Friday, 24 November 2017

Jingle Spell by Chris Ethan - Review Tour



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 119 pages

Cover Design: Ethereal Ealain

Blurb

It’s the most horrible time of the year.

Smooches under mistletoes and tacky reindeer decorations. 

Newly single, Davey has had enough of wasting his love and having his heart broken. Better to be single, he decides. No more dates. No more falling in love. No more dreaming of happy ever afters. 

Those are for movies.

He’s resolute.

And then Avery steps into his life, bringing care, compassion, and tenderness in his path.
Davey’s so tempted to hope again. But can an online date and a brief encounter turn into anything other than an ephemeral sexual encounter?

Is there a future for them? Will Avery stay? And most importantly, can Davey bear to offer up his heart to the season’s love—just one more time?

A sweet romance by Chris Ethan, author of The Guy With The Suitcase.


Review

Jingle Spell is a wonderful Christmas story; a true ‘bah-humbug to happy-ever-after’ sort of tale and yet it manages to steer clear of being too sweet.

To say Davey has not embraced the Christmas spirit when the story starts, would be a gross understatement.  Then again, he could be forgiven for that, considering how he’s just been dumped…again. He decides once and for all that romance is not for him and gives up on his dream of a relationship with someone who loves him.

Of course, that’s the moment Avery steps into his life. And Avery is one surprise after another, especial since he doesn’t appear to be looking for a hook-up. Much to Davey’s surprise he finds himself dating a man who truly is interested in him. Not that Davey lets go of his attitude without an (internal) fight. He tries to hang on to his ‘bah-humbug’ attitude as well as his conviction that ‘love is not for me’ and yet finds it ever harder while faced with Avery who is not like any other man Davey has ever encountered.

Through Davey’s eyes Avery is so perfect that it is almost a relief when he appears to slip up. It is the one moment of real angst in the otherwise easy-going story and yet, it is also the moment Davey gets to shine most brightly. I loved the contrast between how Davey sees himself and how he acts; his unselfishness took my breath away and made the happy ending, when it came, all the more enjoyable. 


As Christmas stories go, this one is wonderful. Jingle Spell is also well written and despite being a novella, a full story with fully established characters. If you’re looking for a charming and heartwarming Christmas read I whole-heartedly recommend this book.




Author Bio

Chris Ethan is a book whore. He enjoys selling his feelings for money and other pleasures and is blatantly unashamed to do so for as long as he breathes. Chris Ethan is also a persona for Rhys Ethan, author of fantasy and sci-fi. He uses Chris Ethan to share stories of adult queer romance with those who need it. Before you delve into his books however, be warned. He likes putting his characters through shitstorms and hates anything conventional. But then there's that darned happy-ever-after. Also, he likes swearing. Deal with it!



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The Clumsy Santa by Sue Brown



Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Also available on Kindle Unlimited

Blurb

Charlie discovers love amongst the tinsel.

Falling in love with Santa is the last thing Charlie Johnson expects when he takes a holiday job as an elf in Santa’s Grotto. Nick is the shyest and clumsiest man Charlie has ever met, but that’s just part of his charm. Charlie falls for Santa, whilst Santa falls head over heels onto the floor. At least they can laugh together about it!

But after several weeks, Charlie starts to despair he will ever be more than Santa’s helper. His holiday job is nearly over, yet Nick hasn’t declared anything more than friendship. Will Charlie ever get his real Christmas wish?

Review

Meet Charlie — known as Charlie-Elf while on the job — a somewhat socially awkward and sexually completely inexperienced young man, supplementing his Christmas spending money in Santa’s grotto.

Being (an) Elf is not necessarily as much fun as it might sound. Head-Elf is a royal pain in the proverbial, not to mention obsessed when it comes to Santa and rules. But, on the upside, there is Katie-Elf who almost immediately turns from colleague into best friend, and, far more importantly, Santa himself who is all sorts of cute, not to mention, incredibly clumsy.

Before I reached the third chapter I’d renamed this book in my mind. Surely there’s something to be said for ‘The Perils of Wearing Tights’ J And, as Charlie (-Elf) soon discovers, those perils are real.

While this was mostly a light-hearted feel good story, there was exactly the right amount of (light) angst and touching emotion to keep this story from turning into a Christmas panto. It was also very well written and a pure delight to read. But then, that’s what I’ve come to expect from Sue Brown.

Sweet, adorable, cute, funny, and touching; stories don’t come much more Christmassy than this one. Highly recommended if you want a story you’ll read with a huge grin on your face from start to finish.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Counting on you (Counting #3) by Kelly Jensen - Release Day Review



91 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

The Counting series:
1. Counting Fence Posts
1.5. Counting Stars
2. Counting Down
2.5. Counting the Days
3. Counting on You
Blurb

Henry and Marc can’t seem to catch a break. They’ve had two disastrous dates—the first trapped in a car during a blizzard and the second locked in a basement—followed by nearly two months apart. Even though they work for the same firm, their relationship is held together by flying visits, phone calls, and text messages. A joint assignment in Washington DC might be more togetherness than they can handle, however.

Henry is still battling insecurity, and this assignment is too important to his career to mess up. Marc is committed. He’s falling for Henry and looks forward to having him permanently on his team and at his side. But the real test isn’t the assignment. When Marc finally lays his heart on the line, can he count on Henry to be there for him, in every way that matters? And can he do the same for Henry when Henry needs it the most?

Review

Before I get into my review of Counting on You I need to write a sentence or two about Counting the Days, the short story taking place after Counting Down and before this new book.

The full story in Counting the Days is told in text messages between Marc and Henry because they constantly find themselves working in a place where the other isn’t, and it’s perfect (the way the story is told, not their separation). Their texts cover the whole spectrum from chatty, through cute, via uncertain, to sexy and at times downright dirty. It was without a doubt the most fun short story I have read recently and despite the fact that the format didn’t allow for anything except dialogue, or maybe because it was constructed that way, I truly felt I had gotten to know both Marc and Henry a lot better by the time they sent their last message. It was 64 pages of pure reading joy.

And now for Counting on You.

It has taken two disastrous dates, perilous (and hilariously funny) situations as well as two months of barely seeing each other at all, but at long last Marc and Henry are sent on a job together, giving them the opportunity to spend more than just a few hours together. It should have been the answer to all their prayers but of course, life is rarely that easy or perfect.

Collaborating in work may be easy for them, the whole relationship thing is still new enough to cause a few ripples. Especially since Henry still hasn’t been able to convince himself that he is more than an experiment for Marc. I have to admit this made me want to shake him once or twice.

“(…) the easiest way not to think was to kiss Marc. To just be with Marc. He had the feeling that the same proved true for the man he was kissing. Each met a need in the other. Separately they were good. Together they were whole.”

Counting on You is mostly a feel-good story with minimal angst. But, that didn’t mean my heart didn’t break for Marc more than once while reading. The moment that hit me hardest came towards the end of the story when we are presented with evidence that there was a time when his father still took joy and pride in Marc. It isn’t stated, but I imagined that was before Marc grew up and learned to think and live for himself; for me it was clear proof of conditional love.

Of course, this wouldn’t have been a ‘Counting’ story if our lovers didn’t manage to get themselves stuck somewhere. And, like on previous occasions, their dilemma meant huge grins for me as a reader.

All in all this was a wonderful conclusion (for now) to a series of stories about two men I’ve loved from the start and only grew fonder of as the story continued. I’m so glad that Kelly Jensen has hinted at more stories about these two. If only because there must be one or two places or situations they haven’t managed to get stuck in yet. J

“Yep. Stuck together is very, very good.”




Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Yours for the Holiday by DJ Jamison - Release Blitz



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 50,000 words approx.

Blurb

Fresh off a break-up, Remy is in no mood to share a room with his brother's best friend during a holiday stay at home. Jason Hendricks has always treated him like a little brother to tease and taunt, all the more embarrassing because Remy has secretly crushed on the jerk since puberty. But when Jason confides he's bisexual, Remy realizes the crush he loves to hate could be the perfect rebound.

Jason has always found Remy appealing. He didn't handle his attraction well when he was younger, but now Remy's a grown man and Jason's no longer afraid of his feelings. Some playful flirtation sounds like a great way to spend Thanksgiving break, but he's not prepared for Remy's newfound sex appeal or his decision to make Jason his rebound fling. Jason doesn't want to risk fallout with a family that's always been there for him, but he's not sure he can resist.


When the two part ways, they don't plan to stay in touch, but soon they're texting, trading sexy pictures and helping each other cope with family drama. Remy agrees to be his for the holiday, continuing their secret fling over Christmas, but Jason knows that won't be enough. He'll have to find the courage to be open and honest with his best friend -- and the whole Wells family -- if he wants a chance at love in the new year.


This approximately 50,000 word novel is a brother's best friend, enemies to lovers romance that comes with a satisfying HEA!


Excerpt

“Hey,” Jason said quietly. The bed dipped as he sat down on the edge of the mattress. “You okay?”

“Oh, so you’re done avoiding me?” Remy said, hating the bitter edge to his words. He swallowed hard, trying to gain control over his emotions, so he didn’t make a fool of himself yet again.

“I’m sorry,” Jason said. He sounded sorry. Truly regretful.

Remy pushed up, struggling into a seated position against the headboard. If they were going to have this talk, he wanted to look Jason in the eye.

Swallowing hard, Remy forced out words that had been nagging at him all day. “I’m sorry too. I got carried away. I didn’t mean to pressure you—”

“God no, Remy,” Jason interrupted. “No, no. It wasn’t like that.”

Jason’s hand hovered in the air. Remy watched Jason hesitate before resting his big palm over Remy’s thigh. The blankets formed a barrier between them, but the point of contact burned as if he could feel the warmth spilling from Jason’s hand.

“Then I’m confused,” Remy said.

“I, uh, find you very sexy,” Jason said, voice tinged with embarrassment. It would be charming if it weren’t for the heavy topic of conversation. “But I need the Wells family. I don’t talk about my parents much, but—”

“I know it’s not great,” Remy said. “Dad filled me in on what happened last summer with your mom.”

“Yeah,” Jason said. “So, basically, I’m terrified of fucking everything up. If I go there with you, I might hurt you. And if your parents or Derek find out, I’m not sure what they’d do. It’s just … messy.”

“It doesn’t have to be,” Remy said. “It’s just some fun. No strings needed. And as for going there with me, don’t you think the cat’s already out of the bag? You’ve had your hand on my dick.”

Jason glanced at Remy’s crotch, unable to resist teasing him. “Cat’s out of the bag? And here I thought pussy only referred to—”

Remy slapped his hand over Jason’s mouth. “Don’t say it!”

Jason chuckled, his warm breath gusting over Remy’s palm. Remy shivered as their eyes locked and held. When the wet tip of Jason’s tongue licked a stripe over his hand, he couldn’t hold back a small moan.

“Fuck you, JJ,” he muttered, pulling his hand back. “If you’re going to say no, don’t fucking tease me.”

“I’m not saying no,” Jason said roughly. “I probably should, but I can’t say no to you again. Not one more fucking time.”


Author Bio

DJ Jamison is a contemporary M/M romance author with more than a dozen titles to her name. She writes a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual, with a focus on telling love stories that are more about common ground than lust at first sight. She grew up the literal embodiment of a red-headed stepchild in a working-class family in Kansas. Determined to build a successful career, she earned a degree in journalism and worked in newsrooms for more than ten years before pursuing her dream to write fiction. DJ is married with two sons, two glow-in-the-dark fish, and regrettably, one snake.




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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Coach's Challenge - Cayuga Cougars #3 by V.L. Locey - Cover Reveal



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Point Shot Trilogy - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Cayuga Cougars Series

Book #1 - Snap Shot - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Open Net - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

Victor Kalinski and his husband, Dan Arou, are living the dream. Married for over a year now, the couple have settled into life in Cayuga surrounded by friends, family, and a team that’s poised to make another championship run. Each man is enjoying professional success as well as personal bliss. Who knew life in the suburbs with a spouse and a child could be so darn satisfying? Not Vic. K, that’s for sure.

The happy times are about to turn rough, though. The Cougars have picked up a new player, Sander March, a brash young center whose sass, skill, and attitude can rival Victor’s. When it’s revealed that this new player and Dan have history, tensions begin to rise between the newlyweds. As Victor and Dan work on those issues, the one person Victor never thought he would meet arrives in the small New York hamlet and proceeds to flip everything in Vic’s life upside down.


Can Victor and Dan’s marriage withstand what life is about to drop on it, or will the challenges be too much for them to handle?


Author Bio

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.





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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Breaking Free (Den Boys #3) by A.T. Brennan - Release Blitz



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 72,000 words

Cover Design: Teresa Conner

Den Boys Series

Book #1 - All In -  Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Healing Him -  Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

“I would never forgive myself if something happened to another man I cared about because I’d been careless and given in to temptation.” ~ Zander

The last thing I was looking for was a relationship, then I laid eyes on a dancer at a nightclub and my entire world was flipped upside down. Kai is everything I’ve ever wanted, but shouldn’t have. I’m haunted by a past I can’t seem to break free from, and I’m not sure I can be the man Kai deserves. He makes me want to try, but I worry that I’m broken beyond repair.


“There was already a big enough stigma attached to being a go-go dancer, but add being a webcam model to the mix and people tended to assume things about me.” ~ Kai


School, dance, cam, repeat. My life was on a constant loop as I struggled to keep my head above water. After seeing Zander in the crowd while I was dancing, I knew I had to meet the handsome stranger who took my breath away. I don’t know if I’m the right man to help set him free from his pain, but I’m going to do everything I can to try and help him see that the past doesn’t have to define his future.




Author Bio

A.T. Brennan, who also writes under the name Mandie Mills, is a romance and erotica author. A native of Ottawa, Canada, she enjoys picking up and moving from city to city every few years. A former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, current entrepreneur and freelance writer, she enjoys spending her days working on her many projects and her nights writing and not getting enough sleep. Currently she lives on Canada's East Coast with her family, both two- and four-legged. She enjoys collecting books and exploring the different sides of romance and romantic expression in her works.


You can visit her at www.mandiemillsauthor.com, or on Facebook at A.T. Brennan Author, and also at Author Mandie Mills.




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Snowflakes & Cinnamon Buns by Clare Castle – Release Day Review



79 pages
Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Also available on Kindle Unlimited
Cover artist: Cate Ashwood

The blurb

Cameron Pearce loves to work hard and play hard. Living in New York City, means lots of men and lots of variety. He isn’t looking for love. When he goes to his small hometown Dickensville for Christmas, food, friends, family and seeing his best friend Levi are what’s on the agenda. He also hopes for some friends-with-benefits enjoyment. 

Levi Jones owns and runs his own caf√© in Dickensville. He loves the Christmas season and all that comes with it. Decorating, baking, and snow among other things. Another perk is when Cameron visits home and he gets him all to himself. 

What will happen when true feelings are revealed and everything is put on the line. Will their friendship survive? Can best friends go from hooking up to a real relationship? Do they even want to?

This book contains delicious cinnamon buns, a cute westie and sexy hot men to warm up your holidays.

Review

What to say about Snowflakes & Cinnamon Buns? For starters this is a sweet, fast-paced and very easy to read story about two very hot men who are quite incapable of keeping their hands off each other. It is also a story about growing up, about reality checks, and about being brave enough to follow your heart.

Cameron and Levi have enjoyed a friends-with-benefits relationship for years. For so long in fact, that for Cameron it has become a fact of life. He doesn’t question it, nor does he take a close look at any feelings he might have that don’t quite match the arrangement. He made up his mind that he doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters years ago, and isn’t inclined to revisit that decision.

Levi on the other hand is ready to embrace more than their current set-up. But when he finds the courage to confess his feelings to Cameron, he sends his best friend into a panic and running, possibly meaning the end not only of the benefits but also of the friendship. Cameron needs to figure out what he really wants and feels and this requires a fair amount of soul searching.

I enjoyed this sex-driven story. Cameron and Levi when they get together can’t keep their hands (and other body parts) off each other, have an interesting dynamic going, and most definitely know how to bring each other — and in the process the reader — a lot of pleasure.

Special mention should be made of Rory, Levi’s adorable Westie; the author’s soft spot for this charming breed shines through the story and makes it all the more adorable.

This is a quick read. In fact, at times it was a bit too fast for me. I would have liked a bit more dialogue and interaction between these two men that wasn’t centred on sex. At times the story felt rushed, as if the platonic parts of the story had to be dealt with quickly so that we could get to the next sex scene.

Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised by this debut and thoroughly enjoyed the hour or so I spent reading it. I’ve got a feeling this won’t be the last book by Clare Castle. In fact, while it’s quite possible I’m imagining things, I like to think that we’ve been set up to expect a sequel to this charming story, featuring a character named Ashton who is in clear and obvious need of his own, personal, sexy bear. Bring. It. On.