The Carpenter, by Robin Stone

The Carpenter


Broken-hearted Grant retreats to a cabin in the woods to work on his master’s thesis and escape the sadness of a recent breakup. A blizzard is on the way, but Grant has food, books, and a cozy fireplace. But when a loud knock jolts Grant from his chair, he’s stunned to see his intense ex-boyfriend, Adam…

Adam wants to win back Grant’s love, but it won’t be easy. Harsh words were spoken during their breakup, and Adam’s struggling to heal from his wounded past. Grant wants to start a family, but Adam can’t imagine being a father…

The men cooperate to stay safe and warm during the blizzard, but they can’t deny their feverish attraction. They discuss a future together, but old hurts surface. Can Adam and Grant resolve their differences and have the future they always planned, or will this weekend be their final goodbye?


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

It is no secret that I enjoy reading Robin Stone’s erotica so I was beyond excited to delve into a story based solely around a M/M relationship even though I am not a fan of “second chance” romance.  I was not disappointed.  This tale was able to be both genuinely sweet and feverishly hot.  The tender romance was endearing and the erotica oh-so-enticing.  This novella was a perfect quick read that hit all the right spots exactly when I needed them most; and without realizing my yearning.

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34928020-the-carpenter

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Sunset Flare, by Shannyn Leah

Sunset Flare (The Caliendo Resort #4)


Izzy Caliendo is a wild child. Born into a rich family, she uses her status as a pampered princess to avoid work, play the field and live her life the way she wants.

Until Gunner Mann comes along, anyway.

Gunner, hired by Izzy’s brother, Marc, to decode their grandfather’s secret files, is mysterious, dangerous and doesn’t bow down to Izzy’s wild ways.

When Marc traps these two in the basement together to finish the files, sparks start to fly. After Izzy finds out about her own file and is confronted with confusion about her past, she turns to Gunner for help. But Gunner is running from his own past and doesn’t want to involve anyone—especially a Caliendo woman. He is so close to freedom—how can he turn back now?

The more time he and Izzy spent together, however, makes it harder and harder for either of them to walk away. Will they simply finish the files and go their separate ways or will deceit, lies and secrecy actually bring these two people from opposite worlds together?


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

Another Caliendo; another drama.  And it did not disappoint!  Izzy is likely my least favorite Caliendo but her story had me laughing.  Hard.  Yes it has dramatic moments but I truly enjoyed the humor that was laced throughout the story.  It helped to lighten the ominous and mysterious background to both her childhood memories and the tall, dark, and wickedly handsome Gunner Mann.  This installment has more suspense threading throughout the story than any prior releases in this series and I adored each and every twist and turn.

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34743081-sunset-flare

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Finding You in the Darkness, by K.B. Andrews

Finding You in the Darkness


Riley knew where her life was going; she had it all planned out.

Jace was just trying to find the light in his world of darkness.

When Riley walked into Jace’s life, she was so pure, she was blinding. His life was filled with darkness and danger. No matter how hard he tried to fight his way out, he was lost and only her light could bring him back.

Riley knew that she should stay away from Jace, but his charm and good looks couldn’t be fought against. He claimed her from the minute their eyes met.

Jace wasn’t Riley’s prince charming. He was dark, mysterious, and full of secrets. Secrets that were just waiting to be revealed.

He knew that once Riley found out the truth, she would be gone forever, but he didn’t have a choice.

He had to save her.

How far would you go to save someone you loved?

**The follow story contains mature themes, strong language, violence, drinking, drugs, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature adults. Reader discretion is advised**


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

Talk about intense!  The stressful situations seemed as if I was reading a thriller novel.  I truly enjoy the suspense and “what-ifs” that are discussed and addressed in this story.  And oh, what a tale.  Dark in a hauntingly beautiful way yet light with hope woven throughout.  A wonderfully balanced story with a stunning jaw-dropping ending.  Seriously…a jaw.  Dropping.  Ending.  Well done.

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34521873-finding-you-in-the-darkness

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* Release Blitz * – Sunset Flare, by Shannyn Leah

Sunset Flare by Shannyn Leah is live!

°•☆•°New Release°•☆•° #SHARINGISCARING °•☆•°New Release°•☆•°


SUNSET FLARE is one of Shannyn Leah’s most intriguing tales to date!” ~ Dii, Tometender


Blurb:

Izzy Caliendo is a wild child. Born into a rich family, she uses her status as a pampered princess to avoid work, play the field and live her life the way she wants.

Until Gunner Mann comes along, anyway.

Gunner, hired by Izzy’s brother Marc to decode their grandfather’s secret files is mysterious, dangerous, and doesn’t bow down to Izzy’s wild ways.

When Marc traps these two in the basement together to finish the files, sparks start to fly. After Izzy finds out about her own file and is confronted with confusion about her past, she turns to Gunner for help. But Gunner is running from his own past and doesn’t want to involve anyone—especially a Caliendo woman. He is so close to freedom—how can he turn back now?

The more time he and Izzy spent together, however, makes it harder and harder for either of them to walk away. Will they simply finish the files and go their separate ways or will deceit, lies and secrecy actually bring these two people from opposite worlds together?


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Read the first two chapters here: http://www.shannynleah.com/sunset-flare.php


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Sex, Heat and Hunger: Part 2, by Whitley Cox

Sex, Heat and Hunger: Part 2 (The Dark and Damaged Hearts Series #4)


Emma Everly only ever dreamed of meeting a man like millionaire project developer James Shaw. She never imaged she would fall in love with him, a man so intense, so dominating he radiates power and control no matter where he goes. What begins as a sex-only arrangement for pleasure becomes a heated, hungry, all-consuming obsession. James claims the keys to her heart and her mind, opening them to the wilder side of sex and bondage. But her painful history with relationships gets in the way of accepting that he finds her beautiful and worthy of love.

James is devoted to caring for Emma’s every need, but his past haunts him, too. Guarded and evasive, he avoids Emma’s questions, unwilling to divulge his secrets. She knows the only way to truly earn James’ trust and get him to open his heart is to show him just how committed she is. Despite her lingering fears and people determined to tear them apart, can she go all-in and give herself entirely to him, body and soul?


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

This second half of the story greatly surprised me.  In a good way.  “James” really spun me on my head, and heart, with his passion.  Hunger is properly apt in this instance.  I may not have always enjoyed “Emma’s” reaction to events but easily could see how her character thought that the best course of action.  A nod to the prior releases with the appearance of Kendra and Justin but it did not detract from the storyline or make one lost if books 1 and 2 in the series were not read.

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34627547-sex-heat-and-hunger

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