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Tour: Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10) by L.A. Witt *Review and Giveaway*

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Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10)
by L.A. Witt

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released October 19th 2015

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Jeremy Rose came to Bluewater Bay to work as Anna Maxwell’s bodyguard, not to escape his increasingly bitter relationship with his estranged kids. He just wants to focus on his job and be alone for a while. He’s done with love, especially now that three years after his long overdue divorce, he’s got a front-row seat to the rapid deterioration between Anna and her girlfriend. Cynical doesn’t even begin to describe him.

Then Anna and Leigh’s attempts to reconcile put him in the crosshairs of marriage counselor Scott Fletcher. Scott’s exactly what Jeremy needs right now: gorgeous, hot, horny, single, and 100% uninterested in a relationship. The problem is, too much no-strings-attached sex—and too much time in each other’s company—inevitably builds emotional connection.

Except Jeremy refuses to seek counseling for his broken family, and Scott refuses to get seriously involved with men who work dangerous jobs. They both need to realize they can only hide for so long from the pain they came here to escape. They must face their pasts before they lose their shot at a happy future.

 

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Review

4 stars

I loved Jeremy and Scott! I’ve always loved reading about older men finding love and this time was no different. With her trademark mix of humor, heat and emotions, LA Witt delivered a fantastic story.

What I enjoyed the most about this tenth installment in the Bluewater Bay series, was the growth the characters did as the story progressed.

With Jeremy having come out later in life, it was a treat to see him give in to his desires and enjoying that side of himself freely. Of course, his constant denial that there was something more between him and Scott added to my enjoyment. He was adorably clueless and it warmed my heart when he finally (finally!) recognized that he had fallen in love with Scott.

I admit, I was disappointed that I didn’t get to experience Scott’s point of view first hand. However, LA Witt did allow me to understand his hesitancy in becoming involved with Jeremy and his struggle with coming to terms with Jeremy’s reluctance to seek help for his family’s problems. He was a smart, caring man and his patience and easy manner helped Jeremy a great deal. I just wished I could have gotten the chance to know more about his feelings as he and Jeremy got closer. I think it would have added a lot more to the story.

Of course, it helped that Jeremy and Scott had great chemistry. Those two were setting sparks here and there whenever they got together. And like any other time, I devoured it all. But it was the candid moments afterwards, when they let their guard down and shared some about their lives, that ultimately sold me on their relationship. They shared a great amount of unguarded moments that showcased their connection and added to their potential as a couple.

As I’ve come to expect from this author, emotions played an intricate part of the story too. There were Jeremy’s conflicted emotions in regards to his family’s problems plus his reluctance to admit his feelings about Scott and the stress all this brought to his job. Those emotions, coupled with Scott’s doubts about Jeremy and intense feelings of lust from both men, brought about the perfect balance to the heat and humor the author is known for.

For me, all elements complemented each other bringing forth a sweet, hot and heartwarming story about new-found love. I wouldn’t mind reading more about these two.

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

 

Excerpt

Once everyone was situated, the blond guy stood in front of us with his clipboard in one hand and the bus’s microphone in the other. “All right, welcome aboard, everybody!” he chirped. “Are we all ready to go see some eagles?”

A halfhearted, “Yeah,” went through the group.

He sighed dramatically. “Oh, come on. I know you all didn’t get up at this hour unless you wanted to. Are we ready to see some eagles or not?”

That prompted a slightly more enthusiastic response.

“That’s what I thought. Now we’re looking at about three and a half hours on the bus, which will get us there in time to catch our boat on the river. Everybody bring their cameras?”

A few people held up phones, and three hoisted giant SLRs with foot-long lenses.

“Good!” The blond guy grinned. “Well, I’ve been out there every day this week, and there’s been eagles as far as the eye can see. So expect lots of opportunities to get pictures.”

“Can we stop for coffee?” someone called out from the back.

“You can get coffee on the ferry out of Port Townsend. And we’ll stop again in Sedro-Woolley.”

A few people muttered, “Thank God.”

Our guide smiled like he didn’t need any coffee now or ever—jerk—and went on, “Okay, so let me give you a bit of background. Every winter, bald eagles congregate along a stretch of the Skagit River. Anybody know why?”

“To eat the dead salmon,” came a response near the front.

“Good! See, bald eagles are scavengers, so . . .”

While he went on and on, the driver put her giant coffee cup aside and the bus started moving, the diesel engine groaning like it agreed that this was too early and too cold. I suspected the group would perk up as the morning wore on, but for now, the collective fuuuuuck radiating from everyone was bordering on comical. Especially with Mr. Morning Person damn near bouncing as he told us about the eagles.

From across the aisle from me, someone grumbled, “No one should be that chipper before 9 a.m.”

I laughed and turned my head, ready to reply, “No shit, right?”

But I just stopped.

And stared.

Maybe it was because he’d picked that exact moment to sip his coffee, and the movement of his unshaven jaw made both his cheekbones and his stubble stand out like holy fuck, but . . . holy fuck. He had a few lines alongside his mouth and eyes that intrigued the hell out of me, and the way his lips moved slightly when he swallowed his coffee did crazy, crazy things to my brain. He looked oddly familiar, but I couldn’t place where—or if—I’d seen him before.

Beneath a gray Mariners baseball cap, his blue eyes flicked toward me, and he lifted his eyebrows.

“Um.” I cleared my throat. “Good point. About . . .” What had he commented on again? I glanced at the front of the bus, and our fearless leader was still being entirely too cheerful as he briefed everyone who was listening. To the guy beside me, I said, “About him. Being chipper.”

The guy chuckled and raised his cup. “Thank God for coffee for the rest of us, am I right?”

“Yeah.” I shook mine, which was nearly empty. “I should’ve gotten a bigger one.”

“Good thing there’s a Starbucks on the route. And probably one at the ferry dock.”

I was about to praise a few deities, but he picked that moment to casually take off his baseball cap, scratch the back of his head, and put the cap back on.

God help me—he was almost entirely gray. Salt and very black pepper, but definitely more salt. And there went my ability to speak.

Maybe I was just tired of younger guys. Except silver foxes had always turned me inside out, even back when I was still in denial. Anna sometimes met with Hunter Easton, the author of the Wolf’s Landing series, and he was just . . . distraction on wheels. But this guy? Fuck.

And I was staring.

 

About the Author

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

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Giveaway

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Rain Shadow) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 24th, and winners will be announced on October 26th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

 

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New Release Tour! Running with Scissors by L.A. Witt *Review and Giveaway*

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Running with Scissors
by L.A. Witt

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released August 31st 2015

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Eighteen months ago, drummer Jude Colburn made the biggest mistake of his life when he walked away from his band just as they were on the brink of success. Now, he’s got a second chance. The band’s bassist just quit, and Jude plays bass almost as well as he plays drums. The other band members aren’t thrilled, but they are desperate.

Running with Scissors needs him, but there’s one condition: no hooking up with bandmates. That’s what ruined things eighteen months ago, after all. Jude’s on board, but no one warned him about the drummer who replaced him. A.J. Palmer is shy and unassuming… until he hits the stage. He gets Jude’s attention from the first beat, and suddenly that “no hookups” rule isn’t so easy to follow.

Keeping secrets on a tour bus isn’t easy either, and it’s only a matter of time before the band catches on. When everything hits the fan, Jude has to choose: a second chance at the career he’s always regretted leaving, or a shot at the man of his dreams?

 

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Review

As a fan on L.A. Witt’s work I could not pass up the chance to read this title. Hello!!! Rock stars! It’s no secret I’ve enjoyed my fair share of rock star romances and I’m glad to say that this one didn’t disappoint either.

What I enjoyed most about this story was the connection between Jude and AJ. Of course, they had great chemistry–the kind that was always present in their every interaction. But for me it was their connection that stood out the most and made this whole story (and band drama!!!) worthwhile. In this regard, LA Witt didn’t miss a beat. From the very beginning, she made sure to establish that connection. Quiet conversations here and there, heated looks, time spend away from the band–every one of these help to further strengthen that connection until I found myself cheering them on and yelling at them to get their sh*t together!

I liked Jude. I admired his love for the band and the band members even if did commit the same mistake twice. He was caring and loyal and a complete mess when it came to the feelings AJ arose in him. I enjoyed him with AJ, who treated him kindly and with respect. AJ was a great character too. He was shy and kept mostly to himself yet he was strong-willed and sure of his feelings for Jude. I think they complemented each other fairly well and I would have loved to see more of them as a couple.

Although this story is tamer than what I’ve come to expect from this author, I think it worked for these characters and their situation. The sexual tension and the longing between these two were a palpable presence throughout which I think enhanced this element of the story, making those times they were together that much more enticing.

All in all, a very enjoyable read.

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

About the Author

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

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Contest!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Running With Scissors) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 5th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Don’t forget to leave your email so we can contact you if you win!

 

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September 4, 2015
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Tour: On the Clock (Market Garden #8) by L.A. Witt, Aleksandr Voinov *Review and Contest*

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On the Clock (Market Garden #8)
by L.A. Witt, Aleksandr Voinov

An M/M Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released on July 13th 2015

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When Blake Raleigh’s favorite rentboys retire from Market Garden, they’re sure their friend Jason will be a perfect replacement. Though Tristan and Jared are a tough act to follow, Blake returns to London to test out their recommendation.

Jason is right on the money. Negotiations turn him on. Getting paid turns him on. The higher the stakes, the hotter things get. Each trip to London is more expensive than the last, and the webcam sessions don’t run cheap, but Jason is well worth the sticker shock.

The more time they spend together, the more Blake wants, and not just sex and transactions. But Jason’s been burned before by men who thought they were in love with him, and he’s not making that mistake again. When the lines between personal and professional start to blur, it’s going to take more than money, jewelry, and sports cars to keep Jason from clocking out and walking away.

 

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Review

5-stars

As a follower of the series and a fan of the Market Garden guys I could not, in good conscience, miss Rolex’s story. My TBR is not happy that I skipped a couple dozen books to get to it. But screw it! It was worth my sleepless night and some rowdy kids banging at my door.

Rolex. Blake. Love him! There was just something about him that called to me. I loved that he didn’t make excuses for his use of Market Garden or for his admiration of the rentboys there. I especially loved that he didn’t hesitate in admitting he missed Tristan and Jared and was happy for them for what they found in each other. But mostly I loved that underneath the expensive suits and extravagant toys was a man who was aware of his beginnings, who didn’t judge based on social status and who loved deeply and without second thought.

Now Jason, he took a while to understand. Mostly because I could not understand what drove him. I gave him the benefit of the doubt, because if not I would only have seen him as a man who only cared about the material things in life. But true to Team VoinWitt’s work, they proved me wrong and made me a believer! I came to love his wicked grin and the way is arousal spiked when Blake didn’t hesitate to up the ante when negotiating. And I won’t even mention that EPIC sex scenes in the garage…*sigh*

But all the hotness aside I do have to say that the story was also great. I appreciated the way the authors worked the story to bring Jason and Blake together. I liked that I got the chance to get to know them and that their connection wasn’t solely physical. Hell yeah! That aspect was fantastic, but there was also a lot more to them than that. They were funny and shared a great rapport that kept me grinning throughout. I loved their flirty banter and enjoyed their candid moments just as much as I loved the few unguarded moments they shared. The touches, the looks, the shared silence, the gasps, grunts and moans. Every little thing worked for me! And when the emotions came into play? I was sold!

Although this is the eighth book in the series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone. But why would you miss out on all the goodness that is the Market Garden? I wouldn’t. Especially if you like your story steamy hot with a sprinkle of humor and a side of emotions.

All in all, a fantastic story that left me wanting more. Let’s just say that another visit to the Market Garden would not be frowned upon.

*I received a copy of this title (which I devoured in a night!) in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Excerpt

Jason’s grin would’ve fucked with Blake’s blood pressure if it hadn’t already been screwed up. He leaned closer, laying one arm on the table in that neutral space between their drinks. “I can see why Jared and Tristan referred you to me, then.”

“Is that right?”

“Mm-hmm.” Jason’s eyes flicked toward the table. Toward his own arm, specifically, and when he met Blake’s gaze again, he lifted his arm and reached all the way across. He trailed his fingertips along the side of Blake’s hand, a finger catching on his cuff, then his watch. “They said you’d come looking for me. To be honest, I was starting to wonder if you would.”

“Well, I’m . . .” Blake gulped. “I’m not always in town. Business. I live—”

“In America, I know.” Jason’s grin turned playful. His fingertip traced the edge of the gold Rolex, dangerously close to running across the skin of Blake’s wrist. “But I’ve been intrigued. They told me a lot about you.”

“Did they, now?” Blake watched Jason’s fingers, watched goose bumps rising on his arm as if his skin were trying its damnedest to close that minute distance. “All good things, I hope?”

“Well.” Something in Jason’s tone prompted Blake to lift his gaze, and when their eyes met, the blue-eyed rentboy said, “They said you’re a high roller.”

“Isn’t everyone who comes in here?”

“Some more than others. But as they say, you get what you pay for.” Jason’s fingers left the watch and slid onto the back of Blake’s hand. “And as far as I’m concerned, if a man is willing to pay, I’m definitely willing to play.”

Blake’s body temperature was soaring now, and it wasn’t only from the warm fingertips currently exploring the grooves and contours of his hand. “So you’re saying you’re expensive?”

Jason laughed, the sound soft and mischievous at the same time. “Let’s just say that if they sold me in a department store, I’d be in the ‘if you have to ask, you can’t afford it’ section.”

Oh dear sweet mother of God. Blake’s pulse was out of control. How many men had taken out second mortgages, sold their cars, and lived on ramen noodles to pay whatever price Jason commanded? Money wasn’t an issue for Blake, but damn, sitting across from Jason now while that scorching point of contact drove him insane, he was already cataloguing assets that could be, if the situation warranted, jettisoned.

“So that brings us to the next question.” Jason drew swirls on the back of Blake’s hand because, hell, Blake wasn’t already losing his mind. “What are you looking for tonight?”

Blake swallowed. “Well, um . . .”

Get it together, Raleigh. This is a business negotiation. This is what you do. Close the fucking deal without getting screwed. Err, without getting fucked. Err . . . crap.

He took a deep breath and pushed his shoulders back, channeling the professional side of him that had earned the money that would be going into Jason’s wallet tonight. “You ever driven a Lamborghini?”

Jason squirmed. “Not yet.”

“I have one.” Blake grinned. “Had two for a while, but now I have one.”

“Yeah?” Jason held his gaze, and Blake wondered how close the guy was to licking his chops.

Blake turned his hand over and, with a single fingertip, teased the soft skin on the inside of Jason’s wrist. “Car like that fetches a lot of money. A lot.”

“Yeah, it does.” Jason shifted, as if he were trying not to squirm again, but failing miserably.

What’s that, Jason? Is that a button of yours?

Blake leaned closer, mirroring Jason’s advance from earlier. “So you can imagine that you’d want to be very careful where you invest your money with a car like that. Make sure it’s exactly the right model.” He drew his nail along the side Jason’s hand, and was rewarded with a subtle gasp and some goose bumps. “Make sure the seats are good and comfortable. High-quality leather. Smooth transmission.” He grinned. “Right?”

Jason’s Adam’s apple jumped. He didn’t speak, but nodded slightly.

“So I’m sure you understand”—Blake slid his hand free and laid it over the top of Jason’s—“the necessity of a test drive.”

Jason’s eyes met his, and from his wide pupils to his parted lips, the deal was most definitely struck. “Are you here with your own car?”

“Limo driver.”

“What about this: you’ll take me to your hotel, and if you like what you’re getting in the car, I’ll join you in your room and you pay full price.”

Blake was definitely too interested to haggle about the specifics. Jason struck him as exactly the kind of rentboy to get him over his jet lag and rev his engine, as it were. Settling on anything less was out of the question. “Deal. Let me text the driver.” He fished the cell phone from his pocket and told the driver to be at the curb.

Jason half finished his mojito, and they got up and headed toward the exit. The guard—Brandon—gave them a good-natured I told you so smile, and then they were in the alley behind Market Garden.

The driver pulled up, and Blake didn’t wait for him to open the door—he simply held it for Jason and then slid in beside him. “Back to the hotel, please.”

Jason raised the privacy screen before he turned to face him. Then he took Blake’s hand and pushed it against his stomach, right above the belt buckle, and lifted his hips up to make the invitation doubly clear.

Blake couldn’t decide where to touch him first, how far Jason would let him go and how to make the most of the maybe ten minutes they had until they arrived at the hotel. They were brushing, Jason’s legs wide open, and Blake slid his hand over the very hard cock straining against those leather pants. Long and thick too, and, mingled with the scent of the leather—he couldn’t wait to see it, taste it, feel every inch of it.

“No clothes off.” Jason’s eyes were heavy-lidded, but focused. “No orgasm.”

“You’re too much in control for that to happen after a little touching.”

Jason grinned and grabbed his tie. “Not so sure about you.” He pulled the tie knot a bit tighter. “Italian silk?”

“Uh.”

“Milan, I reckon.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever met a man who can analyze a tie while he’s that hard.”

Jason tugged the tie, drawing Blake to him. “Wait till you see what I can do when I’m naked.”

Oh fuck . . .

Jason groaned, his lips nearly touching Blake’s, and Blake realized that he’d squeezed Jason’s cock harder. And obviously Jason liked it, so he did it again, which brought a string of profanity from Jason’s lips. Before Blake could comment—maybe ask how colorful his vocabulary would get when he was naked—Jason kissed him.

Well. That answered the question of whether Jason was okay with kissing on the mouth. Some of the rentboys weren’t, but Jason was . . .

Holy . . .

None of them kissed like he did. None of them. Maybe he was only making sure the test drive was good and impressive, or maybe he really was that turned on, but all the maybes and the possibilities added up to Blake nearly falling to pieces on the limo seat. Jason walked that fine line between aggressive and overbearing, inching just close enough to the latter to be hot as hell. He kept a firm grip on Blake’s tie, as if he knew exactly how much of a turn-on that was, and demanded access to Blake’s mouth. All the while, he rubbed his hard-on against Blake’s palm, as if to remind him that his hand was still on top of the clothed erection that would be his entertainment for the evening.

Jason’s palm warmed the inside of Blake’s thigh, his body heat radiating through Blake’s trousers as if they weren’t even there.

Panic rippled through Blake.

No clothes off? No orgasms?

He opened his eyes and looked past Jason at their surroundings beyond the heavily tinted windows. They were still a few minutes away from the hotel. Still a few minutes away from moving their negotiations into the lobby, the lift, the room, the bed.

And Jason’s hand was slowly—and not very subtly—sliding higher.

Yeah, Jason was controlled enough to keep himself from coming or tearing off some clothing, but Blake’s certainty about his own control was waning rapidly as Jason’s fingertips traced the inseam of his trousers.

Jason ran his whole hand over Blake’s clothed cock and balls. Blake groaned, and he couldn’t help breaking the kiss as he did. He couldn’t concentrate on things like kissing and being kissed and being halfway decent at kissing when those slender fingers were running along every inch of his uncomfortably hard dick.

“Jared and Tristan weren’t lying,” Jason whispered.

“Yeah?” Blake panted. “What . . . what did they say?”

“They raved about you.” Jason’s lips grazed Blake’s at the same time his fingertips traced the head of Blake’s cock through his fly. “They were certainly”—he squeezed Blake firmly enough to make him gasp—“fans.”

“Any specifics?”

“Oh yes.” Jason’s smile was audible. “So far, it’s all true.”

Blake was too turned on to worry a great deal about whether the prostitutes of Market Garden had their own forum where they rated johns. “Such as?”

“Well, what do you think?”

Blake squirmed. “Good personal hygiene?”

Jason rolled his eyes. “That’s a low bottom line.”

“I was trying for self-deprecating.”

“You must be the only guy out there who can be self-deprecating while he’s this hard.” He grinned at Blake, baring all teeth. “It doesn’t really suit you.”

Yeah. Jason was most definitely rattling his cage, and rattling it thoroughly. But it was hard to care with Jason this close, and them both being this turned on. “G-good taste in music?”

“That was one.” Jason sinuously, fluidly pushed against Blake’s hand. “Any other guesses?”

“Rich.”

Jason grinned and nodded. “But we already ticked that off the list. They mentioned your good taste in watches. Actually, your good taste generally.” Jason kissed him again, as if to drive home every meaning of the word taste, and it made Blake desperate to feel those lips around his cock. But—no clothes off, and no orgasm. He sure as hell hoped he’d last longer than it would take them to reach his hotel.

Blake broke the kiss and kissed Jason’s neck, caught a whiff of aftershave or shower gel—whatever it was exactly, it made Jason smell delicious. He couldn’t wait to get him into bed and get down and dirty with him.

The car pulled up outside the hotel, and Blake separated from Jason, reluctantly. No need to scandalize the driver with particulars. The man had probably seen worse, but Blake didn’t quite know where the lines of sexual harassment in the workplace started in the UK. “Nearly there.”

Jason sat up. At some point, he’d let Blake’s tie go, and Blake pushed a finger into the space between throat and the knot to loosen it again.

“So, how did you like the test drive?” Jason adjusted himself in his pants.

“I think we’d better go in my office and discuss price.”

 

About the Authors

EPIC Award winner and Lambda Award finalist Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he works as a financial editor. His genres range from science fiction and fantasy to thriller, historical, contemporary, thriller, and erotica. His books were/are published by Random House Germany, Samhain Publishing, Riptide Publishing, and others.

If he isn’t writing, he studies hypnotherapy, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He single-handedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects. His current interests include special forces operations during World War II, the history of chess, European magical traditions, and how to destroy the world and plunge it into a nuclear winter without having the benefit of nuclear weapons.

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L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

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Contest!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of one eBook off each of our backlists (excluding On The Clock) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 18th, and winners will be announced on July 19th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Please include your email so we can contact you if you win!

Tour: Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) by L.A. Witt *Excerpt 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.A. Witt kicks off the tour with Starstruck, the first book in the multi-author Bluewater Bay series.

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off L.A. Witt’s backlist (excluding Starstruck) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 9th, and winners will be announced on November 10th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

 

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Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1)
by L.A. Witt

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Hollywood is full of dirty secrets, but Carter refuses to be Levi’s.

Retired action star Levi Pritchard has made a quiet life for himself in the sleepy logging town of Bluewater Bay, Washington. But then Hollywood comes to film the wildly popular television series Wolf’s Landing, and Bluewater Bay isn’t so sleepy anymore. His retirement doesn’t stick, either, because he’s offered a part on the show-exactly the kind of complex role he’d always wanted, one that would prove him more than a glorified stuntman. The only catch? He has to stay in the closet-no matter how attractive he finds his costar.

Carter Samuels is the critically acclaimed male lead on Wolf’s Landing. And now, the man who inspired him to take up acting-and made him realize he’s gay-is joining the cast, and sparks fly between them instantly. But Carter is out and proud and determined to stay true to himself.

Remaining just friends is the only thing to do, as both the studio and Levi’s disapproving, dysfunctional family keep reminding them. Except their friendship deepens by the day, tempting them with what they can’t have but both desperately need.

 

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Excerpt

Finn strolled through in through the diner’s front door.

Halfway to the table, he waved at the waitress. “Hey darlin’, could I get a coffee?” He gestured at the table where Levi was sitting.

She responded with a tight-lipped smile. “Of course, sir. I’ll be right there.” Then she went back to taking an order from another customer, and Levi tried not to crawl under his own table and die of embarrassment.

“We gotta talk.” Finn dropped into the booth across from him.

“So you said.” Levi folded his hands and tried not to look or sound impatient. Or annoyed. “What’s this about?”

Finn pulled out his cell, and Levi gritted his teeth as the man started searching for something. If it was on his phone, couldn’t he have just sent it? Did they really have to—

Finn turned his phone around, and Levi’s stomach dropped.

He and Carter were walking together down the sidewalk in front of the antique store on Sandy Bluff Road, Carter laughing at something Levi was saying. The photographer had frozen them in a moment of direct eye contact. Though they’d probably turned to one another for a split second, the static image turned the glance into a lingering gaze. The photo wasn’t exactly incriminating, but he was all too familiar with how the media could spin, spin, spin an image like that. He didn’t recall what they’d been talking about right then, only that they’d been heading from the coffee shop to where they’d parked their cars. A chill ran through him. What if they’d been followed? If Levi had been seen pulling into Carter’s driveway, and then the two of them stealing off to his place? No one had followed him past the highway turnoff, he’d been absolutely certain of that, but how far had they been followed?

He scrolled past the picture to the headline.

Does ‘Chad Eastwick’ Have Wolf’s Landing Star in His Sights?

Below that, Rumors have circulated about ‘retired’ action hero’s sexuality—is he about to go public with Samuels?

Well. That explained the missed calls from his parents.

He scrolled farther, and fortunately, the only other images were similar to the first. Just the two of them walking down the sidewalk, though his heart went into his throat when he realized the copy of Tin Horse was visible in Carter’s hand. Maybe it was a good thing that film wasn’t well-known—he could only imagine the conclusions the reporters would draw. And thank God it wasn’t Broken Day. Of all of Levi’s films, that one easily had the most on-screen sex and nudity.

Face on fire, he handed the phone back to Finn, who set it facedown on the table.

The producer shifted uncomfortably. This must’ve been the one topic on God’s green earth that could make him squirm like that. “So, um.” He cleared his throat. “You want to tell me what’s going on between the two of you?”

“Pictures say a thousand words. Is it so hard to believe two actors might be seen walking and talking around—”

“Cut the crap.” Finn’s eyes narrowed. “Is there or is there not something going on between the two of you?”

He bit back a response of “What does it matter?” After all, Finn had made it abundantly clear that the studio wanted him in part for his heterosexuality, and he doubted they were playing games. So he went with a flat, “There isn’t.”

An eyebrow rose.

Levi put up his hands. “It was—”

“It wasn’t what it looked like, you were just talking, yadda, yadda, yadda.” Finn inclined his head. “Yes or no, Levi. You guys have a thing or not?”

“We don’t. We really were just talking.” The producer eyed him, and Levi added a growled, “You want a play-by-play of everything we were talking about?”

Finn scowled. “I just want to make sure you’re not pissing away your—”

“What is this all about?” Levi growled. “My personal life is none of your business or anyone else’s.”

“It is when the possibility of your acting comeback is hanging in the balance.”

Levi clenched his jaw. Two days ago, he hadn’t even wanted a comeback, but now the thought of having it pulled out from under him was enough to twist his gut into knots.

“Now that I have your attention . . .” The producer folded his hands. “Your career’s in a very precarious spot right now. You’re looking to get back on the scene—”

“I beg your pardon?” Levi growled. “You came to me. I didn’t ask for this role.”

“No, but you didn’t turn it down either.” Finn’s expression hardened. “And don’t think for a second that just because we came to you means you’re calling the shots here. Especially since you’re not the only one in the running for this role. And for that matter, this is an opportunity for you to get back on the scene in an entirely different capacity than before. I don’t think I need to explain to you that breaking out of being typecast is harder than breaking out to begin with.”

Levi ground his teeth.

“So if you want this role,” Finn said, raising his eyebrows, “then I would suggest you play the game.”

“Okay, first of all, no matter what’s in the tabloids, just because Carter’s gay doesn’t mean that if we’re seen together, we’re sleeping together.”

“No, it doesn’t. But if there is something going on, the studio wants it nipped in the bud.”

“What? Jesus Christ, Finn. It’s the twenty-first goddamned century. People are gay. And actors come out all the time!” He shrugged. “Hell, Carter’s out.”

“Yeah, he’s out, which is part of the problem.”

“Can’t handle the show being any gayer?” Levi didn’t even try to rein in his sarcasm.

Finn huffed. “Look, people know Carter’s gay, so after all the rumors that have gone around about you, when people see you with him . . .” He waved a hand. “And also, Carter’s not you.”

“What difference does that make?”

“Carter’s young, new talent who’s been playing a variety of roles, and he’s been out from day one. You, however, are an action hero.”

“And as you mentioned,” Levi said through his teeth, “I’d like to break out of that, thank you.”

“I know you would.” Finn locked eyes with him. “But for the time being, everything about you is ‘action hero,’ and America is just not ready for someone in that role to be gay.” He paused, but before Levi could interject, he continued. “Listen, here’s the bottom line: This role on Wolf’s Landing? It’s your ticket to more serious ones.”

“I know.”

“But as far as the powers that be are concerned, you’re still Chad Eastwick, and until you’ve proven and re-proven your chops at something else, that’s all you’ll ever be. Which means you have to appeal to Eastwick’s fans, or the powers that be aren’t going to risk their time and money casting you.”

Levi’s stomach knotted. He knew where this was going.

“You’re the Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vin Diesel—”

“Yeah, I get it.”

“And people might think it’s cute when a romcom star comes out of the closet, but the people who come to see Diesel, Stallone, and you?” Finn shook his head. “They don’t, buddy. They want macho, manly men.”

Levi barely kept himself from rolling his eyes.

“It would be a different story if you were doing musicals and shit, but—”

“I got it. But you saw the article. The rumors have been going around for years. It’s not like it would be a surprise to anyone if I was gay.” Levi’s heart jumped. Just saying the words was as close as he’d ever come to admitting it, and he nearly choked. “I’m not, but if I—”

“Doesn’t matter. The thing is, people get ideas in their head about their heroes, and they don’t like it when those ideas change. Especially when the hero confirms it. I mean, people have been trying to out Steve Bancroft for years, and no one bats an eye because it’s just rumors. The minute someone actually comes out, then it’s . . .” He shook his head. “Bottom line, Levi? If you want a shot at that serious acting career—and I assure you, this is your last shot at any kind of acting career—you’d better be what those who sign the checks want you to be. And gay?” He shook his head again. “That ain’t what they want.”

 

About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

Witt’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter.

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 Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off L.A. Witt’s backlist (excluding Starstruck) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 9th, and winners will be announced on November 10th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

Starstruck by L.A. Witt

 

There’s Something About Ari by L.B. Gregg

Gaslamp Fortnight ~ A Steampunk Book Tour: Precious Metals by L.A. Witt

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Authors L.A. Witt, Alexis Hall, and Cornelia Grey come together on a Steampunk book tour to celebrate the releases of Precious Metals, Prosperity, and Circus of the Damned.

Join us on adventures through the lawless, untamed, kraken-infested skies! Trek the snowy wilds of the Klondike in the company of a Mountie! Visit a soul-stealing circus where entertainment is at your own risk! Riptide’s Gaslamp Fortnight will tempt you with the steampunk and gaslamp worlds of Cornelia Grey, Alexis Hall, and L.A. Witt.

And Gaslamp Fortnight is featuring a fabulous giveaway! Comment on the tour stops for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Harlots and Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get your own custom corset or personalized steampunk gear.

 

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Precious Metals
by L.A. Witt

An M/M Steampunk Romance Novel
From Riptide Publishing
Released on October 27th 2014

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For Constable Paul Benson of the North-West Mounted Police, monotony is a blessing. As a provision inspector below the Chilkoot Pass during the Klondike Gold Rush, he’s seen miserable conditions and gold fever turn civilized prospectors into madmen.

Joseph Starling is on his way to the Klondike to find the men who savagely beat him, murdered his eldest brother, and stole their mining machine. They’ll kill his youngest brother if Joseph doesn’t operate the machine for them—it won’t work without him. With time running out, Joseph must purchase an expensive ticket aboard a crash-prone airship. But the station is miles away through dangerous terrain.

Under orders, Paul grudgingly escorts Joseph, but quickly finds himself intrigued by the young man. As they make their way toward Juneau, it’s not just the need for warmth that drives them closer together. But neither man can draw an easy breath until they make it to the gold fields . . . and there’s no guarantee that Joseph’s brother will still be alive when they do.

 

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About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an author of gay erotic romances, and has been recently exiled from Okinawa, Japan, to Omaha, Nebraska. She resides there with her husband, a telekinetic goldfish, and two incredibly spoiled cats. It’s unclear if the exile was the result of the mostly classified “Aquarium Incident,” or if she’s actually being hidden, for her protection, from the Polynesian Mafia and her arch nemesis, erotic romance author Lauren Gallagher.

Should you encounter Lauren, don’t tell her L.A. is in Omaha. This bio will self-destruct in 17 seconds.

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Gaslamp Fortnight: A Steampunk Book Tour – October 27th – November 7th

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Comment on the tour stops for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Harlots and Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get your own custom corset or personalized steampunk gear.

Each new post you comment on earns you an entry into the drawing, so be sure to check out the rest of the tour schedule, too!

 

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About Harlots and Angels Bio

Hello I’m Sharon Ince and I own Harlots and Angels. We are a UK based company that creates unusual sewing and crafting patterns, clothing, corsetry, props and accessories with a wide range of themes from Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Victorian, Gothic and Burlesque.

We have produced work for a large diversity of clients, including The Disney Corporation, the BBC costuming department, Sky TV, Working Title films as well as several Hollywood production companies and local theatre and film productions.

I have always loved to design and I’m self-taught. In fact I started at the early age of about 5 years old and have never stopped. I love to work with leather, sew natural fabrics, sculpt, and build my house with stone and wood; though my real passion is to design.

When I am starting out on a new design the hours fly by and I’m lost in the perfect bliss of experimenting, mathematical calculation, followed by the thrill of seeing the idea become reality.

My love of Gothic literature, mad inventors and scientists and all things Victorian has always filtered through my thoughts and designs, so when I first discovered the emerging Steampunk community some years ago many of my creations found their family niche.

Hostile Ground by Aleksandr Voinov & L. A. Witt *Review*

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Hostile Ground
by Aleksandr Voinov & L. A. Witt

An M/M Contemporary Romantic Thriller
From Riptide Publishing
Released on May 12th 2014

Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Aleksandr Voinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for our thriller, Hostile Ground!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off our backlists (excluding Hostile Ground) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 17th, and winners will be announced on May 19th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

About Hostile Ground

Enemy territory is a dangerous place to fall in love.

After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club’s security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.

To protect the strippers, only gay men can work the club. Ridley, the cold and intimidating head of security, knows exactly how to test potential new hires—including Mahir. From the minute they meet, Mahir and Ridley engage in a dangerous dance of sex and mind games. Mahir needs to find his evidence before Ridley figures out he’s a cop—and before they both grow too close to betray one another.

As the game goes on, Mahir burrows deeper into the operation, where he learns there’s much more happening than meets the eye . . . and why every cop who made it this far has been silenced with a bullet.

 

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5-stars

First and foremost, kudos to these two authors for always bringing forth intriguing and thought-provoking stories with complex characters. Haven’t read a book from them that I haven’t loved.

With an intriguing plot that had me tapping the hell out of my tablet, I found myself riveted to this story. I love the type of story I can sink my teeth into and this one did not disappoint. Hell, I was so into it that I ranted whenever I got interrupted (see my rant here).

Apprehension. Suspense. Thrills and Chills.

From the very beginning we are drawn into what will become Mahir’s world for the upcoming months. The tension is palpable as Mahir comes to meet the men he will be working with–especially the head of security. Even being a seasoned detective doesn’t help Mahir when he comes face to face with Ridley.

He pulled off his sunglasses, and when he looked Mahir in the eye, Mahir caught himself wishing the man had left the glasses on. His clear blue eyes? Piercing. And enough so to make Mahir tongue-tied and off guard.

Determined to see this job through and get out of it alive, Mahir goes to whatever lengths necessary to prove his loyalty to the boss. It helps that he can get into character easily. ‘Saeed’ is ruthless and desperate to make money no matter the cost, so whenever Mahir felt like he was losing ground he pulled his ‘Saeed’ persona into place. But when both sides of his life clash together not even Saeed can help him through it. Emotions run rampant, chaos ensues.

 

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I loved Mahir. He was such a well-rounded character with many layers to him. He struggled to maintain a balance between his work, his family and his faith. Mostly I loved that he took his ethnicity seriously, but didn’t let it define him in all aspects of his life.

Then there was Ridley. Damn the man for being so…him! If you’ve read this type of story before you have an idea of what direction the character’s role in going towards. But with Ridley–“He is”, “No, he’s not”, “Maybe”–I just didn’t know. But whatever, I loved him too!

 

 

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And then there was the romance. But it was so much more than that. The connection that existed between these two was undeniable. Their attraction for each other was raw and tenacious–it just would not be dismissed by either man no matter how hard they tried. The danger was ever-present but the looks and stolen moments could not be helped. *melting*

Desires. Emotions. Needs. Love?

Do I even have to get into the chemistry between these two? (It’s Voinov and Witt people!)

But I will say, it was everything I was expecting and them some. Although the authors bring their trademark scorching sex scenes, they also brought with them something more. In between the licks, nips and sucks laid the urgency of two men caught up in a situation they can’t get out, the longing to make the moment last and the uncertainty that was a constant in their world. I loved how it all came together seamlessly, moving the story along, bringing these characters closer together. And yes, it was magnificently HOT too!

Mahir pushed Ridley’s lips further apart and deepened the kiss into one that was almost violent, completely incongruous to the slow, steady way their hips moved together. As if anything about this encounter made sense, though. So Mahir embraced it all, fucking Ridley like they had all night while kissing him like they were both starved for each other.

As you can imagine there was a lot more to this story that what I just expressed, but that is something you’d need to experience for yourself. I will say that the story as a whole–the romance coupled with the mystery–worked. The story was paced perfectly with every event that took place adding something to the story and magnifying the thrill of wanting to know what was going to happen next and ending with a well-executed resolution to the conflict. Ah, and the sex scenes were to die for! (just in case you missed that part earlier!)

All in all, a fantastic suspenseful read with complex characters, conflicting emotions and action-packed scenes thrown into the mix to round it all up.  Oh, and a fabulous epilogue that leaves you wanting more.

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

About the Authors

Aleksandr has been published for twenty years, both in print and ebook. He has ten years’ experience as a writing coach, book doctor, and writing teacher, and until recently worked as an editor in financial services.

After co-authoring the M/M military cult classic Special Forces, Aleksandr embarked on a quest to write gritty, edgy, sometimes literary M/M and gay fiction (much of which is romance/erotica)—the only way he can use his American Literature degree these days.

He’s been published with Heyne/Random House, Carina Press, Samhain Publishing, and others, and is an EPIC Awards winner and a Lambda Awards finalist.

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L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter.

 

 

It’s Complicated (Tucker Springs #7) by L.A. Witt *Review*

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It’s Complicated (Tucker Springs #7)

By L.A. Witt

Releasing on April 28th 2014

A M/M Contemporary Romance

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After their umpteenth breakup, Brad Sweeney and Jeff Hayden are living apart and starting over from scratch. The morning after a promising first date, they’re more optimistic than ever that they can make it work this time . . . until Jeff’s ex-wife and business partner calls to announce she’s pregnant with Jeff’s baby. Brad’s already competing with a demanding business for Jeff’s time. Now there’s a baby on the way, and worse, he’s afraid Jeff is still carrying a torch for the woman who’s carrying his child.

Jeff is desperately trying to keep his life together, but before he can even get his head around the news that he’s going to be a father, his ex announces that she wants to leave Tucker Springs. Now he either has to take over her role at the shop while ferrying the baby back and forth from Denver, or move the business—and himself—with her.

Brad and Jeff knew reconciliation wouldn’t be easy, but they’re rapidly running out of room for compromise. And sooner or later, something has to give.

 

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4 stars

3.75 stars

The title certainly fits this story.

As he blurp states Brad and Jeff have been living apart ever since their latest break-up. However, they have decided to give it their all in their latest attempt to make their relationship work. Unfortunately, this time around they’re bound to face a huge obstacle that could make or break their relationship.

Phew! Now that was quite a read. From the emotions running rampant, the sizzling chemistry the MC’s shared coupled with the complexity of their latest situation, L.A. Witt certainly didn’t pull any punches when she decided to tell Brad and Jeff’s story.

Amongst the heartbreak there were many sweet moments, steamy encounters and frustrating events. I enjoyed it all, especially towards the second half of the story.

In the beginning, I did not like Jeff. To me, he wanted to have it all without giving anything in return while Brad continued to be understanding–fighting his conflicting emotions and facing uncertainty at every corner.

Thankfully, as the story progressed, Witt made sure that I could glimpse another side to Jeff. Slowly but surely he came to understand how important Brad was to him and how his absence would affect him if he didn’t give his all in the relationship.

Although I like my MCs to fight for their relationship, sometimes it came to be too much and I started to doubt that these two could work out their differences and get back together. Of course, it helped that their chemistry was amazing and that I loved watching them together. The hot factor was present in all its glory and helped to bring another facet of the connection Brad and Jeff shared, which ultimately helped to convince me to stick it out and continue to cheer for them.

As always, Witt’s writing was excellent. She brought about all the emotions one would expect from the situation Brad and Jeff found themselves in and paired it up with great interactions that at times were sweet and at other times were intense. I did feel that the conflict was resolved a bit too easily especially after taking into consideration all the heartbreak, confusion and uncertainty that Brad and Jeff went through in the time frame the story took place. However, I came to overlook it easily enough since the other elements in the story came together seamlessly when taking into consideration the story as a whole.

Keep in mind that although this is the seventh book in the Tucker Spring series, it can be read as a stand alone. But I recommend you don’t miss out on any of the books in this lovely series, especially since it includes an interesting cast of characters and diversity in their stories.

All in all, an intense, emotion-driven story of forgiveness, acceptance and starting anew.

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

About the Author

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter.

 

 

 

Other Books in the Tucker Springs universe

Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie SextonDirty Laundry (A Tucker Springs Novel) by Heidi CullinanCovet Thy Neighbor (A Tucker Springs Novel) by L.A. Witt

Never a Hero (A Tucker Springs Novel), by Marie SextonAfter the Fall (A Tucker Springs Novel), by L.A. Witt

Second Hand (Tucker Springs, #2) by Heidi Cullinan

Dirty Laundry (Tucker Springs, #3) by Heidi Cullinan

Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs, #4) by L.A. Witt

Never a Hero (Tucker Springs, #5) by Marie Sexton

After the Fall (Tucker Springs, #6) by L.A. Witt

Review: Payoff (Market Garden #6) by L.A. Witt, Aleksandr Voinov

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Title: Payoff (Market Garden #6)

Authors: L.A. Witt, Aleksandr Voinov

Released: February 3rd 2014

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

Tristan and Jared have got it made. When they aren’t raking in the cash together at Market Garden, they’re burning up their own sheets and getting closer by the day. But something isn’t right. Tristan’s on edge, and Jared doesn’t understand why.

Before they can hash things out, their services are requested by none other than Rolex. And Rolex doesn’t just want to be a bystander this time. He wants Jared while Tristan watches, and he’s more than willing to pay for it.

But Tristan’s reached a breaking point, and even that huge wad of cash might not be enough to keep tonight’s arrangement from crashing and burning.

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4 stars

I will not even attempt not to go all fan girl on you because I’d probably fail. It is not everyday that I find an author that I know for a fact it’s going to make my reading time worthwhile, let alone a pair of authors. Witt and Voinov have managed to keep me riveted to this series from the very start and although the main characters have changed and the subject matter have differed, they have still brought the complexity of falling in love with a rent boy entails. Frustration. Trust. Commitment.

But I do admit that although I have enjoyed all of the other participants in the series, Jared and Tristan always held a special place in my little smut-loving heart. Maybe it was the way their chemistry jumped of the page, maybe it was the connection that never failed to grow in strength whenever they were together. Hell maybe it was just watching them lose themselves in their shared lust whenever Rolex came into town. Who cares? I just did.

That is why when I saw that this installment was about them and their relationship stand-still I had to get my hands on it. And hell yeah, it everything I had hope it would be.

Witt and Voinov didn’t pull any punches when they decided to put Tristan through hell. Indecision. Jealousy. Frustration. Realization. Poor Tristan felt them all and all within 50+ pages of story content.

After watching Jared lust after Tristan in Quid Pro Quo and experiencing how deep the connection between Jared and Tristan ran in Take It Off, I was ready to see more from my boys. Confessions. Proposals. Acceptance. It was there for my taking and I devoured it.

I enjoyed the hell out of the encounter. Every thrust, lick, kiss and touch. Yes, I loved them all, but it was the undercurrent of emotions from both characters that kept me tap, tap, tapping my tablet to get to the next piece of goodness.

I’ll shut up now.

If you’ve read the previous chapters in Jared and Tristan’s story then you won’t want to miss on this one. But if by any chance you have not, then I suggest you start immediately.

All in all, another great visit to the Market Garden where lust overflows, emotions run rampant and two of my favorite characters come to terms with their feelings for each other.

*I received an ARC copy of this title through NetGalley from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.

Market Garden Series

After the Fall (Tucker Springs #6) by L.A. Witt

Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 5, 2013)

Synopsis: After years of saving every penny, Nathan has finally managed to buy the horse of his dreams. He’s looking forward to a summer of exploring the Colorado mountain trails above Tucker Springs with Tsarina. But on their very first ride, a motorcyclist makes a wrong turn, scaring Tsarina into bolting and leaving Nathan with a broken leg, a broken hand, and a ruined summer.

Ryan is a loner and a nomad, content with working odd jobs before moving on to the next town. Feeling guilty for causing the accident that leaves Nathan in two casts, Ryan offers to keep Tsarina exercised until Nathan heals.

Despite their bad start, Nathan and Ryan soon become friends . . . and then much more. But with a couple of nasty breakups in his past, Nathan doesn’t want feelings getting involved—especially knowing that Ryan will never settle down. But since when do feelings ever listen to reason?

Review: Nathan has always been reluctant to accept help and now that he finds himself needing help, he can’t help but be frustrated by it. But that’s not the only thing that frustrates him. There’s also his sudden attraction to Ryan, especially when he watches him riding his horse. All of a sudden, spending time with Ryan and having him help Nathan is not as problematic as admitting that there’s definitely something more developing between them. But stubborn as ever, Nathan would rather deny it that open himself to another bad breakup.

I loved everything about this story. First, there were the characters. Both Nathan and Ryan were adorable in their attraction for each other. Ryan was funny and shy and completely enamored with Nathan. But Nathan was clueless. He was jaded by his previous relationships and kept himself at bay. Never got too close, never committed and when the time came to step up, he failed miserably.

I loved it!

Once again, L.A. Witt came up with a couple of compelling characters that managed to make me sympathetic to their fate. I wanted to soothe Nathan’s fear, smack him upside the head and yell in his face. Witt’s characters always get to me , so it’s no surprise that I responded to these characters in that way.

Of course, Nathan and Ryan’s chemistry radiated from the page. The sex scenes were not as numerous or as raunchy as I’ve come to expect from Witt, yet they were enough to convey their purpose. Sweet and sensual, they added to the story beautifully. And that first kiss? Phew! But what truly made this such a wonderful read for me was how their connection developed over time in a way that wasn’t over the top. It all came together slowly, yet naturally. I wouldn’t change anything about it.

After the Fall is the sixth book in the Tucker Springs series, but can be read as a stand alone. Funny, sweet and with a little bit of angst, After the Fall was a great addition to the series and another winner for L.A. Witt.

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

If It Fornicates (Market Garden #4) by L.A. Witt, Aleksandr Voinov

If It Fornicates (Market Garden #4)Rating: 4.5 stars

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (June 8, 2013)

Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo

Synopsis: If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it’s cheaper to rent it.

Nick is a top earner in the Market Garden, where rentboys fulfill their high-rolling clients’ every sexual fantasy. As a Dom and a sadist, he sets his own price and is experienced enough not to let any client get out of hand. He’s damn good at his job, and it’s easy money.

Or at least it used to be. But now he has a boyfriend. Spencer is a former client, a closeted corporate lawyer, and so beautifully submissive he’s perfect for Nick. He doesn’t even mind how Nick earns a living. He just wants to take care of Nick—something Nick isn’t quite sure how to handle.

In fact, Nick’s clearly off his game these days. Sure, he’s tired from his shift work and his studies, but mainly he’s bored by his clients and distracted by thoughts of Spencer—dangerous for everyone when he’s wielding a whip. Now Nick has to make a choice: give up his independence, or walk away from the only man he’s ever loved.

Review: What an emotional ride!

Nick and Spencer are finally getting into the relationship they hinted at in If It Flies, the previous installment in the series. However, unlike in that story there was so much more emotion, tension and uncertainty in this one. I loved it!

Nick is distracted on his job now that he has decided to be in a relationship with Spencer, something that shouldn’t happen to a Dom or to a rentboy while with a client. He is determined to keep at the relationship and make it work, but he is an independent man who needs the money he makes as a rentboy to make ends meet in order to keep afloat. Needless to say that he is conflicted — about his work, his feelings, his future.

This time around I got to see another side of Nick. He struggles, he withdraws, he opens up, he accepts. It was a lovely journey to see him through and I couldn’t have asked for a better story than the one Voinov and Witt provided. Especially, since I was complaining about my lack of connection to Nick after reading the previous installment. In If It Fornicates, not only did the authors bring Nick to life, they delved into his mind and brought about a whole set of emotions along with it that truly portrayed his struggle to come to grips with what he needed to do in order to be happy.

In this installment the authors did a great job in bringing Nick and Spencer’s connection front and center, they developed it and nurtured it throughout the story. I’m still a bit unsure if it could last, but at least their relationship matured and the happily-for-now ending was enough for me to see that the characters had moved forward and were taking the steps necessary to succeed.

Once again, Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt’s writing was exceptional. These authors complement each other very well and their contribution always leaves me wanting more. From the range in emotions to the sex scenes (especially that one sex scene at Nick’s apartment – Phew!!!), everything came together seamlessly to bring another wonderful addition to the Market Garden series.

These authors have not disappointed me yet. I look forward to the next installments in the series, Capture & Surrender. After his brief appearance in this story, I can’t wait for what’s in store for Frank, the owner of the Market Garden.

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