Review: “Denver’s Calling” by JJ Harper

TITLE: Denver’s Calling
AUTHOR: JJ Harper
SERIES: Cooper’s Ridge Series Book 1
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: JC Clark at The Graphics Shed
GENRE: MMM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 303 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017
PRICE: $4.15 e-book / $10.99 paperback

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When Denver’s long-term partner breaks up with him, he flees his life, his career, and his bright future as one of the country’s leading trauma surgeons. Ditching everything but his dog, Denver returns to the quiet town of Cooper’s Ridge and his parents’ ranch.
Leaving twelve years earlier, Denver knew he would never be accepted as a gay man in an unaccepting town. So, when he meets Kes—an old school friend—in the bar he owns, he is shocked to find him in an openly gay relationship. Something he never thought would happen here.
What surprises him even more is the instant, mutual attraction the three men have. Accepting a job in Kes’ bar, they dance around each other, wanting them but not believing he would ever fit in with a couple so obviously in love. But, they want him. And they are not prepared to let him go.
Denver takes a risk and accepts their offer of a night out, finding a side of himself he never knew existed. Not trusting himself to be enough for the two men, the desire blooming in him is unprecedented and he can’t deny it: he wants them as much.
He finds his life falling into place, all because of two men. Is it possible he found his forever in a place he never expected it?


Once again, JJ Harper has sucked me into her wonderful imagination and storytelling ways. She has opened up this wonderful world where ménages’ can work as a relationship with three people and can be loving and adoring parents. Life is not easy for any couple but adding a third partner can prove even more difficult. As per her usual, she has me craving more. I loved how she wrote this from all three POVs and successfully too. This in itself, is not an easy task, but my favorite way to read. I like understanding each character’s POV and feeling their emotions from their perspective.

First, we meet Denver, a successful head surgeon at the hospital that he and his boyfriend have worked at for years. They have all their friends there also. They have built their lives in the big city, and Denver is happy with his life. That is until he comes back from a work conference and is welcomed home with a, “I’m sorry, but oops, I got engaged to someone else”. Feeling betrayed by his boyfriend and by their friends, since they knew about the affair, Denver quits the hospital and moves back to his small hometown and to his parents’ ranch.

Next, we meet Kes, the owner of the local bar. He has worked hard to get his bar up and going in this small town. It hasn’t been easy because he’s a gay man in a relationship and it took a while, but the town folk have accepted them and even support them. Then in walks Denver and his brother. Kes’ mind and libido go crazy. Kes remembers his first kiss, back in high school, was with the very man that just walked in. He’s enjoying the scenery of this beautiful man when his man walks in and plants a kiss on him.

Now we meet East, the local construction business owner. He loves his man and his daughter and couldn’t be happier with his family and life. He notices this man that Kes is staring at when he walks into the bar and doesn’t feel jealousy. Rather, he feels an attraction to this man and is intrigued to hear the story behind this man and his man.

All three are very attracted to each and feel this crazy connection that should feel wrong but feels so right. East and Kes know they want this with Denver and Denver knows it too. But Denver doesn’t want to cause any harm to the couple and sure doesn’t want to feel like the third wheel. Can they convince him they don’t want to be that couple anymore but rather a trio? Can they get the support from family and locals or will they have small town struggles with this kind of relationship? How will this affect their businesses and children? Can Denver get past his insecurities and allow these men to love him? Enjoy your journey to the answers you seek.

I know I did and can’t wait for Carter’s story next.

***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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Review: “Rebel” by Rhys Ford

TITLE: Rebel
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
SERIES: 415 Ink
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reece Notley
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 29,2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $ 14.99 – paperback

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The hardest thing a rebel can do isn’t standing up for something — it’s standing up for himself.
Life takes delight in stabbing Gus Scott in the back when he least expects it. After years of running from his past, present and the dismal future every social worker predicted for him, Karma delivers the one thing Gus could never—would never—turn his back on; a son from a one-night stand he’d had after a devastating break-up three years ago.
Returning to San Francisco and to 415 Ink, his family’s tattoo shop, gave him the perfect shelter to battle his personal demons and get himself together… until the firefighter who’d broken him walked back into Gus’s life.
For Rey Montenegro, tattoo artist Gus Scott was an elusive brass ring, a glittering prize he hadn’t the strength or flexibility to hold onto. Severing his relationship with the mercurial tattoo artist hurt but Gus hadn’t wanted the kind of domestic life Rey craved, leaving Rey with an aching chasm in his soul.
When Gus’s life and world starts to unravel, Rey helps him pick up the pieces, and Gus wonders if that forever Rey wants is more than just a dream.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more in the series. This book really shows how you do not need to be blood to be family. These men have really been through the ringer as children, from the family that should have loved and cared for them. Through everything they had been through, they came together and built a family of their own.

This first book of the series focus on Gus and Rey. Gus is a very troubled individual that has always ran from his problems. It has always seemed to work for him until he lost the love of his life in Rey. Rey wanted a forever with Gus but Gus didn’t know how to do that. So, three years ago, Rey ended it with Gus and Gus ran.

Now, three years later, Gus has come back for good and with a shocker to his family. On the night Rey ended their relationship, Gus got drunk and actually slept with a woman. And as you’ve probably guessed, got her pregnant. Gus wants to be a dad but is scared to death. His family is shocked but are very supportive and are behind him one hundred percent. They are all ready to welcome little Chris to the family.

Rey learns of this and is so confused with all these emotions he’s going through. For instance, why wasn’t I good enough for him to settle down? Can Gus really be a father? How can he still be so in love with this infuriating man? Why do I want to punch him as much as I want to kiss him? I’m sure the answers will come to you as you read this very emotional and sexy read as they did for me. Enjoy

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

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Review: “Bubbly” by Shea Balik

TITLE: Bubbly
AUTHOR: Shea Balik
SERIES: Uncorked
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Harris Channing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 145 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 19, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 ebook

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Raise your wine glasses high to toast the men of Dahlonia while they discover the secret to happiness – LOVE.
There was no doubt about it, Macalister Whitmore was as straight-laced as they came. He worked all the time, never did anything that would be considered fun, and almost always wore a suit and tie, even in the laid back southern town of Dahlonia, where the dress code tended to be jeans and t-shirts. It was how his parents raised him and Macalister was sure even a tanning salon couldn’t change that.
David Wilson wanted to throttle his best friend for sending Mac to his tanning salon to try and loosen up the uptight lawyer. He had never met anyone that had actually worn a suit to a tanning salon before. What Mac needed was a doctor to remove that stick from his ass. Then again, if Mac continued to look down his nose at David, he would remove it himself.
Still, it seemed that opposites do attract, so they decide to give each other a chance.
Happily ever after may sound like a dream come true, but no one ever said it didn’t come with pain and heartache. Will they walk away from each other, or walk through hell for the chance to pop some Bubbly and celebrate finding their happy ending?
Male/Male romance and sexual situations.


I really enjoyed this story from this author, and I wish I could give a higher rating. If I could review it just by the story, I would have rated it a 4 star. The problem I had was with the editing. There were several times I would be reading and would turn the page in the middle of a sentence, and the next page would start a new sentence. It would not complete the sentence I was in, and it would confuse me. This got better by the end of the book which I was happy for because it is a good story and I can’t wait to see the next book.

Mac is a lawyer that appears to not enjoy life at all. He’s always in a suit and tie, even on his days off. His bosses want him to loosen up and send him to a tanning salon. His attitude towards this is not a happy one. He doesn’t understand why this would help him to learn how to have fun but who is he to question the bosses.

David wants to strangle Andy for even sending this uptight man to his business. There’s not enough wine in the world for him to put up with such a person that looks down on him. What David didn’t expect was a knight and shining armor. When David is in a precarious situation, Mac is there to the rescue.

Opposites attract they say and so is true with these two. A wonderful love story is uncovered, and I was rooting for these two. Then life and reality happens and Mac reverts back to his old ways. Will these two see their happily ever after or will the family win? Will David be able to hang on to the Mac he’s grown to love? Will Mac be able to let go of his tightwad self and learn to be happy? I’m not sure how to answer these for you. I guess you will need to get them yourself.

***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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Review: “Regret Me Not” by Amy Lane

TITLE: Regret Me Not
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 119 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book

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Pierce Atwater used to think he was a knight in shining armor, but then his life fell to crap. Now he has no job, no wife, no life—and is so full of self-pity he can’t even be decent to the one family member he’s still speaking to. He heads for Florida, where he’s got a month to pull his head out of his ass before he ruins his little sister’s Christmas.
Harold Justice Lombard the Fifth is at his own crossroads—he can keep being Hal, massage therapist in training, flamboyant and irrepressible to the bones, or he can let his parents rule his life. Hal takes one look at Pierce and decides they’re fellow unicorns out to make the world a better place. Pierce can’t reject Hal’s overtures of friendship, in spite of his misgivings about being too old and too pissed off to make a good friend.
As they experience everything from existential Looney Tunes to eternal trips to Target, Pierce becomes more dependent on Hal’s optimism to get him through the day. When Hal starts getting him through the nights too, Pierce must look inside for the knight he used to be—before Christmas becomes a doomsday deadline of heartbreak instead of a celebration of love.


This is the first time I have this author and I truly enjoyed this book. I definitely will read this author again. She did a great character build up and I appreciated how she wrote about bi sexuality like it was no big deal. I know some people look as it as they can’t make up their mind but to me, it says I can love who I love no matter gender. That it is a person I fall in love with and that is a wonderful gift.

First, we meet Pierce. A thirty two year old man that just got in a horrible accident. His body is scarred and messed up. While in the hospital, he asks his wife for a divorced. When he gets out of the hospital, he stays with his sister, Sasha. Pierce is very angry and miserable and decides to stay at his best friends house while it’s empty to prevent him from being any meaner to his wonderful sister.

Then we meet Hal. A twenty three year old openly gay man. He’s chilling by the pool when he spots Pierce doing some kind of exercising in the pool. Hal wants to be a massage therapist for people in sports and decides to help this poor fellow out. Hal is very persistent and ignores the bite to Pierce’s bark. Hal is very flirtatious and it makes Pierce feel uncomfortable because he thinks is too old. I mean, really, nine years is nothing.

These two unicorns build a relationship from this first day. They both love looney tunes, legos and and spending time together. I love how these two feed off each other and create a bond that’s almost indestructible. Their Christmas together in so endearing and I so want to have a tree like them. Hal’s family is mean and what kind of parents tell their children they are too gay for Christmas? This a great Christmas love story and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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

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Review: “The Birthday Present” by Sean Kerr

TITLE: The Birthday Present
AUTHOR: –
SERIES: Sean Kerr
PUBLISHER: eXtasy books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: MM Exotic
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 21 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 2, 2017
PRICE: $1.89 –e-book
  

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Making apple pie can be such messy work.

Ronald feels old, washed up. As a middle aged gay man on the scene, he cannot help but wonder if his time is over. His frustrations are further exacerbated when he finds himself the victim of a group of thugs who seem to find it funny to torment him in his own home.

Ronald is planning a party, a summer celebration of his middle age, but as he begins the preparations in his hot kitchen, a Policeman turns up to question Ronald about the attacks. Over the course of the interview, Ronald comes to understand that perhaps age is just a number after all.


Holy Hotness. This is a hot short story and really made me want to bake. LOL. Nothing like throwing your own birthday party and baking good ol’ american apple pies. I love that this is about someone in their upper forties and still wants a good shagging. This author really hit the nail on the head with the way we feel less attractive with less sex appeal. We tend to think that life is over and we will no longer get the good action. Well, low and behold, that’s a load of crap. We just need to vandalize our homes and bring the police. HeeHee

Ronni is a mid-forties guy on a pity pot baking an apple pie for his birthday bash he is throwing himself. He’s been having these teenagers vandalizing his house for some time now. He has called the authorities and is told an officer will be by to take his statement. But when this hunk of a police officer knocks on his door, Ronni can’t even seem to speak, let alone control his body’s reaction to him. This officer reminds him of somebody, but of course, he can’t think too straight right at the moment.

Andy, the hunk of a police officer, finds Ronni very amusing. He keeps a watchful eye on him while Ronni stumbles over his words and keeps blushing like a teenager talking to his first crush. After the statement is takin, Andy let’s Ronni know he is officially of duty and the fun really begins.

I do not want to spoil the fun, so I will say no more but trust me when I say it will get the waterworks working. Enjoy this short read from this amazing author and enjoy whatever pops up.

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

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