Macarons at Midnight

     Author: O’Shea & Martin

     Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

     Type: Standalone Novel

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Tristan Green left his small English town for Manhattan and a job at a high profile ad agency, but can’t seem to find his bearings. He spends a lot of time working late at night, eating and sleeping alone, and even more time meandering around his neighborhood staring into the darkened windows of shops. One night when he’s feeling really low, he wanders by a beautiful little bakery with the lights still on. The baker invites him in, and some time during that night Tristan realizes it’s the first time he’s really smiled in months.

Henry Livingston has always been the odd duck, the black sheep, the baker in an old money family where pedigree is everything and quirky personalities are hidden behind dry martinis and thick upper east side townhouse facades. Henry is drawn to Tristan’s easy country charm, dry English wit, and everything that is so different from Henry’s world.

Their new romance is all buttercream frosting and sugared violets until Tristan’s need to fit in at work makes him do something he desperately wishes he could undo. Tristan has to prove to Henry that he can be trusted again before they can indulge in the sweet stuff they’re both craving.

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Rack & Ruin: Blog Tour

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Wonderful to meet you. I’m Dr. Hudson Colbourn, the Chief Medical Examiner for Destructive Delta. I do hope you enjoyed your coffee with Agent Daley. He’s a lively fellow indeed. It’s rather difficult not to fall victim to that boyish charm of his. I will warn you, he has a habit of eating gummy bears at the most inappropriate times. Somehow one always tends to end up in the strangest of places. He’s certainly made quite the impact on the team.

Hudson ColbournYes, I’m British. I transferred from the London branch of the THIRDS roughly seven years ago. The team structure was a little different then. My partner Dr. Nina Bishop is off seeing to some lab tests. If you’ll follow me, we’ll head up to the eighteenth floor where my lab is.

Although I’m the Chief Medical Examiner for Destructive Delta, I also work with the other squads in Unit Alpha, depending on the workload and where Lieutenant Sparks needs me the most. Unfortunately, in this line of work, there’s never a lull. Demanding? It absolutely is. I spend quite a good deal of time in my lab, at crime scenes, or in court. Do I enjoy my job? I do, actually.  At times dealing with the dead is far easier than dealing with the living. I’m afraid I’m not exactly a social butterfly. I prefer a quiet evening in with a glass of wine. Dance? Heavens no. I mean I can, I simply prefer not to. I suppose if I had the right partner, I would.

No, there is no one in my life at the moment. Sadly, there hasn’t been for quite a while. You’re not going to share this with anyone, are you? Good. Just through here if you don’t mind. Yes, it is rather chilly in here. Have a seat won’t you? As you can see we have all the latest equipment. It’s necessary in order to keep up with all the new developments in Therian forensics. Pardon? Why is there no one in my life? Surely you didn’t come all this way to discuss my love life or lack thereof.

Let’s just say my last relationship ended quite spectacularly. Such wounds take time to heal. Especially when you can’t seem to get said person out of your head, or worse your heart. He’s quite stubborn that way. Don’t get me wrong, he’s kept his distance, but…. I don’t know. What’s that? No, he’s a wonderful bloke. Fierce yet gentle, a smashing sense of humor, handsome, incredibly sexy, and—Why did it end? It’s complicated. My sincerest apologies, but I won’t be discussing it. It’s far too painful. As if seeing his face every day wasn’t difficult enough.

Who? Oh, I don’t think I should say. He and I don’t speak much. Unless it’s related to a case or general pleasantries. Very well, but none of this must leave this office. I was once romantically involved with Agent Sebastian Hobbs. He’s Defense agent. A tiger Therian. Yes, his younger brother is on Destructive Delta. Ethan Hobbs. Ethan is a delight. He’s a little shy and speaks mostly to his partner Agent Summers, but I think you’ll like him. Seb is…. He’s a difficult fellow to get over. They say time heals all wounds, but personally I think that’s a load of rubbish. Did I love him? Very much so. Do I still? That’s not something I’d like to get into. Does he still have feelings for me? I don’t know and quite frankly, it’s best I not think about such things. Now, shall we move on? Next door we have–Oh, um… you seem to have something stuck to your trousers. It appears to be–No, it is. It’s a red gummy bear. It would seem Agent Daley has been here recently. I wouldn’t recommend eating that. Who knows how far it’s traveled. Shall we continue?

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About the Book

Rack&Ruin200Rack & Ruin, THIRDS Book 3
Genre:
M/M Romance, Shifter, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction, Humor
Length: Novel
Published: Nov 7th, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Ebook ISBN-13: 9781632164209
Paperback ISBN-13: 9781632164193

New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly immerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.

Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.

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Amazon | All Romance eBooks | Barnes & Noble

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About the Author

CCochet100Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

Website | THIRDS HQ | Facebook | Facebook Author Page | Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram 

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Itinerary (Tour Stops)

4th Nov – Hearts on Fire Reviews (Invitation from Lieutenant Sparks)
5th Nov – Carly’s Book Reviews (Sergeant Maddock)
6th Nov – The Novel Approach Reviews (Team Leader Sloane Brodie)
7th Nov – Bookwinked (Agent Dexter J. Daley “Dex”)
10th Nov – It’s About the Book (Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn)
11th Nov – MM Good Books Reviews (Agent Rosa Santiago)
12th Nov – Joyfully Jay (Exclusive Excerpt)
13th Nov – Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews (Agent Cael Maddock)
14th Nov – TTC Books and More (Agent Ash Keeler)
15th Nov – The Blogger Girls (Agents Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs)
17th Nov – Love Bytes (Agent Julietta “Letty” Guerrera)
18th Nov – Attention is Arbitrary (SSA Austen Payne)
19th Nov – Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews (Team Members Interview)
20th Nov – Books Make Me Happy Reviews (Author Interview)
21st Nov – Prism Book Alliance (Farewell from Destructive Delta)

Other events scheduled

9th Nov – Meet the Author Facebook Chat

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The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop

Pie Friday

Some people are aware I have what my friend Vivian ever so politely calls a Cookbook Collection. Being a book reviewer and having hundreds of cookbooks it’s natural I’d drift toward writing cookbook reviews. As we rapidly head toward Thanksgiving and I descend into pie planning, I thought it would be a great time to review some pie and pastry books. So now, for the month of November, we’ll be having Pie Fridays.

   

     Author: Emily Elsen                                             Melissa Elsen

     Publisher: Grand Central

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: Amazon

     Type: Cookbook

     Purchased by Reviewer

 

Blurb: From the proprietors of the renowned Brooklyn shop and cafe comes the ultimate pie-baking book for a new generation of bakers.

Melissa and Emily Elsen, the twenty-something sisters who are proprietors of the wildly popular Brooklyn pie shop and cafe Four & Twenty Blackbirds, have put together a pie-baking book that’s anything but humble. This stunning collection features more than 60 delectable pie recipes organized by season, with unique and mouthwatering creations such as Salted Caramel Apple, Green Chili Chocolate, Black Currant Lemon Chiffon, and Salty Honey. There is also a detailed and informative techniques section. Lavishly designed, FOUR & TWENTY BLACKBIRDS PIE BOOK contains 90 full-color photographs by Gentl & Hyers, two of the most sought-after food photographers working today.

With its new and creative recipes, this may not be you mother’s cookbook, but it’s sure to be one that every baker from novice to pro will turn to again and again.

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Wave Goodbye to Charlie

     Author: Eric Arvin

     Publisher: Wilde City Press

     Rating: 5 stars

     Buy Links: WCP and Amazon

     Type: Standalone

     Received from Publisher

Blurb: My name’s Charlie. I’m many things, though none of them having to do with any real talent. I’m a runaway, a hustler when I need to be, a ghost when I have to scare hoodlums away from my home, and a loner who maybe reads too much. But most of all, I’m the keeper of the carnival. That’s how I see myself. I look after the place ’cause even dying things need to be cared for. Maybe it’s illegal. Maybe that rusty metal fence around the carnival is supposed to keep me out too. Or maybe me and this place were meant to find each other. Truth is, I never felt at home anywhere but here, not even in all the foster families and orphanages I was placed in as a young shit. They don’t look for me no more, those places. I suspect I ran away so much they finally just said, “Fuck! Let him go.” I am a hangnail on society’s manicured middle finger. I’m older. One year past the age anyone gives a shit.

And this is my adventure…

 

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Rack & Ruin (THIRDS #3)

     Author: Charlie Cochet

     Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

     Rating: 4.5 stars

     Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

     Type: Novel from Series

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly emerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.

Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.

Warning:  This review contains possible spoilers.

Continue reading Rack & Ruin (THIRDS #3)

Driving into the Sun

     Author: Dev Bentham

     Publisher: Loose Id

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: LId and Amazon

     Type: Standalone Novel

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Bad choices. We all make them, some more than others. Dusty’s choices have left him unemployed, broke and practically homeless. Despite the major issues he has with his family, his only rational choice is to sell everything and move into his parents’ basement. At thirty. Looking for a ride west, he answers a phone ad. The voice at the other end of the line flows like dark, rich honey. Finally something to look forward to—listening to Joe’s voice all the way from Illinois to Idaho.

Rather than the hip crooner of Dusty’s fantasies, Joe turns out to look more like a panhandler. Is that because Joe dresses down, or are Dusty’s preconceptions about Native Americans clouding his vision? Joe is silent more often than not. He has a complicated past and still has amends to make. But he is ready to move on. Dusty feels trapped. Two damaged men, one small car driving two thousand miles into the sun—sometimes things need to break down before they can get fixed.

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Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book One (Champion of the Scarlet Wolf #1)

     Author: Ginn Hale

     Publisher: Blind Eye Books

     Rating: 4.5 stars

     Buy Links: Weightless Books

     Type: Standalone Novel

     Purchased by Reviewer

 

Blurb:  Five years after abandoning the Sagrada Acedemy (Lord of the White Hell universe), Elezar Grunito has become infamous in the sanctified circles of noble dueling rings for his brutal temper and lethal blade. Men and women of all ranks gather to cheer and jeer, none of them knowing Elezar’s true purpose. But a violent death outside the ring marks Elezar as a wanted man and sends him into hiding in the far northern wilds of Labara.

There, creatures of myth and witchcraft—long since driven from Cadeleon—lurk in dark woods and prowl the winding streets. Soldiers and priests alike fear the return of witch-queens and even demons. Elezar soon learns that magic takes many forms, some too alluring to resist, others too terrible to endure. But just as he begins to find his place in this strange new country, the past he left behind along with his school days returns to challenge him once again.

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Shifting Hearts (Wild R Farm #6)

     Author: Silvia Violet

     Publisher: Silvia Violet Books

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: Amazon

     Type: Novel from Series

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  After experiencing what happens when someone you love walks away and never looks back, Brandon decided love was for fools. Then he spent a summer with Zach. He struggled against feelings that grew every time he and Zach were together, telling himself they were just having a fling. When Zach confessed his love one hot summer night, Brandon panicked. He scoffed at Zach and made sure he walked away first.

Three years later, their paths cross again when Zach becomes the vet at Wild R Farm where Brandon works. Brandon realizes his feelings haven’t changed, but Zach treats Brandon with scorn despite Brandon’s every attempt to show Zach he’s no longer the self-centered man he used to be. When a night out ends with Brandon driving Zach home, confessions are made on both sides, and hope begins to build in Brandon’s heart.

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Her Holiday Man

Author: Shannon Stacey

Publisher: Carina Press

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Carina and Amazon

Type: Novella

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Christina Forrester is starting over. After a financial scandal sent her ex-husband to prison, she’s left raising her young son without any of the comforts of their old life. Budgets, coupons, lawn care—you name it, she’s learning to do it all on her own. Well, almost on her own—she’d be lost without Gail Broughton, the kind widow across the street.

But when Gail’s son comes home, Christina’s vow to never trust a man again is put to the test.Will Broughton left town because he was tired of being “that poor man” who lost his wife and unborn child in a tragic accident. But years have passed and, with his dad gone and his mom alone, it’s time to go home. Only his mother’s not alone. She’s taken Christina under her wing, and the beautiful and determined single mother awakens something in Will he thought was buried forever.

As Will and Christina are forced to spend more time together, feelings that are more than neighborly grow between them. And with Christmas coming and a child filling both houses with holiday cheer, it becomes nearly impossible not to embrace the joy—and the love—in their lives. Continue reading Her Holiday Man

Blake’s Home (The Love Shack #1)

cd_blakeshomeAuthor: Cheryl Dragon

Publisher: Loose Id

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: LId and Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Plenty of men have tried to get ranch hand Blake Louis to The Love Shack but none succeed. At the White family ranch, Blake has found friends and a home. He desperately wants to stay. Yet he must keep his shifter secret and avoid his feelings for Jared White. This job has to work out. No one ever wanted him forever—none of his family did—so why would a rich successful rancher want more than a roll in the hay with a dirt poor ranch hand?

Screwing the staff is a bad idea but Jared White needs more than sex from Blake. The men are friends but he’ll risk it for a chance at more. Love has never worked for Jared and a childhood rival delights in sabotaging him. Jared can’t give up hope. He believes that Blake is the one.

The only smart place to start is The Love Shack, a neutral place where Jared isn’t the boss and Blake isn’t the hand. Determined to win Blake’s heart, Jared delves into Blake’s past. As amazing as the sex is, Blake resists sweet promises. Love, trust, and happiness are as crazy to Blake as the bobcat he can shift into.

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