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Review: “Ice on Fire” by G.R. Lyons

TITLE: Ice on Fire
AUTHOR: G.R. Lyons
SERIES: Treble and the Lost Boys
GENRE: Fictional Universe
LENGTH: 341 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $12.99 -paperback


Zac Cinder is on the verge of making his dream come true. His punk rock band, Inferno, might have a shot at an audition for a record deal. Fame and fortune would mean he could finally help his parents. They’d raised eight kids in a loving household while barely scraping by, so Zac is determined to give back in any way he can.

Keeping Inferno together, though, means keeping his biggest secret. His bigoted bandmates would drop him in an instant if they found out Zac was gay.

Then he meets Adrian Frost, and Zac can’t resist the shy man. Adrian gives up everything to be with Zac, but Zac can’t bring himself to do the same. He doesn’t want to lose Adrian, but he can’t give up Inferno, either. Not when he’s so close to realizing his dream.

When one cruel decision rips Adrian from his life, Zac will have to decide if ambition is worth the price of the greatest happiness he’s ever known.

(Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as in the Shifting Isles Series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included.)

WARNING: Contains scenes of self-harm that may be disturbing for some readers. 

This author has amazed me again. He’s a definite must buy immediately for my book collections. I love how this author writes about real life issues that tug at my heartstrings. He really tells a story with real-life problems, consequences for their choices (good or bad) and has solutions with usually happy endings. Warning, this book does have self-harm and can be a trigger for some people. The way G.R. describes each character and the way they feel, I find myself holding my breath for them or crying with them and laughing with them. I found myself angry at some of the characters and falling in love with others. Getting frustrated with them and would yell at them, like they could hear me.

First, we meet Zac, aka Blaze. Zac is a very talented musician and leads a double life. As Blaze, he plays his electric guitar with his two childhood buddies in a rock band. And they are good and getting more and more recognition. Then he plays his violin for Treble at Underground. Playing the different styles can get to be a pain in the arse, but he loves them both so much. But playing at Underground has given him new inspiration. The man that sits in the back corner and can’t take his eyes off Zac. No one knows Zac is gay, but Zac must meet this guy, and after each show, the mystery man disappears.

Adrian Frost is the only son of the very wealthy Sebastian Frost. Adrian has huge social anxiety and has to take pills specially formulated for him just to deal with college. But he manages to get to the lounge anytime that Treble’s playing and gets lost in the violinist’s everything. His petite body, the long braid, how the suit he wears fits him so well and the music. He loves the whole package, but every time the show ends, he leaves so that he doesn’t talk to anyone including the violinist.

Well, they end up being in the same college and at the same table in a class. When Zac recognizes his dark shadow, the endless flirting begins. Adrian doesn’t know how to take all this. His father has kept him away from the reality of the real world and is a homophobic prick. These two are total opposites but are so good together, if they can figure things out. Zac has friends that are homophobes too, and trouble lies ahead for these two.

I can’t really say more, but I will say this—I rooted for these two from the get-go. Can these two come to terms of who they really are and not care what the world thinks? Will they get through the hardest times of their lives? Will they let the world conquer or will love? I can’t wait for the next book.

***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: “Cabin Commotion” by Brina Brady

TITLE: Cabin Commotion
AUTHOR: Brina Brady
COVER ARTIST: Brina Brady @ Brina’s Bargains
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 402 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 19, 20108
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $16.99 -paperback


High-paid escort Marcus graduates college and he’s ready to leave The Manor. Working for pimp Kalepo for four years, Marcus believes there’s no way out without paying a fatal price. When Kalepo ends Marcus’s apartment lease and moves him into his home as his full time escort without his permission, Marcus leaves California on a train to New York City and a bus to a rented Vermont cabin for one month to hide from Kalepo and to think about his future.
Playboy Blaze is the son of Sal Bossio, a New York City Italian mobster. His father orders him to his Vermont cabin for one month while he settles mob business. Blaze hires a rent boy for one month, but unexpected events occur and he finds himself alone in Vermont. When he reaches his cabin, he finds a stranger sleeping in his bed. The gorgeous gingered-haired man could be a hitman sent by his father’s enemies.
Two lonely men solve the cabin commotion by sharing the only bed in the cabin during their sex fest, saving hidden pasts and tough decisions until the month ends.

Well, Brina has done it again. She has brought two characters together that have hot chemistry from the start. They also have secrets too. Brina does such a great job of roping me into her storytelling. I get emotionally involved, and she gets my temperature rising.

Marcus is a sexy, ginger rent-a-boy that has graduated college and is ready to move on to better things. Kalepo, his boss, has the idea of moving him in and keeping him for himself. Mind you; he is not a nice man. So Marcus runs away and plans to rent this cabin in Vermont to figure out what to do next. This cabin is perfect and secluded, and he feels safe until he’s woken up with a gun to his head.

Blaze’s mafia father sends him to his cabin for a month. When Blaze arrives, he discovers the sexy ginger in his bed and thinks it might be his father’s enemy to take him out. Not knowing who this hot ginger is, he holds a gun to his head and wakes him. Marcus is sure that Kalepo has found him. Even with both thinking the other is the enemy, they can’t stop the naughty thoughts going through their heads.

The two men can’t deny their intense attraction to each other, but they can’t seem to be honest with each other either. With Kalepo on the hunt for Marcus, the secrets they each hold and life’s obstacles, will they be able to survive? Will they learn to trust one another to finally be honest? Will love conquer?

***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: “The Eager Boy” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Eager Boy
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: Iron Eagle Gym
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback


Eight months ago Robin Secoya left his lover and master, Stack Lobond, because he didn’t believe Stack really cared about him. He was sure that for Stack, any warm body would do, and Robin wasn’t willing to be just a warm body anymore.
A chance meeting at the Iron Eagle Gym brings them back together, and old feelings aren’t far from the surface. They decide they can’t pass up a second chance at romance. But this time, it isn’t just Stack’s demanding career as a big-cat vet putting strain on their relationship. Robin also has a new job that takes up a lot of his time.
Will their kinky love affair crash and burn a second time, or can they find the balance that will allow the passion between them to flourish?

This is part of a series but I read it as my first book from this author and seemed ok as a standalone. I felt the book really focused on the two MC’s and so I was too lost on previous characters. I thought this author did a good job connecting me to the characters and how they were feeling. I felt as it was slightly repetitive at some points but overall, a good read. I like the concept of having the gym as part of the lifestyle. I mean, what better way to get all worked watching you Dom or Sub working their muscles and sweating. Yummy.

Robin left his Dom/lover because he didn’t believe his cared for him other than just being another Sub. Robin did good for himself by getting a job, a tiny apartment and was being self supporting. He was proud of himself for that but he missed his Master greatly. Robin was leaving the gym one day when he ran, I mean ran, into his old Master right in the chest. Robin just can’t turn down an invitation to dinner with him.

Stack has been devastated since Robin left him and couldn’t understand why he moved out except he knew he worked to much. When Stack got rammed in the chest by a man, he was so happy it was Robin. He asked him to dinner and then a costume party. The sparks go flying and they can’t keep their hands off each other. Sex was never the issue.

Can Robin learn to communicate what he needs from Stack? Can Stack give Robin what he needs both in and out of the Dungeon? Will these two figure out the happy ending? I don’t know, I guess you will have to read and figure out the answers for yourself.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Southernmost Murder” by C.S. Poe

TITLE: Southernmost Murder
SERIES: Snow and Winter
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 9, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback


Aubrey Grant lives in the tropical paradise of Old Town, Key West, has a cute cottage, a sweet moped, and a great job managing the historical property of a former sea captain. With his soon-to-be-boyfriend, hotshot FBI agent Jun Tanaka, visiting for a little R&R, not even Aubrey’s narcolepsy can put a damper on their vacation plans.
But a skeleton in a closet of the Smith Family Historical Home throws a wrench into the works. Despite Aubrey and Jun’s attempts to enjoy some time together, the skeleton’s identity drags them into a mystery with origins over a century in the past. They uncover a tale of long-lost treasure, the pirate king it belonged to, and a modern-day murderer who will stop at nothing to find the hidden riches. If a killer on the loose isn’t enough to keep Aubrey out of the mess, it seems even the restless spirit of Captain Smith is warning him away.
The unlikely partnership of a special agent and historian may be exactly what it takes to crack this mystery wide-open and finally put an old Key West tragedy to rest. But while Aubrey tracks down the X that marks the spot, one wrong move could be his last.

This is book three of the series. As the first two books were with Sebastian, this can be read as a standalone, but I always suggest reading the first two to keep caught up on the characters. This author did a great job with this historian piece in the present day. I felt like I learned a lot about the Pirates of that century and lost treasures that many have died over. And, how true love can conquer even if it takes over a hundred years.

Aubrey is a historian that moved to The Keys after a bad break up three years ago. He’s the manager at The Smith historian house and is in the process of restoring it to the original form. He has narcolepsy, which added a bit of fun, and falls asleep at some really awkward times. The day he was supposed to go on vacation and pick his boyfriend up at the airport, a skeleton fell out of a closet he was changing the wallpaper in the Smith house. The police officer, Tillman, basically made fun of him and assumed it was that he had fallen asleep and dreamed it because when Tillman got there, Skelly was gone.

Jun, the FBI boyfriend, rented a car and made his way to Aubrey at the Smith house. He knew Aubrey from when he was partners with his ex. Jun had always been in love with Aubrey and has stayed in touch with him the past three years. Three years of flirting and talking and wanting nothing more than to show Aubrey how much he loved him. They were supposed to have a week and a half together until Skelly showed up, murders started happening, and a crash course into history screwed that all up.

I adored this couple, their sexual tension and their adventure they embark on together. I loved how Jun accepts Audrey just the way he is, narcolepsy and all. And the ending was the perfect ending. This has history, drama, suspense, and love in all the right places.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “A Dom & His Artist” by Xenia Melzer

TITLE: A Dom & His Artist
AUTHOR: Xenia Melzer
SERIES: Club Whisper
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Erotic; BDSM
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 10,2018
PRICE: $4.89 -e-book


A Club Whisper Novel

Sometimes the perfect man can be found in the most unexpected place….
Martin Carmichael owns a security firm and is part owner of Club Whisper. He’s a Dom in search of the right guy, and when his car breaks down on a lonely stretch of road, he thinks he might have found him.
Artist Collin Malloy is talented, easygoing, but somewhat insecure. Still, he has a big heart and is quick to offer help when he sees Martin in need. To thank him, Martin invites Collin to dinner, where the attraction between them becomes harder to resist.
But what will become of their budding relationship when Martin reveals that he likes his men bound, submissive, and in pain? Is it something Collin can accept… and possibly enjoy exploring? Even if he can, Collin has a secret of his own—a secret he doesn’t even realize he’s keeping.

I have become such a fan of this series. This is the second book and, as it can be read as a stand-alone, I suggest reading A Dom and His Writer. It will give you the background of the characters and the Club Whisper. This author has really captured what it’s like to be a Dom that falls in love. A good Dom in love doesn’t have to be a hardnose but can get all squishy and loving. A Dom in the bedroom is one thing, but a Sub that has captured his heart out of the bedroom is a whole other aspect.

Martin is a successful business owner of a security firm and part owner of the BDSM club known as Club Whisper. Dean, the other owner and best friend, has found his perfect soulmate. Martin wants the same but doesn’t think he will ever find his. His brand-new car breaks down on him, and no one will stop to help him. When he is about to give up, a man in a beat up old pickup truck stops to help him.

Collin sees this mafia looking man broke down on the side of the road and pulled over to help him. He sees right through the mafia persona and tells the man exactly what he sees. Collin has this ability of talking so fast and about so many things in a single breath, it’s hard to grasp everything he’s saying. He gives Martin a ride, and Martin promises to call for dinner to pay Collin back for stopping. When he doesn’t call, Collin gets insecure and knows he won’t. The next morning, Martin calls and sparks fly from their first dinner.

It’s soon learned that Collin is an amazing artist and his best friend from childhood, Jude, helps sell his work. Jude took Collin in when his parents kicked him out, of course for being gay, but Jude has protected Collin from the world and how successful of an artist he really is.

I really enjoyed watching Martin go from Dom that loved inflicting pain to a squishy man that loved cuddling with his Sub. But Martin doesn’t mess around when you mess with the love of his life. This book has a little bit of everything. I fell in love with Collin and his innocence. He’s just so adorable, and the speed of his brain was something to be in awe of. I can’t wait for the next book.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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