Saturday, December 28, 2013

Review: Never A Hero by author Marie Sexton

Title: Never a Hero

Series title: Tucker Springs, 5

Author: Marie Sexton

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Genre:  MM, Contemporary

Page Count: 174 approx.

Reviewer: Redz

Publisher Blurb:

Everyone deserves a hero.
Owen Meade is desperately in need of a hero. Raised by a mother who made him ashamed of his stutter, his sexual orientation, and his congenitally amputated arm, Owen lives like a hermit in his Tucker Springs apartment. But then hunky veterinarian Nick Reynolds moves in downstairs.
Nick is sexy and confident, and makes Owen comfortable with himself in a way nobody ever has. He also introduces Owen to his firecracker of a little sister, who was born with a similar congenital amputation but never let it stand in her way. When she signs the two of them up for piano lessons—and insists that they play together in a recital—Owen can’t find a way to say no. Especially since it gives him a good excuse to spend more time with Nick.
Owen knows he’s falling hard for his neighbor, but every time he gets close, Nick inexplicably pulls away. Battling his mother’s scorn and Nick’s secrets, Owen soon realizes that instead of waiting for a hero, it’s time to be one—for himself and for Nick.

Review of book:

Never a Hero by Marie Sexton is the fifth book in the Tucker Springs series.  This one is really heart meltingly sweet. 
Owen is a recluse. He has half of his left arm missing since birth. He stutters, and has an over bearing mom who always downs him. With so many strikes against him you would think he had no spirit left.  Enter someone worth fighting for Nick.

Nick on the outside appears to be all Owen is not. He is charming, sweet, kind, loving.  But he hides a terrible secret pain. When he starts to get to know his upstairs neighbor Owen, he really likes him. He wants to spend time with him. Maybe even date.  When they start to get close though Nick pushes Owen away.

Owen has no idea why but he pushes through his own pain to help Nick through his own turmoil. I liked that both men have strengths the other needs. Together they are better, stronger than alone.

The love and understand both men have made me just cheer for them. I wanted them to be what the other needed to break through the walls around their hearts.  Ms. Sexton brings an emotionally charged story with Never a Hero. Both of these men are true heroes they just have to open their eyes and see it for themselves.
Though part of a series this book can be read as a standalone novel.  I highly recommend picking it up for one heart melting emotional read you will never forget. 

                                                                        Five Shooting Stars!!

Review: A Daring Ride by author Andrew Grey

Title: A Daring Ride

Series title: The Bull Riders, 2 

Author: Andrew Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press  

Genre:  MM, Cowboys, Contemporary

Page Count: 200 approx. 

Reviewer: Redz

Publisher Blurb:

Simon “Frizz” Frizzell sneaks away to the rodeo on weekends, and it’s not until after he wins a buckle that he tells his parents about his bull-riding. He knows they won’t approve of his choice of sport, but his parents own a Christian bookstore, and he couldn’t possibly tell them the whole truth: he’s gay. And so are some of his rodeo friends, like Dante and Ryan, and Jacky—a young man he wishes could have been more than a one-night stand. When Simon sets his sights on his dreams, he finds work with Dante and Ryan, and bumps into Jacky on the job.

Jacky Douglas is a rodeo fanatic, plain and simple. He loves the ride, and he loves the cowboys. He fell hard for Frizz when they met, and theirs was a one-night stand made in heaven. When they meet again, Jacky thinks it’s a stroke of luck. Frizz takes some convincing, but once he’s on board, they begin a relationship. The fledgling romance faces a challenge when news of it travels all the way to the one place Frizz doesn’t want it to go: his parents’ bookstore.

Review of book:

 A Daring Ride is the second book in the Bullriders series by author Andrew Grey.  This is my first time reading this series; I was not lost at all.  I really like how Mr. Grey handles the coming out of Frizz. It is done well, it doesn’t bang us over the head, and I loved how thoughtful it was.
Frizz is a rebel in his family. He wants to ride bulls not work in the family book store. He is brave and doesn’t even see it. He is gay in a conservative Christian home.  This causes much strife throughout this book for him.

Jacky, he is a bit of a trouble maker. But once he loves it is with his whole heart and soul. I liked his tenacity and inner strength that gets him through a lot. It helps him be the best he can be for Frizz.  He grounds the sexy, wild cowboy. He also brings the fun and the hot passion.
There are parts to this book that made me laugh, and cry. I wanted the happy ending for these two wonderful men.   I liked being this invested in the characters when I am reading. I want to feel the emotional connection and fall in love. I did in this book, I really adore Mr. Grey’s works and this one is extremely special.  I will have a spot on my keeper shelf for this book. I cannot wait for more in this series in the future.

                                                     Five Shooting Stars!!!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: Personal Changes by author K.C. Wells

Title: Personal Changes

Series title: Personal, 2

Author:  K.C.Wells 

Publisher: Island Tales Press   

Genre: MM, Contemporary, (ménage scene)

Page Count: 164 approx.

Reviewer: Redz 

Publisher Blurb:

Rick Wentworth has had enough of one night stands and quickies in clubs. It takes a night of uncharacteristic hedonism to make Rick admit what he really wants - someone to love him. But for that to happen, he needs to make some changes. Rick can do that. After all, what’s the alternative? And when he meets a guy who ticks all his boxes, he can’t believe his luck. His boss Blake Davis, and Blake’s fiancé Will Parkinson, however, aren’t convinced. They want to know more about Mr. Perfect, and their instincts are keener than Rick’s. Both men want to protect him. As it turns out, they needn’t have worried. Rick has a guardian angel…

When Angelo Tarallo sees Rick for the first time, it’s a match made in Heaven, as far as he’s concerned. And when he rescues Rick from danger, it gives him the opportunity to get to know the man who has captivated him. Before long, it’s plain to both men that this could lead somewhere. But when Angelo’s traditional Sicilian family finally discover what he’s been hiding from them for so long, an ultimatum spells heartache for the lovers – and worse.

Review of book:

Personal Changes by author K.C. Wells is the sequel to Making It Personal.  We meet Will and Blake again in this book this time they are friends to Rick Wentworth a fellow employee. 
Rick is a playboy when we meet him. He loves sex and has it whenever he can.  But lately he really wants more. He wants what he sees Blake and Will having, love and a lasting relationship. Unfortunately Rick’s radar when it comes to men is way off.
He stumbles a few times in this book relationship wise. First with two sexy men who just love having fun.  Then he meets a man he thinks is perfect but turns into a monster, enter Angelo.
Angelo Tarallo is aptly named. He is the angel that Rick has been waiting for. He is kind, good, and a protector.  Everything about him screams too good to be true.  He isn’t really, but his family might be the one thing that keeps these lovers apart forever.
I really appreciated how the author balanced this book. There is love, acceptance, but a getting to know you period too.  Very nicely paced, and this book really needed that special touch.  I think this is the book you pick up when you really want to sink into a great read and immerse yourself in a story.  There are nuances that just keep this book going and make it completely unforgettable.  Though part of a series this book can be read alone and enjoyed. I really am looking forward to much more from this series and author K.C. Wells in the future. 

                                                               Five Shooting Stars!!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Review: Take Me, Break Me by H.C. Brown

Title:  Take Me Break Me

Author:   H.C. Brown

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press   

Genre: MM, Contemporary, BDSM 

Page count: 197 

Reviewer: Redz 

Publisher Blurb

Reno Rocket, bass player for the rock band Dazed, thinks he’s on the straight and narrow but is his girlfriend just a cover for his confused sexuality? When the new lead singer, Tanner Star, walks in, Reno's libido snaps to attention. His attraction to the famous rock star is immediate and disconcerting. Performing with Tanner every night blows Reno’s mind, and the moment Tanner grinds against him on stage, “curious” takes on a whole new meaning.

Tanner wants more than a lover. He wants a sub, and he’s willing to guide Reno into the world of BDSM. In turn, Reno wants to be everything to Tanner—lover, sub, and partner—but he fears the ghost of Tanner’s dead boyfriend will come between them.

At first they manage to find a balance and life is idyllic… until one rash action by Tanner plunges their new love affair into chaos. Will Reno admit to the world that he’s gay and face the media and his family’s wrath, or will he deny the love and exquisite attention Tanner’s world has brought him?

Review of book

Author H.C. Brown does an amazing job of bringing heat, and a great story line to the book Take Me, Break Me. I really couldn’t stop reading this book.  When I kept re reading it over and over again I knew this was one for the keeper shelf for me.  Tanner is the dom in this relationship, but he has had some really hard knocks when it comes to subs. Trust isn’t his strong suit. He thinks he trusts Reno, but does he really when push comes to shove?
Reno really is struggling with his sexuality. He is engaged and never had feelings for men. Then comes along Tanner who breaks down every barrier he has.  Just when he has trust in himself, and Tanner something comes along and tests them both.
I love how Reno fights back in this book. He is not going to let a setback take the man he loves from him. His spirit, drive and just plain old tenacity made me really love him. The bdsm in this book is just icing on a really great cake. The connection the characters have in this book was one I could really feel.  I really loved Reno and Tanner and I hope I can visit them again in another book. 

                                                  Five Shooting Stars!!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Review: Sin and Salvation by author Sherri L.King

Title: Sin and Salvation
Author: Sherri L. King
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc
Genre: M/F, Vampire, Scifi Futuristic
Word Count: 47,699
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher Blurb:

In a world consumed by darkness a warrior's might will shine through.
Priest is a vampire hunter in search of the ultimate kill.
Bishop is a vampire at war with his own nature.
Together these two shall forge a bond that is stronger than blood, more terrifying than death.
Their love is a sin. But together they'll find salvation.


Sin and Salvation by author Sherri L. King is a story I just couldn’t stop reading.  We meet some very interesting characters in this futuristic world.  Priest, she is a vampire hunter.  She really loves her job; a good kill is her favorite thing.  She has some very creative ways to kill vampires.   Some vampires are born and some are made on this world.  Priest is about to meet a vampire who was made against his will, Bishop. Bishop when she first meets him is a slave to the town that she was hired to kill vampires for.  Normally she would have no problem with just out and out killing a vampire, however enslaving them and keeping them for pets, well that she has a problem with, a big problem.  
Priest has always thought her heart was ice cold, but one look from Bishop and she was melting to save him. When the sexy vampire starts invading her dreams, she has no choice but to follow her heart.
Bishop is weak and near death. His silver chains drain him every day. He has been a vampire for sixty years he hates being a slave to this town.  All he wants is revenge on his maker. Now he has a plan, he is going to make Priest help him, and they both can take down his maker. What he never counted on was having fuzzy feelings for the tough as nails vampire hunter or her returning them.
Watching these two melt the ice around their hearts was really enthralling. I never knew what was happening next.  Ms. King does an amazing job of blending a great story, that I never wanted to see end, and a romance that made me love the characters even more.   Sometimes love comes unexpectedly and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Priest and Bishop learn that in Sin and Salvation.  I am really glad I got to see it unfold. 

                                                                    Five Shooting Stars !!