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Donovan's DealDonovan’s Deal (Truth or Dare #6) by Lee Brazil
* I received this ARC free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Mischa Blake needs the relaxation of the Blake brothers’ weekly poker games now more than ever as he feels the pressure of his responsibilities as a parent, partner, and student multiplying. When one of his siblings proposes reviving their game of Truth or Dare, Mischa revolts. Instead, they all agree to share a truth, and Mischa has to decide how much of his domestic situation to share with his family.

The frantic pace of life is overwhelming, and Mischa has begun to let things slide. With the holidays just around the corner, he figures his current situation is a temporary thing. When he misses one of his son’s soccer games that Donovan left work early to attend, time runs out.

Upset by the hurt in their son’s eyes, Donovan decides that something must be done. He’s worried that he’s pushed Mischa into doing things at the wrong time, pushed his dreams on his young lover, just pushed too hard for too much in general.

In a desperate attempt to get Mischa to think about what he wants instead of what Donovan wants, Donovan issues an ultimatum. He sends Mischa away with orders to think about his priorities.

Truth or Dare is one of my favorite series that features m/m romance; the stories are the epitome of what romance is. The characters are compelling and full of depth, while still having flaws that shows that they deserve to be loved too, no matter what sex they are.

I have to admit that Mischa and Donovan’s story in the series has always been my favorite so I was delighted to get a Christmas short story featuring the couple (I know it’s almost June). Mischa showed up on Donovan’s door step answering a job ad, one that he was not qualified for I might add and Donovan took a chance on him and love. Now they have been together for a while and they have settled into a routine but things are far from perfect.

Both of the guys work too hard and things are not good at home. Donovan spends too much time working because he can’t tell his boss no and Mischa is overloading himself to finish school this semester. Their home is neglected but worse than that, they are neglecting each other. Donovan is afraid Mischa is missing out on his youth and decides to set him free, at least for the weekend; if he comes back he’s his to keep – right?

It takes an unfortunate incident for them to realize that they both need to make some changes in their lives and relationship if they are going to make it work. Donovan has to realize that this isn’t the 1960’s and that it’s ok for Mischa to help with the household finances. Mischa needs to quit holding everything in and talk to Donovan when they have issues, not run and hide from the problem because it only gets worse.

Even though this was a short story, it didn’t lack any in content; we got to see the other Blake brother’s that we have grown to love throughout the series. The author is killing me because he left a teaser at the end of the story and I am ready for the next book RIGHT NOW!!!!!

Overall I loved Donovan’s Deal and give it 4 Flaming Hearts.  4 Hearts

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Voodoo for TwoVoodoo for Two #2 by Elle James
* I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

Determined to marry the most eligible bachelor in the parish to save her family, Lucie LeBieu turns a “love bug” loose to cast its Voodoo spell. What she doesn’t count on is hitting two targets—the golden boy congressional candidate and her Cajun-hot ex. To set things right, she must undo the spell before she falls into bed—and back in love—with a certain down and dirty heartbreakin’ cop or breaks another man’s heart.

Undercover investigator Ben Boyette is back in Louisiana on special assignment when he runs across his old flame, brewing up trouble as usual. But when hometown threats turn deadly, Lucie’s life is on the line. Determined to protect both her and his politician assignment from falling victim to a murderer, Ben finds that he’s the one who’s falling hard for the irresistible bayou temptress.

Lucie gave up her dream seven years ago when she broke up with Ben Boyette so he would follow his.  Lucie is overwhelmed, looking for a way to save her grandmother’s house and get out of the bayou and her heritage may be just the answer.  The only problem, every time she has tried to use voodoo in the past, it has backfired and caused more trouble than good.  A simple love spell is the answer to her problems; she just hopes it will work this one time.

I was pulled into this story right from the beginning.  The characters are interesting and funny and I couldn’t wait to see how the story was going to end.  I loved Lucie’s from the start, she has a good heart and tries to do the right thing but she just goes about it wrong.  She sees Eric as the answer to all her problems but the more she is around him, the more she realizes that what she is doing is wrong.  She and Ben have a history that just won’t go away and neither will he.  In the end she does the right thing for everyone, including herself and everything works out.

Ben and Eric have been friends for a long time and now Ben has returned home to help protect Eric from the crazy stalker following him.  The only problem, how can he protect Eric when he can’t even protect his own heart?  He knows that he is playing with fire with Lucie but he just can’t seem to stay away from her.  Eric has also fallen hard for her, which has put a strain on Ben’s friendship with him.  After several near misses on Eric and Lucie’s life, Ben is even more determined to have her again if he can just convince her.

This story was full of humor and comedy; it had me laughing at Lucie’s antics trying to find that ladybug.  She got herself into some really sticky situations and Ben always seemed to be the one to rescue her, even though she thought Eric was her knight in shining armor.  I have to admit in the romance triangle between Ben, Eric and Lucie; I was rooting for Ben and Lucie.  Eric is a good guy but he just didn’t seem the right person for Lucie.  The intrigue was always in the background but it was important to the story and kept it interesting.  Overall it all worked well together to make a wonderful story.

Overall I enjoyed this story very much and have even picked up the first book in the series.  I give Voodoo for Two 4 Flaming Hearts. 4 Hearts

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This review is a repost of the first book in the Zodiac Series by Tammy Valentine.  She is currently doing a blog tour for this series.  I love this series and definitely recommond it.  It’s a series of short stories that take Izzy on an adventure through the Zodiac looking for the perfect man for her.  She finds him in the last place she expected.  It ends with Climax, the series conculsion.  The first book is free and the rest range from 1.49 to 2.49 so check them out.

 
foreplayForeplay – The Zodiac Book 1 by Tammy Valentine
* I received a copy of this book from Breathless Press in exchange for an honest review*
 
Twelve star signs, four friends, one extraordinary year. Izzy Morgan is a girl on a mission. When her friend Jessica reveals a remarkable talent for identifying men’s star signs purely from their sexual performance, an intrigued Izzy takes up an exhilarating challenge. With Foreplay, you can enjoy a free taste of Izzy as she begins her journey of sexual discovery through the Zodiac.

Foreplay starts our journey through the Zodiac with Izzy and her friends.  When Izzy left to meet her friends for coffee, she never imagined that her love life would change because of it.

During lunch the girls were sharing stories about their men and Jessica starts predicting the guys zodiac signs.  She is convinced that she can tell you what their sign is just by their sexual performance.  Izzy is skeptical but continues to drink in every word she says.

They share a few stories and Jessica keeps guesses the correct sign for the guy.  The girls convince Izzy that her love life needs an overhaul and she should be the guinea pig for the experiment.

They agree that Izzy will go through a dating agency and she will date a guy from each of the twelve zodiacs and they will compare notes and see if Jessica is right.  The other two girls will make sure everything stays fair.

I loved this short story and wanted to see where this bet was going to take us so I bought the next story Aries Unleashed.  I give Foreplay 4 Flaming Hearts.

You can pick up your copy of Foreplay for FREE from Breathless Press at the link provided.
http://www.breathlesspress.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_info&cPath=8&products_id=175

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new truckToday crept up on me and I forgot today was my day to post because we spent yesterday at the car dealership buying a new car for hubby.

Hubby has been trying to decide if he wanted to trade his truck or not for the last couple of months.  We finally decided to just go down to the dealership and drive the GMC Terrain and everything just moved so fast from that point.  We drove the SVU and then sat down with the saleman and the next thing we know the sales manager is showing hubby the “bottom line” of what his new payment will be and we’ve bought a new SUV.

I think we were both kinda shell shocked because we didn’t even have our trade with us when they cut the deal.  We did have financing but they even beat that.  We did get a really good deal on the SUV and it will be much better on gas mileage but hubby is giving up his truck that he’s had for a few years.   We went back and forth all night about whether we were doing the right thing or not and I don’t think hubby got much sleep.  We took the truck in yesterday and signed the paperwork so we are the new proud owners of a GMC Terrain.

My question to you is do you dread dealing with the dealerships when it comes to buying a new car, is it better to have your financing when you go in, and do you usually buy the extra warranties they offer at the time of the signing?  It was easier to have our financing when we went in and we did end up buying the gap protection but you always wonder if you are doing the right thing.

Happy Sunday everyone and BTW – Ironman was awesome.  That is how we celebrated the new vehicle.

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