Book Release Tour: Review , Excerpt & Giveaway: Winter Dreams by Marie Sexton

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What happens when a player gets played?

Actor Dylan Frasier is known as one of the biggest playboys in Hollywood, infamous for seducing men and women alike. He’s also half in love with his two best friends. Unfortunately, Jason and Ben are madly in love with each other, leaving Dylan the odd man out. When Ben suggests an extended Christmas vacation at a resort modeled after his favorite 80s TV show, Dylan reluctantly agrees. Sure, his heart breaks a bit every time he sees them together, but it’s a vacation in the Bahamas. How bad can it be?

At first, the resort seems like any other. Dylan plans to work on his tan, get laid, and hunt for Hollywood’s most in-demand director – not necessarily in that order. Then he meets Connor, a tennis instructor still hurting from a bad breakup. Connor knows Dylan’s reputation and refuses to be seduced. Dylan sees Connor as just another conquest, but this tropical island isn’t as mundane as it appears. It has its own kind of magic, and it’s about to make things interesting.

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Review

I recently read book #1 Winter Oranges and I loved it, I was keen to see Dylan find his HEA in Winter Dreams and the story Marie Sexton weaved didn’t disappoint.

Set on a resort island modelled on Fantasy Island the 80s TV show, there is again a touch of fantasy wound in Dylan and Connor finding each other and getting their happy ending. It isn’t all smooth sailing, with the island invading their dreams and both having their doubts that it could mean more than at most a fling, but as playboy Dylan sets out to woo Connor, the game plan changes and new dreams are put in motion.

I adored Ben, one of the main characters from Winter Oranges who was trapped in a snow globe for over a hundred years, he is so sweet and adorable and his enthusiasm for everything shines through. He also shows what a good friend he has become to Dylan and how much support he has to give him, he also shows how much he truly sees Dylan underneath the mask he puts on for the world. Jason, Dylan’s best friend I was disappointed in, he had such low expectations of his friend and I was disappointed in his lack of support and continual disbelief he could be more than just a playboy.

Dylan definitely does a lot of growing once he meets Connor, he starts off as a selfish playboy who has a reputation, but through his meeting Connor and getting to know him, he really does grow into a nicer and stronger person. Both Dylan and Connor have things from the past that taint their outlook on love, but Dylan’s was a traumatic past that has echoed through his whole life, I really felt for him when he started to open up and tell Connor what had happened, and was pleased he was able to see he needed help. I loved the connection Dylan and Connor formed, and if Connor hadn’t insisted on taking things slowly, this probably wouldn’t have happened. It really did form a good foundation for their relationship.

I adored this couple.


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Excerpt

They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. It must be true. God knows it could only be insanity that made me agree to this vacation. Why else would I spend the next thirty-one days with Jason and Ben knowing it’ll result in nothing but heartache? I love them both so much it hurts. Watching them together is like feeling my heart slowly shatter over and over again, and yet I can’t stand to stay away from them either.

So here I am, on an airplane with them two days after Thanksgiving, bound for a tropical resort, Christmas be damned. We’d debated flying first class, but we were already spending a fair amount on this month-long vacation, so we settled for business class instead. Still not enough legroom for my six-foot-one body, but the drinks are free, so I’m not complaining.

“I’m so excited,” Ben says. “Can you believe we’re actually going to Fantasy Island?” He’s sitting between Jason and I on the airplane, having volunteered for the middle seat. Even now, almost two years after his miraculous appearance in Jason’s life, Ben comes across all innocence and bright-eyed enthusiasm. He’d sent off for a paper brochure from the resort because he said reading it on his phone was “dumb.” Watching him flip through it, I wonder if he’ll ever become as jaded as the rest of us.

I hope not.


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Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.

There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.

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About the Author:

Marie Sexton’s first novel, Promises, was published in January 2010. Since then, she’s published nearly forty novels, novellas, and short stories, all featuring men who fall in love with other men. Her works include contemporary romance, science fiction, fantasy, historical romance, and a few odd genre mash-ups. Marie is the recipient of multiple Rainbow Awards, as well as the CRW Award of Excellence in 2012. Her books have been translated into six languages.

Marie lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves hockey and football, and enjoys attending games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Marie can be found on Twitter, where she mostly talks about football and hockey. She’s also on Instagram, but that’s mostly knitting and her pets. The absolute best way to stay up-to-date on Marie’s books is by joining her Facebook group.

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New Release Book Review: Rocked: The Price of Dreams by Tania Joyce

I loved the Everhide series so being taken back to when Gemma, Hunter & Kyle first met in high school and traversing their ups and downs and their strong friendship to the beginnings of their fame opened up a new appreciation for these three.

I loved how seamlessly they all connected and how strong their bond became, it was this bond that allowed them to get through some really painful trials with their families. None of them had particularly happy homelives, though Kyle’s was the one that brought me to tears and affected all three of them.

Tania Joyce has a way of writing real, raw and damaged but strong characters who pull at your heartstrings as you get to know them. Each one of her books in the Everhide series deals with some serious issues and Rocked: The Price of Dreams is no different. All three come from families struggling with their own problems; alcoholism, abuse, and neglect, all of these impact in big ways on Gemma, Kyle and Hunter and will leave scars on them that carry through the series.

I loved how they grew into strong young adults from the young insecure teens when the book first started. Music drew them together and gave them something to live for and they aimed big and despite everything made their dreams happen.

A really great addition to the Everhide series.


Check out my reviews for:

Ruined: The Price of Play (book 2)

Rapt: The Price of Love (book 3)

Regret: The Price of Truth (book 4)

Rewind: The Price of Fate (book 5)

Returned: The Price of Time (book 6)


Blurb

The day I met Kyle and Hunter, my life changed.
Music united us. Bound us together.
We shared a dream…to become rockstars.
But we came from a poor part of town.
The people who should love us, don’t.
Sometimes, life took violent turns.
The only thing I had were these two guys.
Nothing could break us. Nothing.
How far was I willing to go to make our dream come true?
Would it be worth leaving everything behind?
From the moment we played our first song together,
Nothing could’ve prepared me for the path that lay ahead.

This is the prequel to the Everhide Rockstar Romance Series. This is a PRE-ROMANCE that leads into the relationships that develop throughout the series.

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: Budding Attraction by Saxon James

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Orson and Ford, I think they are my new favourite couple in the Divorced Men’s Club series.

I really liked these two men and I loved the connection they had between them. I enjoyed their friendship which became dates which became a relationship. Having met Orson before and knowing how sad he was about his wife’s loss, it was lovely to see him find someone who got him and someone he got. I loved how open he was to being with a man even though he’d never considered it before. There was one paragraph where he talks about being mad because it was just assumed he’d be with a woman and maybe things would have been different had he known that something else was a possibility and I knew exactly what he meant and wondered how many other people out there do too. His openness to trying new things with Ford because it felt right and good created some fun and sexy situations.

As with all the other books, their friendship group adds a nice dimension and I love how great they are about supporting each other. I really hope Art finds his HEA soon.


Synopsis

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I’ve never thought much about Orson Naples.

He’s a cute guy who I’d seen around town a few times, but then one day he up and left and didn’t reappear until a few years later. No one knows where he went or what he was doing, all this gossipy town knows is that he’s a widower, owns the florist, and is friends with that divorced group that hang out at the Killer Brew all the time.

But then one day I step into his flower shop and go from rarely thinking about him, to him constantly being on my mind.

There’s a restlessness to him that I’m dying to unlock answers to.

And his eyes linger on me a little too long for a straight man …


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Ford Thomas is a pest. A delightful one. A tempting one. But I’m too old for games.

The ones I’ve played in the past have always led me to trouble which is why I vowed to settle down and live a quiet life.

So when Ford walks into my shop all uncontained energy and flirty quips in a pair of heavy work boots, I know I should show him the door.

I don’t need fun. I don’t need experiences.

Especially when those experiences have me questioning things I thought I knew about myself.

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Cover Design: Story Styling Cover DesignsPhoto: Wander Aguiar PhotographyModel: Rodiney SantiagoGenre: M/M Later-in-Life Romance
Trope: Bi-awakening, small-town


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Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway & fundraising opportunity: Dead Serious Case #2 Mrs Delores Abernathy by Vawn Cassidy

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Crawshank’s Guide to the Recently Departed, Book 2

In the business of unfinished business…

It’s been over six months since a freak accident left pathologist Tristan Everett able to see ghosts, something he has yet to confess to his boyfriend. Instead, he now has a new calling, one he’s not entirely happy about… help the dead resolve their unfinished business so they can pass into the light, sounds simple right?

Wrong…

When the spirit of a sweet old lady follows him home he has no idea how to help her. When he finds out she’s been murdered by arsenic poisoning, a curiously outdated murder weapon, he once again finds himself tangled up in a murder investigation.

For Inspector Danny Hayes of New Scotland Yard, life couldn’t be better. After moving to London and meeting Tristan he’s ready to move their relationship to the next level, but something weird is going on with Tristan, he’s acting very strangely and with a killer on the loose he’s not taking any chances. He’s determined to discover whatever it is Tristan’s hiding from him.

Surrounded by a bunch of potentially murderous old ladies and aided by his sidekick, deceased drag queen and spirit guide in training, Dusty, Tristan must unravel the mystery of Mrs Delores Abernathy’s unfinished business and find the courage to share his deepest secret with the man he loves.

From author Wendy Saunders writing as Vawn Cassidy, comes the second book in this funny and touching paranormal MM romance/dark comedy suspense series.

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After reading Dead Serious Case #1 Miz Dusty Le Frey last year and thoroughly enjoying it, I was excited to have the chance to read an ARC of book 2 Mrs Delores Abernathy. Tristan and Danny are still going strong in their relationship, but Tristan is yet to tell Danny he can see and talk to spirits. After the death of Mrs Abernathy at the nursing home where they are visiting Tristan’s dad turns out to be a murder, Tristan and Miz Dusty Le Frey are drawn into another dangerous investigation in order to help Mrs Abernathy with her unfinished business so she can move on into the light.

There is plenty of humour once again as they get into some interesting situations. Danny and his partner are investigating the death in an official capacity while trying to keep Tristan out of danger. Who’d have thought that the elderly could be so dangerous? Danny is such a wonderful boyfriend and I love how much he adores Tristan and how supportive he is of him. There were a few anxiety-inducing moments, but this was a fun, cute read and I look forward to Case #3.


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Shoving the shower curtain aside roughly, I let loose a rather unmanly scream as my eyes land on a strange person standing in front of the closed door of the bathroom. I grab the shower curtain as my feet slip out from under me on the wet ceramic bathtub. I roll into the shower curtain, clutching on tightly as I lose my balance and go down, sending the plastic clips pinging off in all directions like tiny missiles knocking bottles off shelves and cracking the corner of the bathroom mirror. Pain clangs through my elbow and vibrates up my arm as, cocooned in clear plastic, I slide into the bath, breathing heavily and looking like I’ve been gift-wrapped by a serial killer.

“Owwww,” I croak slowly to no one in particular.

Reaching one arm over the edge of the bath, my body follows and I flop ungraciously onto the rug like a newborn baby seal. Squinting without my glasses on I can just about make out the still figure standing in front of the bathroom door clutching a handbag.

Mrs Abernathy, I realise with a groan of resignation. What is it with ghosts? First Dusty and now the old lady. What part of the bathroom is off limits do they not understand? Is nothing sacred anymore?

I’m about to open my mouth when the bathroom door swings open and Danny strides in, passing straight through Mrs Abernathy and making her disappear into a thin vaporous mist.

“I heard a crash.” Danny’s eyes land on me sprawled out on the floor. “You okay?” His brow quirks as he takes in the assortment of displaced bottles and small plastic shower curtain clips everywhere.

“Slight shower malfunction.” I release a winded breath. “A little help, please.”

He strides toward me and effortlessly scoops me off the floor. His hands are gentle, his eyes filled with concern.

“Did you hurt yourself?” He frowns. “Maybe we should get you looked at, you might have a concussion.”

“I’m fine,” I manage.

“We could call 111.” He turns me slowly, peeling me out of the shower curtain like he’s un-bandaging The Mummy in a Lon Chaney movie.

“I wouldn’t even call 111 for advice on how to remove a splinter.” I wrinkle my nose. “Honestly, I’m fine.”

He wraps the towel around me, pinning my arms to my sides as he drops a kiss on my nose. “Be more careful, I have plans for this gorgeous body later.” He smiles, kissing my lips softly.

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Tristan Everett had always preferred the company of the dead because they were quiet and didn’t talk back. As a slightly awkward introvert working as a pathologist at the Hackney Public Mortuary suited him just fine. That is, until a freak accident with a rogue ice cube and suddenly he can see ghosts. No longer content to just lie on the table and let him figure out how they died, they’re now peering over his shoulder critiquing his work and confessing their most lascivious sins before skipping off merrily into the afterlife.

Just when he thought his life couldn’t get any weirder, London’s most infamous drag queen, Miz Dusty Le Frey, is wheeled in with a toe tag and she’s not prepared to go quietly into the light. Not only is she furious at the prospect of spending eternity in last season’s gold lamé, she’s determined that he help her solve her murder.

Suddenly Tristan finds himself thrown into a world of sequins and fake eyelashes, and worse still, he may have developed a crush on Scotland Yard’s brand new drool-worthy detective, Inspector Danny Hayes, who’s been assigned to Dusty’s murder. Oh, and the killer now wants him dead too…

All he ever wanted was a simple life but suddenly he’s juggling work, a deliciously sexy detective, a stubborn ghost and a relentless murderer… and things have just gotten dead serious….

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Vawn is running a special event to help raise money for the True Colors United Charity

The Prize

One winner will win the opportunity to be written into book 3 – Dead Series (Cold) Case #3 Mr Bruce Reyes. They can choose the profession of their character and whether they are living or deceased. They will also get a mention on the dedication page and receive a signed paperback copy plus a Dead Serious themed swag bag including Dead Serious Character trading cards, a DS tote, bookmarks, stickers, a keyring and a mug.

How to enter

Go to the fundraising page on True Colours and make a donation, it can be as much or as little as you’d like. The donation will act as your entry, so you need to make sure your name is on the donation or added to the comments section of the donation. (Anonymous donations will be ineligible simply because I have no way of contacting them if they are drawn as the winner.)

Anyone who would like to make a donation but doesn’t want to enter the competition can also do so, all they need to do is put N/E in the comments section of their donation.

The fundraiser is open until 31st Mar 2023 at which time a winner will be selected at random from the eligible entries.

The Charity

In the United States, 4.2 million youth experience homelessness each year, with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their non-LGBTQ peers. 

True Colors United is a non-profit which began in New York in 2008 co-founded by Cyndi Lauper. Through a wide array of advocacy, training & education, youth collaboration, and technical assistance programs, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people.  

Their website link – https://truecolorsunited.org

My fundraising page on True Colours – https://my.truecolorsunited.org/DeadSeriousCharacterMe

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About the Author

Vawn Cassidy is the MM pen name of British author Wendy Saunders, she lives in the UK with her husband and children. She loves all things MM and is an avid reader herself.
As Vawn Cassidy she writes Paranormal/Dark Comedy/Mystery and Contemporary Romance and more recently is branching out into Historical & Supernatural MM/LGBTQ+ Fiction with her upcoming London Gothic series.
She also has an insane love of Lego and pop culture.

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Release Blitz & Review: O Deadly Night: A Dark MM Charity Anthology

Book Title: O Deadly Night: A Dark MM Charity Anthology

Review

O Deadly Night was a dark anthology, there were some stories I enjoyed more than others and some were only introductions for the full story to come soon.

When I think anthology I think of fully formed short stories which can act as prequels to a series but standalone if you don’t want to read more, some of these stories ended with a cliffhanger which I didn’t like as I’m left completely hanging if I don’t want to continue the follow-up book, which is my fault as I should have picked up on that when I read the blurb for the anthology.

Taylor J Gray’s story Little Tree was one of my favourite reads and I look forward to reading more in this series.

Some of these stories took me out of my comfort zone (which I was expecting) and some were very dark, some not as dark, some surprised me and some kept me wanting more. Overall if you enjoy Dark MM tales you should check out this anthology.

Thank you to Gay Book Promotions for a digital copy in return for an honest review.


Blurb

Sometimes the happiest season of all is hiding the darkest secrets.

Twinkling lights and festive songs are in every shopping center and on every street corner. But what lurks in the dark alleys beyond the main street decorations? Who hides behind the joyful enthusiasts with a dangerous bah humbug attitude?

Join eleven dark MM authors as they explore the darker half of the holidays while also spreading cheer and support to LGBTQ youth. *O Deadly Night is a Dark MM anthology with all proceeds to be donated to The Trevor Project.

Authors: Nicholas Bella, E.B. Burns, Abrianna Denae, Elouise R East, Taylor J Gray, Mandy Greenwood, Rorie Kage, Leigh Kenzie, Davidson King, Claire Marta, Faith Ryan

Genre: Dark M/M / Tropes: Various / Cover Artist: Teased by Antonette

Themes: Dark content featuring holidays. Includes topics from mafia to erotic BDSM and more. Content warnings for some pieces include non-con, dub-con, torture, murder, and potentially other dark elements.

Heat Rating: This will vary. Some will be 5 flames. / Length: approx. 165 000 words

As it’s an anthology, some stories may end in a cliffhanger


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New Release Book Review: Shah Mat by Jennifer Cody

Ever since I read my first book in the Diviner’s Game series I was completely hooked on the world Jennifer Cody had created. When the Shattered Pawns series began I couldn’t have read them quickly enough, each book is partly written in the same timeline but adds so much information with each book and each new couple. After reading Promote (book 3), I knew that book 4 was going to get seriously crazy before it all made sense and that somehow she would work out how they could win the unwinnable war that they have all been working towards winning. None more so than Slean and Den whose story Shah Mat finally gets to tell and wow, I have to say I was not disappointed. As always I am in awe of how Jennifer Cody’s mind works, I can only hope she keeps on creating.

This isn’t a book you can pick up and understand without having read the previous 3 in this series (personally I’d recommend you also read the Diviner’s Game series too as you will meet many of the characters), you really do need all of the contexts from those books to understand what is going on in Shah Mat.

The first 3rd of the book is madness that slowly becomes completely clear as you keep reading. I already knew that Slean was mad, I just had no idea that Den was mad too, but it all made sense when it all made sense (now I sound like Slean and Den). Jennifer puts her characters, all of them, through some extremely terrible and trying situations, but I rode along with them, with my heart in my throat at times, knowing that there would be a HEA at the end of the journey.

I love the relationship between Slean & Den and I loved the relationship between Monet and Qis in the previous book, but I really loved the relationship that they eventually create between all of them, I knew it was coming and have been anticipating it for months.

I hope we get at least one more series set in this world, but I have no idea where Jennifer could take us after the ride that has been Shattered Pawns.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a digital copy in return for an honest review.


To read my reviews on the other books in the series

Pass (book 1) Shattered Pawns

Capture (book 2) Shattered Pawns

Promote (book3) Shattered Pawns

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New Release Book Review: This is Real by Barbara Elsborg

This is Real is my second Christmas read by Barabra Elsborg in the past few weeks and though completely different to The Santa Problem, it was just as enjoyable.

Murdo and Lukas couldn’t be more different from each other, at least on the surface, but as they both dig deep and get to know each other it seems they are exactly who the other needs. While Murdo is willing to take a chance on giving his heart to Lukas, Lukas isn’t as sure, he’s got more to lose, but if he doesn’t he may lose everything he didn’t know mattered.

It took me a while to warm up to Lukas, he came across as a spoiled man who was used to walking over anyone who didn’t matter and the way he behaved towards Murdo because of his own hidden feelings and insecurities really annoyed me. But once he begins to open up to Murdo and show his true self, I began to like who he could be a great deal. Murdo was full of warmth and knew who he was and what he was worth and I liked the way he was able to help Lukas discover the things he’d kept pushed down for so long.

I find it sad that people use their religion to hate on others and that this stops people from being able to be their true selves. Hopefully one day this won’t even register on people’s radars and they will be free to be who they are with love and support from everyone, especially family.

I loved the happy ever after and the peek into one year into the future, I always like it when an author adds an epilogue and I get to see that little glimpse of where things went with the couple I have been cheering for.

Thanks to the author for a digital copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: When The Walls Come DownBy Harper Robson


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“Quirky.” Ugh, I hate that word. The PC term these days is ‘neuro-divergent’, but I prefer to be called autistic. It’s often a huge advantage to have a brain that works differently, but I sometimes wish it was easier to connect with other people. The things that make me different can make people want to keep their distance, and for a long time I’ve built walls around myself so no one wants to even try breaking through. Helping the sexy ER doctor renovate his house, I discover someone who wants to get closer instead of running away. I think Reed likes me because I’m a little different, not in spite of it. But the gorgeous doctor has a lot of baggage, and I worry that if he sees the parts of me I work so hard to keep under control, he’s going to turn tail and run.

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I’ve overcome a lot to get to where I am as a doctor, including parents who loved their bigoted, homophobic church more than their child and an opioid addiction following years of self-loathing. I love my team in the ER, but in my personal life I prefer to fly solo. I’m comfortable behind the carefully built walls that no one, not even my best friend, gets through.

The old fixer-upper in a great neighborhood was supposed to be a side project, but I discovered pretty quickly that home renovations are not as easy as they look on TV. But when one of the sexiest men I’ve ever seen, who happens to be a contractor, shows up in my ER, he feels like the solution to all my problems. What I never expected was that while he was rebuilding my house, Dylan Campbell would be the first person who makes me want to take my walls down.

When The Walls Come Down is a steamy hurt/comfort MM Romance. It features an autistic home renovation expert, and a doctor scarred by a traumatic childhood. Two people who’ve always been outsiders figuring out how to let each other in.

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I really enjoyed When the Walls Come Down, it is my first read by Harper Robson and I’ll be returning to read book 1 of Hot Dam Houses very soon.

I appreciated the author giving us a neurodiverse main character, I work with people with autism and while many of the clients I work with are not high functioning, I do have a couple who are. It is nice to see that they could pick up a book and recognise bits of themselves in the main character.

I really enjoyed getting to know both Dylan and Reed, they were great characters, both with their own baggage they carried and both believing they would never find someone who would accept them for who they were.

I liked that Dylan owned his autism and for the most part communicated well with Reed about what he needed. And I liked how supportive Reed was of Dylan, I’m not sure there are many people out there who would be as easily accepting and supportive in the real world, but it is nice to hope there are.

There were some amusing moments and some moments that pulled at my emotions a bit, the story flowed well and I loved seeing them as a couple.

Thanks to GRR for providing me with a digital copy in return for an honest review.


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This is an emergency though. I’m no good with social cues, but Grace sounded so jittery that even I can tell she’s freaking out.

I make it to Grace and her husband’s cute little house in record time, leaving the truck running while I rush inside. I find her in the living room, her coat half-on, wearing one boot with the other one clutched in her hand as she white-knuckles the back of her couch with the other, panting her way through what I assume is a contraction. I have no idea how I’m supposed to react, and touch isn’t something I’m super comfortable with, but I go to her, reaching out to gently rub her back.

Before she can say a word, she squeezes her eyes closed and whimpers.

“Dyl, we gotta get to the hospital. I don’t wanna have this baby in the damn car!“ She’s clearly panicking, and never in my life have I seen my sister so undone.

“It’s okay,” I say, even though I have no idea if it’s okay or not. “We’ll make it. Can you walk to the truck?”

She nods weakly, pointing to an overnight bag. “Can you grab my bag? I’m gonna need you to help me walk.”

I grab her stuff and help her out to the truck. She’s hit by another contraction, and the whimpering sounds she’s making are worse than if she was screaming at the top of her lungs.

“It’s okay, we’ll be okay,” I say, talking as much to myself as to her.

Screeching to a halt in front of the ER a few minutes later, I jump out of the truck and go tearing through the glass doors. Grace seems to be getting quieter, which is not helping my nerves.

“I need some help. There’s someone having a baby outside,” I shout as the automatic doors whoosh shut behind me.

A few nurses glance over, but no one seems to be jumping into action like I would expect.

“Please, can someone help me? There’s a baby literally being born in my truck!”


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She grew up in Vancouver, BC, but feels most at home in the leafy green suburbs of Seattle, Washington.

She is mom to two pre-teen boys and two adorable but very naughty Yellow Labs. Her husband works in the tech industry, and he makes her laugh every day.

A true PNW girl, Harper loves the rain, but is always planning her next beach vacation.

Her favourite things include classic rock, watching the Seattle Kraken, her two dogs, and drinking champagne for no reason at all.

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Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Love And History By Lane Hayes

The Script Club, Book 6

The sporty roommate, the professor, and a history lesson…

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Ezra might be the most annoying roommate ever. He’s loud, obnoxious, and full of himself. So what if he’s a tall, muscular, tattooed jock? His tendency to strip to his boxers in the kitchen while helping himself to my food isn’t endearing in the slightest. Nope. Ezra has to go.

However, I have to admit, he’s the perfect fit to play the king for my historic reenactment event. Ezra in a royal robe…oh, this could be quite tantalizing indeed.

He won’t do it, though.

Unless I trick him into a history lesson.

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Holden is the kind of dude who wears top hats and great coats while teaching astrophysics to brainiacs. Weird, right? But I gotta respect that level of commitment. And I respect him.

Sadly, Holden doesn’t feel the same way about me.

I guess I can’t blame him. Cranking his gears has been a highlight of my stint in geek land. I’ve never seen anyone get riled about yogurt like him. He makes me laugh. And think. And he makes me want things I’d never thought possible.

So yeah, I’ll take that history lesson. If it leads to something more, I’m in.

Love and History is a Bi-awakening geek/jock romance featuring a messy law student, a picky professor, and a lesson neither will forget!

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I started off a bit unsure about this book, the snark between Ezra and Holden seemed a bit much, especially when I discovered they were 29, but after a while, I just ran with it and decided that guys can behave like juveniles no matter their age.

I ended up really liking Ezra and hoping that he and Holden could make a go of things.

This was my first book in the series despite having had book 1 waiting to be read for ages, but I was easily able to get a handle on the other characters in the book and I’m looking forward to going back and reading the first 5 at some stage and seeing how the characters I met in this book met their partners.

This book is the last in the series and as such, major changes are underway for Holden and Ezra, the end of an era in the house Holden has shared since the beginning with his friends and the end of his term with Ezra as a housemate. Ezra is about to become a qualified lawyer and needs to make some decisions on whether the law firm he has been working with is actually where he wants to be as well as deciding if he wants to take the chance on the feelings he’s been pretending he doesn’t have for Holden.

I enjoyed these two becoming proper friends and really getting to know each other beyond the constant snark they’ve had going on since Ezra moved in. I found Ezra’s portrayal of Henry the 8th to be amusing once he threw himself into it. I loved the flow from them learning to be friends to learning to be lovers and had a smile on my face through to the end.


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Holden mumbled a greeting to Cole, who’d shuffled bleary-eyed to the coffee machine, then leaned toward me. “What are you doing with your spoon?”

I held up the spoon in question and shrugged. “Nothing. Why?”

“You’re licking it,” he whispered, adding, “suggestively.”

I barked a strangled half laugh. “Spoon porn? Is that a thing?”

“Don’t ask me. I don’t know anything about porn.”

I arched my brow dubiously. “Really?”

“Really,” he assured me.

“Why not?”

“It’s not interesting to me.”

“Bullshit,” I coughed into my hand, snickering at his outraged expression. “Don’t tell me you’ve never imagined a ‘Robin Hood getting freaky in the forest’ scenario.”

“What does that even mean?”

“You know…hanky-panky in tights and those weird hats with feathers on ’em.” I dipped my spoon into my bowl of yogurt and licked it clean again. “I bet they got down to some kinky shenanigans in the Sherman Forest in Renaissance times.”

Holden pushed his glasses to the bridge of his nose, which I’d learned months ago signaled an oncoming lecture. I was right.

“That’s Sherwood Forest, not Sherman, and Robin Hood is a folktale set in medieval times, not the Renaissance.”

“Same difference.” I teased, rubbing my calf against his.

He narrowed his eyes. “I suspect this is tomfoolery, but I’ll explain the difference nonetheless.”

I set my hand on his knee and smiled. “Please do.”

He blushed, then went into more detail about the difference between the medieval and the Renaissance period than my brain could process at seven a.m. But I liked it.

I polished off my yogurt, listening with half an ear as I surreptitiously studied his details—his squared shoulders, his sharp gaze, and the proud tilt of his chin. Holden was all angles and edges with smiling eyes and unconscious charisma.

When I first moved in, I’d wondered if I could handle living with a guy who spouted random bits of historic or scientific intel like an audiobook version of a dull Wikipedia entry. Funny enough, I didn’t mind at all. I learned something new every day.

For example, a few months ago, he called me a “tallow-catch” when he tripped over the shoes I’d left on the landing. I didn’t have a comeback. I literally had no idea what the fuck that meant, so I consulted Merriam-Webster. Turns out a “tallow-catch” was a lump of animal fat that butchers used to make candles in olden days. Hey, I’d been called worse. I actually appreciated that he never resorted to basic insults and rarely swore.

Holden was a true gentleman. I wasn’t. And that might never change. However, I found myself wanting to try a little harder, and maybe use this newfound supersonic power to figure out what made him tick. ’Cause it occurred to me that his quest to soak up knowledge had a manic edge. As if he used his smarts to avoid…something.

Hell, I knew all about avoiding shit. And I knew that a couple of BJs didn’t give me the right to his secrets. But I wanted them anyway.

“…the invention of the printing press changed the world forever and—” Holden paused for air and gave a self-conscious shrug. “Sorry. I get a little carried away sometimes. I didn’t mean to bore you with a history lesson.”

“You’re not boring me. I think you’re fascinating,” I commented, unthinking.

He shook his head and snickered. “I don’t think you’re fascinated with my mind, Ezra.”

He was so wrong.


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The geek, the jock, and a new set of rules…

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My friend’s brother needs an academic assistant and I need a job. Problem…jocks are my weakness. Seriously. I lose my ability to speak coherently around muscle-bound hotties. Oh yeah, I lose my inhibitions too—not a good look for a guy with a genius IQ. So what am I going to do about Simon?

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Finishing college isn’t high on my list of priorities, but my future in professional football is looking bleak. I need a plan B or C, and I could use some help navigating life as an undergrad. Topher is perfect. He’s also a little strange…but in a good way. And I like the way I feel when I’m around him—as though anything is possible. Maybe if we follow our hearts, we’ll find what we’re looking for. But that means changing the rules…

Following the Rules is a MM, bisexual awakening romance starring a lovable nerd, a cool jock, and some extracurricular fun.

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Lane Hayes loves a good romance! An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love stories with beautifully written characters. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, 2018-2019, and 2020-2021 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.

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Cover Reveal & Excerpt: Got Me Merry by Casey Cox

GOT ME MERRY Vet Shop Boys #6

by Casey Cox


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Can my best friend get me to enjoy the holidays? Ho… Ho… Um… No?

Christmas just isn’t my jam. The crowds. The cold. That Mariah Carey song blasting everywhere I go. Thanks, but no thanks.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m no Grinch. The holidays are awesome if you have a great family and money to shower them with gifts. Unfortunately for me, I have neither of those things.

All I want for Christmas (great, now I’m quoting that damn Mariah song) is to focus on my internship at the Vet Shop Boys clinic and hanging out with my best friend and roommate.

Turns out Chester has got other ideas. Along with a crew of loved-up vets, he’s on a mission to get me to enjoy the holidays and fall in love with him.

Wait… What?!

There’s no way I’ll ever become one of those festive people who likes Christmas, but who knows? Maybe this will be the first holiday season that actually gets me merry?


Got Me Merry is book 6 in the Vet Shop Boys series and can be read as a stand-alone. Expect plenty of humor, found family, best-friends-to-lovers, a grumpy Christmas Grinch, a sunshiny Christmas lover, some very wacky Christmas traditions, a sizzling hot fun run on a freezing winter day, a two-legged dog with a heart of gold, meddling vets determined to add a sprinkling of love to the holidays, and a heartwarming happily ever after!


Release Date: November 30, 2022

Cover Design: Wicked by Design

Genre: M/M Holiday Romance
Trope: Best friends-to-lovers, found family, small town romance, grumpy sunshine, satire, HEA


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I melt into his touch, savoring a moment I thought would never come. I’d always wondered what kissing Law would feel like, and now I’m getting a taste of it. It’s sweet and eggnoggy and so very Lawson.

I’m in the best kind of shock about it, while reminding my future self to always let Lawson be in charge of the alcoholic contribution to all my eggnogs from here on out.

The kiss deepens, and slowly, I emerge out of the haze I’ve fallen into. What we’re doing hits me smack bang in the chest. But instead of freaking out, or wanting to put a stop to it, the voice inside me whispers three little words.

Go for it.

So I do. This could be the one and only time in my life I ever get to be like this with Lawson, so I intend on making the most of it.

I charge my fingers through Lawson’s silky-soft black hair. I meet the movement of his tongue with my own, but I take it up a notch. Or eight. Going slow like we have been up until this point is fine and dandy, but I really want to kiss the life out of him.

All the years of pent-up frustration and secretly pining for my best friend I’ve been carrying around find an outlet as my tongue tangles with his. Delicious sounds spill out from the sides of his mouth, like he’s surprised in the best way possible at this sudden escalation surging out of me.

I capture his face in my hands, fully taking over now. I don’t know what’s come over me, but I need this. Our tongues are dueling, my body is on fire. Every nerve ending I have is singed with pleasure I didn’t think was possible to get just from kissing.

I hope Law’s feeling the same way I am because if I can make him feel even half as good as how he’s making me feel right now, he’ll remember this kiss for the rest of his life, too.

There’s nothing but moaning and heavy breathing and sounds of the springs of our old couch creaking filling the air around us. I lose track of time, consumed by something so ravenous and deep that the intensity catches me completely off-guard.

Eventually, Lawson pulls back. I’m met with two half-hooded eyes dripping with nothing but desire and want.

For me.

It’s the hottest I’ve ever seen Lawson look.

I gently caress his puffed-out, just-been-kissed lips with my fingertips, before peppering his jaw and neck with a series of smaller kisses, nibbles, and licks. He smells so good, and he tastes even better.

I reach around to pull his hand from my neck. With our eyes locked on each other, I give his fingers three tiny presses. His eyes twinkle in recognition as he squeezes back four times.

Holy heck. I just kissed my best friend, and I think we both liked it.



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Casey Cox is an Australian MM romance author whose work includes the hugely popular VET SHOP BOYS series.

Casey loves spending time at the beach and is the proud paw-rent to two utterly adorable French Bulldogs – Ralphie and Lilly.


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