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New Release! With This Bling (Romano and Albright #3) by L.B. Gregg *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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With This Bling (Romano and Albright #3)
by L.B. Gregg

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released December 7th 2015

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Caesar Romano’s catering career is doing better than he’d ever dreamed. And so is his love life—even if his boyfriend’s house in Staten Island is way too far from civilization for his liking. But then in short order, Caesar is duped into helping his cousin propose, is tricked by his best friend and business partner into appearing on live television, and is harassed by a thug-like personal trainer and his far too beautiful wife. In fact, Caesar is almost too busy to notice that something is troubling his PI boyfriend, Dan Albright.

Almost.

Laid-back, open, charming—that’s the impression hunky former NYPD Detective Dan Albright gives everyone. Caesar can add sexually adventurous and a bit of an exhibitionist. But he also knows that Dan is hiding something—something dark and a little dangerous—and when Dan’s silence over his mysterious past threatens to harm them both, it’s Caesar’s turn to save the day.

But then again, a break-in, a gallery party, an heirloom ring, a new suit, and a stalker with bad BO are all just a typical week for Caesar Romano.

 

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Review

4 stars

Caesar has the uncanny ability to put himself right smack in the middle of trouble, especially if it pertains to one of his lover’s cases. This time around it’s no different, only he’s also trying to help his cousin with a wedding proposal, making his debut on TV and realizing just how much Dan means to him.

LB Gregg’s ability to bring together a mix of different elements has to be my favorite aspect of this story. The humor, the heat, the intrigue and the romance are all present in this story and worked in together so that that they complement each other without dragging the story or making it feel overwhelming for the reader. There were even some subtle emotions there towards the end, which were an added bonus in my opinion. Yes, finally! 😉

The author did a wonderful job of keeping the reader intrigued and riveted to the story. This I attribute to Caesar’s voice. His ramblings were a thing of beauty and added to my enjoyment of the story. Add to that Dan’s participation and I could not help but love these two together. Their flirty banter, their bickering and those stolen moments when their attraction for one another took over were just the icing on the elaborate turn of events Caesar finds himself the center of.

Keep in mind that although this is the third book in the Romano and Albright series, it can be read as a stand alone. the author does a fantastic job of bringing the reader up to date in regards to Caesar’s previous adventures while still bringing to the page a new case for Caesar to (unknowingly) be involved in.

All in all, an intriguing and enjoyable read!

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Excerpt

As an ex–law enforcement officer, Dan took precautions. Locks secured every window and door, and he’d wired the place to the hilt. I’d worked in the gallery world for years, and I’d grown familiar with the ins and outs of various alarm keypads. My own family didn’t bother with fancy security companies. We relied on brute strength, intimidation, and the local neighborhood watch. More like a witch hunt than a watch, but effective nonetheless. And, when pressed, Romanos were swift to drive intruders away with the swing of a Louisville Slugger. There wasn’t a bat in Dan’s home, so I opted for his alarm.

I retrieved my cell from the dresser as the jerk on the roof did whatever asshole thing he was hell-bent on doing. I should have checked, but something—call it intuition—had me moving with haste to the stairs, phoning Dan as I descended. Having had my fair share of incidents in the past two months, I knew to call, but first I’d have to deal with Dan’s I don’t fucking believe this.

“Hey,” he panted, and he wasn’t the only one gasping. My lungs creaked from all the exertion.

“Question.” I swallowed. “Do you—”

“What’s wrong with your voice? Did you do something to your rib again? You’re making that kicked-puppy sound. The one you make when you’re in pain but you won’t tell me and I have to slip Vicodin into your milkshake. What are you doing?”

“What makes you think I’m doing anything? I’m doing nothing. I’m fine.” Just winded from the stairs. “Did you maybe schedule the cable company and forget?” I peered through the peephole again. Empty step, sprinkler sprinkling, birds slurping worms, kids on scooters, fishbowl suburbia. Check. Nothing had changed.

“Negative. I don’t have cable.”

“Huh. That’s unnerving, because there’s a guy on your roof.”

“What roof? Who’s on the roof? My roof?” A sharp inhale told me his jog had ratcheted to a flat run. “What do you mean?”

“I mean the cable guy climbed onto your house after I told him to leave. I’m just letting you know.” A thump from somewhere above and I flipped the plastic lid on the alarm panel, revealing the keypad. Pretty straightforward. P for police and the * sign together and I’d scare any prowler out of his pants and onto the lawn. “I have the situation under control.”

“The hell you do. Is he still there? You’re not kidding, right?”

“No. I am not kidding—you always ask me that. Why would I kid?” It was difficult keeping exasperation from my voice, but I managed valiantly. “How do I know what he’s doing? I’m not watching, although I can see his van from the window. It’s on the street. I’m hitting the alarm. Heads-up. Also chop-chop. I’m going to be late for work.”

“Yes. Hit the fucking alarm.”

An earsplitting eeeeeeee breached the peaceful splendor of Chez Albright.

I scurried to the kitchen as Dan yelled, “I’m two blocks from the house. You still there?”

“Yes, of course.”—eeeeeeee—“Where would I go? He’s out there. So I’m in here. Dial it down. I’m fine.”

“You need to leave the house.”

“That’s not going to happen.” I checked the window. “There are kids on the sidewalk. I don’t want a scene.”

“I think that train left the station—”

The cable guy fell from the roof in a flutter of green shirttails. He landed catlike in the grass directly in front of the kitchen window. “Holy crap.”

Dan panted, “What? Talk to me.”

The man popped effortlessly to his feet and hiked a rather utilitarian black backpack over his shoulder. Anyone else would have broken an arm or an ankle falling from that height, but no. The bastard didn’t even bother to check himself. Far less fatigued than he first appeared at Dan’s doorstep, he was nonetheless sopping in sweat. His gaze caught mine and he fucking bowed—the dick—then he flipped me off, mouthing, Fuck you, and darted under the clothesline. “I . . . don’t believe this guy.”

He vaulted the fence like a goddamn superhero. “My God. He’s like Batman.”

“What the— Did you say Batman?”

Eeeeeee!

I shouted over the alarm, “He looked right at me! That asshole, but holy crap, he’s totally parkour. I’ve never seen anything like him. I don’t think you can catch him.”

“Thank you for the vote of confidence.”

The guy cut through the neighbor’s backyard and disappeared around the corner of a garage as the house alarm clanged my head like a gong. I pressed a finger against my ear. “He’s gone. Wow. Where are you? If you come through the back—”

Any hope the intruder would run smack into Dan coming from the opposite direction was dashed as the front door burst open and my hero announced, “I’m here. Where is he?”

“Gone. I told you. Jesus, the guy could move.” I tossed my phone on the counter. I wasn’t sure what my next move should be, so I let Dan lead. He braced one hand against the wall, gasping for air—which didn’t seem entirely heroic—and stabbed at the keypad with his index finger. The alarm ceased and, thank God, I could hear myself think again. Summer heat met AC, and a wave of tepid air blew through the living room.

“FYI, I move too.” Dan sucked wind. “I sprinted up that fucking hill.”

He swiped his forehead and joined me in the kitchen, his Shakespeare in the Park T-shirt soaked to his skin. Unlike the intruder, he wore his perspiration very well. Face flushed, hale and hearty in loose-fitting black running shorts, he flipped the backdoor locks and disappeared down the steps.

I followed a few paces behind, watching as he scoped the backyard. “He’s not here.”

“I can see that.”

He glared at the kitchen roof where two stubby dormers were connected by a thin outcropping of architectural tiles. One dormer held the bath window, the other the guest room window. Bolted between the dormers? A long-nosed satellite dish.

Dan looked ready to scale the brick and poke around for clues, or climb for a better vantage point of the cable guy’s escape route, but his outdoor inspection lasted two seconds. He stared at me briefly, dark brows knitted together, before stomping back into the kitchen. He scrubbed at his damp hair, leaving finger-wide furrows. At least his breathing was somewhat under control.

His gaze raked me, head to toe, and he stalled for a second. “So, you look fine this morning.”

“Of course I do.” I answered stiffly because I was indeed fine. What had he expected? That I’d faint over a possible break-in? Please. “I’ve dealt with intruders before. I’m not a novice.”

“All right, Mr. Not A Novice.” I swear to God his eyes twinkled. His jaw definitely twitched. “Tell me exactly what happened, and don’t stop talking until you get to the part where you realize you’re still bare-ass naked.”

I glanced south and found an unencumbered view to my toes. Not a stitch covered me, not even my Hugo Boss underwear. I’d just exposed myself to his entire neighborhood and, while I’m sure they were impressed—because who wouldn’t be?—I was also mortified. I dashed through the kitchen, resisting the natural urge to clap both hands over my crotch. “That explains the breeze.”

“I’m not complaining.”

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About the Author

When not working from her home in the rolling hills of Northwestern Connecticut, author L.B. Gregg can be spotted in coffee shops from Berlin to Singapore to Panama–sipping lattes and writing sweet, hot, often funny, stories about men who love men.

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To celebrate the release of With This Bling, L.B. Gregg is giving away a Romano and Albright mug with swag, and a $40 gift card to Amazon! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 12, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!

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Tour: There’s Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #2) by L.B. Gregg *Review, Q&A and Giveaway*

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BWB_SeriesCoverWelcome to Bluewater Bay! This quiet little logging town on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula has been stagnating for decades, on the verge of ghost town status. Until a television crew moves in to film Wolf’s Landing, a soon-to-be cult hit based on the wildly successful shifter novels penned by local author Hunter Easton.

Wolf’s Landing’s success spawns everything from merchandise to movie talks, and Bluewater Bay explodes into a mecca for fans and tourists alike. The locals still aren’t quite sure what to make of all this—the town is rejuvenated, but at what cost? And the Hollywood-based production crew is out of their element in this small, mossy seaside locale. Needless to say, sparks fly.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by ten award-winning, best-selling LGBTQ romance authors: L.A. Witt, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield, Aleksandr Voinov, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz, Anne Tenino, Amy Lane, SE Jakes, and G.B. Gordon. Each contemporary novel stands alone, but all are built around the town and the people of Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landing media empire.

L.B. Gregg kicks off the second half of the tour with There’s Something About Ari, the second book in the multi-author Bluewater Bay series.

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 16th, and winners will be announced on November 17th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

 

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There’s Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #2)
by L.B. Gregg

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Buck Ellis’s future seems pretty damn bright. With a full college scholarship in hand, he’s going to ditch Bluewater Bay and pave the way for his kid brother Charlie to do the same. The only fly in Buck’s ointment is his ten-year addiction to his best friend since second grade, his true love, and his Achilles heel: Ari Valentine, Mr. Least Likely to Succeed.

But then Buck’s mother dies, changing everything, and five years later, his future is still on hold. It’s a struggle to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, and Charlie on the straight and narrow. Buck can’t afford any temptation, especially in the form of the newly returned, super hot, super confident, super successful television star Ari Valentine.

ADHD poster-child Ari Valentine left for Hollywood and lost everything, including his bad reputation. Then the breakthrough role of his skyrocketing career lands him back in Bluewater Bay, to the stunned disbelief of, well, everyone. But there’s only one person Ari longs to impress—the only person who ever really mattered to him, the person he left behind: Buck Ellis.

 

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Q&A with L.B. Gregg

Since you’re writing in the Bluewater Bay Universe how was your writing experience different for this story than others you’ve written?

I’ve always created my own characters and set those stories in real places, so finding my footing in Bluewater Bay was a challenge. Once I settled into Buck’s point of view, the story flowed and the town felt more like home. I had to keep checking our bible to remember where things were, or who the other characters in town and on the show are. We worked together to create a map—but these are stand alone stories. Love interest Ari Valentine plays a character on the show, but the POV is a Buck’s and he’s a barista. He’s not tuned in to Wolf’s Landing—the show. He doesn’t even watch it! He’s just a young guy, trying to figure things out.

Was this story something you already had planned to write or did you come up with it solely as an addition to the Bluewater Bay Universe?

A little of both, actually. I planned to write a New Adult this year and I really wanted to do another book with Riptide (because yay), so when they asked me to climb onboard I said yes.

I unearthed a scene I wrote years ago from a book that later became Mistletoe at Midnight—and that chunk was my jumping off point in creating both Buck and Ari. I boiled those pages down and extracted about two paragraphs. They became a turning point moment in Buck and Ari’s shared history and the last memory Buck had of Ari when they were teenagers.

How hard has it been for you, research-wise, to bring this series to life?

A lot of email flew back and forth! There’s now a map and a bible we can refer to, but the big kicker for me was never having been to the Pacific Northwest. It’s on my list of places I want to go. I researched, and asked lots of questions. In the long run I focused on my strengths—character building and dialog. Sharing an editor is a huge part of keeping the series vision cohesive, and Sarah is simply fantastic.

How would you describe this series to someone who has not read any of the books but is intrigued by the concept?

The most intriguing part of Bluewater Bay is that the series is set in one place, revolving around this amazing new TV show, but each author is free to create their own story, characters, places, and we build on that world together.

I love this concept. It reminds me a little of the Rhode Island School of Design bicycle requirement. Do you know it? Freshman applicants must submit a pencil drawing of a bicycle on plain white paper, measuring 16” x 20”. It’s amazing to see how each artist interprets a bike. You can see the results on google images.

I felt like we had that same opportunity in Bluewater Bay. Each of us has a unique point of view, voice, and style and we’re able to share our vision of Bluewater Bay with readers.

That’s pretty cool.

What are your current projects?

I’m working on a new Christmas story—for the Comfort and Joy anthology with my friends Josh Lanyon, Harper Fox, and Joanna Chambers. My contribution is Waiting for Winter. Set in Vermont, my two guys are ex lovers, stranded alone together on Christmas Eve. That’s coming out in early December.

 

Review

5-stars

Buck Ellis leads a simple life–taking care of his younger brother, going to work and merely going through the motions. His sole focus is making sure to keep his brother at his side, regardless of his dreams and aspirations. But his ordinary existence is about to get a bit complicated when his teenage crush and one time best friend, Ari, moves in next door.

Buck never forgot the young man he spent his youth with or the feelings he once felt towards him. But Buck hasn’t allowed himself to feel anything in years and having Ari popping in his life at every turn soon has him a complete mess.

The one thing I loved most about this story were the characters. At just a little over 90 pages of content, L.B. Gregg does a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life. We get to know Buck and Ari’s history as young men, how their connection grew through the years and the pain their sudden separation caused in both of them.

I came to understand Buck’s hesitancy in letting Ari into his life once again, but it broke my heart to see him so conflicted. Especially since his feelings towards Ari ran so deep. I would have loved to experience Ari’s side of the story first hand since I believe that his turmoil over leaving and keeping his distance would have added a lot more to the story. However, the author managed to give me more than a glimpse into his personality and his feelings towards Buck, which quelled my curiosity.

Through the use of honest and often heated interactions, L.B. Gregg provided insight into the connection Buck and Ari shared and how deeply their feelings for one another truly were. I enjoyed Ari’s easy manner and charming personality but I loved it when he was direct and confronted Buck about his actions and feelings. I especially enjoyed it when they both just let go and gave in. It was hot and sweet and in my opinion, way too short of an encounter.

All in all, a sweet second chance story and a great addition to the Bluewater Bay universe.

*I received a copy of this title through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

About the Author

When not working from her home in the rolling hills of Northwestern Connecticut, author L.B. Gregg can be spotted in coffee shops from Berlin to Singapore to Panama–sipping lattes and writing sweet, hot, often funny, stories about men who love men.

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Review: How I Met Your Father by L.B. Gregg

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Title: How I Met Your Father

Author: L.B. Gregg

Published: November 18th 2013

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

*This title is part of the Home for the Holidays collection.

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Synopsis

The man of your dreams could be sitting right next to you.

Former boy band member Justin Hayes isn’t looking for a man. He just wants a quiet, scandal-free Christmas at home in Chicago, out of the public eye. But his best friend and bandmate is subjecting everyone to his destination wedding, and Justin can’t dodge the “best man” bullet. All he has to do is get to the island on time, survive the reunion, and get Chuck to the altar with as little drama as possible. What could possibly go wrong?

Jack Bassinger’s own plans for a quiet Christmas have been dashed by the summons to his daughter’s hasty wedding with a man Jack has hardly met. On the bumpy flight to the island, he finds himself comforting a nervous—and extremely attractive—young man. One hasty sexual encounter in an airport bathroom later, they both feel much better. No one ever has to know, after all.

Now Justin and Jack must find a way to explore their attraction, despite the distractions of disapproving family members, unexpected announcements, an impromptu concert, and an island paradise that proves there’s no place like home.

20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit http://www.aliforneycenter.org/.

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4 stars

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Justin is traveling to his best friend’s wedding when he meets Jack, a handsome, older man who gets him through his fear of flying. Justin is used to rushed hook-ups from his life in the spotlight, but he can’t help but feel something ‘more’ for the charming stranger who comforted him. A hot, anonymous encounter in a bathroom stall is not on Justin’s agenda, but he’s not foolish enough to let it pass him by.

This was such a fun story to get through. From the beginning, LB Gregg drew me into the story by making Justin and Jack’s plane ride unforgettable. I loved Justin voice from the moment he started his rambling and it only got better from there. I enjoyed his sarcastic humor and his loyalty to his friends, but I also liked how flustered he became when Jack was around.

The chemistry between the two jumped-off the page. Every look, touch and innocent exchange was laced with their attraction for each other and I couldn’t wait to see of them together. The truth is I didn’t get the chance to experience that. Their story was cut short, at least in the getting to each other stage, so when the ending came, it was a bit of a shock to me. Then again, their situation didn’t lend itself for further exploration without taking it outside the ‘wedding story’ is was set in.

All in all, a fantastic, entertaining read that left me wanting more exploration of the connection that brought these characters together.

*I received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.

Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden (Men of Smithfield #4) by L.B. Gregg

Men of Smithfield: Adam and HoldenRating: 4 stars

Expected Publishing Date: November 26, 2012

Publisher: Carina Press

Available at: Carina, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Holden Worthington’s globe-trotting days are over. Once the host of a popular adventure show, he hasn’t ventured past his own front door in more than a year. Then the arrival of a sexy new gardener sparks something Holden hasn’t felt in a very long time—an interest in the world outside his window.

Holden tries to resist the attraction. But painfully shy yet definitely interested Adam Morgan has Holden longing to conquer his debilitating anxiety and live again. After a grisly discovery on the grounds of the estate, the town of Smithfield turns a suspicious eye on the reclusive Holden—and the two men must trust in each other to bring the truth out in the open.

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My Reading Progress:

11/05 100.0% “Loved it!”
11/04 52.0% “ahhh, there it is. that first kiss…”
11/04 47.0% “Oh Adam *so cute*”

Review: This was one of those reads that start you off nicely, drags somewhere in the middle and just when you’re about to give up it grabs you and doesn’t let go. A very surprising read.

Holden is a 40-something gay man who suffers from agoraphobia. A condition that surprised me since he used to travel the world for his adventure show. But since all he wants to do is write his book and keep to himself, he accepts his diagnosis without question or regrets. It isn’t until Adam arrives in his home that he starts to resent it. For Adam is a 24-year old handsome gardener who makes Holden feel again. All of a sudden he is assaulted by feelings of lust, a need to connect and protectiveness towards his young employee.

The murder mystery was an interesting part of the story and I enjoyed it very much. But the romance part of the story was what kept me reading. I liked that the author, L.B. Gregg, took her time and brought them together in the way she did. Not only did it add to the whole tension of the story, but it made their getting together more believable in my eyes.

Holden tried to ignore his attraction to Adam, mainly because he was older than Adam by some years and especially because of his ‘reputation’ in Smithfield. His voice was hilarious. It was filled with sarcastic humor and a deeper sense of vulnerability, through his voice I understood where he was coming from and what he really wanted. I liked him from the start. And Adam was adorable. He had a vulnerability to him that really touched me. But when he let go and got comfortable he was hot! That side of him really surprised and I enjoyed it very much.

The writing was very good, even if the story dragged there in the middle for a little bit. The characters were amazing, both entertaining and adorable in their own way. The dialog and their banter was hilarious, especially since Adam had that awkwardness to him. And their chemistry? Off the freaking charts!!! Makes me want to drive up to a make-out spot myself.

So if you’re in the mood for a great romance with a murder mystery to keep you guessing, pick this book up. It will not disappoint.

I received this title from Carina Press through NetGalley and I would like to thank them both for the opportunity to read and review it in exchange of my honest opinion.

Men of Smithfield: Max and Finn (Men of Smithfield #3) by L.B. Gregg

Men of Smithfield: Max and Finn (Men of Smithfield #2)Rating: 4 stars

Published: September 10, 2012

Publisher: Carina Press

Available at: Carina, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles

Synopsis: When I walked out of his office after the hottest sex of my life, I thought I’d left Max Douglas behind me forever— along with my favorite argyle socks and my self-respect. The last thing I need is the too-serious, too-sexy former Marine living across the hall from me while he acts as a bodyguard for one of my students. Especially since he fired me from my job tutoring his brother—after we hooked up.

I shouldn’t want him. I should despise him after the way he treated me. But he’s exactly my type: older, experienced, in control—and it’s obvious the lust is still mutual. While I may not be able to keep our relationship strictly professional, I’m determined to keep it purely physical. But when the stalker threats escalate, it looks like Max is going to be sticking around the school for a while—and the more I get to know him, the more I’m in danger of losing my heart.

Review: This was a surprisingly great book filled with banter, mystery, great dialog and sizzling chemistry. What more could I ask for?

Michael “Finn” Finnegan is a drama teacher at a prep school who has been hurt by love in the past and is skeptical of ever find it again. Then he meets Max Douglas and he finds himself having lustful thoughts and throwing himself at him. He is attracted to Max on the spot but after they had their first encounter he questions his impulsiveness, but goes on with his life nonetheless. However, when they find themselves in close quarters again, Finn finds himself confronting feelings of need, lust and fear. His attraction to Max is still active, even when Max acts like a total jerk, and he fears that his need to feed that lust is going to drive him straight into a broken heart.

Max is an ex-Marine security specialist. From Finn’s point of view I could gather that he was a straight-arrow kind of guy. He liked order and he liked control. And it is that control which leads to Finn’s downfall. And Man! how I enjoyed those moments when Max unleashed his dominating side on Finn. It made for some great scenes. But just as those where amazing, so were the moments where he showed some vulnerability or tenderness. With those he just melted me right into a puddle of goo.

I liked the way the author, L.B. Gregg, went about their relationship. Their getting together was fun, insightful and totally hot. I loved their banter and dialog. It really showcased their personality to the max and I truly appreciated that. Max so serious and Finn so laid back, but when they worked together it was magic. His yin to his yang. The mystery and the romance were brought together well. I liked that they were nicely balanced. It kept me in a state of anticipation on both counts. I wanted to know who was behind what was happening and I needed to know how these two were going to get together.

Once again, L.B. Gregg drew into the town of Smithfield and I can’t wait to go back. My only complain is that I wanted to see more of Finn and Max’s relationship and I think an epilogue would have solved that little problem for me. But other than that, this was another great addition to the series and a great read.

Men of Smithfield: Seth and David (Men of Smithfield #2) by L.B. Gregg

Men of Smithfield: Seth and David

Expected Publishing Date: October 15, 2012

Publisher: Carina Press

Available at: Carina Press Store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Synopsis: He’s everything I’ve never wanted — too young, too weird, too wild.

I wasn’t impressed that I had to get my weekly massage from a guy with a toe ring. But when I discovered David Cooke’s skills as a masseur were literally orgasmic, I couldn’t stop thinking about him and his amazing hands, day and night. Especially at night.

He’s full of surprises. And despite my bad behavior, David’s just as eager to explore this chemistry between us. Turns out, there’s a lot more to him than hemp pants and tattoos. If he’s so wrong for me, why does being with him feel so right?

My Reading Progress:

100.0% “Review to come. Sorting out my thoughts about Seth.”
76.0% “And here’s Quinn again. Get a clue already!”
49.0% “So far, so good. My urge to smack Seth has receded.”

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Seth, Seth, Seth. Herein lies ONE of my problems and thus explains my deduction in stars. I was really considering a 2.5 stars, but the Epilogue was unexpected and very much appreciated. So 3 stars it is. 

I really liked the concept behind this book. Two very different men fall for each other, their chemistry is off the charts hot and each has an event that has impacted their lives. However, what this story lacked was the emotional connection between the main characters. That to me is a very essential element in the story.

Seth came across as an arrogant, self serving, opinionated man. He has custody of his niece after his sister’s death and has been dealing with his feelings about this and the loss of his relationship with his lover Quinn. I understood were he was coming from and even felt for him and his struggles, but I just could not get over his assumptions about David. I think that is why it was so hard for me to really connect with him. David was sweet, funny and adorable. I truly liked him. However, I felt there was so much more to him than what was written on the page. I would have loved to know more about the main characters, since they were so different. It really would have helped in making this union a more believable one.

The story lacked a lot of dialog, which is one of my favorite elements. It consisted mostly of Seth’s thoughts and opinions, which really some of them I could have done without. There were some show of emotions from Seth and David and that at least gave me a glimpse into their personality and vulnerability and helped me connect a bit more with them. Molly, Seth’s niece, was a great addition, as well as her friend Katie. I would have enjoyed reading more about these characters and how they interacted as a family after Seth and David got together.

Overall, the book was good. I liked the concept and enjoyed the chemistry between the characters and the interaction between them. What really saved it from an ‘OK’ book for me was the scene at the start, their first (or second, depending how you look at it) encounter and the Epilogue. I loved those!

I am happy to say that I’m looking forward to reading more books from this series and any other books from L.B. Gregg.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Carina Press for the opportunity of reading and reviewing this title in exchange for my honest review.

Men of Smithfield: Mark and Tony (Men of Smithfield #1) by L.B. Gregg

Men of Smithfield: Mark and Tony (Men of Smithfield, #1)Synopsis: Coming home from work to find my boyfriend banging our hairy, married landlord — in our bed — was bad enough. Discovering Jamie had also cleaned out my bank accounts made it officially the worst day of my life. I think I can be forgiven for wanting revenge, even if a few little laws (and possibly Jamie’s nose) got bent in the process.

Fortunately, the law is on my side in the form of my oldest friend, Tony Gervase. I’ve tried to deny my attraction to the sexy trooper for years. After all, he made it clear long ago that he wasn’t interested in me that way. But if the hot encounter in his kitchen is any indication, he is now. At least the day is ending a whole lot better than it began…

But the morning after, the Jamie situation goes from bad to seriously messed up. The jerk’s in more trouble than I could have imagined. And as it turns out, I don’t know Tony as well as I thought I did either…

Rating: 4 stars

Review: How can you NOT read this book after reading the blurb?  That scene right there was laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Mark. Markie. Meehan.”Oh Mark!” that is what I kept saying throughout the book. He was just so, I don’t know – all over the place. He did things that were just this side of ridiculous, but funny as hell. He was foolish and impulsive. Sarcastic, funny and impulsive. So lovable and sexy and impulsive. Did I say impulsive? Well, he was. But through all that impulsiveness I could see a very funny, sarcastic, adorable, sexy and very loving man with a heart of gold who just wanted to love and be loved.

Tony was awesome. His take-charge attitude really did it for me because it was definitely what Mark needed. He cared very much for Mark and it showed with every one of his actions. And when these two got together? Damn that was hot. Their chemistry was off the charts. But I admit that my favorite scene is right at the end. That scene was them. Hot, messy, filled with emotions and very honest.

This is the first book I read from L.G. Gregg. I liked her writing very much. There was humor, emotions, great dialog and great characters presented in a very straight forward way that kept me interested in the story until the very end. Literally. I turned the page and it was over, which explains my 4 star rating.

I will be reading more books from this author since I have a couple of her books in my yearly challenge. I hope the next book in the series is as good as this one.

*Book was previously published as Gobsmacked on August 2009.