Welcome to this week’s hot new releases, 99c deals, and freebies in gay romance! Travel recovery and major words this week, so for the most part, we’re just going with the blurbs. But I will have some mini-reviews coming up this week, so there is that. Plus, it’s an amazing list this week, also good news.
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This is not a paid list or ads, but simply deals I’ve found and books I’m excited about reading, so all personal recommendations from me. If you have a book you’d like to see listed, you can submit it, but that’s not a guarantee I’ll list it.
In Safe Arms – Ann Grech
Nora’s Recommendation: I read an ARC of this book, and it’s a gripping, emotional, slow burn romance between a man so hurt by his past he’s lost and the man who finds him and wants to keep him. This is quite the angsty read. Please mind trigger warnings for sexual assault/rape and homophobia.
Will he risk it all to be In Safe Arms?
When a damaged man stumbles on a second chance, it’s all too easy to turn and run. It takes a determined photographer to convince him risk is worth it all.
People deserve a second chance, right? How about a third or fourth?
But what if I can’t even admit to myself who I am? I was truthful once before. I came out to one other person, and he left me broken and scarred. He destroyed the boy I was. I don’t even use the same name anymore; I go by Trent now. But I survived the streets. I got lucky and I made something of myself. I’m happy, sort of.
It’s Angelo who lights up my life. He’s my world. My rock and my family. He’s always there for me. But I keep hurting him. I say stupid things, and I always keep him at a distance. Still, he knows me better than anyone.
And I want him. But I can’t let myself go there. Not again.
I’ve lived in denial for so long and it’s killing me. In my weakest moments, I reach for Angelo and when he slips into my arms, I can breathe. He’s my solace. Selflessly, he’s there and he never expects anything in return. No judgment, not even an explanation. Having him in my arms is everything, and it’s getting harder to push him away. I’m not sure I want to anymore.
He doesn’t date, but he deserves to be loved. Cherished. Then he drops a bombshell—he’s found The One. I wish he’d fallen for me. I need that second chance to tell him. I need to risk it all because in his arms, I’m safe. I’m me.
Happy For You – Anyta Sunday
Mort wants his de facto family back. . . .
He knows he doesn’t deserve them. Not yet, anyway. Not without making up for leaving them in their time of need.
But it’s not easy to make amends. Mort must show how much he wants the Rochester family back in his life. When his best friend’s younger brother, Felix, has his license suspended, Mort jumps at the chance to play chauffeur and to win back the family he desperately wants to call his own.
Repairing his broken relationships—with all five Rochester siblings—becomes Mort’s personal mission. Especially with Felix. Felix, who used to follow him everywhere. Felix, who idolized him. Felix, whom Mort has not stopped thinking about . . .
Felix is just trying to keep it together. . . .
With a perma-smile as his armor, he’s determined to make his family happy. Determined to be a positive role model to his three younger sisters, while their mum struggles with depression after her kidney transplant.
Unfortunately, no amount of smiling can save his license when he gets pulled over for the umpteenth time, and he still needs to get his sisters to school, soccer, and dance classes.
The solution to his problem emerges in the return of their prodigal neighbor, Mort. Mort, who left their lives without a word. Mort, who was in love with Felix’s older brother.
Mort, who is the last guy Felix wants charging back into their lives. . . .
Mort and Felix. Two guys bound by a rocky past—
—a past they must come to terms with to find true happiness in the here and now in Happy For You.
Tempting Tate – Jacki James
Tate: I’ve spent most of my life waiting for my fated mate. The one person in this world made just for me. The one Fate had determined was perfect for me in every way. And now that he’s here, he isn’t anything like I expected.
Hollis: No ties, no clans, no mate; that’s the way I choose to live my life. I don’t want anyone having power over me in any way, and if anyone thinks that just because Tate is my mate, I have no choice but to stay with him, they’re mistaken.
When lynx shifter Hollis Roby is sent to Copper Creek to assist with a murder investigation, the last thing he expects to find is his fated mate; especially since he doesn’t even believe fated mates exist. However, that’s the only explanation for the irresistible pull he feels toward clan Beta Tate Decker.
The deeper they go into the investigation, the more obvious it becomes that there’s more going on in Copper Creek than a simple homicide. Trapped in the middle between a corrupt Council and a human supremacist group, the clan is counting on Hollis and Tate to figure out who’s responsible. Not only for the murders, but for the other odd happenings in the area, as well in Tempting Tate.
Ride the Whirlwind – Jackie North
Soulmates across time. Two hearts, stronger together.
In present day, Maxton is good at finding trouble and bad at everything else.
In 1892, Trent Harrington, sheriff of Trinidad, Colorado, lives a respectable but lonely life, devoid of any closeness.
Trying to escape a past that keeps chasing him, Maxton drives south to avoid getting arrested. When his car spins off the road, he is swept up in a desert whirlwind and finds himself in the year 1892. Lost and alone, unused to the laws of the wild west, Maxton gets arrested anyway.
Trent is tasked with escorting Maxton to Trinidad. The request isn’t unusual, but the miscreant is. Maxton draws Trent’s heart out of its shell with his flashing green eyes and lush head of hair. It isn’t right. It isn’t natural. It’s illegal. Yet Trent cannot resist the impetuous young man.
As the two men travel through the vast, empty desert to their destination, will they find in each other the love and companionship they never thought they’d have? Find out in Ride the Whirlwind.
A male/male time travel romance, complete with the scent of desert roses, brilliantly colored sunsets, starlit nights, bitter campfire coffee, growing honesty and trust, and true love across time.
Missing His Omega – Colbie Dunar and Harper B. Cole
There’s no use crying over spilled coffee—unless it ruins your livelihood.
When alpha Sean, a lawyer with a promising career, spills his coffee all over some random writer’s computer, he’s far too busy and important to spend much time making sure the poor omega’s entire life isn’t ruined by his thoughtlessness. Even if he can’t get the sexy omega out of his head.
Luckily for omega Evan, a struggling freelance writer juggling multiple assignments, the computer itself is fine. It’s the rest of his life that’s a dumpster fire. Well, okay—more flood than fire. And when his ass-of-a-landlord uses the broken pipes disaster as an excuse to evict him, Evan’s left with nowhere to go.
Enter snooty Sean with an offer of a place to stay. It’s not Evan’s first choice—but it’s the only viable one. And as it turns out, coffee isn’t the only thing they connect over. When an unexpected pregnancy turns the new order upside down, Evan’s past races in to tear their newfound relationship apart.
And through it all, the scent of coffee zigzags into their lives until they find themselves back where they belong.
Missing His Omega is a 65,000-word MM nonshifter, contemporary mpreg novel set in the popular world of Cafe Om. It features a sexy and often cocky alpha, a strong omega who manages to thwart all stereotypes despite his crappy upbringing, a gas mask, an adorable baby, a guaranteed HEA and all the knotty goodness you have come to expect from Cafe Om. It is the first in a series of stand-alone romances best read with a cup of pour-over.
Pieces (Books 1-4) M.A. Innes
Nora’s Recommendation: This is one of my favorite series from M.A. Innes.Shaw Montgomery. This is sweet, sexy, adorable, fluffy, funny daddy kink with ABDL, and will make you feel so good.
Maddox was drawn to Bryan the first time they met…but something was missing.
Best friends, maybe more, they did almost everything together. They had classes together…studied together…hung out together…They were inseparable. But as close as they were, Maddox knew he was missing something about Bryan. Some kind of missing piece that would explain so much. If Bryan wasn’t in the closet, why was he so quiet about his sexuality? If he was out, why didn’t he date?
Why couldn’t he see Maddox as more than just a friend?
Bryan had no idea what to do. As much as he felt for Maddox, he’d never be able to tell him because that would mean letting him in on Bryan’s deepest secret. Maddox is the best but he’d never understand what Bryan needed…how he wanted to be loved. Right now he has Maddox’s friendship and that will have to be enough. If Maddox finds out what Bryan really wants in a relationship, he might lose even that.
60k words Story Contains: M/m Sexual Content, mild BDSM, Age Play, Mild ABDL
Maddox thought the hardest part of his relationship with Bryan would be just getting it started. He was wrong.
Learning how to be the Dom and Daddy that Bryan needs is harder than he ever imagined. Each new step in their relationship is a learning experience he’s not sure he’s ready to handle. He wants to make the right decisions, but he’s afraid he doesn’t know how.
Bryan thought the hardest part of his relationship with Maddox would just be admitting that he wanted one. He was wrong.
Opening up to Maddox has been hard enough, but when it becomes clear Maddox wants to find friends that understand the lifestyle, Bryan isn’t sure he can handle it. When he can barely share what he needs with Maddox, how is he supposed to talk about it with someone else?
50k words Story Contains: M/m Sexual Content, mild BDSM, Age Play, Mild ABDL *Authors Note* This is not a standalone story. It is meant to be read after His Missing Pieces.
Bryan knew going back to college would change things between him and Maddox, but he never expected how much.
With new living situations and problems, Bryan didn’t think his junior year would be so difficult. Going from the perfect summer with Maddox to a crazy roommate who doesn’t respect boundaries is pushing him to the edge. Can Maddox be his Daddy when there’s no place to play and no privacy to be themselves?
Maddox knew going back to college would change things between him and Bryan, but he never expected how much.
He’d spent the summer learning to be the perfect Dom and Daddy for Bryan, but when he can’t even find the privacy to give his boy the spanking he needs, things have to change. The only option seems radical, and he can’t see a way to make it work. Can he be Bryan’s Daddy if he can’t make things right for his baby?
50k words Story Contains: M/m Sexual Content, mild BDSM, Age Play, Mild ABDL *Authors Note* This is not a standalone story. It is meant to be read after His Missing Pieces and My Perfect Fit
Living together had been their only goal, but now what?
Bryan and Maddox spent their first weeks back at college trying to keep their relationship from falling apart. Now that they’re living together and learning how to make their unique relationship work all over again, new issues have come up.
When a startling incident with Jeremy and Kevin leaves the couple confused, and a dinner with Maddox’s parents puts them on edge, Maddox does his best to make sure Bryan can cope. Helping Bryan find the courage to take the final steps in accepting what he needs is more than what Maddox wants to do…it’s what a Daddy is meant to do.
45k words Story Contains: M/m Sexual Content, mild BDSM, Age Play, Mild ABDL *Authors Note* This is not a standalone story. It is meant to be read after My Perfect Fit.
Let Me Catch You – Kent Deron
Some paths in life lead us to take a leap of faith
Self-conscious Inver Murray has come home to Clifton to bury the father he barely knew. Staying with his father’s former boss, Stephen Davis, provides a distraction from his mess of a life and a face that continues to haunt him. Soon though, awkward interactions with Stephen and strange happenings in the night begin to rattle Inver who is unaware his handsome host intends to make him pay for the sins of his dead father.
It’s 1995 and cocky womanizer Stephen has returned to the family farm to inherit a responsibility that was never meant to be his. Feeling bored and trapped he develops an unlikely friendship with social outcast Shaun Munro. As lines between mates are crossed, Stephen begins to question what he stands for. The true spirit of their friendship betrays those around them, leading to severe consequences in a town rife with secrets and forces Stephen to choose which path in life to take in Let Me Catch You.
Love Song – Braylon Black
A sassy, funny omega looking for his mate and his muse…
Betrayed by his love and dropped from his record deal, musician Ishmael Ivory escaped five years ago to the middle of nowhere, Oregon, to start over. He’s lost his inspiration for composing music ever since. To mask his pain, he’s become the life of the party in the small town of Orchard Ridge.
When Damien Burns hires Ishmael as a music teacher for his nephew, the whirlwind romance that follows hits all the right notes. Even Ishmael’s long-dormant musical inspiration has returned. But with love comes a high chance of heartbreak, and his reputation around town threatens to ruin everything. Can he convince Damien to give their relationship a fighting chance?
A devoted single dad alpha in over his head…
Straight-laced accountant Damien Burns is new in town. The organized, disciplined alpha constantly strives to better himself, but he struggles with his biggest challenge yet: taking care of his young orphaned nephew, Peter. Unfortunately, Peter’s new piano instructor, Ishmael Ivory, is too irresistible to keep at a respectable distance.
Damien has too much on his plate to even think about finding a mate, but his instant connection with the charismatic omega leads him to make some irresponsible choices—and he fears his rash behavior and its consequences might end up hurting his little nephew.
Will he and Ishmael risk everything to forge a future together? Can Damien learn to trust something as instinctual and uncharted as his own heart?
Love Song is a stand-alone, 66k, single dad, non-shifter gay mpreg, small town romance and is the second book in the Orchard Ridge Omegas series. It contains high heat, low angst, a HEA, lots of adorable pregnancy/baby scenes, and many cameos by the characters from the first book!
The Beast and Six – Siena Lebrun
Dorian Tullus should lead a life of glory and pleasure in the Roman empire. His beauty is the stuff of legends, and his family is influential and wealthy. But Dorian’s desire to submit to another’s will puts him at odds with the decorum expected of a Roman citizen. He knows he’s an embarrassment and needs to change. But how?
Lord Aksel, The Beast of Silberturm, plots vengeance against Dorian’s father. His plan to abduct Tullus goes awry, and The Beast unwittingly captures Dorian. Wounded and afraid, Dorian is dragged north. He becomes “Six,” a thrall in The Beast’s castle.
Dorian feigns obedience while plotting escape, but he can’t stop fantasizing about the sad-eyed barbarian who captured him. And Lord Aksel can’t stop thinking about the beautiful Roman thrall, either. Surely The Fates sent the man only to torment him!
Or was Dorian sent north by The Fates to make things right?
As The Beast and Six slowly learn to trust each other, their attraction burns out of control. But can they find love before it’s too late? Because the Tullus family won’t let their son go without a fight.
Brave For You – Crystal Lacy
Less than a year after moving to Hawaii, construction foreman Nate Ellison’s wife leaves him and their infant son for another man. Months into single-fatherhood, Nate meets Andrew “An” Hoang and is slowly drawn into An’s life. Through An’s friendship, he finds himself finally enjoying his new home in paradise.
An Hoang hasn’t had a real relationship in years. With his pediatrics practice and a niece to care for on his days off, he doesn’t have the headspace for more than a simple roll in the sack. But when he meets Nate—who just happens to be the gorgeous construction worker he encountered in the lobby of his apartment building—something about Nate makes it impossible for him not to care. When Nate needs An’s help with his son, An doesn’t refuse.
What happens when Nate’s past and An’s old-fashioned parents interfere just as the two men begin to fall for each other? Will they find the means to be brave and give their love a chance to flourish?
Brave for You is a sweet and steamy slow burn M/M romance set in Hawaii.
This story is a HEA story with NO cliffhangers. Subsequent books in the series will feature new main characters.
Sidekick – Devyn Morgan
Recently divorced and out, David is done pining after the unattainable Julian. He’s ready to learn the ropes of the gay dating scene – but he doesn’t know where to start. Making changes in his life, he joins a new karate class while he’s at it.
A rising MMA star, Hunter has been traveling from dojo to dojo, both learning new fighting skills and earning his keep by making guest instructor appearances. But his recent Alexandria, Virginia post is turning tits-up. He’s in the way of his host’s cramped family, sleeping in the truck is uncomfortable, and his new MMA buddies still don’t know his name. When he discovers that he knows one of his karate students, David, from middle school, he doesn’t think life could get more awkward.
Hunter is chasing a sense of permanence. David is hunting Hunter. If they face their attraction as well as their complex histories, theirs might be a match for life.
SIDEKICK is a gay romance full of drunken idiocy, cage-fighting grit, and sizzling, explicit attraction, and adds up to a happy ending.
This is Not a Love Story – Suki Fleet
LAMBDA Finalist 2014
When fifteen-year-old Romeo’s mother leaves one day and doesn’t return, he finds himself homeless and trying to survive on the streets. Mute and terrified, his silence makes him vulnerable, and one night he is beaten by a gang of other kids, only to be rescued by a boy who pledges to take care of him.
Julian is barely two years older than Romeo. After running away from an increasingly violent homelife, he makes some difficult choices and ends up selling himself on the street to survive. Taking care of Romeo changes him, gives him a purpose in life, gives him hope, and though he tries to be strong and keep his troubles with drugs behind him, living as they do is slowly destroying him, and he begins to doubt he can be strong enough.
This is Not a Love Story—of their struggle to find a way off the streets and stay together at all costs. But when events threaten to tear them apart, Romeo knows he must find the strength within himself to help Julian (and not let their love story turn into a tragedy).
Submerged – Susan Reeves
Sometimes, to make it back to shore, you need to take the hand that’s offered.
Jared Simpson had his feet swept out from under him, and eventually found himself living on the streets. When Gavin Wells and his daughter come into Jared’s life, he’s fighting to keep going, struggling to keep swimming towards something that will let him stand tall and steady again.
Gavin Wells is fighting his own battles: in-laws, bureaucracy, and the guilt that overwhelms him every time he closes his eyes to sleep. He now has a new challenge to face: his sexuality. He’s attracted to someone for the first time in months, and not only is that person a man, but he’s homeless, with the potential to derail Gavin’s already complicated life.
But fate has brought these two men together. If they can hold tight to each other, they can weather the storm, and find their way home to become a family in Submerged.
Change For You – Crystal Lacy
Silver fox Stephen Webb doesn’t mean to start a workplace fling with the cute new intern.
Stephen Webb has a pivotal tax season ahead of him and he doesn’t have time for distractions. At least that’s what he thinks—until Minoru “Max” Kamigawa walks into his life and disrupts all his plans.
Max secretly wants to follow his love of music, but family obligations keep him rooted in Hawaii. Tax supervisor Stephen Webb makes his spring internship a little sweeter, but the man’s priorities don’t seem to include Max. Is it only a fling or something worth staying for when his dreams come calling?
Stephen and Max must decide whether to stick to their goals or risk everything and change their course for love.
Change for You is a May-December MM romance with an HEA and no cliffhangers set in Honolulu, Hawaii. 87,000 words.
Fractured Truth – Ashe Winters
Nora’s Recommendation: I really loved this first book in a series. It’s filled with action and suspense, and has only the first beginnings of a relationship. Can’t wait for the next book to come out!
Human beings are nothing but lowly trash. Fit only for consumption. That’s my motto in life and why I avoid everything to do with them beyond an evening meal. Then he shows up with his delicious scent, and I can’t seem to resist hunting him down. But when my hunt gets interrupted by a spray of bullets and I become the prey, I find myself falling into some strange rabbit hole where I have to rely on this incredible smelling human with strange powers to stay alive. How freakin’ peachy is that?
Being left on the doorstep of a church when I was infant meant my life began shrouded in questions. And that’s how it has remained. Question after question. For a human, I have magical powers I don’t understand. After all, magic went extinct a few hundred years ago. I shouldn’t exist the way I do. Spending my life in the shadows has always been the safest place. Then a snarky wildcat of a vampire literally passes out in my lap, and my instincts kick into overdrive. Protect him at all costs. Even if I want to strangle him half the time.
Fractured Truth is the first book in the Consequences of a Sin series which follows Avery and Ryker as they try to find the truth behind a Sin that altered the history of their world. Each book will end with a HFN (or close to it) while the overarching plot continues into the next book. Some cliffhangers are likely.
Complementary Colors – Adrienne Wilder
He Speaks Dead – Adrienne Wilder
*He Speaks Dead was previously published with a different cover.
Charlie Harrington not only sees the dead and speaks with them, he can make them real. Lucky for him, because the love of his life, Ethan, isn’t among the living.
While their relationship is unusual, things are good between them until Charlie is accused of murder and Detective Daniel Briggs walks into his life. Then, for the first time in years, Charlie is attracted to someone alive.
Ethan knows he should step aside and let Charlie live his life, but he just can’t give Charlie up–even if staying with Charlie may eventually kill him.
The Marquess of Gorsewall Manor – Adella J. Harris
After being caught up in a raid on a molly house, Thomas Brook escapes on his way to the pillory. Collapsing from exhaustion on the moors of Yorkshire, he’s rescued by the handsome Lord Elmsby and taken to Gorsewall Manor. As he recovers, Lord Elmsby offers him a position cataloging the library. It would be an ideal situation, isolated, with a handsome, solitary lord and servants who don’t ask many questions, except for the strange sounds in the corners of the library and the feeling he’s being watched. And then a body is found on the moors, a body that could be the long missing fiancee of Lord Elmsby, and Thomas must find out the truth of what happened at Gorsewall Manor.