Blog Tour and Review: Endings and Beginnings by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams

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Author Names: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

Book Name: Endings and Beginnings

Series: Collars & Cuffs

Book: Eight

This is the final book in the series, which should be read from Beginning to End. 😉 (See what we did there?)

Release Date: July 18, 2016

Blurb:

In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.

Collars & Cuffs’s new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.

Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.

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Tour Stop, Review: Just The Way You Are by E E Montgomery

Just The Way You AreAuthor Name: E E Montgomery

Book Name: Just The Way You Are      

Series: Just Life #4

Can be read as a standalone, but there are elements in the other stories that will add depth to this one

 

Release Date: April 17, 2015

Blurb:

After ten years in an abusive relationship and a near-fatal knife wound, Jonathan Watson is finally free. Unused to being able to make even the smallest decision and smothered by family and well-meaning neighbors, he’s floundering in the real world. Jonathan is afraid of falling into another relationship too quickly and realizes he needs time to rediscover who he is before he attaches himself to another man.

He never counted on meeting Ben Urquhart, though. Ben tempts Jonathan to forget everything and take a leap.  For Ben, it’s love at first sight, and he doesn’t want to take it slow. He wants to build a life with Jonathan, free from harm and full of laughter. But before they can take the next step, they must protect Jonathan from his possessive, threatening ex. Jonathan must find the courage to confront him and break the chains of his past before he can be truly free to build a future with Ben.

Pages or Words: 70,000 words

 

My Review: The cover is beautiful, simply stunning. And so is Jonathan, the man this story is about. He tries to get away from his manipulating, abusing ex, and while Jonathan has the strength, it’s so hard to finally take his life in his own hands and find love again.

I loved how E E took me into the story, how I felt with Jonathan, his doubts, his attempts to get away from Anthony, the moments when he thinks he just should get back to him, only to realize then he’s better off without him. I was taken in by the sweet love that slowly blossoms between Ben and Jonathan, shadowed by the events in Jonathan’s past, yet stronger than Anthony would’ve ever guessed.

Shorter chapters in Anthony’s POV add to the depth of the story, since they show how his twisted mind really works.

In short, if you want a sweet love story and see that love is stronger than everything, then go ahead and get yourself your copy. You won’t regret it.

5***** of 5 stars

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

Excerpt:

Chapter ONE

JONATHAN SHIVERED in the early morning air but not from the chill. He wrapped his arms around himself and groaned as his wound tugged against the movement. He relaxed slowly as the pain eased. From where he stood, he could see between the two apartment blocks to where the sun glinted off the Brisbane River. Five years ago he used to watch the ferries puddle their way up and down the river, dropping passengers here at Hamilton and across the way at Bulimba. He’d missed that view for a long time. He wondered if he’d miss the house now that he was leaving it.

The house was gray—morning gray, Anthony had called it, but it had always looked like unwashed, neglected underwear to him. The lines of the house were precise and symmetrical, unlike the yard. The front lawn bore scars, just like his chest. They were from his Cruiser skidding to a stop the night Anthony had sent him to kill Mark. His eyes burned as he thought how close he’d come to doing what his boyfriend told him to.

At the time, he didn’t think he had any other choice. It was kill or be killed. Literally. By the end of that night, Mark had been the only one left uninjured. Liam’s leg had thankfully healed quickly where Anthony had stabbed him. Anthony was still in hospital with a self-inflicted knife wound to the stomach, and Jonathan… Jonathan was done with that life. Anthony’s knife in his chest—so close to his heart it was clearly intended to be fatal—had cured him of whatever delusions he’d held onto that let him believe he was in love with the man. Even Anthony’s assertions that Jonathan was responsible for him being in a wheelchair since the car accident two years before wouldn’t get him to stay.

He was out of it now, or at least he would be as soon as the removalists came and took his stuff away. Then he could begin to heal. The first step had been to learn to breathe again after his lung collapsed when Anthony stabbed him. The next step… he didn’t know what the next step after this was. He wasn’t going to admit it to anyone, but he was just as terrified now, starting a life of his own—on his own—as he was when he thought he was going to die.

The trembling began again. Dizzy. Couldn’t catch his breath. He leaned beside the front door and forced himself to bring his mind back to the here and now and looked around again. There was a new section of fence now, and the Cruiser had been repaired and sat at the curb, waiting for him. His cousin must have had the damage repaired while Jonathan was in the hospital—learning how to make his lung work again after his boyfriend had tried to kill him. He shook the thoughts from his head. He had to stop thinking like this or he’d go mad.

Sleep last night had been impossible. The house had been cleaned, but nothing was going to completely remove the blood splattered on the white carpet. His blood.

A low rumble burbled through the air, and a truck turned onto the street. Jonathan’s heart raced. “You can do this,” he whispered, although he wasn’t quite sure which part of “this” he was talking about. It could be dealing with strangers on his own, or it could be leaving Anthony—finally. He pressed the heel of his hand over the dressing on his chest. Staying with Anthony was no longer an option.

The truck stopped and turned to reverse into the driveway. The high-pitched beeping made Jonathan jump and, to calm himself, he focused on the two men sitting in the cab. The driver looked young and blond, the passenger older and shriveled, his hair sticking out in unkempt tangles.

“Two people. Not Anthony. You’re outside, everything’s marked. You don’t need to go inside with them at all if you don’t want to. You can do this.” He counted his breaths in and out. The beeping stopped, the engine cut out, and the driver’s door opened.

Long, well-formed legs slipped from the cab, by-passing the step completely as a muscled body slid to the ground. Khaki cargo shorts bunched enticingly around a spectacular package before settling loosely around slim hips as the man’s boot-clad feet landed on the ground and he stood away from the truck. Jonathan moved his gaze up the body. The worn T-shirt did nothing to hide the trim stomach and prominent pecs and the sleeves framed the rounded deltoids perfectly. Jonathan sighed as he lifted his focus higher to see the man’s wide smile.

 

Sales Links:

Amazon US 

Dreamspinner: Ebook

Dreamspinner: Print

 

About the author:

E E Montgomery wants the world to be a better place, with equality and acceptance for all. Her philosophy is: We can’t change the world but we can change our small part of it and, in that way, influence the whole. Writing stories that show people finding their own ‘better place’ is part of E E Montgomery’s own small contribution.

Thankfully, there’s never a shortage of inspiration for stories that show people growing in their acceptance and love of themselves and others. A dedicated people-watcher, E E finds stories everywhere. In a cafe, a cemetery, a book on space exploration or on the news, there’ll be a story of personal growth, love, and unconditional acceptance there somewhere.

 

Where to find the author:

You can contact E E Montgomery at eemontgomery11@gmail.com; on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ewynelaine.montgomery;

on Twitter: @EEMontgomery1;

or at her web site: http://www.eemontgomery.com/ and blog: http://www.eemontgomery.com/blog.

 

Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25163510-just-the-way-you-are

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rafflecopter Prize: One copy of the each of the first three books in the series

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Review: Songs of the Earth (Sumerian’s Sons #2) by Lexi Ander

This is the second Printbook in the Sumeria’s Sons series. They need to be read in order.

About the book:
Tristan has found out about his heritage and plans on embracing it, even if a lot of things are still in the dark. He also accepted he’s deeply in love with Ushna, whom he calls his husband.
The urge to claim Ushna as his own rides him strong, but he can’t do that, since the man is not his Twin Flame. If he’d do it, he’d sentence Ushna to be alone in his future lifes. It has to be enough for him to have Ushna by his side in the present. The world around them is dangerous, with threats coming up left and right, but Tristan, together with Ushna, stands up and fights.
But then the Gods approach him to do something he’d never even dreamt off. 

My thoughts about it: I loved it as much as the first one. It sometimes moved so fast, I had to go back and reread, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. Picking up where the first book ended, this book grabbed me from the first line and held my attention to the end. I can only say it again: Go get your copy and read it.

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

Official info:

Blurb:

Thrust into the role of Prince of the Lycans, Tristan strives to find his footing in a life suddenly rife with secrets and lies—and danger. Betrayed by a Goddess meant to safeguard him, desperate to protect his consort and their growing tribe, he can only prepare for the worst and struggle to hope.
And then the worst comes to kill them…

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Review: Twin Flames (Sumerian’s Sons #1) by Lexi Ander

I have no idea why I haven’t read a book from Lexi before. I’ll work my way through her other books now since I had no idea what I’ve missed 🙂

I received my ARC for the third book in this series, but I realized after the first page that this was a series (I should really start to pay more attention).

Since the books need to be read in order, I started with book one and I’ll try to review this book without giving away spoilers:

Tristan gets hurt by the one person who’s supposed to love him unconditionally, his Twin Flame. Only Ushna, his best friend, is there for him in that dark time and helps him survive. 

Years later, Tristan finally finds the love again, but all he can have is a shadow of what he was supposed to have with his Twin Flame. It’s better than nothing, but still not the same as with his Twin Flame, even if it makes him happy.

But with happiness comes trouble. Big trouble. Nothing in Tristan’s life is as it was, and big relevations test him and the new love he just found.

My thoughts about it: I  simply couldn’t stop. I totally got lost in Tristan and Ushna’s world. I did nothing but read. My fingernails suffered with Tristan. Other parts were just funny, Tristan’s dry humor coming out. I might have embarrassed myself with laughing out loud in a dentist’s waiting room (I was not alone!). It’s great to see Tristan slowly coming back to his former self, and to see the new love grow. And Tristan’s seduction tactics were simply too funny (That might have been one of the parts that made me laugh out loud.).

The book is well written, well edited, and fast paced. I simply loved it. Buy it today and get lost in Tristan’s world. You won’t regret it. Book Two is also available, my review of it coming in the next days.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’ve added the general info for you:

Blurb:

 

A Lycan descendant of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, Tristan is not as extraordinary as his ancestors. He is an average warrior, unremarkable throughout. But this fact does not trouble him because he has found his Twin Flame, the one person destined to be his, who will love him unconditionally, life after life.

 Then his Flame betrays him, leaving him shattered and dying. Brokenhearted, Tristan dissolves the sacred bond and leaves. His best friend, Ushna, accompanies him, vowing to guard and protect him, and Tristan slowly comes to realize that love does not require a sacred bond.

 But if he hopes to keep the love he chooses, they will first have to survive ancient secrets, lies, mythical creatures, and the return of absent gods…

Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Less than Three Press.

 

Publisher: Less Than Three Press:

Release Date: October 1, 2014

Cover Artist: London Burden

Genre: Fantasy/Gay

ISBN: 9781620044353

Available in both ebook and print here:

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