Review of: Covet Thy Neighbor by L.A. Witt

TITLE: Covet Thy Neighbor
AUTHOR: L.A. Witt
SERIES: Tucker Springs
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2019

BLURB:

Welcome to Tucker Springs, Colorado, where sparks fly when opposites attract—but are some obstacles too great to overcome?
When tattoo artist Seth Wheeler meets his new neighbor, it’s like a revelation. Darren Romero is everything Seth wants in a man: hot, clever, single, and interested. For a minute he seems perfect. Then Darren drops the bomb: he moved to Tucker Springs to be a pastor at the New Light Church.
As a gay man whose parents threw him out, Seth has a strict policy of keeping believers at arm’s length for self-preservation. But Darren’s perseverance and the chemistry bubbling between them steadily wear down his defenses.
In a small town like Tucker Springs, Seth can’t avoid Darren—or how much he wants him. Which means he needs to decide what’s more important: protecting himself, or his feelings for his neighbor.


Covet Thy Neighbor is the fourth book in the Tucker Springs series. L.A. Witt writes this addition to the series, but authors L.A. Witt, Marie Sexton, and Heidi Cullinan write the series. I started reading this series with the third book, Dirty Laundry, by Heidi Cullinan, and I loved getting to read the next book in the series Covet Thy Neighbor. I really like the town that the authors have made. I don’t know if Tucker Springs, Colorado is a real town but if it is, I wouldn’t mind living there. The people seem very friendly and accepting and wanting to help each other.

I liked Seth Wheeler. He has some deep-seated issues from growing up with very religious parents that were big into the church. He ended up getting disowned and cut off financially and emotionally from his family when he comes out during his junior year of college in Tucker Springs, Colorado. Because of this, he decides to stay there. As a result, he has a strict policy of keeping believers at arm’s length for self-preservation. So when he meets his new neighbor, it’s like a revelation. Darren Romero is everything Seth wants in a man—hot, clever, single, and interested. And for a minute he seems perfect. Then Darren drops the bomb. He moved to Tucker Springs to be a pastor at the New Light Church. And Seth’s self-preservation is activated, but Darren’s perseverance and the chemistry bubbling between them steadily wear down his defenses. I loved how he works through his issues with his friend, Michael. And I loved the chemistry between Seth and Darren.

I loved Darren Romero. He moves to Tucker Springs to be a pastor at the New Light Church. I loved that he works with the LGBTQ youth and that he gets Seth into volunteering with the youth also. I loved that he respected what Seth had gone through, and he never pushed his faith on him or gave him grief about being an atheist. I also loved that Darren had had issues with his previous church and its parishioners and so he can empathize with Seth and what had happened to him when his church turned on him.

In a small town like Tucker Springs, Seth can’t avoid Darren or how much he wants him. Which means that he needs to decide what’s more important—protecting himself or his feelings for his neighbor? Unfortunately, Seth does make some mistakes while trying to protect himself, but it isn’t until he makes those mistakes that he realizes how much Darren means to him and he follows his heart and his feelings and gets his happily ever after ending.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. 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

BLURB:

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: Innocence and Carnality by J. Alan Veerkamp

TITLE: Innocence and Carnality
AUTHOR: J. Alan Veerkamp
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
GENRE: Sci FI
RELEASE DATE: April 23, 2019

BLURB:

Innocence is his only currency.
The gilded cage of propriety where Nathan grew up as a member of the Deilian aristocracy became a true prison when, at fifteen, his homosexuality came to light and created a terrible scandal. His parents see only one way to preserve their reputation amongst the other noble families: fit Nathan with a chastity belt to increase his value to a potential partner and marry him off as soon as possible.
The recipient of that prize is Lord Rother Marsh Delaga III. After a hasty wedding, Rother whisks Nathan away to the strange and seductive land of Marisol, where Nathan will begin a new life, free to explore the pleasures of the marriage bed, though his life is still not his own.
But Rother’s Delaga House is a place of secrets, dangers, and depravity Nathan can scarcely comprehend. Where friends are few and peril waits around every corner, Nathan must employ all the manipulation he learned from high society, along with his talent for clockwork. Most of all, Nathan must adapt, compromise to survive, and cast off the preconceptions of his homeland.
Because only he can orchestrate his freedom, and it’ll come at a cost.


I loved reading Innocence and Carnality by J. Alan Veerkamp. It’s the first time that I’ve read a book by this author. I can tell you that it won’t be the last time that I read a book by this author. I was captivated by the cover. It reminds me of the covers for steampunk books with the gears being in it and that it had a historical feel to it. Like the Harlequin romances that I liked to read before I got into reading primarily MM books. And I will admit to one-clicking more than a few books just by how much I like the cover. And the blurb when I read it only made me want to read it more. Who doesn’t like a nobleman that’s been made to stay in a chastity belt to ensure his innocence when in the era of dowries and advantageous marriages? I know that I do. One of my favorite movies is Men in Tights, and Maid Marian wears a chastity belt to ensure her innocence before her marriage. Which was a good thing because she was a horny young woman when she meets Robin Hood. But I digress, back to the story.

I loved Nathan and how he grew up as a member of the Deilian aristocracy. At age fifteen, they have their blood tested by the apothecary to have their futures read in a manner of speaking. It comes out that Nathan is a homosexual and it created a terrible scandal. He’s kept in a gilded cage of propriety and fitted with a chastity belt and given lessons that are normally given to the females of the house instead of the lessons given to the males of the house. And as soon as his parents find him a potential partner, they marry him off. The Deilian aristocracy is very much about sex for procreation only after they had a virus that wiped out most of their race. So Nathan has no other value being unable to reproduce than finding a marriage from somebody that is not a Deilian. That recipient is Lord Rother Marsh Delaga III from the land of Marisol. Which is very much different from what Nathan is used to on Deilia. I loved that Nathan got to take his valet and personal servant, Harston with him. I loved Harston and would love to see him find his happy ending.

I liked Lord Rother at first. He came off as being possessive of his new husband, but he gave the impression that he was someone that Nathan could fall in love with. But the more Nathan got to know him the more he was able to see just what kind of person Lord Rother was and the only person that Lord Rother can love is himself. I did love Alexandra and Blythe, and I hated Vivian, and I am so glad she got what was coming to her in the end. Such a manipulative, nasty, vindictive person. I didn’t like Blythe at the beginning of the story. I found him vulgar and common and kind of a brutish man, which makes sense since he’s Rother’s bodyguard. He did grow on me, and I fell in love with him and his loyal heart.

I loved watching Nathan as he came into his own person and all of the twists and turns that happened in the book. There is cheating in this book, so if you don’t like to read a book that has cheating in it, then this book is not for you. I found the cheating to be justified in this book since both parties in the relationship are cheating. There is also BDSM used by a secondary character on another secondary character.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Inked Music by Sean Michael

TITLE: Inked Music
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 9, 2019

BLURB:

Can a wealthy but bored businessman rescue a tortured musician from his self-imposed purgatory with a scorching kinky romance?
When Rene Conette attends an intimate performance at a local bar, the guitarist moves him enough that he attempts to go backstage but is stymied by the man’s bodyguard. Putting it down as not meant to be, he goes on with his life only to run into the man again, late at night at a bookstore.
Gavin Turner used to be a famous musician until an obsessed fan kidnapped and tortured him. Then it came out that he was into the BDSM lifestyle, and the court of public opinion ravaged him. He lost his Master and his self-confidence. Now he hides behind his ink and his bodyguards, who make sure he doesn’t come into contact with anyone or anything he doesn’t want to. Though it’s been years since he satisfied his needs, he doesn’t think he can trust again.
If Rene can work his way past Gavin’s defenses, they might find they complement each other perfectly.


Inked Music by Sean Michael is the best book of his that I have read and I have read quite a few of his books. It had the perfect amount of plot to heat ratio. I loved that the book started as a slow burn as the characters got to know each other and work through some past trauma that has made one of the character’s, Gavin Turner, reclusive. His twin bodyguards are his only friends and family and the only people that he trusts besides his brother who works at a used book store/homeless hangout. Gavin used to be a famous musician until an obsessed fan kidnapped and tortured him. Then it came out that he was into the BDSM lifestyle, and the court of public opinion ravaged him. He ended up losing his Master and his self-confidence. Now he hides behind his ink and his bodyguards, who make sure he doesn’t come into contact with anyone or anything he doesn’t want to. Though it’s been years since he has satisfied his needs, he doesn’t think he can trust again, but if anybody can tempt him to try, it would be Rene Conette.

Rene Conette attended an intimate performance at a local bar and is mesmerized by the guitarist and attempts to go backstage to meet the musician but is stymied by the man’s bodyguard. Putting it down as not meant to be, he goes on with his life only to run into the man again, late at night at a bookstore. The fact that Rene owns the bookstore isn’t known to any of his employees. They think that he is just one of the regulars that frequent the bookstore at all hours since it is open 24/7. Rene also has a soft spot for homeless and underprivileged youth and likes knowing that he can provide a warm place for them to hang out away from the streets.

I loved that both men have more than enough money on their own and so that isn’t a factor in their friendship. It is one less thing for Gavin to worry about that he is just being friended to get to his money. I also loved that Rene never had any problem with one of the twins always being with them wherever they went, whether it was to dinner, movie, or each other’s house for a little fun. I loved that Rene treated them like family instead of a roadblock to get through to get Gavin alone. I loved seeing Gavin and Rene interact together, and I loved seeing Gavin interact with his bodyguards. The scenes between Gavin and Rene were hot, and you could feel their chemistry. I loved watching Gavin get his self-confidence back. They were perfect together.

I do wish that we had a little bit more background on what had happened to Gavin when he was kidnapped, but his actions after the trauma showed us just how traumatic it had been and how long it had taken him to get to where he is when he meets Rene.

This book reminds me a little bit of Sean’s other book Guarding January which I really enjoyed reading also. I would recommend reading this book to everybody who loves reading BDSM books.

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

Review edited by : Amber Korgh

Review of: Borrowed Heart by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Borrowed Heart
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2019

BLURB:

Robin, the recipient of a brand-new heart, knows he can’t give it to just anyone….
Robin’s been through his share of upsets recently, from heart transplant surgery to a brutal breakup. But his experiences have taught him life is short, and he’s ready to seize the day and start anew. A job at Euro Pride Tours is just the kind of adventure he’s looking for. He gets to see the world and live a little, but love isn’t on his radar screen. He isn’t sure his heart can endure that again.
Johan might’ve disappointed his family by striking out on his own, but when he meets Robin, he has no intention of letting him down. Each man is just what the other needs to feel whole again, and while Johan might not be the man Robin originally thought he was, he’s exactly what the doctor ordered to make Robin’s borrowed heart beat faster. As the tour through Germany progresses, they grow closer, but when Robin’s ex joins the tour, he could bring their blossoming love to a dramatic halt.


I loved reading Borrowed Heart by Andrew Grey. I love reading his books, and I’m always so excited when he releases a new book, and I get to review it. I love his writing style and his attention to detail. His characters are complex with real-world problems and issues. I loved all of the little twists and turns that were in the story around Robin’s ex-boyfriend, Mason. I also loved how Robin treated his ex when he shows up on his tour as a late addition and kept putting him in his place throughout the tour instead of being his friend like Mason wanted.

I loved Robin. He starts out in the story as just a tour guide for Euro Pride Tours. It isn’t until we get a little further in the story when he’s talking to his boss that it comes out that he’s just getting over a breakup from a relationship that had lasted for five years. And he was heartbroken over the fact that he’d wasted so much of his new heart’s life on his ex since, as a heart transplant recipient, that he would only get about ten to twelve years out of it if nothing else happened health wise.

After Robin’s breakup, he wasn’t looking to fall in love, but when his bus driver, Johan, shows up, he is surprised at Johan’s appearance. He had gone from having super long unkempt hair and a mountain man of a beard to being cleanly shaven with shoulder length hair and being a total hottie. On his previous tour, Robin had totally ignored and was rude to him, but he isn’t able to do that on this tour. Now he isn’t able to keep his gaze off of him. But Robin is hesitant to do anything about his attraction because of the time limit that he has on his life and not wanting to inflict heartache on anybody else.

I also loved Johan. I loved how he transformed himself so that he would get Robin to notice him. After being his driver for one of his tours and seeing how much joy he brought to his tour group, Johan wanted Robin to notice him, and so he went about changing his appearance to make that happen and then he continued to pursue him during the tour and break down the walls that Robin had up.

I also loved the people in the tour group and how Robin was able to help the different couples with some of the issues that they were having. I also loved getting to know more about the various places that they visited during the tour and would love to one day go on a tour of Germany myself.

This was a wonderful book to read, and I can’t recommend it enough.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis