SALE!!!!! Sandrine Gasq-Dion’s The Assassin/Shifter Series Books 15-22

Warning: This series contains explicit sexual situations, Sexual assault, graphic language, 
and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, violence. 
If you are offended by joking references to mental disabilities, please do not purchase this 
book. 

Book Fifteen: This book is part of a series
Glory days? If high school was their glory days, the outcast gay teens at the outreach centers run by Caden Fournier were screwed. For most of them, the torment they received at those schools and at the hands of their own families was enough to make living on the street seem like a better proposition.
Enter Camp Pride and its devoted staff of volunteers and backers. For college students Kory Maguire and Will Cooper, the camp was a way for them to help abandoned and confused gay kids find their way in life. And it didn’t hurt that the incredible hunks – ex-Navy SEALs Jacob Steele and Seth Ralston – were working there, too. Straight Kory ran into Jacob in Seattle several times and found himself having lots of definitely un-straight thoughts about him. Will had been abused by his ex-boyfriend and was skittish of all men now – especially if they were twice his size, like Seth.
Werewolves Jacob and Seth have found their mates in Kory and Will. But have the fates gotten it wrong? What if Kory can’t commit to a relationship with a man? Is Will too skittish to trust and give himself to someone so much more powerful than he? And can everyone put their own problems aside so that the campers can feel safe and find strength in being loved?
Book Sixteen: This book is part of a series.
FBI Special Agent Devin Lyons and Russian mob boss/FBI ally Andrei Panchenko have been at each others’ throats for years. Literally. They’ve had their hands around the other’s throat lots of times. When Andrei barely escapes a bold attempt on his life, government big shot James Jacobs decides to put Devin in charge of Andrei’s safety. After all, who better to keep the Russian alive than the man who wants to do the killing himself?
Andrei Panchenko knows two things as fact: Devin Lyons hates him. And the FBI agent is the sexiest man he’s ever seen. Forced into cohabitation, Andrei tries to figure out why the agent wants him dead. He has been nothing but honest in owning up to his crimes and kills only the vilest men who manage to escape justice. But still Lyons (who has his own violent record) treats him with contempt. In the meantime, Andrei notices a touching side to the man that he’s never seen before. And THAT scares him more than any gun.
Devin Lyons hates Andrei Panchenko. It’s one of the things in his life that he can count on. Until he’s forced to spend time with the ridiculously beautiful and sexy man. Seeing the “real” Andrei turns Devin’s world upside down until he’s not sure whether he wants to kill Andrei or make love to him.
A common enemy of both men is determined that neither will have the chance to do anything except die. When a life-changing secret is revealed, will the resulting fallout bring the two men together or separate them forever? 
Book Seventeen: This book is part of a series.
Colin Greystone has loved one man since he understood what love was: Nikolai Markov. But Nikolai is too young and Colin makes himself stay away. By the time he decides to declare his feelings, Nikolai has earned quite the reputation as a playboy and a badass. Colin spends years trying to forget the younger man, only to have his world flipped upside down when Nikolai Markov barrels back into his life. Colin is in danger and his fathers have asked Nik to protect him. Colin is less than thrilled to be forced into spending so much time –in such close contact — with the man he swore he’d stopped loving.
At 20 years old, Nikolai Markov is well known as a hired gun with a hot body. But now he only wants one thing : For Colin Greystone to give him a chance. Thrust into Colin’s college life — and dorm room — Nikolai unloads his charms on a resistant and unbending Colin. When the two of them are in harm’s way, Nikolai will kill anyone who threatens his man. His other mission? Making Colin fall for him.
Can a love that began at birth survive to adulthood? Or has Nikolai’s chance passed him by?
Book Eighteen: This book is part of a series.
The men of the Skull Blaster unit have spent most of their lives fighting together for a safer world, first in the military and now as an elite team supervised by Homeland Security. Now they have an even more pressing reason to make the world a better place.
Their children are about to be born.
Mateo Esposito grew up in foster homes, alone and cynical, grateful for the day he could be on his own. When fate upset his ordered life with innocent Riley Flynn, he didn’t stand a chance against love. Now the soulmates are expecting two bundles of joy.
Sam Waters found new life when he married Dakota Cadotte, the man with eyes like stars. Unaware Dakota was a werewolf when they met, Sam has now embraced the life he’s been given with the man he loves. They also are expecting a baby any day now.
When the time comes, the babies enter the world with a roar! Tears and hugs are shared, and life’s road takes a definite twist as secrets and surprises are revealed.
But chaos is nothing new for these men, is it?
Book Nineteen: This book is part of a series.
Years ago, sensitive Jude Brooks got tired of watching junior high life through the vents in his locker. Unfortunately, handsome Hayden Cox’s favorite pastime was putting him in there. When Jude’s werewolf friends torment Hayden for being human, he takes it out on distractingly beautiful Jude. A lot.
Tired of having his son picked on, pack member Henry Cox moves his family away. “Cox the cock” is gone – so why does Jude feel disappointment mixed with his exhilaration? In another city, Hayden is finally being accepted – so why is he constantly haunted by the memory of mesmerizing violet eyes?
Fast-forward to a meeting as adults, and the air is so thick with tension and anger that it can be grabbed and shaped into adorable animals. Jude’s rage toward his nemesis has boiled over and nothing Hayden can do or say will make it go away. Hayden’s efforts to make peace convince everyone but Jude he’s a changed man. In fact, he’s a werewolf now and he wants nothing more than for Jude to forgive him. Jude wants nothing more than to ignore Cox the cock and be taken seriously as a protector of the pack.
If longing looks and lustful thoughts are anything to go by, this situation is far from resolved. Is Jude’s best friend really dating Hayden? And why does he care? Can he ever completely trust the person who spent years treating him like an algebra book? Will a survival test in Siberia and a stunning revelation bring them together or tear them farther apart?
Maybe they’ll both be taught a lesson about love.
Book Twenty: This book is part of a series.
For years, Jackson Murphy and Jonas Brooks have been dancing around each other in a waltz of uncertainty and longing. One unexpected kiss meant to comfort rattles the two alphas, but neither is willing to make the first move. Now, their meddling packs are conniving to force the two alphas to see what they truly share — a bond of love. A reconnaissance mission to Siberia brings more confusion as Jonas’ deepest secret is revealed, and a startling revelation threatens to destroy their relationship before it even starts.
John Quinton has been without a wife for more than twenty years, still grieving her sudden death. An assignment to Siberia to find a missing alpha plants him squarely in the path of one of the most feared feral female werewolves in the Siberian enclosure. But things aren’t always as they seem. Just as John dares to care again, his hopes and dreams are smashed.
By a simple bond.
Book Twenty-One: This book is part of a series.
Jesse Salvatore has had it. He’s the youngest of three brothers — and the only one born without the werewolf gene. Because he’s human, his brothers, Jaxon and Justice, treat him like he’s helpless. They constantly battle deadly rogue wolves and won’t let him anywhere near the fight. When he meets Noah King, he knows he’s found his soulmate in the werewolf and soldier. Just as life seems to be brightening, big brother Justice forbids Jesse to see Noah. The two men sneak time together when they can, but it’s not enough. More than a year later, the rogues have targeted Jesse and Justice has no choice but to let Noah protect him.
Noah King has never been in love. One-night stands are more his style. But the first time he sees Jesse Salvatore, his world is flipped upside down by the hot blond-haired, green-eyed human. What’s not to love? Jesse is sweet, smart, gorgeous and bad-ass. Only one thing stands in their way: Justice Salvatore. When Jesse’s life is threatened, Noah is entrusted with keeping him safe.
Of course, no plan is ever fool-proof, and a mission to protect one man changes the lives of many.
Book Twenty-Two: This book is part of a series
Cole Ryker has been a man on a mission since the second he laid eyes on tall, dark and dirty-talking Ross Collins. That mission? To get the macho Delta Force soldier into his bed and out of his head, putting an end to his obsession. When Ross finally agrees to a date, Cole is overjoyed – and, frankly, rather surprised. Ross is like no man he’s ever met. When one date leads to another and another, the men struggle to sort out their feelings. Ross Collins is in full command of everything in his life. When Cole Ryker hits on him – and keeps hitting on him – something in Ross is drawn to the confident firefighter and the uncertainty that comes with letting someone else take the lead. Time with Cole is intoxicating, unlike anything Ross could have imagined. He’s falling fast and Cole is right there with him. But everyone has secrets, don’t they? Ross is hiding the fact that he’s a werewolf, and Cole is terrified his own past relationship will ruin any chance he has of finding happiness with Ross. There’s also the matter of a man from Ross’ past who’s pretty determined to stake his own claim on the soldier. Truths explode as quickly and terrifying as a five-alarm fire, putting relationships in jeopardy and loved ones in danger. Is there an escape or will their love turn to ashes?
Summer of Awakenings (Assassin/Shifter #15) Excerpt:
“Jacob?” Kory tested the name on his lips.
“So you do remember me,” Jacob smiled, motioning to the target. “Have you been practicing?”
“So you are the self- defense teacher?”
Jacob nodded, making his way closer to his mate. God, he’d missed him. “Yes, Seth and I. Are you planning on taking the course?”
Kory hadn’t thought about it, but he was thinking about it now. Jacob Steele hadn’t changed one iota. He was still beautiful. The graphite-grey eyes were smiling at him in amusement. Kory realized he was nodding his head, and his mouth hung open. Closing his mouth, Kory raised his eyes to Jacob’s.
“Yes, I guess so.” Kory tilted his head. “Where have you been? I haven’t seen you at Cuffs and Stuff.”
“Were you looking for me?” Jacob stepped closer. Kory didn’t step back.
Kory’s cheeks heated. “Maybe,” Kory looked at Jacob shyly. “What if I was?”
“I would have asked you to dance.” Jacob took another tentative step forward; again, Kory didn’t step back. “Would you have accepted?”
Kory looked up at the imposing man in front of him. Jacob Steele had to be over six foot two at least. His chest was massive, the pectoral muscles tensing as he waited for Kory’s answer.
“I would have said yes,” Kory finally said. Jacob’s lips lifted in a smile.
“Yeah?”
Kory nodded. Being this close to Jacob was making his hands tingle and his dick throb. His erection was rising in his jeans and Kory tried hiding his rising desire. Lord, what was wrong with him? He found Jacob attractive, that was a given; but kissing a man? Kory tilted his head looking at Jacob’s lips. They looked soft and inviting. A smattering of stubble covered Jacob’s chin. Kory wanted to reach out and touch it, see if it was coarse or smooth on his hands.
“Are you all right?” Jacob asked, keeping his laughter in check. He could almost hear Kory’s gears turning in his head.
“Oh, yeah. Just…um…thinking.” Kory swallowed hard, his eyes drifting southward, eyeing what Jacob was hiding in those faded blue jeans.
Jacob motioned to Kory’s hair. “I know it’s been a while, but I don’t remember your hair being that, um, particular shade.”
Kory blushed and grinned. “It was an experiment gone awry. I’m going to change it back eventually.”
Jacob crossed his arms and looked Kory over from head to toe. “I don’t know. It kind of suits you.” Jacob smiled as Kory blushed. “Well, I’ve got to get back to the athletic compound; I’ve got to get all the gear set up. So, maybe I’ll see you later?”
“Yeah, sure,” Kory forced his eyes back up to Jacob’s. Those eyes looked so familiar.
“See you later Kory Maguire,” Jacob winked before turning and heading towards the sports complex.
“Yeah, bye.” Kory watched Jacob’s ass as he retreated further from him. “Damn, that’s nice,” Kory chuckled. He straightened up as Jacob looked over his shoulder with a smile. “Shit,” Kory whispered. Had Jacob heard him? He couldn’t have. Kory stood there with what he knew was a ridiculous smile on his face. Yeah, he could see himself kissing Jacob Steele.
Into the Lyon’s Den (Assassin/Shifter #16) Excerpt:
“Oh. My. God,” Andrei hissed. 
“Well now,” Devin grinned. “Good morning, Panchenko.”
“It is a joke, right?” Andrei’s eyes fell on Ivan. “It is, isn’t it?”
Devin stood up and gave Andrei a slow once over. The man wore faded, low-rise jeans and a T-shirt. His black hair was wet and tousled and his eyes were bloodshot. Devin averted his eyes and cleared his throat.
“Nope, no joke.” Devin picked up a piece of paper off the desk and gave Andrei a smirk. “I see you’re HIV free.”
“Give me that!” Andrei snarled, snatching the piece of paper from Agent Lyons. “Get away from my desk!”
Chris watched the show between the man and Andrei. “Um, Andrei? Who is this guy?”
“That,” Andrei glared at Agent Lyons. “Is Special Agent Devin Lyons.”
Chris’ eyes widened. “The FBI guy?”
Devin narrowed his eyes. “Who are you?”
“Well bend me over the desk and slap my ass,” Chris walked forward, extending his hand. “Christophe Voronova.”
Devin tilted his head. “Dimitri’s husband?”
“One and the same,” Chris took his time letting his eyes wander over the agent. Damn, but the man was eye candy. He had dirty blond hair and the most arresting blue-grey-gold eyes. Strong square jaw with a thin, regal nose. He wasn’t tall, but damn was he packed in the muscles department.
“So, you are Andrei’s bodyguard?”
“I am.” Devin sat back down after shaking Chris Voronova’s hand. “James Jacobs felt I was the best choice in this matter.”
“And why is that, exactly?” Andrei crossed his arms over his chest, eyebrow raised.
“Because I want to kill you. I don’t want anyone else taking that away from me.” Devin looked at Ivan and Christophe. “I need to speak with Panchenko. Ivan, I’ll need all the information I asked you for ASAP.”
Ivan raised his brows and Devin sighed in frustration.
“Please?”
“Fine.” Ivan took Andrei’s hand. “If you need anything, if you feel threatened —”
“Oh, do not worry, Ivan.” Andrei turned his attention to Agent Lyons. “I will kill him myself.”
Devin snorted.
Ivan opened the door to the office and ushered Chris out. Andrei waited for the door to shut before turning back to the agent. Dammit, Agent Lyons did look sexy. He wore his G-man suit and his hair was styled. Their eyes locked and Andrei felt his heart race. He needed to get his shit together; this man hated him.
“My desk?” Andrei growled.
“Get over it. We have things to discuss.” Devin narrowed his eyes. Andrei huffed, and then finally sat down.
“What do you want from me?” Andrei sat down across from Lyons.
“I need to know who you’ve killed. Off the record.”
“I will tell you what you want to know.”
Devin laughed sharply. “Sure you will.”
Andrei sat forward and earnestly regarded the agent. “I do not lie, Agent Lyons. I make no excuses for my actions. If you ask me a question, I will answer you truthfully.”
Devin sat forward as well. “How many people have you killed, Panchenko?”
“A lot.”
“Let’s start with that then,” Devin grabbed a pen and a sheet of paper. “I’ll need to know all your business dealings as well.”
“Whatever you need, you shall have it.”
Devin put the pen down and looked at Andrei. “You’re not going to argue James’ decision? Even after you know how I feel about you?”
Andrei shrugged. “I trust James; if he feels you are the best man for the job, then I will not complain.”
Devin raised a brow, but just nodded. “Fine. Let’s get started.”
An hour later, Devin’s hand was cramping. Andrei hadn’t been lying. He was confessing to every man he’d ever killed, maimed or just made disappear. Devin stretched his back out and regarded Andrei sitting stoically across from him, arms crossed over his chest, eyes trained on Devin. It was a bit unsettling, even for him.
“I have one more to ask you about.”
Andrei waved his hand in the air wearily. “Go ahead.”
“Alphonse Rizzo.” Devin smirked as Andrei grew uncomfortable in the chair. “Name’s familiar, isn’t it? See, the FBI is still looking for him, as he was a key witness to a crime.”
Andrei snorted. “Oh yes, Alphonse the saint! That bastard was responsible for the deaths of many women from heroin overdoses.”
“You killed him, didn’t you?” Devin sat forward.
Andrei leaned forward as well. “Yes, I did.”
Devin started and sat back in his chair. Andrei eyed him warily. “I didn’t think you’d be honest about that one. I had my suspicions…but…”
“I told you, Agent Lyons. I will not lie. I take responsibility for my actions as well as punishment for those actions. Now, if we are done?” Andrei rose from the chair.
“Nope, sit your ass down, Panchenko.”
Andrei put his hands on the desk and leaned into Agent Lyons’ face. “I am tired. Whatever other questions you have can wait. I must get ready for the meeting of the families.”
“That’s not for a few days.”
“You are my bodyguard, not my boss. Make sure you remember that,” Andrei snapped.
“Oooh! Feisty, aren’t you?”
“I am tired and I have a migraine and you are making it much worse.”
Devin pouted. “Awww.”
“Shut up.”
Devin tilted his head. “How?”
“How what?” Andrei raised both brows.
“How did you kill Alphonse? Did you cut him up? Blow him up? Shoot him?”
Andrei leaned forward and smiled. “I tied him up by his ankles and slit his wrists. Then I sat back with a book while he bled out.” Andrei watched the grin spread across Agent Lyons’ face.
“You are one sick bastard, aren’t you?” Devin laughed.
“An eye for an eye, Agent Lyons. Alphonse disposed of one of his victims the same way. I believe in swift justice. I knew Alphonse would walk on his crimes.”
“Well, I’ll keep that in mind.”
The Nik of Time (Assassin/Shifter #17) Excerpt:
Colin smiled and crossed the room to his dresser. The door to his room opened again; he turned and all ability to speak left him.
“Well hello roo—” Nikolai stopped mid-sentence. Colin was half naked and another guy was in his room. The anger rose so fast Nikolai didn’t have a chance to stop it. He let out a menacing growl and lunged at the guy. He found Colin in his way.
“Nik!” Colin shouted.
“What the fuck?” Nikolai snapped. “Who the fuck is this guy?”
“That’s him!” Drew shouted. “Holy hell! You know him?”
Colin stood with his hand on Nikolai’s chest. “Back off, Nikolai.”
“Who. Is. He?” Nikolai growled staring at the other guy’s face.
Drew shivered. “Oh hell. That is so fucking hot.”
Colin sighed, pushing Nikolai away from Drew. “Drew Treadman, meet Nikolai Markov. Nikolai, this is my lab partner, Drew.”
“Why is he in here while you’re naked?” Nikolai narrowed his eyes at Drew. “Are you fucking my boyfriend?”
“I am not your boyfriend!” Colin shouted. “What are you doing here?”
“Markov?” Drew cocked an eyebrow. “As in Vince Markov? That Nikolai?”
“Yes, that one,” Colin sighed. “Can I see you later, Drew? I have to have a talk with Nik.”
“Uh huh, sure, talk,” Drew winked. “Got ya.”
Colin closed the door behind Drew and banged his head on it. Taking a deep breath, he turned to find Nikolai right in his face.
“Could you please back up?”
“Are you fucking him?” Nikolai leaned in. “Are you?”
“That’s none of your business. Now what are you doing here?”
Nikolai balled his hands into fists, trying to control his anger. “I’m your roommate.”
“Excuse me?”
“You’re in danger, Colin.”
“When am I not? I’m a Greystone.”
“This is different. Didn’t Stefan call you?”
“I haven’t been taking calls.” Colin walked back over to his dresser and pulled some jeans out.
“Carmine Rizzo is your father, Colin. He’s going to come for you eventually.”
Colin turned slowly. “What did you just say?”
Nikolai walked to the phone and pushed the blinking light. Stefan’s voice floated into the room.
“Colin, look, I need you to call me as soon as you can, all right? It’s important.”
The phone beeped and another message floated over, than another.
“Colin, look this can’t wait. Carmine Rizzo is your biological father. He’s going to come for you. Don’t get angry, but your fathers and I agree that you need a little extra protection. We’re sending Nikolai to watch out for you.”
Nikolai hit the button again, silencing the answering machine. Colin sat down on the end of his bed and stared at the wall.
“Carmine Rizzo,” he whispered.
Nikolai knelt in front of Colin and took his hands. “Just because he’s your biological father doesn’t make him your dad. Uncle Mark and Uncle Paul are your fathers. You were raised by them, not by that piece of shit.”
Colin nodded absentmindedly. “I’m a Greystone.”
“Yes, you are.”
Colin blinked and realized Nikolai was holding his hands. He yanked them away and stood up.
“That’s great and all, but I don’t need a babysitter. I can take care of myself.”
Nikolai shook his head slowly and smiled. “Colin, I’m staying. You can’t get rid of me. I’m like herpes – you can calm me, but I’ll never really go away.”
“Isn’t that a fitting description,” Colin drawled.
Nikolai ignored Colin’s tone and pulled out his schedule. “So, let’s see which classes I have with you. Oh, look at that – all of them.” Nikolai grinned as Colin fumed.
“Are you planning on joining the football team as well?”
“I sure am. Coach told me I have to wear a jersey that says ‘Nik,’ though. Something about my last name invoking fear in people. I wonder why that is?” Nikolai tapped his chin with his forefinger in mock deep thought.
“Gee, I wonder.” Colin rolled his eyes.
“So, is this my side of the room?” Nikolai walked to the far side and looked at the bed. “This is way too small; we may have to push them together and make one bed.”
“Nice try.” Colin grabbed a T-shirt and pulled it over his head. Nikolai was walking around the room checking things out. He removed his leather jacket and Colin bit his bottom lip to stop himself from groaning. Nikolai’s biceps had gotten even bigger. How was that even possible? Colin narrowed his eyes and then gasped. “You were shot?”
Nik looked down at his bicep.
“Oh, yeah. Some asshole thought a 9 mil would slow me down,” Nikolai chuckled as he looked over all the contents of Colin’s dresser.
“Do you mind? Just because we share a room doesn’t mean you can touch all my stuff.”
“Can I touch that stuff?” Nikolai pointed to Colin’s crotch.
“No, that is off limits.” Colin grew serious and crossed the room to Nikolai. “Look, I want to thank you, you know, for saving my life at camp.” Colin looked up into Nikolai’s eyes and immediately regretted it. Nik had smoldering eyes that made his dick rock hard in seconds flat. He backed up and Nik took a step forward.
“I would do it again. You have to know how I feel about you, Colin.” Nikolai took Colin’s hand in his.
“No, I don’t. All I know is that you want in my pants.” Colin tried to back away further and was pulled forward.
“That’s not true. And I haven’t been with anyone in months, Colin.”
“I’m supposed to believe that?” Colin scoffed.
“Believe what you want.” Nikolai looked at the time. “We have to get to class.”
“Just how did you get into this college anyway? Stefan bribe someone?”
Nikolai bristled at the comment. “You’d be surprised, Colin. Stefan didn’t have to bribe anyone.”
“Yeah? Well you can’t fake your way through classes.”
“Well then, let’s go.”
The Littlest Assassin-Shifter (Assassin/Shifter #18) Excerpt:
“You’re back!” Riley ran to Mateo and jumped on him, wrapping his legs around his husband’s waist.
“So, I’ll just…’” Mitch stood up and quietly left the room, closing the door behind him.
“God, I missed you so much,” Mateo growled against Riley’s lips.
“I missed you, too. I need you so much, Mateo,” Riley breathed.
“Let me just lock the door.”
Mateo held Riley’s ass as he walked backwards and turned the lock on the conference room door, their lips never separating. The office windows were tinted; you could see out, but not in. A large couch occupied one wall and Mateo walked over to it, Riley still affixed to him like glue. They’d been apart for a week. It felt like a year.
Mateo eased Riley onto his back, and then climbed on top of him, his fingers making quick work of Riley’s button and zipper.
“I love you in your power suit,” Mateo nipped at Riley’s lips. “I love you even more out of it.”
Riley’s hands were all over him, unzipping his pants and then pulling at his shirt, like he couldn’t make up his mind which piece of clothing he wanted off first. Mateo helped by dragging his T-shirt over his head, leaving Riley’s hands to work with his zipper. His jeans slid over his ass and Riley’s hands were stroking his cock.
Damn, it felt good.
Mateo dragged Riley’s suit jacket off then yanked his pants down. His teeth made quick work of the buttons on Riley’s dress shirt. Riley moaned underneath him as he spit one of the buttons across the room.
“I’ll buy you a new shirt.” Mateo took Riley’s mouth.
They kissed as if they needed each other for nourishment, and Mateo knew that’s exactly what he’d found in Riley. They rolled off the couch naked and Mateo landed on top of his husband. His fingers searched his jeans for the small packet of lube he’d stashed in a pocket and Riley broke the kiss with a smile. In his hand, he held a bottle of flavored lube. Mateo’s eyebrows rose.
“Where did that come from?”
Riley popped the lid and dropped some into his hand.
“I hid some in the couch cushions.”
“Smart man,” Mateo grinned, taking Riley’s lips again. Cold lube spread over his cock and he inhaled sharply through his nose as Riley’s hand stroked him, pulling him closer to his hole. “Riley, it’s been a week; slow down! I don’t want to hurt you.”
Riley rolled them over again and straddled Mateo. “Butt plug all week.”
And with that, Riley lowered himself onto Mateo.
“Oh fuck!” Mateo grabbed for purchase on the conference room carpet.
His husband’s flushed face was beautiful as he lowered himself slowly, clenching his ass muscles tightly. Mateo held Riley’s hips as they started to move together. Riley’s fingers played with his nipples as he rode him slowly.
The man who had been a virgin when they met was a fucking expert in driving him crazy now. Mateo spread his legs out further and pulled Riley’s thighs in. He snapped his hips, jerking them upward faster and faster. Riley’s cock bobbed on his abs leaving a sticky trail of precome.
Riley’s eyes were closed, and a fine sheen of sweat beaded his temple. His mouth was partially open, moans of ecstasy escaping. Damn, the man was beautiful. Mateo gripped Riley’s cock and stroked upward, while Riley covered Mateo’s hand with his own.
“Gonna come without it…harder,” Riley rasped. “Faster!”
Mateo gripped Riley’s hips harder and slammed into him. His own orgasm coiled in his spine and he let loose with a loud cry; Riley came undone on top of him, jets of cream spurting up his abs and chest. His hair was matted against his temple with sweat and his breathing was labored. He collapsed on top of Mateo and sighed. Mateo chuckled, kissing his neck.
“Now that’s a welcome home.” Mateo held his husband close. 
Lessons Learned (Assassin/Shifter #19) Excerpt:
“Hey, I found a cave,” Hayden said, motioning to Jude.
“Is anything in it?” Jude asked, walking toward him.
“Not that I can tell. Maybe some pine needles. I can’t smell any other scents, animal or otherwise.” Hayden looked around. “I’ll grab some firewood. Can you set it up?”
“Why do I feel like you’re making me the little woman in this scenario? Why can’t I get firewood?”
Hayden grinned. “Fine, you get the firewood and climb the hill again.”
Jude’s dick stirred in his pants at that grin. Damn, Hayden was sexy. “Stop looking at me like that.”
“Like what?” Hayden let his eyes roam over Jude slowly.
“Like I’m the last cracker on the plate.”
“I love crackers.” Hayden waggled his eyebrows.
Jude snorted. “You are so annoying.”
“I’m not boring, though.” Hayden pointed at Jude. “That’s what counts.”
Jude smiled despite himself. He walked over to Hayden and took both his hands. Hayden seemed surprised at the contact and Jude looked into his eyes.
“Thank you,” Jude said quietly.
“For what?” Hayden searched Jude’s eyes.
“You came for me in Germany, when my chute didn’t open. I treated you like shit and it was wrong. I’m sorry for all the things I said to you — ”
“Don’t.” Hayden put his finger on Jude’s lips. “I should be apologizing. I tortured you when all I really wanted to do was this.” Hayden pulled Jude into his chest and took his mouth. There was a soft gasp of surprise from Jude before his mouth opened. Hayden swept inside and groaned.
God, Jude tasted fantastic.
Hayden waited for a slap; what he got instead was a low growl and Jude wrapping his arms around him, deepening the kiss. Hayden’s hand rested on the back of Jude’s neck, his fingers playing in the soft, raven hair. Jude’s fingers crept under his jacket and shirt and met with his bare skin. Hayden moaned softly. His other arm wrapped around Jude, pulling him even closer. Their hardened erections bumped, and Jude gasped.
Hayden let go and broke the kiss. Stepping back, he waited for Jude to say something.
“Firewood,” Jude blurted.
They stared at each other for a few seconds before Jude turned and walked down the side of the ridge. Hayden ran a hand through his hair.
“Great, just great, Hayden. Dumbass. Why did you have to ruin it by kissing him?” Hayden smacked himself in the forehead. “You’ll be lucky if he ever comes back.”
Broken Bonds (Assassin/Shifter #20) Excerpt:
Tristan picked his jaw up off his desk. “Excuse me?”
“Which part did you not get?” Jackson sat back in the chair and crossed his legs.
“All of it?”
“Well, you and Scott decided I needed to be set up with Jonas. It just so happens we finally came clean with each other and now we want to show each other how much we care. That’s where you come in. Since you were so interested in my love life, I need to know how to be with Jonas in a more…sexual way. We’d like to explore all avenues. This is new to us and we want to make sure we do everything right. The last thing I want is to hurt Jonas.”
“So you want me to explain anal intercourse to you,” Tristan said slowly.
“Yes, that’s what I said.”
“Just like that? One date and you guys are rushing into sex? This is the media’s fault,” he muttered.
“I didn’t say that. We’re taking things slow, but we’d also like to be prepared when the time comes. I have every intention of making Jonas mine.”
Tristan finally smiled. It was about time his alpha found someone to love that way. Okay, so the topic of anal sex was the last thing he’d ever thought he’d be discussing with the man, but what the hell? If he helped the two of them become closer, he was all for it.
“Would you like a power point presentation?” Tristan winked.
Jackson arched a brow. “Are you going to draw a dick and an asshole?”
Tristan laughed loudly. “No. I will however walk you through from beginning to completion.”
“Who gets on top?”
“Well, that’s a good question. Since Scott and I are both alpha males, we switch. But we both like it, so it works out for us. It may be that Jonas doesn’t like anal and you do, or vice versa. Being the top doesn’t necessarily make you the man, and being the bottom doesn’t make you less of a man.”
“I don’t think who’s the man is an issue with us. We’re both strong-minded individuals.”
“So it worked.” Tristan grinned at his alpha.
“What did?”
“The set-up. Jude talked to Scott and me about it and we put our heads together. It was hard watching you two fight your mutual attraction. We could see you belonged together.”
“I’ve wanted Jonas since that day in the hospital. I just couldn’t push the issue with him. He needed to come to me.”
“And now he has. You look really happy.”
“I am. I haven’t felt like this in — I don’t know how long. And it isn’t just physical. I miss him already and I haven’t even been gone that long.”
“I get it.” Tristan nodded.
“I know you do. You almost lost Scott and I saw what it did to you. You let yourself bond to him, and it almost killed you as well.”
Tristan thought back to that time. A would-be killer injected Scott with rogue saliva and he had died, briefly. But it had been long enough. Tristan had wanted to go right with him. He couldn’t see his life without Scott and their son. He studied Jackson’s face.
“Are we talking marriage someday?”
Jackson sat forward in the chair with a grin. “You never know.”
Forbidden (Assassin/Shifter #21) Excerpt:
Jesse walked through the sand to the pier where Noah had indicated they would meet. As he got closer, he saw a blanket with candles on each corner. Noah stood in the sand wearing a smile and holding white roses. Jesse knew his face was heating; just seeing Noah made his pulse race.
“Hey.” He came to a stop right in front of Noah.
“Hi.” Noah leaned in and touched Jesse’s cheek before brushing their lips together softly. That electricity from their first kiss passed through him again and the candles flickered as a breeze floated around them. Noah pulled back slowly, searching Jesse’s eyes. “Was that okay?”
“More would be better,” Jesse grinned. He surveyed the blanket and candles. Champagne was on ice and a basket anchored one end of the blanket. “What’s all this?”
“I’m wooing you,” Noah smiled, indicating that Jesse should sit. Noah handed Jesse the flowers. “I hope you like white roses.”
“I actually do.” Jesse smiled at the roses. Noah seemed a bit nervous and Jesse laughed. “You know I’m going to put out. You have to know how much I want you.”
Noah cupped Jesse’s face in his hands. “I’ve never done this before. I want you to know how much I care.”
Jesse swallowed hard and met Noah’s eyes. “It’s really beautiful, Noah. Thank you so much.”
“Yeah? I did good?” Noah beamed.
Jesse opened the basket and grinned. “This is excellent. Where did you get the food?”
“I stopped by your favorite restaurant and got it to go.”
“They don’t do ‘to go’.” Jesse narrowed his eyes.
“They did for me.” Noah caressed Jesse’s cheek with the backs of his fingers. “You look so beautiful.”
Jesse ducked his head. “Thank you.”
Noah gently lifted Jesse’s face. “You look like your mother, don’t you?”
“What gave it away?”
“The eyes and hair. I know your father had the dark hair your brothers have.”
Jesse nodded. “Yes, and blue eyes. Justice and Jaxon got the combination, blue-green-gray and I got Mom’s green.”
“Well, I think you’re by far the pick of the litter. Heh.” Noah smiled and leaned in to kiss Jesse again. Their lips met and Noah almost groaned when Jesse parted his lips, allowing him in to taste. Jesse’s tongue moved tentatively at first, brushing Noah’s almost inquisitively, then became bolder, wrapping around Noah’s and dipping further into his mouth.
Hands went to his hair and Noah wrapped his arms around Jesse, pulling him in closer as they investigated each other’s mouths. This was their first real kiss and Noah intended to savor it. He lowered Jesse onto his back and threaded a hand through his thick blond hair. The kiss deepened, became more sensual and languid. Noah was hard as a rock and pulling air in through his nostrils at a rapid rate. They broke from the kiss and Noah righted himself. Jesse’s face was flushed with arousal. If anything, he looked even sexier than before.
“Wow,” Jesse breathed. “If I had any doubts before, now I don’t.”
“Me either,” Noah chuckled softly. “You’re an awesome kisser.”
“Our lips fit perfectly. You know there’s always that awkward part in the beginning where each of you is trying to figure the other’s moves? But not us.”
“No, not us.” Noah leaned in again and feathered a kiss across Jesse’s lips. He pulled back and smiled as he opened the basket. Jesse peered inside and removed one of the boxes. He opened it and gasped.
“This is salmon with garlic and rosemary.” He removed another box and opened it. “Garlic shrimp, calamari and roasted asparagus?”
Noah grinned. “Your favorites, right?”
Jesse put the box down on the blanket and leaned in to kiss Noah. “How did you know?”
“I am a special forces guy.”
“You asked Jaxon,” Jesse accused with a laugh.
“I asked Jaxon,” Noah admitted.
“Do you know what that means to me?” Jesse motioned to the blanket. “What all of this means? You took the time to ask my brother what I like, you arranged this little dinner on the beach — which by the way, the sun setting and the candles are perfect.”
Noah took Jesse’s hand. “I want you to know how much you mean to me. This isn’t just some fling for me, Jesse.” Noah eyed the boxes. “Although, to be practical we should eat before it gets cold.”
Jesse placed a kiss on Noah’s nose. “Let’s dig in.”
Dirty Ross (Assassin/Shifter #22) Excerpt: 
“Hello, Mount Everest. I’ve got my pickaxe and rope.” 
Ross couldn’t help the chuckle that escaped him. Cole was back in top form. He turned slowly and eyed the man from head to toe. Jesus, Cole looked good enough to bang. His inner wolf was screaming mine, mine, MINE! 
Shit, he really needed to get laid, and soon. 
Ross reeled in his lupine side and relaxed against the bar, smiling. 
“Conditions are grave on the peak tonight, my friend.” 
“I’ve got my arctic tent, too.” Cole raised a brow. 
“What’ll ya have, Cole?” PJ asked. 
“The man in front of me.” Cole licked his lips, giving Ross Collins the once-over. 
“Now, Cole, I’ve told you I don’t do ménages.” PJ pointed a finger at him. 
Ross cracked up. “I’ll have a beer, PJ.” 
“That’s good, PJ, because I don’t share.” Cole leaned in to Ross’ face. “What’s mine, is mine.” 
Oh hell. Ross leaned back a little. Their eyes locked and his dick popped up and took notice. Cole oozed sexuality and alpha male. Hot damn. 
“Ross?” 
He glanced over his shoulder. “Huh?” 
“Your beer?” PJ grinned. 
Ross took it but before he could pull his wallet out, Cole paid for it. 
“This one’s on me, soldier.” Cole winked. 
Ross held up the beer. “This in no way gives you a pass into my pants, Ryker.” 
“Oh, I know.” Cole shivered. “I’m going to go stock up on cold-weather gear. Conditions are downright frosty tonight.” 
Ross cracked a smile. “Isn’t there some other guy you’d like to bend over tonight?” 
Cole leaned in until he was a hair’s breadth from Ross’ lips. “I don’t devote this much time and energy to something that comes easily, Ross. As I said, I’m getting ready for a long hike up a steep slope.” He stepped back and snagged his beer off the bar. “See you around, Collins.”
Sandrine (Sandy) was born in Inglewood, California. Raised by “Old School” French parents, she later moved to Tucson, AZ. It was there that writing became a hobby. Always told she had a great imagination, Sandy wrote short stories for her friends in High School. In college, she took more writing classes while working on her Criminal Justice degree, but it wasn’t until a soap opera caught her eye that she got involved in male on male romances. On the advice of a friend, Sandy dipped her toes into the world of M/M Romance. Sandy takes the writing seriously and has had countless conversations with gay men as well as hours of research.She’s been involved with the military in one way or another for over twenty years, and has a great deal of respect for our men in uniform. She’s traveled the world, but is currently enjoying the South.
There is now an Assassin/Shifter website!! Many thanks to the talented Jenn Watts for all her hard work!
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Double Book Review by Denise and Val: Perfect Imperfection by Cardeno C



Blurb:
Hollywood royalty Jeremy Jameson has lived a sheltered life with music as his sole focus and only friend. Before embarking on yet another international concert tour, he wanders into a bar in what he considers the middle of nowhere and meets a man who wins him over with his friendly smile and easy-going nature. Accountant slash bartender slash adventure-seeker Reg Moore has fun talking and drinking with The Jeremy Jameson and can’t say no when the supposedly straight rock star makes him a once in a lifetime offer: keep him company on his tour by playing the part of his boyfriend. 

Listening to music, traveling the world, and jumping off cliffs is fun. Falling in love is even better. But to stay with Jeremy after the stage lights dim, Reg will need to help him realize there’s nothing pretend about their relationship.
Denise’s Review:
I loved the slow burn on this book.  There was no rush into romance, it was a slow journey into friendship, that later developed into a romance. Reg decides to head out on tour with Jeremy after a chance meeting, and what comes about it is Jeremy learning to just trust and BE.  He doesn’t have to put on airs with Reg, and as time goes on Reg begins to care for Jeremy more and more, taking care of things that have stressed Jeremy out, leaving Jeremy to focus on music.  I just loved their dynamics.  Reg was strong where Jeremy needed him to be strong, and soft where Jeremy needed him to be.  And Reg was able to find love where he least expected it, making him feel special.  4.5 pieces of eye candy for me!
 
Val’s Review:
Wow this is the first book I’ve read from this author and it won’t be my last. This story was beautiful. I love how the author slowly built the relationship between Jeremy, a famous rock star who looks to escape all the paparazzi always hounding him, and Reg, a down to earth bartender in a small town. Jeremy happens into a small bar hoping to be unnoticed and meets up with Reg, the friendly and can I say, hot bartender. After a drunken night and comfortable bond, Jeremy asks Reg to come on tour with him. Time passes and the build up of the most beautiful friendship and trust forms. We get to see how these two take it to the next level and experience the a beautiful bond. I highly recommend this book. I can’t say enough about what a beautifully written this story is. A definite five pieces of eye candy for me.



 


Favorite Quotes:
Val’s:

Denise:
“And you never make me feel ignored, JJ.  You make me feel like someone special.”
“That’s because you are,” he whispered. “I love you so much, and I’m terrified of pushing you away.”
“I won’t let you.”
“Promise?”
“I do.”

**sigh**

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Book Review by Denise: Shy by John Inman

Blurb:

Dating is hard enough. Throw in an incontinent Chihuahua, an unrequited love affair, a severe case of social anxiety disorder, a dying father, and a man-eating hog and it becomes darned near impossible. Still, it takes two to tango-and when Tom Morgan, a mild-mannered assistant bank manager with a debilitating case of shyness, meets Frank Wells, who is straight off the farm and even shyer than he is, sparks start flying.
Just when Tom and Frank’s burgeoning love affair is rolling along nicely, Frank must return to Indiana to oversee the farm while his father battles cancer. Tom tags along to help Frank out and finds himself slopping hogs and milking cows and wondering what the hell happened to his orderly citified existence. And what’s with all the chickens? Tom hates chickens!
With Frank’s help, Tom grits his teeth and muddles through. Funny what a couple of guys can accomplish when they’re crazy about each other. Not even nine hundred chickens can stand in the way of true love.
Denise’s Review:
I had been wanting to read Paulie for a while, and kept thinking “I’ll get to it”, and finally just bought it and read it.  It was my first John Inman book.  I absolutely loved the book, and was mad at myself for waiting so long to read it. Immediately, I went out and bought Shy, because I just loved Mr. Inman’s writing style so much.
Straight up, I laughed so hard I nearly peed during this book!  But here was the interesting thing.  I did not just laugh.  I laughed, I cried (more than once) and at one point (while I was sitting in the waiting room at the auto repair shop) I literally dropped my phone in complete SHOCK at what I read.  (I will admit, I had to sit and absorb what happened for about 5 minutes before I could go back to the book.)  If you read this book, and don’t do something similar, I would be very surprised.  I’m not the type to try to anticipate what is coming in a book, my job is to read what the writer has written, but I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!! 

Anyway, this story was really in two parts, with SAD and without, or when Tom and Frank meet, and when they go to the farm.  These two men are as socially challenged as anyone can get, yet they manage to immediately fall in love.  When Frank’s father’s terminal cancer becomes known, they both leave San Diego behind, along with Tom’s incontinent chihuahua Pedro, to help with the milking of the cows, feeding the satanic pig, and de-egging 900 chickens (and I am with Tom, HATE chickens!). 

What lies ahead for them is a chance to leave their social anxiety disorder behind, finding a way of life for themselves, and to help Frank’s father meet a peaceful ending.  And what they learn is that farming isn’t easy, but when you have each other, you can get through anything.

My heart broke in several places.  And was put back together.  These two showed not only love and affection for one another, but respect.  Tom had no idea of farm life, but Frank just showed him.  They laughed, but still were respectful, even when Tom dresses up like a beekeeper just to get a few eggs.  I absolutely loved these two together, and with Frank’s loving father in the mix, it was one big happy family.

I really enjoyed Paulie, but I absolutely loved Shy.  It is an absolute 5 pieces of eye candy for me.  A definite re-read!

Favorite Funny Quotes:

“Unannounced my ass.  Eight people don’t just pop into someone’s house unannounced.  They came from Scottsdale, Arizona, for Christ’s sake.  In two cars.  It’s an eight-hour drive. It was an ambush, plain and simple. Stanley’s a dick, Jerry. Your married to a dick. And he’s not a pretty dick, either. He’s a diseased dick.”

“The Amyway laundry detergent looked especially enticing. I wondered if it was formulated to work on ground-in cow shit.”

“As Frank and I were leaving the chicken house, he gave me a kiss and told me I did just fine. I spit out a feather and said thank you.”

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Book Review by Val: Invicta Salvation (Book 1) by Piper Kay

Blurb:
As Kaiden McKenzie and Holt Mitchell prepare to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary, and the grand opening of their new club, Invicta, they take a look back on how their lives together began. 
When Holt wakes up to an outraged father, he finds himself suddenly homeless and hungry. With the help and caring of a certain bad guy, Holt finds life isn’t quite so bad as it seems. All he needed was the right man to guide him along. 
Kade has spent his life running from anyone and everyone who tries to get close, but when he meets up with Holt, he suddenly finds himself wishing for something more. Who knew he was someone’s knight in shining tattoos…
Denise’s Two Cents
If you are wondering…yes, that is Jake Bass gracing the cover of Piper Kay’s newest book.  ~D~
Val’s Review:
Piper Kay did it again!! Wow, I totally loved this book.
Salvation is book #1 in Pipers new Invicta Series. I was sucked in from the very beginning in the prologue. I could not put this book down. I was so engrossed in the writing. We meet Kaiden (Kade) and Holton (Holt) in this book.
Kade and Holt both have sad rough pasts but when they meet, on what was to only be a one night stand, but due to unfortunate circumstances with Holt’s father, things changed and you could feel the chemistry between the two.
Working at a sleazy gogo dance bar, Kade did what he had to to survive which in turn led Holt to be forced into the same.
Throughout the book you witness how both guys work to break down each other’s walls of steel and become each other’s salvation. I enjoyed this book so much I read it in one sitting I could not put it down. I am looking so forward to the next installment to this series. You will enjoy seeing how much these two grew and worked to achieve their goal. 
I highly recommend picking up this book and start reading it as soon as you can. Piper Kay knows how to keep you glued to your seat with just enough angst and plenty of steamy hot scenes.
I definitely give this book five pieces of eye candy.
 
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Giveaway and Book review: Being Sawyer Knight by Nicola Haken

 
Being Sawyer Knight by Nicola Haken
 
Blurb:
As lead singer and guitarist of the internationally renowned Souls of the Knight, Sawyer Knight is living a life most men can only dream of. He’s surrounded by music, fame, wealth, women throwing themselves at his feet. He has everything…

Yet he has nothing.

Life as one of the world’s most sought after rock stars is tiring, oppressive and lonely. He spends every day being who the world wants him to be, who his manager tells him to be, who his mother expects him to be… all the while fighting against who he really is. Truth is, he’s used to it. He’s actually gotten pretty good at pretending… at living the lie.

Until Jake Reed, his ex-best friend and the only person who’s ever made him ‘feel’, waltzes back into his life as the band’s new head of security. Jake wants Sawyer – always has, always will. Now, he just needs to get Sawyer to admit that he feels the same…

“You will be mine, Sawyer Knight. The faster you try to run the quicker you’ll fall to your knees. Then, Sawyer… then you’ll be too weak to resist.”

Denise’s Review:

 
I have always been a believer that a blurb can make or break a new book or author.  Especially with a new book, that blurb can be the only thing that brings a reader to the purchase table.  If the blurb is too short, not well written or too vague, someone may choose to ignore what may very well be the best book they would have ever read.  The opposite is also true.  If a blurb is just enticing enough, gives just enough information, and intrigues the reader, they may pick up a book they would not normally have picked up.  That was the case with me and Being Sawyer Knight.
 
I don’t normally read “rock star” books.  I read one recently and enjoyed it, but in general, nope.  I grew up in Los Angeles.  I know what people are like who think more of themselves than they should just because they have a job that people think is AMAZING.  So, I guess I am a bit jaded, and therefore, usually pass up those books. 
 
And yet….I read the blurb for Being Sawyer Knight somewhere, on a lark.  Hadn’t heard of it, until the day it came out (once again, thanks to SSBR, as always, go follow them!!!).  I one clicked.  Then I immediately read the prologue.  I then popped on FB, looked up the lovely Ms. Haken and this was what I said: “Holy Hannah. Just read the prologue. This is gonna be good!”.  And then I proceeded to read it every second I got until I finished this beautiful story.  I dare you to read the prologue then go to work, as if nothing happened…I dare you!  I stayed home on Friday night, the day after release day, versus going out to happy hour, because I had to finish this book.  I was hooked from page 1.
 
This story starts when these two best friends are forced into a separation at age 18, because Jake’s father was relocating the family to Australia for a job.  You will see how that plays out in the prologue, and find out more later, about how that changed lives.  Then they don’t see each other again for 10 years, when Jake walks back into Sawyer’s life as his head of security, when Sawyer’s life is in danger.
 
Jake has loved Sawyer since he was 15, and comes back now and puts the hard press on Sawyer.  Sawyer barely has a chance to realize that Jake is back before Jake tells him that he will be his.  Meanwhile, Sawyer is discontented with his life, and confused about his feelings for Jake.
 
Watching these two circle each other was hot, and very well written.  The sex scenes, well, let’s just say you may want to stay close to your bedroom.  🙂 However, the love that shines between these two quickly becomes quite evident, and really touches the heart, as you read it.  Many “aaawww” moments. 
 
The supporting characters of Elle, Ryder and Matt really help to round out a very well written book.  All with very fleshed out personalities, and some back story included.  [Side note: Since the books release, many of us have decided that Matt will need to be deeply closeted gay, and must have his own book.  We have since convinced Ms. Haken of this fact, and are looking forward to said book.  This will be after Ryder’s book is written, which is in the process now.]
 
In all honesty, though, Ms. Haken blew me away with the personality of Sawyer Knight.  I was expecting a spoiled, rich guy who comes around and finds himself to be a good guy.  That wasn’t the case at all.  From the very beginning you see he is a flawed individual who has made some mistakes in life, but appreciates what he has, while knowing that there is so much more waiting for him.
 
And Jake…well, Jake went from being a teen who tried to go after what he wanted to a man who definitely went after what he wanted, with self confidence.  He wasn’t about to let a trembling “no” scare him off. 
 
I also really appreciated the lack of resolution as to the motives with the villain and Sawyer.  It felt real.  Not everything in life comes with neatly boxed up reasons that make sense to anyone but the person who decided to wreak havoc in another’s life.  It happened but no one may ever understand why.
 
There were a editing issues in the book that I noticed, some of course would be attributed to the book being from “across the pond”, but there were also a few errors that just were missed during editing.  It did cause me to have to re-read a sentence, just to make sure I was clear, but not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the book at all.
 
Sigh…I truly loved this book, and it is officially marked in my “reread soon” collection in my kindle.  It is a strong 5 pieces of eye candy for me, and I am hoping to see a reappearance of Sawyer and Jake in Ryder’s upcoming book “Taming Ryder”, and I would imagine we will see them whenever Matt’s book is written.  And I just saw that this book is #1 on Amazon in Gay Romance.  Congrats Nicola!!!!
 
Favorite Quotes:  
 
You will be mine, Sawyer Knight.  The faster you try to run, the quicker you’ll fall to your knees.  Then, Sawyer…then you’ll be too weak to resist.”
 
The touch momentarily paralysed me, making my breath hitch. To be ‘out’ with him, for him to be so open with me…it felt like a tremendous leap forward.
 
“You,” I breathed. “Only ever you.” I’d never spoken truer words in my life. There is no one else for me. Ever. There never has been…
 
And for funny…. 
 
If we can get past Matt stumbling into a church, stoned and with his pants around his ankles, we can get past pretty much anything.”
 
“See, Saw,” Matt began, cutting himself off by laughing. “Ha! See what I did there? See Saw – seesaw.  Fuck I’m funny.”
 
[And those right there are why Matt needs a book. 🙂 ]
 
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Double Alchemy: Climax (Double Alchemy Book #2)

 

We are SOOOO excited at Two Chicks Obsessed to be a stop on the blog tour for Susan MacNicol’s newest book Double Alchemy: Climax.  We have a Guest Post from the author herself, a giveaway for two ebooks, as well as a review of this great ending to her paranormal series.

  • Title: Double Alchemy: Climax (Double
    Alchemy Book #2)
  • Author: Susan
    Mac Nicol
  • Publisher: Boroughs
    Publishing Group
  • Release
    Date:
     22nd May, 2014
  • Genre: M/M
    Paranormal Romance

Powerful modern warlock Quinn Fairmont found
ecstasy with the silver-eyed and not-quite-human Cade Mairston, but to know
true happiness the pair must best both the shadow of a long-ago lover and an
ancient enemy who seeks to destroy love, light and all they hold dear.

A BLINDING LIGHT

It begins with a Book of Shadows discovered by a
London coven. The grimoire is as dangerous as it is rare, which is why it
evokes modern-day warlock Quinn Fairmont’s desire. He collects objects of great
power and beauty—like his lover, Cade Mairston.

Against all odds he and Cade found each other,
but their perils have just begun. First is the ex-lover who once held Quinn in
thrall. And, someone has been killing warlocks. Could it be one of his own
kind? There are those too who would challenge Quinn’s power in their quest to
overthrow him as Grand Master. Or is the danger something darker, something
invoked inadvertently, rising from the shadows, building from the very inside
of a man until it brings an end with a quick flash of light? Of the truth, the
surface has only been scratched. Now Quinn and Cade must go deeper and find both
answers and an end. They must learn what lurks in the hearts of men…and whether
it seeks to love or destroy.

Double Alchemy: Climax
Excerpt

 

Quinn’s eyes flashed violently at
his uncle. “I am not fucking losing him to the depths of a bloody Hampstead
Heath pond.”
He knelt down
beside Cade again, closing his eyes as he tried once more to heal, but the
wound just kept seeping blood, now at a much slower rate than before. Cade’s
face was ash white, his dark hair standing out starkly against the deathly
pallor of his face.
Quinn. Your Cade is nearly gone. You have to
put him in the water now before it is too late. There is no time for your
modern medicine. He will not survive unless you do it now. The Water Sprites
will take him and heal him as long as there is still a spark of life left in
him.
“I can’t. Don’t
ask me to do that. I can’t.” Quinn’s voice was strangled as he struggled to
compose himself. His body was cold, his mind sluggish and he had never felt so
desperate.
Daniel strode
forward and despite his small and wiry frame, he picked Cade up in his arms. He
looked at Quinn, his voice resolute. “He’s dying. This may be the only way to
save him.”
Quinn growled
and reached out with a hand to hold him back. Daniel sidestepped him and looked
at him with a resolute expression. “You can hurt me if you want but it won’t
help Cade. This is all we have left to try before he dies.”
Quinn’s hand
still gripped him tightly and the older man winced.
“If anyone is
going to do this, it’s going to be me.” Quinn’s voice cracked and he held out
his arms. Wordlessly, Daniel placed Cade in Quinn’s outstretched arms and Quinn
pulled his lover closer to his body. He walked down to the water’s edge and
waded in as Daniel watched helplessly from the bank, his face stark. Quinn
gently laid Cade down in the water. He seemed to float for a while, hair
spreading about in the water like black smoke. His face was still, eyes closed
as Quinn held tightly onto his cold hand, rubbing his thumb over the engagement
ring. Quinn’s vision blurred as tears filled his eyes.
You need to let Cade go. Let him join his
kind below the water. Trust me.
Taliesin’s voice
was soft, compassionate. Quinn heaved a shuddering sigh as Daniel joined him in
the water, laying a comforting arm on his.
“I can’t—” Quinn
shook his head in grief, his heart breaking.
His uncle took
hold of his shoulders, firmly holding him back. “There’s no other way, son. Let
him go.”
Quinn
relinquished his grip on Cade’s hand, standing there as he heard a soft splash
and saw the water rippling around them. As they watched, two sets of pale hands
emerged out of the water, and slowly, lovingly, Cade was dragged gently beneath
the dark waters of the pond. Quinn saw the hand with his ring on it slowly
disappear under the water. It was the last glimpse he had of the man he loved.

Susan MacNicol Guest Post:

I’m often asked these questions so I thought I’d take this
opportunity to tell you a bit more about me and my writing.

·        
Where do you write?

I write sitting on my couch in the corner of my lounge. The
TV is normally blaring as hubby watches it, the dog is going crazy wanting to
go on a walk and various people swing in an out like may flies. My laptop is on
my lap and I simply zone out from the chaos and get into my own head.  Sometimes I’ll put the earphones on and try
and drown out the noise.

·        
Tell us about your book(s).

I write erotic Romance novels. Something I never thought I
would do, as I’ve never read it before now. And yes, of course I’ve read 50
Shades. It got me started. But through my complete and utter fan girl crush on
Benedict Cumberbatch, in my fantasies I started writing a story with him as the
main inspiration for the lead for my male character and now I’m hooked. I
started off writing M/F -male /female and then discovered the enticing and
exciting world of M/M – male/male. Man love, including man sex, and romance
between two men. I love this genre. It’s opened my eyes to the world of the gay
man and I doubt I’ll ever leave it.

So far I have 5 best -selling novels – Stripped Bare, Saving
Alexander, Worth Keeping, Waiting for Rain and Double Alchemy. My novels deal
with dark themes like sex abuse, kidnapping, child prostitution. I’ve obviously
also just ventured into the paranormal realm and loved it. My books aren’t
always easy reads but they are emotional and the underlying message I think is
HOPE.

·        
What was your publishing experience like?

I am probably the luckiest writer on the planet. I have the
most wonderful publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group in Ventura, California.
They saw the raw talent of a writer who had no idea what creative writing and
formatting was and took her under their wing and made her what she is today. I
have a fabulous editor called Jill Limber, herself an author, and she is my
wise Guru and teacher. They have been very supportive and have welcomed my
British sense of humour and my wrong spelling 🙂 I’m also contracted to a
specialist M/M publisher called Dreamspinners and my first book with them is
due out in February this year. They too have been very supportive and again,
their editors have honed my creative writing skills and taught me about ISA,
ABP – Involuntary Simultaneous Action and Autonomous Body Parts. Oh and the use
of epithets. Uh-huh, that’s what I said. Only I wasn’t so polite.

·        
How have you balanced your online author
platform with writing?

Building the author platform takes a lot of time and effort.
It can take over from the writing if you’re not careful. My husband constantly
accuses me of being permanently attached to my smart phone and laptop to the
extent that he’s threatened to divorce me and calls me ‘rude’ when I do it in
public. Sigh.  I know I’m obsessive about
this area of my business. Because that’s what writing is. It’s a business that
takes a lot of building to keep it viable. People think you sit on your arse,
drink tea, gaze out dreamily through the window into the green valley beyond
and then turn around and write thousands of words. Hah. Little do they know
that it can be cut throat, demanding, sulky and damned capricious. It’s about
engaging people into your business, so they are interested enough to buy your
books. It’s about constantly trying to market yourself and your talents so that
people don’t forget you. Readers can have a short attention span- I know I do-
and you need to keep them amused and entertained. Hence why I started a Male Pole
Dancing Group with many of the world’s top class performance artists as
members. *Drops that in slyly and waits for the gasps*

·        
Do you work with a writing partner?  If not, have you ever considered it?

I haven’t worked with a writing partner before but I am
going to be. Sue Brown, a fellow M/M author and I are collaborating on a
fictional autobiography I’ve started about the life of a man who was sexually
abused by his Scoutmaster. It’s a fascinating story and we’ve just started
working together.
 

Denise’s Review of Double Alchemy: Climax
Double Alchemy (Book #1) was my first blog review (you can check it out here  if you want to read the original review) back in March.  It was also only the second paranormal book I had ever read-nope not even the Twilight series.  I guess I prefer my books somewhat grounded in reality, at least a little, which is actually why I have LOVED the Double Alchemy books.  Yes, they have a lot of supernatural events in them, but the characters are still living in the current reality, with humans getting in the way, and cell phone issues, etc.  It helps me to relate to the characters and situations more if I can envision the environment they are living in a current state I can understand.

Double Alchemy: Climax picks up after Quinn and Cade have their HFN.  And they are truly happy, which I love, and that happiness is quite evident in this book…along with more of the Susan Mac Nicol HOT sex scenes!!!  As the world around them begins to come together in a vortex of evil, Quinn and Cade still find a way to connect when they can, but still are able to be independent people.  I really enjoy that aspect of their relationships.  Quinn is a dominant alpha male, and yet, he knows that it is Cade who runs their relationship, and he tries his best not to upset his man if he doesn’t have to.  Meanwhile, Cade puts his foot down, when he knows Quinn is out of line. 

As the new character, Valensia, is introduced, you can see that it is going to be a challenge for our MC’s to not allow her to come between them, even as the Warlocks and Witches find a way to an alliance.  She initially tries her best to use her Fey influence to bring Quinn back to her bed, but is thwarted in her goal. Meanwhile, our villain from Book 1 returns, along with a very strong presence wanting to make his way into the current world and rid it of Warlocks and Witches. 

Side Note: As I read what I considered the “Climax”, which was at about 50% in the book (it wasn’t the only one, but it sure seemed like it to me at the time), it was 3:00 in the morning here and I was reading it.  I noticed about halfway through this scene, that I had one hand on my leg, and was rubbing my leg from the stress.  THAT is the sign of a well written book, my friends.  I was drawn in so much that I was physically stressed waiting to see what happened…and its a DOOZY!!!

After that point, things began to wrap up quickly, and probably more quickly than I would have liked, I’ll say.  Although, I will say that I literally bawled, as in, ugly cried when Quinn had to put Cade in the water (see excerpt above).  I actually had to stop reading because I could not get myself to stop crying for a while–Susan warned me on this when I sent her a message and told her of my stress in the “Climax” scene (my response was “evil woman”).  Silly me, I wasn’t sure I believed her…I was very, very wrong. 

I would have loved another 1,000 locations in it.  If I had one thing to say that I would have liked to see would be, more…more story, more conflict, more Cade and Quinn.  If this book wasn’t called Double Alchemy: Climax I would have thought there was a book 3 ahead, but sadly I think that Quinn and Cade will be destined to live in my re-read collection with two books.

Double Alchemy: Climax gets 4.8 out of 5 pieces of eye candy.  Another amazing piece of work by Susan Mac Nicol.  Her books are now an auto buy for me. At this point, I can only request…Ms. Mac Nicol…what about a Double Alchemy: Climax Climax?  🙂  (Wow, I didn’t realize how dirty that sounded until I typed it.)

 

Praise for Double Alchemy (Book #1)

I love Paranormal stories &
I’m a huge fan of Susan Mac Nicol’s M/M books. In this book, she brings both
genres together & gives us this amazing story. With her master
storytelling, she takes us into the mystical & magical world of Witches,
Warlocks, Withinners & Feys. A world where danger lurks in the shadows
.”
– Maria Recchia 

“I stayed up
all night reading this story. Susan has a way of writing that is different than
anyone else. She’s uniquely brilliant at weaving a tale that brings out my
emotions. I have laughed in every one of her stories. That’s incredible for me.
Not just a smile, but a laugh. I love that. This book needs to be read. You
won’t be disappointed.”
– Author Kindle Alexander

 

“Susan Mac Nicol has created a complex
and fully realized fantasy world…. Quinn is the star of this novel, taking out
the bad guy and learning how to trust in Cade’s love enough to share his
unsavory past.”
Library Journal

 I
completely loved this beautifully and highly detailed written Paranormal story!
This wasn’t a predictable story by any means. How Susan Mac Nicol takes us on a
ride through this very creative and engrossing world that you will not forget,
anytime soon and will be wanting more and more of it. I am a huge fan of this
author and Double Alchemy, doesn’t disappoint by any means at all. I highly
recommend this hot, steamy, love, paranormal and so beautifully written story!”

Paul Berry

 “Susan Mac Nicol brings us another sexilicious
m/m romance but also takes us into a magyckal world of Warlocks, Withinners,
Fae, Witchfinders and Witches… I loved the combination of the magyck and the
m/m romance storyline. I am so glad Ms Mac Nicol is not keeping us waiting as
the second book in the series will be released 22nd May 2014. I highly
recommended this book to read and is an absolute five star rating from me.”

Foxylutely Book Reviews

Praise for Susan Mac Nicol

We have to re-iterate that this Author
will always be an automatic one-click for us. Her writing is flawless and her
flawed characters are completely lovable. There’s always something quirky and
fun in her stories as well as drama, angst and heaps of passion! We can highly
recommend!!” – Gitte & Jenny – Totally Booked Blog

“Susan has been hailed as a genius writer of
male/male literature. Her Saving Alexander has been nominated for
several awards and has been reviewed widely. Congrats on all your success, Susan.
You have earned it.” – Gay Lit Authors

Purchase links for DOUBLE ALCHEMY (Book #1)

Purchase links for DOUBLE ALCHEMY: CLIMAX (Book
#2)

About Susan Mac
Nicol

Susan Mac Nicol was
born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned
to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel Cassandra
by Starlight
, the first in a trilogy, was published last year by Boroughs
Publishing Group in the US. Sue’s latest story, Double Alchemy: Climax is
her sixth m/m romance.

Sue has written since she was very young, and never
thought she would see herself becoming a Romance writer, being a
horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now
something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.

Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America
and the Romantic Novelists Association here in the UK.

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Book Review: A Fighting Man by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

 

Blurb:
Army Ranger Slater Cassidy has a very special – very sexy – target in his sights. Meeting gorgeous, smart, uber-snarky Casper Kennedy was the highlight of Slater’s last trip home to New York. The soldier in him carefully plans his conquest. Unfortunately, Casper’s wearing some seriously strong armor and Slater’s charm offensives bounce right off. Casper’s refusal to fall for him is puzzling – not to mention incredibly annoying. When Slater gets leave again after grueling back-to-back tours in Afghanistan, all he wants is another shot at wooing Casper. He jumps right into the battle for the other man’s heart, but Casper does not intend to entertain the troops. A heartbreaking revelation changes the rules of romantic warfare, and Slater suddenly realizes he doesn’t just want Casper. He wants to capture his heart, too.

Casper Kennedy is fighting a losing battle. A certain outrageously demonstrative Army Ranger has been a thorn in his side since his last trip home – and the main character in his steamiest dreams. Now he’s back. He launches an all-out sensual assault and no matter how hard Casper pushes Slater away, the man somehow manages to inch closer. So close, in fact, that Casper’s once-impenetrable defenses are in danger of collapsing. Should he throw up the white flag and take a chance at love? Or start firing back and keep his heart protected? When the handsome Ranger shows his true colors, Casper just might have to surrender the fight.

Denise’s Review:
Before I began this book, I hadn’t heard of this series, so I went and grabbed Books 1 and 2, A Betting Man and A Marrying Man (they are available together here: Amazon ) to make sure I had background before I started A Fighting Man.
Books 1 and 2 together are just past novella length, totally about 220 pages together.  A Fighting Man seemed to be a bit longer, at about 125 pages.
I definitely enjoyed Books 1 and 2, and would have likely been confused at a few things when it came to Book 3, but you could still read A Fighting Man as a stand alone book.
A Fighting Man brought back Spenser’s brother Slater, a man on leave after back to back tours of Afghanistan.  Slater had noticed Casper Kennedy on a previous trip to visit his family, and proceeded to woo him from afar.  Slater DOES NOT take no for an answer, and how Casper held out as long as he did is a mystery. 
When Slater does come home, he puts the full court press on Casper, and when they end up having to work together, Casper finally gives in, but not without serious reservations, and all those reservations are completely justified.  My heart still breaks thinking about the scene where Casper falls asleep in a very heartbreaking location, only to wake up to ridicule and censure.
Although the storyline had a few predictable elements to it, I was surprised at the levels that the author went to for realism towards the end of the book, really honing in on the horrific aspects of war, and how someone can take something bad, and turn it into a way to help others. 
Slater was funny and exactly what Casper needed in his life, after three years of being closed off.  What a great team they made together.  I’ll be happy to see them back together when Book 4 comes out.
This book was a solid 4 pieces of eye candy for me.  I am definitely looking forward to the next in this series.

Val’s Review:
I have to start off by saying that I absolutely love this series. This book is #3 in Sandrine’s Men of Manhattan Series and, focuses on the hot and sexy Army Ranger Slater Cassidy and the sexy adorable snarky Casper Kennedy. We get to meet these characters in the previous books, A Betting Man, and A Marrying Man, and witness how Slater whom lets just say is the absolute poster boy for Playboy of the year , well that is until he meets Casper, and then all bets are off.
I love that this Author is able to mix Humor that will have you laughing so hard then also you get to witness some very emotional feelings which will have you in tears but it’s done in such a beautiful way that you fall so much more in love with these two characters. Slater stops at nothing and I mean nothing to win over Casper’s affection and let me tell you I was laughing so hard during these stunts.
We learn the reason behind why Casper keeps turning down Slaters conquests and yes “You Will Need Tissues here” but in the end this story is such a beautiful learning experience . I highly recommend you read Books 1&2 first so you get the full impact of the story , and you meet all the secondary characters from the book.
Don’t miss out on this great series I can’t wait to read more and hope book 4 comes out fast
I rate this 5 pieces of eye candy.

 
 
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A Quickie: Book Review: Stay With Me S.E. Harmon

Book Blurb:
Private investigator Mackenzie Williams’s newest client is everything he’s looking for in a guy—charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There’s only one itty bitty problem—the guy’s not exactly gay. In fact, Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiancée. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don’t let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists. 

Of course, Mackenzie has never been accused of doing the smart thing. Being a smart aleck is more his MO. Relationships aren’t up his alley, never have been. So why’s he so inexplicably drawn to his new client? 

Jordan has always been the high achiever, a man who lives in a focused, controlled, and carefully constructed manner. But for the first time in his life, he has to admit the impossible—another man is getting his engine running on all cylinders. Despite Jordan’s denial, it’s not long before he can no longer resist the strong undercurrents pulling them together. Now Jordan must decide if he can go against everything he’s ever known to have the only love he’s ever wanted.
 
Denise’s Review:
 
I will start this off by saying sarcasm is a second language to me, I love it, I appreciate it, and I love and appreciate it in others.  And private investigator Mackenzie Williams had plenty of it to spare.  He thought in sarcasm which I loved even more!  This book was in first person POV, which I generally am not a huge fan of, but completely worked in this book.  First, it allowed Jordan Channing’s secrets to play out without the reader quite knowing what was going on.  And second, it allowed the reader to see that Mackenzie was as snarky in his head, as he was when he opened his mouth.  Now, his level of snark will not be for everybody.  Many people may find it to be “too much”, but for this reader it was just right!  I laughed for much of the book, which was just perfect, as I had a book hangover from another book (made the price point of $6.99 a bit more tolerable).
 
This is a GFY book, so be aware of that going in, in case that is of concern for you.  And honestly Mackenzie knows it is a bad idea to get involved with a self confessed straight man, but pretty soon, that doesn’t matter.  Jordan meanwhile is trying to figure out what he wants, but he knows that his body wants Mackenzie, without a doubt.
 
My one problem with this book was some of the gaps that I felt didn’t close completely.  The biggest was that you didn’t ever “hear” that Jordan broke off with his fiancée.  Since Jordan was engaged, even after meeting Mac, you assume you would know when he broke it off…you don’t, it is just an aside in the book that “Jordan broke up with her”.  I was surprised at that, and there were a couple other things that I thought perhaps needed to be closed more succinctly, but not enough to deter my enjoyment of the book.
 
All in all, a 4 pieces of eye candy read for me, and I would recommend to those that don’t mind a little snark in their books.
 
Favorite Excerpts:
 
“Dude, is that like your boyfriend or something?”
I gave Dominic a glare. “Yeah. So?”
“Gross. You don’t fight like a queer.”
“You don’t look like you’d enjoy another black eye.  And yet here we are.”
 
I peered at the alarm clock. Six thirty on a Saturday. Sweet baby Jesus. Some sadist was whipping up a feast in my kitchen at an ungodly hour, and now I was so hungry, I had to join him and his religion.
 
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Book Review: A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House) by Jaime Reese

Blurb: Matthew Doner is starting over. After a five-year prison term that alters every aspect of his life, he receives a bequest from his aunt with the stipulation that he use the money to make things right. Breaking free of the long-standing role he’s played and inspired by the few who support him, he decides to create a safe place where people like him can find purpose and start a new life.

Julian Capeletti likes challenges. He is confident, brash, stubborn, and just what Matt needs. Desperate for work after a downturn of luck, he accepts the job to renovate Matt’s crumbling building.

Over the course of a year, romance simmers between them as they restore the house. But there’s a bigger renovation that must take place in their hearts. To become better men, they need to learn to trust each other even with secrets and painful memories they fear may rip them apart.

Denise’s Review:

Ms. Reese’s first book, A Better Man was published in April 2014, and I immediately soaked it up.  What a beautiful piece of work!  So intricate, so well done, I could go on and on, but you can read the original review below and get a feel for what Val and I loved about the first book.
Jaime’s second book, A Hunted Man, is as good, if not better that book one. 
First, I have to commend her covers.  Her cover artist is just amazing (snicker!), and puts so much thought and preciseness (is that a word?) into the beauty of these covers.  There is so much definition and detail in the covers, that you find yourself referring back to it as you are reading to see if yes, that item is there too.  The facial hair, the tattoo, and even the latte art up in the corner of the cover are all prominent in the book, and it just amazes me that all that can come together to make such an incredible cover!
Second, I need to commend Ms. Reese on the in depth research that obviously went into this book.  The laws that were pulled out of the woodworks with regards to the particular area of the country took some serious dedication to research.  This was not an off the cuff choice of work.  The intricacy of taking all those pieces and putting them together should not be lost on the reader. 
Third, I just have to say…the villain, just as in book one…did NOT see that coming!  I enjoy that in a book!
And fourth, saving the best for last….the writing of these two incredible characters was so well done, its hard to believe that Ms. Reese hasn’t been writing for years.  This was love at first sight, for sure, but still a slow burn, in that Cam and Hunter did not instantly fall into bed together.  They took their time, got to know each other (much of that was by circumstance, not by choice), and were able to bring their concerns to each other as their trust levels increased.
Although there were “secrets” between the two, they didn’t seem like forced secrets.  They were not the “I won’t tell that person because…” type of secrets.  These secrets were more the “I will tell him once I am more comfortable with him. He doesn’t need to know everything all at once”.  I loved that aspect.  So often, secrets are the weapon that an author uses to break a couple up.  That was not the case at all.  It was merely a by product of learning to trust one another.
The ending…although it was a bit painful to see put into play, it was completely appropriate for the couple, and the situation they were in.  I read somewhere that Ms. Reese initially did not put an epilogue into the book, then quite a bit after the book was done, decided that she really needed to add it in.  Thank goodness!  We really, really, needed to see where the characters ended up to feel that it was a HEA and not just a HFN.  We had way too much invested in Cam and Hunter to not receive that HEA.
It was great to catch up with Matt and Julian, as well.  Some of the funniest parts of the book were Julian protecting Matt, like a bulldog.  I loved seeing that side of Julian.  🙂
There is no question that this was a 5 pieces of eye candy for me, and I cannot wait for Ms. Reese to bring us book 3!!!
 
 
Val’s Review:
A Hunted Man is book #2 in Jaime Reese’s The Men Of Halfway House.
This book has me from page one, it was such an emotional book ranging from humor, love, angst and a mix of mystery. What I loved about this book is that it picks up basically where book one, A Better Man leaves off.  We get to revisit the beautiful Matt and Julian who both built this wonderful Halfway House to give ex Cons a chance to survive in the real world. We get to meet Cameron (Cam) Pierce and Hunter Donovan in this book. Cam who was just released after a torturous 10 year jail term, and first resident of the new Halfway House .
Cameron has learned in his jail stay to build up iron clad Walls to protect himself , that is until he meets Hunter a high profile attorney, then all nets are off.  I won’t go into too much detail because I think that everyone should experience the true depths of all the emotions that these two men endure to be together.
It can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend you read the first book of this amazing series, A Better Man, to experience the full experience of this beautiful story.
I give this a 5 pieces of eye candy rating.
 
 
 
Favorite Quotes:
“How about we make a deal?” Hunter said.
“A deal?”
Hunter stroked Cameron’s cheeks with his thumbs. “I’ll wait to tell you how I feel until you’re ready to hear it. But whenever you tell me you’re ready, you’re stuck with me. I don’t come with a return policy. So you need to be sure you want me for the long haul. Deal?”
“What if I’m never ready to hear it?”
“I’m a patient man.”
 
He needed to keep himself I check, control this intense level of want that threatened to take over.  Want for Hunter, closeness, affection, for everything and anything he cared to offer him.
It felt perfect.
 

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Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Make You Mine by Ann Lister

Synopsis:

Cooper Rand is the high-energy drummer for his band Ivory
Tower. Everyone is drawn to Cooper; which makes him the go-to party guy for
those lucky enough to call him friend. He loves the lifestyle that comes along
with being a rock star and feels perfectly suited for the role. He is also a
professional when it comes to the hook-up, unwilling to stick around long
enough to allow emotions to enter into what he’s doing. He’s lived his entire
life ‘in the moment’ and it isn’t until he meets Jayson that he begins to
question the direction of his life and if he’s been missing out on something
truly special all this time.
Jayson Keller has spent most of his life living on the
island of Martha’s Vineyard working as a builder. Living on a small island also
has Jayson working overtime to keep his sexual orientation secret. He has
mastered the art of hiding in the closet, but he doesn’t want it to be a
forever thing. Jayson always said if the right man came along he’d happily
leave the safety of his closet and live openly as a gay man. The problem is,
living where he does limits his partner options and finding someone worth
coming out of that closet for seems an unlikely prospect.
A party at Alex Metcalf’s island estate brings Cooper and
Jayson face-to-face. Lightning strikes hot and fast and suddenly their lives
take a whole new path. Has Jayson finally met a man worth leaving his
self-imposed closet? Have a couple of hours spent alone with Jayson opened
Cooper to the idea there is a deeper meaning to life beyond the stage and the
value of a committed relationship? But, a bigoted family and the rock star
lifestyle could ruin everything and keep both men searching for what was
standing right in front of them: a soul mate

Denise’s Review:

I will start off this review by saying that I had not read books 1 and 2 in The Rock Gods series. This did lead to some confusion, for me, on the substory of this book. I realized about two thirds of the way through the book that it primarily takes place at the same time as book 2, the book about the ménage of Alex, Danni and Chase. Once I made that realization it made reading this book quite a bit easier for me. It is a standalone book although I think having the back story of Alex, Danni and Chase would be very helpful. It also made me want to go back and read books 1 and 2.
All that being said this was the story of Jayson, a builder, and Cooper, the band Ivory Tower’s drummer. This was a slow burn love story. They got together immediately upon meeting, but it was initially only as a one night stand. Then that one night began turning into additional times together. Jayson and Cooper lived on opposite coasts, making it challenging for them to find time together, but they managed to fit in phone calls, texts and one very hot and funny Skype session. Once they realized their affections for each other and settled those differences, there were a few small issues that came up that they needed to deal with. These were dealt with quickly as they seem to have a very good rapport, and although initially they found it difficult to communicate, they were able to resolve those issues. 
Initially I had a hard time connecting with Cooper probably due to my ideas of the rockstar thing. Then I had a hard time understanding Jason’s confidence and communication issues. I realized quickly though, that they just needed to learn.  That in the end, they were just learning how to be in a relationship. But when they were together I really felt the connection between the two, it was instant and strong. And once they were able to accept support from the other person that connection just grow stronger. 
However all that being said I found that the connection between the two continued to grow, and although much of their focus was on themselves and their relationships they were able to support other people important to them. 
They were truly sweet together, and one of the things I really liked was that they made spending time together a priority. That was so important in a relationship where insecurities and mistrust could easily destroy them especially with Cooper being a rock star, and all the potential situations that can be created from there. 
My final determination, 4 pieces of eye candy, and a mental note to grab books 1 and 2.  🙂

Val’s Review:

This book starts off on how Cooper Rand drummer for Ivory Tower and Jayson Keller a contractor living on Martha’s Vineyard met in Book #2 Take What You Want.
 
I was taken in from page one with this book. Ann Lister took us on a journey that was so beautiful, you get to feel the emotions from these two men from the minute they met. Their attraction to each other were immediate, although both these men never before had done more than casual “Hook Ups” the more they saw of each other they both realized this was way more than a fling.
 
Feelings became almost to much for them to handle, we do meet a very hateful character Ron who is Jayson’s step dad.

I can’t stress enough how beautiful this story is, taking us through everything Cooper and Jayson went through to get to a place that made them both comfortable in their relationship together. I recommend that you read Book #1 Fall For Me and Book #2 Take What You Want first so you get a better picture if all the characters leading Up to Cooper and Jayson’s story. This is definitely a 5 piece of eye candy read for me.

Hurry and get your copy today

 

 About The Author:

Ann Lister is a native New Englander currently living on the
island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband. She has pulled details from her
years living in the New England area and uses many local settings and landmarks
in her novels.
After graduating art school and raising two daughters, she
established her own video production company. Her nearly two decades working in
video production included work within the music industry and won her a coveted
Telly Award. It was this ‘behind-the-scenes’ exposure to the music world that
inspired many of her novels.
In 2013 she released Book One of her new rock star series: The
Rock Gods. Book One is titled, Fall For Me. This novel is her first full-length
gay, erotic romance and it is also a Finalist novel for the 2013 Rainbow Award.
Book Two in the Rock Gods series is titled, Take What You Want.
This story is a m/m/f menage and released in early November 2013. Book Three,
titled: Make You Mine, is expected to release in Spring of 2014.
When not writing, she enjoys reading, creating stained glass, and
traveling.

Social Links:

Facebook Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/ann.macconnelllister?fref=ts
Twitter: @AnnListerAuthor
Goodreads Author Page:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/519355.Ann_Lister?from_search=true

Giveaway:

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Check out this video Val did for the book:
http://animoto.com/play/CPCRK1tQyF7Y4CTB1bLLaw

Purchase Links:

Book 1: Fall for Me:
Amazon: Fall for Me

Book 2: Take What You Want:
Amazon: Take What You Want

Book 3: Make You Mine
Amazon: Make You Mine
Lulu (epub version)

Until Next Time:

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