Friday, November 17, 2017

Release Day Review: Heart Unheard by Andrew Grey #Review #Giveaway

Author: Andrew Grey
Book: Unheard Heart
Series: Hearts Entwined #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication Date: November 17, 2017
Length: 200 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


The attraction between Brent Berkheimer and Scott Spearman peels the wallpaper, but Brent is Scott’s boss, and they’re both too professional to go beyond flirting. Their priorities realign after Scott is badly injured in an accident that costs him his hearing, and Brent realizes what is truly important… he wants Scott.
Scott pushes Brent away at first, fearing a new romance will just add to his problems, but perhaps he will find unexpected strength and solace in Brent’s support as he struggles to communicate with the world in a new way.
Just as they decide the chance of a happy future together is worth the risk, Scott and Brent discover darker challenges in their way—including evidence that the “accident” Scott suffered may not have been so accidental.

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Heart Unheard is book two in Andrew Grey's Heart's Entwined series. I adored book one so very much. It was brilliant and I was so excited to see that the series had another book. Andrew is tackling the senses.

In book one we had Trevor, a beautiful man who pretty much got everything and everyone he wanted based on his looks falling for James... A blind guy! It was so well done. In Heart Unheard we have a different situation. Brent manages one of Trevor's garages. Scott works for him as a mechanic. Brent has lusted after Scott for a long time and Scott has done the same. But the boss, employee thing was something neither thought about crossing.

Until a horrific accident takes Scott's hearing away. What was amazing was how the author showed just how difficult it would be for those around Scott to communicate with him. No one knowing ASL, all took advantage that they could shout from another room to grab his attention. Now, they resort to writing on pads and they all have to learn the language. On top of that, Scott's apprentice is blind so he has to tackle how to make that work too. It was a lot and I felt everyone's frustration.

Then as if that wasn't enough, someone is trying to harm Scott and Brent is suffocated from ghosts of Guilt's past. Both of these guys fight so hard to get to their happily ever after and it isn't easy. I'm glad it wasn't because it wouldn't be believable if it was. I love this series so much! A must read.


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Flashback Friday: Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan #Review #Giveaway

Author: Heidi Cullinan
Book: Love Lessons
Series: Love Lessons #1
Self Published
Original Publication Date: October 1, 2013
2nd Edition: March 31, 2017
Length: 314 pages

Reviewed by Erin


Love doesn’t come with a syllabus.

Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus.

Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.

Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view.

As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last.

Warning: This story contains lingering glances, milder than usual sexual content for this author, and a steamy dance-floor kiss. Story has no dairy or egg content, but may contain almonds.

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When I started thinking about which book I wanted to do for my flashback review this month, I couldn’t pick anything else but Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan. Then I jumped on to Goodreads to pull it up and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that it’s over four years old! How is that possible? I suppose it shouldn’t REALLY come as that big of a surprise to me considering I’ve read the book (and listened to the audio) more times than I can count. That’s not really an exaggeration either. Love Lessons speaks to my heart and soul in a way no other book since has quite done.

I’m going to share a very personal story with you all just to let you know what this book means to me. Many of you probably don’t know this, but my husband passed away suddenly a little over three years ago. My friends rallied around me (as friends do) and sent me the most amazing care package full of goodies to let me know I was loved. Among all the gifts of love was tucked an envelope and inside that was a letter. But this was no ordinary letter. Obviously, it was addressed to me, but it was the from that left me speechless because it was from none other than Walter Lucas, one of the main characters of Love Lessons. You see, my very good friend, Jules, contacted Heidi and explained what had happened and how much I loved the book and Walter especially and Heidi didn’t hesitate to offer comfort at a time I needed it most. I won’t tell you guys what the letter said, but suffice it to say the letter is framed and sits on my bedside table where I can look at it every night.

I can’t even really tell you why the first time I read Love Lessons I knew it was a book that would quite honestly change my life. Yes, it’s exceptionally well-written because, duh, it’s written by none other than Heidi Cullinan. Yes, Walter Lucas and Kelly Davidson are two characters that embody everything that a perfect friends to lovers story should be. And yes, it’s sweet and romantic and swoony and sexy. But it’s SO much more than that.

Books that take place in a college setting are among my very favorites. There is just something that is so very appealing to me about characters coming of age and finding themselves. Love Lessons captures all of this with a breathtaking perfection. Kelly Davidson is away from home for the first time and he’s nervous. He’s adorable, awkward, naïve, and utterly loveable. Plagued with more allergies than you can name, he’s pretty much a wreck and worried about everything that could go wrong. When charming, (and omg the level of charm is off the charts!) flirty, campus playboy Walter Lucas winds up as his roommate poor Kelly doesn’t know what hit him.

Let me expound a bit about the epicness that is one Walter Lucas. My love for him (much like my love for my husband) is limitless. Ask anyone who knows me well who is my favorite character in any book, and they’ll tell you Walter Lucas without a second thought. EVERYONE knows how much I love him. I could talk about him endlessly for days (I have been known to gush so long I’m sure my friends wish I’d just shut the hell up). Thus the reason for reaching out to Heidi when my husband passed away. He wasn’t quite as charming and smooth as Walter (close but Walter has him beat by a little), but he had the same sort of goodness that shines through, the kind that people are just instinctively drawn to. Walter isn’t perfect, but he’s good for Kelly and his heart is as pure and amazing as any character I’ve ever read. He pushes every single one of my buttons, some I didn’t even know I had, and my love for him will never die.

Whenever I’m missing my husband, whenever I need a pick me up, whenever I need something that I know will leave my heart full and happy, I pick up Love Lessons. Walter and Kelly will give you joy. They will make you smile so big your face hurts. They will make you appreciate your loved ones. As the holidays approach, I urge you to read Love Lessons, even if you’ve read it before. It will fill you with love and happiness and who doesn’t need more of that? Oh and if you happen to notice the dedication in the new edition, yes that’s me, and yes Heidi made me cry. 


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Random Review: Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke #Review #GIveaway

Author: Taylor Brooke
Book: Fortitude Smashed
Publisher: Interlude Press
Publication date: September 21, 2017
Length: 312 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


After scientists stumbled across an anomalous human hormone present during moments of emotional intimacy, further research created the ability to harness the direction of living energy and pinpoint when two lines will merge. Personalized chips are now implanted beneath the thumbnails of every infant, where glowing numbers count down to the moment they will meet their soul mate. 

Fate is now a calculation.

But loving someone isn’t.

When Shannon Wurther, the youngest detective in Southern California, finds himself face-to-face with Aiden Maar, the reckless art thief Shannon’s precinct has been chasing for months, they are both stunned. Their Camellia Clocks have timed out, and the men are left with a choice—love one another or defy fate.

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I struggled with this book. The author who has a very unique, raw writing style created a story that at times was too slow and led to me being bored, then freaking fantastic and beautiful which got me reading every word until I didn’t want to anymore, because of some super spoiler parts that annoyed and aggravated me.

In the beginning, I was reading and trying to get myself acquainted with this authors style of telling a story, her voice made it somewhat difficult to understand in the beginning, but I caught on. But that didn’t help when it came to the world building, the understanding of the Camellia Clock that all people have. Maybe it’s the lover of paranormal and sci-fi stories in me that needed a bit more than I got. If she gave us even a quarter of what she gave us in building the relationship between Aidan and Shannon I would've been happy.

In the end, the parts that threw me from the story and the intermittent boring parts ruined what otherwise could’ve been a terrific and unique story. I loved, loved, loved the build up between our two main characters. The tentative touches, the slow, sweet kisses, the learning and exploration that went along with their romance was what kept me there. I connected with Aidan so much since he had so much to deal with from his disassociated dysthymia.

I may not have enjoyed this story, but I will be looking forward to their next one and how their writing will grow. 


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Blog Tour: Audiobook: Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake ~ Guest Post #Giveaway

Today the narrator of Smoky Mountain Dreams, John Solo, is interviewed by the author of the book, Leta Blake. Come find out everything you want to know about narrating gay romance audiobooks and why you should read/listen to Smoky Mountain Dreams!

There are two options for this interview! You can read the answers below or listen to John’s smooth voice give you his more spontaneous answers in the following audio interview:

How did you get involved in audiobook narration?

If you would have told me 5 years ago that today I’d be a successful audiobook narrator, I would have laughed in your face. I certainly didn’t plan it! But sometimes, if you just follow the path that is laid out before you, life can take you places you never dreamed!

I come from an audio engineering and musical performance background. My wife and I started our own business, Falcon Sound Company, in 2012. The initial business model was to focus on live sound and lighting production for local music and festivals, with a light splattering of recording local bands in our small studio.

We were working our day jobs while getting the business up and running for the better part of a year, then due to a lay-off and life circumstances we decided to go full time in 2013. At a gig one night a friend told us about a relatively new website he’d found called ACX. He said he was producing his 3rd audiobook. I’d been a consumer of audiobooks for years, so this intrigued me. Of course, as a struggling small business owner, I was always looking for new opportunities for revenue. That very next week I, along with my wife and a close friend, recorded about 10 auditions and submitted them. Within a few days we landed our first contract.

Fast forward to today; audiobooks have almost completely taken over our business! We produce close to 100 titles per year, we currently have close to a dozen narrators that record for us, and the live sound and lighting business has turned into more of a side project.

And what brought you to the gay romance genre?

It was completely by accident. In our first round of auditions I was offered a contract on “Ghost of a Chance,” by Jade Falconer. (It’s available on Audible, and my performance is absolutely dreadful…). To be honest, I had no idea it was a gay romance book. It looked like a paranormal title to me. Lo and behold, once I started doing my pre-read I was a bit surprised!

What do you most enjoy about voice acting for romance novels?

This genre gives me an opportunity to delve into some deep emotions. I really enjoy the broken or flawed characters that are often presented. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy some other genres as well. Comedy, sci-fi, fantasy… those are my go-to books for personal reading. I have been slowly adding some of those titles to my narration work under the pseudonym “Jack Wayne” (I’ve done a few as John Solo too!!!). But I get the feeling I will always come back to romance. Love can manifest from so many different angles… It’s like a never ending well of opportunity for an actor.

When it came to Smoky Mountain Dreams in particular, were there any scenes you found challenging? Scenes you especially enjoyed recording?

For challenging, there are two scenes that come to mind. First, there is a scene between Jesse and his sister-in-law Jackie that plays out at the nursing home. Jackie was an intriguing character for me to play… her intentions are good, but she sees the world through rose colored glasses, and the repercussions of her decisions could have life and death consequences. This scene had a lot of character development for Jesse as well, as he starts to really grasp that the world is not black and white. For me there were a lot of undercurrents going on emotionally that I tried desperately to translate into the microphone, and I seem to remember retracking many of the lines over and over again, trying to get the subtlety just right. Listening back to it I still think I could have done a better job… The other challenging scene is very near the end of the book when Chris’s entire family, including one estranged father, makes an appearance. Trying to differentiate voices for multiple members of the same family can be… well, challenging!

Enjoyed? The first one that popped up in my mind when I saw this question was the noodle fight scene at Jesse’s house. I really had fun with that one.

Speaking to readers/listeners, what reasons would you give for them to pick up Smoky Mountain Dreams?

You know that feeling you get when you finish reading a book and you can’t believe that you are done living in that world and with those characters? I and my wife, spent over 100 hours of my life working on this book, and I STILL didn’t want to leave.

If you are looking for a beautifully sculpted, masterfully constructed piece of romance literature that will elicit tears, laughs and the urge to eat chocolate ice cream with orange soda, this one is for you.

Narrated By: John Solo

Length: 14hrs 46mins


After giving up on his career as a country singer in Nashville, Christopher Ryder is happy enough performing at the Smoky Mountain Dreams theme park in Tennessee. But while his beloved Gran loves him the way he is, Christopher feels painfully invisible to everyone else. Even when he's center stage he aches for someone to see the real him.

Bisexual Jesse Birch has no room in his life for dating. Raising two kids and fighting with family after a tragic accident took his children's mother, he doesn't want more than an occasional hook-up. He sure as hell doesn't want to fall hard for his favorite local singer, but when Christopher walks into his jewelry studio, Jesse hears a new song in his heart.

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Author Bio

Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.


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Blog Tour: Citywide by Santino Hassell #Review #Giveaway

Author: Santino Hassell
Book: Citywide
Series: Five Boroughs
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication date: November 13, 2017
Length: 367 pages

Reviewed by Erin


A record-breaking heat wave engulfs the Five Boroughs, and emotions run as hot as the temperatures.

In Rerouted, Chris Mendez is trying to live a drama-free life. That doesn't include another threesome with Jace and Aiden Fairbairn. But then a citywide blackout leaves them trapped together, and Chris is forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew about relationships and his own heart.

In Gridlocked, former Marine Tonya Maldonado is keeping real estate heiress Meredith Stone on permanent ignore. Mere isn't Tonya’s type. Not even close. Who cares if she kisses like a dream and has the filthiest mouth this side of the East River? But then a security detail at a summer party ends with her saving Mere's life and discovering they have more chemistry than she’d ever imagined.

In Derailed, Stephanie Quinones escapes the heat and her complicated love life by going on a company retreat. Trouble is, it's a couples’ retreat, and she lied about having a boyfriend. Unfortunately, the only person willing to play pretend is her on-again/off-again fling, Angel León. They’re currently "off again,” but after a week in the woods, Stephanie realizes she wouldn’t mind them being permanently on.

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There's no doubt that Santino Hassell's beloved and supremely well-written Five Boroughs series is one of the best in all of Romancelandia. Full of well-developed, richly written characters who are not perfect, who are wonderfully diverse in background, ethnicity and sexual identification, and a setting that is as vital to the story as the words themselves, these books are well deserved favorites of so many. What really makes the series stand-out so far above the rest is how perfectly Santino has showcased different types of relationships and how varied people's views of both sex and romance can truly be. Citywide is a collection of novella's that gives us a glimpse of characters we've seen sprinkled throughout the series so far, some like Aiden, Jace, and Chris more than others like Stephanie and Angel. This is a stand-alone novel, but as it has numerous cameo's of favorites like Ray, David, Michael, and Nunzio, I wouldn't recommend reading without having read the series up to this point. 

In the first novella, Rerouted, we find our hopeful throuple? triad? of Aiden, Jace, and Chris together in the middle of a heat wave. I hope you've read Third Rail before starting this one, and if you haven't, stop right now and go fix that and then come back. You NEED that book to really get the impact of what's going on in Rerouted. Things have been a bit rocky between the guys and Chris, especially, is more than a bit conflicted about what he wants (to be a permanent fixture in Aiden and Jace's relationship) and what he thinks he can have. Chris is just utterly fabulous. He's endearing and a bit awkward but he's got this bit of swagger to him that just hits all of my buttons. He's entirely comfortable with the thought of being in a polyamorous relationship, his only issue is the fact that up until now Aiden and Jace have had an open marriage. There is such a tangible connection between the three men, it's electric in its intensity. There is trust and a level of comfort that none of them have found anywhere else. The sex scenes were on fire hot (not that I expected anything less) but there is so much more to these three than just the sex. I'm not going to lie, for all I love and adore Chris and Jace, Aiden is the one that really gets to me. He loves Jace with a fierceness that should be almost scary in its power, but he's also got a vulnerable side that melts my heart. Here's this big linebacker of a guy who's been in love with Jace since they were teenagers. Their relationship might be unconventional to some but it works for them. With Chris, Aiden finds someone who fits with he and Jace so perfectly, it's scary. The chemistry is off the charts for sure, but it's the intimacy and the feeling of rightness that makes these three so awesome. I was a big fan of the open communication between the three guys and how they all addressed the things they want and need from each other and from the relationship itself. Santino leaves us with a pretty solid HFN and I can only hope that we see more of them in the books to come. 

I wasn't so sure what to expect from Gridlocked, the story that focuses on Tonya and Meredith. I'll be honest, I haven't been a huge Meredith fan up until now. From what we've seen of her in prior books I found her selfish, snobby, and spoiled. By the end of Gridlocked though, I am totally on board the team Tonya/Mere train. I absolutely LOVED these two together. Talk about your opposites, with tough and gruff ex-Marine now bodyguard Tonya and rich socialite and party girl Meredith, but they completely worked. Tonya identifies as NB (Nonbinary) and Meredith is bisexual. I only mention this because Hassell does a tremendous job of these two discussing which pronouns Tonya prefers her to use ... it was so effortless and so genuine that it gave me all the feels. There is so much more to these two than what's on the surface and after Tonya saves Meredith from an attempted assault and the two spend the weekend together laying low, things definitely heat up. They had a sexual encounter a little over a year ago and neither has been able to forget it. Once they spend more time together, they realize there's been some miscommunication and assumptions that prove there's more to the other than they first thought. Seriously, the honesty and communication between these two was so awesome and refreshing to see. Tonya could have come off as a cold-hearted bitch, but Santino let us see her vulnerability and depth so that it was impossible not to fall in love with her. No wonder Meredith didn't stand a chance. And speaking of Mere, she surprised me too with her strength and her honesty. The sex scenes between these two was the hottest out of all the novellas and their chemistry is incendiary. What else I loved .... the Sunday dinner scene with the Queens Crew. Nunzio and Michael get all the hearty eyes. I hope there's more to come of Tonya and Meredith ... I need it like air. LOVED THEM! 

Out of all the Queens Crew, Stephanie and Angel are the two we know the least about, but that changes in the last novella, Derailed. I'm glad Hassell included them in this book and that we got to know more about them thanks to the dual POV we're treated to. It was definitely needed here as these two had really different thoughts and feelings they were try to deal with when it came to the other. Having been friends with benefits off and on since high school and as recently as a few months before Citywide takes place, there is a lot of history between Angel and Steph. They're best friends who occasionally sleep together and this push and pull complete with mixed feelings and emotions make their relationship hard to peg. I admit it took me a little bit to warm up to Stephanie, she just couldn't seem to get out of her own way when it comes to admitting how she truly feels about Angel. I loved the set up of being fake boyfriend and girlfriend for a weekend work function, it really worked here. As with the other two novellas, the sex here was super steamy, but it was emotional and swoony, too which is really the best. When these two finally got brave enough to be completely open with one another, I was completely rooting for them. 

Truly guys, Citywide was a total win from beginning to end. It's got everything--romance, steamy sex, tons of emotions, and swoon for days. Do yourselves a favor and do not hesitate to dive into this book. You won't want it to end, I promise.  

About the Five Boroughs Universe

New York City—home of soaring skyscrapers, concrete boulevards, and the hopes and dreams of millions. A city where opposites attract and romance is found in unlikely places. From the glittering penthouses of Manhattan to the blue collar neighborhoods of Queens, values get tested, cultures clash, and connections made. Men of diverse backgrounds examine their lives, test their sexual boundaries, and seek success in an unforgiving urban landscape that moves fast and stops for no one. Despite the odds, there’s love to be found in the five boroughs as long as they’re willing to work for it.

To learn more about the first three books in the Five Boroughs universe, please visit

About Santino Hassell

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.

He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review Tour: Alpha Chef by Sue Brown #Review #Giveaway

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Length: 46,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

J.T's Bar Series

Book #1 - Alpha Barman - Amazon US | Amazon UK


When Greg Mitchelson’s home is torched and his employer killed, Greg fears it's retribution for his past testimony against a notorious drug gang. Alone, with no money and only the clothes on his back, Greg turns to Colm Riordan, the Deputy US Marshall who's protected Greg for the last 3 years. But Riordan doesn’t return Greg’s phone calls, and the local Marshal’s office refuses to help him.

In desperation, Greg goes on the run to Wyoming to find his brother, Mitch, whom he hasn’t seen in over a decade. As he reconnects with his brother, Riordan appears, searching for his missing witness. But Greg needs the answers to a lot of questions before he’ll trust Riordan again. Why didn’t he return Greg’s call? Is Riordan there to help Greg – or kill him?


This is book two in Sue Brown's J.T's Bar series. I will start off by saying you do need to read book one Alpha Barman first. With so many characters in play with this series it can get confusing so follow along.

Alpha Chef has action and questions just like in book one. In this book we are dealing with Greg, Mitch's estranged brother. Of course his arrival brings on loads of emotion, more questions, confusion, and suspense.

There were some good action scenes in this story which I loved. I was leary about certain characters and had serious issues with Colm Riordan... You will too.

The re-connection of Mitch and Greg seemed to be the main focus of this book. While it is a romance for Greg and Colm, throughout the entire story it felt like the brothers were truly the stars of this show. 

Colm and Greg have a history and honestly it was the saving grace of their relationship. They were very wam bam and now I love you which I didn't adore all that much but I kept in mind that they have known each other awhile. I would have loved to see more build up with these two to grasp their chemistry.

Loved the brothers and all the black OPs guys. Very entertaining, angst-free, and enjoyable.

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Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot, and has become an expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. She had an Aha moment and put pen to paper that same day. Sue may be late to the party, but she's made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.


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Random Review: Psycho Romeo by Jocelyn Drake & Rinda Elliott #Review #Giveaway

Authors: Jocelyn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Book: Psycho Romeo
Series: Ward Securities #1
Self Published
Publication date: October 27, 2017
Length: 267 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


The Ward Security Series is a spin-off of the Unbreakable Bonds Series.

Geoffrey Ralse is known for being the life of the party. He loves the club scene, hanging with his friends, and flirting with whomever catches his eye. He certainly isn’t going to stop living his life just because some would-be stalker starts sending him threats. 

But it all changes when Geoffrey is drugged and wakes up half naked in his own home with a new message from his stalker. 

He needs help and there’s only one person he trusts… 

Protective Agent Sven Larsen has been fighting Geoffrey’s flirtatious advances for months, even though he’s impossibly drawn to the man. There’s no way he can be around him twenty-four/seven and not finally crack. But one look at Geoffrey’s haunted eyes, and he knows there’s no way he’s letting Geoffrey walk out of Ward Security without him. 

Even if it means breaking his own rules, he will keep Geoffrey safe.

Trigger warning: There is a very short section with sexual assault that some could find upsetting.

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I really loved this book. I know it is a spin off series of Unbreakable Bonds but I never read that series. I didn't feel like I was missing much. I see there's backstory that may have been fun to know but it in no way affects this book or the characters.

 I was drawn in and it held me there until the end. It’s a suspense in every sense. Romantic wise, we are clinging to the hope that Sven gives into Geoffrey’s charms and gives him a chance. Action/mystery wise we are trying to figure out who is stalking Geoffrey and making his life horrid.

Geoffrey was amazing. He’s not a big guy, he has blond hair, brainy, and beautiful. He dubs himself a twink several times in this book so you get his physical appearance. Sven is a Nordic Viking looking dude. Long blond hair, muscles for miles, and is a giant beside Geoffrey. Opposites in size but inside they struggle with the same things. Acceptance, loneliness, and need for the love of their life.

I was so invested in these guys. I loved their dynamic completely and adored the banter. Even when Sven wasn’t saying much the chemistry was perfect.

I very much recommend this book to the people who love romantic suspense, edge of your seat drama!


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