Book Recs for 03/01

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays with stories by Ally Blue, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield and Amy Lane ranks up there as one of my all time favorite anthologies. Sometimes anthologies are a hit and miss, you either really enjoy one or two and the rest might not be your cup of tea. But this anthology hit all the right buttons and I would have enjoyed each as a single release novella on its own.

L.B. Gregg’s How I Met Your Father was hot but it seriously made me laugh out loud several times and I have to say it was my favorite for humor value out of the bunch. Two words: Boy Band.

Ally Blue’s Long the Mile was angsty and perfect and made me cry a few times which I dare the most stoic to resist after reading. I wanted to hug Toby and Judah the whole time.

Z.A. Maxfield’s Lost and Found rounded out the bunch with the awws and made me laugh and cry.

I’ve already rec’d Christmas Kitsch in a separate rec here.

Proceeds also go to an awesome cause:

20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit http://www.aliforneycenter.org/.
You can find Home for the Holidays from Riptide Publishing.

Bound to Be a Groom

Bound to be a Groom by Megan Mulry

Sweet baby Jesus, is there anything I can’t say about this book? As a woman who grew up reading bodice rippers I craved something like this. This is not your momma’s historical romance in that the characters are refreshingly open minded. There’s not just one couple, but two and everybody’s kinky. Sign me up for the time machine!

You can find it at Riptide Publishing.

Legally Wed

Legally Wed is the first book I’ve read by Rick R. Reed and I was not disappointed. Duncan is amazing and I just wanted to hug him throughout this whole book. After his heart is broken again, Duncan places an ad for a wife and finds Marilyn. Sparks fly when Duncan meets Peter Dalrymple, his and Marilyn’s wedding planner. Such a sweet and funny book I loved it and will definitely read more from Mr. Reed.

You can find it here from Dreamspinner Press.

That’s all for today, folks.

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Today’s Book Rec Rambles

Last week when I was sick I didn’t get much writing done. Instead I tried to cram ALL of the books in my brain at once.

In no particular order of the books I’d totally rec are:

Payoff and If It Drives by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt from the Market Garden series from Riptide Publishing:

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This series isn’t just about rentboys. It’s sexy and funny and heartbreaking at times. Sure, the main characters sometimes involve their professions as an integral part of the story but each story is its own recognizable story.

Payoff is the conclusion to the story arc following the couple, Tristan and Jared two employees of Market Garden and their evolving relationship when Tristan figures out he wants more. Enter Rolex, their sexy john and things are further complicated.

If It Drives is BDSM themed. Cal is wealthy divorcee James’ driver. But Cal isn’t just his driver, he wants to be everything for James. With the help of Nick, one of the former rentboys at Market Garden he tries to be everything James could possibly want. Shoulder to lean on, Dom and driver but the lines blur between the roles leaving Cal reeling.

You can find Payoff at http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/payoff  and If It Drives at http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/if-it-drives.

 

Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz from Harlequin’s Cosmo Red-Hot Reads Line

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Good lord I love a witty and fast paced romantic comedy. In erotica where plots tend to only focus on the smut, which don’t get me wrong? I really enjoy a down and dirty smutpiece. But the ability to weave humor and a fast paced story with romance and still keep it sexy without the banter and dialogue weighing it down is an art form.

Sex blogger Bea has every woman’s dream job. Well, at least my dream job. Who wouldn’t want to get paid to blog about sex toys and sexuality? When she gets stuck having to write a book review during her sister’s wedding she needs a willing and ready volunteer. Who better to help her out then her one upon a time love interest that never really panned out, Ben.

If you’re a fan of Tiffany’s Original sinners you’ll love the joke at the end.

Misbehaving releases tomorrow but you can pre-order at Amazon here.

 

Bonds of Denial by Lydia Aicher from Carina Press

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Bonds of Denial is Book 5 in Lydia Aicher’s Wicked Play series. I loved the first four books but audibly squeed when I found book 5, the first M/M title of the series on Netgalley. Rockford and Carter? Ermagod. I loved Carter. He just was all kinds of sexy and self assured. Rock? I wanted to smack upside the head then hug the shit outta him. Together they have to figure out how to make the relationship between rentboy on a contract Carter and Rock’s ingrained closeting work.

You can find Bonds of Denial here: http://ebooks.carinapress.com/1603B61E-8FF1-442D-B1D5-C575673D4643/10/134/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=C3E00577-BB2A-44A9-AF5B-882B181CF01E

That’s all for now, folks. Keep on smutting.

 

Book Recs: Dirty Deeds by SE Jakes and Static by L.A. Witt @AuthorSEJakes @GallagherWitt

Dirty Deeds by SE Jakes

So if you’ve been reading my recs, you may have noticed my flailing over the other books from SE Jake’s Extreme Escapes Ltd universe. To put it bluntly, read all the others and you’ll understand Cillian and Mal’s world a helluva lot more. But let me just say, the hotness and angst in Dirty Deeds doesn’t disappoint.

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You can find Dirty Deeds here at Riptide Publishing.

 

Static by L.A. Witt

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Holy crap. There isn’t enough good things I can say about this book. It’ll make you think. I just wanted to hug Alex the whole time. Alex is a shifter, a person who can shift genders at will and her/his situation will break your heart. Between her/his parents and the surgery that leaves him/her in his male form it’s a question of taking away free will and choice from Alex that made me cry. Damon is her/his boyfriend and the journey that these two take together was written so beautifully I just couldn’t say enough.

You can find Static at Riptide Publishing.

Book recs: Catch a Ghost and Long Time Gone by SE Jakes @authorsejakes

So my lovely co-writer Eileen Griffin rec’d me Catch a Ghost and Long Time Gone by SE Jakes.

Cue butterflies and hearts and rainbows and shit, cause I’m in love.

I’m in love. Seriously. Prophet and Tom are just all kinds of snarly alpha male with just the right mix of schmexy, vulnerability, and humor thrown in.  P and T both work for Extreme Escapes, which is code for mercs. So you knnnnoow there’s gonna be action, fighting and humor thrown in with the missions they go on. Even with all the detailed plot, SE Jakes never fails to keep you caring about the heros and I love how she interweaves in secondary characters as well.

You can find both Catch a Ghost and Long Time Gone from Riptide Publishing.

Book Recs for Today Special Forces epic by @aleksandrvoinov and Christmas Kitsch by @amymaclane

Special Forces

 

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a book rec since I immersed myself in the epic world of Dan and Vadim in Aleksandr Voinov’s (writing under the pen name Vashtan) Special Forces series. Seriously. If you haven’t read this yet? You’re missing out on some of the best writing I’ve had the honor to get my eyeballs on in a long time. It’s not for the faint of heart with themes such as torture, rape, war, and it’s emo angsty as hell. Dark, gritty and angsty it’ll send your poor heart through the crusher. At over a million words in this series you’ll find yourself turning the pages like crazy to follow Dan and Vadim’s love story that spans over 25 years

You can read the whole thing free on Mr. Voinov’s website below.

http://www.aleksandrvoinov.com/special-forces.html

Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane

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I’ll be the first to fangirl flail over Amy Lane. She has the uncanny ability to make you smile then snot sob in the very next sentence. Christmas Kitsch is a story that will do both. Rusty, the rich privileged football player is just so sweet. I just want to hug the hell out of him for being so authentic and real and then add in Oliver?  Seriously, the dreamy sighs were epic during this. One word: “Oliversexual.”

Proceeds also go to an awesome cause:

20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit http://www.aliforneycenter.org/.
You can find Christmas Kitsch here at Riptide Publishing: