“Vanilla Clouds” by Roe Horvat

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“I could spend days listening to you talk about chocolate.”

Sex and chocolate are the two pleasures Michał enjoys most in life.

His sex life has been nonexistent for some time, though. After a particularly bad hookup, he keeps mostly to himself. That leaves chocolate. Luckily, he works surrounded by the most delicious, extravagant produce in Gothenburg. Beside his job at the chocolaterie, his main source of excitement is his online friend, Magnus, whom he stubbornly refuses to meet in person.

A customer turns up at the chocolaterie one day—tall, shy, and charming. He could be just the right man. If Michał can step out of his overly safe shell, there might be not only chocolate, but sex, too. Maybe chocolate-flavored sex. And if he’s lucky, maybe even love.
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“Galaxies and Oceans” by N.R. Walker

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Seizing his one chance to escape, Ethan Hosking leaves his violent ex-boyfriend, leaves his entire life, and walks into the path of a raging bushfire. Desperate to start over, a new man named Aubrey Hobbs walks out of the fire-ravaged forest, alive and alone. With no ID and no money, nothing but his grandfather’s telescope, he goes where the Southern Cross leads him.

Patrick Carney is the resident lighthouse keeper in Hadley Cove, a small town on the remote Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia. After the tragic death of his lover four years ago, he lives a solitary life; just him, a tabby cat, the Indian and Southern Oceans, and a whole lot of loneliness. He’s content with his life until a stranger shows up in town and turns Patrick’s head.

Patrick never expected to be interested in anyone else.

Aubrey never expected to be happy.

Between Aubrey’s love of the stars and Patrick’s love of the ocean, these two fragile hearts must navigate new waters. If they can weather the storm of their pasts, they could very well have a love that eclipses everything.

 

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New beginnings. Rebirth. Revival. That’s what I think of when I think of Aubrey and Patrick. And when I think of them together, my heart races and my face softens. Their love is deeply passionate, fierce and firm, and beautifully brave. Walker is one of my favorite authors for good reason, but this story completely blew me away. The pain is quick and sharp; from the very first page I was hooked and anxious. However, she counterbalances the hurt with an abundance of love. Aubrey is a survivor of domestic abuse. He escaped his tormentor….but at a hefty price. A violent bushfire created an opportunity he couldn’t resist. Faking his death, he fled south leaving his entire existence behind him. Six months later he finds himself at Hadley Cove and at the mercy of a few dozen strangers hoping they might give him a chance. One might argue there’s nothing random about him crossing paths with Patrick, the resident lighthouse keeper. Or could even go as far as saying their intentional connection was set by the stars. *sigh* I’m not sure if there’s anything more romantic than the universe playing a role in bringing two soul mates together.

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Neither men are looking for love when Aubrey arrives in the teeny seaside town (which I adored!). Aubrey is simply trying to carry on despite the many hardships he’s faced. Orphaned as a young child, his grandfather raised him. However, a cruel twist of fate took his only family from him before he hit adulthood. Striving to follow his dreams he made it to college only to have that derailed from completion by his controlling boyfriend. Control turned into abuse and he was caught in the endless cycle of domestic violence. To say life has been unfair would be an understatement. On the other hand, Patrick found his happiness and blissfully relished in the joy of true love. Until his partner was lost at sea. Four years have passed, but the fracture through his heart has yet to close. He succumbs to his grief and sorrow. Although he has barely begun his fourth decade, he’s resolved to his solitude. Well, that was until the new man in town with a bright pair of eyes with a magnetic pull caught his attention. How’s that old saying go?? “Just because you weren’t expecting it, doesn’t mean it’s not everything you’ve been waiting for.” Yeah…that.

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It’s easy to fall for both Aubrey and Patrick. They are extremely lovable. Aubrey was reborn with a new outlook on life. I am in awe of his strength and courage. He literally climbed out of the ashes and reclaimed a new life. He doesn’t trust easily, which is to be expected. But even he can’t deny there is just…something about the sexy keeper of the lighthouse that makes him feel safe. It’s as if his heart and soul see peace and comfort within Patrick. They form a fragile friendship that burns into a deeper bond. I was captivated by their fall. Patrick hasn’t completed his mourning and he’s overwhelmed with guilt. He wasn’t supposed to feel this way again. But with the help of Aubrey he realizes that grief changes and love is everlasting. He can still honor his love for Scott and give his heart to Aubrey. Because love can be infinite and eternal. Some things can’t be stopped or controlled; the tides will forever rage and the stars will burn through the darkness for all time. A beautiful lighthouse sets the perfect backdrop. Walker doesn’t skimp on the tender moments. This story is filled with healing and solace. There’s passionate picnics, sweet stargazing, and affection that will melt your heart.  Sprinkle in some heat and an intriguing secondary cast and I was stunned into an immediate reread. That is a rare occurrence and I cherish the powerful books that leave me breathless. This is a remarkable tale that is worthy of your attention.

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Domestic Abuse. It’s not on page but that doesn’t diminish the sharp pain. I ached and raged on behalf of Audrey. Then we have, an age gap. Patrick is fourteen years older than Aubrey but numbers mean little in the face of love. Additionally there is the loss of a loved one. Patrick’s ex, Scott, suffered a tragic death but true love never ends. Patrick discovered he can still hold fast to his love for Scott and also give his heart to Aubrey. Sometimes we aren’t meant to find pure love only once. And I’m so grateful Walker blessed Patrick with his second chance at happily ever after.

bookisforIf you’re looking for swoon, eager for sexy, and wish to be captivated by a love story mapped by the stars, follow the light here.

 

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TITLE: Galaxies and Oceans
AUTHOR: N.R. Walker
PUBLISHER: Blueheart Press
LENGTH: 313 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2018
BUY LINKS: Amazon

“Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride” by Eli Easton

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Being a fugitive in the old west shouldn’t be this much fun.

The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run–all the way to Santa Fe. When he still hasn’t ditched his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters that want to kill him, and the crazy, uncouth family of his “intended”, Robby’s only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is — and can’t resist him.

Trace Crabtree took the job as sheriff of Flat Bottom because there was never a thing going on. And then Robby Riverton showed up. Disguised as a woman. And betrothed to Trace’s brother. If that wasn’t complication enough, Trace had to find the man as appealing as blueberry pie. He urges Robby to stay undercover until the danger has passed. But a few weeks of having Robby-Rowena at the ranch, and the Crabtree family will never be the same again.

Damn, what a kerfuffle. If only Trace can get rid of the fugitive while hanging on to his own stupid heart.

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“Alaska” by Cate Ashwood

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Nobody says no to a Prescott.

Not even one of their own.

Holden:
Living up to expectations had never been easy, but when I went after something, I got it. Success. Money. Victory. I was standing on the doorstep to having it all. There was only one thing standing in my way.

Gage:
Power and prosperity are overrated. Especially when they come at a price. When enough became enough, I walked away. Nothing had ever tempted me to look back, until one day the past showed up in my backyard.

I’m not so sure I can walk away a second time.

 

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“Shades” by Jaime Reese

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Killian Marks is a third-generation hitman. After hunting monsters for over twenty years, he lives under no illusions of happily ever afters and fairy tales. Until he meets a man who threatens to disarm him, by giving him hope for a future and showing him there’s more to life than just death.

For Nick, living in shadows is second nature. He’s all too familiar with the dark side of humanity and knows how delicate life can be. Each new day is a gift, even though it means doing it alone. But he’ll risk his survival for the one man who awakens something deep within and leaves him yearning for more.

Nick wants to solve the mystery behind the dark, brooding man, while Killian craves the life and light emanating from Nick. They soon discover they have more in common than either could have anticipated. With both their lives and hearts at stake, they must confront the ghost from Nick’s past intent on tying up a loose end. Only then will they truly find peace, and discover the shades of life in between.

 

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“Test of Valor” by Keira Andrews

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They’re free of the White House, but can their forbidden romance survive in the real world?

With his father no longer president, twenty-two-year-old Rafa Castillo can finally be with ex-Secret Service agent Shane Kendrick. Shane’s given up his career for Rafa, a move his fellow agents question the sanity and morality of. Eager to get away from the questions and judgement, Rafa and Shane are building a new life together in Australia. Though Shane struggles with nightmares and his over-protective instincts while Rafa fights his own insecurity, they love each other more than ever.

Now they just have to get through a visit from the former president and first lady.

Rafa’s parents certainly don’t approve of his romance with forty-year-old Shane, and they’re determined to make him see reason. They don’t see how their son could possibly be happy settling down with an older man, and they question Shane’s motives. Shane and Rafa just want a normal life together—but when they must suddenly battle for survival, they fight to prove their fierce love can withstand any threat.

This gay romance from Keira Andrews is the conclusion of the Valor duology. It features a May-December age difference, sex on the beach, and of course a happy ending.

 

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“Valor On The Move” by Keira Andrews

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He’d give his life to protect the president’s son. But he never expected to risk his heart.

Growing up gay in the White House hasn’t been easy for Rafael Castillo. Codenamed “Valor” by the Secret Service, Rafa feels anything but brave as he hides in the closet and tries to stay below the radar in his last year of college. His father’s presidency is almost over, and he just needs to stick to his carefully crafted plan. Once his family’s out of the spotlight, he can be honest with his conservative parents about his sexuality and his dream of being a chef.

It’s definitely not part of Rafa’s plan to get a new Secret Service agent who’s a walking wet dream, but he’s made it this long keeping his desires to himself. Besides, it’s not like Shane Kendrick would even look at him twice if it wasn’t his job.

Shane’s worked his way up through the Secret Service ranks, and while protecting the president’s shy, boring son isn’t his dream White House assignment, it’s an easy enough task since no one pays Rafa much attention. He discovers there’s a vibrant young man beneath the timid public shell, and while he knows Rafa has a crush on him, he assures himself it’s harmless. Shane’s never had room for romance in his life, and he’d certainly never cross that line with a protectee. Keeping Rafa safe at any cost is Shane’s mission.

But as Rafa gets under his skin, will they both put their hearts on the line?

This gay romance from Keira Andrews is the first part of the Valor duology and features a May-December age difference, Jane Austen levels of pining, forbidden love against the odds, and of course a happy ending.

 

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“Evolved” by N.R. Walker

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In 2068, androids are an integrated part of human life. Big Brother no longer just watches from the shadows. It’s in every household.

Lloyd Salter has OCD issues with noise, mess, and he’s uncomfortable with human interaction. When his ex claimed the only thing perfect enough to live up to his standards was an android, Lloyd dismissed it. But two years later, after much self-assessment, Lloyd thinks he may have been right.

SATinc is the largest manufacturer of androids in Australia, including the Fully Compatible Units known as an A-Class 10. Their latest design is the Synthetic Human Android UNit, otherwise known as SHAUN.

Shaun is compatible with Lloyd’s every need; the perfect fit on an intellectual and physical basis. But Lloyd soon realises Shaun’s not like other A-Class androids. He learns. He adapts. Sure that SATinc is aware Shaun functions outside of his programmed parameters, Lloyd must find a way to keep Shaun safe.

No one can know how special Shaun is. No one can know he’s evolved.

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“Five Dares” by Eli Easton

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Andy Tyler has been the class daredevil since middle school. Over the years, he’s convinced his best friend, Jake Masterson, to perform some dangerous-looking stunts with him. But the dare they attempt on the night of their college graduation goes sideways. The firecrackers explode too soon and both of them end up with badly burned palms.

But hey, nothing gets the “terrible two-o” down for long, and they recuperate in style at Andy’s family cottage in Cape Cod. As the weeks go by, both Andy and Jake grow frustrated over the inability to use their hands for all sorts of daily activities—including getting off. So Andy begins a new series of dares that don’t just cross the friendship line, they obliterate it.

But what might be mere sexual relief to Andy is serious business to Jake, who only recently got over years of secret pining for his straight best friend. Inevitably, the burns heal, summer ends, and hearts are broken. To fix things, Andy will have to face the greatest dare of all.

 

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“Whisper” by Garrett Leigh

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Lonely physiotherapist Harry Foster has the world at his feet. A full client list, a six figure Instagram following, and a publishing deal for a book he doesn’t have time to write until his agent offers him a break—a retreat to the wild south west coast.

Cornish horseman Joe Carter is lonely too. Rescuing horses and managing Whisper Farm takes up most of his days, and by night he plays chicken with the farm’s perilous bank accounts.

At his sister’s unwelcome suggestion, he rents his only bedroom to a bloke from the city, and when Harry arrives, he’s everything Joe isn’t—calm, patient, and gorgeous enough to be exactly the kind of distraction Joe doesn’t need.

Harry doesn’t have time for distractions either—even shirtless farmers riding bareback past his bedroom window—but his moody host proves impossible to ignore.

On paper, they have nothing in common, but Joe is beautiful…glorious, and when an accident puts his life in Harry’s healing hands, the whisper of true love is inevitable. If the trouble that put the farm on its knees in the first place doesn’t get in the way.
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