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~Review~In Your Eyes (Mates #3) by Cardeno C.~

 

25927403Title: In Your Eyes
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Mates #3
Publisher: The Romance Authors, 2 edition
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Page Count: 226 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Paranormal, Shifters/Werewolves
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. But despite his best efforts, Samuel can’t relate to people, including those he’s supposed to lead.

When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for throwing him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then desperately avoids him. What he can’t do is forget Korban’s warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.

When a battle between their fathers ends tragically, Samuel struggles to lead his pack while Korban works to break through Samuel’s emotional barriers. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past their society’s rules to realize they are destined for one another.


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In Your Eyes (Mates #3) by Cardeno C.

****4 Stars****

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Loved this one. I liked it better than the previous book. Also, this one was more fun!

 There are 3 books in this series and they are all different.

In book 1, we have a shifter and a human, in book 2, we have a shifter and a vampire and in this one, we have 2 delicious alpha male shifters together.

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Korban is the sweet and fun-loving one, while Samuel is the smart, distant and cold one. They are both in line to be the next alpha of their packs since both of them are sons of the current alphas.Korban figured out that Samuel is his true mate, at the age of 11, but it took Samuel way…

…way longer to figure his shit out.

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So it does take them some time to get together and a lot of things happen in between, most having to do with their packs and their Alpha’s. Since I don’t want to spoiler anything, you will just have to read all of that yourself.

However, once they do figure things out…damn, they were HOT!!

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All the hot sex and the biting and …did I mention the knotting ??

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~Review~Until Forever Comes (Mates #2) by Cardeno C.~

 

25926739Title: Until Forever Comes
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Mates #2
Publisher: The Romance Authors, 2 edition
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Page Count: 204 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Paranormal, Vampires, Shifters/Werewolves
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

A sensitive wolf shifter and a vicious vampire challenge history, greed, and the very fabric of their beings in order to stay together until forever comes.

Plagued by pain and weakness all his life, Ethan Abbatt is a wolf shifter who can’t shift. Hoping to find an honorable death by joining his pack mates in a vampire attack, Ethan instead learns two things: draining his blood releases his pain and his wolf, and he has a true mate—a vampire named Miguel.

Over four centuries old, strong, powerful, and vicious, Miguel Rodriguez walks through life as a shadow, without happiness or affection. When a young shifter tells Miguel they’re true mates, destined to be together, Miguel sends him away. But Ethan is persistent and being with him comes so naturally that Miguel can’t resist for long. Their challenge is staying alive so they can be together until forever comes.


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Until Forever Comes (Mates #2) by Cardeno C.

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I really enjoyed this nice and very steamy shifter story. I also loved the fact that it was a shifter mating with a vampire.

My two favorites..together….awesome. 😀

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But there were some things that bothered me as well. I absolutely hate the words prick and pecker. That seriously annoyed me…I also didn’t find it very sexy. I tried to change the words in my head while reading…

…but that didn’t work very well.

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I also found the way everyone was speaking, a bit strange (especially the shifters). It felt a bit historical to me…which come to think of it, probably was…and I really don’t like historical. That’s just a personal preference though.What I did like, was the steam level…Damn these two were HOT for each other.

Plus there is biting and knotting. 😛

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If you have read book 1, then you already know Miguel and Ethan.

This book tells us how they met year and years ago. These two are true mates and I loved reading about how they got together. There was also a bit of a funny element in this one, which I really appreciated.These two were pretty sweet together and I loved the shy shifter with the big bad vampire.

They almost set my Ipad on fire!!!!

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~Review~Wake Me Up Inside (Mates #1) by Cardeno C.~

 

26023640Title: Wake Me Up Inside
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Mates #1
Publisher: The Romance Authors, 2 edition
Release Date: July 31, 2015
Page Count: 250 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Paranormal, Shifters/Werewolves
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

A powerful Alpha wolf shifter and a strong-willed human overcome traditions ingrained over generations and uncover long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny as true mates.

Regarded as the strongest wolf shifter in generations, Alpha Zev Hassick is surprised and confused by his attraction to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. A male shifter has to mate with a female shifter to keep his humanity, so shifters can’t be gay. Yet, everything inside Zev tells him Jonah is his true mate.

Maintaining a relationship with the man he has loved since childhood isn’t easy for Jonah Marvel, but he won’t let distance or Zev’s odd family get in their way. When unexplained ailments begin to plague Jonah, he needs to save his own life and sanity in order to have a future with Zev.

Zev and Jonah know they’re destined for each other, but they must overcome traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny.


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Wake Me Up Inside (Mates #1) by Cardeno C.

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I really have a weak for hot shifters and this book was right up my alley.

I have, to be honest though…I have read this series kind of out of order. This happens to me a lot though, and since these books can be read as standalone…it wasn’t an issue.

What can I say…I am a bit weird. 😀

This story skips between the present and past time and even though I find this annoying in most books…I didn’t in this one.

Zev and Jonah meet when they are both very very young, around 1. Jonah is playing (or more like crawling) outside and Zev is in his wolf-form. He immediately knows that the little boy is important some how…he just doesn’t know why. A very important connection exists between the two of them, right from the start.

But Zev wants to get to know Jonah in his human form too. So he does when he is a little older and they become the best of friends, even going to the same school.


Along the way of growing up, Zev learns that the connection the two of them share is because they are true mates. Problem is…true mates are never of the same gender and true mates are also always two shifters. This might confuse Zev, but he is still all in as far as Jonah is concerned. What makes matters more complicated though is that…

Zev is the future Alpha of his pack.

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Jonah is about to go to college and Zev being the future Alpha, can’t leave town. He doesn’t want Jonah to give up his dreams, and he knows that once he gives into his feelings and mates with Jonah, he won’t be able to separate himself from him anymore. So what does he do….. He decides to keep things to himself. Not telling Jonah is a shifter and not telling him that they are true mates. They do start a relationship, but Zev refuses to take things too far, which of course, in turn, confuses Jonah…

…and pisses him off a bit.

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These spend a lot of years apart…both hurting. There were times I wanted to smack Zev in the head. On the other hand…I got where he was coming from and why he did it. He just wanted what was best for Johan.

These boys were hot together before they mated but after…phhewww. 😛

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~Review~Devour (Unbreakable Bonds #4) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott~

 

32867113Title: Devour
Authors: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #4
Publisher: SelfPublished
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romantic, Suspense
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Ian Pierce is the chef and part owner of the hottest restaurant in Cincinnati, his chosen family is full of happy relationships, and the scruffy, snarky cop who has been haunting his dreams is one step closer to being in his bed. But everything comes crashing down when the past he narrowly escaped nine years ago comes to a deadly head.

Hollis Banner was enamored of Ian at first sight. He’s kept his distance, knowing the gorgeous, self-confident man is out of his league. Yet there’s no standing aside when Boris Jagger escapes a raid. Jagger’s world has been nearly destroyed and this time, the crime boss is coming after Ian and his friends personally.

Hollis will do whatever it takes to keep Ian safe as they escape to a safe house with a couple of Ian’s overprotective friends. And Ian finds himself in a race to unlock painful memories—memories containing information that could take down the very last of Jagger’s illegal operations forever.

Trigger warning: Flashbacks to abuse could be possible triggers for some.


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To say that I love every single book in this series would be an understatement.

I absolutely adore this series…but this last book, took my breath away!!!

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Everyone that knows me, knows I have been crushing hard on detective Hollis Banner ever since he showed up in Shiver…all sick and sniffly.

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First things first. I think these books should be read in order, starting with book 1. They have a continuing storyline so I would not advise to read them as stand-alone.

Don’t worry if you haven’t read the others yet…you are in for a big treat! 😀 


Ever since book 1, we have seen Hollis and Ian dancing around each other. Both interested in each other and both doing nothing about it…the sexual tension was through the roof and we have all been rooting for them to finally make a move!!

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Sexy Detective Hollis Banner is finally back from his undercover stint and he is worried about Ian.

He is also very ready to lay his claim on Ian… 😛

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And Ian….well he is all too happy to finally be claimed. 😀 


Boris Jagger is still very much a big threat, even more so in this book and the time has come to take him on. Throughout this book, we get to know more about Ian’s past with Jagger and my heart really broke for him. It also made me respect the hell out of him because Ian…he is so much stronger than he thinks. Hollis is the perfect man to show him, how strong he really is and seeing how he treated Ian, made me love him even more.

Their sexual chemistry is delicious and when they finally get together…damn they were so HOT!!!

“You are so goddamn gorgeous, you steal my breath away.” I’m glad the other two left because we are gonna make some noise. “

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“There is a dirty, dirty boy in me dying to experiment.”

But this book isn’t just about Ian and Hollis. It’s about all of them, Lucas, Andre, Snow, Jude, Rowe and Noah. They all need to come together to get rid of Jagger once and for all. All of these men play an important part in this story and I loved the little pieces we got in Lucas’ pov.I don’t want to go into the story much more because I think it should be enjoyed without any spoilers.

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I am a bit sad to say goodbye to this series…I have come to love each and every one of these characters.

I am however happy that Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott are writing a spin-off series. I will, of course, read each and every one of the books in that series.And I will also re-read this series a hundred times more…especially this book. ❤ 

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“Ian you are my home. It doesn’t matter where we eat or sleep. Wherever you are is where I live.”

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~Release Day Review~Laurent and the Beast by K.A. Merikan~

 

33959435Title: Laurent and the Beast
Author: K.A. Merikan
Series: Kings of Hell MC #1
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd.
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Dark, Paranormal
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

 ~Blurb~

Nothing can stop true love. Not time. Not even the devil himself.

1805. Laurent. Indentured servant. Desperate to escape a life that is falling apart.
2017. Beast. Kings of Hell Motorcycle Club vice president. His fists do the talking.

Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he’s covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurts his body but damaged his soul and self-esteem, so he’s wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him.

Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse. Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast’s heartstrings. Laurent is so lost in the world around him and is such a tangled mystery, that Beast can’t help but let the man claw his way into the stone that is Beast’s, heart.

In 1805, Laurent has no family, no means, and his eyesight is failing. To escape a life of poverty, he uses his beauty, but that only backfires and leads him to a catastrophe that changes his life forever. He takes one step into the abyss and is transported to the future, ready to fight for a life worth living.

What he doesn’t expect in his way is a brutal, gruff wall of tattooed muscle with a tender side that only Laurent is allowed to touch. And yet, if Laurent ever wants to earn his freedom, he might have to tear out the heart of the very man who took care of him when it mattered most.

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Themes: time travel, servitude, serial killer, cruelty, motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, disability, demons, tattoos, impossible choices, deception, crime, self-discovery, healing, virginity, black magic, gothic

Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes

Length: ~135,000 words (Book 1 in the series, can be read as a standalone)

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.


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An amazing, captivating story!

It’s no secret that K.A. Merikan are two of my favorite MM Authors.

Their stories are brilliantly unique-you never quite know what to expect.This is a very well thought out, cleverly written story.What happens when two worlds collide and two very different men are drawn to each other.One, completely innocent and one worn down by a life he never envisaged for himself.

-1805
Laurent Mercier is just 19, an indentured servant, separated from his family.

He cuts quite a lonely figure…he has no sexual experience but yearns for the touch of a man..His one passion is his love of books, so when he thinks he’s met a kindred spirit and someone he’s attracted to he is finally ready to give in to his desires.He could never have foreseen how his life was about to be changed forever.


-2017
Beast is 32.Badly disfigured in a fire, he’s covered his body in tattoos.

The last thing he wants is pity from anyone so he chooses not to seek the company of other men and is resigned to be alone.But appearances are definitely deceptive because deep down he’s a good man.

When Laurent enters his world he has no idea what to make of the strange, beautiful, young man…but, one thing is clear, he’s deeply attracted to Laurent.But could someone like that be attracted to him?


Laurent…what can I say?

These Authors have created some truly fascinating, engaging characters in their books and Laurent is no exception.I just adored him.His beauty, his innocence, his naivety and his strength captivated me.
But, has he left one life as a servant only to become a prisoner in another life?And how far is he willing to go to live his life the way he wants to?

Laurent and Beast’s story is far from perfect at times.Beast’s insecurities about his appearance are always there, bubbling away under the surface and while Laurent might be innocent he knows what he wants from life.As they get to know each other Laurent sees past the outward appearance and really sees the man Beast is inside.

“I once knew an incredibly handsome man.When you looked at his face, his beauty made you assume he was the perfect gentleman.But deep down, in his heart, he held evil you wouldn’t comprehend.People are wrong to judge you by your scars.”

This story has a dark, gothic feel to it.As a reader, you know what Laurent must do to obtain his freedom but you really have no idea how things will play out.


I can already tell it’s going to be an amazing series and with three more books to come, I’m totally invested.

The next one is Knight’s story and I can’t wait…

He’s a total manwhore in the most delicious way but I’m guessing there’s a lot more to him.

Time-travel, age difference, innocence, darkness…a very well executed story.

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~Blog Tour~Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway~See My Words by Melanie Hansen~

 

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We are happy to welcome  Melanie Hansen today on our blog to celebrate the new book 

See My Words (Spectrum Nights #2) 

Melanie answers a few questions for us and also offering an Excerpt and a great Giveaway.

Check out this fantastic book, read the Excerpt & Guest Post and grab your copy today!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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34664374Title: See My Words
Series: Spectrum Nights, book 2
Author: Melanie Hansen

Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: April 24
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 101300
Genre: Romance, angst, family drama, friends to lovers,
hurt/comfort, model (ish), Photographer/photojournalist,
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~Synopsis~

Successful underwear model Scott Ashworth is lucky—his attack at the hands of an unknown assailant will leave no visible scars. His professional goals are still within reach, and best of all, his stepbrother Rylan Mahoney is back in his life, their teenage infatuation, at last, getting the chance to deepen into something more.

Thrown together by the circumstances of Scott’s injury, Rylan’s long-dormant feelings for him are quickly rekindled, though he’s haunted by the memory of Scott’s disappearance on the night of his eighteenth birthday and the six missing years that followed. Rylan pushes Scott for the truth, a firm believer in the maxim that secrets lose their power once they’re shared—but resurrecting old demons almost always comes with a price.

Before Scott knows it, his life is spiraling out of control, his toxic insecurities welling up to threaten the fragile relationship he’s building with Rylan. Learning to let go of the past and believe in himself will be Scott’s greatest challenge, or else he risks losing Rylan forever this time.

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See My Words
Melanie Hansen © 2017
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Scott stared at the image. All three of his half-brothers were sitting at one of the bar’s high tables, Donna standing behind them with her arms around their shoulders. They were clustered close together, leaning on each other, beaming.

“Whoa, they’re so big. And they look really happy.”

“They are.”

“When was this taken?”

“Right before I moved out here. In fact, I stopped in Pace on the way just to see them.”

Scott tore his eyes away from the picture to stare at Rylan. “So you’re still in touch with them? With the boys?”

Rylan nodded. “I am, yeah. We’re friends on Facebook, and we text sometimes. They’re great kids.”

Scott was silent for a moment. “What about the baby? Cara? Is she—”

“Still with Heather? Yes.” Rylan’s voice was soft. “The picture you saw that first day in my apartment? That was the last time I saw them, when I went up to visit Cara before finals.”

“So you talk to—her? Heather, I mean.”

“Sometimes. Not often.” Rylan touched the scar on his cheek almost absently, and his eyes took on a haunted look. “When she and my dad split up, Scott, it was…ugly.”

Scott’s stomach roiled, and the puree he’d just drunk surged back into his throat. He grasped Rylan’s wrist, drawing his startled glance.

“Did Heather give you that scar?” he demanded. “That fucking bitch—”

Rylan gasped. “No!” he exclaimed. “She’s never, ever touched me.”

Scott released him, studying the scar before tracing it lightly with his thumb. It was high on Rylan’s cheekbone, small, but white and jagged.

“You can’t tell me that’s always been there, Ry. I would have noticed it before.” Would have noticed it back when he used to map every inch of Rylan’s face with his lips as they lay entangled together in his narrow bed. “Who did this?”

A pause. “My dad.”

The answer was so unexpected that Scott reared back in disbelief. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” he croaked. “Bob—hit you? Bob?” He couldn’t wrap his mind around it. Gentle Bob, who adored his son beyond reason, hit Rylan so hard he’d left a fucking scar? “What the hell happened?”

Rylan wrapped his arms around himself, hunching over. “While my dad was gone on one of his over-the-road jobs, Heather went out with her friends one night, got drunk, and brought home a man. But this time the dude didn’t fuck and run; he stayed for the weekend.”

“Holy shit. And your dad caught them.” Scott’s voice was hushed.

Rylan gave a jerky nod. “He walked in on them, in bed. I could hear them through the wall, and I’ll never forget the anguish in his voice as he demanded to know what exactly it was he was seeing. Heather was pleading with him, and the other guy was trying to tough it out. Lots of yelling, lots of crying—”

Rylan surged to his feet and started to pace. “The other dude finally left, and my dad and Heather kept fighting. I could hear them in the living room. I was gonna stay the fuck out of it until I heard Cara crying. So I went out there.”

Rylan’s chin trembled, but he pressed his lips together, breathing hard through his nose until he regained some control. “Heather was on the couch bawling, and Cara was wrapped around her leg. My dad was losing it, and when he saw me, he got up in my face. ‘Has this happened before, Rylan?’ I had no fucking clue what to say, and I guess my hesitation was his answer, because the next thing I knew, I was on the floor, my cheek on fire.”

He touched the scar, his eyes awash with the tears he was refusing to let fall. Scott ached to take him in his arms, but instead he jammed his hands in the loose pockets of his sweatpants, his fists clenched.

“My dad stood over me and screamed, ‘How many times? Why didn’t you tell me?’ He just kept saying that,” Rylan went on hollowly. “I had a cut on my cheek from a ring he was wearing. Blood was everywhere, dripping from my chin, getting in my mouth—” He licked his lips as if remembering the rusty taste on them. “—and all I could do was say, ‘I’m sorry, Dad.’”

“Jesus.” Scott’s curse was heartfelt.

“He was hurting, Scott, looking for someone to blame, and I was there. I was right there.”

“Why the fuck didn’t he blame the one who deserved to be blamed?” Scott snarled, taking his hands out of his pockets and slamming them down onto the couch cushions.

“He told me later that blaming her was too much like blaming himself, that he didn’t want to think about it being his fault. He wanted it to be someone else’s fault, even mine. After he hit me, he left and drove away. Heather helped me up, washed the blood off my face, and glued the gash shut with this liquid skin stuff she had. She wasn’t crying anymore, and she seemed really calm. It helped me calm down.”

His shoulders were so bunched and tense Scott couldn’t help but get up to put his hand on Rylan’s back, gratified when he seemed to take comfort in the soothing touch.

“What happened then?” he whispered, stroking the nape of Rylan’s neck with his thumb.

A quiver ran through Rylan’s body. “She put Cara to bed, and then we sat out on the porch together the rest of the night. Sometimes quiet, sometimes talking a little.” He heaved a sigh. “I think she really loved my dad, Scott, but for some reason couldn’t keep herself from sabotaging everything. She was devastated, but at the same time seemed almost relieved it was over, as weird as that sounds.”

When you don’t feel you deserve anything nice in your life, it scares you to death when you actually get it. It was a feeling Scott was all too familiar with, and he winced as an unwilling sympathy for Heather churned in his gut. He didn’t want to feel sorry for her, didn’t want to—understand her.

He shoved the thought away, concentrating instead on what Rylan was saying.

“We didn’t see my dad for about a week. Heather seemed okay on the outside, but I could tell she was slowly falling apart on the inside. I recognized the signs.” A shadow flitted over his face, and he clenched his hands into fists. “My own mom, you know? I couldn’t go through that again, and I felt so fucking helpless, so I went to Donna.”

Scott gave a quiet snort. “That woman is a force of nature.”

Rylan quirked his lips. “That she is. She drove over to the trailer, packed up the kids’ stuff, and took all four of them to her house. Told Heather they’d be safe until she got her shit together. She didn’t protest it, didn’t fight. When my dad came for me after a few more days, I left with him. Left her alone.”

“You’d done all you could, Ry. You know that, right?”

“I left without a backward glance,” Rylan said bluntly. “I was so fucking drained. By you, by her…”

Scott flinched, but Rylan went on, “My dad needed me. I walked away so I could save what was left of my strength for him.” His face was expressionless. “And for myself. I’d gotten a full scholarship to the University of Miami, but there was still a third of my senior year to go. I needed to concentrate on my grades and my own future. You were gone, the kids were safe with Donna, and there was nothing else I could do for Heather.”

The sun shimmered off the nearby buildings and bounced in through the windows, hurting Scott’s eyes and making him feel light-headed.

You should have been there, you stupid fuck.

As if reading his mind, Rylan murmured, “You being there wouldn’t have changed a thing, Scott. Heather would have still done what she did. You know that. It was only a matter of time.”

“But if I’d been there, maybe I could have deflected Bob’s anger onto me. Could have taken that blow for you, saved you that heartache at least.”

So much fucking heartache.

Rylan’s face softened. “It is what it is, Scott. Your mantra, remember?”

“Fuck mantras. I should have been there.” He slid his hand down to Rylan’s shoulder. “Were you and your dad okay, after what happened?”

“Yeah. He got us a tiny apartment not far from the school. It took a while, but we got everything sorted out. By the time he—died, we were more than okay.”

Scott relaxed a fraction. “Good,” he whispered hoarsely. “That’s good.”

Rylan patted Scott’s hand once before releasing him. “Ugh, I guess I’d better go take a shower, get ready for the club. There’s a big bachelorette party tonight, and Corey wants lots of pictures.”

“Yeah, okay.” Scott wiped a stray tear away with rough impatience. “If you need to go—”

“Can I take your car, or do you need it? I don’t mind taking the bus.”

Scott started to tell him to take the car, but the thought of the long, lonely night stretching before him made him say impulsively, “If you can wait a few minutes, I’ll drive you. Maybe stay for a drink.”

Rylan lifted an eyebrow. “Really? That’d be great. I know everyone would love to see you. People are always asking me how you’re doing.”

Scott didn’t know how true that was, given how silent his phone had been for the past three weeks, but he didn’t say anything, just headed for the shower. Afterward he pulled on a pair of jeans and an aqua-green silk T-shirt, standing in front of his full-length mirror and looking himself over, suddenly unsure.

“You’re beautiful as ever, Scott.” Rylan’s quiet voice came from the doorway.

“No. I don’t feel like myself at all.” Scott tugged at the loose material of his shirt, a shirt that used to mold itself to his ripped torso like it was painted on. “Maybe this isn’t such a good idea. People don’t need to see—”

Rylan came behind him and put his hand on Scott’s shoulder. “You’ll be the most gorgeous man in the room. Trust me.”

Their eyes met in the mirror, and Scott gave him a shaky smile. “I think you’re biased.”

Rylan chuckled. “I’m a photographer. I can’t be biased.” His voice was gently teasing. “Don’t believe me?”

Scott shrugged, and Rylan reached out and threaded their fingers together. “The camera doesn’t lie, Scott. Let me show you.” He turned to walk out of the room, tugging Scott after him and making a quick stop to snag his camera from the couch before leading him to the balcony.

The sun was low in the sky now, bathing everything around them in a soft, golden glow.

The camera whirred, and Rylan glanced at the screen, making a few quick adjustments before starting to shoot in earnest. Scott lost himself in Rylan’s quiet directions, first leaning back against the railing and then turning to prop his elbows on it while he gazed into the distance.

“Here, come see.” Rylan beckoned to him, and Scott walked over to gaze down at the digital screen in awe. The waning light kissed his face, throwing his cheekbones into sharp relief, the light scruff on his chin emphasizing his full lips. The soft green of his T-shirt reflected the fading radiance of the sun and made his eyes stand out like jewels.

“No filter, Scott. Just you. And you’re fucking gorgeous.”

Scott quirked his lips in a rueful smile. “You probably think I’m the vainest son of a bitch you’ve ever met, don’t you?”

“Never. There’s nothing wrong with needing some reassurance, especially after the trauma you’ve been through.” Rylan held up the camera. “I can tell you you’re beautiful, but sometimes you just have to see the words. See what I see.”

The lump in Scott’s throat threatened to choke him. “Sweet Ry,” he whispered. “Thank you.”

They smiled at each other, and Scott leaned in. Rylan lifted his face for the kiss, his lips parted, but Scott turned his head so his mouth grazed Rylan’s temple instead.

“Let’s go to the club.”


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Q. – As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

A. – It went back and forth between an astronomer and an archeologist, but unfortunately, science and math are not my strengths.  At all.  I loved what I ended up doing, court reporting.  It turned out to be an awesome career and led to what I’m doing now, transcribing for a hearing-impaired student.  She’s a freshman this year, and the most adorable, wonderful girl ever.  

Q. – What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

A. – That I could actually write a book!  No, seriously.  I’ve had the desire to write for years and spent a lot of time writing erotica for an online erotic stories site.  Obviously, those are “porn without plot” because I told myself over and over “You can’t plot.”  Write a book?  Nah, I can’t plot.  That held me back for a long time until I actually got the courage to try.  It took baby steps, through writing fanfic and using others’ characters and worlds, before I attempted it, but when I did, I surprised myself.  

Q. – What is your definition of a happily ever after?

A. – Two people who are committed to doing their best.  That’s all anyone can do.  There are no guarantees in life, and I think that translates to romance, too.  Everyone has challenges to overcome, and I always try to write my characters as flawed, because every single human being on earth is flawed.  Nobody’s perfect, and nobody can expect perfection in anyone else.  But saying, “I’ll do my best for you, and being with you makes me want to be the best I can be,” well, that’s all anyone can ask for.

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Melanie  HansenMelanie Hansen has spent time in Texas and Florida prisons…for work. She’s been in a room with a 17-year-old mass murderer who was also one of the most soft-spoken and polite teenagers she’s ever met. After a 13-year career as a court reporter, she can tell many stories both hilarious and heartbreaking.

She grew up with an Air Force dad, and ended up marrying a Navy man. After living and working all over the country, she hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to her stories about people finding love amidst real-life struggles.

Melanie left the stressful world of the courtroom behind and now enjoys a rewarding career transcribing for a deaf student. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.

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33850582Title: One Call Away
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2017

~Blurb~

When a brutal attack from a jealous competitor leaves Noah Strauss, a darling of the modeling world, physically scarred and emotionally damaged, he quits the runway to become a psychologist. Using his contacts from his time in the spotlight, he creates One Call Away, a radio show dedicated to gay men looking for love, advice or someone to talk to. But with secrets of his own and a mother who refuses to understand the career path he’s chosen, the one person Noah can’t seem to help is himself.

On a drunken dare from the senior partner’s grandson, Oren Leavitt calls Noah’s radio show, pretending to be gay. Only Oren isn’t certain if he’s pretending. He’s left his strict Orthodox Jewish upbringing behind, but the guilt remains. Guilt that his actions have prevented his sister from finding a husband and guilt that he’s failed his parents. Talking to “Dr. Noah” helps, and as he finds himself calling the man, again and again, he knows he must be honest. But Oren is unsure if he’s lying to Noah or himself.

For Noah, trust is paramount; he’s been deceived in his personal and professional life and while he desperately wants to help Oren, he also finds himself falling for the sweet and tortured man. Oren is trapped: he risks losing his job and more importantly the love and security of his family but knows he can’t hide if he wants to be with Noah. When unresolved heartaches from the past rise up to control the present, Noah and Oren discover that love often comes from the most unexpected places, and sometimes a call for help not only saves a life, it can be a new and beautiful beginning.


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~Release Day Review~Devour (Unbreakable Bonds #4) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott~

 

32867113Title: Devour
Authors: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #4
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Page Count: 249 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Ian Pierce is the chef and part owner of the hottest restaurant in Cincinnati, his chosen family is full of happy relationships, and the scruffy, snarky cop who has been haunting his dreams is one step closer to being in his bed. But everything comes crashing down when the past he narrowly escaped nine years ago comes to a deadly head.

Hollis Banner was enamored of Ian at first sight. He’s kept his distance, knowing the gorgeous, self-confident man is out of his league. Yet there’s no standing aside when Boris Jagger escapes a raid. Jagger’s world has been nearly destroyed and this time, the crime boss is coming after Ian and his friends personally.

Hollis will do whatever it takes to keep Ian safe as they escape to a safe house with a couple of Ian’s overprotective friends. And Ian finds himself in a race to unlock painful memories—memories containing information that could take down the very last of Jagger’s illegal operations forever.

Trigger warning: Flashbacks to abuse could be possible triggers for some.


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Devour (Unbreakable Bonds #4)

by Jocelynn Drake &  Rinda Elliott

*****5 Stars*****

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To say that this was one of my most anticipated reads, so far, this year is an understatement.

I’ve been dying to read Ian’s story and it didn’t disappoint.

I might even have to bump Jude and Snow(just a bit) because Hollis and Ian are my absolute favorite couple in this series…they were everything I hoped they’d be.

Ever since he met Ian…Hollis has been captivated by Ian.

So when he gets the chance to finally end Ian’s nightmares and bring Boris Jagger to justice he doesn’t hesitate.But things don’t always go as planned and with Jagger still, at large the men must think of another way to entrap him.

Hollis and Ian and Rowe and Noah are sent to a ‘safe’ house and this is when Hollis and Ian can finally have time together and give in to their explosive attraction to each other.

And it was definitely worth the wait…these two are seriously hot together.

“You’re so goddamn gorgeous, you steal my breath away,” Hollis said, bending to lick the water from Ian’s neck.”I’m glad the other two left because we are gonna make some noise.”

 With time running out, Ian knows he must confront his past and remember things he’s tried to forget.

These men made his heart beat with strength, with courage…with love and acceptance.

Ian’s story, at the hands of Jagger, was heartbreaking to read but he showed such strength of character as the painful memories slowly came back to him.


This is a unique series!

A connection between four men that goes way beyond friendship.

They find love, experience loss and heartbreak but are always there for each other and, without a doubt…

…the bond between them is unbreakable…

A highly recommended series!

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~Review~The Struggle Within by Tyler May~

 

34942133Title: The Struggle Within
Author: Tyler May
Publisher: Tyler May Books
Release Date: April 22, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

 ~Blurb~

Through Ryan’s trials, there are three different perspectives: a best friend watching from the outside, a lover desperate to get in, and his own mind.
His struggles were theirs. He just didn’t know it.
A tragic accident changed Dr. Ryan Jacobs’ life and freed him from a past he thought he’d never escape, but with that freedom came the realization: he could escape the man, but would be bound to the torturous battle within his mind. Fighting for control of his thoughts, he lived recklessly in a life of addiction and the next good time. Wearing a mask of deception, and hiding it beautifully behind his playboy ways, he fooled himself into thinking this was the real him, but he couldn’t fool everyone.
Dr. Michael Jonas considered Ryan more than just a friend, he was his family. With the support of his wife, Michael held Ryan’s hand, listened to him cry, and helped him through the hardest events of his life. He could see through the fake smiles and playboy attitude, seeing his best friend for the man he really was. After Michael’s wife had given birth to their first child, Michael vowed never to let pain affect his family again, Ryan included. But Michael carried his own burdens and watching Ryan struggle was harder than he thought. It tore him apart, silently, until there was only one choice. Save his best friend before it was too late.
As a high-powered attorney, Jayson Alexander thrived on easy thrills both in his professional and personal life, but when his heart broke the rules, he had no choice but to break it and run from the pain. Obsessive about controlling his own life, he set goals and rules and tried to ensure his own happiness, but life had a different plan. So he sought out answers and took on a case that would eventually change everything. He was drawn to Ryan from the moment he laid eyes on him. With a magnetic connection he couldn’t deny, he found Ryan irresistible, but he found out quickly the connection was more than physical. Jayson wanted Ryan, but how could he fight the demons Ryan’s mind was creating and stop them from pushing him away?
Ryan built a force field around his heart, vowing after that tragic day, no man would be allowed close enough to ever hurt him again, but with the support of his best friend and the man he loved, could Ryan beat The Struggle Within once and for all?

Due to strong sexual content and language, The Struggle Within is intended for mature readers 18 years of age or over.
Trigger warning: The Struggle Within may contain a subject matter that is sensitive to some readers as it deals with domestic abuse, self-harm, and addictive behavior. The author asks that the reader please take these warnings seriously and requests discretion be advised.


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The Struggle Within by Tyler May

****4 Stars****4gdg

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Where to start with this review?

Story wise, it’s going to be vague-I don’t really want to give anything away.I was definitely apprehensive about reading this but I’m all for diversity in books and I’m finding more and more that books that take me out of my comfort zone, actually work for me.

This book won’t be for everyone but I would say…give it a chance…

It deals with mental, physical, and emotional abuse, but it’s also a story of friendship, love, and hopehope, that anyone who has suffered from any form of abuse can eventually find happiness.

Before and after the story there are personal, real-life stories of men who have suffered from abuse and I found their stories incredibly moving.


“I played roulette with my body, keeping my mind pacified and my heart safe.”

While it’s Ryan who was abused here, it’s not just his story. It’s about three men and their connections to each other.

Michael is Ryan’s friend but he’s so much more than that.He’s an ever present, positive force in Ryan’s life.In my view, he plays a massive part in the man Ryan ends up to be.

Jayson, an attorney, plays an integral part in the story…he never gives up on Ryan.

I’ve got two close friends who suffered from mental and physical abuse…not to the extent Ryan did, and thankfully they walked away and found happiness.My point in mentioning this is that I thought the Author has perfectly portrayed what victims of abuse go through.

The feelings of no self-worth.
The shame…
Being trapped in a relationship they are unable to walk away from because they feel so defeated.


Ryan’s story is heartbreaking but it felt real.As a reader, you go on a journey with him.The anonymous sex, the use of prescription drugs are all coping mechanisms…

Until he finally finds happiness.

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~Review~Storm Season (Accidental Roots #1) by Elle Keaton~

 

34521493Title: Storm Season
Author: Elle Keaton
Series: Accidental Roots #1
Publisher: Dirty Dog Press
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Page Count: 308 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Mystery & Detective
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 3,5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

They say you can’t go home again, Adam Klay doesn’t intend to until the death of his father, a famous artist, forces his return to Skagit, Washington. Cleaning up his father’s chaotic life was never on Adam’s bucket list. Worse, Adam finds himself inexplicably drawn to the elusive, terminally-clumsy, gorgeous, Micah Ryan. No way is he getting involved with someone from his hometown; he’s always insisted the best view of Skagit was in his rearview mirror.

Micah Ryan has been coasting on auto-pilot since his family was killed in a car accident a decade earlier. He runs a web business and has an irritable cat. He hardly leaves his house, unless it is for his afternoon espresso. His world tips upside down when Adam Klay rolls into town. For the first time in years, he feels alive. Unfortunately, Micah’s return to the living has been noticed and is not appreciated.

Someone has a secret. Someone is exploiting the vulnerable youth population in Skagit. Teenagers are disappearing, young women turning up dead, the dirty secrets of Skagit are surfacing.


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Storm Season (Accidental Roots #1) by Elle Keaton

****3.5 Stars****3,5ghj

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… is part of his job, but he is also confronted with it where he expected it least of all…

Dedicated to his job, but worn out FBI Agent Adam Klay is called from the middle of a crime scene to return to his small hometown in order to settle the assets of his deceased estranged father. To say being back generates mixed feelings in him would be quite an understatement and he clutches at every straw to shuffle out of the situation of dealing with the estate and facing up to his past.

One of these distractions is Micah Ryan…

A totally adorbs, clumsy as hell man with an aura of sadness, who stirs up feelings in Adam he was not prepared for. No, he did not expect to find murder in this hick town of his youth, but he expected to find love even less.

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Micah is also completely taken by surprise when he discovers that he cannot get the stranger with the piercing expression out of his head, who evokes such intense emotions in him he never experienced before. Even after a stretch of ten years he is not really able to get over the death of his family due to a car crash and lives more or less the life of a recluse. Normally, opening up to someone is not easy for him, but there is something about Adam that makes him throw caution to the wind and want to trust this guy.

When bodies are piling up, when it seems like there would be more to this sleepy town than meets the eye and Micah is put in the crosshairs of somebody who attempts on his life, Adam is forced to give his all to keep him safe, especially when it becomes clear that all events seem to be connected somehow.


I had my ups and downs with Storm Season, but overall it was an enjoyable read and a promising debut from a new author. 

I particularly loved her dry sense of humor and the snark made me laugh out loud quite often. This book is rather long, but it did not feel this way. The chapters are short with alternating POVs of Adam and Micah and this contributes to giving this story a fast-paced aspect. There happens quite a lot in this book and as for me, it was sometimes a bit too much telling and not enough showing, but the embroilments and the mystery part are still nicely done.

What dimmed my enjoyment a bit was one of my favorite pet peeves…

Guess what! Yes, insta-love.

Since authors use it quite often, I slowly but surely have the impression that it is just poor me who never experienced this kind of phenomenon and therefore cannot relate to it in any sort. This kind of obsession with each other after bumping into one another two or three times and two nights together is simply not realistic for me. I get insta-attraction, yes, but insta-love? Not so much…

To be fair, though, I have to admit that Adam and Micah are good -not to say perfect- for each other to get over their past. Adam helps Micah coming out of his shell and on the other hand, Micah helps Adam finding back to his true self. He helps him appreciating himself and his past and even this dump of a hometown he tried to escape from ages ago. Accomplishing that in another –slower– way would have made it just more plausible for me.

With the case not really solved yet and a killer still on the loose, I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

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