INSIGHT by SANTINO HASSELL Blog Tour Review






About Insight

Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate. 

Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.

Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.



About Santino Hassell

Santino was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twentysomething, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days and nights writing romance with an edge.

Santino is a dedicated gamer, a former fanfic writer, an ASoIaF mega nerd, a Grindr enthusiast, but most of all he is a writer of LGBT fiction that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Insight, one lucky winner will receive $20 in Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 18, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Review

Insight (The Community, #1)

Nate is part of the old, secretive Black family. They are strange to say the least, and each of them possesses some type of psychic ability. Nate has been told to hide it all his life. He hasn’t been guided. He didn’t have the easiest childhood and remains an outcast in his town. Relationships are rocky in the Black family so he mostly just keeps to himself. Nate’s power is low-level empathy. He can feel all the negativity from everyone with whom he comes into contact. Every vibe he gets is in some way a downer to his system until he meets Trent. Trent is like a light in the dark, sunshine breaking through the rain. Nate feels warmth and calmness coming from Trent and wants to feel more of it. Luckily Trent is drawn to Nate also.
I easily developed affection and understanding for Nate and Trent. Neither personality is overly sweet or alpha. They both are a little standoffish to most of society. I totally get that. Let me just say empath sex is beyond hot. Yes indeed. The suspense and mystery elements are real attention grabbers. I couldn’t wait to learn if my guesses were correct, who everyone really was and what actually was happening. I stayed up late into the night reading with this gem. It hooked me in the best way. Insight is a gay paranormal romance, supernatural thriller and murder mystery all rolled into one exceptional novel.


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HARD WIRED by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell Blog Tour Review

Hard Wired

Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

Blog Tour


Title: Hard Wired
Series: Cyberlove, #3
Authors: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Publisher: Megtino Press
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance / Gaymers


Blurb:

My FallenCon agenda is simple: sit on a couple of panels and let people meet the real me. Jesse Garvy—mod of a famous Twitch channel and, if I ever come out of my shell, future vlogger. I definitely didn’t plan to sleep with a moody tattooed fan-artist, but he’s gorgeous and can’t keep his hands off me. There’s a first time for everything, and my first time with a guy turns out to be the hottest experience of my life. But the next day, I find out my moody fan-artist is Ian Larsen AKA Cherry—someone I’ve known online for years. And he’d known exactly who I was while shoving me up against that wall. Before I figure out whether to be pissed or flattered, the con ends. Now we’re back online, and he’s acting like nothing happened. But despite the distance between us, and the way he clings to the safety of his online persona, we made a real connection that night. I don’t plan to let him forget.

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About the Authors

Megan Erickson

  Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.
      

Santino Hassell

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author. Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.
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Review

Hard Wired (Cyberlove, #3)

4.5 stars
Ian has different online personas. I get it. He has some baggage from his childhood, and these outward shells are what he needs to protect himself. Jesse is a classic good guy. He worries about everyone else and always tries to help others even if it’s at his expense. Ian needs to work on opening up some to the people who are worth his trust, and Jesse needs to learn that sometimes it’s necessary to put yourself first. These guys are more than obviously attracted to each other, but their personalities aren’t an instant smooth connection. One is set to help fix all potential problems. One is set to block perceived intrusion. The guys do have a bumpy way to go.
Hard Wired kept my attention the entire time. There is drama, but it feels necessary, not ridiculous. It’s easy to cheer the guys on in their life ventures and their relationship. I loved this book and definitely recommend it. I also enjoyed getting glimpses of previous characters in the series. The entire series is definitely a must read, but even if you haven’t read the others, you shouldn’t be confused trying this one as a standalone.

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Football Sundae by Daryl Banner Review

Football never tasted this sweet.

Tanner, the hunky college football star, is home for the summer. Billy, the budding dessert chef, is about to have his hot-fudge-glazed world flipped upside-down. Get ready for the “sweetest” romance you’ve ever tasted.


Contains: hot man-on-man action, a whole lotta southern small town sass, and ice cream.


This is a “sweet & steamy” male/male romance with humor, an HEA, and NO cheating.


BONUS CONTENT: Your special Kindle edition also comes with TWO complimentary male/male stories! After you read Football Sundae, you can enjoy two novellas from the Brazen Boys series: “Dog Tags” and “Slippery When Wet”



FOOTBALL SUNDAE
Only 99¢ and FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited (KU!)
This Kindle edition includes *2* FREE Brazen Boy novellas!



review

Football Sundae

This story is adorable. Tanner and Billy are in a pretty ideal small town in Texas. Each character is friendly and mostly sweet. Food, community parties and local ‘celebrity’ athletes are on the minds of everyone. Tanner is a college football player. Billy works at his family’s diner and has aspirations of being a dessert chef. They have the cutest courtship. There are no ‘bad guys’ in this story. Some are less informed about LGBT+ maters, but no one is trying to be mean.
Football Sundae is mostly about Tanner and Billy figuring out their feelings are mutual and sorting out everyday life issues. If you’re looking for a down-home, drama-free, sexy and pleasant gay romance, you definitely should give this book a read.


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Friendly Fire by Cari Z. Review



Elliot McKenzie is the king of reinvention. Five years after losing his job and his lover and almost going to prison, his self-help program, Charmed Life, is more successful than he’d ever dreamed. He thinks he’s put his sordid past firmly behind him, until he starts receiving cryptic threats . . . and realizes it might not be as over as he’d hoped. 

Security expert Lennox West has been lost since a deadly skirmish in Afghanistan led to his forced retirement from the Army. His PTSD makes helping his ex raise their daughter a challenge. When his ex’s sister asks him to set her boss up with a security system, Lennox isn’t expecting anyone like Elliot McKenzie—a man who captures his attention and makes him feel relaxed for the first time since leaving the service.

But Elliott is dangerously stubborn. Even as the threats against him escalate, he refuses to involve the police, and Lennox fears that stubbornness could kill him. A battle of wills ensues that brings them closer to each other than either man expected. But if the threats turn real, they might not live long enough to get their future together.






Review

Friendly Fire

This is a romance about two men trying to move forward from troubles in their pasts. It’s also a suspense because a bit of trouble is still to come for them.
Elliot has completely turned his life around. He was a lawyer tangled in illegal activities with dire consequences. Now, he’s running a successful company that focuses on helping and supporting others who have also made mistakes and then positive life-changes.
Lennox works in security. He’s a good man struggling with burdens and regrets. He made an impossible call which resulted in some soldiers dying by shots from their own people. Everyone knows there was no way to have known, but he can’t move past the guilt.
Friendly Fire has awesome supporting characters. Holly is a cute dog that steals the spotlight. Lee, Lennox’s daughter, and Serena, Elliot’s personal assistant and Lee’s aunt, bring a lot of personality to the story. They also really push the relationship along between Elliot and Lennox.
If you’re looking for a contemporary romance with some action, mystery and suspense, check this out.


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Daring Fate by Megan Erickson Review





We all have tragic backstories in today’s world. 


I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.


When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.

As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first… 







Review


Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1)

This story is a mix of paranormal, dystopian and erotic romance. A disease has killed off all pure humans. Two groups, Weres and werewolves, weren’t eradicated, but some became zombies that eat and infect others so the current world is all about pack survival. Some packs have great alphas and others not so much.
To Dare the most important thing is his family. His brother and sister are all he has left. They’ve not had good experiences in this post-apocalyptic world. He stumbles upon another pack and turns out he’s their leader’s mate. Dare has to figure out this rare experience and who to trust. His loved ones’ lives depend on it.
This book is full of sexy M/M scenes. It’s super alpha and delicious, and it’s really great with the sweetest too. I’m a big zompoc fan so I would have liked more on the Noweres, but Daring Fate is definitely worth reading.


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MAX by Bey Deckard Review



Novella (49,000 words)
Genre(s): transgressive, psychopath, dark erotica, QUILTBAG


Fresh out of school, Dr. Crane takes on a new patient who both intrigues and unnerves him. Charming, manipulative, and amoral, Max has exactly the sort of mind Crane finds himself drawn to with fictional characters.

As Max weaves himself into Crane’s life, Crane realizes that while fiction might be safe, Max certainly is not.

When the professional line between them thins, who gets to define where one man ends and the other begins?


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review

Max

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Dr. Crane is well-versed on mental health, but all warning signs are ignored when it comes to Max. There’s no denying how intriguing Max is. Crane falls head first into the deranged unknown. Because the storyline is intelligent and amoral, it’s never clear what will happen next. The insanity feels catchy. There are patches of disorientation so heavy the reader can’t be certain who did what.
This is definitely my kind of story. It has dark themes but isn’t overly graphic. I had completely no idea what the end game was. I actually loved the ending. I thought it was a little romantic in a twisted psychopath way, but I’m not sure if that was the intention of the author. If you like characters who don’t quite fit any of society’s molds, going a bit past deviant, this is probably a book for you.


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INTERBOROUGH by Santino Hassell Blog Tour Review



About Interborough
The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn’t recognize the guy he is today. He’s left his slacker ways far behind him and is now juggling two jobs and school. But the balancing act doesn’t allow much time for the man he loves.
David is doing his best to be supportive, but problems at work and his own insecurity leave him frustrated—in more ways than the obvious—whenever he goes to bed before Raymond gets home. The heat and affection between them is still there, but they barely have the time or energy to enjoy it. And it doesn’t help that Raymond is still hiding David from his colleagues.
The stress mounts so high that a vacation in paradise is filled with turmoil instead of harmony, and culminates on their return to the five boroughs with broken promises and heartache. They have to figure out how to stop allowing their differences to overshadow their love. It’s the only way they’ll make it to forever.
Interborough is available from Riptide Publishing. http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/interborough
About Santino Hassell
Santino was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twentysomething, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days and nights writing romance with an edge.
Santino is a dedicated gamer, a former fanfic writer, an ASoIaF mega nerd, a Grindr enthusiast, but most of all he is a writer of LGBT fiction that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.
Connect with Santino:


Giveaway
To celebrate the release of Interborough, one lucky winner will receive $25 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 29, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following thetour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!



REVIEW

Interborough (Five Boroughs, #4)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Raymond totally ‘does it’ for me. I love his gruffness and how he softens for David. I’m so proud for him too, the way he’s made so many positive steps in his life. He gives off all those bad boy vibes and does so many good guy things. He even has the looks. So yeah, male perfection, a five star, four alarm book boyfriend.
We saw David and Raymond go through states of semi-functioning adulthood to actually seeming to pull it together in Sunset Park, but really making everything work takes more than just deciding it will happen. Both are still adapting to being a we instead of an I. There are hardships that come with being a grown up and paying bills. Raymond has never been in love or had responsibilities. David tends to freak out and be overly dramatic. They have their ups and downs, and from these scenes come some of the sweetest dialogue and hottest sex ever. They’re so real. I find myself smiling and sighing and feeling the feels. Michael and Nunzio have some epic love lines too. I may have teared up.
I enjoyed this novel from start to finish. My emotions were involved. The writing is great. The characters are delicious. I can’t recommend it enough.


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