Release Day Promo and Giveaway: Memories of the Heart by Felice Stevens

Title: Memories of the Heart
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance
Release Date: February 12, 2015
Ruthless, Controlling, A Loner. All words used to describe Dr. Micah Steinberg by the hospital staff for their next head of surgery. When a letter arrives from his grandmother’s friend at the assisted living facility, his orderly world tilts dangerously out of control. 
Josh Rosen had everything until it was revealed much of his world was a lie. Forced to re-evaluate his life, Josh gives up his career and returns home to New York City to care for his beloved grandmother. What Josh didn’t figure on was an attraction to a man who on the surface, appears to be exactly like the life Josh chose to leave behind.
As Micah struggles with the reality of his grandmother’s illness, the bond they share deepens, as Josh helps Micah heal, then open his heart. Micah discovers there is more to life than work, control and success. Josh is in deep but has yet to tell Micah who he really is.
When the fight for the hospital’s head of surgery turns ugly, Josh’s past and present collide. Micah must let go of the past and accept who he is, if his life is going to move forward.
Life is full of surprises, and as both Micah and Josh learn, love can happen whether you plan for it or not.

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I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. I started reading traditional historical romances when I was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that my interest in romance novels became renewed.
But somewhere along the way, my tastes shifted. While I still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, I began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. Once I picked up her first, I became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, I knew I wanted to write my own.
I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
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EXCLUSIVE Bonus Content: Valentine’s Day Newsletter by Nana Dombruso (Alexa Land)

Have you been trying to figure out what to get your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? Well, have no fear, Nana is here!!! Just for her cooking show viewers and her future gay homosexual lifestyle clients (she does accept straight ones too), she has created a newsletter to help you with how to make sure you and your sweetie have a VERY Happy Valentine’s Day.
Check out all the fun at this link, and it is downloadable, so that you can bring it to the stores as a shopping list, if needed. If you haven’t read Against the Wall by Alexa Land, the latest in her Firsts and Forever Series, head to the link below and grab it!!!
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Release Day Review and Author Interview: Godsend by Sloan Johnson

Synopsis:
 
You can’t choose who you fall in love with. Despite knowing from a young age that he was gay, Scott Murphy couldn’t imagine life without Shelly. He threw away the labels and had eleven amazing years with her, but now, he feels even more lost trying to figure out how to move on after Shelly’s death. After nearly a year of watching Scott fade away, Shelly’s father forces him to start living again. 

As much as Chris loathes the idea of attending a bereavement group week after week, it’s one of the only places he can go in this town, other than the bar, to not feel so alone. When there’s nothing to distract him or dull his senses, he spends too much time obsessing over how he should have been able to help his sister. When Scott shows up at his group session, Chris decides that maybe some good can come out of his sister’s death. 

There’s no denying that Chris is the first man to catch Scott’s attention in a long time, but how can he move on when just thinking of Shelly sends him to his dark place? 

The road to recovery won’t be an easy one, but Chris is determined to help Scott see that life is still worth living. But before Scott can allow himself to admit what he feels for Chris, he knows he has to reveal the full truth about Shelly’s death.

 

Author Interview:
Today at Two Chicks Obsessed, we are blessed with the
presence of someone I adore in person, as well as an author (although I haven’t
read any of her m/f books yet…don’t tell her!!!). Sloan Johnson is here to
answer five good questions about her new book Godsend.
TCO: A happy beautiful good morning to you, Sloan! Welcome
to Two Chicks Obsessed, we are delighted you came over to answer some burning
questions.  Thank you for taking a few
minutes out of your crazy week to interview.
SJ: Thanks for having me this morning! I’m not so sure about
beautiful, though. I mean, the sun’s shining, but I’m pretty sure it’s cold
enough to freeze the nuts off a bridge today!
1    TCO: **snort laugh** Okay, question number 1…I won’t give anything away
on this, I will let you dance around it all you want. But where did you get the
idea for such a difficult, and controversial subject to start this book? Was
there a specific thing that inspired you to write it?
SJ: There are times I asked myself that very question.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not at all in control of my
characters. They invade my head and I have to tell their stories. I will say
that I love writing about topics that force me to open my mind to new topics.
In the case of Scott and Chris, I think it’s a topic that a lot of people look
at and have an instant reaction, but when you stop and really think about both
sides of the situation, you may change your mind. That’s not my hope with this
book, at all, because I respect everyone’s right to their own opinions, but I
do hope that people will consider that there’s more than it seems on the
surface.
2   
TCO: What kind of reactions were you expecting when you
wrote this book, or were considering writing this book? And have those
reactions been what you thought or different?
SJ: I’ll admit, I was terrified by the time I sent out the
first advance copies of the book. It’s not a topic that is light and fluffy,
and it’s not one everyone can accept or enjoy reading. Luckily, not a single
person has torn me apart for how I handled either of the topics (because there
is a secondary that I think could have gone either way). I have, however, been
overwhelmed by messages from people who thought it was a beautifully painful
story.
3  
TCO:  Did you
have a goal (if so, what was it) in writing a story with such a controversial
topic?
SJ: The only “goal” I had was telling the story, and doing
it in a way that was respectful to those families who have lived through this
pain. More than once, I stopped writing because I wasn’t certain I was being
accurate in my portrayal of the situation or the process.
4  
TCO: So, what are the chances that we will see a
sequel, short story, bonus scene **bats eyes**…heck even a two sentence conversation again
between Chris and Scott?
SJ: I hate to say never, because that’s a sure way for them
to start talking to me again, but I don’t think there’s more story for Scott
and Chris. They’re happy where they are and it’s time to let them move on in
life. I will, however, say that I have a few things up my sleeve for bonus
scenes that’ll pop up from time to time!
5  
TCO: Last question…did you UGLY cry when you wrote IT?
Be honest!
SJ: Yes, yes, OMG yes!!! I had to take four smoke breaks
(yes, it’s an evil habit, I know) during the prologue because I was crying so hard
I couldn’t see the screen. And there were a few other times where tears flowed
down my cheeks, but nothing was as bad as those first few thousand words!
Thank you Sloan, so much for answering our five good
questions about Godsend!!!
Everyone, I cannot stress enough, you NEED to get this book.
What a story about love, loss, grief and recovery. (And yes, I ugly cried when
I read it…I might have called the lovely Ms. Johnson a few names via im…just
saying…)

Denise’s Review:

I was blessed to be able to read this amazing book ahead of its release, getting the chance to real soak into all the emotion that this book draws out of the reader.

I will not tell you that you won’t need tissues, you will…right from the prologue. You will likely need them later on as well. I will also not tell you that this book isn’t going to be a tough read, it is. However, what I will tell you is that you get such an in depth look into truly recovering and coming out the other side stronger from crippling grief, and finding a second chance at true love, that it makes this intense read so very worth every second.

Scott and Chris meet months after Scott’s wife Shelly died, after his father in law refuses to let him continue to wallow in his grief and makes him attend a group meeting focusing on recovering from such losses. As they begin to build a friendship, then a relationship, you can see all the real life challenges that this type of transition brings out. Guilt, remorse, backsliding into the all consuming grief cloud, all come into play here. Scott and Chris are both dealing with a loss, but Scott’s loss is compounded with the secret of how his wife died.

Scott is a stubborn man, expecting that he will never get over the loss of his wife, who he fell in love with despite always believing himself to be gay-an interesting switch up of the trope “gay for you”. He loved her as a best friend, and fell in love with her along the way. As he and Chris become closer, beginning a relationship, he finds that the guilt over finding love again that he expected isn’t there, believing that his wife Shelly would want him happy, but still struggling with the intense lows that come with dealing with such a devastating loss. Meanwhile, Chris is patient and loving, understanding how much Scott loved Shelly, always acknowledging that, and knowing that each day may bring new challenges, but they could face them together.

If you are looking for a light read, well, I’ll say you get some funny one liners in here, but you won’t find this to be a light read by any means. However, the love that slowly grows for these two men is such a beautiful winding course that it is worth all the tissues. Getting to see Shelly’s perspective is unique, and touching. And in the end, gaining some awareness of a growing issue in this country (you’ll see when you read the prologue) all combine to make this worth every minute of your time to read.

I can’t say strongly enough for you to pick this book up, settle in with a box of tissues, a cup of tea, snuggle into your reading nook, because you will be reading this from beginning to end, and loving every hard fought moment of it.

My final determination on this book is a strong five pieces of eye candy. So well done, and when you can hit my emotions as hard as this book did, you have won me over, Ms. Johnson (not that she had not already!!!).

Purchase Link for Godsend:

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Contact Sloan:

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Twitter: @authorsloanj

email: authorsloanj@gmail.com


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Book reviews: Angel of Darkness and New Years Dream by Tyler May





Blurb for Angel of Darkness:

“Sleep, my boy, our time is coming soon.” 

As a boy, Christian Bowman was obsessed with vampires and the paranormal. After a tragic event in his life, he found solace in reading and dreaming of the dark and mysterious tales. 
Now twenty-one, his fantasy becomes a reality when he meets Zander―a blind vampire. Christian now has the chance to live the fantasy that up until now, he has only been able to dream about. Will his dream turn into a nightmare when he sees just how dark and dangerous a real vampire’s world can be? 
Christian is in love with his Angel of Darkness. But is their love strong enough to withstand obstacles that come with loving a vampire? And more importantly, is there a happily-ever-after in a vampire’s world? 
A vampire and a soul that never died; Darkness stole their past, but can his light save their future? M/M paranormal erotic romance. Not suitable for readers under 18, due to language and explicit sexual situations.  



Morgan’s Review:

I want to start off by saying; I was very impressed with
this story.  I have read a lot of paranormal
stories and this has clearly become one of my favorites. Tyler May has created
a fascinating world. The attraction between Christian and Zander was explosive
and I fell in love with these two right away. The love and loyalty Zander has
for Christian is so intense. I was drawn into this story right away and
finished it in one sitting. Mystery, suspense, and even a little action,
Christian and Zander’s story will keep you on your toes and have you looking
forward to what’s next. This will be a definite reread for me and I am so
excited about the next installment. If you haven’t done so, make sure you check
out this series. Totally worth it..



Final determination is 5 pieces of eye candy.

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Blurb for New Year’s Dream:
One night. One wish…..darkness disappears. 
If you could have one wish, what would it be? 
Christian thinks he has it all. 
Billy knows what he is missing. 
And Zander only wants one thing. 
Will their dreams come true? 
New Year’s is a time for reflection, change, and resolution….that is, if you’re human. In a vampire’s world, New Year’s is a time of birth. Once a year, vampires celebrate their existence, and it’s going to be one hell of a party. 
With Christmas over, Christian prepares to celebrate with Zander for their first New Year together. Little does he know that Zander, with Billy’s help, has other plans. 
The countdown has begun. 
New Year’s dream is the second installment (novella) of Angel of Darkness. 

18+ for language and sexual content. New Year’s Dream is the continuation of Christian and Zander’s story. It works better to have read Angel of Darkness first. 
Morgan’s Review
New Year’s Dream is another fantastic addition to the
paranormal world Tyler May as created. This time we get to view things through
the eyes of Zander and Billy. We also get to hang out a little more with some
of the characters from Angel of Darkness.

New Year’s Eve is approaching and the Vampires consider this
a very special night, A Birthday for them, so to speak. It is also considered
by others to be a night that can bring out different types of powers in humans
and paranormal alike. You just have to be willing to use it. The downside is  it’s only for a short amount of time.

Be ready for a sweet read where we can revisit the
heartwarming and passionate relationship between Christian and Zander. I also
fell a little more in love with Billy. He may seem so hard on the outside but
he has a really big heart and he is starting to prove it. Wonderful little read
that will have you psyched up for the next installment.

Final determination is 5 pieces of eye candy.

Purchase Link for New Years Dream:


Links to Tyler May:

Author Bio:
Tyler May was born and raised in the great state of Michigan, and still happily resides there. She is a stay at home mom to her three beautiful children. Tyler’s passion for reading came later in life when she found a love in romance novels, more specifically the male/male genre.  After drawing inspiration from some wonderful authors and encouragement from friends and family; she penned her first full length novel: Angel of Darkness.  Tyler draws inspiration from the simple things in life and will never take that for granted. Since Tyler is a LBGT author, she has three hopes when a reader picks up her book(s): She hopes that her books will teach tolerance and equality.  She hopes to convey the truth behind the infamous saying, “love is love.” She hopes that the book is more than a story―that’s it a journey with an important message.  Tyler’s favorite quote and something she always has tucked in the back of her mind as she writes her fictions: “Everything you can imagine is real.”―Picasso.

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Cover Reveal: The Protector (Book 3 in the Sizzling Miami Series) by Jessie G

The landscape of Miami is already HOT HOT HOT! Jessie G is bringing even more HOTNESS with her 3rd book in the Sizzling Miami Series. We would like to introduce you to Master Saul Alvarez, Javier Escardo and Kyle Jensen our Main Characters and Models for “The Protector” Book Cover.

The Cover Reveal

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Release Date for The Protector is on February 15th

The Book Description

There was a time when Master Saul Alvarez filled his days fighting and his nights teaching willing subs the pleasure of his whip. His compassionate understanding of the masochist mind makes him the most sought after professional sadist in the Miami BDSM community. Neither role invites long term relationships, but he’s comfortable with his solitary existence until he is charged with guarding Durango’s prized whore. One look into those terror filled eyes has him vowing to risk it all to save the beautiful man.
Javier Escardo had been praying for death, but never expected the stone cold killer he got in response. One glimpse into those sinful eyes reveals not only the promise of retribution, but a reason to live. Eight years later, free and mostly sane, Javier is determined to take what belongs to him. Saul’s heart. Through hell and back, through layers of pain and shifting realities, that one truth has remained firm. His protector needs saving and he can’t do it alone.
Hidden beneath the public persona, Kyle Jensen is a man who craves to be invisible without being insignificant. He longs to find a Master who will see his need to be taken over without abusing him and a lover who will care about him beyond the sexual games. It isn’t until he encounters the smoldering combination of Saul and Javier that he realizes it was never supposed to be just one partner at all.
Can two battered hearts be mended by the love of a third? Kyle becomes the light to their darkness, and he’s willing to risk his heart for theirs, but when the past threatens Saul, will Javier’s sacrifice destroy them all?

Protector Teaser

Jessie G. Bio

FAR Jessie G Bio PhotoLike many readers, the dream of being a writer has been with me a long time. After three decades of trying, I’d begun to doubt. Thanks to social media, I followed my favorite authors hoping to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. Two repetitive themes emerged: To be a great writer you must read a lot and your butt must be in the chair every day like it’s a job. The more you write, the easier it will be to write and the better you will be at writing. I took that advice to heart and write every day. With two published books and counting, it’s been amazing to have made this dream my reality.

I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics and happily ever after. I’m a lover of strong secondary characters and series filled with families, biological or chosen. All are themes you’ll find throughout my books.

Jessie G. Social Links

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Blog Hop Stop: Sloan Johnson

Sloan Johnson’s next book Godsend comes out February 9th. I cannot wait for you to read this book!!! It is a truly beautiful story about a very difficult subject, grief. The book touched me so much.

Blurb:

You can’t choose who you fall in love with. Despite knowing from a young age that he was gay, Scott Murphy couldn’t imagine life without Shelly. He threw away the labels and had eleven amazing years with her, but now, he feels even more lost trying to figure out how to move on after Shelly’s death. After nearly a year of watching Scott fade away, Shelly’s father forces him to start living again.

As much as Chris loathes the idea of attending a bereavement group week after week, it’s one of the only places he can go in this town, other than the bar, to not feel so alone. When there’s nothing to distract him or dull his senses, he spends too much time obsessing over how he should have been able to help his sister. When Scott shows up at his group session, Chris decides that maybe some good can come out of his sister’s death.

There’s no denying that Chris is the first man to catch Scott’s attention in a long time, but how can he move on when just thinking of Shelly sends him to his dark place?

The road to recovery won’t be an easy one, but Chris is determined to help Scott see that life is still worth living. But before Scott can allow himself to admit what he feels for Chris, he knows he has to reveal the full truth about Shelly’s death.

Dance with Destiny Book Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ0iqCT-ZqA

Godsend Book Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZUjhngwiS0

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Godsend by Sloan Johnson

Title: Godsend
Author: Sloan Johnson
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance
Coming: February 2015
You can’t choose who you fall in love with. Despite knowing from a young age that he was gay, Scott Murphy couldn’t imagine life without Shelly. He threw away the labels and had eleven amazing years with her, but now, he feels even more lost trying to figure out how to move on after Shelly’s death. After nearly a year of watching Scott fade away, Shelly’s father forces him to start living again.
As much as Chris loathes the idea of attending a bereavement group week after week, it’s one of the only places he can go in this town, other than the bar, to not feel so alone. When there’s nothing to distract him or dull his senses, he spends too much time obsessing over how he should have been able to help his sister. When Scott shows up at his group session, Chris decides that maybe some good can come out of his sister’s death. 
There’s no denying that Chris is the first man to catch Scott’s attention in a long time, but how can he move on when just thinking of Shelly sends him to his dark place? 
The road to recovery won’t be an easy one, but Chris is determined to help Scott see that life is still worth living. But before Scott can allow himself to admit what he feels for Chris, he knows he has to reveal the full truth about Shelly’s death.

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Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.
When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.
Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?
Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.

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Audiobook Review: A Perfect Passion (The Passion Series Book 1) by Piper Kay

Blurb: 

For Damien, passion brings ecstasy, betrayal and danger that almost cost him his life. At the lowest point in his life, he discovers that true passion and loyalty have been staring him in the face all along. There is one problem he must surmount first, Dax is straight and carries a lot of baggage. What neither of them realize is that sometimes passion can also bring healing. That is if one is brave enough to take the first step. In a perfect passion, one must be willing to take the risk.

Narrated by: Rex J. Silverton
Length: 3 hrs and 22 min

Denise’s Review:

I had already read this book by Piper Kay back when it released in December 2013. So, I knew the story, I knew the players, I knew the hotness, and I knew the evilness of the “bad man”. (No spoilers!)

However, I was asked to review the audiobook, and since I hadn’t reviewed an audiobook yet, I thought, why not? Give it a shot! How hard can it be? Little did I know! 🙂

I learned through this book, and the other audiobook I was asked to review at the same time that just because you have read a book, doesn’t mean that the audiobook will feel and look the same. You have a specific “voice” in your head when you read a book, and if it doesn’t sound the same as you envision, it can throw you off a little.

That being said, this story was good, I enjoyed it the first time, for sure–although dang Piper, I wanted it to be longer, Damian and Dax together…that was some HAWT stuff!!!! It does have a bit of a cliffhanger, but nothing that would take away from the story itself, just something to look toward the dealing of when the time comes later.

Their relationship, although fast was believable because they were in very close proximity together, and that often can lead to increased feelings. And did I mention that these two were HAWT together? 🙂

The narration was well done. He had a very strong, deep voice, which worked well for me in the love scenes. In the other scenes, it sometimes was a bit distracting to me. All in all though, he did a good job with the narration.

Final determination is 4 pieces of eye candy for both the book and the narration. This is my second time through A Perfect Passion, so it’s safe to say that I found it to be a re-read. 🙂

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Piper Kay
is just your average Southern Belle, with a sprinkle of sass. Piper was born
& raised in a little town just outside of Houston, Texas, called Spring,
and is well known for her abilities in both pitching a fit and throwing a hissy
faster than a Texas twister.   She
also happens to be a #1 International, Best Selling Amazon Author of LGBT
Erotica, and an International Bestselling Amazon Author of LGBT Erotic Romance,
as well as Gay Romance, LGBT drama, Gay Western, and even an MM YA/NA story as
well.
LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/pub/piper-kay/95/7a9/496/
         
Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChQcM-y0AvDtn6YO9PY7lxg

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Payce’s
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INVICTA
Series
Invicta
Salvation (Book 1 Invicta Series)  http://smarturl.it/InvictaSalvations
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Promo: Wolf’s Sacrifice by Draven St. James

Blurb:

Sean Maddox has one basic goal: to protect the
Northwest Pack. That priority helps him stay grounded—until the day the pack
rescues Liam. Suddenly Sean is finding any excuse to be around the sweet, blind
shifter. But trying to focus his thoughts on keeping Liam safe and not
exploring the whole laundry list of carnal fantasies he’s been having is
anything but grounding. It doesn’t help that Sean’s wolf makes it damn clear it
believes Liam belongs to him.


From the first deep breath of Sean Maddox’s
intoxicating scent, all Liam wants to do is strip naked for the sexy beta and
let the wolf claim him. Hiding away his desires seems like the best plan, given
after a lifetime in captivity Liam is just learning what it means to be free.
What does he know about being a mate? More to the point, would Sean even want
him if he knew the truth? 


As Sean and Liam struggle with their growing craving
for each other an old enemy steps out of the shadows. With secrets lurking and
fate twisting two worlds together a sacrifice must be made, but can the two
mates live with the consequences?
Excerpt:
            While
he was certain Liam didn’t intend for it to be a sensual strip tease, Sean’s
mind drifted in that direction anyway. Birds sang and the wind bellowed, while
Liam’s hands danced over the contours of his body.
            “I
can feel you staring at me,” Liam accused, although amusement colored his
words. The levity kept him from turning away and giving Liam privacy.
            “I’m
just standing here,” he replied in a low rough voice. Standing there
envisioning someplace much more private so he could do wicked things he
shouldn’t be considering.
            “Uh
huh.” Liam shrugged his shirt from his shoulders and Sean bit his lip to
keep his groan at bay. Screw the water, he wanted to press the man to the
ground and lick him from head to toe.
            Facing
him directly as though Liam could actually see him, Liam toed of his shoes and
shimmied out of his pants. He did manage to keep on a snug pair of black boxer
briefs Sean had taken him shopping to get.
            Deep breathes. Deep breathes.

            “No
more than this,” Liam said with a stubborn twist to his lips. The words
effectively jerked him into the present. “I may not be able to see you
looking at me, but I can feel it.”
            “Oh?”
His curiosity peaked at that admission, but he left the statement alone, for
now. Deep within he wanted to know everyone about Liam, but didn’t want to push
so hard the man locked him out. The last thing he needed was for Liam to know
how much he wanted him to remove that last scrap of clothing.
            “Well?”
Liam held his hand out. “I need some direction here.”
            Sean
grinned and closed the distanced between them. He laced their fingers together
and directed Liam toward the edge of the water. “The rocks are a bit
slippery, so be careful.”
            He
waded into the chilly water and towed Liam in after him, not surprised when the
man gasped, “Shit, that’s cold. Are you sure we should be doing
this?”
            “I
swim here every morning. Your body will adjust.”
            “Or
you’re crazy,” Liam muttered under his breath. “It’ll adjust when
hypothermia sets in.”
            He
chuckled and carefully turned away from the lake so he could direct Liam out
into the water. “Come on. Today I won’t throw you into the deep. It will
be about getting you comfortable with the water.”
            “Define
comfortable? You’ll leave me in here until I’m too numb to climb out?”
            “No,
smartass,” Sean responded with a snort. “It’s about you feeling the
stones under your feet and the slight current along your body.”
            Liam’s
face crinkled into a looked of disgust. “It feels gross down there.”
            “There
is moss covering the floor of the lake. I promise it isn’t anything that is
going to come out and grab you.” Sean brushed his thumb over Liam’s hand
in reassuring gesture. “I’ll protect you.”
            “Somehow
that sounded condescending.”
            “I
know this lake like the back of my hand. I’ve been swimming here since I was a
boy. I probably can map out about every rock.”
            The
chill from the water was a relief from the heat the sight of Liam’s nearly
naked form inspired. The man’s pale body reflected off the surface of the
water, his narrow waist, and slim toned torso. The fall of his hair danced
around his shoulders from the soft breeze that blew across the lake. His brow
furrowed in concentration.
            Sean
had never taken anyone to the lake with him. He considered it a private place,
one he now shared with the puzzling man before him. A man who he wanted to
unraveled to reveal all his secrets and protect him from any harm that may
still be lurking in the shadows. Now if Liam weren’t so damn stubborn.
Bio:

Draven
St. James is a born and raised Oregonian. She has traveled extensively in
search of mischief and mayhem to fill her books.  Her ventures have been quite successful in
inspiring a wealth of stories.  Of course
at the end of the day, coffee within reach, laptop at the ready is where she
finds her peace.
Contact Links:
https://dravenstjames.wordpress.com
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https://twitter.com/DravenStJames
Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24270644-wolf-s-sacrifice

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Double Book Review: Caged Sanctuary by Tempeste O’Riley

Blurb:

Kaden Thorn, a dental surgeon who lives a quiet life, has no hope of finding the love he craves. A vicious gay bashing cost him the use of his legs and confined him to a wheelchair. He has given up hope of finding a Dom or even a nonkink partner to love him. When his best friend practically forces him to attend a dinner party, the last thing he expects is a strong Dom who can see beyond his wheels. 

Deacon James is an architect and a demanding Dom, but he has spent the past couple of years without a sub or partner. When an employee invites him to a dinner party to meet his girlfriend, Deacon smells a setup but agrees anyway. He prides himself on being an excellent judge of character, and when he meets the younger dentist, he sees past the chair and finds a sweet submissive man who more than piques his interest. 

Kade’s fears and demons continue to haunt him, challenging Deacon to use everything he’s learned as a Dom to earn Kade’s trust and submission. Deacon’s determined, though, willing to battle all of it to have Kade by his side and at his feet.

Denise’s Review:


Kade, a dental surgeon who is confident in his abilities, is left with a very low self-esteem after an attack outside of a D/s club that left him in a wheelchair. He believes that no one would want him, and even if they did, he would be unable to find a Dom who would want him, and want to keep him.

Deacon, immediately sees Kade as the sub that he is, and wants a date with him. Although Kade is hesitant, he agrees, and the two move forward. Deacon is able to see past the  chair to the person Kade truly is, and Kade is challenged to believe that someone as gorgeous and successful as Deacon would want to keep Kade as his own sub.

Kade continues to be haunted, by the attack and the after-effects on his self-esteem. He finds himself continually doubting that Deacon will want more time with him. As their relationship continues to grow, Kade begins to gain confidence.

Reading a book that has a character who has a physical disability is much more rare than you would think. However, I appreciate them so much. It is important that people with disabilities be shown in all stages of their lives, including falling in love, having physical relationships, and even challenges that have little to do with their disabilities. I really appreciate that about this author, as this is a theme that has been woven through all of her books.

This book was not only well written, but I felt like this was an accurate portrayal of what someone in Kade’s situation may be challenged with, both physically and emotionally.

My final determination on this book is 4.5 pieces of eye candy. I hope to read more from this author very soon.

Morgan’s Review:

After a vicious attack left Kaden Thorn with physical
limitations, he is convinced he is nothing but a broken man. A brutal past
relationship definitely doesn’t help with his low self-esteem. He is a sub at
heart and all he wants is a Dom to see him for who he truly is. After the
attack, past occurrences with other Doms has him sure that part of his life is
over.
When his best friend invites
him over for dinner one weekend, Kade meets Deacon James. Tall, blonde and
beautiful, Kade is instantly attracted. After dinner, Deacon and Kade get to
know each other a little more, and Kade just can not see how anyone like Deacon
could ever be attracted to him. When Deacon asks Kade to dinner the following
Friday, sweet Kade is hesitant at first. He isn’t sure why Deacon would be willing
to take a chance on him. When dinner goes even better than Kade expected , he
is thrilled and he finally has some hope for the future.
As the relationship
between these two continues to grow, Deacon shows Kade all he is capable of
despite the loss of his legs. Kade finally begins to gain back his
self-respect. Deacon shows Kade he is worth so much more than he thinks and
despite his limitations he can still be an excellent sub.  
This book is very well written and I would recommend it to
anyone that enjoys BDSM with their romance. The connection between the two main
characters is beautiful and heart warming and I really enjoyed this story.  
Final determination is 4.5 pieces of eye candy.
Purchase Links:
Caged Sanctuary: Amazon
Desires Entwined Series:
Designs of Desire (Book 1): Amazon 
Desire’s Guardian (Book 2): Amazon
Temptations of Desire (Book 3):Amazon


Contact the Author:

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Twitter: @TempesteO

Author Bio:

Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual gender fluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Learn more about Tempeste and her writing athttp://tempesteoriley.com/

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