RE BOOK: Kiss That Frog, by Cate Rowan [f/m, modern fairy tale, romance]

Kiss That Frog, by Cate RowanTitle: Kiss That Frog
Author: Cate Rowan
Genre: fantasy, f/m, romance, modern fairy tale
Word count: 12,000 words (48 ms pages)

Summary from Netgalley: In this romantic fairy tale remix, a cynical Los Angeles artist reluctantly pet-sits for her young niece’s frog and discovers magic in the terrarium — in the form of a sexy enchanted prince.


“A cute modern fairy tale of a prince that’s been turned into a frog finally meeting his princess … 200 years in the future.”

This was a very quick read. I couldn’t help wishing for a bit more; the romance happened very fast once the frog regained his humanity. I mean, it would have been nice to find out how he adapted to life in the future and how things turned out for them.

Still, this is a one-sitting read, which would make it the perfect fit for a 1/2 hour commute or ferry ride.

On-screen sex: no
Heat level: sweet
Rating: 3/5

Midnight Ink, 8 stories by 8 authors

Midnight Ink Bundle (8 stories, 8 authors) [tattoo shop romance]

Midnight Ink, 8 stories by 8 authorsThe Midnight Ink Boxed Set
8 stories, 8 authors
Now Available for only $0.99!

One tattoo shop in one infamous city sets the stage for eight stories about resolutions, kink, love, and ink.

Each story is a stand alone novella but they are all set in a tattoo shop called Midnight Ink.

The $0.99 price is only for a little while. The bundle is available digitally, but a paperback edition is coming soon.

Buy links: Astore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks


Report For Booty
Jayne Rylon

When Burke Levine got marching orders, he couldn’t bear to make his girlfriend Chavon White a military widow. Years later, discovering his name tattooed on her perfect ass via a New Orleans’ artist’s portfolio confirms his epic mistake. Will Midnight Ink’s New Year’s Eve party grant them a second chance?


Picture Her Bound
Sidney Bristol

She’s a police officer desperate enough to break the rules. He’s the bounty hunter standing between her and ruin. Picture Her Bound–the first book in the brand new Bayou Bound series from Sidney Bristol–a story of right, wrong and binding pleasures.


Not So Over Eli
Robin L. Rotham

Paramedic Bart Rigger finally has the life he wants rather than the one his father dictated, thanks to hot new fiancée Rhonda Giannetti. But a whirlwind trip to New Orleans puts it all at risk when he’s forced to confront unresolved feelings for his first love, tattoo artist Elijah Bell.


Inked Memories
PG Forte

All Sophie wants is a tattoo to commemorate her battle with cancer. What she gets is celebrity tattoo artist Declan Ross, the same sexy bad-boy who used to rock her world. This time, they’ve both got scars and it’s still the ones you can’t see that are the hardest to cover.


To The Bone
RG Alexander

Etta Santos has one resolution—to cover up the last visible evidence of her past. When Christie Ryder, sexy musician and new owner of Midnight Ink, pursues her, he seems too good to be true. His music touches her soul, but can she risk trusting another bad boy with her heart?


Dangerously Inked
Eden Bradley

When the tattoo artist Finn Carter lined up for his visit to New Orleans turns out to be the mysteriously alluring sub he played on New Year’s Eve at The Bastille, the city’s BDSM club, more than his skin will be marked forever—and Rosie is just the woman to bring this playboy to his knees.


Ink Inspired (Montgomery Ink 0.5)
Carrie Ann Ryan

In Carrie Ann Ryan’s Ink Inspired, the prequel to her upcoming Montgomery Ink series, Ice Princess Shea Little wants ink and a change. Shepard Montgomery not only wants to ink her, but get through that icy exterior. Together, they’ll heat up the streets of New Orleans … and each other.


Blank Canvas, Big Easy
Mari Carr

Disillusioned by divorce, Jennifer’s about to discover her wild side, starting with a tattoo from Caliph. And continuing with submission, spankings, wax play…all under the skilled hands of her wickedly sexy tattoo master.

EXCERPT: Ruefully Rude [mf contemporary romance]

Title: Ruefully Rude
Author: Harper Kingsley
Pairing: Charity Reese/Kurt Carpenter
Genre: contemporary romance, mf
Rating: teen+
Summary: Kurt Carpenter finds himself in a sticky situation when the guys he’s working with are rude to the wrong group of women.


Getting in to see the illustrious Nadine DelMacchiano involved making an appointment two days in advance and waiting on a couch for twenty minutes before he was called into her office. Kurt felt like he was walking straight into the lion’s den, but there wasn’t much choice, not if he wanted to get his life back.

“What do you want?” she asked bluntly. She was lounging behind the big glass and chrome monstrosity that pretended to be a desk. Her dark hair framed her pretty face in soft curls that did nothing to lighten her confrontational expression or the disdain in her cold brown eyes as she looked him up and down.

Kurt fought not to shift uncomfortably. There was something about her that made him feel stripped bare and he didn’t like it. He felt out of place in her fancy office, his jeans and charcoal sweater suddenly shabby and maybe a bit shameful. Continue reading

Rocking Hard 01

EXCERPT: Centrifical, by Sol Crafter

Rocking Hard 01-smallerRocking Hard, Volume 1 is an anthology published by Less Than Three Press.
Word count: 104,000
Pairing: M/M, F/F
Content: Contains some explicit content.

Stories of rock stars and their loves.

Buy links: Astore, Amazon, Smashwords, Bookstrand, All Romance.


Title: Centrifical
Author: Sol Crafter
Genre: mm romance

Summary: Marty is the star of a B-rated sci-fi show. Jim is a rock god. They grew up as nerds together. Now Jim is coming home.

Blurb: “Marty Sheer, one of the stars of a B-rated sci-fi show “Centrifical,” receives a phone call letting him know that his old friend Jim Sheppard, who left years ago and has since become an acclaimed rock star, has bought a new home close by. Renewing their friendships is easy—becoming something more is a challenge that makes fame look easy.”

Read the EXCERPT.


Title: Fringe Benefits
Author: Diana Sheridan
Genre: mm romance

Summary: Depressed after the death of his lover, and having lost his job at the same time, Dale distracts himself by going to see one of his favorite rockers. But a simple concert and trip backstage lands him an unexpected job as her new assistant, and brings him into the path of her intriguing, appealing make-up artist and hair dresser, Luis. But if there’s one thing that Dale has learned, it’s that life is never easy and love doesn’t always last.


Title: Courage Wolf Never Sings the Gorram Blues
Author: Talya Andor
Genre: mm romance

Summary: Bailey Kravitz, lead singer of Courage Wolf, is a high-strung, perfectionist diva of a front man. Gunner Lansing, bassist of Courage Wolf, is a laid-back, hang loose ladies’ man who is only serious about guitars and sex. They say opposites attract, but Bailey’s terminal crush on oblivious Gunner is tearing the band apart. Meanwhile, his longtime friend, quiet but intense guitarist Tor Macleod, helps him pick up the pieces yet again. Between annihilating everything they’ve built and reeling from total rejection, there may be a third option Bailey has been overlooking all this time. Problem is, Bailey’s always been more than a little difficult when he’s out to get his way, and that may ruin his prospects after all.


Title: Put You In a Song
Author: Lacie J. Archer
Genre: mm romance

Summary: Ten months ago, on a whirlwind New Year’s Eve, Garrett and Rich enjoyed a wild night together. Back in town for the final performance of his band’s tour, Rich can’t wait to see Garrett again, unable to forget him. But a wild night and a lifetime are two different things, and the first real challenge they face may be more than their fragile new relationship can take.


Title: A Haunted Melody
Author: Angel Propps
Genre: ff romance

Summary: A decades old tragedy, an old guitar, and a bright new star … A struggling musician on the verge of losing her band, Kara spies a guitar in a pawn shop that she can’t resist. One year later she’s on the verge of fame, and meets a woman who not only can help her get there, but introduces Kara to an intriguing, beautiful woman … But bad history is coming back to haunt, and Kara stands to lose not just fame and love, but her life.


Excerpt:
Centrifical, by Sol Crafter Continue reading

RE TV SHOW: Dong Yi [Korean drama, TV]

Dong_YiTitle: Dong Yi, also known as “Dong Yi: Jewel In the Crown”
Directed by: Kim Sang-hyeob, Lee Byeong-hoon
Screenplay by: Kim I-yeong
Starring: Han Hyo-joo, Ji Jin-hee, Lee So-yeon, Bae Soo-bin

Buy links: Astore
Amazon: Dong Yi – Korean Drama with English Subtitle – Complete Series (15 DVDs Box Set) NTSC All Region

Summary from HanCinema: This TV biopic traces the tumultuous life of Lady Choi Sook-bin, who was born as a lowly commoner but entered the royal palace to become a royal concubine where she shone ever so brilliantly. The life of her son, who is fathered by King Sook-jong, is also depicted as he transforms into the next king.

Lady Choi Sook-bin gingerly and wisely maneuvers through the deadly political infighting in the royal courts in order to survive and protect her son, who was fathered by the king. She raises her son into a well-balanced and educated person through strict discipline.

Dong Yi on Wikipedia. Continue reading

NOVEL: The Panic Pure, by Harper Kingsley [mm suspense] – Chapter Sixteen

Title: The Panic Pure
Author: Harper Kingsley
Genre: mm suspense thriller
Rating: mature

Summary: Daniel Worth, billionaire and CEO of Worth Enterprises is questioned by FBI agent Marshal Newman about the disappearance of one of his employees. They strike up a conversation and soon are regularly meeting and begin dating. However neither realizes just how close danger is lurking.

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CHAPTER SIXTEEN

 Not being completely oblivious, he knew that something was going on. He’d spotted Sophia whispering in corners with Arthur and everything seemed very serious, but when Arthur was willing to go that far to keep him out of things, Danny knew better than to poke his nose into the mix. He trusted Arthur knew what he was doing.

So he ignored the tensions flowing around and focused on enjoying his time with Marshal.

“Are you really sure you want to do this?” Marshal asked.

Danny gave Marshal a reassuring smile. “Yes. I am absolutely sure. We are going to have fun today.” He didn’t have to mention that he was drugged to the eyebrows; Marshal had watched him take his pills before they’d left the house. He was buzzing along on a wave of synthetic serenity, feeling completely untouched by anything bad. The only thing he wasn’t enjoying was how spacey he felt, as though his head was an over-inflated balloon barely attached to the string of his neck.

“Do you want to hold my hand?” Marshal waggled the fingers of his left hand invitingly.

Danny looked at it for a long moment, the sun shining down on his head as they stood in the parking lot. There was the sound of children laughing and cheerful voices all around them. And Marshal wanted to hold his hand in public.

He licked his lower lip and reached out to take Marshal’s hand. It felt like the right decision. It made him feel safe. Continue reading

NOVEL: The Panic Pure, by Harper Kingsley [mm suspense] – Chapter Fifteen

Title: The Panic Pure
Author: Harper Kingsley
Genre: mm suspense thriller
Rating: mature

Summary: Daniel Worth, billionaire and CEO of Worth Enterprises is questioned by FBI agent Marshal Newman about the disappearance of one of his employees. They strike up a conversation and soon are regularly meeting and begin dating. However neither realizes just how close danger is lurking.
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There’s some mention of child abuse, but it’s just talking about previous abuse and FBI stuff. That’s about as deep as I’m going with that. Sad feelings will be had, but no graphic depictions of the child abuse.


CHAPTER FIFTEEN
=THE SPACES IN-BETWEEN=

It felt a bit like a betrayal, nosing in where he didn’t belong, but it was something he had to do. Marshal was his friend and it was obvious that he was crazy about Worth.

Hamilton wasn’t the kind of man that was willing to let a mystery go, so it had felt perfectly natural to take the information Conway had given him and run a few checks. And what he’d dug up was enough to make the hairs rise on the back of his neck.

Screw up after screw up until it wasn’t incompetence anymore. It had to be purposeful sabotage of the investigation.

Someone hadn’t wanted the Worth murders solved, and they’d gotten their way. It was just a question of who and how many agents had let themselves be lured by money into becoming just as bad as the crooks they busted. Worse even, as they were supposed to be on the side of the angels. Not helping innocent people be murdered for their fortune.

Acid was bubbling in his stomach and more than anything he wanted to go back in time a week to before he’d known any of this. But it was what it was and there was a crime for him to uncover and arrests to be made. Continue reading

NOVEL: The Panic Pure, by Harper Kingsley [mm suspense] – Chapter Fourteen

Title: The Panic Pure
Author: Harper Kingsley
Genre: mm suspense thriller
Rating: mature

Summary: Daniel Worth, billionaire and CEO of Worth Enterprises is questioned by FBI agent Marshal Newman about the disappearance of one of his employees. They strike up a conversation and soon are regularly meeting and begin dating. However neither realizes just how close danger is lurking.
Continue reading

NOVEL: The Panic Pure, by Harper Kingsley [mm suspense] – Chapter Thirteen

Title: The Panic Pure
Author: Harper Kingsley
Genre: mm suspense thriller
Rating: mature

Summary: Daniel Worth, billionaire and CEO of Worth Enterprises is questioned by FBI agent Marshal Newman about the disappearance of one of his employees. They strike up a conversation and soon are regularly meeting and begin dating. However neither realizes just how close danger is lurking.
Continue reading

Across Two Divides, by Sol Crafter – Chapter Three

Title: Across Two Divides
Author: Sol Crafter
Genre: mm relationship
Character: Nicholas Underwood/David Jacobson, Christian DeLongeria/Julianna DeLongeria, Frankie Beauregard
Rating: Mature
Read Chapters One and Two HERE

Summary: Nicholas Underwood and Christian DeLongeria are in Seattle on business. While there, they go to a party at Frankie’s house where Nicholas is introduced to David Jacobson for the first time. Events develop. }


 CHAPTER THREE
-NICHOLAS & CHRISTIAN-

“Ugh, why is the sun so bright?” Nicholas covered his face with his hands and tried to burrow back into the bedclothes, but Christian wouldn’t let him. “You are the worst man in the history of all men.”

“Thank you, I’ll take that as the compliment you surely meant it to be.” Christian hauled him out of bed and half-walked, half-dragged him toward the bathroom. It made Nicholas feel like a ragdoll.

“You suck so much,” Nicholas groaned as Christian turned on the shower and adjusted the temperature. There was nothing Nicholas could do but to strip off his pajamas and stumble inside, the spray of water forcing him to truly wake up. And he’d been having such nice dreams too.

“Reality sucks,” he muttered. Continue reading