Friday, May 19, 2017

Ellery Mountain series review tour: The Fireman & The Cop (book 1), The Teacher & The Soldier (book 2) and The Carpenter & The Actor (book 3)


Ellery Mountain Series

The Fireman & The Cop (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Teacher & The Soldier (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Carpenter & The Actor (Book #3) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Doctor & The Bad Boy (Book #4) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Paramedic & The Writer (Book #5) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Barman & The SEAL (Book #6) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Agent & The Model (Book #7) Amazon US | Amazon UK

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

The Fireman & The Cop

Rescuing a cop from a burning precinct is in Max’s job description; falling in love was never part of the deal.

Max Harrison moved from the city to take up a role as assistant to the mayor, while also a volunteer firefighter. When he meets Finn Ryan in Ellery, he falls in lust that burns as hot as the fires an arsonist is setting in town.

Finn Ryan is a cop, and somehow he’s attracted trouble. Going back into a fire to rescue the town drunk is just the start. Now he has to rely on the man he’s falling for to make sure it doesn’t end with him dying.


The blurb pretty much says it all, except that The Fireman & The Cop is one hell of a mystery novel. I love all the characters, even the town drunk.

Max and Finn are awesome main characters. Daniel and Kieran are great supporting characters, and you can actually feel the bond of friendship between Max, Daniel and Kieran. The relationship that Max and Finn share make it so that one moment you want to hug them, the next you want to rent a couple of 18-wheelers to pull their heads out of their asses.

Overall it's a great read, and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.


The Teacher & The Soldier

Soldier, Daniel Skylar, falls hard and heavy for school teacher Luke Fitzgerald. How can he make him stay in Ellery?

Luke Fitzgerald left Ellery Mountain for college and vowed never to come back. When his abusive father is murdered, he has no choice but to return. Luke only goes home to sell off his share of the Ellery Mountain Cabins, but everything changes when he meets the son of the other owner. Daniel Skylar lives every day to the limit and sees a future in Luke.

It doesn’t matter what Daniel says, or how much he needs Luke. Luke isn’t staying once everything is sold off. Surely Daniel can understand that what they have between them is just a two-week fling; there is no way it could be love.

Can Daniel persuade Luke that they are in love, and they can build a future together?



In typical RJ Scott style, which I really like, Ms. Scott gives us a look into the life of Daniel Skylar, son of Brenda Skylar, co-owner of Ellery Mountain Cabins. We learn more about Daniel's life in the military, his dreams and aspirations. I really like the tall, dark and sexy Daniel. Being former military like Daniel, I can easily relate to Daniel. I think of all the characters I've read about so far, Daniel is the one I like the most.

This is no way detracts from my enjoyment of other characters. I like them all, and I really like the story line.

Having been brought up in an abusive household, I can also really relate to Luke. Ms. Scott's depiction of Luke's life, right down to the description of his past bruises is spot on.

The more I read about Ellery and it's inhabitants, the more I think I'd like live there.

Well done, Ms. Scott. 5 out of 5 stars!


The Carpenter & The Actor

Jason is running from tragedy, hiding in Ellery, but it’s only when he meets Kieran that he finds love.

Jason McInnery, hounded by the paparazzi after his brother’s death, runs to the one place where he hopes people won’t sell him out. The place where he was born. Hiding in the tourist cabins at Ellery Mountain Resort out of season, he thinks he finally has room to breathe.

Kieran Dexter is a man who knows what he wants; gorgeous actor Jason tied up and begging. When the hottest sex he’s ever had turns to feelings of love, he’s faced with convincing Jason to give them a try and stay in Ellery.


Another well-written novel from RJ Scott.

To be honest, while I enjoyed learning more about Kieran and the gang, this story just didn't do it for me.

Yes, the characters were well developed and the plot solid, I just didn't enjoy it as much as I have her other works.

I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.




May 10 - Reading In Sarah's Corner, Bonkers About Books, MM Good Book Reviews
May 12 - Dog-Eared Daydreams, Foxylutely
May 13 - Padme's Library
May 15 - Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
May 17 - The Geekery Book Review, Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books, Keysmash
May 19 - The Romantic Fanatatic, Making It Happen, Jim's Reading Room, Bayou Book Junkie, Xtreme Delusions



Author Bio

RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cover reveal: The Ties That Bind by S. Davidson

Title: The Ties that Bind
Author: S. Davidson
Genre: M/M Fiction
Release Date: June 1, 2017 Cover Art: Rue Volley Editor: EAL Editing Service Publisher: Encompass Ink Publishing
Flashback 1990's - Rollerblades, bungee jumping, the laptop, cellular phones the size of bricks, and AIDS - the gay men's cancer This is a story about love, friendship, and family. It is a story about growing up, about trying to change the past and the realization that no matter how fast, or how far we run, that The Ties That Bind us as children, many times come back to haunt us as adults. We become part of the life of a young counselor, Morgan, who specializes working with homeless, male hustlers. He seems like an angel from heaven to many. He cares deeply for every one of his boys and would literally die to save them from harm. He deprives himself of life's basic needs in order to reach just one more, but why? Morgan has his own agenda to work out, his own demons to exorcise. While avoiding his own past, he meets a particular young man, Greg, who is able to see through this well-crafted, public image. Greg sees Morgan's pain and denial. It is in this discovery, this role reversal that Greg, a life-long hustler begins to heal himself. He helps Morgan come to terms with his own violent past. Greg becomes his strength, the knife to cut the rope and release the guilt Morgan has denied for years. Just as they both begin to heal, Greg discovers the truth. The Ties That Bind can sometimes be very restricting but many times we find that The Ties That Bind can also provide our strength. The Ties That Bind are necessary for the sustenance of life.
“I do have something else to tell you about. Don't yell at me, okay? He, um, turned nineteen a few weeks ago,” Brice said quickly.

“Nineteen!” Morgan blew, swerving to avoid hitting the car in front of him. “Nineteen? What are you trying to do to me, Brice? Put me out of business? First, you tell me he needs to be watched. Then you tell me he is going to stay with you, in your one-bedroom apartment. Then you tell me he's at least two years older than any of the kids we take! If I didn't know better, I would think you wanted a playmate! These kids are hustlers, Brice. They have one thing on their minds! If this kid is even left in a room alone with any of the other boys, I've got to deal with a 'contributing to the delinquency of a minor' charge or he's hit with a statutory rape charge! When it involves two boys under my roof, I'm out of work and in jail as fast as City Hall can do it. Don't you realize they are always looking for a way to shut me down as it is? I bet you made a promise to Carol that I would take him, too! What in the hell were you thinking about, Brice?”

“I read your file on him.” Brice remained perfectly calm. “Morgan, you taught me to never give up on a kid, no matter how hard it was. You've got pages written on him. Your last entry was over six months ago. Morgan, its Gregory Wescott,” Brice said.
Shelly always had a goal to get a book in print. Well, that goal has been met. Another coming June 1, 2017, and one more still in the works. Always finding writing to be a way to escape into another world, M/M fiction is her passion and causing her beautiful boys a bit of agony is just what she does. None of her characters are flawless and most are pretty damn messed up! But they always persist, always try to be the best men they can be and hopefully find a kindred spirit along the way. Shelly is a mother, grandmother, and has a Bachelor’s in Social Services. Come on over to her Facebook page for current and upcoming release info. While she doesn't post about what she's having for dinner or what movie she's watching, she will give you info on her writing when there is news to share. Just remember, no matter who you are or what beliefs you practice, love is love and we all deserve to love.
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New from Nicky James: New Beginnings: Abel's Journey

Title: New Beginnings: Abel's Journey
Follow Up novel to No Regrets
Author: Nicky James
Word Length: 100K
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance 18+
Release: May 17, 2017
Life is beyond our control. It can bring joy, laughter, and happiness, then turn around and rip your heart out of your chest without warning. Abel Matheson received a cold dose of life’s reality six months ago when the man he loved most lost his fight against cancer. Free-spirited, easy-going Abel doesn’t know how to cope with the rotting, festering grief growing inside him. What was once an easy life has become a struggle to put one foot in front of the other. His grades are slipping, his job is suffering, money is tight, and the nightmares plaguing his sleep are relentless. Something has to give. He can’t keep going like this. Desperate to end his suffering, Abel falls back on old habits. Self-destructive habits he knows are wrong. Every time he tries to stand, he ends up face-first in the mud. On the advice of a counselor, Abel makes attempts to find a support system to help him handle his grief. Unexpectedly, during his quest toward healing, Abel makes a connection with the most unlikely of people. His mind wants to rebel against the man who stands before him. Run far and fast in the other direction. But his heart forms a bond that annihilates his fear. Why this man of all people? Sometimes you find help and love where you least expect it.

Nicky James lives in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada. She is mother to a wonderful teenage boy and wife to a truly supportive and understanding husband who, thankfully, doesn’t think her crazy.
Nicky has always had two profound dreams in life; to fall back hundreds of years in time and live in a simpler world and to write novels. Since only one of those dreams was a possibility, she decided to make the other come alive on paper.
Nicky writes MM romance books in a variety of styles including contemporary, medieval, fantasy, and historical.
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New release from Jamie Lynn Miller - Hunted Soldier (Shadow Unit book 3)



BLURB:
Hunted Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 3)

The hunters become the hunted when the past returns to haunt Sergeants Connor Finley and Shawn Weller with deadly vengeance.

In the wake of the harrowing missions in India and Pakistan, Connor struggles to come to terms with causing the accidental death of a child, while Shawn tries to put Julian’s betrayal behind him.

Adding to the emotional fallout, new trials arise - the appearance of a young man from Connor’s past turned stalker may have fatal consequences for him, while Shawn must confront his former heroin addiction and break free of the hold it still has on him.

The challenges continue when a Shadow Unit undercover op in Bangladesh to shut down the pipeline of terrorists being smuggled into the UK draws Shawn and Connor into a web of lies and deceit from a man hell bent on exacting revenge on the two soldiers - demanding a life for a life.

Will Connor and Shawn survive? Or will the jungle become their final resting place?
DON’T MISS CONNOR AND SHAWN’S PREVIOUS MISSIONS IN “BROKEN SOLDIER” AND “ROGUE SOLDIER”, PLUS THE HOLIDAY SHORT STORY “SNOWBOUND SOLDIERS”!

EXCERPT:
Shawn had been correct in his one assumption—the break in the tree line was not natural. The jungle had indeed been artificially cut back. But what he couldn't see in the semi-darkness from his perch in the tree was the eight-foot tall chain link fence that stretched for as far as Shawn and Connor could see. The area they had been dropped in, the booby-trapped expanse they'd been traversing, was no open piece of jungle. This was a private killing ground.
The escape route looked easy. Too easy. Just climb up and over the fence to freedom. Shawn and Connor approached the fence cautiously, both of them too well trained to take anything at face value, and Shawn felt the fine hairs on his arm stand up, sensing the hidden danger—an electric current running through the fence. Connor must have sensed it, too, as he shot Shawn a look.
"Knife," he said.
Shawn withdrew it from his pocket and flicked it open. He and Connor took a few steps back and Shawn tossed the knife at the fence. As soon as it made contact sparks flew from the metal, confirming their suspicions.
Shawn retrieved his knife and they immediately searched for another way over the fence. But their enemy had been clever—he had cut the trees back far enough from the fence so no one could climb out on one of the branches and jump off, clearing the top of the fence.
"Fuck!" Shawn cursed again, raking a hand back through his hair. "This asshole's thought of everything, hasn't he?"
"We don’t have a choice now. We have to make it back to the compound," Connor said.
"We'll stay close to the outside of the tree line so we don’t run across any other booby traps in the jungle," Shawn replied. "Then–"
The rest of his words abruptly cut off at the sound of gunshots ringing out, shattering the quiet. Shawn and Connor dropped into a crouch, Shawn's heart rate accelerating as adrenaline flooded through his body. They were out of time. The hunt had begun.
Without discussion, he and Connor moved as one back into the jungle, away from the direction the shots had come from, but still toward the compound. Plan A was now off the table. They couldn't be caught in the open running along the tree line. They would be picked off like ducks in a shooting gallery. The deadly jungle offered their only concealment.
Shawn knew they were moving too fast, but at this point they had to. Another volley of shots rang out and Shawn chanced picking up the pace. He instantly knew it was the wrong decision as he felt his left foot come down on the hidden pressure plate.
His combat-honed reflexes kicked in as the double row of bamboo spikes sprang up from their ground cover camouflage, heading straight for his chest. He violently twisted his body to the side, trying desperately to get out of the path of the deadly projectiles, just as Connor grabbed his arm and jerked him away.
Their combined effort saved Shawn's life, but they weren't fast enough to move him completely out of harm's way, and two of the spikes tore into and across Shawn's right side. Off balance, they both tumbled and hit the ground hard. Shawn gnashed his teeth together to keep from crying out at the intense pain and giving away their location.
Shawn clamped his hand to his injured side, feeling the warm blood coat his fingers as Connor rolled him onto his back, his partner also grimacing from the hard landing that must have further aggravated his cracked rib.
Connor pushed at Shawn's torn shirt, trying to look at Shawn's wound. "Move your hand, Shawn, let me see…"
"Oh, fuck, that hurts," Shawn ground out as Connor probed cautiously with his fingers. "How bad is it?"
Connor quickly removed his long sleeved outer shirt and tore it into strips. "They gouged pretty deep. But it doesn't look like they penetrated far enough to do internal damage."
Shawn bit down on his lip as Connor swiftly and efficiently bandaged his wounds with the strips from his shirt. "Well, I did say I'd take the next injury. You're welcome," he cracked, trying to grin through the pain.
Connor grinned back, tying off the last of the bandages. "That was big of you, mate, but what say we call it even now?"
"I'd say that sounds like a great idea," Shawn groaned, then held his bloody hand out to Connor. "Now help me up."
 
BIO:

Jamie Lynn Miller has been writing fiction since childhood and decided to take the plunge and go pro in 2008, finding to her amazement that people truly enjoyed her love stories. She’s a romantic at heart, and her tales reflect the desire we all have to find “the one,” persevering through trials and heartache for that happy ending.
Jamie has a degree in fine arts and has spent the last twenty years working as a graphic designer, though she’d much rather be writing. She was born in Chicago and still lives there today with her husband and their two furry, four-footed children, er… cats.
If she’s not brainstorming story ideas, you can find Jamie at a sci-fi convention, in front of a furnace doing glass blowing, or on a mat twisted into a yoga pose.

CONTACT INFO:
Email: jamielynnmiller@live.com
Blog: http://www.jamielynnm.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jamielynn.miller.3




This book is so intense that I had to sit back and take a few deep breaths after I finished reading it. It's one hell of a roller coaster ride.

It sucks you into the story from the very beginning. I found myself trying to figure out who the author was talking about in the first chapter. Shadow Team member? Ghost Squad member? Bad guy? Someone else? The identity of the person came as a complete surprise to me. A pleasant one for sure.

It is interesting to see Shadow Team spending time away from a mission, how they spend their downtime. This makes Shadow Team seem more real. Seeing Shawn and Finn off duty just makes their characters more and more real and easy to relate to.

Stakes are high as they go after a man suspected of not only smuggling drugs by terrorists as well. Success of a Shadow Unit mission can sometimes extract a high cost. A successful mission might come at a cost that leaves members of Shadow Unit in turmoil, questioning whether they can or cannot make the ultimate decision.

Ms. Miller has written a story that is heartwarming, heartbreaking and full of compassion, suspense, and surprises. Like all good series books, you don’t have to read any of the previous books to understand who the characters are and the story itself, but it makes the reading experience so much better.

Hunted Soldier is by far the best Shadow Unit book in the series, and it leaves readers wanting more.

If I could, I’d give Hunted Soldier 100 stars, but the most I can give is 5 stars, so 5 it is.

Get it, read it, get hooked on Shadow Unit.

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