Saturday, July 23, 2016

HEARTSONG COTTAGE by Emily March



An Eternity Springs Novel
November 3rd, 2015
978-1-250-07296-2
Contemporary Romance
Paperback ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by the Author
4 Hearts


 
Daniel Garrett is haunted by his past and the loss of both his wife and son. He can not get past that loss so he leaves the police force and turns to locating lost & missing children. He hasn’t been able to heal the wounds that still cause him such pain. When he attends the wedding in Eternity Springs, he meets beautiful, mysterious Shannon O’Toole and finds a woman with more secrets and pain than even he knows. But neither can deny the attraction that flares between them. As they grow closer, Shannon finds herself longing to share her secrets with Daniel but there is a big problem: can Shannon trust the handsome former detective with the truth and not shatter her already fragile heart? As the serenity of Eternity Springs weaves its magic around these two damaged souls, love finds the perfect way to heal hearts and maybe, just maybe, find the second chance they both need…together.

I absolutely adore Ms. March’s Eternity Springs series since the very first book. They are uplifting, heartwarming and such perfect beach reads for me that I can’t help but fall in love with the town and its many residents time and time again. With the latest book, HEARTSONG COTTAGE, we meet Shannon O’Toole, a new resident to the town and one with a mysterious and yet painful past that haunts her every waking moment. We met Daniel Garrett in past books and I found him charming, multilayered and mysterious and yet there was something that touched me deeply about him. When I saw this was his story, I just knew that the author found his perfect match in Shannon. She is tough & tender, sweet and determined and overall, perfect to help heal Daniel’s shattered heart even as he is perfect for her. The author does a marvelous job in capturing previous couples and gives the readers updates on their lives as well introducing new characters to fall in love with. The cast of characters that populate this little town is by far diverse and entertaining. The series as a whole is about love in all its glory, peace and healing and with Celeste as well as other well meaning residents of Eternity Springs giving out advice, helping Shannon and Daniel find their way, I found myself rooting for them both to find that peace they crave and healing that this little town is known for.

What this story leaves you after the last page is read is a feeling of peace and yes I cried buckets at times because this story was just so dang perfect. I love how the author incorporates the characters and their wonderful personalities within the story as well as keep the reader guessing what will happen next for these two wounded souls. With the right amount of mystery and a cast of characters that you can not help but fall in love with, I found HEARTSONG COTTAGE to be one story that left me a sobbing mess in the end. Ms. March definitely knows how to spin a story that draws her readers in and doesn’t let them go even after that last page is read. Now I am eager to see where the next story will include and just how this author will go about in giving them the peace and comfort that is truly Eternity Springs. Now all I need to do is find my own Eternity Springs so I can see if the beloved characters from the books are around and meet.

If you are looking for that perfect beach read or rainy afternoon book, then this series and in particular, HEARTSONG COTTAGE, is just about perfect for that. It has strong characters, a great theme/message and characters you just can not help but fall in love with. I look forward to more stories set in this wonderful Colorado town that I can’t help but wish was real.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Briar Rose: Blended Family by Sean Michael



Publisher:  Sean Michael
Date published: February 1, 2016
ISBN: B01BDT77ZM
Romance M/M
PDF
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)


Two couples, four different men but all trying to find a way to be together as a unit. Each couple may be in the lifestyle but the Doms and subs could not be more different if they tried. Each couple has their own problems to deal with and putting them together could either spell destruction or heaven. Which it will be is a mystery. The four men go to Matt and Adam for help in discovering the ins and outs of their new relationships and if things can actually work out for the better. As much as the men want things to work they understand that it will take time and work. Which way will this trial tip the scales?

This story is a sweet read. As sexy as these men are we get to see the inner workings of their relationships and how they deal with coming together as a family. All the men must find a way to work together and not let emotions rule. Each sub has his own battles to fight and must learn to find a way to trust and open himself up. I loved seeing the men find their way through it all. The love that they share is evident in all that they do. It was nice to see the men open up and share as well as fight for their love. Trust is earned and new bonds are formed as the old ones grow stronger. I really enjoyed seeing these men find a way towards their happy ever after. They open their hearts and enjoy each other without regret. The author does a good job of bringing these characters and their emotions to life. Love and trust go along way and these four men learn this the hard way. Devon, Swan, Peter and Max are each their own men but together they work. I would love to see more from them in the future and see just how things continue with them.


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

 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Drakon’s Angel by Aeryn Jaden




Publisher: Siren Publishing
Date published: September 2015
ISBN: 9781632597199
Paranormal M/M
EBook

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink:
http://www.bookstrand.com/book/drakons-angel
Obtained via publisher

Rating: 3 Hearts


Kanael lost his bond with his mate Kraken when the evil had tried to take over and forced so many to do horrible acts. The two never saw it coming and the terrible deeds that were done triggered the loss of the mate bond between the two. After so many years Kanael has come to his senses and stopped morning and has decided to take back what he lost even if it means his death. He longs for the love and happiness that he had with Kraken and nothing will stop him from regaining it. So much has changed and life has moved on but his love for Kraken has never diminished. The evil they thought banished managed to find a way to seek revenge. Can Kanael find his mate and free him before it is too late for everyone?

This is an interesting take on the way the paranormal community came to be. Kanael is a strong man that finally realizes that he must find a way to fix what went wrong or die trying. He is a good man and wants to keep everyone safe. It was interesting to see the characters interact in this story. In this world every paranormal seems to work together and fight to keep the evil at bay. I enjoyed the banter between the characters and the love that shines through between Kraken and Kanael.  The first half of this adventure moves slowly but picks up the pace in the second part. It was nice to see how strong the bond to a mate is and just what happens if it is severed in any way. Not only do you get Kanael and Kraken’s story but we also hear from many interesting characters in this world. Who knows what the future will hold for this world and its inhabitants.


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


Monday, July 18, 2016

NAUGHTY HEARTS by Various




Publisher: Indiewrites.com
Date published: January 2015
ISBN: 978-1507594339
Genre : Contemporary, Dark Fantasy, Menage, M/M, M/M/F, New Adult, Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Steampunk & Time Travel
PDF
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 3 Hearts

This anthology brings readers twelve different stories all revolving around Valentine’s Day. The stories run the gamut from old love to new love. These reads are quick and fast paced reads. You are treated to college students, shifters, models, office workers and reapers. Whether you enjoy the paranormal or plain everyday romance you can find something to whet your appetite in this collection of stories. As the relationships take place you are treated to the emotions and the bonding of the characters. Love has a way of finding its way to those that need it.

As with any collection of stories there are those that catch your eye more than others. I found a few in this set that grabbed my attention and as a whole this was a nice read. Each author brings readers a new world and characters that come to life. I enjoyed seeing many of the relationships begin to take shape and blossom. These stories are nice quick reads that have you hoping for the connection and the love to grow. We are given whole storylines and the plots wrap up nicely never leaving the reader wondering just what happens. The connections in these stories are hot and steamy reads. As a paranormal lover I gravitated more towards the shifter stories but I do not take away what the other stories added to this anthology. You can find stories that are sweet to sexy in this anthology. I enjoyed some characters and worlds more than others and would love to see more from those worlds but still cheered for love in the others. If you are looking for stories with a little more depth to them than just a quick Valentine’s Day hook up than this may be the book for you.


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



Sunday, July 17, 2016

All About The Boy by P.A. Friday



Publisher: NineStar Press
Date published: July 25, 2016
ISBN: 9781911153641
Contemporary Erotica, M/m
EBook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: http://ninestarpress.com/product/all-about-the-boy/
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3 Hearts


Each of these three stories may be about domination but each one gives us its own unique world and characters. One gives us a group of men who have grown up together going on one last hurrah and the straightest man of them all learns a hard lesson. Another gives us the story of a man who enjoys playing at his office as well as playing both sides of dominance. The other is an intense story about a man who enjoys being a plaything for his master but soon finds himself in more trouble than he bargained for. These are hot and fast paced stories that will titillate you as you follow each adventure.

These stories give readers a quick glimpse into these worlds. The men are strong and very dominant. Sex rules this book and it is mostly about hooking up and enjoying the dominance. There is not a lot of depth to these characters but you are in the moment right alongside them. These men find out things about themselves that they did not know and do not let anything get in their way of their enjoyment. If you are looking for a quick hot read than this book may be for you. I would have liked a bit more substance to the stories  instead of just the hook ups. I felt like these stories lacked something for me. They fell short for me and left me wanting more and not in a good way. While this collection is not a favorite for me the author does a nice job of painting these worlds and I will look for another from them.


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