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Illegal Contact (The Barons #1)

Author: Santino Hassell

Publisher: InterMix

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Type: Novel in a Series

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Blurb: The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over… Continue reading Illegal Contact (The Barons #1)

Winter Oranges

Author: Marie Sexton

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 5 stars

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Type: Novel

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Blurb: Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.

There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.

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Lost in the Fire (Firehouse Six #5)

Author: Draven St. James

Publisher: Loose Id

Rating: 4 stars

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Type: Novel in a Series

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Blurb: Aaron Evans embodies every complication Wren Tucker knows he doesn’t need. The tempting go-go dancer refuses to leave him alone and his attempts to get into Wren’s bunker pants don’t stop at the club–even the walls of the Firehouse aren’t safe. Wren’s control is only so strong, and his desire for Aaron is turning into a clawing need that’s digging through the many reasons keeping Aaron at bay.

Aaron is two cold showers away from hypothermia if the hot fireman of his dreams won’t give in to the lust he sees blazing in Wren’s eyes. The only issue is, Wren is a forever man, and Aaron doesn’t have that in him to give, not with so many secrets locked behind the glitter and gold of his beautiful world.

As Wren begins to cave to Aaron’s delicious demands, he gets a deeper view of the tarnished landscape Aaron exists in. A murky pit of drug addiction that’s slowly dragging Aaron under, and Wren is going to have to fight like hell to save Aaron from it, to even have a chance at a new beginning with the man who brought him out of the shadows.

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Bare Studs

Author: anthology

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars

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Type: anthology

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Blurb: Plumbing, cleaning, stone work, painting. Whatever the task, these men have just the right tools for the job. Need something buffed or polished? You’ve come to the right place. From light and sexy fun, to smoldering passion, to life-changing transformations, it’s all in a day’s work for these blue-collar studs. When it needs to be done and done right, trust a professional… mechanic, dry waller, construction worker, firefighter, or snow globe repairman. These guys know if you’re going to work, you might as well work hard. Tag along with them as they show off their special skills—on the job and off.

Coffee Run by Jess Roth
The Last Snow Globe Repairman by Allan Jay
Of Scribes and Kings by Bryl R Tyne
Executive Decision by Alice Archer
Flat Packed by Henrietta Clarke
Moonshine by Charlie Tannen
Love on the Tarmac by Quinn Dressler
The Stonemason by Terry Rissen
Hot Cross Buns by Ginger Streusel
How to Build a Shed by Kim Dias

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The Deep of the Sound (A Bluewater Bay Novel)

Author: Amy Lane

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 4 stars

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Type: Novel

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Blurb: Cal McCorkle has lived in Bluewater Bay his whole life. He works two jobs to support a brother with a laundry list of psychiatric diagnoses and a great-uncle with Alzheimer’s, and his personal life amounts to impersonal hookups with his boss. He’s got no time, no ambition, and no hope. All he has is family, and they’re killing him one responsibility at a time.

Avery Kennedy left Los Angeles, his family, and his sleazy boyfriend to attend a Wolf’s Landing convention, and he has no plans to return. But when he finds himself broke and car-less in Bluewater Bay, he’s worried he’ll have to slink home with his tail between his legs. Then Cal McCorkle rides to his rescue, and his urge to run away dies a quick death.

Avery may seem helpless at first, but he can charm Cal’s fractious brother, so Cal can pretty much forgive him anything. Even being adorkable. And giving him hope. But Cal can only promise Avery “until we can’t”—and the cost of changing that to “until forever” might be too high, however much they both want it. 

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Forever For Now

Author: Scotty Cade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4 stars

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Type: Novella

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Blurb: Leeland Jeffers is a contented single man with a thriving career in Atlanta. He’s had a few unsuccessful relationships over the years, but no one has even come close to his first love, Harrison Rhinehart. They met in college when a mutual friend, Suzie Garrison, introduced Harry into their close-knit group. When the supposedly “straight” Harry made a move on Lee, the two men entered into a tumultuous secret love affair. In their senior year, the relationship finally ended when Harry informed Lee he was marrying Suzie.

Since graduation, the college friends have drifted apart. However, an unexpected invitation to a destination wedding seems set to reunite them all. Lee’s speculation on whether Harry and Suzie will make an appearance threatens to derail his attendance. But Lee decides the hell with it and makes plans to go, Harry Rhinehart or no Harry Rhinehart.

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Butt Riders on the Range

Authors: Kage Alan, J.P Barnaby, Ally Blue, T.C. Blue, Shae Connor, Jevocas Green, Kiernan Kelly, and Eden Winters

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Rating: 4 stars

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Type: Anthology

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Blurb: Do you imagine blazing gun battles, bandits, and saloons with watered-down drinks when you think of cowboys and the West? We don’t. Our minds go right to horse shifters, bull shifters, were-leopards, urban wannabes, an interrupted journey along Route 66, a man of mystery named Dr. Feel-Good, and high noon at the edge of the galaxy! The fourth time’s the charm as the Butt-Thology authors saddle up, ride their men hard, and put ‘em away wet.

Butt Riders on the Range…the bulls aren’t the only ones being grabbed by the horns!

 

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Uncovering Ray (Ellery College #1)

Author: Edie Danford

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Rating: 2.5 stars

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Type: Novel

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Blurb:   When the right love uncovers the wrong secrets…

Ellery College, Book 1

Hey, man—you a chick or a dude? Dealing with the same old boring question is a downer for college drop-out Ray Fayette, especially when it’s asked by the low-tipping, over-privileged students at the Ellery Diner.

When six-foot-five, muscle-bound straight arrow Wyatt Kelly publicly smacks down a fellow frat brother for caveman behavior, Ray’s interest is sparked. Wyatt’s not-so-subtle attraction sparks a few other things too.

But getting to know Wyatt proves dangerous. His sexy smiles and smart questions slide under even Ray’s prickliest defenses. Worse, his academic mentor happens to be Ray’s ex-stepfather, the dictatorial jerk who just kicked Ray out of his house. Again.

Wyatt suggests a housing arrangement that has surprising appeal—there’s space available at his frat house—but he’s unaware just how complicated Ray’s “identity issues” are. Ellery College kicked out Ray for a reason—a reason that could deep-six Wyatt’s academic career and Ray’s newly hopeful heart.

Product Warnings: Contains hot make-out sessions in a cool pickup, badass pool skillz, and a syllabus that may include “Nonbinary Sexolosophy: 101”. 
 

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Cookies for Courting (Tales of the Curious Cookbook)

Author: Amber Kell

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Type: Novella

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Blurb:  A Tale of the Curious Cookbook

After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room.

Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certain he’s ready for the commitment of an instant family.

When Marshall decides to move for the sake of his niece, will he be able to keep his relationship with his young artist, or will he have to give up love to become a good father for a lonely little girl?

The love baked into an old-fashioned recipe might bring the two men together, but some things take more than magical cookies to fix.

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Foolish Encounters: A Rainbow Gold Anthology

Author: Tali Spencer, Tinnean, Elin Gregory, J.C. Wallace, Amy Lane, Angel Martinez, Freddy MacKay

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Type: Anthology

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Blurb:  An accident, a chance encounter, a thought blurted out, a boat blown off course, a change in direction that suddenly runs into the line of fire – the smallest misstep can change everything. These foolish encounters are the moments around which lives pivot and sometimes spin out of control. Join us for tales of imprudent choices and bad decisions that can lead just as easily to hilarity as they can to tragedy. Continue reading Foolish Encounters: A Rainbow Gold Anthology