An Ali Release Day Review: Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restorations #2) by Diana Copland

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.

Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.

Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.
This was an enjoyable second installment in the Delta Restorations series.  This picks up a few months down the road from the end of book one.  The guys have put their company together and have worked a few smaller jobs.  At the start of this, they land a big job of a grand old house.  It’s the kind of job that could really make them a successful company.  
If you read book one, you will remember Michael was David’s close friend and assistant at work.  Michael has continued to be a part of the company and this new job puts him in constant contact with Gil.  Michael says Gil annoys him but he’s secretly attracted to the man.  They snark and banter back and forth with each other but everyone can tell there is more between the two men.  A series of series incidents cause Michael to need to rely on Gil for some help and they become friends of a sort.  As the story goes on though, Michael realizes he may lose Gil forever and he needs to make some serious decisions.
The mystery part of the book was a big piece of the story.  It actually over rode the romance which I didn’t necessarily mind.  It was fast paced and entertaining and I enjoyed it a lot.  The work on the house as well as the mystery gave us an interesting plot and it gave a us a good chance to see all of the other characters for much of the book.
 
The romance part was not as good for me.  I liked the two men together but it felt very insta-love.  They’d apparently gotten to know each other during the time from when the last book ends to when this one starts.  They problem for me was we don’t see any of that.  They’re snarking at each other and then they’re pledging their undying love.  I didn’t really understand how we got from one point to the next.
 
Overall though, I did like this.  I liked the mystery aspect and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.  This book could technically be read as a standalone but I think it’s best if you read book one first.  They background of the characters as well as the mystery part were set up in book one.  I think a reader would like this book more if they had all that background.
 
 The cover was done by Anne Cain.  I liked the cover and I think it is a really good representation to the plot of the book and how they book physically describes the MC’s.  I also like the colors.  They really catch your eye and draw you to it.
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Book Details:
ebook, 220 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleMichael, Reinvented
ISBN 1635336414 (ISBN13: 9781635336412)
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesDelta Restorations #2

An Ali Release Day Review: Shifting Views (The Carlisles #4) by Meg Harding

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
shifting-viewsSuccessful fashion model Denver Carlisle is finally living on his own. He’s got a new apartment, a neighbor who has a problem shutting his blinds, and a local bakery with an owner who makes his knees weak. It’s raining men, and Denver hasn’t gotten any in a long time. Going out on a limb, he asks Ethan Monahan out and resorts to a little exhibitionism for his neighbor. Only to be turned down by both. That’s a first. 

Ethan Monahan runs his own bakery and has a new neighbor who walks around naked. The latter is a little too distracting. When his naked neighbor turns out to be none other than model Denver Carlisle—and the customer who asked him out—Ethan tries to make amends. In a purely friendly way. 

Friendship leads to more, and both men find themselves in over their heads with emotions and compromises. Denver has trust issues that could span the Sahara, and Ethan is a product of the foster system with a chip on his shoulder and a serious wariness of those with money. There’s only one way to reconcile their issues: work together.
 
I really liked this book.  A lot.  It ended up being my favorite book by this author.  It’s the fourth book in a series about the Carlisle brothers but it works fine as a stand alone.  If you’ve read the previous books then you’ll be happy to see the other three couples in this one a bit.  This story starts with Denver being a bit adrift after Dorian moves in with his boyfriend (from book three).  Denver is not used to being apart from his twin and while he’s happy for his brother, he’s a sad for himself.  He doesn’t want anymore meaningless flings, he wants the serious relationships that all of his brothers now have.  A variety of things happen that lead him to ask out the neighborhood bakery owner, Ethan.
Ethan has had a difficult upbringing and he doesn’t trust anyone with his feelings.  He puts 100% of his energy into his business.  When Denver asks him out Ethan figures he’s way out of his league and declines Denver’s offer of dating.  He does end up deciding they can be friends.  This part of the book made me smile more than once.  These two are horrifically awkward.  They’re like two teenagers.  I thought this was a unique and sweet path for the book to take.  So many romances are filled with alpha males who are full of confidence and have all the answers.  These two stutter through things they’re trying to say and worry about what they’re going to do next.  Their internal monologues were funny and charming, especially Denver’s.
Once they slip into dating things heat up dramatically.  While they may be awkward with talking they aren’t in the bedroom.  These two have great chemistry and they burn up the pages.  As the relationship goes on they have some challenges, both in regards to their pasts and in regards to Denver’s job.  They handle this but communicating and this was also a pleasant change from the angst and drama often seen in romances.
I thought this was unique and super good and it’s definitely a book I would recommend.
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh, Photography: Dan Burgess.  I love the cover.  I think it looks great and it fits them them of the story also.
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Book Details:
ebook, 200 pages
Expected publication: February 10th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleShifting Views
ISBN 1635333040 (ISBN13: 9781635333046)
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Carlisles #4

An Ali Review: Heaven Sent: The Complete Series (Heaven Sent #1-6) by Jet Mykles

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Heaven Sent Boxed EditionThis collection of stories included the 6 main books of the series as well as 4 shorts the author calls “flings”.  The stories follow the 4 guys that make up the band Heaven Sent and their manager.  Each story focuses one couple but the rest of the band members are in each book and we follow their journey along the way.
Book One:  Heaven
Tyler is the manager of the Weiss Hotel and he’s under a lot of pressure.  His dad has cancer and the hotel is doing poorly.  He decides to open a night club and asks the band to perform on opening night.  Tyler is awe struck when the lead singer Johnnie asks him to hang out.  This book was one of my least favorites in the series.  My issue was that the first few sex scenes were dubious consent and that’s something that I’m not at all a fan off.  Johnnie keeps making sexual passes at Tyler and Tyler keeps telling him “No, I’m straight and I’m not interested” but Johnnie does not take “No” for an answer.  Then after being pushed in to it, Tyler decided he’s bisexual after all and falls for Johnnie.  I didn’t care for Johnnie or this plot device so despite the overall plot being good the story was just ok for me.  It was also an insta-love which I can sometimes go with the flow on but since I was already annoyed in regards to the consent issue the insta-love annoyed me too.
Fling 1.5:  Pretty Red Ribbon
This is a short story about Johnnie decorating himself in bows and ribbons as a Christmas gift for Tyler.  It was a short and steamy story that I would have enjoyed had I not still disliked Johnnie. (I did eventually get over my dislike by the time I got to the later books)
Book Two:  Purgatory
This story starts in the past and we see a glimpse of the guys prior to Heaven Sent becoming famous.  Luc and Reese are friends until Reese tries to kiss him and Luc freaks out.  The two men haven’t seen each other for years but a wedding brings them back together.  Reese is shocked to find that Luc has come out as bisexual and has always regretted his past behavior.  I really liked these two together.  Their love story was more believable as they had so much history.  I was really enjoying this one until close to the end when Luc does something really outrageous I couldn’t believe it.  It was an over the top, alpha, “I know what’s best for you” type of move and ended up making me dislike him and dropped my rating of the book.
Fling 2.5:  Sexy Spring Surprise
This is a sexy short featuring Luc and Reese.  It was enjoyable and steamy.
Book Three:  Hell
This story finds the band looking to do some changes in their style of music and they’re auditioning new band members.  They settle on keyboard player Heller and Brent and Hell immediately hit it off with their love of music.  This story shows the guys become friends slowly over time and then become lovers.  Through it all Brent is struggling with some personal issues and he has a hard time accepting that Hell loves him.  There is a bit of drama before Brent figures things out.  This book felt the most realistic to me and I really felt bad for Brent when he messes up.  Hell was a fun and likable character.  This ended up being my favorite book of the series.
Fling 3.5:  Feisty Little Firecracker
This was a very steamy short about Brent and Hell on the 4th of July.  Great little erotica short.  I loved this one.
Book Four:  Faith
This story starts a few years down the road and Darien is the only one of the band members not in a committed relationship.  He’s lonely and he knows it and it leads to him asking a girl he’s been seeing to marry him.  When things don’t work out Hell refers him to his lawyer friend Chris.  Chris is Darien’s total opposite and is quiet and reserved while Darien is constantly talking and seeking people to interact with.  These two were adorable together and they had a nice love story.  I enjoyed this one a lot.
Fling 4.5:  Sly Spectral Trick
This was a Halloween short story that started a bit creepy and then ended quite steamy.  It stars Darian and Chris and it was another one I really enjoyed.
Book Five:  Genesis
This story is another few years down the road and focuses on all four couples equally.  They guys have been touring and working for years and they’re all in a place where they are thinking about taking a break.  A few of them also have big life choices like marriage and children on the mind.  I thought this was done well and it went from one couple to the other and back again.  I enjoyed this one a lot and it was a nice wrap up to these four couple’s stories.
Book Six:  Revelations
This book takes place while the band is on hiatus and focuses on the band’s manager Gretchen.  She has feelings for her personal assistant, Owen, but feels he is too young for (he’s about 10 years younger).  She meets Archer through a business deal and the two of them start seeing each other.  After meeting Owen a few times Archer realizes Owen and Gretchen have feelings for each other so he proposes they have a menage and that leads to a poly relationship.  This was my least favorite story in the series because it felt really under developed.  There is little plot and it felt more like erotica.  It was smoking hot but I would have liked to see these three fall for each other.
This was a mixed bag for me.  Some of the stories I liked a lot.  Some were average and there were a few I didn’t care for.  All of the books and flings can be read as standalones except for book five Genesis.  If you’re looking for something that is lighter with lot’s of steamy scenes this is a series you should check out.
Cover art by P.L. Nunn
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Book Details:
ebook, 698 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Loose Id
ISBN139781682521472
Edition LanguageEnglishSeriesHeaven Sent #1-6

An Ali Review: Reaping Fate (Reaping Havoc #2) by A.J. Rose

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

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Then Mitch is assigned to reap a serial killer’s victim.

Mitch and Nate are willing to go to just about any lengths to bring the killer to justice, but Divinity has a plan for everyone, and the reapers are at risk of being terminated themselves if they meddle too much. Mitch knows better than to tempt fate, but Nate isn’t wired to sit idly by while innocent people lose their lives to a vicious killer.

Nate sets out to balance the scales of justice for the souls in their charge, but what happens when he becomes the killer’s bug in the web? Ca he stop a killer without exercising his own free will or putting those he loves in the crosshairs? Only Death knows, and he’s not talking.

I enjoyed this next installment in the Reaping Havoc series.  Mitch and Nate have been together awhile and are working as reapers in their town.  A murder victim that Mitch is called to do doesn’t set right with Nate.  He wants to investigate and find the killer.  There is a rule though that reapers can not get involved and by doing so Nate and Mitch are risking their contract and their life together.  I thought the plot was well done and a little more fast paced than book one.  This series has a nice paranormal twist and is not overly angsty.  We meet some new characters in this story and I really liked Sebastian and his husband Robert.
You can read this book as a standalone but it would be a big spoiler for the first book so you should probably read them in order.  This is a low angst paranormal series that has a unique storyline.  The main focus in the murder mystery with a nice on going love story between the two main characters.
Cover art. I love the cover.  I think it is really well done and is a great depiction of the plot of the story.

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Book Details:
ebook, 277 pages
Published May 4th 2016 by The Grim Writer Press
Original TitleReaping Fate
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series: Reaping Havoc

An Ali Review: Grizzly Discovery(Mountain Spirits Mysteries book 2)‏ by AJ Marcus

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Grizzly DiscoveryLandon Weir and Brock Summers are happily settling into their life as a couple, easily balancing Landon’s work as an animal rehabber with Brock’s career as a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer. When they find a bear shot and skinned, they set out to discover who’s behind the heinous act.

Events force Brock to come out to his boss, causing him and Landon to rethink how public they want to make their relationship. As more bear sightings – and more carcasses – show up in the area, Brock is attacked by a black bear he’s trying to release back into the wild, but his injuries don’t prevent him from helping Landon and their friends with the investigation. Despite leads being thin on the ground, the two men try to uncover the poachers before more bears are killed. But when the evidence points them in an unexpected direction, Teller County’s bear population may not be all the killers have in their sights.
I enjoyed this second installment of this series.  This series is more focused on the mystery in each book , with the romance being an addition to the story.  I felt the mystery was well done and interesting.  Each of the books in this series is very full of information about wildlife laws, animal rehab, etc.  If you have no interest in those things you may not like this.  Personally I find these books really interesting and informative.  I like both of the main characters and there are a host of interesting side characters that add to the plot line.  The romance is sweet and there is no angst or unnecessary drama.  This is the second in the series and can be read as a stand alone although you’ll enjoy the romance aspect more if you read them in order.   If you’re looking for something a little different and like animals and/or mysteries I definitely recommend this series.
Cover art.I liked this cover and I think it is a good representation of this story and the feel of this series overall.
Sales Link:  DSP Publications | Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 200 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by DSP Publications
ISBN 1632160269 (ISBN13: 9781632160263)
Edition LanguageEnglishSeriesMountain Spirit Mysteries 

An Ali Review: Moose Fever (Mountain Spirit Mysteries #3) by A.J. Marcus

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Rating:   3.5 out of 5 stars
MooseFever-finalColorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Brock Summers and his fiancé, wildlife rehabber Landon Weir, are preparing for their wedding when someone starts killing moose along a creek in the northern part of Teller County. As the moose casualties rise, human bodies turn up, and the case is taken over by the sheriff’s office. When a Forestry Service Ranger is killed, the service joins the hunt. 

All signs point to one of the many photographers who have been taking pictures of the moose. Then Landon discovers a small piece of gold in the creek and they believe they have a motive, but they’re still lacking solid suspects. Bullets fly as they seek to track down the perpetrator while trying to get everything wrapped up in time for their marriage.
Another good installment in this series.  Brock and Landon are entertaining as usual as they try to solve the mystery of who is killing both moose and humans.  The story is fast paced and interesting.  This one also focused on their wedding and their families so there were some really sweet and touching moments in this.  This is the third book in the series and while it could be read out of order you would probably enjoy the romance part better if you had read the previous two books.  I find this author’s writing in this series to be solid and consistent and I really enjoy them.
I liked this cover.  I think it’s a great match to the previous books in the series and it fits the overall feel of the story.

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Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by DSP Press
ISBN139781634763431
Edition LanguageEnglish

Series: Mountain Spirit Mysteries