REVIEW BY DEBBIE - The Protectors Series #1 - #3 by Sloane Kennedy

Absolution (The Protectors #1) - Joel Leslie, Sloane Kennedy Salvation (The Protectors #2) - Sloane Kennedy Retribution (The Protectors #3) - Sloane Kennedy

@debbiereadsbook, @sloane_kennedy, #Dark, #MM, #Romance, #Audio, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)


Length: 7 hours and 16 minutes

After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he’s ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.

The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can’t he bring himself to pull the trigger?

After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle – dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.

Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they’re forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.

But each man’s scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them… 


REVIEW BY LIZZY - Touch of Smoke by Karissa Laurel

Touch of Smoke - Karissa Laurel

Three years ago, Rikki Albemarle watched her best friend die at the hands of a supernatural evil. Certain she was slated to be the next victim, Rikki fled her small Smoky Mountain hometown, vowing to never come back. Plagued by nightmares and knowing she's the only one who believes Mina's death was no accident, Rikki returns with hopes of finding answers and holding the killer accountable.

Rikki is convinced the key to unlocking the secret of Mina's death lies with Owen Amir, the alluring young army vet who once claimed her heart. But the deeper Rikki digs into Owen's past, the more she's torn between the urgings of her heart and her memories of him on the night Mina died.

After falling further into the rabbit hole, Rikki lands at the feet of an ancient and powerful evil determined to finish what it started years before. To survive, she'll have to make a decision: believe Owen is the monster she always feared he might be or trust him enough to stay and fight for a second chance at love.


@elizabethb19871, @KarissaLaurel, #Paranormal, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)


REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Diablo (The Gifted Ones #2) by J.M. Wolf

Diablo (The Gifted Ones #2) - J.M. Wolf

Trace Black hasn’t forgotten the tragic death of his parents and birth pack. His only focus since then was looking after his twin brother, Casey. Now that Casey has found his fated mate and started a family of his own, Trace has given everyone the cold shoulders, preferring the comfort of solitude. But one alpha who rescued him from being attacked by beta wolves changed everything for Trace, as he once again faces the monster who killed his family. Unfortunately, that same monster is also his fated mate. 

A decision made in the heat of anger and vengeance changed Antonio de la Llama’s life, and not for the better. Now an alpha jaguar shifter and fire mage, Antonio spent the next four-hundred years unable to control the evil that burned within himself, thus granting him the name, Diablo. But one encounter with his fated Omega and Diablo has found more reason than ever to prove to Trace that he’s not the same monster who killed his family. That the strength which comes with love is greater than anger. But can Trace put his own anger for the alpha in the past? 

An alpha who’s trapped in the flames of hell, and the omega who’s destined to set him free. Can these two troubled souls who’re still trapped by their past learn to let go, so they can face the future together? Will Trace be able to forgive the alpha who stole everything from him, and will Diablo find a new kind of strength worth holding onto? 

This MPREG novel contains sexual and verbal adult content specifically made for adults 18 and up! This novel also contains a lot of action and violence, death, snarky ice wolves, sexy belly dancing, steamy fire play in the bedroom, and cute babies. 

*** This is book 2 in the series, but can be read as a standalone story – no cliffhangers ***


@debbiereadsbook, @author_jmwolf, #MM, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Mpreg, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)


REVIEW BY CHARLOTTE - Soul Match: A Box Set by Morticia Knight

Soul Match: A Box Set - Morticia Knight

Slave for Two

What is destined cannot be changed.


Chris has had a monumentally bad month. First, an aggressive band of aliens invaded the Earth, conquered the world, and now he’s fighting for survival in the mountains with his family and the neighborhood bigot. Just because he’s barely out of his teens and a bit on the scrawny side doesn’t mean he can’t watch out for his mom, sisters and younger cousin. Chris keeps searching for the brighter side of things, but his humor is wearing thin. Fear can do that to a guy.


Lasar and Nary are a soul matched pair of warriors from Alashar. Lasar is Nary’s Ahna, the one who dominates him, and Nary is the Nasha, or submissive, to Lasar. Every Alasharian, regardless of orientation, needs the balance of the power exchange to exist peacefully within their lifelong soul match bond. When Lasar is awarded a war prize, he sends Nary to look over the recent arrivals.


Chris and his cousin Morgan are captured and sent to the slave cages where they discover from the other imprisoned young men that they are destined to be sex toys for alien pairs. When one of those aliens saves Chris and his cousin from being abused by the slave master, Chris hopes that the seemingly kind alien won’t be too horrible an owner.


Lasar and Nary are finally alone together with their new sex slave, ready to enjoy their reward. However, in the middle of their playtime a shocking event occurs that not only disrupts Chris’ world even more than it already has been, but also challenges everything that Lasar and Nary have always held dear. As Lasar searches for answers, he begins to question the reasons behind the Earth invasion and where his loyalties should really lie. As their Ahna, he must be the one who decides whether they will all be safer together, or apart.


Cherished by Two

Destiny rewards those who embrace it.


Hiding from Two

Embracing destiny was never meant to be easy.


Surrendering for Two

Strength is found when surrendering to destiny.


Fighting for All

Bravery will lead you to your destiny.


@hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @MorticiaKnight , #M_M, #Erotic, #BDSM, #Science_Fiction, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)


REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Honey From the Lion (Love Across Time #2) by Jackie North

Honey From the Lion (Love Across Time #2) - Jackie North

Soulmates across time. A love that was meant to be.

In present day, Laurie, tired of corporate life, takes a much-needed vacation at Farthingdale Dude Ranch.

The very first night a freak blizzard combined with a powerful meteor shower takes Laurie back to the year 1891. When he wakes up in a snowbank, his only refuge is an isolated cabin inhabited by the gruff, grouchy John Henton, who only wants to be left alone. His sense of duty prevails, however, and he takes Laurie under his care, teaching him how to survive on the wild frontier. 

As winter approaches, Laurie's normal fun-loving manner make it difficult for him to connect with John, but in spite of John's old-fashioned ways, the chemistry between them grows. 

Sparks fly as the blizzard rages outside the cabin. Can two men from different worlds and different times find happiness together? 

A male/male time travel romance, complete with hurt/comfort, true confessions, a shared bed, fireplace kisses, the angst of separation, and true love across time. 


@debbiereadsbook, @JackieNorthMM, #Historical, #Contemporary, #MM, #Romance, #TimeTravel, 4 out of 5 (very good)


REVIEW BY CHARLOTTE - Blake Blacks Out (Differing Sexuality) by Rafe Jadison

Blake Blacks Out (Differing Sexuality) - Rafe Jadison

Blake is perfect. Well, at least he looks that way. Everyone loves him, and to Blake's frustration, everyone falls in love with him, or at least they say they do. Then something happens. Blake blacks out. In those most crucial of intimate moments, Blake blacks out. But after one hundred and one horrible dates, Blake gets an offer from the sexy Jerome who swears that he can handle him.


@hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @RafeJadison, #Contemporary, #M_M, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)


REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Shape of Secrets (46. Ascending #2) by Sherrie R. Cronin

Shape of Secrets (46. Ascending #2) - Sherrie Cronin

Seven year old Zane vowed to become a superhero. As a child too smart to fit in, he studied chameleons and muscle groups to learn to alter his appearance.

Now Zane is starting his first job at Penthes Pharmaceuticals, where he finds layers of corporate secrets and learns that knowledge is dangerous. Good thing he excels at blending in.

Once upper management discovers him, life gets more complicated. A sales trip to the South Pacific leaves Zane dealing with an unsolved murder, an unsavory boot camp manager, and new friends with abilities as surprising as his own and with problems far worse.


Zane wants to help them all. First, however, he has a few work-related issues to handle. Someone at Penthes will kill to protect mysteries the company has worked so hard to keep hidden. He has to figure out who, and then use his unique talents to stay alive.



@GoddessFish, @hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @cinnabar01, #Science_Fiction, #Fantasy, 4 out of 5 (very good)


REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Frostbite (The Gifted Ones #1) by J.M. Wolf

Frostbite (The Gifted Ones #1) - J.M. Wolf

Cyrus Winters, an omega wolf and an ice mage is dangerous to others. After running away from his birth pack at an early age, Cyrus traveled from place to place in hopes of finding a pack that would accept him. But once they realized that he was no ordinary omega wolf, they quickly turned their backs on him. Alone and shunned as a monster, Cyrus has kept himself hidden at the top of the Wichita Mountains where nobody would reach him. That is, until he hears the song of his fated mate.

Dorian Lovell once had the family he’d always dreamed of, but after the death of his son, his whole world fell apart. When he begins having dreams about a white wolf at the top of a mountain, howling for him, Dorian realizes that he may have found his fated mate. Joining his friend Tobias’ pack in the Wichita Mountains, Dorian sets out to find the wolf from his dream; but once he meets Cyrus, he quickly realizes that mating with the frosty omega won’t be as easy as he thought it’d be.

An omega with a heart of ice, and an alpha who’s destined to thaw him out. With a threat to Cyrus’ life approaching, the two must learn to come together as one. Can Dorian’s pack accept the gifted omega, and can Cyrus trust his life and future to his new pack, and the alpha the fates paired him with?

This book contains sexual and verbal adult content, MPREG, violence, bloody gore, death, and talks of loss and heartache. No babies were harmed in the making of this book. 

*** This is Book 1 in the series, but can be read as a standalone story – no cliffhangers ***



@debbiereadsbook, @author_jmwolf, #MM, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Mpreg, 4 out of 5 (very good)


REVIEW BY ALVIA - Blake Blacks Out (Differing Sexuality) by Rafe Jadison

Blake Blacks Out (Differing Sexuality) - Rafe Jadison

Blake is perfect. Well, at least he looks that way. Everyone loves him, and to Blake's frustration, everyone falls in love with him, or at least they say they do. Then something happens. Blake blacks out. In those most crucial of intimate moments, Blake blacks out. But after one hundred and one horrible dates, Blake gets an offer from the sexy Jerome who swears that he can handle him.


@LoveBooks1986 (Alvia), @RafeJadison, #Contemporary, #M_M, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)


REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Copper Creek (Sawyer's Ferry #3) by Cate Ashwood

Copper Creek (Sawyer's Ferry #3) - Cate Ashwood

My life sucks.
After spending a year jobless and on the edge of becoming homeless, I’d officially reached a level of desperation that, even if I wasn’t completely broke, retail therapy couldn’t fix. 
While Sawyer’s Ferry, Alaska, is the last place on earth I’d ever want to visit, when my best friend, Holden, begs me to fly out and plan his wedding, I can’t say no. What I didn’t expect was to stumble into the administrative chaos at Copper Creek Brewing—or its too-hot-to-be-legal owner.
Clearly the man needs my help, and I’m willing to go above and beyond.
Way beyond.

I am screwed.
Six months after my assistant up and quit, I’m not any closer to finding a replacement, and things at the brewery are starting to fall apart.
And then in walks Frankie. He’s not the typical guy you’d find in these parts, and he brings with him a world of confusion. Because as much as I need his help, I can’t seem to keep my eyes—or hands—off him.
He’s supposed to be getting my life in order, but instead there’s a chance he could turn everything upside down.



@debbiereadsbook, @cateashwood, #Contemporary, #M_M, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)


VBT, EXCERPT, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Becoming by Lilith Thorn

The Becoming - Lilith Thorn

Niamh is a good wife. She learned early on that crossing her husband had consequences. Living quietly in the shadowed cage he has formed around her, Niamh suffers his secrets and bares the scars they leave behind.


On the night of her biggest humiliation Caleb enters the ballroom changing Niamh’s course forever. He brings safety to her dark world and introduces her to the possibility of escape. Will Niamh’s love for Caleb be the key to her freedom or will it be her undoing?



@GoddessFish, @hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @liliththorn, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Erotica, 4 out of 5 (very good)



TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Rune's Folly (Tower of Shells #1) by Garen Glazier

Rune's Folly (Tower of Shells #1) - Garen Glazier

By day, Tansy McCoy is a florist making charmed bouquets for the citizens of Junonia, capital of the Kingdom of Terranmar. By night, she’s an assassin and the keeper of the Dangerous Garden where deadly blooms grow. Together with the town tailor, butcher, baker, and metalsmith (just don’t call her a candlestick maker), she is part of the Guild, a secret group of spell-wielding thieves and mercenaries. Their task: consolidate all that remains of the realm’s fading magic under the ruthless King Zeno’s control.

Impetuous loner Tansy chafes under her Guild demands. She longs to quit her town and trade and head for the hills. Unfortunately, King Zeno has other plans. He wants to marry off his daughter to Terranmar’s famously reclusive wizard, Rune Hallows, and he’s willing to have the Guild kidnap him to make it happen. Fail to deliver the wizard and the consequences will be swift and deadly.

Reluctant but determined, Tansy sets out on the long journey to faraway Wentletrap and Rune’s desolate tower by the sea. To get there she must cross a swamp full of sinister surprises, battle a werewolf, and outrace a bloodthirsty band of revenants, while she wrestles with her own magical powers that seem to be expanding in unpredictable ways.

But reaching Rune’s tower is only the beginning. When Tansy learns the real reason behind the king’s contest, she’ll need to decide whether to give in to the growing forces of magic ready to reclaim Terranmar or embrace her newfound powers to save the kingdom.


@XpressoTours, @hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @GarenGlazier, #Adventure, #Fantasy, #YoungAdult, 4 out of 5 (very good)


NBTM, EXCERPT, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Kindred (The Akasha Series #2) by Indie Gantz

Kindred (The Akasha Series #2) - Indie Gantz

In Kindred we find the Damuzi twins settling into their new home with Kori Lark’s family. Desperate to keep the dangerous truth of their identity a secret, Charlie and Tirigan educate themselves on everything that was kept from them, while delving deeper into their mother’s past.

In the future, Tirigan is dealing with the complicated emotions that overwhelm him after the events of Passage. In an attempt to control the situation, Tirigan turns inward and cuts himself off from those who need him most.


By the time Charlie and Tirigan’s timeline’s merge, a burning mystery is solved, and more than one relationship begins to unravel.


Friendship. Trust. Dependency. Lies.


The Damuzi twin’s story continues.


@GoddessFish, @hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @IndieGisMe, #Science_Fiction, #Fantasy, 4 out of 5 (very good)



Rachael Tamayo's domestic thriller, 'Break My Bones', releases October 19th.

Preorder now for #halfprice ➙


Staring down the barrel of a loaded 9mm is a wake-up call, especially when it’s your husband’s finger on the trigger. Brooklyn James’s only thought is to take her baby and run. It's better to end up on the streets than suffer one more day beneath her husband's hand.  

Finally back on her feet, Brooklyn is stronger, better prepared, and determined not to run. That is until she gets the call that her husband has been released from prison after serving his three years for DWI.  

Cain James has his wife on his mind, always. With his friend Donovan at his side, anything is possible. He can find her, bring her home, make her love him again. While Cain has serious anger issues, Donovan is much worse. Cain can’t control his friend's sick, twisted mind and even sicker actions. 

Donovan has Cain's best interest at heart, and he'll do whatever it takes to help Cain bring his wife home—including murder. After his time in prison, Cain doesn’t want to hurt his wife again and becomes a man torn—divided between the darkness inside him, his twisted love, and his lifelong protector, Donovan. 

As Cain tries to convince his wife that he’s changed, he watches the bodies hit the floor one by one at the hands of his sidekick. Enraged by his estranged wife’s new love and conflicted by his own anger and need to protect his family, Cain unravels. 

He can’t live without her, and he won’t let her live without him.

#BMB_Reveal #RachaelTamayo #Thriller #preorder #TTPubs
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REVIEW BY MERISSA - Venus Trap (Hidden Portals Trilogy #1) by Maya Daniels

Venus Trap (Hidden Portals Trilogy #1) - Maya Daniels

Venus Trap is the first book in the Hidden Portals series, and we start off with a storm, a death, and a mad king. Sounds good, right? Wrong! This is brilliant.

Artemis is a Fae, Raphael is a vampire. We also meet with other Fae, Humans, Witches, Vampires, and Demons are mentioned. So right there, we have different species, all with their own history and thoughts, and pitted against each other. Who is telling the truth? Who will fight with who?

We find out more about Artemis' history as the story progresses, and the reasons she has for feeling the way she does. Raphael has distanced himself from the rest of his race, partly due to his friend, Claude, otherwise known as the mad king.

With intrigue, steam, action, wit, and a strong, sassy female paired with a strong, opinionated male, this book has something for everyone. There were no editing or grammatical errors I noticed, and I thoroughly enjoyed every word.

With an epic finishing line, this will definitely leave you wanting more. Absolutely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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