Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: The Family Eternal (Deputy Joe #5) by James Buchanan

family eternalTitle ~ The Family Eternal (Deputy Joe #5)

Author ~ James Buchanan

Publisher ~ MLR Press

Published ~ 15th August 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, BDSM

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Synopsis

When the body of a young woman is found in a burning rental cabin, Deputy Joe Peterson and newly minted Fire Inspector Kabe Varghese must learn to work together to find out who she is and why she died.
Folks will tell you that family is second only to God in Utah. But what brings strength to some can sow sorrow with others.
On a bleak winter morning, a young woman's corpse smolders in the remains of a burned rental cabin. Clues to her identity are rarer than frozen choke-cherries in the Utah backcountry. Deputy Joe Peterson, assisted by Kabe Varghese in his first case as a fire inspector trainee, doggedly hunts for who she is and why she died. As they sink deeper into the investigation, Joe struggles with how his life is now personally and professionally intertwined with Kabe's.
Outed, excommunicated and disciplined because of the man he found love with; the last year of Joe's life has careened like an avalanche toward an abyss. Is doom inevitable? Or is the best chance to live surrendering to the fall?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Blog Tour: The Rules and Regulations for Meditating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens. Includes Guest Post & Giveaway.

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We are thrilled to welcome F.T. Lukens to Sinfully today as she celebrates the release of The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic. Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.

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Review: Travel and Spice (Famous on the Internet #2) by Alina Popescu

TravelandSpiceTitle ~ Travel and Spice (Famous on the Internet #2)

Author ~ Alina Popescu 

Published ~ 25th August 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Famous travel blogger returns home to have his life thrown off balance by his high school crush.
Dante Sandford is at the top of his game. He's paid to travel the world and share his spicy stories on his blog. He's still young, gorgeous, and confident. When Dante's high school reunion knocks on his door, he's reminded of everything he's lacking. More so when his old crush, Tommy Clancy, makes a pass at him. Or when the hot romance blows in Dante's face because of his lifestyle.
Tommy has always been the hottest man in Riverbrook. Possibly the world. He's stunning, smart, and the kindest soul Dante has ever known. He's also read Dante's blog along with all his steamy encounters. No wonder Tommy doesn't trust Dante for anything more than a casual hookup.
Dante returns to hometown Riverbrook to face his past of bullying and feeling like a misfit. He instead ends up dealing with the reality of being a travel blogger: relationships are close to impossible. That won't stop Dante from trying to convince Tommy his short-lived flings are not by design.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: Living Out Loud by Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee

living out loudTitle ~ Living Out Loud

Author ~ Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee

Published ~ 6th September 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, New Adult

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Synopsis

Ben Emerson has lived by his minister father’s rules most of his life. Born into an ultra-conservative church community, he’s finally brave enough to break free and move to San Francisco. Distancing himself certainly helps create a new mindset, but living as an openly gay man takes some getting used to. When he reaches out to Xavier, a childhood friend who lives in the city, Ben isn’t sure how he’ll respond given their thorny history. Ben hopes the familiar connection will help him right some wrongs as well as provide the solace he’s been craving.
Xavier Ramos is who he is, and he doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks. Whether it’s eyeliner, nail polish, tattoos or his love of hooking up, he uses his body as a form of self-expression but doesn’t let anyone get too close. When Ben reenters his life, Xavier helps him experience the city and feel comfortable in his own skin. Seeing the world through Ben’s eyes, he begins to wonder if he’s also not living as freely as he thought.
When Xavier challenges Ben’s beliefs about sex, it becomes explosive—for both of them. Xavier breaks apart Ben’s sheltered world and shows him what it’s like to live out loud. The more time they spend together, the more Xavier begins to long for Ben in a different way—one that both surprises and scares him. But real life doesn’t fade into the background, so when Ben’s past comes knocking, old habits are hard to break. Testing the foundation of their deepening connection will take a trust that will either bind them…or tear them apart.

**Riley Hart writing as Nyrae Dawn

**Ben is from PAINT THE STARS and Xavier is from A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORDS, but LIVING OUT LOUD can be read as a complete standalone.

Book Brief: Re-Ignition by A.R. Moler

re-ignitionTitle ~ Re-Ignition

Author ~ A.R. Moler

Publisher ~ MLR Press

Published ~ 25th August 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Can an ex-FBI agent crawl out of the pit of despair and find light in a new life?
Griff Rieckert used to be an FBI agent, but that was nearly a year ago. A devastating injury in the line of duty has left him on the long slow road toward recovery, a recovery that will never allow him to return to the life he knew. A chance meeting with a gorgeous young pediatrician, named Sean Avery highlights the dark depression Griff is only just barely fighting. Sean's interest sparks a ray of light into Griff's dreary existence. But life intrudes and suddenly Sean's life is at stake when he is taken hostage in a hospital ER by a deranged and desperate gunman. Griff's previous life expertise is the deciding factor in getting Sean out alive.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Blog Tour: Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem #2) by Rhys Ford. Includes Part #3 of a Rook Stevens and Detective Dante Montoya short story and Giveaway.

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We are thrilled to welcome Rhys Ford to Sinfully today as she celebrates the release of Tramps and Thieves, the second book in the Murder and Mayhem series. Follow the tour to read a short story about the main characters Rook Stevens and Detective Dante Montoya and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.

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Release Day Review: Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem #2) by Rhys Ford

Tramps_and_Thieves_Ford_FS_300dpiTitle ~ Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem #2)

Author ~ Rhys Ford

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 18th September 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense

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Synopsis

Murder and Mayhem: Book Two

Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder… and sleeping with Harold’s wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West LA detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.

Release Day Review: A World Apart by Mel Gough

a world apartTitle ~ A World Apart

Author ~ Mel Gough

Publisher ~ NineStar Press

Published ~ 18th September

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Ben Griers is the darling of Corinth Georgia’s Police Department—intelligent, handsome, and hardworking. Thanks to his beautiful wife and clever daughter, Ben’s family is the envy of the town. Yet desperate unhappiness is hiding just below the surface.

When Donnie Saunders, a deadbeat redneck with a temper, is brought to the Corinth PD as a suspect in a hit-and-run, Ben finds himself surprisingly intrigued by the man. He quickly establishes Donnie’s innocence but can’t shake the feeling that Donnie is hiding something. When they unexpectedly encounter each other again at an AA meeting in Atlanta, sparks begin to fly.

With his marriage on the verge of collapse, Ben is grateful for the other man’s affection. But he is soon struggling to help an increasingly vulnerable Donnie, while at the same time having to deal with the upheaval in his own life. Ben eventually realizes that they cannot achieve happiness together unless they confront their darkest secrets.

Content warning: The book is heavy on the hurt/comfort. There are mentions of child abuse, and realistic descriptions of serious medical issues and symptoms.

MONDAY’S QUICK BITES and GIVEAWAY

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As M/M Reviewers, between us we have read thousands of m/m romance novels over the years and we would like to share our favourites with you, those reads that have been 4+ stars for us. So every Monday we bring you our Quick Bites, short reviews of our recommended reads. 

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! We have four great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from Joseph Lance Tonlet, Brooke Blaine, Kate Sherwood and Tal Bauer. Don’t forget you can also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this weeks Quick Bites.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Blog Tour: How to Save a Life (Howl At the Moon #4) by Eli Easton. Includes Guest Post & Giveaway

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We are thrilled to welcome Eli Easton to Sinfully today as she celebrates the release of How to Save a Life, the fourth book in the Howl at the Moon series. Go check it out!

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Book Brief: Crossfire by Jon Keys

crossfireTitle ~ Crossfire

Author ~ Jon Keys

Publisher ~ Pride Publishing

Published ~ 18th July 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Thriller

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Synopsis

Murder, kidnapping and a disappearance. Trooper Rick Anthis could use a break. But he hopes it isn’t too late in coming.

Rick Anthis, a forty-five-year-old veteran of the Colorado State Police and his husband, Gabriel Thorkelson, a deputy sheriff in a nearby county, enjoy the peace of their suburban Boulder home, but the neighborhood’s tranquility is shattered by three rapid-fire gunshots. The pair’s quick reaction allows Rick to witness the abduction of his eight-year-old buddy Jacob, by his father.

In their quest to find the boy, the clues are sparse and time is of the essence since Jacob is diabetic, a condition Gabriel is far too familiar with. A search of the father’s apartment yields nothing more than an old hiking map that narrows the search down to a few hundred square miles. Rick and his CSI team are on the hunt, but with every bit of progress they make, it seems they are thwarted, especially when Gabriel turns up missing.

Reader Advisory: This book contains gun violence and an instance of domestic abuse.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised, re-edited and substantially expanded for re-release with Pride Publishing.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Release Day Review: Exposure (Drawn Together #1) by Aly Hayden

exposureTitle ~ Exposure

Author ~ Aly Hayden

Published ~ 14th September 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Sam Hayward's parents think he has a boyfriend. And he does... in his dreams. But when they insist Sam bring his partner to the annual Labor Day family reunion, his options are to either admit it was all a lie or find a stand-in in a hurry. The trouble is that his lies have all been based on one very real man.
Ben Matheny has been hurt before. When he's bribed into playing a part by his friends, he fleshes out Sam's dreams, but it's like flying too close to the sun. He's always had a crush on Sam, and now they're going to the Hamptons to spend a week pretending they're lovers, everything is getting harder.
When Ben uncovers another lie Sam has told - that Ben is every bit as rich as Sam is - things begin to unravel. If Sam isn't happy with who Ben is, Ben can't stick around to get burned again.
With their hearts on the line, the two must fight for their dreams as the pressure mounts. It would be so easy to admit that it was all a sham, but some dreams are worth the risk.