Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Random Review: The Medium by Bonnie Dee #Review #Giveaway






Title: The Medium
Author: Bonnie Dee
Self Published
Publication Date: May 29, 2018

Reviewed by Truus


Synopsis

To win a heart, he must risk his soul…

Cast out of his family for being a freak, psychic Justin Crump helps others find peace by using his ability. When he’s called upon to release a distressed soul from a haunted house, a child’s angry spirit draws him into a dark mystery. Equally intriguing is the skeptical homeowner, Albert, a man who has buried his sexuality deeper than the grave.

Albert Henderson humors his mother’s wishes by inviting the medium for a visit. While he doubts Justin’s gifts, he can’t deny one truth: the man stirs desire in him that Albert has spent a lifetime denying. Slowly, the walls of his proper life crumble. And when Justin proposes some emotion-free experimentation, neither imagines it might lead to love…and danger.

After learning the terrifying truth about the deceased child’s persecutor, the two men pursue a perpetrator of great evil. When they coax a confession from their quarry, the vengeful spirit unleashes power nearly beyond control. To free the earthbound ghost from the past that holds it shackled, Justin must risk his own soul. And Albert must find the courage to break free of the chains of doubt that will deny him and Justin the future of which they once only dreamed.



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I was sold from the very first line... When an author can make me, as a reader, fully aware of details and surroundings, like vision, smell, noise, body language, the tensions and very importantly the century it takes place in .... from the very first page.... It can’t go wrong in any way with the story. 

Picture ‘London 1895’ 

Albert Henderson bought a beautiful house, only it had a lost and angry young spirit in it.
Justin Crump is a psychic and thrown away as dirt by his family.
Albert’s mother asked for Mr. Crump to help with the lost spirit. When both men get involved there is an undeniable attraction. Albert has no experience at all how to deal or act with his feelings for Justin, he is, at first, a bit curt, Justin gently tries to open his heart.
Bit by bit the secrets of the lost spirit are revealed. While working together on the same case Justin and Albert are getting fonder of each other. 
Some ugly things had happened in this house... and both men are determined to help the spirit.

Sublime story and sublimely written. It had a focus on several important things, the injustice toward people, the restless spirits, family, friendship and the strong connection between two men in a century which didn’t allowed a love between two people from the same sex. The mysterious case that brought them together is beautifully woven into this story. The spiritual level were amazingly put down. Both men were gentle and considerate, their bond indestructible and that was what saved them on heavy occasions.
Their longing and yearning; so strong and so present... it made me emotional. 
This story and the beautiful way it’s written touched me on a deep level. I felt the emotional and psychic depth, I balked ugly tears. I was completely enchanted by this story!







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Random Review: The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever by Andrew Grey #Review #Giveaway




Author: Andrew Grey
Title: The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever
House Line: Dreamspun Desires
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Length: 190 pages

Reviewed by Michael


Synopsis

Tommy Gordon is all set for happily ever after—until heartbreak strikes when his husband-to-be leaves him at the altar. In a bid for distraction, his best friend, Grayson Phillips, suggests he takes advantage of the luxury honeymoon anyway! But the last thing Tommy wants is to go alone, so he invites Grayson and his son, Petey, along. Beautiful Bonaire lends itself to romance, and along with close quarters, relaxing on the water, and a matchmaking kid, Tommy and Grayson soon find themselves closer than ever… and considering more, much to Grayson’s delight. But before they can plan the best honeymoon ever, dark clouds descend in the form of Tommy’s ex and a sting from paradise that could ruin everything.

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Being left at the alter has got to suck.  But that’s nothing when compared to the feeling of being deceived by the one you were supposed to marry.  You almost have to feel for Tommy, especially when you find out what Xavier, the ex, does after the aborted wedding.  Tommy handles it well, but then he has his best friend Grayson and Grayson’s nine-year-old son Petey (along with a loving mother, father, and aunt) in his corner.


Grayson convinces Tommy to go on the honeymoon trip to Bonaire in the Caribbean, despite the latter’s broken heart.  The trip is already paid for, after all.  Grayson and Petey go along to keep him company.  While on this trip, Grayson reveals that he’s been in love with Tommy for years.


Andrew Grey does a wonderful job of describing the scenery of the island.  If you didn’t know any better, you would almost swear you were there.  Let’s be honest, who couldn’t fall in love, or acknowledge a love that has always been there, with a backdrop of a majestic Caribbean Island.  It’s what happens after the vacation that can become the real problem.  Which is precisely what Tommy, a natural-born planner and pessimist, worries about.  Who can blame him, really.  He’s just been ditched by one man he thought loved him and is about to completely alter the parameters of his friendship with Grayson.


Grayson is quite the opposite.  He’s more of a go-with-the-flow kind of guy.  Oddly, the balance each other.


This was an enjoyable read, filled with beautiful scenery, friends-to-lovers story, and just the right amount of drama to keep things interesting without going completely overboard.








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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Random Review: Restraint by AJ Rose #Review #Giveaway





Author: AJ Rose
Title: Restraint
Series: Power Exchange #4
Publication Date: April 27, 2018
Length: 354 pages
Self Published

Reviewed by Meredith

Synopsis

Who brings a Glock on a honeymoon?

Not retired detective Gavin DeGrassi. When his husband Ben asks who he plans to shoot, Gavin has no answer. They’re spending three weeks in Ben’s family cabin near Seattle, not chasing down bad guys. Or are they?

Ben finds evidence the car accident that claimed his parents’ lives more than fifteen years ago was not so accidental. To avenge the Haversons, Gavin dusts off his detective skills and unknowingly paints a target on their backs. Suddenly, Ben is the prime suspect in a crime and the message couldn’t be clearer: drop the investigation or suffer untold consequences.

Gavin will stop at nothing to ensure Ben’s safety and bring the Haversons’ killers to justice, but without help, they’re sitting ducks. Gavin must make unlikely allies in his quest to clear Ben’s name and stop a ruthless crime syndicate. But with his loyalties divided, how far is too far in his quest for justice?




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Let us start out with the biggest question; is this a standalone? The answer is no. It is book four in AJ Rose's Power Exchange series and we are following Ben and Gavin throughout the four books. If you started here I feel you wouldn't appreciate their growth and how they got to where they are. Also, you would be confused in quite a few places.

That said, it is a terrific edition to this series. I have followed Ben and Gavin from the get go. I was there when they saw each other for the first time, and to see them in Restraint, on their honeymoon, knowing all they had been through was so awesome.

In Restraint, as you can tell, Ben and Gavin are married and celebrating their honeymoon. Of course it wouldn't be a Power Exchange book without two things, BDSM and a mystery. Restraint is milder on the BDSM than in other books but because of where Gavin and Ben are in their relationship and the seriousness of the story line it made perfect sense to me. It fits their dynamic and it's how it should be in my opinion.

This was very suspenseful, like my heart was pumping, it was exhilarating and nail biting. It wasn't as dark as the others, certainly not as dark as Consent, it really concentrated on the mystery of Ben's parents deaths. Hence the depth of the plot and how so much was at stake in this.

Leo was truly the shining star of this book no question there. While he took a little away from Gavin and Ben at times I wasn't sorry at all because it worked brilliantly. He added something to this story I wouldn't change for a second.

I want more of these guys, this series, and this amazing feeling I get when I complete a story in this series. If you haven't read the PE Series you must!





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Monday, June 18, 2018

Random Review: Bad Influence by K.A. Mitchell #Review #Giveaway





Author: K.A. Mitchell
Title: Bad Influence 2nd edition
Series: Bad in Baltimore #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Length: 260 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Synopsis

Can a future be built from pieces of a broken past?

Jordan Barnett is dead, killed as much by the rejection of his first love at his moment of greatest need as by his ultraconservative parents’ effort to deprogram the gay away.

In his place is Silver, a streetwise survivor who’s spent the last three years becoming untouchable… except to those willing to pay for the privilege. He’s determined not to let betrayal find him again, and that means never forging bonds that can be broken.

No matter how hard he tried, Zebadiah Harris couldn’t outrun his guilt over abandoning his young lover—not even by leaving the country. Now, almost the moment he sets foot back in Baltimore, he discovers Silver on a street corner in a bad part of town. His effort to make amends lands them both in jail, where Silver plans a seductive form of vengeance. But using a heart as a stepping-stone is no way to move past the one man he can’t forgive, let alone forget….




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Bad Influence is book four in K.A. Mitchell’s Bad in Baltimore series and I loved it! While reading the series, I’ve been so interested in learning more about Silver and this is his story and it was worth the wait! 

Jordan Barnett died when his parents kicked him out at 17 for being gay and Silver was born. Jordan was sheltered and from a very religious and influential family. Silver is a kid who has to do whatever is necessary to survive the streets of Baltimore.

Zebadiah Harris was the young man Jordan loved and the man he feels betrayed him. When a relationship starts with lies, it’s only a matter of time till it blows up in your face. When lies come to light, things for these young lovers quickly go seriously wrong. Now Zeb is in Baltimore and comes face to face with Silver, a person he knows so well and not at all at the same time. These two have common friends and keep running into each other and are put in a situation where they need to deal with the past. The time has come for all the lies and misunderstandings to be put to rest.

This is a series that I really love, it doesn’t shy away from anything. It doesn’t paint a picture perfect romance, but instead real stories of love and relationships. This book is at times heartbreaking, it’s always so hard to read about parents throwing away their children. Silver is no one’s victim though, he is strong, smart and most of all, a survivor. I love the message of redemption and forgiveness while still keeping the attitude that I’ve come to expect from this series. We get to catch up with the guys from the previous books and those are some of my favorite scenes. This is one to check out, you can read it as a stand-alone, but the other books are so good too! I recommend reading from the beginning!  This is a book/series with everything, a lot of heart, heat, friendship and snark! All things I love in a book.

I love this series




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