A Lucy Review: Made for You (Love and Family #2) by Anyta Sunday

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Ben wants to find a new home.
Twenty-four-year-old Ben McCormick is the primary caregiver for his brother Milo after their parents’ death. A year into the job, he’s totally got the hang of it. Mostly. Sort of. Not at all?
Defeated and thoroughly chastised for his lack in parenting skills at teacher-parent night, Ben slumps away with the resolve to finally get his life sorted: be a better role model, and sell their parents’ house for a fresh start.
But first, he needs to spruce up his house to hit the market. He’s no DIY king, but Milo’s hot-as-hell woodwork teacher is…

Jack wants an old home to fix.
Thirty-nine-year-old Jack Pecker is waiting for the home of his dreams to come on the market in the summer. What better way to wait the interim months than working on a small renovation gig?
Only trouble is, the gig is for the McCormick brothers. And working in close quarters to red-haired Ben McCormick won’t be easy. Not with the attraction that simmers between them. Attraction Ben makes no effort to hide.
But Jack’s professional. Dating a parent is highly discouraged at Kresley Intermediate, and he’d never cross the lines…

Ben and Jack. Two guys searching for a home – 
– a home that might just be where their hearts lead them.

It is no secret that Anyta Sunday is a favorite author of mine and it is characters like Ben, Milo and Jack that reinforce that for me.  Ben is big brother to Milo, age 11, and they lost their parents a year ago.  Ben is doing his best to make a stable home for Milo, even as he is grief-stricken himself.  Ben is 24, works at a museum with a fairly unsympathetic boss, is addicted to orange Fanta and has some interesting, to put it kindly, parenting techniques. He also has some very lovely worded t-shirts.

The one issue between Milo and Ben is their parent’s house.  They are living in the guest cottage, too small and cramped, because Ben’s heart can’t handle the hurt of being in his parent’s house without his parents there.  You really feel for both of them because they may be grieving in different ways but they are both so wounded. Ben is trying so hard to be a good parent and he beats himself up when he misses things.  “I’m the one who should be sorry. I should’ve seen it, Jack saw it, while I blindly ignored the signs, too caught up in myself. In what I wanted.”  Yet, he’s so good.  I could go on and on about the loveliness of these characters.

Jack, the handyman who is going to renovate the parent’s home for resale, is also a teacher at Milo’s school.  Despite being attracted to Ben, the fourteen year age difference is nothing compared to the unwritten rule about not dating caregivers of the students.  Add in that he’s been waiting eight years for his dream villa to be for sale and the owner of said villa is uncle to the principal of the school.  There can be nothing between them.  Nothing.

Watching these guys try to do what’s best for each other, try to be a family with officially being a family and yet still sharing fun and love was such a great ride. I so appreciated that Milo acts like an eleven-year-old.  He talks like one, is bratty like one and responds to love like one.  There were so many moments I wanted to hug them all.  The fact that it is Milo who brings things to a head worked perfectly for me.  “He whispers, “For someone who claims to love us, you’re really stupid.”  He’s so young and so smart.  “I have four words for you, Mr. Woodpecker.”  I brace myself for them but they plough guilt through me.  “Shortcuts never end well.” 

The fear of driving Ben has after losing his parents to a car accident was real.  The grief they both feel about it was real.  Jack’s story of his family, unfortunately all too real.

We get to revisit Sam and Luke from Taboo For You here and I was reminded just how much I love Luke.  Loved him in that book, love him here. Awkward situation when Jack was living with Sam and Luke, definitely.  But they are the greatest friends. “But with every sunrise comes a fresh start.”  So true, Luke, so true. 

Some favorite moments:  “Farts wouldn’t smell so bad if we moved to the main house.  The extra space would thin them out.”  What Milo saw on the computer.  “If life gives you lemons…”  What Jack thought Milo and Ben were looking at through binoculars.   Jack explaining to Milo why Ben is the best.  Most of all, the brother love that just shines through the whole story.  They aren’t perfect, no, but they love each other and are trying. “I take you as my brother for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health until death do us part.  He rolls his head up and looks at me for a long beat.  “I do.”  Love.

The not so favorite? Mrs. Devon.  “Is she about to tell me I’m doing a bad job raising Milo? Tell me anything else.  I can’t hear that.  I’m afraid I’m doing a bad job too.” So that the last parent conference was with her was very fitting.  I am assuming the next book is about another not-favorite character, Felix.  Is he closeted? Experimenting?

This was a great follow up to Taboo For You and I loved it.

Cover art, showing Jack and Ben snuggling is sweet and fitting.

 

 Sales Links: https://www.anytasunday.com/projects/made-for-you/

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Anyta Sunday
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Edition Language English
Series Love and Family #2

A MelanieM Audio Review: Witchbane (Witchbane #1) by Morgan Brice and Kale Williams (Narrator)

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Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

Seth Tanner and his brother Jesse’s fun evening debunking local urban legends ends with Jesse’s gruesome murder. Seth vows revenge on Jesse’s killer – too bad the murderer has been dead for a hundred years. Seth uncovers a cycle of ritual killings that feed the power of a dark warlock’s immortal witch-disciples, and he’s hell bent on stopping Jackson Malone from becoming the next victim. He’s used to risking his neck. He never intended to risk his heart.

Witchbane (Witchbane #1) by Morgan Brice was a terrific paranormal romance by an author I was familiar with from his other supernatural hunter series, Badlands, which is loosely connected to this one. In fact, it was that couple and series that sent me looking to read Witchbane and check out this couple.

Starting the story in the past, with the death of Jesse, it a powerful start because you immediately love the connection with the brothers as the characterizations are so strong.  From there we flash forward to the present and the years past.  Seth, alone, family torm from him in every way possible, now living a new reality that includes fighting against murderers and criminals who aren’t human or who are using magic to commit their crimes.

The plot which is fascinating, ties his haunted, painful past to his current mission to find and save Jackson Malone from the same fate as his brother.  I thought the entire motive behind the murders was clever and it kept me thinking and so many options up in the air about people and future storylines.  It’s a storyline that potentially can keep on giving.

The many surprises here in the plot vie with the layered characterizations and I was completely invested in both the couple and the suspense filled plot!  Morgan Brice does a terrific job of incorporating just the right local spooky location, in this case places like the Victorian Gothic Pump House in the James River Park in Richmond, VA where the  book takes place.  Normall the author also uses more of the individual “Southern” spirits and monsters, having them make appearances as they often do in the Badlands series.  But here it’s mostly ghosts, some Grims, witches, warlocks, and the Ultimate baddie!  They all, of course, were more than enough here, for cause for alarm.  But I missed the local supernatural quality and hope to see it in the future stories.  That really raises the bar in the other series when you bring in the local superstitions and legends then brings them to life.

The relationship between Seth and Even (aka Sonny which threw me at first) is a complicated one and suffers because of lack of communication.  While I always wish my mcs would “adult up” here, in this case, given each man’s poor relationship history, this is almost a given.   Still frustrating but understandable. There is a lot of hot sex, a lot of action, tons of suspense, and a very realistic HFN.  These two have a lot to figure out and a new start in front of them.

Kale Williams does such a top job narrating here.  He switches characters effortlessly, giving each a unique and easily identifiable personality.  His tones are rich and made this audiobook a joy to listen to even when I was on the edge of my seat, panicking over the fate of our main characters.  In short, just a great all around experience.  I can’t wait to listen to the next one in the series.  And I’m definitely recommending this one and this narrator to all who love to listen to supernatural romances.

Cover art is wonderful and a perfect representation of the couple, Seth in front.

 

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Audiobook Details:

Audible Audio
Published March 29th 2019 by Tantor Audio (first published February 19th 2018)
Original Title Witchbane
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Edition Language English
Series Witchbane #1

A Lila Review: A Cordial Agreement by Ryan Loveless

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Can a wealthy but frustrated CEO and a guilt-ridden stripper find what they need in a consensual, nonsexual whipping boy arrangement?

Billionaire mogul Grant Jessup, fifty-three, buries his sexual tastes and the reasons behind them—the stresses of his business empire and family. In contrast, Jim Sieber understands the regret that makes him seek pain and penance. As an asexual averse to erotic touch, Jim sets strict boundaries. But as the relationship evolves, Grant struggles to respect them, and both men realize for their association to continue and perhaps grow into real feelings, they’ll have to explore new ways to satisfy each other.

A Cordial Agreement is an interesting take into BDSM agreements. In most books, the sexual component drives the story, but in this case, the author takes the time to explore Mr. Sieber’s asexuality. and how it fits with Mr. Jessup’s need for control.

The main characters are compelling and I enjoyed their interactions. They were witty and smart. The book is well-written and a bit formal but it goes with their transactional relationship. It’s hard to see the moments they fought the intrinsical intimacy in a BDSM relationship.

Some parts moved too fast or lack foreshadowing. The way everyone was connected had me wondering if I had missed something important. Overall, it has a great premise it simply needed more details.

The cover by L.C. Chase shows important elements of the story, and transmits a sense of propriety that it’s part of the story.

Sale Links: DreamspinnerAmazon | Nook

Book Details: 
ebook, 118 pages
ISBN: 9781644052235
Published: May 17, 2019, by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Where Song Replaces Silence by Layla Dorine

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Rating:  2 stars out of 5

Raze halts his midnight joy ride to give chase to twinkling lights that appear in the road before him and then lead him deep into a forest, where he falls into another world. There, magic is real, wishes are granted, and no one is considered odd or out of place.

Raze has never fit in anywhere in his own world and uses his angry attitude to keep others at bay and mask his anxieties and fears in this new place. A dangerous combination in Loas, where rudeness is frowned upon and foul language can land him in a dungeon.

Rurin, an inhabitant of Loas, tries to teach Raze about their world, its magic and its residents, but he faces Raze’s stubborn resistance at every turn. Bitter about his past, pessimistic about his future, Raze sees what could be, but he struggles to accept it. In the meantime, his encounters with the Fae range from hostile sarcasm to potential danger. While he attempts to keep the promises he’s made to Rurin and follow the rules laid out for him, Raze grows more and more curious about the place where he’s landed. It’s too bad he keeps making poor choices.

As the connection between them grows, Rurin works to keep Raze from being banished, but Raze may be cast out of the Loas before he has the opportunity to discover the true reason he was led there in the first place.

This was not a story for me.  While it was well written the world that Raze ended up in and his and the others actions just caused me to get upset during most of the story.  I also couldn’t help but feel the teeny bit of romance was forced and did absolutely nothing for what was happening.

I will admit from the beginning Raze is a jerk but at the same time this wonderful, accepting and peaceful group is sure quick to judge and look down on him even when he is trying.  Mostly we see Raze getting let around by Rurin to learn about the world he has found himself in while at the same time Rurin expecting him to just know how it works down there.  I felt that Raze’s sudden acceptance and change of heart when he found his magic was just too little too late for all around.

The cover art by Natasha Snow is a beautiful picture but doesn’t do anything for the story.

Sales Links: Nine Star Press | Amazon | B&N

Book Details:

ebook, 33,300 words

Published: April 22, 2019 by Nine Star Press

ISBN: 978-1-950412-49-5

Edition Language: English

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW TOUR for Witchbane (Witchbane #1) by Morgan Brice and Kale Williams (Narrator)

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Book Title: Witchbane

Author: Morgan Brice

Publisher: Darkwind Press

Narrator: Kale Williams

Release Date: March 29, 2019

Length: 7 hours and 34 minutes

Genre: Urban Fantasy, M/M paranormal romance

Trope/s: second chance, supernatural/magic,

Themes: learning to trust, learning to believe in shift the way you see the world

Heat Rating:  4 flames

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He’s used to risking his neck. He never intended to risk his heart.

Blurb

Seth Tanner and his brother Jesse’s fun evening debunking local urban legends ends with Jesse’s gruesome murder. Seth vows revenge on Jesse’s killer – too bad the murderer has been dead for a hundred years. Seth uncovers a cycle of ritual killings that feed the power of a dark warlock’s immortal witch-disciples, and he’s hell bent on stopping Jackson Malone from becoming the next victim. He’s used to risking his neck. He never intended to risk his heart.

 

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About the Author

Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.

On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.

She writes the Witchbane and Badlands series. Watch for new series, coming soon!

 

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Andrew Grey on his Top 5 classic cop movies and his new release Fire and Obsidian (author guest blog and excerpt)

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Fire and Obsidian (Carlisle Deputies #4) by Andrew Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 7 2019

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Andrew Grey here today on tour for Fire and Obsidian, fourthi in his Carlisle Deputies series.  Welcome, Andrew.
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I have always loved cop movies and shows.  So I thought I would give you my top 5 classic cop movies  These were the ones I remember fondly from my younger days.
1)  Beverly Hills Cop – Funny with action and drama.  It was a favorite when I was in college
2)  Lethal Weapon – I used to watch this movie all the time with my friends.
3)  Turner and Hooch – Who doesn’t love and cop and dog movie and Ton Hanks.
4)  Beverly Hills Cop II   I usually stay away from sequels, but this one I liked.

5)  Dragnet -One of the campiest cop movies ever made.  It was so bad it was funny good

Blurb/Synopsis:

Can a couple be more opposite than a thief and a cop? Or do they have more in common than they think?

Mattias stole to survive. He was damn good at it. But there’s no such thing as a victimless crime, and when he saw how his theft hurt people, he resolved to change. Now he works as a consultant, and while helping to investigate a rash of burglaries, he crosses paths with James.

Police Officer James Levinson doesn’t trust thieves, and that includes Mattias. James’s father stole to support himself, and James knows firsthand how that can destroy lives—it inspired him to go into law enforcement. Mattias is no different, from what he can tell… at first.

As they work together, Mattias and James realize there’s something deeper between them than just the physical attraction neither can deny. Given time, they might even grow to trust each other—unless the case they’re working on dredges up pasts both would rather forget.

Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance/Law Enforcement

Excerpts

“All right. Everyone stand up, please,” Mattias said calmly. “Someone identify an object that you want me to take.”

One of the officers held up a watch. It was plain and nothing that would ever have interested him during his career, but for demonstration purposes, it would do.

“Perfect. Put that back on, and I’ll demonstrate. I’d like you all to stay standing as I attempt to take the watch.” Mattias cleared his throat and pretended to think about how he was going to proceed. He wandered up and down each aisle, working his way over to the officer in question, who stood near the back, in the far aisle, with another officer in front and in back of him.

Mattias kept his expression neutral, as though he were concentrating, his gaze rarely wavering from his quarry. As he got closer, he nodded to the officer, whose gaze locked on to him. Mattias could almost feel his quarry’s heart rate increase the closer he got. This man knew something was going to happen, and he was prepared for it. Mattias turned the corner, anticipation building in the room, so thick that he could taste it. Every eye was on either him or his quarry, which was fine. Mattias was calm and cool, no worries. As he got closer, his quarry’s arm jittered slightly. Mattias watched it for a second and then lifted his head, meeting the gaze of the men and women around him. Passing by his quarry, Mattias smiled and continued back up to the front of the room.

“I still have the watch,” the officer said, holding up his wrist, and the others in the room clapped.

“I guess you aren’t as good as you thought.”

Mattias waited until the ruckus and self-congratulations died down and they all turned back to him. He cleared his throat. “And you are?” It was best to confront this type of adversary head-on.

“Detective James Levinson. I’m working with the sheriff’s department as a consultant on the robberies in the area.” His steely gaze held Mattias’s, and he didn’t look away. It was a test of wills, and Mattias enjoyed it, especially from the stunning man who made his body temperature rise and his heart beat a little faster just from the intensity in his eyes. This was a man who didn’t back down from a fight and who held tightly to his convictions. Mattias’s lips curled upward. He got the feeling that this was also a man who never admitted he was wrong. Good. Mattias liked that.

Mattias was going to love making him eat his words.

“Let’s see. Being a good thief is about doing what isn’t expected.” He reached into his pocket, pulled out a wallet, and opened it. “Pierre Ravelle.” He smiled and held up the wallet. “I believe this is yours.” The others in the room snickered as Pierre approached and accepted his wallet back. “No hard feelings,” Mattias said as he handed it over.

Pierre blushed slightly and returned to his seat. “Come on, guys,” Pierre said, to try to stop their razzing.

“Pierre isn’t alone.” Mattias began emptying the inner pockets of his jacket of their contents, including one more wallet, a pair of handcuffs, and a flashlight, as well as half a dozen other things. “Check to see what you’re missing and come up to retrieve it in a moment,” Mattias said, then slowly reached into an inner pocket, close to his body. He used his fingertips to pull out the service revolver and gently lay it on the table.

The room went silent, with each officer checking his belt.

“Detective Levinson, I believe this belongs to you.”

About the Author

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Release Blitz and Giveaway for Prisoner Of Shadows (Lord of the Underworld #2) by Sam Burns and W.M. Fawkes

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal LinkExclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited
 
Length: 70,000 words approx.
 
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
 
Lords of the Underworld Series
 
Prince of Death – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
 
Blurb
 

For more than five thousand years, Prometheus has been chained in the underworld. Every day, an eagle tears out his liver. Every night, he heals. When Hermes releases him in a gambit to save himself from his father’s wrath, Prometheus must adjust to a world that’s forgotten him. Hunted by the twins, Artemis and Apollo, he finds help in an unexpected place.


Julian Bell is a vampire lost. He left his Louisiana home in 1936 and hasn’t settled since. Ten years ago he followed his best friend to New York, but the country they came to wasn’t the America he left. After losing his friend, he found himself unmoored in a strange land. As he nears his hundredth birthday, he’s realizing how truly alone he is.


When Prometheus and Julian’s paths cross one fateful night, they find in each other a safe path through the shadows.

 

About The Authors



Sam Burns wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.
If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.


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W.M. Fawkes is an author of LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal romance. With coauthor Sam Burns, she writes feisty Greek gods, men, and monsters in the Lords of the Underworld series. She lives with her partner in a house owned by three halloween-hued felines that dabble regularly in shadow walking.


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