Wednesday, July 19, 2017

REVIEW: Lover Mine by JR Ward

Summary:

Darius, a fallen Brother, has returned to the fold with a new identity and a very different destiny. Now, John Matthew, plunged into the heart of war, must face off against evil incarnate-and rescue his one true love.





Title:  Lover Mine
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 8
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  673 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I like JM a lot and Xhex has some hidden depths to her. Lash is a real twisted mofo. I had originally skipped most of Lash's parts, but I've read them now and it's mostly just craziness.

We do get to see what happens when a bonded male loses it and whoa! Blay and Quinn turn a corner in their relationship and not exactly in a good way. Payne enters into the story in a bigger way, we meet Xhex's mom, and we see more of Tohr's return to civilization.

We also meet a new male that has a lot of possibilities for the future. I can't wait to see how Murhder comes into play!

Bottom Line:

Lover Mine is an emotional roller coaster through closer and healing. An unlikely couple is endearing while other characters are just beginning their own journeys.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Fast Balls by Tara Lain



The Tale of the Title
Hi! I’m so happy to be here celebrating the release of my new book, FAST. Balls. Where, you might ask, did that title come from? It’s a bit of a story. I love book titles. I usually have my title before I write the book and it helps to guide my themes and plots. When I wanted to write a book about a bull rider and an interior decorator, I created the title Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns, which a lot of people love. Another favorite of readers is Wolf in Gucci Loafers, a story of a half-human werewolf who’s very fashionable! My Cinderella-story MM fairy tale has heroes named Mark Sintorella, called Sinders, and Ashton Armitage. Of course, the book is titled Sinders and Ash.
The titles and in fact the writing of my very popular series, Balls to the Wall, happened almost by accident. I created a book that I thought would be a stand-alone and, because two of the heroes are volleyball champions, I called it Volley Balls. The book was a big success and I decided to write more books in the series. All the books took on the naming convention and they all ended with Balls in the titles-- Fire Balls, Beach Balls, and Snow Balls. But then I wanted to write a story about two firefighters. I had already used Fire Balls, and needed another Balls title. I was stumped -- and that’s not easy to do with me and titles. I ran a contest on my blog and promised to dedicate the book to the winner. I got lots of great suggestions, but Mary G. told me that FAST stands for Firefighter Assist and Search Team. It’s an actual fire department term. The winner! I love the title and even built the FAST protocol into the storyline. Thank you so much, Mary. And I hope you all love Mary’s inspiration, FAST Balls!
For those who have asked, yes, Snow Balls will also be coming back in December, but even cooler, there are two more entirely new books coming to the series. High Balls will release in October and Bleu Balls in January of 2018. High Balls has two new heroes, but all the boys will be back as support characters and in Bleu Balls we get the love stories of the McMillan twins who you might remember from Snow Balls. I can’t wait for you to see the new books!




Fast Balls
(Balls To the Walls Series, #5)

by Tara Lain

Blurb:

Can two men with skewed self-images see their true reflections in each other’s eyes?

Jerry Wallender—firefighter, surfer, and occasional nude model—knows he's no rocket scientist. So why does he keep choosing intellectual guys who make him feel dumber? He worked his buns off to overcome his reading disability and pass the firefighter’s test, and he loves everything about the job. Well, except for Mick Cassidy, the big, blond, hunky homophobe who harasses Jerry for being gay. But Jerry is smart enough to realize it’s not hate driving Mick, but the pain of a very unhappy upbringing.


Mick Cassidy, Firefighter Assist and Search Team, fights fires, but he can’t fight his attraction to the kindest, most generous—and sexiest—guy he’s ever met. Does that make him gay? If it does, he just might get himself killed by his gay-hating preacher father—and take Jerry down with him.


This is a re-release


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Excerpt


“Sure. I can’t think of anyone else I’d want to be with forever.”

“Why?”

Mick smiled and took hold of Jerry’s hands. “That’s easy. You’re kind, and good, and funny. And so damned smart I’d be learning new stuff from you forever. Hell sounded pretty good with you in it.”

Jerry just shook his head back and forth.

He sighed. “But I guess hell would have been the easy way out.”

Jerry nodded. “It’s harder to live than to die.”

Mick sat on the floor at Jerry’s feet. “I was thinking I’d leave here. Go somewhere and start over. Leave my father and that whole gang behind.”

Jerry’s voice was very soft. “And me? Leave me behind?”

Mick looked up into those bluer than blue eyes. “That’s the hard part. That’s why I’m still here. I don’t want to leave you.”

“Why?”

“You’re sure full of whys. Because you’re my friend. My best friend.”

Jerry ran a hand across Mick’s cheek. It felt so nice. “I am your friend. Am I your lover?”

Mick’s breath caught. Weird. Half horror. Half delight. “I don’t know.”

Jerry’s fingers roamed into his hair, and he pressed his head against Jerry’s palm. “Wherever you go, you have to decide. Are you gay, Mick?”

“You said I am. Jezebel says I am.”

“We may think so, but you have to decide for yourself.”

Mick frowned. “I thought it wasn’t a choice.”

“It’s not, but there are plenty of guys walking around pretending they’re not gay. A lot of them end up freaking out their wives and kids when they get caught in some bathroom fucking a twink.”

Mick stared at the floor. “People hate you because you’re gay.”

“Yep.”

Mick took in a big breath. Suddenly that moment in the fire washed over him. “But God doesn’t hate you.”

Jerry shrugged. “I guess that depends on who you ask.”






The Balls to the Wall Series




Volley Balls
Bk #1


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Fire Balls 
Bk #2


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Beach Balls
Bk #3


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Prefer paperback?
The first and second book are now available in paperback! 





About the Author



Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

REVIEW: Lover Avenged by JR Ward

Summary:

Rehvenge is used to living in the shadows and dealing with the roughest night walkers around—including the Black Dagger Brotherhood. As his secret identity as a sympath is threatened, he turns to the only light in his ever darkening world—a female vampire untouched by corruption, who’s the only thing standing between him and eternal damnation.

Title:  Lover Avenged
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 7
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  737 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I love Rehvenge, I really do. That being said, I found the first half of this book to be pretty slow. He's in a sucky situation all around and I believe he does the best he can with how he handles it all. Ehlena is a very strong woman, albeit a little plain. Her plainness is enchanting too. We learn a lot about the sympaths in this book and they are creeptastic for sure. Rehv's ending isn't ideal, but it makes sense and works out. I look forward to Xhex and JM's book, but I'm also a little afraid of it. I don't look forward to reading about Lash ever.

In addition to Rehvenge, we see from Wrath's POV a lot too. It's nice to see him in action again, but my heart also breaks for him. In his struggles, though, he brings a new character to light.

Bottom Line:

Lover Avenged is both predictable and surprising and is worth the slowness of the beginning. Wrath features heavily too and that always makes me happy.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

REVIEW: Lover Enshrined by JR Ward

Summary:

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now, a dutiful twin must choose between two lives...

Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.

As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body but his heart for herself- she sees the emotionally scarred male behind all his noble responsibility. But while the war with the Lessening Society grows more grim, and tragedy looms over the Brotherhood's mansion, Phury must decide between duty and love.

Title:  Lover Enshrined
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 6
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  560 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

Phury was a tough read all around. Cormia is great and I absolutely agree with her every decision throughout the book. It's Phury that irritated me on a lot of levels. Ultimately I'm glad things play out the way they do. The changes he makes are huge and empowering. I do have to give him (and Cormia) mad props for the road it took to get there, as I don't know that I'd have made it.

The overall series arc is ginormous. Phury makes some big decisions for the chosen, Quinn's life changes drastically, and the war with the Lessening Society takes a turn for the worse in a big way. The romance might not be my favorite, but as far as BDB world storyline goes - it's in my top three!

Bottom Line:

Lover Enshrined is a turning point in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I was left in tears with my jaw on the floor in the end. A fantastic read!

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