Archive | March 25, 2013

Mesmerizing Mondays – Book Spotlight – Defending Devon – LL Brook and Shannon West


Devon’s father sends the college student on a European tour over the Christmas holidays. Instead of being elated, Devon feels abandoned and a little frightened. He has a secret no one knows—one that makes the others on the tour, and especially Drew, the handsome tour guide, think he’s a spoiled brat. When Devon is left behind on a trip to a Bavarian castle, Drew stays behind to escort him back to the hotel, though he’s fed up with his behavior. When Drew locates Devon, however, he not only discovers Devon’s secret, but he discovers someone is trying to kill the young man. Now Drew has to find a way to protect Devon, while he’s falling more and more in love with him.

Bio–New to the genre, L.L has started individually publishing while also co-writing with Shannon West to produce best selling m/m erotic stories. In a joint effort, as well as solo, she will take you on journeys from past to the future, our world and worlds far away all in the realm of gay romance. As a newbie, LL welcomes comments from fans

Excerpt– Adult excerpt with adult language and content.

Devon listened to the German words without the slightest comprehension and settled back in his seat, waiting for his movie to restart, assuming the stewardess was only repeating what she’d said in English. He was watching a movie on the little screen mounted in the back of the seat in front of him. They kept interrupting with announcements about turbulence. As if he wasn’t aware of the rough shaking they were getting and scared enough already. He hated to fly, and the idea of all that water beneath him was beyond frightening. For the last fifteen minutes or so, the flight had been extremely rough. His fingers gripped the armrests so hard, despite his sore wrist, they might have to be surgically removed when they landed. If they landed. The plane suddenly dropped and bounced, and he gasped, biting his bottom lip.

A deep voice from across the aisle caused him to jump and look around. “It’s okay, man. Don’t be scared. My father was a pilot, and he said to think of turbulence as just a bumpy dirt road you’re driving down. We’re fine.”

The owner of the voice was in the outside seat across the aisle from him, and he was tall, dark, and delicious, something Devon had noticed the instant the man sat down. What a hunk and only a couple of years older than him As reliable as old Faithful, as soon as he spoke to him, Devon’s dick rose to the occasion, throbbing painfully. “I-I’m not scared.”

The hunk gave him a dubious look, and Devon sighed. The type of biting remark he’d usually make caught in his throat. “Okay, I’m petrified. I really hate to fly. Is that true about the bumpy road?” The plane dropped a bit, and Devon shuddered, gripping the armrests again.

“That’s what my dad said, and he always told me the truth.”

“Lucky you.”

The man looked at him oddly for a moment and then stuck out his hand. “My name is Andrew Stevens. You on holiday?”

Devon accepted his hand, regretting when, after a couple of strong shakes, Andrew pulled his away. “I’m Devon Henley. My father gave me the trip as a Christmas present.”

“Great present, man.”

“Yeah,” he grumbled, like he really wanted it. Great idea, wasn’t it? Get rid of the stupid loser kid for the holidays. He pushed the idea away and concentrated on Andrew. He was a walking wet dream. His cock up Andrew’s ass would definitely get his mind off the turbulence.

“You’ll get to see a lot of beautiful country and meet a lot of great people.”

“Yeah, well, I’m not exactly a people person.”

Andrew gave him another interested look. “A hot guy like you? I’d think the girls would be all over you.”

A blush started at his neck and went all the way up his face. His dick was so hard he was surprised the blanket over his lap wasn’t tenting so the world could see. “I-uh-I’m not interested in girls, really.” God, had he said that out loud when he’d never said it before to anyone? Why the hell was he saying it to a complete stranger? He squeezed his eyes shut and waited for the put down or the disgusted tone to hit him between the eyes.

Instead, incredibly, Andrew chuckled and said softly, “Neither am I, particularly.”

Devon jerked around to stare. Before he could respond, another massive drop caused his balls to go up somewhere in the general vicinity of his throat. Images of imminent death put him off his game—like he had game.

“Oh, God, this is killing me,” he said miserably.

Andrew unsnapped his seat belt and moved over to sit in the unoccupied seat next to him. “Do you mind?” he asked quietly.

“N-no, not at all,” he said, once he could speak again. Between the rough ride and the attention of the hot stud sitting next to him, he had a hard time taking in air.

“Good. I was getting a little bored over there all by myself. The planes are mostly empty this time of year.” He tipped his head toward Devon’s bandaged wrist. “Did you fall?”

“No, car wreck. Some asshole sideswiped me into a lamp pole.” He managed to uncurl his fingers enough to raise his hand. “Compliments of the airbag.”

“Statistically you’re a lot less likely to be in a plane wreck than a car wreck.”

A little bell went off and the stewardess spoke again. Devon couldn’t pay attention. He was overcome by the manly scent coming off the gorgeous man next to him. Sort of a mixture of cologne and his own unique smell. Totally delicious. He wanted to bury his face in his neck and smell him all night long.

“Are you ready?”


“To turn off the light? The stewardess asked people to turn off their lights so people can get a little nap. They usually let us try to sleep for a couple of hours before they serve breakfast.”

“Oh, yeah, sure.” Devon turned off his light and let his seat go back a few millimeters. “They don’t exactly make these seats comfortable, do they?”

“No, not really. Here, let’s put up this armrest so it won’t dig in our sides.” Andrew pushed up the arm rest between them and reached over to Devon’s lap.

Devon jumped a foot. “W-What are you doing?”

“Just adjusting your seat belt. You have it buckled so tight it’s cutting off your circulation.” He laughed. “Let me loosen it for you.”

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New Release – Review – Darkness Arisen – Stephanie Rowe


Tamara’s Review:
You may have noticed that up until now we have not done any reviews on this site. I was formerly reviewing for another site and conflict of interest prevented me from posting reviews here. We WILL NOT be accepting review requests, we just don’t have the time. But from time to time, when a book is so wonderful that we just have to share the LOVE (you know we are all about the love) We will give you our (my) humble opinion.

I am lucky enough to call Stephanie Rowe my friend. So you can take my opinion as biased if you want to, but she would be the first to tell you I can be a harsh critic. I beta read for Stephanie, so I get to read her stories before they are published, even before the finished version is in place. Stephanie writes several series and I like them all. But I have to say the Order of the Blade series is my absolute favorite.

Those of you who know me, know that I love a tortured hero and the warriors of the Order of the Blade are tortured in spades. Calydon’s face a horrible destiny. When they meet their sheva, their soul mate, and complete the stages of bonding, destiny decrees that they will go “rogue” and kill everything that is important to them. Because of this destiny the Order of the Blade was formed. Elite warriors who seek out and kill rogue Calydons. Because these warriors are so important to the world, they are the one exception to the rule, when an Order member meets his sheva, it is she who is killed.

So these men go through their very long lives with the fate of humanity on their shoulders. Dealing with the grief of killing their brethren, and the fear of meeting their sheva and causing the death of an innocent.

But times are changing. Five warriors have overcome their destiny and bonded without going rogue. Ian Fitzgerald has met his sheva… and watched her die, twice now. Can he survive loosing her again and keep his sanity? Can he beat destiny and find everlasting love?

As if fate hasn’t heaped enough on Ian’s shoulders, his mate is an angel. Forbidden to love, bound by archaic rules and in a desperate battle to save her own soul and find her missing sister before it is too late.

Dark magic, fallen angels,(who turn into evil mermaids),a family curse, an angel of life and an angel of death…

Every time I read one of the Order of the Blade series I am stricken with horrible envy. How Stephanie manages to weave all the complex plot lines together I will never understand. This world is original, interesting and always keeps you guessing. Just when you think there is no way out, the characters find one, and just when you sigh in relief, another shoe falls and you scream!

Pulse pounding suspense, hot eroticism, destiny, magic and … Love. This series is a Must Read for all lovers of Paranormal romance.

Darkness Hunts Him.
Calydon warrior Ian Fitzgerald refuses to die. Cursed by black magic, he has stayed alive through sheer force of will and unyielding commitment to a mission he is sworn to complete. There is only one thing that can defeat him…and she has just found him.

Desire Torments Her.
Ravaged by her own passions, tarnished angel Alice Shaw is fighting desperately for salvation before all she cares about is lost forever. Her sensual allure, and the forbidden power buried inside her, are outshone only by the burning need she awakens in Ian.

Fierce Passion Ignites.
Raging desire explodes between Ian and Alice, pushing them to the brink of destruction. They cannot afford to succumb, but the cord that binds them will never let them go…not until their most dreaded nightmares come true. Together, they are destined to fail. Together, they will fight to survive the impossible.