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A Carlisles novel

Jackson Carlisle has rotten luck with men and women, and after an especially bad situation, he takes a step back from romance. But with a two-week family reunion in Hawaii looming, his mom is determined to set him up with one of the sweet singles she knows would be perfect for him. A normal person would tell her no and be done with it. Instead, Jackson tells her he has a boyfriend. The only problem? He doesn’t.

Aaron Wilkes is an escort. He’s a little surprised when a friend’s girlfriend hires him to date her brother, but he’s had stranger jobs. Jackson is cute, and he thinks a fling with Aaron might be just the kind of no-strings-attached fun he needs to get over his dry spell. As they explore the islands together, their carefully laid plans begin to get away from them. Feelings aren’t supposed to come into play, but that shouldn’t be a problem. After all, you can’t fall in love in two weeks….

68k / Cover designed by the amazing Reese Dante / Published by Dreamspinner Press

 

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Releasing on October 14th, Will You Be My Escort is the second novel in a series of four. Haven’t read the first one and want to find out what it’s all about? You can enter to win a paperback copy of Dinner for One at the link below!

Giveaway: Paperback copy of Dinner for One

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What readers had to say about Dinner for One

“As for the plot, there wasn’t one thing I didn’t love about it. From the description of the baking/cooking, the detail of the small but important things and the fact that we actually got to watch the relationship between Bastien and James grow meant that it was a solid 5 star for me.” – Elaine White, Divine Magazine 

“Let’s get straight to the point, shall we? I fucking LOVED this book. It is steamy, romantic, refreshing perfection.” – Gigi, Gay Book Reviews

“Dinner for One was a sweet, sexy and succulent romance. I adored the hell out of both men but have to give a hug to my fellow ginger Bastien for making James fall head over heels with all his wonderful ginger traits. I loved everything about this and hope that if you give it a try, you’ll love it too.” – Sara, Oh My Shelves

 

 

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Weds Review: A Kind of Romance – Lane Hayes

a-kind-of-romance.jpgZeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can’t let go—not until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he’s the perfect man for Zeke.

Benny Ruggieri is a fiercely proud New Yorker who dreams of making it big as a costume designer in the theater. In the meantime, he’s working two part-time jobs in the food biz. When his new boss sets him up with his successful son, Benny has zero expectations. If nothing else, he figures he can entertain himself by making the uptight businessman squirm. Instead, the two become unlikely friends with an inexplicable attraction they can’t ignore. Benny might be the one to help Zeke set aside his quest for revenge, if he’s willing to let go and forgive what he can’t forget… and give in to an unexpected kind of romance.

Published by Dreamspinner Press / Cover art by Aaron Anderson / 234 pages

Review

This was my first time reading anything by Hayes, and I went into it having heard many good things about her writing. I wasn’t disappointed. Zeke is… somewhat unlikable. At the same time, though, he was easy to relate to and it was clear why he had the issues he did. Benny is the opposite, he’s the eternal optimist, and it’s not hard at all to fall for him. So it makes sense Zeke – who is in desperate need of someone to show him the half full glass – would find himself tangled up in feelings for the man.

Benny helps Zeke learn how to move on from his past and shows him that being different isn’t a bad thing. Some of Zeke’s hangups come in the form of his perception of what his ideal partner looks and acts like (not Benny) and the rest come in the form of his family. Which, you might need tissues. As someone who is very close to their mom, this hit me smack dab in the feels. It’s probably what tipped me over into Zeke’s favor.

This was a sweet story about moving on and letting go of old hurts. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

5 Stars

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Preview: Dinner for One

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Available on July 13th 

Pre-order available now

Published by Dreamspinner Press

Cover art by Reese Dante

63k words

The first in The Carlisles series

Contemporay

Blurb:

Bastien isn’t used to bad reviews. His French restaurant is the toast of the town, and when a well-known critic insults it, he’s left off-kilter. Luckily for him he’s found a distraction. He’s just met an attractive writer at his niece’s school bake sale. He’s into food, into Bastien and the touch of kink they share, and there’s a chemistry between them that might make the perfect recipe.

James isn’t expecting to meet a good-looking French chef at a bake sale, but he’s not going to let the chance slide. It comes as a surprise when the chef turns out to be the owner of a place he knows—and has reviewed—and it puts James in a sticky situation. So he might have to omit some pertinent information to make it work… at least for now.

 

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Wednesday Review: Power Play – Avon Gale

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Written by: Avon Gale

Third in the Scoring Chances Series

Length: Novel

Published by: Dreamspinner Press

Released: May 9th, 2016

Blurb:

A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time behind the bench, as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.

After spending years guilt-ridden for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.

Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime trying to forget, but also a sleazy GM who is determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets a player, Misha revisits his darkest days, and that might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.

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I honestly don’t know where to start. I’m a big fan of the first two books in this series (especially the second one, Riley Hunter makes me feel things okay), but this one blew me away. And I honestly didn’t think I could like one more than I liked Hunter’s story. Don’t get me wrong – Hunter’s still my favorite character (closely followed by one in this novel). So the point of this: To me this was like  Harry Potter, except when it was all said and done, I liked it. Weird analogy right? I’ll explain. Gale lured me in with minimal angst, socially and emotionally inept men, and lots of humor and fluff. And then she released Max and Misha’s story, and she went to town on the angst. Holy hell did she ever. It was a complete turn around, something I hadn’t expected out of the series. But it worked. Gale pulls it off fabulously. And she promises nothing but more angst.

I’m excited. Simple as that. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next novel. Tomorrow would be nice, but still not soon enough.

Max and Misha are something else, and they remind me of the ying and yang symbol. Max is all happy and bouncy (and so unbelievably forgiving and rational) while Misha is all doom and gloom and glorious Russianness. I can’t decide which of the two men I like more. I CAN say that one of my favorite things about this series is how the relationship drama is actually minimal. The characters band together to fight outside issues, while steadily working through their own without big fireworks. It’s refreshing. And I’m not going to lie, Misha’s being Russian was a huge plus for me. I LOVED it. Don’t know why. But I did.

But now… the thing that sealed the deal. There’s a certain goalie in this novel, and I’m head over heels for him. This felt like part of a prequel to his story. He’s perfect in a totally not perfect way. He gave me all the feels. So many of them.

This book will do that. So be prepared.

5 Stars

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Review: Pawsitively in Love – M.J. O’Shea

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What Austin Lloyd lacks in academics, he makes up for in his love of the animals who frequent his pet salon. He’s not lucky in romance, though, and his family would like him to settle down with a good man. Austin—and his golden retriever, Maggie—couldn’t agree more.

Evan Partridge isn’t good at letting people in. His messy family life and the past that’s shaped him aren’t worth bringing up. But his pug, Dexter, sure likes the pet salon owner.

Austin and Evan get off to a rough start, but being friends soon turns into something more. Unfortunately, Evan’s secretive behavior nearly does the relationship in, and the budding love affair almost crashes and burns when Evan’s troubled sister shows up on his doorstep.

Not speaking to each other is killing them both, but Evan doesn’t know how to keep Austin and help his sister at the same time. He just knows he has to try. Winning back Austin’s trust back, however, is going to take a whole lot of work.

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I’ve got to preface this by saying I’m a sucker for anything with animals. O’Shea had me at the mention of a pug and a golden retriever. And they’re awesome (that’s right, awesome). A lot of the humor in this story is centered around the two dogs, and it’s the little pug that allows Evan to meet Austin. They act as a good parallel relationship for the two men, as well.

Which, right, we should talk about the human relationship in this story. It’s sweet. It starts off completely on the wrong foot, and I love that. It’s not swept under the rug in five seconds flat. Austin has to prove that he isn’t trying to truly scar Evan for life, and Evan finds himself irritated and confused, but it pulls him in. And I loved Evan. He needs everything to be just so, and when it’s not you can see the panic building. I found him to be very relatable, and his struggle to be not over done but not under exaggerated. O’Shea presents a nice balance in this story.

The background characters are (mostly) lovable. The friend group dynamic is a big part of the story, and it makes a difference. The one thing I would have liked to see in this story was an ending that didn’t feel so abrupt. I’d have liked to see a glimpse into the future, or at least one of the loose ends tied up a bit.

4 Stars

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Review: The Law of Attraction – Jay Northcote

28365986When a professional relationship turns personal, it’s impossible to resist the law of attraction.

Alec Rowland is a high-flying lawyer in a London firm whose career is his life. He doesn’t have time for relationships and his sexuality is a closely guarded secret. After picking up a cute guy on a Friday night, Alec’s world is rocked to its foundations when his one night stand shows up in the office on Monday morning—as the new temp on his team.

Ed Piper is desperate to prove himself in his new job. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a crush on his boss. It’s hard to ignore the attraction he feels, even though Alec’s a difficult bastard to work for.

Both men strive to maintain a professional relationship, but tempers fray, passions ignite, and soon they’re both falling hard and fast. If they’re ever going to find a way to be together, Alec needs to be honest about who he really is because Ed won’t go back in the closet for anyone.

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What I think:

Northcote provides everything you could want in The Law of Attraction. There’s humor, angst, plenty of sex, and a relationship that develops over time. Not to mention some very handsome lawyers.

I’ve always been a fan of telling a story from both characters’ perspectives, and that’s done here. We get an inside glimpse as to how both men feel as they struggle through, and it makes it very easy to like them. Alec could easily come off us an unlikable character at first, but I found myself falling in love with him, and the way he was written is perfect. His complete lack of knowing what to do with Ed from the get go is absolutely adorable. In many ways he came off the more dominant character on the surface, and it was nice to see Ed come in and shake that up. Alec’s been through a lot, and Ed helps him while managing to stand his own ground. That’s what sealed the deal for me when it came to The Law of Attraction. Ed was such a strong character, and he stuck to his principles. It was nice to see the combined strength of these characters.

Overall this is a fantastic read. You’re going to run the gamut when it comes to emotion while reading this.

5/5

The Law of Attraction can be found on:

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Save of the Game by Avon Gale – Review

Save of the Game

A Scoring Chances Novel

After last season’s heartbreaking loss to his hockey team’s archrival, Jacksonville Sea Storm goalie Riley Hunter is ready to let go of the past and focus on a winning season. His new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, is a loud New Yorker with a passion for social justice that matches his role as the team’s enforcer. The quieter Riley is attracted to Ethan and has no idea what to do about it.

Ethan has no hesitations. As fearless as his position demands, he rushes into things without much thought for the consequences. Though they eventually warm to their passionate new bond, it doesn’t come without complications. For their relationship to work, Ethan will need to learn when to keep the gloves on and let someone help him—and Riley will have to learn it’s okay to let someone past his defenses.

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Words cannot express how much I loved this book. Hunter was the absolute, most adorable thing on the planet and I fell in love with him. His relationship with Ethan was fitting, with a minimal amount of angst and enough bumps along the way to keep it realistic but not over the top.

Much like the first novel in this series, you’re going to laugh when you read it. These two are far less awkward than Lane – the main in the first one – but they’re unique enough in their own ways that they’ll have you rolling. They’re foils for each other, exact opposites, and they work together beautifully.

This novel features the characters – both main and background – from the previous novel, which is always great to see in a sequel. You don’t have to say goodbye to any characters you might have liked from the first one. In particular I’m a sucker for this, because I get attached to characters quickly. I like to see them throughout a series, to know how they’re doing.

Perhaps my favorite thing about Ms. Gale’s books, is how the romance isn’t actually the entire plot. Both characters have external issues they’re working through, and there’s no ‘oh man I fucked up and we need to reconcile moment’. I’ll admit I do like those as well, but it’s refreshing to read something where the characters are together and just dealing with life. They’re not complicating each others, they’re helping. It’s a nice change of pace.

All this being said, I definitely recommend this novel. If I’m starring it, it’s a five. You’re going to want to read it all in one sitting.

 

You can find it on Amazon and Dreamspinner

The novel will be out January 29th