normal human being who doesn’t go to work once in a while. Then, I just wanted to kill you. It’d be easier if you were dying on your own.”
Miles gripped the phone tighter. “You’re all mental. Every single one of you. I don’t feel well. That’s it.” Was it really such a big deal that he didn’t go in to work today? Apparently, it was. Quinn was right. He was boring.
“You’re in a car. Why are you in a car, Miles?”
“I’m running away,” he answered. He probably should. It was the only way they would leave him alone.
Chance sighed. “Seriously…you okay, boo? Does this have anything to do with what had you upset Friday night?”
Miles looked over at Quinn, who stared back at him. He considered playing it off, making up some kind of excuse, but then he remembered that he demanded honesty from everyone else. What right did he have if he didn’t give it himself?
“I’m fine. I’m…going to the beach.”
“You hate the beach,” Chance replied.
Yeah, he usually did. He was looking forward to it today, though.
He risked another quick glance at Quinn whose brows were pulled together. Just as he thought. Quinn could hear Chance.
“I’m going with a friend,” Miles admitted. Should he have said boyfriend? Dude he was banging? Dating? They’d decided they were boyfriends.
“You hate friends…except us.”
F*cking Chance. “I don’t hate friends, you jackass. I’m driving so unless you really want me to die, I’m going to go.” He paused, then added, “And I’m bringing someone to Wild Side on Friday.”
“What? You’re—”
“I’m hanging up now,” Miles told him.
“Don’t you end this call, Miles! You’re bringing someone to Wild Side and going to the beach? Who are you and what did you do with my best friend? I—”
Miles hung up before Chance could continue.
“You hate the beach,” Quinn said. “I mentioned the beach our first weekend and you said you didn’t hate it.”
It was then Miles realized that’s why Quinn had chosen it. For him.
Miles looked at him and gave Quinn another truth. “I don’t hate the beach today. With you.” And it hadn’t been as hard to say as Miles thought it would.
“We haven’t gotten there yet.”
“That part doesn’t matter.” Brutal f*cking honesty.


Carra's Review

The relationships that form when characters are least expecting it, where they don’t realize it’s happening and that turn them upside down—those are some of my favorites. What I loved about Miles and Quinn was that even though they started off as a hookup, there was always a connection between them and their relationship wound up developing over time, becoming more and more intense. This throws Miles for a loop since he has a very hard time trusting people he doesn’t know, and the feelings he has are difficult for him to reconcile.

There’s absolutely no question that Miles and Quinn have scorching hot chemistry together from moment one; their intimate scenes can be raw yet with a touch of sweet, then ranging back to naughty with a bit of kink. It’s enough to have readers reaching for their fans and ice packs because their heat level is at the top of the charts. But they don’t only have chemistry in the bedroom—I hate to use a cliché, but they honestly do fit together like two puzzle pieces, complementing each over perfectly. The banter between them held my rapt attention, and at times had me laughing out loud.

Miles and Quinn have a lot in common, at least to a certain point. This makes it easy for them to understand each other, and is also a factor in how comfortable they feel together. While there is some tension that comes and goes in the story (primarily from Miles’s uncertainty and hesitation at opening up to someone outside his small, tight inner circle), for the most part it is relatively low angst. There is a bit of conflict between them near the end, but other than that the story is more about the development of their relationship and Miles coming to trust and both of them coming to love each other.

I did have a small issue with the source of the conflict as it is not explained how some information that comes to light was obtained, and given the nature of the information it was like a sign blinking at me saying “how did that get uncovered?”. But other than that, I felt the story was powerful and was fully character driven—and those characters were so…REAL, strong and well developed to where I was fully invested in their lives and the outcome of the story.

Tied to You was a 4.5-star read for me, and I do highly recommend this story to any M/M romance fan. It can be read as a standalone, but once you’ve read it you’ll find yourself wanting to go back and read the other stories that the supporting characters have appeared in so you can find out their tales as well. This book is meant strictly for readers 18+ for adult language and explicit M/M sexual content.


About the Author

Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic, a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. 
She loves reading, flawed characters, and hanging out with her husband and children, who she adores. She and her family live in Southern California, soaking up the sunshine, while also missing seasons. Not a day goes by that she isn’t thankful she gets to wake up and do what she loves. 
Life is good. Riley also writes young adult and new adult under the name Nyrae Dawn.





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April 28th is Kiss Your Mate Day-Romance E-Book Giveaway April 27th-30th



Welcome to the April 28th is Kiss Your Mate Day eBook Giveaway Event. Believe it or not, Kiss Your Mate Day is an actual holiday. So pucker up and give that special someone in your life a big fat kiss of love. To recognize this romantic day, a group of talented romance authors has come together to celebrate hugs and kisses, from romantic love to paranormal love to contemporary love. It's all here, a weekend of free eBooks to last you through the spring.

Don't wait to meet your next favorite author and book. The giveaway will only run from April 27th-30th. So be sure to click on the book cover, which will take you to a page where you can download your FREE eBook. To learn more about an author, simply click on the author's name.

Re-Release & Giveaway: The BEHIND THE LOVE Series by P.C. Zick


BEHIND THE LOVE SERIES
by P.C. Zick

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cover Reveals & Giveaway: THE ELLERY MOUNTAIN SERIES by RJ Scott


Out May 10 

Covers Designed by Meredith Russell




Rescuing cop Finn Ryan from a burning precinct was easy; it's keeping him alive Max Harrison finds difficult.

Firefighter, Max Harrison, is running from the city and finds peace in the sleepy Smoky Mountains town of Ellery. Finn Ryan is one of only three cops in Ellery, and someone is out to hurt him. Can Max find the arsonist, and keep Finn alive?




How can Daniel convince the man he loves, to stay with him in Ellery?

Luke Fitzgerald left Ellery Mountain for college and vowed never to return, but with his father murdered, he has no choice but to return. Luke only goes home to sell off his share of the Ellery Mountain Cabins, but everything changes when he meets the son of the other owner.

Daniel Skylar is an ex-soldier who lives every day to the limit and sees a future in Luke. It doesn't matter what Daniel says, or how much he needs Luke; Luke isn't staying once everything is sold off. Surely Daniel can understand that?




Jason McInnery, hounded by the paparazzi after his brother's death, runs to the one place where he hopes people will not sell him out. The place where he was born.

Hiding in the tourist cabins at Ellery Mountain Resort out of season he thinks he finally has room to breathe.

If only Kieran Dexter, a man ten years his junior, would stop fixing stuff and causing ripples in Jason's peaceful space.


Author Bio


RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week's break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn't defeat.






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