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Gone Fishin’ With Santa

Its Christmas time for the Twins and crew and like many of you, its a time filled with so many things, its hard to keep up with even your favorite blogs. So to make sure you don’t miss any good stuff, we’re gonna step out and go fishin’ with Santa. But we’ll be back soon to kick off the New Year with a BANG!!

Author Princes S.O., the ladies of Books ‘n Cozy Spots Book Reviews,  and the guys from Talking Kink ‘n Seduction  will be kick starting the year 2015 with five days of activities. Starting with two Cover Reveals on Jan 1st for:

TAKING OVER TROFIM  

and

MUSE ME ONLY 

Then a YEAR IN REVIEW with the Twins; Terry and Jaycee talk about their favorites from their 2014 reviews; Whats Coming in 2015; Plus a surprise give away. So be sure to pop your head in starting on the first. Until then have a Wonderful Holiday!!!

 

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Blog Tour – A GROOM OF CONVIENCE by Vicktor Alexander

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GROOM OF CONVENIENCE

Alternative Universe, Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Romance, *Trans

In an alternate universe, in the country of Angland, 1814, the gentry live lives of culture and class. It is a time of courtships, marriages of convenience, and titles, where scandal can ruin an entire family. Gender lines are blurred, and making a good match is of utmost importance. Children are born to men and women, which has led to the acceptance of same-sex marriages.

Lady Lucien Timothy Hawthorne is shocked and angry when he is betrothed against his will to Lord Heathcliff Eddington, III, the Duke of Pompinshire. While drowning his frustration at a popular gentleman’s club, he meets “Robert,” a gorgeous older man whom he sleeps with as “Timmy,” regardless of the potential damage to his reputation.

After their liaison, Lucien corresponds with Robert via letters left at Remmington, and they decide to elope. Before they can get away, Lucien meets his betrothed, Heathcliff, who he is surprised to discover is also his beloved, Robert. Both men desire a marriage of the heart, but they find out that sometimes a marriage of convenience can turn into love under the right circumstances. But Lucien has a secret, and Tlondon isn’t as safe as they once thought.

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Author Bio:

Vicktor “Vic” Alexander wrote his first story at the age of ten and hasn’t stopped writing since. He loves reading about anything and everything and is a proud member of the little known U.N. group (Undercover Nerds) because while he lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps sports, he also breathes history and science fiction and grew up a Trekkie. But don’t ask him about Dungeons & Dragons, because he has no idea how to play that game. When it comes to writing he loves everything from paranormal to contemporary to fantasy to historical and is known not only for being the Epilogue King but also for writing stories that cross lines and boundaries that he doesn’t know are there. Vic is a proud father of two daughters one of whom watches over him from Heaven with his deceased partner Christopher. Vic is a proud trans* and gay man, and when he is not writing, he is hanging out with his friends, or being distracted by videos of John Barrowman, Scott Hoying, and Shemar Moore. Vicktor has published numerous bestselling novels and has a WIP list that makes him exhausted just thinking about. He knows that he will be still be writing about hot men falling in love with each other, long after he is living in an assisted living facility, flirting with the hot, male nurses.

 

Author Contact:

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Shobana Appavu

 

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Lucien inhaled deeply and then began to softly sing “Ae Fond Kiss,” a popular Tscottish ballad written twenty years prior, sliding his eyelids closed, afraid of any negative reaction from his betrothed. His mother used to sing it to him every night before leaving for a ball or party she was obligated to attend. Rosemary would sing the song and then kiss the top of his head. Annabelle would be waiting at the door, and when Rosemary finished, thinking that Lucien was asleep, she would meet Annabelle at the door, and the two of them would share a sweet kiss and then leave. Lucien loved those late-night lullabies by his mother, cherished them, and when he went to bed, even at his advanced age, he would sing the song to himself until he would fall asleep.
Finishing the last note of the song, Lucien opened his eyes and looked at Heathcliff, expecting to find him asleep, only to find him looking at him in wonder. “What?” he asked. “You have a beautiful voice, Lucien,” Heathcliff told him. Lucien blushed and ducked his head. “Thank you,” he whispered. Heathcliff’s fingers under his chin brought his face back up, and he found himself looking into Heathcliff’s eyes. “Don’t do that. Don’t hide from me. Never hide from me,” Heathcliff told him. “You have a beautiful voice. One that has obviously been handcrafted by the very touch of God. The beauty of your voice is rivaled only by the beauty of your face, which does not compare to the beauty of your spirit.”

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This season give where it counts – 6 Books / 1 low price to help the Trevor Project

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**Author Bios**

 

- Rain Carrington

When she isn’t taking out gay bashers with her mean right hook she is at her desk writing steamy stories of man on man love. Rain also spends time with her beloved family and friends and in her spare time maybe sleeps for a few hours.

 

Rain is an ally in the gay rights crusade, she also loves animals and tries her best to stop animal abuse.

 

She is at her desk now getting some of her other stories ready for publication and will let them out as she they are ready so keep an eye out for Cabin Fever next!

 

- Bey Deckard

Born and raised in a small coastal town in northern Québec, Bey spent his early summers on his uncle’s boat and running wild on the beaches of the surrounding islands, lighting fires and building huts out of driftwood and fishermen’s nets. As an adult, he eventually made his way to university and earned a degree in Art History with a strong focus on Anthropology. Primarily a portrait painter and graphic artist, Bey sat down one day and decided to write about the two things that he felt most passionate about: sex and the sea.

 

Bey currently lives in the wilds of Montréal with his best buddy, a spotty pit bull named Murphy. Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas is his first novel.

 

- Varian Krylov

Since her girlhood in a sunny coastal town in California, Varian Krylov has nurtured a love of words and a curiosity about the deep, dark forces at work in human nature, especially sexuality, and how they often paradoxically twine with our tenderest impulses. Her stories tend to explore the sometimes fine line between what arouses, and what frightens, what we’re driven to, and what we’re ashamed of.

 

As witty and seductive as I am sarcastic and self-deprecating, I spend as much time as possible thinking and writing about sex. No, not dense, inscrutable post-feminist texts on media representations of gender and the body–that was grad school. I write stories–short stories, novels, and starting a few weeks ago, screenplays–most of which poke and prod and the dark little corners of human sexuality. In a sense, nothing’s taboo, anymore. There’s no act, no fetish that hasn’t been made utterly banal in the proliferation of porn. What intrigues and excites me is the exploration of the conflicting impulses, the twisted psychology and turbulent emotions of people who find themselves unable to resist desires that lie beyond their own moral boundaries.

 

- Mathew Ortiz

Mathew Ortiz was born in Nuremburg Germany in 197O, the son of a quiet Army man and his loud Hungarian wife. Spending only two years in Germany, his family relocated to Fort Smith, Arkansas where he spent his youth in exile. Here is where he attended primary school and college, obtaining a degree in Nursing. He moved to Phoenix and met the bane and love of his life, Tim. When not on his laptop watching Are You Being Served or Keeping Up Appearances, Matt can be found either napping or reading with gusto.

 

- Joseph Lance Tonlet

Joseph is a born and raised Southern Californian–with a twenty-year stint of living in the Midwest. He loves the laid-back lifestyle of San Diego and considers himself lucky to live where people dream of vacationing.

 

A lifelong reader of m/m fiction, he began his writing career one night sitting at his MacBook and has never looked back. He writes to bring the characters he dreams about to life.

 

- Brad Vance

Brad Vance writes gay romance, erotica and paranormal stories and novels, including the breakout hits “A Little Too Broken” and “Given the Circumstances.” Keep up with Brad at BradVanceErotica.wordpress.com, email him at BradVanceErotica@gmail.com, and friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/brad.vance.10

 

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Hot Reads For The Trevor Project

 

Get ready to lower your thermostat because your winter is about to get hot! For a limited time only, get SIX great reads by some of the hottest authors in M/M! A guilt-free guilty pleasure at an incredibly low price with all proceeds going to The Trevor Project!

 

ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT:

 

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

 

THE BOOKS:

 

- ROAD RUNNER (ENCHANTMENT #1)

By Rain Carrington

In the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, lives a man who has secrets. Levi Kape watches people at a bar nightly, writing things in his notebook and trying to blend in with the locals. His secrets keep him from getting close to anyone until Bobby Dawes comes off the road after a long haul in his 18-wheeler. After getting to know Bobby, he realizes he’d never been close to anyone. That was about to change.

 

Levi can’t settle down and not because he doesn’t want to, but because it could endanger his life. Bobby is a gentle, loving and strong man who doesn’t do commitment. He’s also a man that Levi wants more than anything, including his own safety.

 

Danger causes Levi to leave but he can’t forget the truck driver that drove into his life, changing everything. When Levi leaves, Bobby goes back onto the road, trying to forget the “Golden God” he’d fallen for, but with some help from friends with connections to dark people and places, Bobby finds his man and swears never to let him go again.

 

Can they save each other not only from the men who want Levi dead but from years of never seeking or finding the love they found in one another? Will the ultimate betrayal cost them the trust they need to make it work between them? Can Bobby save him, or be lost in a dark world alone…

 

- CAGED: LOVE AND TREACHERY ON THE HIGH SEAS (BAAL’S HEART #1)

By Bey Deckard

Sheltered and lonely, Jon’s life changes drastically when a strange ship sails into the harbour of his small port town one day. Trapped between the possessive pirate captain and his murderous first mate, he must learn to adapt or he will lose himself completely. An epic tale of love, treachery and revelation, this first installment of the Baal’s Heart trilogy brings you into the lives of three men so bound together by jealousy and lies that they must sail to the very ends of the earth to find forgiveness.

 

Deckard’s first novel is a masterful portrayal of sorrow, hope, and passion, with a narrative that twists the reader through a world set in the Golden Age of Piracy. A thrilling look into the darker side of human nature, Caged effortlessly melds serious historical fantasy with five star erotica.

 

- DANGEROUSLY HAPPY

By Varian Krylov

Aidan has always played it safe. Instead of pursuing his dream of creating innovative music that makes his soul sing, he settled for a degree in software, a job in a cubicle, and a spot in a generic band with his buddies.

 

And he’s always been straight. But when he’s seduced by magnetic local literary luminary Dario, Aidan must decide whether to keep playing it safe, or succumb to a ravenous passion and a nourishing love unlike anything he’s experienced before. Will he find the courage to go after real happiness if it means admitting he’s in love with a man?

 

Their journey together isn’t easy. Sometimes it isn’t safe. Even if Aidan has the courage to admit he’s in love with Dario, can he endure the repercussions of the traumatic event in Dario’s past?

 

- LUXURIA: THE OSWALD WITCHES

By Mathew Ortiz

Duncan Blackthorne carried a heavy burden for one so young. One of the most powerful witches of the Earth Clans, his singular ability to control fire was both blessing and curse. The wallflower of his family, they had no idea of what turbulent waters churned under his calm surface. Never expecting to find love, he trudged through life, expecting nothing. Until the man in his dreams became more real and insistent, Duncan realized his dream lover was so much more than expected. Suddenly he had a real world dominant that rocked his body and a dreaming ghost lover who captured his heart. Now what the hell was witch to do?

 

- GRIF’S TOY (TEASE AND DENIAL #1)

By Joseph Lance Tonlet

Grif believes he’ll live his life as a virgin. After all, who would want him? How could anyone find him, a guy who came with less than man-sized equipment, worthy of their love?

 

What he hadn’t counted on were the two amazing men who would change his life. After entering college, he meets Tate, his fun-loving roommate. While years later, with Tate now just a memory, Wes, a handsome, rugged ex-marine who runs his own security firm enters his life.

 

Both men lead Grif through a twisted mesh of pleasure, pain, and denial, as they force him to see his value, despite his size and insecurities.

 

- SAM AND DEREK: THE WHOLE STORY

By Brad Vance

Sam Bradford is a down-on-his-luck former Special Forces soldier when he meets Derek Constantine, sexually confused billionaire. Together the two men will play a series of games that bring them ever closer together…and which in the end may be the death of them…

 

Sam’s Reluctant Submission

Sam’s down to his last five dollars when he meets Derek, who makes him an offer – come to my estate for a manhunt, evade me for two days, and you’ll make ten grand…but if I catch you, you surrender your ass to me! Sam’s got SERE training and he’s pretty sure his straight ass is safe, but anything can happen when the hunt is on…

 

Sam’s Reluctant Submission II: Urban Manhunt

In Part I, Sam lost his ass to Derek, but kept something more important – Derek submitted him, but didn’t break him, and that’s what Derek really wanted. Now Derek wants a rematch – fifty grand for an urban manhunt, if Sam evades Derek’s crew…if he doesn’t, it’s four on one and Sam’s ass is toast!

 

Sam’s Reluctant Submission III: Search and Rescue

In Part 2, Sam lost his ass to Derek again – and loved it! Which left him wondering if he was gay after all. Maybe a three way with Jake and Eddie will help him figure that out… And when Derek calls Sam to get his help with a search and rescue effort, what sexual sparks might be generated if they clash again in a “threematch”?

 

Sam’s Reluctant Submission IV: Avenging Devils

The epic conclusion to the saga of Sam and Derek! When Derek’s dark past rears its head to jeopardize the couple and their friends Jake and Eddie, Sam will have to call on his old Special Forces buddies to do battle with The Factory, a malevolent cartel bent on revenge. Will Sam and Derek rescue Eddie from his kidnappers? Will seeing Sam explore his top side with Eddie make Derek jealous…or make him want Sam to do that to him? Most frightening and dangerous of all, will Derek finally say the L word!

 

BONUS STORY – Eddie’s MMA Submission – the story of Sam’s friends Eddie and Jake

Eddie works across the street from Downtown Fight Academy. And he can’t stop thinking about Jake, the hot MMA fighter he ran into at the store. When Jake offers to train him, Eddie’s ready to throw down in the Octagon. But when Jake has him submitted, and pulls out a weapon you won’t see on TV, will Eddie tap out…or take the punishment?

 

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BOOKS ‘n COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS – Here Come Trouble by A.E. Via

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4 ~ Stars!
Review of ~ HERE COMES TROUBLE by A.E. Via

Romance / MM Contemporary
(copy purchased from amazon)
Reviewed by Terry ~ for Books ‘N Cozy Spots Book Reviews, www.Talon-ps.com
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Detectives Mark Ruxsberg and Chris Green are very good at their jobs. Being the enforcers for God and Day’s notorious Atlanta PD Narcotics Task Force causes the crazy duo to get into more trouble than they can often get out of. The pair never misses out on an opportunity to drive their Lieutenants crazy with their dangerous, reckless, and costly stunts, landing them in the hot seat in front God… often.

Ruxs and Green love their jobs and they don’t mind the very demanding schedule that leaves them little time for socializing or dating. It was fine with them; they enjoyed hanging out with each other anyway.

However, most of the men in their close circle of friends and colleagues are pairing off and settling down. God has Day, Ro has Johnson, and their Sergeant Syn has Furious.
For the past several years, Ruxs has only sought out the advice and company of one person, his partner and best friend Green, and vice versa. Both of these alpha males are presumed straight, but neither can deny the heat that’s building in their once ‘just friends’ relationship.
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The boys are back in town!

The men of the Atlanta PD Drug Task Force are kicking butt and taking names but this time the story is more personal than professional. We still get the fun of the Detectives unique skills of busting the bad guys and the steamy romance, but this time the story just seemed more personal to me. A.E Via took this group of secondary characters from the previous stories and ramped up the emotional, possessive and family factor to a new high. I so want to spill but I won’t because this is one story you are going to devour and relish more as you turn each page. I will let you know it isn’t just our Detectives we get in this story but also a few of their mothers and a couple of the younger characters who have captured our hearts. *wink*

I would recommend this story and the whole Nothing Special Series to everyone. I also need to let you know this story could have used one more run through from the editor. There are a few errors that will catch your eye but they don’t take away from the story.

Detectives Mark Ruxsberg and Chris Green are the bad ass enforcers of the team. They have both been so busy with their job they haven’t had or made time for the romance the other members of the team have found. They have both come to realize this after Ruxs is cornered into taking out one of the ladies from the Records Department. Dating has never been so. . . um yeah, sometime status quo is best. LOL Sometimes you need to really look at your status quo, there may be something there you don’t see or grasp.

So grab your beverage, tissue and maybe your nerf bat, you never know when you will need to smack something or someone, get comfy and enjoy!

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ROMANCE FACTOR ~ 3 Hearts

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TWIST FACTOR ~ 4 plot twists romantic and danger

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BONUS FACTOR ~ team work, scary Dads, Bates Motel/foster care

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BOOKS ‘n COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS – Safeword: Arabesque, by Candace Blevins

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4 stars

 

 4 STARS 

Review of SAFEWORD: ARABESQUE by Candace Blevins

Contemporary Erotic Romance / Strong BDSM Themes / Mf, Mm, M-M /Menage

Copy provided by Author for honest Review.

 

Reviewed by Jaycee ~ for Books ‘N Cozy Spots Book Reviews, www.Talon-ps.com

 

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Publication Date: October 23, 2014

Cassie’s introduction to kink throws her for a loop until a friend and his slave give her a gentle introduction. Unfortunately, her friend has issues when it comes to kinky activities with women, so Cassie goes looking for someone else to teach her.

She knows how to be safe, but a disastrous adventure ends with an ambulance ride to the emergency room, and the three men it hasn’t worked out with all come together to nurse her back to health.

Two Doms and two submissives in one house should be a nightmare waiting to happen, though under the right circumstances could be a dream come true.

Warning: Contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, male/male sexual practices, bondage, male chastity devices, and the use of toys including clamps, canes, paddles, floggers, plugs, and gags.

Readers with a history of sexual trauma may find elements of this story disturbing.

Safeword: Arabesque is a stand-alone book. You do not need to have read the previous books in the series

 

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Heroine Cassie, who’s story began in No Safeword: Matte; Happily Ever After as a friend of Sam, Ethan and Frisco as well as a fellow MMA enthusiast, was blissfully unaware of her friend’s kinkier side even while beginning to harbour warm fuzzies for Frisco. This book picks up mid-Matte; HEA and elaborates on storyline only referenced in the previous book.

Frisco has a currently contracted male slave, Cameron, who is a dancer.  While a concurrent relationship eventually develops with Cassie and Cameron, Frisco seems hell-bent to stick to his personal credo of “dating women; playing with men”, and committing to no one.  

Cameron is a sweet submissive with a heart of gold.  He and Cassie become directed play partners through Frisco, and fast friends through an abiding mutual respect. Long narrative short, both Cassie and Cameron come to need something deeper and more committed from Frisco and he is unwilling/unable to comply.   First Cassie leaves to try and discover what she needs elsewhere, and ultimately Frisco quite heartlessly drives Cameron away.

Enter Isaac.  Isaac has no problem helping Cassie discover exactly who she is and what she needs.  Until he discovers that Cassie comes to him from his very best childhood friend and “brother”, Frisco.  They call a cooling off period and it is in this interval that Cassie is brutally attacked and raped by a predator from Sam’s professional world.   The remaining story revolves around Cameron and the two Doms coming together to get Cassie back on her feet, as well as to resolve past relationship issues and define new ones.

Take aways:

As always in Ms. Blevins books, I love how the various relationship dynamics within the lifestyle are defined through the careful, yet beautiful weave of a storyline rather than didactic lecturing.  

I love Cameron and Isaac as characters because as I read them, I could also love them as people.  They function in a strictly BS-free zone and never discard insight, and because of their efforts mainly, this relationship comes to life.

Sam and Ethan’s appearances were spot-on in the context of good friends and, having read the Matte books, and the insights in expanding on the overlap of both storylines were appreciated.

Frisco.  Well, I wanted to take one of the 5 paddles I award this book and use it on Frisco.  Intellectually I understand his “issues” contribute angst and drama to the work of fiction I was reading.  Viscerally?   I wouldn’t put up with a person like this in real life and it took grave events for Cassie and for Isaac to rise to the Top like cream…so to speak…to show him the error of his ways.   While he did redeem himself as story characters go, I personally had trouble internalizing the fiction part of the equation as it related to Frisco.

And Cassie; an interesting character, as was my reaction to her.  Another strong female role, and yet, while I cannot define the “why” or even a moment in the story to illustrate my feelings, but sometime after her attack, I felt a shift in my response to/sympathy with the character.  I do feel (and do so with neither the first hand knowledge or experience to say with any real, or admittedly sensitive conclusion, so please forgive any unintentional slight) that her in post trauma course unfolded without the detail to anticipated and understandable stumbling blocks, and as such it was harder to reconcile the equally anticipated and understandable changes to her persona…if that makes sense. 

Notwithstanding, another deeply moving tale with rich detail and compelling characters.  Another hearty recommend.

  

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SAFEWORD: ARABESQUE also received the following ratings:

 

ROMANCE FACTOR  ~ 4 Hearts ~

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HEAT FACTOR  ~ 5 Flames ~

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STING FACTOR  ~ 5 Paddles ~

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TWIST and BONUS FACTOR ~ Come on!  Four very diverse people actually making it work with each other when two can’t do so 50% of the time?  That’s both a twist and a very pleasant bonus.  And Isaac.  Isaac is also a very…pleasant…bonus!

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BOOKS ‘n COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS – Big Spoon and Teddy Bear by Princess S.O.

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5 stars

5 ~ Stars!

Review of ~ BIG SPOON AND TEDDY BEAR by Princess S.O.

M/M / Romance / Contemporary / Sports / Healing

 (copy provided by author for honest review)

 

Reviewed by Terry ~ for Books ‘N Cozy Spots Book Reviews, www.Talon-ps.com

 

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For years Gage has been turning men into steel, athletes into warriors of strength, competitors into medalists. But Gage isn’t looking for any more empty trophies, he’s looking for something far more meaningful.
When Gage takes a new job at an old gym, he doesn’t expect his entire life to get a workout, just a change of pace. At first it doesn’t seem like much and about the only plus is the endless view of rugged and well worked man-candy in the form of weightlifters and Strongman competitors that he’d be training and working with. He figures he has it made the minute he walks in the front door in that sense. But in truth, it isn’t enough. He wants a place to set down roots. More importantly, he wants someone to take root with.
Because he’s gay, Gage had always been told to just be happy with what he got, but there’s something about Boomer. A quiet, towering mountain of a Bear that was the gym’s manager who has Gage hoping for more than just daydreaming about the large physique. And that alone promises to put a spark back into the life of a lonely, freckled ginger.
You’re never too old for a teddy bear, right?

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Spoon-Teddy-Bear-Princess-S-O-ebook/dp/B00Q6AG8ZO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417645820&sr=1-1&keywords=Big+spoon+and+teddy+bear

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/big-spoon-teddy-bear-princess-so/1120853698?ean=2940046432848

 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/496463

  

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One of the things that make Princess S.O. one of my favorite authors is she writes in a variety of genres, M/M, M/F, sci-fi, contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, BDSM, seriously steamy and warm and fuzzy. She has a good story for whatever mood you’re in. Big Spoon and Teddy Bear is one of the warm and fuzzy stories, in more ways than one. *wink*

 

I will let you know I did get to read this story as it was written for submission into an anthology of short stories. It was a good story then and it is still a good story actually better because I get more of characters I fell in love with. I have to admit I’m kind of glad it wasn’t accepted for the anthology. (Sorry Princess) With the added content we get so much more not only from the story but the characters. Thank you so much for not leaving Gage, Boomer and those great secondary characters behind.

 

You know that saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”? Sometimes life and the people in our lives convince us what we have isn’t broke, when in fact it is. Gage is at a point where he is realizing this is where his life is, and he is doing something about it. He has left his promising career of training body builders and weight lifters in the big name gym and ritzy city. He has moved and taken a job in a not so ritzy gym in a part of town that you may think twice about going into after dark. What was he thinking?

 

One more saying, “Everyone comes into your life for a reason.” This is another great aspect of this story. Some of the lives in this story have been intertwined because of bad reasons and some for good reasons. Watching the characters of this story lives unfold is a wonderful treat. Boomer the gyms manager is going to capture, break and rebuild your heart, as well as Gage’s. *grins* But sometimes you don’t get to keep the ones you want in your life forever.

 

Yeah there will be a few tears caused by this story. But this story will also show you that sometimes the best joy you can experience in life is not only showing someone they can achieve their dream, but to help them achieve it.

 

So hit your comfy spot with the beverage of your choice and enjoy the second book in The Teddy Bear Collection by Princess S.O.

 

*whispers* The bonus at the end of this story is really tasty. Give it a try!!

 

THE TEDDY BEAR COLLECTION

Their Plane from Nowhere

Big Spoon & Teddy Bear

Shagging the Dead {coming out in 2015}

 

 

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BIG SPOON AND TEDDY BEAR also received the following ratings:

 

 

ROMANCE FACTOR ~ 4 Hearts, teasing and tempting included

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HEAT FACTOR ~ 3 Flames

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TWIST FACTOR ~ 3 for Oh shit factor and I didn’t see that coming

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BONUS FACTOR ~ Home is where the heart is/community

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                                      ~you can do it/camaraderie

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                                    ~ high 5 for outstanding characters

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 A SPARTAN LOVE

Kayla Jameth

 

Alone, Andreas toils on a remote farmstead for a Spartan overlord. When a kryptes enters his world, Andreas fears for his life. The dread warriors stalk and kill helots—like Andreas’ father—as part of their training.

Andreas sees only one way to save himself: he must tame the fearsome warrior.

But what began as self-preservation develops into attraction. Yearning for the company of someone other than his ferret Ictis, Andreas decides to trust the Spartan warrior and risk the fate that claimed his father.

Born to rule by the sword, Theron sees the world as his and acts accordingly, taking everything Andreas offers and reaching for more. However, love between men in Sparta is considered shameful and requires either exile or suicide to redeem Sparta’s honor. Now, only the gods can save them from the terrible price Sparta extracts from men who desire other men.

 

Categories:Erotica, Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance. MAY be considered to have paranormal elements.

Words: 77,000

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A pleasing scent filled Apollo’s nostrils, teasing his memory. When and where had he last savored the like?

He followed the tempting aroma past his favorite fountain. Depicted in marble, Daphne stood at the moment she morphed into his sacred laurel tree. He paused long enough to stroke her fair face, resplendent in the sun’s light. Even though she’d escaped him, she would always be his.

The fragrance grew stronger as he approached the tholos. The ring of columns supported a red tiled roof over his altar. The ever-present flame danced and flickered, a thin tendril of smoke streaming from its tip. It was the smoke that was so enticing. Someone offered him a sacrifice.

Mounting the wide dais leading to the temple, Apollo drew the savory smoke deep into his lungs. More exquisite than any incense, the odor was ancient. The scent evoked memories from centuries before. Memories of Hyacinthus and Amykles.

At his command, the flame stilled, filling with a vision and the crackle of distant flames. Peering intently, Apollo recognized a pyre built upon his altar at Amykles. The blaze engulfed the body of a youth. Sacrificed to him after the old ways?

Near Hyacinthus’ grave, another young man crouched, covered in blood and dirt. Was the mourner a brother? Apollo couldn’t make out the anguished man’s features, much less those of the youth on the pyre. But the expression on the mortal’s face when he gazed at the pyre spoke of the loss of his reason to live.

A lover? The men had been lovers.

Surrounded by a ring of grim-faced young warriors in the scarlet phoinikes of Sparta, the grieving man clutched his own red cloak tight.

Apollo studied the mourner’s face closely. Dirt dulled the youth’s dark hair, smudged under dark, haunted eyes and, along with dried blood, marred his skin.

Gazing more closely at the body on the altar, Apollo spied the outlines of a knife in its scabbard and the final bits of a scarlet cloak being devoured by the flames. The man offered to him was a Spartan warrior. How unexpected.

Did Theron lie amid the flames?[A1]

 

 

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Author Bio:

Kayla Jameth grew up on the family farm in Ohio, baling hay, raising cattle, and making maple syrup. An unrepentant tomboy, her father taught her to weld before she graduated from high school.

She attended Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University and later, Texas A&M University in her pursuit of veterinary medicine, taking her farther away from her rural roots. You can transplant the county girl, but you can’t make her a city slicker. Besides, it was only going to be for a little while, right?

But it wasn’t all hard work for Kayla, her sojourn as the princess of the Celestial Kingdom left her with the title sir and a costume closet the envy of many knights, lords, and ladies. See? She does have some ladylike qualities complete with the title of Lady to back it up.

After declaring for years that she was just a veterinarian who wrote not an author, Kayla now finds herself living in Spring, Texas (practically Houston) and writing m/m erotic romance. The location is probably a bigger surprise than the genre. Never the kind of girl to discuss makeup and clothing designers, she would rather be outside getting dirty with the boys.

Kayla shares her home with a cat, two guinea pigs, a gerbil, three guppies, a husband and a son and daughter.

 

Author Contact:

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Kayla.Jameth

https://www.facebook.com/KaylaJameth

https://twitter.com/KaylaJameth

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

 

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BOOKS ‘n COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS – A Spartan Love (Apollo’s Men Book 2) by Kayla Jameth

 

 

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3.5 stars

 

3 1/2 ~ Stars!

Review of ~ A SPARTAN LOVE (APOLLO’S MEN BOOK 2) by Kayla Jameth

Historical Romance / Ancient World / MM

 (copy provided by author for honest review)

 

 

Reviewed by Terry ~ for Books ‘N Cozy Spots Book Reviews, www.Talon-ps.com

 

 

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Alone, Andreas toils on a remote farmstead for a Spartan overlord. When a kryptes enters his world, Andreas fears for his life. The dread warriors stalk and kill helots—like Andreas’ father—as part of their training.
Andreas sees only one way to save himself: he must tame the fearsome warrior.
But what began as self-preservation develops into attraction. Yearning for the company of someone other than his ferret, Ictis, Andreas decides to trust the Spartan warrior and risk the fate that claimed his father.
Born to rule by the sword, Theron sees the world as his and acts accordingly, taking everything Andreas offers and reaching for more. However, love between men in Sparta is considered shameful and requires either exile or suicide to redeem Sparta’s honor. Now, only the gods can save them from the terrible price Sparta extracts from men who desire other men.

http://www.amazon.com/Spartan-Love-Apollos-Men-Book-ebook/dp/B00PT84Z2W/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418072125&sr=1-1&keywords=a+spartan+love

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-spartan-love-kayla-jameth/1120869864?ean=2940149874323

 

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5629

 

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-aspartanlove-1685669-143.html

 

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I have read a few historical romance stories and I have enjoyed them. I can tell you this is not your usual historical romance; it is a story of forbidden love from the ancient world. Sparta is one of the most powerful city-states and the Gods live.

Kayla Jameth mixes history and myth to bring us an exciting and fun romance. I will let you know some of the words used are from the ancient language so you may want to give the Lexicon a quick glance before you start if you’re a little rusty on your Greek history/mythology. If you choose not to it won’t be hard to understand the story, Kayla has done a good job explaining as the story grows. She has also done her homework and tells a story that will keep you turning the pages. 

I fell for our main characters Andreas who knows and accepts his place as a slave in this society and Theron who accepts and revels in his knowledge that the world is his to conquer and control. We also have some wonderful secondary characters which include some powerful gods, brothers in arms, nosey neighbors and a fury friend.    

Andreas, a helot, has been alone for four years. His father was killed by the kryptes when he was a child and his mother past 4 years ago. Because of Andreas’ size he keeps to himself so he doesn’t attract the attention of the kryptes or the Spartan Overlord. He doesn’t want to be considered a threat and killed like his father. He just wants to be left to live and take care of his land and livestock, maybe have a family or at least a friend to keep company with. But the chance of this happening isn’t very likely. Unless he takes a chance that will either kill him or give him what he dreams of and longs for.

Theron is a kryptes, a Spartan Warrior in training. The kryptes are not yet warriors, they are still young men left on their own to hone the skills needed to be worthy of the title Warrior. These young men also hone their killing skills by stalking and hunting helots who are unfortunately out after dark. Theron has found one such helot, Andreas. Theron decides to play with his prey and what he learns and discovers may be the death of not only his prey, Andreas, but of himself as well.

Grab your glass of wine and enjoy a taste of Spartan Love.

 

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A SPARTAN LOVE also received the following ratings:

 

ROMANCE FACTOR ~ 3 Hearts

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HEAT FACTOR ~ 2 Flames

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TWIST FACTOR ~ 2 for the risks taken by our young men and the danger from a lady scorned

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BONUS FACTOR ~ 2 Golden Apples, I can’t believe you stopped there!!

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