Apr 242014

Poster Boy by Anne Tenino
Series: Theta Alpha Gamma (# 5)
Release Date: April 11, 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 310
Source: book provided by publisher for review



It’s all fun and games until someone puts his heart out.

After being outed to his hockey team and then changing schools, Jock figures he’s due for something good—like the sex he missed out on in the closet. Toby, the hot grad student he meets at a frat party, seems like a great place to start, and their night together is an awesome introduction to the fine art of hooking up.

Toby’s heart takes a bruising after the near-perfect experience with Jock leads to . . . nothing. He’s been left on the outside as his friends pair up into blissful coupledom, and he’s in danger of never completing (or starting) his thesis. Can’t something go right?

Then Toby’s coerced into chaperoning a Theta Alpha Gamma trip to France. Not that he’s complaining. What better place to finish his thesis and get over that frat boy? Except Jock’s outing is leaked to the press, turning him into an unwilling gay rights martyr, and he decides France would be a great escape, too. It’s a break from reality for both guys, but they soon find their connection is as real as it gets


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Mar 302014

A Simple Soul by Vadim Babenko
Release Date: May 22, 2013
Publisher: Ergo Sum Publishing
Pages: 406
Source:  book provided by publisher for review

His crafty plan results in a deadly threat. Her hopes keep her locked in a vicious circle. They parted ways, supposedly forever. But will they be able to live apart?

Elizaveta, an attractive Muscovite, experiences a series of odd events: she is followed; she receives anonymous calls, flowers, and gifts. The culprit is her former lover, Timofey. He now lives far from Moscow and has a flourishing business, but a serious threat emerges when the daughter of a local mafia boss wants to marry him. Timofey knows his life is at risk if he says no. He creates a cunning scheme to save himself by staging a sham marriage with Elizaveta playing a primary role. Masterfully manipulating her feelings, Timofey persuades her to come visit him in his small town, but things soon take a dramatic turn.

A seemingly romantic journey becomes a struggle for survival. Timofey and Elizaveta confront real danger when they least expect it. Love and deception reveal their essence when the best of intentions come into conflict with each other. The protagonists try hard to achieve their goals, but, in the end, each of them finds something much different instead. Illusion, ultimately, proves stronger than reality. And coincidences are often not so random after all.


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Mar 092014

Kiss of Death by Sharon Donovan
Release Date: December 4, 2012
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Pages: 111
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

Santa Must Die.

The words in Camille Lafayette’s dream are a chilling prelude of events to come. She sees herself as the killer, and when the murder is actually committed, she becomes the prime suspect.

When handsome Detective Oliver Sharone turns up at her New Orleans family home, he is searching for answers. The evidence against her seems damning. An image captured on the victim’s camera resembles Camille, and the red feather mask worn by the murderer came from her shop.

The instant chemistry between Camille and Oliver is an added complication, which grows deeper as they work together to discover the truth. It becomes a race against time to find the real murderer before he not only loses his heart completely, but the killer strikes again. And this time the victim could be Camille herself.


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Mar 082014

What’s in a Name? by Terry Odell
Release Date: December 18, 2013
Publisher: Terry Odell
Pages: 330
Source: Audio book provided by author for review

Running for the wrong reason can still get you killed.

Kelli Carpenter has changed her name, her appearance—her life—to avoid being connected to a crime she committed in self defense years ago. But just when she thinks she has nothing to fear, handsome stranger Blake Windsor shows up.

He claims to be the handyman her boss sent to help complete the project she’s working on—Camp Getaway—a place where inner city kids will get respite from concrete and drive-bys. Being a loner has kept her alive, and Kelli’s instincts tell her to leave. But without Blake’s help, the refuge for inner city children won’t be completed on time. Against her instincts, she accepts his help.

Blake Windsor is a corporate executive accepted his boss’s request to find out if Kelli Carpenter is really a woman his boss thinks he knew years before. He begrudgingly returns to the blue-collar construction lifestyle he vowed to leave behind, hoping doing this favor will advance his career.

The woman he meets bears little resemblance to the woman he’s supposed to find, but something about her mystifies him, and he decides to continue with his deception to learn more about her.

When someone makes an attempt on Kelli’s life, she runs—but she takes Blake with her. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer is her philosophy. And Kelli is convinced Blake knows something that will link her to her former lover’s death, ending her life as she knows it.

What’s in a Name? is full of twists and turns as Blake and Kelli try to keep one step ahead of whoever is following them—while they try to figure out why.


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Mar 022014

Beyond the Reef by A.J. Llewellyn
Release Date: December 20, 2013
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Pages: 141
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

Tony takes a shower one day and finds a naked man fondling his loofah. Frank’s a sex machine who knows Tony’s deepest desires…and won’t go away.

Wannabe actor Tony Kaven’s career hasn’t just stalled—it’s in reverse—so he jumps at the chance of being a personal assistant to mercurial movie star Rufus Roscoe on location in Maui, Hawaii. Tony wants to do well, except that, from the moment he arrives, everything goes wrong. Roscoe hates everything about him, even his blue suede shoes. Somebody on Facebook told Tony that Rufus is a big Elvis fan so Tony couldn’t resist splurging on the shoes.

Wrong information.

Rufus hates Elvis, blue suede shoes and overweight, overwrought personal assistants.

It looks like he’s about to get canned when a mysterious man named Frank shows up naked in Tony’s shower and tells him he is the man of his dreams. His true love. Who is this guy? And how is it that when Frank is around, everything has a way of going right? Tony finds that true love means taking a leap of faith, but he finds more than that it also means rolling with the punches, but leading with your heart.


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Feb 232014

Stepsisters by Rupert James
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages: 494
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

Hell hath no fury like a stepsister scorned . . . Elizabeth Miller has brains, a trust fund and an unreliable fiancé. Rachel Hope is a young aspiring actress: beautiful, talented, seemingly sweet. Under normal circumstances they would never have met, but their parents’ marriage makes them reluctant siblings. The girls are about to discover they have another thing in common — they share the same taste in men . . . After a devastating betrayal rips their new family apart, the two women are no longer sisters, no longer even speaking. Now Rachel is on the verge of the fame she’s always craved. Elizabeth has become a gossip columnist, one who knows far too many secrets about Rachel’s past. And she’s hell-bent on getting her revenge.


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Jan 222014

8-Bit Christmas by Kevin Jakubowski
Release Date: October 30, 2013
Publisher: DB Press
Pages: 239
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

It’s 1980-something and all nine-year-old Jake Doyle wants for Christmas is a Nintendo Entertainment System. No Jose Canseco rookie card, no GI Joe hovercraft, no Teddy friggin’ Ruxpin—just Nintendo. But when a hyperactive Shih Tzu is accidentally crushed to death by a forty-two- inch television set and every parent in town blames Nintendo, it’s up to Jake to take matters into his own hands. The result is a Christmas quest of Super Mario Bros. proportions, filled with flaming wreaths, speeding minivans, lost retainers, fake Santas, hot teachers, snotty sisters, “Super Bowl Shuffles” and one very naked Cabbage Patch Kid. Told from a nostalgic adult perspective, 8-Bit Christmas is a hilarious and heartfelt look back at the kid pop culture of the 1980s.


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Dec 102013

Sweetbreath by Alexandra Allred
Series: Allie Lindell (# 2)
Release Date: December 19, 2013
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Pages: 263
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

When the president of Sweets Sullivan is found dead, everyone is all too ready to believe it was a suicide. Everyone but Allie Lindell. A former obituary writer for The Columbus Dispatch with a mind for murder, not even diaper duty and naptime can keep her away. Sweetbreath is the second mystery of the Allie Lindell series — a story of family secrets, murder, crooked insurance schemes, drugs, chocolate cravings and chocolate-chocolate chip cookies that are to die for. Who can resist? Certainly not Allie, her neighbor, her dad, or her old friend from the newspaper.

As Allie gets closer to the truth, she begins to contemplate the notion that she can have it all. But at what price? Her relationship with her life partner begins to unravel, and she is forced to make a choice. Restless with her job as an at-home mom, Allie misses the crazy deadlines, office banter, even rush hour traffic. With the lure of chocolate, it’s just too much and Allie makes the biggest move of her adult life.

She investigates the possible murder and quickly learns there is a not-so-sweet side of the business world. As her own family begs her to back away, Allie finds she can’t. She’s her own worst enemy but with the best intentions. Nothing in life is ever easy as Allie learns it’s not just candy to die for—it just might be worth killing over. Following the scent of a murderer and chocolate, Allie is soon in over her head. This time, her sweet tooth just might get her killed and her hero is the most unlikely of the bunch.


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Dec 072013

Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas by Sugar Jamison
Series: A Perfect Fit Novella (# 1.5)
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pages: 111
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

On the first day of Christmas, former wild child Dina Gregory returns home to New York on a mission: To find the father of her young son. Making him take responsibility for the child he helped create is the only thing on Dina’s wish list. Instead, she finds herself in an awkward run-in with his stuffy older brother, Ben.

Ben has never liked Dina. But he can’t help but admire her tenacity—and her bold beauty. Being trapped together during a holiday blizzard offers him a glimpse into what it would be like to have a family, and to fall truly in love. Could it be that Dina has reignited his Christmas spirit? The only thing Ben knows for sure is that her heart is a gift to behold…and he will never let go.


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Nov 192013

Guilty as Sin by Jami Alden
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 453
Source: Book provided by publisher for review

Fourteen years ago, Kate Beckett was a teenager more interested in summer romance than babysitting. Then the unthinkable happened: her younger brother was kidnapped and murdered on her watch. Now she is an advocate for missing children, and her newest case brings her back to the small town where she lost her brother-and where she left behind the first boy she ever loved.

Tommy Ibarra’s world fell apart after Kate broke his heart, and he’s spent his adult life making sure that he’ll never be vulnerable again. When a teenage girl vanishes, he offers his expertise as a high tech security expert to help find her. Although he’s determined to keep his distance from Kate, it isn’t long before he’s falling under her spell all over again.

As they race against the clock, their investigation leads to a brutal killer with a shocking connection to Kate’s tragic past. And this time, the killer has Kate firmly in his sights.


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