Friday, February 23, 2018

Reviewing Seth & Casey by R.J. Scott

Seth and Casey by R.J. Scott 4*
BLURB: Seth Wild is a fire fighter who has lost everything. Nearly dying in a fire, he is scared and angry and chases away the only good thing in his life—school teacher Casey McGuire.
When a sudden and violent snow storm hits their town he receives a message Casey and ten kids are trapped in an education centre center with no way out. There is no one else who can help, he’s the last fire fighter in town with his bum leg and his icy heart.
He doesn’t hesitate. He always promised he would be Casey’s hero, but will he ever again be Casey’s love?
**This is the re-edited version of Seth and Casey, and includes 9,000 extra words and a new cover**

My Review: I received a copy from Signal Boost Promotion in exchange for an honest review. I found this one a little too short for me, but it did pack in a lot of depth into both the situation and the characters. I loved that they were an established couple who were having to work through real life problems. As my Nana used to say "A Wedding is wonderful but a Marriage takes work and love to last" and RJ does a lovely job of showing that all relationships take work, even if a couple has been together for years.

Release Blitz for Blind Passion by Penny Brandon

Title: Blind Passion
Author: Penny Brandon
Length: 82,000 words approx. 
Release Date: February 14th 2018
Blurb
Attraction for Adam was not a handsome face, a striking smile, or beautiful eyes, but a scent that would drive him to distraction or a voice that could make his heart beat faster. When the combination of the two walked into his life in Luke, Adam couldn’t help but want him. But how was he supposed to know if Luke felt the same attraction? He had no prior experience, no past encounters, nothing to help him. Not even his sight.
One look at Adam and Luke wanted him. Sensual, gorgeous, kind, with a strength that Luke was drawn to, Adam was everything Luke desired. Being in Adam’s arms, showing him the pleasure of a man’s body, being touched, held, and desired in return, had Luke wanting more, had him wanting what he knew he couldn’t have.
It didn’t matter to him that Adam was blind, but Adam deserved more than someone like him. Luke was a man with a broken past and falling in love with Adam was a foolish thing to do, especially because Adam would never love him back if he found out what Luke was hiding.
About Penny
Penny is a complete romantic who believes everyone can fall in love if only they'll open their heart to the possibility, which is why she writes these hot erotic stories that will always have a happily every after. However, it doesn't mean that she'll make it easy for her men to get there. A lover of things that go bump in the night, Penny's imagination can sometimes run riot, so magic mirrors and evil dolls are only the beginning.
Hosted By Signal Boost Promotions

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Very Late Review of Blackwelder 2164 by Christopher D.J.

Blackwelder 2164 by Christopher D.J. 3*
BLURB: When it comes to hitting his target, Spencer Blackwelder can’t miss. But when it comes to hitting the mark in other areas of his life, his aim is way off, which is definitely a problem when you’re a military sharp shooter preparing for war with an alien species.
As penance for past mistakes in friendship and in love, Blackwelder makes the bold choice to relocate to Fort Felix, a military base on Neptune’s moon, a decision that could end up costing him his life. Once there, he meets: Juan Miguel Arías, to whom he takes an immediate liking; Vernita Burton, a true friend; and the men and women of Brant Squad, a group of lovable losers that he eventually takes under his wing.
Blackwelder is surprised to discover he has something to live for again, but all of that is threatened when war finally arrives on Fort Felix’s doorstep. Can Blackwelder find the hero within in time to save his squad, his planet, and the man he loves


My Review: Let me start by saying that I received this book way back in January in exchange for a review and somehow managed to lose it on my Kobo! Until today that is, when I felt like reading a military sci-fi story. My apologies to all concerned who must have been very upset at my dereliction of duty (is it a 'duty' when you enjoy reading and telling people about the books you read?).
So 'what about your opinion?' I can almost hear you cry. Well my opinion is that, if you want to read a military sci-fi with a hint of m/m romance and an alien war then you won't go far wrong in getting this one. It's fun, fast, intriguing and has a lot of great action and I recommend it to anyone who wants a taster of a military sci-fi but hasn't got time to read something like 'Old Man's War by John Scalzi' or Mote In God's Eye by Larry Niven'.

A Signal Boost Promotions Release Blitz for Pretty In Pink by Jay Northcote

Title: Pretty In Pink
Author: Jay Northcote
Series: Housemates #6
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Length: 58,000 words approx.
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: 21 February 2018
Blurb
Ryan isn't looking for a relationship with a guy--and Johnny isn't looking for a relationship at all.
Ryan's always been attracted to tall, leggy blondes--normally of the female variety. When Johnny catches his eye at a party, Ryan's interest is piqued even though he's never been with a guy before. The attraction is mutual, and the amazing night that follows opens Ryan's eyes to his bisexuality.
Experience has taught Johnny that love hurts. Staying single is safer, and there's no need for complicated relationships when hooking up is easy. When he moves in next door to Ryan, they're both interested in picking up where they left off, and it seems like an ideal arrangement: convenient, mutually satisfying, and with no strings attached.
Despite their best intentions to keep things casual, they develop an emotional connection alongside the physical one. Both begin to want more from the relationship but are afraid to admit it. If they're going to work things out, they need to start being honest--first with themselves, and then with each other.
Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

Excerpt
Ryan was a few drinks down and feeling pretty buzzed when he first caught sight of blond hair through the crowd of partygoers.

He nearly hadnít bothered coming out tonight. He had his third year project to write up, and should have been working on that, not partying with his next door neighbours. But the rest of Ryanís housemates had talked him into it and he could do with letting off some steam, so he hadnít put up much of a fight. One night couldnít make too much difference, right?

The blonde arrived late and headed straight into the throng of dancers in the living room, bottle in hand. Tall and leggy in black skinny jeans with shit-kicking boots, Ryanís interest was piqued immediately and a spike of arousal made his cock wake up. Tall and blonde was completely Ryanís type, but when this blond slid a leather jacket off slender shoulders and tossed it on the back of the sofa, his washboard-flat chest made it clear he was a guyóso not Ryanís type after all.

Despite the gut punch of disappointment at that revelation, Ryan found his interest persisted. The guy drew Ryanís attention like a magnet lining up iron filings, and no matter how hard he tried, Ryan couldnít stop watching him.

Spurred on by alcohol and reckless impulsivity, Ryan made a conscious decision not to question his attraction and just roll with it. He gradually edged his way into the group where the blond was dancing, and when he finally managed to make eye contact, the guy gave him a knowing smile that reflected Ryanís interest right back at him. It curled around Ryanís balls like the gentle, insistent squeeze of a hand.

Game on.

University was supposed to be all about new experiences, and Ryan only had a few months left before he graduated. Heíd never hooked up with a guy before, and it had always been on his sexual bucket list, but not a high priority. As a young teen heíd sometimes admired androgynous male models on the pages of magazines that his mum used to buy and felt a confusing interest in themÖ but heíd never seen a guy in real life heíd wanted to fuck enough to actually do something about it.

Until tonight.
Housemates Series
Book #1Helping Hand
Book #2Like A Lover 
About The Author
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. 
One day, Jay decided to try and write a short storyójust to see if he couldóand found it rather addictive. He hasnít stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.
Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.