Stacking the Shelves # 5

Stacking The Shelves, hosted gracefully by Tynga’s Reviews, is a weekly feature. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

This week I received 2 ARCs and finally got one of my review copies of the German translations I’ve waited for so long. \^.^/ Also bought a ton of books, but half of it was free or discounted ($0,99). :3

My Manga review copies are re-requested/checked where they are, I can only wait… *sigh*

*for the better understanding: I’ll call ebook review copies mostly ARCs whereas I call german review copies simply review copies. 😀

ARCs/review copies

Dicht unter der Oberfläche (OT Beyond the Surface) by Felice Stevens
German edition published by Dead Soft
published: August 7th

31375377Synopsis (in German):

Der 11. September ändert für Feuerwehrmann Nick Fletcher alles. Er überlebt, schwer verletzt und traumatisiert. Nicks Leben dreht sich fortan darum, Brandopfern zu helfen – bis er den Mann wiedersieht, der einst seine große Liebe war.

Für den Modedesigner Julian Cornell bedeutet Aussehen einfach alles. Er hat nur flüchtige Liebschaften und sein ganzes Leben dreht sich um den Erfolg seines Unternehmens. Doch dann trifft er den Mann wieder, der ihm vor Jahren das Herz gebrochen hat. Und plötzlich steht seine Welt Kopf. Kann es eine zweite Chance für diese Liebe geben?

Band 1 der Breakfast Club Reihe

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon (ebook) / amazon (print)

Finally this print book arrived safe and sound. :3 I read the story – of course – in english before and now I want to see if the German translation is written great as well. The preview was great. The translator – who is a really nice person 😉 – did a great job. :3 ❤

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice by Hayden Hunt
release date: October 4th


I absolutely love everything about Halloween!

This is my favorite time of the year. My family, who I’m very close to, own a pumpkin patch and corn maze. Every year, I help my Grandma run it and have a blast doing so. Even on the slow days, I take in the scenery and enjoy the fact that it’s finally autumn.

Things get even better when I run into a cute guy at the patch. I think about doing a little flirting until I realize he has a kid with him. Kids are cool and all but I could never date a father. I don’t want kids of my own so that’s a little too complicated for me.

He is intriguing, though…

Life has never been harder for me.

I’m trying to survive a horrible family tragedy. Usually, I like this time of year. I own a costume shop and Halloween always brings in a lot of business. But right now, I’m living through my own personal hell.

Which means I don’t have time for dating. As much as I’d like to, I know nobody is going to want to explore a relationship with me when I’ve got all this baggage. I have to accept that I’ll be doing this on my own for a while.

But, I’m not going to lie, that cute guy at the corn maze is very tempting.

This standalone gay-for-you novel is currently on sale for only .99 and comes complete with HEA ending and bonus material from two of my other books!

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

Halloween topic sounds good for me. 🙂 I give this a try. :3 I really love the colors of the cover. :3

Bromantic by Harper Logan
release date: october 11th


“What do you say? You down for a nice bromantic evening?”

Roommates since starting college, Terry and Robbie are still best buds as they head into senior year. Although Terry’s a frat jock and Robbie’s the geeky captain of the Quidditch team, they even adopt a puppy together. When the power goes out one stormy evening, Terry is secure enough in his heterosexuality to suggest making a “bromantic” night out of it.

“So you want to play make-believe.”

Robbie plays along, even when the one-off joke turns into a weekly “date night.” But as Terry toes the line of what’s acceptable between two bros, Robbie begins to wonder if his growing feelings are really for pretend.

“Just a couple of straight guys dating each other.”

Will Robbie’s infatuation drive a wedge between them, sending them on different paths after they graduate? Or could their enduring friendship become something greater than either has ever dreamed? (Bromantic is a 55,000-word standalone contemporary gay romance, complete with lots of heat and a happily ever after ending.)

Source: Goodreads (add later)
Buy link: amazon (add later)

Already finished the ARC, review will be written tomorrow. So funny and romantic… Loved also the title. xDD

bought books (also free books)

It Was Always you by Cardeno C., Ella Frank, Riley Hart, Lane Hayes, Christina Lee, Felice Stevens, N.R. Walker
release date: October 4th


What do you do when everything you’ve ever wanted was right there all along?

Join these bestselling M/M authors as they bring you tales of love, lust, and laughter… between friends.

Featuring seven brand new novellas, each answering the question—what happens when the one meant for you was right there all along?

The book will be available for a LIMITED TIME only!

All money and proceeds for this anthology will be donated to the charity One.n.Ten.

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

So freaked out when I heard about this collection. *^* ❤ of course I bought it ASAP ❤

In the Middle of Somewhere (Middle of Somewhare # 1) by Roan Parrish
published: July 10th 2015


Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he’s a city boy through and through, and it’s clear that this small town is one more place he won’t fit in.

Rex Vale clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his muscular body, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people.

When the two men meet, their chemistry is explosive, but Rex fears Daniel will be another in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in can be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia, where he discovers a secret that changes the way he understands everything.

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

Out of Nowhere (Middle of Somewhare # 2) by Roan Parrish
published: February 29th


The only thing in Colin Mulligan’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So do running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

I can hardly say now to discounted and/or free books. :3 Less than $0,99 for me because of the good currency rate. :3 This series was a long time on my TBR-have-to-buy-list.

Hexbreaker (Hexworld # 1) by Jordan L. Hawk
published: May 6th


Will a dark history doom their future together?

New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.

Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.

Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.

But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.

Genre: m/m paranormal historical romance

Don’t miss “The 13th Hex” prequel short story!

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

First volume of her new series and… yes, I needed it… It’s Jordan L. Hawk so: great. ❤

Absolution (The Protectors # 1) by Sloane Kennedy
published: April 1st


After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he’s ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.

The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can’t he bring himself to pull the trigger?

After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle – dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.

Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they’re forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.

But each man’s scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them…

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

Salvation (The Protectors # 2) by Sloane Kennedy
published: May 11th


Trauma surgeon Ronan Grisham lost everything the day the man he loved was stolen from him in a brutal attack. Driven by a thirst for vengeance, he turns his hatred into building an underground group that can do what he couldn’t that fateful day…take the lives of the guilty to save the lives of the innocent. But years later, he’s forced to confront the one link to his past that he can’t sever.

Seven years after the loss of his parents in a violent home invasion that left him permanently scarred both inside and out, 21-year-old Seth Nichols is trying to put his life back together so he can take over the reins of his father’s global shipping empire. But the last person he expects to come back into his life is the man he drove away with one innocent, stolen kiss.

With one brush of his lips, Seth managed to do to Ronan what no other had since the day Ronan watched the light in his fiancé’s eyes go out forever. He made him need again. But Ronan can’t need anyone, least of all his dead fiancé’s younger brother. Because even one touch from Seth could shatter Ronan’s carefully constructed world and Ronan knows there’s no coming back from that a second time.

But when a series of escalating attacks against Seth forces Ronan back into his life, Seth knows it’s his last chance to show Ronan he can be the man the broken surgeon needs. Only the Ronan who returns isn’t the Ronan Seth fell in love with so long ago…

Can Seth be Ronan’s salvation or will he end up destroying them both?

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

Two books free? Hell yes, this is such an easy decision. 🙂 Also have heard about it but wasn’t on my TBR list yet…

More (More # 1) by Sloan Parker
published: February 11th 2015


NOTE: This is a revised edition of a previously published work. The publisher and cover has changed.

For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father’s radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and never fall in love again. But one night of explosive sex and two men he can’t get out of his head have Luke breaking every one of his rules. Richard and Matthew push him past all his boundaries—both sexually and personally—and now he’s no longer hiding from his senator father. He’s taking him on. And he isn’t just falling for one man. He’s falling for two. If you’re going to break the rules, might as well break them big.

But Luke’s father has his reasons for hating how his son lives, and he’ll do whatever he can and use all his power to keep Luke away from Richard and Matthew.

Can this threesome find a way to make their unconventional relationship last with the world around them trying to pull them apart? And will Luke be able to keep breaking his rules for Richard and Matthew, or will he head back to his old way of life just when his new lovers want to pull him closer?

This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and an all-male menage relationship.

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

Also a free one; the blurb sounds good and it’s a menage. I like to read one again… I only hope the BDSM topic isn’t that heavy. 😮

Will & Patrick Wake Up Married (Wake Up Married # 1) by Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths
published: October 27th 2015


Join the fun in this vibrant first installment of the new romantic comedy serial by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!

After a drunken night of hot sex in Vegas, strangers Will Patterson and Dr. Patrick McCloud wake up married. A quickie divorce is the most obvious way out—unless you’re the heir of a staunchly Catholic mafia boss with a draconian position on the sanctity of marriage.

Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Will and Patrick don’t like it, or each other, but they have to make the best of it until they can find another way out of their marriage. To ensure the trust fund Will’s charitable foundation relies on isn’t revoked by his mobster grandfather, he and Patrick travel to Will’s hometown of Healing, South Dakota, posing as a newlywed couple in the throes of true love at first sight.

Complicating their scheme are Will’s unresolved feelings for his all-too-recent ex-boyfriend Ryan, and Patrick’s desire to get back to the only thing that really matters to him in life: neurosurgery. Will they fool everyone? Or will the mafia get wind that their marriage is a fake? Throw their simmering attraction into the mix and all bets are off!

Episode 1 of 6 in the Wake Up Married serial.

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

Couldn’t resist. Also free and written by one author I already know… 🙂 The first three novels are combined as one bigger book, published in German, so I want to try the original out first. 🙂

Baked in Love by Hayden Hunt
release date: September 27th


This isn’t what I imagined my life would be.

I care about Chelsea, I do, she’s been my best (and only) friend since we were teenagers. I love her, but I don’t feel that passionate love that people always talk about. Who knows? Maybe that kind of romanticized love only exists in books and movies. That’s what I have always told myself, at least.

But after I meet Aidan, I know that’s not true. For the first time, I’ve met someone who makes me feel passionate love. And I can’t deny my feelings any longer, even if it turns my entire life upside down.

I’ve got my bakery, I’ve got my friends, life is good.

But I suppose it would be nice to have a romantic interest in my life. In this conservative town, I’ve dated just about every gay man I can find. And while some have been nice enough, nobody has really clicked for me. I know I should probably move out of this town to open up my options, but I’ve got my bakery here and I can’t imagine giving up my business.

It’s in my bakery that I meet Miles. He and his fiancee, Chelsea, are looking to design their wedding cake. Only he doesn’t seem that interested in the cake… or her, for that matter. But I do keep catching him staring at me…

This standalone gay-for-you novel is currently on sale for only .99 and comes complete with HEA ending!

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

Missed the ARC giveaway. This had good reviews and a friend of mine was positve about it. 🙂 $0,99 is a good deal. 🙂

books I’m waiting for/ preordered

I like to give an overview of the anticipated books, some of them are preordered (marked with a ++). I put the link to goodreads on the title. In the comming StS issues I will present them. 🙂

This is my overview… Feel free t0 leave a comment if you have similar books on your list. 🙂


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