Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Review Tour: A Christmas Kiss by Annabelle Jacobs #Review #Giveaway

A Christmas Kiss - Annabelle Jacobs

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh

Release Date: November 18 

Length: 38,000 words

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Blurb

Keeping secrets from your best friend isn’t right, but it’s easier than admitting you’ve fallen in love with him.

Sharing a late-night kiss with his best friend, Alex, is Riley’s dream come true. Waking up to discover Alex was too drunk to remember anything is more like a nightmare. Scared the truth could destroy their friendship, Riley keeps quiet and pretends nothing happened.

Alex can’t shake the feeling that he said or did something stupid on their group’s drunken weekend away—why else would Riley be avoiding him? Although the explanation he finally gets sounds plausible, Riley’s still acting strange, and trying to figure out why that is unearths emotions Alex has worked hard to bury.

Riley knows not telling Alex how he feels is probably selfish, but he wants one last normal Christmas before he has to come clean and face the potential fallout.

He should have known it wouldn’t be that easy.





Review

This is a sweet, fluffy, and low angst Christmas story...so basically the perfect kind!

Riley and Alex are best friends, but Riley wants more. He’s had a crush for a long time and after finally getting the kiss he’s always wanted things do not go his way. Alcohol and confessions don’t usually go well together and this one is no different. But there is no way that Riley is telling his best friend what actually happened, no matter what anyone says.

Riley has some major physical insecurities. Alex waking up the next day not remembering anything about the kiss...hurts. I understood the lack of communication because of Riley’s insecurities so that did not bother me at all. He’s the guy you just want to hug. And, poor him, his best friend isn’t exactly the most observant guy. Everyone around them sees how Riley feels; but Alex is oblivious.

Most of the friends were great additions to the story. All diverse in their jobs and personalities but I just found that Abi didn’t add anything but a slight annoyance to the story. The setting in the cabin was very Christmassy and set a very good romantic setting when needed. The snowball fight was fun and light which just added the snuggly cuddly feeling to the overall story. The steam level in this story was low key but these two guys were most definitely hot for each other. Even with the epilogue was definitely more of HFN than HEA but as short stories goes that doesn’t surprise me.

These two guy are cute together and I love bestfriends to lovers stories! 



 





Author Bio

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AJacobs_fiction
Website – www.annabellejacobs.com
Email – ajacobsfiction@gmail.com
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Release Blitz: Snow In Montana by RJ Scott #Giveaway

Snow In Montana (Montana #4) - RJ Scott

Author: RJ Scott

Length: 54,000 words

Cover Design: Meredith Russell 

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Blurb

An actor in the closet, a sheriff in love, and memories that won't stay hidden.

Jordan Darby is known as the King of Christmas. The star of eight made-for-TV Christmas movies, the leading man who always gets his girl. Filming at Crooked Tree Ranch in Montana, in the ice and snow, Jordan is fighting to make a go of his new company and dealing with fears of exposure over one huge secret. After all, who the hell would buy into him being a romantic straight lead if rumors about him being gay were proven to be true.

Sheriff Ryan Carter is advising on the new movie being made at Crooked Tree. He hoped this would be one day of work and nothing more. Until, that is, he meets the hero. But while Jordan is sexy, he's also very much stuck in the closet - everything that Ryan doesn't need in his life. And then lust becomes part of the equation, and Ryan's quiet life is thrown into turmoil.

Their story unfolds against the chaos that overtakes the ranch, with Adam regaining memories that terrify him and make him look at Justin differently, and Justin leaving the ranch to make things right. Only through trusting in love and friendship can Justin and Adam learn to look to the future instead of letting the past destroy everything. But will they ever see clearly enough to do that?

Author Bio

RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.

RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.

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

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Release Day Review: As It Should Be by Sean Michael #Review #Giveaway




Author: Sean Michael
Book: As It Should Be 2nd Edition
A Windbrothers Collection
Publisher: DSP Publications
Publication date: December 6, 2016
Length: 178 pages


Reviewed by Morningstar



Synopsis

Set in the sweeping Windbrothers’ world, where magic users and their sworn mates find each other through a process of trial and error, these stories, which take place long before the events in Desert, explore the different ways that ba’chi and hi’icha come together to become ki’ita. For every magic user, there is a grounding force to steady him, and neither half of the pair feels whole until he finds his destined lover.

Some mates discover each other with relative ease, while others have a harder time uniting with their designated partners, and the world they live in can be accepting, cruel, or even indifferent. From a shape-shifter with a secret to a pair of twins who think they’ll never find their lover, Sean Michael gives us a lot to love, just as it should be, in these stories sure to tug at your heart.



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This bundle of 5 short stories all take place in the Windbrothers’ world. A fantasy world where its people see the wind as its guiding force and they listen when it speaks. Each one of these stories is a unique tale of one finding their destined mate, a mate brought to them by the wind. Where there is a ba’chi there must be a hi’icha to guard them, the two creating what they call ki’ita. One does not live without the other so when one passes into the summer lands the other will follow.
               Whether it's the story in Coming Home where Bren finds that his future is better than his past and he deserves to have the love of Iral and his daughter Rian.
Or Turtle, the story of Satta who while out patrolling his lands stumbles on So’el and Du’el, twin brothers who have some special powers and no home to go back to. And to keep his ba’chi safe Satta will sacrifice a lot, maybe even his life.
Then we have The Wind’s Will, a story of Benik who has to fight for his ba’chi Semon against his beloved cousin. Semon, hides a secret and has always been told he was a burden to his old tribe has a found a friend in this one. But now he must try to see if his heart sings for Benik to finally find his home.
Blown Together by the Wind is the story of Delen who could control and speak to the winds finds a warrior, Unar, that intrigues him but he hasn’t been around or spoken to what he calls Others for a very long time. The warrior himself is one of a kind, but can Delen find a way past his fear to stay with Unar, his One?
Finally, there is the story in Weaver of Sebak who was travelling to find his mother, once thought to be dead, and her tribe that he had lost long ago when he stumbles upon Azen, a man left to live in the darkness and be cursed because his hi’icha passed to the summer lands without him. Sebak learns of the fate of his mother at the same time he must find a way to bring this man out into the light, to save him because the winds have lead him here to do just that.
Each story is unique in its telling and characters. Each are sweet and romantic and filled with heat. The lands, the history, the people, and all its magic were given good depth and detail for such short stories. I do wish there was less sex and more story because I felt it diminished the love story portion of the storytelling. I haven’t read the book that this prequels, Windbrothers’ Desert, but it now will be one that I make sure to follow up since I loved this world so much.






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Release Blitz: Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert




Title: Wrapped Together
Series: Portland Heat #5
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: December 6
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 35,000 words
Genre: Romance, contemporary, friends-to-lovers

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Synopsis

In the bustling restaurants, shops, and caf├ęs of Portland, Oregon, things really heat up for the hard-working men behind the scenes when the holidays come into town . . . For a stationery store owner, the holidays are great for business. But for Hollis Alcott, Christmas reminds him of the tragic events of three years past, and the last thing he wants to do is take part in Portland’s over-abundance of festive cheer. But Sawyer Murphy, a hunky gift shop owner whose brother is married to Hollis’s sister, has made it his mission to pluck Hollis out of his holiday blues. And his plan is beginning to work. Wrapped in the warm glow of newfound passion, the former business rivals hit up Portland’s finest holiday traditions—and Hollis’s icy attitude begins to melt like snowflakes on his tongue. But he isn’t sure he can trust anyone with the only gift he has—his heart—without breaking it like an antique ornament. Unless he can find the courage to take a leap with the one lover he never expected . . .

Excerpt

This excerpt comes from chapter one of WRAPPED TOGETHER, when Hollis and his long-time frenemy Sawyer engage in a friendly bet sure to put their holiday cheer to the test! **** I took a sip of my now tepid, almost-gone tea. Ugh. The good barista was on duty, the one who went with Ev from the knitting store and who always happily made my tea with the same care he did the fancy coffee drinks. I left the group, happy to have the excuse of needing a refill, but as I stood in line, Mary Anne joined me. “Hollis Alcott, we almost never see you at these things!” Her voice seemed to ring out above the din. “Will you be participating in the contest this year?” “I doubt it. My fall display is already set.” I tried not to sound too dour—she always had the best houseplants and had custom-ordered the rare fern I’d wanted. “Ah, well, that’s too bad. You let me know if you change your mind. I’d be happy to lend you some poinsettias or other decor. I know you could do a splendid, tasteful window.” It was my turn to order, so I gave her a smile as a reply before handing Brady my stainless-steel tumbler for tea and ordering a scone to go. I had to wait down at the other end of the bar for my order, and as I was waiting, Sawyer came loping over, a smile on his boyish face. His wide shoulders stretched the hoodie in distracting ways. “Hollis! Did I hear you say you’re not decorating?” “You did.” He frowned. “I know how much you hate the holidays, but I bet you’d get an uptick in sales if you decorated. I heard Mary Anne offer to help. I could, too. I’ve got gobs of lights.” “Thank you but no.” Truth be told, I could use the increase in sales, but it wasn’t enough of a motivator to get me ready for the onslaught of red and green. Sawyer’s head tilted, considering. Oh no. I knew that look too well. A Sawyer who was scheming was downright dangerous. “We should bet, you and I.” “No,” I said firmly. I stepped away from the coffee bar to let Mary Anne and others wait for their orders, but Sawyer kept step with me, effectively pinning me in between two tables on my path to the door. I sighed and repeated my objection. “No. The last time we bet, I believe you cracked a wrist.” Sawyer waved a hand, dismissing my concern. “We were fifteen. We’ve had other bets since then.” We had, but there was one in particular I was determined not to remember right at that moment. This was the peril of having known someone for almost two decades. “How precisely would one even bet on this?” I let my inner musings escape before I could rein them in, and Sawyer smiled. He knew he had me. Whatever nervousness and shyness captured my tongue around large groups did not, unfortunately, extend to Sawyer. “Well, I was thinking whichever of us makes it into the top three is the winner of our bet, and then the loser has to do whatever the winner wants for an evening.” Oh, I did not like this. “Anything?” “That wasn’t a no.” Sawyer’s grin showed the sort of charm that made him so darn popular. “And I wasn’t thinking of something kinky. Trust me here, Hols.” “Don’t call me that.” And I most certainly did not trust him. I was pretty sure the always-affable Sawyer didn’t have a kinky bone in his body, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t up to something. “But I could get you to do any task of my choosing?” See, the thing about me that Sawyer knew was that I have a very hard time resisting a bet. Always have, hence the aforementioned bet freshman year of high school about jumping over auditorium seats during drama class. I’m also notoriously cheap. And as it turned out, I did have a job for him. He nodded. “Anything.” “I have a bathroom I want painted at my store. Including the trim.” Sawyer, to his credit, didn’t look remotely pained. “That’s fine. I’m good at painting.” “And you? What would you want?” I had no idea why I was asking. I certainly wasn’t planning on agreeing to this ridiculous plan. “A surprise.” He winked at me. “I don’t like those.” “I know. Which is why you need one. But if it makes you feel better, I’ll specify no sex or nudity involved.” Sawyer had mercifully dropped his deep, clear voice to softer tones. I still bristled at the thought of anyone overhearing this. “Or humiliation, public or otherwise.” “Oh, Hollis, you know me better than that.” He held up his hands. They were big, capable hands, and I had to blink to get my eyes to look away. “Now, come on. I dare you. Bet me.”

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Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open— no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children. Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency

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