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~Review~ Strays by Garrett Leigh~

 

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Strays (Urban Soul #2) by Garrett Leigh

*****4.5 Stars*****

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This is the second book in the series and CAN be read as a standalone as the characters from Misfits ( book one ) are well introduced.

I adored Lenny from the start.

Working as a server in Misfits Restaurant he loves to dye his hair and go dancing but his life has been put on hold due to a stalker.With no real evidence, the Police seem reluctant to do anything which leaves Lenny at breaking point.This is where Cass, his boss, steps in.He entrusts him to one of his chefs, Nero with strict instructions for Nero to keep a close eye on him.


Nero is a workaholic-he’s grumpy and rude and the last thing he needs is one of Cass’s Strays to babysit.At first, he has no idea what to do with Lenny in the kitchen but soon recognizes that Lenny has quite a flair for putting together flamboyant plates of food.


Before anything sexual happens between them they come to rely on each other in different ways and for different reasons.Nero has a past which he keeps bottled up and is very reluctant to share it with Lenny.Nero becomes fiercely protective of Lenny and Lenny recognizes that there is so much more to Nero than his grumpy exterior.

There’s not an abundance of sex scenes but when they do become close it’s perfect and, I felt, just right for the story.The dynamics of their sexual relationship was not what I was expecting but it definitely worked.There’s a great feeling of family and belonging throughout the book not least because of the involvement of Tom, Cass, and Jake from book one.


This book ticked so many boxes for me.

Two highly likable but different characters.
Great supporting characters.
A bit of angst, but not overdone.
The Kitchen/Restaurant setting, I just loved.
Enough sexy times to keep me happy.
And of course, the fact that it’s British and set in London was a huge plus.

Highly recommended!

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~Review~Fast Connection by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

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Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2)

by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

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

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5+ Stars…..So Good!!!

I loved the first book in this series but I thought this was even better.
I really didn’t like Dominic in book one but I did a massive u-turn here because I absolutely LOVED him here.


Dominic has just left the Military.

He’s kind of drifting through life, doesn’t really know where he fits in.Add into the mix his highly volatile family, at the age of 27 he’s a bit jaded with life.
He’s bisexual but has become more and more interested in men so goes on Grindr where he meets Luke.


Luke is forced out of the Military at a young age. He is 39, also bisexual and finally getting his life together.He’s divorced with teenage twins and his barriers are firmly in place.He likes one-time hook ups with men but never goes back for more until Dominic pushes down his defenses.


There’s drama as their two families cross paths.This was an integral part of their relationship and extremely well written.

I’m not sure which Author was responsible for the sex scenes but they are just delicious.It’s raw, dirty, desperate and very passionate.

And how refreshing to have an M/M book that’s not Gfy (not that I’m not into that), but this was all the more believable because they were both bi.

I cannot recommend this book/series highly enough for M/M fans.

 

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~Review~Strong Signal by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

 

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Strong Signal (Cyberlove #1)

by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

*****4.5 Stars*****

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Well, I started reading this a few weeks ago and the gaming thing really didn’t work for me initially so I abandoned it.I decided to give it another go and I’m SO glad I did..

I just LOVED it.


Garrett……soldier in Afghanistan

Garrett is on his second(and last) tour of duty in Afghanistan.He’s gay but not completely out.He’s not enjoying this tour and is looking forward to getting back home even though he’s got no idea what he’s really going to do with his life.
He spends his spare time gaming online.This is where he comes across Kai and he becomes fixated on him.


Kai……reclusive gamer (yes, I adored him)

 Kai has become a virtual recluse.He suffers from panic attacks and social anxiety and hasn’t left his apartment in years.He’s built up a highly successful and lucrative business as a gamer with thousands of followers and subscribers.


They start off being irritated with each other and begin messaging each other.Their online interactions had me gripped.They eventually start flirting online which over time becomes so much more.
Garrett can’t wait to meet Kai in person but Kai is terrified that when Garrett sees the recluse he is, he won’t be interested.
I do love my sex scenes in books but in most books I find myself skimming some scenes…..well not here!!

These two Authors perfectly combined sweet and dirty.Both characters were well developed and fit perfectly together.

For M/M fans I cant recommend highly enough...

 

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~Review~ Pieces of Me by Melanie Hansen

 

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Pieces of Me (Spectrum Nights #1) by Melanie Hansen

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

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The start of Scott and Rylan’s story that had me captivated.I absolutely loved it.

They meet when they are 17 when Rylan’s father marries Scott’s mother.Rylan has been brought up well by his father, unlike Scott who had been shown nothing but contempt from his mother.She became pregnant with him at a young age and blames him for the life she now has……living in a run down trailer, she spends her time drinking too much and whoring herself about.This treatment from his mother has a profound effect on his life.


Scott is stunningly beautiful and thinks his looks are all he has.Ridiculed at school for being poor and having an alcoholic, slut for a mother he puts on a good front.

Rylan is gay and starting a new school he really doesn’t want to hide his sexuality.In fact, he embraces it…..dying his hair, wearing earrings and standing up to the school bullies.For a young boy, he showed such strength of character.


Rylan is instantly captivated by Scott’s good looks but he also sees past his beauty and tries to convince Scott that he can do something with his life.They are thrown together when they have to share a room.They become friends and start to look out for each other.Things change, though, when Scott kisses Rylan and their sexual adventure begins.For a short time, they explore each other, nights spent together in Scott’s bed with Rylan dreaming of a future for them.

But life is cruel and when a family secret is revealed, everything changes…



Part One concentrates on their young life and I actually liked this the best.Very surprisingly because YA isn’t really my thing but the writing and the characters completely drew me into the story.

Part Two takes place six years later.This is one of my absolute favorite things….I love a story that spans over years.


Rylan is trying to fulfill his ambition of becoming a Photojournalist when he meets Scott again, but he’s finding it such a struggle.Scott, on the other hand, is doing well.Working in an upmarket gay club he’s built up a high profile reputation as one of the hottest hosts at the club.

“I remember everything about you, Ry.You’re my best memory.”

Scott is kind of a lost soul in some ways.Always using his devastating good looks to get what he wants but, deep down, he craves much more.Rylan still finds him irresistible but is determined to be a friend to Scott.


I loved everything about this book.

It’s not a fluffy story at all.The characters go through a lot and it’s not pretty at times but I’ve got high hopes that this is going to be an epic love story.

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~Review~ Nachos & Hash by Brandon Witt

 

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Nachos & Hash (Mary’s Boys #1) by Brandon Witt

****4 Stars****

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This is the first book I’ve read by this Author and I really enjoyed it.

Cody is 21, has recently moved to Denver and is now working at Hamburger Mary’s, a gay-friendly restaurant/bar.He’s left behind his life living in a trailer park in Kansas with parents he didn’t have much of a life with.He’s in a pretty good place in his life, a job he loves and working with some great people…..he finally feels part of a family.


Darwin is 24, has nearly everything he wants in life, a good job, a nice home the only thing missing is someone to share it with.He’s tired of dating men from dating sites and wants a relationship.He’s on a date one night with a man he’s not interested in when he meets Cody.He feels a connection straight away with the cute server.

  


Cody can’t believe someone like Darwin would be interested in him and puts their first encounter down to a hookup but Darwin has other ideas.
These two men were just so cute together….I mean really adorable.But Cody is very insecure and when his past life collides with his present life things take quite a dark turn.


For a novella, the characters are extremely well developed and engaging.From the two main characters to the staff at Mary’s, girlfriends(who are just fabulous).All of this makes this a really enjoyable, sexy read.

A recommended read.This is set to be a great series and I can’t wait for the sexy Bartender’s story next…

An ARC was provided to me by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

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~Review~ Thanos by Ella Frank

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Thanos (Masters Among Monsters #3) by Ella Frank

*****4.5 Stars*****

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“Gods and their Monsters, battling it out until the very end”

I’ve been waiting(not so patiently) for this one for about a year and it definitely didn’t disappoint.It normally takes me about 3 days to read a book and I read this in 24 hours, once I started I couldn’t put it down.

Ella Frank has created a truly captivating world of Vampires, Gods, and Demigods here.The writing and storytelling are suberb.I’m not even going to attempt to go into the story because I really couldn’t do it justice.If you’ve read and enjoyed Alasdair and Isadora this is a must read.
It’s so much more than just the story of Thanos as we get more of the other characters stories.It’s told from multiple pov’s which might not appeal to everyone but, really, it’s the only way this story could be told.


    


The story of three, seemingly, ordinary men-Leo, Paris, and Elias who find their lives turned upside down when they are drawn into a completely different world.They find themselves battling with what the Gods have planned for them and what they want.The characters are fascinating, each playing an important role in the story.


My favorites are definitely Leo, Alasdair, and Vasilios.The chemistry between them is seriously hot.The sex scenes are not full on explicit but, my god, the sexual tension more than makes up for it.I’ve read some good PNR series but this is definitely my favorite one to date.


Would I recommend this series?…Most definitely.I would say for anyone undecided try Alasdair and if you enjoy that I’m sure you’ll be hooked on this series.

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~Review~ Isadora by Ella Frank

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Isadora (Masters Among Monsters #2) by Ella Frank

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

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Sexy Vampires, Greek Mythology, M/M/M, M/F, F/F and a bit of voyeurism..Hell Yes!!

Well, I loved Alasdair but I think I enjoyed this even more.This series has the perfect mix…a PNR story that’s gripping and easy to follow and it’s so erotic, the sexual tension is so hot!

  


This one picks up straight where book 1 ended. It’s, obviously, Isadora’s story but for fans of hot m/m action don’t worry because we get a LOT more of Alasdair, Leo, and Vasilios.
So, Isadora’s story was not what I was expecting.The Author has created a truly captivating world here.It’s fascinating to read about the relationships between the Ancients and their first sired.


Isadora and Diomedes…..they had such a beautiful connection and their back story, while a bit difficult to read, was captivating.
We also get to find out about the connection between her and Elias.I started not liking him very much but was definitely converted by the end.

Like I said there is a lot more of Alasdair, Leo, and Vasilios ….and, my God, these guys are seriously sexy together.

(Yes, I had to use a True Blood gif…..Eric can certainly sex it up!! 😀 )


The story is told from multiple POV’S and I noticed a few people didn’t like this but it TOTALLY worked for me, I just loved getting into the minds of these amazing characters.Oh,and,I’ve got a new favorite character….the delicious Paris!!
I cannot wait for the next one.

I don’t read loads of PNR but do enjoy them and this is definitely becoming one of my favorites.
I think if you’ve read and enjoyed Alasdair, this is a must read….

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~Review~ Alasdair by Ella Frank

 

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Alasdair (Masters Among Monsters #1) by Ella Frank

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

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Absolutely loved this!! Sexy, Greek Vampires…yes, please!!

I saw a friend’s review for this and when I saw it was Ella Frank and M/M I was sold !!!!

There have been a few PNR series I’ve read and enjoyed but the thing that puts me off them is that I find it takes a while to get into them.There always seems to be so much information, scene setting and a lot of characters thrown at you.I’m happy to say that’s not the case here.I was hooked straight away with this one.


Alasdair is an extremely powerful vampire, second only to Vasilios.One night he spots a human, Leo, although he can’t understand why he is drawn to him.He watches him for 2 weeks before making his move to feed from him
Something happens that he wasn’t prepared for and at a loss to understand it he takes Leo captive…


Leo sees himself as an ordinary young man and finds himself thrown into a completely alien world.But despite his fear and uncertainty at what is happening he can’t help but be fascinated by Alasdair.
The story is captivating as we come to question is Leo all he seems??


I’ve noticed a few people have commented on the lack of romance in this.To be honest, it didn’t bother me, in fact, I think a romantic element at this stage wouldn’t have worked here.What I will say is that it’s extremely erotic.Surprisingly, for this Author, the full on sex scenes are sparse.But I found the sexual tension off the charts hot!! I’m normally all about lots of well-written sex scenes in my books but sometimes the sexual tension can be hotter than descriptive sex and that certainly was the case here.

I just absolutely loved everything about this book!

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~Review~ Guns n’ Boys: Chokehold by K.A. Merikan

 

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Guns n’ Boys: Chokehold (Guns n’ Boys #5)

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

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Loved it.I think this is my favorite book in the series so far, I can’t get enough of Dom and Seth.
This one sees Dom, Seth, and Mark finally crossing the border into Mexico but as usual, things don’t go smoothly.


Dom finds himself in a situation he hates…..not being in complete control.

   


As a result, Seth finds himself having to step up.

   


As they both battle to do what they think is right there are lies and secrets which cause a huge divide between them.
It’s no secret that I find Dom’s jealousy over Seth insanely hot and this book is no exception.
These two are just so deliciously hot together, even when they’re fighting you can feel the sexual tension..(bottle of water scene with Seth….I think I have that on repeat in my head)


Have to mention Mark …

… who they have kind of unofficially adopted…I love that boy.I especially liked his interaction with Dom here….I would love for him to have his own book in the future.


It’s difficult to go into the story in depth without spoilers but for fans of this series, this will definitely not disappointed.

I’ve read tons of M/M books and series but these two and this series are still unquestionably my favorite.

ARC of Guns n’ Boys: Chokehold was generously provided by the authors, in exchange for an honest review.

 


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~Review~ Guns n’ Boys: Swamp Blood by K.A. Merikan

 

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Guns n’ Boys: Swamp Blood (Guns n’ Boys #4)

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

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Well, I’ve read these books virtually back to back and I’ve been a very happy girl.These men are just the best together.Dirty, sexy, sweet and perfect together.

In this book, they are supposed to be dead so have to stay under the radar…
Seth is suffering mentally and physically after the events from the last book.He feels insecure and unattractive after the injuries he sustained and as a result, the physical side of his relationship with Dom is suffering.Dom tries so hard to be patient but just wants the old Seth back.


As usual, with these two, trying to stay out of trouble is impossible.
Dana(so far don’t like her) is still present and being trained by Dom.Something Seth is not happy with as Dom spends so much time with her.
A great new character is introduced as well.
Mark is a 16 year old runaway, has no self-worth, feels totally unloved and whores himself out to men


They first meet Mark when he finds himself in a comprising position gone out of control with a sexy biker, Jed who is a member of the Coffin Nails MC.
Having read the Sex and Mayhem series by these Authors I was so loving their involvement in this book.
I mean what’s hotter than M/M biker action….

The encounter with Jed sees Dom and Seth getting involved in the MC world and things take on a violent turn.


Dom is just as bossy and sexy and dominant and gorgeous and insanely jealous of Seth.
Seth is just adorable and cute and hot and doesn’t think about his actions where Dom is concerned.
This two bicker and fight something fierce but my God, the makeup sessions are so worth it!!


I’ve got a few favorite M/M couples but I think these two are definitely number one.
I just bloody love this series and can’t wait for the next part of their journey!!!!!

 


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