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~Review~ Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters

 

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Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet #1) by Pepper Winters

****3.75 Stars****

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“Thieves can become saints. Saints can become thieves. Most of us deserve a second chance.” 

In true Pepper Winters form, this was a twisted tale filled with con artists, stockers, innocence, as well as passion. This suspenseful thriller keeps you guessing, trying to navigate the maze of half truths and all out deception.  On the path to the truth, you think you’ve got it figured out…then you don’t….or do you???

“The man who first stole my body and then stole my heart was the ultimate magician with lies.”


Noelle “Elle” Charlston is the heiress to Belle Elle, the leading department store in the country.  She has lived a fairy tale life, similar to many princesses, she lived her life in a gilded tower.  Since the death of her mother at a tender age, she was groomed into the CEO she will become.  Her childhood was not spent playing dress up and having sleepovers, it was spent reviewing spreadsheets and spending reports – understanding her birthright and responsibility to be prepared to step in and fulfill her destiny.  However; Elle craves freedom and normalcy…she wants nothing more than to blend into the crowd and just be.  On her 19th birthday, her gift to herself was one night of freedom….a night spent on the streets of New York, a night that changes her life forever.

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Three years later, Elle is drowning in responsibilities, loneliness, and guilt.  She is under pressure from her father to settle down, he has even found the perfect candidate in his best friends son Greg.  Not wanting to upset her ailing father she tries to make it obvious she isn’t interested, she just can’t get past the fact Greg makes her skin crawl.


Then one night a mysterious man drops into her life, dark and oh so handsome, Penn Everett.  He stirs up all the emotions and feeling she hasn’t felt for three years, extreme reactions she tries to suppress, but just can’t seem to ignore.  Penn is full of secrets and so dangerous, but he is a temptation she just is unable to resist. Every word out of his mouth is a half truth or an out and lie….and he wants nothing more than to control Elle.


“I can make you do things, Elle. Things you want to do. Things I want to do. I particularly liked when you said you’d get on your knees and call me, what was it? Oh, master?


Penn is the master of manipulation, at every turn, he has Elle second guessing his intentions and herself.  What does he want from her and what can she afford to give….can she find the truth and more importantly, can she live with the  …

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This book ends in a true Pepper Winter style … cliffhanger…….leaving no choice but continue on to the next and last book…Throne of Truth (Truth and Lies Duet #2) 2/28/17.

 

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~Review~ Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

 

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Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love, #1) by Anyta Sunday

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

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Oh my, what a treat this book was to read.

 I had this little gem sitting on my kindle for quite awhile, I wish I would have read it sooner.I wasn’t sure what I was going to find when I started this book, it was a situation where I briefly skimmed the summary and purchased the book, but didn’t really know much about the story.  I would like to think I am an open-minded person, I think we are helped along on our path in life by all different kinds of guides, in this story that guide is one’s astrological sign.


Theo Wallace and his twin sister Leone are the Leo’s in this story, who we find recovering from heartbreak at the start of our tale.  It is a sad story, Theo had been in a 2 year relationship with Samantha and Leone and  Derek had been together for 3 years, both of these serious and committed relationships.  Somewhere bit by bit over all the weeknights, weekends, and holidays Theo and Leone had them over, Sam and Derek fell in love with each other.


The twins were blindsided by their confession, even after all of the tearful apologies and declarations that this wasn’t planned, Sam and Derek did not love them anymore.  A year later, Theo felt he had moved on until in the mail came a gold-edged card to save the date.  It would be so much easier if he could just hate them, but this was churning up all the old feelings, he knew he needed to let this go and truly move on.

In that same mailbox came another letter addressed to the two of them, this one a much happier offering from their mother, a new horoscope for the new year.


Sooner or later a Leo will get what they want. It is just a matter of time.:

“It’s a new year, Leo.  Resolve to make big changes in your life and use your pride and stubbornness to see them through.  A new person will enter your life early in the year; look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh, Leo-this could be the start of a thriving friendship. …The heart and head may not be in sync in the first half of this year, Leo, and there’s potential to overlook the obvious.  Listen hard to your inner voice and if confused, talk it through with a loved one.  Fear, not rejection and heartbreak, Leo.  Hold your head up high, be your glowing, fiery self, and the right people will gravitate to you; maybe even a soul mate among them. “


 

Having decided to rent out their third room to help with the finances, after a few unsuccessful interviews with possible tenants, Theo happens across Mr. Jamie Cooper, his T.A. from last year, who Theo is trying to convince to tutor him through a class he is struggling with. Jamie is looking for a new place to rent, Theo of course, finds this to be a perfect opportunity for both of them and will do anything he can to sway Jamie into helping him out. 


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A fast and strong friendship develops here, it turns out both of these men have some scars on their hearts. They love to antagonize and challenge each other.  I am not known to be the most patient of people and have never been a fan of the slow burn, especially where there are a lot of misunderstandings and unsaid thoughts that could really clear up so much in the story.  (I think this may stem from my personal inability to keep any of my thoughts to myself ;)) That being said, when the relationship is filled with fantastic sarcastic humor and touching heartfelt, emotion, I am completely fine with a slow burn!

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Theo is so clueless to what is happening, it is somewhat frustrating but it is almost always comical. Their friendship comes to mean so much to both of them, I think I enjoyed watching their jealousy grow and seeing Theo work out what he was really feeling almost as much as I enjoyed them finally move into the next stages of their relationship.

I love a GFY story, I am a total sucker for one that is done right…but when you throw in some fantastic hot sexy times….oh my, that is my sweet spot!

I highly recommend this book!

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Posted in ****3.5 Stars****, By Rating, Home, LGBT Books, Reviews by ~Kristin~

~Review~ Off Base by Annabeth Albert

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Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert

****3.5 Stars****

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I didn’t realize, more likely I had forgotten, this was a spin off when I started it, but quickly remembered Zack from the hospital with Ryan and Pike as being Josiah’s best friend in the last book of the #gaymers series. I absolutely loved Josiah and Ryan, by far my favorite in that series, so it was a treat to see them again.

This book wasn’t as big of a hit for me, while I liked it, it felt like something was being held back and it was just scratching the surface of these characters. I guess that special something that makes me fall in love with a book just wasn’t there.


Pike easily won me over quickly, I loved his honesty, vivid personality and how comfortable he was in his own skin even while he was trying to make the transition into becoming an adult. Which quite honestly was what this book felt like to me, they may have been 23ish but this was a story about moving across that divide between dependent and independent, it had an NA feel.


Zack was a bit trickier because while he had accomplished becoming a Navy SEAL, he was still so unsure of who he was and was lying to everyone, but mostly to himself. I loved watching him get pushed out of his comfort zone but could have done with less of his seemingly endless inner dialogue and no action…super big pet peeve of mine.


I’m easily swayed by first times….from the kissing …


 … to the steamy shower scenes,


all the cuddling added up to one thing…

  

… this couple had great sexual chemistry…and virgin sex is always a treat, especially when it well played out.


The military support in this book was phenomenal, I truly hope everyone who is harassed in uniform finds this level of support. I have no words for the horrible actions of Cobb and Harper, however, I t was awesome watching Cobb crumble when the tables turned, but Harper seemed to skate by. I was so pleased by his military family and brotherhood that surrounded Zack when he finally let them in.

I’m anxiously awaiting Apollo’s story, not only an age gap but an in-house child care provider too…excited about this one!!

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~Review~ Tattoos & Teacups by Anna Martin

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Tattoos & Teacups (Tattoos #1) by Anna Martin

****4 Stars****

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Tattoos and Teacups is a very sweet story about the power of opposites attracting and choosing not to settle for the life you have, but deciding to take some risks and hopefully living the life you want.


Robert is a 32yr old English literature professor, (not to be confused with Gerard Butler his much older doppelgänger, even if they are both Scottish heartthrobs) who has settled into the life of a much older man and is completely comfortable in his regimented days. He has accepted the fact that he will never find love if that is in fact, a real thing. He prides himself on his professional life and the accomplishments he’s earned, even if he may be lonely.


Chris is a beautifully alive 23yr old percussionist, not simply a drummer, who is confident and self-assured. Chris finds himself in Boston, on a short month or two breaks from a cross-country van tour with his band, recharging before continuing on out West.


They have a chance meeting in one of Robert’s favorite pubs, where he has had a few too many pints and his Scottish accent has gotten noticeably thicker…Chris can’t help but mistake him for the dreaded Butler. Robert doubts he has anything to offer the gorgeous younger man, can’t possibly believe he would ever be interested in the older professor, but Robert decides to take a chance and uses the number Chris left for him.
My good friend J said it best, it was like being a fly on the wall watching this couple fall in love…and as unlikely a pair as they were…fall they did.

  


It was a bit quick, but sometimes love happens quickly, it felt genuine. The real story here was what happens next. Life comes calling and tough choices have to be made. Sometimes when you love someone you have to put yourself aside, then figure out what comes next for you.
I was surprised more than once whilst reading this, which is always a treat.
This couple shows real vulnerability coupled with all the hot and steamy sex, you get the full view of who they are.
All in all a good, low angst enjoyable read.

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~Review~Sixty Five Hours by N.R. Walker

~Review by ~Kristin~

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***FREE READ***

Cameron Fletcher and Lucas Hensley are advertising executives who have Sixty Five Hours to pull together the campaign of their careers.
Sixty Five Hours to get along. Sixty Five Hours to not kill each other. Sixty Five Hours to fall in love.

Disclaimer from Author: This is a re-written fanfiction, available only as a free read. Do not pay to download.
Also, as stated on my blog, this book has not been professionally edited

** First published in 2012. No additional content has been added**


Sixty Five Hours by N.R. Walker

5 Dynamic Duo Stars

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This book was ABSOLUTELY brilliant. It was a short afternoon read. I always go into a book like this,not expecting too much but I was blown away today. Everything about this book was just right!



It was a touching story, it was funny, it was low on the angst and unnecessary drama and was stock full of hot and I do mean hot, steamy sexy times. I felt drawn in by both of these very likable MC’s and I believed in their connection. I am a fan of this author and have read several of her other books, but I’ve got to say I think this was my favorite of hers.


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