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As you can tell from the title of this blog post, as well as the image at the top of it, Crystal’s Many Reviewers is currently on vacation.

I wish I could tell you how long we will be on vacation for, but the honest answer is, I don’t know.

I started this blog with the dream that we would be able to share our thoughts and opinions about the books that we have read, but in the past 4.5 years, it has turned into so much more than that.  We have our loyal fans (And we love you!) but the book world has also changed so much that it has just gotten too much for all of us.

So, we are going on vacation.  We deserve the time to charge up our batteries and see how things go for us.  Between putting our “real world” lives on hold … [Read More ...]

Crystal’s Many Reviewers is on Vacation!!


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Power Series

Intense, emotional, trusting: the power exchange between a Dom and sub is a complicated, amazing thing. Power Series brings stories of this bond and the men who are fortunate enough to discover it—and the love of their lives.

 

Exchange

Hank had been admiring Master Thomas from a distance for months, but there had never been an opportune time for him to offer his submission to the Dom. Master Thomas had been dedicated to his sub… who was now flirting with everyone at the club except Master Thomas.

Their contract together was up, or so the gossips said, and Master Thomas looked as if he’d lost that shine of confidence that Hank loved to see in him. In fact, Master Thomas seems so miserable, Hank just might be prodded into getting up and doing more than just sneaking peeks at him.

With a little nudge from his friend … [Read More ...]

Power: Volume 1 (Exchange & Submit) by Bailey Bradford #mm #review @BaileyBFun4Me


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She’s the girl next door he’s always protected. He’s the man she’s always wanted. Will the threat of a killer finally get them on the same page?

Logan Lemaster drew Melanie Barnes under his protective wing the moment he rescued her from a fall off her bike. She was six and he thirteen, and his over-protectiveness never abated over the next twenty years. When a good friend ends up murdered on the family’s private island following one of Logan’s BDSM weekend parties, Melanie insists on being there to comfort him. Only, he hadn’t counted on the grown woman’s tenacious determination to worm her way past his defenses and into his bed. He has spent the past eight years – since Melanie reached adulthood and made her interest in expanding on their friendship known – refusing to jeopardize their special bond by introducing her to his kinky preferences. But he is … [Read More ...]

Logan (Murder On Magnolia Island Trilogy #1) by B.J. Wane #mf #review @BlushingBooks



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An orphaned kitten may be the only witness to romance and the impossible.

Officer Alex Wolf responds to a lot of ‘paranormal’ calls that aren’t. Exotic pet birds aren’t monsters and unusual dog breeds aren’t aliens. It’s a good thing he likes the animal control officers, but he both yearns for and dreads those calls where he runs into ACO Jason Shen. Jason’s scent is so delicious that Wolf has a difficult time humaning around him.

Animal control calls take a disturbing turn, though, when Wolf and his lizard-man partner, Krisk, discover the impossibly mummified bodies of rats and an unfortunate mother cat. The rescue of the cat’s sole surviving kitten not only gives Wolf more time with Jason, which is both perplexing and wonderful, but also leads to dangerous discoveries. Something inconceivable stalks the city and its officers of the law. Wolf has to figure out what it is … [Read More ...]

Feral Dust Bunnies (Offbeat Crimes, #4) by Angel Martinez #mm #review @AngelMartinezrr @PridePublishing


Disclaimer MaleTAG* Novel-length expansion of original short story found in Charmed & Dangerous anthology. *

Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that’s running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.

Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.

While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every … [Read More ...]

Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford #mm #review @rhys_ford @dreamspinners


Disclaimer MaleTAGDon’t people know that cats and dogs don’t mix?

Connor Ragbone finds things. Sometimes it’s gold, sometimes jewels, sometimes people. Set in his hippie ways, he never thought he’d find a pack, but with Sam and Gus and their goofy shifter family, he fits right in. Then he finds Brock.

Shifter Brock Herman is undercover alone, working to break up a poaching ring. The last thing he needs is for Connor to wreck his sting. And now the crazy bobcat just won’t go away!

The poachers lead Brock and Connor on a merry chase all over Western Colorado, looking for shifter bears, but it’s a lost pup who brings them back to Nevada and the pack Sam and Gus are building. That’s when Brock has to decide whether he still travels alone or if Connor and his crazy family are where his heart belongs.

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What the Cat Dragged In (Sanctuary #2) by B.A. Tortuga #mm #review @batortuga @dreamspinners



A trust destroyed is a trust that is hard to recover…

Brendan Matthews is happy training racehorses for a living. He thinks he’s hit the jackpot when a wealthy orthopedic surgeon, Adam Ahmadi, sends six yearlings his way. Not only are the horses a cut above the rest, their owner isn’t too shabby either.

But not everything is as it seems. Adam has many secrets, most of them dark and deadly. When Adam’s past returns with a vengeance, he disappears, leaving Brendan confused and hurt.

If Adam survives, will his past destroy their future?

An Unexpected Truth is a contemporary romantic suspense by S.A. Meade. Brendan Matthews loves training racehorses. So, he couldn’t be happier than when the handsome Adam Ahmadi sends him six yearlings. Their mutual attraction burns hot, but their relationship builds slow as Adam’s secrets get in the way.
An Unexpected Truth is a solid book I … [Read More ...]

An Unexpected Truth by S.A. Meade #mm #review @kestrelrising @PridePublishing


For a Hollywood heiress, Ruby Barrett has always lived a somewhat unsensational life. Her talent combined with her name had gotten her a good job, and she is engaged to marry the only boyfriend she has ever had. Her life is good – good enough to be some people’s dream, but she finds herself wanting more.

When she gets the opportunity to spend her twenty-fifth birthday at Rojo, a destination BDSM resort in Las Vegas, she knows she can’t pass up the opportunity – even if it means leaving her reluctant fiancé behind for good.

Jase Oliver lives life by his own rules. A club owner by day, and a confirmed bachelor by night, he has never felt the urge to settle down. He’s always known that happily ever after isn’t on the cards for him.
His playboy ways have never been an issue, yet suddenly he can’t help the … [Read More ...]

Claimed (Vegas Nights Book 2) by Rayanna Jamison #mf #review @RayannaJamison @BlushingBooks


In Harm’s Way
Harm Boland has lived on the fringe of the biker culture his whole life. Not surprising since his grandfather was one of the founding members of the Hungry Ghosts motorcycle club. Two years ago he left his love Ellie behind and went on the road. Harm is called back home when his Oma Tam passes. He has promised to honor her and perform the rituals so she won’t wander as a ‘hungry ghost’. Suddenly, Ellie is on his doorstep and Harm is elated, but it is short-lived. Harm finds the darker paths he’s traveled on have caught up to him.

When Ellie is taken as payment by the leader of Hung Jury MC, Harm vows he won’t lose the woman he loves again. Raw, the leader of the Hungry Ghosts, once said, “You can’t out-ride love, Dutch-boy.” Now, he’s riding right to it.

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Hungry Ghosts MC by Leah Grant #mf #review @loveunleashed



 Murder, kidnapping and a disappearance. Trooper Rick Anthis could use a break. But he hopes it isn’t too late in coming.

Rick Anthis, a forty-five-year-old veteran of the Colorado State Police and his husband, Gabriel Thorkelson, a deputy sheriff in a nearby county, enjoy the peace of their suburban Boulder home, but the neighborhood’s tranquility is shattered by three rapid-fire gunshots. The pair’s quick reaction allows Rick to witness the abduction of his eight-year-old buddy, Jacob, by his father.

In their quest to find the boy, the clues are sparse and time is of the essence since Jacob is diabetic, a condition Gabriel is far too familiar with. A search of the father’s apartment yields nothing more than an old hiking map that narrows the search down to a few hundred square miles. Rick and his CSI team are on the hunt, but with every bit of progress they make, … [Read More ...]

Crossfire by Jon Keys #mm #review @PridePublishing


Andrew Atler has learned the hard way, fiction is far better than real life. In his romance novels the world is safe, predictable, and there is always a happy ending. Best of all, he can safely fall in love and the person will never know. There he can weave a tale of perfect passion plus pay the bills.

Matt Grimm flies the colors of Hell’s Legion. When he’s not riding his chopper, he’s working as a bouncer for the Six. Matt’s life consists of drinking, playing in a band, and burning the midnight oil in the dungeon. He lives hard, plays hard, and rides even harder.

Two people who would never be a part of the same EPIC love story.
But sometimes those fairy tale clichés have a way of working magic.
And sometimes…sometimes those happy endings do come true.

When I was asked if I wanted to review this … [Read More ...]

EPIC by Adrienne Wilder #mm #review @Adrienne_Wilder


Author Note: The stories in this novel have been previously published as separate books. They contain m/f, m/m, m/m/f and BDSM sexual practices and are intended for readers of legal age in the country in which they reside.

Soul Stealer
Born at the creation of time, the Soul Stealer feeds on the malevolent and immoral auras to survive. She has honed her skills by enticing her meals to lay with her.
But by attracting the attention of a soulless life-drinker, her very existence begins to change but will she allow it?

When Beasts Bite
Jordy, manager at Shadows and Nick, Ex-Special Forces and Marine instructor, are best friends. Both are garouls.
Everything changed when they accidently touched intimately; both enjoyed it. Neither will admit it. Jordy’s abducted and Nick must rescue him.
Will he be able to make Jordy remember his humanity & love?

Barely Restrained
Roni is the head … [Read More ...]

Shadows Bundle by Brenda Cothern #mf #mm #mfm #mmf #review



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Rose, a detective with the NYPD, tries to battle her frustration from a family visit in New Orleans the only way she knows how: With a one-night-stand. She doesn’t find out until later that the other woman is New York-based designer Payton Smith. They see each other again and the attraction flares once more, but things soon get complicated: Rose isn’t out in her workplace and doesn’t want to be. Payton is out and proud, but she carries issues with her she evades with the help of beautiful designs, and sometimes, a bottle. They both have a long way to go. Can they make it together?addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14Crystal Marie_s RamblingsTAG

This was a quick read for me.  It was kinda predictable, but it was enjoyable at the same time.  Rose and Payton started out as a one-night stand, but it ended up becoming something much more.

One thing that was different about this book, … [Read More ...]

The Design of Everything Perfect by Barbara Winkes #ff #review @demeter94


A Skin Deep, Inc. Novel

Fighter pilot Jon Russell never sleeps with the same man twice. Known for his lack of shame when it comes to hooking up, Jon has no interest in commitment—even friends with benefits sounds like too much work.

Matt Huffman has slept with lots of women. He’s had loads of girlfriends. So why does the hot as hell pilot getting a tattoo as the result of a lost bet stop his breath? And how come he can’t stop thinking about him, even after he’s gone?

When Jon returns to Skin Deep the second time, he doesn’t want another tattoo. He wants to hook up with the gorgeous artist he spent hours agonizingly close to, and Matt wants to explore some curiosity about men. Fulfill the desire he can’t stop fantasizing over. And he wants to do it with Jon.

As their casual hook up becomes more … [Read More ...]

Pounding Skin (Skin Deep Inc. #2) by L.A. Witt #mm #Review @GallagherWitt @SMPRomance


Maggie Sullivan can’t wait to get out of Texas. Luckily, she just got the break she needed to make her big-city dreams a reality. But then Brawley Odell swaggers back into Maverick Junction, looking hotter than ever in his dusty cowboy boots and well-worn jeans. He’s the guy she still dreams of at night. The guy who broke her heart when he left her behind.

Fed up with city life, Brawley jumps at the chance to return home and take over the local vet’s practice—and get back to the smart, sassy woman he’s never been able forget. He couldn’t be prouder of Maggie’s new wedding-dress business… until he realizes it may mean losing her all over again. Determined to win her back, Brawley must find a way to convince Maggie that their one true home is with each other.

“You’re staying,” Maggie whispered.

“I am.”

“You’ll be happy here, Brawley.”… [Read More ...]

#ReleaseBlitz: Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (Maverick Junction #3) by Lynnette Austin #mf #teaser #giveaway @LynnettAustin @ForeverRomance