Saturday, March 25, 2017

Redux by A.L. Davroe


The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.

To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.

But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging… life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.

But then Ella learns a secret… and it changes everything.

Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.

Or die trying.

Add to Goodreads –


Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo





Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Veronica☆☆☆☆☆
Droids have destroyed Evanescence and Ella, Quint, Gus, and a group of residents manage to escape the city alive. Ella feels responsible for the deaths of so many people and is ready to do whatever it takes to keep the survivors alive.

Life outside of Evanescence eventually leads them to come into contact with the disfavoured and we start to learn that there is far more going on than we thought. Outside of the walls of Evanescence, Ella sees people she thought she'd never see again.

The side story of the romance provides a good dollop of teenage drama and angst alongside their fight for survival. But what I loved most about this story is it doesn't really go where I excepted and it is full of surprises. In the end, it is clear that Ella is an amazing heroine and she is willing to make huge personal sacrifices for the greater good.

I was completely engrossed in Redux every step of the way and I can't wait for book three.


Erica☆☆☆☆☆
At the start of Redux, I was afraid I'd have to reread Nexis. It had been over 15 months since I read the debut in the series, and had read 500+ books in the interim. While I can't say it wasn't a bit of a struggle in the first few pages to situate myself into the universe, characters, and past events, Davroe did a fabulous job leading the reader to remember bits from Nexis, without devolving into an info-dump rehash. So I applaud the author on the seamless delivery of past information.

With that being said, if you enjoy rereading, and you read the first close to its release, I'd suggest rereading prior. As I read Redux, I had moments where I thought it would have been nice to reread to capture the subtle nuances that may otherwise be lost on the reader. Those heart-tugging, gut-wrenching moments, and bits of foreshadowing, where the reader murmurs, "ahhh..." on a reread.

I do not recommend this being read as a standalone or out of series order.

From this point on, to avoid spoilers, I'm going to have a difficult time formulating a cohesive review. It truly would ruin the journey.

Redux was a page-turner, where I found myself getting snippy when torn from the story. I just wanted to sit down and devour it from page one until the end. This fast-paced read is filled with intriguing world-building, adventuring, love and loss, which hit all my emotions.

The opulent, domed city of Evanescence is powered down, with its inhabitants scattered in the wind, and/or no longer among the living. Ella and company try to save the few remaining aristocrats by seeking to locate a sanctuary. There's no real comfort and security, so Ella has to have the backs of her companions. Nothing goes as planned, including all the machinations plotted by the original Tricksters, which put them into the mess they are dealing with now. Lives are lost, friendships are made and tested, and relationships die while others bloom.

Ella is still a strong role model, making good choices with both her head and heart. In a world where the cast of characters is either vapid – and only thinking of their wants and needs – or logical to a fault – where they are missing empathy and compassion, only seeing people as tools, even loved ones and friends – Ella stuck true to her roots, as the perfect mix of both personality types. Ella bridges the gap as the Savior.

Ella does her best, making sacrifices for the good of all the people.

There are several romantic entanglements, adding a nice dose of teenage angst, but they are far from insta-love and do not subtract from the very involved plot. While I wasn't surprised by the direction the author took Ella's romantic interests, I was shocked by another twisty plot point. Young adults and the young at heart will find the romance in Redux to add to the overall enjoyment, give us a reason to root for specific characters. It truly is complementary to the story arc, not propelling it but giving everyone a reason to hope in a desolate situation.

Redux was well worth the wait. Usually when I'm floored by an amazing debut novel, it all goes downhill in the sequel. Nexis and Redux are both equally worthy of a 5-star rating, which I never give lightly. I can't wait to see what the author has in store during the next book.

Recommended to fans of Young Adult, Fantasy, Science-fiction, Dystopian/Utopian fiction, MMORPG video game based novels.

Young Adult age-range: 14+ Adult Language. Violence. Kissing & fade-to-black sexual situations.


Also Available in the Tricksters Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Nexis posts from Erica & Veronica.



A.L. Davroe grew up in Connecticut and, after traveling to many countries, many states, and many fantasy realms – sometimes even living in them – she has decided that Connecticut is a wonderful little state. She likes books, cats, chai tea lattes, and the word "chime." By day, A.L. makes cheese for a local artisan dairy and, by night, A.L. writes in various sub-genres of adult and YA fantasy, science fiction, horror, and romance, but most of her work tends to have a revisionist twist to it. You can follow her various forays into aesthetic merriment and misbegotten shenanigans on Facebook or Twitter and you can check out her current musical obsessions on her website.

Connect with A.L.

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Google+  ~  Website  ~  Goodreads



a Rafflecopter giveaway




http://www.entangledpublishing.com/


Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Redux (Tricksters #2) by A.L. Davroe to read and review.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Shade’s Lady by Joanna Wylde Blog Tour


New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the world of the Reapers Motorcycle Club…

Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.

Or maybe not.

Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.

Right from the first.


Add to Goodreads –


Book 6.5
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca




“You’re full of sh*t!” I said, waving my hand grandly. My drink sloshed and I licked the side of the cup, because this whiskey was way too good to waste even a single drop. “Wonder Woman is better than Batman. She’s got real power, not just fancy toys. Although she has those, too, which means anything Batman can do, she can do better.”

“Nope,” Shade said, shaking his head seriously. “She’s hot, I’ll give her that, but he’d take her in a fair fight.”

I held up a hand for him to wait as I polished off my booze.

“No way. She’s a goddess of war and she’s one of the best hand-to-hand fighters in history. She’s got an invisible jet, for God’s sake. How can you compete with that? All he has is a bunch of money and the stupid Batmobile.”

“Hand over the cup,” Shade said, narrowing his eyes.

“Why?” I asked, narrowing mine right back. I was good and drunk now, and I wasn’t sure I was ready to be done for the night.

“Demonstration,” he replied. “C’mon. Or are you chicken?”

“What are we, kindergartners?”

“You’re the one insisting Wonder Woman can take Batman,” he replied. “Chicken.”

Then he leaned toward me, raising a single finger to poke me in the center of my chest. Not copping a feel or anything remotely sexual, either. This was pure taunt. I handed him the cup and he tossed it on the floor, nearly falling off the bed in the process. I smirked—guess I wasn’t the only drunk one. Then he started listing to the side and I lunged for him, grabbing his shirt to keep him from going over.

Shade caught my arm, using the momentum to pull me onto his body with sudden force. My hands hit his chest and I raised my head to stare at him, stunned.

“What the hell are you doing?” I asked. Shade wrapped his arms around my waist, holding me tight to his body.

“Demonstrating.”




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Shannan☆☆☆☆☆
Shade's Lady had a different feel than the other Reapers’ books but I still loved it. Shade is the national president of the Reapers. He's intimidating, he's scary, and he's everything a biker should be. The Reapers demand respect and get it everywhere they go. When Shade sees something or someone he wants, he just takes it. He's not used to someone telling him no.

Mandy is a waitress at the Pit, a local bar and Reaper hangout. Mandy has a horrible track record with men, as do all woman in the family. She's decided she’s not out for a relationship, just having fun. Rebel, Mandy's boyfriend, is perfect for just having fun. He's a biker and introduced her to some of that life. Rebel is okay, but Shade is everything Rebel isn't. He's sexy without even trying. He's in control at all times and he scares the pants off Mandy.

I couldn't put this one down. I loved Mandy's determination. She knew she had to do what she needed to to take care of her family. Shade is everything a Reaper should be. Their picnic table time is off the charts HOT.

I can't wait for what's next!


Veronica☆☆☆☆☆
My feelings reading Shade's Lady reminded me a lot of the first time I read Reaper's Property, book 1 in this series. Shade's at times sexist attitude had me wanting to slap him even though I was loving him. It was so brilliant when Mandy lays down the law in relation to what she wants. Shade doesn't get it all his own way – at least not without working for it

Shade and Mandy embark on the longest one-night stand in history and neither expect their liaison to last. They are a sexy, fun couple and I loved the way the story wrapped up. I hope we will get more Reapers books and soon. This is a series I never want to end.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is a part of the Reapers MC series, but I think that any fan of MCs would find this a very engaging read as a standalone – just as probably any romance reader would.

Mandy (and her sister, Hannah) has had only tough experiences with men, so she really doesn't want to engage with an MC president. And anyway, she has a 'boyfriend,' although he seems to be losing interest... furthering her belief in her terrible choices in men. So Shade really has his work cut out with her – and that interests him even more.

Watching them dance around each other is fun, and the slight possibility of a real future is engaging. The side plot involving Hannah and the children is effective at bringing out the good side of the Reapers.

Great read, thank you Ms. Wylde.


Also Available in the Reapers MC Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Devil's Game Blog Tour.


http://amzn.to/1yFufjH
Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Devil's Game Blog Tour.


http://amzn.to/1nVqfqD
Book 3
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Devil's Game Blog Tour.


http://amzn.to/1qCO6cl
Book 4
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Reaper's Stand Blog Tour.


Book 4.5
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca


Book 5
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Reaper’s Fall Blog Tour.


Book 6
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Reaper’s Fire Blog Tour.




Joanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction.

Joanna lives in the mountains of northern Idaho with her family.

Connect with Joanna

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Website  ~  Goodreads




Hosted by
http://www.inkslingerpr.com/


Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Shade's Lady (Reapers MC #6.5) by Joanna Wylde to read and review for this tour.

Bonfires by Amy Lane


Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought life began and ended with his kids—is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.

Larx has been living for his kids too—and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.

It only takes one kiss for two men approaching fifty to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.

Add to Goodreads –



Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Dreamspinner Press



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Angie☆☆☆
The blurb of the book was good; I was really excited to read this book, until I started reading it. This book was wordy, too wordy, about stuff you had no clue about. I felt like I started a book in the middle of a series, I was lost. Then the main characters were so worried about their kids and taking things slow and next thing you know they are sleeping together and moving in all in a week’s time. I found myself skimming at times because it was a really wordy book and not in a good way. The things I wanted to know about weren’t covered because the author was talking about other crap that I could care less about. The only good thing about this book were the main characters’ kids – well most of them, Aaron’s one daughter was a big jerk. The kids were all very loving and supportive and not judgmental and looking out to not even hurt the bully’s feelings. This book took me days to read, which isn’t normal, so obviously this book wasn’t for me, but I am sure there are others that will think it is the cat’s meow.

Characters: Didn’t act like middle aged men
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Maybe?
More than one book in the series: Not sure, I hear there might be more but there really doesn’t need to be, the ending was sufficient.
Genre: M/M
Would I read more by this author: Yes


Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
There is something honest and real about this middle age love story that is both wonderful and rare in romance fiction. The tentative, fumbling connection between two men who have already loved, who have established families, careers, and lives before meeting each other resonated deeply with me.

Both Larx and Aaron put their own needs on hold for years while they raised their children as single fathers. In some ways, their relationship is instalove, but this is instalove between two men who have had years to understand themselves and their needs. The drama and angst of young love is absent – this romance takes place quietly within the few spare moments free from personal and professional responsibilities. Larx and Aaron become companions, friends, and partners as they attempt to blend their lives and their families.

Amy Lane brings her usual formula of heartwarming happy families and gritty realism to this story. As older characters, much of the story also focuses on Larx and Aaron’s professional lives. I really loved the complexity of their lives. Romance writing so often focuses on dreams and ambitions but here, both Larx and Aaron are settled and happy with their lives before they get together.

One of the main strands of this story focuses on homophobia in American high schools. It shocked me and made me so grateful to be a teacher in the UK where LGBT rights are enshrined in law and we have a government directive to promote equality in the classroom. I did smile at some of the school scenes because the author captures the relationships between teachers and students perfectly – some things are universal.

A crime story is also woven through this book and I enjoyed the action and suspense. I loved this story. I loved the older characters and I enjoyed the small-town politics and intrigue.


Rachael☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 Stars

I have to admit that I picked this book up not because of the blurb, but because of the author. I have read many of Amy Lane's stories. She has such a creative way of weaving a story together that it feels real in a way that so many others do not.

That being said, I absolutely loved that this story was about a pair of men who were no longer in their prime years. Men that had lived as married, straight men for many years, but both also knew that they were bi and weren't necessarily ashamed to admit it, more afraid of how it would impact their children's lives and their jobs than anything else.

This story includes a lot about family and their professional lives, which is to be expected when these men have full lives even without this budding relationship to deal with. Then there is a high school situation where not everyone is so accepting. There is a mystery to be solved when a student gets injured after coming out, but this is also a very pivotal moment in the story that really allows many of the characters to show their true colors.

While I really enjoyed this story, there were times when the two men left me baffled. They'd talk about taking it slow, but then they'd find themselves rushing into things just moments later.



AMY LANE is a mother of two college students, two grade-schoolers, and two small dogs. She is also a compulsive knitter who writes because she can’t silence the voices in her head. She adores fur-babies, knitting socks, and hawt menz, and she dislikes moths, cat boxes, and knuckle-headed macspazzmatrons. She is rarely found cooking, cleaning, or doing domestic chores, but she has been known to knit up an emergency hat/blanket/pair of socks for any occasion whatsoever, or sometimes for no reason at all. Her award-winning writing has three flavors: twisty-purple alternative universe, angsty-orange contemporary, and sunshine-yellow happy. By necessity, she has learned to type like the wind. She’s been married for twenty-plus years to her beloved Mate and still believes in Twu Wuv, with a capital Twu and a capital Wuv, and she doesn’t see any reason at all for that to change.

Connect with Amy

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Google+  ~  Website  ~  Goodreads


https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com


Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bonfires by Amy Lane to read and review.

Unconditional Surrender by Desiree Holt


Had he found her again only to lose her to a stalker?

Slade Donovan and Kari Malone shared one anonymous night of hot sex. Five years later unexpected circumstances throw them together again and what’s between them burns hotter than ever. But as a member of Delta Force, Slade is wary of relationships, drawn to Kari on the one hand and hesitant on the other.

Kari has her own demons, the stalker she moved to escape who seems to track her everywhere. As the unknown stalker ramps up his game, it will take the Delta Force team to rescue her, and the danger to show them both that what they have is electric, erotic and real.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of kidnap and sexual assault.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released with Totally Bound Publishing. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release.


Add to Goodreads –


Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
Totally Bound



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
Triggers: Stalking, kidnapping

This is a love story about Kari and Slade. They met years ago and had a wild night. Now, several years later, they both still remember that one night. Neither has ever really been able to have a relationship, the love for their jobs overtakes everything, but that one night is a night they will never forget.

When Kari moves to Texas in order to escape a stalker, she's just getting underway when her friends show varying degrees of concern and talk her in to attending a small party. While reluctant to go out because of her past, she finally agrees.

Slade is just home from a mission that didn't go as planned. While he and his men recuperate at his ranch, he is extended an invitation to a small party and agrees to get his men to show up too. While there, he sees Kari, someone he never thought he'd see again.

Kari and Slade pick up almost where they left off. However, with Kari seemingly jumpy, Slade knows something is up. While they rekindle their love affair, Kari's friends are trying to figure out who is still stalking her and why. While they are tracking down the stalker, Kari seems to relax into her new life. Things seem to be turning around for both her and Slade.

This story is predictable, but enjoyable. You have a satisfactory resolution and I can't wait to see if all of the other guys Slade works with will get their own story.



A multi-published, award winning, Amazon and USA Today best-selling author, Desiree Holt has produced more than 200 titles and won many awards. She has received an EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and many others including Author After Dark’s Author of the Year. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail. She lives in Florida with her cats who insist they help her write her books, and is addicted to football.

Connect with Desiree

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Google+  ~  Website  ~  Goodreads


https://www.totallybound.com


Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Unconditional Surrender (Attack Force #1) by Desiree Holt to read and review.

Talking in Code by Ariel Tachna


Some things crumble under pressure. Others are tempered by it instead. For three former soldiers, a tragedy might be the catalyst that binds them together—stronger than ever.

Richard Horn and Timothy Davenport met in the SEALs twenty years ago and have been lovers ever since. Now running their own paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega, they work in the shadows to protect their country and its people. When Tim falls for Eric Newton, a deadly sniper and strategist on their team, Richard accepts that Tim’s heart is big enough for two men. He respects, admires, and even desires Eric enough to accept him into their relationship—and their bed—but he’s never been fully a part of what Eric and Tim share.

Then Eric is captured by terrorists and Tim is gravely injured in an op gone wrong, bringing Richard’s world crashing down around his ears. Even if he gets his men out alive, Eric must face the aftermath of months of physical and psychological torture—and without Tim to lean on, Eric’s PTSD is tearing him apart. Richard has to figure out the third leg of their triangle fast, or Tim won’t have a life to come back to.

Add to Goodreads –



Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Dreamspinner Press



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Angie☆☆☆☆
I didn’t know what to expect when going into this book other than it was about a triad relationship. Sometimes books with triads work, sometimes they don’t, this one did and I was really pleased. Richard, Tim “Dav,” and Eric have been together for four years and then tragedy strikes… twice. This story was well written and the characters were easy to connect with. The secondary characters were a nice addition as well and I think added to the story as well. There was a lot of miscommunication going on and a lot of mixed feelings that were unnecessary, but once Richard and Eric stopped talking in code, everything went smoothly. The love these three men had for each other and all that they endured was a test of true love and it was a great story.

Characters: Well written and the reader could connect with the characters
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Not sure
Genre: M/M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes


Sarah☆☆☆
This story really wasn’t what I was expecting from the blurb. I was expecting a black ops adventure and instead this was the story of three men renegotiating their relationship after two failed missions result in serious injuries, leaving them all emotionally fragile.

Ariel Tachna has been an auto-buy ever since I fell in love with her Lang Downs series. Unfortunately and unusually, this story didn’t quite work for me. I felt like I had fallen into the fifth or sixth book in a series and I felt adrift without the worldbuilding or character development I needed to fully engage in the story.

This story takes place when Richard and Tim have been together for twenty years and Eric has been with them for four. We get bits of their stories at various points in the book, but I didn’t quite understand the nature of their Strike Force Omega organisation and none of the three men ever really quite came alive for me.

Most of this story takes place as Eric and Tim recover in a military hospital in Germany. Eric and Richard alternately stand vigil at Tim’s bedside and work to help Eric with his own recovery. The conflict in the story is Richard and Eric learning to love each other without Tim’s assistance. There are moments of intrigue and intelligence gathering, but this definitely isn’t the action story I was expecting. I also found the ending abrupt and a little bit confusing.

The sex in this book is hot. It takes a while before Eric and Richard get to bed but by the end of the story, this book is probably best classed as ménage erotica. Where the characterisation, plot, and world building isn’t what I expect from this author, the sex between the three men is much steamier than in many of her books.


Rachael☆☆☆☆☆
This is another book that I didn't even read the blurb before jumping in. I saw it was an Ariel Tachna book and I had to read it. I absolutely love Ariel Tachna's way of creating characters that are so true and real, so much so that I can see them and feel like, by the end of the story, I know them as I would someone I sat down and had a long conversation with instead of a character that is one dimensional.

I absolutely loved the way this story played out. Sure, we jump into a threesome. One pair that has been together for a very long time while the third is relatively new to the relationship. However, that being said, we get to watch as the relationship changes, grows, adapts, and becomes this wonderful, supportive union in ways that it wasn't when the book first started. We get to watch these two very strong men struggle when what they both considered to be the 'glue' in their relationship is out of commission.

Then there are the medical and PTSD things that are having to be dealt with on top of the blunders going on in their personal lives.

This is probably one of the best books I've read about a threesome. It shows that things aren't always smooth, things aren't always easy. Communication is essential in every relationship, but more so when there are three. This is a story truly about the interior workings of the relationship, more so than the jobs that the men have, but it is a really well written story that I enjoyed very much.



When ARIEL TACHNA was twelve years old, she discovered two things: the French language and romance novels. Those two loves have defined her ever since. By the time she finished high school, she’d written four novels, none of which anyone would want to read now, featuring a young woman who was—you guessed it—bilingual. That girl was everything Ariel wanted to be at age twelve and wasn’t.

She now lives on the outskirts of Houston with her husband (who also speaks French), her kids (who understand French even when they’re too lazy to speak it back), and their two dogs (who steadfastly refuse to answer any French commands).

Connect with Ariel

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Google+  ~  Blog  ~  Goodreads


https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com


Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Talking in Code by Ariel Tachna to read and review.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Company of Players by Ken Bachtold


Leaving romantic wreckage behind him, Nick Charles and his best friend Barb Anderson use Nick’s sizable inheritance to fly to one of the most exciting places in the world—New York City—with plans to open their own theater. In doing so, they meet Ross Taylor, the handsome real estate man and actor, and Rudy his construction-worker cousin. Ross is determined to heal Nick’s fragile heart, while shy Rudy and oblivious Barb stumble toward their own connection. Will Rosie Dupree, a rigid method actress, and talented but devious Gordon Holmes destroy their theater dreams? Was choosing the original piece, Starting Over, by an unpublished young playwright the best move for opening night? Will the invited critic show up? Amid the frantic and colorful world of the New York City theater scene, Nick and Barb must open their hearts and risk everything for their endeavors to succeed—both on the stage and behind the scenes.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

Add to Goodreads –



Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Dreamspinner Press



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie☆☆☆☆
I really enjoyed the plot and the characters in this book. We get to meet two friends who have the opportunity to fulfil their dream thanks to a generous inheritance. It is fun and interesting – and gives us just enough on the people for them to come alive.

As the story moves forward and the dream becomes reality, Nick works hard to get over his broken heart and move forward with Ross. It was great to watch them, and to share in Ross's showing him the hidden NY. All the theatre elements worked well too, and are a great stage (pun intended) for this romance. That said, I hated the last bit, as it seemed out of character, but I cannot say more, and will be interested to read future reviews.

A good addition to the series, thank you Mr. Bachtold.



KEN BACHTOLD graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA and an MA in acting and directing and a minor in art. Passing up a great teaching job and surrendering to the “lure of the big-time,” he came to New York. After pounding the pavement and finding it wanting, he decided to shape his own destiny and founded A Company of Players Repertory Theatre, producing and directing five plays, including J.M. Barrie’s Dear Brutus. For The Drama Committee, he directed several plays including Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband and A Woman of No Importance. He wrote and directed the musical Saloon, based loosely on The Drunkard, which opened a brand-new dinner theater in New Jersey and received rave reviews. Being accepted at the BMI Musical Comedy Class, he wrote The Facts of Life. Two other original musicals include Boo! and Dilemma!

He acted in and directed many shows for Frank Calo’s ongoing Spotlight On Festivals, Inc., including Jean Anouilh’s Antigone. More recently he wrote and directed the gay-themed original play Starting Over, accepted for the Ninth Annual Fresh Fruit Festival.

Always an avid reader, his two-year-old Kindle currently stores 400 books, mostly MM romance. Often frustrated at finding exactly the type of story he favored, he thought, What the hell, I should write one. And so he did! He dipped his foot in the literary pond by self-publishing. Growing more hopeful, he was profoundly delighted when Seeing the Same Blue was accepted for publication by Dreamspinner Press. Then came Blue Valentine Blues, part of the Valentine Anthology, and now, All By Myself. He hopes you like them all!

Connect with Ken

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Google+  ~  Website  ~  Goodreads


https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com


Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Company of Players by Ken Bachtold to read and review.