has loved Kitty since he met her, but he knows she is involved with
Devlin. Thom’s memories of the war, when
he had to make life and death choices, haunts him to the point he starts
whoring and getting drunk instead of doctoring.
Things change when Devlin and Kitty ask for his help.
latest book in the Brothers in Arms
series, Fight for Love, continues
stories of men adjusting to life after war and the men and women who love
them. This is a little different as
Devlin survived a different type of life than going to war. Devlin and Kitty knew each other long before
they met Dr. Thom Peters, though they all have quite a few mutual friends.
of the ménage families know Thom and want nothing more than his happiness. As a struggle for the London underground is brewing, things happen
that put both Kitty and Thom at risk because of their association with
Devlin. Something Kitty does brings
things to a head and gets Sir James involved as well. I was surprised by the solution Sir James created.
and Thom are both under the impression Kitty would be better off with the other
and their ménage is only temporary. Ms.
Kane does resolutions of these types of relationship very well. Those familiar with the Brothers in Arms series will not be disappointed with Fight for Love either. While each story has some of the same
elements, the author creates very different and interesting combinations with
the men and their woman.
am looking forward to the next story and hope one day we see one for Sir
James. I recommend that the series be
read in order; however, it is not necessary to enjoy each story.
had it all, a great job, a loving husband, and a new baby. Then one day his dream life falls apart and
Ellis wonders if he’ll ever be happy again.
Zane is a struggling artist with a secret. The last thing he should be interested in is
starting something with Ellis, but Zane just can’t stay away from the handsome
man or his sweet baby.
Summer Son is a well written story by author
Anna Martin. While she is a new author
for me, this will not be the last of her stories I read. From the beginning, I was pulled into Ellis’
story. It’s easy to understand his need
to show everyone he is capable of taking care of baby Harrison
on his own, so readers won’t be surprised that his personal life has fallen by
the wayside. I like that his
introduction to Zane goes smoothly and the instant attraction between them
really heats up the pages. Rather than
pussy footing around regarding any kind of a relationship, the two men become
things between Ellis and Zane are running smoothly, they face a lot of
interference from outside forces.
Although I was shocked by the actions of Ellis’ ex, I should not have
been. The man really is a giant prick
and his actions at one point are over the top.
As for Zane, his past is just as intrusive. I wondered how this part of the story would
play out, and loved Zane’s response to the police when they ask for an
I really loved how the author wraps this story up and would have no
problems recommending Summer Son to
anyone who loves the M/M genre. I will
be looking for more from this author and plan on putting her on my must read
Dean White is a private investigator who prides himself in
being able to solve any case without having to resort to claims of magical
powers or any of that supernatural nonsense. So it is driving him crazy that he
has misplaced something as precious as his grandmother’s beloved ring. He has
looked everywhere he can think of, but he just can’t figure out what has
happened to it. His grandmother, being very understanding of her grandson’s
sudden bout of absentmindedness, suggests he seek the guidance for Maggie
Daniels, who can use her magic abilities to help find the ring…when it’s ready
to be found, that is.
Dean will do anything to keep his grandmother happy, but
secretly he can’t wait to show Maggie up for the fraud he thinks she is. Maggie
can tell Dean is a non-believer but senses great power at work. Maggie is a
“finder” and is facing her biggest challenge yet – helping Dean find the
strength to accept his past and face the very real threat his stubbornness has
brought to his own doorstep.
I enjoyed Finders
Keepers from the start. The story is written well and the characters
immediately captured my attention. I love the knowledge and patience that
Dean’s Grandmother Sarah exhibits. She seems fully aware of the importance of
Maggie coming into Dean’s life but continues to support her grandson while he
stubbornly refuses to believe what he sees and feels. The conflict and
underlying sexual tension between Dean and Maggie is balanced just right for
me. In fact the author did such a good job of building up the chemistry between
the two characters that I couldn’t help but feel like the ending was a little
bit anti-climactic. I thoroughly enjoyed following the
characters’ journey, and while the ending is sweet, I would have liked to enjoy
the destination a little more.
and his mom have finally gotten up the courage to leave his abusive
father. Unlike some who have faced
similar situations, they have a place to stay. Unfortunately however, that
isn’t necessarily a good thing because in the shifter world, it is frowned on
for them to leave the way they did. This
worries Max as he can’t help wondering what kind of reception they will receive
once they make it to their new home.
Loveblood is the new release by author M.J.
O’Shea. This shape-shifter story is one
that I am sure will grab the reader’s attention from the first page. Unlike some stories in this sub-genre, the
world that the author has created is, at times, more than a little violent,
especially for characters so young.
However, this violence is not gratuitous and in fact plays an important
part in the story.
characters are well written and, from the beginning, it was easy to want them
to find their happily ever after. Max
comes from an abusive family so it is understandable that he his leery of going
into a new pack. Jonah is the favorite
son of the pack and used to being in control.
Neither one of these young men is ready for the changes that occur once
they meet. There is an instant
attraction between the two and, while Max understands what is going on, Jonah
has no clue. While the connection is
strong, and the two can’t seem to stay away from each other, there are a lot of
misunderstandings that may keep these two apart.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this story that are sure to hold
the reader’s attention. The author does a
great job keeping the reader guessing how everything is going to play out. I have to say there were a few things I did
not expect to happen and one that really surprised me. There were, for me, a couple of unanswered
questions, and I would love to see more of Max and Jonah in the future. Fans of Ms. O’Shea’s are sure to love this
newest story and, if you have not yet tried one of her books, this is a great
one to start with.
Life has never been particularly
plain sailing for Jack, but these last few months have really taken the cake.
His ex wife seems to be on his case every waking hour, and his most recent
relationship has ended acrimoniously. As if Jack doesn’t have enough on his
plate, he’s confronted by the sight of his teenage daughter at his door, all
puffy eyed... and pregnant! Dan runs a successful bakery and
sometimes employs his nephew Billy to help out when things get busy. Dan
realises it isn’t going to be a good day when Rachel – a girl Billy dated a
while back – and her very cute, very angry father come into the store,
demanding to see Billy. He can understand the man’s frustration, but Dan is not
about to let Jack steamroll his way through this. The kids got themselves into
this, and Dan’s willing to give them a chance to make it work. Jack obviously
has a lot on his plate, so Dan is trying to stay patient, and much to his
annoyance, reign in his immediate attraction to this hot headed man, but Jack
is not making things easy. Dan can see Jack needs to seriously de-stress, and
fast, but Jack is sending out mixed messages…
I enjoy reading Sean Michael’s
work. The writing is realistic, easy to follow, and just has that feel good
factor. Recipe for Love has drama,
hot scenes and lots of baking goodness – the perfect combination. The storyline
was very enjoyable, a good balance of emotion and cuteness, but I felt that it
was a bit too short; as if the author had to skip over some parts that could
have been explored further. The characters were very strong and had an
immediate impact. I loved the chemistry between Dan and Jack, and would love to
read more of their story.
Agents Dexter J. Daley and Team Leader Sloane Brodie are
running out of time along with stamina. Every spark of information uncovered to
help Team Destructive Delta capture the terrorist group known as the Order of
Adrasteia leads the team into a deadly trap. New York is in chaos, some secrets have been
revealed, but there are more lethal mysteries yet to be discovered.
Blood & Thunder is the second book in the THIRDS series. The plot is a well paced riveting
suspense. The characters are fictional; nevertheless the circumstances
illustrated in the plot are incredibly realistic. I could visualize their
levels of stress escalating almost to the emotional breaking point. Their tempers
flaring to a combative state, their fear of failure as well as the fear of
losing a love one being unbearable. These are the mental conditions the team
had to tolerate.
Being a shifter,
Sloane is having an especially hard time with his personal life. His human side
wishes for a long term intimate relationship with Dex, yet his jaguar’s natural
instincts desires to be a loner with no permanent attachments to anyone. Sloane
is torn because he still has feelings for Gabe as well as equal feelings for
Dex. Sloane’s internal conflict makes it difficult for him to work with Dex, he
regrets the rift between them, but Sloane is at a loss as to how to mend their
broken bond. Sloane also fears rejection from Dex if secrets from his past
emerge. The anxiety Sloane is suffering may cause him to lose his humanity transforming
him into feral jaguar.
Dex is smart, brave
plus sympathetic; however Dex is finding it difficult to maintain his usual
cheerful temperament. Trying to concur with the emotional rollercoaster
constructed by Sloane has caused Dex to have an inferiority complex towards his
job as well as their clandestine liaison. Dex recognizes he’s heading for
disaster with Sloane; nevertheless Dex is powerless to stop it.
Charlie Cochet has again created an outstanding intense action saga
intermingled with heartwarming moments as well as moments of humor. I enjoyed Blood
& Thunder immensely.
Matt will do anything to
provide for his little brother Sam, and the easiest way to make the money they
need to survive is selling himself. Between worrying about the money and
putting food on the table, he’s exhausted and looks it. Then he meets Kevin and
he has a little hope for the first time in years. But Matt’s also just agreed
to ‘trade’ services for Sam’s tuition at a private school. Life is a mess,
people who bother Matt are dying and the police are circling. Kevin is rich and
generous and seems a little too perfect, but that might be because he’s a Fae
prince. An even bigger surprise…it looks like Matt might be the missing Fae
King. He just doesn’t know it.
Changeling is the first release in the new series Middle Hill by Barbara Geiger. Please be aware of the BDSM content
What do I say? I’m a
fan of paranormals and the blurb for this first release caught my attention. I
had high hopes. It seemed like a book I’d love but what I found instead was a
confusing story that I had difficulty following. The plot jumped all over the place, and there’s
lots of missing information, leaving me to piece together a world with too many
hidden motives to even begin to understand. That goes for the characters are
well. The author apparently didn’t want to reveal anything important in the
beginning, so there are gaping holes in the personalities and backgrounds of
the main characters since it all weaves together.
Be warned, I was still
totally confused about the plot, characters, what had happened and where the
story was going up to page 114… and this book is big. It’s a very long 362
pages, and I didn’t start to get a handle of what was happening and why until
I’d struggled through probably 175 pages. Then it started to make sense. At least more sense than before. By this
stage I had so much time invested that I wanted to see where it was going. Don’t get me wrong, the world building is
creative but the other issues just about negated them. The only thing that
saved the book for me was the last…maybe 75 pages. It’s here that things
finally start to come together and we get some answers, but there are still
dangling threads which I assume will be addressed in the next book. I
truthfully don’t consider this a romance…and I didn’t feel the chemistry
between Matt and Kevin. I did enjoy the protective them-against-the-world
relationship of the brothers.
O’Farrihy thought his life would be the SEAL’s but when that falls through, he
finds himself doing a job he doesn’t like and living a life totally different
from what he wanted. While on a case,
Brendan meets and falls in love with Kinosuke.
Unfortunately, the younger man is one of the subjects of his case, which
causes more than a few problems.
Yakuza Courage is the second story in The Way of the Yakuza series by author
H.J. Brues. Readers will need to have
read the first book, Yakuza Pride
before starting this one as the history developed in the first book is even
more important now. While Brendan and
Kinosuke are the main characters of this story and their romance does on
occasion come into play, the book is really story centered and there is a lot
fact that there is so much going on in this story, for me at least, makes it
difficult to review. I suppose the best
way would be to break it down a little and the first part will center on the
romance between Brendan and Kinosuke.
When these two actually meet in person, there is some connection between
them, yet it takes some time for the men to act on those feelings. The passion between them is really intense
and once they come together, they heat up the pages. I would have liked to have seen more
attention paid to these two, but what there is works well in the scope of the
there is Ken and the Yakuza men he has made his family. As the readers would expect, all of them are
having problems adjusting to the huge changes in their lives. Of course, given the culture the men come
from, talking about their feelings is not something they do. This leads to many misunderstandings. Of all of them it was Kotaro I felt the most
for. Not only does he have to adjust to
a new environment but he is also a teen-ager going through all the problems
they face when being the new kid in school.
I must say I was a little worried at one point that things with Kotaro
were going to end badly.
there is Brendan and the men from his SEAL team. The unit’s last mission together did not go
well and Brendan ends up taking the fall.
All the men end up suffering, some more than others. The author does a good job making this part
of the story come across realistically; in fact, this is something that could
have been part of our evening news some time during the last few years.
is when the author brings these two groups together that the story really takes
off. It is only natural when Kinosuke
finds out about being part of Brendan’s mission, that he feels betrayed. While Kinosuke has the right to act the way
he did, I liked that Brendan was not ready to give up on the two of them being
together. I also liked that Brendan,
once he realizes that maybe the case he was sent to do was a lie, works towards
helping the Yakuza.
There is a lot of action and a lot of twists and turns going on in Yakuza Courage that makes this book one
that you really need to pay attention to.
If you are looking for a story with some meat to it then you really must
pick this one up. I am curious to see
what the author hopes to bring to this series next. I also hope we will be seeing more of
Brendan’s SEAL team.
Liam Noble has first-hand knowledge of how much words can
hurt. Meeting potential boyfriends is
always a problem for Liam until he meets Jordan McKelvey. Jordan is able to see beyond Liam’s
shyness to find the strong good-natured real Liam hiding behind the blushes.
Medics, Mayhem, and Mojitos is part of Love's First Response series. In this
episode, Liam is an EMT for the fire department. He loves his job and works
well with his co-workers. The plot illustrates both emotional and physical
healing, a promising romance along with scenes of intimacy.
The only issue that Liam has is that he is haunted by the
constant verbal abuse from a former boyfriend. Although the former boyfriend is
gone, his painful words still cause Liam to feel unworthy to be loved.
is a bartender with a naturally charismatic personality. He is not afraid to
show his interest in Liam. A considerate man, Jordan is sincerely willing to
help Liam without passing judgment on his past.
Sara York has created another enjoyable installment to this
series. I especially enjoyed the display of camaraderie amongst all the
drags a friend with her to get some pictures, but both end up getting shot at
after seeing an FBI agent tortured.
Grayson and Parker end up being Cheyenne’s protectors when she has to be
protected as a witness. Grayson and
Parker, who are cousins, both want a long term relationship with her.
third book in the Crime and Punishment
series, Theirs to Share, is a fast
paced action and love story. The author
kept the story interesting and threw in at least one surprise toward the end. I
really enjoyed the backstory for Grayson and Parker. The author threw in a few humorous tidbits
that were reflected as the story progressed. The men are cousins whose mothers
are twins who did something that makes them extremely close and able to connect
mentally. As FBI agents, they watch each
men are attracted to Cheyenne and she is just as attracted to them. All three try to resist acting on that
attraction, but of course they fail. The
men aren’t sure Cheyenne
will be able to handle a relationship with both of them long-term but once she
makes up her mind, she is worried they don’t want that with her. Once all the misunderstandings get sorted
out, the scenes between them all get even hotter.
loved David and his relationship with Cheyenne. There is a small secondary
story with Cheyenne’s
friend, David, which works out. In
addition, other agents show up to help and one may end up with his own story if
hints are any indication.
stories in this series can be read as individual stories without having to read
the entire series in order. I would
recommend reading all of them though, as each are good stories for the
bookshelf. I am looking forward to the next one and hope it is Josh’s story.