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~Review~ Full Throttle by Nasia Maksima

 

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Full Throttle (Dirty Angels #1) by Nasia Maksima

****4 Stars****

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Two men. One passion.

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Now that sounds a bit like a movie tagline, but it is not that far-fetched because you get a certain Fast and Furious vibe right from the beginning. Since I’m  an adrenaline junkie at heart – umm, and only at heart, not in reality! 😉 – and a sucker for those movies, I was hooked from the start.

Luc and Jesse are two men as different as they come and yet they have so much in common. Aside from their love for street racing, both are on the verge of being forced to live a life they despise, but they desperately try to live up to their fathers expectations, nonetheless.


Luc, son of a Governor by day and leader of an illegal street racing crew consisting man in shadows: mostly of his siblings by night, comes from a wealthy family.

Already having disappointed his father once and threatened to get separated from his family and friends if this ever happens again, he attempts to stay out of trouble to follow his father’s only mantra of “don’t embarrass the family“. Obviously, this proves to be not as easy as it sounds with his secret hobby and the fact that he is gay, something no one can know about, not by any means.


Jesse, son of the Police Chief and living in rather poor circumstances, lives in constant fear of getting beaten up by his Oliver Dale by Alex Brennan-Kearns: abusive alcoholic father.

Believe me, I hated the guts of Jesse’s father with all my heart. Jesse is on the brink of passing an exam that gets him accepted into the FBI, though everything he wants is getting into an elite mechanical engineering grad program at the university.


Jesse’s dream is to be accepted into Luc’s team, the Dirty Angels, to get a starting place in a race that got his brother killed one year ago. On the one hand, he wants to know more about the circumstances of the accident, which is proven to be caused by sabotage and on the other hand he wants to win this race, both for his brother and for himself to prove that he can make it.


There is a lot of chemistry between Luc and Jesse and sparks fly right from the beginning, even if it is a constant back and forth because of Luc trying to hold on to his own mantra of I’m not gay.

The whole story is an accomplished combination of racing scenes, rivalry, loveable characters, family drama, romance and hot sex scenes. And dirty talk. Lots of it. I just love it when the supposedly weaker guy (weaker in terms of his build) takes charge and bosses the other one around. 😉


The writing style is great and the story is – albeit not literarily challenging – very enjoyable.

I really loved it. Well, at least up until roughly 90%… Then it turned into something that was a bit too melodramatic, too soap-opera-y and B-movie style for my liking. Although the ending is satisfying when the ‘bad guys’ got their come-uppance, I really wish the author would have found a better solution. This definitely spoiled it a bit for me and kept me from giving a better rating. I’m definitely looking forward to a sequel, though.

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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)

by K.A. Merikan

***3 Stars***

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Hmmmm…

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This seems to be a typical case of all-of-my-friends-loved-it-but-me. Maybe I should add that I’m not really into books about biker gangs and this story was apparently some kind of crossover with another series by the authors (Sex & Mayhem) about the Coffin Nails MC.


I don’t know how much it was the book or how much it was me being sick that I did not really enjoy this story. I loved Guns n’ Boys: Homicidal Instinct and I even thought that this series was getting better and better, but not for me I’m afraid. I debated with myself if I should write a review at all, because I want to be fair, but decided to steer a middle course and give it 3 stars to compensate any injustice.

The book began just great. Both, Dom and Seth, have to deal with the aftereffects of what was done to Seth by his own brother at the end of the previous book and I so felt for them.


I really get that it is hard for both of them to cope with the events…

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… but what followed was somewhat unnecessary drama.


The ensuing ups and downs in their relationship, their fights and especially Dom’s behavior felt a bit staged. A little less and I could have believed it. As it was, though, it was tiring and eye-roll inducing. For me, it felt like being back at square one just the other way round, because this time it was Dom whom I did not particularly like in this book and he was always my favorite so far.

He behaved like a self-righteous prick sometimes and was far too arrogant for my liking. Those who followed my reviews for the other books in this series know that it is quite a surprise – yes, for me too! – that I loved Seth more this time.


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I really enjoyed his character development, with him finally standing up for himself and trying not to depend too much on Dom, it was more than I could have asked for.

Who I did not care much for was Mark, the little hooker Dom, and Seth took in after saving him from trouble with a biker.With him behaving like a brat most of the time, I did not even feel sorry for him, at least not until the end, anyway.

And don’t get me started on Dana. I somehow I don’t trust her, being sent after Dom and Seth by the mafia in the last book and jumping ship just like that. Something about her just feels off.


Enough with the rant, though. The sex was hot – just to give you a hint: role-play!!! – and the ending was as thrilling as in the other books, albeit a bit OTT.

I better stop now, because it is hard to think with a stuffed-up nose and a head that feels like being filled with cotton. 😉 I have read the first four books in this series, including the short story, almost back to back and maybe it is time for me to take a longer break from it, to read something in between, so I can enjoy the next book again.

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~Review~ Thick & Thin By Charlie Cochet

 

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Thick & Thin (THIRDS #8) By Charlie Cochet 

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

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I will make it short: I loved it!

Okay, probably not that short. 😉 This series never ceases to amaze me…

After all this time you would think that I would be fed up with it by now, that it would lose its appeal at some point and to be honest, with each new book I fear that the time has come. Slowly but surely, though, it seems to me that this will never be the case. I just cannot get enough of it.


After the events in Smoke & Mirrors, I could not get my grabby hands fast enough on this book and it was all I could have wished for. Yes, it felt like some kind of interlude, but that was the idea behind it, to prepare us for things to come. For the change that was already initiated in the previous book.

The story -albeit a bit shorter this time- was the familiar mix of action, humor, sexy times, some heartwarming scenes and Dex-antics, sometimes paired with thoughtfulness due to his new found Therian abilities still in its infancy and the impact this would have on those around him.

I so will never get tired of the banter between Dex and Ash!!!


The interaction between the teammates was amazing as always, although they had to break down some barriers when Dex and Sloane put their cards on the table and all secrets were out, but when it comes down to it, they act like the one big family they are and get everything sorted out in typical Destructive Delta manner.

In other words: it had everything I love about this series, plus a tinge of nostalgia when Dex recalls events that led them to this point until they reached some kind of crossroads. And that the love story between Dex and Sloane remains one of my favorites goes without saying.

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