A Free Dreamer Review : In Pain and Blood (Spellster Series Book 1) by Aldrea Alien

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

It wasn’t meant to be like this.

Dylan’s life in the spellster tower has everything he should want: magical knowledge, safety from the King’s Hounds and frequent clandestine affairs with women. All at the cost of his freedom. So when the chance to leave the tower—even as a leashed weapon for the King’s Army—arises, he seizes it.

When his first scouting mission goes awry, Dylan is left alone in a hostile world with the tower a distant beacon of safety. Only the flirtatious Tracker, an elven man whose very presence awakens Dylan’s long-repressed desire, can help him return to his old life before the crown discovers his unleashed status.

But the risk of being branded a deserter may be the least of his concerns as whispers of an armed presence in the North threatens his home. Dylan must rely on Tracker to protect him even as everything he thought he knew begins to unravel around them.

 “In Pain and Blood” is a mix of epic high fantasy and romance. I mostly picked the book for its gorgeous cover but found the content to be quite enjoyable as well.

It’s a very long book and that’s something I’ve always liked about books. That does mean things are a bit slow to get started. Tracker doesn’t even show up for the first 20% or so. For a while, I wasn’t sure if I’d misread the blurb and this was actually a m/f romance. I never read the blurb right before I start a book. There’s also at least one rather explicit scene between him and a woman. Personally, I don’t mind that but I know some people really dislike this.

Dylan is a bit on the naive side. He’s had sex with quite a few women but he’s never been in love before. And he’s never been with a man before either. He’s also naive in pretty much every other aspect of life. He’s spent his entire life locked away in a tower and was only allowed out in the gardens. At times, he also seemed a bit dumb, tbh. He was a bit annoying at times.

I liked the world this book was set in. Dylan’s country has been at war with its neighbour for decades, if not centuries. Spellsters (magicians) like Dylan have to spend their life in a huge tower. The only way for them to ever be allowed to leave is with a magic-suppressing collar to fight in the army. This way, they’re only able to use magic when their commander gives them permission. Otherwise the collar won’t let them.

In the neighbouring country, the spellsters are allowed to run rogue. I was never quite sure which side was worse. The enemies are slave owners but are Dylan’s people really that much better? The spellsters definitely aren’t free. I love it when there’s no clear good or evil.

The story could have used another round of editing. There was the occasional spelling mistake and a tiny plot hole or two. Nothing too horrible or glaringly obvious but definitely there.

Overall, I quite enjoyed “In Pain and Blood”. It’s not an easy read and definitely not a quick one either. But it’s definitely worth its time, even if I did have some minor issues with it. I’m definitely interested in the next part and will need to check out the author’s other books in the meantime.

If you’re into good fantasy mixed with a solid love story and don’t mind a longer read, then go for it. If you’re looking for something quick and easy, however, you’d better keep looking.

The cover is really pretty. It’s actually quite simple when you take a closer look but it fits the story perfectly. Dylan sure likes his lightning.

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Book details: Kindle Edition, 867 pages

Published December 15th 2017 by Thardrandian Publications

A MelanieM Release Day Review: Sin and Saint (Executioners #4) by J.M. Dabney

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Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

Eric and Ellison Gant better known as Sin and Saint were opposite sides of the same coin. They epitomized the nicknames given to them by their friends in the band Executioners. One thing Sin and Saint did well was fight and being inseparable means they have a lot of disagreements, but one thing they agree on is Sheriff Camden Pelter was theirs. The older, stoic man didn’t agree, yet they were determined to change his mind.

Camden Pelter had the daunting job of turning the Powers Sheriff Department around. The residents of the Georgia town didn’t have much faith or respect in the Deputies serving them. That’s where he came in and he was determined to do his job. That was easier said than done with two annoying brothers Sin and Saint who dogged his every step. No way in hell was he getting mixed up in the chaos that were the Gant Twins. Now if only if he could get them to listen and realize they didn’t have a chance of changing his mind.

Since the first mention of Camden Pelter and the twins, I (and tons of other fans of J.M. Dabney) have been waiting for this book.  Through story after story, Sin and Saint (Eric and Ellison Gant) have been chasing the older, gorgeous Sheriff of Powers, Georgia only to be rebuffed time and again.  Still, we knew that Camden would eventually come to the realization that the twins were his and we’d get that story.

And it would be full of sizzle and probably some kink.

However, I wasn’t expecting some terrific suspense scenes, high action, and some real twists to come our way as well.  Sin & Saint (Executioners #4) by J.M. Dabney delivers with a pack, a punch, and a high note on every level as the last story in the Executioners series.

For one thing, we now get up close to the twins.  The author delivers more nuanced characterizations with Eric (Sin) and Ellison (Saint), two who may look identical to those who don’t know them but who’s differences extend from the emotional to physical variations that have had an huge impact on one of them.  Past histories too that have done the same.  Camden Pelter comes in for close inspection in every way as well, from his background and local familial ties to his sexuality…his need to dominate and take care of those he loves.

Then all three men are pulled gently together to form a loving triad quite unlike any of the triads already in existence in the connected series.  It’s a slow, hot pace that should leaving you with a need for a fan.

However, Sin and Saint is not just about romance but also the need to tie up some loose ends with regard to the last corrupt  Sheriff and his organization.  In comes the high action, suspense, and some great twists in the narrative that I just adored.  Truly I love it when my expectations are overturned and the plot takes a turn I didn’t expect all of which happened here.

It ends as it should and I was hopelessly overjoyed and looking forward to the beginning of the new  series.  That would be the Trenton Security series, although I’m not yet sure that’s the name.  It will involve the guys in the Trenton group that we’ve meet before and were heavily involved here in this story.  And yes, I can’t wait!

So another great series, Executioners comes to an end with Sin & Saint but what an ending it was!  A great storyline, a long anticipated romance and triad coupling (can that be with three), and just some wonderful writing that drove this narrative crazily along to an ending that was exactly what I hoped for.   All that and more is why I’m highly recommending this story  and all the books in the Executioners series by J.M. Dabney.

If you haven’t met her glorious bunch of huge, damaged, sometimes violent men and the ones that love them, there’s no better series to start with that this one.  But now you have three series to read before the fourth series start, grab them all up and get reading! I have the list below for you all to check out.

Cover by Winterheart Designs:  I love this cover.  That’s  Sin and Saint personified.  Just perfection.

Sales Links:  Amazon

Book Details:

Edition Language English
setting Georgia (United States) 

A MelanieM Advent Release Day Review: The Billionaire’s Boxing Day Bargain by Ava Hayden

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Milo is too nice to say no when the desperate call goes out for more staff to work Boxing Day at Eden Consumer Electronics. It’s just until they sell the door-crasher specials, but it means he can’t see his billionaire boyfriend Lance until later that day.

Lance spends December 25 jetting back from a business trip, eager to see Milo. He calls as soon as his flight lands Boxing Day morning, only to find out that seven hundred and thirty televisions are cock-blocking him.

What’s the point of being a billionaire if you can’t spend your way around obstacles? Milo doesn’t want Lance solving his problems with cash, but he’ll never find out because Lance’s efficient personal assistant, William, is on the case. Unfortunately, even billionaires are subject to the law of unintended consequences—and these aren’t the kind Lance can buy his way out of.

Will Lance and Milo have their Boxing Day date? Or have Lance’s pushy billionaire ways finally gone too far?

The Billionaire’s Boxing Day Bargain by Ava Hayden is a very cute holiday romance in the Dreamspinner Press Advent Stocking Stuffer collection.  A very rich man wants his boyfriend home with him instead of at the failing electronic store where he’s filling in for a friend.  Many humorous moments ensue before the couple reunites at the end.

It’s funny, angst free, low flame, holiday fare.  I enjoyed it while I was reading it even if I can’t remember too much about the couple and story right now.  I do remember thinking that the monitor/tv thing was funny or was it the blender?  Thing was…I could almost see a very rich man doing exactly that to get his way…a very realistic and humorous touch.

There’s a happy ending for all and isn’t that what we want in a holiday story?  Only this one comes as a contemporary romance, missing that touch of Christmas magic I love to see in most of mine.

Cover art by Paul Richmond is the series cover for all Stocking Stuffer stories and filled with good cheer and humor although not specific to the individual stories.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 42 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781640803114
Edition LanguageEnglish

An Ali Review: Will & Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon (Wake Up Married #7) by Leta Blake

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 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Genius brain surgeon Patrick McCloud never thought he’d fall in love, let alone get married. He and Will Patterson are two years overdue for their honeymoon, and although romance doesn’t come naturally to Patrick, he’s determined to make it perfect.

Will works himself to the bone helping others and dealing with his family, who bring the drama nonstop. A tropical getaway without the usual shenanigans is just what the doctor ordered. But can Will’s family leave them in peace? Knowing the Patterson-Molinaro clan, it’s not likely…
This installment takes place two years down the road from when the series started.  Patrick and Will are still together and doing better than ever.  They’re also headed out for the honeymoon that they’ve been waiting ages for.  Every scenes that they’re together in was pure bliss for me.  I love these two and they’re funny, sweet and smexy together.
The reason that I didn’t rate this higher was due to Will’s mother and to their friend Jenny.  Will’s mother is just a terrible person and I had enough of her in previous books.  Jenny, I thought, was settled, but apparently not.  She showed up here to cause drama that made no sense to me.  My patience with her wore out quickly.
I picked this up thinking it would be a sweet conclusion to Will and Patrick’s story and in a lot of ways it was, but the drama was unnecessary and not something I was interested in.  I would recommend this for die hard fans but for others I’m on the fence.  I was happy with how things left off in the last book.
Cover:  I liked the cover a lot.  It fit well with the rest of the series and I’ve liked all of the covers.
Sales Links: Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 1st Edition for Distribution
Published December 4th 2017 by Leta Blake Books
ISBN139781626227712
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesWake Up Married #7

Tour Blitz for Sin & Saint (Executioners #4) by J.M. Dabney (excerpt)

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SIN & SAINT

EXECUTIONERS BOOK 4

J.M. DABNEY

M/M ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: 12.26.17

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COVER DESIGN: Winterheart Design

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Eric and Ellison Gant better known as Sin and Saint were opposite sides of the same coin. They epitomized the nicknames given to them by their friends in the band Executioners. One thing Sin and Saint did well was fight and being inseparable means they had a lot of disagreements, but one thing they agreed on was Sheriff Camden Pelter was theirs. The older, stoic man didn’t agree, yet they were determined to change his mind.

Camden Pelter had the daunting job of turning the Powers Sheriff Department around. The residents of the Georgia town didn’t have much faith or respect in the Deputies serving them. That’s where he came in and he was determined to do his job. That was easier said than done with two annoying brothers Sin and Saint who dogged his every step. No way in hell was he getting mixed up in the chaos that were the Gant Twins. Now if only if he could get them to listen and realize they didn’t have a chance of changing his mind.

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EXCERPT

“Sin and Saint, don’t they have real names?” Even though the names seemed perfect, he didn’t like them, and he wasn’t going to call his—nothing his was in this bar.

“Sin is Eric, and Ellison is Saint, but I don’t think they answer to them. Last I heard their mom started calling them Sin and Saint.”

“I won’t be calling them Sin and Saint.”

“Does that mean you’ll be calling them because they’re headed this way. Good luck.”

He nearly hollered for Twitch when the little man darted away. He was a grown ass man so he could handle two pretty boys. Their platinum blond hair tousled around their beautiful faces. Fuck, he caught sight of himself in the mirror behind the bar, and he looked old, well, ancient compared to them. The silver patch in his goatee stood out starkly and reminded him he wasn’t in his twenties or even thirties anymore.

Just don’t be an asshole, Camden, he ordered himself. His hand locked tight around the bottle as the most beautiful men he’d ever seen flanked him on either side. Their slim bodies pushing in beside him, and he instantly knew which one was Sin. The boy pressed in tight to his side, while Ellison, Saint, kept a bit of distance. In his peripheral, he noticed the innocent pink that stained Ellison’s cheeks and he wanted to reach for him. Chase the spreading color under the pads of his calloused fingers.

“Well, hello, sexy, you’re new.”

Eric’s soft fingertips stroked up his bare arm only being stopped by the rolled cuff of his dress shirt. His stomach tightened.

“Camden.”

“You’re Scary’s cousin.”

Ellison’s voice was softer, tinged with a hint of shyness that made him want to turn to him.

“Why don’t you come home with us, Camden?”

“Why don’t you go play with someone your own age, boy?”

He didn’t know where the brusque tone came from, but he didn’t want to be some notch for boys with Daddy issues. It was a rage in his abdomen. An emotion he’d never experienced before burned through his veins, and he couldn’t think beyond getting as far away from Eric and Ellison as he could. Part of he wanted to put them over his knee for propositioning some strange man in a bar. The other part of him, the one he needed to rein in, wanted to take them home.

“Twitch,” he called for the bartender and pulled enough from his pocket to cover his few beers, plus a generous tip.

“Goodnight, boys.”

Eric looked at him like he was insane to turn them down and maybe he was, but he was a grown ass man, and he knew what he wanted. Ellison avoided glancing at him and instead of embarrassment or shyness, the young man looked ashamed. He pushed back from the bar and started to walk away.

“Goodnight, Camden.”

Ellison’s sweet voice called to him, and he imagined what it would sound like when the boy screamed his name as he was buried balls deep. Angry with himself, he strode toward the door.

He knew what he wanted, something or someone only his, someone to care for and make happy. A quick fuck he wasn’t and twenty-one was too fucking young for what he had in mind. That didn’t keep his mind from wandering to the twin temptation he’d left back at Brawlers and it didn’t disappear even as he drove in the opposite direction of Powers, Georgia, and from the things he knew he couldn’t have.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

​J.M. Dabney is a multi-genre author who writes mainly LGBT romance and fiction. She lives with a constant diverse cast of characters in her head. No matter their size, shape, race, etc. she lives for one purpose alone, and that’s to make sure she does them justice and give them the happily ever after they deserve. J.M. is dysfunction at its finest and she makes sure her characters are a beautiful kaleidoscope of crazy. There is nothing more she wants from telling her stories than to show that no matter the package the characters come in or the damage their pasts have done, that love is love. That normal is never normal and sometimes the so-called broken can still be amazing.

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Scotty Cade on Celebrations, Holidays and his new release ‘Someone to Kiss’ (author guest post)

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Someone to Kiss by Scotty Cade
Dreamspinner Press

 

Available for Purchase Dec. 27th at

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Happy Holidays All!

I’d like to thank you in advance for spending some time with me and learning a little of the story behind the story, so to speak for “Someone to Kiss.”

Most of “Someone to Kiss” takes place over the Holidays on two consecutive years. While writing the story I thought a lot about that specific time of year and how it affects people, including me and I think some of that came out in Dane and Carter’s characters.

For many, the Holiday’s can be a special time to spend with loved ones, as well as reconnect with old friends. But for some the Holidays can be stressful taking into consideration the added expense, travel, and typical family drama. But for so many it goes beyond that. This time of year can be very dark and depressing. Throughout my life…it has been all of the above.

Luckily for most of the last twenty something years, except when my husband Kell and I lost our parents, the Holidays have been a wonderful time shared with our combined families. Since Kell and I bought the Inn and restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard in 2004, we have been the ones forced to travel back down south year after year if we wanted to be with family. And then the question—whose family do we see? And that in itself was another source of angst.  So most years we tried to see both, which meant a week of constant travel. Trust me, by New Years Day we were exhausted.

But slowly over the years, without our parents as the glue that holds families together, things have started to change. It’s become harder and harder to get our family’s to see the importance of sharing this special time. In recent years, my sisters have carved out families of their own with their sons and daughters and their spouses, and of course, their grand kids and that has become their main focus. And the same for Kell’s family. I think I get it. Sort of. I keep wanting things to be the way they were when we were younger and have everyone together, but things change and priorities change. I guess it’s time to man up and be an adult.

Personally, Christmas is Christmas, but New Years Eve and I have always had a love/hate relationship, which Dane experiences in the story as well. When I was young and single it marked the end of another year alone, but also gave me a renewed hope for the coming year. It signaled an ending and a beginning all at the same time, which left me not knowing how to feel. Most New Year’s Eve’s were filled with anticipation. I mean who doesn’t want to meet someone on that night of all nights. But then when I didn’t, it won’t down hill from there. Oddly enough Kell and I met in late spring and committed to each other, (the only form of marriage we had back then) on guess when? New Year’s Eve. So all’s well that ends well.

But I think as grown ups we all need to try and not get consumed by the holidays. But it happens every year, and usually not in a good way.  The buying of the right gifts, who we should buy for, trying to be in a specific place at a specific time, managing the family drama and all of a sudden the fellowship takes a back seat.

But this year is a new start for us. We’ve decided to stay put in our new home in South Carolina. We’ll be waking up Christmas morning in our own bed, in our own house and are thrilled to be able to do it. And we’ve given our family’s the same choice. We love them all and we know they love us, but we’ve determined its time to live and let live. It won’t stop them from being family or affect how we feel about them, but we’re no longer doing the hectic travel dance or doing our best to see everyone or get everyone together. And surprisingly…everyone is okay with it.

But on a great note, in learning to adult, we got our wish. We will have a house full of people on Christmas Eve. Some family, some friends and neighbors as well as other’s like us who won’t be traveling. It will be fun and festive and we’re looking so forward to it. So in the end, when we let go of the stress, suddenly our home will be filled with people coming and going over the holidays and so if you’re like us, try and not let the holidays get you down. Go with the flow, enjoy yourself and most of all be safe and happy.

If you’d like, take a moment to tell me about your Holiday experiences. Do you see any of your family traits in the descriptions of ours? Do you love or hate the holidays?

If you do decide to post, you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for a e-book of “Someone to Kiss.”

Thanks for spending the time with me and I wish you and yours the best of the Holiday season and all the good New Year has to offer.

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Dane McCormick’s job negotiating leases and building out furnished office suites takes him all over the country. He stays until the job is done—and then he moves on. As satisfying as the job is, it leaves him no place to call home and no chance to build a personal life. After arriving in Greenville, South Carolina, for a job, a severe stomach virus knocks Dane for a loop. He finds a local urgent care clinic… and a tall, dark, and handsome doctor who goes well above and beyond his duties to treat Dane. The doctor’s bedside manner makes Dane forget all about his stomach flu.

Carter Baldridge has dedicated his life to caring for others. Since graduating from medical school, he has spent all his time and energy building his urgent care business. But the morning he steps into his examining room and sees Dane McCormick on the table, he realizes it might be time to devote some attention to a part of life he has neglected. The spark is there, but so is a major obstacle in the form of Dane’s peripatetic lifestyle and a bad experience in Carter’s past. Both have to decide if the risk is worth the reward.

About the Author

Scotty Cade left Corporate America and twenty-five years of Marketing and Public Relations behind to buy an Inn & Restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his partner of over twenty years. He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but just five years ago for publication. When not at the Inn, you can find him on the bow of his boat writing gay romance novels with his Shetland sheepdog Mavis at his side. Being from the south and a lover of commitment and fidelity, most of his characters find their way to long healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there. He believes that in the end, the boy should always get the boy.

Here’s where you can find me:

www.scottycade.com

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scottycade@gmail.com

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