Thursday, April 19, 2018

300 Miles by Patrick Mangan

Author: Patrick Mangan
Publisher:  Painted Hearts Publishing
Genre: MM, contemporary  
Pages: 129
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Connor’s week-long camping vacation in eastern Oregon takes a turn in the wrong direction when his car breaks down at a scenic location in the middle of nowhere. Things quickly get back on track when Jared, a local mechanic, passes by, offering to give him a ride into the small nearby town and fix up his car.

Jared, a gay, closeted mechanic from a small town, finds himself quickly attracted to Connor, the middle school math teacher from the big city on the other side of the state. A quick, sexy fling leads both men into lustful desire for more, but reality hammers home as Connor’s car is fixed and he is due back home for work.

How do two men living 300 miles apart, one out and proud in a big city, and the other closeted in a small rural town, come together to build something that resembles a real relationship? Can the two find patience with each other and the hours of highway between them, or do they give into the frustrations of physical and emotional distances as they struggle to build a relationship that can work for both of them? 

300 Miles by Patrick Mangan is a really super good read. I loved the pacing on this book. It is a slow burn build up. Has very strong memorable characters.  The town itself is cute and felt like a place I would love to visit.
Connor has left the big city and headed out camping. He is states away from home and his car breaks down. He has his dog with him. He ends up walking to find help cause he is in the middle of nowhere.
Jared is a small-town mechanic and a man with a great heart. He ends up rescuing Connor and his dog. He owns his own shop and offers to help fix Connor’s car. The chemistry between these two is at friendship level at this point.
I liked the simmering romance. It is not a full-on attack but a slow burn that creeps up on you. I liked that both men are really nice people they are not overly anything.  I found that fun and refreshing to read.
Overall if you are a true romantic like me this is a fun easy read I really enjoyed.

                                     Five Shooting Stars 

Blood and Bite by LL Brooks

Author:  LL Brooks
Publisher:  Painted Hearts Publishing
Genre: MM,MMM contemporary  Paranormal
Pages: 65
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
One man, shot, robbed, and left for dead. The poor soul who rescued him was dying, destitute, living on what little he could trap or grow, and the victim of brutal abuse. Jacob follows the scent of blood to find them both, and something extraordinary: a call to blood and bite with two, one a wolf bent on revenge, the other a human with a heart of gold.

As alpha, Jacob couldn’t leave his pack. With the position of beta already taken within the pack, Nathan couldn’t stay without conflict. The blood and bite between them would seal a bond, denying them Caleb’s love. If either mated with him, Caleb would be at the mercy of wolf prejudice against humans. A three way mating had never been heard of, and they were certain, if they were to succeed, the stress of a double change would kill Caleb. They could see only one choice: do what they could for Caleb, sacrificing their love for him and each other.

Can there ever be a future of any of them?

Blood and Bite by LL Brooks.  This was an interesting story.  I had some problems with it but overall it is a good read. There are holes in this story though. Feels slightly off.  I adore this author, so I kept reading. The story does iron itself out.  But you’re gonna have to have some patience.
There is a good connection between the characters.  Which is all important.  I think more world building would be helpful to that feeling of being lost.
Caleb finds a man bloodied on the side of road.  Poor he does not own a gun, he is bullied by the locals.  He has nothing. Really no food, no clothes nothing.
He does have a great heart. He is helpful even when it is a danger to himself.
Nathan, drinks rabbit blood to cure himself.  He is a strong shifter.
Jacob is an Alpha who sees new paranormal in his territory. He finds out that Nathan and Caleb are his mates. But how do you get a human to be mated with them? Specially with his circumstances.
This is where the story took a turn for me. The two shifters seem more suited than Caleb. He is more like the damsel in distress kinda character.
So, my overall is a good read, has a few problems but not so much I cannot recommend reading this one.

                                    Four Twinkling Stars

Bound to the Omega by Ashe Moon

Series: Luna Brothers, 4
Author:   Ashe Moon
Publisher:  Ashe Moon
Genre: MM, contemporary
Pages: 283
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Alpha Arthur Luna has sworn off all men.

Thirteen years ago, his best friend was forced to be married off to another alpha, even though the two of them were in love. Determined not to have his heart broken again, Arthur has no plans to settle down... Until he discovers that Perry is back in town.

Perry Houndfang curses his arranged marriage. Thirteen years ago, he didn't just leave Wolfheart behind—he left the love of his life. With a cheating, scornful husband on his tail, and a three-year-old daughter to protect, Perry's back in Wolfheart to seek refuge... But he wasn’t expecting to run into Arthur again.

As they rediscover each other, it becomes obvious that fate had meant for them to be together. But Perry is still bound to another. To reclaim his love, Arthur must defeat Perry’s husband in a motorcycle challenge; a death-defying race between two wolf alphas: winner takes all.

Bound to the Omega is a “second chance” story full of steamy romance, page-turning action, and MPreg themes set in an exciting and vibrant new shifter world. It is the fourth and final book in the Luna Brothers Series, but is written so that it can be enjoyed on its own.

Bound to the Omega is the fourth book in the Luna Brothers by author Ashe Moon. This book is written in dual POV.  I really love this series and am always looking forward to the next book. This is a fast-paced series and you can read this one without having read the previous ones first.
Arthur: Alpha always been in love with Perry.  But he had to marry someone else.
Perry was abused by his former Alpha. Trying to be free. Wants Arthur back. He has a child from the abusive alpha.  He is an Omega.
I liked watching these two come full circle. Learning to be friends and lovers. The trust they build works in this story. I liked this a lot.

I cannot wait to read more from this series and find out who falls in love next. 

                                Five Shooting Star

Cover Reveal : Shifter Island by Jade Astor

Sage Murdock has always felt a little different from the other teenagers in Boston, and being bullied and ostracized has become a way of life he accepts…but at the same time, he worries that the whispers are true and that he is, in fact, abnormal.

After a bullying incident during his final week in high school provokes Sage to violence, his mother and stepfather call him into a family conference. Now that he is out of school, they tell him he is being sent to live with his biological father on Gray Island, a small weather-beaten island off the coast of Maine. There, Sage encounters many strange people who all seem to be hiding something.

A single bright spot is Cadi, a free-spirited girl about his own age. Unfortunately, Cadi is a member of a strange cult-like group that lives on the opposite side of Gray Island. Before long, Sage learns that his relationship with Cadi must end or the consequences will be catastrophic. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Shining Star Award: Play by the Rules by Frey Ortega

Author:  Frey Ortega
Publisher: Frey Ortega
Genre: MM, contemporary
Word Count: 59,000
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
It was just supposed to be an interview.
It was just supposed to be one morning.
It was just supposed to be a memory...
How did it end up like this?

Sensitive and melodramatic Emmett Yang has had enough of the dating world. Enter Joe Kaminski, former quarterback--driven, determined, recently out of the closet--and knows exactly who he wants. That just happens to be Emmett.

Emmett is convinced that their chance meeting is just a one-time thing: a memory to be cherished. He doesn't think that Joe would ever really want to be with him. After all, he's...him, and Joe is Joe. He's nowhere near Joe's nebula, and there are rules and norms and mores to be followed about this sort of situation, none of which end with Joe and him together.

But can the former quarterback show Emmett that there are no rules in love? 

I really enjoy books by Frey Ortega there is a ton of heart and soul inside the pages, and this book is no exception.  Play by the Rules is a fast-paced love story I really liked reading.
This book has the first-person narrative while it is not my favorite narrative per say, in this book I liked it very much.
Emmett, he is very careful online. About sharing his personal information with people. But he broke the rule with one guy.  The guy, in turn, broke his heart. He has a really needy personality. He thinks he needs to keep that part of himself hidden away.
25 years old and a virgin. Who has never had a boyfriend. He has come out. He is sensitive and lonely. He wants a romantic love. But he is very guarded. Has a great sense of humor. Very hard on himself. He expects a lot out of himself. Writer, editor, homebody.
Joe, star quarterback. Retiring at age 35. Set for life. The paper that Emmett works for is doing a human-interest story on him. He is a bachelor. Hunky and has recently come out.  He requested someone with Emmett’s qualifications. For the interview.  He wants someone happy, positive, and someone who will be just good to talk too.
Overall this is a sweet story. I loved that. This is about two men finding themselves and each other. Sometimes love can sneak up on you and these two certainly deserve it.
This is a story I will have on the keeper shelf, and take out when I want to experience sweet pure true love.

                         Five Shooting Stars and Reviewer's Choice Award

Trust and Obey by TS McKinney

Author:  TS McKinney
Publisher:  Painted Hearts Publishing
Genre: MM, contemporary BDSM
Pages: 258
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
For the past few years, Landry has been able to tuck the horrors of his past into a nice, neat compartment inside his head. He’s been focused on his future instead of dwelling on a past he can’t change. All this changes when Jericho Brookes struts into his life. Piece by piece, Brookes tears down the walls surrounding Landry’s heart – leaving him raw and vulnerable. Every time they’re together, Landry opens up more…gives more. Can Brookes be trusted with Landry’s heart?

When Landry’s past comes calling, will Brookes be friend or foe?

Trust and Obey by author TS McKinney is a fast pace but really intense read. I loved the connection and love the characters have. There is a depth here and the bdsm just brings them closer.
Landry is a submissive he uses it to escape his demons inside. Goes to a dark place in his life. He uses sex to hide from the pain. He has panic attacks it has been years since he has felt as helpless as he does right now.  Opening the club is scary for him.

Brookes is dominate enough to scare Landry. He wants to make Landry pay for taking the man he considered his. But the more he gets to know Landry he is finding he might not know what he thinks he knows and he is falling for the submissive.
Really great well-written story. Had me from page one. I loved the characters and wouldn’t mind this being a series. I can see man other characters I would want more from as well in the future in this story.  This is a story for the keeper shelf.

                            Five Shooting Stars 

Waking the Behr by Pat Henshaw

Series: Foothills Pride 7
Author: Pat Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM contemporary
Pages: 88
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Both Ben and Mitch think they know exactly what they want. Turns out, they don’t even know their own hearts.

Good old boy Ben has dated women his entire life, while gay nightclub owner Mitch has never considered unsophisticated country boys his type. But after they start hanging out, the small-town contractor and the urban entrepreneur are both stunned by the electricity sparking between them.

As they step outside their comfort zones to spend time together, Mitch finds he enjoys rural car rallies, and Ben is intrigued by the upscale bars Mitch owns in San Francisco. When they share their lives and grow closer, they start to question the way they’ve always defined themselves. Then they kiss and fling open the door to love. Now they must step up and travel the road that may lead to happily ever after—even if that path isn’t one they ever expected to walk.

Waking the Behr by author Pat Henshaw is the seventh book in the Foothills Pride series. This series is best read in order.
This story is written in first person narrative.  While not my favorite narrative it does work for this book.
Ben has always been a good old boy who dated women. Never thought he would be attracted to a man. He is stunned by his attraction to Mitch. He kinda doesn’t know what to do with it at first.
Mitch tall handsome, dressed to impress in his suit. Very outgoing and nice. Wants to start a family style restaurant.
Ben is confused at being suddenly attracted to Mitch. He tries to fight it. But the natural chemistry is too hard to resist.
Mitch makes his intentions very clear he wants Ben and is willing to put in the work to have him.
Really great fast pasted love story that I could not get enough of. I would love to read more from this series in the future an find out who falls in love next.

                                  Five Shooting Stars