Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Boy with the Painful Tattoo by Josh Lanyon

It's moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit's better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn't. Within the mounds of green Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body.

There goes the neighborhood.

Not only does Kit have to deal with moving in with his boyfriend, JX but now he's dealing with a dead body and way too much intrigue that goes along with said body.  On top of that, he seems to have acquired a stalker.  How will he deal with it and which will bring him more stress, the dead body, the stalker, or the live-in lover?  I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of JX's ex-wife but I love how Kit deals with the nephew, Gage.  I applaud his attempt to deal with the ex, she doesn't make it easy or even really make an effort but Kit does, which is actually very "un-Kit" of him.
Once again, Mr. Lanyon has not disappointed his readers, definitely not this reader. So when can we expect #4? (hint, hint-hope, hope)  I really enjoyed the cameo appearance of another of Josh Lanyon's star amateur detectives, Adrien English and his boyfriend Jake Riordan and Adrien's bookstore Cloak and Dagger.


Author Bio:
A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

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Deception by Morgan Black

What do you do when running away isn't enough?
Lena's problems have caught up with her. Both of them. Blake and Slade Finnegan.
Now that her secret is out, there's no denying her feelings, for both of them.
There's no escaping the Finnegan Brothers.

“Should we go again?”

She laughed, “Of course.”

“You're so cute how you thought that was a question.” I watched as he took his hand and put it around the front of her neck pushing her down on the ground where he had laid his coat in the sand. She smiled devilishly at him. I could almost feel the lust rolling off of her skin. I felt my breath catch in my chest as he spread her legs open and started kissing his way down her stomach. It was like a train wreck, I knew I shouldn't be watching but I couldn't take my eyes away. He took his large hand and cupped her right breast and pulled slightly. I watched as he squeezed hard and her face displayed a mixture of pain and pleasure. He drug both his hands down her body and spread her legs open.

The Finnegan brothers are bound to hurt any girl that gets between them. But that doesn't stop Lena. She loves pain with her pleasure. When things get too hot for her to handle, she does the only thing she can do to protect herself... she runs away.
Three years later, Lena is back in town for her father's wedding. She prays she can avoid her past, hoping nobody remembers her parents’ messy divorce or how she disappeared. However, as soon as she arrives, she finds she can't run from her past anymore.
There's no escaping the Finnegan brothers. Not this time.

Author Bio:
Morgan Black is a hair stylist by day and hottie writer by night. She walks her dogs in high heels and never leaves the house without red lipstick. She firmly believes in the power of Zen, and does Yoga freely in her backyard, in her favorite set of pumps. Morgan Black also writes hot vampire erom under M.Black.

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Invicta: Sanctuary by Piper Kay

Author: Piper Kay
Title: Invicta: Sanctuary (Book Two)
Series: Invicta
Genre: MM Erotica Romance 
Release Date: 10/14/14
Publishing House: Hot Ink Press
Editor: Elizabeth Lance
Cover Design: Karrie Jax
Cover Model: Mickey Taylor
Photographer: Live in Living Color

What is your sanctuary? For Mickey, he never needed one, he was his own. Until now. In a situation spinning out of control, Mickey is forced to make a move and he's not sure how to handle it. He's an intelligent, self-reliant man who never depended on anyone for anything, but now he is alone for the first time in his life, scared. By accident, he ends up at Invicta, the hottest new male go-go dance club in town. Owners, Kade and Holt, know the behavior all too well, but Mickey's trust factor is leveling out on zero, until he spots Toryn. Sometimes sanctuary can be found in the strangest of places.

That young, dark haired, and tatted up hottie grabs me right off the bat. He can’t be more than twenty-four tops. Just right. He’s been poured into those leathers, his ass packed in nice and tight. Firm. They might as well have wrapped the man in saran wrap, not that I’d complain either way. He’s finally announced, but it’s probably a stage name he uses. Who even cares? As long as he keeps shaking himself around, I’m all good. The man rocks to the beat of the music. He pops that majestic ass in perfect tune with the thumps blasting from the speakers. Done like a true power bottom and personally, I’m enjoying the hell out of it. His hips begin to roll in a perfect circle, as he pivots on one foot to his side. He coils himself all the way around twice before facing the front. I’m loving his body movements. Someone stick a fork in me, because I’m sizzling… I think I may have just fallen in love with the man on the stage and those ‘fuck me hard’ hip moves.

Somehow, with just one kiss, he plowed right through the thoughts that had me worried sick all evening, and redirected them to one focal point. Him!  Slowly, I reach for Toryn's waist with one hand to see if he'll let me closer or slap me down. God, I feel like I'm in high school on my first damn date again-CHILL Mickey, just calm down. He looks down at my hand, then back to me. Without breaking our eye contact, I feel his hand wrap around mine and tighten. Oh thank fuck!  I yank him into me, lowering my head so our mouths meet. Our kisses, so sloppy, and hungry for each other. I press against him, unable to get enough. Running my hand along his waist to his back, I tightening my grip, and spin him around, slamming him against the wall. He lets out a moan. Before I can stop myself, I bury myself inside his mouth, swallowing every bit of that delicious moan. Fuckenhell.

I yank him into me, lowering my head so our mouths meet. Our tongues are so much more aggressive, now that all the unspoken terms and agreements have been cleared. Well, at least they have on my behalf. We dart and chase around each other, so sloppy and hungry for each other. No matter how hard I press against him, I can't get enough of him or fast enough for that matter. Oh my God, the man's mouth feels incredible.


Invicta: Salvation(Book 1)
As Kaiden McKenzie and Holt Mitchell prepare to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary, and the grand opening of their new club, Invicta, they take a look back on how their lives together began.

When Holt wakes up to an outraged father, he finds himself suddenly homeless and hungry. With the help and caring of a certain bad guy, Holt finds life isn’t quite so bad as it seems. All he needed was the right man to guide him along.

Kade has spent his life running from anyone and everyone who tries to get close, but when he meets up with Holt, he suddenly finds himself wishing for something more. Who knew he was someone’s knight in shining tattoos…

Author Bio:
Piper Kay is a homegrown country girl straight from the outskirts of Houston, Texas, USA. She is a #1 International Best Selling author of LGBT Erotica, and an International Bestselling author of LGBT Erotica romance, gay romance, specifically in the male/male (m/m) erotica genre, and LGBT drama. Piper is bringing her passion of storytelling straight to the pages, most times served with a super-sized sprinkle of sexy, a slice of sarcasm and a carafe of crazy.

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Depths of Lake by Keary Taylor

Title:  Depths of Lake
Author:  Keary Taylor 
Series:  The McCain Saga #3 
Publication date: October 14th 2014 
Genres: New Adult, Romance

It was another day at the ranch, training horses and working fifteen hour days. And then the last person I ever expected showed up. Lake McCain: a Marine, tall, ripped—and the best friend of my dead fiancĂ©. Cal died to save Lake, and now Lake claims that he carries a debt to me that he can never repay.

I wanted to brush him off. But then my mom, the manager of the ranch, went and hired him. We spend hours working together with the horses. Lake doesn’t say much. He’s layered and dark and he tries to seem shallow and simple. But he isn’t. There are things under his surface that matter. He works, quiet and strong, and never once lets me down.

Until he confesses that he may be falling in love with me. I can’t deny that there is something between us. But a relationship? I just can’t. I’ve used up all my chances at love. My past relationships have ended in death or disaster, and now I have to live with all of that.

I’m Riley James, and there are depths to Lake—depths to myself—that I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand.

     “Lake?” I call quietly.  No reply.
     I push the door open a bit more and step inside.  I look back toward the bedroom.  As far as I can see, it’s empty.  And the door to the bathroom is open and the light off.
     “Lake?” I call once more.
     A soft snore pulls my eyes to the couch, and there I find him.
     He’s changed into a pair of dry jeans, but that’s all he’s wearing.  A thickly muscled arm is lying across his eyes, his other arm hanging down toward the floor.  Bare feet hang over the arm of the couch.
     His perfectly sculpted chest bears seven stars tattooed over his left breast.
     His brows are furrowed, his expression concerned.
     He’s a soldier who’s engaged in combat and he’s seen some horrible things.  He saw Cal blown to pieces.  I can only imagine the hell he must be seeing behind those lids right now.
     I’m torn.  I want to wake him from whatever nightmare I know he’s having.  But I also know about PTSD and how dangerous it can to be to wake a soldier in this state.
     His left shoulder twitches violently.  His face winces.
     “Lake,” I say, soft and gentle.
     He gives a little twitch, like me calling his name entered his dream, but he doesn’t wake.
     “Lake,” I say, this time louder.  I keep my distance, standing by the door.
     He jerks up from the couch, half sitting up.  His right hand reaches for his hip, as if he’s searching for a sidearm.  His eyes sweep the room and fix on me.  They’re bloodshot and wide.
     “It’s okay,” I say, keeping my tone even and calm.  “It’s just me.”
     His breathing is hard and fast and it takes a minute for him to calm down and realize he isn’t out on the battlefield, in the middle of a warzone.
     “What do you want?” he asks.  His voice is hard and flat.
     Soldiers don’t like admitting when they’re dealing with post-field issues.  I’ve caught him in a moment of trauma, and he doesn’t like it.
     “Mom’s just about got dinner ready and asked me to come get you,” I say.  I’m not offended by his hard tone.  I understand.  “I’m sorry to wake you, but you looked like you were in a place you needed extraction from.”
     He looks at me for another really long minute.  Lake has the most impassive eyes.  I can’t tell what’s going on behind them.  Is he angry?  Is he embarrassed?  Indifferent?  It’s impossible to tell.
     “Yeah,” he finally replies.  He climbs off the couch and walks to the bedroom.  He looks over his shoulder at me just before he disappears behind the door.  My eyes drop away from him, embarrassed to realize he’s just caught me staring and embarrassed for the fact that I was.
     But who couldn’t admire a body like that?

     “Thank you for this,” I say, my voice small and quiet.  “This was all you.  You didn’t have to, and no one asked.  But you did it.  And for that, I’m grateful.”
     Lake slides his hands into his pockets and takes a few slow steps toward me.  His eyes drop to the ground at our feet.  “You know, for a long time, I’ve felt like I didn’t really matter.  If that makes any sense.  Being in the Marines helped some.  But you know that feeling of emptiness?” he looks up at me, his eyes opening up in a way that I can see.  And I do know.  “It was always there.  But being here lately?  It’s changed that.  I love what we do here.  I love working the ranch and the long days and the feeling that I’m doing something good.  That I’m doing something important.”
     He takes two more steps toward me.  He’s close enough that I can smell him now.  The sweat of the day.  The scent of his shampoo from this morning.  And something that is so Lake that it sends my head spinning.
     “But it’s not just the ranch and the work, Riley,” he says quietly.  His voice is low and warm, just like the day outside.  “It’s you, too.  When I’m around you, I feel like I matter.”
     Something builds inside of me, something that resembles a thousand hooves beating across the fields at sunrise.
     One slow, carefully thought out step at a time, he closes the space between us.  He places a hand on the wall on either side of my head, boxing me in.  His eyes study my face.  My cheeks, my nose, my lips.  His face is so close.  
     Something in my blood jumps to life, and I’m staring at his mouth.
     “What’s holding you back, Riley?” he finally says.  His voice is low and rough.  And there’s a mountain of unspoken words behind it.  “Why won’t you let yourself go?”

Ever After Drake(Book 1)
It was my first day as a brand new high school teacher. But I got dumped that morning. Via text. And then one of my students hit on me. And the rest of the day was a complete mess. The beautifully single Mr. Drake McCain found me in my classroom, feeling sorry for myself. And not sixty seconds later he had me laughing and electricity racing through my blood.

My family is broken and complicated. I literally don’t know my biological father’s name. My mother is absent and my half-brother barely knows who she is. But Drake? He’s not complicated. He’s sweet and kind and insanely adorable, and comes from a wonderful family. He is everything I want.

The chemistry between us? It’s there in spades. I keep telling myself that I should be feeling really awful and depressed since I just got dumped a few days ago. But I keep getting this ridiculous smile on my face every time Drake is around and it’s kind of hard to keep telling myself that.

I’m Kaylee Ray. I believe in fairy tales and happily ever after’s, and maybe the search for Prince Charming is over.

Cue reality check.

Moments of Julian(Book 2)
It was just a work party, filled with kissing the well-dressed rear ends of clients and fake smiles. Until my boss accused me of something I didn’t do. Until I got pissed and then there was this guy who was hot and flirting with me, and then there were his hands and the backseat of my car and a night of everything but you know what.

I never expected to see him again. But suddenly Julian Dohring is everywhere. And I can’t get over the endless tattoos that cover his arms, how he’s apparently a recovering video game addict, and dresses like he’s ready to walk down the red carpet at any moment.

Ten years ago I made a pledge to stay away from alcohol and sex, and to never get too personal with anyone. It’s gotten me this far. I’m twenty-seven, I have a career I’ve worked my heart and soul into, and more money than I could ever blow on shoes and the finer things in life. My attitude and pride have always been enough to keep any man from getting too interested. Until Julian…who claims I can’t dance, and has the nerve to call me a “peach.”

I’m Sage McCain, and needless to say, Julian has my attention.

Playing It Kale(Book 4)
Everyone loves Kale . . .   Coming January 20, 2015

Author Bio & Interview:
Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit www.KearyTaylor.com.

Tell us a little bit about The McCain Saga.
This is a family saga about three brothers and one sister.  The McCains all have big personalities and crazy love stories.  And they always have each others backs.  Each book is told from a different woman’s point of view, Kaylee Ray, Sage McCain, Riley James, and Whitney Ford. 

Describe DEPTHS OF LAKE in five words.

Each of the McCain books is told from a different characters point of view.  Which of them to you relate to the most?
There’s certainly a little piece of me in each and every one of them.  I’d say I have Kaylee’s positive outlook on life, Sage’s ambition, Riley’s independence, and Whitney’s creativity.  But the one I relate to the MOST is probably Sage.  We both have a bit too much pride and are always reaching for something more.

Writing adult contemporary romance is a new thing for you.  What made you decide to make the jump to that genre?
I was actually working on a YA paranormal when I started feeling a bit overwhelmed and burned out.  I’d just finished my sci-fi series in one year, and I needed something different.  I needed something that was just FUN to write.  So I sat down and started on MOMENTS OF JULIAN.  It wrote it exactly how I wanted to write it with no readers in mind.  It was therapy for me.  And then I couldn’t stop thinking about her brothers.   And that’s how The McCain Saga came to be!

So, what else have you written?
I have my most popular series, a NA paranormal romance: the Fall of Angels trilogy (BRANDED, FORSAKEN, VINDICATED, and novelette, AFTERLIFE).  And then my NA post-apocalyptic romance: The Eden Trilogy (THE BANE, THE HUMAN, THE EVE, shorts THE RAID and THE ASHES).  And then I have a YA contemporary standalone, WHAT I DIDN’T SAY.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Riley James is a country girl through and through.  Both for the fact that she runs a ranch and trains horses, and she’s the daughter of a career Marine.  She loves America, and was engaged to a Marine.  And then he died.  So when Lake, another soldier, comes into her life, she’s a bit broken.  But she’s one of the strongest women you’ll meet.

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