Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Random Review: Survivor Stories by JP Barnaby #Review #Giveaway







Author: JP Barnaby
Book: Survivor Stories
Stories Include: Aaron, Ben, Spencer, Anthony, Sophie
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Art: AngstyG
Bundle Art: Paul Richmond
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Length: 844 pages


Reviewed by Morningstar


Synopsis

Sometimes it takes everything just to survive….
In Aaron, two years after a traumatizing occurrence, Aaron is still desperately trying to pull his life back together, and when he meets Spencer at a college class, his sanity threatens to spin out of control. 

In Ben, Benjamin Martin finds temporary forgetfulness in his BDSM sessions, but when he turns to his best friend Jude for help, they will both have to find peace in each other and in submission.

In Spencer, Aaron and Spencer are still struggling to build a normal relationship, and when Aaron must testify against his attackers, can Spencer be what Aaron needs during this crisis? 

In Anthony, Aaron’s younger brother Anthony is tired of being invisible and heads to Detroit, where he encounters Brendan. Thrown together by fate and betrayal, they will have to find comfort in each other. 

And in Sophie, Spencer’s beloved Nell has died and left him custody of her three-year-old daughter Sophie; when Nell’s ex comes to claim Sophie, Aaron will have to decide if he can stand beside Spencer in his biggest fight yet.


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There is no way for me to put down words that could describe the level of emotion and heart I invested into these stories and what was given back to me ten freaking fold.

I have to admit that when I started reading it, I read with caution. I read with my hand over my eyes, peeking through my fingers, hesitating in every turn of the page. But all in a good way. Aaron’s story wasn’t easy to read, but it is one that needed to be told, one that held repercussions for those around him for years. That’s what this series did. It told a big story, one that needed to be told. 

Aaron and Spencer’s story was not easy to read. Not book one of them, not book three of them, and not the final book of them. Each one had the capability of breaking my heart because these characters were brought to life with every word written, so much life that I ached for their pain, for their happiness, for their laughs, for their hearts that they risked every damn day. I’m one of those readers that love to read books that torture me but rarely do because when done right they stay in my heart for so long I can’t stop thinking about them. THIS was one of those series for me.

Ben, oh my god, Ben he was perfect to me. He was this complicated guy who lived with such guilt and pain but was snarky and cocky all the same. I hurt for the pain he felt he deserved but grew to need and love, and Jude for taking up the goal of being everything his Ben needed even when he wasn’t sure he could.

Anthony!! He killed me with his loneliness and his bravery and his stupidity. Anthony is the younger brother of Aaron, the one forgotten in the pain and recovery of his brother. He was such a young guy who made a bad choice that could’ve turned so horrible for him. And that was the twist to the whole thing that was hard for me to grasp but was the perfect teaching moment for Anthony. Him finding Patrick and Brendan was like going home for him, especially Brendan. I loved LOVED that he got paired with him after everything he went through with Aaron. Finding someone who was broken (not as bad) but he clicked with made my heart soar for them both.


This may not be a set of stories that could be reread easily, but they are ones that will go on my all-time top favorites shelf, and one that I know will stay with me through the years. The writing, the characters, the stories...they were perfect for me, and I will highly recommend them to everyone who will listen. 





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Monday, October 30, 2017

Release Blitz: The Jackal's House by Anna Butler #Excerpt #Giveaway




Length: 114,000 words approx. 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Design: Reese Dante 

Lancaster's Luck Series

The Gilded Scarab (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK 

About The Series

Lancaster’s Luck is set in a steampunk world where, at the turn of the 20th century, the eight powerful Convocation Houses are the de facto rulers of the Britannic Imperium. In this world of politics and assassins, a world powered by luminiferous aether and phlogiston and where aeroships fill the skies, Captain Rafe Lancaster, late of Her Majesty’s Imperial Aero Corps, buys a coffee house in one of the little streets near the Britannic Museum in Bloomsbury.

So begins the romantic steampunk adventures which have Rafe, a member of Minor House Stravaigor, scrambling over Londinium’s rooftops on a sultry summer night or facing dire peril in the pitch dark of an Aegyptian night. And all the while, sharing the danger is the man he loves: Ned Winter, First Heir of Convocation House Gallowglass, the most powerful House in the entire Imperium.

Blurb

Something is stalking the Aegyptian night and endangering the archaeologists excavating the mysterious temple ruins in Abydos. But is it a vengeful ancient spirit or a very modern conspiracy….

Rafe Lancaster’s relationship with Gallowglass First Heir, Ned Winter, flourishes over the summer of 1900, and when Rafe’s House encourages him to join Ned’s next archaeological expedition, he sees a chance for it to deepen further. Since all the Houses of the Britannic Imperium, Rafe’s included, view assassination as a convenient solution to most problems, he packs his aether pistol—just in case.

Trouble finds them in Abydos. Rafe and Ned begin to wonder if they’re facing opposition to the Temple of Seti being disturbed. What begins as tricks and pranks escalates to attacks and death, while the figure of the Dog—the jackal-headed god, Anubis, ruler of death—casts a long shadow over the desert sands. Destruction follows in his wake as he returns to reclaim his place in Abydos. Can Rafe and Ned stand against both the god and House plots when the life of Ned’s son is on the line?




Excerpt

I like kissing.

Like Ned, I’d spent years in hiding. His constraint had been matrimony and the sense of honor and duty that would never have allowed him to be unfaithful to the mother of his sons. Only her untimely death had released those bonds. Mine had been less noble: I had no desire for a court-martial and a dishonorable discharge from Her Imperial Majesty’s Aero Corps. Most of my encounters over the years had been quick and furtive, but I’d taken every chance I could to practice my technique.

I not only liked kissing, I was good at it.

Fast little kisses to start with, kisses that barely made contact with the skin of Ned’s throat, kisses meant to tease. He tilted his head back to let me in, closing his eyes. His mouth opened on a soft sigh. I hoped he was giving himself up to the pleasure, losing himself in it, that nothing mattered to him at that moment except the feel of my mouth on his throat and lips. I hoped so. I wanted to please him.

I kissed and licked the delicate skin under his ear until he choked with laughter at the tickling. He tightened his grip on my hands and tugged at them until I raised my head. Ha! He’d lulled me into trusting him there and took full advantage of it. He swooped to capture my mouth with his, cutting off breath and thought, bringing a dizzying warmth with his hot tongue, and making me moan.

Of course, they were very manly moans.



Anna was a communications specialist for many years, working in various UK government departments on everything from marketing employment schemes to organizing conferences for 10,000 civil servants to running an internal TV service. These days, though, she is writing full time. She recently moved out of the ethnic and cultural melting pot of East London to the rather slower environs of a quiet village tucked deep in the Nottinghamshire countryside, where she lives with her husband and the Deputy Editor, aka Molly the cockerpoo. 

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Release Day Review: Late In The Day by Mary Calmes #Review #Giveaway



Author: Mary Calmes
Book: Late In The Day
Series: The Vault #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publication date: October 30, 2017
Length: 200 pages


Reviewed by Erin

Synopsis

Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name—and the people associated with it—behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his forty-plus years… but that’s now changing.

The newest chapter of his life is bringing serious change: a stable home, a recovered identity, an unlikely family, and now a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm. The reasons they parted are still valid, and there’s no way they can trust each other. But Efrem has already decided he won’t let Darius go… and Darius will have to decide if he wants to take a chance with his heart this late in the day.
 



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Every reader has their favorite book by an author they love. That one book that no matter how many times you pick it up, that sense of coming home, that feeling of comfort like a warm blanket on a cold day never fades. For me and Mary Calmes it's her book, Mine. Sure I love A Matter of Time, and the Marshals series, and of course Frog (and every other book by her!) but my love of Mine is strong and true. So when Conrad Harris made a cameo appearance in Parting Shot, I might have flailed. When he showed up at the end of A Day Makes and made a significant impact, I squeed loudly enough Mary probably heard me. But when I found out Late in the Day was all Conrad, well, let's just say there was dancing and flailing AND squeeing. And omg people, that cover is to die for, yeah? *swoons*

I'm going to keep this review spoiler-free because as per usual, Mary drops us smack dab in the middle of the action. So you need to keep on your toes. It doesn't take long to get the background on what exactly it means that Conrad, or Darius as we learn is his true name, has been chosen to be The Vault. The premise behind this is super cool and I love how Mary shows us how it all works. 

I have to mention the Easter eggs. Because holy crackers y'all, there are SO MANY. Like, you should read Late in the Day with a notebook beside you and your GR open so you can look at Mary's other books. I am in awe how she's bringing so many things together and it was like Christmas with every page and every new reveal! I've read this twice already and picked up more things, more breadcrumbs and I bet if I read it three and four times, there'd be even more. Like with any book by Mary Calmes you have to suspend belief a bit, but really, isn't that what makes her books so much fun and the kind of book you can read over and over? 

Late in the Day is quintessential Calmes. Fast paced with a plot that's over the top but you can't help but get sucked into. Characters that seem like friends and family, a swoony romance and some pretty hot sexy times. This is Mary at her best and I'm already dying for the next book to see what happens next! Hopefully she doesn't make us wait too long. 


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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Random Review: Tracker Hacker by Jeff Adams #Review #Giveaway




Author: Jeff Adams
Book: Tracker Hacker
Series: Code Name: Winger #1
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Publication date: October 17, 2017
Length: 192 pages

Reviewed by Erin

Synopsis

Theo Reese is just an average high school student with a passion for hockey and an uncanny talent when it comes to computers… at least on the surface.
What his teammates, fellow students, and even his boyfriend don’t realize is that Theo leads a double life. When he’s not putting up his facade of normal, Theo is working as an agent for Tactical Operational Support, where his technical genius is more than just a hobby. At sixteen he is responsible for helping agents in the field and keeping the TOS network secure.
It’s a secret he has to keep—from everyone.
But secrecy becomes even harder when a hacker compromises the system TOS uses to track its agents and Theo’s dad goes missing. Theo must find him and stop the hacker, which means leaving the comfort of his computer screen and venturing into a very real and very deadly world.
And if that’s not enough to deal with, all the secrecy is really putting a strain on Theo’s love life.

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I'm a HUGE fan of YA (Young Adult) books ... it's where my heart truly is. I love everything about it--the awkwardness and sometimes painful self-discoveries, the ups and downs of being a teenager, the way the characters look at the world around them. Combine that with some Jason Bourne spy stuff and hockey and man, I'm 100% in. When I saw the blurb for Tracker Hacker by Jeff Adams, I knew this was going to be a book I had to have in my life. And let me tell you guys, I was not wrong. Wow! Talk about a wild ride from beginning to end! I could not stop reading and was completely enthralled from the first page until the last. 

Theo Reese is your typical teenager. He hangs out with his friends, plays hockey, and likes to make-out with his boyfriend, Eddie. He has a pretty decent relationship with his parents, school's not so bad ... he's even so smart that he takes a few classes at MIT. Yes, THAT MIT. Oh and on the side he just so happens to work for a super secret organization called Tactical Operation Support as a computer wiz and even has a cool codename--Winger. His parents work for the same organization, and together they secretly help keep people safe. It's not such a bad gig, though Theo has to lie to his friends and to Eddie, something that's getting harder and harder to manage the longer he has to do it. Theo loves helping people and he's pretty stoked at being able to use his brilliant brain to solve complex technical computer problems. When things start getting dangerous, for not only Theo but his family and the agents of TOS, Theo begins to understand exactly how much his double life might cost him. 

Guys, Tracker Hacker was tons of fun! Fast paced, witty, and exciting, it's everything a fantastic YA book (well, any book I suppose) should be. Theo was equal parts sarcastic and sweet. He has a huge, important job and he's brilliant, but he also has responsibilities to his hockey teammates and to Eddie. It's not always easy to balance and he makes mistakes, but he tries his best. I really liked his relationship with Eddie. They were fantastic together and you could definitely tell they love one another. I enjoyed the conflict here, of Theo having to hide this super secret part of his life, but wanting and trying to make time to spend with Eddie. The whole plot really grabbed my attention and didn't let go though the tech speak got a bit hard to follow at times and seemed to slow the story down in a few spots. All in all though, Tracker Hacker was a roller coaster of a ride and I can't wait to see where Jeff Adams takes the series next. Be sure to check it out, you won't be sorry! 







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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Spotlight from Meredith King: Realizing A Dream ~Guest Post #Giveaway





I have talked about this a lot; so many of you know that I have my debut novel coming out HOPEFULLY at the end of November. I leave that to the editing Gods.

 (If you have no idea what I'm talking about it's called Snow Falling under my pen name Davidson King)

 This is a huge thing for me. Anyone who has ever released a book understands this accomplishment. Hell, anyone who has ever worked their ass off for anything and gotten it understands.

I’ve explained how I was told for years from counselors and teachers that something of this magnitude just wasn’t achievable for me. If you know me then you know if I’m told I can’t, then I do.

Why am I talking about this? What’s my point?

On the other side of this dream is my everyday love, my blog Diverse Reader. This is something I am not only ridiculously proud of but recognize it’s grown into something I never believed possible. Almost four years later I see what it means to the LGBTQA+ community. I pride myself on the slogan it stands for: Celebrating books, love, and community. Diverse Reader is a beacon. One of many in this thriving community and I know it will continue to grow for a long time.

I’ve talked about this in length, so what’s one more time right? Authors reviewing. I honestly STILL have zero issue with that. I hope many authors read my book (s) and review. We learn from others and that means our peers/colleagues as well. Originally, in one of my Facebook live videos, I stated I would continue to review on Diverse Reader. I have received support and I have also received resistance on this front. So what’s the call I’m going to make?

I am not 100% sure. But here’s what I do know. In a month’s time, give or take, I will fulfill a dream that I denied for years. What I want more than anything is to be allowed to enjoy that. THIS moment. I want to sit back and cry over this. Not because I’m sad but because I flippin’ did it! It has not been easy. It’s one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done and I truly loved every second of it. If this book doesn’t do well I’m still going to write because I HAVE to.

A decision will have to be made and it will be made. I ask you to trust me on this. I can say that I have review commitments until the end of November that I will absolutely keep but I, personally, have not signed on to review any in December because I will take this VERY seriously.

If I choose to step down from the reviewing aspect of the blog I will take on more reviewers to join our rainbow family. I will always be the owner, I will continue to do promotion, excerpts, mass giveaways, all the fun but if I choose to step down it will just be from reviewing.

I can’t ignore the fact I am the OWNER of this blog. I can’t ignore I am stepping into the other side of that and questions of bias and favoritism is a serious issue discussed and I am absolutely hearing you and will take this seriously. 

Understand that.

I am simply asking this; let me have this moment. That’s all. Let me celebrate this without judgment. That’s all I ask.
Thank you.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Flashback Friday: Stygian by Santino Hassell #Review #Giveaway






Author: Santino Hassell
Book: Stygian
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Damonza
Publication date: October 26, 2015
Length: 204 pages


Reviewed by Meredith


Synopsis

Jeremy has been isolated and adrift since the death of his brother. Most people just see him as the skinny emo kid who wears eyeliner and plays drums. No one gets him. Nobody tries. He thought the indie rock band Stygian would become his anchor, but—lost in their own problems—they’re far from the family he sought.

Still, hoping to get close to Kennedy, the band's enigmatic guitarist, he follows Stygian to northern Louisiana for a summer retreat. They had planned to spend six weeks focusing on new music but things go awry as soon as they arrive at the long-deserted Caroway mansion. Tempers flare, sexual tension boils over into frustration, and Jeremy turns away from the band to find a friend in his eerily beautiful landlord Hunter Caroway.

Kennedy suspects there’s something off about the creepy mansion and its mysterious owners, but Jeremy thinks he's finally found somewhere he fits. It isn’t until Kennedy forces the Caroway’s secrets into the light that Jeremy realizes belonging sometimes comes with a price.
 


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Knowing it was my week to pick the Flashback Friday right around Halloween time left me with no doubt in my mind that I was going to reread and review Stygian by Santino Hassell. I loved it when I read it the first time and fell in love all over again the second time.

When I reviewed it two years ago I said this: 

Santino Hassell’s mind must be a tornado of creative genius. There’s no other way to explain how he not only manages to plot his books, but to brilliantly get it onto paper. Stygian is a hauntingly beautiful story about 4 misfit band members. Told in the point of view of Jeremy, the new member of the band. Jeremy is shattered. Utterly broken. He clings to a love that may not be. He is shrouded in a past so dark no light can illuminate hope. We follow this broken existence. See him grappling any solid happiness he can find. He’s mesmerized by the illusion others show him. These characters are facets of all things. I didn’t know who to believe. I felt like I was Jeremy. And in a way we are. We are experiencing all of this through him.
Santino’s ability to bring reality to a plot line such as this, is breathtaking. Stygian is nothing like I thought it would be… it was far better. It sucked me in. It wrapped me up in these 4 boys and their lives. In their maybe futures. I’ve read hundreds (yes hundreds) of books so far in 2015 and I can say this is the best book of the year so far. Make it part of your life.
Well, now it's 2017 and I can say that when I'm looking for a gritty, magical, haunting book this time of year I always grab this one. And what's funny is I'm not usually a re-reader. I make an exception for this one. It's as outstanding now as it was then.





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Random Review: The Librarian's Rake by Z. Allora #Review #Giveaway




Author: Z. Allora
Book: The Librarian's Rake
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Publication Date: October 25, 2017
Length: 123 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Synopsis

Opposites might attract, but is acting on that attraction wise?

Librarian Tristan Cooper can’t steer clear of sexy, motorcycle-riding bad boy Phillip—the man is hot—but Phillip is bound to find quiet, bookish Tristan boring, like all Tristan’s boyfriends. Tristan yearns to explore his wild side, the part of himself he’s only allowed into his fantasies, and maybe rakish Phillip is just what he needs to feel free.

Sexperienced hairdresser Phillip is more of a believer in happy endings than happily ever afters. Experience has taught him not to hope for more—until he meets sweet, vulnerable Tristan, who seems genuinely interested in his heart. But Phillip can’t trust enough to see himself as a man Tristan might want for more than a night.

With the help of a pair of matchmaking grandfathers, Tristan and Phillip might find the courage to step beyond their comfort zones and discover what has been missing from their lives….



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This is a story of opposites attracting with a bit of a twist! Tristan and Phillip couldn’t be more different at first glance, but that’s what makes this book so much fun!

Tristan is a librarian and a bit stuffy, his last boyfriend broke up with him for being too boring. He is very handsome and very sweet, I think he is quite perfect. You can tell Tristan wants to let loose and have fun, he just needs the right incentive. In walks that incentive in the form of Phillip.

Philip is a hair stylist who tends to spend a lot of time on his knees. He lives by the “catch and release” motto when it comes to dating. He hasn’t met anyone to make him want more and then he meets Tris.

Tris wants Phillip to teach him how to have fun and how to be more adventurous. Philip takes Tris under his wings with a new haircut and new clothes. Philip also begins to see that Tris doesn’t need to change because Tris is so special. I love the fact that Phillip understands that he's the one changing, Tris is making him more. While Phillip is scared, he can’t deny his librarians hold on him. As these two become closer, it becomes more obvious how alike they really are.

This is such a sweet and fun book with a lot of sexy too! I loved Phillip and Tris together so much, I just kept thinking how much they fit. The good boy who wants to be bad and the bad boy who needs to be good. I loved their chemistry and their honesty with each other. Such a good read and one I know I’ll read again! 





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Release Day Review: Hell and Back by Dirk Greyson #Review #Giveaway



Author: Dirk Greyson
Book: Hell and Back
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: October 27, 2017
Length: 200 pages
Cover Artist: LC Chase


Reviewed by Meredith


Synopsis

Seventeen years ago, Forge Reynolds fell in love… and had his heart broken. When Staff Sergeant Gage Livingston was brought into Forge’s Army field hospital, temporarily paralyzed, Forge sat with him, read his letters, answered his mail, and formed a connection he thought would last. But Gage was sent home, Forge transferred to a new post, and his letters to Gage went unanswered.

Now in the middle of a bitter divorce, Forge is sick and tired of his husband’s manipulation. He's almost ready to make any sacrifice to get closure—then he finds Granger murdered execution-style in their home. Forge had no idea about Granger’s illicit activities, but the killers don’t believe that. They think Forge has something they want, and they’re coming after him.

When Forge’s lawyer arranges for professional protection, the last face Forge expects to see is Gage’s. Can he even contemplate a second chance for them after almost two decades, or will hope only lead to more heartache? Before they can explore the possibilities, they must figure out what information Granger had—that others are willing to kill for—or that possible heartache could become a certainty.


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This author is known for his mystery and suspense and Hell and Back takes you on a ride of murder, mayhem, and puzzles.

Forge and Gage fell in love seventeen years ago and only the murder of Forge’s husband brings them back together again. So, in that aspect it’s a second chance story as well. Those are always exciting because you KNOW they know each other before they even see one another. That moment when they lay eyes on each other is everything.

This has a strong romantic element to it. I would say this was fifty percent romance and fifty percent drama and mystery so if you’re a fan of both then you will love this.

I knew this story was too easy when a “bad guy” was revealed and I love that I was thinking like my own life depended on it. It’s the greatest when a book can make you do that.

In some areas I found it did drag and that was mostly due to dialog. There was some mild redundancy in conversations that Gage and Forge would have. Like the same conversation a few times. That was the only little thing that bothered me.

I really love this author and the masterful way he tangles romance and mystery together. It’s always so well thought out and clever!


I recommend this book for the lover of a good whodunit and romance.






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Book Blitz: Psycho Romeo by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliot #Excerpt #Giveaway



Title:  Psycho Romeo
Series: Ward Security Series #1
Author: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Publisher:  Drake and Elliott Publishing, LLC
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 81K
Genre: Romance, Thriller/Suspense, Romantic Suspense, Gay Literature, Gay fiction, bodyguards

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Synopsis



Geoffrey Ralse is known for being the life of the party. He loves the club scene, hanging with his friends, and flirting with whomever catches his eye. He certainly isn’t going to stop living his life just because some would-be stalker starts sending him threats.
But it all changes when Geoffrey is drugged and wakes up half naked in his own home with a new message from his stalker.

He needs help and there’s only one person he trusts…

Protective Agent Sven Larsen has been fighting Geoffrey’s flirtatious advances for months, even though he’s impossibly drawn to the man. There’s no way he can be around him twenty-four/seven and not finally crack. But one look at Geoffrey’s haunted eyes, and he knows there’s no way he’s letting Geoffrey walk out of Ward Security without him.

Even if it means breaking his own rules, he will keep Geoffrey

Excerpt


Once again, Geoffrey had surprised him. That jump to his defense had been swift and hard. Sven watched anyone who came near them, but he also watched Geoffrey fume as he walked the wrong direction on Freedom Way. People strolled the sidewalks all around them. In the back of his mind, he stayed aware of the fact that they didn’t know for sure his stalker was a part of his group. It could be anyone.

Over a million followers on one site alone.

He shook his head and stayed close as he took in everything about their surroundings. Skyscrapers of downtown Cincinnati rose up behind them while the Great American Ballpark was on their left. There was the rush of traffic on nearly all sides, but Geoffrey appeared to be heading away from the biggest crowds of people and toward Ohio River rippling in the distance, winding between Ohio and Kentucky.

Sweat gathered on his back, under his arms, and at the back of his neck. Maybe it was time to cut the hair. He’d grown it in a challenge with his brothers—who could stand it the longest. His oldest brother still held out. But Sven could out-stubborn them all.

Mostly because he actually liked it. Low-maintenance hair—just needed a brush or something to keep it off his neck. Digging into his pocket, he found one of the thick hair ties he used and looped his hair into a messy knot at the back of his head. He glanced down to find Geoffrey watching his movements with fascination.

“I don’t know how you stand it. Mine drives me crazy when it gets past my ears.”

He eyed the light blond gelled hair brushed back off Geoffrey’s forehead. “It suits you.”

“Thanks.” Anger returned to his expression, tightening his lips and he stomped off again. He had his hands shoved deep into the pockets of his jeans—probably to keep from throwing them about as he did when his emotions were high. And they were. It was obvious in his quick, hard steps, his tight expression, and the energy radiating from his body. Sven had never met someone with so much liveliness. So much fire. He’d often marveled over it during the classes at Ward, fascinated and drawn to all that brightness and vitality like Geoffrey had hooked him on a short fishing line.

He could hardly ever take his eyes off him.

And now that he’d seen the sexy, trim body under all those clothes, he was having trouble not watching for the flex of muscle underneath the slouchy blue T-shirt Geoffrey wore today. When he shrugged, it slipped off his shoulder and Sven wanted to lift him high, press his back into the nearest wall, and put his mouth on that tantalizing collarbone. Learn the taste and scent of his skin. And he wanted the laughter back. Amusement transformed him, making him all golden sunlight and joy. He’d throw his head back, revealing white teeth and when he let himself go like that, the trace of sadness he seemed to carry at all times disappeared.

Sven had the feeling Geoffrey’s loneliness ran deeper than his own, and he’d felt the ache of it for some time now. He didn’t enjoy bars or nightclubs and although he’d downloaded a hookup app onto his phone, he’d never seen anyone on it worth contacting. But he wasn’t one for anonymous sex, so he mostly went without. Hoping he’d eventually meet someone worth the effort it would take to build a real relationship.

His fierce attraction to Geoffrey made little sense. They couldn’t have been more opposite in personality, size, income bracket…pretty much everything.

Except for the loneliness.

Geoffrey had tons of people around him, yet none of them were true friends. Not any that he’d met today anyway. And every time his gaze had locked with Geoffrey’s, he’d seen something that had ripped the world right from under his feet.

Geoffrey knew. He was completely aware that they used him. For money, for notoriety, for another selfie on their social media accounts.

The absolute…fakeness of it all tightened his chest to the point of pain. Because he could see, in those blue eyes, that Geoffrey Ralse needed so much more.

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Rinda Elliott

Rinda loves unusual stories and credits growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept them amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, she tried to separate her darker side with her humorous and romantic one. She published short fiction, but things really started happening when she gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, she loves making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with her husband and two children. She is the author of the Beri O’Dell urban fantasy series, the YA Sister of Fate Trilogy with Harlequin Teen, and the paranormal romance Brothers Bernaux Trilogy. She also writes erotic fiction as Dani Worth. She can be found at RindaElliott.com and her Dani Worth blog . She’s represented by Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Agency.

Jocelynn Drake

Love comes in many varied forms. There is the love of family, love of country, and love of chocolate. But for Jocelynn Drake, one truly treasured love is the love of a good story. This former Kentucky girl spends the majority of her time lost in the strong embrace of a good book. When she’s not hammering away at her keyboard, frowning at her monitor, or curled up with a book, she can usually be found cuddling with her cat Demona, walking her dog Max, or flinging curses at the TV while playing a video game. Outside of books, cats, and video games, she is completely enamored of Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, fast cars, and Anthony Bourdain (but only when he’s feeling really cranky). She is the author of the urban fantasy series: The Dark Days series and the Asylum Tales. She also occasionally writes as Joy Douglass when she’s in the mood for a little historical romance. She can be found at JocelynnDrake.com.

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