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Utterly brilliant Sci-Fi exploration of what makes us love

Earth Fathers Are WeirdEarth Fathers Are Weird by Lyn Gala

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, that was absolutely brilliant. I had no idea what to expect really with this book, my first from Lyn, but when Shin asked if I was willing to review an ARC, I was intrigued.

I loved pretty much everything about this, it’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s an exploration of just what actually defines love and how it’s possible to fall for an asymmetrical tentacle creature without realising it.

The idea of Earth being off in some boring backwater of space that other sentient beings ignore because humans don’t have multiple limbs or tentacles really tickled me.

Max’s confusion at what happened to him following what he thought was an alien invasion but which turned out to be the equivalent of a police chase, was seriously funny.

Lyn Gala’s a total genius though as she explores how Max begins to communicate and improve the ‘Babelfish-like’ translation program on the ship he lands himself on to work his passage back to Earth.

How do you define hurt or emotional heartbreak when it’s a literal alien concept?!

Considering all the tentacles, there wasn’t as much sexy times as I’d perhaps been expecting, but the relationship which develops between Max and the octopus-like owner of the ship, who he calls Rick, is totally believable and quite emotional.

And the offspring? Too cute for words 🙂 This book was fab, so thanks Shin for putting it on my radar.

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New Release Blitz: Fracture by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Fracture | Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Unbreakable Bonds Series #6

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Publisher: Drake & Elliott LLC

Release Date: March 29, 2019

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 71,000

Genre: MM, Romance, Thriller, Suspense

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Blurb

After three years, Snow and Jude’s relationship is still passionate and strong. They’re getting ready for a romantic vacation at home when Jude receives a horrifying call no one wants to receive. His youngest brother was found barely clinging to life. While Jude’s family is rallying around Jordan, Jude is determined to find out what happened to him.

Snow and Jude follow the clues, investigating a side of Jordan’s life none of them knew about…and is far darker than any would have believed possible. They get pulled deeper into the seedy side of life, while echoes from a past Snow thought he walked away from return to offer an unexpected insight into the cause of Jordan’s injuries.

But someone else has noticed their involvement and is furious, putting them both in danger. The risk is high but so is Jude’s determination to find the truth—though the knowledge could very well fracture his heart.

Trigger Warning: This book has a scene that some might find triggering, but the triggers are also spoilers to the plot, so they can be found at the front of the book.

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Excerpt

Snow rushed through the emergency room with Jude. His heart was pounding so hard it was like he could feel it in his throat, threatening to choke off his airway. A sinister nagging voice in the back of his head kept repeating, <em>Three years, three years, three years</em>.

Roughly three years ago, he’d run into this same hospital to find one of his best friends on the floor, his entire world falling apart because his wife had been killed in what had appeared to be a car accident. And he hadn’t been there to operate on her. To save her life.

Melissa Ward had been light and laughter and happiness. She’d brought joy to all who knew her.

And Rowe Ward had been devastated to lose her. They all had been.

They’d nearly lost Rowe to his grief.

Now Snow was running through the hospital where he and Jude worked nearly every day. He was vaguely aware of familiar faces registering surprise and flashes of sadness as they passed by, but it didn’t matter. They stopped only long enough to find out that Jordan was in surgery and that Jude’s family was already in the surgical ICU waiting room.

“Snow,” Jude said in a low, shaky breath as they waited for the elevator to ascend to the correct floor. That broken sound gutted him.

He reached over and wrapped his hand around the back of Jude’s neck, pulling him tight against his taller frame. “We’ll figure this out,” he replied, forcing the words past the lump in his throat while telling himself that this was not going to be like Mel.

Jordan was a strong young man. Not even twenty-one yet. A good guy who loved to laugh. Definitely not the sort to seek out trouble. This had to be nothing more than him being in the wrong damn place at the wrong damn time. The doctors on call would be able to fix him up and get him safely on the mend.

But he couldn’t give Jude promises that he couldn’t keep or offer fake platitudes. Jude had worked as a paramedic for several years now. He’d been the paramedic first on the scene for Mel. He knew how quickly things could turn bad with nothing anyone could do to stop them.

“My brain won’t accept it. Not Jordan.”

“I know,” Snow said. “But he’s young and he’s strong. That works in his favor.”

The elevator doors parted, and they were quickly moving again to the large, quiet waiting room.

Meet the Authors

Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott have teamed up to combine their evil genius to create intense gay romantic suspense stories that have car chases, shoot outs, explosions, scorching hot love scenes, and tender, tear-jerking moments.

Their first joint books are in the Unbreakable Bonds series.

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Blog Tour: Wicked Games by Aimee Nicole Walker

Wicked Games | Aimee Nicole Walker

Queen City Rogues Series #2

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M/M Romance/Suspense

Release Date: 11.03.19

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Blurb

Ryder Jameson and Lucien Clarke have a complicated past: Ryder conserves art; Lucien steals it. Their love-hate relationship spans six years and two continents and has endured multiple heists. Hoping to restore his tarnished reputation, Ryder returns home to Cincinnati to accept a position at an acclaimed museum. When Lucien suddenly reappears in Ryder’s life, the treasure seeker hopes to nab a priceless Shang Dynasty artifact and recapture Ryder’s jilted heart.

Something more sinister than stolen art is stirring in the Queen City. Ryder and Lucien must join forces to untangle a web of secrets, lies, and treachery bigger than either of them expected. Trust won’t come easy, but they’ll need to rely on each other because pulling the wrong thread could have deadly consequences.

Is it fate that keeps bringing Ryder and Lucien together, or are they merely pawns in someone’s wicked games? Will they play for keeps this time or become collateral damage?

Wicked Games is a second-chance romance filled with passion, humor, and intrigue. It’s the second book in the Queen City Rogues series but can be read on its own. Wicked Games contains mature sexual content intended for readers 18 and older.

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Ryder said nothing else until we arrived at the hotel. “Really? You’re staying inside a museum? Talk about irony. Do you steal the towels and robes from the luxury hotels before you scurry out of town? Is your urbane polish nothing but a veneer?”

Ryder knew fully well the ways my inner beast and baser needs could make a person forget all about the polish that had initially caught their attention. I’d never felt bad about using my looks, charisma, or my body to get what I wanted until I met Ryder.

Then each day became one regret after the other until my life was nothing more than a cold existence. I recognized the same loneliness when I looked into Ryder’s stunning blue eyes. I couldn’t remember a time when I hated myself more.

“Come on,” Ryder said irritably. “I have things I need to do this evening.”

Rage and lust were such a heady combination, and it was all I could do to keep from pushing Ryder up against the lift wall and giving him the reunion we both so badly wanted. I didn’t speak to him, and I kept my hands in my pockets to prevent myself from reaching for him until we arrived at my hotel room. Don’t cross the line again. You’ve caused him enough pain.

“Are we doing this or not?” Ryder challenged when my hesitance became obvious.

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Her absolute favorite title is champion of the happily ever after. Love inspires everything she does, music keeps her sane, and coffee is the magic elixir that fuels her day. I’d love to hear from you.

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A stunning return to the Unbreakable Bonds setting

Fracture (Unbreakable Bonds #6)Fracture by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There aren’t enough stars available to properly rate this book. It’s always a risk to step back into a beloved world which had wrapped up its initial story arc and left no loose ends.

But Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott have come up with a second story for Snow and Jude which is utterly gripping, and just as fast-paced as the original Shatter, which gave us their initial romance.

This time the focus is on Jude’s youngest brother who is the start point for an all-action adventure which sees Snow and Jude’s relationship tested to the max.

Everything about this book worked for me. Everything. Snow and Jude are beyond hot together, they’re bound together by love, they’re determined to be there for each other no matter what and this narrative pushes them to the limits.

And OMG the code words – this time picked by Jude. Once again these authors know when to bring a light touch to the darkness and Rowe and Noah’s antics give me life.

There’re also guest appearances from many of our favourite Ward Security staff members just to keep the action flowing and it made my heart skip as each one arrived on the page.

Absolutely loved it. Also not who I was expecting for Book Five in the Ward Security series so really looking forward to reading that one too!

Now, if Rowe and Noah happen to be next on the list for a revisit, well that would just make my year 🙂

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

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Eden saves the best – imho anyways – for last with Talon and Miller’s romance

Blindsided (Fake Boyfriend, #4)Blindsided by Eden Finley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a quartet of quite brilliant MM fake boyfriend sports romances, Eden saves the best for last – and it’s not only not a fake boyfriend trope but it’s two guys who were only supposed to be supporting cast in book two.

Well, let’s just say I’m very glad Talon and Miller just wouldn’t stop talking and wanting their friends to lovers tale of college threesomes and unrequited feelings to be told.

This is my favourite in what has been a wonderful series examining the pressures of being LGBTQ+ in the sports world.

Each book has taken its own twist on the fake boyfriend element and produced perfectly matched pairs who find the right path to happiness (except this book, which didn’t need that particular trope to be a winner).

Talon is adorable, utterly clueless about Miller’s feelings but also in the same boat with his own until he has a startling revelation that the thing he liked best about the college years wasn’t the sex but Miller’s presence.

Miller is a study in contrasts, he’s sure of his feelings for Marcus Talon but not entirely convinced that they’re returned or that he’s really justified in wanting more than friendship.

But let’s just say when Talon goes all in, he goes for it completely, wanting to make Shane Miller happy becomes his goal in life, alongside his NFL career.

It’s not all plain sailing though and the doubts on both sides felt real and earnt to me. Coming out is never a “once and done” and I thought the fears were expressed well throughout.

As a pair they’re hot, scorching hot and there’s a shower scene that raises the temperature even further and yet which also felt absolutely centred in emotions and being connected as a couple.

But the epilogue, that just moves this book into my favourites list and cements its place as a genius piece of romance writing.

There wasn’t a bit of this book that didn’t work for me.

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Release Blitz: Uncomplicated by K.M. Neuhold

Uncomplicated | K.M. Neuhold

An INKED Novel

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Genre: Gay Romance, MMM

Release Date: 11.03.19

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Two men with a rocky history, and one with an all-consuming love for both of them.

Sometimes I’m so lonely I swear I can’t breathe. I bring men and women into my bed to chase away the ache, but it never seems to help. I want something real, something lasting, but I’ve never been more afraid of anything in my life. If I have nothing else in my life I can count on, at least I have my best friend, Cas. If I have nothing else in my life that feels solid, at least I have Cas.

Until one sad smile from a beautiful man tilts my world on its axis.

But Finn is Cas’ ex, and that means he’s off limits, right? What if I could have something permanent, if I’m willing to put my heart on the line? Finn and Cas may have a history, but something tells me the three of us could have a future, if we’re willing to let things get a little complicated.

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I grab two spoons out of the dishwasher while Cas pulls out a fresh carton of ice cream. Hopping up onto the counter, I wince at both the twinge in my well-used ass and the cold granite against my skin.

“You know, most people would find it gross that your bare ass is right where we prepare our food,” he points out dryly.

“Some people are so uptight,” I tease, reaching for the carton of ice cream and pulling it to me. Cas comes around the counter to stand between my legs, resting his hot hands on my thighs and opening his mouth when I offer him the first spoonful of creamy deliciousness.

His hands caress my legs lazily, his fingers dancing absently through the coarse blond hair covering them. We eat in easy silence for the next few minutes, sometimes sharing spoons and other times playfully tussling over the carton. I lick another spoonful, holding the cream in my mouth until it melts from the heat before pulling Cas in for a kiss, chuckling into his mouth as he gasps around my icy tongue.

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KM Neuhold Logo 2K.M. Neuhold is a complete romance junkie, a total sap in every way. She started her journey as an author in new adult, MF romance, but after a chance reading of an MM book she was completely hooked on everything about lovely – and sometimes damaged – men finding their Happily Ever After together.

She has a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well. And she fully admits that her OCD tendencies of making sure every side character has a full backstory will likely always lead to every book having a spin-off or series.

When she’s not writing she’s a lion tamer, an astronaut, and a superhero…just kidding, she’s likely watching Netflix and snuggling with her husky while her amazing husband brings her coffee.

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Second time around and I loved this complex issues-focused romance

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Re-reading the revised and expanded edition due out soon from Dreamspinner.

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4.5*

Well, second time around I’m not sure if I can tell what’s been changed from the first edition but I have to say, I vastly enjoyed this more than I obviously did the first time round when I only gave it 3* but didn’t review (for whatever reason I can’t remember now)

I’d forgotten how deliciously filthy – in the absolute best way – it is, with Denver and Adam’s BDSM taking them into some seriously sensual and highly erotic scenes which burst with not only sexual tensions and lust, but also with clearly developing emotions and the start of relationship connections which only strengthen with time.

It’s also a stunning examination of the outcomes living with OCD and clinical anxiety can do to a human’s mind and how it can twist beyond recognition the normalities of day to day life into nightmarish proportions.

But, that’s not to say that the exploration of BDSM brings with it a cure or that Denver has a magic dick with which to stop all of Adam’s issues. He doesn’t. What he provides is an outlet through which Adam learns to find managing techniques which help him process the tics and the panic attacks and the irrational fears.

There’s also a wonderful cast of helpful and supporting secondary characters. I’d forgotten just how much I loved Louisa, the trans woman Adam bumps into shortly after his dickhead ex has managed to drive him into an anxiety spike.

The new cover for this book also beautifully illustrates Denver’s strengths, the cowboy who has his own issues to deal with, who thinks he’s dumb but actually has what’s probably dyslexia or a similar learning processing disorder.

So, second time round and it’s a massive hit for me.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review

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