Thursday, March 26, 2015

#AudioBook #REVIEW An Unlocked Heart @Dreamspinners

An Unlocked Heart

Collars and Cuffs #1
by K.C. Wells (Author), Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
LISTENING TIME: 10 hrs 4 mins

Since the death of his submissive lover two years ago, Leo hasn't been living--merely existing. He focuses on making Collars & Cuffs, a BDSM club in Manchester's gay village, successful. That changes the night he and his business partner have their weekly meeting at Severinos. Leo can't keep his eyes off the new server. The shy man seems determined to avoid Leo's gaze, but that's like a red rag to a bull. Leo loves a challenge.

Alex Daniels works at Severinos to scrape together the money to move out on his own. He struggles with coming out, but he's drawn to Leo, the gorgeous guy with the icy-blue eyes who's been eating in his area nearly every night.

Leo won't let Alex's hesitance get in the way. He even keeps him away from the club so as not to scare him. And as for telling Alex that Leo is a dom? Not a good idea. One date becomes two, but date two leads to Leo's bedroom...and Alex discovers things about himself he never realized and never wanted anyone to see.

REVIEW
An Unlocked Heart audio book is a great listen. Alex and Leo's personalities rise from the storytelling, with the focus being on their development as a couple as they individually work through their own issues. Leo is just coming out of his funk after his sub died years ago when he meets Alex. As they flirt, readers also get to meet other secondary characters I'm sure we'll see in future books.

The two men are exactly what the other needs. Leo is established in the BDSM community and his experience allows him to be patient with newbie Alex. The gentleness in their interaction was sweet... and also hot. The slow evolution of their relationship feels authentic and by the end, I was satisfied with the journey.

RATING
4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This audio book was given to us by the publisher. Many thanks.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ever The Same by @ batortuga @ dreamspinners @ PridePromo #REVIEW #ULTIMATEINDULGENCE #CONTEST






Ever The Same, B.A. Tortuga, Dreamspinner Press
Audie Barrack is in it up to his elbows with a sick calf when his son’s school calls. Seems Grainger has gotten into yet another fight. When he walks into the principal’s office, he’s shocked to find his son has been fighting with a little girl named Randi.

A little girl with one blind dad and one dad who recently passed away.

Goddammit.

Dixon has lost his sight, his career, and his husband. Thank God for his brothers, Momma and Daddy, and his little girl, or he would simply give up. The last thing he needs is for Randi to start trouble at school, especially trouble that puts him in contact with another dad who might expect him to be a functional human being.

Dixon is struggling to live as a blind man, Audie is terrified someone might see he has a closet to come out of, and everyone from the school to both men’s families is worried for the men and their children. Unless they get themselves together and commit to change, neither of them stands a chance.







Excerpt
Duke hopped down to meet his boy, licking Grainger’s face. Poor kid. Audie’s mom was gonna have a fit when she saw her grandson with a black eye.

Of course, kids healed quick. Maybe they’d just beg off dinner over there tomorrow night, go have pizza in town….

He grinned at the little voice in his head that sounded like his momma. Coward.

Yeah, yeah. Still. If he worked it right, he wouldn’t see her until she came to pick Grainger up for Sunday school….

“Daddy! Can we have ice cream?”

Well, that settled it. He knew what they were getting on the way home. “Sure, buddy. Just a small one, huh?”

“Yes, sir. I’m sorry about pushing Randi, but she’s real mean, and she hit me.”

“She’s got a tough row to hoe, kiddo. Her daddy is blind, did you see?” That was a good start to a conversation, and he hoped Grainger might find a little understanding.




REVIEW:
OMH, the feels I got while reading this book!! Welcome aboard the emotion express, from sadness, to laughter, to awww, to anger, to big sigh of happiness with a healthy dose of wow scorching sex.

Audie is a single dad and a cowboy through and through.

Dixson is a musician who has not only lost his partner but his sight as well.

The kids may have brought the men together, but love will give them the strength to stay together.

This book pulled me in right away. The author has a wonderful storytelling voice that brings her characters to life on the pages. The relationship is beautifully built through their interactions with the kids so it has a solid foundation. I enjoyed reading the development between Audie and Dixson, it's not rushed, but grows organically because of mutual respect and desire.

There is a large cast of secondary characters that added to the story and give it that "real" feel. The author does a great job of writing the kids. The way that they speak and act is on par with how children should act and speak at their ages.

I am hoping for a story about Dan, Dixson's brother, because who doesn't want a story about a sexy military man with a wicked sense of humor.

Brilliantly written story, that this reader never wanted to end.



RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.  This book was given to us by the author through Pride Promotions. Many thanks. 


BUY LINKS
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Author Name: BA Tortuga

Author Bio:


Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has headed to the high desert mountains. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.



Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/batortuga

Twitter: @batortuga

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/batortuga/

Other: http://www.batortuga.com

Other: http://batortuga.blogspot.com

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Christy Caughie


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

NEW RELEASE! The Bargain #REVIEW by Lisa Cardiff @LCardiff_author

The Bargain (Vargas Cartel, Book 1)
by Lisa Cardiff

Three weeks, twenty-one days, or five hundred and four hours…

That’s all it took to derail my life and twist it into something unrecognizable. One moment I had Evan, the man I thought I’d marry. The next moment shattered the illusion.

Now I have no one.

Except him.

Ryker Vargas, and I don’t really have him. He’d never belong to any one but himself. He sucked me into a web of lies and now it’s too late. I took the bait. I’m a prisoner of the Vargas Cartel.

I never thought I’d be another statistic, another girl abducted in a foreign country, my entire future washed away by an impulsive, split second in time.

But it’s true.

My name is Hattie Covington and I’m a statistic, but statistics never tell the whole story.

REVIEW
Holy Crazy Romance! This intense love story is so very intriguing. If it were not for the fact that the book is listed as book one in the series, I'd be cursing the author. But since I know there's more to come, I forgive her for leaving me hanging?!

Though not your typical sweet romance, Ryker and Hattie's love story is no less compelling. Their connection can be felt from their first meeting. It's everything else that happens after that complicates their future. The most unlikely couple... maybe... there's so much we don't know that I suspect when all is revealed, they'll be the most perfect couple.

You've got to read this book, especially those who like dark romance or romantic suspense.

RATING
5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us by the author through NetGalley. Many thanks.
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