Review of: Roughnecks and Butterflies by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Roughnecks and Butterflies
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Ore 5
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books Inc
GENRE: Space Opera
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2018

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What should have been the start of a life with lots of money, a prestigious job, and adventures in space, quickly turned sour as the promised job got downsized while Ethan was in route to Ore 5. Now there, he doesn’t even have enough money for the return ticket to Earth.
Stuck in the outskirts of the housing for the miners, he quickly finds that his usual standards are impossible to uphold. A new coworker opens up a new world to him, and in this world, the center of gravity is a big tattooed strip club owner named Ryder.
On the outside, Ryder is a player—promiscuous and superficial. And he has no problem throwing a punch if patrons get too frisky with his dancers. But he has hidden a side of himself since he came to Ore 5.
Both Ethan and Ryder see themselves differently from what others see. One is a body-conscious, chubby accountant—the other is a sex-symbol who has become the center of attention of every gay man on the planet—even a few straight ones who want to prove they are man enough to win the challenge.
They have one thing in common, but will their differences keep them too far apart?


Ethan has worked hard to be his own man and not just his father’s son. He was born with expectations of what his life would become. But Ethan has his own plans, and no one, not even his overbearing father, will prevent him from seeing his dream through. He goes to the school of his choice, earns top marks in his studies, and on his own earns a prestigious job on Ore-5 where he can finally be free. Unfortunately, he finds himself stuck on a godforsaken planet with no money, no job, and practically homeless.

Ryder is the owner of the infamous Black Ryder male strip club and is in dire need of Ethan’s particular skills. He’ll do about anything to fix the mess in his club. What he doesn’t expect to do is find his butterfly.

Ethan is a great character with a lot of heart. He tried following his father’s path in becoming a big shot corporate lawyer but much to his family’s disappointment, he chose his own path instead. Ethan’s always been phenomenal with numbers. He sees them in a way no one else can. The opportunity to move to Ore-5 and work for a major company with all the perks has him finally seeing all his hard work paying off. I was rooting for Ethan from the beginning as I fell in love with him immediately.

Ryder is not typical. He’s sexy as sin and dances like the act was made for him, but there’s more to him than just his bad boy ways. Yes, he has sex with many different partners and is known for his dancing as much as his prowess in bed. He’s a virile man so who can blame him. What he isn’t known for is having any type of relationships. He’s a businessman running a legit business on a corrupt planet. He knows this, but it hasn’t affected him yet. Now that his business is being targeted, he needs someone with the skills to fix it and fast. What he never expects is to not only find his businesses savior but his butterfly as well.

I love this story. It isn’t like anything I’ve read, and that is so hard to find. The characters are strong, and the plot is exciting. I enjoyed all the characters, and I loved how vulnerable they could be at times. These guys truly are made for each other. It’s beautiful.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Rebound by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Rebound
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 12, 2019

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Professional basketball player Bri Early needs a physical therapist after an injury, and he’s heard that Obie is the best. Bri takes an immediate liking to the out-and-proud man with the magic touch, and even though Bri isn’t openly gay himself, he’d never let anything stand in the way of something he wants.
Obie can’t deny that the sexy athlete presses all his buttons, but he’s a professional and has no intention of getting involved with a client. While they’re working together, it’s hands off, no matter how great the temptation.
But being a pro athlete isn’t easy. Bri has enemies, and one of them is making his life hell. When his house is set ablaze, Bri can no longer pretend the threatening messages he’s receiving are jokes. He needs a safe place to stay, and Obie can’t turn his back. But the two of them in the same house is a recipe for combustion that could burn them both….


I loved reading Rebound by Andrew Grey. The book’s a standalone with a great cast of diverse characters. I loved how fun and free Obie and his friends were. They were constantly making me smile, and I want more of Obie, David, and Chippy. And Bri and his friends were the exact opposite. They were much more serious and focused, but then they are athletes, and that’s what’s needed to compete professionally. I also loved how much fun the author had with the names since I’m a huge Star Wars fan.

I loved Bri Early. He’s a professional basketball player, and he’s been injured in a game and needs a physical therapist. However, he’s so focused on getting better as quickly as possible that he’s gotten a bit of a reputation and his physical therapists keep quitting on him. He’s one step away from looking up physical therapists in the yellow pages when his coach gets a call back from Obie. Obie was the physical therapist for Monty, who’s the husband of Hunter, one of Bri’s friends. Bri knows that Obie was able to really help Monty and so he has high hopes that he can get him back to full extension and back on the courts.

I also loved Obie. He’s a physical therapist that focuses on healing the whole body and not just the part that’s injured. He believes in clean living and healthy eating and full body massages to help relax the other muscles that are being strained due to the knee injury that Bri is dealing with. I liked how Obie can’t deny that the sexy athlete presses all of his buttons, but I loved how he’s a professional and has no intention of getting involved with a client. And while they’re working together, it is hands off no matter how great the temptation is, which leads to a great buildup of sexual chemistry. This story is definitely a slow burn.

I also loved how the author was able to show us that being a pro athlete isn’t easy. Bri has enemies, and one of them is making his life hell and unfortunately escalating his threats. When his house is set ablaze, Bri can’t pretend that the threatening messages he’s receiving are jokes any longer. He needs a safe place to stay, and Obie can’t turn his back. But the two of them in the same house is a recipe for combustion that could burn them both because Bri is in the closet and Obie is out and proud.

I really enjoyed reading this book about a basketball player falling for his physical therapist. It’s another great book by Andrew Grey.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: His First Time by Tal Bauer

TITLE: His First Time
AUTHOR: Tal Bauer
SERIES: Erotic Romance Bundle
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2019

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Three scorching high heat stories that will leave you sweating and breathless!
“It’s my first time…”
In this erotic bundle, take a walk on the seductive side as you watch three men succumb to their deepest homoerotic desires:
In Spring Break Fever, meet Kevin, who finds a gorgeous and captivating stranger on the beach during Spring Break.
In Business Class, meet Luke, who falls under the seductive spell of another traveler while stuck in an airport during a blizzard.
And feel your way through a man’s first time in a small town as You uncover his secret.
His First Time is a scorching, high heat, erotic bundle, suitable for adult readers that crave seeing a man submit to his deepest homoerotic desires. If you’re hungry for blistering scenes of breathless, man-on-man action, this bundle is for you!
If not, turn back now…


His First Time by Tal Bauer is a bundle of three short erotica stories. I adored this book.

Spring Break Fever: Kevin is a young student going to Florida for spring break. He’s in the closet and made a vow to himself to never indulge in his secret desires to have sex with men. He meets Michael on the beach during a volleyball game and decided to keep up their encounter in Michael’s room. Kevin will have his first time with an experienced and talented lover.

Business Class: Luke is a young millionaire, a shark in business and he’s ready to go back to his place when a storm strands him at the airport. At the lounge bar, he meets Tyler. Luke has always seen himself as straight, but Tyler awakes a burning desire inside Luke. During the next few hours, Luke will enter a world of pleasure and bliss that he would never have thought possible.

You: A young man, deep in the closet, meets Justin, a student in a bar. Both in the closet, they hide all night in the bed of Justin’s truck and made love with only the moon as a witness. It was hot and sexy.

I adored this bundle. These 3 stories were hot, like burning hot. It was well written, dynamics and very explicit. It wasn’t vulgar—it was beautifully erotic. Each story told us the first time for nearly all the MCs and how they embraced their deepest secrets and freed themselves in a row of passions. I love the last story “You” because it was like I was the MC; it was written in a way that gives me the feeling I was him.

I had a very good and pleasurable time with those men, and I recommend it, like gladly recommend it. You will really love every story, and Tal Bauer shows us another layer of his talent. I was happy to read something as light and sexy from him and wasn’t surprised to adore it.

It 5 burning stars.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Failing Straight by R. Cayden

TITLE: Failing Straight
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES: Taught By Two, book 2
PUBLISHER: Self Ppublished
GENRE: MMM
RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2019

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A straight tennis jock.
The sassiest guy on campus.
One very special outdoorsman.
Love turns the world upside down in this Gay-for-Two romance.
Teddy: I’m pretty comfortable with who I am. I’m the star tennis player at a small college, a good friend, and I’m definitely straight. So it’s one thing when I get turned on by sassy Isaac, but after I meet his butch boyfriend? Suddenly, I’m having a lot of trouble focusing on my tennis game.
Isaac: I really do want to let go of my gay playboy fantasies, but there’s a flirt inside me that won’t shut up, and a new hot jock landing in my lap. I’ll never break the rules of my open relationship with my boyfriend, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun toying with confused Teddy when I see him around campus. After all, he’s straight, so it’s not like it could really go anywhere…
Rick: I chose to skip college, preferring the solitude of the woods to just about anything or anyone. And then I met Isaac. Now, I’m driving my truck into Mayerville to visit my college boyfriend twice a week, and dreaming of a future together. But if I thought Isaac turned my world upside before, once he introduces me to Teddy? Hell, I guess we haven’t even gotten started yet.
Failing Straight is a 60,000+ word standalone MMM romance novel. It features passion in the mountains, locker room fights, and a straight-to-gay Happily Ever After. It is filled with heart, lots of heat, and a little bit of kink. Enjoy!


I loved Failing Straight by R. Cayden. This is the second book in the Taught By Two series. This is the first book that I’ve read by R. Cayden, and I haven’t read the first book in the series either. I can’t wait to read more books by R. Cayden, and I do believe that I’ll start with the first book in the series, The History Professor, since I love a good teacher/student trope. I thought the story had great flow, the characters and what they go through is realistic, and the plot was interesting, and the story kept me hooked from the first page to the last. I enjoyed that the characters were all so very different. Teddy is a straight tennis jock. Isaac is the sassiest gay guy on campus, and Rick is one very special gay outdoorsman who prefers to interact with nature and animals to people.

Teddy is pretty comfortable with who he is. He’s the star tennis player at a small college, a good friend, and he’s definitely straight. He was told about a lake that he could run around by a friend and after getting his run in on the first day of college, he finds that his car has a flat tire. Flagging down a truck that happens by, he meets Isaac and Rick, and Isaac is going to the same college that Teddy goes to so they agree to give him a ride. Isaac, in typical Isaac fashion, talks and flirts nonstop the whole way. Teddy assumes looking at Rick that he’s straight also since he doesn’t say much and is a man’s man. Sassy Isaac has a class with Teddy and continues to flirt, and it turns Teddy on, but when he finds out that Rick is actually Isaac’s boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about him and Isaac, and he’s having trouble focusing on his tennis game. I liked Teddy. I liked how he interacts with Isaac and later with Rick. Because of Isaac, he’s questioning his sexuality, but I liked how they each seemed to fill in the cracks that are in their relationships. Shoring up the weak spots and making the relationship as a whole more stable.

Isaac wants to let go of his gay playboy fantasies, but there’s a flirt inside of him that won’t shut up, and a hot new jock has landed in his lap. He’ll never break the rules of his open relationship with his boyfriend, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t have fun toying with a confused Teddy when he sees him around campus. After all, Teddy’s straight, so it’s not like it could really go anywhere, but that’s not going to stop him from trying. I liked Isaac. He’s flirty and sassy and fun and talks nonstop and has no filter which is perfect for the open relationship that he has with Rick. The rules of the relationship are easy. You can only hook up with a person once, and you have to tell each other all of the details afterward. Well, Isaac’s hook up with Teddy was interrupted, and Isaac is left wanting more, but because of the rules, he’s out of luck. That is unless he can convince his boyfriend, Rick, to bring Teddy in to have a threesome with them.

Rick chose to skip college. He preferred the solitude of the woods to just about anything or anyone. And then he met Isaac. Now, he’s driving his truck into Mayerville to visit his college boyfriend twice a week and dreaming of a future together. But if he thought Isaac turned his world upside down before, once he introduces him to Teddy, tells him about his hook up with Teddy, and how he wants to have a threesome with him…he realizes they haven’t even gotten started yet. I liked Rick. He’s introverted, and he has some self-confidence, self-esteem issues about his relationship with Isaac. He fears that he’ll find somebody more outgoing and social and dump him. It’s why he’s so uncomfortable with how much Isaac talks about Teddy. He’s afraid that Isaac will replace him with Teddy. But Isaac has no intention of replacing him. I like how down to earth he is and the issues that he has. I liked that he’s just as attracted to Teddy but is more cautious with his feelings and his actions than Isaac is.

Failing Straight is a standalone MMM romance novel. And it’s a romance novel. I know most MMM is considered erotica, but this is most definitely a romance. It features passion in the mountains, locker room fights, and a straight-to-gay Happily Ever After. It’s filled with heart, lots of heat, and a little bit of kink. If these are things that you like to read about, then I recommend giving it a try. Maybe you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Murder Most Lovely by Hank Edwards & Deanna Wadsworth

TITLE: Murder Most Lovely
AUTHOR: Hank Edwards & Deanna Wadsworth
SERIES: Lacetown Murder Mysteries #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Apr 30, 2019

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Lacetown Murder Mysteries: Case One
A killer at a small-town literary festival. Bumbling drug dealers. A kidnapped cat. Starting a romance among all this chaos might be the death of them.
Michael Fleishman is excited to meet his favorite mystery writer, Russell Withingham, at Lacetown’s Literary Fest. He is not expecting to cross paths with sexy hairdresser Jasper “Jazz” Dilworth—or become embroiled in a real-life mystery. As Lacetown’s only mortician and the county coroner, Michael is called to his first murder scene and is shocked to recognize the victim—Russell’s young lover.
Jazz only wanted to confront his ex, Russell, over his cheating. Instead, he meets the adorably awkward Michael and becomes a murder suspect. Soon Jazz is teaming up with Michael to clear his name. Along the way, they are helped and hindered by Michael’s sassy assistant, Kitty, the grumpy Sheriff Musgrave, Russell’s creepy PR rep, Norbert, and Michael’s lothario grandfather, who likes his manhattans strong and his women saucy. And of course, Mr. Pickles Furryton the Third…


Michael Fleishman is the mortician of Lacetown. He loves books and his cat Mr. Pickles. He’s excited to meet his favorite author, Russel Withingham, at Lacetown’s literary fest. He doesn’t expect to meet Russel’s ex-husband, Jasper “Jazz” Dillworth and he certainly doesn’t expect to have a crush on him.
Jazz is the soon-to-be ex-husband of Russel Withingham, and can’t wait to get divorced, especially when he meets the sexy mortician of Lacetown, Michael. Jazz doesn’t want to have to deal with Russel more than what he has already, but when Russel’s lover, Dylan, is murdered, Jazz becomes the first suspect.
Jazz and Michael will be dragged into crazy investigations between Dylan’s murder, a Catnapping and drug deals, but they still have time to seduce each other and start a relationship.
Murder Most Lovely is book one in the Lacetown Murder Mysteries series.

I liked this book. It was a mix between Murder She Wrote, Riverdale and Bones.

Michael is the mortician of Lacetown. He’s a little bit lonely, being the mortician and growing up with the dead doesn’t help his social life. So Michael reads a lot of books and spoils his fur baby, Mr. Pickles. When Michael meets Jazz, he’s is scared and excited. He’s so used to being alone with people avoiding him because of his job that He struggles at first to accept that Jazz is really into him and wants to be with him. I loved Michael, I adored this character. He’s funny, smart, badass, and passionate.

Jazz is a hair stylist at Lacetown. After his separation with Russel, Jazz moved to Lacetown. When he meets the hot and sexy mortician, Jazz wants to discover every layer of Michael’s personality. What he discovers is more than what he hopes, but being suspect in Dylan’s murder can ruin his future with Michael. I liked Jazz. He’s strong and calm with an inner little drama queen. He’s confident and wants Michael, and isn’t afraid to work for it. I liked him a lot, and he’s a perfect match for Michael.

I enjoyed this book, it was a cool and funny read. Some of the bad guys were cliché, and I like that the authors played with these clichés. The book is written from both POVs, but with little interludes from other characters sometimes thrown in, and that’s what lost me. It was a good idea at first, but sometimes it was too long and not very useful in my opinion, and it lost me in my read.

All in all, it was still a good book that I enjoyed and will happily read the next one in this series. Michael and Jazz are funny, and I love the atmosphere of the story.

3.5 Stars for Mr. Pickles and his daddies.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis