Cat's Books: Romance

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They Both Die at the End By Adam Silvera $1.99

They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

 

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

The Outcast Prince by Shona Husk 99 cents!!

The Outcast Prince - Shona Husk

Caspian Mort can feel the history in anything he touches, a gift he inherited from his father, the Crown Prince of Annwyn. Devastated over his ex-wife's infidelity, Caspian has withdrawn from human contact except when working as an antiques dealer.

 

While assessing the contents of the historic Callaway House he encounters the beautiful Lydia Callaway and senses that her home is haunted by a banished fairy. But what does the dangerous exile want? Unbeknownst to Lydia, she's the owner of the last remaining portal to Annwyn—a mirror hidden somewhere in the house. To keep Lydia safe, Caspian will have to divulge the secrets of his heritage, and risk losing his heart again.

Drawn Together by Z.A. Maxfield Review

Drawn Together - Z.A. Maxfield

Rory's just be a simple southern boy from St. Antoine's Parish, Louisiana, but he knows what he wants -- the girl of his dreams, reclusive and mysterious artist Ran Yamane. He's loved her since junior high school, and now he has the chance to meet her. He chucks everything and travels 1,500 miles to Anime Expo in Long Beach just so he can tell her. He's determined that nothing and nobody are going to stand in his way.

Turns out, Ran Yamane isn't a girl, but he gets that a lot. People come to him with teddy bears and chocolates and disappointment by the truckload. He's trusted fans in the past and paid the price. So when he meets Rory he is understandably wary, but resigned. He isn't prepared for his magnetic attraction to the young man, Rory's apparent willingness to overlook his gender, and the chaos that ensues when his number one fan (and psycho stalker) shows up to get revenge.

 

Review

 

This is a pretty strange ride with a lot going on. The heroes are boldly drawn and so when all the on the run action gets in the way of deeper character development, the romance still works. 

However, the go go nature of the book interferes with the love story for me and I get bored with the stalker sub plot as it goes on and one.

Lots of intersting moments though.

Building Bonds (Kiss of Leather Book 1) Morticia Knight Free!

Building Bonds (Kiss of Leather #1) - Morticia Knight

Kyle’s a natural sub who builds dungeon furniture, yet has no interest in BDSM. It takes a hunky Dom to show him just what he’s been missing.

 

After Kyle’s partner of five years leaves him for another man on the night of their housewarming party, the shy, early-thirties carpenter needs to do a major reassessment of his life in addition to raising some serious cash. With no one to help him pay the lease on his Los Angeles condo, he worries how he’ll survive. His best friend sets up a meeting with one of the Doms and partners at Kiss of Leather, a gay BDSM club being built as a premier destination for those who want the best of the best.

 

Master Gavin not only wants the best—he demands it. When he meets Kyle, he assumes that part of the builder’s reticence to share anything personal with him must be due to his experiences with an abusive former Master. Not one to back down from a challenge, Gavin determines to break through the walls surrounding the beautiful man he can’t get out of his mind. He’s hopeful that once he convinces Kyle to sign an initial contract, Kyle might be the first sub to open up his heart.

 

Misunderstandings and accusations almost destroy everything between them before they have a real chance to begin. However, the true obstacle becomes not only whether Kyle will embrace BDSM as a lifestyle, but also whether he can handle a full-time D/s relationship with a big, bad, scary Dom who’s as sexy as hell.

A Sniper's Devotion (Cuffs, Collars, and Love #4) by Christa Tomlinson Review

A Sniper's Devotion - Christa Tomlinson

Officer Hector Castillo, a sniper on Houston’s elite SWAT team, is content living alone as a perpetual bachelor. But when he opens up his small apartment to a friend in need, their close quarters awaken long suppressed desires Hector can’t help but acknowledge.

Miguel Delgado’s unfortunate detour down a road he never intended to travel ends in a big wake up call, but he vows to get himself back on track. Though he’s always looked up to Hector, Miguel isn’t a kid with hero-worship anymore, and his schoolyard protector has matured into a strong and caring man – who happens to look damn sexy in his SWAT uniform. 

Though their physical attraction to each other is undeniable, Hector and Miguel try hard to resist and protect their friendship. Until one night changes everything… 

A Sniper’s Devotion is a loving and sexy, friends to lovers m/m romance. Hector and Miguel’s story is part of the Cuffs, Collars and Love series, but it is a stand-alone novel. If you love romance that is epic, emotional and erotic, you’ll want to give this series a read!

 

Review

 

I enjoyed this sweet romance between childhood friends all grown up. The fun element is that their families are close and they both have great moms. 

Miguel gets back on his feet pretty quickly after leaving his abusive ex and I would have preferred he get some therapy. Hector is kind and does pretty well admitting to his bisexuality after suppressing it for so long. 

A feel good romance.

A Springful of Winters by Dawn Sister Review

A Springful Of Winters  - Dawn Sister

Kit is a bit socially awkward. In fact, the rules of social encounters are mostly a bit of a mystery to him, but he gets by, with lots of lists and contingency plans. He doesn’t have any plans in place for when he first meets Stephan, however, and he keeps bumping into the man in the most embarrassing situations. The trouble is, Stephan keeps turning up in unexpected places, arousing suspicion that this gorgeous man might just have some contingency plans of his own where Kit is concerned.

 

Review

 

Lyrical in places and just plain fun in others. Kit and Stephan not so cute meeting will make you laugh. However, Kit working to navigate a world that isn't built for him is tender. However, we get a great dog and the sunny Stephan. More of who Stephan in would enrich but a pleasure overall to snuggle down with.

Retrosexual (Frisky Beavers Book 0) Ainsley Booth Free!

Retrosexual (Frisky Beavers Book 0) - Ainsley Booth, Sadie Haller

Stew:
I haven’t been the most attentive husband lately.

Adrienne:
He’s the chief of staff to a brand new prime minister. I get it.
But…

Stew:
Yeah. That “but”. That’s the problem. I’ve got a lot on my plate, but none of it is more important than my marriage.

FOOTNOTES:

•No hipsters or metrosexuals were harmed in the making of this book

•This story takes place at the beginning of Prime Minister (Frisky Beavers #1), but can be read as a standalone silver fox story

Lilith Enraptured By Michelle M. Pillow 99 cents!

Lilith Enraptured - Michelle M. Pillow

In a land forever at war, meeting women is the last thing they can think about, so what's a lonely alpha warrior to do?

 

 

Sorin of Firewall lives in a land forever at war. In fact, the Starian men are so busy fighting, their marriage ceremony has been reduced to an alpha male “will of the gods” event where they simply pick a woman out of a lineup and claim her as a wife. With women becoming scarce, it’s necessary to trade the offworld Divinity Corporation for brides. Duty-bound to attend the ceremony, he has no intention of picking a bride, let alone one from another dimension. That is, until he sees Lilith, the bewitching woman sent by the gods to reward—or punish?—him.

Trial by Fire by B.A. Tortuga Review

Trial by Fire - B.A. Tortuga

 

One Aussie. One Texan. One baby. One hell of a fight.

When his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney rushes to Texas to rescue their infant daughter, Chloe. He expects to find his niece living in squalor with the Sheffields, a rodeo family.

Instead, Lachlan finds Holden Sheffield, a salt-of-the-earth cowboy running a huge business operation. They want to explore their mutual attraction despite the many problems thrown their way, and together, they must find a way to give Chloe a new family and find a love that spans thousands of acres and two continents.

 

Review

 

This is book that races at a break neck speed with its boots stuffed full of action. 

I liked both Holden and Lachlan. I loved that Holden wasn't very big (height) and I loved that both our heroes grieved and risked. 

I liked the cast--horses, dogs, and crazy oldies and all. 

I am not sure all the allusions to Brokeback Mountain (tongue and cheek?) replaced the need I had to take a break and slow down and simmer and have these two get some real time together. 


So, yeah. Out of breath but need more to treasure.

Homebird by Amy Lane 4 Star Review!

Homebird - Amy Lane

Crispin Henry isn’t an adventurer. He learned early on that the world is a frightening place and that home is rare and precious. If his friends didn’t drag him to sports games and ill-advised trips to Vegas, he wouldn’t get out at all—and his trip to Munich for Oktoberfest is no exception. But it’s there that he meets Luka Gabriel, and he learns to take a chance.

 

Luka is a free-spirited world traveler, working at Oktoberfest to feed his enchantment with new places and new people. His only possessions fit in his backpack, and he depends on the kindness of strangers for a place to sleep. Crispin should know better—but he takes Luka’s hand anyway, and together they turn three nights in Munich into the relationship neither of them has been brave enough to risk—and neither can let go of.

 

When Luka turns up on Crispin’s doorstep before the holiday season, Crispin takes him in on hope alone. Yes, he knows the odds are good Luka will flutter out of his life again and leave him bereft, but isn’t it worth it to see if Luka is a homebird after all?

 

Review

 

I tend to really like Amy Lane's Christmas romances because they are full bodied and explore the complexity of the season. 

We get two really intersting heros in opposites attract in Crispin and Luka. I would loved a dual point of view so we could know Luka much more exactly (like is he Fijian or Kiwi?) but Crispin is a wonderful hero to spend time with. 

The whole cast delights me and I love watching the romance unfold.

Rustic Melody by Nic Starr Free!

Rustic Melody - Nic Starr, Book Cover by Design

Adam Chambers has never seen eye-to-eye with his father and is reluctant to take over the family’s property-development company. To clear his head and work out what he wants to do with the rest of his life, Adam leaves his responsibilities in the city and heads out to see the country.

He isn’t much closer to deciding what to do with his life when he arrives at one of Australia’s largest events, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and meets Joey Callaway.

Since Joey’s father’s tragic death left Joey the family’s debt-ridden pub, Joey has struggled, desperate to turn the business around and give his mum the life she deserves. A break away from the pressures of running the pub is just what he needs, and a hook-up with Adam is the perfect way to forget about his troubles.

The one-night stand might just be an opening act. If Adam and Joey can follow the music in their hearts, perhaps they can heal each other and create a melody that will last a lifetime.

Honorable Mention ~ 2016 Rainbow Awards

Heart Trouble (Hearts and Health Book 1) DJ Jamison Free!

Heart Trouble (Hearts and Health Book 1) - D.J.  Jamison

When Gage Evans gets a look at his hot nurse, he's smitten immediately. Too bad he's given the nurse the impression he's some kind of daredevil. It couldn't be further from the truth. Gage is a college journalism instructor writing a series of guest columns that require him to jump into new experiences -- a fun bucket list, but one that does nothing to convince Ben he's not an adrenaline junkie. 

Fresh off his latest heartbreak, nurse Ben Griggs is wary when one of his patients shows an interest in him -- especially when that patient showed up in the ER after a motorcycle accident. Ben's ex was a biker, a friend with benefits, and he dropped Ben cold when someone more interesting came along. Ben isn't the kind of guy who can hold the interest of an adrenaline junkie like Gage Evans for long. The last thing he wants is to lose his heart to the wrong man again. 

The more Ben gets to know Gage, the harder he is to resist. He can only hold on for the ride and keep his guard up as much as he can. But Ben's lack of trust seriously gets in the way of building a relationship, and Gage will only be patient so long. Can he trust Gage enough to give his heart, or are they destined to have a fling that goes nowhere?

Bedside Manner (Hearts and Health Book 2) DJ Jamison Free!

Bedside Manner - D.J. Jamison

Dr. Paul Johnston can't get a set of dark, somber eyes out of his head, and the timing couldn't be worse.
The last thing he needs is to fall for a patient. Not now, when he's been put on paid leave pending review of a formal complaint. One that accuses him of sexual impropriety of some kind. It's possible he let his newfound freedom as a divorced, out-of-the-closet gay man go to his head, but he's certain -- mostly -- he didn't do anything wrong. Now, he's struggling to handle the reality that his job is in danger and the only guy he wants should be off-limits.

Zane Kavanaugh is floundering, and there's only one man who soothes the storm inside him.
Reeling from an assault that landed him in the hospital and the painful estrangement from his family since coming out, Zane is trying to get his feet under him and find his independence. He moves in with a roommate and searches for a job, all while recovering from a fractured arm and cracked ribs. None of that hurts as much as the emotional damage he's suffered. When he connects with Dr. Paul Johnston outside of the ER, he's drawn to the man's calm, collected manner. It doesn't hurt that Paul's lack of experience with men is sexy as hell, and so are his over-the-top responses when Zane gets his lips on him.

There's no right time to fall in love.
Paul is afraid to start a relationship, and Zane can only handle so much more rejection. Will these two find their perfect moment, or will they realize you can't choose when and how you fall in love? If Paul can't take a risk, he may have to choose: the career he loves or the first man to capture his heart.

Dances and Cookies by Felicitas Ivey Review

Dances and Cookies (2015 Daily Dose - Never Too Late) - Felicitas Ivey

After living hard in the big city, Paavo settles down in the country with a bakery and his cat. He tutors the local college students, and life is good. Chinese exchange student Xue needs a little more help than some, and Paavo motivates Xue with the promise of a dance if he passes his lit class. Xue is smart and funny, and Paavo wouldn’t mind getting to know him better, even with the age difference. But he doesn’t know if Xue is interested or even gay.

Maybe the dance they’re both looking forward to will make the feelings between them clear. 

 

Review

 

I  liked this romance very much until we get a flash from one of the hero's past that makes little sense. These moments take aways from developing Xue more complexly as character. We needed his point of view to really make this story work.
 
 

 

When Love Flue In by Lillian Francis 3.5 Stars!

When Love Flue In - Lillian Francis

A soot-haired chimney sweep, an exploding flue and an uncooked turkey. It’s an unholy trinity that may make all of Dominic’s Christmas wishes come true.


Recently divorced, Dominic is celebrating alone this Christmas and he’s fine with that, really he is. Until the one Christmas tradition he’s determined to keep—a roaring fire in his hearth—is under threat from a blocked flue. Only Reagan, a handsome, soot-haired chimney sweep, can salvage the season’s celebrations. Dominic is just lucky the man had a cancellation on Christmas Eve.


He doesn’t feel so lucky about his crush on Reagan which has been growing each Christmas for the last five years, along with awareness of his own sexuality. But now there’s nothing to stop Dominic from acting on his desires—except this year has left him bruised, battered and insecure.


Reagan has always been attracted to his client, but, with an impressive house and beautiful wife, Dominic Pearson always seemed out of reach. This Christmas, though, there have been huge changes in both Dominic and the house. Changes that may allow Reagan a chance to impress. But with his head and shoulders up Dominic’s chimney, casting soot all over Dominic’s sumptuous carpet – how can that be seductive in any way?


An exploding flue provides the opportunity for more than just polite conversation and could be the catalyst for a perfect Christmas. But Dominic will need to stop hiding who he really is before a special sweep can light a fire in his heart.

 

Review

 

I am a fan of Lillian Francis carefully crafted, emotionally touching romances. This is sweet Christmas Romance where two men who have had crushes on each other get what they want for the holiday.

Tender with well drawn grown up characters, a pleasure of a read.
 
 

 

Her Husband's Harlot (Mayhem in Mayfair Book 1) Grace Callaway Free!

Her Husband's Harlot - Grace Callaway

Not Quite a Wife... 
After a disastrous wedding night, proper Lady Helena Harteford fears for the fate of her new marriage. Disguised as a doxy, she tracks her husband down at a bawdy house to reason with him . . . and instead discovers the thrill of forbidden passion. An innocent ruse turns into a risky deception; how far will this once-wallflower go to win her husband’s love?

Unfit to be a Husband... 
Orphaned at an early age, Nicholas Morgan escapes his violent beginnings to become a successful merchant—only to discover that he is the legitimate heir of the Marquess of Harteford. His transition to the ton is rocky and made rockier when he marries above him. Torn between guilt and lust, he tries to protect his sweet, innocent wife from the demons of his past. But can he safeguard her from his own raging desires?

Caught between Past and Present...
When a dangerous nemesis rises from Nicholas' past, husband and wife must work together in order to survive. From the drawing rooms to the stews of Regency London, they find themselves caught in a game of passion and seduction. Will true love prevail? Or is Helena destined to remain . . . Her Husband's Harlot?