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TEMPER SANGUINE by Lou Harper

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TEMPER SANGUINE by Lou HarperTemper Sanguine by Lou Harper
Series: Sanguine #2
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2014-06-03
Genres: Erotica, Gay
Pages: 213
Reviewed by Lisa

One bite won’t kill you. Unless it does. Sanguine, Book 2Gabe Vadas’s slayer ancestors would be spinning in their graves if they knew that not only is his boss a vampire, so is his lover. But that lover, Harvey Feng, is cooking something up in his lab that he seems reluctant to disclose. The secrets they keep from each other and the nightmares they share are driving a wedge between them. Harvey fell off the vegetarian wagon with one taste of his lover’s blood. Except recently it’s been having some unusual—and disturbing—side effects. And he fears their connection has awakened something dark and dangerous. Sent to New York City to help the new top vamp clean up the mess the old one left behind, Gabe finds more than a few stray feral vampires. A doctor with a dubious history is hell-bent on creating a new race of unkillable bloodsuckers. The investigation takes Gabe and Harvey across an ocean, and deep into the past. Where they discover demons that have the power to reach across the centuries to destroy them both. Warning: Contains a tasty Hungarian goulash of dirty boys doing dirty things, bilingual dirty talk, evil scientists, shifty-eyed lab assistants, fun with lab rats, and smexy times in romantic Old Europe. Jó étvágyat!

Gabe Vadas comes from a long line of vampire hunters gifted with certain talents that give him an advantage when fighting the undead.  These days however, he’s pretty much joined with the enemy, what with working for the vampire leader in charge of Chicago and sleeping with his vampire lover, Harvey Feng.  Gabe can’t get the words out, but he can’t imagine life without Harvey by his side.

 

The lovers are sent to NYC at their boss’ order and find more than they bargained for with a nest of nasty feral vamps.  It seems that an undead doctor is experimenting on dying humans, as well as searching for an ancient supposedly killed long ago.

 

They next travel to Budapest following in the doctor’s wake where they end up hip deep in ferals and more mysteries.  As they battle the enemy, Gabe is well aware that Harvey is acting preoccupied and somewhat distant.  Whatever is bothering Harvey matters to his human lover.  Could it be something as simple as Gabe not saying those three little words or is it something else?  Harvey has the advantage of time, Gabe, not so much.

 

Life and death adventures await an intrepid vampire hunter and his vampire partner in Temper Sanguine.  A new mystery is waiting to be solved by the unique couple who charm and bedevil in this fast paced breezy thriller.  Great dialogue, original plotline, and engaging characters prove Temper Sanguine a worthy second story.  Easily a standalone tale and hopefully we haven’t heard the last of Gabe and Harvey.  They are magic together.

TEXAS TWO STEP by Cynthia D’Alba

TEXAS TWO STEP by Cynthia D’Alba

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TEXAS TWO STEP by Cynthia D’AlbaTexas Two Step by Cynthia D'Alba
Series: Texas Montgomery Mavericks #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2012-02-28
Genres: Contemporary, Western
Pages: 290
Reviewed by Vanessa

Their love never died, but her secrets could break his trust beyond repair. Texas Montgomery Mavericks, Book 1After six years and too much self-recrimination, rancher Mitch Landry is ready to admit he was wrong. He’d loved Olivia Montgomery but commitment wasn’t high on his list back then. That was his first mistake. He’s just divorced his second, and he’s set to do whatever it takes to convince Olivia to give him another try. Through hard work, determination and more than a few tears, Olivia survived the break-up with Mitch. She’s rebuilt her life around her business and the son she loves more than life itself. She’s not proud of the mistakes she’s made—particularly the secrets she’s kept—but when life hands you manure, you use it to make something better of yourself...lest you get stuck in it. At a hot, muggy Dallas wedding, they reconnect. Olivia’s first instinct is to play it cool, but after one devastating kiss things flare real out of control, real fast. Maybe a quick roll in the hay will get him out of her system once and for all. Funny thing about hay though, once it’s tangled in your hair, getting it out risks revealing things that were never meant to see the light of day. Warning: Contains hot sex, a vindictive ex-wife, and hot chocolate chip cookies.

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Mitch Landry didn’t think the time was right for Olivia to settle down with him six years ago, so he walked away from her hoping that she would experience more of life and be ready to jump in then.  However, six months after leaving her, he married his deceased brother’s pregnant girlfriend.  Mitch wanted to give the unborn child a name; he thought he was doing the honorable thing.  Now Mitch is back, ready to make amends for his decisions in the past and admit fault for hurting Olivia.  At least he was until he discovers what Olivia has been hiding from him all these years and now Mitch is madder than a hornet! 

Olivia Montgomery Gentry made her own decisions and moved on with her life the best way she knew how, especially because Mitch had left her with a parting gift.  One that she will do ANYTHING to protect!  Olivia has one divorce in her past, but she can’t truly regret that marriage because her ex had helped her through so much, and he still plays a role in her life.  However, Olivia doesn’t want Mitch to think they can take up where they left off, and she really doesn’t want him to discover her secret—a secret that apparently everyone knows about, but Mitch!  

Texas Two Step is a captivating, accomplished love story.  It kept me engaged and renewed my love of romance stories.  

Texas Two Step saved Mitch for me by providing his POV, because without it, I wouldn’t have minded him standing behind a horse or two.  He really did come across as that donkey’s behind, but what came out of his mouth didn’t always mesh with his thoughts.  Texas Two Step had Olivia coming across as being full of pride and this further explained her keeping the secret from Mitch.  Who would want him on those terms?  Well, obviously the ex-wife did, but that is another story.

I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that Texas Two Step had Olivia moving on with her life after Mitch rather than staying celibate and hoping and waiting for him to come back.  It was nice to see that while he felt his marriage shouldn’t bother her because it was family obligations, hers definitely bothered him. 

Texas Two Step is a recommended read because I got both POVs, and Mitch and Olivia were equal in the mistakes that they ultimately made, but they both had good intentions.  I found myself flipping from one side to the other throughout Texas Two Step as things were revealed.  I didn’t agree with the characters’ choices in their past, but I felt that the author fully justified their reasoning for making those decisions.  Ultimately, I felt Mitch and Olivia were completely sorry for the selections that they made, and they saw the other’s perspective as well.  In the end, Mitch just wants to work through the hindrances of the past and build a future together and, frankly, I was happy for them in the end of Texas Two Step

FAMILY MAN by Marie Sexton

FAMILY MAN by Marie Sexton

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FAMILY MAN by Marie SextonFamily Man by Heidi CullinanMarie Sexton
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-03-12
Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Pages: 268
Reviewed by Cassie

Sometimes family chooses you. How does a man get to be forty without knowing whether he’s gay? That’s a question Vince Fierro is almost afraid to answer. If he is gay, it’ll be a problem for his big, fat Italian family. Still, after three failed marriages, he can’t help but wonder if he’s been playing for the wrong team. There’s only one way to settle it, once and for all—head for Chicago’s Boystown bars, far from anyone who knows him. Naturally, he runs smack into someone from the neighborhood. Between working two jobs, going to school, taking care of his grandmother, and dealing with his mother’s ongoing substance abuse, Trey Giles has little time for fun, let alone dating someone who swears he’s straight. Yet after one night of dancing cheek-to-cheek to the sultry strains of Coltrane, Trey finds himself wanting to help Vinnie figure things out—no promises, and no sex. It seems like a simple plan, until their “no-sex” night turns into the best date of their lives and forges a connection that complicates everything. Warning: This book deals with alcoholism, broken promises, and overbearing little sisters.

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Forty-year-old Vince Fierro is at a crossroads. After three failed marriages, he suddenly begins to wonder if the problem isn’t that he chose the wrong women, but that he chose women at all. For a good Italian boy raised in a huge Catholic family, it’s a terrifying question to suddenly be asking himself. After confessing his confusion to his sister, he decides to take her advice and go to a gay bar. If he’s not attracted to anyone, he’s not gay. The experiment ends in miserable failure, until he runs into Trey Giles. 

Trey’s family and Vinnie’s have been friends forever. When Trey sees Vinnie at the bar, he’s astonished. Seeing Vinnie’s discomfort, he takes him to a jazz club, where they share a hot dance Trey can’t get out of his mind for days afterward. Between college, his two jobs, and taking care of his grandmother and mother, Trey really doesn’t have time to help a guy who’s just discovering he might be gay, but something about Vinnie makes Trey want to make the time. 

Can the tentative feelings forming between Vinnie and Trey survive Vinnie’s fears and Trey’s difficult circumstances?

I absolutely loved Family Man. Vinnie and Trey are wonderful characters. Both men are caretakers who feel a lot of responsibility toward their families. Vinnie’s huge Italian family is a lot of the reason he’s afraid to admit he might be gay. The last thing he wants to do is disappoint them, or cause them to turn from him. The family has strong Catholic beliefs that make Vinnie’s fears a real possibility. It’s during a plumbing job at the home of a married gay couple that Vinnie begins to consider he might be gay, and he freaks out. After gathering his courage, he tells his sister about what he’s been thinking, and thanks to her advice ends up at a gay bar. It’s not his scene at all, until Trey shows up. Trey’s more than a decade younger, and really attractive, and Vinnie is terrified of him—or more accurately, of the attraction he feels for him. Once he allows himself to go with the flow, however, he begins to enjoy himself. Unfortunately, no matter how much fun he’s having, or how much he’s starting to care for Trey, his fears won’t go away.

Trey has his own problems. At twenty-five, he’s still in school because he spends most of his time working to support his grandmother and alcoholic mother. He’s also still a virgin. Dating Vinnie, who isn’t anywhere near ready for sex, seems like the perfect way to have fun and spend time with someone without the demands another guy might put on him. Of course nothing is that simple, and pretty soon Trey starts to want the strings he thought he didn’t want. His feelings grow deeper and deeper, but his family and Vinnie’s could spell the end of their relationship.

Family Man has so many things going for it I couldn’t help but love it. Both heroes are men I’d want to know in real life. I sympathized with both of them, and shared in their joys and sorrows. The secondary characters, especially Trey’s grandma and Vinnie’s large, Italian family, are great. The conflicts are all realistic, and handled beautifully. The story is told in alternating styles—third person for Vinnie, and first person for Trey. That should have been weird, but was so well done that I ended up really liking it. The partnership of Marie Sexton and Heidi Cullinan brought all the best things about their work together into one delightful book. I can’t recommend Family Man highly enough.

THE COMMANDER by Cat Johnson

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THE COMMANDER by Cat JohnsonThe Commander by Cat Johnson
Series: Hot and Blue, Red
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-12-31
Genres: Contemporary, Military
Pages: 81
Reviewed by Jo

Just when they thought they were out of last chances, love comes around again. Red, Hot, & Blue, Book 12To his men on his SpecOps team, Hank Miller is simply the commander. They treat him like he’s more than a mere man, but Hank would be the first to admit he is full of the same fears, feelings and desires. He just doesn’t let them show. The military is his life, and that’s all he needs—until he travels to Pigeon Hollow for a wedding and meets the woman his men reverently call “Mama”. Lois Gordon is nothing like Hank envisioned. Instead of the plump, older woman happily baking pies in her farmhouse kitchen, Lois is a smart, sexy powerhouse who runs Gordon Equine...and tempts him to break all his own rules. The heat between them quickly flares into a weekend fling hotter than Lois’s oven. But with Hank’s dangerous career and two failed marriages between them, forever could be too much to ask for. Warning: Contains one smoking-hot mama and a man tough enough to not need pot holders to handle her.

Hank Miller has worked long and hard for his position in the military and for the last few years he has been the commander in charge of one of the best special ops teams.  While in just as good of shape as his men, time is starting to pass Hank by it seems.  After being misidentified during a training op, Hank begins to wonder if it’s time to accept a different job.  When asked to attend a wedding for one of his men, Hank agrees to and travels to a small town and meets a woman he only knew as “Mama” and gets the shock of his life.

Lois Gordon knows that she is really young to be the mother for three adult men, but they are the best thing that happened from her disaster of a marriage at a really young age.  Lois has worked long and hard to not only keep the family horse ranch in the family but to also raise her sons to be great men.  When one of her sons decides to have a rushed wedding at the ranch, Lois agrees and does her best to be ready for the crowd of people showing up.  Lois knows that the entire special ops team, that two of her sons are part of, is arriving along with the man who runs it. 

When Lois and Hank meet for the first time an instant heat sets both of them aback as neither expected to ever feel that type of feeling again.  Between baking pies and bachelorette and bachelor parties, these two middle age parents engage in a hot and silent weekend fling.  Neither Lois nor Hank do one night stands nor flings but it seems that the cards are against them as they will part when the weekend is over.  However, neither Lois nor Hank want to forget about the passion that sprang up between them and it will take all the logical and technical experience that Hank has gained to find a way to keep Lois and his career – not to mention informing both his and Lois’s children.

A wedding brings a second chance to two special people who never expected love to sprinkle dust on them a second time.  Lois and Hank learn that passion the second time around can be even hotter and more special in The Commander.  I have to admit that after reading the entire series so far, Hank really had been just the commander to the special ops guys for me also.  But once I learned more about Hank, I knew that he deserved the same type of happy ending that his men did.  I also have to admit the same thing with Lois, she was just the mother to two of the guys, and yet again I was drawn in to her back-story as it rolled out.  I loved watching as Lois and Hank met and then experienced a hot wave of passion. I just knew they had to find a way to make their future happen. I thought that Hank’s way to get all of Lois’s sons home was very crafty.  The Commander is a tale of fast blossoming love and hot passion for one well deserving couple, combined with the humor of life happening.

 

SECRET UNLEASHED by Sierra Dean

SECRET UNLEASHED by Sierra Dean

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SECRET UNLEASHED by Sierra DeanSecret Unleashed by Sierra Dean
Series: Secret McQueen #6
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-10-15
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 343
Reviewed by Jo

The darkest secrets are the hardest to unearth. Secret McQueen, Book 6After her last mission tested the limits of her humanity and took her out of this world, Secret’s friends, determined to keep her safe from her old nemesis Alexandre Peyton, keep ushering her from one babysitter to the next. Couch surfing would be a lot more fun if Alexandre would let up on her long enough to allow her to get in some alone time with her lovers. Including Holden, her self-appointed shadow. As if living out of coffin isn’t bad enough, Secret literally brings down the house while hunting a rogue, causing the council to exile her from New York—for her own safety, of course. With her list of people to trust getting shorter and shorter, Secret ends up embroiled in a mystery to find a vampire warden gone AWOL and a missing artifact. Things go from bad to worse when she falls into the hands of a man who will prove that humans can be the worst monsters of them all. Warning: Contains a cross-country journey, an unexpected family reunion, heated lovers’ embraces and a hell of a lot of trouble.

With the fallout from her last mission, which took Secret to her ultimate limits and at the end of which she discovered her biggest foe, Alexandre Peyton, had escaped, Secret has been trading one couch for another at friend’s homes.  Being babysat is driving her up the wall to say the least.  Heck, Secret hasn’t even been able to spend any time with either of her lovers.  But when Secret steps in at the last minute to help one of her protégés with a capture of a rogue – this time she brings down the house.  

Holden and Secret are shipped out to LA to help that council solve a problem.  Secret isn’t happy about this assignment but she can’t argue much when it’s from the leader of her council.  However, once Secret and Holden arrive in LA it’s to find out that certain things were left out from her folder – like just who it would be that she is hunting.  Secret thought the New York council was messed up, but she now see that maybe they are one of sanest councils in the bunch. 

Secret is now on the hunt for a vampire warden who appears to have gone AWOL and an artifact seems to be behind everything.  As Secret and Holden follow the clues in hopes of discovering exactly what happened, they will find a monster even worse than vampires.  They now know exactly what happened with the vampire warden and he didn’t go AWOL at all.  The horrors that Secret and Holden will endure will only be countered by their belief that they can get out alive and by Secret keeping it together to get them out.  Rescue comes from a usual avenue.  Loyalties are going to be called in to question before everyone can get back to New York.  Now Secret must decide if she can accept the price of them being rescued or not. 

When Secret and Holden are sent to LA for what seemed to be a simple job, they find that their very existence is threatened before it’s over in Secret Unleashed.  I couldn’t believe what Secret came up against in LA and even more, just who it was that she would have to hunt.  I have to say that I loved how she didn’t just take the council’s word on what had happened and instead uncovered her own clues.  I will say that there is no way I would ever want to go through the horrors that Secret and Holden had to and I know that their love kept them going and that Secret also had the love of Desmond to hold on to.  I have no idea where Secret is going to end up or with whom, but I do know that before her journey is over, she will be making her mark on the entire vampire and werewolf societies and I believe they need the shake up.  The last twist has me wondering just what is in store for Secret and her men in the future.  Secret Unleashed has moments of love and friendship and even more moments of horror and suspense – the most intense book of the series so far in my opinion.  If you have been following Secret’s path, this is a must read.  If you haven’t meet Secret yet, then go back to the beginning and come on board – it’s a wild ride but one so worth it.

MATT by Cat Johnson

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BULL by Cat Johnson

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TOO MANY FAIRY PRINCES by Alex Beecroft

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THE UNITED AND DIVIDED by L. A. Witt

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MERRY GENTLEMEN by Josephine Myles

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