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Broken Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller

Broken SoldierBroken Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller

Released March 5, 2016

Published by Lulu.com

Word count: 51,000

Categories: Romance, LGBT, M/M, Contemporary, Military

Blurb:

Sergeant Connor Finley and Sergeant Shawn Weller are dedicated soldiers working covert ops for Shadow Unit — a joint UK/US anti-terrorism task force.

Partners in the field and out, they had been through hell together for the last four years and made it through standing side by side. But when their latest undercover op to bring down an arms dealer plunges them into a world of drugs, sex and violence, Shawn must literally get in bed with the enemy in order to complete the mission. And Connor is forced to watch, helpless, as his partner is broken into pieces.

Will love be enough to put them both back together or will this be their final mission?

WARNING: Contains scenes of drug use, graphic sex and realistic situations

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Our thoughts:

Broken Soldier is definitely not a typical M/M romance! Connor and Shawn are both Ex Special Intelligence Agents who’ve been recruited into an elite group known as the Shadow Unit, made-up of members from both American and British intelligence and special ops. Shawn is American and Connor is British. They’ve been together about five months but have worked side by side on missions for over four years.

Now they’re faced with one of the hardest assignments they’ve ever had to endure. It’s not a mission of extreme strength and physical tests, but one that will test the strength and depth of their relationship and it’s ability to endure stress and an outside stressor.

Shawn must go undercover to lure in a drug and arms dealer Jae Chan. A creepy guy who’s in love with seducing foreigners, preferably Americans, getting them addicted to drugs and then discarding them. His arms deals are single-handedly responsible for some heinous attacks so the Shadow Unit is anxious to get this guy and shut his operation down.

Connor goes in and wins a spot as a bouncer in Jae’s club and Shawn must do what he can to replace Jae’s current boy toy. Unfortunately, Shawn gets in way over his head. There are drugs forced on him and it escalates quickly to heroin. Jae uses Shawn’s body as well. I found that to be a little hard to accept. Undercover work will make people do things they wouldn’t normally and I think that’s hard for most to accept, but it happens and it happens to Shawn and Connor in Broken Soldier.

Shawn has to stick it out until their window of opportunity arrives for them to take down Chan, his buyers, and distributors. The problem is the mess Shawn is left in. Can a relationship that’s so new carry Shawn out of the dark depths he’s entered at the hands of Jae Chan?

A dark love story. One that really tests the belief of duty and honor as well as love and commitment. Two men stressed and pulled to the maximum manage to grasp onto each other and hope it’s enough.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW: Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

Today we’re thrilled to celebrate the release of Fast Connection, the sequel to outstanding m/m romance Strong Signal, from Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell! We’ve been anxiously awaiting Costigan’s story, and it doesn’t disappoint – Fast Connection absolutely blew us away. Enjoy!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

FastConnection coverAfter a decade of serving in the Army, everyone still expects me to be Dominic ‘Nicky’ Costigan—the skirt-chasing player. They don’t know I’ve been spending my days trying to figure out my post-military life. Including how to pick up guys.

When I meet Luke on a hookup app, he makes it clear it’s for one-night only. That’s fine with me, because I’m down to see what this silver fox can do. But after I arrive at his doorstep, it doesn’t take long to realize we have serious chemistry, and we end up meeting again.

He’s got more walls around his heart than a military base, but I think he’s as addicted to me as I am to him. He can’t resist me for long. I mean, who can? Except Luke’s rules exist for a reason, and when I test his limits, things get complicated. Maybe too complicated.

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Series: Cyberlove, book 2
Release day: July 11, 2016

 

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OUR THOUGHTS:

I’ve been dying to get my hands on Costigan’s story. After meeting his mildly irriatating, somewhat endearing character in Strong Signal, I’ve been curious to see how he’ll adjust to his newfound bisexuality and civilian life. Even while trying to keep it on the downlow during his time enlisted, having that secret half a world away had to be 100x easier than trying to hide it around his opinionated, verbally abusive father. Dominic’s decided to embrace his recently discovered attraction to guys and explore by testing his luck on Grindr. Lucky us.

Dominic’s story is much more than the romance I anticipated, and I love everything about it. The characters, the conflict, the resolution…just everything. There’s so much happening on so many levels that readers will be utterly consumed with the action and emotion of it all. The writing is brilliant – Erickson & Hassell bring the same style and tone found in Strong Signal while managing to give it a unique voice. Dominic and Luke are two primal, visceral men, and anything less than the raw hunger tangible in their encounters would be lacking. Often in series novels readers get déjà vu – feels like the same story just featuring different people. That’s definitely not the case here; Erickson & Hassell convey who these guys are just by the way they think. That is great writing, and I didn’t even mention my love for their sexy playful dialogue. Dominic and Luke have a bit of an edge to everything they do, one of the many things I missed about them when I made it to the end.

If I could offer one piece of advice to readers before they start it’s this: forget everything you know about May-Dec romances. Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell take what they like from this classic pairing and then pretty much rewrite the rest. Finally a May-December where the older partner isn’t always wiser! He can stand to learn a little – or a lot – from his younger counterpart. Erickson & Hassell put a fresh spin on divorce and sexuality, one that doesn’t culminate in a gay-for-you romance. While I enjoy that trope, it’s refreshing to find less predictable sexual exploration and struggle for acceptance.

RATING: STILETTOS!

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Megan Erickson picMegan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.

CONNECT WITH MEGAN:

WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / TWITTER / GOODREADS / AMAZON 

Other Works by Megan Erickson:

In Focus series:

Trust the Focus
Focus on Me
Out of Frame (Coming soon)

Bowler University series:

Make it Count
Make it Right
Make it Last

Mechanics of Love series:

Dirty Thoughts
Dirty Talk
Dirty Deeds

Gamers series:

Changing His Game
Playing for Her Heart
Tied to Trouble
Leveling the Field (coming soon)

Cyberlove series (co-written with Santino Hassell):

Strong Signal
Fast Connection

Santino Hassell PicSantino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

CONNECT WITH SANTINO:

WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / TWITTER / GOODREADS / AMAZON

Other Works by Santino Hassell:

Five Boroughs series:

Book 1: SUTPHIN BOULEVARD
Book 2: SUNSET PARK
Book 3: FIRST AND FIRST coming in April 2016

Standalone books by Santino Hassell:

STYGIAN
AFTER MIDNIGHT

Cyberlove series (co-written with Megan Erickson):

Strong Signal
Fast Connection

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Blog Tour and Review: Cookies by Teodora Kostova

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Cookies by Teodora Kostova
Published April 16, 2016
Published by Teodora Kostova
Cover Art by Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art
Categories: MM Romance, Contemporary

How exciting! We’re hosting a tour stop for Teodora Kostova today and we have an exclusive excerpt from the book Cookies to share with you! Enjoy! This book is as sweet as it’s name. :)

Blurb:

I went to war, running away from myself. I came back in pieces to find out who I really was…

It took me nearly ten years, two tours in Afghanistan and losing a leg to come to terms with who I really am.

Two years after coming back from war, I can say that I’m finally content. I’m as fit as ever, my prosthetic leg allowing me the freedom to move and exercise as if nothing has changed. I own a small bakery in the centre of Cambridge, and I have a loyal circle of friends that I can always count on.

And yet…

Yet, there’s something missing. A part of me craves the intimacy, the deep connection to another human being. But another – bigger – part of me is terrified of letting anyone in.

My internal conflict didn’t stand a chance when I met Jay. He stormed through my defence walls like a hurricane, wrapping around me with gentle force until I had no choice but to surrender.

Surrendering has never felt so good.

Will Jay want to stay when he sees the real me? When he sees the nightmares and insecurities clawing at my soul? When he realises the burden I come with may be heavier than we both can carry?

My name is Amir Gopal and this is my story.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“Oh my god, these are incredible!” Jay exclaimed as he bit into a brownie, bringing his other hand to wipe at the caramel sauce dripping down his chin. I grinned, eating my own brownie in a much more controlled fashion.

He didn’t speak again until he’d eaten two more brownies, all the while moaning in pleasure. My cock throbbed in my pants with his every obscene moan. I’d been in various stages of arousal all evening, ever since Jay had walked through my door dripping wet, and my control was very close to snapping. Jay’s flirting, his kisses, his laughter and jokes, the smell of his skin, the way his eyes lit up when he spoke… I couldn’t take it anymore. I couldn’t spend another second without having him in my arms.

He finished his third brownie, his eyes rolling back as he licked caramel off his fingers. Fucking hell. I leaned over the counter, caught his wrist and sucked a caramel soaked finger into my mouth. His eyes shot wide, the blissful expression gone.

“Do you know how irresistible you are?” I murmured as I sucked his fingers clean. “You could tempt a monk.”

Jay’s lips quirked up, his eyelids dropping seductively. “Am I tempting you?”

“Ever since that first day I saw you.”

I drew him close and kissed him, slowly, enjoying the sweetness from the brownies on his tongue. Underneath, Jay’s unique flavour seduced me, lured me in like a siren song. I didn’t want to resist it. I wanted Jay more than I was afraid of my own insecurities.

My hands slid around his body, drawing him even closer. His sticky fingers found their way into my hair, and Jay grabbed handfuls of it, clutching to a point of pain. I groaned, the slight discomfort turning me on even more.

“God, Jay…” I moaned his name between kisses, moving my hand to cup his jaw. Jay whimpered in my arms, his red, glistening lips parted in pleasure.

I couldn’t stop this if I wanted to. And I definitely didn’t want to.

“Stay?” I asked, nuzzling his neck. My hands moved to his ass, squeezing and kneading the firm flesh, eliciting a low groan from Jay.

“Are you sure?” Jay managed to ask before I took his mouth again, possessively biting his lower lip.

I wasn’t sure. A small part of me – the insecure, sceptical, unhappy part me – didn’t trust Jay. But the rest of me needed Jay, right this second. I needed to hold him, feel his bare skin under my fingers, touch every inch of his body and make him scream my name. And if he got disgusted by my damaged body and ran – then so be it. I’d rather know now than later, when I’d fallen too hard.

“Yes,” I replied, a second too late. Jay sensed my hesitation and slowed down our frantic kiss, cupping my face with both his hands and peering into my eyes.

“You know I like you just the way you are, right?”

I swallowed hard. “You haven’t seen all of me yet.”

“You’re amazing,” Jay said, kissing me softly. “And smart.” Kiss. “And kind.” Another kiss. “And funny.” He kissed me longer this time, as if making a point. “And you have scars. It all makes you who you are, and I really like who you are, Amir.”

I closed my eyes, letting the words sink in. Jay kissed me again before I peeled myself off of him and took his hand, leading him to my bedroom. He followed without any resistance.

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author_photoHi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job a few years ago when I decided that everything else I’ve tried bores me to death and I have to do what I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I’ve been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It’s the only time that I’m truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time – my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I’m procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Nintendo Wii game by a very inventive kid.

Don’t be shy and get in touch – I love connecting with my readers.
Blog: www.teodorakostova.blogspot.com
Twitter: @Teodora_Kostova https://twitter.com/Teodora_Kostova
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teodorakostovaauthor
E-mail: t.t.kostova@gmail.com
Instagram: teodorika1

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Our Thoughts:

A sweet morsel from Teodora Kostova. I know, I know, but I couldn’t resist saying that! There’s no angst or black moment in this story. We’re talking pure love, devotion, and reasoning between Amir and Jay from the start.

Amir is the owner of Cookie’s, a bakery and coffee shop. He’s a former war veteran who has many scars from his tours overseas. Scars that are both internal and external. The internal scars are PTSD and the feeling of fear that accompanies relationships. Opening up and letting someone see inside and to also see the scars outside. The burns and puckered skin, the amputated leg. Amir has worked tirelessly to move past the trauma and make a life for himself. Cookie’s is his escape and his way of being himself.

Amir keeps close to his past by visiting a center for veterans. He visits the center every night, taking Cookie’s leftover cookies, brownies, and cakes. It also gives him a chance to visit with friends who understand what his life was and is like.

One day Jay walks into Cookie’s and it’s a game changer. There’s instant attraction and interest between the two. By the second visit, Amir takes a chance and gives Jay his number. That is the start of something truly beautiful between them. Jay is wide-eyed innocence in walking form. He’s happy, trusting, and extremely giving. He has a love of the arts but also has a keen business sense, thanks to his family business and studies at uni.

Jay is totally understanding and giving of himself to Amir. Amir has so many things to work past to give himself fully to Jay, he can’t make the words he wants to say come out of his mouth. Their journey together is slow, steady, and sure. They don’t waver and ride out the rough spots as they come. All along, the love and special moments carry them. Jay trustsin their love fully and Amir must learn to do the same. A purely sweet love story for fans of ‘happy forever and ever always’ relationships.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Blog Tour: American Flyboy by N.D. Clark

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American Flyboy by N.D. Clark
Release Date: December 5, 2015
Publisher: N.D. Clark
Cover Artist: Graphicxdesigns
Pages or Words: 163 pages, 55,260 words
Categories: Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Ménage/Poly

Blurb:

American Flyboy is a highly readable, erotic M/M romance set amidst the backdrop of World War II.

The story is fast-paced and characterized by the believability of its characters, notably the protagonist, Lt. Kenneth Hellman, and the romance that develops between Kenneth and Colonel Wilhelm Braun. The erotic reader in search of well-nuanced, sexy love/lovemaking scenes will not be disappointed; the author is gifted with an affinity toward creating realistic, absorbing sex scenes.

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Today we’re happy to host Nolan Clark, author of American Flyboy, at 3 Chicks After Dark! We’re excited to be part of the tour for his debut novel and learn a little about him as well. Our first tour date was fraught with technical issues so we’re trying this again! We appreciate Nolan’s patience and understanding. Now lets focus on American Flyboy!

Hi Nolan, thank you for taking the time to share with us. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

I was born in Biloxi, MS and educated at NC State University. I’m an American author who loves reading and writing gay romance/erotica set in historical backgrounds and spending time with my husband Jim, going for long walks in nature parks, dining out and taking in the occasional movie. I’ve been with my husband, Jim for almost sixteen years, and we were married two years ago, shortly have the US Supreme Court ruling allowing gay people to marry throughout the United States.

American Flyboy is my first book and it is a highly readable, erotic M/M romance set amidst the backdrop of World War II.

Could you give us a ‘to-do’ list for one of your characters?

Commandant Wilhelm Braun:
1-Keep resistance cells operating throughout Germany and German occupied Europe.
2-Avoid detection by the SS and the Gestapo.
3- Make Kenneth my very own flyboy.
4-Escape the Russian Army closing on the POW camp in Lamsdorf from the east.
5-Get Kenneth safely out of the POW camp in Lamsdorf.
6-Convince the Allies that a German commandant can be a good guy.
7-Start a new life with Kenneth in the US.

Thanks so much for being with us today, Nolan!

Excerpt:

Wilhelm whispered in soft breaths, “Raise your hands above your head, Kenneth.” Standing behind him, he pulled the grimy POW uniform top over his head and inhaled deeply. “I find your scent intoxicating.” It was unexpected, Wilhelm’s warm breath gently caressing the nape of his neck; Kenneth’s breath quickened. Loosening the silk blindfold, Wilhelm allowed the soft, smooth fabric to glide over Kenneth’s massive, broad shoulders tapering to a V-shaped torso and down his naked back.

Shuddering at the sleek sensations, Kenneth asked, “Are you trying to seduce me Wilhelm?”

In response, Wilhelm stepped closer and pressed his body into Kenneth’s. Wrapping his arms around his waist, Wilhelm kissed him innocently. “I’ve wanted to do that from the first day we met.”

Kenneth kissed him back softly, lingering. He felt safe and whole.

Coaxing Kenneth’s lips apart, Wilhelm’s tongue entered his mouth, tickling the sensitive palate with light flicks. Their lips crushed together with bruising kisses. Wilhelm broke away, gazing longingly into Kenneth’s eyes. “To answer your question, Kenneth, I am guilty of feeding a wounded POW a wonderful meal, relieving his pain with fine brandy, delighting him with romantic music and drawing him a hot relaxing bath of chamomile salts to soak away the stress of a bad day. Your glass is empty. Why don’t you finish undressing and ease into your bath while I get you another drink.” Wilhelm’s voice trailed off as he left the bathroom. “It’s baffling how you arrived at such an audacious conclusion as seduction.”

“My mistake,” Kenneth called after him, laughing to himself. He kicked off his dilapidated work shoes and pushed his boxers and grungy work pants down his long, muscular legs. Raking his strong fingers through the water, heightened the aroma of chamomile, and he inhaled the relaxing scent before slipping into the warm liquid heaven. His tired muscles released their tension as he submerged his body to the neck. Kenneth held his breath and slipped his head under. As he closed his eyes, his exhaustion seemed to float to the surface, and his thoughts drifted to Wilhelm, charming, handsome, tall and strong. His cock swelled to a full erection as he surfaced and rested his head against the back edge of the tub. Wiping the water from his eyes, he inhaled deeply and faded into sleep.

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Meet the author:

N.D.Clark was born in Biloxi, MS and educated at NC State University. He is an American author who loves reading and writing gay romance/erotica set in historical backgrounds and spending time with his husband Jim, going for long walks in nature parks, dining out and taking in the occasional movie. He has been with his husband, Jim for almost sixteen years and was married two years ago, shortly have the US Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage throughout the United States.

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24-Feb

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9-Mar

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