Posted by Becky Condit on December 10, 2013
“A mix of needs walked side by side in this place–gay, lesbian, bi, het, mènage–in rooms where the doors shut and no one asked questions.”
GENRE: M/M, family
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET : Becky reviews Crooked Tree Ranch by RJ Scott. 5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: On the spur of the moment with his life collapsing around him Jayden Sullivan answers an ad for a marketing expert on a dude ranch in Montana. With his small family he moves lock stock and barrel from New York to Montana to start a new life.
Foreman and owner of a third of the ranch, ex rodeo star Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Todd has been running Crooked Tree Ranch. His partners in the business convince him that he needs to get an expert in to help the ranch survive. He knows things have to change and but when the new guy turns up, with a troubled family in tow – he just isn’t prepared for how much.
BECKY’S OPINION: For a Brit, RJ Scott sure can write her cowboys. I love them. I always get totally involved in the characters and end the book wanting more. In this case that’s no hardship because this is the first book in a new series.
The other trope I love is city boy falls for country boy and they have to decide together whether they will make a new life on the ranch or in the city. Budgetary woes and family pressures add to the angst of this book. The MCs are heads of households for their respective extended families, and that takes precedence over any personal relationship or sexual relationship either Jay or Nate would like to develop. (more…)
Posted by Madam Aus on
Kissing the top of Rebecca’s head, he narrowed his eyes at Lukas. “What did you do?” He could never be angry while holding Rebecca, and Lukas knew it, often using it as a method to get his way or apologise.
“I didn’t do anything.”
“Uh huh.” Taylor stared at him until Lukas wilted.
GENRE: M/M, family, holiday, Christmas
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Madam Aus reviews Holiday Invastion by Elle Sommers. 4 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Lukas and Taylor are looking forward to Christmas with their two-month-old daughter. However, Taylor’s parents and Lukas’s siblings decide they shouldn’t be alone for the holiday and invade the house. Their intentions are good, but it changes Lukas and Taylor’s plans. So not only is Taylor learning the ropes on his new job, but his and Lucas’s once-quiet house is now overflowing with people, and not all of them get along. Their holiday might crash and burn if they can’t bring their families together.
MADAM AUS’S OPINION: I love Christmas (I know I am a cliche) but I do not like the pressure of Christmas now I am an adult. This story is about that pressure, and how Lukas and Taylor deal with it as well as a baby. It is sweet and candy cane pretty and I loved it because I could so relate AND they handled it all better that I ever would. I am not even sure my family would survive a winter Christmas, *snort*. My inner Dexter would be making a starring appearance I think.
The set up shows us how Taylor and Lukas have been dealing with Taylor , the main breadwinner losing his job and then getting another one. It shows them dealing with lots of changes that are happening in their lives and I have to hand it to Elle Sommers never did I once feel that despair that comes with having your life spin out of control (good or bad that feeling never discriminates). In fact I might have even picked a hint or two about how to deal with stress.
When the family start turning up I must admit that I started feeling a little panicked for them and everything they were feeling and going through, I could so totally relate to the baby stress, the lack of time together, the interuptions and trying to establish new boundaries with people (Family) who never really had boundaries with you anyway. But overall it was a sweet and easy read with no real “heat” but lots of heart. It makes for a wonderful afternoon reading, either wrapped in a blanket on a comfy seat near the Christmas tree or in the swing seat near the pool cooled off and “watching ” the kids bomb each other (depending on your hemisphere).
Title: Holiday Invastion
Author: Elle Sommers
Publication Date: December 1, 2013
Series: Dreamspinner Advent Calendar 2013
Cover Art: Paul Richmond
Length: 27 pages
Favorite character: Lukas- Dunno I just liked him
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Posted by Kiwi on
Emmett sure as shit didn’t know the guy, but he wondered if Cliff wasn’t two planets short of a universe. Scary idea since Cliff undeniably exuded power.
GENRE: M/M, shapeshifters
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Kiwi reviews Sabin by Bailey Bradford. 4 sweet peas!
BLURB: Sabin just wants his powdered sugar donuts, until he meets a man that tastes better than any sweets Sabin’s ever tried…
Sabin has watched his brother fall for a man, a human who was Nischal’s mate. Sabin just wants his damned junk food, but no. A weird shifter named Cliff had to mention Sabin in a creepy text and now Sabin can’t have a moment’s peace.
Until he goes to town with Nisch and Preston, and meets his mate. Hey, no one can tell Sabin he can’t be with his mate! Except his mate doesn’t know anything about shifters, much less that he is one, and together Sabin and Emmett are thrown into a life or death race to discover a plot that threatens all of humanity… At least, the human part of it.
KIWI’S OPINION: This is book # 11 in this series and I must say that it was fabulous. Emmett is the FBI agent assigned to investigate the human trafficking case but ends up being right in the middle of the investigation. Sabin meets Emmett and realizes that they are mates immediately whereas Emmett has no idea why he is so attracted to Sabin. Emmett has no idea he is a shifter and the story behind that is quite interesting. (more…)
Posted by Kiwi on
“ I believe heavily in karma and the belief that shit comes back to bite you on the ass if you screw someone over.”
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Kiwi reviewed Elliot by Lynn Hagen. 4 sweet peas!
BLURB: A man doesn’t get to choose his family. Courtney Landing wishes he could. His brother, Matt, is growing increasingly violent while Courtney struggles to figure out where he stands with the handsome cowboy, Elliot Wylde. They get along great—in the bedroom. Yet Courtney yearns for more, and pushing Elliot to become more than just a lover might destroy them.
Elliot isn’t sure what to do about Courtney. From day one Courtney had him enraptured, but Elliot has never fallen so quickly, or so hard. Inexperienced in love, Elliot strives to keep Courtney at arm’s length. The problem is, Courtney isn’t settling for casual sex.
When the head tries to overrule the heart, things can get out of control, and fast. Elliot must learn to let his guard down before Courtney decides that loving his cowboy is more trouble than it’s worth at the Wylde Cattle and Guest Ranch.
KIWI’S OPINION: Book #3 gives us Elliot, one of the Wylde brothers, sexy, gay cowboys who run a ranch. Elliot fights his attraction to Courtney, the gorgeous personal assistant that works for him. The two agree to embark on a no strings attached sexual relationship. Of course, this arrangement does not work when both parties are in love with each other. Courtney is struggling to figure out his place with Elliot when his drug addicted brother enters the picture. Torn between his handsome cowboy and trying to be loyal and supportive to his brother proves to be too much for Courtney. The violence escalates between Courtney and his brother Matt causes Elliot to step in to the rescue. It’s this relationship that causes Elliot to realize that you can’t always keep a wall between you and the person you love. I enjoyed this book. The story flowed along nicely. Courtney has a big heart and a great sense of humor. He’s also tough which tends to surprise the people in the little town. Hagen did a wonderful job with this book. This book is not a standalone. It’s part of a series that must be read in sequential order.
Author: Lynn Hagen
Publication Date: November 18, 2013
Series: Wylde Boys #3
Length: 154 pages
Favorite character: Courtney. He may be small and effeminate, but he has the heart and soul of a lion.
Posted by Lucky on December 9, 2013
For this go around, there were two quotes that made me laugh.
#1 – “Let’s go talk to the angel and the elf. Crap. I never thought I’d say something like that and have it sound normal.
#2 – Frankly, Sam scared the sugar cookies out of Nick.
GENRE: M/M, paranormal, holiday
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET : Lucky reviews an ARC of The Case of the Sinful Santa by Amber Kell, RJ Scott. 5 sweet peas.
BLURB: Book Four in the End Street Detective Agency series.
Zephariel, the Angel of Vengeance, Nick Klauson, nephew to Santa, Christmas magic, zombies in the school and a necromancer causing chaos…and at the center of it all—Mal.
Zephariel is the Angel of Vengeance and is tracking down his cousin Danjal for misuse of brimstone. When he walks into a bar and finds Nick Klauson drowning his sorrows, he is instantly drawn to him. Could this be his fated mate?
When Nick and Zeph join forces to deal with zombies in Mal’s school, sparks fly. Add in a demon, a wolf and a necromancer, and Sam and Bob have a hunt on their hands.
LUCKY’S OPINION: Personally, I don’t like it when stores start selling Christmas stuff before Halloween. In The Case of the Sinful Santa, the latest endeavor for Amber Kell and RJ Scott, I find myself asking why they waited so long!
Once again, this duo unites to bring new characters and old together for a rousing good time. If you read the last book (and you should start the series from #1 because you’ll want to enjoy every delicious morsel. Do keep in mind, however, Bob is mine) you’ll know that our group is dealing with some really bad man who seeks dominion over life and death. When Bob and Sam’s daughter, Mal, gets mixed up in some shenanigans at her grade school, the couple rides to the rescue. (more…)
Posted by Becky Condit on
“I guess you weren’t much of a father to me, but then I wasn’t much of a son, either. Let’s hope there’s reincarnation so we can try again.”
RATING: 4 1/2 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Becky Reviews Nobody’s Home by Dev Bentham. 4 1/2 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: ou can’t go home again—Nick’s motto for the past twenty years. He was a teenager when he and his mom left his mentally ill and abusive father back in a small town in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Nick’s made a life for himself as an artist in New York with a new show scheduled in nine months. He should be in a painting frenzy but so far he’s hanging empty canvas. Then comes the call—his estranged father has killed himself. Nick flies home to Lacland, a house crumbling from years of neglect and one very fat bulldog.
Jonas doesn’t love his job as a research lab veterinarian, although he enjoys volunteering on his boyfriend’s canine behavioral studies. But when he discovers his so called life partner is messing around, Jonas leaps at a job offer in a small town miles away.
Despite the grief swirling around Nick and Jonas, their first meeting is electric. But Nick’s only in town for a short time and Jonas is still stinging from the betrayal. They try to keep their distance, but that’s easier said than done. Especially in a small town where misery and hope share the same address.
BECKY’S OPINION: Nick and Jonas are both dealing with grief when they meet. Nick has just come “home” to deal with the aftermath of his estranged father’s suicide and Jonas has fled to the small town of Lacland to lick his wounds after discovering his lover of the past 6 years has been cheating on him, probably for a long time.
Nick discovers that his father had a very fat, very ugly bulldog who had been locked up in his house for several days with his father’s body. When the dog reveals herself to be pregnant and in fact, giving birth, Nick turns to the local vet. The vet has recently hired animal researcher Jonas, who deals with the disastrous birthing that leaves only one living puppy and almost costs the life of the mother dog. (more…)
Posted by Trish on
“You have denied yourself too long for the sake of those who care nothing for you. It ends now.”
GENRE: M/M, paranormal
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Trish Reviews an ARC of Heart of the Oak by Rory Ni Coileain.
BLURB: Magick is reawakening after a sleep of thousands of years—and passion is not far behind. Darach is the first reborn of his race, a tree spirit living within an ancient oak on the shore of a remote loch.
Trevor knows nothing of magick or passion. He’s escaping an oppressive family and a lonely life. One breath of freedom, he thinks, before his stark, loveless reality swallows him up. The last thing he expects from his vacation to the Isle of Skye is to spend his first night being thoroughly ravished against a tree by a naked man who speaks in the sounds of leaves and wind.
Darach never believed he’d have his heart stolen by any man, let alone one so different from any human he remembers. Freedom is intoxicating and the potential for sensual play limitless. But can what was built in a night of scorching desire survive both men’s fear?
TRISH’S OPINION:Magick is coming back to life after thousands of years of sleep. Darach is a tree spirit living within an ancient oak tree by the side of a remote loch. The first of his race to be reborn, he finds that life, and the humans in it, have changed into something that he can’t understand. He finds a handsome man standing by the shore of the loch, and they share a night of wild passion. Trevor has come to the Isle of Sky to get away from his homophobic brother and the loneliness of his life for a while. The last thing he expects is to have a gorgeous, naked man give him a night of wild sex like he’s never had before. Can a modern human and an ancient tree spirit overcome fear and misunderstandings, and forge a bond stronger than both? (more…)
Posted by Landry Breaux on
When we were together, it was like the rest of the world didn’t exist. It was the Ryan and Jack show.
GENRE: M/M, holiday, Christmas
RATING: 4 ½ Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET : Landry reviews the Christmas story Worth It by Kris T Bethke. 4 1/2 sweet peas.
BLURB: Jackson Bennett and Ryan Hennigan met and fell in love while Ryan worked on Jack’s family’s Christmas tree farm. Back then, Jack broke his own heart by convincing Ryan to leave and pursue his future. Ryan went, but only after they made a pact to reunite after Ryan graduated from college. Now, five years later, it’s time, but Jack is convinced Ryan won’t show—and when he does, Jack is certain Ryan can’t possibly want to stay. Ryan, however, has no intention of being anywhere other than in Jack’s arms. But he faces a hurdle he never expected: proving to Jack they can have each other without having to sacrifice their dreams.
LANDRY’S OPINION: This holiday short story offers an example of the truest gift one can offer a loved one—freedom—even if the loved one in question never wants to be let go. The story is told from Jack’s point of view so we clearly understand his reasoning when he encourages Ryan to leave Montana in order to attend college across the country in Massachusetts. Jack, at 27, is older and wants only the best for the love of his life, 19 year old Ryan. Jack knows his future is tied to the family’s Christmas tree farm that he runs. He also knows that Ryan needs to take full advantage of the amazing opportunity handed to him in the form of a full-ride scholarship that will allow him to achieve his dream of a master’s degree in engineering. We feel the love that compels Jack’s gesture of self-sacrifice when he tells Ryan that they need to have a complete break—no contact for the five years it will take for Ryan to accomplish his goal. Jack believes it is the only way for Ryan to truly devote himself to his studies with no distractions. It breaks Jack’s heart to convince his love that this is the best plan for Ryan and it is with a heavy heart that Ryan reluctantly agrees to go. They said good-bye on a beautiful, cold Christmas Eve, agreeing to meet again at exactly the same time five Christmas Eves in the future. Even at that time, Jack does not have faith that they will be reunited. He fears that with time and distance, Ryan will see things differently, meet new people and discover other paths that lead far from Montana and Jack. He does not believe that Ryan will come back to him. He works himself relentlessly in order to forget his loss and ignore the upcoming Christmas Eve he both longs for and dreads. His personality slowly changes as time goes by, his hope fades and his love for Ryan continues to burn. Finally the years have passed and the long awaited Christmas Eve arrives—and so has Ryan. Now Jack has to decide if he can believe what Ryan has to say, which is what he longs to hear, or continue to believe that the younger man’s future lies somewhere else. (more…)
Posted by Becky Condit on December 8, 2013
Every Sunday please join us for reviews of short stories.These are quick reads that are perfect for Sunday afternoon.Leave a comment if there is a short story you would like for us to consider for review.
Posted by Petra on
“I heard you coming. I knew it was you. Nobody else I know sings in Latin for fun.”
GENRE: M/M, holiday, Christmas
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET : Petra reviews Gaudete by Amy Rae Durreson, with a Christmas carol in Latin! 5 sweet peas.
BLURB:Every Christmas, child chorister Jonah Lennox used to meet CallumNoakes at Aylminster cathedral when Callum’s mother came to sell roasted chestnuts at the market. After years of friendship, an argument separates them, apparently forever. Putting away the memories of his lost friend, Jonah left the cathedral and moved on with his life.
When Jonah returns to the cathedral after ten years away, the market in the cathedral brings back memories—and Callum, who has made a life for himself as a woodturner. Upon meeting again, attraction pulls them together, and the holiday may inspire their old friendship to mature into new romance.
PETRA’S OPINION: Just beautiful, and SOOOO festive. My Latin isn’t that good so until I braved sticking my bare feet out from under my duvet I had no idea that Gaudete is actually a carol that I love and sing along with phonetically and therefore wrongly on a regular basis!
This book has carols and a cathedral and snow and a Christmas market and honest to goodness chestnuts roasting on an open fire (yes cue Nat King Cole!) and it packs so much in for a short story. Jonah and Callum meet in 1998 when they were both 8, Jonah was a chorister and Callum was with his Mum selling in the market. The boys meet every Christmas until Jonah becomes too old to sing. Now 11 years later Jonah is back and wondering if Callum is too. This book travels back and forth to past Christmases but I never got lost or confused. You fall in love with both boys, Jonah with his lack of real family and Callum with his ADHD it is beautifully written and just captures the mood of the season so well *sigh* loved it!
Please enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbKWk6RzaiM (more…)