Author: Nicki Bennett and Ariel Tachna
Series: All for Love: Book Three
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 11/28/2016
Genre(s): Military Romance, Historic Fiction M/M Romance
Page Count: 282
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
“All for Love: Book Three
“Are you surprised that strength is drawn to strength?”
For the last six years, the gypsy healer Raúl has lived a life he never dreamed possible. Gerrard Hawkins has stood at his side, his love a source of silent strength like nothing Raúl has ever known.
When a letter from Gerrard’s estranged father forces them in separate directions—Gerrard back to England to make peace with his family and Raúl to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer for his annual pilgrimage—Raúl expects to suffer for their parting, but he holds on to their plans to meet again in France when Gerrard has satisfied his father’s demands.
Gerrard left England never expecting to return, especially after he pledged his life and love to Raúl. Yet he cannot dismiss his father’s offer of peace without some acknowledgment. When he arrives in England to find tragedy, his sense of duty toward his family’s tenants wars with his promises to Raúl.
As tensions mount and illness spreads in France, Raúl stands as a bastion of hope, but his strength is not limitless. Gerrard is the rock he leans on, and without that strength, Gerrard’s arrival in France may come too late.”
Review: This is the third book in the All For Love series. The books are about the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Where men fought with swords. We are reunited with characters from the first two books, but this book is mainly about Gerrard and Raul. Gerrard returns to England at the request of his family. The plague has taken a toll on Gerrard’s family estate. When he gets there things are worse than he thought. He is honor bound to stay to help the town’s folk to rebuild and bring in the crops. The distance between Gerrard and Raul is taking its own toll. Raul knows that Gerrard will return to him, but he doesn’t know that Gerrard will want him to join him in a new life together in England. The chemistry in this book is hotter than ever. With the distance that separates our two hero’s, we get to read about the steamy moments Gerrard and Raul shared before their separation. The pacing is fast and full of adventure. Good ending and we get to know so much more about Gerrard and Raul. This is a wonderful series for people that enjoy historical romance.
Review Copy of Stronghold provided by Dreamspinner Press for an honest Review.
Title: Just Drive
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Anchor Point #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: 11/21/2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 300
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
“No one said hooking up with an Admiral was going to be smooth sailing….
For Sean Wright, driving a cab in the tiny Navy town of Anchor Point isn’t an exciting job . . . until he picks up just-dumped Paul Richards. A drive turns into a walk on the pier, which turns into the hottest hookup Sean’s had in ages.
After a long overdue breakup, Paul can’t believe his luck. Of all the drivers, he’s picked up by the gorgeous, gay, and very willing Sean. Younger guys aren’t usually his thing, but Paul can’t resist.
One taste and neither man can get enough . . . right up until they realize that Paul is Sean’s father’s commanding officer and the last man Sean should be involved with.
With two careers on the line, their only option is to back off. It’s not easy, though; the sex and the emotional connection are exactly what both men have been craving for a long time. But Paul has devoted twenty-four years to his career and his dream of making admiral. If he’s caught with Sean, that’s all over. He has to choose—stay the course, or trade it all for the man who drove off with his heart.”
Review: The end of this book had me desperately wanting a sequel. L.A. Witt writes some amazing books with characters that are so realistic you’d almost swear you were reading a memoir.
I adored these two MC’s. Paul joined the military several years ago, planning to make a career out of it. He was headstrong and stubborn, not willing to compromise on anything that might jeopardize his chances of making the next rank. He wanted more than anything to know that all of his hard work had paid off and all of the late nights and broken relationships were for something. Meeting someone like Sean was definitely not on his agenda.
Sean was young and a little naive, but he was hopeful and had that brand of innocence that allowed him to be completely consumed by Paul. He was lonely and sick of letting the Navy take everything that had ever been good from him. He wanted something that the military couldn’t touch or take away from him, and he hoped that was Paul.
Unbeknownst to Sean, Paul is Sean’s father’s commanding officer, meaning that a relationship between the two of them not only risks Paul’s career in the military, but his life as a free man as well. This is a story about two people who just weren’t supposed to fall in love, but did anyway.
Paul and Sean couldn’t stay away from each other. Even when they both knew they weren’t supposed to be spending time with each other, they both knew deep down that nothing was going to be able to keep them apart either. They fit together like two puzzle pieces that were made to be together and neither one of them wanted to settle on any compromise that meant they couldn’t see each other anymore. Their chemistry was off-the-charts intense and you could feel the love they had for one another.
I would definitely recommend this book for other M/M readers with a note not to let the military undertones affect your decision to read it. As someone who isn’t a fan of military-themed romance novels, I wasn’t sure whether or not this was a book that I would like but I decided to take the leap anyway because I’m quite the fan of L.A. Witt’s work. This book is definitely worth the read!
Review Copy of Just Drive provided by Riptide Publishing for an honest Review.
Title: In From the Cold
Author: J T Rogers
Series: The Castoffs (Robert Flynn #1)
Publisher: DSP Publications
Reviewer: Cee Brown
Release Date: 10/4/2016
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense, M/M Thriller/Suspense Romance, M/M Military / Law Enforcement, Military Romance
Page Count: 267
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
“Robert Flynn abandoned a sterling military career when his best friend and fellow soldier, Wesley Pike, died under his command. More than a decade later, Flynn’s quiet life is disturbed by the troubles of a fledgling CIA and Alexander Grant, a flashy agent with a lot to prove. As the space race between the United States and the Soviets heats up and the body count rises, the two men fight to find common ground. Grant knows Flynn believes in the cause, but all Flynn sees is the opportunity to fail someone like he failed Wes. An attack by a Soviet agent spurs Flynn to action and a reluctant association with the agency, and tilts Flynn’s world on its axis with a shocking discovery: Wesley Pike may be alive and operating as a Soviet assassin.
With Grant to bankroll the operation, his superiors looking the other way, and Flynn’s hard-earned peace officially forfeit, Flynn reunites his old team with the singular goal of finding Wes. But they get more than they bargained for—Wes is amnesiac and dangerous, brainwashed into becoming the perfect weapon. Flynn struggles to reach his friend, lead his team, and navigate his charged relationship with Grant—something neither of them expected and aren’t sure how to parse—while coming to grips with his long-buried feelings for Wes.”
Review: “•´¸.•*´¨)5, not what I expected,¸.•*¨)
ღ✿•*¨ but I am glad, stars.ღ✿•*¨
If you love international espionage, slathered with romance and hidden love, then sit back and enjoy this thrilling tale from new to me author, J T Rogers. Alternating between the War of ’45 and the present ’57, Robert Flynn, baker extraordinaire and past army captain is faced with a threat so real he is flung back into trying to save the world all over again.
“We’re faced with a person who has been so manipulated he no longer knows who he is.”
When word trickled down that the Russian were planning to destroy a mission, Flynn found himself back in the run for his life, keeping his nation from disaster and trying to forget what had been. But when he comes face to face with the one person he thought was gone, life takes on a whole new meaning.
“Fourteen years ago, I promised you I’d get you apple turnovers…” Flynn said. “I’m promising you your freedom, now, and I’m going to deliver.”
“Try not to take fourteen years this time.” –Wes
Losing his best friend did not abide well with Flynn, and after walking away from his career, he was now face to face with the one man he thought he had lost. No longer dead as suspected, but neither the man Flynn had known, Wes was his only chance of stopping the plight against the world.
Alexander Grant was a complicated man.
The already palpable animosity between Flynn and C.I. A. operative and millionaire, Grant was real. There was also a subtle attraction that could not be denied and wasn’t. Now caught between the man he loved silently for many years and the one who brought him to life, Flynn was caught in a web he knew not how to resurface.
Three men caught in a plight that can only end in heartache. Four sentences I held onto throughout this read:
If we hadn’t gotten you back, it might have undone him. Grant to Wes.
I’ve got you. Flynn to Wes over and repeatedly.
May the best man win. Wes to Grant
That doesn’t just make what I’m feeling for you disappear. Flynn to Grant
I look forward to more from this team, if only to see who wins in the end. How this tale truly ends, we have to wait and see.”