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SONG OF THE NAVIGATOR by Astrid Amara

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SONG OF THE NAVIGATOR by Astrid AmaraSong of the Navigator by Astrid Amara
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: MM, Science Fiction

Life on the Dadelus-Kaku Station is everything Tover Duke could wish for.  He enjoys a privileged existence in the hotel penthouse with an aviary built to his specifications.  All because he was born with a gift that allows Tover to move objects with his mind.  There are only a handful of skilled navigators in the known universe and the Harmony Corporation likes to keep him happy and content.  The only thing his bosses frown on are his personal tastes in partners, even though it’s acceptable to have male companions.

 

After an extravagant birthday celebration Tover is shocked when his sometime lover Cruz Arcadio forcibly kidnaps him.  Tover can’t believe that the man he secretly loves is nothing more than a Pulmon Verde terrorist fighting the imminent terraforming of Cruz’s native planet Carida.

 

Tover suffers unimaginable hell after Cruz sells him and abandons him on a station run by brutal mercenaries.  His captors break Tover physically and mentally before Cruz returns to rescue him.  Taken to Carida to heal his hatred of Cruz is understandable.  Once he finally listens to his one time lover and the truth is presented he doesn’t know how he can go back to his past life.  The only certainty is that the Harmony Corporation isn’t about to lose their golden boy regardless of what he’s learned.  After all they are behind the coming destruction of Carida.

 

An emotional tour de force, Song of the Navigator compels the reader to feel this story.  From a rarified life to a bare bones existence Tover’s world is shaken apart.  Incredibly moving, the navigator endures a living nightmare and the reader is right there alongside him.  Song of the Navigator skillfully blends a taunt drama with tense situations and sexual intensity.  Brutal, challenging, and action packed Tover and Cruz overcome the odds.  Be ready to applaud these characters. Strap in for a wild ride in Song of the Navigator.

CYBER ILLUSIONS by Nikki Duncan

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CYBER ILLUSIONS by Nikki DuncanCyber Illusions by Nikki Duncan
Series: Sensory Ops #6
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Suspense

Taryn Bellamy is one of the top illusionists right now, and she works very hard on her show to make sure she stays that way.  While her show and her employees are important to her, the most important people in her world are the twins that Taryn has raised since a friend left them to her.  Raising twins, especially super smart ones, has been even more challenging than coming up with her next great illusion for her show.

 

Tyler Greer is an FBI agent and a tech genius who is part of a very special FBI team—one where the members have psychic abilities that they use to help them close cases.  Tyler has been on the tail of a cyber hacker who has been breaking into his systems to leave the team clues. Now Tyler might have found the person behind it and that person his coming right into his area.  What Tyler thinks will be a takedown of a cyber hacker and maybe a chunk out of an art theft ring turns into a night that will change his life forever.

 

Taryn learns that one of the twins has not only left town, but has tracked down her father and is attempting to contact him all alone. Time is of the essence as Taryn flies to Miami and comes face-to-face with Tyler, the twins’ father.  Things turn touchy as Taryn tells Tyler that not only is he a father, but that one of his kids is somewhere in Miami all alone.  Things get even touchier when Taryn learns just what the twins have been up to, and to top it off, Taryn is a suspect in an art theft ring that Tyler and his team are trying to bring down. Not a promising start to say the least and then you have an instant attraction between Taryn and Tyler. Taryn and Tyler work to break the art ring and prove her innocence, but will this be the end of their time together or has the illusion of their love become a permanent fact?

 

An illusionist, an FBI agent, cyber hackers, art thieves, and two really smart teenage twins all come together in Cyber Illusions.  I had to laugh as I saw just what the twins had been doing with Tyler without anyone knowing.  I loved Taryn as I saw just how she cared for the twins and how she was so up front with Tyler when they met. I couldn’t imagine just how shocked Tyler was when he found out that not only did he have kids, but they are twins and just what they were up to.  I loved how Taryn didn’t try to keep the twins from Tyler even as she was proving to him that she was not an art thief.  Watching as all four of them became a family kept me turning the pages. I foresee many loving headaches with Taryn and Tyler as the twins grow up and get into even more mischief.  Cyber Illusions is a great mixture of suspense, passion, and putting the best interest of children in front that makes Taryn and Tyler’s romance a great one.

 

MIRAGE by Monica Burns

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MIRAGE by Monica BurnsMirage by Monica Burns
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyAmelia

Alexandra Talbot is at the British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone, to help shore up research her later father and uncle did about the city of Per-Ramesses and the tomb of Nourbese, Pharaoh’s beloved. But when she arrives, and the director finds out that “Alex” Talbot is a woman and not a man, she is refused permission to see the stone, until Lord Blakeney comes to her aid.

 

Half-Bedouin, half-British, Lord Blakeney has been corresponding with Alex’s father for years. He’s set to lead Mr. Talbot on an expedition to Egypt in search of Per-Ramesses, and is saddened to learn of the man’s death. He wants to help Alex, who fascinates him, but having been introduced to her as Lord Blakeney, he doesn’t quite know how to tell her he’s also Sheikh Altair Mazir.

 

Alex agrees to let Lord Blakeney guide her on her expedition. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him, or learn the many secrets he hides along the way, but she does. She’s also fighting against someone who wants her dead, and doesn’t want Per-Ramesses found. Will Alex find her lost city, and will Altair protect her? More importantly, will they learn to trust each other?

 

I love all things ancient Egyptian, so I was fascinated by the blurb for Mirage. The story does not disappoint, and is full of wonderfully done research and fascinating adventure as Alex searches for Per-Ramesses. It was also delightful to watch Alex and Altair learn to love each other and deal with each other’s strong characters.

 

Their love is strong, and it was a pleasure to watch it unfold. If you like adventure, romance and history then Mirage is the book for you.

 

CROSSING BORDERS by Z. A. Maxfield

CROSSING BORDERS by Z. A. Maxfield

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CROSSING BORDERS by Z. A. MaxfieldCrossing Borders by Z. A. Maxfield
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, MM
ReviewedbySabella

Tristan is all about having fun as a college student, but he never forgets his family, especially since his father died.  Tristan is also trying to figure out why, after a long string of girlfriends offering as much sex as he wants, he still is vaguely unsatisfied.  So Tristan figures its time to take a walk on the wild side and try sex with a man and see if it’s any different.  So armed with The Plan, Tristan hits the neighboring Borders store and picks up just about every available gay title and sits himself down in the café to see what he can catch.  However, he didn’t count on Officer Helmet, the bane of his existence, being there and offering, through text messaging, color commentary on all the men that approach Tristan.  So as Tristan is ready to pack up and give up on The Plan netting him a walk on the wild side, he finds himself somehow being picked up by none other than Michael Truax, Officer Helmet!

 

Michael Truax has been trying to catch Tristan to give him another ticket and check him out now that he is legal.  But what started as a friendly and safe offer to introduce Tristan into the joys of gay sex, quickly turns into something more – especially since Michael has had his eye on Tristan for a long time.  But Tristan is nineteen, almost ten years younger than Michael, and Michael fears that Tristan will break his heart when he leaves to experiment with other men or go back to girls.  But despite the age difference and their different lifestyles, somehow Michael and Tristan manage to make it work – for a while.  Because when Michael is seriously injured on the job, Tristan isn’t sure he could survive the death of another person close to him.  Can Michael convince Tristan that he is worth the chance?

 

Tristan is so young and not really ready to settle down – even if he is head over heals in love, but Michael is old enough that that is exactly what he wants with Tristan.  Can Michael wait for Tristan to grow up a little and can Tristan trust that Michael will keep his heart safe?

 

I think that I have become a Z.A. Maxfield fan for life!  Crossing Borders is a funny, sensual, romantic read which is, of course, scorchingly hot.  Tristan and Michael pack so much emotion and sensuality into each and every encounter that you share their impatience when waiting for them to be together again.  Tristan is young, impulsive, impetuous and so completely charming and loyal that you will be charmed by him on his very first appearance, but the strongest trait that makes Tristan an unforgettable character is his complete earnestness about himself and what he wants.  Michael is old enough to be cautious and experienced enough to guide Tristan during his exploration of his desire for men.  But when love comes into the equation, Michael will steal your heart completely as he oh so carefully reveals this truth to Tristan and waits with baited breath for Tristan’s reaction.  These two and their story are so memorable and compelling that I can almost guarantee that you will be reading their story more than once and eagerly awaiting Z.A. Maxfield’s next book.  Crossing Borders is the perfect read when you are looking for a great romance that will heat you up, melt your heart and wring a tear or two before it’s over.  I Joyfully Recommend Crossing Borders, it’s a book that will keep you up well into the night because you will want to finish it all in one sitting and you will resent all intrusions that pull you away from Tristan and Michael.  Get Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield today, you won’t regret it!

UNDER FIRE by Beth Cornelison

UNDER FIRE by Beth Cornelison

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UNDER FIRE by Beth CornelisonUnder Fire by Beth Cornelison
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Suspense
ReviewedbyLey

Kidnapped by terrorists wanting governmental research secrets from him, scientist Jackson McKay finds himself fighting for his life and the life of his eight-year-old daughter. He escapes his captives on top of a mountain that’s engulfed with flames from a raging wildfire. Eluding his captives while trying to escape the fires of the burning mountain and find his way back to the cabin where his daughter is held seems impossible until he stumbles upon Lauren Michaels.

 

Lauren, a smokejumper, finds she’s fighting more than fires as she quickly becomes involved with helping Jackson off the burning mountain. Lauren, never one to run from danger, finds her adrenaline levels thrown into overdrive not only from the fire and running from terrorists, but also from the feelings Jackson is awakening inside of her.

 

When I opened this book and saw it was over three hundred pages, I thought this would take a while to read. I was wrong. Under Fire opens up emotionally charged, and the tension and suspense continues through to the last page. Along the journey, secrets are revealed and new conflicts arise. This is a fantastic novel and Beth Cornelison is a fantastic suspense writer. Her characters were so well-written that they all felt like major characters, no matter how small their presence in the book was. None of her characters were one-dimensional. Even the terrorists had hearts and conjured feelings of sympathy from me. The relationship between Lauren and Jackson, which evolved from a need to expend built-up tension, did not take away from the high suspense and intrigue of the story. Under Fire is an exhilarating, high tension story and Ms. Cornelison’s side effect warnings of racing pulse, missed sleep, and nail-biting have been scientifically proven. I enjoyed every word of Under Fire and I Joyfully Recommend it.

 

 

A PRINCE AMONG MEN by Cat Johnson

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BEAUTY BITES by Mary Hughes

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EDGED BLADE by J. C. Walker

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DAVID’S SELFIE by Daisy Harris

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