Herc’s Mercs Series by Ari McKay: My Round Up of Books #1 to #6

The Bigger They Come (Herc's Mercs #1)The Bigger They Come by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this bodyguard and client falling in love during a job romance even with the slightly over the top towards the end stalker plot.

Both Cade and Jude were sympathetic characters and I liked their dynamic together and completely believed in their feelings for each other.

There’s good world building and a bunch of interesting secondary characters that I look forward to reading more about as the series progresses.

Line in the Sand (Herc's Mercs Book 2)Line in the Sand by Ari McKay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Short but sweet second offering in the Herc’s Mercs series. I really liked both Jon and Alex and the romance felt believable and even the big jungle adventure didn’t become two outlandish.

There’s low steam in this one and lots of caregiving and a nice lack of angst and I was rooting for them from the start.

Bloody But Unbowed (Herc's Mercs Book 3)Bloody But Unbowed by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my favourite so far, featuring street smart but not academically smart Daryl, a potential Nobel Prize winning scientist and a whole bunch of dodgy terrorists.

It’s also the sexiest so far in the series with the two men not only getting down and dirty in the Amazonian jungle but also continuing their escapades once they got back from the rescue mission.

They have insane chemistry and there wasn’t a whole lot of angst to make the plot last longer. Each man has his hang ups but together they just work.

Once A Hero (Herc's Mercs Book 4)Once A Hero by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am thoroughly enjoying this series from Ari McKay as various different members of Herc’s mercenary team find themselves falling in love.

Each story has had quite different settings, even if the premise of falling in love is central and I really liked this one with former stealth specialist Ezra and his Judge employer Mason.

There was also an added bonus of a great kid who acted like a typical 12 year-old and not an overly educated or intellectual prodigy and we got to hear about the other guys in the firm still being happily in love.

Now onto book five 😉

The Harder They Fall (Herc's Mercs Book 5)The Harder They Fall by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was a bit different to the others as it involved two of Herc’s employees falling for each other in the midst of a threat when one discovered a whole load of criminal activity during routine IT work.

I liked the contrast between the two guys but I also wanted to shake Chris for his insecurities and the way he treated Jason.

Jason himself was very much a sympathetic character and his fears about being hurt all over again were completely justifiable.

The secondary plot proved a good one to hook the rest of the second chance romance on and it had a good bit of action.

Where Angels Fear To Tread (Herc's Mercs, #6)Where Angels Fear To Tread by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well that was action packed! Another utterly different style of meet and romance than any of the others in the series and thoroughly enjoyable.

I loved the juxtaposition of Geo’s control and the shibari ropes with the chaos and mayhem of the flight through a country in turmoil.

I loved Ellen, a feisty and strong spirited politician with lots of good advice to hand out when our mercenary got a little too caught up in his own head.

It’s also way more violent than any of the previous and I have to say,:


I felt really bad for the poor guys who didn’t make it even though they’d only just been introduced in this book!

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Loved this angsty installment in the Hearts & Health series

IMG_4833Surprise Delivery by D.J. Jamison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full review to come tomorrow as my Kindle’s about to die 😉

Oooh this one was angsty! Or rather, this one was more angsty than previous ones have been but it was also exceptionally good and I loved pretty much all of it while also raging at Eric’s horrible family at the same time!

I felt so bad for Casper but I also wanted to shake him at times because he’d just fixed in his head that anything more deep than sex would be betraying his lost love Kage. I liked that Kage wasn’t an overwhelming presence overall in the narrative though. When he was mentioned, it completely fit into the direction the story was going.

Eric was awesome though. Not quite the uptight Hospital Administrator he’d appeared in the series’ earlier books but actually quite willing to let go when given a reason to do so and desperately wanting to do the right thing for his niece and the hospital’s budget.

I liked the angsting but I was glad it didn’t go into unreasonable territory and that Casper realised he’d screwed up (even though it didn’t happen until the end of the book, it was warranted) and did all he could to rectify his mistakes.

It’s also seriously hot!

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Review Tour: Poke Check by RJ Scott and V.L. Locey

 Length: 50,000 words approx
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Harrisburg Railers Series
Book #1 – Changing Lines
Book #2 – First Season
Book #3 – Deep Edge

One scorching summer in each other’s arms could never be enough.

Stanislav “Stan” Lyamin is happy playing for the Railers. The towering goalie is well-loved, respected, and making a home for himself even though that home only contains him, his cat, and his growing Pokemon trading card collection. Stan prefers it that way.

He’d given his heart to a man in a secret affair, and that man walked away, leaving Stan shattered. Now Erik is back in his life, and he has the same tumultuous effect he had on Stan’s heart as before. This time it’s not just a kissable mouth and sweet blond curls that Erik has brought to Harrisburg, there’s a soon-to-be ex-wife and a precious baby.

Despite the vow Stan made to hate Erik forever, he’s now finding it harder and harder to turn away.

Erik Gunnarsson’s dream had always been to play in the NHL, he just never imagined he’d land a contract with the Railers. Who would have thought that fate would put him on the same team as Stanislav Lyamin; the man whose heart he’d callously broken?

Secrets and lies had defined their summer relationship, and the choice that Erik made to end it all haunts him still. In the middle of a messy divorce and with a baby in tow, Erik finds himself back in Stan’s life. Now all he has to do is be the best dad he can be, prove to the team that he deserves the chance to stay on the roster and try his hardest to get Stan to forgive him.

Is it possible to persuade a man who hates you to give love a second chance?

RJ’s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

RJ Scott is the bestselling author of over one hundred romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men 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.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. Who, Torchwood, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.


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Blog Tour: Second Wind by Aimee Nicole Walker

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RELEASE DATE: 14.02.18

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Second wind: a new strength or energy to continue something that is an effort. After an amicable divorce, Lincoln Huxley is ready to embrace the sexuality he repressed for more than two decades. Rush Holden is no longer willing to settle for closeted men or those who don’t share his dreams of marriage and fatherhood. A chance encounter on a lakeside pier is the second wind they both need. Or will it just be a painful reminder of all they had lost?

Second chance: an opportunity to try something again that failed one time. Rush and Lincoln have shared a lot of firsts—friendship, young love, and heartbreak. Cruel reality forced the two men to choose paths that took their lives in different directions. Twenty-six years later, they get a second chance to fall in love with each all over again. Can it really be that simple, or will the same issues ruin their happiness a second time?

Happily ever after: to live happily for the rest of one’s life. Rush and Lincoln know that love and life can’t be defined by words alone. Patience, commitment, and the determination to do whatever it takes will be the only way the two men achieve their happily ever after.

Second Wind is a funny, sexy, and endearing standalone romance novel about love, loss, and rediscovery. It contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults 18 and older.

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I suddenly felt an invisible pull to go to the pier and ride the damn thing. No, Rush wouldn’t be with me in person, but the memory of him would be. I walked the short distance and bought tickets for the Centennial Wheel. The pier was packed with families and friends just looking to have a good time and enjoy the beautiful June weather before the serious humidity hit later in the month.

I felt a little silly as I approached the long line by myself, but I passed the time by texting Phee and checking my email. The line had suddenly stopped advancing, and I wondered if the ride broke down or something. Then I heard the chatter about newlyweds posing for photos with the grand Ferris wheel in the background.

“Look how handsome the grooms look,” someone said.

“It so good that people don’t have to hide any longer,” another person added.

I stepped out of line to see for myself, and my heart thudded to a stop in my chest before it raced with recognition. It wasn’t the grooms that held me spellbound; it was the photographer. I’d know that stance anywhere because I sure as hell had seen it enough times growing up.

The camera he held in his hand was a lot different and more expensive than the ones he used to own, but the way he stood and cradled it like a rare treasure was all the same. Rush! But how was this possible? My mind had to be playing tricks on me. This moment was nothing but a fantasy brought on by all the trips down memory lane I’d made the past twenty-four hours. I would wake up to find that I fell asleep in the hotel room instead of walking to the pier.

There was no way in hell that Rush, my Rush, was a few hundred feet away from me. It had to be someone who resembled him. The photographer turned around and smiled at something his assistant said to him. I started walking toward him without stopping to think if I should. For the first time in more than twenty-six years, my world felt right. My Rush.

It felt like I’d caught my second wind.

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Cover Reveal: Confessions: Robbie by Ella Frank


Confessions: Robbie, an all new tantalizing contemporary MMM Romance by Ella Frank is coming March 8th!

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Confessions: Robbie

Author: Ella Frank

Release Date: March 8th


Relationships are complex.

Love ever-changing.

And when it comes to rules of the heart,

they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.

Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what – or who –he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:

If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

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Blog Tour: Rebel by K.M. Neuhold & Nora Phoenix

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RELEASE DATE: 31.01.18

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“I don’t do relationships, I break them.” ~ Troy

If there’s one thing life has taught me it’s that everyone eventually leaves. But that’s okay because I have a strategy: no friends, no boyfriends, limit repeat hook-ups, no sleep overs, and above all leave them before they leave me. I’ve put my break-up skills to work doing others’ dirty work for them.

The last thing I expected when I agreed to do an embarrassing breakup song and dance was to end up on the doorstep of the very recognizable—and stupidly sexy—Rebel. When you meet a man like Rebel you’d be insane not to make a move. And just because he has me tossing out every single one of my rules doesn’t mean I’m in trouble, right?

“I’m everyone’s friend, but no one’s everything.” ~ Rebel

I love working for Ballsy Boys, but when you make the kind of videos I do relationships are pretty damn impossible. Besides, guys find me sexy and want to either be with me or be me, but no one has ever cared enough to see the real me.

Until I meet Troy. He has no problem whatsoever with my job, but he’s determined to keep me at a distance. For the first time, a hook-up alone is not enough. I want more with him. Hell, I want everything. But he resists at every step until I’m about ready to give up. What do I need to do to show him that this is real and worth fighting for?

***Rebel is the first book in the Ballsy Boys Series and is a super sexy MM romance with plenty of good times. While this book and this series do contain some instances of sex outside of the main relationships, they DO NOT contain cheating.

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“You really don’t have to come up. I have a shitty little apartment. It’s nothing like your place,” I tell Rebel. “Plus, I’m obviously not up for fooling around.”

“I don’t give a shit.”

I scoff and shake my head but don’t argue further. If we keep hanging out without fucking around, what does that make us? Friends? Something else?

In my apartment, I cringe inwardly, imagining what Rebel must be thinking as he steps into the one room that holds my whole life. Usually when I have a guy in here, we’re too busy getting naked for me to worry what they think of my living space. And, beyond that, I can’t imagine I’d care what any of those randoms think anyway.

“If you don’t have tea, how about I make you some soup or something?”

“Why are you doing this?” I eye him skeptically.

“What? Do you want something more substantial? I can make a sandwich.”

“No, I mean why are you being so nice?”

Rebel’s eyebrows furrow, and the corners of his lips tug down in a frown. There’s a sharp sadness in his striking blue eyes that makes me want to shove him away or crawl into bed and hide for a week, anything to get away from the pity.

“We’re friends, right?” Rebel asks.

“You’ve had your dick in both my mouth and my ass.”

“So…best friends?”

I want to laugh, but the pain meds are starting to wear off, and my nose is starting to throb. “I’m not usually friends with guys I fuck around with,” I explain for what I feel like is the hundredth time since meeting Rebel.

“Then who are you usually friends with?”

My mouth opens and closes like a dumbass fish. I’m not sure if he was trying to throw shade, but damn if he didn’t get me. “I don’t have friends,” I finally admit with a little bite in my tone. I don’t want friends, and I don’t need friends.

“We’re friends; deal with it. Now, soup?” He skirts around me into my kitchen, leaving me at a loss for words. “Why don’t you lay down on the couch and find something for us to watch? I’ll bring you some food, and we’ll get a dose of the painkillers the ER prescribed into you, and you can sleep through the worst of the pain.”

I almost ask again why he’s doing this, but decide that whatever his motivation, it feels nice to be taken care of for a change. I settle onto the couch and put on the second season of Stranger Things.

It’s not long before Rebel brings me a bowl of soup, a second dose of the painkillers, and a glass of water.

“Thank you.”

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When she was a little tot, Nora’s mom got a library subscription for her. That, as they say, was that, and a lifelong love for books was born. Nora never stopped reading and doesn’t exaggerate when she says she devours books, rather than plain reads them. She started writing stories as soon as she could hold a pen, and wrote her first full book as a teen (on a typewriter!). It took her waaaay too long to follow her dream to become a romance author.

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Wonderful romance focuses on small town life

38579725Hard To Let Go by Jaclyn Quinn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book about small towns, second chances, old school enemies reconnecting and how the actions of our younger days can go on to define us through into adulthood.

I believe this is Jaclyn’s debut book, if so, it’s superbly well done with a narrative which is well paced and flows easily between past remembrances and current happenings. It’s hard to get the tone right when you have two characters who were antagonistic in their past but this was played to perfection.

When Owen bumped into Brody – literally – all the feelings he’d buried away from the torment he’d suffered were brought back to the surface and, while the set up of them meeting again was clearly telegraphed, it still worked.

There are also brilliantly strong female characters in this, Owen’s mum, aunt and cousin, Brody’s aunt and his mum, there to provide positive and loving influences.

There’s a great bunch of secondary characters in this book too and the world building was great, evoking the small town feel of a place where everyone knows what they “think” is your business but not always having the full truth.

Both Owen and Brody have hurdles to overcome. This isn’t a straight forward fall into love, there are deep rooted fears and pains which get in the way at times. But they have a real connection, one which neither of them can put aside.

I loved how their friends (Owen’s ex Jonah – please tell me we’re going to get his story as well) and Gabe (who is awesome and, I hope, the subject of a book 2!) were also supportive and quietly scheming in the background.

The sex is beyond hot, it’s emotional and passionate, but also settles into supportive and loving as their relationship develops. I loved that there was no misunderstandings or a lack of communication about what was going on and their feelings.

There was anger and hurt, understandably so on Owen’s part, but he wasn’t just stubbornly refusing to try sort it out. There were conversations and painful truths revealed which just made the whole romance even more understandable.

I’m hoping this is just the start of a series set in this little town because I NEED to know whether Gabe manages to finally find out why Nate runs away from him at every turn and I want Jonah to find his own HEA.

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