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I am a life-long reader and an avid learner. I remember reading books without pictures when I was about four, and raided every title on my parents’ full and intimidating book shelves—well, the ones they would let me read, anyway—from then on. Characters written by authors like Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, and Anne McCaffrey were my childhood playmates.

Back then, I went nowhere unless I had a book in my hand. While the rest of my generation was shifting from cassettes to CDs and from Atari to Nintendo, Sega, and Playstation, I spent my allowance on Myth & Magic pewter figurines and on books at the Stars and Stripes bookstore. These days I don’t have a book in my hand anymore, at least not the printed variety. Instead, it’s any device with a Kindle app.

I stubbornly held on to the printed page until a military move weighed my book collection in at over a ton. Oops. Sorry-not-sorry, but I did have to exercise some pragmatism in that area, unfortunately. Now I only buy hardbacks from my favorite authors, the classics, or long-running series. Otherwise, I’ve surrendered to the times and our weight allowance and have gone all digital.

I stay strictly on the fiction side of the fence because non-fiction is generally too dry to hold my interest. I was always a scholar, and so have read enough textbook-like titles and required reading for school and college to last me a lifetime, thank you very much. So, non-fiction? No, thanks. However, barring non-fiction and biographies (ewww people), there’s not much out there I won’t read.

I have loved romance novels since I was prepubescent. Something about historicals and anything with horses, i.e., Native American inspired romances just did it for me. My grandmother was appalled that my parents let me read that ‘smut’ as she called it. I’d already justified my position on being allowed to read those controversial titles with a logical argument that there were a lot of historical facts in those books that couldn’t be learned in the classroom alone. And to this day, I maintain that stance. I have learned more from books, specifically romance and fantasy novels, than I ever did in a classroom.

~~wink-wink~~

My dad always said I was too smart for my own good. Looking back, he was probably right! I could logically talk my way into and out of just about anything. It’s served me well, but caused me no end of problems, too. That said, despite my love for the romance genre in general and the m/m romance genre in particular, there is little chance that a decent book of any kind will fail to catch my interest, and there’s nothing at all I’m unwilling to learn. So bring it on. I hope you enjoy my reviews.

Unlikely Hero (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Unlikely Hero (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Unlikely Hero Author: Sean Michael Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: (2009) Re-release November 20, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romancw Page Count: 210 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Eric doesn’t know where else to turn when his daughter is kidnapped, so he calls on his powerful ex-lover, Brock. Brock never expected to hear from Eric again, but he…
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Stealing Third (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Stealing Third (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Stealing Third Author: Marie Lark Publisher: Loose Id, LLC Release Date: October 17, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 207 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: His old high school teammates call him “Peaches” because Nick Pacioretti is anything but sweet–too calculating, too abrupt, and way too invested in his best friend Miles’s baseball career for his…
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The Consumption of Magic (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

The Consumption of Magic (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania, #3) Author: T.J. Klune Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: November 20, 2017 Genre(s): Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Page Count: 450 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5 Rating: 5+ stars out of 5 Blurb: Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a…
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Psycho Romeo (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Psycho Romeo (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Psycho Romeo (Ward Security, #1) Author: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: October 27, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 232 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Geoffrey Ralse is known for being the life of the party. He loves the club scene, hanging with his friends, and flirting with whomever catches his eye.…
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Dancing Men

Dancing Men

Title: Dancing Men: Hunter Dane Investigation 2 (Hunt&Cam4Ever, #3) Author: Adira August Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: November 1, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Murder/Mystery Page Count: 384 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: An ancient burial urn, empty for millennia, is suddenly not so empty. When Detective Lieutenant Hunter Dane probes the murder at Natural History Museum, it’s his…
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Rhino Ash (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Rhino Ash (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Rhino Ash (Saturday Barbies #2) Author: Lindsey Black Publisher: Netherwood Press Release Date: October 27, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 278 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Ashley Jameson always tries to do the right thing, but that’s hard when your nephew keeps eating crayons, your niece is dressed as a pudding and your obnoxious older…
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Echoes of the Gods (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Echoes of the Gods (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Echoes of the Gods Author: Gaia Sol Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: October 25, 2017 Genre(s): Fantasy Romance, Mythology Page Count: 316 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Peace reigns in Midgard and with no wars to fight, Yngvi, soldier and fancy-free charmer, craves danger, excitement and adventure. He finds all that and more in a mysterious stranger…
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Wheels Up (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Wheels Up (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Wheels Up (Out of Uniform #4) Author: Annabeth Albert Publisher: Carina Press Release Date: November 6, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Military Romance Page Count: 304 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren’t listening to rules and regulations. Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a twentysomething hell-raiser, he’s…
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Avristin: Duty and Sacrifice 2 (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Avristin: Duty and Sacrifice 2 (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Avristin: Duty and Sacrifice 2 (The God Jars Saga #2) Author: Devon Vesper Publisher: Magelight Press Release Date: October 31, 2017 Genre(s): Fantasy / Paranormal Romance Page Count: 256 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Avristin isn’t the quiet, contemplative monastery he imagined… Valis escaped his birth father and made it to Avristin. Now, the adopted son…
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Hell and Back (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Hell and Back (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Hell and Back Author: Dirk Greyson Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: October 27, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 176 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3.75 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5 Blurb: Seventeen years ago, Forge Reynolds fell in love… and had his heart broken. When Staff Sergeant Gage Livingston was brought into Forge’s Army field hospital, temporarily paralyzed, Forge sat with him,…
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Ben & Gavin (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Ben & Gavin (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Ben & Gavin Author: J.H. Knight Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: October 18, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 201 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: For Ben Cartwright, having a twenty-one-year-old lover comes with a lot of responsibility and a lot of worry. Mostly he worries that Gavin is tying himself down without knowing what his options…
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Out (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Out (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Out Author: Cara Dee Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: October 19, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 300 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: “I guess I always figured coming out was something you did for friends and family, and maybe it is, but it’s personal too, you know? The person I was last night is new. I…
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Building Forever (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Building Forever (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Building Forever (The Rebuilding Year, #3) Author: Kaje Harper Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: October 13, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Page Count: 80 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: Four years ago, Ryan and John decided they’d wait to get married until it came with full legal equality. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court, that historic moment has finally…
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Bitten By Desire (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Bitten By Desire (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Bitten By Desire (Regent’s Park Pack, #3) Author: Annabelle Jacobs Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: October 12, 2017 Genre(s): Paranormal Romance Page Count: 311 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Two lovers from rival packs. Have they come together only to be forced apart? Alec Knight, a beta in the Regent’s Park pack, guards his heart carefully. Ghosts…
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