Crazy Love (Bookstore Love #1) by Christi Snow & Sarah Nego

She has secrets that need to stay hidden. He’s digging into her life and her heart. Now they have to work together to organize the Aspenridge masquerade ball. It’s going to be a disaster.
When Kaliope Winters opened Em-Dash, the local bookstore, she did it because of a pure love of books…and the need to stay under the radar. But the vlog hottie stealing her wifi keeps making her blow her cool, which isn’t good, because she doesn’t need to draw his attention. He’s too gorgeous, too charming, and way too nosy.
When Tennyson Helms started his YouTube channel, he planned it to be temporary, not his forever career. Now Ten is trying to prove he’s got the chops to make it as an investigative journalist and thinks Kali will be his next big story. She’s acting way too suspicious. Unfortunately, he can’t decide if he wants to investigate her or kiss her.
Enemies-to-lovers takes a whole new meaning when the masks are dropped…

It was nice spending time in Aspenridge again. There were even a few cameos from characters that readers met in the Naked Brews series. But this story belongs to Ten and Kali and they definitely knew how to keep things interesting.

Ten had a fairly lucrative career that just kind of fell into his lap. It wasn’t what he really wanted to do with his life, but it was safe. Then there was his crazy attraction to Kali, who obviously hated him… or tried to. It was just too much fun for him to push her buttons.

Then there was Kali, who had secrets that she kept from pretty much everyone, including her closest friends. Her biggest fear was that those secrets would get out and then people would know and things would never be the same. The closer that Ten and Kali got to each other, the more she wanted to share her secret with him. Ten just had to prove himself worthy and he came really close to blowing it without even trying. *sigh*

I really liked these two together and the supporting characters were great. There were a couple that I’d really like to get to know better, but right now there’s only one other character slated for the Bookstore Love series.  Hopefully I haven’t seen the last of some of my favorites. ❤

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When Love Surprises (When the Mission Ends #6) by Christi Snow

Raised in a religious household, being gay was never an option for Steven, but when an injury left him incapacitated, he was forced to face those urges that he’s been able to ignore for the last thirty-eight years of his life…
Lost…
Three months ago, Major Steven Hardesty’s life sat on the precipice of perfection. Now he’s trying to come back from a life-threatening injury and a devastating romantic loss all while trying to figure out what he’s going to do after separating from the Air Force.
Alone…
Billy Starr never planned on running his family ranch by himself. He was supposed to be doing it with his sister, Whitney. But when she died in a freak accident, it sent his life in a tailspin of despair and alcohol.
Healing…
Steven and Billy were friends. Billy offered the ranch as a good, private place where Steven could recover, but as their friendship deepened, so did other feelings. Is it possible that a love affair between the two of them could heal them both? Or break them even more.

Wow… it’s hard to believe that it’s been 6 years since When the Mission Ends began in 2012 with Operation: End Game. Back then it was labeled as a trilogy – for the record, I have no complaints that it evolved into a 6 book series, including a prequel.

When Love Surprises was…well, for lack of a better description, full of surprises. One of them, for me at least, wasn’t too surprising. I knew at the end of When Love Comes Back, where the next book in the series was headed – I couldn’t have been more excited. Christi Snow did not disappoint me – Billy and Steven’s story was everything I hoped for plus a lot more.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you about some of the best surprises for Steven and Billy because, well, then they wouldn’t be surprises, now would they? I will say that even though things worked out well for them in the end, there were some major obstacles, heartbreak and even danger. It was hard to see how these guys were finally going to get a break.

I’m kind of sad that this series has come to an end with When Love Surprises, but I know that this author has a lot more romance and happy endings in store for readers. Besides, I can always go back to the beginning and start all over ❤

Guarded Desire (NM Protectors #1) by Christi Snow

Kidnapped and terrorized, I refuse to let anyone break me. I can stand on my own, no matter what it costs…even if that cost is my life.
Elle…
I was living the life of an ordinary college coed, but that existence was blown wide open when I was kidnapped while visiting my very famous mother, rock-star, ViviAnna.
Now I’m back at college, pretending life is normal while dodging paparazzi and dealing with my face showing up regularly on the nightly news. Trying to find a new balance isn’t happening and the effort to not jump at every shadow or bump in the night is messing with my head more than I ever expected.
Jonah…
I’m a highly trained bodyguard, but that doesn’t mean I want to deal with some spoiled pop princess’s daughter, especially if she’s anything like her handsy mother.
But when I met Elle, she shocked the hell out of me. She’s nice and thoughtful with an incredible inner strength. Even more surprising…she doesn’t want me anywhere near her. But every once in a while I see a flash of fear and vulnerability that make all my protective instincts flare.
I have to protect her.
Because they never caught her kidnapper…
Note: This book is the first in a series of stand-alone, romantic suspense, new adult novels involving sexy bodyguards and the coeds they protect.

I love it when Christi Snow releases a new book. When that new release happens to be the first book in a new series? Even better. 😉

Elle and Jonah each had preconceived opinions about each other. Jonah take on Elle happened before they even met, but it didn’t take him long to realize that there was a lot more to Elle than he first thought. Elle’s opinion of Jonah took a little longer to shake, but she’d been through a lot and she also knew her mother and the people she surrounded herself with. Elle had spent most of her adult life distancing herself from that life. The attraction was there from the start… the trust took a while…

I loved these two from the start. I loved Elle’s determination to get back to a normal life and I loved Jonah’s determination to keep her safe. This couple was the perfect pair to start the NM Protectors series.

Then there were the supporting characters. Even though the books in this series are considered stand alone, I’m really looking forward to get to know at least a couple of them better in future books. I can’t wait to see what Christi Snow has in store for this series next.

When Love Comes Back (When the Mission Ends #5) by Christi Snow

He was her biggest mistake.
She was his biggest regret.
Once upon a time Felicia Parks and Gage Winston were each other’s everything. But one drunken night, Gage ruined it all and broke Felicia’s heart.
That was a long time ago and they’ve both moved on, never expecting to see one another again.
But as the new wing commander at the local Air Force base, Gage finds something on this assignment that he never expected…his first love.
The problem…she’s in love with someone else.
Fate can be a lover’s best friend, but karma can be a vengeful enemy….
And a dangerous obsession threatens it all.

Oh, this was a scary one going in. From the description I just knew that Felicia and Gage needed to be together. I was prepared to be all in and want their HEA from the beginning… it would have been so much easier if Steve had been a jerk and all Felicia needed to do was see the light and dump him – but he wasn’t. He was a great guy and he deserved to be loved, he just wasn’t the right guy for Felicia… and that kinda sucked. So, in case you’re wondering, Christi Snow gets to hold onto her #EvilAuthor title just a little bit longer.

Actually, all the characters in When Love Comes Back were great. I loved Gage’s kids and having Felicia’s best friend around to bounce her feelings off gave an alternate perspective that really added to the story. Getting POVs from both Felicia and Gage helped a lot as well. There were also flash backs that shed some light on what happened in Gage and Felicia’s past. It also proved that as much as Gage screwed up, he wasn’t the only one who made some mistakes and hasty decisions.

When Love Comes Back had everything that I’ve enjoyed in the other books in the When the Mission Ends series. Romance, a little bit of danger and characters who are really easy to fall for. It can most definitely be read as a stand alone, but I’ve been a fan of this author’s writing since prologue in the first book in this series, so of course I’m going to recommend that you start at the beginning with Operation: End Game – you can thank me later 😉

When you finish When Love Comes Back, make sure you read the author’s notes at the end. There are a couple of characters in this one that I really want to see more of. You know those characters that kind of jump off the page and demand to be heard? Or the ones that really need an HEA of their very own? Yeah, I’m really looking forward to what comes next 😉

Found at the Jazz Club (Found #3) by Christi Snow

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…or does it?
Emily Hodges went to Vegas for her best friend’s wedding. She was NOT looking for a husband. Been there, done that, never doing it again. She has enough scars on her heart, and doesn’t need or want any more.
Brady Gresham went to Vegas to find his musical voice again. Instead he found an inspiring muse in the form of Emily. But right now his musical career is his focus. He’s too young to want or need to be tied down.
Somehow their drunken get-together turned into a wedding that neither one of them can remember or explain.
Waking up married was never part of the plan, but you know what they say about best laid plans…

I love Christi Snow’s Found series. Emily’s been around since the very first book… Found at the Library. I was kind of surprised (mainly because Found has been a M/M series up until now), but totally excited about the fact that she was destined to find her HEA in the series. I know some readers read only one or the other genre in romance, but I’m not one of them. Not only because my taste is eclectic, but it’s kind of refreshing to mix things up. After all, love is love, so why should only the guys have all the fun? 😉 Besides that, I fell in love with Christi Snow’s writing when her series were strictly M/F – I was thrilled when she started writing M/M romance. I pretty much know that whatever she writes I’m going to love, regardless of who the characters are. ❤

So, how was the romance between Emily and Brady? Everything I expected and then some. Emily was just a little broken and seeing all her friends find their HEA wasn’t helping. She was beyond happy for them, but she knew she’d never have what they had. When she met Brady, she had no idea who he really was. There wasn’t a lot of time to exchange details about themselves. One minute she was drowning her sorrows with the guy playing the piano after her best friend’s wedding and the next, she woke up with a supreme hangover and a wedding ring.

Brady wasn’t exactly keeping his true identity a secret, but after spending the evening with Emily, he finally got his music mojo back. That’s pretty much all he had on his mind.

Emily finally tracked him down, although she still didn’t remember much. When she found out that Brady had a serious girlfriend it was kind of a relief. She wasn’t good at relationships, period. But once they connected again, the attraction was hard to ignore.

I loved these two together, but there was a lot in their way. The age thing bothered Emily a lot more than it did Brady, but she didn’t want him to have regrets. His only regret would be losing her – he just had to convince her of that, before it was too late.

The supporting characters were great (as usual). Speaking of which, I adored Brady’s family. There was a little bit of suspense, a LOT of smexiness and yeah, there were tears. Lots and lots of tears. Enough tears that I may or may not have referred to the author as evil on more than one occasion and I may or may not forgive her for what she put the characters (and readers) through by the end of Found at the Jazz Club. She wears her #EvilAuthor crown with pride though and makes no apologies. Needless to say, I can’t wait for the next book in the Found series. There are some loose ends (and totally broken characters) that need to be fixed sooner rather than later.

Shiver (Texas Paranormals #2) by Christi Snow

A year ago Corey Abbott’s life entered the realm of the bizarre when he discovered the things that go bump in the night are real. But working for the local vampire council didn’t prepare him for were-deer shifters.
Nine months ago Dare Buckley’s herd abandoned him. Now, he’s slowly going mad from Lyme disease…something that doesn’t hurt normal deer, but for were-deer is fatal.
On one snowy, sleet-filled night, the two collided…literally.
This Christmas two men find love in the most unexpected place…a lonely, desolate highway.
It’s definitely not your typical meet-cute, but it’s a twist of fate that would even make Santa happy.

Short, but not too short. Sweet, but not sappy. A little bit of magic, more than a little heat. Shiver was the perfect holiday PNR read. Just enough to make me want more 😉

Corey was a little broken after his less than subtle introduction to the paranormal world. He loved his new job that pulled him even deeper into the world he knew nothing about a year ago. There was still something missing though. He didn’t expect to find it after hitting a deer on a snowy night, but that’s exactly what happened when he literally ran into Dare.

Dare was alone and sick and destined to stay that way. There was something about Corey that changed that though. He was drawn to him almost as soon as he saw him, but giving into that attraction would doom Corey to the same fate.

A lot happened in Shiver in a short amount of time, but it really didn’t feel rushed. I liked the little twists the author’s spin on her paranormal world. I also enjoyed catching up with Zack and Nash, even if it was a brief encounter.

I read the first book (Smolder) in Christi Snow’s Texas Paranormals series as part of the Children of the Night anthology. Corey was introduced in the first book, but you could easily read Shiver as a stand alone. Smolder does set up the world for Texas Paranormals though, plus it features a couple of pretty steamy vampires 😉 It’s also good to know that there is hope for more books in the series if there’s enough interest. So, no pressure or anything, but if you happen to read this one and like it, be sure to let the author know because I kinda sorta want this series to continue for a while 😉

Snowcroft Restoration (Snowcroft Men #4) by Christi Snow

Two years ago, Law Wyman went undercover for an FBI investigation that went sideways. It cost him both the love of his life and his sanity. The nightmare still haunts him, and so does some unfinished business…Ian Mayne, the son of the man who ruined his life.
Two years ago, Ian had to face the truth about how his father spent a lifetime torturing and trafficking LGBTQ teens. Ever since, Ian has done everything he can to make up for his dead father’s many sins through his law enforcement job. Too many paid in horrific, horrible ways at his father’s hands while Ian kept the truth about his own sexuality hidden.
Law is doing all he can to save Ian, but Ian has no idea about Law’s history with his dead father. When the truth comes out, it could cost them both everything.
Two men…both horrifically haunted by what happened. Is it possible they can find healing together? Only if they have the courage to face their demons and each other…

I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for this book. Law has been breaking my heart since the beginning of the series. In Snowcroft Lost, Law lost the love of his life. In Snowcroft Safehouse, readers spent time getting to know him even better and in the process he broke my heart even more. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m kinda glad that we had to wait for Law’s HEA. It gave both Law and Ian a chance to not only find themselves, but each other. (That doesn’t mean that Ms. Snow has been totally forgiven however… her #EvilAuthor status is still in good standing.)

I never got as attached to Ian as I did to Law, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t feel for him. He had suffered totally different losses, but they were just as haunting – which left him just as broken. His need to pay back for his father’s sins took him away from Snowcroft on a mission to save a friend.

Which brings us to the fact that this book had two parts. The first was away from Snowcroft, where Ian went on a solo undercover operation to find a missing friend and Law went to offer his support – whether Ian wanted it or not. Even though Ian barely knew Law and his history, Law wasn’t in the dark at all. He not only wanted to help Ian, he was attracted to him. That attraction only grew the closer they got to each other and given the circumstances they were thrown into, closeness was inevitable.

These two had a few emotional obstacles to get around, but they were so good together, their HEA was inevitable. I knew better (knowing this author) than to relax once they finally made it back to Snowcroft in the second part of Snowcroft Restoration. It was great having them back in familiar territory though, especially since they were surrounded by family and friends. There were still some emotional hurdles, but I loved watching their plans unfold and the ‘restoration’ begin.

Danger, heat, emotion, humor and a strong sense of family. This series pretty much has it all. I’m really, really happy that their is more to come and the introduction of some new Snowcroft residents is guaranteed to keep things interesting. I can’t wait to see what Christi Snow has in store for readers next. ❤

Children of the Night – A Rainbow Railroad Anthology

Children of the Night is an anthology of M/M themed Vampire stories written by 4 separate authors. All proceeds benefit the Rainbow Railroad, which you can find out more about by following the link.
I’ve personally only read books by one of the authors in this anthology, but even so, I read them all. Below each description, you’ll find my individual reviews and ratings.

Wishing and Hoping by Tinnean
It’s finally the day of Ioan’s eighteenth birthday, and all that he’s been waiting for will finally be his—including the love of the man he’s secretly been in love with all these years. Everything is perfect. Until the love of his life shows up to his birthday party with a wife.

I really liked the premise of this one, but I kind of got lost in the writer’s style. There was nothing really bad about it, but it didn’t have the kind of flow that I’m used to. Beyond that, I loved getting to know Ioan, his family and the true love of his life. ❤

Lamb to the Slaughter by Joanna Chambers
There is very little Lucien enjoys more than the hunt of young men: beautiful, innocent, eager to learn all that a mature man like Lucien might be able to teach them…

Oh, this was a good one – and that’s pretty much all I’m going to say because anything else would give the story away. Enjoy!

Smolder by Christi Snow
All Zack wants is to be left alone. When Marissa, his boss, calls with orders that he take care of a new vampire in her area because she can’t, he’s absolutely certain this assignment is going to go any way but well.

Smolder was one of my favorites in the Children of the Night anthology. I’ve read pretty much everything that Christi Snow has written and she hasn’t disappointed me yet. From contemporary to paranormal, her witty, somewhat broken characters always draw me in and few are quite as broken as Zack. The only complaint that I have about Smolder was that it wasn’t quite long enough. I’d love more of Zack and Nash.

Lilac and Leather by Maris Black
Halloween night, and Matt would prefer to be anywhere but in an over-crowded club, especially when an old lover shows up, and he finally has to admit he’s gay. But the night takes a turn for the strange—and hot—when he meets the beautiful, mysterious Nicky…

I really liked Lilac and Leather, but I wish it would have been just a little bit longer. The story had a neat little twist, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t say much more. There were just a lot of loose ends at the end that I really, really, really wanted tied up. So many questions! So many…. 

Intertwined Hearts (Snowcroft Men #3) by Christi Snow

Three people who’ve given up on love…
Hudson:
After a brutal, late-night attack in his restaurant left Chef Hudson Richmond too traumatized to even enter his restaurant again, he escaped to Snowcroft. Now he’s trying to find a new normal when the reality of his world is a man’s touch makes him sick and his dream has become his nightmare.
Leigh:
Leigh Vaughn lives in a man’s world running Vaughn Construction with her brother, Jamie. She’s tried to be feminine and failed over and over again. Growing up with only her brother, father, and construction crews to guide her, Leigh has no idea what a feminine wile is, much less how to deploy them. But when Jamie and Trevor begin to research finding a surrogate to carry their baby, she knows this is something she can do. Hell, it’s not like those parts are getting used for anything else.
David:
When this small town came looking for a new police chief, David Warner jumped at the chance. After a traumatic betrayal by his partner on the police force, he’s burnt out and jaded. And his love life has been even more depressing than his work life. He’s made one true connection in the last five years, but she disappeared without a trace the next morning.
Three people who have given up on love, may just find a new beginning where they least expect it…in Snowcroft. But love is only supposed to happen in twos. How can they make it work with three intertwined hearts?
Trigger warning: This book features story-lines that involve past assaults and betrayals, but has a guaranteed HEA for three people who couldn’t deserve it more. male/male/female.

I have absolutely no idea where to begin with this book… First, I gotta be honest here, menage is not my ‘go-to’ when I’m looking for a romance. However, when the situation is right and it’s either recommended by a reader I trust or written by an author I’ve learned to trust, I’m perfectly willing to spread my eclectic branches out just a little bit farther. Intertwined Hearts fell into many of those categories for me. First, it was written by one of my favorite contemporary authors; second, I’ve already started the Snowcroft Men series and I had absolutely no intention of missing even one book centered around these characters.

I’ve been reading M/M romance for a while now and I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out that Christi Snow was going to venture into writing books in this genre. She and I read A LOT of the same books so I not only trust, but look forward to her recommendations. I fell in love with her story telling when I began her When the Mission Ends series. Now, I have no doubts about picking up either anything she recommends or writes. As cautious as I am about my menage books, I had absolutely no reservations about Intertwined Hearts because I knew that these characters were in very capable hands and would be treated well. Trust me when I say that if any characters deserved kind, loving care, it was definitely Hudson, Leigh and David.

I can’t tell you how much I loved these characters. On the surface, Hudson was the most ‘broken’ of the three, but after spending time with each of them, it was easy to see how much they needed someone to help put them back together. Leigh longed for a real relationship that she had convinced herself she wasn’t built for. David had been betrayed by his partner so he had trust issues that compounded him being able to make a true connection with anyone. Jamie and Trevor (Snowcroft Lost) had no idea what they were doing when they inadvertently brought these three together – in David’s case, anyway. Bringing Hudson into Leigh’s life was purely intentional. 😉

The healing that took place between these three characters was amazing to watch unfold. I don’t want to spoil the “process” for anyone else, but Christi Snow handled the pain and fear with the loving care that I expected. Oh, did I mention that there were tears? Yeah, there were and I’ve ALMOST forgiven this author for the hope, followed by the despair that I didn’t see coming… My heart broke for these characters more than once, but as promised in the description, the healing happened. This story wouldn’t have been nearly as believable if it would have been easy.

Hudson, Leigh and David are the center of Intertwined Hearts, but the supporting characters are just as important. Jamie and Trevor are both adorably and annoyingly protective. Even characters that I didn’t care for in the beginning started to grow on me. Then there were Law and Ian. Their story is next and I have to say (and I may or may not have said… more than once) this one is a long time coming. If I didn’t know better I’d swear that Christi Snow has enjoyed torturing her readers with the wait for Snowcroft Restoration throughout this series. 😛

Found at the Bookstore (Found #2) by Christi Snow

After suffering a traumatic brain injury the final football game his senior year in high school, Ryder Garrett’s life was never normal again. Most days he’s happy when he can remember the way home. There’s no room in his life for romance or love, which means he’s destined to die a virgin.
Stig Minton doesn’t remember what virginity felt like. Twelve years older than Ryder, he’s been around the block too many times to count and has the scars to prove it…both physically and mentally.
But as these two men come together to help with a wedding, they forge a friendship, a friendship they both desperately need. As their relationship evolves, feelings go deeper. But is it stupid to risk this new—and, yes necessary—bond in pursuit of something that’s doomed to fail?
They both think they’re too broken to make this work. But what if they’re wrong?
Two broken souls may just be able to find reparation in one another.

I loved Found at the Library, the first book in Christi Snow’s Found series. I walked away from Tommy and Max’s HEA already looking forward to Stig and Ryder’s story. I wasn’t disappointed. At all.

You can read Found at the Bookstore without having read Found at the Library, but both characters were introduced in the first book. Ryder is Tommy’s brother and Stig is not only one of Max’s closest friends, but his ex. Stig is one of those characters that are larger than life. Ryder is the exact opposite, definitely not Stig’s type. Yet, there’s something that draws Stig to Ryder. At first it’s just concern for Ryder’s safety, but it grows into much more without either one of them realizing it.

At first glance, it’s obvious that Ryder is broken, both physically and emotionally. What shouldn’t have surprised me was that Stig was broken in his own way. He hid it well… until he couldn’t, especially from Ryder. They were there for each other when no one else was.

Things aren’t easy between Ryder and Stig, but given where they both were emotionally, it shouldn’t have been. Stig made some bad choices. At least one of his decisions trying to keep Ryder safe was heart breaking, but I couldn’t get mad at him for it. The thing is that his actions were tearing him apart almost as much as they did Ryder. Those chapters were hard to read, but they made me fall in love with him even more.

There was a lot to love about Found at the Bookstore and not just Ryder and Stig. Spending time with Tommy and Max was great and there were a couple of new characters introduced that I’m really hoping readers get to know better. Their stories are just begging to be told and I may or may not have already hinted to the author about the need for this to happen. You’re welcome ❤

A recurring theme in this series so far has been art. Those who both create it and appreciate it. It’s also a series full of characters who are continually proving that “Doing Epic Sh*t” isn’t just an engraved statement on keepsake – which is just another reason why I recommend reading both books in this series.