Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday's Memorial Moment: His Scottish Detective by Summer Devon


Summary:
Joshua Smith had no reason to trust the cop who’d saved his life. After all, to the son of a criminal, a rozzer is the enemy. But when ex-Sergeant Ross Munro is hired to discover why Joshua’s bride disappeared, Joshua agrees to help. Guilt-ridden because he’d vowed to protect Matilda, the pregnant girl he was forced to wed, Joshua is driven to help her. Partnering with the Scottish detective might solve one problem…and raise others.

Haunted by the memory of a woman he couldn’t save, independent investigator Ross Munro is determined to locate Matilda. Her marriage to Joshua is clearly a sham, but Joshua’s role in her disappearance is less obvious . Worse, muddying it all is Ross’s unexpected attraction to the scowling, growling bruiser. An attraction that Joshua seems game to explore.

On a desperate search for the missing woman, their tenuous bonds of trust are tested when betrayal is unearthed, murder’s afoot, and loyalties are questioned. Unraveling this mystery may unite two men from opposite sides of the law…or drive the cop and the criminal apart.


When Joshua Smith is caught where he shouldn't be it's a cop who comes to aid but then his family makes a deal with an enemy, Joshua finds himself married.  When Ross Munro decides to leave the force he takes a job with Patrick Kelly and his first case is to find a missing woman.  Joshua and Ross' paths cross once again, will they be able to trust each other enough to find the truth about Joshua's missing wife?  Will their attraction be a hinderance or a blessing?

His Scottish Detective is a wonderful tale of good guys and bad guys and watching the line between muddy.  Joshua Smith was born into a family of bad guys and as much as he wants to get out, he finally accepts that there is no way out for him and as much as I wanted to shake him to see that he does have opportunities to be free of them I also got why he couldn't let himself see those choices.  When it comes to Ross Munro, well I wanted to do the same to him but to see that walking away isn't always the right choice even if it is the easy one.  However, the author knew best and in this case having the men do exactly what you think they shouldn't do put them in a position to meet again which ended up being what they both needed.

Summer Devon takes history, mystery, love, lust and stirs them together pretty perfectly to make this story come alive.  One of the things I love about her work is that it is pretty obvious she has a healthy respect for the past with her attention to detail.  This is fiction so there might be bits and pieces that get a bit blurry but as a whole His Scottish Detective is an amazing story that is entertaining from beginning to end.  Was is as good as His American Detective or His Irish Detective, books 1 and 2 in her Victorian Gay Detective series? Probably not, but I wouldn't want to put money down on the difference.

Do you need to read American and Irish before Scottish? No, but its a personal preference of mine to read a series in order.  In the case of this series, Patrick Kelly from American does appear again, his involvement in Scottish is pretty much only one scene with a few references to by Ross Munro, so it is not necessary to know his story to understand this one but for me I think it flows better knowing who he is and what he went through to get where he is, but that's just my personal opinion.  Whatever order you read this series in, I highly recommend adding these tales to your TBR list, you won't be sorry.

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Summer Devon is the pen name writer Kate Rothwell often uses. Whether the characters are male or female, human or dragon, her books are always romance.

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Release Blitz & Blogger Review: Last Chance by RJ Scott

Title: Last Chance
Author: RJ Scott
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: August 20, 2018
Summary:
It’s the last year of college and Luke can’t forget the captain of the hockey team, or the kiss they shared as freshman.

Justin has to decide if hockey outweighs his attraction to Luke, because this might be the last chance he’ll have of making things right.

***This short story was previously released in the Love For All Seasons Charity Anthology.***


To put it simply, Last Chance is lovely.  This one might be a short story originally from the Love For All Seasons Charity Anthology but RJ Scott has a way that makes even the small story seem huge.  You can't help but love Justin and Luke, after all we all had crushes at one point or another in our lives.  For Justin and Luke you have a feeling that even though it may have been a factor of bad timing or fear because of Justin being a hockey player, they are destined to be more.  I loved Justin's friends doing their best to make it right but sometimes you just have to do something yourself.  If you read Love For All Seasons Charity Anthology then you know what a wonderful little story Last Chance is and if you didn't get the opportunity to check out the anthology when it was available now is your chance, either way I highly recommend reading this little ditty.  Would I have liked to seen more of Justin and Luke's story, see what becomes of them? Of course. Whether they pop up again or not, I would not have wanted to miss the boys' journey, its like having the last cookie in the cookie dish, it may not be as big or even a whole cookie but the flavor is just as sweet and satisfying.

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Author Bio:
RJ’s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

RJ is the author of the over one hundred novels and discovered romance in books at a very young age. She realized that if there wasn’t romance on the page, she could create it in her head, and is a lifelong writer.

She lives and works out of her home in the beautiful English countryside, spends her spare time reading, watching films, and enjoying time with her family.

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

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Sunday's Safe Word Shelf: Circle of Trust by Aimee Nicole Walker & Nicholas Bella


Title: Circle of Trust
Authors: Nicholas Bella & Aimee Nicole Walker
Series: Genesis Circle #2
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Cover Design: Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art
Summary:
LorcƔn Kennedy is a take-no-prisoner vampire whose grit is tested when slain vampires start showing up in his sector. His investigation reveals a blessed weapon was used in the slayings, which leads him to a rogue hunter with a grudge against vampires.

Christian Wolfe is a no-nonsense hunter who believes the only good vampire is a dead one, but his code of honor keeps his hatred in check. When his integrity is questioned, he will do anything to defend it, including work with his enemy.

Vampire and hunter unite to solve the case, although for very different reasons. LorcƔn wants to prove he is worthy of his Regent title once and for all. Christian wants to uncover who is framing him for the vampire deaths. It sounds easy enough, but neither are prepared for the desire that arcs between them when their eyes meet for the first time. When longing glances give way to passionate kisses and scorching touches, these powerful beings will learn that their bond goes beyond mere attraction. It is fate.

Sparks and fangs fly in this second installment of the Genesis Circle, a paranormal romance series written by Nicholas Bella and Aimee Nicole Walker. This book contains explicit material and is intended for adults 18 and older.


The knock on my door let me know Christian was waiting on the other side. I stood in front of the door and took a deep, calming breath. Jesus Christ, why was I so nervous? I’m over a century old, why was I acting like some schoolboy meeting his first crush? It was ridiculous. I silently chastised myself for being a dolt and opened the door. Ahhh, there he stood in all his handsome glory. He was looking at me with eyes that held desire and curiosity. There was also a bit of agitation in his expression. Well, let’s see if I could get rid of it and help him focus more on the desire and curiosity he was harboring. 

“Come in,” I said, opening the door wider. 


He stepped inside, and I closed the door, locking it. 


“Okay, I’m here, what did you need to show me that you couldn’t send over the phone?” he asked, getting right to business. Okay, here was the dilemma. Do I show him what I know and risk killing the mood I was setting up, or do I just pounce on him, rock his world, and then show him what I’d discovered? Hmmmm, decisions, decisions. 


I decided to make my move. I walked over to him and pushed him into the chair. He fell into it, legs flying up from the impact. I didn’t give him a chance to recover before I was climbing into his lap. I grabbed him by the back of his head and kissed those lips I’d been thinking about all night. I thought he would push me back, but he didn’t… at least not right away. He was kissing me again, giving me that same fire he burned me with in the alley, and I was melting in response. 



I felt his arms embrace me as he kissed me harder, more passionately, as if he couldn’t help himself. I caressed his bearded cheek as I relished his tongue in my mouth. Even the taste of him was intoxicating. I wanted him. Just when it was getting extra hot, he must have found the wherewithal to hit the brakes. Like we needed him to do that. 

He pushed me off him, and I landed with a hard thud on my ass. His muscular chest heaved as he sucked in deep breaths of air, attempting to gather his senses. He was staring at me now, his gorgeous blue eyes clouded with lust. It was what we both needed, and I wasn’t about to let his hatred of vampires ruin the moment I knew we both wanted. 


“What the hell are you doing?” he asked. 


“What we both want,” I said then climbed back into his lap and pressed my lips to his again. That time, he didn’t try to push me away. Instead, he began ripping off my shirt, sending buttons flying in every direction. Sure, it was a designer garment, but I was willing to sacrifice it to get Christian in my bed. I helped him take my shirt off me then I leaned back just enough to snatch his jacket and shirt from his body. 



Oh yes, sweet baby Jesus, yes! His chest was covered in dark, black hair. Not too thick, but perfect for running my fingers through. That’s just what I did, too. I started from the trail leading to his treasure trove and worked my way up to his nipples, letting my fingers glide through his silky hair and over his smooth skin. I hadn’t been this aroused in I don’t know how long. I sought his lips again because they tasted so damn good. While I was lost in the pleasure of his mouth, I kept my hands firmly on those muscular pecs I’d been wanting to touch since I first saw him. 

His hands were all over me, stroking my back until they reached my ass, and he gripped both cheeks, giving them a nice squeeze. I moaned as I broke the kiss and started sucking and licking his neck, making my mark. He was moaning too, and if I didn’t know any better, it would seem he was trying to seduce me to bite him. He turned his head, exposing his neck to me, and his natural scent floated up my nostrils, calling to my hunger. There was something special about the blood of the Institute hunters. The scent of it was more intoxicating than any other being I’d ever smelled. I always wanted to know what it tasted like, and my mouth began to salivate at the possibility. 


I wanted to bite him, to taste his essence, the fluid that made his heart beat and his cock hard. I wanted his blood to flow into me just as his semen flowed into me. Soon, my love. I held my fangs in check and only sucked gently at the tender flesh of his neck, just below his beard. I rubbed my cheek against his, enjoying the rough hairs lightly scrubbing my face. In that moment, everything that had been bothering me seemed to disappear, and all that mattered was Christian. 


I had to have more of him. I moved down, kissing and licking his chest, sucking his perky nipples. I didn’t stop there, we both raced to undo his pants and pulled them down and off. Finally, I got to see him fully naked, and what a beautiful sight he was. I let my eyes trail over him slowly, and they widened when I got to his erection. He was huge, bigger than any man I’d ever been with. Great holy moly, I should have done some squats and stretches before he came over to prepare for this beast.



Aimee Nicole Walker
I am a wife and mother to three kids, three dogs, and a cat. When I’m not dreaming up stories, I like to lose myself in a good book, cook or bake. I'm a girly tomboy who paints her fingernails while watching sports and yelling at the referees.

I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever-after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.

Nicholas Bella
About me? Hmmm, I'm just a person with a wild imagination and a love for words who was sitting around the house one day and said, "Why hasn't anyone written a book like this before?". As with every storyteller, I wanted to share mine with the world. I like my erotica dark, gritty, sexy... and even a little raunchy. I'm not afraid to go there and I hope you aren't afraid to go there with me. When I'm not writing, I love watching movies and TV shows, clubbing, biking, and hanging out with family and friends. I love life.

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99cent Sale Blast: Love's Magic by Janice Jarrell

Title: Love's Magic
Author: Janice Jarrell
Series: Revolutionary Heart #1
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: May 9, 2018


Summary:
Professor Nate Reese rushes to protect a female student and is severely injured at the hands of her assailant. Traumatized by the attack, Nate sets his feet on a no-holds-barred path of activism designed to force university officials into addressing the issue of on-campus assault. At the same time, terrified of losing his hard-won status at the university, his partner, David Gardener, a veteran of 12 years as a very popular Professor, is reluctant to support Nate's militant efforts. Seemingly abandoned by his partner, Nate sees David's aversion to his activism as indifference to the trauma he suffered. Day by day they watch as their relationship disintegrates, while still struggling to resolve the disruptive issues engulfing the school they love.

In the meantime, Irishman Colin Campbell, handsome and charismatic Sergeant for the campus police force, fights his own on-going war against campus assault. But behind his obsessive desire to gain justice for victims lies a devastating secret which could forever destroy his fiercely independent facade and expose his deepest fear. Ultimately, it is Colin’s powerful connection to a steady, dark-eyed Title IX consultant which threatens to tear down his defenses and shatter the barriers protecting his heart.

Cocky and irresistible, the dynamic police officer was everything Joshua Abrams had ever longed for in a man, but Colin simply didn’t ‘do’ relationships. Unless Joshua would settle for a one-night stand, or a very short-term liaison, there was no room for him in Colin’s life. Yet even knowing this, he couldn’t keep himself from falling hopelessly in love with his ‘magic man’. Despite the passion between them, he knew his quiet, reclusive nature could never hope to entice the vibrant, freedom-loving Irishman, so eventually he begins to back slowly away.

Eventually, a disagreement over an oddly disturbing case causes Colin’s hot Irish temper to erupt and their relationship is irrevocably shattered. Heartbroken, and convinced that Colin is gone forever, Joshua flees Charlottesville without a word, leaving Colin adrift and inconsolable.

But Joshua Abrams hadn’t merely stepped over the indelible line Colin had drawn between his heart and the dangers of real love, he had burned through it like hot lava. Finally forced to acknowledge his love for Joshua and his desperate need to have the quiet, Jewish man by his side, Colin must now face the dark and long-suppressed memories which are irrevocably linked to his love for the handsome consultant. Without even a forwarding address to guide him, he vows to find Joshua and bring him home. Colin’s struggle to conquer his pride and fear in order to find the love of his life and achieve their happily ever after will touch your heart.

Four lives in turmoil fighting for the relationships they cherish, and at the heart of the struggle, a great university struggles to survive its most harrowing challenge.


"Please, Josh," Colin said, drawing the words out seductively. "You'll make me think you're mad at me. Do you think I haven't noticed that you've been avoiding me lately? Especially since..." he hesitated, then grinned, "well, since we became close friends."

"I'm not avoiding you," Joshua lied. "I'm not mad at you. I'm..." he drew in a deep breath. "I'm protecting myself."

"From having a drink?" Colin teased, rising and walking to where Joshua stood with the case file clutched tight in his hand. Colin glanced down the hallway and seeing no one there, he lifted his hand and twisted one of Joshua's thick, dark curls around his index finger in a slow, sensuous movement that sent chills over Joshua's entire body.

Sensing that Joshua was weakening, Colin pressed his advantage. The bewildering adrenaline rush he'd experienced a few moments ago had quickened his heart rate and left him shaken. He longed to lose himself in Joshua's calm, solid presence. "Just one drink?" Colin coaxed, his voice low. "I promise I won't try to jump you."

He smiled engagingly and Joshua felt his heart lurch in his chest. Goddamn it!he thought. He quickly moved out from under Colin's hand. "I can't do it, Colin," he said through clenched teeth. "I need to go."

Disappointed, Colin's face fell, then, suddenly decisive, his hand flew to Joshua's wrist and gripped tightly. "What do you want from me, Josh?"

Joshua forced himself to meet Colin's eyes. "I want what you can't give." He lowered his eyes, the heartbreak in his voice palpable even to his own ears.

"You know I have feelings for you," Colin said hoarsely, using his hold on Joshua's wrist to draw him closer.

"For me and every other guy you take to bed," Joshua replied.

"This is about possession?"

Joshua smiled and shook his head. He lifted his hand and cradled Colin's cheek once again gazing steadily into his honey-green eyes. "God, Colin, it's not about that," he whispered. "It's you, Colin. It's you. If it was some other guy, maybe it wouldn't matter. I'm no innocent and I'm no prude. I've had casual sex before and liked it just fine. But I can't do it with you, Colin. Nothing I feel for you is casual. Nothing. I told you once that I had a weakness for larger-than-life men, and you are the poster boy for larger-than-life men, at least you are to me. You're the magic man. You're Colin Campbell. I can't do it with you, Colin. I just can't." He lowered his hand from Colin's cheek and turned away. He tried to free his wrist from Colin's grasp, but the big policeman held on tightly.

Joshua turned to face him. "You have to let me go."

"Josh, I—I wish…" Colin began. He exhaled sharply through his teeth then stopped. He stared into Joshua's eyes for a long moment then slowly released him.

"Me too," Joshua said in a choked whisper. He turned away and fled the building, nearly running. He heard Colin say his name but ignored him in his rush to get away. In another few seconds he would have surrendered to Colin's pleas and gone with him. Gone with him anywhere he wanted Joshua to go. The heat of Colin's fingers burned his wrist like a brand. He could feel his body's intense response to even this casual contact. Colin Campbell was a drug, and Joshua was completely addicted.


Author Bio:
My name is Jan Jarrrell. I am a 76-year-old retired grandmother who lives in Seattle, WA. I have been a writer of slash fan fiction for almost twenty years under the name Rakshi. I have written both RPS fiction and FPS and my list of works stands at three hundred and thirty-seven, including stories as short as drabbles (stories of 100 words) and a series which was 119,012 words long. You can find my works on Archive of our Own and on LiveJournal under the username Rakshi.

I began writing original character fiction about a year ago and I love it more than words can say. This creative outlet has made my retirement years the best ones of my life. I tend to fall in love with my characters and always want to give them the happy ever after that I just know they deserve.


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