Monday, February 27, 2017

Release Day Review: Until You by TJ Klune #Review #Giveaway




Author: TJ Klune
Book: Until You
Series: At First Sight #3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: February 27, 2017
Cover artist: Reese Dante
Length: 149 pages


Reviewed by Erin


Synopsis

Together with their families and friends

Paul Auster

and

Vincent Taylor

request the honor of your company at the celebration of their marriage.



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TJ Klune has cordially invited all of you to the wedding of Paul Auster and Vince Taylor ... and oh what a wedding it is! Until You is everything you've been waiting for, and so much more. Paul, Vince, Sandy, Darren, Daddy Charlie, Cory/Kori, and all the rest have made this wedding one you'll never forget. Hijinks galore, shenanigans that only this group can get themselves into, and full of equal parts humor and heart, Until You is a gift.

It seems like we've been waiting forever for Paul and Vince's wedding, doesn't it? We've seen them meet, we've seen Paul run Vince over with his car, we've seen death, we've seen ups and downs but through it all we knew we'd get here. TJ's unparalleled mix of humor and emotion shines through from beginning to end. You know with this series you're always going to get our favorite guys in the most ridiculous situations, and Until You is no different. There are plenty of laugh out loud, spit your drink out moments (my favorite is drunk Paul and his present for Vince :) ) but there are also plenty of moments where your heart will try to explode out of your chest from all the feels? Hello, Paul marrying RoboCop anyone? I mean seriously, right out of the gate there were tears from all the sweet and happy.

For me, even though I love Paul and Vince more than just about any other couple in Romancelandia, the part of this book that REALLY got to me was Daddy Charlie. I won't spoil anything, but if you're like me and you've been just hoping and praying for something BIG to happen to everyone's favorite grumpy Daddy, trust me when I say you will be sooooooo happy by the end of this book. And you'll probably immediately try to find something, anything, to bribe TJ with to write the next book faster! Trust me.

Matty, Larry, Nana are all present and accounted for, don't you worry. The thing I love so much about these three, and really all the rest of the characters, is that it would be SO very easy to make them into caricatures. TJ never allows that, though. Sure they say and do outrageous things, find themselves in situations most sane people wouldn't be caught dead it, but still, somehow, it all seems realistic, which just goes to show how talented TJ Klune really is.

Really, this book, and this series is just good for the soul. Paul and Vince will make you smile and fill your heart. Endearing and sweet and so funny you'll laugh until your side hurts, this wedding is one you definitely DO NOT want to miss!! Bring tissues though, you'll need them.









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Release Day Review: Black Market Blood by Francis Gideon #Review #Giveaway




Author: Francis Gideon
Book: Black Market Blood
Series: New Canadiana #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: February 27, 2017
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Length: 330 pages


Reviewed by Morningstar



Synopsis

In a world where monsters are known to—and despised by—humanity, vampire Chaz Solomon hides in plain sight as a detective on the Toronto police force. But freedom from prejudice does nothing to alleviate his guilt over the lover he betrayed to gain his label of “normal.” He spends his days living a lie and his nights in a brothel, seeking company and black-market blood.

When a serial killer preying on both vampires and sex workers leads Chaz and his department on a twisted chase through New Canadiana’s supernatural underground, one of the brothel employees, Sully, becomes the only person Chaz can trust. There’s much more to Sully than a pretty face, and he’s slowly breaching the walls around Chaz’s heart with his intelligence and kind nature.

But as the body count rises and conspiracies come to light, the past Chaz has been trying to escape comes rushing back. Sully might accept Chaz as a vampire, but will he forgive Chaz’s other deceptions? And what will become of Chaz’s life if his secret is revealed? Before he can worry about a future with Sully, he’ll have to find the vengeful murderer threatening everything he cares about.



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Murder mysteries are some of my favorite things to read, add in the fact that this takes place in a world that is filled with the supernatural and I was excited to read it. And for a bonus it was first time reading this author.

Chaz (aka Chip) is a vampire that must hide that fact since, in this world, supernaturals- or those otherwise known as “monsters”- are not allowed to have jobs in law enforcement. They really aren’t seen to have the same rights as humans. His new case hits close to home and one that has many twists and turns; making difficult to figure out who the killer really is. The author did a fantastic job on keeping me on the edge of my seat, trying to see all the clues that were given to come up with the answer. Although I did suspect who it was I was not certain most of the way through the story. A sign of someone who is great writing mysteries since hiding it completely is super hard to do most times.

In order to feed, Chaz needs to go to a private club that caters to all supernaturals and humans for blood and sex. It’s here he meets Sully, a sex worker, that becomes much more than that to him. I personally loved both characters; but didn’t fully feel that they had a connection. The beginning part of their relationship felt stilted and for me I didn’t feel the chemistry between them. I’m not sure what it was since the writing was great so it truly could just be me. Sully was never in a place of wanting since he was content and happy in the life he led. He may have been forced to become a sex worker, but he finally found a place to call home and a job that he was good at. But he felt a connection that he typically doesn’t feel for his clients, and as much as he knows he should walk away, he just cannot bring himself to do it.

Danger and intrigue is the name of the game in this story. It was interesting and fun to read especially adding, that if Chaz doesn’t figure out who the real killer is he may be framed for all of them and soon. Great story that held my attention, an atmospheric world created that was descriptive and grounded all at the same time. 







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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Book of the Week: Imago by N.R. Walker #Review





Author: N. R. Walker
Publisher: Blueheart Press
Publication date: February 18, 2017

Length: 45,000 words





Synopsis

Nerdy, introverted genius lepidopterist, Lawson Gale, is an expert on butterflies. He finds himself in a small town in Tasmania on a quest from an old professor to find an elusive species that may or may not even exist.

Local Parks and Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton, is an ordinary guy who loves his life in the sleepy town of Scottsdale. Along with his Border collie dog, Rosemary, his job, and good friends, he has enough to keep from being lonely.

But then he meets Lawson, and he knows he’s met someone special. There’s more to catching butterflies, Jack realises. Sometimes the most elusive creatures wear bowties, and sometimes they can’t be caught at all.

Lawson soon learns there are butterflies he can’t learn about it in books. They exist only in a touch, in a kiss, in a smile. He just has to let go first, so these butterflies can fly.

Imago is the story of finding love, bowties, and butterflies.




Review

Best word to describe this book is gorgeous. It’s lovely from beginning to end. Lawson and Jack are absolutely entertaining to read. Their dialog and interactions fits.
Lawson who is used to people thinking him weird and antisocial is perfect in Jack’s eyes. From his bowties to his suspenders Lawson does it for Jack. Lawson basically tells it how it is and is unapologetic about whatever vocal discovery he makes. He has a genius mind, a love for all creatures, a heart bigger than Australia, and a dirty mouth.
Jack is big, outdoorsy, adores his dog Rosemary, is determined to make every date with Lawson better than the last, and admits he never thought he was lonely until he met Lawson.
These two together are like bread and butter! I couldn’t get enough of them. When they meet for the first time it is truly fantastic! Watching it morph and evolve into a brilliant love story felt like an honor.
I can’t begin to imagine what it must feel like to discover a new species of anything. To go at it and believe and work as hard as Lawson does and for Jack to blindly believe him because he believes in Lawson is stunning.
There’s some gasp worth moments in this book too. From the steamy to the suspenseful. The pacing was spot on and I adored the creativity in this plot. You can’t help but fall in love with these two and all the secondary characters.








Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday Author Spotlight: Garrett Leigh #Interview #Giveaway



Happy Saturday Author Spotlight day! I'm very excited to have Garrett Leigh back here and talking with me! She's written so many outstanding books such as, Heart, What Remains, Roads series, Misfits, and so so so many more. Coming soon for you she has the sequel to Misfits, Strays! We are going to have a little pow wow with her, check out some of her work, and shut it down with a giveaway so hang around.









Cornish pastry chef Seb Wright dreads the summer tourist season. The cash injection to his artisan fudge pantry is more than welcome, the extra work, less so. Then one summer, a shadowy Good Samaritan catches his eye. Irish Traveller Dex is bewitching, a beautiful sullen enigma who turns Seb's world upside down until he disappears in the night, vanishing like a mystical summer rain.

Twelve months later Dex is in the midst of a dark storm. A slave to his master, 'Uncle' Braden, he spends his days cleaning caravans and his nights working in Braden's other businesses. His short summer with Seb seems a lifetime ago. Lost in the savage violence of the murky underworld, he doesn't dare dream he'll ever find his way back, until one night, a brutal crime opens the door for a chance escape. A new life beckons, old faces emerge, and immersed in the heady vibe of London’s East End, new love begins to heal his fractured heart.






Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.

Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.

Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.




Web designer Jodi Peters is a solitary creature. Lunch twice a week with his ex-girlfriend-turned-BFF and the occasional messy venture to a dodgy gay bar is all the company he needs, right?

Then one night he stumbles across newly divorced firefighter Rupert O’Neil. Rupert is lost and lonely, but just about the sweetest bloke Jodi has ever known. Add in the heady current between them, and Jodi can’t help falling hard in love. He offers Rupert a home within the walls of his cosy Tottenham flat—a sanctuary to nurture their own brand of family—and for four blissful years, life is never sweeter.

Until a cruel twist of fate snatches it all away. A moment of distraction leaves Jodi fighting for a life he can’t remember and shatters Rupert’s heart. Jodi doesn’t know him—or want to. With little left of the man he adores, Rupert must cling to what remains of his shaky faith and pray that Jodi can learn to love him again.




Don’t look back. Don’t you ever look back…

Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.

Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength—things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.

Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him from home, and he doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life.











Interview


Thank you so much for being here today, Garrett. It’s so great to have you back. I pretty much devour any and every book you publish so you can say I’m a fan. I am just going to poke at your brain a little bit today if that’s fine. So strap yourself in and we can begin.


You have a new book coming out, Strays, it’s the sequel to Misfits but with a different set of MC’s being the focal point. Did you ever think you’d write a sequel to this book and will there be a third?

When I wrote Misfits, it was as a complete standalone, but I don’t think I realized how developed the world I’d created for Tom, Cass, and Jake really was until readers began to ask more and more questions about Urban Soul—many of which centered around Cass, and how he met Nero. And so I sat down and thought about it and discovered that I was completely in love with Nero and had to write his story.
I had no intention of writing a third book, but I have a few ideas percolating that I might explore when I have time. Cass feels like he has more to give, and then there’s Jolen too, who appears briefly in Strays. I suppose it depends on how well Strays sells as to whether I can find the time in my schedule to write more.


In this series you have a character with Tourette’s (I don’t want to spoil anything so I will leave them nameless) My sister and law has tourettes and I know, for her, it’s frustrating and she is often embarrassed. Now hers she growls, purrs, and taps involuntarily. There’s many different sort of “ticks” what made you go the route you did with this character?

I wanted to show that there was far more to the condition that the shouty-swearing most of us imagine when we think of Tourrette’s. Because while the character in question certainly swears a lot, there are many other facets to his condition. I think this is showed in Misfits when he bags his head against the wall, and again in Strays when Cass has to leave work to take care of him.


On top of writing books, as if you’re not busy enough, you design book covers! Can you tell us a little about that side of you? How’d you decide to do that and how do you balance your, well, entire life?

I don’t balance my life well at all. I work full time as Garrett—both as an author and an artist, and I have a day job, two kids, and a bunch of unruly animals to look after too. The reality is a big hot mess, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.


What would you say was the biggest chance you ever took with your writing?

Switching publishers. When I signed with Riptide, their release schedule and some personal shit meant that I had a year break between releasing Misfits and Between Ghosts. I was terrified that my readers would’ve forgotten all about me, but thankfully, it didn’t happen, and by the end of this year, you’ll likely be sick of me.



Are there any conferences or conventions you will be attending this year?

Not likely. We’re super busy with house renovations over the summer.



Can you tell us about any of your future projects?

I’m writing the follow up to Rented Heart right now, and it has a link to another book entirely, bringing in another character that readers were desperate to see more of. That’s all I’m saying, though more details can be found in Garrett’s Den. <3

What would you say is your least favorite part about publishing a book?

The fear that no one will buy it.


How can your fans follow you: Twitter, FB, Website, Instagram…

The best way is my group https://www.facebook.com/groups/garrettsden/ but there’s plenty of other ways too…
Cover art enquiries: blackjazzdesign@gmail.com

Fast Fire Questions:

Favorite season? Spring
Coffee or tea? Rooibos tea
Favorite flower? Daffodil
Best comfort food? Anything I can eat in bed with a spoon
Favorite color? Blue
Dogs or cats? Both


Thank you, Garrett, so much for being here! I can’t wait for more books from you.

Thanks for having me, Mere <3







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Friday, February 24, 2017

Random Review... Taboo Vol 2 by Kol Anderson #Review #Giveaway




Author: Kol Anderson
Book: Taboo Vol 2
Self Published
Publication date: February 13, 2017
Length: 31 pages


Reviewed by Meredith


Synopsis

Taboo (Taboo Book 2)

Life is never easy. It's made worse when you're thrown to the vipers by your own father.
Happiness was never promised to Jake, but he allowed himself to hope for it for a short time in his life. He'll soon learn happiness is a privilege destined only for a select few, and he may not be one of the lucky ones.






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The next installment in Kol Anderson’s Taboo series is here! Now, when Vol 1 ended we were all like, “Ahhhhh OMG OMG, JAKE!” We were left feeling dread and hopelessness….Remember? We met quite a few characters. The main three seem to be Jake, Trey, and Weldon.

In this one it took me by surprise. I was expecting the worst environment imaginable. More depravity! Right? I mean it IS KOL! But no. This was a shockingly calm and almost sweet story. Which only terrifies me more because that means it’s all calm before the storm. I’m freaked out about Vol 3. 

We see a side to Weldon. He actually has FAMILY! He has a nephew and a niece. We learn that Jake is known by his sister. But the mystery grows as well. Who is Jake to Weldon? We also know Trey knows the story….. I’m so curious. 

This is a very intriguing series and I’m desperate for more.





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