Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

FIRE INSIDE by Dawn Douglas

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FIRE INSIDE by Dawn DouglasFire Inside by Dawn Douglas
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

The St. Louis Fire Foxes are on a winning streak thanks to the hottest find in the NBA, Tyler Haley.  Signed straight from high school, the big, blonde kid’s talent has made the young team steadily raise over the past few years, right to a shot at the championship.

 

Recently retired from years of active duty sucking up desert sand Captain Eric ‘Ram’ Ramos takes a position as Haley’s assistant.  According to team owner Mrs. Brady the kid’s previous employees spent more time screwing each other and his girlfriend than doing their jobs.  It’s ironic that part of the reason he’s hired is because he’s gay.

 

Though Ram is far from a psychology degree it’s patently obvious to him that Tyler is starving from a lack of basic kindness and decency.  Years in the foster system and a loss of identity left Tyler thirsting for someone to care about him.  Ram feels an empathy he never expected for the lonely young man.  He can tell that something is going on with Tyler as well.  Their relationship is evolving into something far more than friendship and neither wants to stop it.

 

Author Dawn Douglas delivers an emotionally charged tale of love in Fire Inside.  Their romance is seductive in a quiet, genuine, slowly developing manner.  Straightforward, no nonsense Ram connects from the first with awkward, naïve Tyler.  It’s a joy to witness their relationship grow.  Told in first person point of view by Ram there’s some truly snarky dialogue that adds depth to their story.  Seriously touching, Fire Inside gives heart and hope to their love.  Only problem is that it ends.

THE FALCONER’S LURE by A. J. Marcus

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THE FALCONER’S LURE by A. J. MarcusThe Falconer's Lure by A. J. Marcus
Series: Ren Faire Romance
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

College student and falconer in training Garrett Nicholson travels with his father Johan to seasonal faires entertaining and educating the public.  When they aren’t on the road they are home at The Sky’s the Limit Raptor Rehab Center where Garrett’s mom, a vet runs things.

 

At the Hawkswood Fantasy Faire outside Ft. Worth the young falconer meets nineteen year old Trevor DePalma.  Having recently broken off a long term relationship Garrett is leery of starting anything new, but can’t help his attraction to Trevor.

 

Offering free help with the raptors Trevor is genuinely interested in both the birds and Garrett.  For the first time in a long time someone is treating him like a regular guy rather than something to ignore.  He doesn’t know how to tell Garrett that he’s homeless and has been living on the streets for the past two years after his father discovered he was gay and kicked him out.  Trevor is well aware that he needs to come clean.  If Garrett truly loves him it shouldn’t matter, right?

 

Sweet, young love is put to the test in The Falconer’s Lure.  The plight of gay kids and parental acceptance is honestly showcased in this engaging story.  Realistic characters deal with a tough subject while at the same time raptor care is discussed in a fascinating, interesting manner.  The Falconer’s Lure deals with a grim subject matter and a burgeoning romance.  Comes up a winner.

LETTING LIER AND FINDING PAX by Harper Moon

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LETTING LIER AND FINDING PAX by Harper MoonLetting Lier and Finding Pax by Harper Moon
Series: The Solar Sailors Saga
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: MM, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Lisa

The royal houses of Lionne and Ankar of Arden have long held duel kingship on their planet.  The princes, Pax of Lionne and Lier of Ankar are next in line to rule.  Growing up side by side they fell in love which they knew was forbidden.  Adding to the difficulties Lier’s magical abilities were far stronger than they should’ve been and he knew that the people would fear him rather than embrace him if his secret came out.  Lier renounced his crown and fled the planet, leaving Pax to pick up the pieces of his broken heart.

 

Years later peaceful Arden is conquered by Sardius, Emperor of Atros, a warrior race that lives on blood.  Ruthlessly killing or converting the entire population into blood drinkers Sardius realizes his mistake too late.  He needs the blood of a native of Arden untainted by conversion to conquer and control other star systems.

 

The race is on to locate and retrieve Lier, the last of the Ankar.  Sardius sends his son, Commander Raze to find the lost prince before the freedom fighters can hide him.  The ultimate prize has spent years learning how to survive alone.  He won’t be easy to catch and hold onto.  Unless he’s willing…

 

Author Harper Moon pens a fascinating adventure in Letting Lier and Finding Pax.  The twists and turns are everywhere in this wild journey through the stars.  Lier and Pax are incredibly complex characters, sometimes not even likeable, yet always unforgettable.  Every new chapter brings new perils and clues which keep the reader thoroughly engaged.  Letting Lier and Finding Pax is an intense and complicated tale that doesn’t end with the last chapter.  Sometimes brutal, Letting Lier and Finding Pax will keep you riveted and guessing.  Beware this is not a typical romance, far from it.

IN THE WINGS by Jaime Samms

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IN THE WINGS by Jaime SammsIn The Wings by Jaime Samms
Series: Off Stage #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: BDSM, Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

The emotional implosion almost completely fractured rising band Firefly.  Between the fallout from Ace’s death and the destruction of trust after lead guitarist Lenny Stevens and lead singer Damian’s fight there wasn’t much left to hold everyone together.

 

Country superstar Vance Ashcroft saw something worth loving in Len and took him away from the band and onto his ranch far from civilization.  Vance relishes his Dom instincts and hoped it would help the obviously submissive Len.  For every step forward however in their tentative relationship they take two destructive steps back which is further crumbling the guitarist’s bleeding soul.

 

Finding a balance, evolving as a couple and mending Len’s shattered psyche is the only way they can stay together.  It is the only way he can return to the music he once lived and breathed.  Only now he has someone real and honest to help him survive.

 

Author Jaime Samms doesn’t miss a beat in the volatile tale In the Wings as characters scramble and stumble for emotional survival.  The page sometimes literally bleeds for Len and Vance with every wrong step a bloodbath of drama.  Brutal and unflinching, In the Wings will put readers through the wringer at times.  It would also be best if readers read this series in order to better understand the dynamics of the band members though each can be understood as a standalone story. Incredibly moving, In the Wings exposes some ugly truths and finishes with a hopeful future.

ALL OF ME by Cardeno C.

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ALL OF ME by Cardeno C.All Of Me by Cardeno C.
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: MM, Paranormal
Reviewed by Lisa

It was decided to merge together the Nasa River Pack and the Sunset Valley Pack by bonding together the next generation of Alphas to make one larger, stronger pack.  Once Abel Nasa was born followed by Zakai Berura a few years later a blood bond ceremony cemented their mating.   Even when Kai’s father died and another was chosen as Alpha until the boys came of age to formally mate the agreement stood.

 

On the day Abel expected to mate with Kai and merge their packs together the young Nasa River Alpha witnessed his bond mate from the Sunset Valley pack taking part in an unforgivable act.  Shocked and inconsolable Abel called off the merger.

 

It has been almost a decade since Kai broke Abel’s heart.  The stoic Alpha controls the Nasa River pack with a firm, just hand and ignores any news or gossip from the nearby Sunset Valley pack.  Each day he puts one foot in front of the other and mentally counts down the hours until the day is done.  When the sun comes up the ritual begins again.  Every day is like the last until the day Kai’s younger sister comes knocking and calls Abel a coward to his face for turning his back on his mate.

 

Destiny misfires for fated mates in All of Me.  A darkness descends on two packs and their young Alphas in a tale of major miscommunication.  Abel is justified in feelings of betrayal, Kai in his feelings of being worthless.  Their journey is bittersweet for both.  A lot of swirling emotion is packed within All of Me.  The one who causes all their misery is built up as all powerful and clever, but the confrontation is a letdown.  All of Me has sympathetic characters in an engaging plotline with a less than sterling climax.

KISS OF THE DARK PRINCE by Jade Astor

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NICO’S FIRE by Sui Lynn

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PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan Loy

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THE PROTECTOR by Cooper West

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