Thursday, June 22, 2017

Promo Post: Felice Stevens' Memories with The Breakfast Club Kindle World (Reviews)

Promo Post: Felice Stevens' Memories with The Breakfast Club Kindle World

World Description:

“New York City is the city that never sleeps, a city where anything is possible. For the high-powered gay men of the Big Apple, Happily Ever After might not be too far away. It could be at Sparks, the hottest gay nightclub in town, in the bustling hallways of one of New York’s busiest hospitals, or on the streets of Brooklyn. In a city of 8 million people, endless love stories are just waiting to unfold. Will Cupid strike a dance instructor, a bartender, or a vampire? In Felice Stevens' Memories with The Breakfast Club Kindle World, the possibilities are infinite.”

I'm thrilled to have been chosen by Amazon for the inaugural gay romance Kindle World. I'm hoping this will bring more people to the genre who want to read the stories we love so much.

I know many people are not aware what the platform is so let me explain. 

Kindle Worlds is a way to write your own story in a world you enjoy reading. So if you enjoy the Breakfast Club and/or Memories of the Heart series, you can continue writing stories for the characters you love. you can create new characters to interact with mine or use my characters and write different scenarios for them. Sounds like fun, right? It is!

I hope everyone enjoys these stories and maybe even write one. 

It is only available on Amazon but not on Kindle Unlimited, and as of now not available internationally, but they are working on it!

Here are the blurbs, the buy links and an excerpt from some of the books for you to enjoy:

Anticipation by Talia Carmichael

When life brings you someone who’s supposed to be yours you’ll need to decide if you’ll give into the anticipation…

Dixon Avery’s only focus is his center and he doesn’t have time for anything else. Especially with the upcoming event to raise funds he has to keep on track without distractions. Except he can’t get the sexy bookstore owner he’s just met out of his mind. Since the man dismissed him then it won’t be a problem to forget about him since he won’t see him again. Maybe…possibly. Yet when the man shows up to his center Dixon knows there’s no way he could have ever forgotten about him. Now he has to decide what to do about the man who has captured his attention. 

Reginald Williams doesn’t like anything that upsets his orderly world. Especially when it’s the man he’s been seeing pass his bookstore for years on the way to the center he owns. The man who he’s thought about all too often, admiring him from afar not just for his work at the center but also as a man who he’s attracted too. Now he has an opportunity to meet him when he comes into his bookstore looking for Reginald to volunteer. He never reacts well when being caught off guard. He’s mad at himself for the lost opportunity. Now he’s going to have to step out of his comfort zone and take a chance on not only doing a good thing to help out at the center but maybe have a chance with a man who makes him want to step out of his orderly world. 

Two men not looking for things to change but life has a way of doing things that will fulfill what they never knew was their anticipation…

Remember Love by Silvia Violet

The last person Antonio expected to see sitting at the bar in Sparks was Scott, the only man he'd ever truly cared about, the only man who ever broke his heart. As memories of the painful end of their relationship come flooding back, all Antonio can do is run.

Scott’s number-one regret is believing Antonio would hurt him. He’s never forgotten the look on Antonio’s face the night they broke up. If there’s any chance he can repair the damage he’d done, he’s going to take it.

Though they care deeply for each other, Antonio and Scott will need to forgive and trust again if they're to find their way around the obstacles in their path.

4 Stars

Short and Sexy story of second chances. 

While working his bartending shift at Sparks, Antonio is shocked to see his ex, Scott, sitting on a barstool presumably waiting for a drink. It's been a few years and Antonio has never gotten over Scott or the way he pushed him away after a disastrous argument. But without knowing why Scott would suddenly be back in New York after moving to Boston, Antonio freaks out a bit.  Is it just coincidence that Scott is in front of Antonio right now? Or is Scott there in hopes of winning Antonio back?

Remember me was a fairly quick and easy read and surprisingly pretty low on angst. Scott and Antonio obviously have never gotten over one another and their incredible attraction and combustible chemistry is still holding strong.  If you are looking for a sexy read, this story is definitely for you, it's chock-full of it. 

The writing is well done and flowed quite well making the story seem to move at a perfect pace. I liked both Scott and Antonio and felt as if they were perfect for a quick afternoon or lunch break read.  If you are a fan of Silvia Violet I'm sure you'll enjoy Remember Me. 

*copy provided by author/publisher for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.*

Hot Date by Felice Stevens

Once again, Julian Cornell is at the zenith of his career; not only have his designs helped the young men and women in the burn unit, he’s about to ink an exclusive deal with the hottest model for his new high-fashion menswear collection. Everything is perfect except his husband doesn’t understand how important it all is to him, and the model might want more than just to walk the runway in Julian’s clothing.

Nick Fletcher has never been the jealous type; he’s always been confident his place is right by his husband’s side. But now that Julian is about to re-launch his fashion line, Nick fears Julian might be sucked back into a world of beautiful people and wonder what he’s missed being married to a less-than perfect man like Nick.

Leave it up to two meddling friends who think they know best to arrange a hot date guaranteed to put the spice back in Julian and Nick’s marriage, enabling them to remember that what lies beyond the surface is a lifetime of love.

4.5 Stars

Relationships take work, even those filled with lots of love. It's been two years and now that Julian's career is taking off again, Nick is left feeling like he doesn't fit into Julian's life anymore. Can they fix their marriage before irreparable damage is done?

I loved Nick and Julian's story, so I was happy to see this was an addition to their story. Although I wanted to strangle Julian throughout a good portion of the story for being a twatwaffle, this was an enjoyable read. Felice recaptured the chemistry between Nick and Julian. I loved getting to revisit some of the Breakfast Club guys, especially Zach, he is definitely my favorite of them all.

A sexy addition to the series. Recommendable!

*copy provided by author/publisher for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.*

A Way With Words by Lane Hayes

Tony De Luca is a simple guy. He works for his uncle’s Brooklyn-based construction firm. And he knows from experience that keeping his head down and doing his job is the best way to deal with the meddlesome family members he sees daily. They think he’s quiet and maybe a little awkward but the truth is more complicated. Tony has a secret he isn’t ready or willing to share. He’s an expert at avoiding familial scrutiny. At least he was until the sexy guitar player showed up. 

Remy Nelson is a small-town, free-spirited guy looking for a new life in the big city. He stays busy by playing his instrument on a busy Manhattan street corner during the day and bartending at night. Remy is more interested in finding steady employment than a mate, but he can’t deny his attraction to the dreamy construction worker with soulful eyes, a kind heart, and a unique way with words. Falling for Remy wasn’t what Tony expected, but he knows keeping him will require courage. And truth.

Read Tracy and Jaymie's reviews for A Way With Words here.

Finding His Place by Nic Starr

Sometimes finding your place in the world can lead to love.

Kieran Walters is the illegitimate son of a successful businessman. Despite striving to win his father’s affection, a confrontation that has been years in the making leaves Kieran devastated to realize he will never be good enough. Jealous of the half brother he’s never met, and who most likely doesn’t know of his existence, Kieran vows to find out what makes his brother so special in their father’s eyes.

Darius Jensen manages a nightclub. He loves his job, but is reluctant to commit when given the opportunity to become a partner. His previous foray into business ownership with a boyfriend had disastrous results, and Darius is still paying the price, both financially and emotionally.

When Kieran starts working with Darius at Sparks, Darius shows him it’s not too late for Kieran to realize his dreams—the fulfilling career, a loving family, and someone who loves him for who he is. If only Kieran can convince Darius of the same thing. But before Kieran’s and Darius’s dreams can come true, Kieran needs to come clean with his brother and deal with the resulting fallout… which threatens his relationship with Darius.

Read Tracy's review for Finding His Place here.

Memories Follow by S.C. Wynne

Scottie Kinland works as the Kennel Manager for the Paws For Care veterinary clinic. Spending his days with animals is the only way he can feel safe. He has first-hand knowledge of how cold and calculating humans can be. How could he ever forget? He wears the scars on his face and his heart.

Lance Franklin likes to play the field. Still reeling from a lying cheating fiancée, he’s plowing through men like aspirin; only the pain of betrayal still stings. When he takes his mom’s dog in to the Paws For Care clinic, he’s immediately drawn to the quiet loner Scottie. But Scottie wants nothing to do with Lance.

Lance persists and he manages to forge a fragile relationship with Scottie. But just as both men begin to believe perhaps fate has something beautiful in store for them; the past collides with their future in a shocking way.

4 Stars

Scottie isn't too fond of people, he's experienced first-hand how bad they can be. After a bad break-up, Lance Franklin refuses to settle on just one man, however, there's something that draws him to the shy Scottie. Lance pursues Scottie relentlessly until Scottie gives in to his advances and Lance begins to see that there's more to life than playing the field until the past gets in the way.

I loved Scottie at first. My heart broke at all he had to go through and I don't blame him for being so wary of others. However, when the big reveal came, I feel his reaction was way over the top and I was a bit angry that he wouldn't give Lance the benefit of the doubt. On the other hand, I wasn't too sure of Lance at first, he was too pushy, but when he realized Scottie was someone special for him, he had a huge turnaround and showed how nice he could be. They were sweet and hot together and had good chemistry. 

I also enjoyed Lance's interactions with his mom, and of course, seeing Rafe and Alex there. 

This was a very enjoyable read!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Uncommon Ground by Kelly Jensen

Dillon Lee’s grandfather was a conspiracy theorist. Every summer he’d take Dillon on a tour of New York City while entertaining him with tales of aliens. Fifteen years later, after a phone call from a lawyer, Dillon is carrying his grandfather’s ashes from landmark to landmark, paying a sort of tribute, and trying to figure out what to do with his unexpected legacy. When someone tries to steal the ashes, a guy Dillon has barely met leaps to the rescue, saving the urn and the day.

Steilang Skovgaard is a reclusive billionaire—and not human. He’s been living in Manhattan for over twenty years, working on a long-term plan to establish a safe haven for his people. For seven years, his reports have gone unanswered, however, and he is the only surviving member of his interstellar team. The connection he forms with Dillon soon after meeting him is something he’s missed, something he craves.

But after someone keeps trying to steal the ashes, it looks as though Dillon’s grandfather was involved in more than theories—and might not have been exactly who everyone thought he was. Steilang doesn’t know how close he can get to the truth without revealing himself, and Dillon is running out of people to trust. Can these two work out what’s going on before the thieves set their sights higher?

3 Stars!

So, I honestly am not a huge fan of Science Fiction stories.  However, I do like mystery and intrigue so I hoped that I could get lost in this story of Dillon and Lang. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed aspects of the book, others just didn't quite do it for me and had me feeling a touch of disconnect with it all. 

We meet Dillon in line for the Empire State Building, his backpack holding his Grandfather's ashes in its decorative urn. However, after a nearly two-hour wait in line, he's refused entry carrying the ashes.  Irritated and disappointed he heads to a nearby coffee shop.  There he notices an attractive but obviously shy man who seems to notice him as well. But before either man is able to strike up a conversation a young woman takes off with Dillon's bag, the one containing not only his laptop but the ashes of his late Grandfather. 

Dillon is surprised when he finds the stranger from the coffee shop has come to help him retrieve his belongings. Unfortunately, it doesn't all go smoothly and the stranger, he later learns is named Lang, hurts himself a little and refuses to go to the hospital.  Luckily, Dillon is able to convince him to go with him to get cleaned up. 

From there the two men find themselves wanting to get to know one another better and begin spending time together. Of course, as Dillon tours the city in an attempt to give his Grandfather one last look at his beloved New York, strange things seem to start happening and it becomes obvious someone is after the ashes.  The only person who might possibly be able to help him figure out what's really going on is Lang. 

I liked both Dillon and Lang, Lang more so, I think. I found his quirky and awkward personality fun and sincere. I especially loved how almost vulnerable he seemed when surrounded by people. Dillon was cute and funny as well but something seemed to be missing a lot of the time. I never really figured it out. 

The writing was well thought out and executed. It was obvious the author has a talent for writing and creating a story outside our reality, yet still able to weave it smoothly into our everyday lives.  I wished I personally would have been able to truly get into the story but for fans of Aliens and/or Science Fiction, I'm sure this would be a highly enjoyable read. 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

On and Off by Jenna Kendrick

 For almost a year, Doc1984 and Wallflower have been battling it out online. There's no subject they can't disagree over, no end to their aggravation with each other.

 Mitchell Abend and Jackson Wallach are in perfect sync from the moment they're introduced. Mitchell's never quite gotten over being publicly humiliated by a former lover, but Jackson's quiet strength encourages him to trust once again. Jackson's isolated himself after a devastating accident, but Mitchell makes him want to live again.

On and Off
 Wallflower and Doc's online battles take an unexpected turn from adversaries to friends. But when one of them discovers his online friend and offline lover are one and the same, revealing the dual connection may cost him both a friendship and a chance at love. 

Excerpt from Remember Love by Silvia Violet

Antonio looked up from wiping the bar and froze. A blond man had just found an empty stool at the far end. Antonio could only see his profile, but he would know the man anywhere. It didn’t matter that it had been three years. That golden hair, the soft, loose curls that were so fucking effortless. Scott woke up looking perfect every damn morning. His cheeks were just plump enough to give him an innocent, boyish look, as if he would never hurt anyone. And of course, he wore impeccable—if occasionally stodgy—clothes that cost more than Antonio would ever dream of spending.
Scott couldn’t really be there, could he? Antonio glanced away and then back, hoping he was hallucinating. He’d been working himself half to death recently between school and Sparks.
He looked again. He was going to have to accept it. Scott Ingles, the only man who’d ever broken Antonio’s heart, was sitting at the bar in Sparks. Antonio’s heart pounded. He felt hot and cold at the same time. Was he going to throw up?
Scott had moved to Boston after they’d broken up.
After you sent him packing and refused to talk.
Antonio shut that inner voice down fast.
What was Scott doing in New York? Business probably, or visiting friends. But why was he in Sparks? He didn’t even like going to clubs.
He didn’t a few years ago. Who knows what he likes now?
Had he known Antonio worked there? Probably not. Why would he? Sparks was one of the most popular places in town. It wasn’t odd that someone would recommend it.
“That’s quite a reaction.”
It took Antonio a few seconds to process what his boss, Marcus, had said.
“Sorry. I—”
Marcus tilted his head toward Scott. “Who’s that?”
“Just someone from a million years ago.”
Marcus snorted. “You’re too young to have problems that old.”
“I doubt he even remembers me.”
“I wouldn’t bet on that.”
Antonio couldn’t resist the urge to look up. Scott was staring at him, eyes wide, expression unsure. He remembered Antonio all right, and Antonio surely remembered him: his skin, his scent, the way he loved to hold Antonio down, everything about him. And goddammit, Antonio still wanted him, no matter how much of an asshole Scott had been.

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