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~Blog Tour~Coach’s Challenge (Scoring Chances #5) by Avon Gale~ 

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Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances Book #5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 26, 2017
Length: Ebook: ~70K (181 pages)
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 ~Synopsis~

It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds out the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression—especially when Shane’s rough good looks have Troy thinking inappropriate thoughts about a player, even if he’s set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon, and with a team that doesn’t trust him, Troy, or each other. Despite his determination not to get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff, out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything.


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Quotes from the author about the book:

“Troy and Shane’s story was a joy to write – I loved writing about two characters who were so confident in what they wanted and determined to get it no matter what. These are two stubborn, opinionated and passionate men and their interactions were so much fun to write.”

Quotes from other authors about the book:

“I hope this series continues forever. I always have time for more of Avon Gale’s quirky, impeccably written hockey players. Shane is the perfect smartass, and watching him fall for Troy is terrific fun.” – Sarina Bowen, USA Today bestselling author of Him


~Excerpt~

“Give him a chance. He’s not in bad shape, is he?”

“No,” Troy mumbled into his drink. “He’s not.”

There was a long, pregnant pause. Troy lowered the glass and stared at the whiskey stones intently. Troy had no idea where you even got such a thing. He was lucky he had ice in his freezer.

Gabe cleared his throat.

“What?” Troy shot him a glare. “He’s in good shape. Yes. I’m agreeing with you.”

“I know, that’s why I’m speechless.” Gabe grinned at him, and the lines crinkled around his eyes. “You think he’s hot, don’t you.”

“He’s a hockey player in great shape who is over the age of thirty, and he surfs for fun,” Troy reminded him. “I’m not dead. But he’s also got a bad attitude—”

“So do you.”


~About the Author~

Avon GaleAvon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.

Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

Avon is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.

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~Release Blitz~Regret (Under My Skin, #1) by Christina Lee~

 

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Regret by Christina Lee
Series: Under My Skin, #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Page Count: 235 pages
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~Synopsis~

When Brian “Brin” Schubert’s condo floods, he takes his co-worker up on the offer to stay on his crappy futon for a while. The last thing he expects is for his friend’s roommate to be the one guy he despises the most. The same guy who stomped on his heart senior year of high school. And by the looks of the girl on his arm, the same man who’s still deep inside the closet.

Nicholas Dell never predicted that eleven years later, one of his greatest regrets would show up on his doorstep down on his luck. Nick has made some terrible mistakes—story of his life—and he’s been paying for them ever since. And if the guilt and shame aren’t enough, his first crush had to turn into one of the sexiest men he’s ever laid eyes on.

Nick and Brin have weeks to steer clear of each other. Weeks to avoid strangling each other. But when stubbornness leads to skyrocketing sexual tension, hate-sex doesn’t seem like such an awful way to work through their frustration. Except hate is a powerful emotion, especially when it’s turned inward. And in Nick’s case he’s been drowning in a sea of self-loathing for so long, he can’t see his way out.

As Brin reconnects with Nick, his perception of what really happened in their past begins to change. He’s finally ready to forgive him and take a second chance on the one guy who stirs him like no other. But Nick’s demons are complicated, heart-wrenching…demanding. So devastating, he might never allow himself true happiness—even with the one man who’s always owned his heart.


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“Brin, let me introduce you to my roommate,” Elijah said as I followed him through the short hallway to the living room. “This is Nick and his friend, Sarah.”

Sarah’s curly locks were nearly as blond as mine and Nick’s black hair was mostly tucked beneath a worn blue baseball cap. The two of them were cozy on the couch, Sarah sitting with her legs tucked under her and Nick with his ankle crossed over his knee. They were eating Chinese food off paper plates resting in their laps. Sarah simply waved as her mouth was full from a bite of food but Nick responded, “Hey, how you doing?” after swallowing a piece of what looked like an egg roll.

The smell of fried rice hit my nostrils and when my stomach rumbled in response, I realized just how famished I was. I was dying to dive right into the second brown bag resting on the coffee table that more than likely contained my food, but I didn’t want to be rude.

When Nick leaned forward with an outstretched hand, for some reason I zeroed right in on the neatly groomed scruff on his chin. When he tilted his face to look directly into my eyes, I froze, our fingers interlocked. A startled gasp sprang from my lips, and Nick’s eyebrows slammed together in confusion right before they lifted straight to his hairline.

The same cherry-colored lips, with a center dimple drilled into his chin. Those sad, amber-colored eyes that shuttered out the world.

Holy fuck. Elijah’s roommate was Nicholas Dell.

The same Nicholas Dell from Jefferson High who practically ruined me for other guys.

The same Devil’s third baseman that begged his math tutor to suck his cock in the locker room after practice.

And given the female nestled up beside him, it was the same Nicholas Dell who was still deep in the closet.

*****


~About the Author~

Christina  LeeMother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.

She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.

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~Review~Risky Behavior (Bad Behavior #1) by L.A. Witt & Cari Z.~

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35017547Title: Risky Behavior
Authors: L.A. Witt & Cari Z.
Series: Bad Behavior #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 280 pages
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

It’s day one of Darren Corliss’s career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not. 

Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner. Or babysitter. Not even if that partner is easy on the eyes. 

As Darren gains Andreas’s hard-won trust, they both realize there’s more than just mutual suspicion simmering beneath the surface. But their investigation is heating up as quickly as their relationship, and Darren has no choice but to go along with Andreas’s unorthodox — and borderline unethical — methods. As IA puts the squeeze on Darren to give up the man he’s falling for, he has to wonder—is Andreas the only cop left in this town who isn’t dirty? 


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Starring:

Andreas Ruffner, a supposedly bad cop whose cultivated an image of a lone wolf who can’t keep a partner and whose more than dubious -and admittedly not always by the book, let alone illegal- methods attract ire and suspicion with Internal Affairs…

Darren Corliss, the good cop, the golden boy, a rookie and freshly promoted detective, whose first day on the job not only begins with reeling in a new, gruff and a partner but also a babysitter job in order to convict said partner of abuse of authority.


The story:

In order to bust a drug ring that not merely screams inside job, but also seems to go higher up the food chain than everyone suspected…both detectives discover that the first impression can be deceptive but that trust has to go both ways in order to get the job done.

 A job that contains more complexity and requirement of being handled with kid gloves (or rather questionable practices) than one of them expected, but the other one would be more than willing to sacrifice everything for, even his reputation, to bring it to an end.

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And they are not only dealing with superiors and highly respected officials who would like to be a nail in Andreas’s coffin and colleagues that play a dirty game…but also have to fight their mutual attraction that is more than just a bad idea in a number of ways.

Does that sound familiar? Yes? You think this is your typical run-of-the-mill cop story you probably read about a hundred times before?

Yeah, it is… NOT. Quite the contrary, because this is so much more.

As for me being a fan of old cop movies and ~ series, I got immediately sucked into a story about solid police procedure with lots of legwork and relying on informants, but also into the swamp of corruption, dirty cops, and drug deals. But the most unusual for me about it was the characters. They are not your picture-postcard perfect cops who do everything by the rulebook. They are men with a history. Men with a rare background you usually won’t find in a book like this.

I can’t tell you more without spoiling a big part of the story, just so much that it deals with a delicate subject that would have been taboo just years ago and with the way the authors handled it, they helped me eliminate some of my own prejudices. To be honest, I don’t know if it is all medically accurate, but at least it incented me to find out more about it.


As for the romance part, some people might say that there could have been a bit more…

But I loved the way Andreas and Darren danced around each other at first. I really felt their inner conflict between duty and attraction and especially Andreas’s loneliness and hopelessness to find love again virtually vibrated off the pages. The slow burn romance also means that there is only one “real” sex scene and even I got… umm, a bit sexually frustrated now and then because of them getting disturbed every goddamn time things started to get interesting. The one and only that was there, though, was extremely hot and…

Very surprising, so to speak. 😀

So, to everyone who loves an amazing cop mystery, a slow burn romance, unusual circumstances, age gap and alternating POV’s from the main characters…

READ THIS BOOK AND YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!

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~Review~Rock by Anyta Sunday~

 

23159305Title: Rock
Author: Anyta Sunday
Publisher: Sunday Publications
Page Count: 248 pages
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance,
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

 ~Synopsis~

Igneous.

When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad.
Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who stole the rock-solid foundation of his life. 
And then …
There’s Jace. Lila’s son. Lila’s smug, regurgitated-fish-scale-blue eyed son. 
All Cooper wants is to have his family back the way it once was, but there’s something about this boy that promises things will never be the same again. 

Sedimentary.

Resisting the realities of his new life, Cooper and Jace get off to a rocky start. But rocky start or not, after hundreds of shared memories together, they forge something new. A close … friendship.
Because friendship is all they can have. Although it’s not like they are real brothers…

Metamorphic.

But how does that friendship evolve under the pressures of life?
Under pressures of the heart?


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This is a frustrating, forbidden, sad and beautiful love story.

This is the story of how I became a rock“… oh, yes it is…(sighing loudly).

To me, what I’ve read is so powerful that I’m still hangover while writing this review. I’ve laughed, cried, and prayed for the book to be endless. I also prayed for the exact opposite, begging for the couple to have their HEA and stop messing with my feelings…

This is a beautiful story that describes us the awakening of an epic love. This is a magnificent book that tells us about the start of a heartfelt and heartbreaking relationship between two men who met being kids and went through life with their paths tangled, entwined and intimately connected as “brothers”, friends and lovers.

I want this to be a total spoiler-free review, so I’m gonna ramble and gabble about my thoughts and my perception of this exquisite love story. So you are safe, nothing is gonna be revealed.


Cooper and Jace meet when both of them are teenagers.

They find each other in a tough moment in Cooper’s life and started bonding and sharing a life.It’s magnificent how you can be a part of it, feel all of it, being there with the weight of the unsaid words, witness the secret and longing glances, and understand the beginning of a camaraderie bigger than anything.

This book is not exactly one of unrequited love but, at the same time, it is, since we could say that´s the main reason (along with the prohibit love) for our MCs being apart for such a long time. It’s angsty for a softie like me who cries every time our hero’s heart is ripped off his chest, or even if it’s not but he is having a really bad day, he is jealous or simply sad. Yup. That soft. So, did I cry reading Rock? Yes, I did. Did I enjoy while crying? Hell, yes, like crazy. Would I reread again this magnificent and powerful story? Of course, I would, and I would cry too.

Anyta Sunday plays beautifully with the chapter’s titles.

All of them has a rock name in it, don’t let you forget, not for a second, that you are reading about Cooper’s experiences, feelings, and states of mind. We have our narrator’s sweet POV and the rock names to remind you the significance, the meaning of the stones, that they are related to what we are going to read. I also loved the way the book is structured. Different parts named according to the relationship development and also geologically connected to the plot… beautiful.

So you could say Anyta Sunday touches me. Her writing and her characters.

The dialogues flow so easily and the feelings go so deep in me, that I felt drowned in the beautiful drama, the magistral narration and the sadness of this unforgettable love story.

I wanted to make a special mention to Lila and David (Cooper’s dad) because theirs is a love story plagued of sad and painful moments. This secondary mini plot is also heart wrecking because this is a couple who has been in love all their lives, not being together for the most part of it…and once they are happiness seems to escape them anyway… I can’t imagine what it feels like to be incapable of sharing your life with the person you love (I’m a lucky girl) but it has to be hard, very very hard.


Anyta Sunday gave me 10 years of love and heartbreak, 10 years of Cooper and Jace’s lives full of great conversations, tears and a palpable evolution (we go from a YA lovely novel to a splendid drama with more experienced men).

And all of it packed in a magistral narration, sprinkled with a few references I loved…

Such as a Flight of the Conchords T-Shirt (it’s New Zealand, after all) or Cat Stevens’s “first cut is the deepest”, song, that drove to another place and another time.

Because as I said, I’m a softie, and proud of it! 😀

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~Review~Gasping for Air (Game Day #2) by T.S. McKinney~

 

34885369Title: Gasping for Air
Author: T.S. McKinney
Series: Game Day #2
Publisher: Painted Hearts
Page Count: 459 pages
Release Date: April 22, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

How far will Trystan go to win the heart of the man he loves? All the way. 

Trystan Matherly is conceited, arrogant, and rich. He has plenty of money, athletic ability, and gorgeous looks to keep the men forming a long line just to be with him. Choosing his next lover has been as simple as down-selecting to the hottest candidate. 
Until Dakota. 

With his sad eyes, full lips, and perfectly sculpted swimmer’s body, Dakota is just the kind of lover Trystan wants. After only one look, he knows he has to have him. Too bad Dakota seems to be totally oblivious to all his charms. 
Dakota Jacobson is lonely, tired, and depressed. He’s at Alabama Temple to complete his degree, not to put up with idiots. He works diligently to be as invisible as possible. He doesn’t need friends and he sure doesn’t need lovers…especially not football titans that think they rule the world. Nope; been there, done that. 
Until Trystan. 

With his sexy eyes, arrogant smirk, and muscled physique, Trystan is just the kind of lover Dakota never intends to have…again. Too bad Trystan refuses to allow him to be invisible.


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First I want to thank Elsbeth for bringing my attention to this book…thanks, sweetie!!

It has been some time since I’ve read the first book in this series and I loved it…I didn’t expect I would love this one even more, but I did. I loved every single page, which is saying a lot because this book is freaking long. 😛

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One of the reasons I loved this one so hard, was Trystan. I really liked him in the first book, but he was amazing in this one.Now don’t get me wrong…Dakota was pretty awesome as well.

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Now before I go into the story, I do want to say that this book contains quite a few triggers. If you are sensitive to those, take note of my warning. Its deals with (sexual) abuse, and violent rape, which is described and depression.

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This book can be read as a stand alone. Though I would like to say that book 1, which is about Alex and Lincoln, was pretty great as well. Book 1 is BDSM themed, while this one is more on the rough and kinky side of things. 😉

It was very emotional to read at times and I cried my eyes out.

That being said…there were also plenty of times I laughed my ass off. 😉 To me, this book had everything I look for in a book…emotion, angst, humor, love, some mystery and suspense and plenty of steam with a side of kinky. 😉

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Trystan is the school’s star football player. He is rich entitled, cocky. He has a love for rough and kinky sex and he is bi-sexual. He is used to getting what he wants and what he wants right now is Dakota. The cute member of the swim team, whom he has nicknamed “Guppy”.

“Sure I called him a guppy”  “He swims. Guppies swim. It’s cute, right?”

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Problem is, Dakota doesn’t want anything to do with Trystan, which is slowly bruising the man’s ego…

Dakota has his reasons for not trusting any of Trystan’s actions…hell Dakota doesn’t trust anyone. Trystan is not one to give up so easily though, and he vows he will wear this Guppy down…which of course he does.

These two were awesome together. Dakota looked so sad all the time and all Trystan wanted was to put a smile on his pretty face…

“Maybe it had been that pain and sadness that had originally sparked my interest, but it was his smile that had turned it into an obsession.”

Dakota tells him that things can’t go past anything physical, that he isn’t capable of anything more, but Trystan is so sure of himself…He will fuck his Guppy into submission make him love him.

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The banter between the two of them, had me laughing until I cried… 😀

But Trystan doesn’t know all that has happened in Dakota’s past and when I myself found out…tears where rolling for completely different reasons…

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“I was gasping for air when you found me, Trystan, and you saved my life. I love you.”

I absolutely loved this one, sure it was long, but any book that can make me…laugh, cry swoon and sweat…

Is awesome as far as I am concerned!

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~Review~Wolfsong (Green Creek #1) by TJ Klune~ 

 

29233804Title: Wolfsong
Author: TJ Klune
Series: Green Creek #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 20, 2016
Page Count: 400 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Werewolves/Shapeshifters
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.
Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.
Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces. It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.


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~Review~Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1) by Layla Reyne~

 

33296928Title: Single Malt
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #1
Publisher: Carina Press
Page Count: 194 pages
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

The heart’s a resilient beast

Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case, and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he’s not—Jamie is off-limits. 

Jamie’s lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco’s top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie’s skills invaluable. 

Jamie’s talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security biocontainment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They’ll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.


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I really enjoyed this first book in this new series.

I am a sucker for all kinds of suspense/mystery and action books and I do love me some hot FBI agents. This books totally delivered on those points, but it also gave me something extra… A hot (former) jock turned FBI geek, all in one!!

I have found myself a new favorite character…Mr. Jameson Walker.

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Now before I continue with this review…let’s talk about that name some more!! Jameson Walker…nicknamed “Whiskey” …how freaking awesome is that. I myself loved the name and I loved the man (and I love the whiskey). 😀


I do want to warn everyone who starts this series, that this first book is not very high on the romance. There’s a lot of sexual tension, lusting and even some hot trysts (after 70%), but real romance and love…no…not yet that is. 😉 I am sure that we will get more of that in books 2 and 3…At least I hope so. 😛

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This book is also heavy on the police technicality. These men work cybercrime, so there is a lot of hacking and technical computer lingo going on. I myself love that shit…but some might not.


Aiden is back at the job after he took a 8 month leave, because he lost his partner on the force, Tom and his husband Gabe, in one freaky accident. He himself got hurt (physically and emotionally). His boss, who is also his sister in law (Gabe’s sister) is resigning him to a different department though. He is gonna work cybercrimes…

With a new partner…cybercrime expert…Jameson Walker.

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Jameson (Jamie) has been working cybercrimes for three years now and he is quite the hacking expert. He is a former (famous) basketball player turned FBI-agent. He loves his job, he loves the anonymity after he spends so much time in the spotlights. He feels quite at home in his cave.

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These two have instant chemistry and Jamie has been lusting after Aiden for three years. But Aiden…he is still dealing with his husband’s death and he isn’t ready to let go.

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Jamie understands this and he himself also wants to be cautious, for his own reasons.

These boys get sent on an assignment, which I myself found very interesting, having to do with someone hacking a lab, that holds all sorts of deadly diseases and shit.Spending a lot of time together in close quarters eventually leads these two to let go…sexually at least.

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Things are left pretty open at the end. So prepare for a mild cliffy. I can’t call it a HFN because the both of them aren’t ready for more yet…especially Aiden.

“No promises, Whiskey. We have fun, we enjoy each other, we keep it casual and quiet”

Very curious to what will happen next…bring on the next one, please!!! 😀

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~Review~Just a Bit Wicked (Straight Guys #7) by Alessandra Hazard~

 

32790204Title: Just a Bit Wicked
Author: Alessandra Hazard
Series: Straight Guys #7
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 214 pages
Release Date: December 17, 2016
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

He’s sure he’ll never fall for a man…

When it rains, it pours. After losing his prestigious job, Vlad discovers that his girlfriend has cheated on him. Angry and hurt, he’s determined to find her lover and teach him a lesson. When he finds out that her lover is bisexual, it only makes him angrier. Raised by an extremely homophobic family, Vlad is convinced he’s straight and holds nothing but contempt for people who aren’t.
But sometimes contempt and anger can turn into obsession, and then into something else entirely—something Vlad has always considered sick and wrong.

He’s sure he’ll never fall for a homophobic bully…

Sebastian is a successful English model who has always detested bullies. When a man shows up on his doorstep accusing him of sleeping with his girlfriend, Sebastian isn’t interested in being a punching bag. However, provoking a homophobic man is probably not the best idea…or the safest. But then again, Sebastian has never been good at playing it safe.
Things get a lot more complicated when Vlad has to bodyguard Sebastian. Can they stay professional?
They can’t. They bicker and fight, and they hate everything about each other.
Now if only they could figure out how to keep their hands off each other.

Warning: references to past bullying and minor character deaths, violence, homophobia, internalized homophobia, hate sex.


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After reading the previous book and being introduced to homophobic Vlad, I was a bit hesitant to read this one. He was quite the asshole in book 6, and I didn’t think his behavior would change anytime soon.

Turns out I was mostly right. His behavior did NOT change soon…but I did love reading his book and yes…I even loved him !!

Dare I say, he has even become one of my favorite characters in this series….after Tristan that is. 😉

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I think one of the reasons I feel this way is because he did show so much growth…Anyways, Vlad was introduced in the previous books as one of Roman’s Russian, and very homophobic, guards. Let’s just say he didn’t leave a really good impression.


This book starts out with Vlad returning back home and finding out that his girlfriend has been cheating on him. Vlad has done many terrible things in his life, but hitting a woman has never been one of them, so he figures he best take it out on the guy she cheated with…and beat him to shit.

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This is how he meets Sebastian, a bi-sexual model and the man his girlfriend cheated with. Things don’t really go as planned though and soon Vlad finds himself in a situation, that goes against everything he has been taught and believes in. Because being gay is wrong and he isn’t gay…he can’t be gay….

Not wanting to be gay doesn’t stop him from being attracted to Sebastian and wanting to do all sorts of sexual things to and with the man though.

Now getting Vlad’s background it was easy to see, how he became the person that he is today. It doesn’t make it right and it doesn’t excuse his behavior, but it was understandable. As Vlad says so himself…everyone has a right to their own opinion on things.

The problem was him being so outspoken about it.

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It also didn’t help that every other character in this book kept taunting him. This actually annoyed me much more than Vlad’s homophobia did. Sebastian at times, acted like a little kid, trying to get his way and he constantly tried to get Vlad to take things one step further. And Vlad…he kept taking the bait… This actually led to Vlad bottoming for the first time, which actually pissed me the hell off.

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Now, these two go from hate fucking, to fuck buddies, to friends (very shortly) and then to actual lovers. I myself would have liked it if there would have been more about them being actual lovers instead of fuck buddies. We only get to read about them being together as lovers in the epilogue.

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What I enjoyed most about this book was Vlad growing into himself.

He may have been a big homophobe in the beginning, but to me, he wasn’t an unlikable character. When he started to realize that his slurs were very hurtful, he stopped using them. It took a long time for him to accept the fact that he was gay, but like I said…

His character did show real growth.

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~Release Day Review~Coach’s Challenge (Scoring Chances #5) by Avon Gale~

 

35380848Title: Coach’s Challenge
Author: Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances #5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 210 pages
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A Scoring Chances Novel

It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds that the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression. And it only gets worse when Shane’s rough good looks give Troy inappropriate thoughts about a member of his team, even if Shane’s set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon and with a team that doesn’t trust him, the coach, or each other. Despite his determination to not get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything. 


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I am a huge fan of this series and this author. So I was very excited to start this one.

What I like most about these books is that even though they are in the same series, they are so different from one another. I found book 1 a bit quirky, book 2 sexy, book 3 romantic, book 4 very emotional and this one…well this one was really fun to read!!

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I loved the banter between these two men !! This was definitely my kind of book.

Now that being said…book 4 is still my favorite because the MC’s in that one just ripped my heart to shreds out and put I back in piece by piece.Anyone who has read the previous book (which I recommend you read before this one), knows about the shitstorm that happened with the “Ravens” team. Their former coach, St. Savoy (Laurent’s dad) really messed the team up and now that he has been kicked out, they have a new coach to clean up their act.


Troy has some personal reasons to coach the “Ravens”.

He himself hates St. Savoy for blackmailing him with being gay when he was younger. Coaching this team to success is his way of revenge and giving St. Savoy the middle finger.

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Shane is a veteran player, who never really lived up to his potential.

This is gonna be his last season playing and he has decided to go out the way he wants to…by accepting a position for “The Ravens”. Shane is also gay, but after all these years he is still in the closet about it.From the moment these two meet, when Shane shows up late for practice, they clash…Problem is, they are both immediately attracted to each other as well,…

…and fighting and arguing with each other gets them hot. 😛

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Like I said, the banter between them was hilarious and what followed was delicious. We’ve got another controlling dirty talker right here!!

You got me too worked up. You like that? Like knowing how fucking bad I wanted my cock in your mouth, wanted to fuck your throat? 

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Of course what they are doing isn’t really smart. Troy is after all still Shane’s coach. But the body wants,  what it wants and in this case, after some time…the heart wants what the heart wants…

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Now, these two may not have a romantic bone in their body, but don’t think there wasn’t any love. They were definitely in love, they just weren’t very sappy about it. I don’t need a lot of sap in my books though…give me a funny guy over a sappy one any day!!

“You up for round two, old man? Maybe over that table with your stupid puzzle on it?” It’s a jigsaw puzzle, Shane. Not a jizzsaw puzzle.”

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See…funny guys. 😉 Which is also why I love Max, Misha, and Drake so much, who I am happy to say, have some little scenes in this one as well. 😉

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~Release Day Review~Regret (Under My Skin, #1) by Christina Lee~

 

35281797Title: Regret
Author: Christina Lee
Series: Under My Skin, #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Page Count: 235 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

When Brian “Brin” Schubert’s condo floods, he takes his co-worker up on the offer to stay on his crappy futon for a while. The last thing he expects is for his friend’s roommate to be the one guy he despises the most. The same guy who stomped on his heart senior year of high school. And by the looks of the girl on his arm, the same man who’s still deep inside the closet. 

Nicholas Dell never predicted that eleven years later, one of his greatest regrets would show up on his doorstep down on his luck. Nick has made some terrible mistakes—story of his life—and he’s been paying for them ever since. And if the guilt and shame aren’t enough, his first crush had to turn into one of the sexiest men he’s ever laid eyes on. 

Nick and Brin have weeks to steer clear of each other. Weeks to avoid strangling each other. But when stubbornness leads to skyrocketing sexual tension, hate-sex doesn’t seem like such an awful way to work through their frustration. Except hate is a powerful emotion, especially when it’s turned inward. And in Nick’s case he’s been drowning in a sea of self-loathing for so long, he can’t see his way out. 

As Brin reconnects with Nick, his perception of what really happened in their past begins to change. He’s finally ready to forgive him and take a second chance on the one guy who stirs him like no other. But Nick’s demons are complicated, heart-wrenching…demanding. So devastating, he might never allow himself true happiness—even with the one man who’s always owned his heart.


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I don’t really know how I would classify this story…”Second change love”, “friends to lovers” or “enemies to lovers”…

So I am going with “frenemies to lovers”. What I do know is that this book isn’t exactly “lighthearted”. It didn’t make me burst into a full out sobfest, but it did hurt my heart a bit.

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This story starts off with Brin needing a place to stay, because the pipes in his apartment have burst, leaving his place flooded…His friend Elijah offers him a place on the futon in the apartment he shares with his roommate. Since the roommate seems fine with Brin crashing for a while, Brim happily accepts the offer.

But imagine his surprise when Elijah’s roommate is none other than his high school crush…Crush seems to be the proper name in this case since that is exactly what he did to Brin’s heart back then…

...He crushed it…

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Nick had never expected to see Brin again. He is happy and sad at the same time. Happy because Brin always meant so much to him…and he still does. Sad because he is so sorry and so ashamed of his behavior back then. He tried to get Brin to listen to him afterward, but Brim wanted nothing more to do with him, which he totally understood.

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In the beginning of the story, I was totally on Brin’s side…

I understood why he felt so angry and betrayed and I wanted him to stay far away from Nick. But the more I got to know of Nick and what was plaguing him…the more my heart broke for the guy. Nick had such a low opinion of himself…He was so filled with grief and guilt, I was surprised that he was even functioning at all…

“I couldn’t have what I wanted and still, make up for what I did at the same time. I didn’t deserve it and I’d been paying for it my whole life.”

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He hates himself for everything that has happened in his past and he thinks he doesn’t deserve to be loved. He really wasn’t a bad guy, he was just so young and messed up when things went down with Brin and he didn’t know how to handle things. He is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and he just needs someone to show him that he is worthy to be loved…

And Brin is the perfect man for the job.

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I also want to give some credit to Nick’s mom who really came through in the end… Awesome lady, though it took her a bit longer. 😛


I really enjoyed this book, though I would have really liked an epilogue.

Epilogs give me closure and I really wanted to see how things turned out for the two of them. Nick spent most of the book being drowned by feelings of guilt,…

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