QR: Lights! Camera! Cupid!: Just Another Day (Bluewater Bay #6.1) – L. A. Witt

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“We have dinner and watch movies all the time. Why should this be weird just because it happens to be February fourteenth?”

 

In a word: Read the thing!

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.

Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.

In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.

Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.

Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.

 

[available for purchase at Riptide Publishing, Amazon.ca, Book Depository, Chapters, and Barnes & Noble]

 

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Don’t Try This at Home (Anthology) – First Five Stories

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  • Basil’s Luck – Read the thing
  • Midnight Caller – Read the thing
  • Boy Next Door – Read the thing
  • Gremlins in the Works – Read the thing
  • Attack of the Hedgehogs – Maybe read the thing

(going forward anthology short stories will be getting their own posts as a quick review)

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Bonked heads. Rough carpet. Burned dinner. Awkward silence. Bitten lips. Startling length. Spilled wax. Pinched fingers. Shattered wineglass. Closet quickie. Flat souffle. Broken bedframe. Shower sex. Overzealous spanking. Embarrassing ex. Lost wallet. Terrible taste. Sore shoulders. Noxious odor. Absent date. Unbelievable girth. Kitchen canoodling. New toy. Stained sheets. Backward compliment. Stifling pillow. Locked handcuffs. Aching ass. Missing keys. Torn seams. Wrenched back. Angry cat. Overeager pass. Uncooperative zipper.

Something always goes wrong in real life. Fortunately, in these stories love blunts the edges so that romance always triumphs over adversity.

Stories included are:

Midnight Caller by Anna Birmingham
Snapshots by Rena Butler
Basil’s Luck by Henrietta Clarke
Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters by Taylin Clavelli
Outbursts by Bell Ellis
Tyler Wang Has a Ball by Kim Fielding
Boy Next Door by Ellee Hill
Gremlins in the Works by Kiernan Kelly
Good Food Gone Bad by Venona Keyes
Attack of the Hedgehogs by Kate Pavelle
It’s Not What You Think by Teegan Loy
Slippery When Wet by K. Lynn
Desperate Measures by E.T. Malinowski
Gordon’s Cat by Aundrea Singer
Photo Finish by AC Valentine

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Three’s a Crowd – Van Cole

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“No doubt about it, I was the luckiest man in the world; there was nothing else I needed to be happy. Nothing at all.”

 

In a word: Maybe read the thing. It’s not so much that I didn’t enjoy this book, but more that it was pretty underwhelming when compared to the first book. Three’s A Crowd is a sequel to A Second Chance, though it can also be read as a standalone since the basic premise of the first book is often explained. This book was okay. It takes place two years after the events of A Second Chance; Dane and James are very happy together and Sam is no longer any concern of Dane’s. In fact, Dane is waiting for the right moment to propose to James. So, of course, this would be the moment when someone from James’ past shows up to shake things up. It’s not really as big a thing as the book’s summary makes it out to be, but it definitely becomes a thing in Dane and James’ lives. James’ Sam, as Dane refers to him, is named Adam. He and James were a thing in high school and then parted ways before going off to college; though their separation, while hard on James, wasn’t anywhere near as traumatic as Dane’s situation with Sam. James is very much shaken up by Adam’s reappearance (excessively so, I thought), so I really didn’t expect the threesome arrangement to play out like it did. At one point I thought I was mistaken about this book being M/M/M because it really didn’t look like that’s where things were headed (also I was a bit put off by Adam). But then the story took another turn and a threesome arrangement was back on the table. This book is written the same way as the first one, so that contributed to some of the issues I had. This one really feels like the bare bones of a story, more so than the other one because there’s less angst and emotional suffering in this one. It’s not a bad story, and I did enjoy reading it, but I wasn’t totally crazy about it. I probably wouldn’t’ve bothered reading it if it hadn’t come free in a bundle with A Second Chance. My overall impression of this story is ‘meh’, especially when compared to the prequel.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Dane And James Are Back… But Another Old Flame Heats Things Up

It has been two years since Dane Walters’ high school reunion – two years since he finally saw the boy that broke his heart for what he was, and saw the perfection in the man that stood right beside him.

James Doherty is still by his side now, and life is absolutely perfect. Gone are the days of mooning over a man that he couldn’t have; now, Dane commutes home from his big-city marketing job to the perfect partner and dreams about having the courage to put a ring on James’s finger. He knows that nothing could disrupt their happiness.

But Dane isn’t the only one who’s ever been haunted by the ghost of high school love. All this time, James has been holding in a secret – holding back his memories of the one that got away. As such, when Adam DeFranco walks back into his life, it threatens to shake the foundations of the entire adult life he has built.

At first, Dane thinks it’s deja vu. It’ll be difficult, but all he has to do is show James that Adam is an asshole, just like he learned about Sam. Trouble is that he soon learns that Adam DeFranco is not an asshole. He’s genuine competition – and if Dane isn’t careful, the fabric of the perfect life he’s built could be torn out from underneath him.

This Romance Short Story Was Formerly Titled Close Encounters.

This Is Book 2 Of A Second Chance Which Can Also Be Read As A Standalone.

 

[available for purchase from Amazon.ca as part of the Surprise Baby: Gay MPREG Romance Collection]

 

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GWM Wanted (Husbands and Wives) – Amanda Young

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“The more he tried to pretend there was nothing wrong with their relationship, the worse it became.”

 

In a word: Maybe read the thing. I had issues with this one. My main complaints are the miscommunication could’ve been easily resolved, the sex scenes were too long, and I just plain didn’t like the climax (of the story). The whole miscommunication was probably my biggest complaint, though. Really, the whole issue of ‘Is My Relationship Over?’ could’ve been solved with just one conversation. The book alternates between both Sam’s and Mark’s (the main couple) points of view, and it’s obvious just how much the two of them love each other. Like, these two are still very much in love, even after 15 years together, they just can’t talk to each other apparently. So the whole plot of the story is that both Sam and Mark feel like their relationship is on the verge of ending; communication has fallen through and other life obligations have made it difficult for them to connect the way they used to. Sam talks this over with a friend and the friend suggests bringing a third man in for a night to spice things up in the bedroom. It’s clear, from both of their internal narration, that neither of them are particularly excited about sharing each other with a stranger, but they both force themselves forward because they think it’s what the other wants. Of course, the whole situation goes to shit, but not in the way I was expecting. That was another problem I had: the way that whole night turned out. Like I wasn’t expecting the whole thing to go well, necessarily (neither Sam nor Mark were really into it; especially Mark), but I thought the way it did go down in flames was particularly extra and ugly. It was as big disappointment for me because it looked like it was going one way, and then the tone completely changed and something completely different happened. I wasn’t into it. So this story isn’t particularly bad, but the miscommunication was annoying and the execution of events wasn’t really my thing. The way the threesome thing ended was a major disappointment for me and kinda ruined the emotional flow of the story, and then the ending kinda fell a bit flat for me after that.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Mark is still deeply in love with Sam, his partner of 15 years. He’s perfectly happy with their relationship, even if their sex life has grown a little stale lately. But when he begins to notice Sam’s gaze wandering toward other men, he fears that his younger lover may be losing interest in him. Then Sam suddenly suggests they broaden their sexual horizons by inviting a third man into their bedroom. and Mark’s fears become almost certainty. He reluctantly agrees, willing to do whatever it takes to hold onto Sam. He’s willing to share his husband’s body if he must, so long as he retains his heart. Together, they answer an ad in an online advertisement. The other man seems to be just what they’re looking for–handsome, hung, and only interested in no-strings-attached fun. But once the excitement begins they find out they’ve made a terrible mistake. Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play, male/male sexual practices. Other Books: Par Three by Anne Douglas and For Better, For Worse by Michelle Cary. Series Note: Each title in the Husbands and Wives series can be read as a standalone title.

 

[available for purchase from Amazon.ca, Book Depository, and Barnes & Noble]

 

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Will & Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon (Wake Up Married #7) – Leta Blake

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“’You already know how I feel.’ Patrick huffs. ‘I married you, didn’t I? Twice. Just to prove I meant it the first time.’”

 

In a word: Read the thing! I loved this! It was pretty much everything I’d hoped it would be when I first found out about it. The Wake Up Married series was a six-part completed story the first time I read it. This seventh part was a lovely unexpected bonus written by one of the series’ two authors. It continues the story of Will and Patrick and their marriage with all the humour and heart of the original series. Taking place two years after the end of Part 6 (Will & Patrick’s Happy Ending) we’re reintroduced to – still happily married – Will and Patrick and the colourful residents of Healing, South Dakota. Though we don’t stay in Healing long since Will and Patrick spend most of the book on their long put-off honeymoon. Seriously, this book is great, a really great surprise addition to a series I already really loved. Will and Patrick are in a great place with themselves and their marriage (just a note that any conflict in the story does not come from Will and Patrick fighting with each other, which was great) and still just as in love with each other and as entertaining. Will’s family is still completely insane, but Will is learning to deal with it all. Jenny and Jax get a minor subplot, and we even get some closure – although it’s not really pleasant – for Ryan and Hartley’s situation. The story doesn’t really further much character or relationship development, it’s more a timestamp for the series, which I didn’t mind at all because I loved this look into everyone’s lives. I was so happy to read about these characters again. This was written with the same love and heart and emotion and humour from Parts 1-6 and I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Genius brain surgeon Patrick McCloud never thought he’d fall in love, let alone get married. He and Will Patterson are two years overdue for their honeymoon, and although romance doesn’t come naturally to Patrick, he’s determined to make it perfect.

Will works himself to the bone helping others and dealing with his family, who bring the drama nonstop. A tropical getaway without the usual shenanigans is just what the doctor ordered. But can Will’s family leave them in peace? Knowing the Patterson-Molinaro clan, it’s not likely…

Will and Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon by Leta Blake continues the soapy, sexy fun of the original six part Wake Up Married serial. In Healing, South Dakota, marriage is never boring!

 

[available for purchase from Amazon.ca]

 

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QR: The Werewolf Before Christmas – Charles Payseur

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“There was nothing quite like making love on the back of a giant flying manta ray while surrounded by the bizarre sight of hundreds of migrating nearly butterballs.”

 

In a word: Read the thing.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Ray seems like the perfect boyfriend—he’s gorgeous, incredibly romantic, and has a mechanical suit he invented to become the dastardly MantaRay. For Alec, who also spends his nights making life difficult for do-gooders everywhere, it’s a match made in supervillain heaven. Except that Ray is a bit too into the hit soap opera All My Werewolves. When tempers flare during what’s supposed to be a quiet night out, Alec nearly ruins everything over a stupid bet with an alien gorilla.

Desperate to prove his feelings to Ray, and with Christmas fast approaching, Alec decides the fastest way to Ray’s heart is to embrace the thing that threatens to divide them—a certain werewolf show with a certain actor who Ray admires. A simple kidnapping promises to do the trick, only fur (and fandom) fly when Alec’s romantic gesture leads to a very hairy situation. Can Alec prove to Ray how much their relationship means to him, or will his plans be ruined by the werewolf before Christmas?

 

[available for purchase from Dreamspinner Press, Amazon.ca, Chapters, and Barnes & Noble; also available as part of the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar set]

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QR: The Billionaire’s Boxing Day Bargain – Ava Hayden

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“You, dear billionaire boyfriend of mine, need to learn that, in fact, you can’t always get what you want when you want it.”

 

In a word: Read the thing.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Milo is too nice to say no when the desperate call goes out for more staff to work Boxing Day at Eden Consumer Electronics. It’s just until they sell the door-crasher specials, but it means he can’t see his billionaire boyfriend Lance until later that day.

Lance spends December 25 jetting back from a business trip, eager to see Milo. He calls as soon as his flight lands Boxing Day morning, only to find out that seven hundred and thirty televisions are cock-blocking him.

What’s the point of being a billionaire if you can’t spend your way around obstacles? Milo doesn’t want Lance solving his problems with cash, but he’ll never find out because Lance’s efficient personal assistant, William, is on the case. Unfortunately, even billionaires are subject to the law of unintended consequences—and these aren’t the kind Lance can buy his way out of.

Will Lance and Milo have their Boxing Day date? Or have Lance’s pushy billionaire ways finally gone too far?

 

[available for purchase from Dreamspinner Press, Amazon.ca, Chapters, and Barnes & Noble; also available as part of the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar set]

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