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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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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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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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.

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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.

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Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Pier Pressure By Anyta Sunday


I really enjoyed this, it was just the kind of light fun read I didn’t know I needed.

I did worry when in the first few pages Leon’s a**hole partner breaks up with him and is just awful, this scene caused me a bit of anxiety for what I might expect for the rest of the book. Luckily, this scene didn’t set the tone of the rest of the story, instead, it is full of fun and heart when Damon, a guy he had a fling with years before finds himself drawn into the out-there situations Leon keeps pulling him into in his goal to find love.

Leon was sweet, if not oblivious to the signals Damon was giving him, he also did everything he could to avoid conflict, hence how he found himself in the out-there situations. Damon may have messed up in the past, but when faced with the opportunity of getting a second chance with Leon, he grabs it with both hands, it doesn’t stop him from being cheeky with Leon, but he is also supportive and sweet towards him too. Leon and Damon were so good for each other, I wondered how long it would take Leon to realise what was in front of his eyes.

This was an entertaining read which left me with the feel-goods at the end.

Plenty of fish in the sea.

But what if there is no “plenty”? What if Leon Finn is a lone fish? A lone fish in a glass bowl swimming in hopeful but ultimately lonely circles forever?

Dumped and forced to retreat to his tiny-town seaside bach, it’s time for Leon to cast some lines, and quick! Prove to everyone—(*cough*) ex, mother, other ex who he’s now accidentally living with—that he’s a catch.

Only no one is biting.

It sucks, but it’s solvable.

With his trusty sewing machine and endless stash of fabric he’ll make himself into the ultimate suitor. Stitch this right up.

But as a certain someone keeps whispering in his ear, is this the right way?

Pier Pressure is a light-hearted, cheeky M/M romance with silly seaside shenanigans culminating in happily ever after. It can be read as a standalone.

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I crouch and stare at it. “Hello.”

It wriggles its tail and swims away. A fish here means someone’s been coming regularly, to change the water and feed it. “Who’s looking after you, hmm?” My cousin Troy lives nearby, he’d be the type to buy a goldfish for his kid without asking his wife first. I can imagine him schlepping it here and regretting his stupidity every time he came by to keep it alive.

It’s stupid, but I’m ridiculously glad I’m not completely alone. Karl and I might not have had sex in six months, but he’d always shared my bed. I was used to someone being in the same room, in the same space, closest to the door. There was something comforting in it. Like, if we got murdered, they’d have to go through him first.

Wind howls around the bach, rattling the windows and whistling down the chimney. There’s the creak of a door on its hinges, and bloody hell. The bach never seemed this freaky in summer . . .

I raid my suitcase and yank on the kiddiest pyjamas I own, my fluffy ducky ones. Maybe if I look innocent enough, a murderer might think twice before offing me, giving me crucial time to—yep, that hearth shovel was coming to bed with me. And . . . and the fish. I couldn’t leave it all alone out here. The killer might . . .

Carefully, I lift the bowl, tuck it to my chest and take refuge in my room.”

I wake up to a shadow looming over me.

I scream and throw blankets into the darkened face. The shovel! Where is it? I plunge an arm down the side of my bed, between the mattress and the wall, and grope for the weapon. Nothing. And meanwhile I’m left in a frighteningly exposed, arse-up position. I forget the shovel and throw myself onto my back, hands balled at the ready.

Before me the figure is muttering something that gets lost under a thick layer of feather-down. A large hand with a vein running down the middle reaches around the duvet and with a whoosh, my cover is yanked off.

Instead of hauling arse out the window with Fishy, I’m asking the intruder to please at once remove himself from my bed chamber. Apparently, I turn into Darcy in panic—“Damon?”

Laughter. As heavy as the ocean, as warm as the dawn spilling into my room. “Well hello, Leon.”

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Some of my favourite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, and Love Has No Boundaries.

I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.
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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.


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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Harper Robson grew up dreaming of being a writer, but that didn’t work out until she was in her mid-forties. Along the way she worked in marketing, software development, and spent more than a decade as a stay-home mom.

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…

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.

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…


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?


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


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

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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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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: Shameless Puckboy by Eden Finley & Saxon James

SHAMELESS PUCKBOY Puckboys – Book Three

by Eden Finley & Saxon James


Shameless Puckboy was another enjoyable read in the Puckboys series.

I can’t say I was a big fan of Oskar to start with, though he did give me a few laughs with his pouty childishness at times. I liked Lane straight up, but can’t imagine any PR guy going to the lengths he did to stop Oskar from being cut from the team for his behaviour. But since this is fiction, I enjoyed seeing how far he did go and how they both tried to outdo each other in their opposite goals.

There was some serious chemistry between them and while Lane knew it wasn’t a good idea to pursue anything if he wanted to keep his job and his reputation, it seemed Oskar’s charms were too much to resist.

Like many characters, Oskar had underlying issues and a hidden personality that once he allowed Lane and others to see showed just what a nice guy he was and could be if he had the right inclination and support to do so.

I really enjoyed his group of friends who I’d met in previous books by these authors, and loved how they were so supportive of him and let him know he was part of their family and they wanted to know the ‘real’ him.

I’m a sucker for a HEA and enjoyed Lane and Oskar’s, I liked that Lane came out of the whole incident with Oskar with a better deal than he could have imagined and that they both proved how much they loved each other.



After a little mishap in an alleyway with CCTV, my public image needs fixing. Oops?
It might have been a stunt to get the attention of Lane Pierce, San Jose’s new PR manager, but I didn’t realize what the consequences would be when I did it. I’ve got Lane’s sole focus now in all the wrong ways.
He has designated himself as my babysitter, and while it’s fun messing with him, being bound by curfews and rules has never worked for me.
The more I push back, the more I realize what’s really on the line. My career, my future, and maybe even my heart.


Being appointed head of San Jose’s PR department was a dream come true … until I met Oskar Voyjik.
He may be San Jose royalty, but with the stunts Oskar’s been pulling, the team owner is down to his last thread of patience. Which puts me in the firing line. If I can’t turn Oskar’s entitled party boy image around, we’ll both be shown the door.
I have free rein to do whatever it takes, and it turns out whatever it takes is Oskar.
Only, the more entangled our lives become, the more I see the Oskar he’s buried deep down. The one who hurts, the one who’s sensitive and kind, the one … the one I think I’m falling for.
I can’t have him and my career, and if rumors of the professional lines I’ve crossed get out, it’s not only my dream job I can kiss goodbye; I’ll be disgraced from professional sports completely.

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Genre: M/M Sports Romance
Trope: Forbidden love

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Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.

She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.

With a short attention span that rivals her son’s, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF.

She’s also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don’t make sense to anyone else.

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Saxon James unapologetically writes happy endings for LGBT+ characters.

While not writing, SM is a readaholic and Netflix addict who regularly lives on a sustainable diet of chocolate and coffee.

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Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway & Review: Unnecessary RoughnessBy Rheland Richmond & Emerson Beckett

The Package Deal Series, Book 3

Jackson Kincaid

When my childhood best friend and I escaped a potentially miserable life in our small southern hometown to attend the University of Georgia, I thought I’d finally be able to live my life the way I’d planned. I’d go to school on a football scholarship and get my degree to become a veterinarian. But when the NFL came calling, how could I say no to millions of dollars? I’d put my plans on hold for a while, along with finding the right man for me.

But life doesn’t always go as we plan.

When Allison was killed in a car accident, I suddenly became the only parent to my ten-year-old godson. How would I play football for the Portland Pirates and be a full-time single dad?

I’d have to adjust. And thanks to my friends, and the badass team doctor, we’d heal and make it through. Did I mention he’s my best friend and that I can’t stop thinking dirty thoughts about him naked?

Unfortunately, keeping our relationship a secret is not the only obstacle we’ll face.

Simon Taylor

My training as a Navy doctor prepared me to assess injuries on the fly and deal with all kinds of situations. Emotions and feelings had no place in medicine during an emergency. Determine the problem and fix it. Or find someone who could. As my new friends liked to call me, I was the badass team doctor.

I wasn’t prepared for the passionate feelings I didn’t know I had for Jackson to surface while helping him deal with losing his friend and taking custody of her son. But feelings and emotions were what I had for both of them.

But life has a way of unfolding the way it’s supposed to. I’m a believer in things happen for a reason. It doesn’t matter that our relationship might be forbidden. I want to get sweaty and naked with him.

Jackson and I deserve to be together no matter how rough things get. I just had to convince him of that.

Unnecessary Roughness is the friends-to-lovers story in the third book of the Package Deal Series.

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I really loved Unnecessary Roughness, both the story and the characters had so much heart and I couldn’t put it down because I was so caught up in Jackson, Simon and Parker’s story that I had to know how it all played out.

My heart broke for poor Parker, losing his mum the way he did and being so scared about what would happen to him. He was so lucky to have Jackson as his new parent and Simon was a huge added bonus for both Parker and Jackson. Simon was such a wonderful friend and support and I so enjoyed seeing his relationship with Jackosn change from friendship to lovers to true partners in every sense. These three make the best family and the way Parker was so accepting of the love Jackson and Simon had for him and that he loved them back just as easily was so sweet.

Jackson had the best friends and teammates and I can’t wait to go back and read their stories in the first two books. I also can’t wait for the next book.


When I was twelve, I discovered some things that would ultimately change my life forever.

Growing up on a farm in rural eastern Alabama, I learned about life and how things worked. Even though I loved looking after our three horses, sheep, and the goats we raised on our dairy farm, it was a hard life, and I wanted out. I wanted more from life than being a dairy farmer in nowhere Alabama.

The only problem was my parents had a completely different plan for my life. And it was their way or the highway, as the expression goes. They wanted me to stay in my very strict, sheltered world, get married to a nice girl, and raise a family on the farm.

All that made me want to do was run as far and fast as I could.

I wanted to see the world and be free to make my own choices for my life. I figured out the only way to make that happen was to go to college and become someone that wasn’t the son of Joseph and Helen Kincaid, the dairy farmers from Eastover, Alabama.

There was no way they’d agree to pay for it, so I had to find a way. I also knew that once I left, there was no going back. It should have terrified me. Everything I knew was there. But there was no fear because I wasn’t going alone. My best friend was leaving with me. Just like me, she wanted more from her life too. And she knew there was no finding it in Eastover.

Meeting my best friend, Allison Marie Finley was the best thing to ever happen to me.

We were two peas in a pod. We’d known each other through elementary school but didn’t become best friends until the sixth grade when we were paired up in class to do a research project. She was the person I could tell anything to and knew it wouldn’t get out. Allison was the only person I’d ever told I might like boys a little more than girls. And she knew I’d never be able to find out who I was if I stayed home.

So when we started high school, we devised a plan to get out. I found football to pay my way through college, and she went the academic route to get scholarships to pay for hers. The second we graduated, we left home without the blessing of either of our parents to attend the University of Georgia and never looked back.

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Rheland Richmond

For as long as she can remember Rheland’s had her nose stuck in a book, getting lost in the world of someone else’s creation (She still does). Her love for writing came from her love for reading. She could never have one without the other.

Writing has always been a hobby and a cathartic experience for her. There are many stories lost to the never to be completed or published pile but needed to be written at the time.​

She’s just a girl that loved stories so much she wrote hers. ​

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Who is Emerson Beckett? That’s a good question.

​I’m a retired educator who loves all things romance and an avid reader and consumer of well-written M/M romance books.

​My journey to becoming an author started with an idea I had one night while I sat reading on my sofa. That idea became an email that ultimately resulted in me editing for three wonderfully talented M/M romance authors. The third referral led to an opportunity to co-write with one of the most genuine and kindest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. (She’s my co-author for Quarterback Keeper.)

​I’m a wife and a mother of three beautiful adults, one of which is trans and responsible for my love of this genre. All three have since left us with an empty nest that is now full of pets.

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BUDDING ATTRACTIONDivorced Men’s Club – Book Three by Saxon James



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 …


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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Genre: M/M Later-in-Life Romance
Trope: Bi-awakening, small-town

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My tongue swipes over my lips as we head for the truck, and I know I shouldn’t steer the conversation to where I want to steer it, but fuck, I can’t help myself. “You’re straight, but you want to go to a gay bar? You really wouldn’t care about men touching you? A sweaty dude pressed up against you who wants to suck your cock. You … you wouldn’t give a shit?”

“Nope. Been there, done that.”

“But a guy paying for a lap dance is clinical, transactional. Someone doing it because they want to is another thing.”

Orson’s jaw ticks, and then he pushes off the truck. “Prove it.”


He turns us and backs me into the door, arms boxing me in but not touching. He’s grinning, playful, biting his bottom lip against a laugh. “Touch me because you want to, and I’ll let you know if it’s weird.”

“It’s already weird.”

“Shit. Sorry.” He steps back, but I grab him and flip us, slamming his back into Momma T as I step in closer than he was before. The top of his head reaches my eye level, and I have to look down at him. The familiar curious expression stares back at me.

“You really inviting me to touch you?”

“Do you want to?”

I sneer. “That’s like asking a thirsty man if he wants water.”

Orson blinks up at me, a sweetness shining from his eyes. “Only if you’re comfortable. You’re, uh, I enjoy spending time with you, and I wouldn’t want things to get … you know.”

“’Preciate it, but a sexy guy is offering to let me feel him up, and you will never hear me complain about that.”

“If you’re cool, I’m cool. Just maybe no between the legs action.”


“It’d be groped on the dance floor, right?”

“Constantly.” “Then go for it.”

I watch him, trying to read if this is for real or if he’s about to freak the fuck out, but he just watches me back, waiting. Looking completely at ease that I’m about to paw him until I have my fill of every one of those muscles his clothes have been hiding from me. I wasn’t lying when I said I’d never complain about touching him.

I swallow roughly and settle my hands on his shoulders.

Orson rolls his lips to hold in his amusement. “Are we going to a club in the 1800s? I didn’t realize gay bars were so polite.”

“Fine, smart-ass.” I let my hands drift from his round shoulders, over his impressive pecs, and along every groove I can feel on his stomach.

“Comfortable now?”

Some of the teasing leaves his face, but he nods. “Totally fine.”

“And now?” My fingers duck beneath the bottom of his T-shirt, and it’s like having pure fucking heat in my hands. Smooth abs, no body hair that I can feel, and skin that’s like silk.

Hoo.” Orson lets out a shaky breath that my cock takes note of. “Wasn’t expecting that. All good though.”

And maybe I should have expected more resilience from someone who used to make a living from showing off his body, but I’m completely fucking gobsmacked that he’s letting me stand here and grope him. My biggest worry right now is that he’ll regret it, or it’ll mess shit up between us, but then his hands cover where mine are resting under his shirt, the thin material separating us. He guides my hands up to his pecs, and I can’t help my thumb flicking over the small bump of his nipple.

I let out a long, slow exhale, trying to ignore the way my cock is thickening.

He swallows, and I swear it’s heavier than usual. “Totally fine.”

“Hmm …” I step in so my body is pressed to his. Toe to toe, thighs pressed close, stomach flush with his abs. My hands are trapped between us, fingers exploring the light hair on his chest. “It’s not only the touch though, is it?”

“What do you mean?” His smooth voice has dropped deeper.

“I mean, physical touch is one thing, but it’s also your mind. It’s knowing the guy with his hands on you wants more.”

“That’s nothing new.”

“It’s knowing his blood is rushing south. His pulse has kicked up a notch. His cock is rock hard in his pants.”

Orson smirks. “Think you’re making me uncomfortable, Ford?”

I lock eyes with him. “It’s knowing the guy’s gut is flipping out with want and excitement. The expectation of where things are heading next.”

“What else?”

Damn, that question almost makes me groan. “It’s knowing that even though you’re together now, he’s already picturing later.” I slide one hand out from under his shirt to run my fingers over his lips. “He’s picturing you on your knees, these pretty lips stretched wide around his cock.”

Air rushes past my fingers as he sucks in a breath.

“He’s picturing you stripped naked, maybe gripping his hair as you drill into his mouth. Maybe he’s bent over for you. Or maybe … maybe he’s got you bent over, sexy ass in the air while he fucks the life out of you.”

Our faces are closer now, his eyes wide, lips wet and parted. “Is that what you’re thinking?”

Holy shit. An exhale bounces from me. My cock is making it hard to think, but I do know that question wasn’t curiosity. I do know the way he’s looking at me is inviting more. But I also know that Orson wasn’t prepared for whatever this situation is doing to us both.

So I give him honesty. “No.” My jaw tightens at his surprise. “Because I won’t fucking let myself.”

I shove away from him, leaving Orson’s shirt askew, a sliver of those delicious abs on display as he reorients himself.

He gives his head a shake and focuses back on me. Then he smiles. “See? Told you I don’t scare easy.”

I’m torn on whether to laugh or cry because no, he certainly doesn’t. And I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or not. I give his ass a solid slap. “Get in the truck. We’ve had enough playtime for tonight.”

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