Friday, December 8, 2017

RETURN OF THE CHAUFFEUR’S SON by Tara Lain



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: June 2, 2017
ISBN: 9781635334784
Contemporary, M/M
eBook

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)



Obtained via publisher


Rating: 4 Hearts

 


Luca grew up with one of the wealthiest families around. He may have been the son of their chauffeur, but he was always treated as family. Luca grew up idolizing and longing for James but knowing it would never happen. Settling for being a good friend and watching James go from woman to woman never stopping. When Luca goes off to school and then to his own life he never forgets his crush but when circumstances bring him back home to California and the Armstrong’s he is not prepared for what happens. Not only does James see him with new eyes but so does Dylan. Now what choice will Luca make?

Luca’s story grabs you right from the start. Emotions run rampant in this story. Luca finds himself in a world where he has to figure out just who he can trust. He soon finds out that Love can hurt, and it can heal. Only Luca can decide on which path he will take. I enjoyed seeing Luca find his own way and figure out where his heart truly lay. James and Dylan are total opposites and while both are good men, Dylan won my heart. He is a strong man who must take a chance and show his feelings before he loses his chance at happiness. Luca soon finds his life spiraling out of control in California and decides to return to his old life but the family and friends he leaves behind are more than ready to fight for him especially Dylan.  Luca and Dylan are good together and I loved watching the two fight for what they wanted. Love will find a way to you if you let it and these two find that to be true.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

COLLARS & CUFFS VOL. 2 by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: June 16, 2017
ISBN: 9781635336078
BDSM, Contemporary
Ebook

Reviewed by Gabrielle(meingee@yahoo.com)

Obtained via publisher


Rating: 4 Hearts


This box set gives readers four different couples and the struggles that they overcome. Life is never uneventful at the club called Collars & Cuffs. The owners and members have built a family and a safe haven for those that need it. Each man finds what he is looking for with the help of the others. When someone is in need the men gather together and find a way to help. These stories show just how strong the friendships and trust are between everyone.  How each couple fights their way through the pain and worries to find happiness and love.

The first story brings a new person into the mix. Jeff is another boy who was mistreated and living on the streets. He is brought to Damian’s house to recover and the adventure begins from there. Trust is hard earned, but Damian is willing to try if Jeff will take the chance.  Damian has lost love and is not looking for new partner but something about Jeff grabs his attention and will not let go. Can both men find a new way as lovers? Will Damian be able to give up being a Dom for a man who is not a sub?

The next story gives us Dorian and Alan. When Dorian goes in search of the bigger high of more pain he finds himself in over his head and in more trouble than he can handle. His friends finally find him and see what has been done to him. They take him home and Alan is there to pick up the pieces and heal Dorian, but will it be enough to put Dorian back together or is he lost to them forever?

Next come Eli and Jarod. Jarod is an older sub who has lost his Dom but not the need to serve. After failed attempts to find a Dom he begins to despair. When Eli comes into his life Jarod is not so sure about the young man, but their connection cannot be denied. Can the two men find what they are looking for in each other?

The last story brings Darren and JJ. As we watch these two men explore and find happiness in the club and their relationship we also get to see into the many lives of the other members. How their lives have progressed as have their relationships.

Each of these stories is a beautiful and emotional read. Love and trust are earned and fought for by all of these men. Secrets are revealed, and friendships are made stronger. I was quickly lost in each of these stories and loved how they all intertwined with the club and its members. The men have all become a family the love that they have for each other shows in what they do. I enjoyed getting to share the experiences that made their lives and opened their hearts.  Be ready to have your heartstrings pulled as well as your heart open while watching these men grow and learn to love.  The men of Cuffs & Collars have found their way to a wonderful life and a new beginning.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.




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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

SHIFTING WINDS by Lex Valentine



Publisher: Loose Id
Date published: February 20, 2017
ISBN: 9781682522998
Paranormal, Fantasy
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)


Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts




Ever since Declan set eyes on Elysia no other woman would due, but she is engaged to another man and all Declan can do is wait and hope. When he finally gets his chance with Elysia he will not fail but she is afraid and is not ready to trust again. Declan loves Elysia to no end but if she does not want to be with him there is nothing he can do but walk away. As much as it pains him Declan will give Elysia whatever she needs even if it kills him. Can Declan prove to Elysia that their love is meant to be or has her past with men done so much harm to her psyche that it is unrepairable?

Elysia and Declan’s story is a wonderful romance.  The two are destined to be together but they must deal with so much before they find their happy ever after. With a little help from friends and family they are able to work through whatever curveballs life throws at them but is it enough to keep them together?  Emotions are strong in this story and trust is earned the hard way. I enjoyed watching the two work through everything. Elysia is a strong woman but her confidence has been shaken and she does not trust herself anymore in the love department. When she falls for Declan she doesn’t think that she can trust her own feelings. Declan is a good man and he knows what he wants and that is Elysia.  He will do anything for her even give her up but is that the right thing to do?  Declan and Elysia make a great couple not only are they attracted to each other sexually but also mentally. It was nice to watch these two find their way to happiness. It is a bumpy ride but worth the effort.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

HONEY BAKED HOMICIDE by Gayle Leeson



Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     December 5, 2017
ISBN:        978-1101990827
Genre:      Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

TWO-1/2 HEARTS
 

Business at the Down South Café is doing quite well and now proprietor Amy Flowers has decided to add some local honey to the local items available for sale.  Local beekeeper Stu Landon’s first delivery sells out so fast Amy ventures out to his farm to see about having him deliver more the next day.  Stu agrees to do so.  He shows up the next morning, only it’s not honey he has in his truck.  No, it’s Stu himself and someone has killed him.  Amid rumors of a difficult neighbour several new people arrive in town.  Since the Down South Café is one of Winter Garden’s more popular spots for the townsfolk to gather the residents come for news and some good food.  Amy tries her best to stay out of things, but when her life is threatened she finds herself on the trail of a killer.

I really liked books 1 and 2 of Gayle Leeson’s Down South Café Mysteries and was looking forward to her latest, Honey-Baked Homicide.  I’m not sure what happened between the two books but for most of this one I wondered if someone else had done the writing.  It was not the same engaging, down home comfort read I’ve come to expect from Ms. Leeson.  The writing was stilted and read more like someone in grammar school wrote it for someone at that level rather than a seasoned author.  The killer seemed to come out of nowhere.  Maybe it’s because there were some very strong clues going in one direction, but I wondered at the end if the author didn’t know who it was herself and then went with the most creative.  There were leaps in some of the clues and factual inaccuracies that could have been presented correctly with just a little research. 

I like the characters.  Dilly and Aunt Bess are a hoot.  And the premise of the killer in HONEY BAKED HOMICIDE was a good one. 



This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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