Release Blitz + Giveaway: Protecting His Omega by Giovanna Reaves

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Title:  Protecting his Omega
Author: Giovanna Reaves
Publisher: Self-Pub
Release Date: December 12, 2017
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 226
Genre: Romance, Mpreg, Alpha, Omega, Non-Shifter

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Phoenix Harcourt is a single father who was kicked out of his home when his parents found out that he was an omega. After losing his alpha mate, Phoenix turned his focus to his daughter and the successful company that was left in his care. With a threat to his life, Phoenix hires a bodyguard who wants to protect more than his body. He also want’s Phoenix’s heart.

Hired to protect an omega, Lucius Payne had one goal: do his job and nothing else. He was never one to mix business with pleasure. Moreover, finding an omega mate was not in his plans, especially when it is the man he is supposed to protect. When his job becomes more complicated than he was expecting.

Can Lucius convince Phoenix to trust him with his heart as well as his body?

Excerpt from Chapter One

“Welcome back, Mister Harcourt,” Joyce Bailey greeted Phoenix Harcourt, CEO of Phoenix English, Inc.

“Good morning, Joyce,” he greeted his executive administrative assistant, as he stopped by her desk before heading to his office. “Alissa,” he greeted to Joyce’s assistant who nodded at him before he looked back at Joyce. “Come and see me in twenty minutes, I need to look over a few business reports.”

“Yes, sir,” she said writing down his instructions.

Phoenix walked into his office, and set his briefcase down on the chair in front of his large mahogany desk. He loosened his tie just a bit before taking off his suit jacket, resting it on the back of his chair as he sat down. He glanced at the stack of mail that had accumulated in the week he’d been out of the office.

Returning to work after taking care of his daughter, Jasmine, who’d caught a nasty bug from school, was both a relief and a guilt trip. He loved being a dad, but being a single father had its ups and downs and having a sick child was certainly one of the down moments. “I thought Joyce would’ve gone through all this already,” he muttered to himself.

Logging in to his computer, he pulled up the latest business reports from his management team and checked on his company’s stock. Everything seemed to be in good standing, the holidays were always profitable for Phoenix English, Inc. While Phoenix tried to get as much paperwork done while he was at home, Jasmine needed him more. He followed the motto that Maxwell English had ingrained in him and their employees: family always came first.

Phoenix turned around in his chair and stared out the window. He never thought his life would turn out the way it had. There were three hierarchical statuses in society: alpha, beta, or omega. Phoenix was a male omega, a status in society that some considered to be rare with their androgynous beauty and his unique ability to bear children. However, no matter how rare omegas are, they have a low standing in society and, in most cases, not seen as leaders and are supposed to be submissive to their mates.

Alphas, on the other hand, were respected and recognized as leaders, with their abnormally handsome features, strength, and intelligence, they were perfectly compatible with their omega mates or that was what the fates and gods wanted society to believe.

Betas made up the vast majority of society and were more humanistic in appearance and physique, they were also a step down from alphas. Betas could mate with an omega, but they were unable to have children together.

As Phoenix considered his status, he shook his head to remind himself that as an omega, he was running a multibillion-dollar cosmetic company with his name on it. And that made him smiled. Hearing the sound of ice rain hit his window, it reminded him that the holidays were a few weeks away. The holidays always made him think of Max, the man who became more like a father to him than his own father. He missed Max. He was there for Phoenix when he needed him, right after his parents kicked him out.

He hated thinking about his parents, especially the way they shunned him after they found out he was an omega. At sixteen, there were a few things that happened in his life. Puberty. Some experience it a couple of months before or after their sixteenth birthday. But around sixteen was the age when teenagers found out if they were an alpha, omega, or beta. When Phoenix turned sixteen, he found out two things that he had accepted about himself: he was gay and an omega.

However, it seemed his parents were having a difficult time coming to terms with the fact that he was an omega. He remembered that day, as if it was yesterday. It was six months after he and his twin brother, Anthony, or Tony to his family and friends, turned sixteen and he noticed that his parents were acting cold towards him. Tony was an alpha and he was also acting strangely towards him.

Phoenix and Tony had always been close, they shared everything from clothes to secrets. There were a few things that Phoenix noticed when it came to his brother, that he was forgetting conversations they had or places they’d been to. Although they were twins, Phoenix had always thought that their parents loved them, equally acknowledging and accepting that they had different personalities. His parents had portrayed themselves as open-minded and willing to listen to everyone’s problems. They were always preaching to Phoenix and Tony that they should be more tolerant of all mankind and their differences.

Phoenix had heard stories of banishment happening to other kids and never fathomed that he would end up being one of them. No matter how many times he begged, his parents refused to reveal the reason why they were rejecting him. He could never forget the words spewing from his father’s mouth.

“You’re worthless to us,” James Harcourt yelled at him.

“Dad, why are you saying that,” Phoenix cried.

“Don’t call me that,” James snapped. “Don’t refer to me as your father. You are not mine.” Phoenix had never seen the look of anger and hate on his father’s face before. Tears streamed down his cheeks as he looked at his mother and brother, his eyes begging for them to say something in his defense. To talk some sense into his father.

“Mom, please,” he begged. Lilith went to move, but Tony clamped a hand down on her shoulder. “Go, Phoenix, just leave us alone and whatever you do, do not come back,” she told him then turned her back to him. Tony wrapped his arms around her and whispered in her ear.

“I’m giving you fifteen minutes to get your shit and get the hell out of my house,” James told him.

“Da— ” The sound of a loud crack reaching his ear stopped him when he realized what he heard was his father’s hand meeting his cheek. The sting made him understand that his father was not the man he thought he was.

“Do as I say, boy.”

Phoenix nodded and ran to his room, grabbing everything he could fit in one bag, including his three-month supply of suppressant pills, and ran out of his parents’ house without looking back.

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Meet the Author

Giovanna (Gia) Reaves is my alter ego, who is a dreamer. I spend my days and nights dreaming and thinking of the worlds I want to create with words. I started writing about three years ago, when I was introduced to the world of fan fiction. I loved the idea of creating a new world around characters that people already knew about. And ones that are original of my own making. I have written two novels and a few free stories. I am a mother, wife, and a military veteran. I enjoy trying new things such as traveling, cooking, and reading. I try to incorporate some of the things I have experienced into my books.

Currently living in Newport, RI with my two favorite men. If I am not hidden in my cave writing, I love to read and spend time with my hubby and son. I love listening to R and B along with neo-soul when I am writing. When I'm not writing, I am trying to perfect my baking and decorating skills or try to pick up something new. I love spending time with my husband and son playing video games and traveling.

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Guest Review: Surrendering for Two (Soul Match #4) by Morticia Knight

Strength is found when surrendering to destiny.

Graham has suffered so much at the hands of the Nall. Ever since he was enslaved after the invasion, he’s been raped and tortured by the Alasharian Supreme Commander and his cohorts. Condemned to die by hanging for his part in the human rebellion, Graham gives in to the inevitable, no longer caring if he lives or dies. But an unexpected event occurs and at the last moment, Graham is saved.

Balor is a guard to the Nall, but he’s also a part of the growing rebellion among the Alasharians. When one of the Nall’s advisors enlists his help in getting a human prisoner to safety, Balor comes to his aid. Startled by the soul match hum that sparks to life when he touches Graham, but unable to do anything about it, Balor is determined to protect his human match at all costs. When Advisor Oman arrives on the scene to rescue Balor as he helps Graham to escape, it becomes clear that yet another alien/human triad is forming—even if Graham may never accept being bonded to two aliens after the trauma he’s endured at the hands of Alasharians.

The time has come to depart to the secret military complex located in the Rocky Mountains where the human and Alasharian allies will stage their final assault against the Nall and the Void. Families are reunited and others torn apart as they prepare for battle. But the biggest question that remains is where Chris has gone. The allies fear what will become of them all if the special human Sha Sha Ar chose to lead them spiritually is no longer there to guide them.

Reviewer: NeRdyWYRM

Bait and Switch

Allow me to preface this by saying ... WTF? And nooooo, I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way. Although ... well, not entirely in a bad way. Let me see if I can explain.

I like the space-opera-ish-ness of these even though they take place on Earth. Let's face it, they are way, way, way OTT in many respects. Again, not necessarily a bad thing because at least these are consistently OTT in very specific ways that span the entire series and don't try to 'one up' themselves by getting progressively more and more Days of our Lives if you know what I mean.

So why the WTF? Well ... that would be because, after book 3, I somehow had it in my head that things would be wrapping up in book 4. Hmm. Yeah, not so much. Imagine my surprise when another cousin-neighbor-acquaintance comes out of the woodwork and ends up with his very own alien boy toys. Yum, right? But still. I thought we were done!

Am I upset that we're getting a little more story than I expected? Not really. BUT! I'm beginning to get déjà vu à la a certain other alien invasion-type *cough* Kindred *cough* never-ending-series. It's giving me waking nightmares that I hope don't come true. As much as I initially loved that whole story arc, it got really old after about book 13 or so, ya know?

Let's hope these don't end up there because that would be a shame. It's also why I stopped watching a certain daytime soap opera about 10 years ago when real life people were beginning to get demon-possessed [head-desk—thump—head-desk—thump]. Yep. EYEROLL.

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Anyway, I digress. I liked this book because we got to see the unprotected human point of view. The MC in this one had it rough. Beware triggers people; there are a few here. He was egregiously abused in every possible way. Every. Possible. Way. It was awful. But his hunky-sweet aliens make up for it.

It's absolutely cringeworthy from a psychology standpoint—the impossibility of an insta-recovery from the abuse this MC suffered—but FFS! This is a story about an alien invasion of Earth. Suspend disbelief folks, m'kay?

That said, if we immerse ourselves in the hypothetical, who's to say the soulmatch/bond thing these triads have going on—in conjunction with that everloving bitch Fate—wouldn't be enough to overcome some singularly human frailties if these things were possible in real life? Suspend disbelief folks! It's worth it because it makes these stories a lot of fun.

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This series won't be winning any pretentious prizes for literary achievement, but I give it high fives for entertainment factor and steaminess. Three words: perpetually hot threesomes.

So ... I hope the author doesn't drag the overarching story line out too far, but I really enjoyed the darker side of the human coin we saw in this installment. I'm pissed that we spent the whole book not knowing WTF is going on with Chris. I feel like the author's giving us an unnecessary cliffhanger on that aspect (hate it!).

But the tension is mounting and I'm still thoroughly interested in finding out how it all turns out. Hopefully sooner rather than later. At any rate, that makes it a success in my book even if it's OTT and patently unbelievable if you're using your rational mind. It's still really damned fun.

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: The Preacher's Son by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock

The girls are baaaaaaack! And they brought another cover reveal for a new novel! Don't miss your chance to win a copy by leaving a comment!

Take it away, ladies!

Hello all! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, and it seems like only yesterday we were here to tell you about the re-release of Fall on Your Knees, our kinky Christmas novella. But now we’re back with some more news: we have a NEW novel coming out January 16th! It’s called The Preacher’s Son, and it is angsty AF, surprisingly vanilla, and is sort of a bittersweet small-town romance about making things right when you’ve completely fucked them up.

And we are ready to reveal the cover, beautifully done by Ana J. Phoenix.

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The Preacher’s Son will be available at all vendors on January 16th. Here’s a little more about it:

Jason Bannon is a wreck. His leg’s been blown to hell in Afghanistan, his boyfriend just left him and took the dog, and now he’s back in his hometown of Pinehurst, Washington, a place that holds nothing but wretched memories…and Nathan Tull. Nathan Tull, whose life Jason ruined. Nathan Tull, who will never believe Jason did what he did for a greater good. Nathan Tull, whose reverend father runs the gay conversion therapy camp that Jason once sought to bring down—at any cost.

Nathan Tull is trying to live a quiet life. Four years ago, when Nate was a prospective student visiting Whitworth, his world collapsed when senior Jason Bannon slept with him, filmed it, and put the footage online. A painful public outing and a crisis of faith later, Nate has finally begun to heal. Cured of the “phantoms” that plagued him for years, he now has a girlfriend, a counselor job at his dad’s camp, and the constant, loving support of his father.

But when he learns Jason is back in town, his carefully constructed identity begins to crumble. As desperate to reconcile his love for God with his attraction to men as Jason is to make sense of the damage he’s done, Nate finds himself walking a dangerous line. On one side lies the righteous life he committed himself to in the wake of his public humiliation. On the other is the sin he committed with Jason Bannon, and the phantoms that won’t let him be. But is there a path that can bridge those two worlds—where his faith and his identity as a gay man aren’t mutually exclusive?

And can he walk that path with the man who betrayed him?

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About Lisa Henry
Lisa Henry likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.

Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied history and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

About J.A. Rock
J.A. Rock is the author of over twenty LGBTQ romance and suspense novels, as well as an occasional contributor to HuffPo Queer Voices. J.A.’s books have received Lambda Literary, INDIE, and EPIC Award nominations, and 24/7 was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. J.A. lives in Chicago with an extremely judgmental dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

Guest Review: And Then The Devil Cried (Episodes #1-2) by Ellie Fox

Episode #1
Marcus Troy is the man everyone fears.
Rho Bennett considers himself the drug kingpin's right hand but things change when Rho brings home Adam, an orphan boy who never had a real family and who is having a rough time finding his balance in the world.

Rho wants to protect the boy but when Marcus sets his sights for Adam, everything changes. Marcus wants Adam at any cost. He will do anything in his power to get him.

The Devil doesn't always laugh.
Sometimes, he weeps with you.

Trigger Warnings: Contains dark themes, non-con, abuse, suicide/self-harm, some violence.

Episode #2
Adam Delaney has always been a believer in good and doing the right thing. But the incident with Marcus leads him to the conclusion that only bad guys win in the end.

Rho is the only one who keeps reminding Adam that he's not evil, and Rho believes that with all his heart.

Is Rho right about Adam? Is there an innocent Adam hiding in fear of annihilation underneath that cold exterior?

Or has the new heir to the throne, truly abandoned his true self for the sake of winning, and made a pact with the Devil?

Reviewer: NeRdyWYRM

Totally Twisted and Completely Captivating

Whoa. Just ... whoa.

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Okay, so adulting isn't really my thing. I mean, who wants to do that? But I feel like I have to just real quick, then I can go back to immature but articulate irreverence, m'kay?

PSA: There are serious trigger situations in this book. Serious. I really mean it. If there are things you can think of as being pretty much the worst things imaginable to happen to someone (short of a gruesome death) sexually, mentally, psychologically, and physically, they are probably in this book. So please be mindful of that if there are things that may trigger you. Absolutely skip it if you are at all in doubt. I hate to say that because I loved it, but my conscience dictates I can't just not warn people.

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Now that I'm done with that, Ho-ly. Freaking. Shit. I could not put this story down. I ran 15 minutes over on my lunch break finishing the first novella. I sat in my truck, reading in the parking lot at work after I was off work—who the hell does that?!—because I just had to get back to the story and start the second one. I only left because one of my coworkers who was actually leaving like a normal person does after their shift looked at me like I'd lost my mind for still being there. And then my poor kids were starving by the time I finished cooking dinner (late), because I just had to finish the second installment in one go.

I. Couldn't. Put. It. Down.

Now, what that says about me and how twisted I may or may not be, well ... I just don't care. This story was/is fascinating. Unfortunately, it's also a serial at this point with just two episodes out so far (in case that wasn't evident by what I said already), so now I'm on pins and needles waiting for the next one. Pins. And. Needles.

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It was dark. It was twisted. It was painful. Pain-FULL. Painful. Maybe having little bites of this one at a time isn't such a bad idea after all because, yep. It was painful. But the characters are just fascinating and really sort of terrifying all at once. The fact that there is such ... immorality present throughout and I still find it all so damned captivating is a little disturbing, too.

So, fair warning: If you like dark and twisted, be prepared to flirt with getting fired, unhealthy I-need-a-shrink obsessed binge-reading behavior, and starvation. It's that serious. I can't wait for the next one.

Hands down: 5 Hearts

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Review: Shattered Pieces (Heathens Ink #4) by K.M. Neuhold

“I was sure my heart had withered away years ago, but then you smiled at me, and I felt it beat again.” ~Gage
Years ago, I fell in love with my best friend’s little brother. Then, he took his own life, leaving me shattered and unable to piece my heart back together. I’ve been a zombie for nine long years. Until a crazy, gorgeous man walked into Heathens Ink and injected color back into my world of gray. No matter how hard I try to resist Beck, he just won’t give up on me. I would need steel willpower to withstand his gorgeous long legs in those high heels and his drawer full of lacy lingerie. But is this just a kinky hook up or does it have the possibility for more?

“We’re both broken, but our jagged edges fit together well” ~ Beck
When you’re half of a whole you never contemplate what life would be like without your matching piece. Since my twin sister, Brianna, died last year, nothing I do seems to quiet my soul. I know there has to be some way for me to feel happy and whole again. And, when I look into the pained eyes of the tattoo artist at Heathens Ink, I feel like I have a purpose. I can’t explain it, but I feel like I have to find a way to put him back together.

**Shattered Pieces is the fourth book in the Heathens Ink series, each book in the series CAN be read as a standalone.

If you’re keeping track, this is the second book in this series I've read and I have to say, a lot of the issues I had in the previous book are vastly improved in this story. The character POV didn't flip as abruptly this time, which is extremely pleasing.

This author writes characters well, and the chemistry and development in this story did not disappoint. I loved Beck as a character, and I loved how he interacted with Gage. My only complaint is I would have enjoyed learning a bit more about him as a Lawyer. I think it would have given him that extra layer.

Gage is a sweetheart, but totally wrapped up in his grief. He needed someone like Beck to do a sneak attack and get through his walls. It was nice to see him slowly unfurl into someone with a personality. While some of his internal dialogue was repetitive, it was good to see him challenge his thoughts and views each time.

These characters connected well. Their chemistry in the bedroom was hot. I'm pleased that each scene was different and exciting. I've grown bored of erotica recently, but this was enticing and engaging.

I enjoyed the plot, and there was no added drama for angst sake. This was an easy read, and I didn't put the book down except to sleep (and work).

I'm looking forward to the next book, and hope that the momentum continues.

A review copy was provided for an honest opinion.

Release Blitz + Giveaway: Dragon Fire, Angel Light by Shara Godwinson

Celebrate the release of Dragon Fire, Angel Light with new author Shara Godwinson and IndiGo Marketing! Check out today's stop and enter in the giveaway. You have a chance to win a NineStar Press eBook!

Title:  Dragon Fire, Angel Light
Author: Shara Godwinson
Publisher:  NineStar Press
Release Date: December 11, 2017
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 46000
Genre: Paranormal, dark romance, paranormal, shifters, dragons, magic, kidnapping, captive

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William is a dragon shifter who, despite having lived for over two thousand years, has never found a true love. When he meets Evyn, a quirky musician/journalist who wants to be a real photographer, he immediately finds him irresistible.

But Evyn’s a little supernatural too, and an evil brotherhood and a band of soul reavers are after him to destroy his pure soul.

Can William protect his love from evil?


Dragon Fire, Angel Light
Shara Godwinson © 2017
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October 14th, 1066 A.D. The Battle of Hastings

The battle for Britain was done. The enemy had won. The fighting had lasted for nine hours, an unprecedented amount of time. When it was over, King Harold lay dead, and William of Normandy stood victorious over his slain enemy. However, for Willan, a humble Anglo-Saxon soldier, the battle was still very much ongoing. Willan lay on the slick bloody grass. He had suffered a blow to the head that had left him unconscious for some time. But now, he woke to find himself surrounded by his dead comrades and in a dire situation.

The Norman soldiers were walking the battlefield, seeking out their wounded and killing any of the enemy that they came across. His life meant nothing to them, and if they attempted to kill him, they would learn the truth about what he truly was. Still, he had no choice. If he stayed here, they would find him. If he got up and ran, it would mean a fight he was not sure he could manage, and he would still face destruction. He looked around as best he could. From his position on the ground, with the other bodies lying around him, his vision was obscured. If he rose even the slightest bit, he was sure that he would attract attention and probably get an arrow to the head, just like his king.

Someone drew near. Their footsteps rattled the fallen shields and armor. If he was going to move, he had to do it now. His weapons were lost to him, and all he had were his feet. He jumped up, but he was grabbed from behind and thrown back to the ground. A large armored foot slammed down on his armor-plated chest, knocking the air from him. The man standing over him raised his sword, ready to strike. Willan looked up at his enemy’s face. When he stared into his enemy’s eyes, he realized that he knew them.

“Marcus?” he cried, hoping he was right. That his words would stay the man’s blade. For Marcus was not a man either. Willan and Marcus were the same.

It worked, and the man knelt down by Willan’s side and gazed into his eyes as if not completely sure what he saw was true. Finally, he said, “Wit? Is that you, Wit?”

“It is, Marcus. It is Wit.”

Marcus stared at him again for a moment. Then he said, “Wait here. I will not hurt you. Wait here until after nightfall and I will come back for you. You understand, yes?”


“Do not move a muscle. You need to act dead.”

“I will.”

“I have to go report that all are dead in this area. I will be back for you. Do not move.”

“I will not, Marcus.”

Marcus left him then. Willan lay there and tried to think about the last time he had seen Marcus. It had been about a thousand years or so ago when they were living together in Rome. Marcus had been a soldier, and he had been Marcus’s servant. He had left the night that Marcus had hit him and Willan had decided he couldn’t take the other man’s anger anymore. He had loved Marcus, but Marcus…could Marcus love? He had loved being with Willan. But did he love me?


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Meet the Author

Shara has always loved fantasy, having fallen in love with it as a child. She loved fairy tales from Authors such as Hans Christian Anderson and The Brothers Grimm. J.R.R. Tolkien has always been a massive influence, especially characters like Fili, Kili, Faramir and Sam (a personal favorite). She graduated from Eastern Oregon University in 2015 with Bachelors in History and Liberal Studies. She lives in Eastern Oregon with her cat, Isabella, her Chihuahua Maisie, and her Ring Necked Parakeet, Pretty.

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Audiobook Review: Dyeing to be Loved (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries #1) by Aimee Nicole Walker

Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head.

Josh “Jazz” Roman is a small-town business owner with big dreams and an attitude to match. He finds himself in the middle of a case that brings the dreamy detective to the front door of his Curl Up and Dye salon. Josh learns that the biggest threat to him isn’t a killer; it’s a man who wants something from him that he vowed to never give again - his heart.

Both men deny that there’s something between them, even though they’re drawn together like magnets. Can Gabe convince Josh to let down his guard or will Josh let past hurts destroy his chance at a happy future?

Dyeing to be Loved is the first book in the Curl Up and Dye Mystery series. These books are written to be read in order. They contain sexually explicit material and are intended for adults 18 and older.

Listening Length: 8 hours and 49 minutes
Narrator: Joel Leslie

4.5 Impressed Hearts!

Wow, this was a fantastic read if I do say so myself. I admit I’m not always up for a murder mystery since often the romance gets pushed to the side as the main focus is finding out the whodunit, but this right here? The romance took center stage, and it was a really entertaining story that pulled me in, surprising me at how much I enjoyed this.

Set in small town Ohio, this focuses on local hair stylist Josh Roman who’s had more than his fair share of horribly disappointing relationships. When a friend is murdered, he clashes with detective Gabe Wyatt, as Gabe awkwardly puts his big foot in it, making it an upward battle to make amends to the feisty Josh. Oh how the animosity runs high! What also runs high is their attraction, try as they might to deny it. No doubt there’s lust between these two, but the dislike on Josh’s part is understandable and the main obstacle to their lurve.

What I adored was the juxtaposition between Josh and Gabe. Josh is not some limpid person. He’s full of personality and bite, albeit with a huge chip on his shoulder - a button that Gabe unfortunately pushes over and over again. Gabe in turn, is one hot piece of man in all the right ways who admits to his mistakes and doesn’t play games. These two fight, resist, fight, pursue, and fight some more, and there was plenty of uncontrolled angry heavily on the dislike but can’t help but love each other’s cocks and wanting more but too scared to admit kind of sex. Uh huh.

I listened to this story, and I have to say that the prolific Joel Leslie is slowly breaking through my defenses. He’s still a little jarring at times but the back and forth that fuels the yummy UST, peppered with just the right amount of emotional feels and snark, along with the hot hot smex was just so good. Again, I like romantic mystery - this just had all the other stuff that I love even more which is a total win! I’m only bummed that the audio for the next book is not out yet. Darn!

Thank you to the author/publisher for the audio in exchange for an honest review.

Blog Tour + Giveaway: As the Snow Falls by Alex Whitehall

Alex Whitehall visits the clubhouse to chat about his new Christmas friends to lovers romance As the Snow Falls from NineStar Press! Check out today's blog stop and enter in the giveaway! You can win an eBook copy of Christmas romance, A Christmas for Oscar--ends December 15th! Good luck!

Hi, and thanks for having me!

As the Snow Falls is the story of Kade and Byron, two guys who have been friends all through college, although they’re now out on their own. When Kade’s family goes on a cruise and leaves him behind over Christmas, Byron is there to offer a holiday celebration for him with his family. After a day of last-minute shopping, a casual dinner, and an evening wrapping presents, the two watch a Christmas movie and Byron ends up lending Kade some emotional support. As the movie ends, things begin to heat up...


Byron squeezed his shoulders as the credits rolled. “Hey, you okay?”

Like this? In Byron’s arms? Yes, he was fine. A smile wormed its way past his holiday funk. “We should definitely watch this movie again. Um, some other year, though.”

He turned his head to let Byron see that he was okay, even if parts of the movie had stung, and found Byron close.

Really close. Their noses almost touching. All Kade could see were intense blue eyes watching him and feel the gentle brush of breath as Byron exhaled. He smelled of popcorn and chocolate and a little of the deodorant he favored, but Kade was barely aware of that. All Kade knew was those blue eyes and the deep sense of…need there.

He wanted to close his eyes, to savor and hide from that look, but then it might all end. They stayed like that, eyes locked, for a dozen heartbeats. Byron blinked, and Kade thought the moment broken.

Then Byron leaned forward and pressed his mouth to Kade’s. Warmth tingled from the contact of those soft lips pillowed against his. Kade’s lips parted, trying to breathe in everything that Byron was willing to offer. Deepening the kiss, Byron teased his tongue along the inner crease of Kade’s lip, barely tasting. A soft grunt of need wormed out of Kade’s chest. He opened his mouth wider, welcoming Byron. The tongue plunged in, and Kade was ready to lie back and be ravaged.

He groaned and turned, reached a hand up to tangle in Byron’s hair. Immediately he wished he hadn’t. Byron jerked back with a gasp, eyes wide in surprise—maybe even horror—and Kade’s hand fell from those soft waves as if it were no longer attached to him.

Byron scrambled back, arm almost burning Kade’s flesh it pulled away so fast, until they were once again on opposite sides of the couch. “I shouldn’t have done that.”

Be sure to check out the rest of As the Snow Falls, out Monday, December 11. It can be found on NineStar Press’s site, as well as all major vendors (Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc).

Christmas is fast approaching and Kade's parents have abandoned him for the holiday. Thankfully his best friend, Byron, invites him to spend the holidays with him and his family. That night, in the dim glow of the Christmas tree’s lights, Byron and Kade share a kiss, but Byron backs off before it can go further.

Can Kade stand up for what he wants and convince Byron he’s not so easily broken, or will he need a Christmas miracle to bring them together?

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Theme: Seasonal
Word Count: 12400
Pages: 38
Sex Content: Explicit
Pairing: MM

Hope you enjoy it!

Today I’ll also be giving away a digital copy of last year’s story, A Christmas for Oscar. To enter, leave a comment below letting me know what you do to get in the holiday spirit! Be sure to include an email address. Entries close Friday, December 15.

Oscar has never liked the holidays and all the surrounding rigmarole, but that doesn’t stop his best friend from dragging him along for her Black Friday shopping spree. The only perk of the day is that he meets Nathan while he’s there.

With sparkling blue eyes, curly blond hair, and a smile that won’t stop, Nathan is a Christmas elf in the flesh. He even spends his days in a workshop! But Nathan is more than his bright smile, and he may be just the right person for Oscar. Assuming, of course, Oscar doesn’t drive him and his holiday spirit away first.

About Alex Whitehall
If there are two types of people in the world, Alex Whitehall probably isn't one of them, despite being a person. Their favorite pastimes include reading, horseback riding, sleeping, watching geek-tastic television, knitting, eating, and running. And wasting time on the internet. And spending glorious afternoons laughing with friends.
While Alex prefers sleeping over doing anything else (except maybe eating), sometimes they emerges from the cave to be social and to hunt for food at the local market. They can be found tweeting, watching anime, posting pictures of horses they ride, and tending after their aloe plant Cornwall. That’s a lie; the single plant has become an entire forest.
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Audiobook Review: One Call Away by Felice Stevens

When a brutal attack from a jealous competitor leaves Noah Strauss, darling of the modeling world, physically scarred and emotionally damaged, he quits the runway to become a psychologist. Using his contacts from his time in the spotlight, he creates One Call Away, a radio show dedicated to gay men looking for love, advice or someone to talk to. But with secrets of his own and a mother who refuses to understand the career path he's chosen, the one person Noah can't seem to help is himself.

On a drunken dare from the senior partner's grandson, Oren Leavitt calls Noah’s radio show, pretending to be gay. Only Oren isn't certain if he's pretending. He's left his strict Orthodox Jewish upbringing behind, but the guilt remains. Guilt that his actions have prevented his sister from finding a husband and guilt that he's failed his parents. Talking to "Dr. Noah" helps, and as he finds himself calling the man again and again, he knows he must be honest. But Oren is unsure if he's lying to Noah or himself.

For Noah, trust is paramount; he's been deceived in his personal and professional life and while he desperately wants to help Oren, he also finds himself falling for the sweet and tortured man. Oren is trapped: he risks losing his job and more importantly the love and security of his family but knows he can't hide if he wants to be with Noah. When unresolved heartaches from the past rise up to control the present, Noah and Oren discover that love often comes from the most unexpected places, and sometimes a call for help not only saves a life, it can be a new and beautiful beginning.

Narrated by: Seth Clayton
Listening Length: 10 hours and 54 minutes

I came for Seth. I didn't read the blurb. I'd never read anything by this author before. So I had no idea what was what. I know Ms. Stevens is super popular so hopefully I'm not going to get dragged for this. But...

We meet the Noah and Oren during, what turns out to be, a "prank" phone call to Noah's radio call in show. Oren is "posing" as a closeted gay man at the behest of his moronic, juvenile, idiotic, jackhole bosses. But the joke's on them because Oren actually is a closeted, gay man. I'll come back to idiots later.

A connection is formed during that phone call that defies explanation and this is what I kept circling back to. Insta relationships either work for me or they don't and in this case I never understood their connection, and so I couldn't let it go. As a reader I need to understand on some level especially when major life decisions, drastic changes and dramatic declarations start occurring. But it always falls back on this amorphous, intangible, all consuming connection that changed their lives forever.

I really tried to be down with this. I tried to tell that annoying voice that kept saying 'why, why, why, whyyyyy, WHY, WHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYY???' to shut her pie hole which worked for a minute till some other life altering decision was made due to THE CONNECTION and the face would reappear.

Oren is a good Jewish boy who loves his family with all his heart, supports them with his lawyering and believes that they will shun him if they learn his secret, so he's stepped away from his religion and thrown himself into work. Deeply in the closet, never been in love, so virgin, and convinced that he'll always be alone it was surprising and required reality suspension to believe the way he embraces Noah. There is some token resistance and angst but he makes some significant changes with relative ease. He also seems to be a seasoned veteran lickity split when it comes to all things gay sex.

Noah, now a psychologist, has his fair share of baggage from an attack which seemed to be fueled by jealousy over his modeling success and, subsequently, ended his modeling career. A godsend for Noah since he hated modeling but it's driven the wedge deeper between he and his mother. He's never addressed the pink elephant in the room where his mother is concerned and the attack itself left him with a host of body image issues. Yet again, I had to suspend reality when Oren's regard and magic peen seemed to cure Noah of those issues with a quickness.

The magic peen gets whipped out a lot, so loads of sexy times. They don't last very long but there are loads of them.

I've no idea how things would've worked out had a read this rather than listened to it, but the dialogue came across as exceptionally dramatic. OTT dramatic. Drama llama dramatic. Teenage dramatic. Dramatics are not my gig so... the face.

Those dramatics coupled with the frat house, persistently drunk or hungover, bullying, jackholery of Oren's boss drove me batshit. Harlan was so ridiculous... I can't even.

What I did like were the family dynamics of both of these men and the support that they receive from them and their friends. There are sweet and heartfelt moments between them that I enjoyed. Unfortunately they were usually followed by some... moments. That involved the face.

As far as Seth's narration, he delivered a nuanced and emotive performance like I knew he would. His somewhat subdued delivery matched the tone of the narrative. There were moments when his performance did affect me and I still marvel at the number of different accents he can do. However, even those moments and his performance weren't enough to overcome all the drawbacks, I'm sorry to say.

Recommend to instalove and hurt/comfort fans.

A review copy was provided.