Friday, March 23, 2018

Release Blitz: Nobody's Prince Charming by Aimee Nicole Walker #Excerpt


RELEASE DATE: 03.23.18



Fire and ice. Oil and water. Vodka and decisions. That’s what Darren McCoy and Wren Davison are: two opposites that shouldn’t mix well. Dare believes in fairy tales, true love, and happily ever after. Wren believes in fast cars, freedom, and no-strings sex. What can these two men possibly have in common? A magnetic pull strong enough to obliterate logic and reason.

For more than a year, Dare and Wren have worked together at the Curl Up and Dye Salon. Dare has pursued the mysterious, brooding man, and Wren has resisted his provocative charm. Then one day, something happens that allows the men to see each other in a new light. Wren learns that Dare hides a heavy heart behind his brilliant smile. Dare realizes that beneath Wren’s gruff exterior beats the heart of a prince.

Passions ignite once the men stop fighting their attraction, but will it be enough to overcome their differences? Is Wren the prince that Dare is looking for? Can Dare teach Wren that true love does exist?

Nobody’s Prince charming is a modern-day fairy tale where some princes ride Harleys, and castle walls are built to scale. It is the third book in the Road to Blissville series but can be read as a standalone book. This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults eighteen and over.


When I returned to the kitchenette, Dare looked as if he were afraid to believe in me. I wondered if maybe our backgrounds weren’t that different after all.

            “I just want you to know that I will not be upset if you change your mind, Wren.” It was cute the way he tried to put me at ease.

            “Dare, there’s something you need to know about me.” He nodded eagerly, biting his lip nervously as he waited. “Rule number five: I never say things I don’t mean, and I don’t do things I don’t want to do.”

            “That’s two different things,” Dare said. “That should be rules five and six.”

            “They mean similar things, so they share a rule.”

            “Saying and doing aren’t even close to the same thing,” Dare argued. “It would make sense if it was: say what you mean and mean what you say. They could share a rule.”
            “They’re my rules, and I’ll categorize them as I see fit.”

            “Well,” Dare said huffily. Then he tipped his head to the side and studied me speculatively. “I’ll let it drop if you tell me your first four rules. Not gonna lie, I kind of want to see if I can make you break them.”

            “Not a chance,” I declared. His look said we’ll just see about that.

I am a wife and mother to three kids, three dogs, and a cat. When I’m not dreaming up stories, I like to lose myself in a good book, cook or bake. I’m a girly tomboy who paints her fingernails while watching sports and yelling at the referees. I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever- after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Random Review: The Wolf's Man Friday by Julia Talbot #Review #Giveaway

Author: Julia Talbot
Title: The Wolf's Man Friday
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christine Griffin
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Length: 220 pages

Reviewed by Truus


The last thing Sebastian Zeller wants is to be pack Alpha. But when the pack leader, his uncle Ron, is attacked, he has no choice but to leave his beloved Colorado mountains and fulfill his duty as Ron’s heir—at least until his uncle recovers. In the meantime, he intends to lure the attacker out… and make them pay.

When Ron gets wind of Sebastian’s plan to catch the attacker, he doesn’t like the idea of risking his heir. That’s where Jaxon Reedis comes in—he’ll balance protecting the dark and sexy werewolf with pretending to be his personal assistant. He’s walking a fine line that requires all his foxy wit and craftiness… and that’s on top of the inescapable feeling that he and Sebastian are meant for each other. When the attacker returns, will they be able to maintain their deepening bond when danger threatens to tear down everything they’re building?

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I never read a shifter story like this one before, it surprised me with the diverse shifters.

Sebastian is an almost alpha wolf. His uncle Ron, leader of the pack, wants him to be the alpha. Sebastian wants to be the designer he is and nothing else, he doesn't prefer being alpha; and he has to find a way to convince his uncle he is not the one.

Ron has been attacked and Seb wants to find the traitor by himself, only Ron wants someone to look out for Seb so he finds Jaxon.

Jaxon is a lonely fox and will be working as a bodyguard, to take care of Seb... under the guise of his PA. Who knew that this wolf and fox would fit so naturally?

While Jax is taking Seb to “Seb's best place on earth,” the attackers are giving us some fearful moments...There is a surprising story involving these attackers.

It was a sort of playful read. All those wonderful shifters, especially Sebastian and his little red fox, I wanted to howl from all the pleasure.

I loved all the talk about scent, I loved the patting, the wagging, the fur, the bonding, it was all adorable.

The bond between the fox and the wolf is strong, the sex, sizzling steamy and great to watch. 
A tiny note... I couldn't always figure out from who the talking or thinking.
The story was fantastically written and was full of unconditional love. With all the frisk and frivolity it was a wonderful fun experience.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Random Review: The Ballerino and the Biker by Rebecca James #Review #Giveaway

Author: Rebecca James
Title: The Ballerino and the Biker
Series: The Hedonist #1
Self Published
Publication date: March 10, 2018
Length: 186 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Most of his young life, Morgan Wentworth has dreamed of becoming a principal dancer in a prestigious corps de ballet. After years studying the art in Milan, Morgan comes home to New York City to apprentice with the Manhattan Ballet Company only to be hit by the unexpected death of his older brother, Jake. The grieving dancer learns his life is threatened by a dangerous rival motorcycle gang and that pierced, tattooed, HOT biker Zeke Ivers has been assigned by Jake’s MC to guard him. Saddled with the constant presence of the infuriating man, Morgan juggles the demands of an exhausting dance schedule as well as his new responsibilities as CEO of his family’s multi-million-dollar company. He never expects to develop an attraction for the straight, obnoxious biker, but that’s exactly what happens. 
Estranged from an abusive family, Zeke Ivers has lived at the Sentinel’s club house and worked on cars since he was a teen. When fellow club member Jake Wentworth and a rival club president’s girl are killed on Jake’s bike, the Sentinel’s president delegates the protection of Jake’s little brother, Morgan, to Zeke. Zeke would do anything for the club that pulled him off the streets, but Morgan’s a ballet dancer, for Christ’s sake, as well as annoying as hell. Still, Zeke finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young man. The more attracted Zeke becomes to Morgan, the more the biker is forced to examine his sexuality and decide whether two people from opposite sides of the tracks could possibly have a future together, or if Zeke should do what is fast becoming too painful to consider: let Morgan go. 


When The Ballerino and the Biker opened to Morgan standing over the grave of his older brother I knew I was going to feel particularly close to Morgan. I knew that this was a character that was going to be grieving. As the chapter went on I realized with even more clarity, just HOW alone this guy was. On the other side of that I got to watch him evolve into a strong and amazing character.

The author puts Morgan through a whole heck of a lot. I found his best friend to be so vital to his sanity and when push came to shove she did the right thing to make Morgan's life better.

Zeke. So, I had my up and down moments with this guy. He was conflicted and struggling with a lot of demons in his head but there were times that no amount of demons made you treat someone the way he treated Morgan. Knowing all he'd lost and how alone he was should have told him more than anything. So, yeah, Zeke is NOT a person you'd want to determine a mood based on body language or words. He is more a guy that needs you to hold a blinking sign with detailed instructions. And that's okay it really is because he does get his stuff in order.

This story had two parts almost, a little mystery, suspense, and perfect conflict. I really enjoyed this book and was so freaking happy that it ended how it did. It was one of those, THAT is how it had to go down, moments. 

It's book one of a series and I am so excited to read more of these guys. I saw a few guys there worthy of their HEA's so I can't wait to read them!


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Release Day Review: Staggered Cove Station by Elle Brownlee #Review #Giveaway

Author: Elle Brownlee
Title: Staggered Cove Station
House Line: Dreamspun Desire
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Length: 216 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Rescues are wild in the Alaskan terrain. So is romance.

Sun-kissed California guardsman Dan Farnsworth might be at home in the water, but he’s out of his element at remote, rugged, and freezing Staggered Cove Station. Acclimating proves hard enough, but he’s also digging into how the station’s previous rescue swimmer was lost at sea. Was it an operation gone bad or something more sinister? Add to that the instant tension between him and his partner—no-nonsense Alaska-born Karl Radin—and Dan has his hands full.

As his investigation heats up, so does the attraction between Dan and Karl, even if they don’t completely trust each other. But as suspicious events escalate to sabotage, Dan starts to fear that he and Karl won’t get the chance to become more than reluctant coworkers.

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When I read this blurb, I was all over this book. Search and rescue swimmers, remote Alaskan location, romance and a mystery! Yes!

Dan Farnsworth has come to freezing, bleak Staggered Cove Station as a SAR swimmer from sunny California. Dan isn’t just here to work though, he has a secret.

Karl Radin is a native Alaskan and has been working SARS for some time. He is intrigued by Dan when he meets him, although you can tell he doesn’t want to be. He is also pretty suspicious of him, but doesn’t know why. When Dan is assigned to be his roommate, Karl seems ready to run. He’s definitely not prepared to share space with the younger, handsome man. As these two work together and some secrets come to light, two things can’t be denied, their attraction and their lack of trust.

This book was really well written, the mystery is done well and keeps you guessing. The relationship is a slow burn and that actually works really well for Dan and Karl. I love that the author takes care with the work of search and rescue, you can tell that the research has been done. I am always happy when I get a really good romantic suspense and this one delivers. I have so much respect for the men and women who put themselves in harms way for others and it feels like Elle Brownlee does as well! 

This was a good one


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Random Review: Fake Out by Eden Finley #Review #Giveaway

Author: Eden Finley
Title: Fake Out
Series: Fake Boyfriend #1
Self Published
Publication Date: March 15, 2018

Reviewed by Truus



The reason I rarely go home is three simple words: I’m a liar.

When the pressure to marry my childhood sweetheart became too much, I told her I was gay and then fled to New York like my ass was on fire.

Now, five years later and after a drunken encounter, I find myself invited to her wedding. And I have to bring my boyfriend—the boyfriend who doesn’t exist because I’m straight.

At least, I think I am. Meeting the guy I’m bribing to be my boyfriend for the weekend makes me question everything about myself.


When my sister asks me to pretend to be some straight guy’s boyfriend, my automatic response is to say no. It’s because of guys like him people don’t believe me when I tell them I’m gay.

But Maddox has something I need.

After an injury that cost me my baseball career, I’m trying to leave my playing days behind and focus on being the best sports agent I can be. Forty-eight hours with my sister’s best friend in exchange for a meeting with a possible client. I can do this.

I just wish he wasn’t so hot. Or that he didn’t kiss like he means it.

Wait … why is the straight guy kissing me?

*Fake Out is a full-length MM novel with a HEA/HFN and no cliffhanger.*


Delicious absurd situations pass by one by one in this and it's funny and refreshing.
Maddox needs a fake boyfriend, he wants to be present at his ex-girlfriend's wedding.
It’s complicated ... to break up the relationship with the ex, he said he was gay and flew away...
Now he needs a 'boyfriend' Luckily Stacy, his best friend, has a gay brother who will go with him.
 Put two totally different guys together, they become friends, one very open to everything and one somewhat closed.
 Both guys have issues from their pasts and these facts are awesomely woven into this story.
It has a lot to do with commitments... but there is much more!
 “I can’t help it. I’m five years old.”
 What I loved about this story was the personal development, the growth, the recognition of each other's hurt and needs, when they 'get it'. That was emotional to watch. Really well done, you could feel it on the pages...I leaked emotional tears.
 A beautifully written story with very engaging lovely personalities, it had a lot of diverse feelings in it. Both Maddox and Damon were clearly described, their characters never faltered.
Their jobs, friends, family, and living environments.... it was all entertaining with useful and necessary content.
It was so funny, I just love some good humor lines! The serious side was also well done, all the feelings... I felt them.

In short… a good story, a must-read!


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T.C. Talks: My Bi Musings #Giveaway

My Bi Musings

My first boyfriend was bisexual, and I hated him for it.

I hated that he could wander off at any moment, find a girlfriend, and enjoy a heteronormative lifestyle. I hated that he had the “option” to go the “easy” way when it came to things such as acceptance, having a family, finding love, etc. I hated that he could ignore some of his desires and still be left with a world full of possibilities. I hated that he didn’t have any “mannerisms” or tells, and that he could hold a conversation with a group full of straight guys. I hated that he wasn’t fully “mine.”

That hatred was what ended us... And it ended every relationship I’ve ever had with bisexual men. (3 in total)

And now, years later, I finally realize that the real issue was me. 

There’s a big problem in the LGBT community when it comes to bisexual representation and bisexual support, and I’m guessing a lot of that comes from fear and jealousy, regardless of the excuses many will make. (I know I had plenty at the time)

Time and time again, I’ve seen gay men try to rebuke bisexual men whenever they bring up their attraction to the opposite sex. They try to get an answer as to which sex they prefer, or convince them that they’re better suited with the same sex because of points A, B AND C. They throw themselves at Bi men as if they’re conquests, as if to prove something, as if they’re going to push them over the gay cliffs and splatter their bodies along the gay shores of gayville, never letting them step foot outside the cock-only zone again. And let’s not forget just how homophobic the gay community is. How “No fems” is etched into every grindr profile around the globe. So, when a bi man comes along – a bi man who doesn’t have any “tells” that most gay men do – it’s bonus points if you can snag him.

And yet.

Bi men are often omitted from the conversation when it comes to gay rights. After all, they have the “choice” to play it straight, right? So, why should they get a seat at the table? They can run and hide, whereas we must take whatever abuse is hurled at us… Right? I’m right, right? (Of course not, but this is a mindset I’ve seen a lot, and it’s one I used to have)

On the flipside, do you know how many straight women say they’d never date a bisexual man? Not only do they share similar fears that gay men do when it comes to having a relationship with someone who is bisexual (that they’ll leave them for the other gender, etc) but they ALSO question the bi man’s “masculinity.” After all, since he enjoys doing the deed with men too, he’s not a “real” man – which is, ironically, the reason so many gay men fetishize bisexuals.

So, we have a community full of ravenous gay men who want to sleep with, and to a degree, take ownership of our imaginary bisexual man. Meanwhile, we have the majority (based on straight women I’ve spoken to about this subject**) of straight women saying they won’t date him because he isn’t “man” enough for them.

We have someone who has the capacity to fall in love with absolutely anyone, and yet our first concern is how we’re not the sole object of their desire – as if that concern is strictly limited to bisexuals and not any relationship we get into.

You know, I’ve been with a – insert one figure short of slutty – number of gay men and about half of that number cheated on me. However, out of the three relationships I’ve had with bi men, I never had a reason to be the insecure mess I was. I’ve also been in bars full of gay men, only to focus solely on the bi guy once I unveil his sexuality, regardless of if he’s my type or not.

Why do we have such a weird relationship with bisexuality?

At this point, you might be wondering why I’ve only mentioned bisexual men, and the reason is because bi women face a whole different set of issues with their sexuality.

While Bi men are usually shoved into the gay category and get into relationships with other men by omission, bi women are usually not taken seriously in society and are still expected to settle down/grow out of it regardless of how many women they’re with.

If you were to ask me why there’s a double standard with men and women in the bi community, I’d say it’s the same thing that creates double standards with all matters involving genders – masculinity. A bi man has his masculinity brought into question; it’s his masculinity that attracts gay men, and his lack of it that repels straight women. Since women aren’t judged based on their masculinity, it stands to reason that their sexuality isn’t taken as seriously. AKA straight men aren’t threatened by other women, therefore being with a bi woman isn’t an issue – perhaps it’s even fetishized (albeit in a different way compared to how gay men fetishize bi men)

This also shines a light onto why it is women might be more open about their sexuality and willing to admit to things such as experimentation, etc. After all, if a woman sleeps with 5 women, she still (likely) won’t have trouble finding a male partner, but if a guy sucks one cock and it gets out, he’s labelled gay for life, even if it was nothing more than curiosity that led him to it.

So, what can we do about it?

1.     Well, the first thing you can do is openly admit why it is you harbor whatever resentments/hang ups you have toward Bi people (and anyone who identifies as anything attracted to more than 1 gender) because it’s only once you do that – as I did at the start of this article – that you can grow past it. Admit to yourself that you’re jealous of their options or acknowledge that it’s your own insecurities about your self-worth that scares you from being in a relationship with someone who is Bi. Once you let that go, you stop being part of the problem and can help become the solution.
2.     Stop vilifying bisexuals in media. Stop erasing bisexuals in media. Stop fetishizing them. Stop treating them like conquests. Stop using bisexual as a stepping stone when you come out, further cementing the idea that the sexuality doesn’t really exist.
3.     Realize that their sexuality, like yours, like mine, like your mom’s and my granddad’s, has absolutely nothing to do with you. And if you’re lucky enough to be the one person that they fall for out of a world full of options, realize how truly special that is.

It really hurts me when I see people (especially in the LGBT community) brushing off the struggles of bisexuals – though not nearly as much as it hurts them, I’m sure. It upsets me to see them fetishized, to see Bi men discarded because of a gay man’s/straight woman’s insecurities, and to see Bi women not taken seriously. And the saddest part of all is that we always find a way to blame them. We blame their capacity to love anyone as the reason we can’t be with them, as the reason we can’t trust them, as the reason we can’t let them into our community…

It needs to stop, and while the ramblings of one gay man won’t solve much, I hope something I’ve said connects with whoever stumbles upon this article.

And lastly, to any Bi person reading this, I want you to know that I’m sorry for not being a better ally in the past. I want you to know that it’s never been about you, and that any issues you encounter based on your sexuality are all to do with the other person.

You’re capable of loving so many people, cherish that, and don’t let anyone dump their shit on you for it.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Random Review: Running to You by Andrew Grey #Review #Giveaway

Author: Andrew Grey
Title: Running To You
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publication date: March 13, 2018
Length: 200 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Home, love, and possibilities he never imagined are waiting for Billy Joe to claim them. But first he needs to escape the horrors of his past. 

A twisted act of cruelty and prejudice drives Billy Joe from his Mississippi home, and he makes it as far as Pennsylvania—where his car breaks down just as the year’s first snowstorm blows in. Fortunately, Carlos is there to lend a hand. 

Carlos is no stranger to hardship. His family rejected him for being gay, but with determination, he put himself through school and became a librarian. Carlos sees the same willpower in Billy, and he wants to help Billy and his son succeed in a new life that is very different from the one they left behind. With his support, they start to adjust, and before long, both men want more than encouragement from each other. They want the chance for a future together, but their families have other ideas… and Billy’s will stop at nothing to get what they want.



Andrew Grey always manages to pull at my heartstrings in so many ways. This book is no exception, the story of Billy Joe, Carlos, and Billy Joe’s son, Tyler is so moving.

Billy Joe is raising his son in Mississippi, in a town where his father has a lot of influence...too much influence. One night, after witnessing something he can’t unsee, Billy Joe packs up Tyler and sneaks away from his parent’s house like a thief in the night. He has reached his limit and knows that in order for Tyler to stand a chance of being a good person, he must go. This was tough for me, as a mom and grandparent, I couldn’t imagine ever putting my child in the position to make this choice. You come to see though that Billy Joe had no choice, he had to flee.

Carlos is living in Pennsylvania, working as a librarian at a college in town. One snowy night, he stops to help a stranded stranger stuck on the side of the road. Billy Joe is cautious of strangers, especially with Tyler around, but cannot deny the help he is offered. Carlos sets them up with a temporary place to live after getting to car working. Carlos seems almost too good to be true, but his willingness to help Billy Joe is simply Carlos being Carlos. As these three slip into a nice routine and start getting to know each other, their pasts come calling. Now we have to see how much they are willing to stand up for themselves and for each other.

This really is a great book, though some of it is hard to read. Andrew Grey does a great job of showing us both the best and worst of humanity in Running To You. This story is so relevant to our world today, I found myself comparing some of the bully tactics used here to ones we see every day on the news. That’s something I love about this book, while some of the characters may be a bit extreme, unfortunately, I can recognize them. The relationship between Carlos, Billy Joe and Tyler is all that you’d come to expect and is full of everyday moments that feel so authentic. I highly recommend this book, it’s a really good read.

A little instaloveish, but written really well! <3


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