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Series Review: Woodbury Boys by Sidney Bell

Loose Cannon (The Woodbury Boys, #1)Loose Cannon by Sidney Bell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Apart from the bizarre Russian element, which I figure is a lead in to more of Ghost’s story in book three, this was an excellent read.

Three vastly different young men with their own unique challenges meet and form a friendship which sees them through their time in the juvenile detention system.

This focuses on Church and the unfailing love he has for Miller, who is eight years older and struggling with owning what he really feels for the younger man.

This is an impressive read, my first from Sidney Bell, and I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the series and reading her debut MM romance, Bad Judgement.

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Hard Line (The Woodbury Boys, #2)Hard Line by Sidney Bell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well that didn’t go where I’d expected it to but it was still an utterly thrilling ride.

A complex plot brings misfit Tobias into the orbit of PI Sullivan and the narrative took off with a bang.

I must commend the author here for the clever way this book incorporated the mystery and suspense elements from book one but in such a radically different direction, I don’t think anyone would have guessed it.

I also think she did an incredible job in showing just why Tobias was so willing to submit and why he needed to be used in the way Sullivan wanted him.

This type of kink isn’t even remotely in my wheelhouse but I understood totally Tobias’ absolute desire for the pain and the complete trust he gave over when doing so.

Sullivan took a while to let his feelings slip through his rigid control, but once they did, his personality made so much sense.

And enigmatic Ghost is even more mysterious here than in book one and I honestly have no clue how this plotline is going to be wrapped up in his book but I can’t wait to find out.

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SEE  HERE FOR MY REVIEW OF THE FINAL BOOK IN THIS SERIES: https://mirrigold.com/2018/12/30/clever-narrative-winds-up-this-excellent-romantic-suspense-series/

 

Release Blitz: Chasing Forever by Kelly Jensen

Chasing Forever | Kelly Jensen

This Time Forever #3

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Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Order now: https://riptidepublishing.com/collections/author-kelly-jensen/products/chasing-forever

Release Date (Print & Ebook): 12/10/18

Length:

Ebook: Word Count: 88,163

Print: Page Count: 333

Subgenre: Queer contemporary romance

Reading Warnings: References to child abandonment, neglect and abuse. Depression. Physical disability.

Blurb

Old wounds, new directions, and a forever worth chasing.

Malcolm Montgomery was a history teacher and track coach until an accident left him with two broken legs. He’ll recover, but life has knocked his feet out twice now. He’s not sure if he’s ready to try again, especially when it comes to love—and slick guys like Brian Kenway. Still, he needs help mentoring the school’s LGBTQ society, so he asks Brian to take some responsibility.

Brian has been hiding behind his reputation as a liar and a cheat for so long that he actually believes he’s that guy—until his nephew, Josh, turns up on his couch, tossed out for being gay. Brian has never considered being a father, but he knows all about being rejected by loved ones. Now Brian wants to be more: a partner for Mal and a role model for Josh.

But when Mal’s recovery is set back and the sad truth of Brian’s past is revealed, the forever they’ve been chasing seems even further from their grasps. It’ll take a rescue effort to revive their sense of worth and make Brian, Mal, and Josh into a family of their own.

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Excerpt

Mal checked the time. What the heck—it was New Year’s Eve and he should get kissed.

Brian followed his gaze, clearly checking the time for himself. “Want to wait for midnight?”

“No.” Because . . . “I’m not very good at this.” Okay, that’s enough. Stop talking now.

“You’re doing fine.”

“There’re probably a dozen other guys in this bar who would give their left nut to talk to you. Why are you bothering with me?”

“Why would you ask a question like that?”

“Because you unsettle me.”

“But in a good way.”

Brian smiled, and Mal let his lips curve upward in response—because Brian was right. Heck, yeah, he was uncomfortable and it wasn’t because his legs ached. Or the creeping fatigue from PT. The knowledge that even getting to the bathroom was a journey he had to plan. He wondered, then, if he should grab his crutch, pull it out of the shadow of the bar, and show it to Brian, and quickly realized that if he did, he’d be making another excuse. Besides, he didn’t want to have sex with Brian tonight.

Actually, he did.

But he wasn’t going to have sex with Brian tonight. Brian Kenway obviously enjoyed playing games and much as Mal suspected he’d enjoy a night in Brian’s bed, he knew it would probably be a one-off thing. No one put this much intensity into friendship. Brian saw him as a hookup. Nothing more.

Mal didn’t do hookups. Since his breakup with Noah, he’d preferred loneliness to the sharp disappointment of connection and separation, or the simple fact that people so often weren’t who he thought they were in the light of day.

He glanced at the clock over the bar. “Three minutes.”

Brian showed him another grin, this one not at all lazy. “Need some practice puckering up?”

“Fuck you.” Resisting the urge to stretch his lips, lick them, get all loose and ready for a kiss, Mal laughed. Then licked his lips, damn it.

Brian chuckled softly and raised his glass for another sip. He did it slowly, as though knowing Mal would watch him swallow and wonder what the drink would taste like on his lips. His tongue.

“Want a taste?” Brian asked, offering him the glass.

Mal accepted the glass and took a quick sip. The drink was strong and his head spun lightly. Putting it aside, he licked his lips again, tasting bourbon and something sharper, drier. Vermouth? The bitters touched his tongue last, a tangy aftertaste, and he could imagine how well an orange peel would go with the drink.

He was wondering how Brian managed to smell like oranges when the countdown began.

“Ten, nine, eight . . .”

Brian hadn’t leaned in. Should he do it?

“Seven, six, five . . .”

Should he take his glasses off?

“Four, three . . .”

What if he missed?

“Two . . .”

What if the kiss landed on Brian’s cheek or nose or—

“One!”

Oranges, cardamom, cinnamon, and musk. Warmth whispering across his lips in quick invitation before pressing down, lightly, without demand. Somehow their noses didn’t collide. Somehow, Mal’s lips were parting before a swipe of Brian’s tongue.

Brian didn’t invade, though. He teased. He waited.

Understanding flashing inside his head like a cracked blind at dawn, Mal leaned in and kissed back. Offered up his mouth. Tasted. Hummed at the delicious flavor of whiskey and man. The persistent hint of orange. The prickle of stubble as their mouths moved and realigned. He touched his tongue to Brian’s and opened his mouth. Brian swept inside and the warmth at the back of Mal’s neck now must be Brian’s hand. Oh God, it felt good.

So warm.

So necessary.

Then Brian was shifting back, blinking slowly, and noise crashed into the perfect bubble of their kiss, breaking the moment apart with cheers of “Happy New Year” and the lambent strains of “Auld Lang Syne.”

Mal breathed. Quaked. Ignored the near pain behind the fly of his jeans. Took another breath. “That was . . .”

“Some kiss.” Brian’s grin had that lazy aspect again.

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 A Chat With Kelly

This story is all about new directions. Brian and Mal will both be confronted with challenges that will encourage them to channel their energy into something worthwhile.

“For Brian, it’s stepping out from behind his substantial wallet to make a difference. For Mal, it’s about learning to live out loud. For both of them, it’s about forming a family of their own, and chasing a forever neither thought they might find.”

About The Author

If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.

Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke. Some of what she writes is speculative in nature, but mostly it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner.

Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.

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Cover Reveal: Illuminated Shadows by G. R. Lyons

Illuminated Shadows | G. R. Lyons

Treble and the Lost Boys #3

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Release Date: December 28 2018

Length: 100,000 words approx.

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Blurb

 

When Victor Lucius was sixteen years old, a few cruel words out of his mouth led to a brutal tragedy, one that Vic has been trying to make up for ever since.

Now, working as a missing persons expert, Vic tracks down and rescues people from abandonment or abuse, trying to alleviate the guilt constantly weighing him down.

His latest case—a boy who was kidnapped at the age of two and then held captive for nineteen years—is by far the darkest of his career. If there’s any chance of Vic finally redeeming himself, helping this boy might be it.

But rescuing Colby from his basement prison is only the beginning, and brings a whole new struggle to Vic’s life:

Temptation…

Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as in the Shifting Isles Series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included.

Treble & The Lost Boys Series

Book #1 – Ice On Fire – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #2 – Heavens Aground – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Author Bio

While daylighting as office manager for the family auto repair business, G.R. Lyons can often be found working on one of multiple manuscripts or desperately trying to keep up with the TBR pile.

Anarcho-capitalist, quietly ‘out’ trans guy, former belly dancer, coffee guzzler, highly-sensitive introvert, CrossFit enthusiast, and lover of MM romantic fiction.

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Guns n’ Boys Series Blog Tour by K.A. Merikan – special guest flashfic

Guns n’ Boys Series Blog Tour by K.A. Merikan

I am so pleased to be hosting K.A. Merikan as part of their Blog Tour promoting the wonderful Guns n’ Boys series and make sure you read down to find out about the exciting Giveaways being offered by the authors.

Guns n’ Boys is a twisted, dark erotic romance mixed with a crime thriller. It’s a long, turbulent journey of one couple deeply entrenched in the dealings of their mafia family.

Behind the morbid humor and extreme violence hides the intense love affair of Domenico Acerbi, the mafia’s best hitman, and Seth Villani, the Don’s son.

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Book #1 He Is Poison | Book #2 He Is Mine

Book #3 Homicidal Instinct | Book #4 Swamp Blood

Book #5 ChokeholdBook #6 Bloodbath

Book #7 Gilded Agony

Flash Fic

Seth sat on the sofa next to Domenico, slowly falling asleep with his face buried in Dom’s long, fragrant hair.

“What’s this popcorn?” Mark asked from the armchair in front of the TV, crunching loudly.

“Cinnamon and toffee,” Dom said, petting Seth’s arm in a languid motion.

“I thought you didn’t like popcorn.” Seth yawned and cuddled up closer.

“I don’t, but if he’s gonna eat it, he might at least have a good quality product.”

Domenico’s chest sank so rapidly Seth’s head slipped to Dom’s arm, and he looked up, somewhat confused, but the hand gently petting his neck took him right back to bliss. He loved listening to Domenico’s voice. It was as smooth as his appearance.

Mark chuckled. “Quality product,” he mocked.

“You find this funny?” Dom asked.

“It’s true,” Seth purred, scratching Dom’s stomach. “Only quality for Domenico Acerbi.”

Mark shrugged, stuffing his face with more popcorn. “Take cheese for example. It’s cheese. Doesn’t really get much better than that.”

A low growl left Domenico’s chest. “Oh, please. I saw you eat that liquid pseudo-cheese that comes in a can. Just wait until we take you back home and you try real food.”

“Even the air is better quality.” Seth sighed at the memory and kissed Dom’s knuckles. When he looked up, Domenico’s amber gaze was bathing him in attention.

“And the men. I only take the best of what the world offers me.”

Mark groaned and Seth wanted to reprimand him for chewing so loudly. “I’m guessing that’s Seth then. The best. In the world.” Mark snorted.

“Oh, shut it,” Seth threw a shoe at Mark but missed.

Domenico nuzzled Seth’s nose with a proud smile. “Precisely. Ripened in the Sicilian sun, fed nutritious food until he grew tall and muscular. He’d been waiting for me to pluck him.”

Seth raised his eyebrows, unsure if he should feel complimented or offended.

“So I have to go to Sicily to get a quality man like him?” Mark asked, but Seth heard the mockery in his tone.

Dom kissed Seth’s temple. “There’s only one of him, and he’s taken.”

Mark groaned. “Cheese is cheese, and a dick’s a dick.”

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Comment on the post to win, one person from each stop in the blog tour will win their choice of a backlist ebook from K.A. Merikan. 
Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for your chance to win the Grand Tour Prize. (You can enter this one daily for more chances to win!) 
To begin your journey with Seth and Domenico you should start here, with Book One: He Is Poison.
— Love like butterfly knives in the stomach. —

 

Domenico Acerbi. The Villani Family’s best assassin. Ruthless. Vicious. With no patience for weakness.

Seth Villani. The Don’s son. Clueless. Stubborn. In dire need of someone to keep him in line.

Domenico Acerbi grew up ready to give his life for the Family. Ready to follow orders and exceed expectations. A proud man of honor.

The last thing he wants to deal with is training the Don’s son for his future role within the organization. Lazy, annoying, spoiled, and as hot as a Sicilian summer, Seth Villani is no mafia material. But a man who could never become a threat might just be what Domenico needs.

Seth Villani wants nothing to do with the mafia. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a say when he’s pulled back into the fold. Thrown into a den of serpents otherwise known as the Villani Family, Seth has to find a way to navigate the maze of lies. But when Domenico Acerbi, the most vicious snake of them all, sinks his fangs into Seth, letting go becomes impossible.

If Seth is doomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, he might as well enjoy himself with the most intoxicating man he’s ever met. Maybe he can even fool himself into believing that Domenico isn’t a handsome sociopath who kills for a living.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: Enemies to lovers, mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime, forced proximity

Genre: Dark, twisted M/M romance / crime thriller

Length: ~110,000 words

WARNING: Adult content. Sizzling hot scenes. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.
‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.

K.A. Merikan are a team of writers who try not to suck at adulting, with some success. Always eager to explore the murky waters of the weird and wonderful, K.A. Merikan don’t follow fixed formulas and want each of their books to be a surprise for those who choose to hop on for the ride.

K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.

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Utterly brilliant dark ride through an unconventional romance

We Met in DeathWe Met in Death by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is no one who writes this type of tortured and twisted romance quite like Kat and Agnes Merikan and this book is an utterly brilliant dark ride.

From the opening scene of a cemetery at night to a farmhouse shootout, this book delivers on the spooky, creepy and thrilling plot points with a side order of violence wholly in keeping with the narrative.

The Merikan guys are not heroes in the conventional sense, but they have their own code of honour which teeters on the brink of being one step above unforgivable until they meet their true loves. Then all bets are off.

Robert and Nathan are an explosive combination, screwed up, brooding, on the run and with so much baggage they should have an airport trolley to carry it.

But when Robert finally gets his head out of his backside and deals with his fears, he turns into a truly considerate and loving partner, while still worrying about his ex mobster boss and his mum finding out he’s gay.

With a deft hand, the authors bring it all together for an explosive tension packed last 25% which you can’t put down. Don’t be put off by the cover, it perfectly sums up the film noir feel to the narrative.

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Brilliantly dark

The Difference BetweenThe Difference Between by Blake Moreno

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wrote a really eloquent review of this and then my kindle decided to just delete it so I’m not doing it again.

I will say though that this book is a tour de force ride through all the elements of dealing with sexual trauma from both sides of the relationship.

Heed the warnings but don’t be afraid of this book because it brings light into darkness and shows that there can be sexual healing and a reclamation of love even after the most brutal of traumas.

This is a romance, the love between Wade and Russ is powerful and all encompassing and provides the platform for which they can recover together.

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Just as good as the first one

After the Fire (Through Hell and Back Book 2)After the Fire by Felice Stevens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the first book I got teary at what happened to one of the secondary characters. This book continues on that story as Jordan has to come to terms with his loss.

I loved as well how Felice brought Lucas in to the story and back into Ash’s life without it feeling like just a plot device, it worked well within the narrative.

This one is angsty, but it’s a different kind to the first book. Here there’s more to do with grief and loss, anger and pain, a sense of hopelessness than the relationship driven dramas of Drew and Ash.

Jordan and Lucas’ dramas came more from what was happening around them as they tried to move on, although there were relationship hiccups too.

I liked that they were quick to anger but also quick to reconcile, they talked and they sought expert help when the sh*t hit the fan.

In bed they were dynamite, I loved how Jordan slowly realised he could love Lucas without the guilt and how Lucas realised he could depend on Jordan in spite of his mistakes.

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