Sunday, March 26, 2017

Audiobook and Book Review: David, Renewed by Diana Copland


Title: David, Renewed
Author: Diana Copland
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Category: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Length: 9 hours, 2 minutes
Audiobook  ~  
E-book
When interior designer David Snyder buys a beautiful century-old house in eastern Washington, he is reeling with heartbreak and looking for somewhere to put down roots. Unfortunately his new home comes with a laundry list of problems: electrical, plumbing, heating… things David knows nothing about. When his mother offers him the business card of a local handyman, David pictures an overweight, balding man in his fifties. But Jackson Henry couldn’t be further from that stereotype.
Dark-haired, muscular, and handsome, Jackson left a large construction firm in Seattle to take care of his sick mother. However, his hometown still has an active “good old boy” network, and finding employment in construction is almost impossible for an openly gay man. Determined to persevere, Jackson takes odd jobs as a handyman. He’s exactly what David needs—in more ways than one.
David isn’t ready for his attraction to Jackson, not considering the way his last relationship ended. But as the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear that the heart often knows best, and it rewards those willing to listen.

Audiobook Reviews ~ Scoring Chances Series by Avon Gale

Audiobook Reviews ~ Scoring Chances Series by Avon Gale


Title: Breakaway
Series: Scoring Chances
Author: Avon Gale
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Length: 7 hours, 33 minutes

Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, 20-year-old Lane Courtnall's future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He's put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It's a strange way to begin a relationship.
Jared's been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He's bisexual and doesn't care if anyone knows. But he's determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they're at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Release Day Review: Fierce by Rob Rosen (Guest Post)

Release Day Review: Fierce by Rob Rosen (Guest Post)


Fierce by Rob Rosen

Lucas has a typical life -- apart from being abandoned as a baby, raised by wolves, and having super powers. Still, inside, he feels like two people, both vying for control of himself. He’s a superhero and a nerdy college freshman. He’s both feral and tame. He wants to do good in the world and, at the same time, he wants to do nothing. And most of all, he wants to find his birth parents.

In this comedic tale of romance, mystery, and adventure, our hero is joined by his hunky boyfriend, his acerbic boss, an uptight college science professor, and his ex-boyfriend/once crime-fighting partner -- not to mention a whole pack of wolves -- to help foil his nemesis and uncover the secrets of his past to save his future.


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Blog Tour: A Tiger's Tale by Lisa Oliver (Review)

Blog Tour ~ A Tiger's Tale by Lisa Oliver ~ (Review) 


Title: A Tiger's Tale
Author: Lisa Oliver
Series: Book 1 of The Arrowtown Series
Publisher: Lisa Oliver
Length: 200 pgs


 
Seth Carmichael never did anything wrong, but instead of working at the local library, he was running for his life. His herd was hunting him and with few resources, Seth's options were fading fast. Until, that is, he heard the rumble of a motorcycle. Peeking through the tree he was hiding in, he couldn't believe his eyes. Had salvation come in the form of a badass biker? 

Ra (no last name and proud of it) was a tiger on a mission. He'd scented his mate and then the little rabbit ran away before his teeth could engage. Ra heard the gossip around Arrowtown; he knew his mate was a hunted man. But if the sweet man was on the run, he needed someone to look after him; Ra figured he was the right man for the job. 

A meeting, a mating and yet another meeting. What should have been a straightforward relationship turned into so much more on their very first outing as a mated couple. Now Ra has to count on the strength of his mate and the help of his friends, if he and Seth are ever to have the HEA they'd planned for. And what was with all these Fae turning up out of the blue? 

Warning: Contains a tiger who keeps putting his foot in it; a tiny lop-eared rabbit who is stronger than he looks and a bunch of friends who’ll hide a body, no questions asked.

Friday, March 24, 2017

AotM ~ A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes (Review + Giveaway)



A Kind of Truth


Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, for example that he should keep certain pieces of himself quiet if he plans on making it in the Big Apple. Like his bisexuality.

Will Sanders is a gifted musician who dazzles Rand with his ability to coax gorgeous notes from an electric guitar one moment and play the piano like a professional the next. He’s a geek, but Rand isn’t concerned about Will’s pressed exterior clashing with his tattoos. His focus is music. Yet there’s something about Will that makes Rand think there’s much more to the quiet college student than he lets on. As Rand’s dreams begin to materialize, he’s forced to reconsider his priorities and find his own kind of truth. One that might include Will.


Release Blitz ~ Embrace The Fire by Felice Stevens ~ (Review + Giveaway)




Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Cover Design: Reece Dante 


Photography: Varion Krylov of Strangeland Photography


Length: 90,000 words


Through Hell & Back Series


A Walk Through Fire (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK

After The Fire (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb


Brandon Gilbert has spent years in hiding, but he’s finally accomplished his dream of working as a public school teacher. When offered the chance to help bullied children, there was no way he could say no. Not to mention that meeting Dr. Tash Weber, the psychiatrist who helps them, a sad yet sexy older man, ignited a spark inside Brandon he’d never had before.


Though five years have passed since the death of his lover, Dr. Sebastian "Tash" Weber has no interest in relationships or love. But young, enigmatic Brandon awakens his heart and his desire. Despite Tash’s best efforts to push him away, Brandon unlocks the passion for life Tash thought he’d lost forever.


Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan for either Brandon or Tash, but neither family disapproval nor self-doubts can stop them from embracing the fire that burns between them. And when Brandon returns home to fight for a future he never imagined possible, he and Tash discover that the one thing worth fighting for has been with them all along.


NB This is a re-release and has been extensively re-edited and revised with almost 10k words of additional content added.




Release Blitz ~ She Belongs to Them Both by Sedonia Guillone ~ (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Release Blitz ~ She Belongs to Them Both by Sedonia Guillone ~ (Excerpt + Giveaway)


She Belongs to Them Both
Sedonia Guillone
Genre: Menage; M/F/M; Paranormal; Shapeshifters; Werewolves
Imprint: Ai Press
Length: Super novel/82,646 words
Price: 2.99 USD
Cover art: Louca Matheo
Synopsis - She Belongs to Them Both by Sedonia Guillone
Two werewolves are her chosen mates for life!
Since he was bitten three years ago on the plains of Tibet, Jie Sing has fought back the ravening beast inside him. His attempts are unsuccessful until the stars lead him to the woman destined to be his mate, half a world away in Boston’s Chinatown. Fighting a deadly rival to keep her, Jie finds that in Megan’s arms, their passion keeps the beast at bay. Then Jie receives an urgent call summoning him back to China. Jie’s ex-wife in Beijing has accused Jie of attacking her in the street and had him arrested. But that’s impossible, seeing as he’s in America with Meg! Who is this “twin”—and why does Meg need to make love to both of them?
Publisher’s note: This book was previously published at Ellora’s Cave Publishing under the title, Kiss of the Werewolves.


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Release Day Review ~ Bonfires by Amy Lane (Giveaway)

Release Day Review ~ Bonfires by Amy Lane


Title: Bonfires
Author: Amy Lane

Release Date: March 24, 2017

Category: Contemporary

Pages: 280




Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Lark is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought life began and ended with his kids—is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.
Larx has been living for his kids too—and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.
It only takes one kiss for two men approaching fifty to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.

Blog Tour ~ No Regrets by Nicky James ~ (Review + Giveaway)

Title: No Regrets
Author: Nicky James
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Word Length: 91k
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance 18+
Release: March 15, 2017







“This. Book. Broke my heart. Healed my soul. Made me cry. Laugh. Made me Hug my daughter and kiss my husband. No regrets.” - Alpha Book Club
“My heart hurts, my eyes are red and puffy and I am in the biggest slump I have been in for awhile. This book destroyed me, it's a story that will forever have a place in my heart, I have No Regrets <3” - Saucy Reviews on Kinky Korner
“No Regrets is a heart wrenchingly, ugly cry worthy ( and oh boy I cried) wonderful love story.I loved the characters. I loved the words. I could feel the characters emotions in every single one.” - Goodreads Review
Life makes no promises, and sometimes, you draw the short straw. Landon Johnston’s life came to a grinding halt seven months ago, when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. With the encouragement of his grandmother, Landon works his way out of his slump and tries to live life while he still can. Deciding he doesn’t want to drag anyone else down his morbid path, Landon gives up all friendships and denies himself love. It’s better this way, because all he has to offer is eventual heartache and sadness. While traveling the world, Landon meets Abel Matheson, a free-spirited, unedited, and nerve-grating man who was supposed to only be a one-night-stand. Despite Landon’s insistence that he can’t form a relationship with his current diagnoses, Abel is persistent and will not be ignored. Fighting against all his ingrained urges to run, Landon finds himself drawn down the road he swore he’d never take. Intimacy grows and bonds form… Only… Abel doesn’t know Landon is sick. How can anyone love a man with no future? Telling him might cause him to run, but staying silent means living a lie. A lie which will only reveal itself in time.

Blog Tour ~ A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove ~ (Reviews + Giveaway)



Title:  A Boy Worth Knowing
Author: Jennifer Cosgrove
Publisher:  NineStar Press - SunFire Imprint
Release Date: March 20
Heat Level: 1 - No Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 62200
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, NineStar Press, LGBT, gay, bisexual, romance, young adult, contemporary, paranormal, coming of age, ghosts, family drama, high school, bullying

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Synopsis


Ghosts can’t seem to keep their opinions to themselves.

Seventeen-year-old Nate Shaw should know; he’s been talking to them since he was twelve. But they aren’t the only ones making his high school years a living hell. All Nate wants is to keep his secret and keep his head down until he can graduate. That is, until the new boy, James Powell, takes a seat next to him in homeroom. James not only notices him, he manages to work his way into Nate’s life. But James has issues of his own.

Between dead grandmothers and living aunts, Nate has to navigate the fact that he’s falling in love with his only friend, all while getting advice from the most unusual places.

Ghosts, bullies, first love: it’s a lot to deal with when you’re just trying to survive senior year.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Release Blitz ~ Wedlocked by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

Release Blitz ~ Wedlocked by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine
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Wedlocked from Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine is now LIVE!!!

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Wedlocked by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

Cover Reveal: March 2nd, 2017

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Cover Designer: Jay Aheer Genre: Contemporary Romance

Because you have believed in them,
Celebrated with them,
Loved and encouraged them,
Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine invite you to join
Ace Samuel Locke
And
Dylan Prescott
Saturday the Twenty-Fourth of May
At Six-O’Clock in the Evening
The Grand Floridian Hotel
4406 Palm Way
Orlando, Florida
For Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After
Wedlocked-AN

In the Spotlight with Bayou Book Junkie: Author Elyse Springer



Hi Elyse and welcome to Bayou Book Junkie. Elyse is a new author over at Riptide Publishing, and has a series of 4 tales – Seasons of Love – out in 2017, together with (at least for now), one other called Heels Over Head, out in May. She describes herself as asexual, out and proud Jewish woman, and we can’t wait to find out all about her and the books and characters she creates. I’ve read Whiteout, book 1 in the SoL series, which came out on 23/01/17 <Elyse’s birthday!> (with the rest of the series following in April, July and October), and it’s one of the few books to have utterly, utterly puzzled me over the ‘who’s the good guy here and who’s the bad guy, or actually, is it shades of good and bad in both?’ thing. She totally threw me for a loop, making me reach out to her before I could even put words together to review her amazing book and she was lovely enough to come over for a visit. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BBJ: Hi Elyse and welcome. We’re really pleased to have you over here today, so would you please fill in any gaps that I’ve left out in your intro, and remember, nothing is TMI here! 😉
ELYSE: Thank you so much for having me! I’m so excited to be here :D

BBJ: What inspired the Seasons of Love series, which features tales with characters from across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, and which – sorry, mean question, I know! – did you most enjoy writing and why?
ELYSE: Whiteout actually began as a dream, strangely enough. I woke up at 6:00 one morning last year with this fading dream about a man who had lost his memories, and something wasn’t quite right around him. I’ve always loved reading the amnesia trope, so I knew right away that this was going to be a fun story to write!
But I think Thaw is my favorite book in the series, for a number of reasons. It’s an intensely personal book in a lot of ways, because it’s an asexual romance with two women who have to navigate and compromise, and that’s not something I see often (or ever, really) in fiction. Abby is a librarian, she’s asexual and comfortable in that identity. After reading so many books where an allosexual (read: not asexual) person has to “inform” an ace person about their asexuality… well, it was important to me to write a character who knows herself, who educates others instead.


Cover Reveal ~ Spark in the Ashes by Nikki Groom ~ (Giveaway)

Cover Reveal ~ Spark in the Ashes by Nikki Groom ~ (Giveaway)


 
Title: Spark in the Ashes (Steel Souls, #1)
Author: Nikki Groom
Release Date: April 24, 2017
 
Blurb
Sadie Foster is consumed with revenge. The quiet beauty she portrays on the outside disguises the rage bubbling within her. Because on the inside, her desire for retribution dominates her every waking thought, until him...…
Ramsey Dalton is an outlaw. A criminal that will do whatever it takes to get what he wants and to keep his MC brothers safe. He didn't know there could be more to his life than sex, drugs and death, until her... Their meeting is pure chance. Their connection undeniable. But what neither of them know, is that their relationship threatens to uncover far more than they could have imagined. Secrets and lies are best left buried, but sometimes they’re too real to stay dead.  
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Virtual Book Tour ~ Growing Pains by Cast Lennox ~ (Giveaway)



About Growing Pains


Gigi Rosenberg is living his best life: performances in the big city, side gigs at a dance company, a successful drag act, and the boy of his childhood dreams who now adores him. Even if the boyfriend part isn’t the sparkly ride of passion he expected it to be, life is sweet. So when his sister’s wedding calls him back to his hometown, he sees an opportunity to show the hicks from his past how wrong they were about him. Only, his boyfriend isn’t quite on board.


Brock Stubbs left their hometown and his parents behind for a reason, and the prospect of facing them again is terrifying. He swore he’d never go back, but Gigi has made it clear refusal isn’t an option, and Brock will do nearly anything for him. There’s just one deal-breaker of a problem: Brock promised Gigi he was out to everyone, including his parents. He lied.


It’s magical to run into the sunset together, but staying the course takes work. For Gigi and Brock, going home feels like the finale of a long, disappointing year. Sometimes love isn’t all you need.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

AotM ~ The Right Time by Lane Hayes (Review + Giveaway)


The Right Time


Workaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.

Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publicly. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained for. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.


Release Day Review ~ A Company of Players by Ken Bachtold

Release Day Review ~ A Company of Players by Ken Bachtold


Title: A Company of Players
Author: Ken Bachtold

Release Date: March 22, 2017
Category: Contemporary, States of Love
Pages: TBD (Novella)




Leaving romantic wreckage behind him, Nick Charles and his best friend Barb Anderson use Nick’s sizable inheritance to fly to one of the most exciting places in the world—New York City—with plans to open their own theater. In doing so, they meet Ross Taylor, the handsome real estate man and actor, and Rudy his construction-worker cousin. Ross is determined to heal Nick’s fragile heart, while shy Rudy and oblivious Barb stumble toward their own connection. Will Rosie Dupree, a rigid method actress, and talented but devious Gordon Holmes destroy their theater dreams? Was choosing the original piece, Starting Over, by an unpublished young playwright the best move for opening night? Will the invited critic show up? Amid the frantic and colorful world of the New York City theater scene, Nick and Barb must open their hearts and risk everything for their endeavors to succeed—both on the stage and behind the scenes.
States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

Release Day Reviews ~ Cowboys Don't Ride Unicorns by Tara Lain

Release Day Reviews ~ Cowboys Don't Ride Unicorns by Tara Lain

Title: Cowboys Don't Ride Unicorns

Series: Cowboys Don't: Book Two
Author: Tara Lain
Release Date: March 22, 2017
Category: Western
Pages: 226

Cowboy Danny Boone—a name he made up one drunken night and has regretted ever since—harbors a big past and yearns for a small future. A short, bright career as a champion bull rider almost ended in his death when his homophobic father discovered Danny was gay. Now Danny longs for a plot of land he can build a ranch on, enough money to make up for some of the education he missed.… and, secretly, a beautiful femme who likes to top—a combo rarer than a unicorn.
Then onto the guest ranch where Danny works drives San Francisco decorator Laurie Belmont, a young man so gorgeous he makes the horses gasp, and so ballsy he almost kills Danny’s attacker. Laurie’s trying to find his way out from under the thumb of a domineering mother, helpless father, and rich, privileged boyfriend. But no matter the attraction, their lives are worlds apart, and cowboys don’t ride unicorns.

Review Tour ~ Trapped by Ruby Moone ~ (Review + Giveaway)





Buy Links: JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Publisher: JMS Books


Length: 62,000 words


Blurb


Sam Holloway is a desperate man. Trapped in Dante’s, the high-class London brothel catering to men who love men, his only hope is to find a rich protector. Then he meets the young aristocrat with sad eyes.


Tristan Barrington, sixth earl of Chiltern, waited until the death of his father before acting on his unnatural desires. Dante’s has a reputation for quality and absolute discretion. He never expected to find in its sordid depths a glorious man who could master not only his body but his heart, as well.


In Tristan, Sam sees an opportunity to flee a life he hates, and he sets his sights on seducing the earl. Tristan vows to help him escape, but in the process not only uncovers the vile corruption at the heart of Dante’s but also suspects that Sam’s declaration of love was nothing but a lie.


Then Sam is gravely injured, and Tristan faces a tough decision -- leave Sam to his fate, or help him once again?


Companion book to The Wrong Kind of Angel but can be read as a standalone. HEA.