Review: “Two Cowboys and a Baby” by BA Tortuga

TITLE: Two Cowboys and a Baby
AUTHOR: BA Tortuga
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2017
PRICE: $ 3.99 -e-book / $ 9.99
  

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A little bundle of joy means big changes.

Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he’s been in love with since he can remember. He’s a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life.

Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep.

Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do—he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls.

In the meantime, Hoss and his best friend, Bradley, have their hands full trying to care for an infant, run a ranch, and deal with the sudden confession that Bradley doesn’t hate Hoss for coming out to him in high school. In fact, Bradley’s been trying to catch Hoss’s attention for damn near a decade.


Two Cowboys and a Baby is a slow burn passion story. There isn’t a lot of details about what happens behind closed doors. Minimal shows of affection, one bj scene and a bit of kissing. And I thought that some parts of the book were glossed over while other parts like when Hoss was injured and laid up were given too much focus. Overall the story was cute for a western, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. Hoss is portrayed as being a dumb cowboy which I didn’t care for. And Bradley is kind of judgmental when he should be supportive to his friend that has never lied to him. I also didn’t think the relationship in parts was believable.
The two guys have been in love with each other for about ten years, and yet when Bradley finally lets it slip that he doesn’t hate his best friend for coming out as gay in high school, they do nothing about it. I get that they had a newborn to take care of, but what about their alone time when she’s down for the night. I did like how they referred to anything sexual as “Fight Club,” as in can’t talk about fight club in front of the baby. That did make me chuckle. The book did have some interesting twists and turns, and the baby was adorable. Overall not a bad story just not for me.

Hoss owns a ranch and is a bull rider. Bradley lives in a trailer on the outskirts of Hoss’ property and is a handy man. Hoss came out to his best friend in high school, and Bradley stopped talking to him for a while and started dating a girl. As a result, Hoss thought that Bradley was straight his whole life. Imagine his surprise when Bradley lets it slip nearly ten years later that he’s also gay and has fancied Hoss all of this time but Hoss hasn’t noticed. To complicate matters further, Hoss finds that somebody has abandoned a baby on his doorstep. While the authorities are trying to find the mother, Hoss with the help of his mother and Bradley will take care of the wee one and fall in love with her more and more the longer they have her.

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

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Review: “Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe” by Rick R. Reed

TITLE: Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book
  

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2nd Edition

A monster moves through the night, hidden by the darkness, taking men, one by one, from Seattle’s gay gathering areas.

Amid an atmosphere of crippling fear, Thad Matthews finds his first true love working in an Italian restaurant called the Blue Moon Café. Sam Lupino is everything Thad has ever hoped for in a man: virile, sexy as hell, kind, and… he can cook!

As their romance heats up, the questions pile up. Who is the killer preying on Seattle’s gay men? What secrets is Sam’s Sicilian family hiding? And more importantly, why do Sam’s unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?

The strength of Thad and Sam’s love will face the ultimate test when horrific revelations come to light beneath the full moon.


jologooptimummThis book surprised me, pleasantly, as I was expecting something in the normal werewolf, romance spectrum and this was different enough to appeal to me. It’s well written with good character development, both good and bad, and I loved the main characters. Thad is at a loose end, he has no job and no boyfriend. His days are spent with his Chihuahua Edith, and his nights, when he can afford it, hooking up with men in the gay bars of Seattle. Thad decides to break the boredom by going out to a new local Italian restaurant and that’s when his life changes completely. He catches the eye of the owner, Sam, and he’s just Thad’s type, dark-skinned, bearded and ‘furry’ and he’s also an awesome chef! The attraction is immediate but after one night of passion Thad awakes to a note from Sam saying that he can’t afford to get involved right now, it’s complicated. Thad’s devastated. He takes a volunteer job to pass the time, and that’s where he meets Jared who’s definitely interested in Thad, but Thad can’t quite get past the memory of Sam. Jared and Thad strike up an easy friendship, but fate intervenes to bring Sam and Thad back together. They agree to see where things go and that includes Thad meeting Sam’s family. He finds out that Sam has a son, but Sam and his family also have a huge secret. The course of true love definitely doesn’t run smooth.

Meanwhile, Seattle has a big problem. Gay men are being attacked and eaten! I really liked reading the killers POV, it made it real somehow. Jared witnesses an attack which shocks him to his core and word gets out that it could be a werewolf! Thad realises that the attacks take place at the full moon which happens to coincide with when Sam and his family are always ‘out of town’. Thad has his doubts and suspicions, but he just can’t make the leap required to believe what’s really going on. Then Jared is targeted by the killer and only just survives, but his attacker dies setting in motion a series of events that lead to Thad having to accept the truth.

Sam and Thad are perfect for each other, the red-headed, natural ‘bottom’ and the dark, swarthy Italian ‘top’. If only Sam could be open and Thad could suspend belief and be receptive to the truth then maybe they would stand a chance. This book has an original take on the werewolf theme which I liked a lot and the intricacy of the plot, and Sam and Thad’s relationship, kept me hooked to the end. The ending, incidentally, could have gone either way and I didn’t know how it would turn out until the last chapter which is refreshing. I would definitely recommend this book

 4.5 OptimuMM's

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

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Review: “Lickety Split” by Damon Suede

TITLE: Lickety Split
AUTHOR: Damon Suede
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Western
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 286 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 -paperback
  

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Lickety Split: Love won’t wait.

Patch Hastle grew up in a hurry, ditching East Texas for NYC to make his name as a DJ and model without ever looking back. When his parents die unexpectedly, he heads home to unload the family farm ASAP and skedaddle. Except the will left Patch’s worst enemy in charge: his father’s handsome best friend who made his high school years hell.

Tucker Biggs is going nowhere. Twenty years past his rodeo days, he’s put down roots as the caretaker of the Hastle farm. He knows his buddy’s smartass son still hates his guts, but when Patch shows up growed-up, looking like sin in tight denim, Tucker turns his homecoming into a lesson about old dogs and new kinks.

Patch and Tucker fool around, but they can’t fool themselves. Once the farm’s sold, they mean to call it quits and head off to separate sunsets. With the clock ticking, the city slicker and his down-home hick get roped into each other’s life. If they’re gonna last longer than spit on a griddle, they better figure out what matters—fast.


When I first read the blurb for this book I thought I knew what to expect from the story, I was so wrong! This book was just so far beyond what I imagined that I wanted to kick myself for having pre-conceived ideas.

The story is set in the small, East Texas town of Hixville, where Patch Hastle grew up on his parents’ farm. At 16, Patch left home as his parents weren’t accepting of him being gay, now at 22 years old, Patch has had to return to the home and town where he never felt he belonged after his parents die in a car accident. Patch is now a successful DJ in New York and has plans to eventually open a club of his own with his friend. When he sees that by selling the farm as quickly as possible he can get the money together to make his dream become a reality, he works from sunrise to sunset to get the house cleared out and sold so as he can get back to New York and his life. There’s only one problem with his master plan, and that’s Tucker Biggs. Tucker was Patch’s high school football coach and father’s best friend who also lived and worked on their farm land. As a teenager, Patch was tormented by Tucker, but even though the older cowboy seemed to make his life a misery, Patch couldn’t help the attraction and lust he felt whenever he looked at Tucker. Tucker has been left as executor of Patch’s parents’ will, and because of how he used to treat Patch when he was still living at home on the farm, Patch thinks that Tucker will do whatever it takes to stop him from selling the farm and moving on with his life.

Tucker is a bit of a loner who has never been out of the state of Texas. He doesn’t have many friends and comes from a broken home with a not very pleasant childhood. Tucker has had many failed relationships and almost as many illegitimate children under his belt, and at the age of 43 shows no signs of changing his ways. When Patch arrives back in town to arrange the funeral, he meets Tucker for the first time in seven years. Patch thinks that Tucker will behave the same way he did before he left town, but Tucker surprises Patch by being friendly and helpful, which brings the strong attraction Patch thought he left behind years ago back to the forefront of his mind. Patch doesn’t realise that Tucker also has a little secret, men aren’t off limits for him, and Tucker is attracted to Patch just as much as Patch is to him. When Patch discovers this little piece of information, things between the two men get really interesting and also extremely hot and steamy. Tucker loves to be in control, especially of Patch’s pleasure, so out comes his Dominant side and some rope play to take Patch to levels he’s never experienced before. The two men find a connection that they didn’t expect and one that isn’t as easy to walk away from as they thought it would be.

I really enjoyed this book, I wasn’t expecting it to take me on the ride that it did. There were times my heart was in my mouth because I was scared to read what would happen next. Times I wanted to cry because my heart almost broke and times I had to take a few minutes to collect myself because the sex was so damn hot. I absolutely loved Patch and Tucker as characters, the author has done a fantastic job of bringing them to life in the story. The dialogue is written with a Texas twang which adds to the southern charm of the of the story and characters, this is most noticeable with Tucker as his “accent” is so strong you can’t help but completely fall for him. The big tough and rugged cowboy is actually an incredibly sweet gentleman at heart.

There is one thing that slightly bothered me about the story, and that was Tucker insisting he wasn’t gay or queer even though he was having sexual relations with men over a number of years. The way I see it, if you find sexual pleasure with another man you definitely aren’t straight and I feel like this was never properly addressed. It may just be a personal hang up for me, and I may be looking into it too much and finding something that isn’t really much of an issue, but I feel like I had to mention it as I know it could be a problem for some readers. Even with this small issue, I still had a brilliant time reading this book. The story was perfectly structured and was written in a way that completely drew me in and had me wishing I was on that farm in Texas. A great piece of writing and storytelling by the author.

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

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Review: “Step by Step” by K.C. Wells

TITLE: Step by Step
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Cover Photo by Strangeland Photography; Cover Design by Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 256 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 –paperback
  

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Jamie’s life is one big financial mess, and it really isn’t his fault. However, the last thing he expected to find in the library was a Good Samaritan. He might have been suspicious of Guy’s motives at first, but it soon becomes apparent that his savior is a good man who has been lucky in life and is looking to pay it forward. Guy being gay is not a problem. Jamie’s not interested… or so he thinks.

Guy is happy to help Jamie, and the two men get along fine. But when Jamie’s curiosity leads him from one thing to another, Guy finds himself looking at the young man with new eyes. What started out as a hand up is now something completely different….


levilogooptimummFor any “Guy” out there: please contact me and we can set up a “spontaneous” meeting then I can be your “Jamie”.

Damn, everybody and I mean everybody needs a Guy in his life.

When Jamie thinks his day couldn’t get any worse, it does. First, he lost one of the three jobs he has, to sustain his education, he is late with his rent, and the landlord just texted him that he needs to evacuate the house at the end of the week. All this happens in a public library, and he desperately tries to keep it together. He doesn’t want to lose it in front of other people. That is where, Guy, a God send, a Good Samaritan (or as for me a Disney Prince) comes along, and with an interesting offer saves Jamie’s day.

Before your mind goes all dirty (and don’t deny it, I know you all very well) the offer is not sexual. Actually, it’s so unbelievable that Jamie accepts it. Well, who wouldn’t…? Are you curious enough to want to know what Guy offers to Jamie? Yeah I thought so. So here:

Guy at the age of Jamie, seventeen or so years ago, got the same offer what he, now offers to Jamie, that of helping him out. He offers Jamie a place to live, he will pay for his tuition, all he needs to do is to accept it. No strings attach, the only condition is that when Jamie has the possibility, he will need to help someone the same way as he was helped by Guy.
It turns out the place is actually Guy’s house. Guy is a rich man. He just sold his multimillion-dollar company so he’s set for life. When Jamie finds out that Guy is gay, he’s concerned that Guy will eventually want a kind of payback. Guy seems to read Jamie like an open book, and he assures Jamie that that will never happen, he’s not into straight guys anyway, and well that’s just a little lie from Guy.

The book is Jamie’s journey from him being straight to finding himself very attracted to Guy. All starts when, one night Guy brings home a hookup, and he listens in what’s happening next door. Then Guy has this habit of walking naked in the house. Guy is big and hairy, everywhere *winkwink*. Jamie starts to notice Guy’s body and his feelings toward Guy confuses him. He confides his feelings with his friend Ryan, who turns out to be bi. Ryan explains to him that he, Ryan, is not attracted by what’s between someone legs, he’s attracted what’s between someone ears.
Through meeting Guys children (the same age as Jamie), parties, and Jamie becoming twenty-one, it seems that the inevitable is inevitable…and Jamie makes the first move…

Well dear “Guy”, if you read this please call me. My number is…

4 OptimuMM's

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

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Review: “Mistletoe Reunion in Loveland” by K-lee Klein

TITLE: Mistletoe Reunion in Loveland
AUTHOR: K-lee Klein
SERIES: Welcome to Loveland
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Karrie Jax
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 70 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 18, 2016
PRICE: $.99 -e-book
  

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~Colorado’s majestic scenery and creative community may be perfect for finding love, but life can change anywhere.~

Graham and Patrick raised a beautiful daughter together, then watched her take flight. But somehow in the aftermath, they lost their way. Now Patrick lives in Denver where he has his art studio, and Graham has been living his own solitary life in the home they built together.

If one didn’t count the constant ache of loss, the loneliness, and broken hearts, it was the perfect arrangement. But this year, Christmas holds the promise of a happy event that will bring Patrick and Graham a new kind of bliss…together.

Can the magic of Loveland, the joy of the holiday season, and a special delivery mend the hurting hearts of two men and set them on the path to renewed love?


I let you, dear reader, in on a little secret. Writing a review of a short story is always challenging. You need to be aware to not spoil anything but also to give you enough detail to want to read the book.

Generally, I’m not into short stories, well maybe except a good smut… but Mistletoe Reunion! sigh
As I told you in my previous review, (insert link) this series is just lovely and – Mistletoe Reunion is not an exception.

The book is about Graham and Patrick finding each other, again… Their daughter is at the hospital giving birth, that made Patrick come back in town to visit her. She knows that her dads still love each other and she tries to ease the tension between them.
When Graham meets Patrick for the first time, after 10 months apart, he can’t deny it anymore, he still loves Graham. Those feelings are overwhelming him in a way that he leaves the room in a hurry. Seeing Patrick again makes him have a panic attack, he trembles, shakes and vomits.
Patrick doesn’t know how to approach the other man. He sees his skittishness, and he feels lost…

The only problem I had with this story it was that it was too damn short! This is the best short story I’ve ever read till now. I know I should say I would love to read about them, how these two became an item, but I will not. Why you may ask? The reason is simple…because I already know how they will end up.

I would like to congratulate K-lee Klein for this wonderful story.


Bio

K-lee Klein loves guys with long hair and tattoos, and you’ll often find her front and center at her favorite rock concerts. She has bounced around Western Canada all her life, but will always consider the solitude and beauty of the British Columbian mountains home. Her life is blessed as the proud mother of three now-grown but still spoiled kids, the servant of two bossy felines, and the wife of a truly patient husband.

Her writing muse is terribly temperamental, so to keep him close by and in check, she had him inked on her left calf. The gorgeous, long-haired, mostly naked, kneeling angel that resulted is truly a work of art, although he’s still a handful and hopelessly uncontrollable. She writes on his schedule and inspiration.

K-lee tends to fall easily into obsessions. When something grabs her attention, she jumps into it headfirst with complete abandon. Actors, musicians, superheroes, fictional characters, and brainwashed assassins all hold spots on her cannot-get-enough list. She once followed Thirty Seconds to Mars around the United States and Canada and saw them perform fourteen times that year. Obsession sometimes leads to ideas for her kneeling angel to turn into stories.

Although an introvert in person, she’s extroverted online and has met many wonderful friends there, sometimes with the added fun of meeting them in person at gay romance conferences. She’s grateful for all the people in her life who accept her as she is and support her through her ups and downs as mom, wife, and joyfully obsessed writer.


Places to find K-lee.

Website – kleeklein.com

Blog – http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Klee_Klein

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kleemoon

Facebook author/reader group K-lee’s Krazies https://www.facebook.com/groups/812548795471921/

5star


***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***

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