A Stella Review:Close to Home (Sawyer’s Ferry #4) by Cate Ashwood

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RATING 4,5 out of 5 star

Witt:
I excelled at two things: systems engineering and going completely unnoticed.
The engineering took work and determination. The invisibility came naturally. Until one day, the wrong person noticed me. Battered and broken, I fled, escaping to Sawyer’s Ferry and the only friends I’d ever had.
Now, I just needed to figure out what I was going to do next.

Mason:
Life was good.
I had a great job, good friends, and a family who loved me. Even my roommate was decent. At least he was until he let his nudist brother come to visit. The opportunity to house-sit and help an injured friend couldn’t have come at a better time.
All I’d needed was to avoid an awkward situation for a few days, but I got more than I bargained for when my entire uncomplicated life flipped upside down. The last thing I’d been looking for was love, but it wasn’t until Witt that I realized just how much I’d been missing out on.

Close To Home was another great addiction to the Sawyer’s Ferry series. Cate Ashwood delivered another well done story. I like this kind of plot, even if the first pages, where Witt is struggling with his life, were not so easy to read. Luckly he reached his friends, Jackson and Logan, who were ready to open their home and host Witt during his recovery. Witt has lost everything, he really has no one in the world and it broke my heart more than once, his past, his choices, I wanted to hug him and shelter him from himself sometimes. Mason was a good match, so different, full of friends, with a job he loved, a huge family who support him. From the first time they met it was clear to me how good they were for each other and I had a smile on my face till the end, a lovely and sweet HEA.

Moreover in Close To Home the author gave me a peek of Frankie and Barrett and I was so over the moon, they are still my fave couple so far, I was so happy to see them.

I fell to rcommend this new release and the whole series, better read it in order to fully appreciate it but all the titles work great as standalone too in my opinion.

The cover art by Cate Ashwood is well done and fitting the story and the other covers. I like it a lot.

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BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, 275 pages

Published June 11th 2019

ASIN: B07T27BJ37

Edition Language English

Sawyer’s Ferry series #4

A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Finding Alexander by Pandora Pine

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Cairo Vanderbilt, the eldest twin son of famed archeologist Gordon Vanderbilt was born to carry on his family treasure hunting legacy—whether he liked it or not. When his father is killed on a dig as he’s trying to find the burial site of Alexander the Great, both the shame and the blame fall to Cairo’s shoulders. He has no choice other than to head a new expedition to find the lost king.

But now that the decisions are his, he’s going to go about the search his own way and he agrees to take history blogger Dillinger DeCosta with him. Dillinger has never visited the Middle East, nor any historically interesting place, for that matter. He’s only written about the past on his Absentee Historian blog. He convinces Cairo to take him with the group so he can finally be on the front lines of history-in-the-making. They agree to him documenting the trip in words, photos, and videos.

Along with Cairo’s twin brother, Memphis, and their best friend, Magnus, the group sets out to find Alexander, but Cairo and Dillinger find each other along the way. There’s ups and downs in their personal relationship in the story, but there’s also underhanded dealings by a competing archeologist and a big reveal about Dillinger’s past that may make finding their way to each other more impossible than finding Alexander.

This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed the pacing and the intriguing storyline. However, the main characters were a bit too “damsel in distress” for my taste. Some of their behaviors were very old-school romance novel. In fact, I could picture them more as heroines of an archeological dig dime novel than heroes in modern-day MM romance.

I’d recommend this book to those who like a sweet romance between two men who’ve lived their lives under their fathers’ thumbs and have found each other’s company compatible both on a friend level and a sexual level. There are sexy times in this story and there’s a Big Reveal that tears them apart and, eventually, good stuff that brings them back together. Personally, I wouldn’t have forgiven Cairothe big drama queen who ranted and raged and slammed the door in anger at Dillingerbut Dillinger was much more understanding and was a sweetheart that Cairo didn’t deserve. The story ends on a happy note with their future together set. So win-win for readers who love that sort of story.

The cover is a photo of a handsome man set against a golden background with a distant view of the pyramids. It’s definitely attention-grabbing. 

Sales Link: Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published June 11th 2019
ASINB07S7MXNPN

An Alisa Audio Review: Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote and Michael Pauley (Narrator)

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

What happens when “nothing serious” turns into something more complicated?

Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over, and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothingserious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?

This is a story I read years ago and enjoyed it and I always love listening to the audiobooks of those stories.  Mark and Jamie are adorable together form the very beginning.  I loved the instant connection they had which is what caused their non-relationship actual develop into a real relationship.  Though as always I hate when it takes till the very end of the story for the characters to see the truth.

I always love Michael Pauley’s narration and this story was no different.  The voices for the most part the different voices he used help keep track of the story.  I felt connected to these characters and loved the sex scenes.

Cover art by Anna Sikorska is nice and I like the visual of Jamie.

Sales Links:  Audible | Amazon |  iTunes

Audiobook Details:

Audiobook, 4hrs 3mins
Published: April 4, 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English

Andrew Grey on His Favorite Flowers and new novel On Shaky Ground (author guest blog)

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Title: On Shaky Ground

Author: Andrew Grey

Series: Standalone Novella

Genre:M/M Contemporary Romance/ Gay Romance/ LGTBQA 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: June 14 2019

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Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print (2nd Edition {1st Edition Can Be Found in the Boundless Love Anthology})

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Andrew Grey here today on tour with his latest novel, On Shaky Ground. Welcome, Andrew.

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I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself  One of the things I love to do is spend time in the garden.  So I thought I would tell you my favorite flowers.
1)  Day lillies.  I have at least 12 different varieties and colors in the yard.
2)  Iris.  Oh my goodness, there are 2 dozen colors and when they are in bloom, its magical.
3)  Dragon’s tongue – mine are red and they look tropical even though they grow in PA
4)  Asiatic lilies, They put on quite a show.
5)  Rose of Sharon – my bushes are about 12 feet tall and they are covered in purple blooms in August.

Blurb/Synopsis:

Martin Graham built his business from the ground up with hard work and intuition. Due to a degenerative eye disease, he’s learned to rely on his other senses to feel out the competition. To realize his dream, he just needs to broker one last deal… and finally secure an assistant.

Brock Littleton is desperate for money—desperate enough take the job no one else wants: assistant to demanding, fussy, intensely private Mr. Graham.

Everything about Brock gets under Martin’s skin in ways he never expected, making him realize a successful business isn’t the only component to a happy future. But as Martin’s deal comes together, one of the prices could be the relationship with Brock that Martin is just starting to believe could be real.

Excerpt 

Edna seemed to relax a little. “You would keep Mr. Graham’s calendar, as well as manage his appointments and conference calls.” She paused, seemingly on unfamiliar ground. “Are you truly interested in the position?”

Brock found himself nodding. He’d grown up in a rough neighborhood and had learned to be scrappy. In truth, there wasn’t a great deal that was going to put him off. He could be Mr. Graham’s assistant while he looked for another job. At least he’d have a paycheck coming in. “Yes.”

“Good.” She leaned across the desk. “In addition to screening calls and managing his calendar, you would be in charge of making sure his office is exactly as he wants it. He’s fastidious about the way his desk is kept, as well as the placement of furniture there and on the entire floor. You might need to drive him to appointments and assist with a number of other duties. Mr. Graham will explain those to you himself.”

Brock tilted his head to the side. “Is there something you aren’t telling me?” His entire spine tingled, and not in a particularly good way.

“Yes. You see, Mr. Graham is effectively blind. He can see only to a point. He wears glasses, and they just keep him from being declared legally blind, but only just. I can tell you that he is fussy and demanding, in part because he has to be in order to navigate a sighted world, and in part because the man is a real pain in the ass sometimes.” She actually smiled. “I know that seems unprofessional, but you need to understand what you’re getting yourself in for.”

“Is that all?” Brock asked with a sigh. “The way you talked, I thought there was something really seriously wrong with the guy.” He could handle that; Brock was sure of it. Being picky about his surroundings made a lot of sense to Brock, and he could figure out the rest.

“All right,” Edna said, finally leaning back in her chair as though she was satisfied. “I have a few more questions for you. Can you travel?”

“Certainly.”

“This job could involve long days. Mr. Graham is usually the first person in the office and often one of the last to leave. Is that something you can accommodate?”

Brock shrugged. “I don’t see why not. I worked hard in school and spent a lot of long hours in labs and behind computer screens. I don’t have a family at home.” And going back to his shitty, tiny apartment wasn’t exactly something that filled him with joy. “If we can come to an agreement, then I’ll be prepared to work.”

“Wonderful. Can you drive? You do have a license?” Edna seemed to be ticking off boxes now, at least in her mind.

“Yes. I have a car.” He didn’t tell her that it spent most of its time parked with a cover over it because he couldn’t really afford to take it out. The parking space was the one and only perk that came with the shitty apartment and part of the reason he’d taken the rathole.

“Excellent. If you’d like to step out, I’ll verify your references.” She stood and walked around the desk, and Brock stood as well. Edna opened the door. “Carol, please get Mr. Littleton a cup of coffee.” Edna motioned him to a seat. “I won’t be long.”

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 Their Obsession (Four Mercenaries #2) by K.A. Merikan

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link – Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited
 
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
 
Length: 70,000 words approx.
 
Four Mercenaries Series 
 
Book #1 – Their Bounty – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
 
Blurb

 

— Loved. Protected. Shattered. —



Clover has found love with not one man, but four. He never imagined such a relationship could work, let alone that he’d be at the center of it, but a year later, his bond with the four mercenaries is stronger than ever.


Each man in Clover’s life completes him in a whole different way. Where Drake teaches him shibari, Boar always showers him with cuddles. Where Tank is strict and protective, Pyro takes Clover on wild adventures.


To truly become a part of the mercenary crew, Clover chose to train under the guidance of his men. He’s itching for action to prove to himself and to others that he can handle the toughest jobs.


But through violence and mayhem, Clover will be tried in ways he never wished for. Old enemies resurface, bonds are tested, and one wrong move can mean death.


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THEIR OBSESSION is a dark gay harem contemporary romance, book 2 in the “Four Mercenaries” trilogy. The story contains scenes of explicit violence, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters and lots of scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes.


POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: polyamory, mercenaries, bounty hunters, albinism, commitment issues, dark past, male bonding, human trafficking, size difference, danger, alpha male, found family, size difference, distrust, shared, victim and protector, revenge, organized crime.

K.A. Merikan are a team of writers who try not to suck at adulting, with some success. Always eager to explore the murky waters of the weird and wonderful, K.A. Merikan don’t follow fixed formulas and want each of their books to be a surprise for those who choose to hop on for the ride.


K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.


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Release Blitz Tour for Nothing Special by Jay Northcote

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Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
 
Blurb



When Noah’s insecurity threatens their fledgling relationship, can Sol convince Noah that he’s enough?


Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah usually sees on his commute home.


When a friend persuades Noah to take a big risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. But Noah doesn’t believe he’s interesting or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention.


As Sol tries to get closer, Noah tries to protect his heart by pulling away. If their relationship is going to survive, Noah needs to accept that Sol sees him very differently to how Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.

 

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

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