Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Kissing Lessons by Susan Laine


A kiss is just a kiss. It doesn’t have to mean anything. Does it?

At seventeen, Merry’s never been kissed. Since he doesn’t want to disappoint his prom date, he asks his more experienced best friend, Boone, for some pointers. Surprisingly, Boone agrees to give him a hands-on lesson.

But they have no idea what they’re getting into.

They explore hundreds of ways to make out, but somehow it isn’t enough. A week later, they’re back together for another session. This time things go further than either of them planned, and their relationship becomes awkward and uncomfortable.

Have they learned enough to salvage their friendship and help it evolve? Their lessons have come to an end. They can either part ways forever… or share a true love’s kiss.

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Erica☆☆☆☆☆
5 Kissing Stars.

Jesus. I am so glad I was alone as I read this novella. My eyes were popping out of my skull and I'm still wearing a perma-blush as I type out this review.

Susan Laine is a new-to-me author, so I'll be checking out more of her work.

Merry and Boone may be 17 years old, but I can't classify this as a young adult novel (I have no idea what the publisher is classifying this as). From a 17-year-old's standpoint, I'd want to read it. From the standpoint of a 38-year-old, I wouldn't want my child reading it, but I totally get why they'd take to it like a fly to flypaper. Dayum!

Merry and Boone have been best buds since kindergarten, doing everything together. Merry is a bit socially awkward and totally innocent, whereas Boone is basically a stud. Merry asks his bud for help with kissing, because their prom was coming up and he didn't want to look like a fool when he kissed his date goodnight.

The novella was sweet, and adorable, and hotter than Hades. For something so short, it didn't have a feeling of insta-love/lust, and had one helluva tension-filled buildup. The entirety of the novella, save a few short pages at the prom, all take place in Boone's bedroom. Kissing lessons. The ever-masterful Boone rocked both Merry's and his own world.

... I'm pretty sure Boone was just making up kisses as he went along, which was adorable and hilarious.

Two warnings: If you're not in a cutesy mood, you may find the book hard to swallow (we all get that way sometimes, especially me) and some of the language (both dialogue and inner monologue) sounded decades older than 17 – I didn't care, because I was too busy blushing, but someone else might.

Recommended for MM Romance fans. Alright, I'd let my fictitious teenager read the novella, just not when I knew they were reading it, and not in the same room with me, because that's kinda skeevy. *fans self* Yeah, for something so innocent, Kissing Lessons was a scorching read.



SUSAN LAINE, an award-winning, multipublished author of LGBTQ erotic romance and a Finnish native, was raised by the best mother in the world, who told her daughter time and again that she could be whatever she wanted to be. The spark for serious writing and publishing kindled when Susan discovered the gay erotic romance genre. One of her books, Monsters Under the Bed, won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Paranormal Romance.

Anthropology is Susan’s formal education, but she has set her long-term sights on becoming a full-time writer. Susan enjoys hanging out with her sister, two nieces, and friends in movie theaters, bookstores, and parks. Her favorite pastimes include pop music, action flicks, and doing the dishes, while a few of her dislikes are sweating hot summer days, tobacco smoke, and purposeful prejudice.

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Olive Juice by TJ Klune


It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:

I want to see you.

He agrees, and on a cold winter’s night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.

David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.

Phillip offers redemption.

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Angela☆☆☆☆☆
This is the first of Klune’s books that I’ve actually read. In the past year, I have enjoyed several of his audiobooks, with the majority of those causing me to laugh so hard it was a wonder I didn’t pull a stomach muscle. As such, I was not the least bit prepared for how hard Olive Juice would hit me. I knew that Klune could rip my heart out with his words, but I did not expect the level of devastation I experienced while reading this novella. I have spent much of the past two hours bawling my eyes out and now have puffy eyes, a runny nose, and a book hangover that rivals that of books I have spent days reading. Seriously! A novella that I can read in two hours should not make my heart hurt this much. And yet, even as I read the final words, tears running down my face, I was still left with hope. Hope that David might accept the redemption that Phillip was offering. Hope that two men who loved each other so deeply, who endured a horrific tragedy no one should ever have to experience, and who lost their way might find their way back on life’s path together.

Olive Juice has one of the better written blurbs I’ve encountered in while. This may sound like a strange thing to mention in a review, but I’ve had discussions recently with others of how readers’ demands for trigger warnings has resulted in blurbs that often remove the element of surprise. While Olive Juice doesn’t contain content that would require a trigger warning, in my opinion, the blurb is written to entice a reader without preparing them for just how emotionally devastating the story can be. Even though Klune’s fans are familiar with how well the author is able to convey his characters’ emotions and how easily it is to fall into the story, that may not be enough because “the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived” does not even scratch the surface of what David and Phillip are dealing with. The author’s words are so poignant that I could not stop reading, no matter how hard I cried, no matter how much I wanted to walk away from the heart break, no matter how much it hurt, because there was always hope.

A few words of warning for potential readers. First, don’t read Olive Juice in public. I am not a pretty crier, but even if I were, there was no hope with this one as there were moments when I was full-on sobbing. Second, have your tissues handy. This was a two-tissue read for me and while that might not sound like a lot, it only took me a little over two hours to read it. Third, the story is told from David’s point of view and we spend a LOT of time in his head as memories play out. Personally, I don’t have a problem with books filled with character introspection, especially when it’s appropriate for the story, but I know some readers don’t care for that style of writing. I will say that for Olive Juice, it works perfectly and because I refuse to spoil the story for potential readers, it’s nearly impossible for me to explain why except to say that the way in which David and Phillip’s history and redemption plays out is well-suited for the introspective style. Olive Juice is one of those books that earned five stars from me not because it’s a story I know I’ll reread, but because it’s one that hit me hard, made me think, and will leave a lasting impression long after I finished it. It was not what I was expecting, but I’m so glad I read it.



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When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn't think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write. He recently went slightly insane and moved to the East Coast from the Sonoran Desert with his fiancé and neurotic cat in tow. He dreams about one day standing at Stonehenge, just so he can say he did.

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Our Rules by Jennifer Kacey


When the foundation of their marriage falters, Michael and Tabitha must rediscover what it means for her to be his hot wife.

Tabitha is a hot wife. Not just a sexy wife. A hot wife. A wife allowed to be with other men with the permission of her husband.

Michael couldn’t love his wife more. Which is exactly why he shares her with others. Because she’s his.

On the cusp of everything they’re worked for—years in the making—a shattered promise threatens the foundation of their marriage. A foundation Michael had thought unbreakable until he lets Tabitha down in more ways than one.

Taking her submission for granted could lose him everything he’s strived for, and winning back her trust is the only thing that matters.

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to consensual adultery, references to physical and emotional child abuse, and to a past emotionally abuse relationship.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F/M and M/F BDSM Romance

Michael and Tabitha have been married for quite some time. Their meeting was almost instant-love. Michael describes that he saw her and fell instantly in love.

Tabitha is struggling with her marriage. She feels that Michael has been putting her wishes aside and not paying attention to her. And because they have a Dom/sub relationship, she's floundering.

Without going into too much detail, the betrayed trust is kind of the issues, but with their dynamic, they have to decide how to balance work, life, and playtime.

Overall, the couple had great chemistry and the sex was fantastic; however, their communication was less than great. I do wish that they had more development in their relationship – it seems that they "spoke" the same language only in the bedroom.

However, I would really like to see the other characters in this book get their own stories too.


Kris☆☆☆☆
Michael and Tabitha have a great relationship, or at least they did. Tabitha is a "hot wife." That means she gets to go on "dates" with other men. Michael absolutely adores his wife and the feeling is quite mutual. The two enjoy the kink lifestyle, but with the kink comes some rules. Rules designed to make both feel safe, loved, and cared for while they keep their relationship open to others. Michael's business starts taking off and it's more successful than he ever could have hoped for, but is that a good thing? Long hours, late nights, missed dinners, and RULES being bent can cave in the best of foundations and Tabitha is feeling the fractures. Things fall apart one night especially after a missed "date." The two struggle to find their happily ever after.

I enjoyed the short story but the two characters are over-the-TOP lovey dovey. I mean Over the TOP!!! It got a bit sticky sweet with pet names and sayings, just a bit of a turn off for me. Otherwise, this was a pretty hot ménage story.



Jennifer Kacey is a writer, mother, and business owner living with her miniman in Texas. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. She’s the Amazon top seller and award winning author of the Elite Warriors, Members Only, Fantasies A-Z, and the Surrender Series along with quite a few standalone novels and novellas.

Everything she writes is a little bit dark and a whole lotta naughty! She pushes the boundaries in each of her books and hopes her characters stay with you long after the last page of each story is read.

The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.

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Snap Shot by V.L. Locey Blog Tour


Mario McGarrity has been around the block – and rink – more than a few times.

He’s creeping up on retirement age, has some dings and dents, and says what’s on his mind. Not exactly what most would consider a luxury ride, but his beautiful Lila – the transgender woman who stole his heart – loves him like no other woman ever has despite a little rust here and there.

Everything is good – no, great – aside from the distance issue, until a surprise from Lila’s past crops up and moves in with her. Can Mario be the family man that Lila needs, or is this one game the old vet is unable to skate in?

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“Every time I see you in my bed, I have to wonder what I did to get so lucky.”

Her hand wiggled between my legs, her warm fingers cupping my balls then squeezing. My legs spread for her of their own accord. The ice pack fell off my lower back. I figured she might pick it up and fuss, and I was right.

“I can’t imagine anyone thinking that having a washed-up hockey player in a kilt rolling around on their fancy pillows is lucky.”

My cock was pinned between my stomach and the bed. She began working on the muscles up by my shoulders after placing the ice pack back where it belonged.

“It takes a special man to come back to my bed,” she said while her strong fingers dug deeply into my flesh. It felt fantastic. “Most come once, pun fully intended, and then they leave, curiosity abated, never to be heard from again.”

I rolled onto my back to look at her. Her eyes widened slightly.

“Okay, that is total bullshit. Any man should be dropping to his knees and thanking God Almighty for a woman like you.”

“And I love that you think so.” Her gaze was tender for a moment, then it flittered from my banged-up face to my cock. The tip of her pink tongue moved over her lower lip, her eyes growing smoky and sensual. “I wish you’d keep ice on that nasty.”

“I’ll be fine. I’ve had much worse, trust me. Why don’t you lose that nightgown and shawl and plant that sexy ass right here?” I patted my thighs.

She struck a thoughtful pose, her long yellow fingernail tapping her chin, her red lips pursed. I wanted to roll her onto her back and laugh all at once.

“Come on, baby. I drove all the way from Cayuga for some sweetness.”

Her gaze flickered to me right before she reached up to push her hair from her face theatrically.

“That’s true.”

With that pronouncement, she stood. The shawl shimmied from her shoulders to the floor. I grabbed my cock and ran my thumb over the weeping head. A shudder ran through me. She stood with her back to me.

“You sure you’re up to this, Seamus?” she asked with a coy peek over her broad shoulder.

I tugged on my hard dick in reply.

“You do have a way with words,” she sighed humorously.

“You want a redhead with flapping gums, hook up with Kalinski.”

“If he and Daniel weren’t wed, I’d do so, and happily,” she teased, pushing one thin strap off her shoulder.

“Over my dead body,” I snarled, just as she wanted.

The other strap shimmied down her arm. I gave my dick another tug, my gaze locked on her as she wiggled free of her nightgown, slowly revealing her bare body.

“Fuck,” I moaned when she turned to face me, arms over her head in a pose aimed to titillate.

It worked. Oh man, how it worked. She was stunningly beautiful and as sexy as a fucking pagan goddess. I ached to get my hands on her, but I knew she had a wee bit more prancing to do.




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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars of intensity & hotness

This is the first in a new series which definitely has me wanting the next book very soon. I am a huge hockey romance fan, and there are clearly a number of the team who will benefit from a happily ever after.

Ms. Locey has created a couple of unique and hugely lovable characters in Mario (Seamus) and Lila. Not hockey royalty or cat walk models, but two people who have found their place in the world and their own skin, and are ready to live their lives together. Langley is an unexpected addition, but we are drawn in very effectively to the development of the family dynamic.

If you are looking for a book which does an amazing job of reminding us that we come in all colours of the rainbow, and that love is a human right not wrong, then this will be a worthy addition to your collection. Thank you Ms. Locey.




V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Reed by R.C. Ryan Release Blitz


A new beginning...

A fresh start. That's exactly what Ally Shaw needs and what she's found in Glacier Ridge, Montana. Creating a simpler life with her young son and reconnecting with her only remaining family-it's all part of Ally's plan to chase away the pain of her past. But when a dangerously irresistible cowboy rescues her little boy, Ally can't deny she's excited about what else the future might bring.

Reed Malloy was a wild horse who wouldn't be broken. Devoted to his work on the land at the expense of everything else, he'd never met a woman who could hold his interest... until Ally. And now, beautiful Ally and her fearless, freckled child have this cowboy wanting more. This isn't Ally's first time at the rodeo, though, and convincing her to trust him isn't easy. But there isn't anything he won't do to keep her safe... and make her his.


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Ally shook her head. “In case you haven’t noticed, at the kitchen table my son was staring at you with a hunger in his eyes that I’ve never seen before. As though you were that plate of brownies and he wanted to devour you.”

“Yeah. I noticed.” Reed’s smile was quick and dangerous. He reached out and drew her close. “I wish his mother would look at me that way.”

She put a hand to his chest to hold him a little away. “And inflate that giant ego of yours, cowboy?”

“Aw. Come on. Just enough to let me know I was missed. At least a little.”

Her voice lowered. She avoided his eyes. “You were.”

“What was that? Could you say it louder?”

“You were. Missed.”

He lifted her chin, forcing her to look at him. “That wasn’t so hard, was it?”

“A painful admission. So...” She flushed slightly. “Your turn. Did you miss me, too?”

“Way more than I wanted to. I was up there to do a job, and a certain red-haired witch kept getting in my head, messing with my mind.” His tone deepened. “All the time I was up in the hills, I kept worrying that you were just a dream. Tonight, on the way to town, I started thinking I’d show up in Glacier Ridge and find this old building still empty, and you and Kyle were figments of my imagination.”

“That’s some imagination you have, cowboy.”

He lowered his face to press his mouth to the hair at her temple. “Oh lady, you have no idea the things I’ve imagined.”

His hands tightened at her waist and he pulled her against him.

When she lifted her head to protest, he cut off her words with a kiss that rocked them both back on their heels.

She came up for air. “Reed...”

“Shh.” He kissed her again, lingering over her mouth. “Oh, baby, how I needed this.”

He slid his hands along her arms and lifted them to his neck. When she didn’t pull away he moved his open palms down her arms, down her back, drawing her even closer. And then, while his mouth moved over hers, taking her on a slow, sensual ride, his hands trailed her sides until they encountered the swell of her breasts. His thumbs found her nipples already hard through the fabric of her dress.

He swallowed her little gasp of surprise. When she stiffened and tried to pull away, his kiss gentled, as did his touch, until she sighed and relaxed in his arms.

She drew in a long, deep breath. “You should probably go.”

“Yeah.” He nuzzled the corner of her eye, her cheek, before lowering his mouth to the sensitive hollow of her neck. “Or I could stay.”

She involuntarily shuddered at the press of his lips to her tender flesh. “That’s not a good—”

“Have mercy. Think of that long drive back to my ranch.” His hands were roaming again, finding all kinds of interesting places to touch. To tease. Until he had her, and himself, thoroughly aroused.

“I’m not ready...”

“I am. Red, I’m so hot, I’m practically going up in flames.”

“I know. I am, too. But I’m just not ready for...” She put a hand to his chest and backed up a step. “I need some space. I can’t think when you’re this close.”

“Neither can I. But we don’t need to think. Why can’t we just go with our feelings?”

With her chest heaving, she took another step back, and then another. “I did that once.” Her eyes misted and she blinked furiously. “And I learned a very important lesson. There are always consequences to acting on our feelings without thinking.”

The sight of her fighting tears was a splash of ice water.

He gathered her close and pressed his forehead to hers. “Sorry. I know better. But you’re killing me, Red.”

In response she merely held on and dragged in deep, calming breaths while he did the same.

When the trembling passion had cooled enough, Reed touched a hand to her cheek in an achingly sweet gesture. “You know I want you. That isn’t going to change. But I’m glad you had the brain tonight. I guess one of us needed to be sensible.”

She managed a weak smile. “You don’t make it easy.”

“Good. I’d hate to think this was one-sided.” He plucked his hat from the table. “Since I can’t stay the night, I’d better leave while I can still walk.”

“I’ll go downstairs with you.” She led the way and opened the door to the shop.

In the doorway he turned and gathered her close. Against her ear he whispered, “Whenever you find it in your heart to let me in, I’ll be waiting. Good night, Ally “

He brushed a kiss over her cheek.

She surprised him by drawing him close and giving him a hard, hungry kiss before stepping back.

He shook his head while keeping his eyes steady on hers. “I’ve never been a patient man. Like I said. You’re killing me, Red.”

Without a backward glance he strode away.

As he did, he had the strangest sensation that he was being watched. Not just by Ally, but by another pair of eyes.

He made a slow turn. There seemed to be no one around, but the feeling persisted.

He heard the door to the shop close. Heard the lock being thrown.

Still feeling prickly, he climbed into his truck and drove away.






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Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
A handsome cowboy, a single mom with a cute son, and a villain on the loose sets the stage for an epic romance in the Old West. Well, modern day Montana at any rate.

Reed is the youngest of the Malloy sons that his grandparents stepped in to raise after their parents were killed in a car accident. Learning to live the without his parents, Reed often retreated to the hills, always striving to find something that was irrevocably lost. Twenty years later, he's certain that he's on the verge of achieving something that his entire family can be proud of: his herd of naturally raised steers that will sell for big bucks to some of the most famous and elite restaurants in Europe.

Ally Shaw has just moved here from West Virginia with her four-year-old son, Kyle. After Kyle's father died while deployed, Ally wanted to reconnect with family and that meant moving to Montana to be near her only surviving relative: Deputy Archer Stone. Except that her uncle isn’t happy to see her, isn't thrilled that she has a son, and doesn't particularly seem to like anyone or anything except a bottle of whiskey.

Reed and Ally's paths cross and a spark ignites. Determined to keep things light, Ally pushes Reed away only to have him at her side whenever a crisis strikes. Leaning on someone is hard for her after being raised by a single mother, but seeing Kyle interact with Reed and his family makes her want to take a chance.

I loved reading about the Malloys and I hope that we get a peek into the romance of Colin and Anita.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars of family love and cowboy hotness

This is the third in the series, and I love the Malloy family more and more.

Reed is the youngest of the three brothers who were orphaned at a young age and brought up by their grandparents. He has spent his whole life concentrating on work to ease the pain, and finally his organic cattle project is paying off. Both his brothers are now married, but he shows no interest in a settled future. Then a mini superhero runs out into the road, Reed stops him being run over, and the rest is history. Ally and her son are new to town, but getting a proper welcome from the locals who love her new shop.

The romance between the two is very slow burn, as she has no desire to get hurt again. But the Malloy family act as a unit and Ally and her son, Kyle, are being swept into their arms due to her stalker. Things take some pretty interesting twists, but as we can be guaranteed a proper happy ending, it is just a matter of everyone getting on the same page!

This is just such a well written, enjoyable story, which cannot fail to please. Thank you again Ms. Ryan.


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New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan has written more than ninety novels, both contemporary and historical. Quite an accomplishment for someone who, after her fifth child started school, gave herself the gift of an hour a day to follow her dream to become a writer.

In a career spanning more than twenty years, Ms. Ryan has given dozens of radio, television, and print interviews across the country and Canada, and has been quoted in such diverse publications as the Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan. She has also appeared on CNN News, and Good Morning America.

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Darkest Hour Before Dawn by Charlie Cochet


THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Romance, Shapeshifter
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Hudson and Sebastian have been dancing around each other for years. Despite them being a mated pair, when a past tragedy hits the team, Hudson knows that Sebastian and he cannot be together any longer.

Then there is a new agent who is supposedly joining their crew, but things are not going as planned. Despite his newness, Trent is trying to make a good impression. He rubs Sebastian the wrong way, but Trent's interest is more in Hudson. Because Sebastian and Hudson are mated, they can feel each other's emotions and when Hudson is targeted, brutalized, he runs right back to Sebastian.

Sebastian takes care of Hudson and Trent all in one take. There is also a mystery agent who keeps sweeping in to help when the agents need it. I really hope that we get to see more of this new agent in the upcoming stories.

In the end, Sebastian and Hudson have to figure out if their bond is enough to pull them back together.

I really like this group of characters and feel that the development of the stories is fantastic!


Angie☆☆☆☆☆
Oh, I was so excited to see this story was about Hudson and Sebastian! These two have been in previous books and we know they still love each other, but a tragic event pulled them apart. We see characters from previous books and some of their storylines continue in this book, this book is by no means a standalone book. I just loved this book, I didn’t want to put it down because I wanted to read it as fast as I could, but then I found myself putting the book down because I didn’t want it to end and I was trying to make it last as long as I could. I don’t want to give away any of the book, but we have laughs (you know Dex always makes everyone laugh), we have tears, tender heart moments, and then angst and tension. I know this story is about Hudson and Seb, but man, I love Dex more and more with each book too! You feel so much love and chemistry in this book you just want everything to be okay. There are twists and turns in the road ahead it seems, but I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Characters: Well written
Sex: Oh yeah!
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes


Sarah☆☆☆☆
I feel like I’ve waited forever for this story! This is finally Seb and Hudson’s story and we finally learn about the long history between these two marked mates. Oh – and we finally learn the identity of the elusive Wolfe.

Seb’s background has been teased out through the series – especially in his brother Ethan’s story. Here, Hudson’s past is finally revealed. Honestly, I was more than a little disappointed. To a British reader, Hudson’s English past doesn’t make a whole lot of sense and his speech is a garbled mash up of vocabulary from all corners and classes of the United Kingdom.

I enjoyed Seb and Hudson together. I love second chance romances and the angst, longing, and tension between these two is fabulous. I was hoping for a slightly more dramatic reason for their separation, but the drama, guilt, and chemistry between these two makes for a very satisfying and very sexy romance.

There isn’t quite as much action in this story as I’ve come to expect from this series. Like book eight, this feels like a stopgap between the first story arc and the TINS story arc that keeps being hinted at and prepared for. There are some exciting scenes here and I loved the explosive ending and the shocking revelation that ends the story.

I loved the action and the romance in this story. I loved catching up with my favourite THIRDS characters and I loved the revelations at the end. I just wish more time had been spent making Hudson a believable Englishman.



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Lost Rider by Harper Sloan


In Lost Rider, the first Western romance in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, an injured rodeo star encounters an old flame but will she be just what he needs to get back in the saddle?

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?

Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?

Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Shannan☆☆☆☆☆
Sometimes you just need a sexy, sweet, darlin' calling, hot, Stetson wearing, worn jeans wearing cowboy. Ms. Sloan gives you that with Lost Rider.

Maverick Davis is everything a cowboy should be. Maverick's childhood wasn't ideal. His mom took off when he was younger and Maverick felt the brunt of his father's anger. His brother and sister had it bad but never has bad as Mav did. Maverick's only dream was to be a professional bull rider in the rodeo and get away from Pine Oak. Getting away from Pine Oak also meant getting away from Leighton. She was his sister Quinn's best friend and she had been in love with Maverick for as long as anyone could remember. They were all friends, Clay, his older brother, Quinn, and Leighton, and leaving them behind was the only way Maverick could live out his dream.

Ten years later he finds out about his father's passing and has to return to the one place he has never wanted to come back to. Can Maverick fight the demons that haunt his thoughts? Will he be able to face the one girl he's never been able to forget?

Ms. Sloan pulls you into Pine Oak and keeps you there with the sexy Maverick. He and Leighton light up the pages with their undeniable chemistry.

I can't wait to see where this series goes.


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

This is a sweet story about second chances. Leighton is all grown up and working on her own dreams. However, she has continued to be in touch with her best friend's family, despite the very harsh rejection that Maverick Davis gave her.

Maverick is struggling with life. He has had too many riding related injuries and is now sidelined for good. He also has a secret from his siblings that he worries will push them even further away.

When everything comes to a head, Maverick will have to face his past – he'll have to apologize, grovel, and come to terms with his abusive past.

Leighton is Maverick's rock. She supports him, loves him unconditionally, and even though sometimes he's infuriating, she loves all of it and his family.

I enjoyed this story and hope that the siblings get their own.


Jordan☆☆☆
This was my first time reading any of Harper Sloan's books and while I may not have been completely smitten with Lost Rider, I am intrigued to see what else she has out there. Normally, I am quite the fan of a good cowboy romance, but something about this one just didn't win me over. I was just left feeling rather neutral. I didn't dislike Lost Rider, but I didn't really develop any overly fond feelings for it either. Although, I will say that I enjoyed getting both Leighton and Maverick's points of view, I wasn't too bothered by the flashbacks in time, and the characters had great chemistry.

Maverick Davis is finally returning home after 10 years on the rodeo circuit and it only took his father's funeral and the news that he couldn't ride anymore. Leaving the rodeo star life behind, he returns home to the family horse breeding business, which he's never had much interest in to begin with. After having endured the brunt of his father's anger on one too many occasions, he doesn't have many fond memories of the home he left behind, but duty calls.

Leighton James has crushed on her childhood best friend's older brother for as long as she can remember and hasn't forgotten the way Maverick crushed her heart 10 years ago. But she's no longer the same insecure 16-year-old and Maverick can't help but notice the stunning woman she's turned into.

All in all, Lost Rider was about 3.5 stars read from me. This one may not have been for me, but I would still be curious to read Quinn's story in Kiss My Boots (Coming Home #2)!


Veronica☆☆☆
This is a second change romance. Maverick and Leighton have known each other all their lives but as soon as Maverick is old enough, he leaves their small town to become a rodeo star. Ten years later, after the death of his father, he returns home.

Lost Rider hooked me in right from the first chapter. The back story between this couple is just wow! Such amazing love and heartache. The emotions are so strong and I could feel the connection between the characters. And not just between Maverick and Leighton but between all of the Davis siblings. The story was emotional, funny, sexy, sassy. All the wonderful things.

So if I was loving this book so much why the 3-star review? Well, the second half of the story is full of internal monologues and musings. We spend far too much time in Leighton and Maverick's heads going through the same stuff over and over and I lost my connection to the story. The second half of the book had only a few small highlights. Most of it was boring and when the book was finished, instead of feeling sad that I was leaving characters I loved, I was relieved I didn't have to read anymore.

The day after I finished this I was watching a scene in Grey's Anatomy where April Kepner is helping Jackson Avery deal with a difficult personal situation and I instantly thought of Leighton and Maverick, so I think these characters might be with me for a while.

Even though I have a love/hate relationship with Lost Rider I would recommend it. I will read the next book in the series, Kiss My Boots, just for the chance to experience the type of story and emotions that the first half of Lost Rider provided.



Harper Sloan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Corps Security and Hope Town series. She started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night. Harper lives in Georgia with her family.

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