Sunday, 29 October 2017

Bernie (Barista Boys) By A E Ryecart

Book Title: Bernie
Author: A E Ryecart
Publisher: A E Ryecart
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
Length: 60,600 words
#4 in the Barista Boys series, but it can be read as a standalone
Blurb “You fix the lives of others. The waifs and strays, the lost and broken, you fix them all, Bernie. But the life that needs fixing most of all is your own.” Bernie Porter is a haunted man. He holds tight to the guilt that he was responsible for the death of the only one he’s ever loved, a man he vowed to protect and keep safe. Every frightened and damaged kid who washes up at Barista Boys door, Bernie rescues each and every one – all because of the man he failed to save so many years before. Emotionally and physically scarred, Jared Hastings survived a night of violence and madness that almost left him dead. As he emerges from the nightmare that threatened to destroy him, Jared’s determined to plunge head-first into a future that’s free from the horrors of his past. A night-time street robbery, and Bernie and Jared are thrown into each other’s worlds. But as fast as Jared comes into Bernie’s life, he’s gone, leaving Bernie with the gnawing conviction he’s let something precious slip through his fingers. Their paths cross again in a way neither could have foreseen. From their first tentative steps, the slow burn of their relationship gathers pace. But as dark histories are revealed, and souls and hearts bared, each man finally comes to understand they can fix not just themselves, but each other.

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A faint aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa floated on the air, underscored by a subtle spice. Bernie breathed in deep, the scent an intoxicating mix of expensive cologne and the warmth of Jared’s skin. Bernie licked his lips as unaccustomed nerves overtook him. In the sunny garden, the timing was different, the situation was different. He opened his mouth, ready to ask if he could see Jared again. He’d seen, he was sure he’d seen, a glimmer of interest in those big blue eyes. There was only one way to find out. Before he could speak Jared asked a question which stopped him dead. “You know,” Jared said as tilted his head towards the wicker chairs for them to sit down, “I never for one moment expected to run into my Good Samaritan again, and especially not here. Lindy said you’re an old friend of Mikey’s. How long have you known him?” Bernie sipped his drink, buying himself time. This wasn’t a conversation he wanted, but it was inevitable the question would come up. How he’d met Michalis was tangled and screwed up, and a nightmare that haunted him still. The innocent question had a far from innocent answer. He needed to pick his words carefully as he had no idea how much, if anything, Jared knew about his brother-in-law’s business activities. “I’ve known Mikey for years. We met when he had business interests in nightclubs.” The answer was bland, but it was true, every single word of it. Jared had been about to take a swig of beer, but he paused and tapped the rim of the neck against his lower lip. Bernie watched him, seeing the questions swimming in his eyes. “Do you still work with him?” Bernie stared into eyes that didn’t flinch or waiver. He’d never said he’d worked with or for Michalis. He’d deliberately omitted that part, but Jared was smart and had seen through his carefully constructed answer. What Jared thought of that, Bernie had no way of knowing. But this was a question he could answer in all honesty, and with no ambiguity. “No, I don’t. I worked with him in the early days, and not for long. We parted company and took very different paths in life but we’ve remained good friends and I hope we always will.” “Good.” Neither spoke, nor moved, as they looked deep into each other’s eyes. Bernie exhaled a long breath, and Jared’s lips curled up into a big smile that held more than a hint of relief. Whatever Jared meant by his one word answer, Bernie wasn’t going to delve, not when Jared was smiling at him and making his heart beat faster.


Bernie and Jarod meet when Bernie is walking home and finds Jarod crumpled up on the pavement, after being attacked. Both men find the other attractive and there a spark betwen them.

Both main characters have had a dark troubled past that has left them both with mental scars.  They have to work out how they navigate their budding relationship and learn to let the other into their history and hope they stay around after what they both preceive to be such a dark past they have lived.

Of course Bernie the owner of Barista Boys cafe in London is use to drama and working with troubled young men.  But this time the troubled people are himself and his new love Jarod.

The characters come alive and you really connect with them, you really get a feeling of family at the end too.  Though you would think the story may be dark and gloomy, it is not and is well written with some humour to lighten the dark memories.

I think I may need to speak with my bank manager as I now need to buy and read the whole series. 

About the Author

A E Ryecart writes mm romance/gay fiction. Filled with angst, high drama and emotional tension, she writes the books she likes to read. An avid people watcher, most of her writing takes place in a local café amidst the background hum of hissing coffee machines, where she can check out the other customers for character and story inspiration! A born and bred Londoner, she may have moved to someplace more leafy but the city is still very much part of her DNA, which is why her books are set in and around present-day London, providing a thrilling, metropolitan backdrop to the main action.
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

New Release:- On A Breeze By Meraki P. Lyhne

New Release

On a Breeze Through Denver,
 Chronicles of an Earned #6.5 

It can be read as a stand-alone and you don't have to read it to follow in book 7, Seedling of Lilith which will be going off to editor, soon.But if you're new to the world, it's a good little look behind the curtains at this huge world building, and if you're a fan and need something to hold you over until #7 comes out, you get a hint about what's coming.

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Chronicles of an Earned is a series where you’ll meet the entire spectrum of the paranormal. Where good and evil isn’t black and white, where Angels can be wrong, Demons not always the evil ones, and where witches, warlocks, and wizards aren’t as clear cut as general culture has you believe. Here, historical and mythological facts are twisted but kept as reliable and true to their sources as possible. All this with a side dish of hot and sweet MM.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Fox Hunt (Haven City Series #10) by Zoe Perdita


5 Stars

What happens when you put a young fox shifter in the same house as a shifter hunter?   That’s a story.  But Zoe also adds that Edward the fox is 18, homeless, and looking after his little sister.  Now the story just got doubled in interest.  But just to add to the mix, Poor Edward survived an attack by a shifter hunter that not only killed his father but also cost Edward the ability to speak due to having silver in his throat. Which means he speaks via sign language and via his mobile phone. 

Max Hunts shifters that have killed humans, he does not have any issues with shifters that abide the law.  But he is in a minority of hunters. Max life is his hunting, he has no time for anything else.  Until Edward is caught up in the hunt for a fox assassin.  Having come face to face with the assassin, Max via his friends in the local police force persuade Edward to stay under Max’s protection with his sister.

Both must adapt to each other and learn to trust the other.  Whilst hunting the assassin who is a sly fox.

I adore Edward, his fearless attitude and determination to protect his sister at all costs.  He doesn’t complain about his lot in the world.  He just adapts and moves forward.  

Zoe has done a wonderful job with both characters and the plot certainly had me on the edge of my seat a few times.  In fact I am having trouble writing this review as I do not want to give too much away.

I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I went and bought the rest of the series.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017


In London Towne
Book 6  In the Oliver and Jack Series.

In the noisy, crowded streets of London, where shadows hold secrets often too horrible to describe, an orphan and his beloved pickpocket attempt to rebuild their shattered peace. This is the love story of Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger. 

As Jack recovers from the sexual assault at Chalenheim's hands, he finds that he is unable to express his love for Oliver with any intimacy. Oliver, meanwhile, rescues Finley from Axminster Workhouse, and returns to London full of love for Jack and the desire to do whatever is necessary to help Jack recover his dignity and his passion.

Chalenheim is still on the loose in London, waiting for another chance at Jack and Finley, which soon comes. Though they escape with barely a scratch, Oliver vows to rid the world of the man who would dare lay hands upon his beloved Jack. 

In London Towne is the sixth and final book in Christina E. Pilz's Oliver & Jack gay historical romance series. If you enjoy stories about forbidden love battling against the dark forces that threaten to tear them apart, then you'll enjoy this tale, so pick up a copy today!

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You can read my reviews of the first Two books of the series, see links below the rest will be reviewed soon.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Love & Lust by Jason Collins

4 Star

This is another entertaining story from this author, What I really liked with this novel is the chemistry between the two-main character.  They feel right together and feed off each other’s strengths. 
Grant has just served 8 years in prison for a crime he did not knowingly commit, but his family who tricked him into being a getaway driver, swiftly lay the crime on Grant.  All he wants to do now is get on with 
the rest of his life and put the prison sentence and his family behind him.   Things are looking up for Grant when he has a stable job, and soon gets promoted.  Along the way he meets Noah and things look rosy for a while.
Noah is a struggling singer, touring the country and playing in dive bars to try and catch an eye from a agency or record company.   Then he meets Grant and the instant attraction soon turns into much more.  Noah also becomes an overnight success, when his YouTube video goes viral.
But seeing Grant and his boyfriend success, it’s not long before Grants family try to cash in on his association with Noah.
We are taken on a romantic journey with lots of obstacles along the way, Grant finds it difficult to talk about his past to anyone never mind someone important in his life as Noah.  But can he tell noah before someone else tells him?  And what is the fallout when the information is public knowledge?

I so wanted their relationship the succeed, so much so that I found it difficult to put the book down, as I constantly wanted to see what happened next.  The author is really good at adding uncertainty and mystery into his romance novels.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Wrestling with Love (Wrestling #2) by D.H. Starr

Wrestling for Love, continues Derick and Scots story as they head to University.  We follow the guys as they navigate living together, and coming out.  Derick decides to be out and proud early in the book, He joins the LGBT Alliance.  But Scot is afraid to come out, as he is still on the wrestling team and is afraid of what the team would do if he was out.
The story revolves around how the guys deal iwith their differences.  As if that is not enough Derick soon finds out his friendliness and thinking the best of people has come back to bite him on the bum. Derrick meets Tyrell at the orientation class.  Tyrell is open and forward in his attitude to being gay.  Initially Derrick kind of believes that’s a good thing.  But soon Tyrell causes lots of trouble for Derrick and the knock-on effect trouble between Derrick and Scott.  Derrick is outed publicly and harassed by Tyrell. 

Thinks get very difficult between Derrick and Scott especially as Derrick refuses to report Tyrell for his behaviour.   But when push comes to shove, they both see the bigger picture, and learn new things about their selves.

Once again, the characters come across true and the story flows nicely with a good mix of conflict and happy times.  I am really enjoying following the boys journey in life and cannot wait to continue the journey and see where it takes them.

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Adrian's Bodyguard (Vampires of Vadin #1) by Shelby Rhodes


Adrian is the vampire king, who is currently the target of a unknown assassin.  Being around,10,000 years old, he has given up on love, and without love has become tired of life.  He set against the idea of having a personal bodyguard babysitting him.  He believes all attempts on his life have been easily dealt with, why would he need help now?  
Xavier has agreed to be a body guard to the Vampire King, Expecting the task to be just another ordinary bodyguard duty.  But what he finds is a stubborn, immature man that fights against him being his protector.   But Xavier is also attracted to Adrian and fights his feeling for the King.  Trying to remain professional, after all what could come of it, they are from different worlds.

What follows is a story of changes and adaption, with some home truths.  Can Adrian allow Xavier   into his heart.  He has to decide whether to risk Adrian leaving him.

All this is going on as an unknown person is out to kill the king.I found the clash of personalities interesting and occasionally even funny. The story was well paced and descriptively written.  Drawing me into the story world.

I look forward to book 2

Thursday, 21 September 2017

An Unsuitable Heir by KJ Charles



A good period Drama, must make the reader feel like they are right there in that time. And an Unsuitable Heir really does a great job of this. From the Brash men, to gentry, The foggy London streets. All the good ingredients for a story set in Victorian times.
This Novel has two very distinctive and very different main characters. With lots of mystery and angst.
We start where Pen a runaway trapeze artist, who is kind of hiding from his step family. Bumps into a man with one arm, on the fogy streets of London.
There is instant attraction between them. But unbeknown to Pen, Mark is a private investigator, who is in search of Pen and His twin sister.
Mark tries but fails to keep his attraction in check, as he feels it is unprofessional to fall for a person he has been hired to find.
Slowly Mark manages to convince Pen that he is A heir and rightfully a earl.
But Mark is not prepared for Pens disinterest in becoming an earl. Mark feels compelled to go against Pens wishes and Makes Pens status known. This does the opposite of what Mark intended and puts Pen and his sister in greater danger of a killer who has been trying to destroy evidence of Pens rightful title.

Mark now must hope Pen will forgive him, so he can protect him from the mysterious murderer. 
Eventually the killer is found, but does this mean Pen has to live a life he doesn’t want. Will he have to conform to what is expected of an Earl, is there any escape for Pen, and will he be able to trust Mark once more?

This is such a vivid read of a period in history that I love. The book has mystery, romance, hope, fear, loss, sadness, tension all mixed into a exciting and intriguing tale.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan



I Found this book very interesting, right from the start. It is a kind of opposites attract, but as the characters become closer and learn from each other. You find that maybe’s they are not so different after all.

Xander is anti-social, he keeps to himself and only communicates with others when he must. He avoids all social situations and even social media. And this is where the story Starts and how Xander meets Skyler. 

Xander needs to promote himself and his art as part of his qualification. And Skyler’s Frat House members have destroyed a piece of art at the Collage, so he feels bad and wants to do more than just make things right. He offers his services as a business promoter to the ART dept. and to Xander in general.

Now you will have already read other reviews warning that there is NO SEX in this book, but if that is usually a problem for you, I’d say give this book a try. No sex does not mean no intimacy or even no love making. One partner is not sexual but between them they find a way to be intimate and I dare say in their own way make love, which to me makes this book so much more intimate.

The story is very well thought out, and each scene brings things to the whole picture. The characters are chalk and cheese at the beginning, but by the end you realise that neither is quite what you expected, as a team they are a force to recon with.
I really enjoyed every word of this story, so much so that I have bought the Carry me Ocean series, that was mentioned in Meredith Kings review.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

At Lodgings in Lyme (Oliver & Jack #2) by Christina E. Pilz



Oliver and Jack are on the run, leaving London for Lyme Regis. We follow their Journey in book two.  We see another side to Oliver, as Jack gets ill.  Oliver finds help in the form of a House Keeper at a Stately home.  She calls the local doctor to treat Jack.  But this also means Oliver is obliged to work to pay the doctors Bills.    So, this time tables are turned for a while at least.  And Oliver finds himself doing anything he needs to do, to ensure Jack gets the care he needs.   This of course does not bode well with Jack who believes he is the stronger, wiser guy, though he does appreciate what Oliver has done to ensure he recovers.

Oliver’s perfect picture of his mother is shattered and That makes Oliver determined to get Jack to find his family.  Of course, Jack refuses to budge on the subject.

I really like the way the author changed the Characters dynamics temporary without changing the character in total.  She has managed to show, we will do anything and everything for the ones we love.
As with the first book.  The story stays true to the original Oliver and Jack (Dodger), you really do feel like you are continuing the boys journey through life. 
You also get a vivid feel of the world back at the time the story takes place.  You are absorbed into the story world.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Quinn's Destiny (A Companion's Tale #1) by Emily Jean


This story is a cleverly woven with three main characters being Quinn A being created by warlocks, Desmond a warlock and Ralph a vampire prince.
Quinn is the central character, known as a warlock companion, created just a year ago to help the warlocks get the upper hand in the war that has been raging between warlocks and vampires. All seems straight, forward right?
It should have been, but fate has other ideas. A chain of events starts when Quinn’s warlock master is killed by Ralphs vampire brother. This sets Ralph on a mission to find Quinn, to see how his brother was killed.
When Ralph catches up with Quinn and takes him prisoner to question him. There is an instant attraction between them, a pull to each other.
Then the creator of Quinn comes after him and takes him back to Warlock territory. Where Quinn finds out he is not just a standard companion, He also has the same kind of pull toward Desmond his maker.
Quinn is caught between the two men, who are on opposite sides. Can they work a way for them to live together, can they find a solution? All this is happening in a bitter war that rages on around them.

The story is about trust, understanding and adjusting and hopefully finding common ground. The book paints a vivid story with three very different characters that weave a complicated life ahead.

The story is an exciting read, nicely paced and vivid descriptions.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Perfect Timing by Aimee Brissay


I really enjoyable read that has a little romance, a little mystery, a lot of paranormal and a little humor, and some fighting as you'd expect in a paranormal book. So put it another way it is a paranormal, mystery, romantic thriller. It certainly has you on the edge of your seat in parts and all gooey in other parts. You will be wanting to read just one more page .... and just one more and so on.

Valentin is a vampire on the run from other vampires, after he witnessed his coven being wiped out and his sire poisoned. He knows his time is numbered, on top of that he drank his Sires blood to see who killed him. The blood has poisoned his system and he is slowly losing his powers.

Shawn is a were-cat Jaguar, that has left his pride (pack) when he meets Valentin in a bar. something attracts him to the Vampire. and he instantly feels protective of the vampire. And so the story starts when three powerful vampires turn up and attack them. Succeeding in escaping we are off on a adventure and chase across Europe.

I loved Shawn's protective nature of Valentin, Both characters are well rounded but with Valentin 's health slowing failing it is up to Shawn to look out for him. But Valentin is taken before Shawn can get his head around being fated to a vampire. He has to figure out a way to save his mate before it is too late. 

The story is nicely paced and the world is presented to us vividly. I felt the atmosphere around the characters and the fear they were in.

An exciting read for any Paranormal book lover

Monday, 31 July 2017

Wrestling With Desire By D.H. Star


The author of this book is new to me, so I did not know what to expect. I am so pleased that I took a chance on this book. It is not quite like the typical coming of age /coming out story.
Both characters are strong mentally and well balanced. They are so different in how they deal with their emotions and yet so compatible. Neither is stronger or weaker than the other mentally and emotionally, which is a nice change from the typical Jock meets Nerd/Geek. They are both technically Jocks.
The story is about their meeting and navigating their new love and life in general. Derick finds it difficult to express his emotions in words. And Scot is good at expressing his emotions and at reading Scots emotions.
The Story is so well written, and delves into the character’s thoughts and emotions so well, you kind of see the world through them. The author has done a fantastic job of showing us the pressure and challenges young people have to deal with in today’s world.
Although based around Wrestling, you do not need to be a wrestling expert or even a fan of wrestling to enjoy the book. 
You may think that this book may be gloomy from what I have written but you would be so wrong. The author manages to keep the story warm and light most of the time. It is one of those books you will not want to put down once you start reading. 
I am having withdrawal symptoms waiting for book to to be re-edited and released.