Thursday, June 23, 2016

TACKLING THE TIGHT END by Tara Lain



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: April 12, 2016
Contemporary, M/M
Audio book
Reviewed by Gabrielle

Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts



Two people from different worlds find themselves together and against all odds find an attraction blooming between them. Raven and Dennis have something but will fear drive it away?  Life has dealt Dennis a raw deal and he must make some hard choices now that his life has turned upside down. The feelings that he experiences are new and he does not want to give them up but he must find a way to keep them from the evil that lurks in his life and above all keep Raven safe.  Has Dennis truly found love and what will he do now that he may have found it?

John - Paul Barrel brings this story to life with his wonderful narration.  Raven is a good man and always sees the good in others. He wants only to please everyone but he never pleases himself. That never comes into question until Dennis arrives in his life. Dennis knows all too well about pleasing others especially family. There is an instant attraction between the two and I enjoyed seeing the two attempt to see where it might go. Family and obligations always seem to get in their way but their feelings cannot be dismissed so easily.  Dennis and Raven must learn to fight for themselves and each other.  Raven shows Dennis just how much he truly is worth.  Dennis soon learns what true friendship and love is but is it enough?  I enjoyed seeing the truth behind Dennis and that he had problems of his own and that he had reasons for doing what he did in the previous story that he was in.  This is a nice addition to the Long Pass Chronicles series by Tara Lain.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.



 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

FAT CAT TAKES THE CAKE by Janet Cantrell

 

Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     April 5, 2016   
ISBN:        978-0425267448
Genre:       Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com

THREE – ½ HEARTS


Chase Oliver has a lot of her plate between planning her friend Anna’s wedding and running her shop, Bar None.  Her relationship with veterinarian Mike Ramos is moving along nicely.  And her escape artist, ever food seeking kitty, Quincy is adjusting to walking about with a leash and harness. What more could a girl want?

Or need?

Definitely not a 14 year high school reunion.  Who has a 14 year reunion?  Apparently a former high school star who is running for political office and hoping to snag some votes from former classmates. And just like it was in high school, there seems to be one of just about every kind of character—inlcuding a class stalker. And when that stalker is found dead under a bush who better to look at as his killer than one of his most recent victims. In this case it also happens to be Chase’s best friend.  Did Julie do it? Or does it just look that way?

Janet Cantrell’s third entre into the Fat Cat Mysteries, FAT CAT TAKES THE CAKE, takes some interesting turns into areas not often seen in cozy mysteries.  It also seems to have a distinctly different voice from the two earlier books leaving this reviewer wondering if it portends Cantrell moving in a different direction or perhaps was written by another author.  While the series is called the Fat Cat Mystries, Quincy, the cat’s presence doesn’t add very much to the story.  In FAT CAT TAKES THE CAKE what few times we see Quincy seems more gratuitous than him being the star of the story.  The small excerpts describing his moves just did not read like someone who knew cats.  In the earlier books the author showed a definite understanding of how a cat can manuever to get what he or she wants.  There were any number of opportunities Quincy could have taken part in finding the killer, especially since he is now out and about walking on a leash, that were just missed by the author.

I did like the idea of using a reunion as a scene of a crime.  Who among us hasn’t wishes we could run into some high school classmates for one reason or another?  The intertwined subjects of stalking, blackmail and elder abuse are presented in credible fashion and dealt with appropriately.  The ending felt a little rushed – mostly because the murder was solved, the baking contest concluded and the wedding concluded.  After the hard hitting subjects of stalking and blackmail the baking contest was a non-event, especially how it turned out. 

The introduction as Eddie in the growing ever present love triangle in cozies left me wondering just what Chase was thinking or feeling.  I did like how Anna talked to her about just what was going on, or potentially going on.  It was the kind of conversation I think a lot of mothers should be having with their teenaged daughters.  And I REALLY appreciated that this triangle was squelched before it even began.  Eddie wasn’t very likeable and I just couldn’t see what Chase could possibly see in him

Hopefully in book 4 we’ll see more of Quincy and his crime solving skills again.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.



Monday, June 20, 2016

MASTERING LOVE by Morticia Knight




Publisher: Totally Bound
Date published: May 2015
ISBN: 9781784305765
Historical, Gay, BDSM
PDF
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/mastering-love
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3 Hearts

Evan has lost a good Dom because of a determined evil man and when he is thrown out by that very man Evan goes in search of his ex master but he soon finds himself lost. Thomas has already found a boy to love and Evan must move on. Staying in the guest house of another couple Evan tries to get his life back together again. When he decides to go to the club that the men belong to he meets Ned. The tow have a wonderful connection but once again Evan is told that he is not the one. Yet Evan knows that Ned is the one if only Ned would recognize his feelings. Ned has come looking for a boy and Evan is what he is looking for but Ned has blinded himself to his feeling for Evan believing that what he needs is a new boy who has never been mastered before. Evan tries to get over his pain at once again being rejected but it begins to be too much for him. Will he leave the club and his friends behind before Ned realizes just what he has in Evan?

Ned and Evan have a sweet romance. Their story is full of pain and emotions and is a nice addition to this series. Evan is a young man who goes through so much. You long to see him find happiness. Ned is a good man and must find his own way as well. He is a good man and realizes just what Evan needs but Ned must figure out what his true feelings are. Their story is set in the 1920’s and the author does a good job of pulling the readers into the story and feeling the pain and the hardships that the men go through in keeping their lifestyle a secret. I enjoyed watching Evan and Ned find their way as well as Evan figuring out just what he truly needed in a master. This story is a sweet read that gives readers both romance and emotions tied together nicely.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.




Saturday, June 18, 2016

THE CAPTAIN'S PET by Samantha Cayto

 

Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Date published: May 2015
ISBN: 978-1-78430-575-8
sci-fi ,futuristic, M/M
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)

Weblink: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/the-captains-pet
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Earth has become too crowded and many have gone off planet in search of habitable planets to live on. Wid and his family are among the colonist trying to eke out a life on one such planet but other species have their eyes on the planet as well. As the colonist and the aliens fight for the planet Wid and other young men find themselves captured and given to a ship of alien fighters as sex slaves. Can Wid and the others find a way to survive and maybe even escape? Can Wid truly find a way to accept his fate and move on or will he continue to fight for his freedom at all costs?

This is an engaging story about a young man who finds himself trapped and must decide on how he will deal with what life has thrown at him. Wid is a strong man but his life has been taken from him and he does not know how to feel. His body begins to betray him as does his heart. Wid sees his captor as evil but Kell is not as bad as others on the ship. Soon Wid sees things differently and must make some hard choices. As we watch Wid and Kell’s interactions we also get to see Wid interact with the other boys that were taken and Kell’s interactions with the other aliens. Each race has much to learn about the other and Kell and Wid begin to see this for themselves. Not only do we see their relationship develop but there is also action on the ship, from an escape plan to a mutiny and a fight to the death this story grabs and keeps your attention.

The human boys that are captured all seem to be young men just barely entering adulthood. Although they are young men they are still very na├»ve and childish in many ways. As this is Kell and Wid’s story they are the ones that we see in the sex scenes. I could not lose the fact that the boys were very young and it made the story a little harder for me to read. It almost felt like a young adult story but with explicit sex scenes. This book is not for a young audience. It is truly a story of young men being taken as slaves for the aliens. It was interesting to see the relationship develop between Wid and Kell. Captor and captive, just how will it all turn out? Wid is smart and wants to survive watching his ordeal play out made for an interesting read.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

FULL MOON DATING: GAGE AND HAMISH by JULIA TALBOT



Publisher: OmniLit / All Romance eBooks, LLC
Date published: 2015
ISBN: 9781943576692
Paranormal, M/M
Ebook

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)

Weblink: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-fullmoondatingnewmoon-1995074-166.html

Rating: 4 Hearts


*Please note that this review is for one story out of the four included in this book which was released under another publisher*

Can a bear shifter and a cat shifter find love? The people at the Full Moon Dating office think so. Putting together Hamish and Gage could be the riskiest move the agency makes but they believe in love and are willing to take the chance on it. Now it is up to the men themselves to give it a try and see if love will find them. The two men have been looking and never finding just the right man for either of them. Can this last adventure work for Gage and Hamish or will they forever be searching for just the right man?

I enjoyed this story. It is both a sweet story and hot one. As their sex life heats up a wonderful romance blossoms between the two men. Yet Gage is still insecure and not ready for such intense feelings. He has never found someone like Hamish and he is afraid. Only Hamish understands what he needs and how to give it to him but can Gage let himself go and enjoy what he has found?  Hamish is more than ready to show Gage just how right they are together. I enjoyed getting to know Gage and Hamish. They were each special in their own way. Hamish is a good man and shows Gage what love is. Gage needs someone he can trust and let go with and it looks like Hamish my just be that man. The two make a wonderful couple. Love is hard to fight and these two men find a way to fight for it.




This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.