Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Random Review: The Ballerino and the Biker by Rebecca James #Review #Giveaway

Author: Rebecca James
Title: The Ballerino and the Biker
Series: The Hedonist #1
Self Published
Publication date: March 10, 2018
Length: 186 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Most of his young life, Morgan Wentworth has dreamed of becoming a principal dancer in a prestigious corps de ballet. After years studying the art in Milan, Morgan comes home to New York City to apprentice with the Manhattan Ballet Company only to be hit by the unexpected death of his older brother, Jake. The grieving dancer learns his life is threatened by a dangerous rival motorcycle gang and that pierced, tattooed, HOT biker Zeke Ivers has been assigned by Jake’s MC to guard him. Saddled with the constant presence of the infuriating man, Morgan juggles the demands of an exhausting dance schedule as well as his new responsibilities as CEO of his family’s multi-million-dollar company. He never expects to develop an attraction for the straight, obnoxious biker, but that’s exactly what happens. 
Estranged from an abusive family, Zeke Ivers has lived at the Sentinel’s club house and worked on cars since he was a teen. When fellow club member Jake Wentworth and a rival club president’s girl are killed on Jake’s bike, the Sentinel’s president delegates the protection of Jake’s little brother, Morgan, to Zeke. Zeke would do anything for the club that pulled him off the streets, but Morgan’s a ballet dancer, for Christ’s sake, as well as annoying as hell. Still, Zeke finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young man. The more attracted Zeke becomes to Morgan, the more the biker is forced to examine his sexuality and decide whether two people from opposite sides of the tracks could possibly have a future together, or if Zeke should do what is fast becoming too painful to consider: let Morgan go. 


When The Ballerino and the Biker opened to Morgan standing over the grave of his older brother I knew I was going to feel particularly close to Morgan. I knew that this was a character that was going to be grieving. As the chapter went on I realized with even more clarity, just HOW alone this guy was. On the other side of that I got to watch him evolve into a strong and amazing character.

The author puts Morgan through a whole heck of a lot. I found his best friend to be so vital to his sanity and when push came to shove she did the right thing to make Morgan's life better.

Zeke. So, I had my up and down moments with this guy. He was conflicted and struggling with a lot of demons in his head but there were times that no amount of demons made you treat someone the way he treated Morgan. Knowing all he'd lost and how alone he was should have told him more than anything. So, yeah, Zeke is NOT a person you'd want to determine a mood based on body language or words. He is more a guy that needs you to hold a blinking sign with detailed instructions. And that's okay it really is because he does get his stuff in order.

This story had two parts almost, a little mystery, suspense, and perfect conflict. I really enjoyed this book and was so freaking happy that it ended how it did. It was one of those, THAT is how it had to go down, moments. 

It's book one of a series and I am so excited to read more of these guys. I saw a few guys there worthy of their HEA's so I can't wait to read them!


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Release Day Review: Staggered Cove Station by Elle Brownlee #Review #Giveaway

Author: Elle Brownlee
Title: Staggered Cove Station
House Line: Dreamspun Desire
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Length: 216 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Rescues are wild in the Alaskan terrain. So is romance.

Sun-kissed California guardsman Dan Farnsworth might be at home in the water, but he’s out of his element at remote, rugged, and freezing Staggered Cove Station. Acclimating proves hard enough, but he’s also digging into how the station’s previous rescue swimmer was lost at sea. Was it an operation gone bad or something more sinister? Add to that the instant tension between him and his partner—no-nonsense Alaska-born Karl Radin—and Dan has his hands full.

As his investigation heats up, so does the attraction between Dan and Karl, even if they don’t completely trust each other. But as suspicious events escalate to sabotage, Dan starts to fear that he and Karl won’t get the chance to become more than reluctant coworkers.

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When I read this blurb, I was all over this book. Search and rescue swimmers, remote Alaskan location, romance and a mystery! Yes!

Dan Farnsworth has come to freezing, bleak Staggered Cove Station as a SAR swimmer from sunny California. Dan isn’t just here to work though, he has a secret.

Karl Radin is a native Alaskan and has been working SARS for some time. He is intrigued by Dan when he meets him, although you can tell he doesn’t want to be. He is also pretty suspicious of him, but doesn’t know why. When Dan is assigned to be his roommate, Karl seems ready to run. He’s definitely not prepared to share space with the younger, handsome man. As these two work together and some secrets come to light, two things can’t be denied, their attraction and their lack of trust.

This book was really well written, the mystery is done well and keeps you guessing. The relationship is a slow burn and that actually works really well for Dan and Karl. I love that the author takes care with the work of search and rescue, you can tell that the research has been done. I am always happy when I get a really good romantic suspense and this one delivers. I have so much respect for the men and women who put themselves in harms way for others and it feels like Elle Brownlee does as well! 

This was a good one


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Random Review: Fake Out by Eden Finley #Review #Giveaway

Author: Eden Finley
Title: Fake Out
Series: Fake Boyfriend #1
Self Published
Publication Date: March 15, 2018

Reviewed by Truus



The reason I rarely go home is three simple words: I’m a liar.

When the pressure to marry my childhood sweetheart became too much, I told her I was gay and then fled to New York like my ass was on fire.

Now, five years later and after a drunken encounter, I find myself invited to her wedding. And I have to bring my boyfriend—the boyfriend who doesn’t exist because I’m straight.

At least, I think I am. Meeting the guy I’m bribing to be my boyfriend for the weekend makes me question everything about myself.


When my sister asks me to pretend to be some straight guy’s boyfriend, my automatic response is to say no. It’s because of guys like him people don’t believe me when I tell them I’m gay.

But Maddox has something I need.

After an injury that cost me my baseball career, I’m trying to leave my playing days behind and focus on being the best sports agent I can be. Forty-eight hours with my sister’s best friend in exchange for a meeting with a possible client. I can do this.

I just wish he wasn’t so hot. Or that he didn’t kiss like he means it.

Wait … why is the straight guy kissing me?

*Fake Out is a full-length MM novel with a HEA/HFN and no cliffhanger.*


Delicious absurd situations pass by one by one in this and it's funny and refreshing.
Maddox needs a fake boyfriend, he wants to be present at his ex-girlfriend's wedding.
It’s complicated ... to break up the relationship with the ex, he said he was gay and flew away...
Now he needs a 'boyfriend' Luckily Stacy, his best friend, has a gay brother who will go with him.
 Put two totally different guys together, they become friends, one very open to everything and one somewhat closed.
 Both guys have issues from their pasts and these facts are awesomely woven into this story.
It has a lot to do with commitments... but there is much more!
 “I can’t help it. I’m five years old.”
 What I loved about this story was the personal development, the growth, the recognition of each other's hurt and needs, when they 'get it'. That was emotional to watch. Really well done, you could feel it on the pages...I leaked emotional tears.
 A beautifully written story with very engaging lovely personalities, it had a lot of diverse feelings in it. Both Maddox and Damon were clearly described, their characters never faltered.
Their jobs, friends, family, and living environments.... it was all entertaining with useful and necessary content.
It was so funny, I just love some good humor lines! The serious side was also well done, all the feelings... I felt them.

In short… a good story, a must-read!


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T.C. Talks: My Bi Musings #Giveaway

My Bi Musings

My first boyfriend was bisexual, and I hated him for it.

I hated that he could wander off at any moment, find a girlfriend, and enjoy a heteronormative lifestyle. I hated that he had the “option” to go the “easy” way when it came to things such as acceptance, having a family, finding love, etc. I hated that he could ignore some of his desires and still be left with a world full of possibilities. I hated that he didn’t have any “mannerisms” or tells, and that he could hold a conversation with a group full of straight guys. I hated that he wasn’t fully “mine.”

That hatred was what ended us... And it ended every relationship I’ve ever had with bisexual men. (3 in total)

And now, years later, I finally realize that the real issue was me. 

There’s a big problem in the LGBT community when it comes to bisexual representation and bisexual support, and I’m guessing a lot of that comes from fear and jealousy, regardless of the excuses many will make. (I know I had plenty at the time)

Time and time again, I’ve seen gay men try to rebuke bisexual men whenever they bring up their attraction to the opposite sex. They try to get an answer as to which sex they prefer, or convince them that they’re better suited with the same sex because of points A, B AND C. They throw themselves at Bi men as if they’re conquests, as if to prove something, as if they’re going to push them over the gay cliffs and splatter their bodies along the gay shores of gayville, never letting them step foot outside the cock-only zone again. And let’s not forget just how homophobic the gay community is. How “No fems” is etched into every grindr profile around the globe. So, when a bi man comes along – a bi man who doesn’t have any “tells” that most gay men do – it’s bonus points if you can snag him.

And yet.

Bi men are often omitted from the conversation when it comes to gay rights. After all, they have the “choice” to play it straight, right? So, why should they get a seat at the table? They can run and hide, whereas we must take whatever abuse is hurled at us… Right? I’m right, right? (Of course not, but this is a mindset I’ve seen a lot, and it’s one I used to have)

On the flipside, do you know how many straight women say they’d never date a bisexual man? Not only do they share similar fears that gay men do when it comes to having a relationship with someone who is bisexual (that they’ll leave them for the other gender, etc) but they ALSO question the bi man’s “masculinity.” After all, since he enjoys doing the deed with men too, he’s not a “real” man – which is, ironically, the reason so many gay men fetishize bisexuals.

So, we have a community full of ravenous gay men who want to sleep with, and to a degree, take ownership of our imaginary bisexual man. Meanwhile, we have the majority (based on straight women I’ve spoken to about this subject**) of straight women saying they won’t date him because he isn’t “man” enough for them.

We have someone who has the capacity to fall in love with absolutely anyone, and yet our first concern is how we’re not the sole object of their desire – as if that concern is strictly limited to bisexuals and not any relationship we get into.

You know, I’ve been with a – insert one figure short of slutty – number of gay men and about half of that number cheated on me. However, out of the three relationships I’ve had with bi men, I never had a reason to be the insecure mess I was. I’ve also been in bars full of gay men, only to focus solely on the bi guy once I unveil his sexuality, regardless of if he’s my type or not.

Why do we have such a weird relationship with bisexuality?

At this point, you might be wondering why I’ve only mentioned bisexual men, and the reason is because bi women face a whole different set of issues with their sexuality.

While Bi men are usually shoved into the gay category and get into relationships with other men by omission, bi women are usually not taken seriously in society and are still expected to settle down/grow out of it regardless of how many women they’re with.

If you were to ask me why there’s a double standard with men and women in the bi community, I’d say it’s the same thing that creates double standards with all matters involving genders – masculinity. A bi man has his masculinity brought into question; it’s his masculinity that attracts gay men, and his lack of it that repels straight women. Since women aren’t judged based on their masculinity, it stands to reason that their sexuality isn’t taken as seriously. AKA straight men aren’t threatened by other women, therefore being with a bi woman isn’t an issue – perhaps it’s even fetishized (albeit in a different way compared to how gay men fetishize bi men)

This also shines a light onto why it is women might be more open about their sexuality and willing to admit to things such as experimentation, etc. After all, if a woman sleeps with 5 women, she still (likely) won’t have trouble finding a male partner, but if a guy sucks one cock and it gets out, he’s labelled gay for life, even if it was nothing more than curiosity that led him to it.

So, what can we do about it?

1.     Well, the first thing you can do is openly admit why it is you harbor whatever resentments/hang ups you have toward Bi people (and anyone who identifies as anything attracted to more than 1 gender) because it’s only once you do that – as I did at the start of this article – that you can grow past it. Admit to yourself that you’re jealous of their options or acknowledge that it’s your own insecurities about your self-worth that scares you from being in a relationship with someone who is Bi. Once you let that go, you stop being part of the problem and can help become the solution.
2.     Stop vilifying bisexuals in media. Stop erasing bisexuals in media. Stop fetishizing them. Stop treating them like conquests. Stop using bisexual as a stepping stone when you come out, further cementing the idea that the sexuality doesn’t really exist.
3.     Realize that their sexuality, like yours, like mine, like your mom’s and my granddad’s, has absolutely nothing to do with you. And if you’re lucky enough to be the one person that they fall for out of a world full of options, realize how truly special that is.

It really hurts me when I see people (especially in the LGBT community) brushing off the struggles of bisexuals – though not nearly as much as it hurts them, I’m sure. It upsets me to see them fetishized, to see Bi men discarded because of a gay man’s/straight woman’s insecurities, and to see Bi women not taken seriously. And the saddest part of all is that we always find a way to blame them. We blame their capacity to love anyone as the reason we can’t be with them, as the reason we can’t trust them, as the reason we can’t let them into our community…

It needs to stop, and while the ramblings of one gay man won’t solve much, I hope something I’ve said connects with whoever stumbles upon this article.

And lastly, to any Bi person reading this, I want you to know that I’m sorry for not being a better ally in the past. I want you to know that it’s never been about you, and that any issues you encounter based on your sexuality are all to do with the other person.

You’re capable of loving so many people, cherish that, and don’t let anyone dump their shit on you for it.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Random Review: Running to You by Andrew Grey #Review #Giveaway

Author: Andrew Grey
Title: Running To You
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publication date: March 13, 2018
Length: 200 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Home, love, and possibilities he never imagined are waiting for Billy Joe to claim them. But first he needs to escape the horrors of his past. 

A twisted act of cruelty and prejudice drives Billy Joe from his Mississippi home, and he makes it as far as Pennsylvania—where his car breaks down just as the year’s first snowstorm blows in. Fortunately, Carlos is there to lend a hand. 

Carlos is no stranger to hardship. His family rejected him for being gay, but with determination, he put himself through school and became a librarian. Carlos sees the same willpower in Billy, and he wants to help Billy and his son succeed in a new life that is very different from the one they left behind. With his support, they start to adjust, and before long, both men want more than encouragement from each other. They want the chance for a future together, but their families have other ideas… and Billy’s will stop at nothing to get what they want.



Andrew Grey always manages to pull at my heartstrings in so many ways. This book is no exception, the story of Billy Joe, Carlos, and Billy Joe’s son, Tyler is so moving.

Billy Joe is raising his son in Mississippi, in a town where his father has a lot of influence...too much influence. One night, after witnessing something he can’t unsee, Billy Joe packs up Tyler and sneaks away from his parent’s house like a thief in the night. He has reached his limit and knows that in order for Tyler to stand a chance of being a good person, he must go. This was tough for me, as a mom and grandparent, I couldn’t imagine ever putting my child in the position to make this choice. You come to see though that Billy Joe had no choice, he had to flee.

Carlos is living in Pennsylvania, working as a librarian at a college in town. One snowy night, he stops to help a stranded stranger stuck on the side of the road. Billy Joe is cautious of strangers, especially with Tyler around, but cannot deny the help he is offered. Carlos sets them up with a temporary place to live after getting to car working. Carlos seems almost too good to be true, but his willingness to help Billy Joe is simply Carlos being Carlos. As these three slip into a nice routine and start getting to know each other, their pasts come calling. Now we have to see how much they are willing to stand up for themselves and for each other.

This really is a great book, though some of it is hard to read. Andrew Grey does a great job of showing us both the best and worst of humanity in Running To You. This story is so relevant to our world today, I found myself comparing some of the bully tactics used here to ones we see every day on the news. That’s something I love about this book, while some of the characters may be a bit extreme, unfortunately, I can recognize them. The relationship between Carlos, Billy Joe and Tyler is all that you’d come to expect and is full of everyday moments that feel so authentic. I highly recommend this book, it’s a really good read.

A little instaloveish, but written really well! <3


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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Random Review: Blueprint by S.E. Harmon #Review #Giveaway

Author: S.E. Harmon
Title: The Blueprint
Series: The Game #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publication date: March 13, 2018
Length: 270 pages

Reviewed by Truus


Kelly Cannon is satisfied with his life. He has friends, a wonderful family, and a great job. But his love life has reached a new level of pitiful. Why? Well, his heart decided to break all the rules. Don’t fall in love with a straight guy. And definitely don’t fall in love with your best friend.

NFL standout Britton “Blue” Montgomery has pressure coming at him from all sides. From his father, who’s only interested in Blue’s football career. From his coaches, who just want him to play without getting injured again. From the fans. From his agent. And from his mother, who has popped up on the radar after leaving his family years before. And now his relationship with Kelly is on shaky ground, and that frightens Blue more than anything.

When Kelly admits he’s in love with Blue, bonds are tested, and Blue has to decide what’s really important. He doesn’t want to lose the number-one person in his life, but the cost to keep Kelly close might be more than he’s willing to pay.

It’s a good thing his nickname is the Blueprint—it’s time to draft a new set of plans.

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I just love a friends to lovers story! It can be a very slow burn or a faster one. It doesn’t matter I just devour all the tension in it!
Kelly is a teacher, living in a good environment, has wonderful parents, supportive and funny.
Blue is Kelly's best friend, an NFL player, with a lot of stress coming from the outside, Always surrounded by hot women and he enjoys them.
Kelly- for Blue- is one of the most important factors in his life. He knows he is gay and when he asks Kelly about his sex life and finally gets an answer... something down below stirs up. Visualizing Kelly with men now is somewhat hard. Friends since they were kids, always together....but now when he looks at Kelly, it’s different.

Kelly’s can’t deny his feelings for Blue anymore, so he tells Blue he's in love with him and Blue thinks it's okay to have sex added into their friendship... not quite Kelly's idea.
To save this friendship there has to be some clarity. Blue doesn't want to lose Kelly as his best friend and he has to make choices and he doesn't know if he can... or wants to.

This is my first read from this author and I love the way this story is written. It could’ve been just another ‘NFL best friends’ story but this was not the case here. It was a sweet and considerate tale. I love those stories! It was a bubble, mostly about Kelly and Blue, a little side-story, but mainly about how they may or may not progress in their friendship. The sexual encounters were just as intense as their friendship. The atmosphere was all the way sweet, even when everything seemed to fall apart. It was all convincing. I didn’t even like Blue all the time and that's good! The way he opened up toward his future was refined. Overall a great written engaging read.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Random Review: A Deadly Kind Of Love by Victor J. Banis #Review #Giveaway

Author: Victor J. Banis
Title: A Deadly Kind of Love 2nd Edition
Series: Deadly Mysteries #6
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: Marcy 13, 2018
Length: 200 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Tom and Stanley: Book One
Nothing bad is supposed to happen in Palm Springs. 

At least that’s what San Francisco private detective Tom Danzel and his partner Stanley Korski believe. But when their friend Chris finds a dead body in his hotel room bed, Tom and Stanley drive out to help the local police investigate. 

What they discover is a rather nasty green snake and an elegant hotel that offers delicacies not usually found on a room service menu. As the body count increases, the two detectives are going to have to rely on their skills and each other if they’re going to survive this very deadly kind of love.

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Former San Francisco police officers Stanley Korski and Tom Danzel are back. The couple are partners in life as well as in business. The two are now private investigators and are called to Palm Springs when their friend Chris finds a dead body in his hotel room bed. The setting in this book is a gay resort that caters to rich older men and they have lots of “frosting” around in the form of pretty, younger available men. This place is a playground where anything seems to go and to be for sale. When more bodies are found and Stanley and Tom are given warnings to back off, things start to get really interesting! 

I always love a book with a good suspense story and this one does a really good job with it. I had not read the previous books about Tom and Stanley and was playing a bit of catch up with these two. Their dynamic and relationship is something I want to know more about. I love the interplay between these two, it’s sexy and witty. They are definitely a great pair, in and out of the bedroom. I definitely recommend this book and am going to go back and read the previous books as well.


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