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Release Day Review ~ The New Wolf (Building The Pack #1)

Release Day Review ~ The New Wolf (Building The Pack #1)

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The New Wolf (Building The Pack #1) – RJ Scott

Length: 25,500 words

Cover: Meredith Russell

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

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A dangerous lone wolf is intent on destroying the beginnings of a pack and when Connor is attacked and near death, there is only one thing that can save him. A wolf shifter’s bite.

After a hate crime leaves one of them near dead, Veterinarian Josh Nolan and Cop Connor Vincent are starting a new life in Black Creek, a remote town on the edge of the Green Mountains range, Vermont. Josh is taking over his grandfather’s practice, and Connor starts a new position with the local sheriff’s office. When Connor becomes curious about unsolved crimes going back fifty years he cant know the kind of secrets he begins to unearth. Or the danger that he puts himself and Josh in.

 

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The smell of coffee woke him and he reached across the bed to check for Josh. When he felt empty sheets, he assumed Josh was the one making coffee. His feet hitting the floor sent a sensation of pain up his legs and he cursed under his breath. He had issued a check with Josh that his body couldn’t cash. Either that or he was getting old. Padding into the kitchen, he blearily rubbed his eyes. It seemed they’d slept through the day and it was after nine in the evening. Josh was wearing sweats that hung from his hipbones and in the soft light from the hall, the dark kitchen was casting weird shadows around his lover. Connor had never seen anything so beautiful as Josh leaning against the counter, waiting for the coffee machine to do its thing.

He yawned widely behind a hand and crossed to Josh, cuddling him from behind. Josh tensed in his arms momentarily in surprise. Evidently, he hadn’t expected Connor out of bed yet. Then he relaxed back into Connor’s hold and finally turned in his arms and pulled Connor closer for a hug.

“How you doing?” he asked gently.

“Aching a bit,” Connor answered truthfully. After five years together, Josh could see through Connor like his mom used to be able to do. According to Josh, he could tell when Connor was lying, joking, or any other ing Connor attempted to pull on him.

“You should probably take some more pain meds.” Josh punctuated that with a kiss and, for a second, they stood close and kissed gentle close-mouthed kisses and simply held each other.

“It’s weird,” Connor started. “My thigh is fine, my chest, fine, but I feel like every muscle in me aches, and my joints, my knees, even my damn elbows. Like I’ve pushed too many weights, or run three marathons back to back.”

Josh tugged back a little and, even without being able to see into Josh’s eyes, Connor knew his other half was probably going to mention the unnecessary sex in the hallway. He wasn’t wrong.

“We shouldn’t have done that this morning,” Josh admonished. “You’re not well enough.”

“I was fine. You weren’t complaining.”

Josh huffed a laugh, then turned back to the coffee. Carrying two mugs into the front room, they sat next to each other on the old wide sofa that had come as part of the house.

“I’ll be complaining tomorrow,” Josh deadpanned. “I’m not saying it wasn’t hot, but jeez, look at this.” He wriggled a little and pushed down his sweats to expose his left hipbone and five perfect crescent dents that were red and sore.

“Shit, babe,” Connor snapped immediately. He placed the coffee down, then touched the marks on Josh’s beautiful unblemished skin. “Did I do that?” He leaned down and pressed a kiss to the marks, then sat back up, not knowing what to say. Should he say sorry? Is that what Josh wanted. Why was it so difficult to read Josh’s expression? Normally he could read Josh as easily as he, himself could be read.

“You just don’t know your own strength,” Josh said without accusation. Then he straddled Connor’s lap and buried his face in Connor’s neck. “I fucking loved it,” Josh mumbled.

Connor held him tight and relished the feel of Josh’s skin against his own. “I love you,” he said gently.

“I love you, too,” Josh murmured. “Don’t ever get attacked in the forest again. Okay?”

Connor moved so that more of Josh’s weight rested on him. The feeling of him was exquisite. Then he cuddled hard and made a mental promise never to go into the trees again.

 

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4.5*

This is a re-release of the first novella in a three book series written by different authors. Each novella follows the story of two different main characters within the overall story arc.

I enjoyed this fast-paced and compact story. I immediately got a feel for the character dynamics and the set-up. I liked how the paranormal mystery is gradually revealed and the effect it has on the main characters’ romance. Josh and Connor are already an established couple at the start of the story, having  recently moved from New York to settle in a small remote town in Vermont. Connor is finding it hard to adjust, but Josh is willing to move back to the city for him. The guys are obviously devoted to each other and their few sex scenes are hot and passionate. However, suspicious goings-on keep them in Black Creek and impact on their relationship with an almost devastating effect.

The writing style, the engaging characters, and the shifter storyline are all compelling and kept me reading swiftly to the end. I particularly liked the world-building, both within the ‘real’ and the paranormal world, and the brief glimpses we get into pack life and its history. I noticed some editing issues, but nothing major that detracted from the overall story.

The ending of the story was wrapped up quite abruptly with the main story arc left unresolved. Book 2 and 3 need to be seen as part of the whole, so this book shouldn’t be read in isolation or seen as the end of the story. Josh and Connor get their HFN, but I’m hoping the other two authors give Josh and Connor a role in their subsequent stories as I’d like to see the impact the shifter revelation has had on their relationship.

 

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RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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Tales from The Edge Series Blast

 Guest Post by L.M. Somerton

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New beginnings

There’s a line in a song by rock band The Editors, “Some things should be simple; even an end has a start”, which has resonated with me recently as I come to the end of a book series. Tales from The Edge consists of eight books and four free short stories and began almost four years ago with Reaching The Edge. The main characters, Olly and Joe, have inhabited my head ever since and letting go has proved anything but simple. I wish they were real – they’d make really good friends and I think a night out with them might be an adventure!

I didn’t want to write a never-ending series where readers forget what the whole premise was about and characters become formulaic caricatures. That’s boring for the reader and the writer. But, I never imagined how involved readers would become with the fictional lives of a group of kinky, loving men who overcome their problems with the help of friendship, perseverance and a healthy dose of snark.

Whilst writing Tales from The Edge, I frequently found myself accidentally creating characters with the potential for stories of their own, so I may have to indulge in a few more short freebies when the urge takes me! In the meantime, the final book in the series sows the seed for a new set of stories I’ll also be starting this year. So the end really is a start.

Thanks so much for hosting me. xx

 

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Five lucky winners will receive an ebook of their choice from my back list.

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Driven to The Edge

“So, fans of the Tales from The Edge series, buckle up. Here is the next story that you’ve been waiting for. And those new to the series, it’s never too late to start. You won’t be sorry. This is one of my favorite m/m, BDSM series. Enjoy!”  Becky Condit for USA Today.

Scorched Edges

“The characters are intelligent, spirited, and needless to say smoking hot.  Between danger and drama Scorched Edges has it all.  This series consistently gives readers smoldering, sensual, and engaging stories to enjoy.  Scorched Edges is another must read.” Joyfully Reviewed.

Rough Around the Edges

“The sex…HOLY COW! I love how Harry takes charge – his Dom juju made my heart beat faster.”  Inked Rainbow Reads

A Double-Edged Sword

“This pair have love, respect and honesty to help them through and ‘contract’ their new relationship. The story was real, the secondary characters important and the sex was sizzling!”  Prism Book Alliance

Dancing on the Edge

“Sensual dominance rules the day in Dancing on the Edge where desire sets the standard in tasteful erotic love play.”  Joyfully Reviewed

Living on the Edge

“Living on the Edge is Yummy! This quick read is loaded with great characters, sizzling M/M sex, and engaging twists.”  Jeep Diva

Reaching the Edge

“Oh, and Olly? My favorite character. God he’s just a freaking dervish. He’s like a Gremlin. Don’t feed him sugar. EVER. You’ll see.”  Mrs Condit & Friends

 

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Series Blurb

The Edge is a training company with a difference. It’s weekend clients come for classes in bondage and domination, not team building and problem solving. The management, staff and customers of The Edge do not lead boring lives. In fact they have a habit of getting themselves into all kinds of trouble. Put dominant, possessive alpha males together with bratty, loveable submissives and sparks are bound to fly. Tales from The Edge are their stories.

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Blurb for Binding the Edges (Book #8 in the series)

Never let go of the one you love.

After recent traumatic events, Olly is finding it hard to get his head around what happened. While he tries to deal with a maelstrom of emotions, renovations at The Edge are in full flow, alongside preparations for tenth anniversary celebrations. Joe, his Dom, recognizes Olly’s delicate state of mind and does his best to reassure him. A trip to the New Forest with their friends, Aiden and Heath, helps the healing process.

Returning home, Olly and Aiden focus on preparations for the party. When Aiden is called away, Olly takes a walk to clear his head, keeping his eye on a brewing storm. To his horror, he discovers Mark Vickery, an old enemy, has landed on the island by boat and is out for revenge.

With Olly missing and the storm raging, Joe, Heath and Aiden set out on a rescue mission that unfolds in a way none of them expected. Can the storm wash away the past or will Olly and Joe’s future be destroyed by a twist of fate?

 

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Excerpt from Binding the Edges

Olly tilted his head back to get a proper look at Joe’s face. Joe’s expression gave no indication of remorse or guilt, just his usual serene certainty that everything was under control. His control. He pressed a finger against Olly’s lips preventing him from forming them into a pout.

“Who knows what’s best for you, sweetheart?”

Olly ducked his head, escaping Joe’s finger. “You do, Sir.” In Olly’s mind, nothing was more certain. Joe only ever acted in Olly’s best interest, even to his own detriment. “But you don’t have to worry about me.”

“That’s for me to decide, Oliver. After everything you’ve been through recently I didn’t want you to be on your own.”

“Because you’re a psychologist and you were analyzing me?” Olly asked.

“No, because you needed a friend. I know what you’d do if you had too much time on your own to think. You’d mull over every detail of what happened and start to blame yourself, wish you’d handled things differently. Then you’d start worrying about all the what ifs with that creative imagination of yours, and end up having nightmares for weeks.”

“You know me too well, Sir.” Olly nuzzled against Joe’s chest, absorbing his warmth.

“I have better things to do with you in bed than watch you toss and turn in your sleep.”

“Yes, Sir.”

“So no sulking with Aiden. He’s a good friend.”

“The best. Now I understand why he didn’t run away when I interrogated him about what he and Heath got up to last night. I think you did me a favor, Sir.”

“That grin is far too wicked. I suspect you need to be punished.” “Ooh, yes please!”

“But you have packing to finish because we need to get on the road if we’re going to make it to Hampshire in time for dinner.”

“You’re no fun, Sir.” Olly was torn between wanting to play with Joe and his curiosity about their destination. He would also get to see Carey and Alistair. Maybe some of his other friends, too. “What do you want me to take?”

Joe gave him a curious glance. The press of Joe’s fingers under his chin tilted Olly’s head back. “This isn’t like you. Usually you’d have two enormous suitcases stuffed to bursting by now. What’s going on?”

“Sorry, Sir.” Tears that seemed to come all too quickly stung Olly’s eyes.

“Hey, now. None of that.” Joe kissed away a tear. “Are you having a tough time making decisions at the moment?”

Olly nodded. He worried that if he spoke he’d have a full-on nuclear meltdown. “Well, it’s a good job you have me, isn’t it?”

Olly bobbed his head, feeling a bit like a nodding dog toy. His head felt too heavy for his neck and a wave of exhaustion washed over him. He wanted to grab a pillow, one that smelled of Joe, hug it tight and drift off to sleep.

 

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Buy Links for Binding the Edges

Pride Publishing  |  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK

 

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LM lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

LM is winner of the National Leather Association’s Pauline Reage Award for best novel and the 2016 Golden Flogger Award for best BDSM novel in the LGBT category. She has received multiple Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards and won the Action and Adventure category of Divine Magazine’s Book Awards in 2015. You can track her down online here:

 

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Pride Publishing page  |  Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Pinterest   |  Amazon Author Page

 

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PsyCop Briefs Audiobook Review



Title: PsyCop Briefs: Volume 1 (PsyCop short stories)
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Publisher: JCP Books (Self-Published)
Release Date: 20th December, 2016
Genre(s): Urban fantasy, paranormal, contemporary romance
Length: 7 hours and 45 mins

Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living…and he sees them off the clock, too.  After all, ghosts don’t confine their appearances to a psychic medium’s work hours.

From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic’s life with Jacob between cases, from both men’s viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery.

The twenty short works range in length from flash fiction to novelettes, woven together to create a novel-length narrative of Vic and Jacob’s relationship from a fresh perspective. The stories are gleaned from various sources: anthologies, newsletters, and web, with four all-new pieces to tie the collection together and delve deeper into your favorite PsyCops’ domestic life.

Coffee O’Clock
Thaw
Mind Reader
Stroke of Midnight
No Sale
Most Likely To…
Jock Straps On Sale
Piece of Cake
In the Dark
Let the Chips Fall
Memento
Impact
Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
Waiting Game
On the Road
Wood
Off the Cuff
Locked and Loaded
Inside Out
Witness

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five-stars

A varied collection of twenty PsyCop stories, from brief vignettes to longer multi-chaptered novellas. Some delightful, some gripping, and all enthralling if you are a PsyCop fan. They are vaguely chronological in order, although Inside Out is a prequel or sort of flashback to a time before the series began and Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns and Witness are set in the future. Each story complements the fabulous series, providing a different slant on Vic and Jacob’s relationship, or give a glimpse into their everyday life. We are also treated to several smoking hot scenes. I particularly liked the occasional change of point of view. Both Lisa and Jacob get to tell us a story. I especially enjoyed Stroke of Midnight, Memento, Wood, Inside Out, and Witness. Wonderful world-building, great writing, and a superb romance!

As always Gomez Pugh narrates the stories in his distinct and flawless manner. He is Victor Bayne—snarky, humorous, fabulous. And my knees still go weak whenever I hear Jacob’s husky voice! 

 

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My Top Reads and Audiobooks ~ October – December

This time last year I signed up for the Goodreads Challenge.

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I more than doubled my original goal and read over two hundred ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks in that time.

I’ve read some fabulous stories and discovered several new authors this year.

Here’s my recommendations from the last quarter, as always, in no particular order:

eBooks

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Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean

Falling Down by Eli Easton

Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

With the Band by L.A. Witt

Crying for the Moon by Sarah Madison

Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

Robyn: Forced to be their Sister by Sadie Sins (taboo)

The Portrait and Black Dog by L.M. Somerton

Home is Where You Are by Alex Jane

Needing a Little Christmas by Silvia Violet

Fair Chance by Josh Lanyon (ARC)

So This is Christmas by Josh Lanyon

Audiobooks

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Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton

The Downs by Kim Fielding

A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes

Stygian by Santino Hassell

Smoke and Mirrors by Charlie Cochet

A Matchless Man by Ariel Tachna

Commitment Ranch by B.A. Tortuga

Professional Distance by Silvia Violet

Stay With Me AND So Into You by S.E. Harmon

Spook Squad AND The Persistence of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price

Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

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 CHECK OUT ALL THE BOOKS I READ HERE

on Goodreads.

Here’s my post for recommended reads from January to March.

Here’s my post for recommended reads from April to June.

Here’s my post for recommended reads from July to September.

HAPPY READING!

AND HERE’S TO

A HAPPY

2017

PayHip ~ A viable alternative for self-publishers?

With ARe and several M/M publishers folding, authors are seeking alternative sites to host their work.

Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Lulu, PayHip, and Google Play are currently still available to self-publishers.

PayHip

ADVANTAGES

PayHip has its advantages for self-publishers. It’s a site where you can sell your digital downloads and receive payment immediately.

Yes, you receive the full price of each book you sell. PayHip charges you a small amount (20/25p) for each sale. All this happens within moments of the ebook being purchased.

PayHip offers a place to host all your files. It handles payments through Paypal and Stripe and securely delivers the files automatically to your customers.

I use the documents produced via Smashwords and upload them to PayHip so various formats are available to the purchaser.

There are no restrictions on content. So, if you write taboo stories there is no issue here.

 

DISADVANTAGES

Buyers can only pay via PayPal and Stripe accounts and the seller receives payment only into their PayPal account.

PayHip is available for digit downloads, so paperbacks can not be sold here.

Buyers need a direct link to your books/profile. They can not search or browse for an author (as far as I can make out).

 

If you already have a PayHip account, please comment to tell me of any other advantages/disadvantages you’ve discovered and I will update this post.

 

SIGN UP FOR PAYHIP HERE

 

CHECK OUT MY PAYHIP PAGE HERE

 

***AUTHORS***

I’m CURRENTLY in the process of constructing a directory of links for those of us whose books are available via PayHip.
I will produce a single document of M/M authors and their PayHip links. I will share this on various social media.

PLEASE VISIT MY FACEBOOK PAGE TO ADD YOUR PAYHIP LINK AND I WILL ADD YOUR LINK TO THE DIRECTORY.

 

Guest Post ~ R. Phoenix

 

A warm welcome to R. Phoenix and congratulations on your latest release.

Thank you for sharing a little about yourself with us.

 

The prized possession you value above all others…

My phone. That thing is my life and my security blanket. No matter where I am, I can talk to my friends, who are by and large scattered across the world. I have several hundred books so I always have something to read. I have several other apps so I can play games (though I don’t) and entertain myself.

The temptation you wish you could resist…

Buying new books when I already have a to be read list a mile long. It’s like a disease.

The book that holds everlasting resonance…

I will never, ever be able to get Nicola Haken’s Broken out of my head. I’ve been affected by books before, but James and Theo’s story impacted me on a deep level. There’s a terrible stigma surrounding mental illness, and sometimes it can be extremely isolating. It’s hard to know what it’s like on the other side. To read a book that explores the issue from both sides — afflicted and loved one — is a revelation.

The unlikely interest that engages your curiosity…

I am actually in the Master’s program for Cybersecurity Studies currently. When I left my job last year and we decided I’d go back to school, I was surprised to find out just how much it interested me. My homework sometimes takes me forever because I get sidetracked just reading about it.

The poem that touches your soul…

I write a series I’m currently in the process of (heavily) editing and re-releasing. It’s a paranormal dystopian series that I’m extremely invested in, emotionally. The poem I always go back to for it is ‘The Second Coming’ by William Butler Yeats. I can almost repeat it word for word.

The song that means the most to you…

“You Were Wrong” by Icon for Hire. It’s been my anthem for a while now as I work to do things I’ve never done before. Writing Too Close, my first contemporary romance about abuse, has been difficult for me, and sometimes I need the reminder that I’ll never get anywhere unless I try. I recently got a tattoo on the inside of my left wrist of one of the lyrics that says, “i never lost a war unless i didn’t fight it ;”

Your early recollections of writing fiction…

My mind has always been a very scary place. Just saying. Even the things I wrote when I was 11 or so had some dark themes and explored elements I probably shouldn’t have even been that aware of. *cough*

The unqualified regret you wish you could amend…

Letting people tell me that writing was pointless and that there was no future in it. I stopped writing for a long time, and I wish I hadn’t. You never get anywhere if you never try — like I said, I never lost a war unless I didn’t fight it.

The piece of wisdom you would pass onto a child…

My son is four, and the thing I try to impress upon him the most is that people are people, and love is love. Decency and kindness always have a place in the world, even if it is sometimes difficult to remember.

 

Too Close by R. Phoenix

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Skylar Orion’s life has been complicated ever since his mother abandoned him and his sister Evie. Making ends meet seemed impossible until Tate Chandler took them in — his knight in shining armor who promised to make life about more than just surviving. But Tate is not the man he seemed to be, and even his whispered I love yous and generous gifts do little to soothe the pain he causes. Knowing he can’t give his sister all that she deserves without Tate, Skylar stays with him, relying on bad puns and a worse sense of humor to keep up the charade.

He will do anything for his sister, even if that means acting the responsible adult and going back to his old high school to meet Dexter Weston, the hot math teacher who can make even algebra interesting. Sparks fly between the two of them, but with his dependence on Tate, Skylar isn’t free to follow his heart. He wants what is best for Evie, but can he pass up the chance to find love that heals instead of harms?

Warning: This book contains scenes of domestic abuse and violence that some may find triggering to read.

 

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My phone buzzes, and I glance down to see a text from Tate. I slide my finger across the screen to unlock it, but Evie gets up, snatching it from my hands. My heart starts to race.

“We’re having an intervention, remember?”

Damn it. If I don’t answer soon, Tate’s going to get pissed. “And I’m not the one on the receiving end,” I say, my voice sharper than I intended. “Phone.”

The look on her face is wounded, and she hands the phone back without a word. Guilt coalesces in my gut, making me feel a little sick.

“Yeah, okay,” she mutters. “Sorry I want a few minutes with my brother without Tate here with us.”

I want to argue that he isn’t really here, but she’s right. He’s always present, even when he’s not bodily nearby. I waver. I know better than to ignore the message for long, but this is my sister. Yet I’m doing all of this for her, and if I piss him off, we might end up back in the same situation I’d fought to get us out of.

I give a quick response, pretending I don’t notice her hurt.

“He’s doing a lot for us,” I say softly, and she makes a derisive sound. “Evie…”

“Yeah. I know. He’s a saint,” she snaps.

I hate this. I don’t want to fight with her. Not now, not ever. I know she doesn’t like Tate, but she can’t deny that he’s been more than generous. “I didn’t say that.”

“You don’t have to.”

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Review ~ Falling Down

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Title: Falling Down

Author: Eli Easton

Release: November 9 2016

Publisher: Pinkerton Road LLC

Length: 252 pages

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Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

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Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves were done and the harsh winter came, Josh would find a place to curl up and let go. It would be a relief to finally stop fighting.

Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now an ex-Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.

Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expected that he’d be the one to fall.

The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries fall?

 

Eli Easton’s Desktop Post  with images of places and celebrities that helped inspire this story.

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Reviews and an Excerpt from Chapter One

 

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I always enjoy Eli Easton’s writing and this story was no exception. From the start, my heart went out to Josh and his sorry plight. For one so young to see no point in living brought tears to my eyes and did so throughout the story. This wish to end it all had me wondering will he or won’t he try even after he met the lovely Mark. I kept saying to myself, Eli wouldn’t have such a tragic ending. Even so, I worried what effect such an attempt would have on Mark, whose own life had been tragic in many ways.

The setting was wonderfully painted in words, both the beautiful fall leaves in New Hampshire and the snow-filled landscape towards the end of the story. I could picture the scenes and the emotions they stirred within Josh.

Josh and Mark’s blossoming friendship progressed at a delightful pace—perfect for them and their situation—and when they finally express their desire for each other, the days afterward are filled with affectionate and steamy love-making.

And all through the happy times they share, I was anticipating the snow with a sense of dread and what it would mean for Josh.

No matter what else happened from here on out, no matter if he stayed with Mark or had to leave. No matter if Josh lived till he was ninety or found his peace in the snow, he would love Mark ’til the end. He was suddenly so grateful to have experienced that.”

The final chapters of the story had me on the edge of my seat for what seemed to be a long time. I was willing for things to turn out well for them. And thank goodness they have their happy ending.

This is such a beautifully written story—definitely one of my favourites of the year. I loved the characters and everything about the story.

 

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Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.

Eli currently publishes with Dreamspinner Press and has a few self-pubbed titles as well.

She also publishes thrillers under Jane Jensen.

 

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