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Blog Tour and Review: Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn

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Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn
Releases: March 28, 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Word count: 73,300
Page count: 262
Type: Standalone
Cover by: Lou Harper

About Patchwork Paradise

Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.

The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.

When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.

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Our thoughts:

Indra Vaughn knows how to deliver grief. She ripped my soul in two as Ollie grieved over losing Samuel. Torn. To. Shreds. The intense guilt and grief were raw emotions that pulled tissue after tissue from the box next to me as I read. Intense. Real. Vulnerable. This is how Patchwork Paradise begins but it’s not all sadness and loss.

We endure Ollie’s grief over losing Samuel for a large part of the novel, but it’s important to Ollie’s story. During his time of sorrow and loss he has to relearn life as he knows it. He’s been with Samuel since they were kids. Friends, then lovers at age sixteen. They were to be married and would live happily ever after. That was cut short and now Ollie has to find a new normal.  Now, life is no more touches and enveloping hugs. Being alone becomes something he gets used to but the loneliness is suffocating.

During this time of struggle,  it’s pure torture to read Patchwork Paradise!  Almost every memory, whether good or bad, would provoke tears. Ollie’s emotions are so profound that they impacted me with every word. Boxes of tissues. Seriously, boxes.

Over time, Ollie realizes that missing Samuel doesn’t hurt as much and that his coping and moving on isn’t the end of the world. What he never expected was to discover that Thomas, his dear friend, had always desired him. Knowing that fact propels Ollie to really think of Thomas in a new light. To consider a potential relationship with the man he’s called a friend for so long. Just when Ollie thinks it’s possible and within reach, Thomas pulls away.

Thomas pulling away becomes a common theme from then on. He’s so badly in love with Ollie that he can’t stand the thought of losing him in any way. Nothing just might be preferable to living and losing. This is infuriating to Ollie. He’s been there. Loved deeply and lost tragically. How could Thomas be so callous?!

There’s so much that goes on in this novel. From Oliver losing Samuel to the whole friendship dynamic between Oliver, Cleo, Imran and Thomas. Samuel’s parents applying unnecessary pressures on Oliver. Lastly, a baby is added to the mix. I honestly don’t know how Oliver kept it together so well. Once he grieved, he picked himself up and started taking small steps forward. WhenThomas entered the scene as a potential love interest, things became so complicated. It was worth it though because Oliver’s life would take a turn that it never would have with Samuel. He was lucky to fall in love and be loved twice in a lifetime and each one of those loves was unique and fulfilling.

Patchwork Paradise is definitely not a lighthearted story. It’s deeply emotional. Your heart will ache from Ollie’s pain. Your eyes will swell with tears, but it all worth it in the end!

RATING: STILETTOS!!

About Indra Vaughn

After living in Michigan, USA for seven wonderful years, Indra Vaughn returned back to her Belgian roots. There she will continue to consume herbal tea, do yoga wherever the mat fits, and devour books while single parenting a little boy and working as a nurse.

The stories of boys and their unrequited love will no doubt keep finding their way onto the page—and hopefully into readers hands—even if it takes a little more time.

And if she gleefully posts pictures of snow-free streets in winter, you’ll have to forgive her. Those Michigan blizzards won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

Connect with Indra:

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Giveaway

To celebrate, Indra is giving away an ebook from her backlist at EVERY BLOG STOP! She’ll also be giving out a grand prize of $25 in Riptide credit. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 2, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase

A Fortunate BlizzardA Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase

Released 2 November 2015

Published by Riptide Publishing

Cover art by L.C. Chase

Sales links: Riptide Publishing

Blurb:

There are worse things than being stranded in a blizzard.

Artist Trevor Morrison has always appreciated the little things in life, treating each day as a gift. And with good reason: he’s been on the transplant-recipient list for too long now. When he learns just how numbered his days truly are, he resolves not to take them for granted. But he won’t be unrealistic, either—which means romantic commitments are off the table.

Marcus Roberts seems to have it all. He’s handsome, financially sound, and on the fast track to partnership at a prestigious law firm. In reality, though, his drive for success has meant no time for friends or relationships. Add in the fact that his family discarded him long ago, and he’s facing yet another holiday season alone.

When the biggest snowstorm to hit Colorado in decades leaves Marc and Trevor stranded at the same hotel, a chance encounter and a night of passion leads to more than either of them expected. Finding comfort in each other is a welcome surprise, but time is not on their side. Either they find a way to beat the odds, or they lose each other forever.

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Our Thoughts:

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that really evoked strong emotions for the characters. Both Trevor and Marc left me with a swelled heart and a few tears running down my cheeks.

At the beginning of the story, Trevor learns his days are numbered. He’s been in kidney failure for seven years. All that time in dialysis, no donor found due to his rare blood type. It’s finally time to make some tough choices. Continue for about a year or more on dialysis and suffer complications that will inevitably take his life or stop dialysis and peaceful pass in a few weeks. Either choice is not easy. Trevor is dying, just how fast he wants to is the hardest decision he has to make.

Marc is a lawyer, working his way to the top. He wants to make partner and is consumed with work to get there. He doesn’t do anything outside of the job. He has no friends, family or hobbies. Marc is incredibly lonely.

A freak blizzard finds Marc stranded in a hotel and eventually Trevor too. These two connect and meet across a room and it’s intense. They have a cozy, intimate and lust filled few days together. They discover love. To love and be loved. The value of family, friends and their support. To live life in the present and live it to its fullest. To stop and do something fun and spontaneous. To build a snowman or maybe even paint one.

They’re so good together. Their so intense that it’s inevitable they were going to fall for each other and hard. When Marc wants more Trevor has to pull back. He can’t love a man he will have to leave due to his disease.

This story just shatters the heart and soul. It leaves the reader raw from the emotions and crying. It also leaves one feeling peaceful and content because no matter what the situation,Trevor is a pillar of strength and reason. He’s caring, strong and inspirational. He does more for Marc in a few days than anyone has done for Marc in his lifetime. What beautiful men.  A Fortunate Blizzard is a one emotional storm I’m glad I endured.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

BLOG TOUR with EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Make Me Soar by K.C. Wells

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Make Me Soar by KC Wells
Collars & Cuffs Book 6
Released June 22, 2015
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Cover Art by Cover by Paul Richmond, Picture by Terry Cyr
Page and word count: 290 pages, 100,000 words
Categories: BDSM, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Hurt/Comfort

Blurb:

Anyone who frequents Collars & Cuffs knows Dorian Forrester is built for pain, including Dorian himself. But everyone has it wrong. For six years, Dorian’s chased a feeling that remains tantalizingly out of his reach. Unteachable, Dorian can take anything and everything a Dom can throw at him. Still, it’s not enough. Dorian needs… something more. Something he won’t find at Collars & Cuffs.

Dorian’s search takes him out of the safe environment he’s known for years, out of his depth, and into a realm of deep, dark trouble.

Alan Marchant has been watching Dorian with interest for a while and knows there’s more to Dorian than his label of “pain slut” suggests. When Dorian disappears, Alan and his friend Leo set out to find him. But the disoriented young man discovered cowering in a hotel room is not the Dorian they know and love. That Dorian is shattered. It’s up to Alan to pick up the pieces and show Dorian there are better ways to fly.

They may be off on a new journey together, but their destination will rock them both to the core.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

Alan smiled. “Sleep well, lad.”

“Please!”

The sudden entreaty stopped him as he turned to leave. Dorian stared at him, eyes wide, his face pale.

“What is it?” Alan moved closer. Dorian was shivering. Alan perched on the side of the bed. “What’s the matter?” He laid his hand on the duvet.

Dorian let go of the pillow and fastened his hand around Alan’s wrist. “Don’t… don’t leave me, please.” He swallowed. “I-I don’t want to be alone, all right?”

One look at that tortured expression was all Alan could stand.

“Do you want me to sleep in here tonight?”

The relief that swept across Dorian’s face had Alan’s throat tightening in seconds.

“Yes, please.”

Alan stood up and unbuttoned the heavy brushed cotton shirt, slipping it off his shoulders. He undressed down to his boxers and then lifted the duvet, noting that Dorian was similarly attired. Dorian didn’t say a word but watched him, eyes still wide and haunted. Alan climbed into the double bed and lay down beside Dorian. The urge to pull the young man into his arms was tremendous, but he waited, letting Dorian lead the way.

Dorian gave a shudder and then exhaled, his breath shaky. “Thank you.” His eyes shone in the lamplight. “I couldn’t face….”

Alan nodded. “It’s okay. I understand. Now try to sleep, eh?”

Dorian gave him a weak smile, then reached across and switched off the lamp, plunging the room into near darkness.

Alan lay still, listening to the by now familiar sound of Dorian’s breathing as he drifted off. The speed with which he fell asleep gave Alan some comfort—and something else.

He needed me.

The thought stopped him cold.

When was the last time someone needed me like that?

And swift on the heels of that thought came another.

Damn, it feels so good to be needed.

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Meet the author:

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

Connect with the author:

K.C. loves to hear from readers.
E-mail: k.c.wells@btinternet.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld
Twitter: @K_C_Wells
Website: http://www.kcwellsworld.com

 

Our Thoughts:

I feel like I should write a disclaimer at the beginning of this review. You see, I’m a huge fan of this series. I’ve devoured every book as it has released and enjoyed each one for their differences. Some have clicked with me more than others, but Make Me Soar is up there for me, right beside An Unlocked Heart, the first in the Collars and Cuffs series. It doesn’t surprise me because An Unlocked Heart is when we first meet Dorian. Let’s just say that Dorian has some history with Alex and Leo. Despite that history, Leo is actually one of Dorian’s saviors in Make Me Soar.

If you’ve read the first book in this series, then you know that Dorian does something to compromise Leo and Alex’s relationship. After that, I didn’t exactly hate Dorian. I felt more sorry for him. It was obvious, even back at the beginning, that Dorian didn’t really fit in. That feeling of being on the outside and trying for something he wasn’t getting in his scenes at Collars and Cuffs weighed on him immensely. All Dorian wants to do is feel and soar. He thinks that to fly in subspace requires more pain. Now he’s dubbed a pain slut and yet subspace has remained out of reach.

As a last-ditch effort to feel and experience what he has longed for, he goes to Berlin. Alone. Not knowing the language and the scope of the BDSM clubs there, it’s a dangerous move on his part. Dorian becomes the victim of a terrible breach of trust. He is taken to an apartment, his power is taken from him and he is violated in numerous ways. It isn’t until his friend at Collars and Cuffs, Pietro, becomes nervous after not hearing from Dorian that his saviors come.

Leo and Dom Alan fly to Berlin and find Dorian in a terrible state. Alan kicks into protective mode. He’s desired working with Dorian for some time. For six months he’s been watching him, trying to figure out what Dorian needs. Now, his main focus is getting Dorian through his stages of grief and healed.

Alan is the most calm and patient Dom! Most of the Dom’s in this series are, but Alan was laid back and gentle from the beginning. His rules were short and simple but when broken, he was firm. His background in counseling helped get Dorian through those dark days. The biggest thing he did was take Dorian in and not let him lock the world out. He also gave Dorian what he needed most, love and affection.

This BDSM story is so different because the real work over came in the form of touches, strokes and words of affection. Heping Dorian know he was cherished, desired and loved was key to helping him feel and eventually fly. By far, this book was over the top (in a good way) sensual. The tenderness with a touch of sadism was the perfect mix for Dorian’s and Alan’s story.

Witnessing Dorian grow and be cherished was long overdue. Getting to know Alan was also a treat. His style was quite different and interesting to experience. I also enjoyed that he was a mm romance writer! That was a fun plot point that enriched the story.

Overall, I cannot stress enough how great this whole series, Collars and Cuffs, is. If you haven’t read them, treat yourself and do so! Enter the giveaway and try to win them for free, whatever you do, you cannot deny yourself the pleasure of this series. As for Make Me Soar, it’s another five-star addition to the series and one that is definitely on my favorites list.

RATING: STILETTOS!!

 

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