Monday, May 20, 2019

Concerto by Skye Warren Release Boost

Title: Concerto  
Author: Skye Warren
Series: The North Security Trilogy Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Feb 19 2019
Edition/Formats: 1st Edition ~ Audio, eBook & Print
The spotlight lands on Samantha Brooks. Years of practice build to the opening night of a global tour. She plays her heart out, but there are darker forces underneath the stage.

There are eyes watching from the wings.

Liam North fights to keep her safe with every weapon he owns. She’s his greatest pride—and his greatest weakness. The danger comes from somewhere no one expected. Betrayal threatens to destroy everything he’s built. His business. His family. His life.

When the curtain falls, only one of them will be left standing.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Fire and Obsidian by Andrew Grey

Title: Fire and Agate
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Carlisle Deputies #4
Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance/Law Enforcement
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 7 2019
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

Can a couple be more opposite than a thief and a cop? Or do they have more in common than they think?
Mattias stole to survive. He was damn good at it. But there’s no such thing as a victimless crime, and when he saw how his theft hurt people, he resolved to change. Now he works as a consultant, and while helping to investigate a rash of burglaries, he crosses paths with James.

Police Officer James Levinson doesn’t trust thieves, and that includes Mattias. James’s father stole to support himself, and James knows firsthand how that can destroy lives—it inspired him to go into law enforcement. Mattias is no different, from what he can tell… at first.
As they work together, Mattias and James realize there’s something deeper between them than just the physical attraction neither can deny. Given time, they might even grow to trust each other—unless the case they’re working on dredges up pasts both would rather forget.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Overture by Skye Warren

Title: Overture
Author: Skye Warren
Series: The North Security Series Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Feb 19 2019
Edition/Formats: 1st Edition ~ Audio, eBook & Print
The world knows Samantha Brooks as the violin prodigy. She guards her secret truth--the desire she harbors for her guardian.

Liam North got custody of her six years ago. She's all grown up now, but he still treats her like a child. No matter how much he wants her.

No matter how bad he aches for one taste.

Her sweet overtures break down the ex-soldier's defenses, but there's more at stake than her body. Every touch, every kiss, every night. The closer she gets, the more exposed his darkest secret.

She's one step away from finding out what happened the night she lost her family. One step away from leaving him forever.
Tension. That's the first thing I felt as I read about Samantha and Liam. The two characters feed off each other. This forbidden romance was a page turner until the last one when it ends. I screamed in frustration because I was not ready for it to stop. The journey I was being brought on was all consuming. While at times, I felt Samantha acted child like, it wasn't overdone. She is still a child in many ways while her past peppers in the reality that she had to grow up far beyond her years. Liam on the hand was restrained to the point of comical. They wanted each other and he did everything to keep it from going to far no matter what she did to provoke him. This dynamic kept the characters in a constant state of tension. Their relationship certainly wasn't boring. The secondary characters had a lot of depth to them and everyone had human flaws. No one was perfect which was nice. The pace was quick with subtle twists and turns with a deeper story. I'm looking forward to the second installment to this book. 

The memory of our last talk heats the air between us—about condoms and sex. And the way he walked in on me when I moaned his name. God. I’m not sure I can stand another talk like that. “I’m not naive, Liam. I know you took me in because I didn’t have anywhere else to go.”
A muscle in his jaw ticks. “That wasn’t exactly the reason. And even though I didn’t know you before I took custody, I’ve grown to care about you over the years. If I didn’t state it clearly enough, then the fault lies with me. I wasn’t raised to show… affection.”
I stare at him, incredulous. Affection? It’s a cold comfort to a girl who’s always wanted the surety of forever. And the word might as well be alien to a man like him. “I’m going to tour the country. The world. I’m leaving, Liam.”
He looks away. “Christ.”
Unease moves through me. “Did you really think I wouldn’t come back?”
“I don’t know why you would want to.”
“Because I care about you.” Liam is six feet of pure muscle and hard will. There’s no way someone like me could go up against him and win. Except that when I take a step closer, he tenses. Another step and he goes still as stone. It gives me a sense of power, enough that I take the final step. “I care about you even though you’re controlling.”
There’s only an inch between the ruffle of my blouse and the flat of his abs.
“You think I’m going to apologize for keeping you safe?” he mutters. “You think I give a damn that you’re mad at me as long as you’re in one piece? That’s the only thing that matters.”
“Because you think of me like a daughter?”
He shakes his head slowly, not breaking eye contact. “No.”
“No?” I whisper.
“When I walked in on you…” His voice is hoarse. “I didn’t think of you like a daughter.”
I should probably be horrified that he would think about me in any way other than family, except I’m the one who started it. I take a step closer, and there’s nowhere for him to go. He’s already backed up against the wall. This big, strong man who could probably make a whole army quake—or at least a battalion. And he’s cornered by me.
This close I can see the green of his eyes, so dark they’re almost emerald, flecked with gold. A scar bisects one dark eyebrow, probably a scar from something terrifying and deadly.
“How did you think of me?” I’m afraid to know the answer, but I’m even more terrified of never knowing. Of being a nameless, faceless body in that writhing crowd, hooking up with a stranger when the man I really want is standing right in front of me, inches away, his breath a feather-touch on my forehead.
A small shake of his head. “It’s not right.”
I’m not sure what right and wrong mean when it comes to us, but I know what it means for music. Someone can play a piece with perfect timing and notation. They can hit every single note, but it still won’t have passion. That part comes from inside. “Then be wrong with me. Don’t make me do it alone.”
I push up on my toes, pressing my lips against his in a blind, artless kiss. I’m off center of his mouth, kissing the corner. He stands still as a statue, letting me wobble on my heels, letting me fall against him, only my broken kiss to balance me.
Grief beats against my ribs. He’s going to make me do it alone. Of course he is. I’m always alone. A small sound escapes me. Loneliness. Pain. It vibrates against his mouth, sound made real.
He jolts as if I’ve shocked him. Something unspools inside him. I feel it in the inch of air between us. And then I feel it in my lips. He takes over the kiss with shocking possession, his hand behind my head, his body turning us so I’m against the wall. He looms in front of me, blocking out the view. There are no vinyl records on the wall, no bass thrumming through concrete and steel. There’s only him, only this. How is it possible that only a few minutes ago I felt powerful? I didn’t know what this would be. I couldn’t know the way I’d revel in surrender.
His tongue touches the seam of my lips, a pure electric sensation that makes me jump. I part my lips in surprise, pulling in the scent of him—man and earth, salt and sea. He tastes elemental. His tongue swipes the tender inside of my bottom lip. It’s more sensitive there than I could have imagined. I feel the slickness of the caress all the way in my core. My thighs clench together.
So careful. So wary. I touch my tongue against his. He’s the one who groans.
His hand fists in my hair, creating a delicious little ache. “Do you know what you’re doing to me?” he breathes, and I try to shake my head; it only makes him pull harder.
“Liam… I need…” It’s like the bedroom when he walked in on me, my hips rocking, mindless, hungry. Worse than that. My whole body is moving restlessly against him.
He tears himself away with a hard sound. Only an inch away. A rough tremor runs through him. It’s a small comfort, knowing that I’ve moved this man. Knowing how much control he has, knowing it’s eroded. But only a small comfort. He still leaves me panting against the door.
“I’m supposed to protect you,” he says, his voice taut with guilt.

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Keep Me Safe (Dark Nights, #0.5)
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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Discovering New Books and Authors

How does one find new authors and books these days? Personally, I grew up visiting bookstore, new and used. Inside those walls, there were (even now) rows and rows of bound books. I would find the genre I read and look at the covers and titles. I was trying to discover new books to read and the cover or even the title would be what caught my eye. Then, I would flip it over and read what the book was about.

That's how I discovered so many favorite books and authors back in the day. Today, it's a little more of a challenge. Why? Because my bookstore doesn't have the same amount of books as it did in years past. Games, movies, and other non book material now take up the space once occupied by those precious books. So finding a new author has become harder.

Recently, I have been getting books based off of authors I like and read along with what friends have to say. Most of the time, they are great and it means that I have something to talk to my friends about. Or in some cases, complain about. Then there is that rare case where a Facebook sponsored ad will pop up and it will actually sound good. Yes, I have in fact found authors that way as well.

Recently, I have been participating in a book club. (I've mentioned it before I believe, not that it matters.) Some of the books we have read have been home runs, while others are a bunt gone wrong. (Baseball is the only sport I actually understand and know the terminology on. Oh, how I miss the 2008 days of when I became immersed in the culture. Hey the Tampa Bay Rays made it to the World Series. How epic is that when you are just starting to watch a team.) Digression at its finest.

Just this week, I decided to give a book my husband actually saw and thought looked good. The cover is different as is the story. It's a fantasy novel. Not Epic or High that I can tell, but it would be in the same type of universe as Dungeons and Dragons or Lord of the Rings.

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames is a book that I've barely cracked open and it so far I like it. There is something about this kind of book that is great. It really does transport you to another world. Since I'm not done with this book, I can't actually review it.

Something else I will be trying are ARCs and posting reviews. It's a new way to try an author and to help promote them. I'll be posting stuff randomly. There are all sorts of things I want to try out. I might even start playing with recipes and posting them as yummy snacks with reading. I'm not at all pretty in the kitchen, yummy sure, pretty not so much.

Pairing books with food or drinks sounds fun. Like when an author posts playlists while they were reading. Bringing fun into reading is well, FUN. I'm off to do some more reading and sipping on my tea. Today I've gone with a green jasmine. Light and yummy.

Have a great day everyone.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

His Leading Man by Ashlyn Kane Review

Title: His Leading Man
Author: Ashlyn Kane
Series: Standalone Title
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press (A DreamSpun Desires Title)
Release Date: June 5 2018
Edition/Format: 1st Edition/Format~ Audio, eBook, Print

He wrote a comedy. Fate directed a romance.
Drew Beaumont is bored of the same old roles: action hero, supervillain, romantic lead. He’s not going to let a fresh gay buddy comedy languish just because they can’t find him the right costar. No, Drew bats his eyelashes and convinces everyone that the movie’s writer should play Drew’s not-so-straight man.
Aspiring writer Steve Sopol has never had a screenplay optioned. Now one of Hollywood’s hottest properties wants to be in a movie Steve hasn’t finished writing— and he wants Steve as his costar. Turns out the chemistry between them is undeniable—on and off-screen.
Drew swore off dating in the biz, but Steve is the whole package: sharp, funny, humble, and cute. For Steve, though, giving in to the movie magic means the end of the privacy he cherishes. Will the credits roll before their ride into the sunset?

This book was sweet with a liberal amount of humor thrown into the story. Drew is an actor who seems to always get his way. Which is why the writer of the movie he's the lead in, gets roped into acting opposite him. Steve is a sweet man that we don't get to know until later on in the story. The way the two men play off each other is perfect.
The concept of the romance developing throughout the filming process was perfect. The men learn about each other as they learn how to act out the script that is being written before it's filmed. That is just awesome. I like that idea. One would never know what the next plot twist would be.
But this story is more than just a romance between these two men, but a little bit of a mystery. It's not a large one, but there are secrets and the mini plot twists. The secondary characters bring the story full circle.
What's not to love about two strong, funny men falling in love and lust with each other? There is a strong amount of humor in the story and it keeps the pace with the writing. Everything feels organic and not forced. I would say if you want a sweet romance then this is a good one.

Honestly, the car couldn’t have been more Drew: a sleek candy-apple-red…. “What is that?” Steve finally asked, stumped.
“This,” Drew said, waving his arm like Vanna White, “is a MacLaren 570GT.”
Bullshit, Steve thought. That is a phallic stand-in. Someone might as well have written I have a big penis on the back. It looked even more dickish blocking in two other cars. “Why is it, though?” he said. “This is LA. You’re never going to be able to drive it faster than twenty miles an hour.”
“Well, it wouldn’t make much of an impression if I picked you up on an e-bike.” Drew put his hand at the small of Steve’s back and ushered him forward.
Steve’s central nervous system lit up like the Hollywood sign. Only muscle memory kept his legs moving forward. “And the bike would have clashed with your tux,” he managed through a suddenly raspy throat.
“See? You understand. The car has to look as good as me.”
They reached the car, and Drew opened the door for Steve and stepped aside to let him enter. Without the searing touch of Drew’s hand at his back, Steve could breathe again. “Suddenly everything makes sense.”
Drew winked as he shut the door.
Steve had mostly recovered by the time Drew slid behind the wheel, but he had heart palpitations all over again as Drew fondled the steering wheel. “So.” He pushed the ignition and the engine purred to life. “I see that you know how to tie a bow tie.”
“This could be a clip-on.” It wasn’t, though; Steve’s mother would kill him.
“Penrose London doesn’t make clip-ons,” Drew said dismissively. “Now, can you help me or not? Leigh always does this for me.” He scrunched up his face in an expression of simultaneous distaste and self-disgust. “That sounded both pathetic and entitled.”
Steve huffed in amusement and tried not to think about what other things Leigh usually did for him. “A combination I’m sure is unique to you.” They turned toward each other in unison, and without overthinking it, Steve reached over and started buttoning Drew’s shirt.
“Hey!” Drew seemed to think about what he was protesting. “I can’t decide if I’m offended at being written off as not special because other people are also pathetic and entitled.”
“Take your time.” Steve reached the final button. His fingers were remarkably steady, even as they accidentally brushed the skin of Drew’s neck. In the close confines of Drew’s ridiculous car, he smelled incredible, warm and fresh and heady at the same time. “I hear it’s fashionable to be late to these things.”
“A fair point. We could….”
Steve tugged Drew’s tie from his pocket and looped it around his neck before crossing one end over the other. When Drew didn’t continue after several seconds’ pause, he looked up. “Could what?”
Drew’s eyes were even darker than usual, his cheeks an unusual pink. Steve was caught for a moment, frozen. Then Drew wet his lips and cleared his throat. “Could get ice cream before we show. You know, since I’m blowing my diet tonight either way.”
Nope. Watching Drew lick an ice cream while trying not to drip any on his own tux sounded like a recipe for wardrobe malfunction. “Pass.” He made the right side of the bow. “I am not explaining ice cream stains to the press.” No one would believe him. Hell, Steve wouldn’t even blame them.
“Always gotta be the voice of reason.” Drew sounded a little strained as Steve finished tying.
With a frown, Steve tucked a finger down the side of the tie. It didn’t seem like it was constricting, but some people were more sensitive than others. “Too tight?”
Drew cleared his throat again. “No, just a tickle. Sorry. Ready to do this?”
Steve sat back in his seat and blew out a breath. Was he ready to subject his life to the kind of intense scrutiny that came along with associating with a megastar? “Probably not!” He should have thought of that before he let Hilary talk him into acting. “But there’s only one way to find out.”

Drew gunned the engine. “That’s the spirit.”
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ASHLYN KANE is a Canadian former expat and current hockey fan. She is a writer, editor, handyperson, dog mom, and friend—sometimes all at once.
On any given day she can usually be found walking her ninety-pound baby chocolate lapdog, Indy, or holed up in her office avoiding housework. She has a deep and abiding love of romance novel tropes, a habit of dropping too many f-bombs, and—fortunately—a very forgiving family.

**** Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book from RBTL Book Promotions and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I will leave my Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". *****

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Dark Mafia Romance and Procrastination

I have been doing a lot of reading as of late. Mostly, I have been reading books that I haven't read before. Some of those books have been sitting around gathering electronic dust (ebooks if it wasn't clear) and I finally picked them up. I've also gone back and started reading some books I've read before. Why? Because I liked them the first time and have forgotten a lot about the book.

One set of books I read was the Boston Underworld series by A. Zavarelli. Holy shit! Six book in less than a week and that was only because of essential things like sleep, work, and mental relaxation. The books are as follows Crow, Reaper, Ghost, Saint, Thief, and Conor.

There was so much going on with these books. Mafia and sex and danger. Plus, some pretty kick ass females and their hot mafia men. They might not follow the law, but they follow their hearts after their heads stop thinking. (Wrong heads. hehe)

I loved these books and should go into detail for all of them, but alas, I need to reread them to get everything all straight. I loved all of the books for their stories and the characters. There is lot going on in these books with lots of emotions. A. isn't pulling any punches. Out of the series I loved Reaper, Ghost, and Thief. Conor didn't quite meet my expectations of the series. It was good, but it was a shorter story as well.

I read a few lighter books, because damn did those books hit me in the gut and brain. I'll discuss those later.

I've also been playing Elder Scrolls Online a lot. My character has even been dabbling in thievery and assassination. I try to play him to be a nicer guy and choose the best choices. I'm still trying that with a few exceptions. lol. But, I've been playing a lot more than I've been reading.

Life does get in the way of reading as well.

Hope everyone finds a good binge worthy series for themselves. Cheers.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Slacking and Shark Shifters

Yesterday was Saturday and I slacked off on so many things. Why? Because I was gaming online. I play Elder Scrolls Online aka ESO and I had things to accomplish. What might you ask is more important than reading the thousands of books on my TBR pile? Questing and crafting. That's what. Also killing things. Killing things is fun, especially when you get awesome drops. Not that it happens often. But I enjoy it none the less. There's not a lot to think about in the game. Not like when I was playing DnD. That game was stressful. Rolling die is not my strong suit.

I also got to see Ant-man and the Wasp. It was a fun superhero movie. Lots of corny one liners. Nothing to the scale of Deadpool, but to be fair, I don't think there is a scale to what Deadpool says or does. (I'm a Deadpool fan.)

A few days ago, I finished Bite Me Harder by Chris Genovese. I'd read book one some time ago and was intrigued by the notion of shark shifters. I mean wolves have dominated the shifter world. There are also bears and felines as well. Heck one of my favorite shifters is a honey badger. Yes, it's a thing. I digress. Seriously, shark shifters are badass motherfuckers.

In book one, the story is all about tiger sharks with a great white or two at the end. But the author ramps up the story of book two by adding more great whites. (My favorite. Enter Jaws theme song.) Plus, a gang of hammerheads.

The reader is brought on a journey through three POVs. Rafe, Kalina, and Sylvia bring the story to life. We pick up basically where book one ends so it's a fantastic idea to read book one to know what's going on. Can you read book two first? Most likely, but to get the emotional depth of the story, book one is required. That being said. Spoilers are certain to follow. Actually, they are going to follow so beware.

We begin with Sylvia's POV. This is the part that directly correlates to book one. She was on a party barge which ended up attacked by the villain, Evelyn, and her tiger lackey sharks. As we know if we've read book one, lots of people died as well as some of the sharks. Sylvia's best friend Penny was the love interest of Thane and became a tiger shark when she mated with Thane. Sylvia is having PTSD as well as feeling guilty for not being the friend she should have been. What happens? She returns to the land down under to find Penny.

We then meet Rafe, who is a man that loves all creatures and the ocean itself. I really liked this character and how laid back he was. At first, I thought he was going to end up with Sylvia, but he was human and she would be with a shark. Fast forward and we meet sweet Kalina. (Rafe's girl.) This was a great pairing seeing as they fell in love at first sight. (Shifter mojo is my theory.)

Throughout all of this we discover a gang (no other word for it) of hammerheads are creating havoc. (We find this out at a later time.) And we meet Coby, Poet's big brother. Now, he's a shark that I wouldn't mind being around. Savage is the word used in the book and he is certainly that in all aspects. He's appeared to find out what happened to his baby brother, and to exact revenge. And he's a Great White as well. Only, he might actually need theme music because of how dangerous he is.

Sylvia turns out to be the only one to sooth the great white that is Coby and their romance begins. Okay, a shit ton of sex begins and then some feelings. The other couple takes a bit of time to get it on, but they are sweet and adorable. Coby is neither of those things. I mentioned savage right? Just checking cause sweet and adorable does not savage make. Coby is actually able to help Sylvia and her PTSD, by turning her into a great white.

There is Evelyn and her evil gang of hammerheads and also Keenan Kane- Shark Hunter. (There is a twist but I don't wanna spoil something that is kind of obvious and yet sneaky.) The massive fight scene is epic in so many ways and there is a small side story of Penny and Thane told through the eyes of all the characters. The detail in the brutality of the fighting was remarkable. So many emotions were running though me as the fight unfolded. Not everyone makes it out, people are hurt, and yet there is a victory.

There are happy endings of course, but at the same time there is a lot left to be written. Characters that need to find their own mates while others need to be hunted down and gutted like a fish. Am I vengeful toward a certain shark woman? You bet I am. She is evil and I can't wait to see how she is finished off.

Coby was my favorite out of this book even though he never tells the story from his POV. Sylvia did a great job portraying him to where I loved his brooding nature. He is the ultimate bad boy. Rafe was sweet and could hold his own no doubt about it. Heck he saved a seagull in the beginning of the book.

Romance, Action, with a dash of humor made this a fun and entertaining read. The author has started a MC romance series that I've read this year and loved. But that can be talked about another day. So check out Chris' work and have fun playing with the sharks.

Happy reading.