Category - Book of the Week

Book of the Week: Tequila Mockingbird

CCochetBooks While I was at RainbowCon, I attended the series writing panel where I amazingly won two ebooks from the fabulous Rhys Ford. As you imagine, I have been fangirling since. One of the books I received was an ARC of Tequila Mockingbird.

Now, I have to say that I LOVE the Sinners Series. From the moment I met the Morgan clan in Sinner's Gin, I was a goner. How can you not love each and every one of them? Each Sinners book seems to get even better than the last and Tequila Mockingbird doesn't disappoint. The story was sexy, sweet, funny, and heartwarming. I love that we get to revisit previous couples from the series and enjoyed watching their lives intertwine.

Forest's character was strong yet vulnerable. He has a troubled past he's trying to put behind him, but certain circumstances keep getting in the way. It's heartbreaking, especially one particular source of Forest's pain. Luckily, there's Lieutenant Conner Morgan to catch Forest and lend him his strength, not to mention other members of the Morgan clan. Forest is a great addition to the Sinners family and he deserved so much love.

Getting to know Conner Morgan was engrossing. As the oldest Morgan and a SWAT Lieutenant, you expect him to be this serious, no-nonsense kind of guy, but Conner has a sweet, softer side, one that comes out especially around Forest. Conner had his own struggles, despite being brought up in a loving and accepting family. I loved how once he made up his mind, he used that Conner courage to follow through.

If you haven't read the Sinners series I highly recommended. And now, I just have one question for Ms. Ford: When can we expect Quinn and Rafe's book?

Tequila MockingbirdLG Tequila Mockingbird by Rhys Ford Book Three of the Sinners Series Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense Pages: 250 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press ISBN: 978-1-63216-014-0 Blurb

Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan.

No, Connor has everything worked out—a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son. It wasn’t like he’d never thought about men — it’s just loving one doesn’t fit into his plans.

Forest Ackerman certainly doesn’t need to be lusting after a straight cop, even if Connor Morgan is everywhere he looks, especially after Frank’s death. He’s just talked himself out of lusting for the brawny cop when his coffee shop becomes a war zone and Connor Morgan steps in to save him. Whoever killed his father seems intent on Forest joining him in the afterlife. As the killer moves closer to achieving his goal, Forest tangles with Connor Morgan and is left wondering what he’ll lose first—his life or his heart.

PREORDER from Dreamspinner Press

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Book of the Week: Thick As Thieves by Tali Spencer

CCochetBooksI actually read this not too long ago and kept meaning to post about it, but things got a little crazy, as they do. I really don't know why I waited so long to read this fantastic book.

Often I get in the mood to read a specific genre of M/M Romance and a couple of months ago, I was needing something a little different--or a lot different, from what I was writing. I was really in the mood for Fantasy. As it happens, I think Dreamspinner was having a sale. Yeah, we all know how dangerous that is. So I picked up a few (quite a few) titles and several of them were Fantasy. Thick As Thieves was one of those titles.

Just from reading the blurb, you know right away it's not going to be your typical Fantasy. I don't think I've ever read a blurb that grabbed my attention the way this one did. BTW, I snagged myself one of Tali's unicorn horn soaps at GRL last year all innocent like, and now... well, let's just say I'll never look at it the same way again. This book was so much fun. Not just because of the unicorn horn. The world created for Thick As Thieves was spectacular and the writing sweeps you away to an amazing world of witches, wizards, and magic. You can bet I was up until the wee hours reading it. You know, one of those "just one more chapter" deals.

Madd and Vorgell are opposites in every way yet deliciously perfect for each other. I loved watching Vorgell's character develop and grow through the story. Both men start off caring very little about anyone but themselves and their personal goals, but they're soon thrown together on an adventure that threatens to destroy them. Every step they take reveals another layer of this magical world and the dangers the two face. Madd is a thief and young male witch, small and stubborn, with no care for a brute like Vorgell--other than to use him for the magic inside him, but as they continue on their journey, a bond forms between them, and it's sweet, humorous, and sexy. By the end, I was wishing for more of these two and their world. Absolutely loved it.

rosedivider ThickAsThievesLGThick As Thieves by Tali Spencer Genre: High Fantasy, M/M Romance Pages: 200 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Cover Artist: Anne Cain ISBN: 978-1-62380-785-6 Blurb

After Vorgell the barbarian fucks himself with a unicorn horn, he ends up in a cell with Maddog, a pretty young thief. It’s lust at first sight for Vorgell—but honestly, he can’t help it. Unicorn horn is a potent aphrodisiac, and now he can’t stop thinking about sex. Luckily, Madd is one male witch who knows how to put Vorgell’s new magical body to good use when he tricks Vorgell into a kiss that helps them escape.

Vorgell may desire sex in general—and Madd in particular—but Madd has no intention of being screwed by a man twice his size. He has problems of his own, including an enchanted collar that causes him to desire his most hated enemy. He wants that collar off as soon as possible, but that requires stealing a basilisk egg from the castle they just escaped.

Drawn together by lust and magic, the two men join forces and soon find themselves up to their necks in witches, wizards, and trouble. Vorgell and Madd might just be perfect for each other, but first they have to survive long enough to find out.

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Book of the Week: The Hell or High Water series

CCochetBooksOkay, yes, this week's Book of the Week isn't a book, it's a series. But if I posted about each book once a week, we might be here a while. I recently discovered the Hell or High Water series by SE Jakes. My New Year's resolution of reading more books this year has kind of fallen by the wayside because of my writing schedule, but I still manage to get some in. I was doing a lot better a few months ago before the crazy started.

The Hell or High Water series is part of SE Jakes EE Ltd. Universe. I 'll say right now that I fell in love with these guys from the start. I love Prophet and Tom. I haven't read the Men of Honor series (yet), and I know Prophet appears there, but despite missing any potential history of Prophet's, I was able to instantly enjoy the Hell or High Water series.

The chemistry between Prophet and Tom is superb. I love how the relationship changes and grows, how each man is flawed, dangerous, and determined. They're vulnerable, but tough, each one dealing with his own demons. I've also been drawn in by the secondary characters: Cillian, Mal, Blue, Mick. I'm loving them all! There's action, adventure, humor, and fiery passion. Each book just gets better than the last. The sex gets hotter and the stories more thrilling with Prophet and Tom breaking my heart and putting the pieces back together. Highly recommended!

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SEJ1 Catch a Ghost (Hell or High Water #1) by SE Jakes Pages: 293 Cover byVictoria Colotta eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-038-3 Print ISBN:  978-1-62649-039-0

Blurb: Everyone knows that Prophet—former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass—works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, Ltd. has just assigned Proph a new partner and a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly, he has to confront both head-on.

Tom Boudreaux—failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full-time believer in bad luck—is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still, he’s determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, on a case that resurrects his own painful past.

Together, Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches while fighting their own dangerous attraction. When they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners must trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts . . . or pay the price.

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SEJ2Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water #2) by SE Jakes Pages: 277 Cover byLC Chase eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-060-4 Print ISBN:  978-1-62649-061-1

Blurb: 

Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.

Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt. But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head—and heart—too. Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.

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SEJ3Daylight Again (Hell or High Water #3) by SE Jakes Pages: 272 Cover byLC Chase eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-060-4 Print ISBN:  978-1-62649-061-1

Blurb:  Before Prophet Drews can have a future, he must first put his past to rest. Prophet Drews is a man on the edge, and he’s pulling Tom Boudreaux, his partner on the job and in real life, right over with him. When his old CO calls in a favor, Prophet asks Tom to join the off-the-grid rescue. But the mission raises all of Prophet’s old ghosts: CIA assassins, the terrorist Sadiq, and most importantly, John—traitor, former teammate, and Prophet’s first love.

To help bury those ghosts for good, Prophet and Tom gather the members of Prophet’s former SEAL team . . . and a spook named Cillian who’s been tailing Prophet for years. In the process, Prophet is forced to face his team’s shifting loyalties, ghosts who refuse to stay dead, and scariest of all, his own limitations.

With everyone’s lives in danger, Prophet and Tom must unravel a tangled knot of secrets, including their own. Prophet must decide how much to reveal to Tom, while Tom must decide how far he’s willing to go to help Prophet lay his ghosts to rest.

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Book of the Week: What Can Brown Do For You?

CCochetBooksI love short stories. They're also especially difficult to write. Trying to tell a complete story with character development, plot, and romance in a span of just a few pages can be harder than writing a  novel. Which is why it's always a treat to come across one I really enjoy. Hunter Frost's debut story is fantastic, and I can't wait to see what she gives us next.

I admit, I love romance stories with geeks, seeing that I'm one myself. I might not play world of WoW, but I'm definitely geeky in other ways. I loved Sean. He was sweet, funny, and oh so awkward. I could certainly relate to his plight. And then we have the sexy UPS guy who's more than what he seems.

In 33 pages, we get everything a short story should have, and by the end, I wish there was more, so much more. But it's a short story and I accept that. The characters are well rounded, and Ms. Frost has a fabulous way of letting you know plenty about each man through his actions and reactions. We get description, plot, humor, romance, and some hotness. You might never look at the UPS guy the same way again. A very well written and thoroughly entertaining story. Highly recommended.

rosedivider miu-whatcanbrowndoforyou400What Can Brown Do for You? by Hunter Frost Genre: Gay Romance Contemporary Pages: 33 Publisher: Torquere Press ISBN: 9876543210754 Part of the Men In Uniform anthology, but available for purchase on its own. Blurb

IT geek Sean Barlow lusts after the dreamy UPS guy who charms the ladies in his office with his roguish smile and sinful brown shorts. The delivery guy couldn't be more out of Sean's league, even if by some miracle he was gay. But when a freak power outage finds Sean trapped in the elevator with his uniformed hunk, he learns first-hand that you can't judge a UPS guy by the size of his package.

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