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Tyler Knoll’s Just for Fun #1 ~ SNARED by A.B. Gayle

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Release Day Mini Tour – Tyler Knoll’s Just for Fun

SNARED by A.B. Gayle

Series: Tyler Knoll’s Just For Fun

Genre: Satire, humor, gay, gay romance, LGBT

Length: Novella

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

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Tyler Knoll was born one wild, stormy night in April 2013.

Of course, Tyler might tell you he was born twenty years earlier, but should we believe anything he says? That’s for you to decide.

In Tyler’s first adventure—like many a gay man before him—he was SNARED by gay porn, wallowing in tales of bigger, stronger, harder….

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Seeing you’ve read this far, it’s probably time to let you in on a little secret. I’m into all types of porn, but suit porn hovers near the top of the list, hence my reluctance to betray that fact by having a permanent hard-on while checking out their threads. The other reason was because the guys in these immaculate suits all worked on the upper floors of Whoosit & Whatsit.

Now, before you scoff and say there’s no such place, let me assure you that I may not be the brightest bulb in the room, but I’m not stupid enough to divulge the real name of my employers. You might out me to my boss in the mailroom.

The thing is Mrs. Stringer wouldn’t give two hoots if you did. I was just the lowly guy who hand-delivered important contracts to the upper floors for signing. Nothing special. Just a hopeless idiot who barely made it through high school, thanks to his inability to get the middle letters of words in the correct order, and who still can’t see the connection between hippopotamuses, beasts that lurk in mud pools and triangles. Aren’t they swanky orchestral instruments?

And just in case you’re wondering how a dyslexic ignoramus like me can produce such flawless spelling and wonderful prose, it’s called an editor. I’d tell you her name, but then she might show you the original text, and I’d never live down the embarrassment.

Mind you, she wanted me to delete that last statement, saying no editor would ever be so unprofessional, but seeing she didn’t mind me having a go at readers; she’s fair game.

Holy catfish. Now, I’ve lost the plot and we’re not even half way through the first chapter! I better backtrack over what I’ve told you so far: Bar. Check. Friday night. Check. Suits. Check. Weird feeling. Ah that’s right. I felt someone watching me.

You’d think a classy joint like this would have mirrors around the wall to check out who was cruising who without being obvious. No such luck. This was all stained timber and the occasional out of focus painting. More like a swanky gentleman’s club than a bar.

There was that prickle again. I squirmed uncomfortably in my seat.

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Tyler Knoll’s Just for Fun full series

Want the whole Tyler Knoll’s Just for Fun series? Check out books two, three, and four, to be released on July 10th: SHREDDED, SLASHED, and SCREWED

In Tyler’s first adventure, he was SNARED by gay porn….

Then his fickle mind was seduced and SHREDDED by the prospect of BDSM and slavery.

When a Big Misunderstanding SLASHED at Tyler’s sanity, almost costing him his life, he turned to another genre for his salvation. But even this encounter proved potentially hazardous—not from freezing temperatures, but at the hands of irate fans.

Finally, tired and SCREWED by his all his trials and tribulations, he discovers—like many storybook heroes before him—that sometimes Mr. Right is closer than we think.

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Unlike many authors, A.B. Gayle hasn’t been writing stories all her life. Instead she’s been living life.

Her travels have taken her from the fjords of Norway to the southern tip of New Zealand. In between, she’s worked in so many different towns she’s lost count. A.B. has shoveled shit in cow yards, mustered sheep, been polite to customers, traded insults with politicians. Sometimes she needs to be forgiven as she get confused as to who needs what where. 

Now living in Sydney, Australia, A.B. finally has time to allow her real life experiences to morph with her fertile imagination in order to create fiction that she hopes her readers will enjoy. 

A.B. values feedback on her writing, both negative and positive.

A.B. Gayle can be found at:

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4*

A light-hearted and original novella, with amusing asides taking a dig at the idiosyncrasies of the English language, and the difficult, somewhat ambiguous task of an editor. I found the author’s perspective refreshing and chuckled or rolled my eyes at the various comments Tyler made. A fun read, with hot, sexy scenes, plus a mystery that leaves you wondering what Tyler’s “interview” was all about. Hopefully we’ll find out in Book 2.

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Toy With Me by Annabelle Jacobs

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TITLE: Toy With Me
AUTHOR: Annabelle Jacobs
COVER ARTIST: T.M. Franklin
PUBLISHER: Blanket Fort Press
GENRE: Contemporary MM Romance
SERIES: The Secrets Collection
LENGTH: 11 500 words
RELEASE DATE: Available now
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Aaron is hiding something in his drawers—but that’s not his only secret.
When he moves in with his new housemates, Aaron intends to tell them about his sexuality from the outset. But a large pink item of a personal nature, given as a joke, scuppers his plans and he misses his chance.
Fellow housemate Rob is out and proud. He guesses Aaron is gay, and when he finds Aaron’s other secret concealed in his sock drawer, he takes it upon himself to help Aaron out with a little sexual experimentation.

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4.5*

A fun and sexy story, which centers around a large pink dildo that helps bring the two main characters together for a hot scene using said item.

I love university stories where a group of hot guys share a house together and there’s a chance for them to experiment with their sexuality and broaden their experiences. Annabelle’s sweet story has romance, humor and just a little angst as Aaron builds up the courage to come out and try something new to him. Although it’s a short story, I felt the connection between Rob and Aaron from the start. It stands alone as a short story, but it could easily have been a prelude to a novel which followed the boys’ journey while they attended university. In fact, I would love to hear more of their sexual and relationship adventures in the future.

This is the third book in the excellent Secrets Collection. A fun, hot and quick read in a well written and enjoyable series.

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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THE SECRETS COLLECTION

The Secrets Collection is four sexy short stories by four different authors.

The stories are linked by the common theme of secrets.

June 5, 2015: Top Me Maybe? by Jay Northcote

June 12, 2015: Cheeky Hipster & Jocks by Posy Roberts

June 19, 2015: Toy With Me by Annabelle Jacobs

June 26, 2015: by Teegan Loy

Please visit Blanket Fort Press for full details on the other stories in the Secrets Collection.

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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Drifting Sands by C. J. Baty

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Drifting Sands

(The Warfield Hotel Mysteries Book 1)

by C.J. Baty

MM Mystery Romance  –   58,000 words  (193 pages)  –  Heat Level: Steamy

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As he approaches his fortieth birthday, Justin Warfield feels alone, drifting like the sand that blows along the beach near his family’s hotel. He has done exactly as his father wanted. Married the right girl and carried on the family tradition of running the Warfield Hotel. On paper things seem perfect, but happiness hasn’t been a part of his life for a very long time.

Marcus Drummond once spent a summer with his best friend Peter at the Warfield Hotel and fell hard for Peter’s much older brother. Five years later he’s back, and this time hopes that Justin will see him as more than his kid brother’s friend.

Sparks fly when the two meet again, but there are a few things standing in their way. The closet that Justin has himself buried in and someone on a killing spree, dumping bodies on the Warfield beach . . . victims that indicate Justin may be involved in some way.

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THE NIGHT AIR was cool and damp as it blew off the ocean. Ian McAlister toed the sand where he stood, looking out into the darkness surrounding him. A soft glow filled the sky over the Warfield Hotel several hundred yards away. This was a public beach and closed at night, and the only sound was the soft lapping of the water against the shore.

Ian fingered the note in his pocket as he thought of the words he’d read over and over again since he’d received it.

Ian, I need your help. Please. Come to the Warfield and meet me on the beach at 10 p.m. on Friday evening. There’s a spot on the north end of the beach, just between the public beaches and the private beach of the Warfield. There’s a sign, meet me there. Don’t tell anyone. Please, Ian, I need you. Justin.

Ian had not heard from Justin Warfield since Justin got married. It had been too hard to see each other as only friends. They’d each gone on with their lives. But for Ian, Justin Warfield was a hard man to forget, so when the letter arrived, his decision to come had been easy.

The sound of footsteps treading through the sand caused Ian to turn around. He was surprised to find a gun aimed at him.

“What are you doing?” Ian asked, but there was no answer.

He felt the pressure as the impact of the bullet pushed him back slightly. A searing pain knifed its way into his chest. He didn’t have time to run or even scream out. Darkness took him as he crumbled to the ground.

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4*

An enjoyable and well written murder mystery with plenty of clues sprinkled along the way to help you guess who the culprit is. The mystery is only partially resolved by the end of the book and sets up the next stage of the story. The m/m romance plot is interwoven and told from two POV, with several hot scenes involving the two main characters. My heart went out to Justin as he struggled with his loveless marriage, his wish to remain in the closet, and his desire to protect Marcus from the would-be killer. I was surprised Justin didn’t remember meeting Marcus beforehand, although a five year gap and a drunken encounter are feasible. I would have liked more scenes earlier on in the story to show the developing connection between the two lovers as they got to know each other. I am hoping for more interaction between them in book two and the answers to questions poised at the end of book one.

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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C. J. Baty lives in southwest Ohio. Her heart, however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire some day. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.

The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to fan fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected.

She has a loving and supportive family who don’t mind fixing their own meals when she is in the middle of a story, and a network of friends who have encouraged and cheered her on in her quest of being an author.

One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is: “You are never too old to follow your dream!”

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Review ~ Of Heaven and Hell Anthology

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Mini Blog Tour – Of Heaven and Hell

A Wayward Ink Publishing Anthology

Title: Of Heaven and Hell

Authors: Kim Fielding, M.C. Rayne, Michael P. Thomas, Mann Ramblings,

Asta Idonea, Eric Gober, Nephy Hart, Eddy LeFey,

S. Zanne, Jana Denardo, Kassandra Lea

Genre: gay fiction, gay romance, m/m romance

Release Date: June 12, 2015

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

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Whether you like your angels and demons naughty or nice…

Whether you like them angelic or demonic, we have a story for you.

Our authors have tuned up their harp strings, and let loose their inner demons.

We have demons with inner angels itching to be let loose.

And angels teetering on the brink.

We have dark. We have light.

We have angst. And forbidden love.

We have happy endings and not so happy endings…

We have the stories OF HEAVEN AND HELL.

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Stories included

Corruption

Kim Fielding

Tenrael was once a proud demon who carried nightmares to humans.

Now he exists in miserable servitude to men who plunk down ten dollars to fulfill their dark desires.

Agent Charles Grimes figures a captive demon is just another assignment…

That is until he meets Tenrael.

Purgatory

M.C. Rayne

Bailey discovered that losing the person you love can do more than break your heart.

It can shatter it into a million different pieces.

And have you stepping into darkness.

All he wanted was to be reunited with Greyson.

He didn’t know his actions would lead him to his nightmare.

Sin to Get Saved

Michael P. Thomas

Earnest anti-gay evangelical Hubert dies in a freak accident.

When a handsome angel named Bartholomew makes brazen overtures in the Afterlife, humble Hubert realizes his soul may have taken a wrong turn.

But turning back to the straight and narrow isn’t quite as easy as he hopes it will be. 

Cardinal Sins

Mann Ramblings

Black magic, angels, and decadence bind Jacob and Ozzie together in a twisted web of fascination with each other.

Now a new element has risen to test them: Danger.

A Twenty-First Century Demon

Asta Idonea

It should have been an easy job: a contract signed and a new soul earmarked for Hell.

But when suave demon deal-maker Saul chooses nerdy Thomas Ives as his next target, little does he know what lies in store.

Purgatory

Eric Gober

A fable with no morals . . .

About an angel with desires . . .

For the demon who torments him.

Will they both burn in hell?

Fade to Light

Nephy Hart

One of them has no past.

One has no future.  

Loss is inevitable, but when demons come calling, a soul is too high a price to pay.

Guardian

Eddy LeFey

A Guardian Angel’s whole being is controlled directly by God.

Callum trusts in that.

So when he meets his new human charge—a special college student named Rory—he doesn’t count on feeling attraction.

And he certainly doesn’t expect Rory to change his life… forever.

Drawing Dead

S. Zanne

Devin is a demon.

James is merely human.

But who holds the winning hand is still in question

A Wolf in the Fold

Jana Denardo

For centuries Carduus followed his incubus nature.

Joyfully seducing and draining the life force of his lovers.

That is, until the day he met Mark, a lover Carduus didn’t want to kill.

Before he knew it, Carduus found himself helping the detective by taking out criminals.

But can a demon really work for the side of the angels?

Dripping in Sin

Kassandra Lea

Finding an appropriate outfit to wear for an important date is never easy.

Not even for a demon

Flynn is trying but it’s a hard task…

Especially when encounters with his angel usually involve no clothing at all…

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4* and 5* Stories

A superb collection of relatively long short stories featuring either a demon or an angel, and in some cases both. As with all anthologies there is a mix of authors and writing styles. Several are beautifully written, but each story was a pleasure to read. All the tales feature a romance-based plot and each ends happily in my opinion. Some are humorous and made me chuckle, some have a heartbreaking storyline and brought tears to my eyes. I loved how each author built up the worlds their characters existed in and made their dilemmas highly plausible. In each case, I felt the anguish as the lovers strove to resolve their issues and worked to achieve a happy ever after.

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ARC Review ~ Make Me Soar by K.C. Wells

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Anyone who frequents Collars & Cuffs knows Dorian Forrester is built for pain, including Dorian himself. But everyone has it wrong. For six years, Dorian’s chased a feeling that remains tantalizingly out of his reach. Unteachable, Dorian can take anything and everything a Dom can throw at him. Still, it’s not enough. Dorian needs… something more. Something he won’t find at Collars & Cuffs.

Dorian’s search takes him out of the safe environment he’s known for years, out of his depth, and into a realm of deep, dark trouble.

Alan Marchant has been watching Dorian with interest for a while and knows there’s more to Dorian than his label of “pain slut” suggests. When Dorian disappears, Alan and his friend, Leo, set out to find him. But the disoriented young man discovered cowering in a hotel room is not the Dorian they know and love. That Dorian is shattered. It’s up to Alan to pick up the pieces and show Dorian there are better ways to fly.

They may be off on a new journey together, but their destination will rock them both to the core.

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five-stars

If there’s a book to turn people’s pre-conceived notion of BDSM and D/s relationships on its head then this one is an excellent place to start.

I’ve loved reading each book in the Collars and Cuffs series and following the progress of the different D/s relationships. The club owners, Leo and Thomas,  go up in my estimation with each story. They represent all that is safe and trustworthy in the scene.

Based on the title, Make Me Soar, I expected K.C. to delve into really weird kink in order for the main character to achieve his goal of reaching subspace and especially as he was known as a “pain slut”. K.C. wonderfully shows through Dorian and Alan’s relationship that it’s not all leather, whips, chains and ball gags.  Okay, so there’s leather, but still…

In the previous books in the series Dorian is portrayed as an unpopular sub, but in this story we discover his true nature and motives. Alan is perfect for him, and expertly handles Dorian, guiding him as his Dom and his lover in his own unique way. Their developing relationship and connection is beautifully shown though various scenes, sexual and otherwise. These two characters come across as genuine and believable, and the reader is taken on a heartfelt journey as the two men get to know each other and realize what is important to them. They each confront tragic events from the past and together they overcome all the emotional and negative baggage. The scenes in the Collars and Cuff club are superbly written and were perfect for the story and the characters.

 I enjoyed all the other stories, but I think this one has become my favourite. Highly recommended reading. I loved it.

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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Release date: 22nd June 2015

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Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative.
An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….
K.C. loves to hear from readers.

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New Release ~ Dancing Days by Clare London

Dancing Days by Clare London

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Pages: 60

Published: June 2, 2015

Details: A story from the DSP 2015 Daily Dose package 

 “Never Too Late

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The day Glen Carson loses his wallet is the day that changes his life. The wallet is returned by Aston Walsh, a man he hasn’t seen for twenty years. He and Aston had a passionate and intense romance when they were in their late twenties, and Glen thought their love would last forever. But his dreams were horribly shattered by a shocking confession from Aston, and they parted for good—or so Glen assumed. Now, two decades later, they’ve lived many years apart, created new histories, and built successful lives. Yet the spark between them is still there. Aston wants a second chance with Glen, but Glen is more cautious this time around. He has to decide if Aston’s regret is genuine, and if surrendering his heart to Aston again is worth the risk.

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five-stars

This wonderful feel-good novella shows it’s never too late for a second chance at love. It made a refreshing change to read a story with characters of an older age (40/50), albeit still attractive men. I liked that their bodies showed the ravages of time and age, including in the bedroom, plus their hobbies and interests have also moved on and matured.

My heart went out to Glen as his past feelings were dredged up again after a gap of twenty years in this powerful tale of love and trust. His heart had been broken once and he is understandably reluctant to risk renewing his connection with his past lover. Their backstory is blended artfully into the narrative. I loved how the two men get to know each other as friends first after meeting again by chance. I could understand Glen’s hesitation over giving their relationship another go and this conflict seemed realistic and not forced.

Overall, a superb and well-written story, packed with emotion and depth. The British setting and Clare’s delightful humour only adds to the appeal of the story for me. The resolution is slightly corny, but suits the plot, the characters and their experiences.

Highly recommended.

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave, female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
All the details and free fiction are available at her website.

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Sapphire Ranch Wolves Series by Sue Brown

Title: The Last Wolf

Series: Sapphire Ranch Wolves – Book One

Author: Sue Brown

Cover Art: Meredith Russell

Length: 32 200 words

Editors: Erika Orrick and Jason Bradley

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The only good predator is a dead one, as far as Joe Lowther is concerned.

That is until the day he shoots a wolf, only to watch the animal turn into a naked Callum Pope. Cal is being hunted by a group of humans who eradicate shifter packs for sport.

Joe makes a decision to help Cal and discovers a deeper connection with the young shifter. One which he’d like to explore. If they live that long.

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The barn door was ajar, and from Joe’s position just inside, he had a good view of the whole yard. He sighed and shifted restlessly, his ass already dead, and he’d only been there an hour. It was gonna be a long night. It was hot and stuffy inside the barn, and he sipped at iced tea in the vain hope of cooling down.

“Show your face, you son of a bitch, and your hide will be gracing my floor come fall,” he muttered. Joe hated wolves for the sheep they stole. The ranch was making little enough profit as it was. He couldn’t understand his father’s soft attitude to wolves. It didn’t extend to other predators.

Two hours gone, and his back, still sore from the hospital visit, was aching even more. He was rubbing his lower back in a futile gesture and contemplating seeking his bed when his attention was caught by the whisper of movement in the far corner of the yard. Without hesitation, he aimed and fired. The animal hit the ground with a startlingly human cry.

Worried that he’d shot a person instead of a wolf, Joe approached cautiously, keeping the gun trained on it, intending to dispatch the creature if it wasn’t dead. To his shock, the animal, definitely a wolf, rolled over to look at him, its eyes glowing in the half-light. The almost human expression of fear and pain in the wolf’s eyes made him uncomfortable, but it had to be done. If it came back once, it would come back again, and Joe couldn’t have it hunting the livestock. The wolf wriggled, futilely trying to get away from the gun.

Joe took aim. “It’ll be all over soon, bud.”

Before he could pull the trigger again, Joe heard a metallic clink. He paused, unable to place the sound, then he took aim again, only to be confronted by a naked man on the ground and no sign of the wolf. Joe blinked rapidly, convinced he was hallucinating, but the man was still there. The hair on the back of his neck stood up. Hell, every hair on his body stood on end. He squinted into the darkest corners of the yard, expecting to see the predator slinking away.

“What the fuck just happened, Lowther? Where the hell’s the wolf gone?” Joe tugged at his hair in confusion as he looked around. What had he seen? A wolf? A man in a wolf suit? His subconscious told him he was being stupid. He’d shot a damn wolf, not a man in a freaking furry suit.

“Here!”

Joe blinked at the unknown voice in his head. “Now I know I’m going insane. Voices in my head? Where’s the wolf?”

“Bleeding at your feet!”

The voice was more urgent that time. Joe’s attention snapped back to the young man at his feet. Shit, he’d forgotten that he’d shot him. But he’d shot a wolf! Brain whirling at what the hell he had shot, Joe dropped to his knees. There was a bullet hole although it didn’t seem to be bleeding that much. He turned him gently and cursed when he saw the bullet hadn’t gone straight through.

“I’ve got to get you to a hospital. You need a doctor.”

Joe was shocked when the man grasped his wrist with surprising strength, staring at him with huge eyes. “No.” In the dim light, he looked lean, and, Christ, Joe’s mind had to be playing tricks on him, he looked wolf-like. What the hell did a human/wolf—werewolf—look like?

“You need a doctor to get the bullet out or the wound will get infected.”

“Wolf. Don’t… need… a doctor.” The boy gasped as he tried to get the words out.

“Don’t be fucking ridiculous. You’ve got a bullet inside you.”

 

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Title: The Hidden Wolf

Series: Sapphire Ranch Wolves – Book Two

Author: Sue Brown

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Length: 32 700 words

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Sheriff Milo Clarke has met his mate, Eli Watkins, and now they’re conducting a long distance relationship while Eli runs Cavalry, the security firm protecting Joe and Cal at the Sapphire Ranch from the hunters.

The long distance loving is hard on all three of them, Eli, Clarke and Clarke’s wolf, who is becoming more restless as Clarke refuses to shift. When Clarke going to give into the other side of him and how will Clarke and Eli resolve the distance between their lives?

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Sheriff Milo Clarke leaned against the kitchen cabinets as he watched Eli Watkins and his team, the Calvary, remove the remains of Randy Streerson from the kitchen of Sapphire Ranch. He’d offered to help and been told firmly to stay the hell out of their way as they committed a felony.

Staying to one side was a damned sensible move. What used to be Randy Streerson, the head of a group of hunters that pursued and killed shifters, now covered the kitchen walls, floor, and dripped from the ceiling after young shifter Callum Pope shot him with one of the hunter’s bullets.

Cal was a distant shifter relative of Milo’s. His father had been related to Milo’s mother. Cal’s father and two elder brothers had been killed by a band of hunters led by the Streerson family. The pack had splintered in an effort to survive, and Cal had turned up on Sapphire Ranch after running hundreds of miles to get away from the hunters, only to discover the owner of the ranch was his mate. A lot had happened in a few days. Eli’s men took away what remained of the body and now they scrubbed the kitchen, surprisingly efficient. Milo didn’t have to be a cop to know this wasn’t the first time the Cavalry had cleaned away evidence that a murder had taken place.

He was stuck between duty and likely survival. On one hand he’d witnessed the struggle between Cal and Streerson for control of the gun before Cal had pulled the trigger. On the other…

How the hell would he explain to his deputies what had just taken place? They would want to know where he’d been hiding for the past few days, why he’d been lying to them, who the victim—who was no fucking victim—was, and what the hell was a shifter?

He was a shifter. At least a half-shifter. His mother had been a werewolf and Milo could change, he just chose not to. Instead he lived among the humans as a sheriff and hadn’t given in to that side of him for over five years except for one glorious moment a few days ago. Milo tried not to think about it even as his wolf grumbled inside.

Milo watched the team—at least he watched Eli. His whole attention was focused on the dark-haired man. Just watching him made his mouth dry and his dick hard. From the second Milo had shifted to prove the existence of werewolves to Eli and his assistant Ross, he’d realized that Eli was his mate.

Unable to resist, he’d trotted up to Eli and laid his head on his lap. Tentatively Eli had stroked his head, and Milo leaned into the caress, wanting Eli to touch him more. Eli filled his wolf senses. He smelled woodsy with a touch of citrus. He smelled good.

“Good doggy,” Eli had murmured.

Doggy? Milo gave a low growl at the insult, grinning in wolfy satisfaction as Eli snatched his hand back. He wouldn’t have hurt him—much.

And Eli had seemed equally drawn to him, finding it hard to take his eyes off Milo, even as they’d talked strategy with Joe, Cal’s mate and the owner of Sapphire Ranch.

But they hadn’t gone near each other, hadn’t touched each other at all beyond that one brief contact. Milo had been relieved because they had needed to focus their minds, not their dicks, to defeat the hunters. Relieved—and frustrated beyond belief to have his mate so close and not be able to touch him.

There was another issue. They hadn’t connected telepathically.

Milo had thought that happened immediately. But he was only a half-shifter, with limited shifter abilities in his human form, and Eli was a human. What would happen if they didn’t connect? Could they walk away from each other? It would make life so much simpler.

Milo caught Eli frowning at him, and he looked away, feeling guilty. Eli didn’t need to know. They hadn’t connected. He need never know. Milo’s wolf howled inside him at the thought of walking away from his mate, and for once Milo didn’t try to hush him. The thought hurt his human side just as much. But Milo had spent his whole life hiding his true nature, and now, through no fault of his own, everything he’d worked to hide was liable to be exposed. Among humans he hid the fact he was half-shifter. Around shifters he tried hard to fit in, even though his human side affected his wolf senses. And with both communities he hid the fact he was gay.

Milo had spent his whole life in hiding and with one phone call Joe had exposed him to humans—both as shifter and as gay. He wasn’t fucking ready for it. And didn’t that suck?

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I haven’t read many shifter books as yet, so I don’t have a wealth of knowledge to compare the themes and plot. One thing I do like is the idea of the mating bond and the insta-attraction/love that comes with it, along with the need to protect the mate. Because these books are fantasy, it’s sweet and plausible.

The telepathic communication was a nice twist, saving a lot of phone calls, and added to the connection between the mated characters, along with some amusing interaction.

There’s also the fear of being torn apart due to aggressive hunters and this adds to the tension in both books. There are features in the series that require you to suspend belief in the reality we know and accept some coincidences without question. That being said, I enjoyed reading these books and found the characters endearing.

Sue Brown writes in an engaging manner, immediately drawing the reader into the dialogue and action. Both stories are fast-paced, without too much detail or backstory, and easy to read. They each end on a sort of cliffhanger, plus Book Two has several plot lines that need resolving. Book Three is due later in the year. I would have liked the tale in one complete novel, but appreciate writers need to earn a living and this method of writing a series works well in terms of earning an income and balancing writing schedules.

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Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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