Audiobook Review: Redesigning Max (Foothills Pride #2) by Pat Henshaw

Renowned interior designer Fredi Zimmer is surprised when outdoorsman Max Greene, owner of Greene’s Outdoors, hires Fredi to revamp his rustic cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Fredi is an out-and-proud Metro male whose contact with the outdoors is from his car to the doorway of the million-dollar homes he remodels, and Max is just too hunky for words.

When Max comes on to Fredi, the designer can't imagine why. But he’s game to put a little spice into Max’s life, even if it’s just in the colors and fixtures he’ll use to turn Max's dilapidated cabin into a showplace. Who can blame a guy for adding a little sensual pleasure as he retools Max’s life visually?

Max, for his part, is grateful when Fredi takes him in hand, both metaphorically and literally. Coming out is the most exciting and wonderful time in his life, despite the conservative former friends who think they’re saving him from sliding into hell.

Narrated by David Ross
Listening Length: 2 hours and 55 minutes



Pat Henshaw is an easy read author with, from what I’ve read, uncomplicated love stories. That’s not to say that there isn’t depth, or that the characters don’t have complicated lives, I just find the relationship development straightforward and easy on the heart.

This story has no real angst to it, and I think it is a good thing. It leaves the plot development to the world around Fredi and Max, rather than creating drama within the relationship. This is my favourite type of relationship development. While life can sometimes be messy, I prefer characters who are adept at keeping their romantic lives as tidy as possible, while unwinding mess through discovery and action.

Fredi has been commissioned to revamp a rustic cabin that Max received as part of an inheritance settlement. It is in dire need of a professional touch, and Fredi is an award winning designer who is perfect for the job.

Max has decided that it’s time he came out and stopped hiding. He takes an instant interest in Fredi, and is subtle in his approach to flirting and making his intentions known.

I found Fredi to be a fun complex character. He doesn’t put up with crap from anyone, least of all the town bigots. But he is a little bit over-reactive when it comes to pulling out his Boner……..

This story had a nice easy flow. Some drama to keep it exciting, but the ease with which Fredi and Max communicated was what held my interest.

I’ve read this series out of order, starting with book four, but I don’t think it’s really necessary to read them in order. Each story stands on its own, with no wider story arc, but with enough intertwining to feel the familiarity of some of the characters.

That being said, I would still recommend these be read in order if you are starting from the beginning.

David Ross is always a pleasure to listen to, and I don’t think he could ever make a story sound bad. Top notch voice acting skills that makes him someone I look for when picking new audiobooks to buy.

I would recommend this for those who enjoy straightforward gay romance, with some nice depth and good character development.


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Guest Review: Find His Way Home by Nell Iris

Shakespeare-loving teacher Elliot Dunn has been unhappy living in the big city for a long time. He yearns for fresh air, visible stars, and stillness, but his relationship with divorce lawyer Mick Hudson keeps him from moving away.

When a dramatic event occurs in Elliot’s class, he’s shaken to his core and suddenly can’t stay anymore. He leaves his partner of two years behind and returns to the tiny town in the mountains where he grew up.

Living in a rented cabin in the woods, with only an owl for company, Elliot slowly regains his peace of mind. But being away from Mick is agonizing, and when a ghost from Elliot's past pays him a visit, everything comes to a head.

Elliot is faced with a hard decision. Should he stay on the stress-free mountainside alone, or return to the hustle of the city and try to make a life with Mick?


Reviewer - Lost in a Book

How? I am not sure how I made it through this with my sanity remaining… Maybe it isn’t intact? This was bizarro world meets odd story line. Going into this book I thought it had good bones based on the synopsis. You know, the story mapping was there and all that was left was for the world building and character development to be fully realized. Yeah, nope. Forget about those “good bones,” we need to get them calcium and Vitamin D, STAT.

Elliot is a teacher. Already, I wanted to give a star because that’s my world. I am drawn to the world of education even in books because I can completely sympathize and really feel what they are going through. Again, bizarro world because this depiction of classroom events was ridiculous. Ok, back to Elliot. Elliot is an english teacher and in a relationship with “his lover” of two years, Mick. Both men live in the city and Mick works for a law firm but is still very much in the closet with his colleagues and partners of the firm. This has obviously put some stress on their relationship.

While teaching, Elliot has a “dramatic” situation where a student brings a knife to school. The circumstances that follow lead to Elliot taking a leave of absence. This happens very early on and had my eyes practically rolling in the back of my head. I’ll try to explain without spoiling it for anyone that decides that this is their cuppa and wants to read it. The description of the knife incident, Elliot’s reactions during and after as well as the schools stance were completely off base. I’m not saying this from a teacher and school administrator perspective; anyone that reads this would be scratching their head.

Elliot decides that while on his leave of absence, he is going to go back home to the peace of the country that he has desperately missed. While back home, we learn a lot about what he is eating, when he is going to the coffee shop, what he orders, and books he is reading. Some “mysterious” person from his past shows up. Mick hears about it and rushes to Elliot’s aid. The question becomes, does Elliot stay in the country or follow Mick back to the city.


That’s it folks. That’s the story. Except I would be remiss to mention that although this isn’t a fairy tale or magical land, everything that could happen does. I seriously had to suspend reality for about 90% of it.

Hooting owl conversing with human? Sure, no prob!

A stray cat seeing he is sad and offering him his “kill?” Absofuckinglutely!

Situations resolved perfectly and tied in a pretty bow that Cinderella couldn’t even do? Uh huh!

Far-fetched sequence of events that the odds of them happening are one in a million?


*SMH*

To make things worse, Elliot is a pushover. In everything. He makes excuses for reasons why Mick couldn’t come out at work. *eye roll* He felt guilty that he wasn’t there to ensure Mick was eating properly. *eye roll* He was a pushover at work even though the entire situation was weak sauce. *eye roll* I felt like both men were portrayed as weak and that’s not really appealing. I don’t need a big strapping lad with tattoos and facial hair (won’t complain though, either). I would just like them to have a backbone and not be a doormat. Let’s talk about heat and angst? There was no angst and very little heat in this book. The lack of heat is probably due to the fact that they spent 85% of the book separated.

Let’s talk editing. The words “his lover” were used 29 times.


29 TIMES in 74 pages. I got so sick of Mick being referred to as “his lover.” His lover’s face, his lover’s boss, hIs lover’s skin, his lover’s crotch and etc…

Also, each chapter is a different month. Time obviously jumps between each and then during the next month, there is a flashback to explain what was missed. I became perplexed on the concept of a large time jump if the lapsed events are going to be fully discussed in the next chapter as a flashback?

*sigh*

On a positive note, I’m glad the relationship between Elliot and Mick wasn’t full of drama. I unfortunately can’t recommend this book.

At least there was an owl name Hedwig. Can’t go wrong with a Harry Potter reference. *shrug*


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Release Blitz + Giveaway: A Way With Words by Lane Hayes


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Title:  A Way with Words
Series: A Way With Stories Series
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self Pub
Release Date: June 22
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 24k approximately
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Humor, New York City

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Tony De Luca is a simple guy. He works for his uncle’s Brooklyn-based construction firm. And he knows from experience that keeping his head down and doing his job is the best way to deal with the meddlesome family members he sees daily. They think he’s quiet and maybe a little awkward but the truth is more complicated. Tony has a secret he isn’t ready or willing to share. He’s an expert at avoiding familial scrutiny. At least he was until the sexy guitar player showed up.
Remy Nelson is a small-town, free-spirited guy looking for a new life in the big city. He stays busy playing his instrument on a busy Manhattan street corner during the day and bartending at night. Remy is more interested in finding steady employment than a mate, but he can’t deny his attraction to the dreamy construction worker with soulful eyes, a kind heart, and a unique way with words. Falling for Remy wasn’t what Tony expected, but keeping him will require courage. And an end to keeping secrets.

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“Yeah, that’s no fun. But it’s good to make new friends.” He gave me a sideways grin. “Like us.”

“Yeah, except you make me sweat,” I admitted with a half chuckle. Then I added, “In a good way. I like you.”

Remy hummed softly and sidled closer to me, resting his thigh against mine. “I like you too, Tony. You make me smile.”

We stared at each other for a long moment. All those funny details came rushing at me. Things I never noticed about other people. The gorgeous halo of curls, the shape of his eyes, the freckle on his cheek and those luscious lips. The lone bulb above the back door illuminated him in a yellowish light that shouldn’t have been flattering but I had a feeling Remy would look good with a paper bag on his head. Wait. That didn’t make sense. I furrowed my brow and cocked my head just as Remy set his arm over my shoulder and pulled me forward.

My heart raced when the tips of our noses brushed and our breath commingled visibly in the cool air. With a courage I didn’t know I possessed, I angled my head and slowly touched my lips to his. Just a touch. He had room to pull away. Hell, he even had room to punch me if I got this totally wrong. But when he purred softly and licked the corner of my mouth, I knew we were on the same page.

I cradled the back of his head and gently threaded my fingers through his hair. I held him like he was a fragile flower or something. Then in my typical bull-in-a-china-store style, I plunged my tongue between his lips. Remy gasped at the onslaught but he didn’t miss a beat. He wrapped both of his arms around my neck, drawing me close as he glided his tongue over mine, twirling and sucking feverishly.

I didn’t know how long we made out on that stoop but I could have done it all damn night. He tasted incredible and he felt even better. I loved the way he pressed his chest against mine and those sexy noises he made drove me wild. I wanted more than we were able to do on a cigarette break. Much more.

We broke for air and eyed each other, looking for clues. Or maybe that was just me. I couldn’t be the one in charge of directing traffic here. I was out of my depth. He had to tell me what came next. I’d never figure it out on my own. Remy caressed my cheek and smiled before leaning in to nibble on my bottom lip.

“I have to go,” he whispered.

“Okay. I’ll see ya ’round.” My huskier than usual voice didn’t mesh with the casual vibe I was going for.

Remy pulled back with a smirk. “That’s all you’re going to say? “See ya”? Don’t you want my number or something?”

“Um yeah. Yeah, I do.” I pulled out my cell and handed it to him. “Put it in. My hands are shaking.”

This time when he smiled, I felt it deep inside me. The butterflies in my stomach fluttered like crazy but in a good way.

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Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

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Series Review: Enlightenment by Joanna Chambers


Provoked

This is a second edition of a book previously published by Samhain Publishing.

David Lauriston is struggling to build his reputation in Edinburgh’s privileged legal world. His humble origins are enough of a hurdle, never mind his recent decision to defend a group of weavers accused of treason, prompting speculation that he may harbour radical sympathies. The last thing he should be doing is agreeing to help the brother of one of the convicted weavers find the government agent who caused his brother’s downfall.

David’s personal life is no more successful. Tormented by his forbidden desires for other men, and the painful memories of the childhood friend he once loved, David tries his hardest to live a celibate existence, castigating himself whenever his resolve slips.

But then—into David’s repressed and orderly world—bursts Lord Murdo Balfour.

Cynical, hedonistic and utterly unapologetic, Murdo could not be less like David. Whilst David refuses to entertain the prospect of entering into a loveless marriage for propriety’s sake, Murdo is determined to wed one day—and has no intention of giving up the company of other men when he does so. But as appalled as David is by Murdo’s unrepentant self-interest, he cannot resist the man’s sway.

Murdo tempts and provokes David in equal measure, distracting him from his promise to find the agent provocateur responsible for the weavers’ fate, and forcing him to acknowledge his physical desires.

But is Murdo more than a mere distraction?

Is it possible he could be the very man David is looking for?

Beguiled

This is a second edition of a book previously published by Samhain Publishing.

Two years after his last encounter with cynical nobleman Lord Murdo Balfour, David Lauriston accidentally meets him again in the heart of Edinburgh.

King George IV is about to make his first visit to Edinburgh and Murdo has been sent North by his politician father to represent his aristocratic family at the celebrations.

David and Murdo’s last parting was painful—and on Murdo’s part, bitter—but Murdo’s feelings seem to have mellowed in the intervening years. So much so, that he suggests to David that they enjoy each other’s company during Murdo’s stay in the capital.

Despite his initial reservations, David cannot put Murdo’s proposal from his mind, and soon find himself at Murdo’s door—and in his arms.

But other figures from David’s past are converging on the city, and as the pomp and ceremony of the King’s visit unfolds around them, David is drawn into a chain of events that will threaten everything: his career, his wellbeing, and the fragile bond that, despite David’s best intentions, is growing between him and Murdo.

Enlightened

This is a second edition of a book previously published by Samhain Publishing.

David Lauriston has been recuperating at Lord Murdo Balfour’s Laverock estate for the last five months. At Laverock, he has regained his health and confidence and has found—with Murdo—more happiness and contentment than he has never known before.

David is all too aware that some day soon he will have to leave Laverock—and Murdo—and return to his legal practice in Edinburgh, just as Murdo will have to return to his life in London. But when David’s mentor, Patrick Chalmers, asks David to return to Edinburgh to visit him on his deathbed, it seems that day has come sooner than either David or Murdo would have wished.

Chalmers begs David to undertake one last piece of business for him: to secure the future of Chalmers’s daughter Elizabeth. But to carry out his old mentor’s wishes, David must travel to London, with Murdo.

No sooner have the two men arrived in the capital than they encounter Murdo’s ruthlessly manipulative father, who reveals a shocking secret that rocks David to his foundations. What’s more, when David discovers Elizabeth is facing far greater danger than even her father feared, he is determined to help her, no matter the cost to his own safety.

As the stakes rise, it is Murdo who must choose what he is prepared to sacrifice to keep David at his side, and ask whether there is any possibility of lasting happiness for men like them.



Love should not be denied.

I’m not sure how I’ll recover from this series. I’ve read some remarkable historicals but this was exceptional and I fear my book hangover will be epic.

I read these in succession. Honestly, I don’t know how you could read one and not them all. They're like potato chips and I'm infinitely grateful I did not have to wait between... chips. Provoked set the stage and drew me into this world just on the tail end of the Regency period in Scotland. Edinburgh plays as large a role in Enlightenment as any character which is told from David Lauriston’s perspective. We follow him on a journey of self-discovery as he falls in love with Lord Murdo Balfour and finds his truest self.


David is a self-made man. He chose to go to university to study law rather than stay on his family's farm. He’s… difficult, peevish. His views on the world and his place in it are practical and somewhat inflexible. He's got a vision of his life and, though lonely, he's committed to it. His morals don't allow much leeway thus he's decided to never marry and have to live a lie. He’s gay and self-loathing about it because he’s been indoctrinated in the fire and brimstone which makes his future happiness seem an unlikelihood if not an outright impossibility. This time period, as confining and provincial as it most certainly is, makes for a brilliant canvas on which to paint an exquisite romance filled with sexual tension, that lingers in the memory and is what keeps me coming back to this genre again and again.

He’d been convinced that his fascination with the act, his desire for other men, was a sign of a weak and sinful nature. Something to be suppressed at all costs.

I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to believe oneself anything other than abhorrent when constantly inundated with the sentiment that homosexuality is not only a sin but a crime, a crime with a hefty penalty. Chambers did a tremendous job of making this worldview the cornerstone of David's character. David’s beliefs are based as much on the law as the views regarding homosexuality and his being a lawyer makes them that much more ingrained. Thus he only allows himself the occasional furtive and anonymous tryst then hates himself afterwards and turns to scotch as a panacea.

Murdo is David’s opposite. He’s hedonistic, charismatic, outgoing, witty, wealthy and maybe a little rakish. The Romantic Rascal, as it were. He’s so easy to like. So easy. But I loved them both equally. Murdo's character isn't simplistic but he wears his heart on his sleeve which made him easy for me to read so I didn't mind not having his perspective. I think he fell in love with David during their first meeting that segued into a debauched back alley blow job.

“God, but I want to do everything to you. I want you in my hand. I want you in my mouth. I want to bury my tongue inside you and fuck you forever.”

David is such a challenge for him, though, and I think his pulling away was a way of protecting himself from heartbreak. When I realized that two years had elapsed between Provoked and Beguiled, I think I maybe had a touch of the vapors! But in those two years both evolved. Happenstance throws them together and from their first meeting I was riveted and ultimately dazzled by the second installment. I felt as though my heart were being basted with romance. Two years may have passed but it's clear neither of them forget the other.

The touch of Murdo’s mouth made him feel alive, his neglected body given meaning by the attentive desire of his lover. Each kiss saying, you are here, in this world, with me.

Make no mistake, David and Murdo are the centerpiece of this series, but the inclusion of the cast of characters that make up David's inner circle drives the plot forward. These characters were all well constructed, can just as easily break as warm your heart and how their lives intersect with David’s and Murdo's made for a couple of verklempt moments. I found I rather enjoyed the bird’s eye view over the more commonplace myopic stories that focus entirely on the couple and their coupletry. It enhanced David, and to a lesser extent Murdo’s, characterizations by showing how far they are willing to go in the service of a friend and each other thereby making for a richer story altogether.

One such act of selflessness leads them to Perthshire, Murdo’s newly acquired estate, for a good portion of Enlightened where they’ve lapsed into an easy domesticity filled with fishing and walks in the country and unruffling some neighbors' feathers.


What moved me, and is making this series so difficult to let go of, were the subtle changes both these characters made due to the other’s influence over the course of their story, how they begin to find a way if for no other reason than not to do so would leave them both heartbroken and their futures bleak. I do so love couples who bring out the best in each other and make each other happy. They still disagree and are truly awful at communicating their feelings but when it does finally happen, it’s glorious. And so them.


Somehow, Murdo had become more important to him than anything else. Everything he'd worked for- respectability, a shining career, wealth-all of it would be ashes in his mouth if he lost Murdo.

"To hell with what I deserve," Murdo whispered. "All I want is you."

There is sex and chemistry between them, obviously, and it had its moments, but I think what I liked more than anything was how Murdo cossets David and how comfortable they are with one another. All the small, quiet moments between them-Murdo rubbing David's leg with liniment, pestering him about using the cane, David wearing Murdo's old clothes to go fishing, all the peccadilloes that you know and accept about another person that you live with and the rhythm of their shared life. All those things made it crystal clear how in love they are and how perfectly they fit together, but go unrecognized or are taken for granted until one is faced with the possibility of losing it forever. Their level of comfort truly shone in the epilogue. The epilogue that killed me dead.


The prose is lovely and stays true to the time with Chambers folding in a multitude of historical details that strengthened the narrative. I also really loved all the Scottish details-the streets, the cobblestones, the wet, the tiny pubs, Sir Walter, the kilts, the scotch-all reminded me of a wonderful vacation and how much I loved Edinburgh.

The whole series is magnificent and if you're a historical romance reader Enlightenment is simply a must read.


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Provoked (Enlightenment #1) 


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David Lauriston is struggling to build his reputation in Edinburgh’s privileged legal world. His humble origins are enough of a hurdle, never mind his recent decision to defend a group of weavers accused of treason, prompting speculation that he may harbour radical sympathies. The last thing he should be doing is agreeing to help the brother of one of the convicted weavers find the government agent who caused his brother’s downfall.


David’s personal life is no more successful. Tormented by his forbidden desires for other men, and the painful memories of the childhood friend he once loved, David tries his hardest to live a celibate existence, castigating himself whenever his resolve slips. 

But then—into David’s repressed and orderly world—bursts Lord Murdo Balfour.

Cynical, hedonistic and utterly unapologetic, Murdo could not be less like David. Whilst David refuses to entertain the prospect of entering into a loveless marriage for propriety’s sake, Murdo is determined to wed one day—and has no intention of giving up the company of other men when he does so. But as appalled as David is by Murdo’s unrepentant self-interest, he cannot resist the man’s sway.

Murdo tempts and provokes David in equal measure, distracting him from his promise to find the agent provocateur responsible for the weavers’ fate, and forcing him to acknowledge his physical desires.

But is Murdo more than a mere distraction? 

Is it possible he could be the very man David is looking for?


Beguiled (Enlightenment #2)


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Two years after his last encounter with cynical nobleman Lord Murdo Balfour, David Lauriston accidentally meets him again in the heart of Edinburgh.


King George IV is about to make his first visit to Edinburgh and Murdo has been sent North by his politician father to represent his aristocratic family at the celebrations.


David and Murdo’s last parting was painful—and on Murdo’s part, bitter—but Murdo’s feelings seem to have mellowed in the intervening years. So much so, that he suggests to David that they enjoy each other’s company during Murdo’s stay in the capital.

Despite his initial reservations, David cannot put Murdo’s proposal from his mind, and soon find himself at Murdo’s door—and in his arms.


But other figures from David’s past are converging on the city, and as the pomp and ceremony of the King’s visit unfolds around them, David is drawn into a chain of events that will threaten everything: his career, his wellbeing, and the fragile bond that, despite David’s best intentions, is growing between him and Murdo.



Enlightened (Enlightenment #3) 


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David Lauriston has been recuperating at Lord Murdo Balfour’s Laverock estate for the last five months. At Laverock, he has regained his health and confidence and has found—with Murdo—more happiness and contentment than he has never known before.


David is all too aware that some day soon he will have to leave Laverock—and Murdo—and return to his legal practice in Edinburgh, just as Murdo will have to return to his life in London. But when David’s mentor, Patrick Chalmers, asks David to return to Edinburgh to visit him on his deathbed, it seems that day has come sooner than either David or Murdo would have wished.


Chalmers begs David to undertake one last piece of business for him: to secure the future of Chalmers’s daughter Elizabeth. But to carry out his old mentor’s wishes, David must travel to London, with Murdo.


No sooner have the two men arrived in the capital than they encounter Murdo’s ruthlessly manipulative father, who reveals a shocking secret that rocks David to his foundations. What’s more, when David discovers Elizabeth is facing far greater danger than even her father feared, he is determined to help her, no matter the cost to his own safety.


As the stakes rise, it is Murdo who must choose what he is prepared to sacrifice to keep David at his side, and ask whether there is any possibility of lasting happiness for men like them.





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Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. She spent over 20 years staring at blank sheets of paper and despairing of ever writing a single word. In between staring at blank sheets of paper, she studied law, met her husband and had two children. Whilst nursing her first child, she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna lives in Scotland with her family and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture.




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Release Blitz + Giveaway: Kingdom Vol. 2 by R.J. Scott


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Length: 76,000 words

Kingdom Volume 1

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The Demon's Blood


When Simeon, a mountain lion shifter meets Asher, a blood demon, there is instant attraction. But, how can they act on the way they feel when there is an entire kingdom at stake.


Asherkan Iblis is a blood demon, a slave to elves and a soldier. He keeps the fact he has royal elvish blood a secret. His half brother returns to broker peace but reveals he is actually there for much more and Asher faces a decision that could lead to his death.


Simeon Blue, brother of the leader of the Feline Guild, mountain lion shifter, is tasked to accompany Phin on a mission over the Red Mountains and into the Second Kingdom. He has to talk to the Guild but all they want to do is stay in isolation and his mission is fraught with danger.


When Simeon is wounded Asher hides him and suddenly, next to a kings death, a cousin's hate, and Ludvik's black magic, love falls on the agenda.


The Incubus Agenda


When Nicholas Tarrant sees a broken and bloody Brody Lennox dragged into the Werewolf Coalition he has to decide. Stay under cover or help the incubus live. His decision is simple.


Nicholas Tarrant has worked hard for his position on the Werewolf Coalition. Having access to whatever is happening inside the Coalition is important to the Underground and he's good at blending in.


Brody Lennox is sent to Glitnir to broker talks of peace but is dragged broken and bloody into the Council chambers. Ludvik wants him killed as a traitor.


Can Nicholas save Brody? Or is Brody too broken to be saved?


The Third Kingdom


The story that began as a simple Retriever case, has become the tale of the fight against a thousand years of evil.


The wolf shifters have Niceros to take down. The Vampire Twins have to deal with Cassius. The Second Kingdom is in disarray and Simeon, Asher and Phin are desperate to calm the unrest.


An alpha needs to accept his role, a blood demon has to become the King he was meant to be, and the Vampire twins have to end the war.


Against all this, Reuben and Ethan, lovers separated for a millennium, are thrown back in to a war to end the poison that is Ludvik Peitrol.


In a battle on the barren fields of Arberfan is where this story will end.


How can love survive the evil that is another's hate?




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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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Tag Team Review: Patron by C.B. Lewis

Theodore Wentworth, who possesses little more than a sharp and well-educated mind, is trying to solicit a sponsor for his studies of Greek antiquity by performing recitations at gatherings of collectors. Desperate for luck and better skills in oratory, in jest, he places a coin at the feet of a statue of Hermes. It seems like coincidence when his fortune turns and a gentleman calling himself Alexander becomes his benefactor. Despite his friend John teasing him about it, Theodore continues to offer tokens to Hermes and sinks himself into his study of the classics.

Alexander encourages Theodore’s interest, prompting Theodore to face desires he tried to put aside years before. As Theodore embraces the knowledge, he must also resist his attraction to Alexander—knowing his feelings are a serious crime in Victorian England.

But the secret Alexander keeps will change everything in a love story for the ages, steeped in taboo, temptation, history, and myth.




Sara - 4.5 Hearts

This was a breath of fresh air. I have an adoration and fascination with mythology of all sorts but Greek was the first I truly was engaged with. It’s always amazing to learn why things are in our modern times – like say the seasons – and have them traced back to mythology (Hades, Demeter and Persephone) which always seems to make perfect sense to me. This book relies on mythology for the ideology of this story and it’s done beautifully.
We meet Theodore Wentworth in Victorian London as he is studying law but has a real love for the Greek Language. Theodore is in need of money and hopes that being asked to do a reading from the Iliad will draw a patron to him so that financial worries will be lessened. As Theodore is waiting in the library, he falls upon a statue of Hermes and decides to lay a shilling at the Gods feet and call out for help. Superstitious or not, Theodore knows there is nothing to lose and as he is called in for the reading it is too late to take back his shilling.
Though Theodore is good with this Greek, he flies through his reading like a rock star and earns the attention of some favorable gentlemen who offer a bit of work. But it’s the dark haired man with the cane that arouses Theodore’s senses in so many ways and they mystery behind this gentleman stirs a long hidden secret of Theodore. With Theodore’s internal dialogue while questioning his curiosity about the gentleman, we get a small glimpse into Theodore’s past and learn about his friend Robert from school whose shared curiosity earned them both a caning across the palms.  
I have to say quickly; I truly love that the author gave a confirmed bachelor like Theodore such a wonderful friend in John and made John unconventional for the times. He gets his best friend and knows all about Robert – which in its own way is code for Theodore’s attraction to men - but John is nothing but faithful in his friendship and always tries to do what’s best for Theodore.
Now this short story relies heavily on mythology and some YA fans of The Song of Achilles will enjoy that Theodore gets a chance to read all of The Iliad including the pages he wasn’t taught in school that including Achilles and Patroklus. I sighed as Theodore read and realized that Achilles and Patroklus were more than just friends and how Achilles reacted to Patroklus death made much more sense. It seems odd that a simple friendship would impart revenge over the death of one’s “friend” with such passion.  But you get why a lover would revenge the death of his beloved. Now, it has been much debated if these two were lovers but I lean toward the side that they were. Mythology gives us many instances were men loves men, like I love the idea that Apollo was so in love with Hyacinth, he refused to let Hades take him and instead turned him into a flower from his spilled blood.  Mythology  has this sort of alpha male deal to it, and I like it but I also like that the Greeks were so fond of love and fornicating that they were open to who it was with…even if you needed to turn into a golden shower or swan to get off.
Okay, I digress but I said I loved mythology. Back to the book.
When the dark haired gentleman from Theodore’s reading calls upon him to dinner, they begin to talk about the hidden texts and what they mean. Theodore is afraid of his feelings toward the now named Alexander and terrified that Alexander may want the same thing. When he lays down a few more offerings to Hermes and they are answered without reservation, it’s time for Theodore to decide if he can accept what is in front of him without prejudice.
Patron truly was a lovely read and special treat for those who favor mythology.  I loved the feel of it, how the intimate touches were so whispery and light yet so meaningful. They felt right for the time and while that end felt abrupt – or maybe I just wanted more – but it left this reader satisfied.


SheReadsALot - 4 Hearts

Slow and steady wins the race, right?

It would have been enough to part with the smile and a handshake, but Alexander grazed his thumb down the back of Theodore's hand. His eyes never left Theodore's, dark and warm, and then their fingers were slipping apart, and Theodore tried to recall how to breathe.

Well slow burn tends to win for me too. And this author struck the right chords for me yet again.



Patron is a short story based in the historical Victorian period. It stars geeky lawyer, Theodore Wentworth, a man of humble beginnings who worked what he has so far. Though he is a lawyer, his passion is Greek mythology. (Can't say that I blame him because it's a fave subject of mine as well). His passion doesn't bring home any money, nor is he rich. He seeks a sponsor with a love for the Hellenic period. The story starts with Theodore nervous, about to read a text in ancient Greek and he offers a small payment to a statue of the god Hermes. The story slowly shows Theodore in his element, his nervousness and geek chic. Something comes over him as he reads the text to the potential rich patrons. Could it be the man with mesmerizing eyes staring directly at him in the back of the room?

The man who ignites something in Theodore only gives the name of Alexander. If you read the blurb, you can easily figure out the mystery behind Alexander. But... that's the magic of the story. That and the quiet pursuit of Theodore by Alexander. Theodore was slowly plodding along a lonely life, never even dreaming of having a companion due to being gay in that time period and fearing for retribution for loving who he wants to love. He denies himself.

And I think the author captured enough emotions to show the longing in Theodore. He's so afraid. He has a very good friend and his wife for companionship. But the resignation takes a toll, hiding who he is stifles him. Alexander who shares the same interests, the same passion, and possible the same attraction, seems like a dream man.

After that magical night of ancient Greek reading, Alexander begins to creep into Theodore's waking thoughts and dreams.  He shows up once in awhile as Theodore's luck is changing for the better. Alexander with his smoldering glances and grazes... *bites lip* Nothing too overt, more sensual and intimate than anything. I think the author aced it with the pauses and touches. Sometimes more can be said when bodies speak for themselves without being extremely obvious.


He locked the door of his small room, and only then did he lift his hand to his cheek where Alexander had touched him. Such a touch was far more intimate than a hand to the shoulder or to the elbow.

I wouldn't suggest this story if you need everything spelled out, filled with sex (there is a sex scene but I've noticed the author doesn't get overly graphic) or need immediate actions. Even though it's a short length, the characters take some time to get to know each other. Or I should say Theodore takes the time to discover something within himself that he never dared dream for.

I'm on the fence with the length of the story. On one hand, it's a little short to give a full picture of Theodore's seduction. And on the other hand, it works because where else could the story go with mysterious Alexander? The pacing starts slow, and the time spent with Theodore's best friend and wife seemed a tad long in points but it did showcase key turning points.

What sold me were smaller moments. JEEZSUS, does this author win in the smaller moments department. You get a touch or a glance between the protagonists and I mini swooned on the inside.

The story is tame, quietly passionate at points and bursting with Greek mythology references. Is there a HEA? I'd like to think so. It's sort of HFN, maybe HEA depending on who you ask. I'm hopeful and still quietly preening from gestures made in Patron. It starts slow and ends with quiet boom.



The last words? Made the entire story.

This story solidified me as a C.B. Lewis fan. I'm anxious for what else is plotting in their mind.





Review: Unconditionally by Nell Iris

Flamboyant book café owner Luca Moretti and geeky doctor Gus Hansen have been together for six years when the Supreme Court ruling makes same-sex marriage legal in all states. On June 26, 2015, Gus gets down on one knee and Luca screams yes.

On their wedding day, shortly before the ceremony, Luca’s mother explodes in anger, calling him a freak. The reason? He’s wearing a white veil, sprinkled with crystals.

Their relationship has been strained for a long time, and her words trigger traumatic memories. Instead of walking down the aisle, Luca runs.

Away from his mother. Away from Gus.

Gus counts down the minutes when Luca’s mother comes knocking. He realizes something’s wrong, but when he goes to talk to Luca, his husband-to-be is nowhere to be found.

Can Gus find Luca in time and manage to convince him to come back and get married?


Hmmmm....

I didn't dislike this story, the three-heart rating is because it isn't everything I wanted it to be. I think I was hoping for something grittier, more emotionally challenging than the sweet romance with a bit of a bump I got.

 And there I go wanting to make a disclosure (is that the right word? My brain is on the blink today) about the whole rating and opinions thing. I rate from my heart - it is truly a personal thing and not necessarily a reflection on the author. I read for enjoyment and that is an extremely personal preference. A book can be perfectly written editorial-wise, and it not grabbing me is no reflection on the author or their writing,more a reflection on me and my preferences.

 I think this book will appeal to lots of people. Hell, if I'd been in a different kind of mood when I read it, it might have garnered a different rating from me. NONE OF THAT IS WITHIN THE AUTHOR'S CONTROL. I was wanting something grittier so for me this didn't measure up, I know it is a good book though, I know a lot of people will five-heart it. I know several readers probably want to slap me round the face with a wet kipper right about now - so I would say, read another review for this book (and stay away from the fish-mongers).


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Review: We Three Kings by A.F. Henley

Chicago 1982 is a goldmine for the construction industry, and Eric and his two business partners are thriving. Once nothing more than orphans in a Catholic boys' home, they've overcome poverty and abuse to obtain success. Now living the lives they once only dreamed of, they're sure of one thing: they will never look back.

Then the past returns, by way of a cheap polyester suit and a smile Eric has never forgotten—and all the dark memories come crashing back. Lucky for him, Jimmy has no idea who Eric is, or who Eric used to be…

"How dare I feel a measure of comfort over somebody else's distress? What kind of person did that make me?
A survivor. It made me a survivor."

Every now and then a book comes along that makes a person stop and think about perspective. It is quite easy to understand the victim's perspective, but it is often harder to look at a bully's point of view, to see the world through their eyes. In We Three Kings we flip between the 80's (when the book is set) and, via the memories of Eric, the past he's come to regret. 




This is my first book by this author and I am looking forward to reading more by them. It is a book that make me think while I read, think about the ripple effect of hate and bullying. When does it stop? How does someone fighting for their own survival, fighting not to become a victim, resist being the bully themselves? not for the sake of being a bully, but for the sake of their own sanity, their own survival. Especially when they are children trying to survive the bullying of adults.Sometimes it is not as black and white, right and wrong as it may first appear. That is the food for thought I had when reading this book.

I liked the 80's setting of the book and uncovering Eric and his friends past as we read on. I like that we got this story form Eric's POV,  that the bright new shiny world he has created with his friends belies the start they had. It is considered and interesting.

Survival is a human instinct and AF Henley explores the effects of and oppressive childhood on that instinct. I like books that make me think, that make me see the grey. I like books that help me understand others' perspectives and, wrapped in a well written piece of fiction, this book did just that. It is slightly gritty and well worth a read. In my opinion at least.
A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.
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