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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.
Matchstick Men (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Matchstick Men (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Matchstick Men (A Hunter Dane Investigation #2) Author: Adira August Publisher: Red Deer Press Release Date: June 22, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 275 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: SEX, GAMES & MURDER ~ Want to play? It was munch night at the most elite underground BDSM club in the Rockies. Relaxed and informal, highlighted…
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Rank & File (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Rank & File (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Rank & File (Anchor Point #4) Author: LA Witt Publisher: Riptide Publishing Release Date: September 25, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Military Page Count: 272 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he’s had his eye on the…
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Why I Love Bodyguards (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Why I Love Bodyguards (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Why I Love Bodyguards (Why I Love… #3) Author: T.A. Chase Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: September 22, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 181 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Hilton Burke might be one of the most powerful men in the world, but he can’t seem to get what he wants the most. Every time…
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As Big as the Sky (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

As Big as the Sky (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: As Big as the Sky Author: Amy Aislin Publisher: MLR Press Release Date: August 4, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 134 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: Sam wants nothing to do with his irresponsible, sarcastic neighbor…or does he? Sam McAuley is having a rough start to the summer: Not only is he being sued, but…
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Law and Disorder (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Law and Disorder (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Law and Disorder (Casus Fortuitus #2) Author: Brooke Edwards Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: August 31, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 141 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: James Carter and Derek Moore fought their way through attraction and misunderstandings to get to where they are today. Sure, they’re still figuring out how to make things work…
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Ward & Weft (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Ward & Weft (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Ward & Weft Author: Parker Foye Publisher: Carina Press Release Date: September 12, 2017 Genre(s): Paranormal Romance; Historical Page Count: 112 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: In this male/male paranormal historical romance, warden and wolf must reignite the magic that first bonded them together. Wales, 1912 For generations, the magic wardens and the fierce werewolves combined…
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Welcome to Crash (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Welcome to Crash (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Welcome to Crash Author: Lina Langley Publisher: DSP Release Date: September 12, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 226 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: At first, Damien feels lucky to land a job at an influential art studio, but it soon becomes obvious that something’s not right. His gorgeous boss, John, is interested, and he’d be…
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Lord of the White Hell (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Lord of the White Hell (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Lord of the White Hell (The Cadeleonian Series #1) Author: Ginn Hale Publisher: Blind Eye Books Release Date: September 11, 2017 Genre(s): Fantasy Romance Page Count: 368 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Kiram Kir-Zaki may be considered a mechanist prodigy among his own people, but when he becomes the first Haldiim ever admitted to the prestigious…
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Family Man (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Family Man (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Family Man Author: Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: September 11, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 210 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: At forty, Vincent “Vinnie” Fierro is still afraid to admit he might be gay—even to himself. It’ll be a problem for his big, fat Italian family. Still, after three…
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Living Out Loud (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Living Out Loud (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Living Out Loud Author: Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: September 8, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Ben Emerson has lived by his minister father’s rules most of his life. Born into an ultra-conservative church community, he’s finally brave enough to break free and move to San Francisco.…
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Tate (Temptation #5)

Tate (Temptation #5)

Title: Tate (Temptations, #5) Author: Ella Frank Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: 9/8/2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 274 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5 Rating: 5+ stars out of 5 Blurb: William Tate Morrison – The man who came into my life and turned my entire world—and me—on its ass. Logan Mitchell has always been a man with a plan. One for work. One for…
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Leaning Into Always (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Leaning Into Always (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: Leaning Into Always (Leaning Into Series #1B) Author: Lane Hayes Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: September 5, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 100 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 3.75 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Life is good for Eric Schuster. He owns a highly successful tech company, has a great group of buddies, and he’s about to marry the man of his…
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The Alpha Heir (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

The Alpha Heir (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

Title: The Alpha Heir (Kingdom of Askara #2) Author: Victoria Sue Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: September 4, 2017 Genre(s): Paranormal, Shifter Romance Page Count: 191 pages Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Man and wolf. Sworn enemies in the battle for Askara. Can hate and betrayal ever lead to love? Caleb Harken has spent six years wrongfully imprisoned for…
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