Cat’s Meow~~Reviews that Purr~~Playing Catch by Rachelle Ayala

Cat's Meow Reviews That purr books

Hi Y’all! Welcome back to Cat’s Meow! May is nearly over, can you believe that? School is out, it’s time for swimming, picnic, baseball, hotdogs and apple pie!

I have with us again one of my favorite authors, Rachelle Ayala and one of her sports romances, Play Catch. This is a full length novel and man is it sexy! Before I get to the review, I asked Rachelle to share with us a favorite picnic recipe.

Savory Golden Potatoes [tastes good both warm or chilled as a potato salad] serves 6

You will need

5-6 yukon gold potatoes; cubed
1 large chopped onion
1-2 cloves diced garlic
1 corn on the cob scraped off the cob (or frozen corn kernels)
1 package sliced mushrooms
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp. Olive oil

Salt to taste

To Make

Brown onions in oil. Add mushrooms and corn

. Stir in potatoes. Season with black pepper and salt

Turn heat to low and cover with a lid.

Cook 30 minutes until potatoes are cooked through

 

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Title: Playing Catch

Series: A Baseball Romance

Author Rachelle Alaya

Publisher:  Amiga Book (January 26th 2016)

Pages: 297

Genre: Contemporary, heart-wrenching tale of childhood abuse and recovery,Sports romance

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Jeanine Jewell gets her story next in Playing Catch, a heart-wrenching tale of childhood abuse and recovery.

On the field and off the field, bartender Jeanine Jewell plays, collecting one-night stands like baseball cards. She doesn’t need a man, except to curl her toes and make her scream. She’s learned the hard way that love is about control and manipulation—and the last thing she can handle is letting herself be vulnerable, or having anyone discover her shameful secret.

Scoring women is easy for catcher Kirk Kennedy—they don’t call him “Catch and Release” for nothing. He never goes back for a repeat performance. Being traded to a new city is an opportunity for new adventures—until he runs into Jeanine and she refuses to go home with him.

Intrigued, Kirk is determined to catch the elusive blonde and keep her to himself. When he proposes a wingman to wingwoman friends without benefits relationship, he’s surprised she accepts.

The no benefits clause soon falls by the wayside when neither Jeanine or Kirk can resist their explosive chemistry together. But despite the sparks between the sheets, they both refuse to acknowledge they’re anything more than friends.

Everything changes when Kirk discovers his past is the one Jeanine is hiding from …

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Chapter 1

Some nights, Jeanine Jewell hated herself. Actually, make that most nights.

Twenty-nine years old, part owner of her own business, she was single and definitely not available—at least for more than a night. Her blond hair, sky-blue eyes, and trim figure draped with designer clothing ensured her a steady supply of attractive and desirable men—the type who play, but not for keeps. Which suited her just fine and kept life exciting and fun—or so it seemed to those standing outside the closed doors.

Jeanine pulled on her skinny jeans and tugged her tank top in place, checking her bra straps. The man she’d hooked up with was already snoring like a mad dog. He’d been hot while he kept it up, but unlike his muscles and studly physique, he and that thing between his legs ran out of steam shortly after crossing home plate.

Jeanine plucked the baseball card from the nightstand. Sam Forster, first baseman for the New York Minutes, an expansion team who had to winter out west in Arizona instead of Florida where other east coast teams trained.

She snickered. It was no wonder they called them Minutemen, because one thing was for sure, he’d been fast. She pulled out a black leather notebook. After sliding in the baseball card, she wrote his name, dated it, and scored him. A nine in looks, but a four in bed, and that was being generous.

The hotel he stayed at was five star. His tousled dark brown hair over a chiseled Hollywood handsome face was a heartbreaker. But when it came to performance, Jeanine wondered if she’d be better off testing sex toys.

Except she had an image to keep up, and no one could ever know that she didn’t like sex.

Because she did. Right? Loved it and had the little black book to prove it.

After scanning the upscale room to make sure she hadn’t left anything, Jeanine quietly let herself out. Sam would probably wonder where she went, but maybe not. She never spent the night. Ever.

Let other women whine and moan for cuddling, or wish for after-sex conversation. Jeanine wasn’t made that way. Once the deed was done, her interest level dropped faster than a wrecking ball over a graveyard. Her main goal was to get away, to never look the guy in the eye again, to shield herself from the fake promises to call or the general awkwardness of a sober morning after once the intoxicating hormones of sex and power had dissipated.

It was a little after one in the morning, and the plush burgundy carpeted corridor appeared empty. Jeanine strode briskly toward the elevator. As she turned the corner, a man came out of another hotel room and shut the door slowly so that the lock barely clicked.

Holy hot tomato. Jeanine’s breath caught in her throat.

He was a hunk in tight stretched pants that outlined his fine ass and muscular thighs, and the build? Over six feet tall and broad shouldered without an inch of fat to soften the chiseled marble of his physique.

He ran his sturdy hand over his dirty blond hair, smoothing it back and put on a baseball cap. Rattlers, the hometown team, who’d beaten the Minutemen in tonight’s first spring training game.

Jeanine swallowed her drool, considering. Perhaps this Rattler would rattle her cage and make her scream longer than a minute. But then, even she had standards, and sleeping with another man so soon after her rather forgettable encounter was gross.

“Calling it a night?” She asked, since there was no way to avoid him. She owned the Hot Corner Bar and Grill where many of the Rattlers hung out at, but she’d never met this ballplayer before. Even doing his walk of shame, he looked fresh and peppy.

His too gorgeous blue eyes raked her with a spark of reignited heat. Oh yes, he knew exactly what she was doing skulking down the corridor of a five-star hotel shortly after midnight. Her makeup was off, hair rumpled, and despite smoothing her tank and draping it with a well-worn chambray shirt, she still had that freshly romped look.

But then, it was obvious what he’d been up to. Covering his bed head with a baseball cap? His white shirt was not buttoned correctly and one tail was tucked into his slacks while the other hung out, as if he was advertising what he’d been doing. A buttery, leather jacket was slung over his shoulder, and if it hadn’t been for the misbuttoned shirt, he could have stepped out of a magazine ad for fine men’s wear.

His lip twisted with a confident smirk, he extended his hand for a shake. “Care for a nightcap downstairs?”

Yowza, was he fast. But then, her quickie had left her with plenty of time to kill. One in the morning was still early for a bartender. It was her night off, and she could definitely go a second round—at the bar.

“Why not?” She shook his warm, firm hand, noting the well muscled forearm. Yep. Definitely a ballplayer. “How about we hop back to The Hot Corner? I’m Jeanine, the owner, and I haven’t seen you around.”

“That’s where my new teammates hang out. Kirk Kennedy, catcher. Just got traded to the Rattlers.”

“Ah, I figured you’re new in town. You know Brock Carter? Ryan Hudson?”

“Yep, but I don’t hunt where my teammates hang, if you know what I mean.” Again, he seared her with those clear blue eyes. “I know this great Mexican joint open until three. Hottest tamales in town.”

“New in town and scoring hot tamales already?” She quirked an eyebrow at him, amused that he’d recommended her rival in baseball bars, the unimaginatively named Home Plate. “Sure. I don’t mind checking out the competition and doing a little mystery shopping.”

He offered her his arm, an incredibly gentlemanly gesture, considering they met on their walks of shame.

Jeanine wet her lips and broke into a grin. Maybe, just maybe this night was salvageable.

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Kirk Kennedy was feeling like a couple of million bucks—the numbers on his contract and a new town meant plenty of new faces, figures, and fun.

He loved women, loved their smiles, their stimulating scent, their luscious bodies, and the way they felt beneath, on top, in front and around him, but only for a single night. No expectations and no repeat performances.

Tonight’s pickup hadn’t left him satisfied. What had appeared sexy and hot at the bar turned into a woman who wanted the lights off. So he’d gotten the job done, groping in the dark, but couldn’t wait to hightail out of her room. She was some sort of sports reporter, not that he really cared to find out more.

When she went to the bathroom to clean up, he’d hastily pulled on his clothes, buttoning his shirt in the dark room and snuck out.

The gods must have been smiling on him, because pow! A hot, mussed up blonde still glowing and breathing rapidly from her own encounter strolled by on her walk of shame—or the way she wore it, he’d have to say walk of pride.

She was fairly tall, slender with well-rounded boobs, and legs a mile long—legs that would feel at home wrapped around him or kneeling over him as she rode him hard like a bucking bronco. The lean, well cut clothes and the BMW key fob dangling from her fingers showed her to be a woman of substance—one who played on her own terms without the need for gold digging.

Yep, the gods were smiling.

After chatting her up, he’d asked Jeanine to have a post-sex snack with him. He offered her his arm, and she slipped her elegant hand around the crook of his elbow.

Somehow, Kirk didn’t feel as tawdry leaving the hotel with this woman on his arm. Despite the circumstances, she held her head high and looked classy. She wasn’t dressed fast and loose, but classy: wearing a sedate pair of jeans, a soft work shirt over her white tank and hand-tooled white cowgirl boots. He nodded at the doorman and stepped into the cool Arizona night.

“Mind if we walk?” he asked. “I only have my bike here and no extra helmet for you.”

“I’ve a car,” she said. “I never leave myself without a way out.”

“So, you drove him here?”

“Did you ride her here on your bike?”

Kirk took a closer look at Jeanine. She wasn’t early twenties and stupid, but she was definitely not a cougar. If he were to guess, he’d say she was in her mid to late twenties, and yes, it was smart for a woman to take care of her own travel.

“I met her downstairs at the bar. That’s her hotel room, not mine,” he explained.

“Same here. I mean. That’s his room. I never bring them back to my place.”

“Smart.” He draped his leather jacket over her shoulders. “If we’re walking, you have to stay warm.”

“How about you? Don’t you have to keep your muscles in tip top shape? You boys are playing every day, with only one day off the whole month.”

He put his arm over her shoulder, trapping the jacket on her. “Back where I’m from, it’s still snowing. Besides, the hellfire hot tamales will warm me right back up again.”

And if he were lucky, he’d get a taste of that tamale between her legs.

She giggled, shaking her head. “Or have you on the run—to the john. Seriously, you ought to try our nuclear wings—on the house.”

“Still trying to get me to your corner?” He pulled her into a brisk walk down the sidewalk.

“They don’t call it The Hot Corner for nothing.” She nudged him with her elbow.

Yep, he’d bet all her corners were hot and spicy, but he had a rule. He avoided running into anyone he bedded. Which worked great in New York City, but not so great if the hottest woman in Phoenix owned a bar where all his teammates hung out at.

Things could get complicated fast, and Kirk Kennedy did not do complications.

[END OF EXCERPT. To read more, please order Playing Catch from Amazon]

MY REVIEW

4 meows and 4 purrs ( lots of heat)

I am going to warn anyone  with emotional triggers this story deals with Child abuse and rape, I will add that it is well written and handled tastefully with a happy ending.

Jeanine appears to be a strong independent woman. She is part owner of a Bar with her best friend Marsha and is supermodel beautiful. All men want her which makes it easy for her to  have her one night stands. She has rules. She never plays in her home territory ( her bar or the home team), she never sleeps over, never brings a man into her home, and never sees him twice. Everything is fine. Until she meets Kirk doing the same walk of shame she is.

Kirk has his own issues and never sees the same woman twice, doesn’t want a family or children because he doesn’t want  to chance  bringing a child up like he was, left at baby sitters while his parents have flings. Until he meets the beautiful Jeanine and wants to know what makes her tick.

This is a fabulous story of two broken people finding each other and  falling in love. It is not instant love, but a slow burn that has many obstacles. There are lots of twists and surprises. Some rather shocking.

I will say one thing threw me off. There were a few things that happened towards the end that threw me off and I would have liked a little more on that. It didn’t really have a bearing on the story was just a couple characters and also Kirks brother. There was a mention od Marsha and Brock getting treatment and I am like where did this happen and why was it brought up?  The story seemed to get rushed at the end. Other than that it was awesome.

If you like strong women, baseball players, stories dealing with surviving child abuse and emotional abuse, and a great love story this is for you!

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Meet Rachelle:

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it’s within the pages of a book.

Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award.

She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.

Message from the Rachelle

Hello, everyone. I am a writer who loves to combine romance with suspense and humor. My foremost goal is to take you, the reader, on a shared emotional journey with me as my characters grow and become more true to themselves. I believe stories are the means for us to connect and experience life in new ways. As a writer, I’m privileged to share my private dreams and visions with readers. I’m a romantic. I believe in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feel that everyone should find love as often as possible, even if it’s within the pages of a book. Happy reading and loving!

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Books by Rachelle Ayala

Michal’s Window

 Sports Romances

Played by Love

Playing the Rookie

Roaring Hot!

Playing Without Rules

The Remingtons: Leap, Laugh, Love

Intercepted by Love [Parts 1 – 6]

Playing Catch

Christmas Romances

A Father for Christmas

Christmas Flirt

Christmas Stray

A Pet for Christmas

Christmas Lovebirds

Santa’s Pet

Jewells in Love

Whole Latte Love

Chance for Love

Broken Build

Hidden Under Her Heart

Knowing Vera

Sánchez Sisters

Taming Romeo

Claiming Carlos

I hope you try the recipe if ya do let me know how you liked it. I am going to try it soon.  I have read a few of Rachelle’s books and loved them..this one included.

Remember…If you can Dream if ~~You can do it

Cat’s Meow~~~Happy Birthday TM Smith #awesomenewcover

Live for Love
An All Cocks
Story book 5
By TM Smith
 
Image courtesy of…
Model: Joey D 
Photographer: KJ Heath Photography
Cover Art and conception: Jay Aheer of Simply Defined Art
 
Synopsis: 
{Keep in mind that Live for Love is still a work in progress, so the actual synopsis seen here may differ from the final version} 
 
Beauregard
Boudreaux is a native of New Orleans Louisiana, born and raised, he never
thought he would ever stray far from home. The untimely death of his first love
left Beau lost, adrift, looking for a place as far away from the pain as
possible. Initially, he came to New York to visit a friend, the city growing on
him, so he decided to stay. His law degree keeps the LGBT shelter he runs
afloat, but his bar is his baby.
William
Richards grew up in Chicago, his family oddly normal and very accepting of his
sexuality. Modeling paid the bills, gigs across the country as a model, male
entertainer and a personal trainer giving him the opportunity to see the world.
He hasn’t experienced loss or pain as Beau has, the common denominator between
them would loneliness. As All Cocks big, brooding bottom Connor, William has
found friendship, family and an outlet for his craving to be more submissive
than men of his size and stature usually are.
The
two men are perfect for each other, their tastes and lives align and the
writing seems to be on the wall. But Beau has a secret he shares with a choice
few, a secret that not only threatens to keep them apart, it’s deadly.
Determined to keep a wall between himself and William, Beau fights the
attraction, pushes William away every time he steps closer. Can one man’s
determination and strength be enough to tear down a wall that holds back
decades of pain and darkness? And if he can, will either of them survive the
flood? 



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Live for Love is definitely a labor of love for me. Everything about this book is different, unique, for me at least. I was lucky enough to meet model Joey D and talk him into posing for this amazing cover that Jay Aheer mesmerized me with. There is an innocence to the cover that I love, it’s very fitting for the story. It begs the question, if you’re an online porn star, what exactly is innocent about you? Well, William will surprise you and teach you that innocence is something that goes beyond what you see on the surface. And Beau, lord give me strength, the man is spitfire… bound and determined to thwart every attempt William has to snag the big, burly Cajun. But why? 


I’m looking at a late June, early July release for this one. The writing is coming along well, so I might be able to release sooner. If you want to stay up to date on all things TM Smith, be sure you are following my website, my facebook Author page, the All Cocks page and request to join the All Cocks INC Groupies page for exclusive excerpts and giveaways JUST for members of the group. 
 
Get caught up on the series while you wait for Live for Love! 

 

 

Gay for Pay – Book 1
 Fame and Fortune – Book 2
How to Deal – Book 3
 Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DEB&N | ARe | Smashwords Dare to Hope – Book 4
Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon AU | ARe | Smashwords

A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia;
TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now
calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or
ticking away on her next novel.
Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and
decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is
passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people,
Love is Love!
I want to say Happy Birthday TM!!! Lovely cover! Thank you for sharing!   I cannot wait to read this!
And remeber~~If you can dream it ~~You can do It.

Cat’s Meow Reviews That Purrr~~~Spring’s Delight by Kathleen Ball~~#romanceinbloom

Hi Y’all! Welcome back to Cat’s Meow Reviews That Purr~~Romance in Bloom. This month I am doing a Spring theme. All the books will be centered around Spring or have Spring in the title (or both). I have enjoyed all the books so far. I hope you have found one or more you plan to read.

This week I have a contemporary western romance, Springs Delight by Kathleen Ball. I LOOOOOVE cowboys and boy was his one good!

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Title: Spring’s Delight

Series: Cowboy Seasons  #4

Author: Kathleen Ball

Publisher: September 30th, 2015 by Forever Home (Previously Published in (2014)

Pages:  152

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The last thing cowboy Colt O’Malley needs is another busybody intent on curing him of his grief. Deeply bitter, Colt finds it almost impossible honoring his brother’s last act of kindness. Spring Reed grew up in the foster care system, and when she finally ages out, she relies on her protector and friend, Billy Jack to help them make a life together. To her horror, Billy becomes an abusive bully. Her rescuer arrives in the form of a coffee drinking, hard studying, college student, Caleb O’Malley. With a promise of a new job, he buys her a bus ticket from Texas to his family ranch in Montana with the plan to meet her there in a week. Unfortunately, no one met her. When Old Ed tries to drop Spring off at the O’Malley Ranch, Colt tells him to take her back. One glance at the pain in her eyes and he couldn’t send her away. She reminds her of the abused horses he rescues, and he had to try to honor Caleb’s wish. Can two people with scarred souls learn to love again or will bitterness and doubt drive them apart?

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My Review

Five meows~~ Two purrs (low heat)

I loved this book. Yes, it is a series, and this is book 4. And Yes I went backward. Sorry, I guess my dyslexia kicked in.  I will say that it stands alone just fine. I followed the story without any issues. There are characters mentioned from the other three books, and I will soon read about them.

Spring’s delight begins on a sad note. Colt has just lost his brother Caleb in a terrible snowmobile accident.  Two weeks after the funeral, a young girl shows up saying Caleb offered her a job and gave her the ticket to get there.  Colt is shocked since he has no Idea what job and is barely scraping by as it is. But since Caleb sent her he and the weather is too bad to send her back right away he lets her stay. She cooks and cleans for room and board until Colt gets a chance to show her the books.

Spring has a sad past. Caleb had friended her when no-one else had.  She has no one to turn to and no place to go if Colt sends her away.

Spring’s Delight is a bittersweet story. Tough it has a sad note with Caleb’s death it is about dealing with grief and moving on. It is about starting fresh and finding love. I liked Spring. She is a feisty character and has lived through a lot at such a young age. I love how she handles Colt, a big, strong cowboy. I like Colt; he has a soft heart, and that contrasts with his big rough exterior. I also liked the supporting characters Biggs and Shady, the farm hands.

The storyline is interesting, though sad at times * you will need a box of tissues*. There is a bit of a twist, some drama as well as a slow building romance. It is not insta love. The sex is very mild and only one scene near the end. I found it the story fascinating, page-turning, and enjoyable.

If you like contemporary Westerns, Hot cowboys, feisty redhead, sadness, slow building love( no insta love here) and just a little sex this is the book for you…though  you may want to start with book one.

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Meet Kathleen:

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Writing is my bliss. I write, I read, I review, and I support. I don’t believe in hiding behind the anonymity of an ID to insult and hurt others. I love to meet new authors and readers feel free to friend me!!!

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More books by Kathleen: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/5806041.Kathleen_Ball

***Order of my Books***
Lasso Spring Series
Callie’s Heart
Lone Star Joy
Stetson’s Storm

Dawson Ranch Series
Texas Haven– can be found in the Cowboy Mine boxed Set
Ryelee’s Cowboy

Cowboy Seasons Series
Summer’s Desire
Autumn’s Hope
Winter’s Embrace
Spring’s Delight

 

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Cinders’ Bride
Keegan’s Bride
The Greatest Gift

Cowboy Mine Boxed Set
Silver Belles and Stetsons Anthology

In case you are interested in the other books in this series and wish to read in order, here are the links ( and hot covers)*fans face*

summers desire

Summer’Desire 

Autumn's hope

Autumn’s Hope 

winter

Winter’s Embrace:

I hope you enjoyed  this weeks post about Spring’s Delight by Kathleen Ball.  If you like contemporary western or romance in general, I hope this helps you find your next book crush.

And remember…If you can dream it~~You can do it!

Cat’s Meow~~#Reviews that Purr~~Spring Affair by B.G.Thomas~~#romanceinbloom

Hi, Y’all! Welcome back to  Cat’s Meow Reviews that Purr.  Our theme this month is romance in bloom. This week we have a fabulous M/M romance by the talented B.G. Thomas. Season’s of Love is one of my favorite series, and I was thrilled when B.G. agreed to stop by for a visit!.  I asked B.G. the inspiration behind this enchanting series.

So the adorable Cathy asked me where I got the idea and how I was inspired to write the Seasons of Love books. And it was a lot of different things coming together that made it happen. One is that I am in love with the movie “The Broken Heart’s Club.” It’s all about a bunch of very close gay friends and it is just so real it’s unbelievable. And part what makes it so real is that sometimes you can’t imagine *why* people are friends—you’d think they would be enemies. I couldn’t get the whole concept out of my mind and realized it was a dynamic in lots of people’s close friendships. That was the big inspiration. But then, there was also this great Donna Summer album years ago about the seasons…and that helped. And there were the Samoan people at work and I knew I wanted a part of their rich culture in a story. And acting! I love the world of acting. And one thing led to another and there is was! All coming together to make Seasons of Love. I believe it’s the best thing I’ve ever written!

I also asked B.G what his favorite spring flower was. Instead of telling us, like the great writer he is…he is showing us. These are pictures of B.G’s yard.

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B.G. told me these are also the inspiration of  Sloan’s Yard.

 

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SPRING AFFAIR

Seasons of Love: Book One.

Author: B.G. Thomas

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 350 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover: Paul Richmond 

Sloan McKenna is going through a tough time. His beloved mother has recently passed away, leaving him her house and beautiful garden. But should he keep the house? Sell it? To make matters worse, he’s in love with one of his best friends, Asher, a man who can’t (or won’t) love him back. Sloan’s neighbor, Max Turner, is married to an ambitious woman with far-reaching dreams, including moving the family to France. But Max is happy teaching at the local college and living in their nice, quiet town. Then he discovers his fourteen-year-old son is not only gay but out and proud as well. That throws him into complete disarray, for more than one reason…. When Max’s wife leaves on a two-month business trip to Paris, circumstances throw the two men together. As they become friends, Sloan finds himself falling in love with Max, who is completely unavailable… just like Asher. As for Max, he is discovering that both his son’s coming out and his new friendship with Sloan are stirring up feelings he thought buried long ago. Spring is a time for rebirth—Is there any way the two men can find happiness and a new beginning?

You can find the entire Seasons of Love Series here: (Winter is coming soon I hear)

My Review

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It’s the beginning of spring. The flowers blooming all over the yard bring back so many memories to Sloan, not all good. He is sad and lonely after losing his mother a month ago to cancer. He does have three very unusual yet close friends that have been there for him, each in his own way.

The fabulous four, as their friend Wyatt, dubbed the group, meets every first Saturday of the month for Porch day, they have this as a can’t miss.  They also meet up on other days, but those can be optional.

Each of these guys are unique, intriguing characters. Wyatt is a short and slightly chubby bear of a man and very flamboyant. He is also Pagan or a witch and works at a new age store. He adds a lot of humor and fun to the group and story. Scott is ordinary and very much a romantic, searching hard for the one true love and doesn’t believe in any God. He seems to be the go-to guy of the group. Asher is very confident, cocky and a real slut. Sometimes I wondered why they guys kept him in the group at all but it all falls together at the end— and they do it for Sloan.

Sloan, you can’t help but love.  He is going through hell with the loss of his mother and a bitch of a supervisor. He has lost the love of his job with the changes the supervisor insists upon.  And he still holds his love for Asher wishing the day would come that Asher would love him back.

Sloan meets his sexy new neighbor and is attracted to him. The trouble is that he is married and straight.  Max has a secret and though he has denied himself all these years and been always a loving husband, meeting Sloan and finding out he is gay brings his denial to the forefront.

Spring Affair is a beautifully written, poignant story of loss, love, friendship, finding yourself, coming out and life in general. It is written with such a witty, fun style you can’t stop once you start. I laughed. I cried. I cheered on Sloan, wanted to slap Asher and hug Max.  I loved the end and wanted more of these men. (Yes I am reading the next book right now)

This story struck home with me with all of Sloan’s feelings about the loss of his mother; I too lost my mom, even though it was some time ago, the timing of reading this story was perfect for me. I loved how the author wrote the story in both Sloan and Max’s views, and we also get internal thoughts from each guy.

I highly recommend this to everyone. If you’ve been considering a M/M book but your still a little unsure if it’s your thing! It’s not about sex( though there is a little, it’s not real explicit and of course, the men to talk about cocks a lot), its life, love, happiness, and friendship!

If you love romance, friendship, are dealing with the loss of a loved one, are pining for a love you know you will never have, harboring a secret, just want to escape to a fun world and have a good laugh and a cry, I highly recommend this!

Meet B.G.

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B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. He has gone to conventions since he was fourteen years old and has been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers. He has made up stories since he was child; it is where he finds his joy.

In the nineties, he wrote for gay magazines but stopped because the editors wanted all sex without plot. “The sex is never as important as the characters,” he says. “Who cares what they are doing if we don’t care about them?” Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he began writing again. Gay men are what he knows best, after all. He submitted his first story in years and was thrilled when it was accepted in four days.

“Leap, and the net will appear” is his personal philosophy and his message to all. “It is never too late,” he states. “Pursue your dreams. They will come true!”

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Cat’s Meow ~~Reviews that Purr by Iyana Jenna~~#dark romance #taboo #review

Hi, Y’all! Welcome to Cat’s Meow Reviews that Purr. I have slipped in an extra one this month for a good friend the lovely Iyana Jenna. Everyone send a warm welcome out to Iyana!  Be sure to check out her book,  Where the Heart belongs.

April, hmm. Cathy asked me to write something about April. The month, I guess. Well, I don’t think I have special something about that month, not even the fact that it’s at the beginning of Spring. I live in a country with two seasons, hot and very hot—no just kidding. It’s dry and rainy seasons. So I don’t have experiences with Spring. But something did cross my mind when seeing this topic about April. Did you know The Famous Five? It’s a series of children books written by a British author, Enid Blyton. I loved the series so much and in fact, they were one of the reasons why I like reading—and later on, writing. I also loved the first TV series made based on the books.

Now, what does that have anything to do with April? So, apparently three of the four actors who played the main characters in the aforementioned TV show were born in April. They are the actors playing the characters of Julian (Mark Harris), George (Michele Gallagher), and Anne (Jennifer Thanisch). All three of them are from England. Oh, and mind you, the series was produced in 1978, and I first saw it in 1982 or 1983, and I still remember their names! I guess I was really impressed with the show. One thing is for sure; I love The Famous Five very much!

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Title: Where the Heart Belongs

Author: Iyana Jenna

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 30 pages

Publisher: Torquere Press (February 2nd, 2016)

 

Blurb: His brother slash boyfriend, Drew is leaving him. It makes Zach unaware of his surrounding, and a hate-crime psycho takes him off guard. He is kidnapped and tortured. Zach is saved by the FBI and as a surviving witness. He is brought to stay with FBI Agent Eugene Harris.

Gradually, Eugene gets to know Zach. He should have been disgusted, but instead, all he wants is comfort, Zach.
Will Zach accept that Drew is not coming back?

Will Eugene finally have the gut to tell Zach how he feels?

MY REVIEW

3meows  3 purrs(moderate heat)

 Hate Crimes, Serial Killers, and Brotherly Love took to the extreme.

After dropping off his brother and boyfriend Drew at a bus station, Zach is beaten and kidnapped by a deranged serial killer. He has lost his brother/ the love of is life and nearly his life but will his secret cost him more?

Where the Heart Belongs is a short story full of twists, angst, and misery. It has unique characters and has a few twists. The story has incest, has beatings, and rape, so it isn’t for everyone. None of that bothers me. The one thing I had an issue with was the story just ended. I had so many unanswered questions. Though it doesn’t say it’s a first of a series or anything I, hope there is another book to answer those questions.

If you like lots of angst, dark stories, Taboo such as incest and rape, mystery and suspense, I think you will like this story.

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Torquere Press: https://www.torquerepress.com/fiction/wheretheheartbelongs.html | https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-wheretheheartbelongs-1975263-149.html |https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/612576

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Where-Heart-Belongs-Iyana-Jenna-ebook/dp/B01BH6W0OO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1459873067&sr=1-1&keywords=where+the+heart+belongs+by+iyana+jenna

Meet Iyana

An MM short story writer who is lately fighting hard against the force called the time. However, she will never stop writing. In fact, writing becomes a kind of sanctuary from her EDJ that gets more demanding each day. Iyana writes for Evernight Publishing, JMS Books, Torquere Press, Fireborn Publishing, and Leap of Faith Publishing. Some of her work have been translated into other languages, such as French, Italian, and Spanish.

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