Going legit…ish… (pretending to, anyways)

Well, soon (next week) you should be able to see me at my new website http://www.theprreviews.com. It’s going to be the same kind of content, but I will fun it up a little, adding more than just the tired blah, blah, blah you’ve gotten used to. You are all on this learning curve with me, and I appreciate the patience you have have displayed, especially in the last month, with my lack of activity on here. But now I’m able to come back fresh and with a different perspective.

I’m gonna be honest and tell you I don’t know how this affects you, my followers. Or if it will. We will have to see once everything is moved over. Oy techie stuff! I’z gots no clues.

I’m going to leave this up, and as always, if you need to contact me, you can email me at thepaisleyphoenix AT gmail DOT com any time.

One Last Chance by Peter Styles

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Can he forgive and forget and give this Angel a second chance?

There are no such things as ghosts. Chance has always known that. After all, he’s spent the last five years working in a cemetery. And when the sexy, brooding musician, Angel, tries to spook him, Chance knows that it’s time to finally lose his dead-end job in the graveyard.

Thrill-seeking junkie, Angel, loves a little excitement. And when he goes a little too far, he knows that he needs to convince the attractive and charming, Chance to forgive him. With a little persuasion and sexual chemistry, Angel convinces Chance to embark upon a journey he’ll never forget. As they travel the country and the farther they go, the closer they get. But once they reveal truths about their past, there’s no turning back. Will this trip lead them to a place they can both call home?

In this 50,000-word gay romance novel, two men discover that the destination isn’t nearly as hot as the journey. With strong sexual content, this epic love story will make you as hot as the Arizona desert. But when their pasts come back to haunt them, will they realize that the only ghosts that can hurt them are the ones they refuse to destroy?

MY REVIEW: This is a unique and magnetic read from the beginning. Between the details and concept, I’m happy to say I didn’t feel like I’d already this same book so many times in different forms. This author did a great job.
I read an ARC and am providing an honest and unbiased opinion.

Rhythm and Rhyme series by Harper Logan

Tuned (Rhythm and Rhyme #1)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: “I’m not sure if love is still in the cards for me.”

Struggling with heartbreak after his break-up, free-spirited musician Zander wonders if it’s ever going to work out with anyone. Or if he even wants it to—romance took its toll on him. With no desire to settle into a conventional life, it was never going to work out with his ex, Jerrad, a lawyer. But after a friend offers Zander a place to stay in the beautiful college town of Rosebridge, he meets someone new—someone who might convince him to give love another chance.

“Nothing is more important than my education.”

Engineering student Tyler worked hard to get into Beasley. His whole life has been dedicated to his education, but he’s neglected both friendships and relationships. Now in his senior year, he’s realized that he’s never dated a guy, or even so much as found one who catches his interest. But then he runs into Zander, a rolling stone who comes into his life and steals his attention—as well as his heart.

“I can’t choose any man over my education, not even him.”

As Tyler and Zander’s relationship blossoms, Tyler’s grades start to slip through his fingers. And once again, Zander has found himself with someone who prioritizes success over him. As Zander starts to build a new life in Rosebridge, he finds he wants Tyler to help complete it—but will Tyler realize how precious love is?

Tuned is a 40,000 word steamy MM standalone romance. It is the first book in the Rhythm and Rhyme series. Each book can be read independently but would be even more enjoyable read as a trilogy! They all contain a happily ever after ending.

MY REVIEW: Another sweet romance from this author. Though to be honest, Zander is the shining gem of this story, while Tyler feels underage and like you want to drop him on his head because he’s so wishy-washy. Not really the type-a that they later call him. Whatever. That’s just my opinion.

Truly Yours series by Aria Grace and Chris McHart

Toby and Dalton (Truly Yours #1)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Finding a shifter mate is tough. Dalton is open to love, but the few dates he’s been on have been terrible. He’s just about to give up on searching for happiness when a young shifter passes by him, providing hope that maybe this time he’ll find love.

Toby has been hurt one too many times. He always picks the wrong men and doesn’t believe he deserves anything better. When his best friend forces him to check out a shifter matchmaking service, he doesn’t have any hope that things could work out for him. Because, why should Dalton be different than the others?

However, fate knows better. And both men might be in for the shock of their lives.

MY REVIEW: Okay, so I didn’t really understand how Dalton came to the conclusion Toby was preggers. I understand how Toby’s mind put two and two together, but Dalton didn’t mention anything. Just basically said, “hey dude, you know…”
Overall, it’s rather enjoyable and predictable. I have a feeling the predictability had to be worked out of the authors’ systems. I always enjoy these authors, so I don’t doubt I will continue to do so.

Managing Expectations by Peter Styles

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Sometimes what’s HOT isn’t what’s RIGHT.

Pop star manager, Wynn Tucker has it all. With a never-ending stream of parties and fun, a grandmother who thinks the world of him, and a famous best friend and lover, Wynn knows his life should be picture perfect. But things aren’t always as they seem. As a recovering alcoholic, the lifestyle at the mansion is hard to endure–not to mention that the man he loves is just too famous to proclaim his love for a man.

But when he encounters Michael, a loving and loyal gardener, Wynn finds himself torn between his best friend and the new man who’s stolen his heart. Suddenly, Michael must choose between what he’s always known and what he’s always wanted. Can he finally manage his own heart and future and let go of the past?

In this 50,000 word steamy gay novel, Managing Expectations, one man learns that love often results in a broken heart. But a little pain might be worth the journey to a newer, hotter garden of hope. With explicit content, you will embark upon a road of passion and need, begging for more.

MY REVIEW: Well-written and interesting. I like how Holden was made into a jerk, but a multi-faceted human jerk, so you didn’t hate him, you kind of understood him and his fears a little. Even if you didn’t like or agree with them or his actions. I would love to visit Wynn and Michael later on and see how they are doing, since this drops us at their beginning.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

He’s Worth It by Jerry Cole

AUTHOR’S BLURB: After Chris’ break-up with his ex-girlfriend, he’s pretty sure that nothing is ever going to be the same again. He thinks that she’s probably right to walk out, anyway. After falling into a deep depression, things seem to start getting better. He decides to join a local volunteer acting troupe. That’s where he meets Jacob, the charismatic young lead with the rainbow-colored hair tips and an easy smile. When Jacob offers to be his private acting coach, Chris feels like he’s just won the lottery. He has no reason to believe that these private acting lessons are going to become so much more. Soon, he finds himself with intense and confusing feelings for Jacob. They make no sense. Chris has never been into guys before.

Things haven’t been going that well for Jacob. After a few small roles, he’s starting to find himself with no work again. Soon, he’s tempted to fall back into old habits. A few random encounters make him believe that maybe he and his new friend Chris are more than just friends, but Jacob knows enough about straight boys. He needs to steer clear of him if he doesn’t want a world of pain. Chris’ allure is far too much, though, and soon he finds himself in an explosive relationship. With Chris’ crazy ex and a whole lot of his own past that he would like to hide, Jacob is pretty sure that this relationship isn’t going to work out in the long-term.

Maybe if Chris can get a handle on the situation with his ex, Jacob would be more inclined to stick around. At least, Chris hopes so. But as it is, Jacob has every reason not to, except for Chris himself. And that shouldn’t be a good enough reason, should it?

Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Novella, approx. 65,000 words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger”.

MY REVIEW: The storyline was a good concept with a passionless delivery. It seemed to be written automatically, not enthusiastically. Even the bad “guy” didn’t have enough passion to stay the course and keep being a baddie. She just petered out like she lost energy and direction. Yay for the good guys but it kind of describes the book, sadly. I adore this author’s work so won’t give up. But this was not my fave.
I read a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this book & am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review.

The League series by Declan Rhodes

Complete Game (The League #1)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Twenty-five-year-old Blake Powell’s world is baseball. His life goal is a major league contract and he is laser focused on honing his game and his body as close to perfection as he can get. Then a moment of distraction, a wrong step, and a bone-shattering injury put an early end to his baseball career.

Ian Chapman is happy with his life. He has his own house, a decent job, good friends, and he’s the de facto manager of a team in the city’s gay softball league. Unfortunately, he’s missing a key player to help his team rise from the basement and the man at his side to make his personal game complete.

When Blake moves in next door, Ian sees in him a solution to the team’s woes, and soon it becomes obvious something more personal might grow, too. Then Blake’s first love, the game of baseball, comes calling again, and he is compelled to answer.

Complete Game is a 55,000 word first time gay romance with no cliffhangers and a happily ever after ending.

MY REVIEW: Fun, fresh, entertaining and interesting. A little heat and a little sweet. I like that it dared focus on *gasp* softball, instead of the seemingly required baseball. It gave a good comparison. But my personal opinion is that it’s a bit more odd than quirky to put up photos of people you don’t know. Overall, good job.