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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!!

Undercover Boyfriend (One Fine Day #1) by Jacob Z. Flores

Undercover BoyfriendUndercover Boyfriend (One Fine Day #1) by Jacob Z. Flores

Released June 15th 2016

Published by Dreamspinner Press, LLC, Dreamspun Desires #12

Page count: 236 pages

Blurb:

Two men, one lie, and a whole bunch of trouble.

Marty Valdez is in serious trouble. His sister’s wedding is around the corner, and everyone expects to meet Marty’s super-successful underwear model boyfriend—whom Marty invented. Now Marty has to produce a half-naked hottie or suffer the worst humiliation of his life.

FBI agent Luke Myers is in serious trouble. He’s been working undercover to take down a dangerous drug cartel, but his cover’s blown and he needs to disappear. Luckily, a geeky yet intriguing comic book artist gives him the perfect opportunity. Luke just has to pretend to be his boyfriend, and pretending is what he does best. But between Marty’s mother and his ex, Luke might’ve bitten off more than he can chew, and Marty’s knack for finding trouble might ruin more than just his sister’s wedding.

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Our thoughts:

Jacob Z. Flores always captures my heart with his contemporary romances, and that holds true for Undercover Boyfriend.

Marty is in a pinch. He’s made up a fake boyfriend to keep his mom from trying to force him back together with his ex, Christian, the cheating jerk that’s too full of himself. In order to get her to relax, Marty makes up Tim. Now, Marty needs to find a real Tim to take to his sister’s wedding or his mom will make his life hell.

Luke is an undercover FBI agent working an extensive case to bring down a big time criminal and drug lord, when his cover is blown. With a possible internal mole and the cartel after him, Luke must keep a low profile and regroup.

Fate is responsible for Marty and Luke bumping into each other, twice. The second time, they decide to help each other out. Luke will pretend to be Marty’s boyfriend, Tim, and Marty will give Luke a place to stay so he won’t seen for a few days. Total win for both of them.

Of course neither man expected to actually like the other, let alone discover they have common interests and enjoy being around each other. Marty and Luke actually navigate the family setting quite well and Luke manages to shut the ex boyfriend down hard. There were so many funny moments as well as serious ones. Marty finding his inner strength. Luke finding a confidant in Marty. Both finding that this pretend relationship might actually be leading to a real relationship. The slow burn towards attraction. The funny and shocking moment when Luke realizes that he is falling in like with Marty. The sweet moment when Marty gets the real boyfriend he’s always dreamed about. These were the best morsels of the story and had me falling all over Marty and Luke.

The cartel and Luke’s undercover assignment comes crashing head-on into Marty’s world and when things come into full view, it’s not pretty. There’s a lot of surprises, drama, and suspense over the cartel. Marty and Luke’s safety is a big concern and common thread throughout the book. We still get a fun, loveable story that goes by way too fast. I liked these two guys so much I didn’t want it to end, but it did end, and perfectly I might add!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

BLOG TOUR: Spotlight & Giveaway – Hostile Ground by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

hostileGround_TourBanner(1)Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Aleksandr Voinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for our thriller, Hostile Ground!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off our backlists (excluding Hostile Groundand a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 17th, and winners will be announced on May 19th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

About the Book
Hostile Ground CoverEnemy territory is a dangerous place to fall in love.

After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club’s security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.

To protect the strippers, only gay men can work the club. Ridley, the cold and intimidating head of security, knows exactly how to test potential new hires—including Mahir. From the minute they meet, Mahir and Ridley engage in a dangerous dance of sex and mind games. Mahir needs to find his evidence before Ridley figures out he’s a cop—and before they both grow too close to betray one another.

As the game goes on, Mahir burrows deeper into the operation, where he learns there’s much more happening than meets the eye . . . and why every cop who made it this far has been silenced with a bullet.

Hostile Ground is available May 12th from Riptide Publishing.

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Our Thoughts:
Hostile Ground is an excellent reminder why L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov are one of my favorite writing duos.  They create a fast-paced, intense action/suspense drama that had me absolutely riveted. Seattle is the perfect backdrop for this undercover cop thriller.

Mahir Hussain’s going undercover in an attempt to infiltrate a powerful crime ring. The complex operation is flawlessly built and conveyed through descriptive storytelling and imagery. I felt so in touch with him as a character as well as his alter ego, Saeed. The differences and similarities between the two personalities are clearly delineated, and I was amazed by how seamlessly Mahir could flow from one to the other despite the stress of any given situation. At times it was tough to believe this was his first deep cover job.

The nature of Mahir’s case causes him to face numerous tests and challenges to prove himself. It’s understandable that in a crime organization leadership would be wary of undercover cops. They’ve had others try to crack the case and fail, resulting in those officers making the ultimate sacrifice. Mahir knows what he’s facing and what’s at stake – he has to constantly remain one step ahead, always anticipating the action/reaction his employers will expect from someone like Saeed. The tension created in every scenario is palpable; I was constantly waiting for him to slip.  That kind of anxiety is only caused by good writing, and it turns out, it’s completely warranted.  Nothing goes exactly according to plan – Saeed’s ever changing plan –  so there’s plenty of action and excitement.

As if just trying to stay alive on the job isn’t enough, Mahir manages to further complicate things by getting involved with his superior, Ridley. I don’t know how to explain it, but I liked Ridley from the beginning. I can’t tell you how much time I spent conflicted by this, because let’s face it – Ridley is not a nice guy. What did it say about me that I wanted to see them continue their relationship despite the fact he’s a psychopath who’s deeply entrenched in a crime ring? These guys have chemistry and a connection that tells you things are going to be messy. Witt and Voinov masterfully reveal the depth of Ridley’s character as the story unfolds, and in the end I didn’t feel half bad about my irrational adoration. How they managed to work a love story into all the action and suspense is beyond me, but isn’t that how it goes? Sometimes you find love in the most unlikely of places under the most unlikely circumstances, definitely when you’re not looking for it. :)

Another unwelcome complication for Mahir is his nephew, Kinza. I have no trouble understanding why Kinza would run to Mahir for support when he’s facing issues with his dad, Adil. Mahir’s brother is notoriously homophobic and barely accepts his brother’s sexuality, so it’s unsurprising that he’d reject his son’s proclamation that he’s also gay. I think the authors carefully and sensitively addressed this issue – it would have been easy to just chalk Adil’s attitude up to him being a complete jerk. Instead they convey his stance by addressing his religion and sense of family pride, making it easy to understand his position even if I didn’t agree with it. It’s a tough lesson for Adil that his love for his son is greater than his hatred of homosexuality, but ultimately it’s one he learns.  It’s a shame that it takes such a drastic situation to enlighten him, but sometimes that’s the way it just works.

Kinza’s role in this story was probably the only predictable part for me  – almost every other aspect kept me guessing. I was turning page after page waiting to see what would happen next, each twist and turn a delicious surprise. Hostile Ground is a story that will keep you on edge and engrossed for hours.

RATING: ONE BAD ASS BOOT, ONE STILETTO! 

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About the Authors:
Aleksandr Voinov has been published for twenty years, both in print and ebook. He has ten years’ experience as a writing coach, book doctor, and writing teacher, and until recently worked as an editor in financial services.

After co-authoring the M/M military cult classic Special Forces, Aleksandr embarked on a quest to write gritty, edgy, sometimes literary M/M and gay fiction (much of which is romance/erotica)—the only way he can use his American Literature degree these days.

He’s been published with Heyne/Random House, Carina Press, Samhain Publishing, and others, and is an EPIC Awards winner and a Lambda Awards finalist.

Connect with Aleks:
Website: aleksandrvoinov.com
Blog: aleksandrvoinov.blogspot.com
Twitter: @aleksandrvoinov
Goodreads: goodreads.com/Vashtan

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L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).