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LOVE COMES AROUND by Andrew Grey

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LOVE COMES AROUND by Andrew GreyLove Comes Around by Andrew Grey
Series: Senses
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
ReviewedbyLisa

Carpenter Connor O’Malley is happy to lend a hand when he gets a call from Pleasanton Home for Children.  Once an orphan himself Connor loves to spend time with the kids once his work is completed.  Seeing Dan Harrington at the Home one day brings back memories of high school when he had a secret crush on the fellow student.

 

An extremely successful executive Dan left the hectic city life behind to return to the small town of his youth.  With the internet, Skype, and the rest Dan keeps in contact with his office as he builds a new life.  A product of the foster system Dan wants his own family starting with the adoption of six year old Lila.  Rejected because she needs crutches to walk Dan is thrilled to call Lila his daughter.

 

A misunderstanding by Connor almost derails a job offer from Dan.  Once the carpenter is set straight he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make Dan’s home safe and comfortable for another child the executive is hoping to adopt.  Both men have a hollow feeling inside from empty childhoods and neither have had much luck with relationships as adults so it’s difficult for either to take that first step.  Miscommunication doesn’t make things any easier.  Luckily Connor and Dan are willing to use patience and stubbornness to try to make it work between them.  Two busy careers, two fragile children, and two emotionally challenged men.  Romance, easy peasy, right?

 

Love Comes Around proves the power of the obstinate.  Seriously, Dan and Connor are crying out for love, wanting to have it, and wanting to give, share it.  Their romance is a triumph.  Learning how to love is a joy for readers to witness in Love Comes Around. Dan is so business driven that taking on two children with disabilities is almost too much even with a butler.  Connor is the right balance, with a similar childhood and a kind, patient spirit.  Not the most lovable characters at first but you will be cheering for them before Love Comes Around reaches its last page.

FORGIVING THAYNE by J. R. Loveless

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FORGIVING THAYNE by J. R. LovelessForgiving Thayne by J. R. Loveless
Series: True Mates #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: MM, Paranormal
ReviewedbyLisa

A visit to the Senaka pack brings unexpected results for wolf shifter Nicholas Cartright when he stops for a drink one evening.  Coming face to face with his true mate Thayne Whitedove, the son of the Alpha, is something he never saw coming.  What leaves Nick heartbroken however is Thayne’s reaction after their steamy encounter behind the bar.

 

Six months pass and Nick is still reeling from Thayne’s rejection of their true mate bond.  Home with the Emerald Lake Hills pack and his successful business doesn’t take his mind off his troubles.

 

Learning that Thayne is dealing with a killer Created One he accidently turned before they met answers some questions, yet Nick is certain that something else controls his mate’s actions.  Only by employing persistence and patience will Nick ever uncover the whole truth and maybe break down the wall surrounding Thayne’s heart.  Destroying the Created One together is the first order of business, bonding next.

 

Fraught with emotional angst, Forgiving Thayne is a darkly ominous suspenseful tale.  Nick is a straightforward, slightly damaged soul with his own heavy load of guilt from past mistakes.  Thayne is wrapped up in his own drama over the many mistakes he’s made which has turned him into a not very likeable guy.  It takes pretty much the entire story for Thayne to redeem himself and he doesn’t really make amends until almost the end.  Forgiving Thayne offers an engaging plotline with intriguing characters who evolve throughout their trials.  Nick is the one readers will be rooting for to get the love story he deserves.  Luckily wishes do come true for him.

FINAL ENCORE by Scotty Cade

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FINAL ENCORE by Scotty CadeFinal Encore by Scotty Cade
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, Gay
ReviewedbyCassie

After years of living for everyone else, Billy Eagan sets off for Nashville to follow his dream of breaking into country music.  Soon after he arrives, he finds a job at the Lazy H Ranch.  Owners Jean and Jules also own a club, and when Billy finds out they do open-mic nights he’s excited.  The crowds love him, and when he meets Jean and Jules’ friend, sexy agent Ian, he’s convinced things can’t get any better for him.

 

Ian’s attracted to Jules as well, but his past makes him hesitant to trust.  Not to mention the fact that he wants to help Billy break into the business.  Ian’s fears might not be the only problem they face, however.  Not everyone’s happy about Billy’s success…

 

Final Encore is a tale of love, luck, success, and revenge, with a big dose of the country music business.  Billy’s a sweet, simple, talented guy who has a knack for making friends.  Ian’s an excellent talent scout whose put-together exterior hides a damaged, lonely interior.  Of the two, I admit I preferred Ian.  Despite his occasional wishy-washiness, Ian was easy to root for.  I could sympathize with his fears about letting Billy close, although he caved awfully quickly.  Billy, on the other hand, sometimes struck me as too perfect, and too lucky, to be true. It was hard to believe that an aspiring star could have such a quick, easy rise to a big record deal.

 

Along with the love story between Billy and Ian, there are the parallel storylines of Billy’s rise to fame and the attempts by another character to get revenge on Billy.  I enjoyed the romance aspects of the story most, even if things went very quickly on that front.  I really liked that Billy didn’t waffle in his attitude toward Ian, no matter what Ian did, and that he was willing to try to help Ian past his issues. Billy’s experiences in the music world were interesting, and would probably appeal a lot to a country music fan.  As for the revenge story, it was pretty tame until the end, when a huge incident came kind of out of nowhere.  I have to admit, that despite the lack of suspense as to who the bad guy was (it was revealed at the beginning), the revenge attempt still got my attention.

 

While everything might have been a bit too quick and easy in Final Encore, it’s nonetheless an entertaining read.  It’s quick and sweet, and sure to appeal to fans of country music and rags-to-riches tales.

BEYOND THE RIFT by Alana Ankh

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BEYOND THE RIFT by Alana AnkhBeyond the Rift by Alana Ankh
Series: Elemental Lovers #1
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Fantasy, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Young Lord Behnivyr ‘Ivy’ Erethe, a Pure-Blood Andari is thrilled to finally reach manhood.  The downside is that he can no longer put off the arranged nuptials his parents planned for him with Marquis Torildy, a pompous, obnoxious lord.

 

In an act of defiance Ivy sneaks out of the mansion and attends a festival in the nearby town.  Everyone wears a mask which covers the face so no one will know who he is.  Ivy bumps into a Nikari who intrigues and charms the impressionable youth.  Little does Ivy know that he is spending the evening with His Imperial Majesty, the Morai Kristelien ‘Kris’ Fezenda.  The Emperor is there because he’s secretly investigating Ivy’s parents for subversion and conspiracy against the Emperor.

 

Kris is instantly smitten.  The multitude of men and women thrown at him over the years never made Kris feel the way he does around Ivy in only a few short hours. Though Kris promises they will be together again Ivy figures the Nikari is gently letting him down.  Ivy doesn’t know that a Nikari can scent his mate.

 

Facing his parents the following day Ivy figures when life becomes difficult he can draw on memories of his stolen evening to help him in the coming years.  The marriage plans are put on hold however when a summons arrives from the Emperor to attend a gathering in the capitol and, Ivy is expected to attend.  Ivy and his family are about to receive the surprise of a lifetime.

 

Savor this delightfully romantic carnal read.  A delicious treat from start to finish, Beyond the Rift is a lusty, imaginative tale.  Once readers grasp this world and its inhabitants there’s no going back from falling for Ivy and Kris.  It is especially easy to fall for the little Andari, charming, sassy and innocent Ivy is one of a kind.  Kris is everything a Morai should be and, manfully atones for the mistakes he makes along the way.  The first book in the Elemental Lovers series, Beyond the Rift is satisfying through and through. Book two can’t come soon enough.

 

A MATTER OF WHEN by Eden Winters

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A MATTER OF WHEN by Eden WintersA Matter of When by Eden Winters
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Rock god Henri Lafontaine, front man for Hookers and Cocaine is spiraling into his own personal version of hell.  Between hating the other band members, bullied by their manager, his own mother, and unable to leave the closet because of his mother’s machinations Henri is regretting his fame.  Rushed to the hospital everyone believes he’s overdosed while in reality it was a drink from a creepy fan that caused the problem.

 

Entering rehab for the peace and quiet Henri begins to take stock and take his life back.  First off he finds a way to oust his manager and hire Lucas Honeycutt who has a track record of reinventing singers.  Lucas insists on sending him to the wilds of Evergreen, Colorado once he’s out of rehab to train with an opera singer of all things.

 

It’s a shock to find a sexy guy his own age at the old fashioned house in the woods.  Sebastian Unger acts much older than he is and doesn’t seem to know what real fun is all about.  Maybe if Henri can get Seb to loosen up the backlash will cause the rock star to mature.  One can hope.  In the meantime maybe the two can meet halfway and explore their obvious attraction.  With Seb’s help Henri will be ready to take on the world, on his own terms.  Then it will be time to find out what’s going on with Seb and his ‘patron’.  Something isn’t right with them and it’s making Henri feel all grown up and protective.  See, maturity can rub off…

 

Entertaining from start to finish.  Readers will embrace A Matter of When.  Intelligent drama, emotional issues that hit the mark, and great dialogue, especially Henri’s inner thoughts both hilarious and insightful makes A Matter of When shine.  The rocker is something special, stronger than he realizes.  Seb on the other hand appears in control but needs Henri more than he’s willing to admit.  Watching their relationship unfold and blossom is seriously fun.  Enjoy A Matter of When.  You will, promise.

BRIGHT STAR by Talia R. Blackwood

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OUTING THE QUARTERBACK by Tara Lain

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SOLITUDE by Anna Martin and Tia Fielding

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SCARS ON HIS HEART by Jaime Samms

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