M/M Romance

★ARC REVIEW★ GOODBYE PARADISE BY SARINA BOWEN

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GOODBYE PARADISE by Sarina Bowen

Release Date: 21st March 2017

Genre: MM Romance

Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh and Caleb called it home.
In Paradise, there is no television. No fast food. Just long hours of farm work and prayer on a dusty Wyoming ranch, and nights in a crowded bunkhouse. The boys of the Compound are kept far from the sinners’ world.

But Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves.

It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret.

Caleb has always protected Josh against the worst of the bullying at the Compound. But he has secrets of his own, and a plan to get away — until it all backfires.

Josh finds himself homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find him in time? And will they find a place of safety, where he can admit to Josh how he really feels?

Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain, and love against the kitchen counter. This book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone.


★5 STARS★

Life in Paradise is closer to hell for Joshua. Long gruelling days on the farm and the fear of being cast out are a constant worry that weighs heavily on his mind. He finds what solace he can in the companionship of his best friend, Caleb.

As the grandson to an elder Caleb is afforded more “freedoms” than Joshua; one of them is being able to drive. It’s apparent early on how special Joshua is to him. He too fears that elders will banish Joshua from the compound and takes a risk to prepare for that eventuality.

When the fateful day arrives, what begins is an emotional journey of personal self-discovery and an awakening to a world they know so little about. There is an innocence to this story that I found utterly engaging. In the same breathe the tentativeness of their newfound relationship status was explosive to read.

It truly is a glorious feeling to come away from a novel with a full heart and an abundance of feelings. As a romance reader, Goodbye Paradise is exactly the type of novel I live for. From its opening page to its last, I was immersed in a storyline which captured my attention, and characters that had my love and adoration. I always enjoy a Sarina Bowen novel, but I have to say, I was blown away by this one.

Questions & Answers:

Q. How can readers be sure they didn’t read these books before?

A. The previous edition of Goodbye Paradise was titled In Front of God & Everyone. I had to change the title because the religious overtones of the old title led a few readers to believe that this was a religious book. (Spoiler: it’s not!) To prevent confusion, I’ve made the book’s description almost identical to the old one. The setting is rather unique, and I doubt that many readers will forget they’ve read an LGBTQ romance that begins in a cult…

Q. This plot reminds me of Zach’s upbringing in Keepsake. Did Josh & Caleb leave the same cult as Zach?

A. Yes! Same setting, different characters, different story. Zach didn’t trust that he was lovable. Caleb and Josh, on the other hand, are afraid to admit their love. Same origin, different journeys.

Q. Will these books be up for pre-order?

A. Yes—in early to mid March.

Q. And what about Goodreads?

A. The book will be listed at Goodreads. But it’s entirely possible that the fervent Goodreads librarians will lump the new title in with the old one. Or not? Authors can’t really control much of what happens on that platform. But we shall persevere!

Q. What else is in your pipeline?

A. On May 2, Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers #3) will publish! You can always stay up to date with new releases and publicity contacts at http://www.sarinabowen.com//publication-schedule/


About Sarina Bowen:

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Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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★DUAL COVER REVEAL★ GOODBYE PARADISE / HELLO FOREVER BY SARINA BOWEN

GOODBYE PARADISE by Sarina Bowen

Release Date: 21st March 2017

Genre: MM Romance

Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh and Caleb called it home.
In Paradise, there is no television. No fast food. Just long hours of farm work and prayer on a dusty Wyoming ranch, and nights in a crowded bunkhouse. The boys of the Compound are kept far from the sinners’ world.

But Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves.

It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret.

Caleb has always protected Josh against the worst of the bullying at the Compound. But he has secrets of his own, and a plan to get away — until it all backfires.

Josh finds himself homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find him in time? And will they find a place of safety, where he can admit to Josh how he really feels?

Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain, and love against the kitchen counter. This book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone.

 


Questions & Answers:

Q. How can readers be sure they didn’t read these books before?

A. The previous edition of Goodbye Paradise was titled In Front of God & Everyone. I had to change the title because the religious overtones of the old title led a few readers to believe that this was a religious book. (Spoiler: it’s not!) To prevent confusion, I’ve made the book’s description almost identical to the old one. The setting is rather unique, and I doubt that many readers will forget they’ve read an LGBTQ romance that begins in a cult…

Q. This plot reminds me of Zach’s upbringing in Keepsake. Did Josh & Caleb leave the same cult as Zach?

A. Yes! Same setting, different characters, different story. Zach didn’t trust that he was lovable. Caleb and Josh, on the other hand, are afraid to admit their love. Same origin, different journeys.

Q. Will these books be up for pre-order?

A. Yes—in early to mid March.

Q. And what about Goodreads?

A. The book will be listed at Goodreads. But it’s entirely possible that the fervent Goodreads librarians will lump the new title in with the old one. Or not? Authors can’t really control much of what happens on that platform. But we shall persevere!

Q. What else is in your pipeline?

A. On May 2, Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers #3) will publish! You can always stay up to date with new releases and publicity contacts at http://www.sarinabowen.com//publication-schedule/


About Sarina Bowen:

sarinakitchen

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

 

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★REVIEW★ The Spiral Down by Aly Martinez

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I was afraid to fly.
He made me soar.

After years of climbing the ladder of success in the music industry, I finally had everything I could want.
Yet I still found myself wandering through life alone.

Captain Evan Roth was the one man I never saw coming.
Tall, dark, mysterious… Straight.

We were both damaged beyond repair and searching for something so elusive we weren’t sure it even existed.

But, when two broken souls collide in midair, falling is a given.

I just never expected to crave the spiral down.

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Review – 5 STARS


The Spiral Down left me with the highest of book highs, I’ve yet to come down. If you’ve read The Fall Up, you’ll know Henry Alexander as the larger than life best friend to Pop songstress, Levee Williams. Even then as a supporting character his presence was enough to steal the limelight, but after this I’d consider him nothing short of a main stage extravaganza.

You’d think as a highly talented and successful singer/songwriter, he’d be prone to a drama queen episode or two… and you’d be exactly right!
Aly outdid herself when she dreamt him up, there is no part of his character that is wasted. Every nuance, aside and quip delivered hit home and you can’t help but find Henry anything but lovable.


The sentiment isn’t initially shared by Captain Evan Roth when he is hired to step in when Henry’s usual pilot falls ill, and what ensues is one of the funniest and sweetest scenes I’ve read in a while. So taken is Henry, he promptly decides Evan fits the bill as his next flight of fancy.

The levity of the story doesn’t make it any less impactful, there are many layers to peel back with both Henry and Evan. Even bigger than any diva like command is Henry’s heart. He’s loyal to a fault and has immense love for those in his life, and when the last note is sung it’s more than he adoration of his fans he craves. Evan too has insecurities, he’s a steadfast character and Henry’s presence in his life forces him to deal with some unresolved issues.

The Spiral Down is by far my favourite read by Aly Martinez and I can’t rave enough about how fantastic a read it was. The epilogue was the perfect encore, but even so, you will not see me turning down an chance to revisit this couple again if the opportunity arises. *hint hint*

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★COVER REVEAL★ DEVIL’S KISS BY ELLA FRANK

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Title: Devil’s Kiss (Sunset Cove Series #2) by Ella Frank

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Release Date: MAY 24, 2016

Cover Designer: Jay Aheer of Simply Defined Art

Front Cover Photographer: Eric Battershell of Eric Battershell Photography

Back Cover Photographer: Wander Aguiar of Wander Aguiar Photography

Cover Model: Jason Dickson

Cover Model: Ryan VanDyke

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What do you do when the one you least expect to matter…

Ends up mattering the most?

Derek Pearson likes to think he’s an easygoing guy. Uncomplicated, upfront, and unapologetic with what he wants. His what you see is what you get attitude is on prominent display for anyone who cares to look, and his foul mouth is right there to back it up should you miss the point.

However, what you see isn’t always what you get, and only a select few have ever glimpsed the real man under the brash exterior.

Among them? Professor Jordan Devaney. Complicated, high-maintenance, and vibrant, he’s Derek’s opposite in every way. From the moment they saw each other, a love-hate relationship began.

But what happens when one person wants more?

 

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★COVER REVEAL★ FINLEY BY ELLA FRANK

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Title: Finley

Author: Ella Frank

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 22nd, 2016

Cover Design by Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art

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It’s time to come home, Finn.

It’s been seven years since Daniel Finley left his hometown in Florida for the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s city life.

Since then, he’s worked hard for his position at the prestigious law firm Leighton & Associates, even when it’s caused distance and isolation from his family and friends. But that’s all about to change.

On his thirtieth birthday, he receives the one thing he never dared hope for. Something that was promised to him years earlier—a note. One simple sentence from the man he’s never been able to forget.

Six words will forever change the course of their lives.

Brantley Hayes has it all. Or so he thinks. When he first made the decision to take a job down in Florida, his family thought he was crazy. But, after years of living in the quiet beach town, he finally feels a sense of community. He’s surrounded himself with friends who are like family, has a job he loves, and owns a spectacular beachfront property that is his sanctuary.

Yet he still feels unfulfilled, as if a piece of the puzzle is missing, and he knows exactly which piece it is. On an impulse, he follows through with a promise he made years earlier. A promise to call home the one he sent away.

Nothing is as simple as it seems.

After years of separation, the former lovers are reunited, but Brantley wasn’t expecting to encounter the high walls now guarding Daniel’s heart.

Daniel may not be the same person he was when he left, but he knows that the first step to healing is the note in his hand.

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