Thursday, 7 December 2017

Eight Nights in December by Keira Andrews



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 25,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Smart Designs

Blurb

A geek. A virgin. One sexy holiday.

Orphaned Lucas figures spending the holidays with his obnoxious roommate’s family in New York City is better than staying alone on campus upstate. He ends up sharing a room again, this time with his roommate’s brother, Nate. Geeky photographer Nate isn’t at all what Lucas expects. In fact, he’s incredibly sexy—especially when he invites Lucas into his darkroom...


They hide their attraction during Hanukkah celebrations, but behind closed doors, Lucas and Nate can’t keep their hands (or mouths) off each other. Nate’s only looking for a bit of holiday fun, and amazing sex with a hot virgin definitely fits the bill. Yet as the candles burn, Nate and Lucas begin to realize eight nights will never be enough.


This gay holiday romance from Keira Andrews features secret trysts, new adult angst, spinning the dreidel, and of course a happy ending.



Review

Ah, romance… This is one of those sweet, low angst, sexy and totally charming stories you’ll read with a huge smile on your face more or less from start to finish. That’s not to say there aren’t one or two moments that will pull on your heart-strings, but even those moments feel good.

These two young men sure came with a lot of ‘baggage’. There’s Lucas, who has recently been orphaned and is a more or less friendless virgin. Nate on the other hand is a typical geek, not out, and somewhat of a commitment-phobe when he first meets Lucas. Despite, or maybe because of, this combination the two men hit if off from the start and have a wonderful and very sexy time getting to know each other intimately.

What should have been eight days of fun, as well as a sexual awakening for Lucas, all too soon turns into more and, into a very happy ending.

I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted read. And I truly appreciate that it managed to give me an insight into Hanukkah, a holiday I know little to nothing about, without taking me out of the story. In fact, the celebration fitted perfectly into Lucas and Nate’s tale.


If you’re in the mood for a holiday story that will leave you filled with seasonal cheer and satisfied, Eight Nights in December will not let you down.

Author Bio

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:


“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”





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Jesus Kid by Kayleigh Sky



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 114,000 words

Blurb

Thirty years ago, an asteroid stuck the Earth. Now killer plants hunt the last surviving humans.

Ori Scott is a young junkie running from his mother’s prophecy that he’d one day save the world from the killer plants. Her preaching made him a laughingstock and now he hides in his drugs. But he can’t hide the change in his veins. They are turning green, and the prophecy is dragging him into a dark struggle between invisible forces. Set up on bogus drug charges, Ori is taken to a secret facility where he becomes a test subject in experiments to discover an antidote to the alien plant’s sting.


Jack Doll is a cop with a vendetta against the plants that killed his best friend. All he has in the world now is his old friend’s lover, Rive. Together they form an unbreakable bond—or so he thought. Jack has never liked Rive’s friend, Ori, but he believes in Ori’s innocence and doesn’t understand Rive’s strange indifference to Ori’s conviction. Struggling with his suspicions, Jack can’t help digging into a mystery that draws him closer to Ori than ever before—and closer to somebody who has secrets to hide.


Alone and scared, Ori is grateful for Jack Doll’s friendship, and his longtime crush soon blossoms into love. But Ori has no plans to accept his fate. He wants to escape, and he doesn’t care if he takes the cure with him.


Author Bio

Kayleigh Sky is a m/m erotic romance writer.

Kayleigh’s stories are tales of struggle and pain, loss and despair. Love is won in the battle to rise out of the depths of darkness. Victory is in the sweet bliss of happily ever after.


Once upon a time Kayleigh hid out in a cold dark garage reading a book her parents forbid her to read. She was nine years old. The book? Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, a story of love between two men–well, actually the story was a little more complicated than that, but hey, she was nine.


In the dark of the garage, a light, a passion, a sheer joy for love in all its manifestations awoke.


And love between two men–Hot!


Kayleigh’s men are often broken, always brave, and always memorable.





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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Love Happens Anyway by R.J.Scott - Review Tour



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 42,500 words approx.

Blurb

Hiring a boyfriend for Christmas; what could possibly go wrong?

Derek is facing yet another Christmas where his life feels out of control. He has a new career that doesn’t feel like his, and parents who would just love to see him settled down. All he needs is a temporary buffer for the parties he has to attend, and for his parents to leave him alone. Enter, Luke.

Luke is twenty-thousand dollars short for the renovations on Halligans; his family’s bar in New York’s Financial District. A favor for a buddy has him agreeing to play the part of boyfriend to a guy with more money than sense.

But when the spirit of Christmas works its magic on the two men, and they begin to fall for each other, Derek runs scared, and Luke needs space.

It doesn’t matter what obstacles you throw in the way of love, or how much you run in the other direction, because, when you’re least expecting it, whether you want it or not, love happens anyway.




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December 8 - Lelyana's Book Blog
December 11 - Hearts On Fire Reviews, Millsy Loves Books, My Fiction Nook
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December 22 - A Book Lover's Dream, Bayou Book Junkie



Excerpt

I knew Marcus was six-two, just a little taller than me. I knew he had blue eyes, and dark hair with red tones in certain light. He had a brother, but they didn’t see each other much, being that his brother was in the Navy. His parents were retired in Florida, but they’d had Marcus and his brother Adam late in life. Marcus was twenty-nine, same as me with only a few months separating our birthdays, and he was a firefighter. Oh, and he was a good, kind man who was thoughtful all the time and treated me like a prince.

“That’s such a shame. Anyway, how are Marcus’ kittens?” Mom asked. I pulled myself back to what she was saying. It was never good to not pay full attention to anything Mom said, otherwise you’d end up agreeing to all kinds of things she’d throw at you when your defenses are down. I loved her dearly but she was sneaky like that.

Which is how I got myself into this mess with Marcus in the first place.

“They’re fine.”

“Did he find good homes for them?”

“Absolutely, the last of them went to a widowed grandmother in his apartment block.”

“Socks? The dark one?”

I glanced at my notes. “No, you remember Socks went to his uncle; Spider went to the old lady.”

“Oh yes, of course, although why someone would name a kitten Spider I don’t know.”

“There were spiders in the house where Marcus found the kittens.”

“I still don’t understand how there could be spiders in a burned-out house.”

Shit. “Spiders are hardy.”

“You said the house was razed to the ground, dear.”

Now I was losing the will to live. “Well, maybe the spider was outside. Mom, I need to go, Moira is at the door and she needs me to sign off on the new AbbaLister raisins account.”

“Of course dear, just, please tell Marcus he is welcome at any time. We so want to meet him and thought it’d be better at the house.”

“I will, I know he’s keen to meet you.”

“Oh good,” she said, and I knew I’d fucked up and somehow given her an opening. I’d never mentioned once that Marcus wanted to meet them, because that would just give them the impetus to take matters into their own hands. My worst fears were confirmed. “Oh, I’ve had the most wonderful idea.”

Oh God, what?

“Your dad and I are coming into the city on Monday; book us dinner on any night, or lunch, breakfast, anything. I want to meet this young man of yours and if it has to be in a restaurant then so be it.”

“I’m not sure—”

“Derek, he can’t be busy every night next week, and every lunchtime, goodness me, we’ll even take a quick coffee if that is all he can manage.”

Shit. Shit. And double shit.

“I’ll see what I can organize.” I kept my tone regretful, to at least give the impression I would try to organize them meeting Marcus, but that it would be unlikely.

We finished the call, and I replaced the handset in the cradle, fighting the urge to throw it against the wall, sit and cry at my desk, or maybe, less drastically, move to Montana and become a cowboy.

So many lies.

There was no Moira standing at my door. It was still closed and I’d lied to my mom.

There were no kittens, I made those up, and the spider story. The word spider came about because when I’d been talking to my mom about Marcus and the kittens, a tiny spider had crawled over my notes.

I closed the notebook in which I had the names of five kittens with their various characteristics listed.

Mom wanted to meet Marcus, any night, any lunch, anytime.

Which sucked big hairy balls.

Because that was another thing I had made up.

There was no Marcus either.


Review

Love Happens Anyway is a delightful and cute Christmas story that will fill you up with feelings of magic and wonder, while still having enough depth to make you connect with the characters and root for them.

Poor Derek. Socially awkward and insecure doesn’t begin to describe him when the story starts. On the surface he has it all — a career, money, status — but in reality none of it is exactly what he wants and he doesn’t feel in control of any aspect of his life.

Luke on the other hand, appears to be at ease with his life at first glance. But he’s facing the aftermath of a nightmare he hasn’t quite come to terms with. Pretending to be Derek’s boyfriend for a few weeks leaves him with a nasty taste in his mouth but it does provide the solution to a conundrum he couldn’t see his way out of, so he swallows his pride and plays the game.

It’s supposed to be a game of make believe – pretend, except that from the start there’s something pulling the two men toward each other, despite both of them insisting, mostly to themselves, that it is only a contract, a job and that it they will go their separate ways again before the start of the New Year.

LOL…Best laid plans and such J

Derek’s, ill-advised, not to mention rather desperate plan not only makes it possible for Luke to finish building for his future, it also makes him long for something he hadn’t even considered for himself.

Luke, with his, on the surface at least, easy-going approach toward life and his new perspective on Derek’s circumstances, provides the opening Derek needed to grow and get out of his own way.

This is a wonderful, funny, touching, and uplifting story you won’t be able to read without either smiling or laughing. Luke and Derek were perfect together. In fact, you might say, Luke was exactly what Derek had been dreaming about.

A happy story, with a happy (and very appropriate) cover, perfect for very happy Christmas reading.



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.

mailto:rj@rjscott.co.uk




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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A Warfield Christmas (The Warfield Hotel Mysteries) by C.J. Baty - Release Blitz



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 20,000 words approx.

The Warfield Hotel Mysteries Series


Drifting Sands (Book #1) - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Crashing Waves (Book #2) - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Roaring Waters (Book #3) - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

Peter Warfield wanted a Christmas like none before. A celebration of putting the past behind them. Leaving Bradley Warfield and Moses Lee buried in the past. A new tradition of love and happiness for future generations.
But, no one was cooperating.

You are invited to celebrate the holidays with Peter, Sally and their daughter, Lily, at the Warfield Manor. There’s no murder to solve or a criminal to catch, but there are secrets to be revealed.


Justin Warfield and Marcus Drummond aren’t speaking or telling anyone else what is going on. Damien Fitzgerald and Robert Wyler have been out of the country but is that really the truth. Sally’s been trying to tell Peter something important for weeks but he’s so wrapped up in Christmas, she can’t get through to him.


Catch up with the rest of the Warfield extended family: Richard Brooks, Daisy Lee and their son Alexander, Krystal Smith, Winnie, Michaels and all the rest. One thing’s for sure, it will be a Christmas the Warfield’s will never forget.


This book will be more enjoyable if you have read any of the other Warfield Hotel books. Like a beautiful package wrapped up with a shining bow on top, there's a happy ending for all.


Author Bio


C. J. Baty lives in southwest Ohio. Her heart, however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire some day. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.


The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to fan fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected.


She has a loving and supportive family who don't mind fixing their own meals when she is in the middle of a story, and a network of friends who have encouraged and cheered her on in her quest of being an author.


One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is: “You are never too old to follow your dream!”





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Monday, 4 December 2017

On the Third Kiss by George Loveland - Review Tour



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 40,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Blurb

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, Sebastian 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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Review

“If something was meant to happen between us, there would be a sign. Something from him besides the smile on his lips, the way he kissed my cheeks and the way he hugged me. There would be a sign to tell me. I would have to wait for that sign to come.”

Poor Sebastian has a problem seeing what is right in front of him.

First there is Elliot, his boyfriend and business manager. When Elliot deserts Sebastian and takes someone else on the holiday that should have been a Christmas away for the two of them, it comes as a bolt out of the blue for Sebastian. Until he thinks about his recent past with Elliot and comes to recognise that he just missed the warning signs.

But, obviously blindness is a stubborn thing, because it plagues Sebastian just as much when it comes to Javier. It is (almost painfully) obvious that Javier has fallen for Sebastian, but our jilted lover first doesn’t see it, then refuses to believe that what he sees is actually there, no matter how many others point out the obvious to him. Sure, his reluctance to believe in love and to submit to attraction makes perfect sense given what he’s just been through, but still, on more than one occasion I would have lovingly slapped him; if only because his (lack of) actions had to be difficult for Javier.

Javier. *Sighs*. Now there’s a man worth waiting for. Patient, considerate, a good friend first and lover second, Javier is everything Sebastian needs when his life falls apart and, if he can just take of the blindfold, everything he’ll ever need for the rest of his life.

This is a sweet, touching, and adorable story, not to mention that at times it is laugh out loud funny. It features two adorable MCs, but more than that, it also gives us a fabulous cast of secondary characters. Top of that list is, of course, Buster, Sebastian’s Chihuahua. But his family comes a very close second, as do his friends and colleagues, especially Dave aka Miss Belle End.

If you’re in the mood for a story that will pull on your heart strings in all the right ways and will leave you with a smile on your face and a sigh on your lips, you probably want to pick up On the Third Kiss. 

Author Bio


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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An Unlocked Mind (Secrets #2) by Parker Williams and K.C. Wells


Title: An Unlocked Mind
Series: Secrets Book #2
Author: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
Genre: M/M Romance Light BDSM
Release Date: December 11, 2017 




Rob Daniels is determined to prove to himself that his brother Alex got it wrong. Alex believes he found love through BDSM; Rob is certain that’s not possible. He even makes several visits to a London club to prove his point. But when he attends the grand opening of Secrets, Rob gets a shock, one that has him fleeing, vowing never to return—until he does… and runs into the brick wall that is Dom Vic Prentiss. As first meetings go, theirs is a disaster.

The more time he spends around Rob, the more convinced Vic becomes of two things—one, something is eating away at Rob, and two, he’s looking for something. Every instinct tells Vic to help him, but trying to unlock the secrets hidden in Rob’s mind requires a key. All Vic has to do is find it. Because maybe then he’ll get to see the real Rob, the man who’s scared to let go….






Now, I’m sure you remember Rob. Yes, him! The little shit of a brother to Alex from ‘An Unlocked Heart’. What? You don’t? You haven’t read ‘An Unlocked Heart’? Maybe you haven’t read any of the ‘Collars and Cuffs’ books? I’m sorry, but you really shouldn’t be here reading this review.

I’m serious. Do. Not. Read. This. Book. …Or my review of it unless you’ve read at the very least An Unlocked Heart first. Trust me. You’ll thank me for this advice. Not only is it an amazing book, reading it first will also mean that you’ll enjoy this book so very much more than you could possibly do without having that background story.

And while I’m talking about the background story, I have to admit that when I discovered that the authors were about to attempt to redeem the bastard named Rob I had serious doubts. I love and admire every single word I’ve read by Wells and Williams, but I still couldn’t see how they could possibly make me like, never mind love, Rob; not after everything he’d put Alex through.

So I wasn’t surprised when it took me a while before I could see any possibly redeeming qualities in him. I spent quite a few chapters wondering what on earth Vic could see in the obnoxious little shit. And then the magic started. I suddenly found myself feeling something closely resembling pity for poor, confused, and downtrodden Rob. It happened almost imperceptibly but I reached a point where I suddenly realised his anger was directed at himself more than anyone else and a result of fear and frustration rather than any deep rooted evil. Watching him fight the habits of long and lonely years to better himself, to become the man he could be, the man Vic had somehow recognised in him early on, was a thing of ever increasing magnificence and beauty.

Vic… If ever a man was destined for sainthood, it has to be him. How he didn’t just leave Rob struggling in the rain after what he’d said moments earlier I’ll never know. How he kept on putting up with Rob despite his horrendous behaviour is beyond me. But he did somehow guess at all the things Rob kept hidden, even from himself, and managed to tease them out with infinite patience. In the process he took both Rob and the reader on an almost magical journey, and I don’t mean that as in ‘unbelievable’. In a way Vic opened both Rob and the reader’s heart, eyes, and mind (pun intended) to things that had been buried so deeply they were all but invisible. It was a voyage filled with twists, and turnarounds, often a case of two steps forward followed by one step back, and all the more mesmerising for it.

Of course there are one or two issues to resolve between Rob and his brother Alex (from An Unlocked Heart). No matter how much Rob grows as a result of Vic’s patience, dominance and love, he can’t fully heal until he deals with this, the biggest of his demons. It happens. The two young men find themselves face to face. And… Yeah, right? As if there was ever a chance of me spoiling that for you. All I’ll say about that part of the story is that the authors hit what for me was the perfect note, making the reunion realistic and convincing. But really, if you’ve read and enjoyed the previous book (and maybe grown to deeply dislike, if not hate, Rob) you’ll want to read An Unlocked Mind just for that scene.

If you’re familiar with the previous books by these authors you don’t need me to tell you that they’re in a class of their own when it comes to emotions and sexiness. And just when you’re sure that there couldn’t possibly be a BDSM scene they hadn’t already covered, they come up with something new, and what’s more, something that is perfectly suited to the characters in the story you’re reading.

And of course it was a delight to catch moments with Eli and Jarod. I love that with every new book we get to know these two characters a little bit better than we did before. And the fact that other characters from the Collars and Cuffs series either make a cameo appearance or get mentioned, is a very much appreciated added bonus. And of course we get to spend a little bit more time with Ellis and Wayne (Before You Break) too.

All in all I have to admit that this story was much, much better than I dared hope or expect before I started reading it. I probably should have known better than to doubt these two authors; they have proven once again that they are in a league of their own when it comes to telling a riveting, convincing, and deeply touching story.







K.C. Wells started writing in 2012, although the idea of writing a novel had been in her head since she was a child. But after reading that first gay romance in 2009, she was hooked.
She now writes full time, and the line of men in her head, clamouring to tell their story, is getting longer and longer. If the frequent visits by plot bunnies are anything to go by, that’s not about to change anytime soon.



Parker Williams believes that true love exists, but it always comes with a price. No happily ever after can ever be had without work, sweat, and tears that come with melding lives together.



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