Friday, May 25, 2018

Random Review: Fighting For All by Morticia Knight #Review #Giveaway



Author: Morticia Knight
Title: Fighting For All
Series: Soul Mates #5
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Length: 209 pages

Reviewed by Truus


Synopsis

Bravery will lead you to your destiny.

The human and alien rebellion is at hand, but those who have already arrived at the secret military facility are without the one who has inspired them to stand against the Nall. Chris, the human chosen by the Alasharian spiritual leader, Sha Sha Ar, has been missing since the escape to the hideout. Those who have never seen Chris before, have only heard tales of his visions, begin to doubt his existence. Fear spreads through the group as humans and Alasharians alike wonder if they’re all doomed, that maybe Chris is a fantasy or has already fallen at the hands of the Nall.

Graham, Morgan and their Alasharian matches stand before the worried group to reassure them that Chris is real. They’ve barely begun to speak when they are forced to fight an unexpected foe. But before the final battle against the Nall and the Void begins, all must search within themselves to discover what part they will play to achieve their destiny—and to summon the bravery they’ll need to see it through.


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Review

The whole series is coming together now. The circle is round.
A wonderful end to this journey. The humans and their mates... 

Everybody is waiting for a sign of life from Chris... he is missing since the escape to the hideout. There are rumors and doubts... does he even exist?
At times it was really exciting and I feared for some lives. 
The story had a lot of emotions in it...but in the middle of all the battles, danger, and conspiracy, there are moments with sweet passionate sex between the humans and their Alasharian’s mates...and there is always the unconditional love.
Chris’s future is an important and crucial one and will involve every living soul, and Sha Sha Ar himself makes this announcement.

I enjoyed this journey, the way it’s built up and with the beautiful creatures and fantasy sci-fi environments. I could easily picture the scenery. Really well done.
I only read the fourth installment and this last one of the series. Maybe it’s better to read them all to enjoy this to the fullest because there is a lot of story going on. There is a glossary at the end of every book and this is very helpful to understand all the terms. I loved all the wonderful names of the Alasharians.

The story is one with love and hope and mostly friendly personalities, it’s written in an enchanting and telling way. 





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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Random Review: Finn by Angel Martinez #Review #Giveaway



Author: Angel Martinez
Title: Finn 2nd edition
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Length: 181 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar

Synopsis

Finn’s been asleep for centuries. He’ll need to catch up fast to survive.
Diego’s impulse to rescue a naked bridge jumper starts as just that—talk the man down and get him to social services. But there’s something odd about this homeless person, more than just his delusions of being a pooka, and something so vulnerable that Diego’s determined to help him stabilize rather than see him institutionalized or deported.
Finn went into the Dreaming centuries ago to escape a heartbreak he couldn’t bear. Now that he’s back, he finds the Veil to the Otherworld closed. The fae courts have abandoned him in a poisoned human world where a displaced pooka has little chance of survival. His human rescuer is kind and compassionate—and shockingly familiar. One thing at a time, though. He needs Diego to believe he’s not human first.


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Review

A fantasy story with a depth of backstory that’s not generally given to stories about the Fae.



I wouldn’t exactly call this a light read, although it wasn’t angsty either. Diego has a heart of gold when it comes to helping the homeless and stray animals, one that got him into trouble in the past. He has an ex-boyfriend that is a complete bad word I can’t say in a review. His saving of Finn is typical Diego, him taking him in even more so. I loved the evolution of them from strangers to friends to more especially with the complication of Finn being Fae and Diego calling BS. At least at first.



Finn had a dark past that stemmed from a lost love but also a loss of all of his own kind after centuries sealing himself off in the Dreaming. He’s lost without Diego and all the metal, and lack of nature in the city isn’t making him the most upbeat character. But it’s adorable with all the things he’s trying to learn in this new world he awoke in.



The real story and obstacle for this pair doesn’t start until later in the book when they leave the city behind and stow away in Diego’s agent's cabin when Finn finds another Fae who isn’t what they seem. That’s where the dark part of the story really takes off. I love Diego right from the start, but I loved his change and strength that came about because of the faith Finn saw in him. He was truly a great guy that deserved the love that Finn could give him.



There are a lot of little things along the way that Diego, mostly, has to work through but those all lead to him potentially opening his heart to Finn. I was sucked in quickly and loved all the action and heart that this story had. There were a few tiny things that were left unexplained. Those small things left a bit of a gap for me, but I easily see those things while others may not.



Overall, I was hooked and hope to see more from this universe!






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Review Tour: Alpha Heat by Leta Blake #Review #Giveaway



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 130,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Strange Designs

Heat of Love Series

Book #1 - Slow Heat - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

A desperate young alpha. An older alpha with a hero complex. A forbidden love that can’t be denied.

Young Xan Heelies knows he can never have what he truly wants: a passionate romance and happy-ever-after with another alpha. It’s not only forbidden by the prevailing faith of the land, but such acts are illegal.

Urho Chase is a middle-aged alpha with a heartbreaking past. Careful, controlled, and steadfast, his friends dub him old-fashioned and staid. When Urho discovers a dangerous side to Xan’s life that he never imagined, his world is rocked and he’s consumed by desire. The carefully sewn seams that held him together after the loss of his omega and son come apart—and so does he.

But to love each other and make a life together, Xan and Urho risk utter ruin. With the acceptance and support of Caleb, Xan’s asexual and aromantic omega and dear friend, they must find the strength to embrace danger and build the family they deserve.

This gay romance novel by Leta Blake is the second in the Slow Heat universe. It’s 130,000 words, with a strong happy ending and a well-crafted, non-shifter Omegaverse. It features alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, heat, and knotting. No cheating. Content warning for brief sexual violence.

Review

While this is book two in Leta Blake's Heat of Love Series I will tell you that you can absolutely read this as a standalone. I have read both books and while I love revisiting characters Alpha Heat focused on Xan and Urho's story.

This was SUCH a unique story and putting into words how it made me feel and the message the author pushed forth may be difficult. This world is one that has strict rules. Alphas are to be with Omegas. The end. So what happens when an alpha wants to be with another alpha? And what happens when one alpha feels, to their bones, they are truly an omega? And what happens when you're an asexual omega who must deal with heats.... There are SO many what if's in this world and one at a time the author tries to deal with them. Personally, I thought she did it brilliantly.

The underlining parallels to our society didn't go unnoticed by me. It won't for you either and it shows that while love is all powerful it can not change minds, it can not fix law, and it doesn't always extinguish hate.

Alpha Heat is just as amazing as Slow Heat and I positively adore this series for more reasons than I have time to put down in this review. It is Mpreg so if you don't like that thing, well, yeah. 

Leta Blake shows no matter what genre/subgenre/trope, she's writing in that she knows how to drill into those emotions and pluck them right out of you. She doesn't butter up the serious subject matter she deals with it.

Bravo to this author! 



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Author Bio

Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/letablake
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LetaBlake
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Website: https://letablake.wordpress.com


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Release Day Review: Object Of Desire by Dal Maclean #Review #Giveaway




Author: Dal Maclean
Title: Object of Desire
Publisher: One Block Empire
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Length: 396 pages

Reviewed by Jenn

Synopsis

Tom Gray is one of the world's top models–an effortless object of desire.

Self-contained, elusive and always in control, he's accustomed to living life entirely on his own terms.

But when Tom comes under suspicion in the gory death of his employer, his world spirals into chaos.

Someone's framing him. Someone's stalking him.

And as old secrets come to light, Tom finds his adversary always one step ahead.

Will Foster is the only man Tom trusts to help. But Tom brutally burned all bridges between them two years before, and Will paid a bitter price.

If he wants to survive, Tom must prove his innocence to Will–and to the world.



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Review

First book by this author and I am hooked! This book is right in my wheelhouse with all the plot twists and turns. The mystery/thriller aspects are so on point. I kept guessing “who done it?” throughout the book. 

Tom Gray is a male model at the top of his field and he definitely has some quirks when it comes to relationships. When he is suspected in the death of one of his employers, he could have never imagined all the secrets that would come to light around him. The one person he absolutely trusts to help him is the one person he badly burned two years prior. Will Foster is now a private investigator who is strong armed into taking Tom’s case. Together these two will have to sort through their past relationship, lies, deceit, stalkers and murder. Great way to get reacquainted, right?

There isn’t too much I can say about this because there truly are so many twists. The mystery lover in me adored this book. There are times that I wanted to shake Tom and hug Will, but in the end...I understood both men. Such a great read, I highly recommend it especially if you love a good “who done it!” 


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Release Day Review: The Swap by Annabella Michaels #Review #Giveaway




Author: Annabella Michaels
Title: The Swap
Self Published
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer~ Simply Defined Art
Length: 64k words

Reviewed by Meredith

Synopsis

When their daughter goes off to college, Samuel and his wife Gayle begin to take stock of their lives. Realizing they’re best friends and not in love with one another, the two agree to an amicable split. Nervous about jumping back into the dating world, they accept a friend’s invitation to attend a swap party. 
Tossing their keys into a bowl and leaving it up to fate to decide who they’re paired with is too tempting to resist. But when Samuel is faced with an audacious young man who strikes up a conversation, the attraction to men he’s kept buried for so long comes rushing back. 

At twenty-two years old, Oliver Hughes is one of the most sought after male models in the world. Sassy and bold, with a penchant for wearing high heels and a touch of makeup, Oliver’s life is what he always dreamed it could be. Except for one thing… 
Yearning to fall in love and settle down, Oliver’s grown bored of meaningless hookups with shallow, fame seeking guys. While attending a swap party, his last-ditch effort to find someone who doesn’t know who he is when they meet, Oliver finds himself drawn to a handsome, older man. One who’s endearingly unaware of his own appeal. 
As their relationship grows, something sinister and dark threatens what they’ve managed to build. What will it take for Oliver and Samuel to survive, and is their happily ever after doomed from the start? 



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Review

I'm a fan of Annabella Michaels. I've read all her books and each is unique and always gives me perfect closure and happiness. There's a signature an author puts on a book that makes it their own and Annabella does that.

The Swap is different from any of her other books in my honest opinion. There's mystery, suspense, romance, and humor. It's a great balance and it's all the qualities I look for in any book. 

Oliver and Samuel are absolutely adorable and every time they were on page together I simply melted. I adored the ensemble in this book and the amazing support Oliver and Samuel had throughout. 

But, within this gorgeous romance is a sinister darkness, one that for a lot of this book simply floats there. It pokes at you in a few spots and then bam, it's in your face and you're dealing with it. It was that moment I admittedly gasped and was so pleasantly surprised how Annabella Michaels was able to keep me on my toes.

I love when an author surprises me in the most delicious way and I love when I walk away from a book thinking they really did it perfectly.

I very much recommend this book to the romance lovers but also to those who like a little mystery suspense to their stories.





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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Random Review: BFF~ Claimed by Devon McCormack #Review #Giveaway



Author: Devon McCormack
Title: BFF: Best Friend's Father Claimed
Sequel to BFF
Publication Date: May 7, 2018
Length: 290 Pages

Reviewed by Jenn

Synopsis

ERIC:

I f*cked up. Not in a small way, either.

When I met my son's best friend, the attraction was instantaneous. Jesse Morgan is charming, witty, and hot-as-sin. He might be young, but he's wise beyond his years. And damn, what he can do to me with something as simple as his touch or one glance from those chestnut-colored eyes.

Hard as I tried, I couldn't keep my greedy hands off of him, and once I had a taste, I needed more.

He awakens a fire within me unlike anything I've experienced with another guy. He stirs a hot lust that makes it difficult for me to spend time with him without tearing his clothes off and giving him the pleasure he deserves.

It's more than that, though.

He makes me believe in something I'd given up on.

Love.

I love him. I want him to claim me, body and soul.

And messed up as it might sound, the man who destroyed what remained of my estranged relationship with my son might be the very man who can help save it.

Yes, I made one of the biggest mistakes in my life by starting down this path, but as far as mistakes go, Jesse Morgan is a pretty damn amazing one.








Review

“There’s something about disarming secrets that feels so good on your conscious” With this one sentence, the author and Eric, the character who said it, captured my heart all over again.

Jesse and Eric who fell in love in a shroud of secrecy behind Eric’s son and Jesse’s best friend are back. In this book we get to see what happens after all the excitement and drama that came with falling in love. Now comes the really hard stuff, staying in love, helping Ty understand and accept their love, forging new, stronger relationships with him and dealing with the past trauma that has shaped so much of Eric’s life. 

The thing I love most about this book and this story is how it was written. I feel like this trope of falling for your friend’s dad has been done and almost always tied up with a neat bow. What Devon McCormack does is look beyond the sexy, beyond the taboo and he gets real. The depth and maturity of both the story and the writing is incredibly beautiful. The care shown by Jesse reaches so beyond his years and shows that he really is a man worth risking it all for. Eric’s commitment to Ty, Jesse and to his own well being is so admirable and sincere. What could have torn all their lives apart ultimately makes each man stronger. We see these men tackling the past while still living in the now and I simply love that. Life doesn’t end because you were hurt or because you caused hurt. They move forward and keep going, solid in the knowledge that this love is worth it. They laugh, they make love and they LIVE! All the things I wished for them at the ending of book one. This book is a MUST read.


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday Author Spotlight: Avery Duran #Interview #Giveaway




Hello and Happy Saturday to you! It's royal wedding day, I know, but today here on Diverse Reader we have something better. Avery Duran is hanging out talking books, answering questions, and doing a giveaway! Grab a chair and stay awhile :D





Brooklyn Realtor Josh Perlman desperately wants to settle down. Unfortunately he can’t find a man who wants the same. Tired of disastrous dates, he travels to explore his heritage.

Yaron is an Israeli security guard and medic charged with looking after Josh and his pilgrimage group. For Yaron, the need to protect has become more a duty than an honor since he lost his long-term boyfriend to a terrorist attack—a loss that continues to haunt him.

As they embark on their journey through the Holy Land, it’s hard to deny the attraction that sparks between Josh and Yaron. Yet with America calling Josh home, and Israel, and the death of his lover holding Yaron prisoner, it seems only a miracle can keep them together.

But Israel is an ancient land, one that has seen miracles before. Surrounded by structures that have been destroyed and rebuilt time after time, Josh and Yaron might just learn that their futures can be found in the wisdom of the past.

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Gabe Cotter is an out-and-proud elementary school teacher who has moved back to the New York City neighborhood where he grew up—hoping to pave the way by example for others, since it was a rocky road for him. When a false alarm brings a handsome, but ornery, firefighter right to his doorstep--he can’t help but be intrigued, especially when Fate keeps bringing them together, and Gabe catches a glimpse of the cranky man's softer side.

Chris Mancini has learned the hard way that some things are better left unsaid. A third-generation firefighter, his job and family responsibilities keep him firmly in the closet. He can’t get the feisty teacher he met on a false alarm call out of his mind, though. When they meet in a bar, his reservations go out the window and they share a passionate night together.

One night leads to another, and to another, until the men are spending all of their free time in each other’s company. The deeper their feelings grow, the more Gabe struggles with balancing the open life he is trying to live with Chris’s closeted one. When Gabe realizes he can no longer live with the secrecy, Chris is faced with making a decision that cuts both ways.


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Interview


Thank you for hanging out with us this fine Saturday. I’m excited because I’ve never had the opportunity to interview you. I promise to be gentle.

Thank you in advance!!!

Let’s start off easy. If someone just came across your books, where would you suggest they start and why?

 Ahava is Love, its part of the Dreamspinner Press World of Love Series, which means it’s a great love story in a unique environment, Israel. The best part – it will leave with one of those really good sappy smiles! I’m a big proponent of books that leave you with the warm fuzzies.

If we were to read your bio what are three things you can tell us about yourself we wouldn’t see on there? 

1) I am a huge fan of Duran Duran and have seen them every time they’ve come to the NYC area since 1983 – I’m well into double digits at this point.
2) I was raised in a Kosher home and stopped eating meat when I was in 4th grade, so I’ve never had bacon. Now, everywhere I look I see bacon flavored stuff, but I don’t understand the hype! My husband thinks I’m crazy, he loves the stuff.
3) I am terrified of clowns. With three sons, keeping my house a clown-free zone has not been easy.

When you’re not writing up a storm what do you enjoy doing? 

Reading – of course! I read a LOT! I also love to craft – crocheting especially. I tend to stick with small projects since I get bored easily (I have an embarrassing amount of half-finished afghans). I’ve gotten really good at crocheting Pok√©mon themed accessories though.

Will you be attending GRL or any other conventions or signings for the remainder of the year?

 Yes, I am attending GRL as a supporting author, it will be my first and I am excited and nervous. If you see me, please come say, “Hello!” I’ll be the woman trying not to hide in the corner.

I have authors who inspire me daily. What authors have inspired you in your life?

  This is a tough one, I couldn’t even begin to narrow it down, and every time I write a name, someone else comes to mind. I often turn to books when I need to be comforted, lifted up or to find a new path. Right now I am reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and it is fascinating. It’s all about the mind, intuition, and how we think.

The writers who have most influenced my writing are Stephen King and Nora Roberts. Stephen King is a master of pacing and setting a scene. His use of humor and cynicism in the most unexpected places took horror tropes and turned them around. I have a pretty dry sense of humor, so it really appealed to me. The first novella I wrote was actually a horror story, anyone who reads it can tell which author inspired me! I started reading Nora Roberts in category romances, and followed her as she grew. I loved that she had strong independent heroines, at a time when most were more…demure.  I’m no shrinking violet, so I appreciated seeing strong women finding love without giving up their independence. Her dialogue is always snappy and moves the story along. She’s still an auto buy for me.

If one of your books could be made into a motion picture, which book and who would you cast? 

I would love to cast Joey Graceffa and his boyfriend, Daniel Preda for the motion picture version of Double Edged Sword (A Memories with The Breakfast Club Kindle World Novella). His video for Don’t Wait totally inspired the renaissance faire that takes place in the book. My project boards and pins were filled with pictures of them.  

Can you tell us what you’re currently working on or future projects?

 Yes, I am working on expanding and re-releasing my first release, Matzo Ball.  It was originally part off an anthology for a publisher that has since closed. It’s interesting to see how much my writing has changed, but my voice is still there. I also am about to type, “The End” and submit a full length novel – but I’m too superstitious to say anything more about it…yet!


How can readers follow your work: Blog, website, FB, Twitter etc…


Is there a subject, topic, or genre you believe you’ll never write in or about? 

I am a firm believer in never saying never!

What would be a dream come true for you?

 Other than becoming a bestselling author? Meeting Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran!

FAST FIRE QUESTIONS
Day or night? Night – I’m a total night owl, mornings are not my friend.
Favorite color? Purple
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Favorite time of year? Fall
DC or Marvel? DC – I grew up on Super Friends
Favorite animal? Whichever one is cuddling with me at the moment!
Swimming in the sea or a pool? Sea

Thank you, Avery SO much for being here!

Thank you so much for spending some time with me! I had a lot of fun answering these questions.





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