Saturday, July 22, 2017

Random Review: Action by Quinn Anderson #Review #Giveaway





Author: Quinn Anderson
Book: Action
Series: Murmur Inc #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing 
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication date: June 5, 2017
Length: 366 pages

Reviewed by Meredith

Synopsis

Pete Griflow is the last person anyone would suspect of being a porn star. He’s quiet, gawky, and can’t even talk to guys without turning red. But on camera, he’s a different person. In the porn world, he’s Jaden Prime, a coquettish power bottom who’s been tantalizing fans for over a year now.

Pete is in a rut, though, and he knows it. And what’s worse, his boss knows it. If he can’t reignite his passion for the biz, he’s going to have trouble paying his none-too-cheap college tuition.

When Pete is given the opportunity to star in a huge summer production, sparks fly between him and his costar, Kyle Darko. Kyle is Pete’s opposite: he’s daring, achingly sexy, and in love with the sex industry. Their chemistry is palpable on and off screen, but dating on a porn set is tricky. Even pros struggle to separate fantasy from reality, especially with a script dictating their seduction. But what’s building between them can’t be ignored, and it’s so much more than getting some “action.”



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Action is book 2 in Quinn Anderson’s Murmur Inc. series and is absolutely a standalone. 

 Murmur Inc. is a Porn business. From phone sex to one on one sex. It’s the one on one that we find ourselves in here. In book one we saw the phone sex side and here we have the… Action!
Pete AKA Jaden is a porn star. In the business for a few years now. He’s trying to make ends meet for him and his mom, his porn life is a secret, and he’s completely and utterly shy when not on camera. He’s also the most dedicated person to owning his own life that I’ve read in a while. School, porn, side job, the secrets, a hurtful past boyfriend, and a future one that is just…. Sigh.

Kyle AKA Kyle AKA Darko… Yes I said Kyle twice you’ll understand when you read it. He’s awesome. At first glance there’s a serious intensity to him but when you get to know him it’s really hard not to love him. He’s the guy that you’d build for Pete if you could. He’s out, proud, and loud. His family and friends know what he does and he’s not at all shy anywhere. Pretty opposite to Pete and ultimately what Pete needs.

This is told entirely in Pete’s POV so you never know what’s going through Kyle’s head only what we hear come out of his mouth. The author doesn’t make that frustrating and explains every question you may have.

I had a ton toward the end that Pete took care of epically to get us our answers so have no fear Pete is near!

This is a great, hot and sexy series with awesome characters. Action will quench the sexy needs and give you a sweet and awesome story too.




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Author Saturday Spotlight: N.R. Walker #Interview #Giveaway




It's that lovely time of week; Author Saturday Spotlight! This week we have the incredibly talented N.R. Walker. If you've never read her, you've at least heard of her... If you've never read her, you must! She's written so many outstanding books such as; the Red Dirt Heart Series, Imago, Cronin's Key Series, The Weight Of It All, and so many more. Today I've strapped her down to ask her some questions and poke around that creative brain a bit. We will take a look at some of her books, and wrap it up with a giveaway. So settle in and enjoy.



 Red Dirt Heart (Book One)


Welcome to Sutton Station: One of the world’s largest working farms in the middle of Australia – where if the animals and heat don’t kill you first, your heart just might.

Charlie Sutton runs Sutton Station the only way he knows how; the way his father did before him. Determined to keep his head down and his heart in check, Charlie swears the red dirt that surrounds him – isolates him – runs through his veins.

American agronomy student Travis Craig arrives at Sutton Station to see how farmers make a living from one of the harshest environments on earth. But it’s not the barren, brutal and totally beautiful landscapes that capture him so completely, it’s the man with the red dirt heart.







 Imago (Imago #1)

Nerdy, introverted genius lepidopterist, Lawson Gale, is an expert on butterflies. He finds himself in a small town in Tasmania on a quest from an old professor to find an elusive species that may or may not even exist.

Local Parks and Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton, is an ordinary guy who loves his life in the sleepy town of Scottsdale. Along with his Border collie dog, Rosemary, his job, and good friends, he has enough to keep from being lonely.

But then he meets Lawson, and he knows he’s met someone special. There’s more to catching butterflies, Jack realises. Sometimes the most elusive creatures wear bow ties, and sometimes they can’t be caught at all.

Lawson soon learns there are butterflies he can’t learn about it in books. They exist only in a touch, in a kiss, in a smile. He just has to let go first, so these butterflies can fly.

Imago is the story of finding love, bow ties, and butterflies.



 The Weight Of It All

After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of.

He joins a gym.

Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn’t sure he’ll ever be ready to date again. He’s sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is.

As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamours Reed with recipes and laughter. As the friendship lines start to blur, Henry is convinced there’s no way Thor-like Reed could ever be interested in a guy like him.

Reed just has to convince Henry that life isn’t about reaching your ideal bodyweight. It’s about finding your perfect counterweight.




Cronin's Key (Cronin's Key #1)

NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec's view on weird is changed forever.

Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last thousand years waiting for Alec. He'd been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn't expect him to be human, and he certainly didn't expect that shield to be a police badge.

Both men, strong-willed and stubborn, are still learning how to cope with the push and pull of being fated, when fate throws them another curveball.

Rumors have spread quickly of turmoil in Egypt. Covens are fleeing with news of a vampire who has a talent like no other, hell-bent on unleashing the wrath of Death.

Alec and Cronin are thrown into a world of weird Alec cannot imagine. What he learned in school of ancient pharaohs and Egyptian gods was far from the truth. Instead, he finds out firsthand that history isn't always what it seems.








Interview

Thank you so very much for being the Author Saturday Spotlight this week. I’m a huge fan so it’s always wonderful to talk with authors I admire. I have some questions for you and hopefully it won’t be too painful.

It’s a pleasure! Thank you for having me!

You are such an eclectic writer. From The Weight of It All to Imago. I mean I love it. When you started out was this how you knew it would always be or did you have a dream of being one type of writer?

I truly don’t believe writers should be boxed in one sub-genre. If an author wants to write contemporary then do a paranormal, a romcom then an angst-ridden drama, then they absolutely should. I’ll always write romance though – I do love happy endings J  When I started out, I had no clue about which direction I’d go, and to be honest, I still don’t. I just be me. I’ve always said I write the story the characters tell me to write, and that’s still true.  I don’t actually get to choose if my next characters are sun-kissed surfers, or if they’re burned out cops… I just write what I’m told. LOL

The very first book of yours I read was Sixty Five Hours. It’s still a favorite. How do you feel you’ve grown or changed as a writer since that book?

Oh boy, I think (or hope lol) my ability has improved! I loved writing that story, it was so much fun! I think back then (2010-ish) there was no pressure on me to write, or even write well, I guess. I simply just put words on paper and hoped for the best! Now I’m more responsible for what my readers pay for, and rightly so. This isn’t a bad thing - it makes me a better writer! I would hope I understand my art a little better (but not commas, never commas lol) though I’m truly nothing without my pre-readers, editor, and proofreaders.

What were some of your favorite childhood books?

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was and will always be a favourite. I loved Judy Blume and Enid Blyton as well.


Of all your series’ which one would you love to see become a cable series?

Red Dirt Heart!  OMG I would DIE to see that!

Can you tell us what you are currently working on or your future projects?

I’ve just finished Yanni’s Story. A 120K word spin-off from the Spencer Cohen Series. It’s currently with my editor and should be out in late August, all things going well.

How can your readers follow you? Twitter, Facebook, Website?


I know this is a difficult question so do the best you can. Who are some authors in this genre who are one clicks for you?

I’ve devoured everything Tal Bauer has written. And I would read Jordan L Hawk’s grocery list! Seriously, so talented!  I also love Lane Hayes and Con Riley. And Riley Hart and Devon McCormack make a great team!


FAST FIRE QUESTIONS

Favorite season?  Autumn
Favorite color?  Teal or peacock blue
Tea or coffee?  Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon
Favorite animal?  Dogs
Best romantic movie?  I love Notting Hill
Socks or no socks? Socks! I love socks!

Okay, N.R. thank you so much for talking with me today.   

Thank you for having me!!





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Friday, July 21, 2017

Release Day Review: You Never Know by Mary Calmes #Review #Giveaway



Author: Mary Calmes
Book: You Never Know
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: July 21, 2017
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Length: 200 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Synopsis

Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He’s going to live in his hometown, be everybody’s friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He’s well on his way—until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it’s no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer’s two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he’s never gotten out of his head.

Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since.

If Hagen’s going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he’s grown up and isn’t going to let go. They could have a new chance at love… but Hagen is insistent he’s not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.




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I always know I’m going to laugh when I open a Mary Calmes book. I know I’m going to be entertained by witty banter and fabulous characters. There will always be that one character that will make me want to drink. The thing is, I’ll want to drink with that character.

I am a longtime fan of Mary Calmes. She has written all sorts of books. From contemporary romance to paranormal/fantasy. She’s versatile and pretty much great in everything she writes. Yes, I’m aware that is my opinion.

In You Never Know I really felt like I was reading the Mary I fell in love with from the days of Jory. Hagen is just an all-around amazing character. He had two gorgeous, rich, celebrity men pining for him. One with the best intentions and the other with an askew version of good intentions. Normally I’d be all, “Oh for heaven sake why is everyone going so out of their way for this guy?” But it won’t take you long to get why.

It’s told completely in Hagen’s POV and that was very beneficial to the story. You needed to really be in his head to get the appeal these other guys were desperate to want. He’s had a life not many come back from. He has had the best love there is and lost it. He’s had amazing parents, lives in a terrific nosy town that cares about him wholeheartedly. I get why having Hagen’s love would mean everything.

Like all of Mary’s books she utilizes her secondary characters. From Mitch’s kids, to the five page appearance of Ash’s assistant. She makes her characters all matter and all have a purpose.
This book was a hug for my heart. Not angsty, great dialog, and beautiful romance.






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