A MelanieM Review: Diamond Draw: Ace of Diamonds #2 (Pulp Friction 2015: Altered States Book 8) by Laura Harner

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Diamond Draw coverNico Sanzio da Urbino stays busy with his Odd Squad job investigating paranormal crimes, but he’s still haunted by the idea that the usurper he killed at Jet’s pack meeting was familiar. As an ancient enforcer, it’s always possible the werewolf was a relative of someone from Nico’s past, but if he wants to make sure the local Alpha keeps his head, Nico needs to find the connection before revenge comes calling.

Running background checks as part of the upgraded security measures for his pack, Alpha Jet Gorman discovers not everyone can be accounted for in the usual manner. In fact, several of the young rogue wolves he’s ordered to his pack are from human families…with no history of a bite to account for their wolfy tendencies. No wonder they were runaways. Before he can verify they pose no danger to the other werewolves, he must first discover the secret of their existence. A secret worth killing for.

Despite their differences, there is an undeniable connection between the ancient vampire and the young Alpha that seems to go beyond the blood they’ve exchanged—and keeps them circling around their very obvious mutual attraction. But while one man is looking for a way to move their relationship into the bedroom, the other is searching for a reason to stay true to his past.

I love it when a book veers off into a direction I hadn’t anticipated.  That is what happened with Diamond Draw by Laura Harner, the 2nd story in the 2nd group of stories from this year’s Altered States Pulp Friction 2015 series (yes, I know, what a mouth full).  That it happened at the end of what was already a marvelously sexy and intriguing installment…well, that was the cherry on top of a deliciously satisfying sundae of a narrative.

In each Pulp Friction year, I end up switching back and forth as to who are my favorite couples/trios of the moment.  This year the authors have made it especially difficult because each pairing is so unlike the others.  It feels more like comparing apples or oranges, or in this in series, vampire or succubus, ghost or werewolf, seer or what exactly? So many possibilities and variables. But with this story, Harner’s grief stricken Jet and the ancient, powerful vampire Nico inched ever so slightly ahead in the pairings.  Man, are those two hot together!  Their scene on the dance floor is positively incendiary.  Underneath that sexual heat generated exist two men with complex, pain-filled pasts, convoluted present lives, and the intelligence to question every moment of the strange bond pulling them closer by the minute.  And that’s the hook that has me completely enthralled.  I suspect it has you hooked as well.

Diamond Draw moves the series and overall group plot forward with some new twists and turns, including one that I never expected at the end.  We see bits of what is occurring with the other  couples but it’s the horrific turn of events happening within Jet’s pack that sets the stage for the major drama that unfolds and potentially lethal plot twists ahead. And I can’t reference any of it, because each is a spoiler on its own.

Harner’s characters are beautifully crafted.  They pull you in, let you feel both their pain and their joys.   This is true as much for her secondary characters, such as a brother and sister werewolves found here, as it is for her main characters.  That attention to the well rounded personas, combined with a narrative that never falters in its swift pace makes this one of my highly recommended reads this year.

Start at the beginning and read as each story is released or as one major binge read at the end, its just the order that matters in order to understand the characters and plot development.  No matter your approach, just make sure this story and series are on your TBR list!  Its one you won’t want to miss.

Cover art by Laura Harner.  Love this cover.  At first the covers for PF2015 were a little “light” in tone for me.  But as each new group of stories rolls out, you can see the covers getting darker in tone and  design.  This one really does it for me.

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 61 pages
Published May 31st 2015 by Hot Corner Press
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About Pulp Friction 2015

Lee Brazil ~ Havan Fellows ~ Parker Williams ~ Laura Harner

The Pulp Friction 2015 Altered States Collection.
Four authors.
Four Series.
Twenty books.
One supernatural finale.

Spend a year with the creatures that go bump in the night…fighting for their rights to exist and protecting the innocents of The Big Easy. A diverse group of friends trying to find their place in a world they never had to “fit” into before.

Although each series can stand alone, we believe reading the books in the order they are released will increase your enjoyment.
Round One:
Drawing Dead (Jack of Spades: 1) by Lee Brazil
Blind Stud (King of Hearts: 1) by Haven Fellows
The Devil’s Bedpost (Four of Clubs: 1)  by Parker Williams
Diamonds and Dust (Ace of Diamonds: 1) by Laura Harner

Round Two:
Dead Blind (Jack of Spades: 2) by Lee Brazil
Stud Player (King of Hearts: 2) by Haven Fellows
Up the Ante (Four of Clubs: 2 ), Parker Williams
Diamond Draw (Ace of Diamonds: 2) by Laura Harner

 

In the Book Spotlight: Silver Linings by Patricia Logan (excerpt and giveaway)

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Silver Linings by Patricia Logan
Release Date: June 11, 20115

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Publisher: Westburg Publishing
Cover Artist: AJ Corza
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LAPD detective Cassidy Ryan has been living with his Dom, Zachary Teak, for more than two years. Having met when a serial killer targeted gay members of the online BDSM club owned by Zack, the men think they’ve put the past behind them… until another victim turns up.

When Zack receives a threatening note from the killer, the man convicted of the crimes becomes the focus of the investigation. Cassidy and Zack are thrown back into a nightmare and find the wonderful life they’ve built together unravelling.

Letting Cassidy take charge of their lives in order to protect Zack, is a hard thing for the Dom to take but his cop knows the score and protecting Zack is his priority even if that means ruffling the Dom’s feathers.

As the body count rises, the strength of their love will be tested as never before… because every story deserves… a silver lining.

Pages or Words: 66,890 words

Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Thriller, Erotica

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“How do you want me to take you, Cassidy?” Zack asked between bites.

Cassidy looked over at his Dom, just a little surprised. “You’re asking me?”

Zack smiled at him and he could see the lust glittering in the dark orbs. “Yes. Sometimes… but don’t make a big deal out of it, Cass. It won’t be happening every time.”

Cassidy had somehow expected that answer and the growl in Zack’s voice was such a turn-on, he felt his cock begin to swell as he stared at him. Jesus, I’m the luckiest bastard on the planet. Cassidy knew how damned lucky he was to have found a man whom he could call soul mate. So few people ever did but he knew he had… every single goddamned time he looked at him.

“If that’s the case, Zack. I want my Dom in our bed tonight. I want you hot, hard, demanding… I want you to hold me down. I… I… may fight you, Sir…”

“You want me to work out your aggression?” Zack’s face was very serious.

Cassidy could see the Dominant rise to the surface in two point two seconds. He knew Zack loved seeing him capitulate to his demands and even more importantly, he loved doing just that.

“Yeah. The way I feel right now, Zack…”

“You want to hurt someone, don’t you?” Zack asked, though it wasn’t really a question. He’d nailed it.

“Yeah.”

Zack pushed his empty plate back and stood up, holding out his hand. “Come, boy. Let your Dom take care of that.”

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Red-headed maven of malevolence Patricia Logan resides in Los Angeles, California, but can be found at any given late hour in a playroom in Texas watching her boys playing in the nude… always with each other. Patricia channels gay erotic novels through her computer via black magic (and a dictionary) with a touch of BDSM while eating a BLT. She longs to tie you up and make you suffer through her writing. Haha

Where to find the author:

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Author website: http://authorpatricialogan.com/

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Can Tragedy Lead to Love? Find Out with Retrograde (Flight HA1710 #1) by RJ Scott (excerpt and giveaway)

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Retrograde (Flight HA1710 #1) by RJ Scott
Release Date:  June 12, 2014

6 Authors, 6 Stories. This is the First!

Buy Links at RJ Scott’s Blog (preorder at Amazon & All Romance)

Read the inspiration behind the collection at RJ Scott’s blog.  For more information about the stories and authors involved, go to the end of the post or visit RJ Scott’s blog linked above.

Blurb:

Co-Pilot Lachlan Donaghue wakes up in hospital, a survivor of the crash of Flight HA1710, with memory loss and the suspicion that he could be at fault for the tragic accident. When everything becomes too much he goes home to hide, back to the small Scottish town he grew up in and to his family home.

Rory Kendrick watches the news, sees every hour of the disaster unfold but never thinks that Lachlan was in the middle of it all. Or that his friend will be forced to come back home to hide and to heal. What Lachlan needs is a friend, not a lover, but sometimes the lines are just too blurred to make any sense.

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About RJ

RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.  You can find/follow the author through the following sites:

Email:  rj@rjscott.co.uk
Website: http://www.rjscott.co.uk/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Rjscott_author
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/author.rjscott
LibraryThing: https://www.librarything.com/author/scottrj
Tumblr:  https://www.tumblr.com/blog/rjscott  (some NSFW (not safe for work) photos)
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rjscottauthor/

Excerpt

Chapter 1

The day of the crash.

 

Lachlan Donaghue opened his eyes, cracked them just a little. Something had sideswiped him, glass in his hair, his hands gripping… to his left a person, eyes wide and open, facing Lachlan with not a spark of life left.

 

And red… orange. And silence. Utter and complete silence. 



He closed his eyes.

 

Rory. Help me. 



When he opened them again, this time there was no red, only the blur of a night sky, the black all encompassing. This time there was noise in the silence. A shout, crashes and bangs, and a sense of urgency in the people who stared at him now. 



“He’s alive.” 



“How the hell is he alive?” 



It hurt too much to keep his eyes open. 



Tell Rory I’m okay. Don’t let him worry. 



“Lachlan? Lachlan Donaghue? How old are you? Who is the Prime Minister? What is the Queen’s name? Lachlan? Can you hear me?” 



Who cares? I can’t even speak, let alone think. 



Lachlan answered… or at least in his head he answered, but his throat was tight, there was pain in his head and neck, and he was staring at whiteness and blinking at bright lights. 



Where had the red gone? And the black? 



“Lachlan. Open your eyes. Look at me!” 



I don’t want to. 



“Pupils responsive. Someone get him to the Ulster.” 



“He’s triaged for Downe.” 



“He’s the fucking first officer. Get him to the Ulster Hospital and away from the scene now.” 



Rory, I’m sorry. I should have told you I was sorry. 



The TV was loud, discordant, and scary with red and orange against black, and they were shouting at him from the screen. People walked around him, all the time talking about the TV—or was that the TV itself? Nothing made sense. 



“The Captain is dead.”

The words spun in his head, people talking around him; a chaos of noise. 



“Not… Andrew.” Lachlan murmured in despair. The staring eyes, the absolute stillness and quiet—Andrew was dead. Is everyone dead? Am I dead? What kind of hell was he in where they pushed him and held him, then took the pain away with needles? 



“Lachlan? Can you hear me? My name is Dr.…” 



The words faded, and he looked past the man who stared at him, looking instead at the screen, hearing the words all pilots dreaded to hear. Death. Destruction. Crash. 



His picture flashed on the screen labeled in yellow: Lachlan Donaghue, First Officer. Then there were safety records… and red … and orange. 



“And do you think, taking this into consideration, that the crash was deliberate? An act of terrorism? Or one of the pilots deliberately flying the plane into the ground?” A soft but insistent voice came from the TV. 



“There is nothing to indicate that at this moment. Neither of the black boxes have been located at this time—” 



“Do you know your pilots? Can the airline categorically say that the crash of Flight HA1710 was not pilot error?” 



“It’s too soon to comment—” 

“Can you say that?” 



Pause. 



“No. No we can’t.”

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Flight HA1710 Collection

Book 1 – Retrograde, RJ Scott
Book 2 – Velocity, Sara York
Book 3 – Flashbulb, Clare London
Book 4 – Fallout, Meredith Russell
Book 5 – Aviophobia, Serena Yates
Book 6 – Fracture, Amber Kell

These are stories based around the crash, the man who missed the plane, the steward, the investigator, and just how one incident can change so many lives.

 

It’s Here! “The Love of Wicked Men” Series Box Set by Brandon Shire (excerpt and giveaway)

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The Love of Wicked Men is serialized fiction at its wickedest!   It’s six parts of hotness and love!

First, let me say thanks for hosting the Wicked Men blog tour. The creation of this lengthy novel was quite an adventure. Throughout the course of writing each episode, readers were offered the opportunity to give their input and suggestions on how they thought the story should move along. And I threw in a few twists and surprises along the way, just to keep them on their toes. The Wicked Men blitz features seven unique excerpts, so don’t miss any. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Blurb

Sid Rivers and Jack Brown are two sides of the same coin. One is a lawyer with his own firm and dreams of money and power; the other is a criminal with a lengthy record and a quest for vengeance. When they meet, sparks fly. But was their meeting an accident? Or was it planned by the billionaires who want to control their destiny?

The Love of Wicked Men is an erotic journey into the underbelly of the legal profession, the corporate culture of profit-at-any-cost, and the secret world of industrial espionage.

Excerpt

Sid pressed a button on his desk and Cheryl opened the door. “The builders are here,” she informed him. “Anything else for today?”

“How do we look for tomorrow?” Sid asked.

“I’ve put everything on your calendar,” she answered, edging towards the door.

He saw Jack over her shoulder with two other men and dismissed her with a wave of his hand. He beckoned them in as Cheryl left.

“We’re ready to get started,” Jack said as soon as he came in.

“Did the receptionist give you the keys and codes for the security system?” Sid asked. All three of them were wearing tool belts, jeans, and blue t-shirts with an indistinct logo. They looked more like Chippendales than construction workers – chiseled jawlines, tanned skin, hard bodies with well-developed muscles. Even Cheryl’s decrepit old ass had given them the once-over on her way out.

“Bill and Marcus,” Jack said, indicating the two men behind him. “Most of tonight, we’ll pull down walls and make a mess. It should be cleaned up by the time you get here in the morning. Tomorrow, we’ll bring materials in and start the actual construction. Take about a week, more or less.”

Sid nodded, distracted by the light sheen of moisture that seemed to be covering Jack’s upper body. Was it that warm outside? he wondered as a whiff of Jack’s cologne wafted across the desk and made his cock twitch. “Yes, that sounds good.” Sid sat forward, almost leaning into the scent of the man in front of him.

Jack tilted his head. “You okay, Counselor?”

There was something in the chemistry… Sid didn’t know what the cologne was, but it was driving him fucking crazy. He knew someone else whose cologne had the same effect. He realized, with chagrin, that he was getting hard under his desk like a damned schoolboy. “Yes,” he said to himself more than to any of them. His eyes flicked to the two men flanking Jack. He noted their expressions, cleared his throat and sat straighter, tugging on his tie. “What about the security system we discussed?”

“Carl will be here later with the specs and the estimate. Should I leave them on your desk?” Jack asked as he turned to leave. The men behind him took Jack’s cue and went down the hall, toward the receptionist’s area.

Sid’s eyes dropped to Jack’s ass as he walked away. The man was fucking mesmerizing, and knowingly making a performance. Jack turned and caught Sid staring.

There was a restlessness in Jack’s eyes, and it took Sid a moment to realize what it was. It was the same unadulterated lust that had hooked Sid in the convenience store. Sid’s eyes flicked to his monitor, and away from the certainty in Jack’s gaze. “That’s fine.” He tried to be cavalier but failed.

Jack didn’t move. He stood there watching him, his demeanor dangerously sexual within the confines of the office.

“Was there something else?” Sid asked, trying to ignore him.

There was a pause before Jack answered. It was long enough that it brought Sid’s eyes back to Jack’s face.

“No.” Jack colored slightly. “Well, maybe.” He shuffled his feet for a moment and looked away. “Is there someone at home?” He looked at Sid directly for the answer, his eyes holding another electric jolt of curiosity and desire. When Sid didn’t answer immediately, he whirled for the door. “Never mind. You don’t have to answer that.” He walked out and closed the door behind him.

“Jesus Christ.” Sid let out a long breath, begging his cock to go back down. He had to fuck this guy, and soon.

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Buy direct from Brandon and save $1 with coupon code ilovemen at checkout!
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About the Author

Great stories should not depend on gender or sexual preference of a character, but instead upon the strength of the characters and the honesty and urgency of the story.

Brandon Shire proves he understands the complexity of writing LGBT fiction from two very different viewpoints – serious and smexy. His serious fiction is written for those who enjoy a book, which explores life’s darker elements in a more literary form, while the smexy fiction is for those who enjoy a graphically erotic romance.

Regardless of the differentiation above, Brandon writes for people who enjoy being challenged, and for those who strive to understand situations they don’t typically encounter. He pens raw, emotional stories about characters, which readers will either love or love to hate.

Life and love are pretty damned special, but neither is always perfect. Life can be painful, and real love hard to find. Brandon’s fiction is an exploration of the (sometimes) arduous search for the happiness we all desire.

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