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All or Nothing
by Felice Stevens
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

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A past he couldn’t forget

Adam Barton is living his dream of working as a firefighter in his small Texas town, but a tragedy from his youth continues to haunt him. He decides New York City is the perfect place to start a new life and joins the FDNY, living and loving his own way—no strings and nothing personal. Until he catches sight of Rico Estevez, the sexy chef with the mysterious smile who rocks his world. After one explosive night together, Adam craves another….And then another. The more he and Rico are together, the more Adam wants him.

A future he never imagined

Rico Estevez is living a lie. For years he’s hidden his sexuality, afraid to hurt the career of his politically ambitious father. He’s the perfect American―the best schools, top of his class and most importantly, to his father, a successful businessman. Who needs a boyfriend when sex is so easy to find? Starting a torrid love affair with Adam Barton isn’t a problem; neither one is looking toward forever. But Rico’s father is about to get the chance of a lifetime and Rico feels forced to play by his rules.

Rules are made to be broken

Adam proves more unforgettable than Rico ever imagines, but he gives in to family pressures above personal desire. When a fire reunites them, both men discover their passion for each other hasn’t died; rather it’s stronger than ever. Want turns to need and something more dangerous to their hearts—love. Adam and Rico know if they want to have it all, they can let no one and nothing stand in their way of a life together.

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About Felice:

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, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children. 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 are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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The Half Wolf from Jay Northcote: Out September 26th

Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?

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Title: The Half Wolf

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Jaybird Press

Length: 65,000 words approx

Genre: Paranormal, contemporary/AU, m/m romance, wolf shifters.

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.

Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?

Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.

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Best in the series for me and a passionate romance

Cover Up (Skin Deep Inc., #3)Cover Up by L.A. Witt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is, in my opinion anyway, easily the best in the series with two characters who felt relatable and believable.

Nate has been on the periphery of the other two books in this series, he’s Jon’s best friend, his RIO (Radar Intercept Officer), his wingman, the guy who’s always had his back. At the end of book two, the reader was left with Nate’s discovery of his husband Caleb’s cheating and his 10-year marriage crashing around him.

Lucas was the new guy at Skin Deep, an expert at covering up other tattoos and, at 28, already divorced twice from impulsive relationships both as a teenager and at college. He’s struggling running two other jobs and his confidence has been knocked by a mistake he made freehanding a tattoo and not looking for anything when his and Nate’s worlds collide.

Now, a disclaimer here, I think LA Witt is one of the finest proponents of emotionally driven characters and her talent for writing sex scenes which bounce off the page with their chemistry isn’t matched by many, so this book was just my cup of tea.

The instant attraction between the two is palpable, you can feel it like a lightning strike and it’s a no brainer for them to fall into some hot sex. But, as the weeks go on, the hook-ups start to feel a bit more like friends-with-benefits and then the months lengthen out and everything slides a bit more into a relationship.

For both men there are unforeseen consequences. Lucas realises, as Nate’s tiger tattoo – the one his ex-husband also has – remains uncovered, that he’s become the crutch Nate’s using to avoid dealing with his pain and grief from the divorce and Caleb’s cheating.

Nate hurts Lucas, unintentionally, but it’s something which needed to happen because he realises he hasn’t dealt at all with the the end of his marriage and covering up his tattoo isn’t going to help at all. There some real conversation between Nate and his ex which allows him to realise that what he has with Lucas is even more precious to him and leaves him wondering how he’s going to fix things.

The ending is a sweet conclusion to what has been a slow and steady falling in love of two people who never set out with the intention of doing that. There is an honest expression of emotion and hopes for the future and we also see Colin and Daniel from book one concluding their HEA with a truly sweet proposal and wedding and expectations that both Jon and Matt, and Nate and Lucas, will be following them down their own HEA aisles in the not too distant future.

I don’t know if there are any other books planned in this series, there’s no obvious other characters to pick up the narrative, but I’ve enjoyed each one for different reasons.

#ARC received from the publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Gentle pacing and lacking in angst equals a sweet romance

Maybe This TimeMaybe This Time by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just like her fellow West Country author Jay Northcote, there’s something about Annabelle Jacobs’ writing which speaks to me and I always enjoy her romances.

This one is no exception with two older MCs, one 30 and one 38, who almost accidentally fall into a friends with benefits relationship that slowly develops into more.

I loved both Matt and Ryan, neither of them were dramatically angsty, the majority of tension and conflict coming from Matt’s father’s frailties and his stubbornness over wanting a ‘proper’ relationship.

Ryan, having been burnt before with an FWB relationship, is keeping his feelings guarded but the way they slip I’ll not something more felt organic.

This book is also unashamedly British, another thing I love this author’s work for. We have bacon butties and brown sauce, copious cups of tea, drunken Friday nights with curry afterwards, fry ups for breakfast and Tesco Express (a supermarket mini-store for the non Brits).

Loved it. It only loses a star for being perhaps a bit too sweet and easy, not that I’d expect dramady just for the sake of it. But Matt’s turnaround was possibly a little quick.

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Great poly romance not sure about the actual story

The RulesThe Rules by Jamie Fessenden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

I’m completely in two minds about this one, the poly side of it I felt was brilliantly handled, how the two expanded to become a three.

But, I’m not sure that I really felt the narrative itself gave enough depth, there’s a lot of words that didn’t actually say much. Boris and Thomas were clearly in love with each other and their relationship was solid. Hans clearly fancied both of them and their attraction to him grew.

The secondary angle with Boris’ family and his historic abuse seemed, however, to come from left field and felt like it was there as a tension causer specifically for the plot rather than reading like an insight into Boris’ character and past.

Still, I did believe the three men fell for each other and issues of jealousy and how to interact between each pair and as a threesome was very well done. The sex became a little similar though as the book went on, which again is probably more realistic than lots of hot monkey sexing!

Overall, it was well written but didn’t perhaps grab me as much as I’d hoped.

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Simply beautiful, love in its purest colours

Dear Mona Lisa...Dear Mona Lisa… by Claire Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First, a disclaimer. I live nine miles away from the setting of this book. Friends who’ve reviewed it have waxed lyrical about the beauty of the setting and how it has a real sense of place.

I had to take a moment as beautiful isn’t a word normally associated with this stark Northern Victorian industrial heritage town. But then, the more I read this book, the more I realised they were right.

Bradford isn’t ever going to be picture postcard but there’s an honesty to this city, built like Rome on a number of hills, and it’s surrounded by the austere bleakness which inspired the Brontes, by the philanthropic benevolence of Sir Titus Salt, by the legacy of the mill owners in Cartwright Hall and Lister Park.

This book made me see this city again, one I’ve so often turned my nose up at (apart from The Alhambra which I’ve always loved), and see it through the eyes of a man finding the courage to reveal his deepest truth.

The colours of dawn, promises of a new day and a fresh start, run throughout this story. Warm oranges, clear blues, an occasional grey – it rains a lot “Up Norf” – passionate reds, delicate peach and deeper purples, also bring to life the animals who act as guides to Tom and Loz’s journey.

I loved it and yes I know I’ve not really gone into the narrative of the book but that’s deliberate as I do firmly believe this short story should be read blind, with no hints of what is to come.

Just be heartened that all ends as it should and Mona Lisa definitely smiled.

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Great intro collection for the works of TC Orton

Year One Collection: 2016Year One Collection: 2016 by T.C. Orton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

Great introduction to the work of TC Orton for those who might not have come across him before.

There’s a mix of excellent paranormal which focuses on various themes including the usual tropes of vampires, shifters, magic and the supernatural.

ETA 12/9/17: Half my review seems to have gone missing so here’s the rest!

Seeing Red: Scorched is the vampire one, featuring a shy, naive Isaac and a whole stack of sexy vampire men. It’s a little bit cheesy but it works perfectly for the setting. Once the guys head out to the coast, things really picked up. However, the 70% plot shift may piss off a lot of readers even if it is cleverly played out.

Omega Moon: Ahh, the shifters, the student/teacher one, the mPreg one. This isn’t quite as polished as the others but it’s still a compelling idea which perhaps just needed tightening up a bit. There’s a correlation between Alec being gay and discovering he’s also a werewolf which doesn’t quite work as well as it should. The mystery element of the story is plotted well though.

Warlock Academy: This is the “Harry Potter” which is perhaps an unfair comparison because it’s not really, other than it’s set in a school for people to learn magic. It switches PoV between the two main characters and each has a unique voice. There’s hot hot hot sex, a villainous bully, great bunch of secondary cast and intriguing world development.

The above three are all set in the same universe with elements of cross over. The final story in the collection is a contemporary College Climax. I believe this one was TC’s debut and you can tell. I didn’t find this one particularly compelling, Lucas is an arse, Sebastian is fairly pathetic, there’s sexual shenanigans which come out of the blue and it has a cliffhanger ending.

Still, taken as a collection, it’s a good way of sounding out the author.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

The delay in reviewing occurred because BT are idiots and locked me out of my email address for almost a month so I couldn’t get into files or my blog site (I needed to reset the password).

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