Review: Choosing Home (The Call of Home, #1) by Alexa Milne

You can never escape from yourself.

Zac McKenzie is an ex-professional footballer with a secret he gave up his career to protect. Several years ago, he fled to his home in the North East of Scotland to avoid being outed as gay. Now, he owns a successful hotel and restaurant, but is it time to finally come out into the open?

Seth Pritchard feels he is damaged goods. He comes to Scotland to escape memories of the accident that left him injured, his bullying step-brothers and a life of lies.

For their whole lives, Zac and Seth have denied who they truly are to themselves as well as to others. When they meet, each man is forced to confront his fears and tear them down one by one.

Reader advisory: Dubious consent. Recollections of physical abuse, emotional/mental abuse, torture and drug abuse. Profanity.

My favourite thing about this book is the location. I love the countryside of Britain and being half Scottish I love reading about Scotland, especially the rural areas. Beautiful scenery and flavourful characters become a part of the landscape, an essential part of the story.

The first in a series, this book sets up well for stories to follow. While this story centres mainly around the two MC's Zac and Seth, we meet enough of the locals to get an understanding of the community and the tales still to come. The hotel Zac owns is a great place that I can tell will be included in future books. 

I have to admit, I am not a big fan of 'famous' MC's - I much prefer humble and poor to rich and famous. This means that I kind of have to force myself to read books with rich main characters,especially so if they happen to be actors or rock stars or famous sportsmen, I'm not sure why, maybe because everyday we are fed stories of celebrities and I want to read about the 'normal' folk. (Yeah, yeah, I know celebrities are normal people, but you know what I'm saying...right?? Right??) The fact that Zac is an ex-professional footballer was not a plus point in deciding to read this book, however the Scottish setting really was, so they cancelled each other out.

As it was, I really liked Zac, more than Seth for a start. Although he had his baggage, he also had a lot of positives in his life. He runs a successful business and has a supportive family and these give him strength to be himself. He worries about the impact of his being gay will have on past partners with more to lose, but within his family and community he is able to be himself.

Seth on the other hand has a lot of fear and hate on his side and a lot of it comes from himself . His story is sad and hard, and his character rightly reflects this in his attitude. He is also in frequent pain, which does not help at all. He is quite a counterpoint to Zac, at times I found it difficult to see what the attraction was, especially from Zac to Seth... but then, the more we understand of Zac, the more I understood his pull to Seth. 

I enjoyed this, particularly the setting, and am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. 

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Review: Can't Live Without You by Andrew Grey

Justin Hawthorne worked hard to realize his silver-screen dreams, making his way from small-town Pennsylvania to Hollywood and success. But it hasn’t come without sacrifice. When Justin’s father kicked him out for being gay, George Miller’s family offered to take him in, but circumstances prevented it. Now Justin is back in town and has come face to face with George, the man he left without so much as a good-bye… and the man he’s never stopped loving.

Justin’s disappearance hit George hard, but he’s made a life for himself as a home nurse and finds fulfillment in helping others. When he sees Justin again, George realizes the hole in his heart never mended, and he isn’t the only one in need of healing. Justin needs time out of the public eye to find himself again, and George and his mother cannot turn him away. As they stay together in George’s home, old feelings are rekindled. Is a second chance possible when everything George cares about is in Pennsylvania and Justin must return to his career in California? First they’ll have to deal with the reason for Justin’s abrupt departure all those years ago.

This story was a heart-string puller. Childhood friends to lovers is a fave of mine. When the lovers part is interrupted, I am owned! For those who don’t know me (most of you HA!) I have the type of interrupted lovelife with someone who will always own my heart. So you can see how this would be a thing for me. It’s a match made in heaven and makes my heart squishy and soft.

Justin is damaged. By his father, who kicked him out when he revealed his sexuality, and by his mother who allowed it to happen. He only had George left. There is also another element of damage that sits underneath the surface, that he won’t let out and without a word to George, Justin left town and never looked back. George could only look on as Justin’s silverscreen life played out in Hollywood, thousands of miles away from Pennsylvania. Until Justin returns to wrap up his father’s affairs and comes face to face with what he lost, and never let go of.

This relationship was frustrating to read about, but it was set out in a way that the reader understands why this is not going the way it should. The chemistry between Justin and George is hot, and they both shine a lot more in each other’s presence than alone. So why the heck can’t they get it together and figure something out? That is the burning question throughout the entire book, and something that weighed heavily in the storyline, along with the circumstances of what it would cost to change their path.

I liked them both. Even when Justin is in full Hollywood tantrum mode, he is adorable. His best friend/personal assistant is also tagging along, and seems to be plotting behind both George’s and Justin’s back. Although not obvious at first, the thread is there if you pay close attention. Ethan is an equally solid character, and I liked that their relationship was clear from the beginning. If not to George, it was very clear to the reader. I appreciated that extra touch.

The plot was smooth, and the writing flowed well. The language used was easy to read, and didn’t have a heavy or flowery prose. I like my contemporary romance to be contemporary in language, so this made it a smooth read for me.

The author did well in drawing me into the characters and enjoying their presence. There wasn’t heavy drama, or unnecessary angst. The age of these men made it more than important for there to be as little angst as possible. They are both grown, have moved into their respective lives, and made something of themselves in spite of their heartbreaking start to adulthood.

A fairly straight forward romance, with a rags to riches feel and the potential for reunited love. These two men made me want for them, and satisfied my baser need for the complex to be unravelled to reveal the romantic notion of love conquers all.

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Alpha Barman by Sue Brown

Welcome Sue Brown and her gorgeous cover for her upcoming release, Alpha Barman, to the stable! Peep the blurb and enter the giveaway below for a chance to win an eBook from Sue Brown's back list!

Sue Brown - Alpha Barman

Release Date: November 24 2016


Jake Tyler walked out of Special Ops two years ago, a devastated, broken man after he discovered his sister brutally murdered by her husband, Riley. Since then he’s found a kind of peace running a rural bar. The last thing Jake Tyler expects is his former team to turn up with grim news. Jake’s ex-brother-in-law has escaped from prison and is heading Jake’s way. The team is here to protect Jake, whether he likes it or not – a decision reluctantly shared by their leader, Jake’s ex-lover Mitch Mitchelson.

Mitch is angry and hurting. The man he trusted – the man he adored more than anything – abandoned both his team and Mitch. Jake never gave Mitch a chance to help or come to terms with his desertion. Regardless of mission protocols, Mitch isn’t about to open his heart again to that kind of pain.

But the strong attraction between them can’t be denied. How are they ever going to work together when Mitch still resents Jake’s disappearance, and to Jake, the team represents everything that destroyed him in the first place? And meantime they wait for Riley to find them... and to settle the threat once and for all.

Author Bio

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot, and has become an expert at ignoring the orders.

 Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. She had an Aha moment and put pen to paper that same day. Sue may be late to the party, but she's made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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Tag-Team Review: Optical Illusion (Paint #1) by Emma Jaye

Smile, wiggle, lie, apologise, and run for the hills.

That's the formula Chris has used all his life, but this time, he has something he’s never had to lose before, a family that cares. The problem is, his new brother’s very edible friend isn’t fooled by his act. If his secrets are revealed, they won’t want him and he has nowhere else to go.

Thanks to a suicide bomber, ex-military police sergeant Jase Rosewood is back in the English countryside. His plans for quiet recuperation are ruined by the effervescent, go-go dancing twink who has everyone wrapped around his little finger. Luckily for the gullible Matt, Jase can smell a liar a mile away, and Chris Bacon, if that’s even his name, stinks to high heaven. Assigned ‘Chris-sitting’ duty while Matt's on honeymoon, Jase has a week to discover what is hidden beneath the bright camouflage. It's a job, just like any other, so why does it feel so different?
Unfortunately, Jase isn’t the only one drawn to the boy who can’t stay still, but instead of wanting to reveal his true colours; they want to dull them forever.

Contains issues of physical abuse, but not between the central couple.

A Double DNF

Chelsea - DNF - 24%

I’m stopping here because if I continue I’ll be rating this book poorly and I don’t want to do that. I think If I had been in a different mood (one hella crazy one) I could have enjoyed this more. As it is, I couldn’t get into it. At all.

I didn’t like Chris. Like at all. He claims he’s ADHD but I’m sure he’s bipolar at the very least, his mood swings were like….

He was incredibly childish and I just couldn’t give two fucks about his history.

There were three POV’s in the first 10% and I usually don’t like any more than the two main characters POV’s. Anymore and it just becomes too crowded and side characters feel irrelevant.

I was also really wanting to read about a romance, but there wasn’t even a hint of romance poking it's head out. From what others have said it was probably on the way, but I wasn't enjoying the story enough to wait around for it.

While the writing wasn’t bad, the story and the characters were OTT and all over the place. If I didn’t have a mountain of other good books to read I probably would have persevered with this for a bit longer, but I just didn’t want to waste my time on a book I was not enjoying.

Obviously this book did work for some people, so read a variety of reviews and then be prepared for entering a crazy world with one rather manic main character.

Sheziss - DNF - 14%

I had a problem with this book since the very beginning. I wasn’t horrified right away but the writing style doesn’t agree with me, and it made it complicated for me to focus on the story, because it was damn distracting and formulaic.

What do I mean with this?

The author tells things. Facts. Info. Then she tells more things. Facts. Info. Then some more. And more.

I’m reading a chain of events, but with no real meat beneath. It’s like: I wake up, I brush my teeth, I go to work, I come back home, I sleep. Maybe I eat 5 times a day.

But no soul, no emotion.

Jason is in love with his BFF, Matt. Matt rejects him. Jason goes into the Army. 10 years later, he survives an explosion. He is kicked out of the Army. He meets Chris Bacon in Matt’s wedding (oh, my heart, that hurts!), who is a reflection of Matt.

We are told several times how alike they are.

It sounds so sad and pathetic: Matt doesn’t want Jason, but no problem, because Chris is there to replace him. 10 years younger.

Such a coincidence! Such good luck! Win-win!

Needless to say, I was wary ever since.

Chris is sick. Chris is poor. Chris is awesome. Suddenly, everybody wants to have him in his house.

The envy of every abandoned dog.

He needs to go to the doctor, to Matt’s exgirlfriend, Sarah, who is a GP.

I’d have paid to see that doctor interview.

The medical stuff sounded so weird to my ears. Maybe it’s because of the language barrier, maybe it’s because the health system is different from the one in the place I live in. But things are not clear for me in this matter. It seems Chris only spends a little while in the consultation but then he has to have been for a longer while, because, he is given prescriptions for two antibiotics, vitamins, iron, and sleep pills. As simple as that.

The space-time sphere is so surreal in this book.

We are never told how Chris feels. Dizzy? Feverish? Does he cough anyhow? Does he suffers from fatigue? Malaise? Does breathing takes him a huge effort? Does he have any pain, in the chest, in the stomach, wherever? Questions, questions, questions!

Matt gets him and takes him to the doctor.

Out of the blue.

I mean, I had no hint Chris was sick until they go to the pharmacy, because we are never explained how Chris feels.

Describing how a MC feels in a romantic novel is so basic I have no idea why the narrator didn’t mention any of this. I’m not even talking about the feelings for another person but about the most elemental of sensations. Yourself, your body, your inner voice.

We only get to see how he runs super fast and gets into the nursering home to see Matt’s father. BAM. And how fierce and snarky he is. BAM. And how pitiful he is. BAM. Just because.

The character development was superficial at least.

Then they mention the blood transfusion.

“How he keeps up the pace when he’s still so anaemic I don’t know. Sarah said that when she first saw him, if she’d thought he would stay in hospital, she would have admitted him, stuck him on an antibiotic drip and given him a blood transfusion.”

That’s serious, it means the hemoglobin is very low, less than 8g/dl (in some cases, they are recommended with less than 10g/dl). If he needs to be admitted, then admit him. Period. And if he needs the transfusion, you give him the damn transfusion, you don’t dance around complaining to your exboyfriend about doing it or not because oh-so-poor Chris suffers so much and he is so pitiful and oh-my-god, how the hell did he do this all alone!

He ended up giving his own address, and the name ‘Chris Bacon’ but the lack of a date of birth and previous doctor details were a problem for the receptionist.

I don’t understand this. Why has Matt to talk with the receptionist? Wouldn’t it be more logical to be Chris the one who gives his own data (I take for granted that in the UK in the 21st century, people have a tendency to know)? When Chris goes out of the consultation, he gets out immediately, instead of going to reception in order go give such information.

Oh no, he doesn’t. Let’s keep the doctors (and the administration) in the dark.

We are ninjas, hey!


Everything is so DRAMA-DRAMA-DRAMA. I needed all of this to be proved, not to be magnified simply for a dramatic feel.

The scene that made me realize I wasn’t sure if I was reading romance or a children book was the vomit scene after the wedding celebration.

“Fucking wonderful. Consider my previous offer of a blowjob rescinded.”

“Aw fuck Tigger, do you have to say stuff like that?” Mike moaned.

Chris grinned to himself. Payback was a bitch. “You should try it sometime mate, it tastes a bit salty, bit slimy, like uncooked egg white with extra salt. If you swallow quick when it hits the back of your throat, you hardly...” The sound of an electric window motor came from the back, followed by retching.

“You caused it, you get to clean it in the morning,” Jase said as if he was discussing the weather.

“I’ll do it when we get home if you like.”

“When we get home, you are going to bed,” Jase said firmly.

“So do you guys want some real live bacon baguette for breakfast, while I get my runny eggs?” The sound of another window opening and two stomachs emptying was music to his ears.

I don’t get which is the topic of the conversation here.
It’s ridiculous how puerile jokes are still present in adult romances.
Why is Chris Bacon considered so cool by them all? He’s such a stupid arrogant brat.

I just that I have the feeling the author doesn’t read his own words twice. Doesn’t consider them first. I get the impression she just writes without stopping for a short while in order to wonder: “Does it make sense at all? Maybe this one sentence is distracting for the reader? Does this paragraph sound absurd anyhow in the big scheme of things? Do I really want to portray the characters this way? Can it be I’m taking it all too fast, or maybe too far away in the dramatic sense? Should I write this or that with more depth so that it doesn’t strike as too rushed and nonsensical?”. IDK, certain details give me red flags constantly and distract me from the main story.

We can’t like them all…

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Review: The Cyborg He Brought Home by A.M. Hawke

Jake is bored of life in Greentree, a settlement of wizards who eschew technology and channel their magic through tattoos. Then a visitor arrives: Cory, a cyborg with coppery hair and metallic hands. Jake is fascinated by Cory's metal parts, curious what it would feel like to touch them. But the others in Greentree aren’t so sure about a visitor they consider unnatural…

Wizards, magical tattoos and a ginger haired cyborg can be found in A.M. Hawke's The Cyborg He Brought Home. The title literally tells the plot of the sci-fi/fantasy mashup.

Jake is a mage, or wizard, the details are a little fuzzy. What isn't fuzzy is he lives in a settlement of wizards called Greentree where there are magic trees and magic tattoos all over folk. Technology isn't revered as magic. While drinking in the local wizard bar, in walks a cyborg. Which sounds like the start of possibly an awesome story but that's pretty much all there is.

We learn the cyborg's name is Cory. He's from a moon colony and on an information seeking trip on wizard colonies. There is instant dislike from most of the magical practicing folk except from Jake.

Jake is fascinated by the mechanical eyes, copper wire hair and Cory's fascination with the simplest magic. The story plot wise? Doesn't offer much. It's about 10K and I'm reviewing an uncorrected, unedited ARC. The entire thing read closer to an outline - there were two scenes: initial meeting and then going home to have sex. The lack of chemistry was an issue for me. I couldn't buy it between Cory and Jake, which hung like a grey cloud for the rest of this very short story.

The world created was an interesting idea. I like that tattoos were conduits of magic. The Nature vs. Machines idea, if developed, could have been something. If the entire story was more developed, it could have been magical. It was more of cool ideas and concepts (wizards in nature, cyborgs living on the moon, MAGIC TATTOOS!) and meh a sex scene. *shrugs*

I will say Cory was the stronger developed character of the pair. I'd have enjoyed reading more back story on him. There were inklings of story possibilities when he spoke briefly on moon life. I believe this was my first trans cyborg I've ever read. It was Jake's first trans partner, so he asked a lot of questions. Cory was cool with them.

"Right, but I mean--you're already half metal. You could look like whatever you want."
"That's true, I could."
"So why keep a scar?"
"Because they're mine, Jake. They remind me of where I've been and what it took to get to where I am now."
The story ends with a possible HFN. It's a first time hook up, so who knows what the future holds for Jake and Cory?

Overall, interesting concepts, but the execution is underdeveloped. If this is ever re-edited or re-released in the future, I'll take a peek.

A copy provided via Netgalley for an honest review.

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: Roman's Vengeance by Grein Murray

Check out the Roman's Vengeance Tour! Learn more about His Fallen Angel series, the author, read the excerpt and don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $5.00 Amazon gift card!

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★ His Fallen Angel Book 2 ★

Kindle Edition, 176 pages

Genre: M/M Romance
Published September 29th, 2016

Continued unrest with the Fallen means that The Elders and New Angels can never let their guard down. The Fallen are up to something bigger than they were led to believe.

Roman and Alexander’s bond has grown, but that bond is threatened by Roman’s duties as an Elder. Each time Roman is called away, Alexander experiences nightmares that seem more a reality than just a dream, leaving him on edge around Roman. Are these dreams really an omen of things to come?

An impending battle looms over The Elders and the New Angels, can they pull together in their first battle together to defeat the Fallen? Can Alexander and Roman overcome the new challenges they face together?


When I jumped into the pond, I regretted it instantly. The water had already cooled down quite a bit. I was about to turn around and head for the house, but Roman caught me in his arms.
  “Too cold,” I said through chattering teeth.
  Roman pulled me against his chest and rubbed my back with his hands.
  “I guess our romantic romps in the pond will be on hold until next summer.” Roman let go of me and dove under the water. I had no idea how he wasn’t freezing like I was. I just stood with my arms wrapped around myself, shivering.
  Roman popped up a few feet away from me. “If you swim around, you’ll warm up.”
  “I’m done.” I walked quickly out of the water and grabbed my clothes on the way.
   “Long time, no see, Alexander,” said Thomas, one of the New Angels I knew. He stood on the porch and held a couple of towels in his hand, so I quickly grabbed one.
   It had been a long time since I last saw him; we trained together and became sort of friendly from then on. I had always gotten the feeling Thomas had wanted to be more than friends.
  “Thanks. How have you been, Thomas?” I wrapped the towel around my waist and waved at Roman to join us. Thomas gave me a quick hug before releasing me.
  “I’ve missed you, Alexander. I wish we worked closer together more often.” Thomas smiled.
  I watched as Roman’s tall, muscular body walked from the pond towards the porch. He was more beautiful than the pond and all it’s lush greenery and flowers surrounding it. Water droplets dripped down his tone body. My eyes travelled up and down every inch of this gorgeous man.

  Roman took the towel from Thomas and smiled, then he pulled me to him with one arm and planted a possessive kiss on my lips. When he broke away from the kiss and walked past us and into the house, it took some time to get my composure back.

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🌟 His Fallen Angel

Kindle Edition, 154 pages
Published April 1st, 2016

🌟 Bucket List

1. Visit Australia
2. Go to Egypt
3. Go to Greece
4. Buy a sailboat
5. Live in a tiny house
6. See the Backstreet Boys in concert
7. Become a photographer
8. Go to Harry Potter at Universal in Florida
9. Write a book about Alexander the Great
10. Live on an island

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Meet Grein Murray

When I'm not writing I like going to concerts. Music is a big part of my life, I've played bass guitar since I was a teen. I love nature and enjoy hiking and working with causes that help protect our planet and wild animals. 

I have loved books all of my life and have always enjoyed escaping the ordinary world by getting lost in a good book. I read a lot of different genres of books but have fallen in love with MM. I support the gay community and hope one day people will see that love is love and that it is a beautiful thing no matter your gender, race or religion. 

I am an avid animal lover and have quite a collection of pets in my home. I love ancient history and have studied Alexander the Great as well as Egypt and it’s pharaohs. I also am very interested in angels and have researched them and will put that to use in future books. 

I hope that my readers continue to fall in love with my characters and that my stories touch their lives and bring them happiness.

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Guest Review: Misfit (Death Dwellers MC #6) by Kathryn Kelly

Ophelia Donovan wants to move past the loves of her life, two badass bikers in her brother’s MC. When she gave Cash “Ghost” McCall and Louis “Stretch” King, an ultimatum of bringing their relationship out in the open or she’d walk, they chose separation. It crushed Ophelia’s dreams of having a happily-ever-after and family with Ghost and Stretch.

Stretch lives with guilt and pain from the death of his former lover and the injuries he received the same night. For a while, Cash and Stretch worked fine. They’d agreed to choose a woman together to bring into their relationship. Instead, Cash brought Outlaw’s sister in, intending to use her as a shield for Cash’s growing feelings for both Stretch and Fee. The dissolution of their relationship because of Fee’s goading leaves Stretch angry with both of his lovers.

Ghost doesn’t do relationships. He doesn’t have the confidence in himself that he’s equipped for something meaningful. He only knows he loves both Stretch and Ophelia. She wants kids, a house with him and Stretch, and, most of all, an open relationship with them, so open she expects Ghost to go to her brother—his club’s president—and confess all. Even if he did do commitment, he wouldn’t be alive to see it through. Outlaw would kill Ghost, especially after already warning him away. Thanks to Cash’s outrageous plan to throw Outlaw off, he raises the man’s suspicions instead.

Christopher “Outlaw” Caldwell knows Ghost is about fun and fucking. He’s in charge of the Bobs, those women trotted out for pleasure at special club occasions. Outlaw’s little sister wants a family and he refuses to allow her to waste her years on a man who’ll walk away in the end. Outlaw’s life has been quiet recently, with every known club threat removed, giving him plenty of time to focus on family.

A biker from a rival club uses Ophelia to get on Outlaw’s good side, leaving her gravely injured, Outlaw in jail, Stretch admitting how important both she and Cash are to him, and Cash determined to never deny his love again.

Warning: Not suitable for anyone under 18. Contains excessive swearing, graphic sex between MMF, taboo subjects, and…Kendall at her finest.

Reviewer: Shee Reader

Well, this story was just amazing. I hadn’t read any of the previous books in the series (this is the sixth and final one) but it works fine as a stand alone.

As I was late to the party, it didn’t surprise me that it took me a while to get into the book. The writing is clear, engaging, atmospheric and at times gripping, but the huge array of characters did take me a while to get used to. It didn’t help that all the brothers had their given names and road names, and there were lots of scenes with everyone talking and arguing. As I got into it, though and learned everyones multiple names it was easy! The writing style drew me in, even as the stilted spoken style of the bikers took some getting used to. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot which kept me turning the page (well, tapping the screen on my kindle) as this is one of the longest books I’ve read recently.

The story centres round Ophelia (Fee) and the two loves of her life Cash (Ghost) and Louis (Stretch) who were a secret couple before they met her. The story has many supporting characters that are woven together to produce a robust tale, that sees these two very different men come to terms with the fact that they’ve fallen in love with the same woman, and that she loves them right back. The over-arching problem of them being in the Death Dwellers Motorcycle Club, which is run by Fee’s big brother Christopher (Outlaw) and that the relationship Cash and Stretch have would cause them to be killed if anyone found out. Of course, the leading bad-guy in the book (who is in fact a bad-girl, Kendall who is the old lady of the deputy leader of the Death Dwellers), finds out about the taboo relationship and blackmails Fee with disastrous effects. Cash and Stretch are both batting their own demons and have given up on what they really want, a meaningful relationship for both them and Fee together.

The women are strong and feisty, and handle their men with skill. The men themselves were strong, sometimes brash and crude, often violent but still likeable. It is a testament to the skill of Ms Kelly as a writer that I really did like and root for these men, especially Christopher despite him being a scary individual of great power. I think his most endearing quality was his huge love for his wife Meggie, and honest admittance that she had him wrapped around her pinky.

The book had me gripped from the beginning, and I loved that there was drama, intrigue and suspense, but also humour and a kick-ass happy ending. The epilogues were my favourite bit. Each character had their own epilogue and they were all brilliant, answering more questions than they asked, and I even liked Kendall by the end.

Kathryn Kelly is a new-to-me author but I will definitely be looking out the previous five books in the series, and other books by this author.

A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Alpha's Weave (Pack Born #1) by C.M. Torrens

After years of abuse in his old shifter pack, Dante found a new life with Alpha Victor. He would do anything for Victor. Anything but stay away from Jesse, the half-blood stray. But when Victor names Dante his heir, he has no choice but to accept the duties given to him even if it means relinquishing the possibility of love. He owes his life and sanity to Victor, and that’s a debt Dante can never fully repay.

But Dante should have known the good life couldn’t last. His former alpha, Caster, is not a male who lets anything of value slip through his grasp. When rumors fly of Caster’s return, Dante knows the man will stop at nothing to possess him and his talent once again. When Jesse is kidnapped and Victor falls victim to an untimely death, his worst fears are realized. His old alpha has finally returned to reclaim him. Dante must use his fears and nightmares to save Jesse and his pack, even if it means sacrificing himself.

Sometimes a book from a new to you author works and sometimes it doesn’t. With me this book falls in the latter.

I think part of my frustration belongs to me and not the book. I forgot that books under the DSP Publication are not romance and for me, shifters equal romance. That is not what I got. Though Dante and Jesse from the first pages allude to their forbidden love, it was not something that was at the front of the story and I kept wanting it to happen.

All that aside, there was a lot going on in this story and not just the four POV’s that we get. I normally don’t have a problem with world building but this made me do the Scooby Doo held tilt trying to figure out the pack laws and politics and the whole pack weave deal went way over my head. This shifter tale was odd and nothing like I have ever read before and where usually that excites me, with this it completely took me out of the story.

I’ll keep this review short: Dante used to belong to Caster who was a dick. He escapes Caster and joins Alpha Victor’s pack. Victor’s pack is very touchy feely with one another, taking showers together, bathing one another and they all snuggle in one extra-large even too big for Shaq pack bed. But none of this is romantic or sexual or even capable of giving me feelings. I don’t know what the point was to show all of that and do it all in human form. I love the cuddling etc with shifters when in animal form and find it super swoony and adorable but this was just all kinda weird.


Dante meets Jesse who is a “stray” or half-breed and Victor who seems to be this strong but empathetic Alpha won’t take them in or let one of his dudes be with one. Mmm… Okay? So Dante tries to stay away from Jesse and Jesse is trying to get some help for his sick sister all while helping another stray who happens to be the daughter of Dante’s pack… phew. Yeah. Jesse is also getting help from the wrong wolves and one who happens to be Dante’s real brother August who is a dick like Caster.


Like I said, a lot was going on and that was all in the like first 35% of the book.

Things for me never got clearer and never got interesting. I never connected to a single character in the story and found the writing to be pretty pedestrian. The dialogue was stilted, reading with little to no emotion and bored the holy heck out of me and the end was quite literally, anti-climactic.

So yeah. This one, didn’t work for me at all.

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Title: A Kind of Honesty
Series: A Kind of Story, #3
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 7, 2016
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 85K
Genre: Romance, Bisexual, Rock Star, NYC, Humor

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Music is Tim Chalmers’s great escape and the one thing that’s never let him down. But his band Spiral’s meteoric rise to fame has made it difficult for the drummer to maintain a low profile. Unwanted press pesters him after a public breakup with a volatile ex-girlfriend who loves the limelight as much as he loathes it. Tim’s main goal is to avoid confrontation. However, when he meets a handsome stranger in a dive bar who turns out to be someone he may know, everything changes.

Carter Hamilton-Temple might be a successful financial consultant with more brains, sophistication, and charm than most, but he always falls for the wrong guys: closet cases or men with issues. He can’t fight his attraction to the tattooed rock star, but can he trust his own judgment? When the thrill of danger combined with a fierce physical connection proves too strong for either man to resist, a quiet liaison away from the public eye and curious friends seems like a safe bet. But some secrets are hard to keep. When rumors threaten to rock his world, Tim realizes it’s time to confront his fear with his own kind of honesty.

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We lay facing each other in the darkened room later, drenched in sweat. Carter leaned in slightly to kiss my nose and brush my hair away from my eyes. His smile was incandescent. There was no way not to return it.

“I like your family. Your mom is sweet.”

My eyebrows rose comically. I flopped on the pillow then reached over to smack his ass.
“Mood killer.”

He chuckled and scooted closer again, but left a small space between us in deference to the July heat. Even at night, it was suffocating and the air conditioning was taking its sweet time. Or it was on the fritz, I mused as I ran my thumb over his right tit then squeezed.

“Ow! Cool it. I’m not allowed to talk about your mom?”

“Not after sex! That’s a golden rule everyone on the freaking planet knows. Geesh.”

Carter’s grin widened. “Well, I like her. And Liam. You’re lucky.”

I reached for his hand and laced our fingers together when the need for contact overrode the need to cool down. “I don’t always think so, but I know I am. I wish Mom had something besides worry to keep her occupied. I used to think getting involved with the church was good for her. Now I think it feeds her paranoia. Liam makes everything okay.”

“How so?”

“He gives her a reason to get up in the morning. Even though he lives with his dad, he’s at her house all the time. He keeps her grounded. She can moon about how much he looks like Kat while she spoils him. He’s her second chance with my sister.”

“How is she doing?”

“Kat? She’s the same. A mess.  She hates our mom and sometimes me. She’s angry and destructive. And sometimes… borderline evil.”

“Ouch. Well, she may be a hot mess, but she has a pretty cool kid.”

I chuckled. “Yeah. I feel guilty that I’m not here more often but…I don’t want to come back. The memories suck. I’d rather visit and make fresh ones than wallow in all those ugly feelings. If I didn’t have music, I wonder if I’d be in rehab with her. Music saved me.”


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Meet the Author

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions in the 2014 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

Books by Lane Hayes (Dreamspinner Press):

Better Than Good, Better Than Chance, Better Than Friends, Better Than Safe, The Right Words, The Wrong Man & The Right Time

The Kind Of Series:

A Kind Of Truth A Kind Of RomanceA_Kind_of_Honesty_FINAL_V4

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