“Loving a Warrior” by Melanie Hansen

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BUD/S: six months of the most intense training there is. It’s survival of the toughest, and Matt Knytych is determined to come out the other side a navy SEAL.

Distraction is life or death. And just the sight of former marine Shane Hovland is enough to shake Matt’s concentration.

Shane came to BUD/S training ready to prove himself—again. Semper Fi is forever, but he needs a new start. Not this dangerous heat with a man he barely knows.

Everything they’ve ever wanted is riding on a thin, punishing line. And they’ll have to fight for more than just each other if they want to make it through intact.

After all, the only easy day was yesterday.

 

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“All He Ever Needed” by Cate Ashwood

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Some secrets are too heavy to hold on to forever.

For Ethan, pretending has become second nature. After all, he’s spent the last decade pretending to be straight, pretending to be happy, and pretending he isn’t desperately in love with his best friend. But in a single moment of raw honesty, all those lies come crashing down around him and he’s left wondering what to do next.

When Jase learns his best friend is going through a breakup, his first instinct is to come to Ethan’s rescue, and he knows just the thing to help. The cabin where they spent summers as kids is sitting vacant, and a week there is the perfect remedy to start healing a broken heart.

In the seclusion of the mountains, long-buried fears and emotions take their friendship into unexplored territory that will either bring them closer together… or tear everything apart.

 

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“Honeymoon for One” by Keira Andrews

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The wedding is off, but the love story is just beginning.

Betrayed the night before his wedding by the supposed boy of his dreams, Ethan Robinson escapes the devastating fallout by going on his honeymoon alone to the other side of the world. Hard of hearing and still struggling with the repercussions of being late-deafened, traveling by himself leaves him feeling painfully isolated with his raw, broken heart.

Clay Kelly never expected to be starting life over in his forties. He got hitched young, but now his wife has divorced him and remarried, his kids are grown, and he’s left his rural Outback town. In a new career driving a tour bus on Australia’s East Coast, Clay reckons he’s happy enough. He enjoys his cricket, a few beers, and a quiet life. If he’s a bit lonely, it’s not the end of the world.

Clay befriends Ethan, hoping he can cheer up the sad-eyed young man, and a crush on an unattainable straight guy is exactly the safe distraction Ethan needs. Yet as the days pass and their connection grows, long-repressed desires surface in Clay, and they are shocked to discover romance sparking. Clay is the sexy, rugged man of Ethan’s dreams, and as the clock counts down on their time together, neither wants this honeymoon to end.

 

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“The Spy’s Love Song” by Kim Fielding

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Jaxon Powers has what most only dream of: fame, fortune, gold records and GRAMMY awards, lavish hotel suites, and an endless parade of eager bedmates. He’s adored all over the world—even in the remote, repressive country of Vasnytsia, where the tyrannical dictator is a big fan. The State Department hopes a performance might improve American relations with a dangerous enemy. But it means Jaxon’s going in alone—with one exception. Secret agent Reid Stanfill has a covert agenda with global ramifications. Duty means everything to him, even when it involves protecting a jaded rock star. Jaxon and Reid’s mutual attraction is dangerous under Vasnytsia’s harsh laws—and matters get even worse when they’re trapped inside the borders. Romance will have to wait, assuming they make it out alive.

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“A Chosen Man” by Jaime Reese

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For Wall McCormack, actions speak louder than words. He’s giving and protective, loyal to his friends, and devoted to his job. While confident and powerful enough to conquer any challenge, his greatest strength lies in his calm nature. Until an unexpected assignment sends his world into a loud and colorful chaos he never could have anticipated.

Rejection. It’s something Dylan Vaughn has known his entire life. But he’s a tough nut to crack and refuses to break. Armed with a sharp tongue and brutal honesty, he pushes through life and at anyone who attempts to take him on. Except for the quiet guardian who piques his interest and dares him to want…more.

When Dylan’s past comes back with a vengeance and jeopardizes their growing connection, Wall will stop at nothing to protect the younger man and remain by his side. But convincing Dylan that someone accepts the real man behind the cocky facade might prove to be Wall’s greatest challenge yet.

With his freedom on the line, Dylan must trust the strength of their bond and confront the forces threatening their future. Only then will he realize the dream of acceptance is real and finally have a place to call home.

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“Lucky” by Garrett Leigh

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Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it.

Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits.

Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall.

Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.

 

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“Something Different” by S.A. Reid

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An Unhappily Married Man
Michael Maguire’s love life has always lacked … something. His wife is cold, his children are distant, and he’s desperate for one night of self-indulgence. One night of real pleasure. So he heads to notorious Brixton Park seeking a prostitute, so divorced from his own needs, he isn’t even sure of his type.

A Rent Boy
James Campbell is one trick away from life on the street. Trapped in the world’s oldest profession, he long ago gave up on breaking free. When he sees Michael on a bench in Brixton Park, he doesn’t take no for an answer. James knows he can provide all the pleasure an unhappy, repressed man needs.

Something Different
That first night leads to an affair so deep, so honest and challenging, neither Michael nor James can predict its end. Each tryst brings them a little closer, sampling every kind of pleasure until nothing is off the table. Not even love…

 

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“Private Charter” by N.R. Walker

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Stuart Jenner’s job is high stress, high stakes, and everything he’s strived for. So why, when the apex of his career is within reach, does he stumble? At his doctor’s insistence, he books a privately chartered yacht to sail around the Whitsundays for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex. When his friend-with-benefits bails on him at the last minute, Stuart decides to go alone.

Foster Knight left the rat race behind six years ago, bought a yacht, and now calls the Great Barrier Reef his home. Sailing tourists around tropical waters is all in a day’s work, and he’s never been happier. When his next client arrives alone, the two-week charter will be the most private job he’s ever had.

Foster can see how stressed and exhausted Stuart is, and he promises him extensive rest and relaxation. Stuart slowly realises his original plan for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex might not be lost yet. Confined to a yacht, isolated by aqua-coloured oceans and the sweltering sun, Stuart and Foster are about to find out just how hot the tropics can get.

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“Risk Taker” by Lily Morton

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Henry’s the odd man out. All his friends are settling down, and his reputation as the Hook-Up King of London seems more like a curse than a blessing these days. Especially when it keeps photojournalist Ivo, his best friend and the brilliant man he’s loved since they were fifteen, at arm’s length. But that’s where Ivo wants him, right? Putting aside his feelings, Henry decides to give up casual sex and look for the real deal. After all, he has no chance with Ivo – or does he?

Henry is everything to Ivo. Best friend, soul mate, the one person who has never let him down. The one person he is loyal to above everything and everyone. But Henry’s in a box marked best friend and that’s where Ivo’s kept him for nearly twenty years, despite steadily falling in love with the gentle man. And besides, why would Henry want to date Ivo? Burned out and injured, he’s the walking embodiment of damaged.

Distance has helped Henry and Ivo keep a lid on their attraction, but when they find themselves in the same city for a change—Ivo hurt and needing assistance, and Henry more than willing to provide it—the two best friends grow closer than ever, forcing a realization, and a decision. Risk their friendship for their hearts? Or can they have both?

 

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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