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Sunday, August 31, 2014

McFarland's Farm by Cardeno C. Review

Title: McFarland's Farm
Author: Cardeno C.
Genre: Contemporary gay romance
Length: 56 pages; 24,795 words
Release Date: September 10, 2014

Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father's demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father's money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar.

Quiet, hard-working Jared McFarland loves his farm on the outskirts of Hope, Arizona, but he aches to have someone to come home to at the end of the day. Jared agrees to take in his longtime crush as a favor. But when Lucas invades his heart in addition to his space, Jared has to decide how much of himself he's willing to risk and figure out if he can offer Lucas enough to keep him after his father's punishment is over.

About the Author
Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.
Heartwarming Stories. Strong Relationships. Forever Love.

Author Links
Blog: (Shared Blog) http://caferisque.blogspot. com/


McFarland's Farm (Hope, #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jared is very big, 6'5" over 200lbs and a farmer. He is 32, works hard everyday and wears straw hats. He has red hair, a scarred face and is the strong silent type. Jared is so lonely.

Lucas is a spoiled rich boy. He is 24, super good-looking and all about living in the fast lane. He's bitter because he mistakenly thinks his father takes issue with him being gay and so glamorous that he has more beauty products that the average salon. Lucas is lost.

After Lucas continues to royally disrespect is father, he's sent to stay with Jared. Neither knows that they both have had a long-standing crush on the other.

These two characters play off each other very well. One is stoic, the other catty. One country, one city. Even though they are total opposites, they both suffer self-esteem problems. Eventually they make it onto the same page and look for healing within each other. Then, we get some great sex.

Lovely, quick, fun, sweet read.

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***

Friday, August 29, 2014

RESCUED by Felice Stevens Blog Tour Review


Author: Felice Stevens      

Publisher: LooseId
Blog Tour: Aug. 26 - Sept 2

Book Blurb
Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection: his parents couldnt accept his sexuality and his lover chose drugs over his love. The only bright lights in his life are his younger brother and his rescued pit bull. But now his mother's punishment for his lifestyle has cut him off from his brother he loves so deeply. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.

Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. When her marriage ultimatum pushes him to break things off, he's determined not to jump into the dating scene. But when a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he cant forget the guy who shows up to help.

After Jason adopts one of the dogs, he and Ryder become fast friendsuntil one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. Soon, they cant deny the passion between them but will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the flavor?

Hey, Jason, hows it going? Ryder accepted licks from the dogs as he extended his hand to help the guy up from the floor. Jasons wary eyes flashed at him as he took his hand, gripping it tightly for a moment before withdrawing it after he was on his feet.

Uh, can we talk a moment, in private? Jason stood close enough for Ryder to feel the tension rolling off his body. His smoothly shaven jaw clenched tight, a muscle ticking in the hollow by his ear.

Another surge of pure lust jolted through Ryder, which he immediately and viciously smothered. Uh, well, I just got here…”

Emily, the matchmaker, pushed them into the back office. Go, go. Well set up lunch. Its slow so far today, Ry. No calls. Connor and I can start planning the chamber of commerce thing. She winked at him, even though he tried giving her his best evil glare. Take your time, boys. She slammed the door behind him.

He sighed and faced Jason. So.

Jason kicked the floor. Umm, hows your head this morning? Im thinking you must have a wicked hangover. The room they were in was pretty small, without much space to maneuver around. Jason backed up and leaned against the desk.
Remaining by the door, Ryder shrugged. Not so bad. Guess all the water I drank at the end helped, and Connor gave me some aspirin before he left the bar.

Jasons blue eyes pinned him so that he couldnt look away. Well, I didnt come here to talk about your drinking habits.

Ryder raised a brow. No? So why are you here, then? He crossed his arms over his chest. Last night I thought I said everything that needed saying.

Still glaring at him, Jason moved a step closer. I know you did, but I didnt get a chance to say anything. You dismissed me like I was a stranger. I thought we were friends, Ry. He raked his hand through his hair as his voice, full of frustration, rose a notch. Look, I didnt plan on it happening. It surprised me as much as you, but I thought you knew me well enough to know I wouldnt fuck around with you.

Ryder tried to ease Jasons agitated state. Its fine. Lets forget about it, all right? He gave him an uncertain smile. Better this way. They could work through Jasons uncomfortable feelings, and as for his own yet-to-be-reckoned-with desires, he could push them back into that black box where he kept all his lifes disappointments. Right now it contained his parents treatment of him, his inability to see his brother, the brief affairs with Josh and Matt. Jason would be one more depressing addition.

Jason cocked his head and narrowed his eyes. I dont think you understand. He took a step closer. Im not sorry for kissing you.

Jasons soft, husky voice sent a shiver through Ryder. He backtracked back a few steps. I am, though. Im not looking to teach someone to be gay. You either are or you arent, man, and youre straight. It pained him to push the guy away, but he wasnt about to sacrifice a friendship for casual sex.

Jason snorted. You dont really know shit about me. If I was perfectly straight, would I have dreams about you?

Author Bio
Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. She started reading traditional historical romances when she was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasnt until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeths court that her interest in romance novels became renewed.

But somewhere along the way, her tastes shifted. While she still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, she began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. And once she picked up her first, she became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, she knew she wanted to write her own.

Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of her own. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. She practices law but daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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To me, this book wasn't about all the pop and pizzazz that comes with many contemporary books. This is a more down-to-earth story. Although it has erotic parts, it is more about real people issues. Often book characters are super promiscuous, but here it's about quality not quantity. Instead of experimenting, they are looking for love.
"Look. Just 'cause I'm gay doesn't mean I sleep around. I'm selective in who I sleep with and monogamous when I have a relationship. But"—here Ryder took a deep breath, staring hard into his face—"I'm not a freaking sideshow act for you to look at, and I don't plan to be an experiment for you to practice whatever feelings you think you have."

Ryder has been through the ringer when it comes to family and lovers. His mother has totally cut him from the family for being gay. His past two relationships were with men just using him to play around.
"Welcome to Verizon Wireless. The number you were trying to reach has calling restrictions that have prevented the completion of your call."

Of course, there are some positives in his life. He has an underage brother that he rarely gets to see because his mother won't allow it, but his little brother still believes he hung the moon no matter what. He has a job rescuing animals that he loves. He also gets to work with his two best friends who are also his greatest champions.

Ryder and Jason meet because of some neglected dogs left in a building where Jason is working. So you have two hot men, and then you throw in cute puppies. *Swoon*
The puppy's head was silky smooth, and when Jason rubbed behind his ears, he whined and looked up into Jason's eyes. Such trust and affection from a creature who'd known nothing but pain and fear its short, miserable life rattled him.

After they decide to give each other a try, we get some great sexy times mixed in with drama from outsiders. We also get some romance. This is one of the most awwww quotes I've ever read so I have to share it.
"Don't you understand how much you mean to me? Your heart, it's mine, man. I'm going to hold it and make promises to it and love it for as many years as you give me it."

The basic theme in this book is relationships. It covers many—friendships, dating, siblings, parents, children, marriages.
"I'm not asking for you to understand me. I'm asking you to stand by me. Support me. Who I choose to love isn't a group project. You don't get to decide what's right for me."

I recommend this for someone looking for a sweet mostly mellow read.

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

~ The Red Door by J.L. Massey ~ BOOK BLITZ & Review


The Red Door

(Erotica M/F/M and M/M/F with M/M)


Returning home four years after tragedy struck, Aurora Hammond finds herself in an exclusive BDSM club called The Red Door.

Club owner, Mitch Reed, and Dom, Alex James, want Aurora to be theirs, even if they have to share.

When a sex-trafficking ring is revealed to be using the club and targeting Aurora, truths and feelings are brought to light.

Can Mitch and Alex protect her, or will their desires for each other be used against them and put Aurora in jeopardy?

The Red Door is book one in The Door Trilogy. 



“Well, you see, Jackson volunteered to be my Dom to see if I liked it.”

“I’m sure that’s not the only reason he volunteered,” Mitch mumbled.

“Yes, well, we did have some rules about it, though.”

“Oh and what might those be?” Alex glared over at Jackson, who had his head down and his body was shaking. Was he laughing?

“OMG! Are you laughing?”

“Yes.” Then he busted out and bent over and let it go. “I can’t help it. Mitch is a little more than mad while Alex is still ready to beat me to a pulp. They’re putting up a good front but not good enough.”

“Oh alright. It is a little funny.” I looked at both of my guys and saw that Jackson was correct and started fighting back laughter myself. “Jackson and I agreed he would ease me into being a sub but there would be no intercourse.”

“Are you saying you two never had sex?” Mitch whispered turning me back into his chest.
“No, we never had sex.”

“Oral?” Alex turned and asked Jackson.

“No. No sex at all, Alex. What we did in this office earlier was as far as we have gone.”

“That’s all? You didn’t have sex with him?” Mitch asked tilting my face up to his.

“He also walked around naked.”

“No one has been in this pussy, but me?” he asked even quieter.

“Only you.”





The Red Door (The Door Trilogy, #1)The Red Door by J. L. Massey

This story starts out with scenes from the past, murder mystery style (which I like). It them jumps to where one of the victims is now in life. Throughout each meeting of a character, I was analyzing if they were the killer. I did figure it out before the book made it clear because of a certain statement from the killer, but I'm not going to share that and ruin the plot.

I thought the author made a very good point of providing all the information anyone reading a BDSM book could need. All the acronyms and proper titles are completely explained. The lifestyle is approached in a very educated and mature way. And the reader is told what they're in for right away.
If you don't want to see two guys going at it, a girl going down on another girl, or punishments being handed out, then you don't need to go there, because you will see it as well as all other types of sex.

The problems that I had were with the maturity of the characters and the timeline. The two men and one woman fell into an immediate relationship from the first eye contact. I didn't have time to get to that point with them. And I don't think they were ready either because they continuously acted immaturely. I know it was new to them all in different ways so maybe that is how it would go, I don't know.

Because of not feeling invested in the love of ménage relationship, I instead just focused the hottest of it. Two guys? Yes, please! And make them bi...ggggaaaahhhhgggg (that was me just melting). So yeah, I like that idea. The sex scenes were above par really compared to many erotic stories I've read.

So, in summary, loved the idea of two men and a woman, great sex scenes, great explanations of the lifestyles, poor character and relationship developments.

It all wraps up nicely at the end until, wham she hit us with the epilogue. Now, I'm wondering what is going to happen in the next book.

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***