Posted by Kiwi on December 12, 2013
“Have you ever heard anyone talk so much crap? Other than Rush Limbaugh?”
GENRE: M/M, mystery
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Kiwi reviews Bonded by AJ Llewellyn. 4 sweet peas!
BLURB: Forensic accountant Mingo McCloud and his lover Francois Aumary are back! First they were WANTED, then they were NEEDED, now they are BONDED…to each other and to a strange, electrifying case at ‘Iolani Palace. As Honolulu’s dynamic duo wrangles two hot new criminal cases involving a fake king and fake money, Francois’ past catches up with him. Can Mingo handle Francois’ revelations and the huge changes they bring?
And what of the “king” who claims to be the rightful heir to the lost Hawaiian crown? What is his connection to Mingo, and what does Mingo’s mom have to do with it all?
And what about hunky FBI agent Sage Brantley who wants to team up with our guys for another scorching threesome? Will they do it?
There’s malice in the palace, and Mingo and Francois hope to find the answers to all of these questions…if they don’t wind up in the pokey instead…
KIWI’S OPINION: Okay, so this is book # 3 in a series that I absolutely love. The old folks in this book are off the rails funny! Mingo’s eccentric mom and her crazy boyfriend will keep you in a fit of giggles. This story doesn’t pick up from the others; this is the two of them, their families and their lives some time later. Both men are happy and their relationship is growing stronger. There was a break in at a historical palace and that is tied in with counterfeit money, a counterfeit king and, yes, Mingo’s mother. Meanwhile, there is a secret that Francois has kept from Mingo that makes the relationship even stronger. Benny is still there. Mingo and Benny have this bizarre relationship that is mind boggling. This author has such a wonderful imagination. (more…)
Posted by Lucky on
This is my house, my territory, my pack, and you’re my mate. You will do as I damn well tell you.
GENRE: M/M, shapeshifters
RATING: 4.5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Lucky reviews An Impossible Mate by Joy Lynn Fielding. 4.5 sweet peas.
Loner Matt Urban has somehow ended up as alpha to a pack of outcasts and misfits. When an injured shifter blunders onto their territory one night, swearing he didn’t know it was pack territory, Matt is suspicious. It doesn’t help that the stranger, Jesse Turner, is as stubborn as Matt. Wanting answers, Matt persuades Jesse to stay a while, and the intense attraction they feel for one another soon blazes into heat. That’s when Matt realizes—the stranger with the smart mouth and the attitude problem is his mate.
Matt, still mourning the lover he lost years ago, doesn’t want a mate, and Jesse doesn’t believe in mates. Yet neither of them can deny the pull they feel toward one another.
They’re still struggling with the situation when a hostile alpha claims Jesse. Matt has to fight to protect Jesse. First, though, he has to fight Jesse’s stubborn independence if he’s to win his heart.
LUCKY’S OPINION: This book was an absolute joy to read! Matt Urban is the alpha of a group of shifters who aren’t welcome in other places. He never wanted it, but he grew into the position. Enter Jesse, a wolf who has an independent streak a mile wide, doesn’t believe in shifter politics, and sure as hell doesn’t believe in ‘mates’.
The buildup of this story was taken at a nice, easy pace. No rushing toward the conclusion which, I do have to admit, had some very exciting parts. (more…)
Posted by Madam Aus on
“So f@cking beautiful.” Noah moaned, and then he yelled out his own orgasm, before collapsing on top of Cooper.
Coop just lay there and smiled. Fought to breathe. Neither of them spoke for the longest time, until Cooper ran his hand through Noah’s hair and said, “I’ve never… I don’t… That was… Hell, I don’t even know. I just can’t wait to do it again.”
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Madam Aus reviews Collide by Riley Hart. 5 sweet peas!
BLURB: At ten years old, Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw collided mid-air when they dove for the same football. For three years, they were inseparable…until one day when Noah and his parents disappeared in the middle of the night.
Noah and Cooper never knew what happened to each other. Now, seventeen years later, after finding his boyfriend in bed with another man, Noah returns to Blackcreek looking for a fresh start. And damned if he doesn’t find his old friend grew up to be sexy as sin. Coop can’t believe Noah—the only person he trusted with the guilt over his parents’ death—is back. And gay… Or that Cooper himself suddenly wants another man in his bed for the first time.
There’s no denying the attraction and emotion between them, but can they overcome the ghosts of their pasts to have a future together?
This title contains two strong, sexy men, and a passionate friendship that transforms into a sizzling hot romance.
<MADAM AUS’S OPINION: I am a great believer that there is someone out there for everyone, which means that gay for you stories are not a problem for me. I do think that we can fall in love with a person not a gender, and it can be beautiful and this story highlights this. Noah and Cooper were friends as children but time, distance, circumstance and others get in the way of their continuing relationship, but neither have truly fortgotten the other. The way they met and then reconnected make the title a snortgiggle and very apt. Theirs is a friendship that seems to, at first anyway, just settle back into familiar patterns.
The choices that these two have made in their lives stem from the experiences they had as children, the way the adults in their lives influenced them and the interference that happened. The story itself is the closing of this full circle. Where their choices come to a head and they need to decide wether to stick with what they know or reach out and grasp the happiness that could be had. Riley Hart weaves the past and the present into a tale that is easy to follow and seamless in its scope. (more…)
Posted by Erin on
Jets of steamy breath shot from Wade’s nostrils as he struggled to drag the enormous Christmas tree across the loose Michigan snow. The bells on Chris’s Santa hat jingled merrily as he hurried out to help his friend pull the tree up the final hillock to the barn.
GENRE: M/M, holiday, Christmas
RATING: 3 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Erin reviews the Christmas story Heart of the Pines by Jon Keys.
BLURB: Christmas is the worst time of the year to find yourself alone. Chris Moss, owner of a tree farm, knows this down to his bones as he makes his way through his first holiday season after losing his wife to cancer. When Wade Hart, an annual customer at the farm, visits, they find common ground: Wade lost his own longtime lover to a parting of ways and is lonely too. The constant, gentle companionship provides fertile soil for an attraction neither expects, but nurturing a new relationship is a tough proposition. With the encouragement of family and friends, Chris and Wade may yet find that a second love later in life can be just as fulfilling as the first.
Chris Moss has a hard time with Christmas, ever since his wife died. It was her favorite time of year and because of her love for the holidays, Chris owns a Christmas tree farm. Wade Hart has been buying his trees from Chris for years, and when they run into one another again, things start to heat up between them.
There were some really sweet moments in the story. I liked when Wade decorated the tree lot for Chris, and when they went toy shopping together was very cute. I liked Eddie, Wade’s employee as well. He was sassy and a bit snarky, and added a nice contrast to the other characters. (more…)
Posted by Becky Condit on December 11, 2013
“Mozart will never become pedestrian. Genius survives all the esoteric crap”
GENRE: M/M, YA, Music
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Becky reviews Encore by Shira Anthony. 5 sweet peas!
BLURB: A Blue Notes Novel
Cool kid violinist Roger Nelson doesn’t give a damn about anything. Wannabe conductor John Fuchs is awkward, effeminate, and just figuring out he’s gay. Despite their differences, they become friends—then lovers—and after college, they try to make it work. But it’s the 1970s, and Roger can’t bring himself to admit he’s gay. Worse, after his brother is killed in Vietnam, Roger tries to live up to his memory and be the perfect son. Then after suffering one tragedy too many, he makes the biggest mistake of his life: Roger pushes John away.
Through the years, they dance around the truth and in and out of each other’s lives, never quite able to let go. Twenty years later, Roger still carries the pain of losing his dream of a brilliant career with him, while John is a superstar conductor with a wild reputation. John’s off-stage antics get him plenty of attention, good and bad, though deep down, he wants only Roger. Finally determined to hold on to what really matters, Roger asks John for another chance, and when John panics and runs, Roger has to convince him to listen to his heart.
Note: The Blue Notes Series can be read in any order. Each is a stand-alone story from the same classical music universe.
BECKY’S OPINION: I have recently read several books, good books, as a matter of fact, with very short timelines, sometimes a couple of days, often just a week or a month. Therefore, it was with much excitement that I found Encore to cover 35 years in the lives of the main characters. Roger and John meet early in life but don’t really make a life together until they have done a little more personal discovery that leads them to realize that this is the man with whom each wants to spend the rest of their lives together. (more…)
Posted by Scotty on
You gonna just kiss me all day long, or do ya know how to use that thing?
GENRE: M/M, holiday
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Scotty reviews A Prairie Dog’s Love Song by Eli Easton. 4 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Ben Rivers always was a showman. He won awards in 4-H and rodeo competitions from the time he could walk, and he’s happiest in the spotlight. So when he got the chance to be a star—in porn—he took it. He still loves Montana and everything about being a cowboy, but when news of his alternate identity leaks out, he figures he’s lost the town’s goodwill forever. Clyde’s Corner would never accept an openly gay cowboy, even a hometown boy born and bred.
Joshua Braintree always had the notion that he and his best friend’s kid brother, Ben, would end up together. Ben’s always been a diehard cowboy, just like him: they need the land and its freedom as much as they need air. So when Joshua learns Ben moved away from their small Montana town to be a porn star in Vegas, he can hardly believe it. He’s determined to finally declare himself and bring Ben home.
Despite his longtime crush on Joshua, Ben won’t be as easy to tame as Joshua’s “lost cause” horses. It will take a lot of heart and holiday spirit for Joshua to convince Ben that even old prairie dogs can learn new tricks in the name of love.
SCOTTY JONES’S OPINION: Prairie Dogs Love Song is a true cowboy story. Joshua Raintree sees his best friends little brother on an all gay porn site is shocked and angry. Of course this is the love of his life to be, so begins the angst of the story. He learns of the porn site after a town bully outs the poor young man in the small town dinner, embarrassing him enough to leave town.
Now Joshua has a decision to make. Give up on the young man or go to Vegas to retrieve him and make him his. Of course he goes after him. The hot young stud is everything and more that he wants in his life.
This is going to be a short review because if I say too much about it, it gives away too much, and I hate reviews that do that. No likey spoilers. Besides, there is more than enough info in the blurb to satisfy all that. (more…)
Posted by Becky Condit on
Was he a dirty old man to enjoy the attention of a hot younger man? Jesus, what was he thinking, he wasn’t old!
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Becky reviews I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore by Jet Mykles. 4 sweet peas!
BLURB: Can a party boy and a responsible businessman really make it work?
Bryce is the adorable young thing that Dustin knows he shouldn’t want. He should be looking for a man his own age. Someone with a future. Someone with a real job. But no matter how hard he tries, no matter how much he knows that it just won’t work, he can’t resist those big blue eyes. Dusty is an adult. So unlike any of the party crowd that Bryce hangs around. But after just a brief taste of Dusty’s so-called boring, normal life, Bryce is more surprised than anyone to find out that that’s the life he wants. No wonder they just Can’t Fight This Feeling.
BECKY’S OPINION: This book is a fun read with light-hearted characters and a plot that kind of meanders to a satisfying conclusion. Bryce and Dustin are a sort of opposites attract couple, except they aren’t entirely opposite. I expected to find Dustin boring but in fact he was not. I was a little disappointed by the lack of monogamy and the time it took for the two MCs to discover that they had a relationship brewing. All in all, it’s a good book and perfect for a reader who doesn’t want angst or heavy drama. (more…)
Posted by Becky Condit on
Mrs. Condit Reads Books is the latest stop on the Boys in the Band blog tour, with authors Paula Coots, Cecilia Tan, L.A. Witt, and Rowan Speedwell. Each of these writers has brought a rock star to life in a recent romance release, so they got together to talk about music, musicians, love, and good old “sex, drugs, and rock and roll.” Today they answer the question: “How did you research the music business as a setting for your story? Do you play any instruments yourself or have you had any experience playing in live bands or touring?”
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WITH THE BAND by L.A. Witt
Hard rock band Schadenfreude is finally on the verge of the success that’s eluded them for the last several years. With Aaron McClure as their new lead singer, nothing’s going to stop them…except maybe a steamy, secret relationship between Aaron and bassist Bastian Koehler. Aaron knows all too well what can happen when band members get involved with each other. After all, his last band was a casualty of his last relationship, and Schadenfreude forbids band members from dating for that very reason. But Bastian is too hot to resist, and besides, it’s just sex, so what’s the harm? Their passion in the bedroom is rivaled only by their ambition as musicians, though, and pretty soon, it’s going to tear them, and Schadenfreude apart, if they can’t get back to playing with the band.
ANOTHER ROCK STAR by Paula Coots
Music is the driving force in Reed Lang’s life and he’s hit the jackpot when it comes to signing a major label deal and scoring a hit single or two. It’s never an easy task and certainly not for an out and proud gay man, even in this day and age. Now, it’s time to hire the backing band, shoot the videos, do all the promotion work and get out on the road. But what happens onstage is only half the show. When the wild energy onstage can’t be contained some become more than just hired hands. Friends. Mentors. Tormenters. Lovers. Surviving the circus of the music business, the rigors of the road, staying true to your art and discovering your heart show Reed that maybe there is more to life than being just another rock star.
DARON’S GUITAR CHRONICLES by Cecilia Tan
It’s the 1980s, the era of MTV, AIDS, and Just Say No. Daron Marks is trying to make it as a guitar player in an industry where the whole world is the closet. Keeping his sexuality a secret would be a lot easier if he hadn’t developed a huge crush on his band’s lead singer, Ziggy Ferias. In fact, everything would be a lot easier without his crush on Ziggy… except for fame itself. In the latest volume of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles (volume 5), Moondog 3 are on the road. Is the tour bus the pressure cooker that will meld them together or will the pressure blow them apart?
ILLUMINATION by Rowan Speedwell
Adam Craig is burned out. Lead singer of the hard rock band Black Varen, he’s tired of the empty life of groupies, paparazzi, and hotel rooms. Worse, a life in the closet. Miles Caldwell is a brilliant artist, tied by agoraphobia and social anxiety to his family’s lodge. Alone but for his parrot, he spends his days illuminating manuscripts and hiding from the complexities of life. Somehow, the man who’s never home and the man who never leaves it must find the strength to fight for a future together.
Posted by Becky Condit on December 10, 2013
“A mix of needs walked side by side in this place–gay, lesbian, bi, het, mènage–in rooms where the doors shut and no one asked questions.”
GENRE: M/M, family
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET : Becky reviews Crooked Tree Ranch by RJ Scott. 5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: On the spur of the moment with his life collapsing around him Jayden Sullivan answers an ad for a marketing expert on a dude ranch in Montana. With his small family he moves lock stock and barrel from New York to Montana to start a new life.
Foreman and owner of a third of the ranch, ex rodeo star Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Todd has been running Crooked Tree Ranch. His partners in the business convince him that he needs to get an expert in to help the ranch survive. He knows things have to change and but when the new guy turns up, with a troubled family in tow – he just isn’t prepared for how much.
BECKY’S OPINION: For a Brit, RJ Scott sure can write her cowboys. I love them. I always get totally involved in the characters and end the book wanting more. In this case that’s no hardship because this is the first book in a new series.
The other trope I love is city boy falls for country boy and they have to decide together whether they will make a new life on the ranch or in the city. Budgetary woes and family pressures add to the angst of this book. The MCs are heads of households for their respective extended families, and that takes precedence over any personal relationship or sexual relationship either Jay or Nate would like to develop. (more…)
Posted by Madam Aus on
Kissing the top of Rebecca’s head, he narrowed his eyes at Lukas. “What did you do?” He could never be angry while holding Rebecca, and Lukas knew it, often using it as a method to get his way or apologise.
“I didn’t do anything.”
“Uh huh.” Taylor stared at him until Lukas wilted.
GENRE: M/M, family, holiday, Christmas
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Madam Aus reviews Holiday Invasion by Elle Sommers. 4 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Lukas and Taylor are looking forward to Christmas with their two-month-old daughter. However, Taylor’s parents and Lukas’s siblings decide they shouldn’t be alone for the holiday and invade the house. Their intentions are good, but it changes Lukas and Taylor’s plans. So not only is Taylor learning the ropes on his new job, but his and Lucas’s once-quiet house is now overflowing with people, and not all of them get along. Their holiday might crash and burn if they can’t bring their families together.
MADAM AUS’S OPINION: I love Christmas (I know I am a cliche) but I do not like the pressure of Christmas now I am an adult. This story is about that pressure, and how Lukas and Taylor deal with it as well as a baby. It is sweet and candy cane pretty and I loved it because I could so relate AND they handled it all better that I ever would. I am not even sure my family would survive a winter Christmas, *snort*. My inner Dexter would be making a starring appearance I think.
The set up shows us how Taylor and Lukas have been dealing with Taylor , the main breadwinner losing his job and then getting another one. It shows them dealing with lots of changes that are happening in their lives and I have to hand it to Elle Sommers never did I once feel that despair that comes with having your life spin out of control (good or bad that feeling never discriminates). In fact I might have even picked a hint or two about how to deal with stress.
When the family start turning up I must admit that I started feeling a little panicked for them and everything they were feeling and going through, I could so totally relate to the baby stress, the lack of time together, the interuptions and trying to establish new boundaries with people (Family) who never really had boundaries with you anyway. But overall it was a sweet and easy read with no real “heat” but lots of heart. It makes for a wonderful afternoon reading, either wrapped in a blanket on a comfy seat near the Christmas tree or in the swing seat near the pool cooled off and “watching ” the kids bomb each other (depending on your hemisphere).
Title: Holiday Invastion
Author: Elle Sommers
Publication Date: December 1, 2013
Series: Dreamspinner Advent Calendar 2013
Cover Art: Paul Richmond
Length: 27 pages
Favorite character: Lukas- Dunno I just liked him
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