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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.
Aisling Book Two: Dream

Aisling Book Two: Dream

Title: Dream (Aisling Trilogy, #2) Author: Carole Cummings Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: October 17, 2017 Genre(s): Fantasy Romance Page Count: 354 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: To reveal the intricate machinations threatening them, two men must learn to trust each other. But how can they, when their hearts and minds—their realities—are subject to manipulation? When he…
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In Over Our Heads (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: In Over Our Heads (Stories from the Shore #2) Author: CJane Elliott Release Date: October 16, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 216 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: A Stories From the Shore Book Anthony Vallen is the life of any party. Full of energy and fun, Anthony adores romance and enjoys playing matchmaker for his…
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Leaning Into Touch (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Leaning Into Touch (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Leaning Into Touch (Leaning Into Series, #3) Author: Lane Hayes Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: October 6, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 235 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: Josh Sheehan is unlucky in love and now… newly unemployed. He’s not sure what to do next, but he’s sure he should give up on romance. Especially after…
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An Unsuitable Heir (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

An Unsuitable Heir (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: An Unsuitable Heir (Sins of the Cities #3) Author: K.J. Charles Publisher: Loveswept Release Date: October 3, 2017 Genre(s): Historical Romance Page Count: 211 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: A private detective finds passion, danger, and the love of a lifetime when he hunts down a lost earl in Victorian London. On the trail of an…
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Model Exposure (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Model Exposure (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Model Exposure (Haven Investigations, #4) Author: Lissa Kasey Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: October 2, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 275 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: After being rescued by Ollie, Kade continues to suffer the aftermath of his ordeal, both physically and psychologically. Not knowing how else to clear his head, he pours his…
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Saviors: Duty and Sacrifice 1 (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Saviors: Duty and Sacrifice 1 (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Saviors: Duty and Sacrifice 1 (The God Jars Saga #1) Author: Devon Vesper Publisher: Magelight Press Release Date: September 19, 2017 Genre(s): Fantasy / Paranormal Page Count: 204 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 1.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Trust is more terrifying than any weapon. Valis’ father wants to sacrifice him to the evil God, Qos. His uncle wants to use…
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Stay a Little Longer (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Stay a Little Longer (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Stay a Little Longer Author: Jess Bryant Publisher: Self-Published Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition) Release Date: October 5, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 166 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Where do you go when there’s no place to hide? Country music superstar, Trent Thorne is on the run. The secret he’s kept hidden from the…
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Trust and Obey (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Trust and Obey (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Trust and Obey Author: T.S. McKinney Publisher: Painted Hearts Publishing Release Date: September 18, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 258 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: For the past few years, Landry has been able to tuck the horrors of his past into a nice, neat compartment inside his head. He’s been focused on his future…
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Jigs and Reels (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Jigs and Reels (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Jigs and Reels Author: Leigh M. Lorien Publisher: JMS Books, LLC Release Date: September 16, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 58 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: Elijah works in a cubicle, lives with his parents, and never goes on dates. It isn’t an exciting life, but it’s safe and easy and that’s good enough. Then…
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Cinnamon Eyes (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Cinnamon Eyes (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Cinnamon Eyes Author: Nell Iris Publisher: JMS Books LLC Release Date: August 12, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 124 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and break away from his demanding family. When his therapist encourages him to do something…
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The Slow Road to Hell (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

The Slow Road to Hell (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: The Slow Road to Hell (Elders Edge #1) Author: Grant Atherton Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: May 23, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Mystery Page Count: 235 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Forensic Psychologist Michael MacGregor returns to his old home town when his estranged father, the local priest, is murdered in the first of a series of…
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Damage Control (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Damage Control (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Damage Control Author: Lynn Van Dorn Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: September 12, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 518 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Everything to lose. Tyler’s worked hard to kick the dust of the Chicago suburbs off his heels and move on with his life as Hollywood’s newest up-and-comer, burying his demons and hiding…
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The Long Past & Other Stories (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

The Long Past & Other Stories (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: The Long Past & Other Stories Author: Ginn Hale Publisher: Blind Eye Books Release Date: October 3, 2017 Genre(s): Historical Romance, Dystopian, Fantasy Page Count: 317 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5 Blurb: 1858 – Warring mages open up a vast inland sea that splits the United States in two. With the floodwaters come creatures from a long…
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By Fairy Means or Foul (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

By Fairy Means or Foul (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: By Fairy Means or Foul: A Starfig Investigations Novel Author: Meghan Maslow Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: September 29, 2017 Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Romance Page Count: 280 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: The last thing half-dragon, half-fairy private investigator Twig Starfig wants to do is retrieve a stolen enchanted horn from a treacherous fae, but there’s…
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