Review: Melting Point (Hot in Chicago) by Kate Meader

When the Dempseys took in several foster children, the couple raised them to be loyal to one another and dedicated to their careers. Becoming firefighters for the city of Chicago just like their foster father made them even closer to each other, and keeping secrets is never easy. Gage Simpson is someone who always seems cheerful without any cares, and his decision to pursue Brady Smith is met with approval from his siblings. But getting the sullen chef to let Gage know his feelings are reciprocated does not come without plenty of challenges. The Hot in Chicago series delves into the lives of individuals who deserve love, but they must first put their hearts on the line. MELTING POINT is an insightful romance between two men, where vulnerabilities and desires frequently clash. Kate Meader puts the heart and soul of her characters into every compelling scene.

It only took one meeting for Gage Simpson to want well-known chef Brady Smith more than any man before him. The Chicago firefighter has never had a problem getting another man to have sex with him, yet the broody restaurant owner runs hot and cold whenever they see each other afterward. Gage has fought hard for many of the things that now make him happy, and several rejections are not going to stop him from going after the person he wants. But when Brady adamantly refuses to let him get close, he knows it is time to move on and try to forget.

Just because it seems everything is worked out, it does not mean the two people involved are actually pleased with the solution of not being in a relationship. Gage would still do anything to be in Brady’s life, but the stubborn man repeatedly pushed him away, saying it would never work out for them. Though the ex-Marine does not open up to anyone, an unexpected event and one tempting firefighter may be enough to break down the emotional barriers Brady has kept up for years.

Since part of the interaction between Brady and Gage took place in the first Hot in Chicago book, it would make everything clearer to read it beforehand as more facts about the likable couple would be known. Kate Meader skillfully entwines the sexual attraction felt by two men with the numerous emotional issues keeping them apart. Much more is revealed about Gage in his own story, especially why he tries so hard to be a positive person. The comical sayings on his shirts are often priceless, and he usually has a huge smile for those around him. Though he appears to have it all, his inner thoughts expose a much different individual at times.

The many harrowing experiences Brady lived through as a Marine still play an important part in his daily life, and the author let me get a sense of his anguished emotional suffering. There are plenty of descriptive sex scenes between Gage and Brady, where touches and kisses are heated plus particularly enthusiastic. Yet it is the sincerely honest conversations they shared that I will remember most. Kate Meader gives her characters a genuineness which let me feel their every hope for the future along with their intimate wishes. Several glimpses into the man who will be the hero in the next book of the series was very welcome, as it divulged some of his views to me. MELTING POINT is blisteringly steamy plus heartfelt because of earnest emotions.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Contemporary

ISBN: 9781501125287

Page Count: 100

Price: 1.99 (eBook only)

Author’s Website: katemeader.com/

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Review: Charmed and Dangerous Anthology

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Ten talented authors get together and write ten incredible stories for us to relish in the pages of Charmed and Dangerous.

Each one is unique and allows a different glimpse into the paranormal:

Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford
Detective Roku MacCormick is back on duty investigating arcane crimes in Chinatown. He has been cleared of charges resulting from shooting his own partner. He wants to work alone but is given a new partner as well as a new case. A case where nothing is at it seems. Welcome to Chinatown.

Swift and the Black Dog by Ginn Hale
Jack Swift killed the tyrant and freedom came to the land, or did it? Known as a hero, Jack realizes someone wants to kill off the heroes, especially cynical wizards like himself. Bullets, revenge and a touch of desire keep Jack on the run and he best live up to his name.

A Queer Trade by KJ Charles
Away on family business, Crispin Tredarloe returns to London to find his master dead and his papers sold, papers that contain secrets that could have drastic consequences. Tracing them brings him to Ned Hall, a waste paper salesman. Unable to resist Crispin’s pleas, the two try to recover the paper before disaster strikes. Crispin’s life could depend on their success.

Magically Delicious by Nicole Kimberling

Special Agent Keith Curry is one of NIAD’s few human employees. His job is not really tracking down who is assaulting agents, but when his lover Gunther is attacked, Keith decides to do something to uncover who is at fault. He will find the truth even if he has to cross leprechaun picket lines, annoy the powerful mages and have dinner with Gunther’s goblin parents.

Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns by Jordan Castillo Price
Many people enjoy Halloween but for Psychic Victor Bayne, it appears there could be some surprises when his lover Jacob convinces him to seek out an old sighting. First they have to survive a haunted house with a few surprises of its own.

The Thirteenth Hex by Jordan L. Hawk
Dominic Kopecky was disappointed when he learned he did not have magic. He, instead, became an excellent hexman. He can draw excellent hexes and does not understand why crow familiar Rook seeks him out to help solve the mystery of who is murdering by patent hex. The case has been closed but Rook cannot let it go. It seems though that someone else wants it left alone.

The Soldati Prince by Charlie Cochet
Riley Murrough was just cleaning up the Tiger Tails Café after a day of serving lattes when two men come in with murder on their mind. Rescued by a shape shifter king, Riley finds himself marked and taken into the magical realm. The demons have not given up and if they do not kill him, he may kill the arrogant king, who thinks he may be stuck with Riley.

One Hex Too Many by Lou Harper
Detective Michael Mulligan is a veteran at investigating violent crime, the paranormal kind. He likes to work alone as he just may be cursed himself. None of his partners seem to last long. When he is assigned rookie Detective Hugh Fox, Mulligan is not at all happy. Fox is enthusiastic and wants to prove himself. But Fox and Mulligan will need to develop trust if they are to catch the culprit who will stop at nothing.

Josh of the Damned vs. the Bathroom of Doom
Josh and his friend Doug are spending a quiet, boring night at the Quik-Mart when a vampire on a mission shows up. Everything changes in a heartbeat until a sexy back up shows up to help. But will they survive the bathroom of doom?

The Trouble with Hexes by Astrid Amara
P.I. Tim Keller has a problem that only his ex-boyfriend can solve. Vincent is a hex breaker, which also was the reason why they broke up. Now Tim is a believer and only Vincent can help. They are soon in a race to find a missing person, hunt down the hexmaker and repair their romance before he breathes his last.

Charmed and Dangerous is a collection of absolutely amazing tales designed to raise your blood pressure and tantalize your libido. We greet old friend and make new ones. Perhaps, in the future, we will see more of the heroes in these stories. Anything is possible but there is one guarantee you can count on – you will be charmed by the danger in these heroes. Do not despair, you will take away so much more. So pick up Charmed and Dangerous and be prepared to fall in love with some new heroes and to be charmed by some old. This anthology has everything you need to satisfy your paranormal MM cravings.

Star Rating: 5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Paranormal
ISBN: 978-1-935540-80-9
Page Count: 517 pages
Price: $6.99
Buy It Link: jcpbooks.com/ebook/charmed.html
Available: Ebook

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Review: Drawing out his Wolf by Charlie Richards

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Charlie Richards takes usb ack to Stone Ridge where love makes anything possible.

Deke Summers knows staying with his boyfriend is a mistake. Michael is into ménages and Deke is not. He decides to let Michael participate without him if he is honest with Deke. But that is not enough for Michael and he shows up with some friends that he invited to enjoy Deke. Deke runs but has nowhere to go. He calls his best friend Dirk for help. Dirk is traveling with his vampire lover and directs Deke to Stone Ridge where he will meet him. While there, he runs into Luther Caldwell. He met Luther in Las Vegas and has not been able to forget him. Deke is sure Luther is straight but he is beginning to doubt that when Luther claims Deke is his mate. Deke is not sure he is ready for another dominant male in his life.

Drawing Out His Wolf is about more than love. Deke had been deeply hurt by Michael’s actions. He lost trust in himself and in others. He wanted time to rest and recuperate and hopefully heal. Luther on the other hand was ready to claim his mate and had a hard time waiting. But life is not done with Deke and trouble returns. This time Deke is not alone.

Charlie Richards creates amazing heroes and puts them in situations that seem impossible. Fortunately, they are not. Everyone in Stone Ridge is willing to lend a hand for a happy ending. That is what family is all about. Try out a Wolves of Stone Ridge book and find the true meaning of love and of family. You will be glad you did.

 

 

Star Rating: 4.5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Paranormal
ISBN: 978-1-4874-0062-0
Page Count: 111 pages
Price: $4.99
Author’s Website: www.charlie-richards.com/
Buy It Link: www.extasybooks.com/drawing-out-his-wolf/
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Sustained (Legal Briefs) by Emma Chase

When a scene can make tears stream down your face, then the writing in a book is definitely affecting. Emma Chase can always make a situation convincing regardless of how hysterically funny it comes across, and the number of laughs has never been higher than in SUSTAINED. While the source of any crying in the second Legal Briefs novel is most often caused by hilarity, a few weepy incidents occur because of developments that make you feel every anguishing moment. When a confirmed bachelor becomes involved with a beautiful woman plus six kids, then any ensuing circumstances are guaranteed to be filled with lots of amusement. I seldom have to stop reading because my eyes are so tearful, but I lost count of the times it occurred in this story. Emma Chase outshines even herself with the unforgettable characters and plot of SUSTAINED.

An orderly routine with some no-strings sex is how Jake Becker likes his life. As long as everything goes the way he wants, the Washington, DC criminal defense lawyer is ready to tackle whatever lands on his desk. Often he may appear to not have any feelings when dealing with others, but sometimes showing no any emotion is the only way to win a case. Since he has no commitments to anyone, Jake can take all the time he needs on a task, thus hopefully proving he is a valued attorney to his firm. In his private life, he never lets a woman get too close. As long as both are satisfied after their short encounters, then neither has any reason to complain.

A chance meeting with Chelsea McQuaid leaves Jake thinking about the enticing aunt who is now the guardian to six nephews and nieces, and he keeps fantasizing about them participating in some bedroom activities. Although she does come to his office later, it is his legal advice that she needs and he is compelled to offer his help. After another episode has Jake coming to Chelsea’s rescue once more, he is shocked to realize how responsible he is beginning to feel for the large brood. This is a sentiment he rarely has for anyone, and it confuses him at first. Yet as Jake spends time with Chelsea and the children, he is astonished at how happy experiencing every aspect of life with them is making him.

Just because a person thinks their life is good, they often discover it actually is not when something unforeseen makes them comprehend what has been missing. Jake is happy with his career as a successful attorney, and he can always find a women with whom to pass the night. Though Chelsea is certainly tempting, Jake is not cut out to be a family man, and all those kids would be part of the deal in being with her. But then those adorable children start to work their magic on him, and he is never the same again. How I love watching a take charge guy fall victim to situations he never envisioned would bring him joy. Emma Chase makes every single moment of SUSTAINED believable, and the whole story being from Jake’s point of view only doubles the reading pleasure. His reactions are spot-on, any thoughts plus comments are candidly blunt and I absolutely loved him. The way he got along with the children is depicted with honest responses, and their individual personalities clearly came through during every interaction. Though kids and their actions sometimes distract from the main storyline, I would not have wanted to miss a single scene including any of these bright youngsters.

Though Jake likes being with women, he never took the time to really know any of them. But his relationship with Chelsea is like nothing before and it alarms this powerful lawyer who is always in control. While their sexual escapades may be gratifying and very fiery, it is their growing emotional intimacy that makes him quake. Emma Chase gives Jake and Chelsea quite a few predicaments to overcome, and each one is totally realistic. I really admired her spunky attitude and how she never gave in. Several charming characters from the first novel are featured, and it was great catching up on their lives plus wondering what will happen to one particular attorney in the next Legal Briefs book. It is not often that I am profoundly moved by a story, yet the exceptional writing of Emma Chase continuously stirred my own feelings. SUSTAINED is an unforgettable mix of heartfelt emotion and clever sidesplitting humor. It is a story I wanted to reread just as soon as it was finished.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sultry

Genre: Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1501102073

Page Count: 296

Price: 15.00

Author’s Website: www.emmachase.net/

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Review: The Seduction by Carly Phillips

Chloe was burnt badly by the one man she trusted. His deceit left Chloe with unwanted attention and a reputations she did not deserve. When she notices Zach Anders she is not sure what his interest is, but he does spark her interest. When Chloe is attacked Zach intervenes and finds herself trusting the mysterious man. What Chloe doesn’t realize though is she is a pawn in his plan for revenge.

Unexpected fun. You knew something was up with Zach just not exactly sure what. Zach doesn’t plan on falling for Chloe, but he does and when his plans begin to unravel he has to come to a decision on what to do. Follow his heart or destroy a man. Really quickly paced. Unable to put it down.

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Review: Kiplin’s Coming Out by Stephani Hecht

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Stephani Hecht takes us back to The Lost Shifters with Kiplin’s Coming Out.

After being raised by a strict, rule enforcing aunt, Kiplin is ready to let out his cougar to play. He is doing a great job until he learns he has a brother, a brother is as straight laced as Kiplin is not. He raises some protective instincts which has Kiplin rethinking his life.

Brody, a panther shifter, learns some disturbing information about his pack. He escapes to his cousin North who takes him in and finds him a coalition job. Then he spots Kiplin and desire flares. But the two are as different as day and night. Brody likes to play it safe but Kiplin likes to live on the edge. Are there too many differences for love to overcome?

Kiplin had been raised in such a strict household that when he was out, he went the other way with piercing and tattoos. He still did his job and was a fine soldier. Brody on the other hand was used to a bit of caution and rules. When he learned what his other pack leaders had done, he knew what he had to do. Kiplin and Brody seem to be another pair of mismatches but Stephani Hecht makes it work. She is such a talented author that she even draws on back books and bring back our favorite friends to visit. Their visit often bring along a chuckle or two. Entertainment from the first to the last, Kiplin’s Coming Out by Stephani Hecht does not disappoint.

 

Star Rating: 4.5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Paranormal GLBT
ISBN: 978-1-77111-989-4
Page Count: 93 pages
Price: $3.99
Author’s Website: authorstephanihecht.com/
Buy It Link: www.extasybooks.com/Kiplin-‘-s-Coming-Out/
Available: Ebook

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Designated Bottoms Anthology

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What ever your preference, you will enjoy reading about those who are Designated Bottoms.

First up “Czech Me Out” by B.A. Tortuga, Korde finds himself on the receiving end of more than some food when Josh shows him the ropes. Trevor, from Katie Hamilton’s “The Mistell,” finds himself fascinated by one of his fellow gamers, Sammy. Julia Talbot’s “Faster Bobcat” introduces us to Aleks who refuses to mix pleasure with business, but Rafe could be the one to offer him what he needs in a master.

Sean Michael pens “Little Square of Cloth.” Peter is not sure what is happening when all these Doms hit on him at a bar. Then experienced Dom Rupert tells him the meaning of the Little Square of Cloth. Shannon West is next with “Sergeant Hardass.” Jake is out of the military when he runs into Chad, a man with whom he shares a past. Chad is not sure he can explain much less defuse Jake’s anger.

We meet royalty in “Prince of Paupers” by Kiernan Kelly. Liam Murray refuses to give up his best friend. So when Deacon Brewster returns home, Liam goes with him. The two discover more than just a resolution to Deacon’s problems. Finally, we have “Switching It Up” by K.C. Wells. Jay may look like a twink while Dean does not. They can always switch it up.

As you can see there is quite a mix of stories. If you do not like one, skip it and move on to the next but you will be missing something fabulous if you skip any of these stories. Pick up Designated Bottoms and find out for yourself. Be prepared for some amazing stories that will tantalize and captivate. This is MM short stories at their best.

Star Rating: 4.5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: See Review
ISBN: 978-1-61040-776-2
Page Count: 285 pages
Price: $6.99
Buy It Link: www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4234
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Review: Forsaken (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen) by Lisa Renee Jones

Although the woman who now calls herself Amy Bensen had always thought her brother was dead because of an intentional fire, Chad was actually alive. He had secretly made it possible for her to get a new identity, and then tried to keep the danger that he brought into their lives from ever reaching her. But those to blame for making the siblings constantly anxious about threats have gotten too close, and Chad is worried about what is happening to Amy along with trying to just keep living. Lisa Renee Jones has tripled the danger in the third book of The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, where surprising turns pop up without any notice. FORSAKEN has daring escapades, fiery sexual encounters and a multitude of emotional conflicts.

Becoming involved with the wrong people led to all kinds of trouble in Chad’s life. Though he had made it seem both he and his sister had been killed along with their parents when their house exploded, the individuals who forced them to hide for six years have now located him. These ruthless people will use countless methods to get information about the item Chad was to find for them, since they think he has the piece regardless of what he says. His enemies are powerful and wealthy, and they will not give up until the treasure they desire is in their hands.

After keeping him locked up and making his suffering very painful, Chad has not given them any useful information. When a woman named Gia Hudson comes to question him, he believes she is a new tactic for them to hopefully get what they want. But when her assistance aids in his escape, Chad reluctantly takes her with him because she more than likely is not on his side. With his foremost objective being Amy’s safety, he eventually begins to think perhaps Gia can be of use in destroying his longtime enemies.

While several predicaments Amy had been facing were resolved in the previous book, nothing could have prepared me for the reason the brother and sister had been relentlessly hunted for years. Lisa Renee Jones comes up with an innovative motive for why these siblings have been on the radar of power-hungry men for so long, and I knew the battle would not be easily won. I was so happy when Amy and Liam show up, and it was very interesting to see what kind of reactions everyone would have when they met. So much of the story centers on trust, and often there is little faith between any of the characters until many of their statements are either confirmed or disproven. Yet sometimes an action does speak louder than words spoken, especially when feelings become involved.

The type of relationship Chad and Gia have at first is extremely unstable, as neither believes in the other. But as truths come out, this couple starts to see each other in a very different way. Even when trust was still not a guarantee, a tiny spark could ignite their lust and a heated out-of-control sexual encounter would take place. Since the story is written from the perspective of Chad, I got to know this fascinating man particularly well as his thoughts and concerns came through clearly. So much is not known about Gia at the start, but her spirited nature soon won me over and had me cheering her on. Lisa Renee Jones frequently puts her main characters through the wringer before they can ever be truly happy, and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series showcases her talent for creating anguishing circumstances. There is one more book to come, and I hope several loose ends find satisfactory solutions. FORSAKEN is compellingly suspenseful, while the romantic elements are profoundly stirring.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sultry

Genre: Suspense

ISBN: 978-1476793795

Page Count: 378

Price: 15.00

Author’s Website: www.lisareneejones.com/

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Review: Derick by Catherine Lievens

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Derick brings news a danger to the Whitedell Pride.

After overhearing his Alpha planning an attack on the Whitedell Pride, Derick knows he must do something. He cannot allow the attack to occur. So Derick runs away from his own pack and arrives at the Pride to warn them. He knew there would be a price to pay for his betrayal but he never expected to find his mate at the pride.

Nate is the pride’s Beta. He follows all the rules, even those that are not written. He is surprised to find his mate in the wolf shifter. He does not care that he is a wolf shifter, only that he comes with a myriad of problems. Derick’s Alpha knows what he did and plans to make him pay. When Derick is kidnapped, Nate must decide if he wants to follow the rules and lose his mate or rescue him and risk an attack on the pride.

Derick is Book Two of the Whitedell series by Catherine Lievens. Conflict comes to the Pride through a nearby wolf pack. At the same time, Beta Nate finds his mate when a young wolf shifter arrives with the new of the impending attack. Now though the pride is at a cross roads with the kidnapping of Nate’s mate.

With the element of danger, our attention is caught right away. Derick was incredibly brave to do what he did and Nate later returned the favor. How? You will need to pick up Derick by Catherine Lievens and find out for yourself. If you enjoy MM romance with the right touch of danger and intrigue, you will be glad you found this series. It offers everything you want.

Star Rating: 4 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Paranormal
ISBN: 978-1-4874-0110-8
Page Count: 123 pages
Price: $4.99
Author’s Website: authorcatherinelievens.wordpress.com/
Buy It Link: www.extasybooks.com/Derick/?author_id=1021
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Review: That Stormy Knight by Shad O. Walker

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The world is in for a few changes in That Stormy Knight by Shad O. Walker.

Zander Knight is not only beginning his new life as the Alpha Mate to Tau, but also as the only individual who is part vampire, part magical and part shifter. He finds himself torn as he tries to be all three things at the same time. It is beginning to look as if he may not be able to fully serve in any of those current roles.

As he is struggling to come to grips with his new powers, his family divides over the issue of the purity of the supernatural races. Lives are lost on all sides and a war seems eminent. Zander may have to choose between his family and friends and saving the world. He is the only one who has a claim under all three of the supernatural races. He may be the key to stopping the coming conflagration.

Zander truly stretches himself thin as he tries to be the perfect Alpha Mate, learn to control his magical abilities and discover what it means to be a vampire. At the same time, the supernatural community is hit with some heavy losses and violence is sure to break out soon. Betrayal is the name of the game and Zander seems to be in the middle. Is Zander the key to a peaceful future?

With That Stormy Knight, the lines have been drawn. Peace is shattered by the actions of a few leading to more violence. The plot has taken a dark turn and we can only hope our beloved friends remain safe. This time around the story seems to be more action driven. We are left with many questions that can only be answered in the next book.

That Stormy Knight is very exciting, tense and suspenseful, leaving us anxiously awaiting more. Excellent job by Shad O. Walker in keeping us captivated and intrigued in One Warlock‘s Love Story.

Star Rating: 4 stars
Sensuality Rating: sizzling
Genre: PAranormal
ISBN: 978-1-61040-890-5
Page Count: 225 pages
Price: $5.49
Author’s Website: www.shadowalkermedia.com/
Buy It Link: www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4365
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