Wednesday, December 27, 2017

REVIEW: Never by Tara Lain

Summary:

Wendell “Wen” Darling lives in a world of shoulds and musts. Left to care for his brother and sister by his dull drudge of a father and wacko irresponsible mother, he suppresses his creativity, slaving in an ad agency seventy hours a week, letting his no-talent supervisor take the credit.

Then his bosses blow the campaign for their biggest client and Wen gets a chance to shine—but only if he can find the artist who painted a wild, glorious wall of graffiti in the subway. Hiding behind a pillar at 2:00 a.m., Wen comes face-to-face with the scarlet-haired, elven-faced embodiment of his divergent opposite—Peter Panachek, the flighty, live-for-today painter, singer, and leader of the rock group the Lost Boys. Everything Wen takes seriously, Peter laughs off, but opposites attract, even if their kisses always lead to battles. Peter’s devil-may-care persona hides a world of secrets, self-protection, and hidden fears, until the day a drug dealer, Vadon Hooker, threatens everything Wen holds dear. Guided by the mysterious Mr. Pennymaker, Peter has to choose between facing responsibility or burrowing even deeper into Neverland.

Title:  Never
Series:  Pennymaker Tales
Book #: 4
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  221 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

Peter Pan has never really been a favorite fairy tale of mine to begin with. However, this was an intriguing translation from fairy tale to contemporary romance. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Wendell is very relatable and Peter is endearingly wild. Wendell's siblings were great and I particularly liked John's enthusiasm. Peter's cast of friends were fun, though Tink and Dudish gave me some mixed feelings at times. Peter and Wendell's magnetic push and pull was a little daunting at first, but then it just sort of clicked. They have some tangible chemistry and I just kept hoping they'd move on it. Whenever they did though, it blew up leaving everybody frustrated. It made it all the more satisfying when they got it together.

Peter's art jumps off the page so beautifully clear. I got lost in the magic of that itself. I'd love to see it brought to life. I feel like I call books predictible pretty often, but I have to say that I didn't quite see this ending playing out exactly the way it did. It was refreshing and I absolutely loved it!

Bottom Line:

Never is fun ride through finding balance in life and loving someone that compliments your own nature. Peter and Wendell definitely bring out greatness in each other. If you're wanting a neat spin on a classic, look no further!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

REVIEW: Northern Exposure by Jayne Rylon & Mari Carr

Summary:

All roads lead home when that’s where you’ve left your heart.

Silas Compton always had his eye on Lucy, the veterinarian’s daughter. He was even content to wait for the girl of his dreams to grow up before getting anywhere near her with his family’s double-edged legacy.

Waiting around led to fooling around with his best friend—and an impulsive eruption of desire that Lucy’s innocent eyes weren’t meant to see. Figuring Compton Pass wasn’t big enough for either the three of them or the pain he’d caused, Silas let loose his tightly reined wanderlust and headed for Alaska.

Ten years later, when an oil rig accident sends him home, he braces himself for the reopening of old wounds. Instead he finds himself in the care—and welcoming arms—of Lucy and Colby, whose marriage has plenty of room for the man they both still love. And forgive with all their hearts.

As things start to unravel at Compass Ranch, Silas must dig deep for the strength to assume his rightful place in the Compton family…and lay the foundation for a future with his lovers. If he can forgive himself.

Title:  Northern Exposure
Series:  Compass Brothers
Book #: 1
Author:  Jayne Rylon & Mari Carr
Approximate Book Length:  173 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

Menage stories are among my guilty pleasures, so naturally this one interested me from the start, especially when you count the fact that I already liked the author. The premise seemed realistic which sets the stage for great personal growth among all the main characters. Some grow faster than others, but all get to a good place. They have a lovable cast of supportive family and friends to help tham along the way as well. The ranch setting makes for a nice peaceful atmosphere. Everything just came together beautifully.

Bottom Line:

Northern Exposure is a sweet story of growth, acceptance, and fierce love that runs deep and lasts. The heat only adds to the enjoyment!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Bleu Balls by Tara Lain


Bleu Balls
(Balls to the Wall Series #7)
By Tara Lain

Blurb:
Double trouble. The McMillan twins, Robin and Bobby, are renowned for their talents—both as fine artists and for thrilling the various men who catch their eyes. As different in style and personality as their DNA is identical, they’re nonetheless best friends who divide and conquer, with Robin doing the serious painting and Bobby adding the sunny salesmanship.

But when their most important client decides Bobby must wield the paintbrush, the brothers revert to childhood tactics and switch places. Then along comes Micah, a handsome doctor who’s attracted to Bobby but invites Robin out to try to please his homophobic brother, and Paolo, the pain-in-the-butt client who thinks he’s wooing Bobby when he’s actually after Robin. Paolo harbors his own hidden pain that weirdly intersects with Robin’s, but pride and privacy conspire to produce what will either be a masterpiece—or end up as Dogs Playing Poker.



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Release Date
January 9, 2018


Excerpt



Anson said, “This is Paolo Lind. His architectural firm designed this building and is its largest tenant.”

Robin stared right at the man. “Cool.”

Lind nodded but said nothing. He glanced up, met Robin’s gaze for an electric instant, and then shifted away. Ridiculous that a man so gorgeous should be such an asshole.

Anson said, “So, Ms. Etheridge, show us what you brought.”

Valerie stood her tablet on the table and began scrolling through photos of their projects. “As you’ll see, the McMillan brothers have the scope and grandeur to handle a project of this size but still maintain a contemporary, even leading-edge look. No kitsch that murals tend to fall into because the artist doesn’t know what to do in that large a work.”

She was doing a good job. Robin tried to listen, but his gaze kept drifting to the architectural masterpiece across the table.

She pulled out a portfolio of drawings and sketches to give them a sense of the immediacy of their work. “You can see the boldness of line and form.”

The architect stared at Robin’s portfolio with a slight crease between his dark, arched brows. Suddenly he looked up. “Excuse me, but we’ve already seen their work for others. Do you have a design to show us or not?”

Valerie paused for a fraction of a second too long, but then she dove in. “Mr. Lind, to do a design for a project of this size would require many, many hours of time—all on speculation. My clients are sought-after artists.”

Lind pushed the portfolio across the wide, slick table. “So are all the people we’re considering for this project. Obviously, your clients must not value the commission.”

Well, shit. Robin grabbed the portfolio. At the back were some sketches, and he ripped one from the plastic sleeve that held it. He turned it over and pulled three markers from his pocket—he didn’t leave home without them. Bold lines flowed across the paper as he drew. He glanced up at Lind, who stared at Robin’s moving hand. “So tell me. Do you design a lot of buildings on spec, darling?” Lind scowled at him. Robin looked back at the drawing and took his thumb, wet it, and smudged some of the lines. “Yeah, no, right? Because all you have to sell is your design talent. Just like me. This building we’re sitting in is a really good design. Not the best I’ve ever seen, but really good for Orange County. You need a mural that reflects that design, and you’re a good enough architect to know with one glance that I’m that guy.”

He kept drawing, slashing lines and swirling in flashes of golden yellow, but the main theme was blue, baby. With a sneer, he slid the abstract, wild, free creation across the table and stood up. “You can keep this, because no matter who else you hire, they can’t begin to do what my brother and I can do. But you’ll fuck up your building because, for whatever reason, after an acquaintance of thirty seconds, you don’t like me. Maybe you don’t like gay guys in eyeliner. Maybe you’re just an asshole. Hell, you want reasons to dislike me? You should get to know me. I can give you a boatload of reasons, but not liking my earrings is a pretty dumbass basis on which to choose an artist, and you, of all people, should know that.” He leaned over, signed the drawing with a flourish, flicked his fingers, and made the paper jump. “Good luck with your building.”

He crossed the conference room and walked out just as the sportswear chick yelled, “You tell ’em, cutie.”



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Volley Balls
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Fire Balls 
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Beach Balls
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Snow Balls
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FAST Balls
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High Balls
Bk #6


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Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Snow Balls by Tara Lain



Character Profile - Ryan Star - Snow Balls

Name – Ryan Star
Age – 29
Hair – Dark brown
Eyes – Green
Complexion – pock-marked
Height – 6’0”
Build – Strong, wiry
Sexual orientation – gay but semi-closeted; he came out in New York and nearly got killed for it
Personal style – suspicious, stand-offish and taciturn
Occupation – Detective, Laguna Beach police
Family – Not close
Friends – few close friends but really likes and respects his captain
Loves – football, cross country skiing, the Ahwahnee Hotel, and eventually JJ LaRousse


Is it always wrong to pretend to be Mr. Right?


Snow Balls
(Balls to the Wall Series, #4)
By Tara Lain

Blurb:

JJ LaRousse looks like a quarterback but acts like a queen. He’s trying to be proud of who he is—until a robbery at the famous Laguna Winter Fantasy brings JJ face-to-face with tough cop Ryan Star. JJ hears Ryan likes manly men, so he drops his voice an octave, colors his pink hair, and tries to pass as a football fan.

Ryan Star may be tough, but he keeps his sexuality to himself at work. He learned in New York that being a gay cop can be deadly. His attraction to JJ threatens his secret, but he’s finding it hard to back away from a guy who’s so totally his type. Then, during a ski trip and a confrontation with JJ’s biggest nemesis, all the façades come crashing down. In the aftermath, can Ryan love JJ for who he really is? More importantly, can JJ?



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The cop beamed at him. “Good job, JJ. Now what else can you remember?”

Oh my, how he loved pleasing the nice detective. “Santa was wearing a phony beard, but he had black stubble on his cheek above it. He had on sunglasses. Cheap ones. Prada knockoffs you might get on the street in Santa Ana.” Okay, maybe too much information. “Uh, he was wearing some padding, but I think he probably had some fat of his own. The elf was skinny. And”—he closed his eyes and pulled up the picture again—“he had weird eyes.”

“How weird?”

“Kind of pale and a little scary-looking.”

“Could they have been contacts?”

“Doubt it.” He closed his eyes again. Oh, he loved that scent. He opened them. “I couldn’t see the elf’s hair because he wore a full wig, but I’ll bet it was red.”

Star frowned. “Why do you think that?”

“He had those freckles that some redheads have. Might be.”

“Is there anything else?”

JJ nodded. Could he think of twenty more things to keep the good detective here? “The bigger man spoke to me, and he had an accent of some kind.”

“What kind?”

JJ screwed up his nose. “Hmm. It was a little like Southern, but… I know, I think it was like Boston or New England or something. Sort of flat-sounding.”

“Was the voice deep?”

JJ breathed out slowly. “Not as deep as yours.”

Star’s blue eyes flashed up at him.

“Uh, I mean you have a low voice. The Santa’s voice was higher and nasally.”

“Do you think you would recognize it again?”

“Possibly.”

Star asked him a few more questions about what the robbers had said and where they seemed to be going. He flipped the notebook closed. “You’ve been extremely helpful. Thank you for your time.”

JJ tried to keep his voice low. “Anytime.”

Star looked back at him for a moment. “I may have a few more questions. Is there somewhere I can reach you?”

Oh, be still my heart. JJ recited his cell number, and Star wrote it in his notebook—on a separate page. Oh my.

“So, you a Trojan?”

“What?” JJ swallowed.

Star pointed at his head. “USC.”

“Oh, uh, no. Just a, uh, fan.”

That blazing smile again. “You like football.” It wasn’t a question, thank God.

“I’ve been known to watch a game.” JJ held his breath.

The appraising blue eyes stared into his. “Thanks again for your great help.”

“My pleasure.” Or at least his cock’s pleasure.

Detective Ryan Star walked away toward a group of uniformed officers gathered at the booth across from JJ’s. The cop’s jeans clung to lean, muscled thighs, and the tweed sports jacket had an obligatory feel, like maybe it wasn’t something he wore in his free time. It wasn’t something he should wear at all. That man needed a dresser. JJ sighed. Fat effing chance it would be him.

JJ went back to the display, trying hard to look manly while positioning dolls on a snow scene. He glanced up and caught his breath. Star was staring at him. JJ wanted to fan himself so bad. Man up.

He stared down at the doll in his hands. Why the hell was he trying to impress this guy? The detective was scary and his job was violent, two things JJ hated. But there was that second while he was questioning JJ when Star had looked embarrassed that he’d forgotten to show his credentials. Was that a hint of the vulnerable man underneath? Naw, he probably just felt uncomfortable around a creampuff like JJ.

What had he been thinking?

He’d been known to watch a football game? Not in this life.



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Beach Balls
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About the Author



Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

You can find Tara at Lain



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