Book Review: Blurred Lines, by K.D. Williamson

cover_Blurred-Lines_500x800Blurred Lines, by K.D. Williamson
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Release Date: February 3, 2016
Genre: Lesbian, Contemporary, F/F, Medical

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Buy Links: Publisher / Amazon

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Blurb:

Kelli MacCabe is a no-nonsense detective with a tough exterior. Only a select few know her as a loyal, loving friend. To a fault, she is committed to her family, friends and her job.

As a surgeon, Nora Whitmore is used to being in control. The hospital is her life. There is little else. Respected by her colleagues but ridiculed by the residents, Nora takes what she needs and keeps everyone else at arm’s length, creating unexpected enemies.

Tragedy brings them together in a clash of personalities. As the chaos around them continues, they find the lines between them blurring. A friendship forms, understanding grows, and attraction soon follows. Together, they may conquer their own misgivings, but will the outside forces keep them apart?

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Book Review: Red Light, by J.D. Glass

Red-Light-Ylva-2560x1600-300dpiRed Light, by J.D. Glass
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Release Date: November 18, 2015

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Buy Links: Publisher / Amazon / B&N

Trigger Warnings: abusive relationships (emotional and physical); rape; drugging.

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Blurb:

Sometimes, heroes need a hero of their own.

Red is… The blood family that Victoria Scotts, “Tori” to her family and “Scotty” on the job, has, the mother and younger sister she supports emotionally and financially, the famous cousin that seems to have even her mother’s favor, the family legend they’re all held up against.

Light is… Learning her true calling despite her mother’s censure as Tori becomes an EMT in the New York City 911 system, discovering true friendships despite and within horrific circumstances, and falling in love—really, truly, passionately, in love, not just “for real,” but “forever.”

Blood is… Shed when a good faith attempt to render aid, comfort, and compassion go horribly wrong, leaving Tori not only injured, but also questioning the validity of her relationships, the ties of flesh and those that transcend it, and her faith in the innate goodness of people.

Love, friendship, and loyalty, are all tested and pour out like blood under the Red Light.

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Book Tour: A Forced Silence, by Cate Ashwood (Excerpt & Giveaway!)

Thanks for stopping by the blog tour for Cate Ashwood’s new release, Forced Silence! This novel combines crime drama and romance in all the best ways, and features one of my favorite romance tropes: a second chance at true love!

In my review of A Forced Silence, I said: Cate does a phenomenal job of showing a relationship between two men who parted on bad terms, but have never forgot their feelings for one another. Pair that with the stress from a murder mystery and difficulties at work, and you get a book that you absolutely won’t be able to put down!

You can read my review here.

So keep reading to check out an excerpt from the novel, as well as a great giveaway!

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ForcedSilence[A]FSA Forced Silence, by Cate Ashwood
Series: Zero Hour, Book One
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 11, 2015

Blurb:

For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.

The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn’t gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn’t enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other’s arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.

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Advanced Book Review: A Forced Silence, by Cate Ashwood

ashwood-forced-silenceA Forced Silence, by Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 11, 2015

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Buy Links: eBook / Paperback

I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.

The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn’t gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn’t enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other’s arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.

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Review: The World as He Sees It, by A.M. Arthur (Rating: 4.5/5)

arthur-the-world-as-he-sees-itThe World as He Sees It, by A.M. Arthur
Series: Perspectives, Book 2 (Stand-alone)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (October 20, 2015)
Page Count: 278 pages
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

* I received an advanced copy of this novel in
exchange for a fair and honest review. *

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Before we get to the review, here’s a quick giveaway! If you’re new to the Perspectives series, or new to A.M. Arthur in general, simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite romance novel theme (love at first sight, hurt/comfort, marriage of convenience, etc) and you’re immediately entered to win!

One lucky winner will receive an eBook copy of The Truth As He Knows It (Perspectives, Book 1), from ARe (you can read my 4-star review here). Contest ends October 18, 2015 at 11:59pm EST, and is open to anyone world-wide!

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I’ve been looking forward to this novel ever since I first read the summary. It’s such a unique take on the hurt/comfort storyline, and from an author that I really love and trust to do right by the characters. In the end, I wasn’t let down at all, and I’ve completely fallen in love with Gabe and Tristan, as well as their friends!

Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications.

Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.

Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders.

A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them.

Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…

Tristan is an incredibly fascinating character, and I’ve never had the pleasure of reading someone like him! He’s completely dependent on others, and he only barely gets by with his notebook and post-its, which tell him what’s going on in his life. His best friend Noel (from the first book) is always there to help him, but Tristan wants his old life back. After meeting Gabe, the desperation increases, because he realizes that he has something worth losing if he doesn’t go ahead with the clinical trial.

“We’ve met,” Tristan said before he could think twice.
Gabe’s eyebrows twitched. “Yes, we have. Do you remember that?”
“I remember your eyes.” (Kindle Loc. 291)

Gabe’s patience in this novel was absolutely legendary. He’s patient with his mom, who is an (often violent) alcoholic. He’s patient with his life, which is going nowhere fast. He’s patient with Tristan’s friend Noel, who clearly doesn’t like him very much.

But most of all he’s patient with Tristan himself; he goes above and beyond to help Tristan, recognizing a man he could grow to love under the frustrating memory lapses. Their relationship begins first in email, allowing Tristan to re-read their previous messages, before moving into the real world as the clinical trial begins to work. But at no point does Gabe wrap Tristan in bubble wrap, which was by far the best part. He treats Tristan as a friend, boyfriend, and lover, but never as someone who’s damaged.

“How’s the sex?”
Gabe didn’t even pretend to be surprised by the nosy question. “It’s intense. I know it sounds kind of Bella Swan of me, but I feel connected to him.”
“Sounds like a man in love to me.”
“I think I might be.” His heart thumped harder. “He’s the best thing in my life.” (Kindle Loc. 2235)

The writing was really well done, showing Tristan’s memory lapses and the struggles he and those around him face as he forgets and has to be re-told things over and over. And I loved seeing the progression as he begins to gain his memory back, because it was very well done!

I loved this novel so much. Gabe’s family life and his job add a great point of tension in the plot, and Tristan’s friendship with Noel and his ups and downs on the trial medication were fantastic.

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Review: Dark Economy, by M. Keedwell (Rating: 4/5)

keedwell-dark-economyDark Economy, by M. Keedwell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (October 13, 2015)
Page Count: 287 pages
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Gay (M/M) Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5

* I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review. *

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Blurb:

Medical student Cadell Meredith has been known to acquire “volunteers” from the occasional pauper’s grave in order to improve his surgical skills. While the legality of this practice is a bit murky, he wouldn’t go so far as to call it out and out robbery.

His latest acquisition, however, is different. The body on his table was obviously healthy, wealthy—and murdered. Cadell feels compelled to seek justice for the dead man, but while dissection comes naturally to him, crime investigation is unfamiliar territory.

Furthermore, he’s caught the attention of one of those new police officers, Blaine Breton. A handsome, sentimental fool who insists Cadell is a criminal. A criminal! Cadell is the first to admit he’s no saint, but he’s no killer.

A marvelous game of cat and mouse ensues as Cadell seeks to expose the truth while hiding his own secrets. A task that grows ever more difficult as his desire for Breton grows…and the danger deepens.


My Review:

A historical crime drama loaded with tons of UST between two brilliant men on opposite sides of the law? Mmmh, yes please! Dark Economy was incredibly fun from start to finish, with a fantastic game of cat and mouse and a mystery that was expertly done.

“Well, maybe this will convince you to leave me the hell alone.”

Breton shot him a withering look. “I know you are involved, it is only a matter of time until I catch you.” (Kindle Loc. 1175)

Cadell Meredith is a medical student who is also, technically, a criminal. He digs up the graves of criminals in order to practice his surgical skills in secret late at night. Unfortunately for him, police officer Blaine Breton is on to him, and Breton doesn’t care about Cadell’s noble intentions. When one of Cadell’s corpses turns out to be an obviously wealthy– and obviously murdered– young man, Cadell feels obligated to investigate and find the killer, even with Breton doing everything possible to throw him in prison.

At first I didn’t like Cadell very much. He’s arrogant and selfish and totally full of himself. But he’s also brilliant and very good at his job, and he does seem to genuinely want to help people. He decides to investigate the murder that he discovers through whatever means necessary. But I did absolutely love Breton, the police officer who basically stalks Cadell. And the two of them have a great love-hate relationship, with plenty of sexual tension, but also sarcasm and wit.

[Breton] thumbed through the sheaf and hesitated over one. “Charming. The secrets of the fairer sex revealed. Can it be that you are a medical student?”

“Your powers of observation amazing me,” Cadell bit out. “You must truly be the pride of your company. (Kindle Loc. 397)

The mystery itself was really well done, and Cadell makes a great amateur detective, although there were a few times where I thought he was too good at his task. He seemed to have everything going for him; in addition to being a brilliant surgeon, he was pretty well versed in the illegal side of things.

I really hope that this is the beginning of a series, because I think the snark and banter between Breton and Cadell is incredibly well written, and I’d love to see more of them solving crimes together!

If you’re looking for a good historical mystery with a dash of romance, you should definitely check this book out!

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Book Review: Revenant, by Larissa Ione

ione-revenantRevenant, by Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica #11 / Lords of Deliverance #6
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (December 2014)
Genre: M/F Romance; Religion/Mythology

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Hell hath no fury like an angel scorned…

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme—a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she’s the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there’s no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won’t find her.


My Review:

I recently read Base Instincts, which is an m/m romance set in the Demonica universe soon after the events of Revenant. I loved that book and Larissa’s interesting mythology, and was fascinated by the glimpse of Revenant and Blaspheme that we got in that novel. So I knew I needed to read Revenant’s story as soon as possible!

First of all, you don’t need to read the other books in the series in order to understand this one. Should you? Probably. I’m definitely planning to read all of them as I can. But it’s not essential to understand and enjoy the plot as long as you have a base understanding of demon/angel mythology.

If you woke up one day and realized that your entire life was a lie, you’d be pretty furious, right? Now, imagine if you suddenly realized that your entire life was not only a lie, but hat you suffered five thousand years of physical and mental torture in Hell because of that lie.

Revenant isn’t just furious; he’s almost broken by the revelation. Thousands of years in the darkest pits of Hell, doing unspeakable things because you believe that you are, in fact, evil, is enough to screw up anyone’s head. But Revenant has just learned that he’s actually an angel, and therefore intrinsically good.

The flip side of the coin is Blaspheme, who knows exactly what she is but pretends to be something else to keep herself safe. She’s the opposite of Revenant in every way; a healer where he is a killer, and desperate to forget about her true nature while he is desperate to reclaim his. As you can imagine, they clash in the most epic way!

“You don’t appreciate confidence?”
“I don’t appreciate arrogance. There’s a difference.”
“And what is the difference?”
“Confidence is arrogance without an asshole.”

I love romance novels where nothing is easy for the characters. Blaspheme and Revenant aren’t “made for each other”, but they clearly balance one another in ways they could never expect. I think Larissa does an amazing job of writing these characters, and their relationship definitely feels natural and realistic. (Well, as realistic as a bunch of paranormal creatures can be!) And the novel has a plot that I was completely absorbed in, as both characters battle enemies and their own consciences.

Now, Revenant’s arrogance did bother me at times. He was a bit over-the-top, and it made him difficult to like. But really, for a guy who’s served as Satan’s right-hand-man for five thousand years, he’s not doing too badly overall! And he makes an effort with Blaspheme, even though he’s completely clueless about what “an effort” really means.

Having been raised in a dungeon, with torture specialists and executioners as his playmates, he hadn’t exactly learned the art of seduction or even polite conversation. But sex… he spoke that language fluently.

This novel met and exceeded my expectations, and reaffirmed my desire to read the entire series as soon as I can! Great characters, an interesting and well-developed mythology, and a unique plot all make this a really excellent novel.

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