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Pre-Release: Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs #1) by Santino Hassell


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Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.



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Mare's Review


*** Thank you Mr. Hassell for a copy of the e-book ***

musical note

He could be a stranger you gave a second glance
He could be a trophy of a one night stand
He could have your humour, but I don’t understand
‘Cause he’ll never love you like I can, can, can

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From the moment I got this book I was hard pressed to put it down. I’ve had a book hangover for dayzzzz after devouring this. Dayzzzzz.

I don’t even think it was 1 moment or 1 phrase, a word or a paragraph that stuck out to me. It was just overall badassery that Mr. Hassell knows how to bring alive on the pages.

It was the realness and the rawness and the chemistry that “contemporary romance” has been lacking something serious of late. The sexual attraction, the chemistry, the UST, the raw depths of emotion. The hey I’m not fuckin perfect. The no one is angle. All of this has been missing from the up and coming contemporary romances that have passed my e-reader by, So it was refreshing. And gritty. And so perfectly imperfect.

The characterization, the flaws, the struggles. It made it hard to read and not reflect on personal entities. The European parentals, the upbringing, nationalities, the meshing, and the people who helped you make it through.

I mentioned Badassery right. Well if Mr Hassell writes good badassery he also wrote some seriouzzzzzzzly amazing dirty talk & delicious sex scenes, So delicious that, I kid you not, broke my e-reader.

I can’t pimp this book more. I would give you quotes and teasers of the delicious sex but I figure that would just be really mean.  So if all I can give you is my word, well you have it.

Refreshing, gritty, real and raw. Also delicious.

Add it, read it, love it. Cause you will.

musical note

Why are you looking down all the wrong roads?
When mine is the heart and the salt of the soul
There may be lovers who hold out their hands
But they’ll never love you like I can, can, can
They’ll never love you like I can, can

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AND. There’s 5 books in this series. And book 2 is going to be so so so good..,, Because Raymond.

PS. Mr Hassell if you any way feel bad about breaking my e-reader you can just make it up to me by giving me book 2 ok. We’ll call that even right?!?! Right?!?!?



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A Royal Affair by John Wiltshire


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Doctor Nikolai Hartmann represents himself as a learned man of science who believes wholly in the rational and scientific above all else. In reality, he is a man haunted by an unusual past and running from his own nature. While the Reformation transforms much of Europe, it has yet to touch Hesse-Davia; this is a land mired in superstition with cruel punishments for crimes such as witchcraft and sodomy.

While traveling to the dying king’s bedside to offer his medical expertise, Nikolai is set upon by a bandit. Reaching the king’s ancient stronghold, he discovers his mysterious brigand is the beautiful, arrogant Prince Aleksey. Aleksey is everything Nikolai is not: unguarded, passionate and willful. Despite their differences, Nikolai feels an irresistible desire for the young royal that keeps him in Aleksey’s thrall.

But Hesse-Davia is a dangerous world for a newly crowned king who wants to reform his country—and for the man who loves him.


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Mare's Review


4 Stellar Kingly stars. 

What can I say? I am totally in love with this book.

The story reminded me a lot of Captive Prince. But. It is definitely not the same. The similarities are there is a Prince, except there is only 1 prince. The sarcasm. The banter. The flirting. The sexual tension.

Is it me or is it that most historical’s that I’ve read have way more sexual tension than a modern day romance? I’m assuming that there would be because back then it was such a sin. But. Sexual tension is such a rush with books. It keeps you on your toes and keeps you interested in reading the book. It makes you salivate with WANT till you get to that part. The build up. The connection.  Because really it is and always will be about the connection for me when reading.

This book was neither meh or just ok. I loved it. Told in Nikolai’s POV the whole time.

I fell in love with a Prince and a Doctor, a horse and a wolf.



I fell in love with the banter. The sarcasm. The innuendos. The touches. The glances.

Before I dived in, I checked the book on GR, and I saw that the author answered someone’s question on whether this book was HEA or HFN. He responded to state ” There is sequel with the same characters, so I will leave you to decide!” 

I hate cliffies.They are the bane of my existence because then I have to wait. And wait. And I forget. But even with knowing this, and knowing that it probably wouldn’t end well for me,,, (the waiting, the wanting…I still jumped in both feet first. I’m so happy that I did! Because it did not end with a WTF moment. It ended superbly, with a smile on my face, and my heart squeezing with Love oh sweet love.

John Wiltshire wrote such a vivid tale of historical love. The supporting characters, the main characters. Love.

It is a slow build but for me it was worth it. The intrigue, the deaths, the magic.

Aleksey and Nikolai will stay with me forever.

Love is


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The Art of Breathing (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #3)



Tyson Thompson graduated high school at sixteen and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trailing behind him. His brother, Bear, and his brother’s husband, Otter, believe coming home is exactly what Tyson needs to find himself again. Surrounded by family in the Green Monstrosity, Tyson attempts to put the pieces of his broken life back together.

But shortly after he arrives home, Tyson comes face to face with inevitability in the form of his childhood friend and first love, Dominic Miller, who he hasn’t seen since the day he left Seafare. As their paths cross, old wounds reopen, new secrets are revealed, and Tyson discovers there is more to his own story than he was told all those years ago.

In a sea of familiar faces, new friends, and the memories of a mother’s devastating choice, Tyson will learn that in order to have any hope for a future, he must fight the ghosts of his past.


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Mare's Review



I’m so in love. With TJ Klune. Don’t tell my husband. Its unfair to him to know that he has competition for my heart. Not that my love will ever be requited. I know that. And I am totally ok with that. I have a case of awe-inspiring hero worship.

Typical heroes carry shit. Like swords, and light-spears, they have bat mobiles and spider webs, A gold lasso. A cape.

My heroes always carry words. ALWAYS.

That’s the thing about words. Once they are written they can never be taken away. And if those words can touch the core of you, they will stay with you forever more.

Forever more, forever more, forever more is TJ Klune to me.

Mr Klune, don’t ever stop doing what you do,


Cause I’m just a Canadian girl, not French Canadian mind you, who’s son had inspirations to be a zamboni driver when he was 3.( do you know how much I laughed at that)  I sit in a cubicle. I however am not in a loveless marriage and sex is not just a full moon thing, And as I sat at work, in my cubicle at quarter end (busy busy time for me) I didn’t care who saw me reading and laughing and crying. Because all those people are soulless sales reps that would never understand all of my feelings in that 8 hour time frame. They didn’t get to enjoy Tyson and Bear and Otter and Dom and Ben and and…. I smiled, a little maliciously, cause that piece of heaven that was given to us by you, Mr Klune, was only MY piece of heaven in that time frame.

This book made me laugh so hard I thought I was going to burst something.

Thank you for all my good laughs, and tears at the hand of your words.

Cause the tears were aplenty. Aplenty I tell you.

And it was worth EVERY.SINGLE.TEAR

That feeling of your heart near but bursting, that immense feeling of happiness to sadness, the high’s and the low’s, the love, the hurt, the loss, the pain. The everything. The every Breath. 

All of it, the past 24 hours were so worth it.

It was inevitable.

BOATK is journey that I as a reader will never ever forget, This book is so memorable, endearing, heart warming. Its like wrapping yourself in your favourite blanket and sitting outside with a cup of coffee on a fall morning; The sound of your kids having a conversation with each other; Your husband telling you you look pretty. Its the little things that all add up to 1 whole big spectrum of amazing, astounding, unforgettable…. I can’t think of any more adjectives.

As I neared the end,I didn’t want it to END. I tried to savour this book like 1 might savour a good wine. But like the glutton that I am, I just couldn’t stop and that’s fine, because the re-reads that will be going down until BOATK4 will just need to tide me over.

TJ Klune has another book coming out July 25th. Dare I say it may be Sandy and Darren’s time? Or maybe Kori/Corey who really deserves his own HEA.  One can only guess and wait. The wait’s not long though, because forever more, forever more, forever more.


Enter the giveaway

For a paperback copy of The Art of Breathing~


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Heart Knot Mine by Lily Velden



Despite a successful college teaching career, Noah Daniels has become depressed. He feels he’s leading a monochromatic life: love has eluded him. When he’s offered a chance to teach in London as part of an exchange program, he accepts, hoping a change of scenery will do him good. But once he’s there, his outlook on love and sexuality changes in ways he never expected. 

Robert Callinan is Noah’s English counterpart in the program. The men exchange not only their jobs, but also their homes, and it is what Noah stumbles across while staying at Robert’s house that sends him on a journey of self-discovery—both mentally and physically. A journey that puts color back into his life… just not in the way he expected. When the exchange program ends, Noah has to go home, but he doesn’t know if he wants to return to the life he left behind.

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I am unsure how to rate this book. Some parts were a stellar 5 and then other parts were a 3.  So I’m gonna go with 3.5-4 stars.

Kudos to the author because she sure made me feel alot of feelz and I didn’t roll my eyes ONCE.

I did cry and get angry, I did smile and laugh. A wound of those said emotions always end up with me advising that this was an epic read.

But there’s something holding me back.


I am not avert to cheating. I know a lot of readers out there are. Refuse to read a book where cheating is a basis. I’m ok with it, makes the angst more real and I’m 100% an angst junkie.

This wasn’t cheating though. This was disrespect. This was no care at all. This was a direct SLAP in Noah’s face. DIRECT. There is something called conversating. Like “Hey Noah, lets go to the bath house and get it on with other people in front of each other. How do you feel about that?

Putting myself in Noah’s shoes. I almost vomited. I wanted to slice Robert’s balls off. I wanted to beat the ever living shit out of him. I can’t even FATHOM what went on in his head.

And that right there is my problem I think.

We had 1 POV throughout the entire book. Noah’s. Robert remained a mystery. I couldn’t get what made him move the way he did.  He lost his parents over bigotry. And that’s a hard pill to swallow. I get it. I do. But you had a loving grandmother that raised you and took you to gay clubs no less. So why the self-pity of not needing or wanting love? I just didn’t get it. I didn’t get him. I pretty much didn’t even like him close to the end. I felt as if he didn’t do enough to deserve Noah.

Noah~ Dear sweet Noah. He pretty much took to gay the way I take too food. His light bulb went off and that was it. No self doubt. No questions. This is me, and that is all. I liked that. If he had blinders on for 80% of the book so be it. He was in love. For the 1st time. 1st love is bliss and rainbows and cookies and hugs and kisses. And then 1st love can be heartbreak and tears and OMG I hate life and OMG I’m so sad. He had a lot of mountains that he had to pass and he did so with dignity. If only he made Robert grovel more.

The sex was amazing. The taken virginity. The 1st kiss. GAH, I’m a sucker for sexy ass kisses. This book did not disappoint on the hotness factor. It was a stellar 5.


“That one kiss was the best sex I ever had.”

Best line of the book right there.


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