Book of the Week Poll
Welcome to the Love Bytes Book of the Week Poll!
Here are the books which achieved a 4.5 or 5.0 review last week from our reviewers.
As a reminder, the top two books from each week’s poll will roll into our Book of the Month poll at month’s end. Happy Voting!
Please scroll to the very bottom for the voting section.
This poll will remain open until at least 6PM, Amsterdam time next Friday. The actual closing time will vary depending on blog staff schedules…
Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Cleansing Flame
SERIES: Rekindled Flame #2
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 pages
Life has been grinding Dayne Mills down almost for as long as he can remember. First, he lost the love of his life in an accident that also left him with a permanent injury, and then his mother passed away a year later. When his house burns to the ground, it’s the last straw. He can’t take any more, and if it wasn’t for kind and handsome firefighter Lawson Martin offering him a hand up and a place to stay, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Dayne would love for his relationship with Lawson to evolve into something beyond charity, but he knows going after a man so far out of his league will only lead to yet more heartache. It’s best to just keep his mind on his research.
It’s that research that leads Dayne to an old student journal that not only provides clues to the Native American heritage Lawson has been searching for, but chronicles a century-old love story. The tale that unfolds might be just what Dayne and Lawson need to remind them that no matter how dark life becomes, love can find a way to shine through….Read More »
Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: In the Doghouse
AUTHOR: Chris Quinton
PUBLISHER: Kouros Books
LENGTH: 43 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 9, 2017
Jerry Thorne is on the run with a greyhound, and nowhere left to turn for safety but an old one-time friend, Mike Brown. Which could be a huge mistake. Not only did Jerry have a crush on the man back in the day, Mike is also a cop and has no wish to take in the two strays……Read More »
Reviewed by Kimberley
TITLE: A Mate For Valentine’s Day
SERIES: My Vampire and I
AUTHOR: J.P. Bowie
PUBLISHER: MLR Press
LENGTH: 69 pages
RELEASEDATE: February 10, 2017
An online date as a favor to a friend is about to change Kyle Ballantine’s life–in ways he never dreamed possible.
Kyle Ballantine is not looking forward to Valentine’s Day. Even though he’s been invited to a party, he feels intimidated as he’ll have to go on his own. He’s been dateless for the past six months, so when his best friend Paul, asks him to go on an online date with a man he’d arranged to meet but now can’t because of a family commitment, Kyle figures he has nothing to lose, but time.
Meeting someone as gorgeous as Erik Kelemen was not what Kyle expected, nor the whirlwind romance that follows. Kyle and Erik seem like the perfect match, but there’s something different about Erik, something Kyle can’t quite put his finger on– until a stranger arrives at Kyle’s apartment with a revelation that has him questioning the man’s sanity.
But if the stranger is telling the truth, then Kyle and Erik’s future together is doomed, along with Kyle’s dream of finding that perfect, but elusive, Valentine….Read More »
Reviewed by Sarina
This is a Series Review of For Whom the Heart Stone Burns Series (Books 1 – 2)
AUTHOR: Kari Gregg
PUBLISHER: Self Published
Even though I’ve read several books that revolve around someone from our world somehow ending up in a world that relies on magic instead of technology, its always a pleasure to find a new twist on an solid concept. So far this series has managed to be both unique and engaging and I found myself thoroughly enjoying both books; I will be eagerly awaiting the next release to see what this author comes up with next. If you enjoy a fantasy story that isn’t reliant on elves or a lot of flashy magic to be enjoyable, I’d seriously consider giving this one a try….Read More »
Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Ge-Mi (Part One)
AUTHOR: Mell Eight
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 97 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 8, 2017
A hundred years ago evil scientists spliced human genes with those of animals, creating a genetic mutation passed on through the generations. Hated because of their differences, these Ge-Mis live on the fringes of society where they scrounge and scrape to get by.
Nevada is half Ge-Mi, and hides that fact behind baggy clothes and by keeping distance between himself and everyone around him. One day his peaceful life is shattered by an explosion and the arrival of a pack of wolves to sniff out the culprit. Wolves have excellent noses and as Alpha, Taylor can sniff out every one of Nevada’s secrets—and the harder Nevada tries to resist, the more difficult staying away from Taylor becomes….Read More »
Reviewed by Donna
AUTHOR: MB Mulhall
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
LENGTH: 225 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 7, 2017
Eighteen-year-old Oliver’s troubles don’t end when he’s released from prison. He has nowhere to go, and he can’t even think about moving past his crimes while trying to survive homelessness.
Helping an elderly woman after a fall guides Oliver into at least a temporary home. In exchange for odd jobs and some assistance, he’s welcomed into a life with the old twin spinsters, and it seems too good to be true. The neighbor, Simon, certainly thinks it is. He doesn’t trust Oliver or his motives. Oliver is used to that kind of judgment, but it isn’t helping him overcome his guilt. Maybe Simon is right and Oliver doesn’t deserve happiness—or any of the other feelings stirring in a heart Oliver thought he’d closed off for good.
Oliver has two options: let the pain of his past swallow him and destroy all hope for the future, or move on to the new possibilities in front of him. Choosing to live won’t be easy, and Oliver might not be able to do it alone….Read More »
Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists
AUTHOR: Angel Martinez
PUBLISHER: Mischief Corner Books
LENGTH: 117 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 11, 2017
A poltergeist haunts Taro, dogging his international travels. It washes glasses, puts dishes away, and even dusts. At least he hopes it’s a cleaning-obsessed poltergeist and not his own anxieties burbling over into neat freak fits he doesn’t remember. When his property manager suggests he call paranormal expert, Jack Montrose, Taro’s skeptical but desperate enough to try even a ghost hunter.
Jack’s arrival crushes Taro’s hopes of a dashing Van Helsing-style hero. Instead of an invincible hunter, he gets Ichabod Crane. As the paranormal puzzles multiply and Jack begins to suggest the entity might not be a ghostly one, Taro adds a budding friendship with Jack to his pile of anxieties. It’s a race to see whether Taro’s poltergeist or his relationship with the obviously-not-ace Jack will reach maximum strangeness first….Read More »
Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Recon by Fire
SERIES: Sniper Team Bravo #3
AUTHOR: Maia Dylan
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
LENGTH: 125 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2017
A sniper will employ a recon by fire technique when the position of their enemy is unknown. It can also be a tactic for two men looking to convince the man they both want for their future to take a chance on them. Nick Jones and Aiden George are committed to each other. When they meet a marine medic who ignites a passion within both of them, they’re determined that he’s the third they never knew they were looking for. Sam Wilson is plagued by doubts instilled within him at a young age. When he gives in to one night of passion with two servicemen he meets during an attack on the base, those doubts make him run. When he meets them again eighteen months later, the three must overcome Sam’s past, defeat an unknown enemy, and pursue the future Aiden and Nick are convinced they can all achieve together. Will they be able to find their target in time, or will the fire of their love be left to burn out completely?…Read More »
Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Back to Back
SERIES: Roughstock #5
AUTHOR: B.A. Tortuga
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 187 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2016
Landon knows who he wants, he’s been dreaming about Adam Taggart his whole life. Tag, though? Thinks Landon’s too poor, too young, too wrong to be his.
Landon Gaudet may not be the best bullrider on earth, but he knows that’s where the money is in rodeo. His Cajun heart is more involved with horses, though, and with finding the cowboy he’s been dreaming of all of his relatively short life. Adam Taggart has been around the block more than once, and while he thinks Landon is special, he also thinks the kid deserves better than a safety man with more than his share of notches on the bedpost.
Adam does everything he can to resist Landon, but there’s not a man alive who doesn’t love being loved, so eventually he gives in. Landon can’t believe that Adam is finally with him, that his cowboy has finally come around to his way of thinking. The only problem is that Adam isn’t sure he deserves love, or that he really has any to give. He questions everything from his need for Landon to his family’s assertion that he can do better than a boy from the bayou. Can Landon show Adam that sometimes magic is real, and that all you really need is to have a little faith?…Read More »