I love reading romantic, steamy love stories with lots of dialogue and a solid HEA.
M/M & PNR are my favorites.

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Cops, Cakes, and Coffee: First Response Series (Love's First Response Book 1) by
Sara York


MLR Press is giving away a book a day for a total of 12 days. This is the second book.


Candy Man by Amy Lane (5 Stars)

Candy Man - Amy  Lane

A lovely holiday treat, light on angst and heavy on hope.


I loved this magical holiday story! Darrin runs Candy Heaven, and he has some strange ability to see bits of the future. His pixie stick is telling him that he needs to hire Adam Macias in order to give him the help he so desperately needs. I thought it was interesting to get two points of view in this story with only one from a main character. It worked very well in this story. Adam has a lot of issues to deal with, and I loved getting to know him better. Since Darrin runs the store, and also has to step in a few times to save the day, it was great hearing his thoughts, too.


I adored Adam. He has not had a great life, and things continue to go wrong for him. However, that doesn't stop him from trying so hard to move forward. Every time a new obstacle is thrown in his way, he just moves it and carries on. The only thing he's really bad at is accepting help of any kind from anybody, and after hearing about his upbringing, I could certainly understand why. I loved the different ways the author used Adam's drawing skills to further the story along. Meeting Finn was the best thing to ever happen to Adam, and he isn't quite sure what to do about it. Thank goodness Finn wasn't easily put off by Adam's behavior. These two were made for each other, and I enjoyed every minute that they were together.


I loved how the author managed to touch me with this story without a horrendous amount of angst or anything over the top, but with a very beautiful story about how love and friendship heals.


Originally reviewed for Swept Away by Romance. Complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondō

I've read a lot of books on organizing. If I'm feeling stressed, and I feel like my "stuff" is taking over my life, I'll read another organizing book and then use this new knowledge to clean/declutter yet again.


This book was highly recommended by a blogger I follow. I'm glad I got it from the library and didn't pay for it. It wasn't a bad book, but if you've read any books on this topic before, you aren't going to learn anything new from this one. However, you will learn things like don't roll your socks into balls because it stresses them out. Not the material - but the sock itself. Unhappy socks make unhappy feet. Shirts piled on top of each other? You're suffocating them! 


I'm reading another book that I bought on the subject: Banish Clutter Forever: How the Toothbrush Principle Will Change Your Life.  I only paid $2 for it, but now it's selling for $10.


Not sure it will change my life, but after one chapter, I was motivated enough to get one room completely cleaned and another room started.

Silent Night (Perfect Timing #2) by Kim Dare (5 Stars)

Silent Night - Kim Dare


Vincent is completely enchanted with Hannah and believes she would be his perfect submissive. I enjoyed watching him try to figure out how he could convince her of this. Hannah was such a sweetheart, and she deserved somebody special. The way Vincent addressed Hannah’s silence made me fall in love with him. The perfect ending gave me a huge smile.



Hannah will give Vincent one silent night of pleasure, but that’s it. If he wants more, he’ll have to fight for it. No one in the club has ever heard Hannah say a word, but they’ve all heard the rumours. She won’t accept any man who approaches her – she insists on picking the lucky dominant herself. And when she makes her selection he can have her submission for one silent night, but that’s it. She won’t speak or agree to a second date. Vincent is an experienced dominant. He knows how the game should be played. When he finds Hannah kneeling at his feet, he assumes she’s just like every other submissive. But Hannah is different and Vincent soon realises one silent night isn’t enough. He wants more time and he wants Hannah’s voice. Hannah really doesn’t care what Vincent wants. She has her own reasons for keeping her relationships short and silent. It’ll take a lot more than a display of dominance to convince her to trust him with the truth.


Reader Advisory: Although this book is part of a series, this book doesn’t have to be read as part of a sequence. All the books in the series stand entirely alone.


Cherry Pie (Mercury Rising #1) by Samantha Kane (4.5 Stars)

Cherry Pie - Samantha Kane

John and Connor were both troubled by their pasts and trying to find their way forward. I thought they were well-developed characters with realistic issues. The way they communicated with each other was the highlight of the story for me. I also enjoyed the interactions with their friends and neighbors in this small town.


Hard at Work by Kim Dare (5 Stars)

Hard at Work (BDSM Gay Romance) (Erotic Gems Short) by Kim Dare - Kim Dare

A single sexy scene between Jake and Danny that takes place in an office supply closet. As usual, with just a few carefully placed comments, the author manages to share so much about the emotional connection between these two.


Cards on the Table by Josh Lanyon (5 Stars)

Cards On The Table - Josh Lanyon

Highlights of this story included the addictive writing style, being inside Tim’s head, and Jack’s character. I always find it intriguing when an author can say so much with a single sentence. There were just enough bits of information to make sure I understood the character better. Although the romantic interactions were light, the way Jack continued to go out of his way to help Tim spoke volumes. The murder mystery, which took place decades earlier, was interesting and had plenty of fun suspects. The revelation of the murderer and the motive made sense.

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Cherry Pie (Mercury Rising #1) by Samantha Kane (4.5 Stars)

Cherry Pie - Samantha Kane

John and Connor were both troubled by their pasts and trying to find their way forward. I thought they were well-developed characters with realistic issues. The way they communicated with each other was the highlight of the story for me. I also enjoyed the interactions with their friends and neighbors in this small town.

Damian's Discipline (Collars and Cuffs #5) by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams (4 Stars)

Damian's Discipline - K.C. Wells, Parker Williams

An interesting look at a very light version of domestic discipline being used to bring structure to Jeff's life after he was physically and mentally abused. It was really hard to read about Jeff's abuse. It was also sad to read about the loss of Damian's sub. The story takes place over several months giving the characters the time they needed to heal from their past and begin to fall in love with each other. Since all of their dialogue seemed to center around helping Jeff get some structure in his life, I had a hard time believing that they were truly in love. Instead, it seemed like they fell in love with the roles each of them was playing in the other's life.


Although it's not necessary to read the other books in this series, several of the characters from the earlier books kept popping in.


Birdman (Movie Review)

I went out of my way to drive to the special art theater to see this. What a waste. Completely pointless. I'm not sure I could even explain what the movie was about. The ending made absolutely no sense. The script was really bad. But my husband liked it.

Samhain - Why?!?!?

Samhain changed their website. I read why, but I don't remember and frankly, right now, I don't care. I'm not happy. I can't figure out how to find specific types of romance. They used to break it down - historical, gay, paranormal, etc. Now, it's just "romance".  At the top of the page, they have 3 little symbols: romance, retro, & horror. They don't even show what they mean when you hover over them. If anybody has figured this out, can you please let me know? I've clicked everywhere and can't find it. It's like Barnes & Noble's website manager took over the site.

Twin Flames (Sumeria’s Sons #1) by Lexi Ander (5 Stars)

Twin Flames - Lexi Ander

What if the soul mate chosen by the gods doesn’t end up being the one that completes you?


Tristan is a Lycan descendant who suffers from believing he is mediocre. He has discovered his Twin Flame, the one person destined to be his, cheating on him. Tristan has requested that they be permanently separated. This is rarely done since it can lead to Tristan’s death. After the separation, he must try to find a way to go on with his life.

The story was not a strong romance and instead focused on building the world and delving deep into Tristan’s life. Tristan was a fascinating character with an amazing ability to tell a story. He had his heart broken by the one person in the world who should have loved him through eternity. Fortunately, his best friend, Ushna, stood by him during his dark recovery period. Ushna helped Tristan come back to life, and his commitment to Tristan never wavered. I would have loved to have gotten to know Ushna better and watch them develop their relationship, but Ushna didn’t talk very much.


The unique world the author created was very interesting and easy to follow. The ending clearly continues into the next story, but I didn’t feel frustrated that it was too much of a cliffhanger.


Engaging storytelling kept me hooked from beginning to end, and I’m really looking forward to the next entry in this series.


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.



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