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 Dan
TITLE: When Heaven Strikes
AUTHOR: F.E. Feeley, Jr.
LENGTH: 300 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 20, 2017
Can love survive heaven’s wrath?
Artist Ted Armstrong lives a solitary and eccentric life. The survivor of child abuse disguised as religion, Ted has cut himself off from the world.
Then Ted meets Anderson Taylor, and it’s like being struck by lightning.
Anderson is a cardiac surgeon whose passion for his work has consumed him. He fears he’ll never find a partner—until he sets eyes on Ted. It’s happening fast, but both men know what they feel is right.
Confronted with an angry preacher, a scandal, and an act of God that threatens to destroy everything, their relationship will face its first true test.,…Read More »
Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Guitars and Cages
SERIES: Guitars #1
AUTHOR: Layla Dorine
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2017
Asher Logan is a bartender and a pretty wicked guitar player, when he isn’t wrecking his hands fighting in a cage. With a past he keeps hoping to outrun, Asher’s been on a downward spiral for longer than he can remember. When his sister-in-law leaves Rory, his eight-year-old nephew, in his care, Asher is forced into two things he’s never been good at: sobriety and responsibility. As he struggles to care for Rory, his own life begins to unravel.
When Asher’s brother, Alex, turns up, presenting as a girl and announcing her new name is Alexia, it further complicates matters, as does the arrival of his new neighbor, Conner. Both, in their own way, compel Asher to look at his own closely-guarded views on sexuality.
When the siblings’ older brother, Cole, reacts violently to Alexia, Asher is placed squarely in the middle of a family conflict which compels him to confront who he pretends to be versus who he really is.
Asher must choose who to trust and who to finally walk away from….Read More »
Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: Mace’s Rebel
SERIES: Mate Me #1
AUTHOR: Victoria Vallo
PUBLISHER: Twisted E Publishing
LENGTH: 85 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2017
Mace has been given a task, and he’s never been one to leave a job half done.
When Mace’s father announces that it’s time his sons settled down and began having children, Mace immediately begins to weigh his options. His preference for male lovers presents a challenge, but the universe is a big place, filled with many different kinds of beings. Mace takes a chance on his next mission, only half believing he’ll have any luck finding a mate, and unexpectedly discovers the passion he’d never even realized he was missing in his life….Read More »
Reviewed by Roberta
TITLE: The Dom of Peculiar Places
SERIES: Sons of Outlaws Book 2
AUTHOR: James Cox
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
LENGTH: 80 Pages
Sons of Outlaws, 2
Twenty years after the Outlaw MC series, their children may not know the cost of war but they will know terror when Mars starts to reject humanity.
Roark is Mayhem’s son and earned his place in the club. He’s a Dominant that has a constant eye on the new prospect, Henry. Roark is horny, so he’s looking forward to dominating the prospect. It all goes to hell when the quake rocks Mars and they’re trapped underground—and overhear a plot to kill an MC member.
Get the lube, bring the blindfold, and don’t forget the restraints. Roark doesn’t play, he takes control. And when Roark finally gets Henry under him, not even a dying planet will stop him from finding his sticky, happy ending.
Be Warned: m/m sex, BDSM, spanking, breath play…Read More »
REVIEWED by Cinnamon
TITLE: Still Your Guy
AUTHOR: Devon McCormack
PUBLISHER: self published
LENGTH: 341 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 12, 2017
Chase Rogan and Mason Finley fell in love as kids and had their happily-ever-after at eighteen…or so they thought. CHASE Over a decade after his estrangement from his ex, Chase returns to Finley Dairy to celebrate Mason’s sister’s engagement. But being back at the place where his fondest memories are—the place where he and Mason laughed, played, and loved—quickly ropes Chase back into those feelings all over again, reminding him of the flame he could never extinguish. MASON Despite his attempts at getting over Chase, Mason still can’t move on—not from the greatest love he’s ever known. When Chase comes back to the dairy, all those old feelings return, as powerful as ever. A wavering hope strengthens, making him believe that maybe…just maybe…they can find a way to put the past behind them and create a future together. But it isn’t easy, and every time he pushes, Chase pulls away. As much as Mason wants it to work, if it doesn’t, what’s he supposed to do? How can you move on when—even after all the years—you know in your heart, he’s still your guy?…Read More »
Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: The Charlatan’s Conquest
SERIES: Dreamspun Beyond #2, Phantom Fixers #1
AUTHOR: Vivian Dean
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 216 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2017
A Phantom Fixers Story
With love and ghosts, the challenge is figuring out what’s real.
Software engineer Cruz Guthrie needs money for his sister’s cancer treatments. He needs it so badly he’s willing to stand in for a ghost hunter friend and investigate a millionaire’s supposed specters. It should be an easy gig—after all, nobody thinks the haunting is real.
Neurological researcher Brody Weber is furious that Cruz would take advantage of Brody’s father. But his mind changes when spirits manifest—and he realizes Cruz genuinely wants to help. When they learn the paranormal activity centers on Brody, Cruz is willing to fight to free Brody from the entities determined to make his life miserable. With a little help from friends and family—both living and dead—they must figure out why Brody is attracting spirits and how to banish them. Only then can they pursue a future together….Read More »
Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: His Baby to Protect
SERIES: The Den #1 (mpreg romance)
AUTHOR: Kiki Burrelli
LENGTH: 258 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 4, 2017
Farley is an introverted mess. Overweight and still living with his parents he didn’t think his confidence could get any lower until he’s carjacked in a convenience store parking lot. The severe beating is nothing compared to having to replace his mom’s car on his part-time wages. He makes a plan to change his life around starting with getting fit.
Farley can’t see why anyone like Oscar would have even the slightest interest in him. He’s a goof-off at best but when Oscar agrees to help him get into shape at the gym, Farley won’t say no. He’ll just have to keep his libido in check before he makes a fool of himself.
Oscar can’t explain why his inner wolf has taken him to a hospital room where a man lay, his face swollen and bruised. Until now, he and his wolf have lived in harmony. When Oscar wants physical contact he goes out and gets it, no strings, no second nights. But that all goes out the window when he sees Farley. He doesn’t know the first thing about being a mate, but he knows that no one will ever hurt Farley again.
Oscar fears his intense feelings may scare his mate away so Oscar agrees to be Farley’s trainer. As fun as watching Farley squat may be, Oscar begins to suspect that the simple carjacking Farley endured may be a sign of something more, that he may be in danger. But this time, Farley won’t be left beaten. Farley is his baby to protect….Read More »
Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Guitars and Choices
SERIES: Guitars #2
AUTHOR: Layla Dorine
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
LENGTH: 265 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2017
Asher Logan has been a lot of things: runaway, guitarist, cage fighter, cowboy, but the one thing he’s always avoided was being a father to his young son. Now faced with returning to his family’s ranch, he’s forced to deal with the knowledge that the move would put him right down the road from Shawn. Still, it’s better than staying in the city, with drunken, bitter older brother Cole, whose anger and prejudices have made him difficult to be around.
Add in the fact that Asher’s new boyfriend, Conner, is eager to make the move with him, and there’s little argument that he can make against it. But returning home means facing demons, and the barn he’s avoided since the day his father caught him and his first love together in the hay. Speaking of his father, when the old man finds out Asher is back, he knows it will only be a matter of time before he demands Asher come to the prison to see him.
Moving means facing a buried past and truths long hidden, but staying in the city isn’t good for anyone, least of all Asher’s young nephew, Rory. It’s a hard road to face, filled with tough choices, and an old secret that just might provide more questions than answers….Read More »
REVIEWED by Cinnamon
TITLE: Cinnamon Eyes
AUTHOR: Nell Iris
PUBLISHER: JMS Books LLC
LENGTH: 124 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 12,2017
A long-awaited reunion.
Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and to break away from his demanding family. When his therapist encourages him to do something for himself, he knows exactly what he needs. I want to see Asher again. The best friend he ever had who, at fifteen, held Cory’s heart in his hands without knowing it.
Asher’s had a troubled relationship with his father since he came out. Now that Pops is sick, he’s fighting for his right to help or even find out about his father’s health. Then there’s the complication of an ex-boyfriend unwilling to let go.
When they meet after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same?
Cinnamon Eyes is an emotional story of what happens when two people who never wanted to be separated, finally reunite….Read More »