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Oct
19

Blog Tour + Review: Rain Shadow by L.A. Witt

Blog Tour + Review: Rain Shadow by L.A. Witt Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/L. A. Witt blog tour for Rain Shadow, the latest installment in the multi-author Bluewater Bay series! Rain Shadow Author: L.A. Witt Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Divorced, bitter, and lonely in self-imposed exile in Bluewater Bay, Jeremy Rose has a lot on his mind. His job as bodyguard has become increasingly stressful, his client’s unraveling relationship with her girlfriend is a constant reminder of his own failed marriage, and he thinks his kids hate him. Finding a gorgeous man in his age group who is also averse to anything beyond a casual hookup or two is more than he dared hope for. But, that’s exactly what counselor Scott Fletcher is offering—which suits Jeremy just fine. After all, surely the very last thing he needs now is to fall in love. Right? Rain Shadow is the story of Jeremy Rose, a (fairly) recently divorced father of two teenagers who is the current bodyguard for the director of “Wolf’s Landing,” the fictional television series filming in Bluewater Bay. One of the better “late bloomer” stories I’ve read, it explores the painful difficulties Jeremy must face after he realizes, and stops denying that, he’s gay. Telling himself that being alone is what’s best for his children, who still live with their mother in LA, he has explored his sexuality through one-night stands and brief hookups, never letting anyone get too close. Scott Fletcher, a Marriage and Family counselor, is also determinedly single, having lost the man he loved many years before in a tragic accidental shooting. Since his partner was a policeman who was killed in the line of duty, Scott has sworn off dating men with dangerous jobs, thereby making Jeremy’s vocation a deal breaker. Their situation would be perfect if they weren’t lying to themselves about how much they’ve come to need one another. L.A. Witt is a familiar author to me by now, and I can’t think of anything she’s written that I haven’t liked. Rain Shadow is no exception. She addresses Jeremy and Scott’s situation without unintentional awkwardness or resorting to the use of cartoonishly earnest protagonists. Issues of denial, honesty, love in its many forms, and even the fact that sex still happens after the age of twenty-eight are all addressed with an understated frankness that made becoming invested in this story very easy to do. Scott and Jeremy’s tale can absolutely be taken as a statement, but not...
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Oct
19

Blog Tour: Dark Pursuit Anthology

Blog Tour: Dark Pursuit Anthology Today I welcome the authors of the Dark Pursuit Anthology. They are each here today to share with readers a bit about her contribution to the anthology and tell us what is her favorite snippet or line for her story.  Please help me welcome Jessica Jarman, Bronwyn Green, Paige Prince, and Kris Norris… Jessica Jarman Tempted to Death Blurb: Months ago, Tara Wilcox ran away from Luca Castell and Oliver Gordon. She’d fallen hard for the pair of hunters and feared their growing feelings for her. But what truly terrified her was the possibility that they’d discover what she really is. That she’s the very thing they hunted. Luca and Oliver are partners, in every sense of the word, and their lives are spent running toward danger. Falling for Tara was the biggest risk they’d ever taken, and her vanishing without a word gutted them. But, she’s back, desperate for their help in hunting a vicious para creature. Despite the risks—to their lives and their hearts—reigniting the love they’d had is simple. But nothing is simple when, faced with an impossible choice, Tara reveals her true nature. Now that Luca and Oliver know the truth, Tara has another choice to make—run again or trust that their love is strong enough to look beyond the monster she fears they’ll see. Favorite Snippet: “I would, you know?” Oliver said, lips tickling the sensitive skin of Luca’s neck. “Hmmm?” “I would hold on to any shred of hope I could if it were you. If you were taken away from me.” He kissed Luca’s pulse. “And I would hold on until I saw with my own eyes that I shouldn’t anymore.” “I know,” Luca murmured. “I’d do the same. For you.” He squeezed his eyes shut then added quietly, “And for her.” Bio: Jessica Jarman is an author, blogger and rather obsessive fangirl. Having grown up in Upper Michigan and currently living in Minnesota, she’s a Midwestern girl through and through. And wouldn’t have it any other way. When Jessica’s not working to get words on the page, she passes the time with her amazing husband and four children, attempting to be crafty (and failing miserably), squeeing uncontrollably over my favorite shows or curling up with a good book. Social Media Links: Website : Blog : Twitter : Facebook : Tumblr Bronwyn Green Rising Blood Blurb: Vampire hunter, Harper Yovanoff, is not happy. Ever since her former partner vanished, she’d been content to work alone. Unfortunately, her boss doesn’t...
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Sep
14

Blog Tour + Review: Base Instincts by Larissa Ione

Blog Tour + Review: Base Instincts by Larissa Ione From the author: Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to be on the Base Instincts blog tour. Raze and Slake’s story was a labor of love for me, and while theirs isn’t the first m/m story I’ve written, it’s a first for the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series. If you’re curious about how it all started, be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win the first two books set in the Demonica/LOD universe (details below), and for more information, head on over to www.LarissaIone.com! That’s What I’m Taking About Review: Base Instincts Author: Larissa Ione Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A- Damon Slake (aka Slake) never quite fit into his violent demon family, so he made a deal with a demonic law firm to escape his home. As a weapon specialist and bounty hunter, he successfully brings in any sort of prey his employer demands. His current assignment is to track down a demon named Fayle, and if he doesn’t bring her in ASAP, he’ll lose his soul to the law firm. Raze works for Underworld General and at a high-end demon club as a paramedic. As a Seminus demon, he must have sex with a female every day or die a painful death; however, Raze is only attracted to males. Luckily, when he reached sexual maturation, his parents found Fayle, a succubus, to help ease his needs, and the pair has been together for 30 years. While the couple does what is needed for each to survive, it’s cold and impersonal. Raze is beginning to realize just how lonely his arrangement has made him when he meets the mysterious Slake. Base Instincts is an exciting and entertaining novella set in Ms. Ione’s uber-sexy Demonica world. For those who know the series, you will delight in seeing several familiar characters who play relevant roles in Raze and Slake’s story. Although it is part of the Demonica series, the story is certainly standalone, although could be spoilerish if you aren’t up-to-date with the books. Raze and Slake share an intense and immediate attraction. Unfamiliar with the biological requirements of Seminus demons, Slake pushes Raze’s buttons, demanding a sexual response. Once Raze gives in to his lust for Slake, he must explain the need for Fayle to be part of their passion. I loved that Slake didn’t let his feelings for Raze diminish because of his job and connection to Fayle. Both are two lost souls searching for that missing piece,...
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Aug
29

Blog Tour + Excerpt: Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Blog Tour + Excerpt: Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger Today we are celebrating the upcoming release of Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger. To celebrate, Kait is sharing an exclusive excerpt with you all… Excerpt: As soon as Grandma Grey rounded the corner, and they had both wished her good-night and sweet dreams, Shane started in on her again. “So what’s up? You’re not acting normal.” Not acting normal? That was when her brain lost all ability to function just as her mouth opened like a floodgate. “Of course I’m not acting normal. Maybe I could act normal and think straight if you’d put some damn clothes on. It’s…it’s distracting.” Deep down, though, she hoped the white towel precariously perched on his hips would come off, rather than him putting something else on. He set the brownie he’d been eating back down on the cooling rack with a frown. “Sorry, I wouldn’t have thought it would bother you, considering how little clothing you wear on a daily basis.” Her jaw dropped. He did not just say that. “Excuse me? Are you calling me a slut?” Anger bubbled beneath her skin, mixing with her already-hot desire into a dangerous and explosive mash-up. Shaking his head, he stepped a foot closer. His large lean frame towered over her. “No, I’m not, but I’m saying that you’d be surprised how hard it is to concentrate when you come waltzing into my classroom wearing one of your skirts that’s meant to fit a Barbie doll.” He reached out and tugged on the short hem of her plaid miniskirt. “So you of all people finding my bare skin distracting, after I’ve showered in my own home, is a bit laughable.” The weight of his fist still pulled against her skirt. One good yank and the plaid mini-skirt would be around her ankles. About the Book: Occult specialist and witch hunter Dr. Shane Grey is called upon to investigate a string of crimes that bear all the hallmarks of black magic. But he can’t take on this daunting assignment for the Execution Underground alone. He’ll need the help of Vera Sanders, a witch with a dark past—and a woman who disturbs him as much as she intrigues him.  Vera is determined to ignore the dangerous chemistry between herself and Shane so she can prove her loyalty to his cause; otherwise she risks the wrath of the Execution Underground once again. If she can’t make Shane trust her, they won’t stand a chance in hell of defeating...
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Aug
27

Review + #Giveaway : Broken Play by Samantha Kane

Review + #Giveaway : Broken Play by Samantha Kane Broken Play Author: Samantha Kane Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: C What I’m Talking About: Broken Play is the first book in a new erotic romance series by Samantha Kane. The series follows the players of the fictional Birmingham Rebels NFL expansion team. Cass Zielinski, captain of the Rebels, leads this team full of misfits and has-beens who know this is their last chance to make it. Beau Perez, Cass’s best friend, is a recovering addict. Cass will do anything to protect his friend, and the pair do EVERYTHING together. The final piece of Broken Play’s menage is Marian Treadwell, the Rebels new female assistant coach. Marian has many secrets, including the fact that her father is a famous college coach. While Broken Play holds a lot of promise, it was more about hot and erotic sex scenes than a lot of substance. It is a menage romance, and there is some emotional growth and development between Cass, Beau, and Marian, but it’s mostly framed by sex. There are promising external dynamics… like a last-chance football team looking to make its mark and a female coach in a male-dominated profession. However these side stories get little attention, and there is no plot development to go along with them. Additionally, conflict in the form of a homophobic player comes up once, yet is never addressed again. If these aspects of the book had been developed more, I think the book would have been stronger. What the book does have going for it are super erotic, multi-partner sex scenes. However, I feel it necessary to give a small warning to those “no lube” critics, lube is never once mentioned during the rear-entrance scenes. Additionally, the mention of condom use is sporadic and inconsistent. Regardless of the condom and lube issues, the scenes are very hot, and while they are going on, I can mostly forget my concerns over the professional relationship aspect. However, the fact is these people are teammates and she is a coach, so it did bother me. My biggest issue with the entire book is the portrayal of Marian as a coach. I get that she has massive demons to exorcise. I understand that she’s non-conventional and has spent her whole like suppressing who she is. I have no issues with her desires and applaud her journey of self-discovery and acceptance. However, she is one of the team’s assistant coaches, which should come with job standards and an expectation...
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May
19

Review + Giveaway: Behind the Mask by Carolyn Crane

Review + Giveaway: Behind the Mask by Carolyn Crane Behind the Mask Author: Carolyn Crane Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: As a former CIA agent and co-founder of The Associates, Zelda knows she has no choice but to step in on behalf of her twin sister Liza, who is going to be “loaned to” a Mexican drug cartel for the weekend. Although she hasn’t been undercover in six years, since the mission that broke her, she understands that getting into Brujos’ territory would save countless lives. However, when things go horribly wrong and Zelda is further traded to the dangerous El Gorrion cartel, she realizes that she may have to break cover and escape. Hugo is a loaner, but enjoys his isolated life outside of Buena Vista, Valencia. However, when El Gorrion’s men threaten the town and its rare savincas crop, Hugo knows he must resurrect a dangerous ghost from his past. When he finds an American prostitute among the men he goes after, he decides to take her captive to help him around the house, seeing something more in her eyes that the woman she claims to be. I absolutely love The Associates series, and think Behind the Mask may be my favorite title of the series. I love how the author parcels out clues and information, while the reader waits to see how it will all play out. The suspenseful storyline is intelligent and exciting. And Ms. Crane’s story makes me feel. There were parts when I was afraid to read the book because I knew it would have to get bad before it got good. Bringing me into the world and keeping me so emotionally and mentally engaged made for a very rewarding read. Additionally, there are some intense scenes between Zelda and her co-founder, Dax, that are all the more powerful for those who’ve read the series from the beginning. I completely adored both main characters. Even though she’s one of the Associates’ founders, we’ve never really known anything about Zelda, so she felt like a fresh, new character to me. She is haunted, and this journey is very cathartic. Since part of the story is shared from her POV, the reader is privy to the wide array of emotions and steps she must go through to begin to heal. Her passion and inner-fire were a complete joy to read. Likewise, Hugo had his own path of self-discovery, realizing that the ghosts he’d laid to rest are still under the...
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May
4

Review + Snippet + Giveaway: Busted by Shiloh Walker

Review + Snippet + Giveaway: Busted by Shiloh Walker Busted Author: Shiloh Walker Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: It’s no secret I love Shiloh Walker’s books. I have this ongoing ‘thing’ with her writing. I have to be ready, prepared to read about the situations her characters survive. But it’s not just about the tortured alpha males, nor the strong and tenacious women that turn them into puddles of quivering man-candy. It’s about the interaction between characters. I’m totally invested in the Barnes Brothers series, but I’m pretty sure I’ve found my new book boyfriend. I may be ruined for other hot and angsty dudes because of Trey Barnes. I think I was drawn in from the very beginning. I’ll admit I savored Busted. I re-read passages. I felt like I knew Trey and Ressa—like they’re my besties or something. I tried to read every spare moment. I found myself rolling over plot points in my head when I wasn’t reading, trying to figure out how everything would happen before I finished the book. Mmmhm. Once again, Ms. Walker managed to surprise me. I shouldn’t be shocked by this. Ever. I should know better, Walker does this to me ALL the time. Trey Barnes lost his wife, and nearly lost his son. We pick up five years later, and learn the heartbreaking backstory of Trey and Clayton. No one should believe me if I say ‘nah, I didn’t cry’. Losing my spouse is one of my biggest fears, and Ms. Walker pushes that button well. I feel whole because of Mr. VampBard, and I don’t think I could ever recover. Watching Trey find Ressa was beautiful, and the route they traveled to be together was inspiring. From the sly glances to the hoping-for-chance-meetings, Trey himself reminded me a lot of my own alpha male, which was touching and anchored me to him as a character in a way I never thought possible. His character traits and his personal guilt over the events surrounding and following the death of his wife completely wiped me out emotionally. What WAS refreshing, however, was his change in thinking. How Trey decided it was time to move forward, and he wouldn’t let anything stop him in attaining his goal: Ressa Bliss. I’d say Trey decided early on that Ressa was going to be his ‘rebound’, but that wasn’t the case, ultimately. Ressa, guardian for her cousin’s daughter, was definitely a lioness. Fiercely protective of her younger cousin, Ressa also had...
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Apr
22

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett Cursed by Fire Author: Danielle Annett Release Date: January 28, 2015 Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Designer: Mae I Design About the Book: It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems. Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined. When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life. Purchase links: Amazon : B&N Behind the scenes look at how Cursed by Fire’s cover came to be: http://youtu.be/0NpvNlsUzCI About the Author: Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series. Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention. Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads Excerpt: The light began to fade from his eyes as I crawled across the floor in an effort to reach my father. My nails were raw and bloody as I struggled to carry myself closer to him, digging into the rough wooden floors with each drag of my body. “I’m coming,” I panted in between breaths. “Just hang on, Papa, I’m coming.” I woke gasping for breath, drenched in a cold sweat, clutching the hilt of my dagger as if my life depended on it. I frantically looked around the room in search of our attacker while also taking stock of any injuries. I was perfectly whole. “It was just a nightmare,” I told myself, though that did little to ease the ache in my chest over the remembered pain. I miss you so much. Rubbing my hands over my face, I pushed back the...
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Apr
13

Blog Tour + Review: Wedding Favors by Anne Tenino

Blog Tour + Review: Wedding Favors by Anne Tenino Wedding Favors Author: Anne Tenino Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Twelve years is a long time to wait for anything, even if you don’t know exactly what it is you’re waiting for, but Lucas Wilder and Gabe Savage have inadvertently been doing that very thing. Despite building different lives filled with experiences that appeared to have little, if anything, to do with one another, neither man was truly able to forget the intensity and hurt of their first encounter. But, when Lucas returns to Bluewater Bay to be Man of Honor at his best friend’s wedding, he and Gabe discover that they just might get a second chance—if they can manage to talk to each other, rather than guess at each other’s intentions. When I first found out that there would be a follow-up to Helping Hand from the Lights, Camera, Cupid! anthology, I was very excited. Of all the stories I read in the collection, that one seemed the most unfinished to me, and not knowing what happened to Lucas and Gabe was a bit of a letdown. Thankfully, Ms. Tenino tells the rest of their wonderful story in Wedding Favors. This time, we are reintroduced to Lucas and Gabe as adults: a little more cynical, with more scars, and a shared, but differently remembered, history. They also seem to be completely incompatible. Lucas, an artist to his marrow, is fairly rootless and slightly, yet unintentionally, self-absorbed, but is also kind and quick to reprimand himself when he focuses too much on his own situation. Gabe, on the other hand, has never been interested in doing anything but keeping his family’s land and timber business viable. Most of the relationships he’s had have been about convenience above anything else, but he is always honest about the fact, and is generally content. Except when it comes to Lucas. As it turns out, the two are more ideal for one another than I could have hoped for. Gabe’s easy manner and patience are a perfect counterbalance for Lucas’s mood shifts and mental wanderings. Alternatively, Lucas acts as a lens through which Gabe can explore the world beyond Bluewater Bay, learn about art, and see what his life could be in an entirely new way. Sexually, they’re likewise well matched, Lucas’s more interesting predilections and Gabe’s appetites fitting seamlessly together in every intimate scene they share. Though I really liked Gabe and Lucas, especially as they grew closer,...
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Apr
8

Review + Exclusive Excerpt: Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

Review + Exclusive Excerpt: Dark Heir by Faith Hunter Thank you for joining us as we help celebrate the release of Dark Heir by Faith Hunter. On today’s blog tour stop, we have B.’s review, followed by an exclusive excerpt from Dark Heir. To read more excerpts and reviews, be sure to follow along on all the tour stops. B’s Review: Jane Yellowrock is back in Dark Heir, the ninth book in the Jane Yellowrock series. Although Jane is still dealing primarily with vampire politics and the resulting fallout, she’s grown and evolved a great deal and is finally able to accept that she isn’t nearly as alone as she always thought she was. With her two business partners and friends, the Younger brothers, and a few other allies on her side, Jane has become a smarter, stronger version of herself. Which is a very good thing, if she intends to remain capable of fighting the seemingly endless battles that her affiliation with the supernatural elements of the series brings to her doorstep. As has been proven repeatedly in this series, the vampire world is bafflingly frustrating in many ways. While it was a relief to see that Leo Pellisier, the MOC of New Orleans, wasn’t quite as treacherous has he has been in the past, it wasn’t clear whether he was going to try to kill Jane or merely converse with her on several occasions–an unfortunate standard for him, as of late. The overall chaos that seems to be a mainstay of vampire existence continues to worsen in Dark Heir, however, the intrigue and machinations set in motion by the (nearly) immortal Mithrans playing out in a chain of inevitable consequences. Arrogance, greed, and longevity are clearly a very bad mix in Jane’s world, and most of the vampires are guilty of all three. I’ve always liked Jane, and felt that she was a unique and strong presence in the genre, but I’ve come to appreciate her more and more as this series progresses. Now that she is moving past a lot of her “I am an island”/”living on borrowed time” point of view, she’s become a richer, deeper character, a development that has added much to the series as a whole. I don’t think I’ve seen Jane as capable as she is in Dark Heir, or as vulnerable. But, Jane isn’t naïve, nor is she the callous assassin she might have been. Opening herself up to others is a risk, but one she’s now willing to take, and, so far,...
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