Friday, February 24, 2017

Audiobook Spotlight on Sweet Spot by Lucy Felthouse


Readers have embraced the proliferation of m/m-themed romances, so it's time to give equal attention to the ladies today with this lesbian novella set in the sports world and featuring the voice talents of Xanthia Bloom.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of the f/f-fueled Sweet Spot by Lucy Felthouse, then get ready to hear it in all its enticing and exhilarating glory when you add this audiobook to your library!


Virginia Miller is an up-and-coming tennis star. She’s gone from a ratty tennis court in a park in south London, England, to the world’s top training facility—Los Carlos Tennis Academy in California. In awe of the talent around her, Virginia is all the more determined to make the most of the opportunity and show that she’s worthy of her place there. Her mentor, Nadia Gorlando, has every faith in her.
But Virginia finds herself distracted—Nadia, as well as being a top-notch tennis player, is seriously sexy, and Virginia’s mind keeps wandering where it shouldn’t. Will her crush get in the way of her career, or can she find a way to push the other woman out of her mind before it’s too late?

REVIEWS:

“Sweet Spot was a fun ride. This is a great choice for anyone in the mood for a well-developed tale whose secondary story lines are nearly as interesting as the main event." - Long and Short Reviews

“There are a lot of little subplots within this novella, which usually this spells disaster for a shorter length story. But Lucy Felthouse is an experienced author who knows how to tell a story, and tell it well… for anyone who enjoys a hot lesbian story featuring tennis and two likable characters, Sweet Spot is a fabulous read." - 4 out of 5, Night Owl Reviews

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AUTHOR INFO:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller) and The Persecution of the Wolves. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 150 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For Alland is one eighth of The Brit BabesFind out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or FacebookSign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBubYou can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Tour for Becoming Dragon by Eve Langlais (GIVEAWAY)


Fans of the paranormal will be drawn to this romance of dragon shifters and its tale of one trying to find a home after being experimented on while wanting to hide from the truth.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Becoming Dragon by Eve Langlais, and its steamy tale of acceptance and empowerment for those seen as "others", then add it to your bookshelf.  You'll also get to know more about Ms. Langlais through a quick Q&A, then find out even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this first installment in the Dragon Point series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $50 bookstore GC and 1 of 3 print copies of this book too!

LET'S CHAT WITH MS. LANGLAIS...

TSP:  Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
EL:  I had hundreds as a kid. And no I’m not crazy. I was, and when I have the time, still am a huge book worm. I made friends with so many characters in my youth; Anne of Green Gables, Nancy Drew, the Bobsey Twins. I used to imagine being a part of their groups and going on adventures.
TSP:  Do you have any phobias?
EL:  Bugs, especially spiders. You want to see a grown woman scream then show me an eight legged hairy arachnid. Shudder.
TSP:  Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
EL:  Nope. I like absolute silence when I write. I get into a mental zone where I listen to the characters talk and just transcribe what they’re saying and doing.
TSP:  Do you ever read your stories out loud?
EL:  Sometimes when I’m editing, I will read it aloud as I go along to ensure it flows, especially dialogue. But I only do that if no one is home lol.
TSP:  Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.
EL:  Brandon is a guy who thinks he’s destined to be alone. Experiments have left him looking less than human and he thinks no one could ever love the monster. And then he meets Aimi and she tilts his world upside down.

Can he embrace the beast within?
I’m a monster. That’s what Brandon thinks when he flees the medical institute that changed him. Living a normal life isn’t in the cards for him because, while he can hide his scaly skin, his wings are hard to miss. So he runs and lives in the shadows where monsters belong. What he didn’t expect to find were others just like him, and they call themselves dragons. Or so Aimi with the violet eyes tells him when she pins him to the ground.
Seriously, though, dragons?
He doesn’t want to believe, but the evidence is mounting. Not helping his resolve is the fact that the woman with the silver hair doesn’t fear the monster and wants to claim him.
However, before he can think of his own happiness, he has to rescue his little sister. Uncle Theo kidnapped her, and Brandon will do anything to get her back, even if he must embrace the monster within to become the dragon.

EXCERPT:

“Are you looking for compliments?” Her lips curved. “I claimed you because you intrigue me. It is hard enough to find an unmated male, but to find one who is handsome and strong and not a mama’s boy…” She reached out a hand to trace his lower lip. “That was not a prize I could ignore."
“I won’t be owned.” His uncle and Andrew and Bittech had thought to own him once upon a time. He wouldn’t let that happen again.
“But I take ever such good care of my things. Wait until you see my hoard.”

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AUTHOR INFO:

A New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author...
Hello, my name is Eve. I’m a stay at home mom who writes full time in between juggling my three kids, hubby, and housework, I write hot romance with a bit of a twist. I like strong alpha males, naked chests and shifters. Lots of different breeds of shifters. I am also extremely partial to aliens, you know the kind who abduct their woman and then drive them insane…with pleasure of course.I love to write, and while I don’t always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a happily ever after.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Tour for Going Down Hard by Carly Phillips (REVIEW)

Ms. Phillips has created a ton of sexy bad boys throughout her writing career and with this latest release readers are introduced to another sexy billionaire who came from poor beginnings who's drawn to the rich girl whose family his parents once worked for.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Going Down Hard by Carly Phillips, and its romance of opposites attracting with grudges over the past getting in the way, along with getting my impressions of this book too.  Once you get a glimpse of this third installment in the Billionaire Bad Boys series make sure to add it to your bookshelf!

A stand-alone Billionaire Bad Boys novel.
Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.
Derek West rose from poverty to take the tech world by storm. He's sexy, confident and gets any woman he wants. And who he wants is Cassie Storm, the rich girl he’s never been good enough for.
She’s desperate to save her family company and there’s only one man who can help. But Derek isn’t interested in helping. He wants to possess both the company and the woman he’s never been able to forget.
His plan? To screw her out of his head. Except once he’s had a taste of Cassie, he doesn’t want to let her go. Her family remembers where he came from, and they won’t allow it. When the truth about their pasts comes to light, though, it may be Cassie who’s going down hard.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

She was the rich girl and he was the boy whose family kept their home clean and their gardens beautiful, they saw each other every day but never talked until one fateful night.  They found a connection that night, but in the harsh light of day hurtful words, familial and peer pressure, and socioeconomic differences tore them apart before they even had a chance to start.  Years later, he's become a man of wealth and wanted by many while she's struggling to find acceptance from her father and take control of the family company that's in jeopardy.  Derek West is the key to getting what she wants, but she also wants him as the spark that ignited that one long ago night has become a fire burning in her heart and soul as she looks for forgiveness and hopefully more in this steamy story of opposites attracting.

Cassie Storm was always the good child, doing exactly what was expected of her.  The moment she agreed to share a bottle of beer with Derek though, her life was forever altered.  How she saw herself and all the superficiality around her had her swearing to be her own person, too bad that change didn't happen before she hurt the young man next door.  Guilt has been her companion ever since and once she meets him again she sets out to make amends.  He's become even sexier over the years which leads to tons of sexual tension balanced with her trying to get him to move on from the past.  Just when things start looking up between her and Derek her nefarious brother and his lies force the past back into the present and put their HEA in doubt.  Cassie's always been made to feel inferior to her brother simply because of her being a girl.  Her father's always put him first and it had me aching for her as she's devoted to the company and the grandfather who started it.  She doesn't judge others like her father and brother and is now brave enough, and strong enough, to call them out on it which had me cheering.  Her and Derek are combustible from the moment they meet as teens and that connection is just as strong as adults. She was able to seamlessly find a place in Derek's life, never making him feel that she wanted anything more than his affection and acceptance.

Derek's always been a hard working man, close to his family, but wanted something more.  Fate might have taken his father but it smiled on him when it came to the tech world which made him a billionaire.  Feelings of rage over the Storm family's actions long ago fueled him and tainted how he saw Cassie throughout the years, but meeting her in person changes everything.  He's drawn to her on every level, and as he struggles to put the pain of his past behind him, he can't help growing closer to the woman she's become.  Though her brother's machinations reminds him of what he's lost it also shows him what he's found as he and Cassie weather the storm that Spencer unleashed. Through it all I found Derek a sweet and loyal son who's always there for his mother taking her advice when it's needed most, along with helping Cassie when her family leaves her adrift.  He's a sexy beast full of confidence too which he doesn't hesitate to unleash on Cassie the moment they reunite.  From there he charms in one erotically-charged encounter after another in a romance with very little angst.

As this is the third installment in the Billionaire Bad Boys series readers get glimpses of the previous couples to see how they're fairing.  It's a brotherly connection between Derek and his business partners that has them protective of each other, especially where Cassie's concerned early on, as well as mocking and playful interactions.  Derek and Cassie picked up right where their one clandestine encounter left off with things quickly progressing between them to keep me turning the pages furiously to see them work towards HEA one steamy encounter at a time.  Derek and Cassie were a compelling couple working to put the past behind them and make a relationship based on who they've become. The issue of what led to his parents losing their jobs did play a large part in the story though, and though the resolution came as no surprise to me, it nicely tied up many strings and put a bow on these two strong-willed people's HEA. Alongside this engaging main couple came a slew of secondary ones that showed them as an extension of family and helped set up the next installment in this series.  It's a story that I'm greatly anticipating as the emotionally damaged Kendall longs for her own HEA with the shadow of the man who used her hanging over her.  On a whole this was a satisfying read with appealing characters that's a nice set-up for the future while presenting a romance about overcoming preconceived notions to give readers an uplifting conclusion.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

THE PREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS IN THE BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS SERIES....

GOING DOWN EASY (Book 1)
Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.
Billionaire Kaden Barnes has a reputation for being difficult and always getting his way.
Enigmatic and exacting, he's unable to keep an assistant for long. Enter his newest hire, Lexie Parker. She's no-nonsense, efficient and all business… She's also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden's dirtiest fantasies.
As their passion for each other reaches a boiling point, neither can control the explosive outcome when they finally give in to their desires. He may think he's calling the shots, but for this bad boy, going down easy has never felt so good.

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GOING DOWN FAST (Book 2)
A stand-alone Billionaire Bad Boys novel.
Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.
Lucas Monroe dropped out of college only to become a multi-billionaire and tech world God. He can have any woman he desires in his bed, but the only woman he's ever wanted is off limits and always has been. When Maxie Sullivan finds herself in dire straits, the only man she can turn to is the one she's always secretly loved: her childhood best friend.  Can they trust their hearts and make a future, or will their complicated pasts stand in the way.
This bad boy is going down fast...
And going down fast has never felt so right.

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AUTHOR INFO:

After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Spotlight on Stealing Mr. Right by Tamara Morgan (GIVEAWAY)

Being married leads to a decadently sensual battle of wills between a thief and her FBI husband in this series starter.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Stealing Mr. Right by Tamara Morgan, with its sexy game of cat-and-mouse, then count down the days until its March 7th release.  In honor of this first installment in the Penelope Blue series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $150 Baublebar GC too!

I'm a wanted jewel thief.
He's FBI.
What's that saying? Keep your friends close...and your husband closer.
Being married to a federal agent certainly has its perks.
1. I just love the way that man looks in a suit.
2. This way I always know what the enemy is up to.
Spending my days lifting jewels and my nights tracking the Bureau should have been a genius plan. But the closer I get to Grant Emerson, the more dangerous this feels. With two million dollars' worth of diamonds on the line, I can't afford to fall for my own husband.
It turns out that the only thing worse than having a mortal enemy is being married to one. Because in our game of theft and seduction, only one of us will come out on top.
Good thing a cat burglar always lands on her feet.

EXCERPT:

His voice was softer than I expected: low but controlled, the sound of an authority figure who knows he doesn’t have to shout to be heard. I’ve since realized that’s the most dangerous kind of man to go up against in a fight. He didn’t bluster and yell the way Riker did, and he didn’t speak in terse rebukes, the way I remember my dad doing when I made an error in the middle of a job. Grant was all control and manners.
I hadn’t expected manners.
“I’ve never seen a man so intrigued by concrete before,” I said, less polite but still within the bounds of friendliness. “I’ve run past you a total of four times now, and you never once glanced up to check me out."
The surprise faded to amusement. “Is that a fact?"
“Yes. And I thought for sure three times would do it."
Since it appeared he wasn’t about to book me for fifty counts of conspiracy, I took a moment to appreciate him up close. From a distance, packed into a dark suit, always on the scent of something we didn’t want him to be, he really was more like a ferocious guard dog than anything else. But up close? Unf. There was nothing canine about him, and fear wasn’t my primary reaction. He was a behemoth, taller than me by at least a foot, his build not powerful so much as overpowering. He wasn’t handsome—at least, not in a clean-cut, underwear ad sort of way—but he was incredibly attractive. It’s possible for a man to be a perfectly assembled collection of model parts and invoke nothing more than a mild appreciation, like looking at a sculpture or a really nice diamond tiara. It’s equally possible for a man to boast coarse features, oversized limbs, and a rugged smile—and make a girl want to take off her clothes on the spot.
Happily, I refrained.
“How do you know I didn’t watch your ass as you ran past?” he asked, picking up my flirtation with ease. I should have been disappointed that he was sharp enough to follow along—a  slow, stupid nemesis is always preferable to a fast-witted one—but all I felt was a warm feeling of pleasure. “Maybe I was being discreet."
“You didn’t,” I said smugly and switched to stretching the other leg. “If you had, you would’ve stopped me ten minutes ago and asked for my number."
“Maybe I’m in a relationship."
“You’re not. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be watching my ass now."
He laughed but didn’t relax. I only noted this because men have a universal way of dropping their shoulders and opening their stance once they realize they’re being hit on. Women probably do it, too—you can almost see the walls coming down around their hearts—but Grant’s wide shoulders remained firmly in place.
I stuck out my hand, hoping physical contact would do the trick.
“I’m Penelope,” I said, not bothering with an alias. That was one lie I’d never had any use for. I was born a thief, raised a thief, and would probably die one. A fake name wouldn’t benefit me any more than changing spots would a leopard. “Penelope Blue."
That look of surprise moved across Grant’s face again, but he managed to quell it long enough to take my hand and shake.
It would have been pushing things to say there was a tingle of electricity, or that my life flashed before my eyes as the rough texture of his palm grazed mine, but there was no mistaking how strong his grip was. With just the flick of his wrist, he could have broken the bones in my hand, conquered me right then and there. Instead of being alarmed by his physical mastery, I felt no sense of danger. Only wonder.
This man could crush me, I thought. But he won't.


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THE NEXT INSTALLMENTS IN THE PENELOPE BLUE SERIES:

-Saving Mr. Perfect (Book 2) - RELEASING AUGUST 1ST
-Seeking Mr. Wrong (Book 3)

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Book Tour for Knockout & Tapout by J.C. Valentine (GIVEAWAY)


Readers looking for an intense romance in and out of the fighting ring will be thrilled by the re-release of this dynamic duo of books and the struggle of friends becoming lovers.  Keep reading to get a captivating taste of Knockout and Tapout by JC Valentine, and discover even more about these books by visiting the other sites hosting this tour, then add both of them to your bookshelf.  In honor of the Wayward Fighters series, and its romantic saga of opposites attracting, make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!

KNOCKOUT
From the wrong side of the tracks...
Alyson Blake had learned early on that the only one she could depend on was herself. The only light in her life was a boy whom everyone agreed was destined for prison; but with his first kiss, he had set her soul on fire. Since the day the police dragged him away in handcuffs, she had managed to lead a quiet life, but when she attends an event fraught with mayhem, trouble resurfaces.
The one person she can’t forget...
Jamison Weston is the kind of guy dads load their shotguns for; endowed with a hot temper and a rap sheet as long as both tattooed arms. Known as “The Judge,” Jami’s hot temper, lethal fists, and cocky attitude have earned him respect and admiration both in and out of the ring. But just when he thinks he’s pummeled his past to death, Alyson Blake reenters his life.
Two paths collide...
After years of separation, Alyson is eager to reexplore the man who’s never left her thoughts, but for Jamison, she’s both the distraction he wants, but doesn’t need. As the two embark on a relationship that neither of them expected or bargained for, an outside threat closes in. When Alyson crosses the line of professionalism and takes her work home with her, her life is put in danger, leaving Jamison with no choice but to once again step in and become her protector.


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TAPOUT
History brought them together. Circumstances may keep them apart.
Alyson Blake’s past left her with scars. Scars that she tried to fix the only way she knew how—by helping others. But actions have consequences, and Alyson is about to find out that being naïve is no excuse.
Fighting is Jamison Weston’s passion. Alyson is his obsession. Despite the past and a few lingering concerns, their relationship is as solid as ever. Until a shocking lie is uncovered and all of his plans begin to unravel. Now, Jami is rushing to pick up the pieces, but as relationships are put to the test, will he be strong enough to keep it together, or will it all just fall apart?

EXCERPT:

“Do you plan on coming to the gym tonight?"
“I told you,” Jami said, “I’m taking the night off."
Alyson could feel Don’s stare burning a hole in her back. “Yeah, I heard you, but I also remember telling you that you can’t afford to take time off right now."
“I hardly think skipping one evening is going to undo everything.” Jami’s words were met with tense silence. “Tonight, I’m spending time with my girl. Why don’t you go hang with your buddies? Play some poker. Drink a few beers. Loosen up. The next few days are going to be brutal. Might as well let off some steam now while we can."
“Yeah, you’re probably right.” There was another stretch of silence, and Alyson focused hard on the Celtic design under her fingertips, wishing Don would get the hint and leave already. “Just don’t get carried away. No drinking and get plenty of rest. No sex,” he clarified as his voice held a stern command.
Alyson’s muscles stiffened knowing those words were meant for her. Don had lost the battle, but he intended to win the war. Jami’s chest shook with a humorous laugh. “You know I don’t believe in that."
“Plenty of guys do, and you know what? They’re damn good fighters,” Don returned.
“Well, so am I, and I intend to fuck myself stupid over the next eight hours."
Don sighed in resignation. “I think you already reached that goal, but as long as you don’t make yourself blind, then fine, do what you want.” Another pause. “Should I find another place to sleep tonight?"
“Only if you need your beauty sleep."
“And you know that I do.” Alyson felt Jami nod. “All right, then, you two kids have fun. I’ll see you tomorrow. I meant what I said, keep it clean."
Heat burned Alyson’s cheeks as Don walked away, and she slapped her hand against Jami’s bare chest. “Jami--"
He kissed the side of her head, chuckling in amusement. “What?"
“I can’t believe you said that.” Her eyes were wide as she tugged out of his arms.
“Said what?"
His voice sounded innocent, but his eyes were filled with playful mischief. “You know exactly what I’m talking about, mister,” she accused, pointing a finger at him. “You told him that we were… were…” The words stopped on the tip of her tongue, a fresh wave of embarrassment staining her cheeks red.
“What? That we were going to have sex?” He took a step toward her. “That I’m going to lay you down on this bed and fuck you. All. Night. Long?"
Alyson swallowed hard, her stomach fluttering in anticipation, as Jami closed the space between them and reached around to grip her butt in both hands. He pulled her against him, and she felt his hardness pressing against her stomach. “You shouldn’t have told him that,” she whispered.
“Why, because it’s not true?” Jami challenged, staring into her eyes. She shook her head. “Or because it is true? Because it is, you know. I plan to have you naked and under me all night. And, Ally, baby,” he said, touching his mouth to hers, “I’m going to fuck you so hard that when I get on that plane tomorrow, I’ll be smiling. And do you know why I’ll be smiling?” She shook her head no. “Because every time you take a step, you’re going to feel the ache of me between your legs, and I know you’ll be thinking of me."
Alyson’s eyes closed as a shiver wracked her. The full heat of Jami’s body seeped through her clothes, and her nipples tightened at the same time her sex clenched. Opening her eyes slowly, she looked into his and said huskily, “Then what are you waiting for?”


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AUTHOR INFO:

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.
Living in the Northwest, she has three amazing children and far too many pets. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Release Blitz for You Had Me at Hero by Michael P. Thomas (Review & GIVEAWAY)


When two people get overly comfortable in marriage hurt feelings ensue in this vividly depicted romance that takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster ride.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of You Had Me at Hero by Michael P. Thomas, along with my impressions of it, then add this novella to your bookshelf.  In honor of this m/m interracial romance make sure to fill out the from below for the chance to win a $20 Amazon GC too!

When seventeen-year-old Mark Potts fell from a balcony, he lost both the use of his legs and any faith in heroes. Now twenty-nine, he’s long-since come to terms with his injury. His job provides more opportunities for eye-rolling than for riding to anybody’s rescue, but with two kids to bring up, he barely has time for his husband, much less for heroics. Besides, Starr Bradford is a policeman -- how many heroes does one family need?
Mark and Starr love each other madly, but stress management is a load-bearing pillar of their happiness. When Mark’s coping skills fail him at exactly the wrong moment, he’s left hanging by a thread of words he should’ve kept in his mouth. He has the power to repair their relationship, but when Starr’s workday suddenly goes south, will he get to wield it? Keeping it together long enough to find out is a job worthy of any superhero!

EXCERPT:

The 911 call center was tucked into a park in the middle oftown. Mark and Starr lived in a neighborhood of post-World War II brick ranch houses east of the park, barely a five-minute drive at three in the morning. Even after being corralled by Coretta, Mark was out of his clothes, out of his chair, and into the bed by three-thirty, with his arms around his husband at three-thirty and about two seconds. Geeze but it felt good to cuddle up next to Starr. Any trace of a world that might exist outside their bed fizzled away as soon as they were in it together. Even if he tried, which he had long given up doing, he couldn’t focus on a worry, couldn’t retain the residue from even the most stressful call. With Starr in his arms, there was no room left for fear, no way to also hold on to doubt. With Starr in a patrol car and two sons careening through life in America while being black, these things were easy enough to find during the day, but in the quiet dark, Starr’s body throwing heat like rocks in a sauna, Mark’s defenses—which Starr assured him were more finely tuned than most people’s—melted away.
When Starr rolled over with the whoosh of a contented sigh to take Mark in his own arms, Mark knew he was safe. He knew he was loved. And when his hand followed a hunch along the ridge of Starr’s muscled belly, he knew he was desired. He took a great handful of Starr’s warm, heavy balls and watched a sleepy grin spread across his face.
“Marky?"
This mumbled verification always made Mark laugh. Asopposed to“No. It’s a jewel thief,” he said, gathering Starr’sballs and giving his sac a tug. “I just struck it rich."
The grin grew and Starr rolled onto his back. “Take whatever you want, just please don’t hurt me."
“We’ll see.”

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Married couples, after they've been together for a time, can get complacent and take their love for granted.  With this novella the author reminds readers of the consequences of doing just that as he presents a sweet and sentimental slice of life featuring an interracial couple raising their two children.  Not only are they dealing with taking their love for granted, but there are also issues of disability and racism weighing on them and their time together.  It all adds up to a short read long on timely issues that kept me fully immersed in their relationship from start to finish.

Growing up Mark was obsessed with superheroes and longed to be one one day. His dreams were of various careers that would let him save all those in need and enforce the law.  Unfortunately, one night of too many drinks put him in a wheelchair and dashed his dreams.  He didn't wallow in pity though, making a life for himself, and marrying an older man who's a policeman.  He's become his own kind of superhero through his 9-1-1 dispatch job.  By and large he feels blessed with his devoted husband and wonderful kids, but self-doubts start creeping in and have him saying something that he can't take back.  With his husband's life in danger it will have him reevaluating their relationship in a heartwarming and realistic conclusion.  I liked Mark and his ability to roll with the huge changes to his life as he never let his disability hold him back from living a normal life.  His disability, and the daily aspects revolving around it, were realistically depicted as were the feelings of self-doubt.  It's not often I see a character depicting my life and I applaud Mr. Thomas for his sensitive and respectful handling of disability and romance.

Starr never thought he'd find the love of his life after looking for it for over forty years, but he finds himself immediately captivated by the young man twenty years younger than he.  He doesn't see the wheelchair but rather the man who's grabbed onto living wholeheartedly.  The early stages of their romance go smoothly despite there being a big age difference as well as their being an interracial gay couple.  Once they adopt kids though, things subtly change in their relationship.  It becomes all about their kids, fears over society's judgments, as they spend less time as a couple.  It's a realistic change that made me feel a part of their family as I rooted for them every step of the way. Starr's a good man, honorable, and realistic in how he sees the world acting towards their kids.  He's strong and often silent, but is a solid wall of support for his family.  The moments we had with him were powerful and endearing, but I wish there'd been more as this story was mostly told from Mark's perspective.

This was a quick read that was a bit rough around the edges.  The narrative was a bit jumpy with a clunky flow that still showed great promise.  Mark and Starr are a sweet couple whose displays of affection are of the warm variety barring one steamy interlude.  Their tame romance was a reflection of the changes in their lives which other married couples can relate to and which fueled Mark's doubts and fears.  Very few romantic encounters though left plenty of room for talks related to racism and homosexuality which are important and legitimate, but came out of nowhere in the story, and dimmed the romanticism of this couple.  Despite my quibbles I still enjoyed this story and the positive depiction of Mark's disability as well as the uplifting conclusion that reinforces the power of love and look forward to more from Mr. Thomas in the future.

My rating for this is a C+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Michael P. Thomas is a flight attendant whose writing is continually inspired by his work with the flying public, who flatly refuse to be boring. The author of three novel-length gay romances and a number of romantic and erotic shorts, he writes gay fiction because when he was coming out he sure was glad to have it to read. After misspending his youth in San Francisco, he now lives in his native Colorado with his husband.

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