A Stella Release Day Review: Larry Boots, Exterminator by John Inman

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RATING 5 out of 5 stars

Kenny Long is living a new life. Blinded in an accident, he has taken control of his unexpected reality the best way he can, and it’s working out better than he hoped.

Of course Larry Boots doesn’t know any of that. All he sees is a beautiful man sitting on a park bench.

Larry has a few problems of his own: his mother. His job. The lack of romance in his life.

His job. In the course of that job, Larry strikes up a friendship with Kenny. The next thing he knows, he’s so head-over-heels in love, even his mother doesn’t seem so bad. Of course his career is still a problem, but he’s working on that. Hopefully he’ll have the problem resolved before the man he’s being paid to murder succeeds in murdering him first.

And before the man he loves finds out he’s a cold-blooded killer.

As everything John Inman writes, this new story was a huge winner to me. I fell so easily into the reading I finished it too soon. Sure, it dealt with some heavy themes, Kerry’s blindness, Larry job as a hitman (don’t call him that!), all the people hurt by the criminals Larry had to take care of. A couple of times my heart hurt a lot, nonetheless the novel had a light tone, in the relationship between the MCs, but especially when Larry’s mum was involved. She was unbelievable funny and so over the top, I laughed out loud.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like Larry Boots,Exterminator so much, because I usually prefer when both Mcs have their own POV, here I got just Larry’s. And it was enough. Through his words and thoughts, I was able to see all the fears Kenny had about his disability and about the beginning of something real and powerful with the other man. I so wanted to hug him and support his feelings.

If you like a story with all of these elements, plus some action, mystery, well written, with amazing characters, you can’t miss this new release by John Inman.

The cover art by Kanaxa is different and very fitting, I love it

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BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, 198 pages

Published June 4th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press

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Edition Language English

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Length: 100,000 words approx.
 
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Publisher: Gone Writing Publishing
 
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Spending time in the Poconos with his family was the last thing Dane Forrester wanted to do over the summer. He had dreams of spending his last break touring Europe and gathering story ideas for his upcoming creative writing classes before heading to college. Maybe even finding that elusive first love in a small café in Paris, or along the Rhine, or even in a sultry villa in Italy. But no, he was stuck at the Silver Fir Lodge with his family where his dreams of romance and passion would wither and die a slow painful death, or so he imagined.


When all seemed lost, the budding wordsmith is saved—in more than one sense—by Khalid Novak, a lifeguard at the lodge’s pool. Khalid is two years older, a bit more sophisticated, and the most incredibly alluring thing Dane has ever seen. The two young men find themselves joyously wound in a searing romance that teaches Dane that love can be wildly intense yet fleeting so one should revel in it when the discovery is made.


Can this summer romance survive the chill of autumn as well as the winds of time?

USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.


V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.


When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.

 

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An Alisa Review : The Best-Laid Plans (Plans #2) by Addison Albright

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

A death that wasn’t what it seemed … A kidnapping that isn’t what it seems … Time is running out.

The morning after his wedding night, Prince Marcelo thought he’d be embarking on a journey to his own personal fairytale happily ever after with his husband Efren, the crown prince of Zioneven. But when news arrives indicating his sister’s death wasn’t as accidental as previously thought, that journey becomes fraught with danger.

Enmeshed in political intrigue, death, and a kidnapping that might not be what it seems, will Efren untangle the web of misleading clues in time to save the naïve young man he’s already come to admire? Or will Marcelo dig deep to discover a previously untapped inner strength and determination to facilitate his own survival?

I wished for more of story between Marcelo and Efren when I read The Contingency Plan and it was delivered with this book.  They are currently on their way back to Efren’s home but get quite the detour.

I am still so glad the Marcelo is getting the opportunity to actually live his life with Efren and gets the chance to look towards his future and what he wants to accomplish.  Efren really is sweet with Marcelo and no matter how much he doesn’t really want emotions to get in the way you can quickly see that he is quickly starting to care for Marcelo.  It was great to see Marcelo stand up for himself survive when he was in danger.

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is nice and I like the visual of Marcelo.

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Book Details:

ebook, 28,200 words

Published: June 1, 2019 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634869904

Edition Language: English

Series: Plans #2

Plans Series

The Contingency Plan

The Best-Laid Plans

A Melanie Review: Prescription for Love (Road to Blissville #7) by Aimee Nicole Walker

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

What should’ve been an ordinary emergency call turned out to be something extraordinary.

Wanting to distance himself from his toxic parents, Trent Love moved to the quaint town of Blissville to begin a new life. What he finds is blazing chemistry with a hunky fireman who breathes new life into him.

Fearing they’re too different, Tucker attempts to extinguish the spark between them before it can ignite. How could a simple man like him compete with Trent’s life of wealth and privilege? Knowing you shouldn’t want something doesn’t make it go away, and Tucker’s desire for Trent continues to smolder.

Unwilling to accept their relationship is dead on arrival, Trent puts his resuscitation skills to good use. All he wants is a chance to prove he values Tucker’s wealth of character over meaningless material things. What do you get when you mix fire and oxygen: a five-alarm fire or a prescription for love?

Trent’s commitment to freeing himself from poisonous ties kindles a chain of events that have devastating consequences for both men. Is a relationship forged in fire strong enough to overcome these obstacles or is their love doomed to be just another bitter pill to swallow?

When we last saw these two men in the novel Inside Out where they were secondary characters, their date had gone horribly wrong and they parted on the worst of terms, with Trent leaving for a stint in Doctors without Borders.

Now in Prescription for Love (Road to Blissville #7) by Aimee Nicole Walker, Trent Love is back in Blissville ready to pick up his life at the hospital and in Blissville, that includes putting Tucker back into his life too.  Tucker, meanwhile has had lots of time to think about the way they parted and he has his share of regrets.  He can’t get the thought of Trent out of his system and he’s lonely.  Now Trent is back and Grammie knows exactly how to push Tuck’s buttoms or give him a shove in Trent’s direction.

Blissville has become one of my favorite literary destinations thanks to the characters and unique small town flavor author Aimee Nicole Walker has imbued Blissville with.  It oozes with charm, quirky characters, and so much warmth, that if it was real, I’d move there in a heartbeat!  Over the course of now seven stories, I know the cafe, dinners, veterinarians, fireman, hairdressers, so much of what makes Blissville life.  That means couples too.

Now each novel is touted as a standalone but while you can read them as such, the beginnings of each story rests in the previous novel, as it does with this one. So why would you?

The characters are easy to connect with and well developed.  The writing is wonderful, and the plot smooth and flows quickly.  Not too much angst here.  Just men reconnecting, trying to mesh schedules, lives, and a disparity in economic society back history that matters to no one except Trent’s snobbish parents.  Yes cue the drama.

With the exception of Trent’s parents, all the other cast of characters are amazing.  Love the other fireman and their wives, Grammie of course, that goes without saying, the couples from the previous stories that always pop up, and sisters and their husbands and adorable children.  Really, I could stay happily entwined in the lives of the people of Blissville for ages.

I love this series and you will too if you’re a fan of contemporary romance.  You could pick up this book as a standalone but why skip the wealth that  awaid you with the entire series?  I have listed them all below for your reading pleasure. I highly recommend them all.

The cover by Jay Aheer is perfect.  Yes, that’s Trent.  Love it.

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Published May 18th 2019 by Chasing Rainbows Press LLC
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Series Road to Blissville #7

Prescription for love is a small-town, opposites-attract romance. It is the seventh book in the Road to Blissville series but reads like a standalone book. I

Road to Blissville Series

Unscripted Love

Someone to Call My Own

Nobody’s Prince Charming

Smoke in the Mirror

Inside Out

Prescription for Love

Love Fantasy in Your Romance? Check Out the Release Blitz for The Best-Laid Plans (Plans #2) by Addison Albright (excerpt and giveaway)

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Book Title: The Best-Laid Plans (Plans, book #2)

Author: Addison Albright

Publisher: JMS Books, LLC 

Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs 

Genre/s: M/M Fantasy Romance

Tropes: abduction, hurt/comfort, princes

Heat Rating:  3 flames

Length: 28 130 words

Release Date: June 1, 2019

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A death that wasn’t what it seemed… 
A kidnapping that isn’t what it seems… 
Time is running out. 

The morning after his wedding night, Prince Marcelo thought he’d be embarking on a journey to his own personal fairytale happily ever after with his husband, Efren, the crown prince of Zioneven. But when news arrives indicating his sister’s death wasn’t as accidental as previously thought, that journey becomes fraught with danger. 

Enmeshed in political intrigue, death, and a kidnapping that might not be what it seems, will Efren untangle the web of misleading clues in time to save the naïve young man he’s already come to admire, or will Marcelo dig deep to discover a previously untapped inner strength and determination to facilitate his own survival?

 

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Chapter 3: …Oft Go Awry 

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Efren blinked rapidly as he came awake with a start. He stared into the darkness and mentally shook the cobwebs from his mind. What had awoken him? Marcelo lay softly breathing in his arms, as relaxed and peaceful as only the innocent can truly be.

Around him, the night was silent. Too silent? He strained to hear the patrols rustling through the grasses, or the faint trills of their signals to each other.

A breeze swirled through the branches of the trees in the distance, rippling the leaves. Crickets chirped, apparently unconcerned about whatever either was or wasn’t going on in the meadow.

And footsteps. Quiet, approaching footsteps. It must be time for the shift change. That’s what had awoken him. Efren relaxed and nestled Marcelo tighter against him. One at a time, the guards would come in and wake their replacements.

Except—Efren tensed, then maneuvered his arm out from under Marcelo’s head and eased himself from under the blankets—the footsteps, furtively stopping and restarting, were approaching from multiple directions.

Efren shivered as goosebumps rose on his naked skin in the chilled night air and soundlessly slipped his broadsword and knife from their leather scabbard. He glanced at Marcelo, still sleeping, although less serenely with the sudden loss of the warm body next to him.

Guilt pinged his core as he shook off a strong desire to waken and forewarn Marcelo, but he pushed it down. Marcelo, completely untrained in warfare, would be safer in here. He seemed a heavy sleeper, likely incorporating outside noises into his dreams, unused to a need to be readily alert. He might even doze through the skirmish.

Or was that just wishful thinking? Because there’d be no hope that Marcelo could escape unseen, if it came to that.

Surely it would be better for such an innocent to be killed in his sleep, or with scarcely a brief moment of shock beforehand than to spend minutes quaking in terror, unable to defend himself.

Efren shook off his doubts and quickly pushed out the weighty flap, sword raised ready, and opened his mouth to yell an alert to awaken any of his warriors who hadn’t already sensed the looming danger, same as he had. But the breath he drew to strengthen his voice instead choked him.

He’d never before smelled these fumes, but the pungent, wet-dog odor had been described to him. The material of their tents was heavily treated to keep the toxin producing that odor from permeating the walls and closed flaps.

Icy apprehension slithered across Efren’s skin before settling in the pit of his gut. This was a completely unexpected development. The alchemists from the kingdom of Proye who’d developed this toxin—and unfailingly guarded the recipe—called it “Knockout.”

As Efren’s sword arm dropped, followed swiftly by his eyes rolling back in his head and his body slumping in a boneless crumple, a corner of his brain recognized how fittingly it was named, and hoped that enough of it had entered the tent through the briefly opened flap that Marcelo would succumb before Proye agents executed whatever they had planned. They’d been married for less than two days, and already he’d failed his innocent, young husband.

Copyright 2019 Addison Albright

 

About the Author 

Addison Albright is a writer living in the middle of the USA. Her stories are gay romance in contemporary, fantasy, and paranormal genres. She generally adds a subtle touch of humor, a smidgen of drama/angst, and a healthy dose of slice-of-life to her stories. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in mathematics and a minor in chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, french fries, “open window weather,” cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.

 

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New Release Blitz for By Way of Pain – Criminal Delights: Assassins by J.M. Dabney (excerpt and giveaway)

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By Way of Pain

Criminal Delights Series, Book 11

J.M. Dabney

M/M Dark Romance

Release Date: 05.20.19

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Double lives were just the way it was for a man like me. By day I was a man with a reputation above reproach. Even assassins needed backup plans. For fifteen years, life was going without a hitch until I had to take out a witness. When it was time to kill him, beautiful eyes filled with fear urged me to do something else. Yet, in order to do that, I had to break him, and by way of pain, my captive would experience pleasure he’d never dreamed.

This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and contains a dark M/M romance.

Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.

Trigger Warnings: Title contains the following possible triggers. Humiliation, Violence, Master/slave elements, Male Chastity, Murder, Imprisonment, Dub-Con, and Brief Torture.

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It was a place created for a hunter. Big, sprawling and dirty—victims roaming the streets unaware of their status as prey. They all felt they were safe from the monsters because they were all easily spotted, but they knew nothing about my kind. We were just an abstract concept on some true crime show they watched in the middle of the night—evil reduced to caricature. My reputation was above reproach, but I was the most prolific killer of my kind.

In moments of respite where I hid away in my cabin, I’d analyzed when I’d become broken. I believed my sociopathy was a result of conception. Maybe something as damaged as I shouldn’t have survived to birth. A shell without a soul. I’d attempted suicide a time or two, and I bore the marks from years of self-harm. I’d hoped to feel something—pain proved you were alive—and yet the more I cut and burned, it became nothing more than a minor inconvenience—wounds to heal.

I closed my eyes, drew oxygen in through my nose and pushed it slowly past my lips, repeated until I opened my eyes. As with any normal person ending work, I gathered up files and my laptop, stowing them inside my satchel briefcase. Everything in my life was routine and repetition, nothing deviated. I arrived at my office at six in the morning and promptly left at six at night. Meetings were scheduled as needed. I appeared in court. I was successful at my chosen cover, but as with all aspects of my existence, they were disguises.
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