Dramatic suspense romance kicks off new series from Megan Erickson

Zero Hour (Wired & Dangerous #1)Zero Hour by Megan Erickson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

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ETA: Right, I love Megan Erickson’s work, especially the Cyberlove Series with Santino Hassell. I’ve also enjoyed her MF stories, particularly her recent paranormal Blood Guard and The Gamers Series (a mix of MF/MM).

This one’s a romantic suspense thriller type hacker adventure. The tag line of The Fast and the Furious meeting Mr Robot’s not far wrong. But I wasn’t as enamoured of this one as I have been with others.

Roarke is all alpha male and there’s a lot of “you can’t do this because you’re a woman” tropes sent towards Wren. In this instance it’s because he’s always been in love with her but thinks he’s not worthy, but I find the back and fro-ing between two people who both fancy the pants off each other to be really annoying, no matter how well written.

This is, in essence, a revenge story with a romance attached to it, and while the romance was a fairly slow burn, the hacktivist part of the book did work well to an extent.

There was never really any explanation given for how a team of hackers and (essentially geeks) doing jobs like investigating dodgy companies and looking into criminal activity computer trails, also ended up with shit hot weapons skills.

I liked the banter between the team though. There was another strong female character in Marisol and Wren herself wasn’t a pushover, although again there was too much of the “I want him but I can’t have him” arsing about for my liking.

There’s also second hidden secret missions involving the same targets and the – lack of communication leading to mistakes and mix-ups – is another trope which needs handling with care. I get why authors use the “lone gun” element and, in this instance, it mostly paid off.

The ending sets up the rest of the series and I am looking forward to finding out more about the rest of the crew and I believe there’s at least two others planned (another MF and an MM).

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What madness lies in this alternative reality!

Journey To GaytopiaJourney To Gaytopia by Joel Craig

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one’s different! A humorous alternative reality graphic novel in which our two heroes have to wrangle with the evil twin sister of the glamourous actress Fay Dunnaway who’s kidnapped pop goddess Madonna!

It was a pleasant change to read an LGBTQ+ focused graphic novel, it’s a genre where the community is sadly under represented and this one was a funny and outrageous journey through a fantasy world which closely resembled our own but with enough “left of centre” happenings to make it clear it wasn’t life as we know it.

There’s lots of snark and as for whether our two erstwhile heroes manage to rescue Madonna from mad Mae, you’ll have to buy it and see!

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Book Title: Journey To Gaytopia

Author: Joel Craig

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Cover Artist: Joel Craig

Genre/s: LGBTQ graphic novel, science fiction graphic novel

Length: 64 pages

Target Audience: Young Adult and adult LGBTQ

Release Date: December 1, 2017

Blurb

Broke actors Joel Craig and Stephen Foster have just had the break of a lifetime, series regular roles on The Julianne Moore and Madonna Half Hour Comedy Show. But during the filming of the show Madonna is kidnapped by Mae Dunaway, the evil twin sister of Faye Dunaway, and whisked away into a science fiction alternate parallel universe.

Joel and Stephen are in hot pursuit in efforts to rescue Madonna from the evil clutches of Mae and get help from some new friends along the way in the city of Gaytopia. Will Stephen and Joel rescue Madonna? Find out in this graphic novel that will put you on the edge of your seats and leave you wanting more.

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JOEL CRAIG is a nurse by day but actor and writer by night and lives with his musician husband, Donovan Holden. They have been married twice with the second time finally being legal.

In addition to Journey to Gaytopia, Joel has also written Welcome To Nursing HELLo, a Graphic Memoir. Joel is also an actor, having appeared in the films, Sideshow and Sordid Lives as well as the web series, What’s My Intention?

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Review Tour Blitz: On The Third Kiss by George Loveland

 Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 40,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
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Sebastian Bennett is really looking forward to his Christmas holiday with boyfriend Elliot Bolton in the Gran Canarian sun. The only thing left is for him to sing one last song at the pub as his Drag Queen alter-ego, Donna Tracey. After the wig, make-up and dress come off, he rushes home to pack, only to find he and his chihuahua, Buster, have been deserted by Elliot, who’s taken someone else to Gran Canaria. Devastated, Elliot turns to his friend and the pub’s manager, Javier Reyes-Martinez, who helps him pick up the pieces.

Javier seems determined to bring fun and laughter back into Sebastian’s life during this holiday season, and Sebastian is both grateful and enchanted. After a family Christmas and a word of advice from his great-uncle, Sebastian starts to look at Javier in a different light. Is Javier as fond of Sebastian as he appears, or is Sebastian being misled by his own need? If he’s reading the signs right—and if he’s ready to move on from his previous heartbreak—could he and Javier be much more than friends?

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George was about eighteen when he told his friend that he was going to be a writer. It took him another eighteen years before he finally did anything about it and wrote his first short story. A typical Englishman, he drinks buckets of tea with milk – but no sugar, because he is sweet enough. His Nan told him so.

George lives just outside of London, but close enough to enjoy Soho and the West End, where you will find him in a bar with a pint, in a club dancing into the early hours of the morning, or enjoying a musical in the theater; but more than likely he will be in a coffee shop reading a book or writing a new story. Currently single, but taking applications for future husband position, George enjoys crafting romantic stories in which he hopes that one day, life will imitate art.

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Release Blitz: Will & Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon

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Length: 142 pages
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Genius brain surgeon Patrick McCloud never thought he’d fall in love, let alone get married. He and Will Patterson are two years overdue for their honeymoon, and although romance doesn’t come naturally to Patrick, he’s determined to make it perfect.

Will works himself to the bone helping others and dealing with his family, who bring the drama nonstop. A tropical getaway without the usual shenanigans is just what the doctor ordered. But can Will’s family leave them in peace? Knowing the Patterson-Molinaro clan, it’s not likely…

Will and Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon by Leta Blake continues the soapy, sexy fun of the original six part Wake Up Married serial. In Healing, South Dakota, marriage is never boring!

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Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively.

However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

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Christmas treats round up from Clare London

Where's Santa?Where’s Santa? by Clare London

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one made me laugh quite a bit. A hot encounter with the store Santa in the stock room and a lot of interruptions as Danny tries to find a box of this year’s must have toys.

Part of the 2008 Dreamspinner Christmas anthology, it’s another quick read from Clare London featuring two young lads who weren’t expecting to find a potential boyfriend at work.

Bite Night (2016 Advent Calendar - Bah Humbug)Bite Night by Clare London

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another delightful Dreamspinner anthology Christmas entry from Clare London. This one made me smile a lot.

The idea of a vampire, werewolf and grumpy sprite working as Santa’s emergency helpers on Christmas Eve just worked really well for me. There was humour and a nice sarky relationship between vamp Irvine and his team.

Benny, the guy who isn’t supposed to be at the house they’re delivering to, and who’s definitely not supposed to see them, proved to be a perfect Christmas gift for our somewhat lonely vamp.

Nowhere To HideNowhere To Hide by Clare London

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

This is a festive romance with a difference. It also has a bit of a surreal, almost out of body ghostly element to it during which Dan realises he’s slowly sinking into his own head.

There’s a gentle building up of tension, to the point where I was really rooting for Aaron and his unwavering support of Dan’s depression even as you could see he was hurt by what was happening.

Thankfully, it being a festive read, there’s an upturn on the horizon and Dan’s realisation that when he’s with Aaron, his black dog is easier to keep at bay.

I loved the way these two connected and were able to discuss their feelings once Dan had his epiphany.

The Peppermint Schnapps PredicamentThe Peppermint Schnapps Predicament by Clare London

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5*

This is my favourite of all the festive treats I’ve read from Clare London. It’s frothy, funny, light and sweet with a premise which works really well to set the romance on.

Both characters are solidly developed and have their own unique voice and I loved that we got to see inside both their heads as their predicament got stranger and stranger.

There’s a lovely epilogue to round this one out and I’d love to read more about this pair as they navigate their way through the retail season!

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

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Review Tour: Deep Edge by RJ Scott and V.L. Locey

Length: 52,000 words approx.
 
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Harrisburg Railers Series
Book #1 – Changing Lines – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 – First Season – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

One man’s passion, another man’s lies. Can love fix even the darkest of hearts?

Trent Hanson is a figure skating phenom adored by millions around the world. His whole life has been dedicated to the sport he loves even when the sport – and his own family – have turned against him. From the playground to the Olympics to his parent’s living room, Trent has fought against bullies and homophobes to be the out and proud gay man he is. But the constant fighting has left Trent tired, lonely, and skittish.

All those fears will have to be shelved though when he’s hired to spend the summer working with the Harrisburg Railers ice hockey team. Who would have guessed that the man fate has decided to pair him off with is Dieter Lehmann, all-around sex god and a man who seems to have everything to prove and doesn’t care who he hurts to get what he wants.


Dieter has spent too many years languishing in the minors and a secret addiction to prescription painkillers means his career is in a downward spiral. His ex is blackmailing him and he’s close to walking away from it all. But when he’s called up in the run for the Stanley Cup to cover injuries he has a taste of what it’s like playing in the NHL and he realizes that a place on the Railers roster is what he wants more than anything.

More than listening to his heart, and even more than caring for the infuriating figure skater who gets under his skin. When he crosses the line to get what he wants, he knows he has lost his way. He has to change, but is it too late for both his career and any chance he might have at love?

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December 6 – Making It Happen, We Three Queens, My Fiction Nook

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RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women 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.



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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, 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, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.



When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.



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