Thursday, November 26, 2015

Giveaway: Home Series by Cardeno C

“Home” for the Holidays by Cardeno C. 

I love the holiday season – cool weather, glowing fires, hot beverages, and most of all, enjoying time with friends and family. To celebrate this season, I’m offering the box set of all seven of my Home eBooks for a sale price of $9.99. The special offer will begin on Thanksgiving, November 26 and expire on December 2nd. 

The Home Collection: finding love brings you home. 7 full-length, free-standing, feel good, gay romance novels. Amazon buy link: All Romance ebooks buy link: B&N buy link: Kobo buy link: 

Where He Ends & I Begin: For best friends Jake & Nate the question isn't how they ended up in bed together but how they stay there. 

Walk With Me: Serious, responsible Seth longs for sexy, outspoken Eli but must decide if he's willing to veer from his safe life-plan. 

The One Who Saves Me: Boyfriends come & go but best friends are forever has always been Andrew & Caleb's mantra. Can they be both?

Love at First Sight: David must find the courage to share himself & Jonathan must find the strength to tell the truth. 

Home Again: Two men whose love has never faltered relive their most treasured moments in order to secure their future. 

Just What the Truth Is: If Ben wants to find love with Micah, he'll have to own up to the truth of who he is. 

He Completes Me: Aaron has waited years for a man who can share his heart and he insists it's party boy Zach. 

I wish you happy reading this holiday season and all year long! 


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Promo Post & Giveaway: Until Forever Comes by Cardeno C. (Audiobook)

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Until Forever Comes: Mates Collection

A sensitive wolf shifter and a vicious vampire challenge history, greed, and the very fabric of their beings in order to stay together until forever comes.
Plagued by pain and weakness all his life, Ethan Abbatt is a wolf shifter who can't shift. Hoping to find an honorable death by joining his packmates in a vampire attack, Ethan instead learns two things: Draining his blood releases his pain and his wolf, and he has a true mate: a vampire named Miguel.
More than four centuries old, strong, powerful, and vicious, Miguel Rodriguez walks through life as a shadow, without happiness or affection. When a young shifter tells Miguel they're true mates, destined to be together, Miguel sends him away. But Ethan is persistent, and being together comes so naturally that Miguel can't resist for long. The challenge is keeping themselves alive so they can stay by each other's side until forever comes.

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Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever- after sunset.
Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Tempted in Texas by Sara York

Title: Tempted in Texas
Author: Sara York
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2015
Rusty Briggs knows his chance of finding a man while living outside of Sweetwater, Texas are slim to none. Few know about his little secret, but his ranch hands have run out on him and the folks in town aren’t as hospitable as they were before the incident. He’s resigned himself to the fact that working his ranch will have to be enough or he will need to sell and move to the big city…that is until he meets Trent Anderson. 

On the outside Trent appears to be a man with full access to silver spoons and caviar dreams, but his parents cut him off and tossed him out once they discovered he was gay. After living on the street, selling himself, then ending up in a destructive relationship, Trent pulled his life together and came out on top, all by using his compassion and intelligence—or so Trent thinks. Recently, Trent’s grandfather passed away and left him his ranch, as long as he meets a few conditions, like living in Texas for ninety days. But Trent’s secret benefactor, Reed, is dissatisfied that Trent isn’t living in Atlanta and wants him back. The only issue for Reed is that Trent is involved with Rusty.
Money, greed, lust, and power work to keep Rusty and Trent apart. They are forced to trust each other when life falls apart, but can they actually become close enough in ninety days to create a solid, trusting relationship, or will old relationships come between them?

Writing is Sara's life. The stories fight to get out, often leaving her working on four or five books at once. She can't help but write. Along with her writing addiction she has a coffee addiction. Some nights, the only reason she stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning. Sara enjoys writing twisted tales of passion, anger, and love with a good healthy dose of lust thrown in for fun. Almost a quarter of a century ago Sara met her lover, falling for him after knowing him for ten minutes. Sara's passion for him comes out in her stories, mixing with her passion for life, love, and good times, flowing onto the page and becoming tales from the heart.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Review: Base Instincts by Larissa Ione

Base Instincts (Demonica #11.7) by Larrissa Ione
Riptide Publishing
Novella: 150pgs

4 Pants Off

Blurb: As a Seminus demon, Raze’s life literally depends on having sex with females. The problem is that he doesn’t desire females, and it’s physically impossible for him to be with males. Thankfully, he and his best friend, Fayle, have an arrangement that keeps him alive . . . if lonely. He finds some solace in his work as a medic at Thirst, a vampire club known for its rough clientele. But his carefully structured world turns upside down when he meets a mysterious male who makes him want what he can never have.   

Slake is an assassin used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is Raze. But he also wants to earn back the soul he sold when he was a much different demon. All he has to do is capture a runaway succubus named Fayle and hand her over to her family. What he doesn’t count on is being caught himself by a web of lies—and his attraction to Raze. 

Raze and Slake must navigate a dangerous world to be together. But as Fayle’s jealousy of their relationship turns deadly, they find themselves embroiled in a battle not only for their love, but their lives and souls.


Yasssss! Like I am feeling pompous as feck. Like Mycroft Holmes pompous with his umbrella and shit. I've waited years for Larissa Ione to write M/M. As a huge fan of her Demonica series, I saw the potential in spades. Most of the series is filled with so much homoerotic content I damn near combusted. All I can say is “Don't let your dreams become dreams” because my dreams came true and I got my gay seminus demon and a little cameo from my undercover gay Wraith.   

 Raze is a Seminus demon and needs sex to survive. That's causes a problem because he's gay and a Sem demon can only get completion with a female. So his sexual urges create a problem. Luckily he has an understanding with his best friend Fayla; no emotions involved she's just there to get him off. Though she can be pain in the ass with her jealousy and trying to control him. Shit hits the proverbial fan when Raze sees a male that sets his pants on fire. It's the first time he's ever wanted someone so bad, and it hurts all the more because he can never have what he truly want. Sex with a male is no go. He’ll just end up in serious pain and have to find Fayle. So he nips those feelings in the bud as soon as they appear. When Frayla decides it's time to move on Raze can't bring himself to go, he's finally found a place he wants to be, at the cost of losing the female who keeps him alive.    

Slake is an assassin, and he's damn good at his job. His latest job is the most important of his career because if he fails he loses his soul forever. Failing is not an option. When a hot meeting with a guy at a club brings him closer to his target, his assignment could either go well or really bad meaning his soul will forever be lost to him. He never anticipated catching feelings and getting a conscience after so many years. The last things he wants to do is deceive Raze because there is more than just lust between the two.   

So…I don't want to give the story away, but I love what Ms. Ione did for Slake and Raze to be together. I like the fluidity of his species and that information made Slake an even more intriguing character. I'm a little disappointed because I don't feel these men got the story they deserve. Slake needed more; Raze needed more, and the tidbits to their life only infuriated me because I wanted the whole goddamn picture.    

What saved the story is the author is excellent at world-building, and her writing is super Amazing. I am a huge fan of the Demonica series and reading this just gave me feels. Even my feels had feels. Ms. Ione did something special here, but 150pgs wasn't enough to get that across. There is so much I want to talk about, but as I said I don't want to give too much away but what Slake species of demon is. I think it's something to be celebrated. You take away the paranormal aspect of it, and it becomes something to talk about.   

Overall, though, I loved the hell out of this story. I am feeling like the popped collars on Sherlock’s coat (legit). I've waited on this for years, and while I wanted more, I still feel satisfied. Raze and Slake did it for me, and while they needed more, I never doubted they wanted each other. As of now I am putting in my request for a 400pg book with a long lost brother of my Sem bros and he's totally gay because I can't get enough of these guys. 

You can check out my reviews for the books in the series:
Pleasure Unbound
Desire Unchained
Passion Unleashed
Ecstasy Unveiled
Sin Undone

Monday, November 2, 2015

Review: Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C

Wake Me Up Inside (Mates #1) by Cardeno C
Novel: 74,755
Amazon, All Romance
3.75 Pants Off

A Mates Series Story  A powerful Alpha wolf shifter and a strong-willed human overcome traditions ingrained over generations and uncover long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny as true mates.   

Regarded as the strongest wolf shifter in generations, Alpha Zev Hassick is surprised and confused by his attraction to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. A male shifter has to mate with a female shifter to keep his humanity, so shifters can't be gay. Yet, everything inside Zev tells him Jonah is his true mate.   

Maintaining a relationship with the man he has loved since childhood isn’t easy for Jonah Marvel, but he won’t let distance or Zev’s odd family get in their way. When unexplained ailments begin to plague Jonah, he needs to save his own life and sanity in order to have a future with Zev.  

 Zev and Jonah know they're destined for each other, but they must overcome traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny. 

I haven't read much Cardeno C but the author is quickly growing on me. While the formula isn't always perfect for me in the writing. There is something endearing and engaging about the characters that pull me right in, and this Mates series is pulling me right in. I'm a big fan of shifter books with mates. This overwhelming need to bone and possessiveness that comes with it. It makes me happy to ditch my pants, and leaves me with a girl boner. 

Zev Hassick is being groomed to be the next Alpha. He comes from a line of proud wolves whose lead their people with a firm hand and strong traditions. From a small boy it was clear that Zev would be powerful and make a very strong Alpha. His first series of shifts leads Zev to a human boy with an amazing scent and the two begin an unlikely friendship that carries them through the years. Zev knows he shouldn't become attach to humans but there is something about the boy he knows as Jonah and he will do anything to get close to him. So he does what any young boy would do to get his way. A little bit of manipulation with his parents and he gets to spend time with Jonah who is his best friend when he's both man and wolf. 

Zev can't quite figure out his feelings for Jonah, and deep down this feels like more than friendship. It feels important, it feels vital, and that scares him. So when a little rough playing leads to an awakening in both body and mind Zev realizes he's found his true mate. Which is crazy as feck cuz Jonah is a man, he's a man and somethings not adding up. But finding a true mate is a gift and Zev accepts it for what it is. Jonah is his, and he must claim him. Easier said than done. Shifter/human relationships is a big no, and alphas are meant to mate only with females and the last time he checked Jonah was all male. Thus begins a long distance relationship and two men almost perishing for keeping it in their pants for a long time. Doesn't mean they can't have a little fun to ease them over. 

Alright, so this started off real strong from me and along the way I created expectations. I didn't call anything on the relationship. I was expecting angst and pining but overall it was actually very sweet. Not like anything is wrong with sweet but I really wanted angst. Zev is…he's big, he's kind, and not a horrible character (man is super naïve though). Like I'm talking “what is this butt sex” between males naive. Jonah is Jonah. There's nothing really standout about him and in all honesty he's a very forgettable character to me.  

The story would have done amazing with a little sizzle but the conflict was resolved quickly and overall quite predictable. Yet, I did really like it, and enjoyed Zev and Jonah together sometimes those two really brought the heat. While it did get a little draggy at the end I was never bored and remained intrigued. In all honesty I'm a sucker for the true mates shit and this had it in folds. I will say it ended quite abruptly and I never got the crazy that was supposed to come with the Alpha being mated to man, but in all honesty the book had run out of time. Anymore would have been too much. 

Overall a very cute story that had some high and very low points. Eye roll numerous was out in full swing for this one. Sometimes I was just like "slow your roll. You asses are being a bit to much". But I still freaking liked it and look forward to reading the others in the series.