These stories can be any genre, but they all have main characters who are LGBTQ+



Fiction, Contemporary M/M Romance, Heat Level 5,


Blurb: The last thing Dash Wheaton expects when his home goes up in flames is to catch his firefighter rescuer’s heart. When computer security expert Dash wakes to his house on fire, he manages to escape, but realizes his dog, Taffy, is still inside. Heartbroken, he watches everything he has burn, worrying about Taffy, until a firefighter hero shows up with her, covered in soot. With his home gone and no place to go, Dash does his best to find shelter. Firefighter Stone Jacobs lives for his job, and his life is ordered just the way he likes it. So when he finds Dash sleeping in a shed, he’s as surprised as anyone when he offers him a place to stay. But what he really doesn’t expect is the way Dash gets under his skin and into his heart. When the fire is ruled as arson, suspicion falls on Dash, making it even harder for him to move forward. Thankfully, Stone believes in his innocence and helps Dash begin to rebuild his life and business. Time together leads to white-hot attraction and trust, but the truth behind the fire could separate them… permanently.

Thoughts: Like all Andrew Grey stories, this one has characters with issues that they have to get through in order to get to the HEA ending. The attraction between Dash and Stone is immediate and moves quickly from hot looks to hot sex. Dash loses his home (rented) in a fire and has nothing left. Stone takes him in to help him out and the two form a fast relationship, but Stone has his doubts about the cute computer specialist – after all, the guy works in the shadows and can do anything he wants with computers. For his part, every time Stone gets called out to a fire, Dash worries about the hunky fireman. The two eventually get past their issues and into a relationship that works for them—and Dash’s hyperactive dog Taffy.

This is a short (only 98 pages), quick read that will leave you smiling as the two men settle into their HEA ending.

Recommendation: If you love Andrew Grey’s short novellas, you’ll love this one. Pick up the entire series.

Disclaimer: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


RESCUE US by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Contemporary Romance, M/M


Blurb: Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes. As a vet tech, Daniel is usually first in line to come to animals’ aid. When he and his boss get a call about an animal hoarding situation, they expect the handful of badly treated dogs… but the tiger comes as a surprise. Wes recently left his job to care for his sick mother. Now that she’s on the mend, he needs work, and he finds it at a bustling shelter. But the animals aren’t the only ones in need. His kind, chatty coworker Daniel is dealing with an abusive boyfriend—something Wes, whose father was an alcoholic, has experience handling. Wes steps up to help Daniel kick his boyfriend to the curb, but in the process, he finds himself falling for Daniel himself. Navigating a new relationship when they both have traumatic pasts is one thing. But when a shady group starts targeting the tiger they are trying to find a zoo placement for, the stakes are raised even higher. Can Wes and Daniel come together to rescue the animals—and each other?

Thoughts: Daniel works at a vet clinic owned by Mitchell (from book 1 of the “Must Love Dogs” series along with his partner Beau and their daughter Jessica.) Mitchell has a no-kill shelter and helps out when the cops call him in for abuse cases. The latest takes them both by surprise as they find not just dogs, but snakes, a tortoise, and a full-grown tiger. Wes is a shy man who lives up the road from the farm and is looking for a job so he can continue to care for his mother (fighting cancer). Mitchell and Daniel immediately see that Wes has a special way with animals and hire him on. But what follows is something none of them expect, especially Daniel and Wes. Someone is trying to steal the animals, especially the tiger, for fighting. Wes and Daniel go up against the perps, but discovering who is the head is definitely a challenge for Wes.

The romance that builds between the two men is nicely done and the emotions are real. Plus, I love the caring everyone shows for the animals, especially the ones who are hurt—physically or emotionally.


Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



Fiction, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ+ (105 pages)


Blurb: Dr. Rory Milner is just beginning to understand what it takes to survive an ER residency. In his second year, he’s changed programs to gain additional experience. But not only does he need to manage the ins and outs of the ER, Rory also needs to navigate around his brother, a charge nurse, who feels Rory should toe his line, especially when it comes to Garth, one of the ER nurses. As a nurse in the ER, Garth West has pretty much seen it all. But a new resident captures his attention, not only because he’s good-looking, but because Rory seems to care and really listens to the people who come into the ER. He also respects Garth and the rest of the nursing staff. As Rory and Garth work together, they realize that a series of incidents involving botched cosmetic procedures may be related. Working together to uncover the source, they grow closer as attraction and trust grow into something deeper. Rory and Garth will need to stand together when what they find could end their careers and split them apart.

What I liked: the characters. They work well together and both have issues that could not only tear them apart as a couple, but destroy their work as well. There is a lot of conflict in this story – which makes for a good story. But as in most romances, everything works out in the end and there is a HEA that satisfies. Plus, at only 100 pages, this is a quick read, so just right for those short on time.


Disclaimer: Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


FIRE AND GLASS by Andrew Grey

Fiction, M/M contemporary romance, (5 on the heat scale)


Blurb: State Trooper Casey Bombaro works too hard to have time for a love life, never mind a family. But when a missing persons case leads him to three scared kids and eventually their uncle—an old friend from Casey’s college days—all that changes. Bertie Riley hasn’t seen his troubled sister, Jen, or his niece and nephews in years. Now suddenly Jen is gone and Bertie is all the kids have. Worried sick about Jen and overwhelmed by his new responsibilities, Bertie doesn’t know how he’s going to cope. He doesn’t expect Casey to step in and lend a hand, but his attraction to his old friend doesn’t surprise him. Years may have passed, but those feelings have never gone away. For the first time in his life, Casey wants something to come home to. Bertie and the kids fit into his life like they are meant to be there. He struggles to balance a budding romance and reassuring the kids with investigating a rash of robberies and tracking down Jen. But when evidence suggests Jen might not only be missing but complicit in a number of crimes, will Bertie and the kids forgive Casey for doing his job?

Thoughts: This was good addition to the “Carlisle Troopers” series. Who doesn’t like a hot cop who likes kids? In this one, Bertie is a floral designer who suddenly finds himself caring for his young niece and two nephews after his sister abandons them. They bring chaos, sadness, and even a bit of happiness as the cop who finds them is an old friend (and crush). Casey is a crotchety loner but a very good cop. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get along well with the other cops because of his attitude. But finding Bertie again after years, and helping him deal with the kids and their missing mom helps him become a better person.

There is a lot going on in this story – drugs, robbery, child abandonment, love and romance. But there is a HEA ending that satisfies.

Recommended: Yes! Add this one to your Andrew Grey shelf.

Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


COLOR BLIND by Andrew Grey

Fiction, M/M, Romance, Contemporary, Novella, 127 pages


Blurb: Setting out on your own is tough, but for Mason Fullerton, who was born blind, it’s even more of a challenge. Mase decides that the key to independence and a life of his own is getting a job. His mother, who has always been there for support, isn’t so sure, but Mase is determined. He manages to secure an interview, and one of the men conducting it has a voice that wraps around him like a blanket. Tyrone Phillips feels he’s a disappointment to his accomplished academic parents. They don’t understand that Ty would rather spend time with his computers and programs than people. Until he meets Mason at an interview and finds a kindred spirit. Too bad his parents aren’t going to see past the fact that Mason’s white. When Mason is hired, Ty is assigned to help him get oriented. The two of them dance around each other, but mutual attraction tugs at both of them. A work friendship builds to more, with Ty and Mase trying to find their way… and if they have courage and allow their hearts to guide them, they could be going the same direction.

Thoughts: I will admit that I didn’t care for this book as much as I did some of Andrew’s other ones, but, that being said, there are two strong topics touched upon in this book that need to be addressed in more books – and he does them very well.

The first is prejudices – racial, educational, social, and disabilities. The second is parental love and how it can become overpowering. In this book, Mason is a white man who was born blind. He struggles with independence constantly. His love interest, Ty, has no problems with Mase’s lack of sight. His parents though… Ty is black and his parents are highly educated university professors who don’t want him dating a white man who is also blind. Plus they want him to continue his education. Mase’s mother is overly protective and doesn’t want Mase out on his own.

The two men have to figure out their own issues with their parents, where to live, and working together. Mr. Grey handles these problems with a deft hand, but the book seemed rushed. It ended on a “happy-for-now” ending that was okay, but I believe a little more development would have benefited the book.

Recommendation: If you are an Andrew Grey fan, pick this one up. It’s a short, quick read with two good main characters who face multiple problems with each other. There’s a HFN ending that let’s you know there more in the future for these two.

Disclaimer: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” 



Fiction, LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, 288 pages

4****, level 5 (steamy) heat

Blurb: The tidal archipelago of Spinner’s Drift is a refuge for misfits. Can the island’s magic help a pie-in-the-sky dreamer and a wounded soul find a home in each other? In a flash of light and a clap of thunder, Scout Quintero is banished from his home. Once he’s sneaked his sister out too, he’s happy, but their power-hungry father is after them, and they need a place to lie low. The thriving resort business on Spinner’s Drift provides the perfect way to blend in. They aren’t the only ones who think so. Six months ago Lucky left his life behind and went on the run from mobsters. Spinner’s Drift brings solace to his battered soul, but one look at Scout and he’s suddenly terrified of having one more thing to lose. Lucky tries to keep his distance, but Scout is charming, and the island isn’t that big. When they finally connect, all kinds of things come to light, including supernatural mysteries that have been buried for years. But while Scout and Lucky grow closer working on the secret, pissed-off mobsters, supernatural entities, and Scout’s father are getting closer to them. Can they hold tight to each other and weather the rising tide together?   

Thoughts: This is a really good urban fantasy with magic families, a nasty evil force, and a little romance. I will admit that I thought it was a YA at first, but had to quickly revise my opinion due to the high heat level and occasional imbibing by the characters. I really thought Scout and Lucky were much younger than they were. I’d put them in their early 20s — and maybe I missed that detail as I was reading this very intriguing story.

Scout gets kicked out of his home wearing nothing but a robe. His father banished him because he wasn’t considered a strong wizard—and also because he is gay. Using his magic, Scout also manages to get his sister out, but that just puts their father on their tail even more as Kayleigh was supposed to marry into another strong wizard family (against her will). Scout and Kayleigh make their way to Spinner’s Drift, a series of small islands of the coast of the Carolinas. There, they meet Lucky as well as others who have magical abilities. Lucky is also on the run from mobsters in Philadelphia.

At first, Lucky is really standoffish to Scout. He doesn’t want to get attached in case he has to run. But their attraction can’t be denied and the two develop deep feelings for each other. While on an outing, they discover a soul trap—a place of darkness that has trapped multiple souls in an unending cycle of grief. Scout wants to fight the darkness and release the trapped souls, but would that also change the island—a place of refuge for people like them?

There is a lot going on in this story. So many battles being fought—within the characters, their relationships with others, family issues, evil entities, and more. And it all works. Plus there are some hot and heavy sex scenes between Lucky and Scout. I really like this story, but… the ending didn’t work out as well for me. I would have liked a little more. It just seemed rushed. I’d like to have seen the reunion for Tom. The releasing of the souls. Not a lot, just…more. But it did work for the most part.

Recommendation: If you’re looking for a well-written urban fantasy with hot sex, this one will do it. Nicely.

Disclaimer: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



DOCTOR’S WISH by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Gay/M-M, Contemporary Romance, 91 pages, Kindle Edition


Blurb: Dr. Jackson Burnside is an orthopedic surgeon who made his own way. Always different, he got out of Natchez before his family could throw him out, but still wishes things could be reconciled. He’s built a successful practice and a sound reputation in Carlisle. When he’s called to the hospital for a consultation, the last person he expects to meet is Wes. Wes Fortier had fewer opportunities than Jackson, but he’s worked hard and has a good job that brought him to Carlisle. A work injury lands him in the ER, where he crosses paths again with Jackson, who may be the silver lining he has been praying for in a life filled with gray. Jackson’s and Wes’s renewed friendship deepens to attraction and possibly unspoken love. Both Wes and Jackson find something they’ve been missing. Just when they begin to lay the foundations of the kind of relationship they’ve both wished for, Jackson’s mother swoops into town with an olive branch for her son, but her hidden agenda could threaten everything.

Thoughts: When you pick up an Andrew Grey book, you know what you’re going to get – hot guys, romance, and a HEA that satisfies. And this one provides all of that. Plus, at 91 pages, it’s a quick read.

Jackson and Wes are both from Natchez and were friends as kids. But both of their families wanted nothing to do with them when they came out. Jackson became an orthopedic surgeon and lives in Carlisle, PA. When Wes ends up as a patient, the pull they had as youngsters comes back.

I liked that Jackson had scruples about treating Wes and then while he was healing. His conflict comes through nicely as he doesn’t want to cross an ethical line. Wes’s issues stem more from his not wanting to pull Jackson down socially. And then there’s Jackson’s mother – lots of issues there!

Recommendation: Overall, this is a nicely done story with all the conflicts and solutions you expect from Mr. Grey. A definite add to your library.

Disclaimer: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


FIRE AND SAND by Andrew Grey (196 pages)

Fiction, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ+ (M/M) (18+ contains graphic sexual scenes)


Blurb: Can a single dad with a criminal past find love with the cop who pulled him over? When single dad Quinton Jackson gets stopped for speeding, he thinks he’s lost both his freedom and his infant son, who’s in the car he’s been chasing down the highway. Amazingly, State Trooper Wyatt Nelson not only believes him, he radios for help and reunites Quinton with baby Callum. Wyatt should ticket Quinton, but something makes him look past Quinton’s record. Watching him with his child proves he made the right decision. Quinton is a loving, devoted father—and he’s handsome. Wyatt can’t help but take a personal interest. For Quinton, getting temporary custody is a dream come true… or it would be, if working full-time and caring for an infant left time to sleep. As if that weren’t enough, Callum’s mother will do anything to get him back, including ruining Quinton’s life. Fortunately, Quinton has Wyatt for help, support, and as much romance as a single parent can schedule. But when Wyatt’s duties as a cop conflict with Quinton’s quest for permanent custody, their situation becomes precarious. Can they trust each other, and the courts, to deliver justice and a happy ever after?

Thoughts: This was another good addition to Andrew Grey’s impressive stock of M/M romances. We’re in Carlisle, PA again and, since I know the city a little, I can follow the characters as they go through the town and know where they are—something I enjoy.

In this book, Quinton is stopped for speeding by cop Wyatt. When Quinton explains he was following a car-jacked van that had his infant son in the back, Wyatt believes him and the cops go into action to catch the van and get the baby back. Quinton is in a battle with his ex-wife and her parents for baby Callum. And Wyatt is there all the way to help him.

I wasn’t enamored of Quinton. He’s almost too down-trodden and leans so heavily on Wyatt. It’s Wyatt who comes to his rescue and continues to do so until the end. I would have liked to have seen Quinton get a little more backbone, but for this story, it worked.

Recommendation: If you love Andrew’s books (and who doesn’t?), pick this one up. It’s the first in a series and you’ll enjoy the satisfying ending to this romance.

Disclaimer: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



Fiction, Contemporary M/M Romance


Blurb: Police officer Finnigan Pettaprin’s life is his job. He’s driven to be the best, always. Past relationships have largely been heartbreaking, so he keeps to himself. The last thing he expects is for a near-disastrous car chase through town to bring him in contact with Mark, the one who got away. Mark Wallace hasn’t had the best luck in life. He managed to get out of Chicago with his freedom and his son, Lonnie, and needs help. Finn is the one friend he knows he can count on for a temporary place to stay, and possibly more. He’s hoping for a new start in a new town with a new job, but with his parents threatening to try to take his son, nothing is easy. Finn takes Mark in and helps him get his life back on track. Along the way, the two men grow closer as they realize that what they both have always wanted is now in reach. But the intersection of Mark’s past and a string of local robberies threatens to upend the small family they are just starting to build and could give Mark’s parents the ammunition they need to destroy everything.

Thoughts: This is a short, quick—but hot—read. Mark is on his last legs as he tries to stay sober, find a job, and keep his grabby parents from taking his son. His old friend Finn is his last resort. Fortunately, Finn takes them both in and helps them find peace. But Finn needs Mark’s help with a case he’s working on (he’s a cop). Between Mark’s past and his parents, the only thing good going for him is Finn. And it does work.

The only thing I had a problem with was Mark’s character – he’s just too needy sometimes and relies too heavily on Finn to swoop in and save him. Yes, he’s had it rough, but I’d have liked to have seen him with a little more backbone.

Recommendation: For a quick M/M romance with a satisfying ending, pick this one up. It’s great for a short weekend read.

Disclaimer: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


IN THE WEEDS by Andrew Grey
Fiction, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ+

Blurb: Florist to the stars Vin Robbins is in high demand in LA, but he hates working for someone else. When he returns to his Pennsylvania home to help his widowed father, he finds an opportunity he never expected with his first love, but learns that someone’s been taking advantage of the unused family greenhouse. Casey Lombard wasted too much of his life denying who he is and what he wants, but he won’t do that any longer. His biggest regret is letting Vin go, so running into Vin again when he gets called to investigate who planted pot on Vin’s family’s property sends him reeling. Vin ignites feelings Casey thought long dead. But Casey has a daughter, and Vin is only home for a visit. Surely the bright lights of Hollywood will call him back to the City of Angels, so how can Vin and Casey build the life they both wish they had?

Thoughts: This was a hot, sweet, contemporary romance about choices. Should Vin choose to stay in Carlisle instead of L.A.? Should he open his own business or play it safe and stay where he’s at? Should Casey and Vin choose to stay together? Should Casey stay with his current job? And more. Some choices are easier than others and Vin and Casey have to face some tough ones.

I loved the characters. They all have issues – even the secondary ones like Vin’s father. There is an underlying “suspense” issue with drug traffickers, though I will admit, I knew from the beginning who the bad guy was. It was pretty obvious. But that’s okay – it wasn’t central to the story. Central was the relationship between Vin and Casey and how they would make their choices. And get past their pasts and have a future.

Recommendation: For a sexy read with good characters, pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed.

Disclaimer: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



FIREMAN’S CARRY by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Contemporary LGBTQ+ Romance, short (103 pgs)


Blurb: Orphaned as a child, Jordan Kramer is a 28-year-old loner who lives for his work as a firefighter. It’s who he is. But his life changes when, on his way home from a fire, he finds Benny walking along the side of an isolated mountain road. With a storm coming, when Benny indicates that he’s alone in the world, Jordan follows his instincts and decides to help. To child psychologist Duane Houser, Jordan was the one who got away when Duane got adopted as a teenager. So imagine his surprise when he’s called to help a traumatized child and crosses paths with Jordan again after all these years. Jordan is still as he remembers—stunning and strong, with a hero streak a mile wide. Both Jordan and Duane understand a life without parents and swing into action to help Benny. The boy’s life is a bit of a mystery, and as they work together to help Benny, they rekindle feelings both had kept hidden. The chill from years spent apart quickly melts away and old love flames to life again. While helping Benny process the loss of his family, both Jordan and Duane realize that their shared desire might be within reach. Or they could have it ripped away from them all over again.

This is a short, quick read with all the tropes you want in a romance – old friends who lost each other find each other again, an orphaned kid, family… and it all works. This is a sweet story about two men who had bad childhoods, who lost each other, and who found each other again. Jordan and Duane came up through the foster care system. They lost each other when Duane was adopted. Jordan took care of himself, falling in with a fire station group who helped him learn to be a fireman. After a Nasty fire on a mountain, Jordan finds a young boy wandering alone along the road. He takes him in and contacts child services—surprised when Duane shows up. The two of them grow closer as they navigate the ins and outs of social services and love.

I loved the characters and the way they showed caring for Benny (the boy). It rang very true to life. I also thought the descriptions of the settings well done. I could picture the shotgun condo, the apartment, and especially, the cabin.

Recommendation: This is another Andrew Grey hit. If you love hot guys, sweet little boys and tug-at-your-heartstrings stories, pick this one up.

Disclaimer: Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



SECOND GO ROUND by Andrew Grey

Fiction, LGBTQ+


Blurb: Former world champion bronco rider Dustin and rancher Marshall have been life partners for more than twenty years, and time has taken its toll. Their sex life is as dusty as the rodeo ring. Somehow their marriage hasn’t turned out how they planned. But when a new family moves in up the road with two young boys, one very sick, Dustin and Marshall realize how deep their ruts are and that there might be hope to break them. After all, where they’re from, the most important part of being a man is helping those who need it. A new common purpose helps break down the deep routines they’ve fallen into and makes them realize the life they’ve been living has left them both cold and hollow. Spending time with the kids—teaching them how to be cowboys—reignites something they thought lost long ago. But twenty years is a lot of time to make up for. Can they find their way back to each other, or are the ruts they’ve dug too deep? 

Thoughts: After 25 years together, Dustin and Marshall have fallen into a rut. They’re living together, but that’s all it is—living together. Neither one is happy, but neither one knows how to fix what’s wrong. They still love each other. Want each other. But their love life is stale, bordering on “is it time to break up?” They’re not even sleeping in the same room. Then they get new neighbors who have a lot more problems than they can deal with. Their youngest son has leukemia—and they are dealing with that, with a move to a new home, and other issues. Enter Dustin and Marshall to help them out. They introduce the little boys (Noah and Oliver) to life as cowboys and the rodeo—and puppies. By helping the family, they eventually find their way back to themselves and tie the knot in a real cowboy wedding. The only question I had, and this was the only reason I gave this four stars instead of five, was that one of the men had a younger sister who died of leukemia. It was mentioned in the beginning when they met the family, but never mentioned again. I would have thought that it would have had a lot more impact on them than it did.

Recommendation: As per usually, Mr. Grey has given us an sweet (but heated) book that will tug at your heartstrings. What can go wrong with cowboys, cute kids, and puppies?

Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



Fiction, LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance


Blurb: Marti is a confident, energetic, and talented florist who has been attracted to standoffish Ivan for the past couple of years. He’d pretty much given up on him until their paths cross again when has a meeting with the penny-pinching landlord of the flower shop where he works. Competitive bodybuilder Ivan Detrikov has a landlord father who doesn’t approve of his career choices, or much else in his life. Ivan is well aware of Marti’s interest and he finds the other man captivating, but feels he needs to focus his energy toward his career, and any chance at love is just a distraction. Everything changes when Ivan encounters Marti at his father’s office. Marti’s “guns blazing” attitude and forceful arguments in favor of the shop where he works captivate Ivan and awaken the attraction that has simmered since their first meeting. But his father’s heartless pursuit of his goals puts Marti’s flower shop dreams in peril and endangers the relationship they are just starting to build.

Thoughts: I loved the character of Marti. He comes across as a Twink, but that man has steel in his backbone. He is amazing. Ivan…was okay. He’s got issues with his father that don’t get addressed until near the end, but he’s so focused on becoming a body building star, it almost gets distracting. But he does care for Marti, and is sweet to him, so that’s good. Still, he gets down on himself for allowing his thoughts to wander to Marti. I loved what his friend Jack told him though – when he’s up on that stage, is he looking for acclaim from a bunch of strangers, or just one person in particular. That was the perfect outlook for him to think about.

Recommendation: If you like Andrew Grey’s writing, pick this one up. There are good conflicts and a HEA that satisfies. You won’t be disappointed.

Disclaimer: Disclaimer: Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



Fiction, Contemporary Romantic Suspense, LGBTQ+


Blurb: When a case reopens old wounds from the kidnapping of his younger sister, police officer Robert Fenner is told in no uncertain terms that he needs a break. And maybe his superiors are right. He books a flight to visit an old friend, who happens to be the one who got away, and hopes for the best. Electronic security consultant Dixie Halewood works from his home in Paris, where he lives with his adopted son, Henri. Dixie doesn’t expect a message from an old flame asking for a place to stay, but he agrees. Their past is just that—the past. Things between them aren’t as settled as they thought—Henri, Paris, and proximity work their magic. The two men are drawn closer and old flames burst back to life, but Dixie’s work brings a new threat to their safety and the budding family they missed out on the first time around.

Thoughts: This is a story full of angst, danger, and lots of love (some of it very hot). Trigger note: There is child kidnapping, shooting, death (double note: the death is in the past and only talked about, not shown). I mention these things because they are an anxiety trigger for some people.

The story opens with Robert, a cop, is trying to talk a kidnapper into releasing his hostage, a 6-year-old girl. Gunfire ensues and the little girl is shot, but not killed. But her injury brings back old memories for Robert from when his sister was kidnapped and killed. His captain orders him to take a vacation so Robert heads to Paris and an old friend from the Marines. They had a brief fling in Italy while serving in Afghanistan. Dixie is now settled in Paris and has a young son, Henri. When Robert arrives, they discover their past isn’t exactly done and gone and things heat up. But Dixie’s job as a cyber security expert causes problems and puts them all in danger. Robert and Dixie need to figure out whether they want a future together -and where that future will be. All they know is that they love each other.

Recommendation: If you love Andrew Grey’s books, you’ll love this one. Danger, hot romance, and a cute kid—what more could you ask for.

Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



BAD TO BE NOBLE by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Novella, Gay Contemporary Romance


Blurb: For glass artist Ashton Weller, Longboat Key seems like the perfect place to start over. It’s warm, sunny, and far from the dangerous ex he left behind in Chicago, even if his glass studio does get even more uncomfortable in the Florida heat. It’s also home to Terrance Manetti, a man who turns into Ashton’s inadvertent hero when he saves him from some unsavory types at a local restaurant…and may turn into more than that. Former mobster Terrance has been in Witness Protection with his “brothers” ever since they turned state’s evidence against their former employer. His brothers have a different life here, filled with family and small-time, honest jobs, and Terrance doesn’t know whether to be jealous or derisive. Not until he meets Ashton, anyway. With Ashton, Terrance could build the kind of life he’s never dared to want—the kind of life where he won’t need the skills he learned in organized crime. Or so he thinks—until Ashton’s past comes looking for him….

Thoughts: Terrance and Ashton are perfect for each other. Both have rough pasts that has made them who they are—survivors. But that’s where the similarities end. Terrance is big and at times, intimidating and that’s the last thing Ashton wants. Plus, Terrance is keeping something secret from him—something that makes Ashton edgy about trusting him. Because of being in WitSec, Terrance can’t tell Ashton everything about his past. Especially the fact that he was more or less an “enforcer” – the person whose job it was to intimidate people for the mob. But he’s also someone who cares deeply for his “brothers” and their families, especially the kids, and Ashton sees this. He also sees a man who appreciates art. Ashton learns to trust Terrance, and Terrance learns to be a softer person and what it means to love someone.

I loved all the details about glass artistry! It’s obvious the author did his research but doesn’t dump it on us. Very well done.

Like any Andrew Grey book, this one has some heat in it as well as sweet scenes. There’s a HEA ending that satisfies and it is a good addition to the “Bad” series.

Recommendation: This is a quick read with a satisfying ending. If you love Andrew Grey, you’ll love this series—and this book.

Disclaimer: Thanks to RBTL Bookings and the author for providing this book. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by anyone. Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


BAD TO BE MERRY by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Gay Contemporary Romance


Blurb: Former mobster Richard Marsden grew up scrounging on the streets of Detroit. This Christmas, for the first time, he has a family and the means to provide an abundant Christmas, and that’s what he intends to do. But his husband, Daniel, grew up with everything. For Daniel, Christmas isn’t about receiving gifts, but the opportunity to help others. With his son in the hospital recovering from a tonsillectomy, Daniel knows just who he wants to help this year. Both Daniel and Richard make plans for their family Christmas assuming the other is on board, leaving their holiday dangling on the precipice of disaster—unless they can remember that family, love, and the holidays mean compromising to give each other what they need.

Thoughts: Daniel and Richard come from very different backgrounds. Richard grew up with nothing. Daniel with everything. So when it comes to their first Christmas, they have very different ideas of what it should be. Unfortunately, neither one tells the other what that means to them and it causes problems for them. Plus, for Richard, it seems like Daniel is so focused on his job and his son Cody (which is good), but there’s very little room for Richard. They eventually get things straightened out, but it takes some doing. I was a little surprised at the end with the little girl, but it was good.

Like any Andrew Grey book, this one has some heat in it as well as sweet scenes. There’s a HEA ending that satisfies and it is a good addition to the “Bad” series. And it’s a sweet Christmas story to boot.

Recommendation: This is a quick read with a Christmas theme and a satisfying ending. If you love Andrew Grey, you’ll love this series—and this book.

Disclaimer: Thanks to RBTL Bookings and the author for providing this book. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by anyone. Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



NOWHERE TO RUN by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Contemporary LGBTQ Romance, Western


Blurb: Roy Unger is greenhorn running from his past. He’s gotten a ranch job and works hard to prove himself every day. Since leaving home in a hurry, he’s come to realize that this job is the only thing standing between him and starvation. He isn’t going to mess it up, no matter how much Brad might drive him to distraction. Brad has been around the block more than once. He’s a cowboy through and through, complete with a failed rodeo career and a love life that could only be described as hopeless. He’s worked hard and kept his head down. Roy makes him want more, but Brad has come to realize that what he wants isn’t what he gets. Brad knows what desperation feels like and how important it is to fit in. When he decides to help Roy get over his fear of horses, the two men spend more time together, leading Roy to share confidences about his troubled past. Listening builds trust, which shifts into so much more. But before they can have any sort of future, they need to deal with Roy’s past, which could ruin everything.

Thoughts: This is the third book in this series (Nowhere to Ride), but it is a stand alone. Though there are other characters from the first two books, the main men – Brad and Roy – are the focus of this one. Roy is a greenhorn on the run from home troubles. He lands on the ranch and gets a job cleaning the barn and whatever other work they give him. Unfortunately, he’s afraid of the horses—something Brad notices and takes it on to help Roy. They become closer, finally realizing they have feelings for each other. But first, Roy needs to clear some things up back home. Brad knows Roy has some secrets, but doesn’t push, letting Roy come to him.

There is plenty of heat and sweetness between Brad and Roy, but light on the heavy sex. Still, there is plenty of emphasis on family, friends, respect, and support. In the end, Brad and Roy are a sweet couple and this is a story with a satisfying ending.

Recommendation: If you like Andrew’s books, definitely add this one to your shelf. It’s short, sweet, and with a HEA that satisfies.

Disclaimer: Thanks to RBTL Bookings and the author for providing this book. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by anyone. Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



NEW LEAF by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Gay Contemporary Romance


Blurb: When Dex Grippon’s mother dies, he takes it as a sign—it’s time to give up acting and return to his hometown. If he can find a way to save his mother’s bookstore, he can preserve the one link he still has to his parents. But keeping an independent bookstore afloat turns out to be more difficult than he anticipated, and Dex isn’t the only one who wonders what else his mom might have been selling. Former cop Les Gable might be off the job, but he has to know what was going on at the bookstore, and he’ll do anything to satisfy his curiosity—including befriend the new owner with an offer to help sort out his new business. Something about the bookstore doesn’t smell right, and Les is going to find out what. The problem is that his curiosity about Dex soon far outstrips his interest in what happened at the store. But as curiosity matures into love, the store’s past threatens their future. Can Les and Dex untangle the mystery of the bookshop and escape with their relationship—and their lives—intact, or will the whole thing go up in smoke?

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Grey always provides a good story. Dex and Les both have issues. A lot of them. Both of them need to come to grips with what has happened in their lives, and what they’re going to do in the future. For Dex, it’s the sudden death of his mother along with the death of his dreams – he’s a failed LA actor. But his mom left him a building, the bottom level of which is a bookstore. Can he make a go of it? He’s going to try. But he finds something in the bookstore and there are some “requests” that he doesn’t understand—mostly from older people. Les becomes suspicious. Unfortunately, investigating means killing his relationship with Dex. But he’s a cop—retired due to an injury, but still a cop.

I loved the setting. As someone who is from the area where this story takes place, I loved recognizing places the author described. I was back home again.

The characters are both flawed with definite problems, but their relationship works and the emotions come through.

Recommendation: If you love Andrew Grey’s work, add this one to your shelves. It’s worth it.

Disclaimer: Thanks to RBTL Bookings and the author for providing this book. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by anyone. Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


BALANCING ACT by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ+


Blurb: Freelance computer genius Trent Marcus took a web development job he wishes he hadn’t, and now he’s in a world of hurt. With his safety threatened, he needs someone who can protect him from his client, who responds to “no” with threats and intimidation. Personal trainer and silver fox Collin Fitzpatrick gave part of his leg for his country, and now his ex is selling his home, so he needs a place to live quickly. He hears from mutual friends that Trent has a room he can use and needs Collin’s help. Neither Trent nor Collin is looking for a relationship, but attraction ignites for Trent, and it’s returned, to Trent’s surprise. The last thing Collin expects is for his protective instincts to blossom into something much more. Trent’s care and genuineness combine to heal the heart his ex left shattered. As the task of keeping Trent safe becomes more paramount, so does the realization that failing could cost both of them everything.

Thoughts: This was a sweet (though with heat) gay romance with two men who have a problem with the same bad guy. Trent is a thorough geek who is trying to start up his own company doing websites for people and businesses. Unfortunately, he agrees to do a job for the wrong person and is now in way over his head. At first it seemed innocent, then he saw what was really going on behind the innocent looking web front. Now he’s got a man after him who has no problem killing for what he wants.

Collin is looking for a temporary place to stay while things get settled up with his ex. A personal trainer and ex-military MP, he has all the skills to protect Trent. Even with part of one leg missing, he’s still got more going for him than most people.

What neither expects is the draw between them.

Collin and Trent end up falling hard for each other and figure out how to thwart the bad guy and live.

Recommendation: If you love Andrew Grey’s work, you’ll love this one. Trent and Collin are the perfect couple and there is a definite HEA ending that satisfies.

Disclaimer: Thanks to RBTL Bookings and the author for providing this book. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by anyone.


NOWHERE TO RIDE by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Contemporary LGBT Q+ Romance


Blurb: Unjustly accused of a crime, Ky Archer is trying to keep his ranch together, with fierce tenacity and minimal help. With his nefarious accuser the lead wolf at the door, Ky is resolved to do whatever he has to in order to keep the final link with his family intact. Brodie Tyler is down on his luck–way down. Down enough to camp with his baby sister in a tent to get away from relatives he’d hoped would help him. His parents are gone and he’s got nowhere to go, but he’s determined to keep his sister safe with him, no matter what. Ky finds Brodie and Emily on his property and takes them in out of the storm… literally. Neither expects the heat that ignites between them to be as hot as the western sun. The men find they fit together well, both at work and in the bedroom. They also find they have a common enemy who tries to tear them apart. Working together, they might discover that each holds the key for the other’s desire.

Thoughts: This was a good story with great characters and setting. It’s pretty much a standard in some ways though—down-on-his-luck rancher trying to keep things going. He’s got the water that the rich guy wants. Add in an 18-month-old baby sister and you have action and conflict. The heat between the two men comes across well and the ending satisfies.

Recommendation: A definite must for fans of Andrew Grey’s stories.

Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


RESCUE ME by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Contemporary LGBTQ+ Romantic Suspense


Blurb: Veterinarian Mitchell Brannigan gets off to a rocky start with his new neighbor when someone calls the town to complain about the noise. Mitchell runs a shelter for rescue dogs, and dogs bark. But when he goes to make peace, he meets Beau Pfister and his fussy baby daughter, Jessica… and starts to fall in love. Beau moved out to the country to get away from his abusive ex-husband, but raising an infant alone, with no support network, is lonely and exhausting. The last thing he expects is a helping hand from the neighbor whose dogs he complained about. Mitchell understands what it’s like to live in fear of your ex, and he’s determined to help Beau move on. But when an unseen menace threatens the shelter and Beau, it becomes apparent that he hasn’t dealt with his own demons. With each other and a protective Chihuahua for support, Mitchell, Beau, and Jessica could make a perfect family. Mitchell won’t let anything happen to them. But who’s going to rescue him?

Thoughts: This is a typical Andrew Grey book – great characters, good setting, good story. Nothing wrong with that. In this one, there’s the added suspense of two abusive exes and a nasty neighbor—all of which cause chaos in Beau and Mitchell’s lives. Add in Beau trying to deal with a baby and you have the makings of a lot of tension and action. Plus the sweet moments for Beau and Mitchell. The only thing I would have liked more is if the dogs would have attacked Luke when he showed up rather than running away and hiding. Okay, they’re tiny dogs, but still… a good nip on Luke’s ankles would have been nice. But still, a good story overall.

Recommendation: If you’re a fan of Andrew Grey, definitely add this one to your TBR pile. And if you’re not a fan, you should be. A good story to read with a HEA that satisfies.

Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Wolf shifters, LGBTQ+


Blurb: Even a wolf shifter can’t defeat fate. Vladimir Corelia is the second son of the pack alpha. He’s happy with his role in the pack, but it seems the fates have other ideas. When the man he finds living in a cave, caring for a shifter baby and a litter of wolf pups, turns out to be his mate, it begins a chain of events that puts the whole pack in jeopardy. Frankie Bowers can’t remember anything except a powerful sense of danger. He only knows he can’t go home. With no way to defend himself, he has to rely on Vladimir, a perfect stranger who happens to be his mate, to protect him and the young he’s looking after.  While Vladimir and Frankie’s attraction as mates grows stronger every day, so does the threat to their relationship—and to the pack. As Frankie regains his memory, the threat grows more and more ominous. Vladimir and Frankie must rise to the challenge if they hope to have any chance at the future the fates might have in store.

Thoughts: Dirk Greyson definitely does not disappoint, and this book shows why. There is angst, danger, romance, sex, sweetness, revenge, and more in this shapeshifter story. And while the story is all about wolves, there’s even a bear shifter in here (and I hope he gets his own story someday!). In this one, Vladimir is second son to the alpha. He is a quiet type who goes about doing things the way he wants, even when it makes his father (the alpha) angry. His biggest problem, though, is his older brother, Dimitri. Dimitri is a bully, plain and simple. He’s prepared to take over the. Pack and run it his way, which would not be good for anyone. But Vladimir isn’t strong enough to take him on. Then Vlad meets Frankie—a wolf-shifter who has been seriously wounded with a silver knife. And he is Vlad’s mate. And he’s got a baby and four wolf pups with him. Vlad hauls them all back to the pack to heal, but there are a lot of questions—and no answers, mostly because Frankie has no memory of why he was in these woods with the baby and pups or where he came from. As his memory returns, so do the answers—and not all of them are good. There is another pack coming to fight, but Vlad manages to pull everyone together and they act as a pack, not as single individuals, for the good of all. (Though not without a little help from the goddess!)

What I liked: the characters are well-developed and believable. The setting is nicely done. Mr. Greyson pulls at the emotions, making you cheer for their successes and cry over the tragedies.

Recommendation: Definitely recommended. Shapeshifter, gay romance, a bit of suspense, a lot of emotion. Well done.

Disclaimer:  I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



DRAMA PAN by Joe Cosentino

Fiction, Cozy Mystery, LGBTQ


Blurb: It’s spring break at Treemeadow College, and Theatre professors and spouses Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, their best friends Martin and Ruben, and their sons Taavi and Ty are sprinkling on the fairy dust in an original musical extravaganza of Peter Pan entitled Every Fairy Needs a Big Hook! Pirates shout more than “Yo, ho!” when a family of visiting technical designers, the Coutures, drop like yesterday’s fashions. Once again, our favorite thespians will need to use their drama skills to catch the killer before they get the hook. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining twelfth novel in this delightful series. So take your seats and believe in fairies. The stage lights are coming up in Never Land on a lad who won’t grow up without Viagra, a pirate with quite the hook, a twink called Tink, a Lily who’s a tiger, a Merman surprised at what’s between his legs, and murder!

Thoughts: This is a raucous murder mystery with way too many bodies and more metaphors and similies than it’s possible to follow.

The underlying story is all about a group of people putting on a take-off of “Peter Pan”. But it is definitely not your normal Pan story with sly (and blatant!) gay innuendos galore. Unfortunately for Nicky, the director, things don’t go well from the start and turn much worse when the tech crew he hired ends up dead. All five of them. Like with every play Nicky puts on. But like every other time, Nicky is also on the case, investigating and ticking off the local inspector every chance he gets. There are so many suspects that you’re never quite sure who the killer is until the very last moment—and then it’s a definite surprise.

Recommendation: If you’ve read other books in this series, you won’t want to miss this one. But if you haven’t, be prepared for a fast-paced, raucous, sometimes dirty, mystery with a satisfying but surprising ending.

Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



OVER THE TOP by Cindy Dees

Fiction, Romantic Suspense, LGBTQ


Blurb: Former best friends put their differences aside to rescue a child—but the baby isn’t the only thing that needs saving. A preventable training accident that forced him out of the SEALs has left Gunner Vance bitter and angry. But all that changes when his childhood friend and onetime lover asks for his help. When a gunfight lands a baby on lonely teacher Chasten Reed’s front porch, he knows Gunner is their best chance for survival—assuming they don’t end up killing each other while on the run. Chas and Gunner have a simple mission: identify the baby and get her safely back to her real family. But with jeopardy around every corner of the desperate cross-country journey from New England to Hawaii, simple doesn’t mean easy. The attraction between them might be bulletproof, but their bodies are not. Will Chas and Gunner find what they’ve been craving? Or will the past, and the danger, push them over the top before they can fall in love?

Thoughts: The blurb for the book pretty much says it all. This is about two old friends, Chas who’s now a kindergarten teacher, and Gunner who’s a former Navy SEAL. Chas is relaxing at home one evening when he hears gunshots and finds his neighbor dead on his doorstep curled around a two-year-old baby. Gunner takes the little girl in and calls for help in the form of an old friend. Gunner comes running and gets them out of immediate danger, but the killers follow them and they end up on the run. They get help from other SEALS and friends, but it’s a close call for the trio.

I had to laugh out loud at the picture of this big, burly SEAL taking on a two-year-old and changing diapers and cuddling her. I could just see him, through the author’s description, holding the little girl out at arm’s length, not quite sure what to do. That made the whole book for me right there.

As the trio is on the run from all sorts of bad guys, they realize that the “infatuation” they had as teens has turned into love, but there are issues—beyond the bad guys chasing them. Chas wants nothing to do with Gunner’s violent life and Gunner can’t give up what he is to be a teacher. The two come to an impasse of sorts and have to figure it all out—which they do. The tender love scenes are nice without being too hot and their emotions about each other and the baby come through strongly.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Okay, not all the violence—I’m kind of with Chas on that one—but it definitely fit the story. And I am definitely going to read more from this author.

Recommendation: A hot Navy SEAL, a sweet schoolteacher, and a bouncy little girl in jeopardy—what could be better? Add in a HEA and you have an exciting book. Definitely recommended.

Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


HEAVY LIFTING by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ


Blurb: Would-be journalist Reg Applewhite is a slight, geeky guy who knows from high school experience that he’s the perfect size to be shoved into a locker. He writes for his sister’s fashion and gossip blogs and is very understandably reluctant when assigned to cover a local bodybuilding competition for material. Jack Ponte is a physical god, with a perfect body, poise, and intense eyes. But it’s his grace that captures Reg’s attention, and when Reg asks for an interview, Jack agrees. After all, he’s looking for a life after bodybuilding, and Reg’s blogs offer a chance at something less fleeting. During the interview, they discover mutual interests in fashion and video games that lead to friendship and deeper feelings neither expects. Reg finds it hard to believe that a god-man like Jack would see anything in him, and Jack is just as shocked when Reg seems to see beyond his looks to the person inside. But there is a price to pay for everything, and Jack draws the kind of unwanted attention that could threaten to pull them apart… or worse. Together they need to figure out a way to lift each other up and push through the challenges.

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story. The characters of Reg and Jack are really well done, especially Reg. He comes off as this meek little geek, but this geek has claws that he takes out when he needs to. Yes, he has issues—mostly leftover from being a geeky kid. You know the kind – the kid all the bullies love to pick on. And did. But don’t let anyone threaten someone he cares for.

Reg has a degree in journalism but when he graduated, couldn’t find a job except working for his sister and her fashion blog. She sends him out on an interview which is where he meets bodybuilder Jack. The two of them hit it off and sparks fly. But there are problems…the two main ones being a stalker after Jack, and Reg’s sister Isabelle (headstrong without a lot of ethics). They have to figure out how to handle everything and create a lasting relationship.

Recommendation: This is a nicely written M/M romance between a geek and a bodybuilder. The sex is hot and heavy, but the couple are adorable and lovable. And there’s a HEA ending that satisfies. If you’re an Andrew Grey fan, pick this one up.

Disclaimer: Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”



Fiction, Mystery, LGBTQ+


Blurb: They say trouble comes in threes. Detective Danny Quirke is already mourning his wife and mired in an internal investigation that will likely spell the end of his career. Now he must return to the Newfoundland fishing village of his youth to bury his abusive grandfather. At least his three are up. Right? Then the bones of local boy Llewellyn Single, drowned thirty years before, wash up on the beach, and secrets Danny thought were buried forever rise violently to the surface. Only two people know what really happened: Danny Quirke and his former best friend, millionaire Tadhg Heaney. Danny and Tadhg have been bitter enemies for years. But when Danny is accused of Llewellyn’s murder, he needs Tadhg’s help exposing the truth—before those who believe he is responsible get their revenge. After all, on an island, nothing stays secret forever…

Thoughts: I will note from the beginning that this is a Canadian based story which means that some of the spellings and terminology are different if you’re used to American books. Now, that being said, if you forget about that (which you will once you’re into the story), you’ll discover an interesting story. The descriptions of the wind howling across the land and shaking the houses, the roiling north Atlantic ocean, the rocky coast… it’s all very descriptive and puts you right there (shivering) with the characters.

I had trouble getting into the story itself though. There is a lot of backstory that gets really confusing at times as to “when” you are. The author keeps hinting at a dark background between Danny and Tadhg and yet, they seem the best of friends earlier, and now. It’s all the “between” stuff that gets muddled. And I was never certain exactly what the mystery was. Was it the bones that washed up? (Which I found a little hard to believe due to the time passage). Was it who was vandalizing Danny’s grandfather’s house? Was it what happened thirty years ago with Single? Or what happened between Tadgh and Sandra? Or what happened to Danny in Ireland? There were so many threads, each one of which could almost have been a story in itself. I had trouble following who did what to whom and why. I also found it a little slow at times as there was a lot of backstory to follow, each with its own thread. There are also small instances of abuse, incest, and other triggers. But they are very brief and definitely mentioned in the past.

All that being said, the author does tie up the story nicely and knots all the thread together to a decent ending that really does explain everything. For me, the ending was actually much better than the rest of the book as I finally understood what was going on in all the rest. It was like an “aha” moment that made sense of everything up to that point.

Recommendation: Though the story can be confusing and a bit slow at times, it is a good story with a satisfying ending that ties everything up in a neat bow. And it sets a good foundation for the following book. Recommended for those who are looking for a deeper read, not light fluff.

 Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


DARK MIRE by J.S. Cook

Fiction, Mystery, LGBTQ


Blurb: You never know what trouble will rise from the bog. When the body of an unidentified woman is found in a Newfoundland bog, Inspector Danny Quirke must scramble his team of investigators to find her killer. But what initially seems like a straightforward case soon becomes mired in a tangled web of lies and deliberate obfuscation. With the strange mutilation of the body—one eye gouged out completely—evidence seems to lead to a fringe religious group with bizarre beliefs. But while the pathologist indicates mushroom poisoning as the cause of death, Danny thinks circumstances point to something more sinister—especially when he begins to receive anonymous messages with links to horrific pictures of damaged human eyes. Three more bodies join the first, with seemingly nothing to link them but a little girl in a yellow party dress who flits in and out of the mystery like a creature from the old legends. Then an old friend from his childhood reappears, and Danny is forced to confront uncomfortable truths about his own nearest and dearest. On an island, everyone is a suspect…

Thoughts: If you’re looking for a relaxing cozy mystery, look elsewhere. This book, and the first one in the series – Dark Water – are dark mysteries with nothing cozy about them. They are hard, rough, stories that will chill you to the bone. They are set in Kildevil Cove, a small (fictional) maritime town on the Northeast Canadian coast. The language has strong influences of Irish/Scotch and the setting is dark, cold, and raw. They are focused on the intertwining lives of the people of Kildevil Cove and the dark secrets that lie in the bogs and forests of the area. The author impressed me with her ability to create an atmosphere that is as dark and brooding as the landscape. Both main characters (Danny and Targh (pronounced Tai)), are complicated and share a long history—not all of it good. They go back and forth in their relationship – maybe a little too much at times. Though they do get together, I don’t have a whole lot of hope for these two. Though to be honest, this is not listed as a romance. It is a dark mystery so the romance is really secondary.

In this one, Inspector Danny has almost to many mysteries on his hands. Missing people, dead bodies, a mysterious woman/child, a group of religious zealots who squat where they want no matter who owns the land or house, a suspicious doctor, and more. All this while trying to maintain a relationship with Targh, his lover. There are almost to many threads to follow, but the author ties them all up neatly at the end.

Recommendations: If you’re looking for a hard-core mystery set on a rocky island and don’t mind the sometimes odd language, this may be for you. Just don’t expect a nice cozy, because it isn’t. It is also not a romance. This is dark, dangerous, and everything you want in a thriller-mystery.

Disclaimer: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


THE SEER by Rowan McAllister

Fiction, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance/Fantasy


Blurb: For the past ten years, smuggling magic users safely out of Brotherhood-controlled Rassa has been the only thing keeping Dakso Kavalyan going. But with his funding cut and rumors of impending civil war, his orders from the Mage’s High Council are clear: his final mission is information gathering only. No rescuing even one more hunted soul. Daks has never been great at following orders. When he stumbles upon a Seer spouting prophecy in front of one of the hated brothers, he can’t just walk away. Ravi never asked to be rescued, nor did he ask for the Visions plaguing his life and endangering everyone he’s ever cared about. The last thing he needs is a reckless brute crashing into his carefully laid plans. Seems the gods have other ideas. As Daks and Ravi flee the city together, their reluctant alliance blooms into something more, but trials, bad luck, and Daks’s infuriating penchant for finding trouble dog their every move. Will trusting this reckless rogue with his heart and his life be the worst decision Ravi’s ever made… or the best?

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story. Though it is part three of a series, you don’t need to have read any of the previous books to know exactly what’s going on and why. The author does an amazing job with world-building and the characters are well-done too. I’m not in love with the cover, but I didn’t select it for the cover art. The story intrigued me enough to choose it. This is a story full of magic, wizards, supernatural beings, and more. It’s a really good high fantasy story with strong romance in it. Or maybe a decent romance centered around a fantasy. Daks and Ravi start out fighting each other and end up in love while trying to get Ravi to safety. There’s also a side romance between Daks’ partner Shura and her love interest Fara. So lots of romance going on. My favorite character, though, was Horse. Yep, they named the horse, Horse. He is definitely interesting. Okay, I wasn’t all that into the sex (three heavy scenes), but the rest of the story was very well done and definitely held my interest. I can’t wait to read more in this series. I hope there’s more!

Recommendation: M/M and F/F romance with a strong high fantasy and a horse who’s more than he seems. Great world building too. All this makes for a fascinating read. Pick this one up for a good story.

Disclaimer: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


BAD TO BE WORTHY by Andrew Grey

Fiction, M/M (Gay), Contemporary Romance


Blurb: Sometimes Gerome Meadows longs for the excitement of the life he left behind for Witness Protection. But when he stands up to a bully in a bar to protect a homeless man, his past comes very close to home—and it’s no longer what he wants. Tucker Wells has been living in a tent, surviving with the aid of his friend Cheryl and helping her watch over her son. When he winds up on the wrong side of an argument with some dangerous people, his already difficult life is thrown into turmoil. Gerome steps in to find them a temporary apartment, and Tucker is grateful and relieved. Gerome never meant to open the door to trouble. His life and Tucker’s depend on keeping his past a mystery. But as his desire to protect develops into something deeper, he and Tucker will have to evaluate what family means—and hope that their growing feelings pass unimaginable tests.

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story. It’s full of action, suspense, bad guys who aren’t so bad, and more. Gerome is a perfect bad guy turned good. Once a leader in the Detroit mob, he’s now in the witness protection program along with his best friends. But he misses his former life and the fact that they have to watch over their shoulders all the time. Now, instead of running the hottest gay nightclubs in Detroit, he’s working at a giftshop on Longboat Key, Florida.

Tucker lost his job when the restaurant he worked at closed down. Then he lost his home. And now, he lives in a tent on the beach with other homeless people. He’s befriended a woman—Cheryl—and her five-year-old son Joshie and formed a “family.” Given the chance at earning three hundred dollars just to pick up a package on the beach, he jumps at the chance in order to get them all some real food. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find the package and the “owner” comes after him. Gerome knows what’s going on and steps in to help the cute guy and ends up falling for him.

Gerome is the best example of a bad guy turned good. Yes, he has a past, and might still “bend” the rules when needed, but he has heart and really wants to do what’s right, especially for his love. Andrew Grey really knows how to write romance and this one doesn’t disappoint. So why not five stars? For me, the ending seemed rushed. I wanted more details on how things worked out. How they managed to stay out of the police investigations even after the attack on Tucker. Just…more. But, that’s an Andrew Grey story for you. Satisfying ending, but you want more.

Recommendation: If you like your heroes a little on the rough side, this series is a definite buy for you. Great reads and satisfying endings that make you believe in HEA.

Disclaimer: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Vicky 3/10/2020


THE PLAYER’S ENCORE by Joe Cosentino

Fiction, LGBTQ, Mystery, Romance


Blurb: Can a man and a ghost be soulmates? When young music teacher Andre Beaufort unleashed the ghost of dapper Roaring Twenties playboy Freddy Birtwistle from his antique player piano, he never imagined they would fall in love and solve two murder mysteries. Now Freddy yearns to visit his family’s beach house in Florida. So, Andre and Freddy embark on a vacation to the stunning home which has become a bed and breakfast. Before Freddy can say “zotched,” a young, mysterious houseboy is murdered, the second hunky houseboy to meet the same fate. Will Andre and Freddy find the murderer to save the inn—and themselves? A year later, Andre and Freddy venture off on a vacation with Andre’s uncle, an ex-priest, to Tuscany, staying at an inn which happens to have once been Freddy’s old family villa. Before the sun sets golden on the hills, a handsome young guest is murdered. Will Andre and Freddy uncover the secrets of Freddy’s ancestral home, solve the mystery, and find eternal love? The Player’s Encore, the second installment in the popular Player Piano Mysteries series by Joe Cosentino, includes two cozy mysteries: The Beach House and The Villa.

Thoughts: Once again, we meet up with Andre and Freddy as they travel and solve crimes while having a wonderful love affair – if you consider that Freddy is a ghost. He can manifest himself physically when he is in his own rooms from when he was alive—though there has to be a player piano there for Andre to summon him. The twist comes in that Freddy’s family was very rich and has homes all over the world, most of which have been turned into B-and-B’s that Andre goes to visit (and conveniently gets the room Freddy occupied when alive). Andre is totally in love with Freddy, but unfortunately, no one can see Freddy except Andre (and a little girl now). Thus Andre claims he has a boyfriend—which he does—but no one can see him or talk to him and Andre can’t go anywhere with him. But together, the two of them do seem to solve a lot of murders, all the while Freddy spouts off more-and-more unbelievable stories about his life in the 20s and 30s. (He was killed in 1935) Andre is the ears and eyes of the sleuthing groups while Freddy uses his experiences to figure out who the villain is.

Like the author’s other books in this series, this one contains two novellas: “The Beach House” –which takes place in Key West, Florida, and “The Villa” – which takes place in Tuscany, Italy. Both places have a murder occur and Freddy and Andre help solve both. The stories are quick reads, quirky, fun, and with satisfying endings. There are always lots of suspects and you’re never quite sure whodunnit until Andre wraps it up at the end.

Recommendation: If you’re looking for a quick read, fun, cozy mystery with quirky characters (like a ghost), a loving gay couple (one of whom is the ghost), then this series is for you. You don’t need to have read the first ones to get into the stories, but it might help set up how Andre and Freddy met.

Disclaimer: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


HOME AND FAMILY by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Gay Romance, Contemporary

5 *****

Blurb: Mark has worked on Clay and Dell’s farm for a year, and he’s now in charge of the care and feeding of their growing herd of goats. He’s worked hard to provide for himself and build a life of his own. But with the operation continuing to expand, additional help is needed. Isaac lives in a self-sustaining, simple-life community a few miles up the road. He’s spent his life working and wondering what the outside world might be like. When his father requires him to earn outside money, he asks for a job at Clay and Dell’s farm. What neither Mark nor Isaac expects is a friendship that quickly grows into something more. But their feelings for each other go against everything that Isaac has been taught, and acting on those feelings will mean leaving the only way of life he’s ever known. Together, Isaac and Mark are going to need a great deal of strength to weather the storm that’s sure to head their way.

Thoughts: This story has a lot of emotions going on in it. And it’s a perfect addition to the “Heart, Home, and Family” series. Isaac has lived a very secluded life in a “commune-like” environment with a controlling/abusive father. Though he has been tasked with finding work in order to bring in money for the community, his father does not approve of where he is working. But Isaac likes being on Clay and Dell’s farm and working with the goats…and Mark. Plus, by seeing them, he comes to understand his own differences from others in the community. Though he does eventually break free, it is not without a lot of angst on his part.

Recommendations: if you’ve read the others in the series, this is a perfect addition and has a HEA that satisfies. If you haven’t read the others, you can read this one and still know what’s going on. But do yourself a favor (and Andrew) and purchase them all. You won’t be disappointed.



HALF A COWBOY by Andrew Grey

Fiction, LGBTQ Contemporary Romance

5 *****

Blurb: Ever since his discharge from the military, injured veteran Ashton Covert has been running his family ranch—and running himself into the ground to prove he still can. Ben Malton knows about running too. When he takes refuge in Ashton’s barn after an accident in a Wyoming blizzard, he’s thinking only of survival and escaping his abusive criminal ex, Dallas. Ashton has never met a responsibility he wouldn’t try to shoulder. When he finds Ben half-frozen, he takes it upon himself to help. But deadly trouble follows Ben wherever he goes. He needs to continue on, except it may already be too late. Something about Ben makes Ashton feel whole again. But before they can ride into the sunset together, they need to put an end to Dallas’s threats. Ben can make a stand, with Ashton’s help—only it turns out the real danger could be much closer to home.

Thoughts: This story takes place in the winter in Wyoming. Ben is on the run from an abusive ex who is a powerful crime boss. It starts off with Ben crashing his car in a blizzard and trying to find someplace warm to survive. Half-frozen, he makes it to Ashton’s barn where he is found the next morning by Ashton. What follows is a story full of intrigue, danger, betrayal, and romance as the two men discover love in the cold wilds. There is an interesting twist at the end and a HEA that leaves you satisfied.

Recommendations: If you’re a fan of Andrew Grey’s books – and who isn’t? – definitely add this one to your wish list.

Disclaimer: Thanks to the author and RBTL Book Promotions for providing this ARC in hopes of an honest review. All opinions are my own and not influenced by anyone.

Vicky 12/20


HEART AND HOME by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ+

4 1/2  sparklers

Blurb: Blurb: Professional marketer Alan Wright needs time to recover, both physically and mentally. After getting out of the hospital, his best friend Clay takes him to his farm, where it’s quiet to recuperate. Healing is going to take a lot more time and effort than Alan ever imagined and require professional help, which comes in the form of a strong man with a gentle touch. Haley Martin, a nurse-therapist, has never fit in with his family, the town, or himself. When he’s hired to assist Alan with his recovery, he discovers a place with people like him who live their lives without shame or fear. As Alan begins his recovery, Haley starts to come into his own as well. He just has to have the courage to take it to heart. As Alan and Haley both learn to overcome their challenges, Haley needs to figure out how to deal with his overbearing father and stand on his own two feet. Together, holding on to each other, they learn to be stronger together and start to build a possible future. But their old lives still have pull, and they both must decide what’s truly important.

Thoughts: This is a sweet romance about two broken men who have been finding their way and finding each other. Alan was seriously injured in a brutal hate-attack. His friends Clay and Dell take him to their farm to help him recuperate. The therapist they hire—Hayley—is the man of Alan’s dreams but Hayley has his own demons to deal with—namely his homophobic abusive father. Both men must face their own demons before they can move forward. Note: I had trouble getting into this at first but put it down a few days and then picked it up again. Once I got past the first couple of pages (the darkest part of the story), I couldn’t put it down. It’s a good story and very much in the style of Andrew’s other works.

What I liked: I loved Archie’s enthusiasm and his willingness to give up T.T. (His stuffed turtle) to help anyone who needed it. The characters in this story are very well done and believable, as is the small town.

What I didn’t like: There were a few very minor typos/editing issues that kept this from being a 5 sparkler, but the author has been notified and has said he will be making corrections. I will note that for some readers, the PTSD from violence and abuse issues might be a trigger so just be forewarned.

Recommendation: If you’re a fan of Andrew’s, definitely pick this up as it is a decent story with a HEA that satisfies.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in hopes of giving a review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by anyone or anything.

Vicky 12/20


A HEART BACK HOME by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Romance, LGBTQ+


Blurb: Clay Kartwell loses his job and gets a call from his estranged father asking for his help back on the family farm, all on the same day. Clay knows he has to return home, even though it’s the last thing he wants to do. Some things back home are best left unremembered. Dell Warrington was Clay’s unrequited high school crush and the man he least wants to see. He’s everything Clay remembered and more, including the father of four-year-old Archie. But Dell hasn’t had it easy either, and not everything is as it seems. Clay sets out to save the farm and bring in the crops with Dell’s help. Old assumptions fall to the side as the two men reconnect, and the second chance that Clay never knew he wanted seems within his grasp. But Clay left the farm for a reason, and reconciliation with his stoic father won’t be easy. When his city life offers a new opportunity, he must decide whether to accept what he knows, or follow his heart.

Thoughts: This is a romantic novella (short, quick read) about two men who loved, lost, and found love again. The characters are realistic, especially Clay. He had issues with his father, left the farm for the big city and barely spoke to the old man for five years. But when his dad calls for help, he’s there. Okay, so it helped that he lost his job and had nothing else to do, but he did go back home. And Dell is a sweet love interest for him. Because it’s a novella, there isn’t a lot of room to develop a long story line, but there’s enough for Clay to grow and change. As does his father. Dell, not as much, but it is there. I loved Alan as sort of Clay’s conscience. I wish we could have seen more of him, but as a minor character, he was great.

What I liked: Alan. He was a hoot. And the conflict between Clay and his father, and Clay and Dell, and Clay and… you get the picture. Clay was a very conflicted character who grows a lot and changes into a better person by the end. I loved that he did come home to help and worked hard to “save the farm”. And I loved how he reacted with Archie, Dell’s son.

What I didn’t like: very little. It was a nicely written story with a satisfying ending. A standard Andrew Grey story of love. Definitely pick this one up.

Vicky 10/13/2020



Fiction, Paranormal Romance, LGBTQ


Blurb: Mike Ellsworth was alive and well one minute, and dead the next. Only he’s not really dead—he’s a ghost. One with lots of unfinished business. He’s never told his wife that he has come to accept that he’s gay. He’s never told her that he has a secret lover. He’s never been able to tell his lover that he is in love with him. Now there’s nothing Mike can do about it. And that’s only the beginning! He soon finds out he can help other ghosts leave the spirit world and step into the light. So what’s keeping him stuck on earth? If only there were a way he could make up for all he’s done wrong, and finally do what’s truly right. And maybe, just maybe, there is.

Thoughts: Wow. Just…wow. It’s been a while since a story pulled me in this quickly and this deeply. The story is told completely from Mike’s point of view, and it’s a quick read—just 79 pages. But you won’t want to put it down. And the ending is perfect.

What I liked: Everything. Mike is a good character with flaws and issues and he grows as a character up until the very end. The other characters don’t do as much, but that’s okay. It’s Mike’s story. And I loved the end. It was absolutely perfect for this story.

What I didn’t like: Nothing.

Recommendation: I can’t recommend this highly enough. It’s sweet. It’s sad. It’s happy. It’s weird. It’s romantic. It’s real. It’s everything rolled into one in a short package. Gay, ghosts, romance—all of it leading to an ending that definitely satisfies. Pick this one up.

Vicky 9/25/2020


THE PLAYER by Joe Cosentino

Fiction, LGBTQ romance, cozy mystery


Blurb: When young music teacher Andre Beaufort discovers an antique player piano in the basement of his apartment building, he is visited by the ghost of the original owner: a dapper and charismatic playboy from the Roaring Twenties, Freddy Birtwistle. Andre has never seen a ghost and Freddy has never been one, so they get off to a rocky start. But when Andre finds his neighbor murdered on his doorstep, he and Freddy join forces to narrow the pool of suspects.

Soon Andre and Freddy discover that opposites attract, even if one’s alive and the other dead. Together these amateur detectives make an enticing team, and it’s a good thing too, because the first murder they solve together won’t be their last. But the real mystery isn’t just whodunit—it’s how a romance between a man and a ghost can have a happily ever after ending. The Player contains two stand-alone cozy murder mysteries, The City House and The Country House.

Thoughts: This book contains two short novellas. One takes place at a mansion converted to apartments in Hoboken, NJ. The other in a mansion converted to a B & B in Cold Springs, NY. Both stories are about young music teacher Andre and the ghost—Freddy—he discovers living in his player piano. Both buildings used to belong to Freddy’s family. As did the player pianos in both places, which allows Freddy’s ghost to appear when played. Freddy is a stereotypical 1920s playboy. But, as unlikely as it seems, the two fall in love with each other. Freddy can manifest himself enough to have a physical relationship with Andre and move things around, but nobody else can see or here him, which makes for some interesting conversations. The mysteries are well done with good clues and both stories have satisfying endings.

What I liked: Though the 1920s vernacular was a tad confusing at times, the author did a really good job of explaining it without overpowering the reader with definitions. It was done through conversations between Andre and Freddy, which led to some funny times in the story. I liked Freddy – he was so very over-the-top. Maybe a little too over-the-top as some of his boasting seemed too…boastful. I liked the way the author made it possible for Freddy to be at both homes through the multiple player pianos. And the murder mysteries just added to the stories. The secondary characters were…characters. So out there.

What I didn’t like: sometimes the descriptions were a little too much, but not bad. And I was a little confused as to why Freddy couldn’t leave the rooms where the pianos were. It was said that he was there because those were the rooms where he lived, but…being the family homes wouldn’t he have lived throughout the house. If he could have moved around, he could have helped more with the investigations. But it all worked out in the end.

Recommendation: Cute stories with paranormal twists that have satisfying endings. If you want quick reads, gay characters, and an unapologetic ghost, pick up this two-for-one fun read.

Vicky 9/25/20


RECLAIMING QUINN by Parker Williams

Fiction, Shapeshifter Romance, LGBTQ


Publisher Blurb: Shifter Quinn Adler knew he would live and die as a slave. Quinn’s life was filled with pain until he was rescued from an abusive pack. But in Lydon, Quinn can’t be sure of anything, so he’s terrified of everything. With no one to give him direction, he is lost—until Deke takes control of him. Deke Timmons hates that he has to play the role of master to his mate. Unfortunately, Quinn won’t accept his love until Deke can show him what being mates means. Vowing to help Quinn, Deke takes him into the world he’s never seen. Though sometimes their relationship is tense, his methods seem to be working. Then a power-mad Alpha swoops in to kidnap Quinn and ends up getting Deke by mistake. Now Deke must play submissive to a wolf complicit in Quinn’s abuse. He’ll do whatever it takes to get back to his mate—but with Deke in peril, Quinn must find his courage and reclaim the person he was meant to be.

Thoughts: This is the second in a paranormal series. Quinn was taken as a boy from his family by an abusive alpha. He was raped, beaten, starved, and treated as a slave until he was rescued by another family. Unfortunately, he has trouble reintegrating to a regular life and especially with his new “master”—who turns out to actually be his true mate. Deke knows he has to take things slow with Quinn and tries to. Then Deke is kidnapped and Quinn realizes what Deke means to him and he will do anything to get Deke back.

What I liked: the characters are strong and well-drawn with quirks, flaws, and strengths. The world building is excellent, especially with the vampyres being created to protect the Omegas. There’s a happily ever after that satisfies, but it’s also obviously part of a series because a few threads are left dangling even though this is a stand-alone. And you don’t need to have read the first one to know what’s going on in this one.

What I didn’t like: The book was slow to start for me. Okay, not really, but I had to skip over the first few pages because of the violence there. There are a lot of “triggers” in this book for some people. I didn’t get the whole “Omega” (and other Greek letters indicating who was what in society). Maybe that was explained in the first book. I also didn’t understand the whole “guy” got pregnant thing that obviously had to do with being an Omega.

Recommendation: It was a good book with strong characters and excellent world building. There are some triggers (rape, violence, abuse) that may take away from some readers’ enjoyment but overall, it’s a good read.


PAINT BY NUMBER by Andrew Grey

Fiction, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ


Blurb: When New York painter Devon Starr gives up his vices, his muses depart along with them. Devon needs a change, but when his father’s stroke brings him home to Alaska, the small town where he grew up isn’t what he remembers. Enrique Salazar remembers Devon well, and he makes it his personal mission to open Devon’s eyes to the rugged beauty and possibilities all around them. The two men grow closer, and just as Devon begins to see what’s always been there for him, they’re called to stand against a mining company that threatens the very pristine nature that’s helping them fall in love. The fight only strengthens their bond, but as the desire to pick up a paintbrush returns, Devon also feels the pull of the city. A man trapped between two worlds, Devon can only follow where his heart leads him.

Thoughts: This is a nice romance set against an amazing backdrop of rural Alaska. There are family issues to deal with, past loves, present heartthrobs, environmental issues, and crooks. So there’s a lot going on in this story – but it all comes together in a nice read.

What I liked: I loved that Devon agreed to teach art classes and how he’s so gentle with the students, especially the kids. I loved the imagery of the story. I felt like I was there with them, standing in the pass, looking down at the valley or up at the mountain. I also loved the imagery of the painting Devon does. It’s a very strong point. Enrique is so artistic as well as practical. He’s a recovering alcoholic, yet runs the local bar. I loved that he has room set aside for non-drinkers – and doesn’t allow anyone to break that rule. And the locals back him up. The people of the small town help each other out – like suggesting a recent widow to make meals for Devon’s father (who had a stroke) giving her something to do and taking the pressure off Devon.

What I didn’t like: Devon is great at helping with the art classes and exposing the crooked miners, but clueless when it comes to helping his dad. It’s up to Enrique to fix the leaking roof, the dead stove, and more. Devon grew up there – but he doesn’t know any of this stuff? Didn’t work well for me.

Recommendation: If you’re an Andrew Grey fan, definitely pick this one up. If you’re not familiar with his stuff, pick it up. It’s a good story with a HEA that satisfies.

Vicky 8/24/2020


DEAD MAN’S HAND by Cindy Dees

Fiction, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ


Blurb: Temptation, peril, and dirty poker. Love is a high-stakes game. When Collin Callahan, British secret agent, goes up against math genius turned surfer bum Oliver Elliot, the battle is epic—and so is the attraction. They’re pitted against each other in an exclusive, ultra-secret—and ultra-illegal—poker match in Gibraltar, but when players start dying and they could be next, they find a common goal: catch the killer before it’s too late. Evenly matched at poker and romance, they each wrestle personal demons that threaten to consume them as the stakes climb. It’s an all-or-nothing gamble with both life and love on the line as they fight to be the last seven-card studs standing.

Thoughts: Take two hot guys, add in a high-stakes poker game and life-and-death situations and you have the basis for a really good book. And this one delivers. Collin is a prim-and-proper British agent/analyst. He’s sent to the exclusive resort in Gibraltar to play in a high-stakes poker game—something he’s never played before. He’s not normally a field agent. He’s just there to gather information. Unfortunately, no one told the people putting on the game that. The first thing that happens when he gets there is to see an ocean swimmer nearly run down by a jet ski. He jumps in to save the swimmer and ends up needing saved himself. Oliver—the swimmer—gets his “hero” back to the resort where they strike up a friendship. Oliver is a math genius and master poker player. He teaches Collin things about the game that can’t be learned from books and videos. Their friendship turns to romance, but it’s heavily tinged with danger as some of the top players end up dead. The two have to figure out who’s killing off their opponents and who’s running the show before they become victims.

What I liked: I loved the characters of Collin and Oliver. They are well-done with issues and problems. I liked the ending—though it did seem to kind of drop off a bit. Maybe there are sequels in the future? I also liked all the twists and turns the story took to get to the ending. And the ending…had me gasping.

What I didn’t like: I didn’t like that I don’t know if the killer got caught (unless this person is going to show up in future books?). I’d like to see the killer caught and punished. And that’s the whole issue with this not being a 5 Sparkler book. I think it’s a really good book, but there were a few too many threads left dangling for me. It’s definitely stand alone…and yet not. I guess that since it’s part of a series, we’ll see the threads develop more in the future? That’s unknown.

Recommendation: For a good spy/action-adventure story with a touch of romance, definitely pick this one up. I enjoyed it very much.

Vicky 7/17/2020


PREY FOR LOVE by Dirk Greyson

Fiction, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ


Blurb: When successful businessman Phillip Barone attends a lover’s funeral and discovers he was just the latest of Phillip’s partners to die, Phillip knows he’s in trouble. He also knows just the man he needs. Former Marine Barry Malone would love a second chance with Phillip—he just wishes the romance could be rekindled under better circumstances. But Phillip’s stalker is escalating, and if Barry cannot solve the mystery of who wants Phillip dead and why, he might lose him for good. Barry’s determined, but the investigation struggles against the wit of a crafty killer—one who is closer to Phillip than they could have realized. Luckily Barry is even closer, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the man he’s falling in love with all over again.

Thoughts: This is the standard romance I’ve come to expect from Dirk Greyson. And it didn’t fail to entertain. Barry and Phillip are great characters and believable. Their quick relationship is even more acceptable since they knew each other before this book takes place. I think the only downside for me was that I figured out who the bad guy was pretty much at the beginning. Doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book – because I did. It was entertaining, hot, suspenseful, and with a few funny quips that had me laughing as well as a satisfying ending.

What I liked: I loved some of the old TV/movie references – like them getting “frisky” (referring to a term used often in Happy Days) and “twitterpated” (used in Bambi) – those two references just made me laugh.

What I didn’t like: very little. It was a decent read.

Recommendation: For a suspenseful, hot, but occasionally funny read, pick this one up. What can be better than a smoking hot marine and friends and the people who love them?

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine alone and are not influenced by anyone or anything.

Vicky 7/13/2020



LGBTQ Contemporary Romance


Blurb: Some moments happen once in a lifetime, and you have to catch them and hold on tight. Arty Reynolds chased his dream to Broadway, but after his father is injured, he must return to the small fishing community where he grew up, at least until his dad is back on his feet. Jamie Wilson fled his family farm but failed to achieve real independence. Arty is hiring for a trip on the gulf, and it’ll get Jamie one step closer to his goal. Neither man plans to stay in Florida long-term, neither is looking for love, and they’re both blown away by the passion that sparks between them. But on a fishing boat, there’s little privacy to see where their feelings might lead. Passion builds like a storm until they reach land, where they also learn they share a common dream. The lives they both long for could line up perfectly, as long as they can weather the strain on their new romance when only one of them may get a chance at their dream.

Review: Andrew has done it again – pulled at the heartstrings with a nice romance. The characters are realistic as are the situations. Which makes for a good story, but there are sad moments too. Not only are there the two main characters – Arty and Jamie — but their fathers play a big part as well. Actually, there is a huge lack of communication between the fathers and sons which leads to problems. But when Arty’s father is hurt, the first thing Arty does is go home to help his father. Which is where he meets Jamie. Jamie, on the other hand, wants nothing to do but get away from his dad. Both men dream of New York and acting careers. Arty had one—not a good one, but he had been there until his father in Florida got hurt. Now he’s back in the fishing community where he grew up and trying to pay the bills until his father can get back out on the boat and he can go back to New York. Jamie ended up in Florida where his aunt lives, but he can’t stay there. His father wants him back in Iowa on the farm, but Jamie has Broadway in his sights. Unfortunately, things come to a head when Jamie’s father threatens to come to Florida to haul him back home. Arty can’t leave yet so sends Jamie on ahead to meet up with Arty’s roommate.

What I liked: The characters of Arty and Jamie are very well done. I loved how Arty makes things better for the whole town by challenging the crook who’s been cheating the fishermen. I love how his father takes care of him in the end and “fires” him.And I love how Jamie finds a backbone and figures things out on his own. And I love the ending. It’s perfect.

What I didn’t like: I really didn’t like the father’s at first. They either communicate by grunting or yelling with no in between. But their lack of communication skills makes their transformation even more telling.

Recommendation: Definitely recommended. This is a nice romance with a happy ending that makes you smile.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.




LGBTQ+ paranormal


Publisher’s Blurb: The Son of Satan, a demon hunter, a mummy, a witch, a harpy, and the messenger of an elder god walk into a bar… and try to prevent the apocalypse? The devil isn’t thrilled, and frankly the angels aren’t either. But from the bowels of Hell to the chilly Halls of Heaven, from Thailand to Tacoma to the bottom of the ocean, this ragtag group of supernaturals plans to fight the prophecy and save the world or die trying. With enemies among the most powerful beings ever to exist and allies they can’t trust as far as they can throw, they’d better get their act together fast.

Review: This was an intriguing book with vague touches similar to “Good Omens” in that the main characters are trying to stop the apocalypse from happening. Although Logan (a human with mad fighting skills) and Ceri (son of Satan) are the main characters, it really is a book based on a team. In addition to these two, there are Esme (an all-powerful witch) and her partner Lyn (a harpie), Ahmed (an immortal who can turn to sand), and Alex (messenger of Cthylor, daughter of Cthulhu). They are up against all the demons of Hell and all the angels of Heaven. The book is in omniscient point of view as it switches between the various characters. Not a bad thing because it gives you multiple points of view. The love interest between Ceri and Logan is nicely done, as is the relationship between Lyn and Esme. And the fact that we’re all still here… J

What I liked: The emotions are strong, especially Logan’s internal conflict about his sister Gill who died and became an angel. And I loved the Scourge who Ceri tied to Logan to help protect him. The group runs around a lot gathering talismans for their fight against both places. I did find it interesting that they fought Satan, but not God. And I loved how they dealt with Gill at the end. Nicely done. The story is fast-paced but with down times that break it up.

What I didn’t like: Honestly? Very little. It’s funny, I can’t say I loved this book…and yet, I couldn’t put it down. As noted above, it’s an intriguing book.

Recommendation: for an interesting read with lots of fight scenes, spell-casting, demons, angels, and more, and with an ending that satisfies, pick this one up.

Thanks to the publisher for providing this book.

Vicky 3/4/2020


MURDER MOST DESERVING by Hank Edwards & Deanna Wadsworth

LGBTQ+ cozy murder mystery


Publisher blurb: An acoustic music festival comes to Lacetown, and with it, another dead body—this one found at Fleishman’s Funeral Home. Michael recuses himself from the autopsy, handing the job over to his arch-nemesis from a neighboring county. Luckily Michael and local hairstylist Jazz are closer than ever. Between a trio of funerals, a blowout BBQ, and a couple of trips on Beulah, Jazz’s beloved scooter, Michael and Jazz do some sleuthing of their own. With the first gruesome murder still fresh in their memories, they can’t help but wonder if notorious murderer and famous author Russell Withingham might be targeting them from jail, where he’s awaiting trial. The festival, however, brings in a veritable lineup of potential killers, including a familiar—and most unwelcome—figure from their past. As the murderer circles ever closer to Jazz and Michael, Sheriff Musgrave is quick to remind them that everyone’s a suspect until Sheriff Musgrave says they’re not!

Review: This is almost two books in one. The first book is the murder mystery. A cozy that involves a serial killer, a double murder, an attempted murder, and more. The second story is the romance between Michael and Jazz—new to them, and very hot. Note: I would categorize this as an erotic romance. It’s well done, but the frequency and steaminess of the encounters are definitely not for the “sweet” romance types. The mystery part is really good with multiple suspects and red herrings throughout. There’s also a satisfying ending that makes it a good read.

What I liked: The characters, especially Michael and Jazz. And Misty. And Musgrave. And Kitty. And… well, let’s just say the characters were very well done. I also loved the cat! The murderer works out nicely with the clues given. Although it’s obviously the second of a series, there were enough clues for you to know what happened in the first book and how it affected Jazz and Michael. And there’s a HEA ending that satisfies.

What I didn’t like: Okay, there were a few things. This is obviously the second in a series that will continue. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there were more than a few threads left dangling which was frustrating. I’d love to know what the other coroner (Michael’s enemy) was allergic to. Was it the cat? We’re never quite told. The thread with Jazz and Russell hasn’t been tied up so I assume we’ll see more of that in books to follow.

Recommendation: I’d recommend you read the first book in the series first. But…that being said, you don’t *have* to in order to follow this story. But be forewarned that there are a lot of erotic sex scenes. This is a cozy mystery that gets extremely cozy. J

Thanks to the publisher for providing this book.

Vicky 2/28/2020



LGBTQ Romantic Suspense


Publisher blurb: When Salvatore Adruccio finished his time in the military, he moved on to a life of good friends, cold drinks, and hot men. His job as a bouncer at Broncos is fun and drama-free, at least until sexy but secretive server Elliot Hastings catches his eye. On the run and in possession of evidence that could expose his stepfather for the dangerous and powerful criminal he is, Elliot doesn’t want to draw anyone else into his troubles. But when a thug catches up to him and Salvatore fends him off, he decides Elliot needs his help, even if he won’t admit it. Attraction quickly heats into passion, but Elliot is wary of commitment when he might have to drop everything and run at any moment. The only way they can be together in all the ways they want is to take out the threat posed by Elliot’s stepfather and his underworld ties. And Salvatore intends to do just that.

Review: Hot guys, death threats, and more all come together in this sweet gay romance from Andrew Grey. If you’ve read his other books, you know there’s always going to be an issue, and a HEA ending that leaves you with a smile.

What I liked: Both Elliot and Sal are good characters and I loved Sal’s mom. Actually, I liked all the characters. The men from the bar where Elliot works are the kind you want to have at your back.

What I didn’t like: The ending seemed almost rushed and over too quickly. It worked, but it did seem to be over very quickly.

Recommendation: This is a good story with a HEA that satisfies. For a quick read with thugs, passion, and more, pick this one up.

Thanks to the publisher for providing this ARC.

Vicky 2/24/20


PRODIGAL by T.A. Moore

Contemporary LBGTQ+ romance


Publisher Blurb: Boyd Maccabbee has spent his life second-guessing his actions on that fateful day. What if he’d done something differently? Maybe Sammy would have made it home safe and never become Cutters Gap’s most tragic famous son. Or would it have been Boyd who was never seen again? When the police find new evidence on the disappearance, Boyd hopes to finally get some answers. The last thing Morgan Graves needs is to be dragged into some old case about a missing kid. He doesn’t know why police hit on his DNA, but he’s not Sammy Calloway. He thinks he’d remember being kidnapped. He knows he’d remember firefighter Boyd. Drawn into the complex web of suspicion, grief, and anger that has knit Cutters Gap together in the years since Sammy’s disappearance, Morgan struggles to hang on to himself when everyone already assumes they know him. And somewhere, the truth about Sammy Calloway is waiting.

Review: This was a dark, heavy story with occasional lighter moments. It’s about a boy who disappeared fifteen years ago – and a man whose DNA matches. The man, Morgan, is a thief, petty criminal who’s been in and out of jail since he was fourteen. He has no memory of being kidnapped and no idea who this kid Sammy is supposed to be. Boyd was Sammy’s best friend. The two men quickly fall into lust that turns into love as they work through what has happened.

What I liked: the characters – they are well-developed, realistic, their emotions real and strong. The ending—a “happy for now” one—leaves some questions unanswered, but it works for this story. It’s not an easy story to read, but it is a good one.

What I didn’t like: as noted above, it’s not a traditional romance with a HEA ending. But… that being said, the ending does work well for the story. And it satisfies.

Recommendation: This is a good story, but be prepared for some darkness and characters who aren’t your standard romantic sweet pairs. If you like your romance a little grittier and darker, pick this one up.

Thanks to the publisher for providing this ARC.

Vicky 2/9/2020


BACK IN BLACK by Rhys Ford

Romantic Mystery


Publisher blurb: There are eight million stories in the City of Angels but only one man can stumble upon the body of a former client while being chased by a pair of Dobermans and a deranged psycho dressed as a sheep. That man is Cole McGinnis. Since his last life-threatening case years ago, McGinnis has married the love of his life, Jae-Min Kim, consulted for the LAPD, and investigated cases as a private detective for hire. Yet nothing could have prepared him for the shocking discovery of a dead, grandmotherly woman at his feet and the cascade of murders that follows, even if he should have been used to it by now. Now he’s back in the dark world of murder and intrigue where every bullet appears to have his name on it and every answer he digs up seems to only create more questions. Hired by the dead woman’s husband, McGinnis has to figure out who is behind the crime spree. As if the twisted case of a murdered grandmother isn’t complicated enough, Death is knocking on his door, and each time it opens, Death is wearing a new face, leaving McGinnis to wonder who he can actually trust.

Review: Aw, Rhys, you’ve done it to me again. Grabbed me from the first page and kept me going. There’s a reason why I love Rhys’s books – the characters are believable, the scenes and settings real, and the sarcasm never stops.

What I liked: The beginning is hilarious with a gun-toting, sheep-costume-wearing lothario and two attack dogs (one of which ends up licking Cole to bits). I loved the interplay between Cole and Dell (lady cop). And the angst that Jae and Ichi have for their husbands is very believable.

What I didn’t like: okay, I loved the story, but there was some repetitiveness that could have been cut. Still… it’s a grand story.

Recommendation: Even if you haven’t read any of the other books in the series, you won’t have trouble getting into this one. Everything is explained so you know who’s who and why. What do I recommend? Get them all, including this one. You won’t be sorry.

Thanks to the publisher for providing this book. All comments are my own opinion.

Vicky 2/7/2020



LGBTQ+ contemporary romance


Blurb: As far as Clay Carpenter is concerned, his abusive relationship with food is the best thing he’s got going. When a good friend starts kicking his ass into gear, Clay is forced to reexamine everything he learned about food and love—and that’s right when he meets troubled graduate student, Dane Hayes. Dane Hayes doesn’t do the whole monogamy thing, but the minute he meets Clay Carpenter, he’s doing the friend thing in spades. The snarky, scruffy bastard not only gets Dane’s wacky sense of humor, he also accepts the things Dane can’t control—like the bipolar disorder Dane has been trying to manage for the past six years. Dane is hoping for more than friendship, and Clay is looking at him with longing that isn’t platonic. They’re both positive they’re bad at relationships, but with the help of forbidden desserts and new medication regimens, they prove outstanding at being with each other. But can they turn their friendship into the love neither of them has dared to hope for?

Review: This is a story about two men who struggle with issues like mental illness, weight issues, self-belief, family, and more. It is at times funny, poignant, emotional, sad…and always written so well that you believe the author has intimate knowledge of these issues. The main plot is about Clay and Dane and their problems, but there are a couple subplots concerning their friends (Skipper and Richie) and Dane’s brother Mason. This may not be an easy story to read for some people, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good story. It’s very realistic and very strong.

What I liked: My favorite scene in the story is the “shaving” scene – so emotional and poignant. But the one where Clay talks Dane down in the car is also good. Actually, there are a lot of good scenes. The relationship between all the friends is beautifully done. The manic/depressive scenes with Dane are very realistic, as is Clay and Mason’s handling of him. And Clay’s issues with food and self-image are no less realistic. Kudos to the author for the realism in this story.

What I didn’t like: I was a little put off by Mason’s relationship with his love-interest. It just didn’t come across as well as the other relationships did for me. I didn’t really “get” it for him.

Recommendation: This is a good M/M romance with a lot of deep-seated issues going on that may trigger some things for some people, but, that being said, it’s a good story. It’s very deep, sometimes disturbing, but with a HEA that leaves you satisfied.

Thanks to the publisher for providing this ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.

Vicky 1/5/2020


ON THE SAME PAGE by KC Wells and Parker Williams

LGBTQ romance


Blurb: When a Dom invites a shy bookstore owner to live out his fantasies, more than one life will be transformed. Words are Heath Snow’s life. He can’t remember a time when he didn’t have his nose buried in a book. He couldn’t make a living as a writer, so he did the next best thing—he bought a bookstore. But when he’s not selling books, he’s living vicariously through the characters he encounters. Real men can’t hold a candle to the hot men in his favorite genre. The Pride display in the bookstore window may be what captured Xavier James’s attention, but the man enthusing about books interests him more. The BDSM book lying next to the cash register is a pleasant surprise, and when he draws attention to it, Heath’s flushed cheeks and bright eyes pique Xavier’s curiosity even further. Xavier is about to learn that some things are more important than work, and Heath is about to step out of his comfort zone, into a place where fantasy and real life coexist.

Review: Not having read any of the other books in this series, I can’t speak to how it compares to them – which can be a good (or bad) thing. I have to judge this book solely on how it read as a stand alone for me. Note, this is a book that goes into BDSM and gets quite hot at times.

What I liked: It was enjoyable, but also very steamy and, at times, a bit slow. This slower pace allowed me get to know the characters in depth. I could easily relate to Heath and his love of books and reading to the point of losing track of time.

What I didn’t like: While I got to know Heath and Xavier well, coming into a series without knowing the other characters made some of the areas a little confusing.

Recommendation: If you like MM romance with some hot BDSM thrown in, definitely pick this one up.

I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Vicky 12/21/19



short romance


Blurb: Kincaid is an avid runner until a stress fracture sidelines his training. He’s determined to get back out there, even though that means talking to the dreamboat yoga instructor he’s been surreptitiously lusting over for months. Owen is eager to get the hot business man he sees almost every morning onto the mat, but life throws a wrench in things before they can get started. Will their mutual attraction be strong enough to overcome the complications?

This was a nice short story with a lot of yoga talk and two hunky heroes who fall for each other. And there is a lot of yoga talk in this book. I don’t do yoga, but I know how to now.

Kincaid and Owen spend a lot of time going back and forth before the final chapter when suddenly it’s hot sex, let’s date, and there we are. It’s kind of like an appetizer before the big meal. Or maybe a trailer before the big movie? Either way, it was “okay”.

Recommendation: I usually like Bru Baker’s writing, but this one left me a little unsatisfied. I’d say pick it up if you’re really into yoga and hot guys. Otherwise, find one of her other books.

Vicky 12/16/19



LGBTQ+ paranormal romance


Publisher Blurb: Dragon shifter Edra has always lived to serve and protect—in ages past, as a knight, and in the modern world as a mytho liaison to the San Francisco PD. Behind the scenes he safeguards the mythos community from scandal—and further human hatred. When the eggs of a rare greater dragon are stolen, Edra must find and return them before the mother razes the city. Edra’s partner, Jordan, has just been promoted, and he’s on the trail of several stolen mythos artifacts. Together, they track the eggs to a colony of mermaids living in the bay near Alcatraz Island. But trying to separate a mermaid from her treasure is asking for trouble. As Edra and Jordan grow closer, they test the bounds of human-mythos relationships. But Jordan isn’t ready to mate for life, and Edra won’t pretend to be human for Jordan’s friends. With the hills on fire and a storm brewing in the bay—and in their bed—something’s got to give.

Review: This is the second book in a series. The world building is excellently done with the author giving a viable reason why the two worlds collided. I am normally a huge fan of TJ Nichols work, but this one didn’t draw me in like others have. And maybe it’s because I didn’t read the first one. Although I knew exactly what was going on in the story, I wasn’t invested in the characters enough to really care about them. Also, like many books in series, it didn’t really end. It just kind of left you hanging in the middle. So, yes, there’s going to be more.

What I liked: the world building. It was beyond excellent. Having ogres walking the streets of San Francisco and mermaids swimming around Alcatraz? Nicely done. And the tensions between humans and mythos comes across clearly. As does the problem with politics getting in the way of getting things done.

What I didn’t like: the non-ending. But…it’s a series so that’s kind of to be expected.

Recommendation: Definitely get the first one in the series first, then follow up with this one. The fantasy aspects of this story are well done, the relationship between the main characters believable, and the issues in the story realistic enough to suspend disbelief.

Thanks to Dreamspinner Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Vicky 11/21/19


HART OF WINTER by Parker Faye

Gay Paranormal Romance


Review: Oh my word, what a fun book. It takes place in the here and now, but with people who can wield magic—called “craft”. So there are charms and spells everywhere. Unfortunately, there are also curses and Luc (and other members of his family) carry a big one. Without the help of leather wrist bands, at sundown he would turn into a magnificent stag (a painful transition). He can’t use magic and spends most of his life hiding because of what he is. He has to keep it quiet because of “hunters”—people who hunt down beings like him in order to get rid of them. There are also curse breakers, but so far nobody has been able to change his family curse.

To get away from his parents for a bit, Luc joins his sister in a French alps ski area to work at their cousin’s chalets. While there, he meets Rob and the two quickly fall for each other (literally – they meet when Luc runs into Rob on a ski run). Luc and Rob lose their hearts to each other, but as we all know, the way of love is never easy.

What I liked: The characters—the author creates characters who are realistic, even with the shape shifting and the magic and more. There are family issues that affect both men. Another thing the author does extremely well is the world building. I almost believe that magic can exist as presented and the angst Luc has because of his curse. I would have liked to have seen a little more description of the town, but overall it’s not bad. The romance between the men is organic to the story growing out of their friendship. The sex scenes are well-written and hot.

What I didn’t like: Hmm – not much of anything beyond what I said above. I’d have liked a little more description of the chalets and the town, but overall, not bad.

Recommendation: Definitely recommend this to any readers of gay romance. It’s well-written and has a satisfying ending with a HEA that feels right. The paranormal aspects are integral to the story and work well with the subject. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.

Thanks to the publisher, Dreamspinner Press, for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Vicky 11/17/19



TWICE BAKED by Andrew Grey

Contemp. LGBTQ Romance


Luke is a food blogger—mostly about food he doesn’t like. He has a large following, so large that he gets asked to be a judge on a television cooking competition, but it means leaving Philadelphia and moving to LA for the filming. When he gets there, he discovers one of the other judges is Meyer, his ex. Meyer is solidly in the closet and kept Luke as his dirty little secret for years. For Meyer, it was a fling—but one that didn’t leave him alone. For Luke, it was real, but Meyer hurt him badly. Still, when the two meet again, things heat up in the kitchen—and bedroom. But there’s someone who’s trying to make things bad for them.

Things I liked: This is a cute romance that builds on the popularity of cooking competitions, but from the perspective of judges not the contestants. It puts the reader behind the scenes with the cameras, the daily stress that goes with this kind of work. The issues between Luke and Meyer are believable as is Meyer’s problems with his parents and with coming out in general. The ending was satisfying with a HEA for them (not giving this away. This is a romance which means it’s all about the relationship and ending with a HEA or at the very least, a HFN (happy for now). The villain caught me by surprise—nicely done.

Things I didn’t like: Really? Not much. It’s fun, light, romantic, with just a little bit of a mystery to ramp up the anxiety.

Recommendation: A good book for anyone who wants a nice, light M/M romance.

Thanks to Dreamspinner Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Vicky 10/9/19




LGBTQ+ Paranormal Romance


To get free from his contract with the god Plutus, Will has to fix his one regret in life—Tom. But twenty-five years have passed since he’d left his first love.

Will had grown up poor. He’d thought getting a degree in law would change that, but he didn’t have the name to go with the degree and nobody wanted him. Enter Plutus who offers him everything Will ever wanted—more money than he knows what to do with, prestige, and more. All he has to do is work for the gods, keeping people from breaking their own contracts with the gods. After twenty-five years, Will is tired of it all. Tired of sending people to their doom. But the only way to break the contract is to fix his one regret—except it’s not as easy as it sounds. The gods don’t like to lose the souls they’ve collected.

Things I liked: The story! It’s so unique and different. In this case, the gods are the bad guys and Lucifer is a good guy (kind of). The issues between Tom and Will are believable and well done. The setting of Perth, Australia is also different for me to read. The setting was a little thin, but overall, it worked. We definitely see how far Will has come from his poor start to the penthouse suite, Jaguar car, and fancy clothes/bling. We also see how conflicted he is about what he does, and how conflicted Tom is about coming out. Just a well-done story.

What I didn’t like: Honestly, very little. It was a little slow to start, but so intriguing a premise that I kept reading—thankfully.

Recommendation: A definite recommendation for anyone who likes M/M paranormal romances.

Vicky 9/12/19


THRALL by Ravon Silvius

LGBTQ+ Paranormal


This is a story full of magic and vampires. The old empire has fallen into ruin and vampires and thralls are overrunning the land. Kaiden was once the village drunk. Now, he’s a thrall—servant to a vampire master and driven by his thirst for blood. And yet, he’s different from the other thrills. Unlike them, he still has a mind. When his master orders him to kill Johann, a vampire hunter, Kaiden resists the order. Johann sees this and realizes that Kaiden is not a mindless bloodsucker. He takes Kaiden back to his compound, much to the consternation of the other hunters. With Johann’s help, Kaiden breaks free from his master, but he can never be human again. However, he might be able to turn into something more—a vampire master. Kaiden and Johann set out to find out about the old empire and the old magics, and find much more along the way.

Things I liked: This isn’t your normal vampire story. It’s about a young man who was made into a slave, but he fights to retain a bit of his humanity. The characters are well-drawn, believable (yes, they’re vampires and hunters – but it’s a fantasy), and have issues. They’re good and bad, with hopes and dreams. The setting is detailed enough that you feel like you’re there without being overbearing. The author makes good use of all the senses. I liked the plot—the reasons for everything that happened. Yes, I’m being vague—I will not give away an author’s story—but the author set things up and followed those points in an acceptable manner. I liked the ending. It’s not a romance. There’s no HEA. But it’s a good ending—as good as it can be with what the author set up. And from the ending, I can believe there’s a chance for further stories in this universe.

Things I didn’t like: Honestly? I thought it was a little slow. And yet… everything that happened needed to happen.

Recommendation: This is an epic fantasy which means there’s a lot going on so don’t expect a quick read. If you’re up for a book that is long, has vampires, hunters, magic, and just a touch of romance, then this book is for you.

Thanks to the publisher for providing this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Vicky 9/16/19


IN SAFE KEEPING by Victoria Sue


Romantic Suspense

Lucas is a firefighter who lost his son and wife in a fire. His wife was running away from him because of his job. While working the fire at the motel, the other firefighters found them…along with Lucas’s brother (who survived but was injured). Lucas blames his brother Mark for everything and hasn’t spoken to him for three years. While clearing an area of wildfire, Lucas comes across Owen and a baby girl hiding out in a cabin. He does manage to save them, but realizes there’s something wrong. Owen and the baby disappear from the hospital before Lucas can ask them what’s wrong. Then he finds out. Owen is on the run from a gangster (Damien) who murdered baby Mia’s mother—Owen’s friend—in front of Owen in order to control him. Owen is supposed to testify at a trial against Damien, but he has to survive first—which isn’t easy since people in the marshal’s office and in the police department are on Damien’s payroll. The only person he can trust is Lucas.

This is the standard person in jeopardy trope, but that’s not a bad thing. There are lot’s of twists and turns along the way and internal and external conflicts galore. The characters are realistic and believable, the situations plausible, and the ending is satisfying. I love that when Lucas is hurt, he turns to the one person he stopped trusting—his brother. That was really good.

Things I liked: The characters. They are realistic and I love the dog and the baby combination, especially when she calls him B-bee (dog’s name is Bailey). Nicely done. I love that the brothers resolved their issues and that the bad guy gets his (okay, not really giving anything away. You know in this kind of story that’s going to happen!). I also like that the author gave me a bit of a surprise as to who was working for Damien. I didn’t expect what happened there (definitely not giving that away!). I loved the baby having the men wrapped around her little finger, and them accepting it. I liked the romance. It was sweet and developed slowly, though they were in constant danger. Both men had issues, but overcame them to build something worth having.

Things I didn’t like: Not much. It’s a sweet, standard romantic suspense story with lots of action, nastiness, happiness, and more.

Recommendation: Definitely recommend to anyone who likes M/M romantic suspense. Am going to find more books from this author as she has a good style and gives a satisfying read.

Thanks to Dreamspinner Press for providing this ARC in return for an honest review.

Vicky 9/21/19



Contemporary Romance


This is an amazing story. Easy to read (though, to be honest, I didn’t get all the rock metal references). But even with that, it was still a great story.

Krish—aka The Guru—is a music blogger. He’s been writing his blog anonymously for six years and has millions of followers, including Silas, leader of the band Hush. Krish gets the chance to go on the Warped Tour (this is a real thing, I discovered. A tour for multiple bands that started in 1995) and gets to meet his idol, Silas. There are instant sparks between Silas and Krish, but also too many secrets. When Krish does come out as The Guru, some of the band members don’t take it well. They’ve been burned by journalists and keeping his identity secret doesn’t sit well with them.

There are accidents, fights, making up, making out, and more as the fates try to keep Krish and Silas apart, but also keep throwing them back together. As in most romances, it all works out in the end with a HEA that satisfies.

What I liked: The mixture of reality (the real tour) and imagination (not a real band) kept the story on the believable side. The characters were well drawn, making them feel like you could go meet them. The settings—on the bus with the band and all the things that go with cramming a bunch of young men into a bus for long periods of time. The diversity of the characters.

What I didn’t like: Honestly? Nothing. This is a well-written, believable romance that ends in a HEA that satisfies.

Recommendation: A good read for anyone who likes M/M romances. You don’t even need to understand the music scene to “get” this book. A definite recommend.

Thanks to the publisher for providing this free ARC in return for an honest review.

Vicky 9/12/19




This is the latest installment in the Tucker Springs series, none of which I’ve read before, but you don’t have to have read any of them to know what’s going on in this story. It is truly stand-alone—for which I am grateful.

The story is told from the point of view of Nathan and is in first person, so it’s all him. He’s a receptionist/clerk/office person for an acupuncturist. He’s also a lover of horses and manages to save enough to purchase a beauty—Tsarina. On their first trail ride, they’re galloping up a steep path when a motorcycle comes roaring out of nowhere and spooks the horse. This causes a fall where Tsarina ends up on top of Nathan. Not good for Nathan. The horse is okay. Nathan, however, ends up with a broken leg and, when he punches Ryan (the cycle rider) in the face, also a broken wrist. Nathan ends up with casts on his leg and arm and has to give up on his dream of riding his horse for several months. Interesting point: The author obviously knows her horses and lingo and uses it well to enhance the story.

Then Ryan offers to take over riding Tsarina for Nathan and the story takes off. The men form a comfortable relationship, get to know each other, and slowly but surely start a little romance.

I liked how the author gave both men relationship hang-ups, but some of Nathan’s just went a little overboard for me. Especially the first sex scene where he freaks out about not being in control but we’re not told why or what happened to make him so…insecure.

Also, there was a lot of repetition of scenes. I got to the point where wanted to read something different and skipped ahead. A lot. After a certain point, there wasn’t much going on that hadn’t happened before: Nathan gets help going up or down the stairs, they go visit Tsarina, they go to a restaurant to eat, they talk too long and leave the restaurant late. Add in some sex scenes about halfway through and go through everything again—including the sex. That doesn’t mean it’s bad. It just got repetitive.

There was the usual romance story dust up where it looks like they’ll never be together—though you know they will—and the story has a satisfying ending.

Ms. Witt’s writing is full of humor and snark, as well as emotions. I found myself actually laughing out loud on a few occasions. The sex scenes were well done—even if they did seem to repeat. Explicit but never clinical, and emotional and romantic, despite a couple of casts getting in the way.

Recommendation: This is a solid romance about two guys who are realistic and a gorgeous and there’s a beautiful horse to boot. A definite read for those who like light standard romances.

I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Vicky 8/9/19

TAKE DOWN by Jess Anastasi

LGBTQ+ Romantic suspense

Caveats: contains physical violence

Danny Jones left his comfortable job in Houston to return home to the small town of Everness to help his mom who has cancer. In Houston, he was out and comfortable, but when he returns, he has to go back into the closet or risk the wrath of his abusive father. Then he meets Deputy Jake Perez, a new resident who is on the trail of a psychotic killer. They meet when Danny runs his truck into a disabled car (at a blind curve) and Jake saves his life. There is instant attraction, but Danny doesn’t dare do anything about it. Then the bodies start piling up and everything points to Danny.

This was a story that started intensely with the accident and subsequent explosion. And it didn’t let up.

The characters of Danny and Jake are three-dimensional with issues, both internal and external that makes them realistic. The secondary characters, especially the sheriff, are there as strong support rather than just background. There was a strong attraction between the two main characters and grew organically as the story moved forward. I loved Jake’s sensitivity to Danny’s wish to keep his father from finding out about them and Danny’s determination to help his mom even though all he wants to do is get away from his father.

Although it’s pretty obvious who is doing all the killing, it works for the story because this is a romantic suspense and not a solid murder mystery. The author does a good job of building the suspense and keeping you on the edge of your seat when Danny disappears. Jake is the only one who believes Danny is still alive. Danny’s father is truly nasty—but the author introduces a bit of humanity to him when he realizes Danny is gone and everyone thinks he killed him. That was an interesting scene, well thought-out and well-done.

Details: the setting is a small town in Texas near Houston. But we really don’t know any details about it other than that – oh, and that there’s one bar in town. Still, the lack of details isn’t a big problem, but a little more would have been nice.

So… romance, suspense, murder, acceptance, and more combined to make a compelling read that keeps you turning the page. I definitely recommend this book.

Vicky 7/23/19

FOUR by Tia Fielding

4 Sparklers

LGBTQ+ romance with triggers

Caveat: There are a lot of triggers in this story… but they are handled in such a way as to make the story readable for most people. There are some who may still react to some of the issues. Be aware that there are subjects of PTSD, abuse, violence, and more – but told as in the past by characters saying what happened to them in the past, not present.

This was a difficult story to read, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good story. It really is. The characters are believable and sympathetic. The world building—a small town—is done well, giving you a brief look into the lives of the people who live there.

The story is basically about two men—Kaos and Padraig (Paddy). Kaos is a young person who is gender fluid with a past (as are all the characters in this story). An ex-con, he was in an abusive relationship. He finally got the nerve to leave and move to Acker to be with his friend (and ex-cellmate) Makai and Makai’s mate, and then he meets Paddy. Paddy is the town vet, 47 years old (a good 20 years older than Kaos) who was married for 23 years to Marcus. Marcus died and Paddy turned in on himself. Then he meets Kaos and his world is turned upside down. (Please note: the author tells the reader from the outset that Kaos is fine with the he/him designation so I am using that here).

This is a simple story about the men, their friends, their pasts, their current life, and possible futures. It’s not your standard romance. Kaos has girly days and boy days and Paddy (and others in town) have to learn to accept him as he is. Kaos has to learn how to accept that no everyone is violent and that gentle love can and does exist. This story has a lot of love, forgiveness, acceptance, and looks into the human spirit.

As noted above, there are a lot triggers in this book which needs to be noted for some readers, but they are not heavily on the page. They are triggers the characters experience due to their pasts and how they deal with them.

Still, it is a good story and has a satisfying end that shows that even the most broken people can be put back together—maybe with a few cracks here and there, but the glue of love eventually heals all.

Vicky 7/7

ANHAGA by Lisa Henry

LGBTQ Fantasy

5 sparklers

This was an interesting book. Okay, I know, that’s never a good way to start a review, but it was. I had a little trouble getting into it at first—not because of anything specific, it was just a little hard for me to get into. And that’s on me. But once I did… I didn’t stop.

I loved the character of Min. He’s so…unheroic. And yet, he’s not. He’s a thief, a liar, and more. He cares so much for his friend Harry that he’s willing to go to the last place in the world he wants to go and do something he really doesn’t want to do in order to save Harry’s life. Then he meets Kaz, and his world is turned end over end.

This is a decent fantasy with really good world building and light-hearted wittiness that keeps it from being too dark—mostly thanks to Min. From the outset, you know it’s going to be different because Min is so different from most heroes. It’s just fun—with serious undertones. Or serious with fun undertones? Whichever you decide on, it’s definitely worth the read.

This is not a romance per se, but a fantasy with romantic undertones—both between Harry and his paramour and Min and Kaz.

The author caught my interest and held it with a different kind of story, excellent world building, unique and quirky characters, and a satisfying ending that made me check out to see what else this author has to offer.

I definitely recommend this book.

Vicky 7/2/19


5 Sparklers

M/M short story

Wow. Just… wow. So, this morning, I thought I’d look at the dozen or so stories I have on my slate to review to see which one I wanted to read next. I do this by reading the first few paragraphs or first page of a story and rating it in my mind as to whether I want to go on.

And then I opened this one. The premise: what do you get when you mix an award-winning, shy, carpenter/baker with a broke librarian? You get a short story with a HEA ending that satisfies the soul.

And didn’t close it. Okay, it’s only a short story so it’s not like it took me forever to read (about an hour), but still… I couldn’t put it down. The characters of Miles and Christopher are so well-crafted and the premise so believable that I couldn’t stop reading. I wanted to see what happened. Okay, the bad guy—Sam—really wasn’t necessary, but the rest of the story is really good. And honestly? I’d love to see this developed into a much longer story. I want to see what happens with them. With the library they’re trying to save. With the town. In these few short pages, the author made me care—and that’s what good writing is all about.

Caveat: for those who don’t like their stories hot, there is one steamy scene, but it fits the story well. So…if you like your gay (M/M) stories short, hot, and satisfying, definitely pick this one up.

Vicky 6/25/19