~Review~When Rivals Fall (Bayshore Rivals, #1) by Cassandra Hallman, J.L. Beck~

 

When Rivals Fall: A Bully Romance (Bayshore Rivals Book 1) by [Beck, J.L., Hallman, Cassandra]Title: When Rivals Fall
Authors: Cassandra Hallman, J.L. Beck
Series: Bayshore Rivals, #1
Page Count: 220 pages
Genre(s): Romance, New Adult, College
Release Date: July 8, 2019
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Rivals since before birth there’s never been a time when my family hasn’t hated the Lockwoods, and their daughter Harlow. 
Two years ago she set us up, tainted our family image, ruined my brother’s life. She made it personal. It was no longer just a rivalry between our parents. 
Now she’s here, at Bayshore University, no longer in her families clutches and without their protection. There’s nothing to stop us from getting our revenge on her, no one to tell us enough is enough. 
And so my brothers and I have devised a plan. We’ll break her, have her falling at her knees for us in no time, and then we’ll send her back to her family with a warning… 
Cross the Bishops again and you’ll pay. 
Author Note: This is a reverse harem college bully romance that contains subject matter not suitable for all readers.


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~Review~Always Mine (Love in Eden #1) by Sloane Kennedy~

 

46353136. sy475 Title: Always Mine
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: Love in Eden #1
Page Count: 256 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: June 17, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

I had one reason for never going back to the small town I once called home, but I never guessed it would be the same one that made me want to stay… 
Brooks 
I grew up in the small town of Eden, Wyoming, but never really felt like I fit in. 
Until I met the one boy who changed all that. 
When we were kids, Xavier Price understood horses, but somehow, he got me too. He’d made me feel like I wasn’t just the overdressed, too sensitive fifteen-year-old geek who loved math and didn’t always say the right thing. But all that changed the night he threw my trust back in my face and betrayed my family in the worst kind of way. 
And while I’m back in Eden to make sure my uncle’s horse ranch is operating in the black, the one thing I know I won’t have to deal with is the man who’d been on the verge of stealing my heart ten years ago. 
Because Xavier Price is still in prison for what he did and even if he weren’t, he wouldn’t be foolish enough to show his face in Eden ever again. 
Right? 
Xavier 
Wrong. 
That’s what returning to Eden after ten years behind bars feels like. But it wasn’t like I had a whole lot of choices. And it wasn’t like I was going to be handed any decent job offers, let alone my dream one of working with horses. 
But that’s exactly what happened and now that I’m foreman of Black Hills Ranch, I’m not letting this job go for anything. 
Not even the spoiled little rich kid I’d thought was different when he’d glommed onto me ten years ago. 
I have no doubt Brooks Cunningham didn’t wait long to move on to bigger and better things the second my jail cell was locked behind me, and that’s just fine by me. I’d been wrong about the sweet, emotional boy who’d had a habit of wearing his heart on his sleeve anyway. 
Except fate has decided to have another go at me by tossing Brooks right back into my sometimes too small world. Gone is the scrawny, stars-in-his-eyes nerd who used to do math problems just for fun. In his place is a gorgeous specimen of a man who thinks he can go toe to toe with me and once again destroy everything I’ve worked for. 
Not happening.


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~Release Day Review~Malum: Part 2 (Elite King’s Club #5) by Amo Jones~

 

43832305Title: Malum: Part 2
Author: Amo Jones
Series: The Elite King’s Club #5
Page Count: 251 pages
Genre(s): Romance, Suspense, Dark
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Some girls don’t like pretty things.
Some girls like things that are destructive, and toxic. Things that fuel our bodies with adrenaline and bring our demons to their knees. 
They say magic isn’t real, but it’s it the closest way to describe love? It doesn’t exist physically. It merely exists around us, within us, possessing our souls and making us do stupid shit. Shit like falling in love with a boy who knows how to rip my world apart and raise hell with a simple flick of his wrist. Their secrets are now mine. I’m not just in the middle of this game, I’m helping orchestrate it. Can the cries of my aching soul be enough to drown out the burning embers of my mistakes?
The mind strengthens the heart, roughing the edges to prepare it for war. This is a war I will not win. This is a war of fate.

𝑆ℎ𝑒’𝑠 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑘.
𝑆ℎ𝑒’𝑠 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑎𝑙𝑙.
𝑆ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑢𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑒, 𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠
𝐵𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑎 𝑓𝑎𝑖𝑟𝑦 𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑒
𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑜 𝑘𝑛𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡.
𝐼’𝑙𝑙 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑙
𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑖𝑛 𝑚𝑦 𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑡𝑒.
𝑁𝑜 𝑙𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡.
𝑁𝑜 𝑙𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡.
𝐸𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑚𝑦 𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠, 𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑣𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑑𝑎𝑦𝑙𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡.
𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑎 𝑓𝑎𝑖𝑟𝑦-𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑒.
𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑛
𝐵𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑖𝑛
𝐼𝑡’𝑠 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛.
𝑆ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑚𝑦 𝑣𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑠.
𝑊ℎ𝑖𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑚𝑦 𝑓𝑙𝑒𝑠ℎ
𝑇𝑢𝑔𝑠 𝑜𝑛 𝑚𝑦 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠
𝐿𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑎 𝑝𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑡 𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑚𝑒𝑠𝑠
𝑊𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑚𝑦 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑏𝑒 𝑒𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ
𝑇𝑜 𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑡𝑜 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒
𝑊ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟
𝑊𝑎𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 ℎ𝑖𝑚
𝑂𝑟 ℎ𝑖𝑚
𝑂𝑟 𝑚𝑒
𝐼𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑 ℎ𝑒𝑟, 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑦.
𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑎 𝑔𝑎𝑚𝑒.
𝑇ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑛’𝑡 𝑚𝑦 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑘𝑠
𝐼𝑓 𝑠ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑜𝑏𝑒𝑦
𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒’𝑠 𝑎 𝑛𝑢𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟…86


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~Release Day Review~Trouble at Brayshaw High (Brayshaw High #2) by Meagan Brandy~

 

42867451Title: Trouble at Brayshaw High
Author: Meagan Brandy
Series: Brayshaw High #2
Page Count: 284 pages
Genre(s): Romance, New Adult
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

“You don’t belong.”
No words whispered in anger have ever rung more true.
They’re the Kings of Brayshaw with the world at their feet, destined for greatness and in need of control.
I’m the girl from the ghetto with nothing to offer and as defiant as they come.
They say it doesn’t matter, that I’m one of them now, and nothing could ever change that. Not even me, should I dare try.
But they’re wrong.
They underestimate how far I’ll go to protect them.
Trouble is coming…and they have no idea.
Trouble At Brayshaw High is the highly anticipated follow up to Boys of Brayshaw High and should be read only after having read book one. Find book one, Boys of Brayshaw High,
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~Review~Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy~

 

45446051Title: Top Secret
Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Page Count: 319 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Bestselling authors Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy return with their first Male / Male romance in 3 years.
LobsterShorts, 21. Jock. Secretly a science geek. Hot AF.
 

LobsterShorts: So. Here goes. For her birthday, my girlfriend wants…a threesome. 
SinnerThree: Then you’ve come to the right hookup app. 
LobsterShorts: Have you done this sort of thing before? With another guy? 
SinnerThree: All the time. I’m an equal opportunity player. You? 
LobsterShorts: [crickets!] 
SinnerThree, 21. Finance major. Secretly a male dancer. Hot AF. 
SinnerThree: Well, I’m down if you are. My life is kind of a mess right now. School, work, family stress. Oh, and I live next door to the most annoying dude in the world. I need the distraction. Are you sure you want this? 
LobsterShorts: I might want it a little more than I’m willing to admit. 
SinnerThree: Hey, nothing wrong with pushing your boundaries… 
LobsterShorts: Tell that to my control-freak father. Anyway. What if this threesome is awkward? 
SinnerThree: Then it’s awkward. It’s not like we’ll ever have to see each other again. Right? Just promise you won’t fall in love with me. 
LobsterShorts: Now wouldn’t that be life-changing… 
–Q&A about Top Secret: 
Q: Have we met these characters before in another book? 
A: No! These guys are brand new, and we can’t wait for you to meet them. 
Q: Is this story MM? Or is it a MMF / MFM / menage? 
A: This book is MM. 
Q: Is this a love triangle story? 
A: Not really. You’ll see.


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~Release Blitz~Don’t Fight the Spark (Soldiers and Mercenaries #1) by Kasia Bacon~Review, Excerpt & Giveaway~

 

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44442303Title: Don’t Fight the Spark
Author: Kasia Bacon
Series: Soldiers and Mercenaries #1
Page Count: 86 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: April 26, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

As the Light Festival draws near, the Něssyrians craft paper lanterns, awaiting the most important holiday of the year. 
The Lyliňg Fighting House, too, prepares for celebration—by laying fresh sand onto the arena and setting up a match against their top pit fighter, the unrivalled Yüuzuki Ōren.
His last match. One he can’t win.
With the odds more than stacked against him, the gorgeous Barbarian is as good as dead. Unless his lover, healer Ĥaiatto Ẽkana, proves himself every bit as determined as he is clever and finds a way to protect the man he’d stop at nothing to save.


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~Release Blitz~Wrong Way Home (Criminal Delights: Taken) by K.A. Merikan~Review & Giveaway~

 

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42622237Title: Wrong Way Home
Authors: K.A. Merikan
Series: Criminal Delights
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Page Count: 264 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Dark Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

— One wrong turn. One right man. —
Colin. Rule-follower. Future doctor. Witness to murder. Captive.
Taron. Survivalist. Mute. Murderer. Captor.
Like every other weekend, Colin is on his way home from university, but he’s taunted by the notion that he never takes risks in life and always follows the beaten path. On impulse, he decides to take a different route. Just this one time. What he doesn’t realize is that it’s the last time he has a choice.
He ends up taking a detour into the darkest pit of horror, abducted by a silent, imposing man with a blood-stained axe. But what seems like his worst nightmare might just prove to be a path to the kind of freedom Colin never knew existed. 
Taron has lived alone for years. His land, his rules. He’d given up on company long ago. After all, attachment is a liability. He deals with his problems on his own, but the night he needs to dispose of an enemy, he ends up with a witness to his crime.
The last thing Taron needs is a nuisance of a captive. Colin doesn’t deserve death for setting foot on Taron’s land, but keeping him isn’t optimal either. It’s only when he finds out the city boy is gay that an altogether different option arises. One that isn’t right, yet tempts him every time Colin’s pretty eyes glare at him from the cage.
“When Taron looped the heavy metal collar around the slender neck and closed the padlock, his body throbbed with the excitement of knowing he owned this boy.
Was it wrong? Yes, yes it was.
Was it so, so good? Definitely.”

–POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Themes: prepping, alternative lifestyles, disability, crime, loneliness, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, fish out of water, opposites attract, abduction, Stockholm syndrome, family issues
Genre: Dark, thriller M/M romance 
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes
Length: ~ 70,000 words (Standalone)
–This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and will contain a dark M/M romance. 
–Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted. This story contains scenes of explicit violence, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters.
–This book is part of the Criminal Delights series. For other books in the collection, please see: Criminal Delights Listopia —


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~Review~Four Ever by Sloane Kennedy~

 

43599239Title: Four Ever
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Page Count: 357 pages
Genre(s): M/M/M/M, Romance
Release Date: January 16, 2019
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Surrounded by a group of devoted four-footed and two-winged family members, Zak and Killian have built what should have been a dream life in their countryside farmhouse. But a cruel twist of fate and the re-emergence of old demons has frayed the edges of the men’s seven-year relationship until just one wrong move could end up severing their bond for good. 
Seemingly content to walk on eggshells around one another, things come to a head when ER nurse Zak brings his work home with him… literally. 
After being forced to leave their posh Southern California lives, homeless stepbrothers Liam and Noah are slowly losing themselves to the streets they can’t seem to escape. When twenty-one-year-old Liam is beaten up while protecting his younger “brother,” the pair find themselves being welcomed into a home where being a stray is considered a good thing. But Liam and nineteen-year-old Noah have learned the hard way that nothing is given for free and there’s no such thing as the kindness of strangers. Survival means only counting on and trusting in each other. 
Will Zak and Killian’s offer of a no-strings-attached place to heal end up being more than any of the four men bargained for? Especially when feelings between Liam and Noah begin to crawl to the surface and the truth of what Zak and Killian’s relationship has turned into becomes harder to deny? 
And what happens when lines begin to blur and needs start to change? Will Zak, Killian, Liam, and Noah end up going their separate ways? 
Or will they learn that love doesn’t always come in twos? 
–This is a novel about a foursome relationship, not just a story of two separate couples in physical relationships with one another. Thus, there is no “cheating” in this story. This is a standalone novel.–
–Trigger Warning: The trigger warnings in this book may be considered “spoilerish” so they can be found by using the “Look Inside” feature or by downloading the sample and going to the section entitled “Trigger Warning.”–


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~Review~Why the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil #2) by L.J. Hayward~

 

40614258Title: Why the Devil Stalks Death
Author: L.J. Hayward
Series: Death and the Devil #2
Page Count: 380 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Suspense
Release Date: December 9, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Jack Reardon uncovers secrets for a living, and the Meta-State spy is pretty good at it. Or rather he thought so until he met Ethan Blade—assassin, warrior, enigma. The unlikely pair have decided to give living together a shot, but Jack’s not entirely certain what he’s gotten himself into—or exactly who he’s in it with.
Jack’s worries are compounded when he’s assigned to a police strike force hunting a serial killer. With each new puzzle piece, Jack considers the true nature of a serial killer—and how similar it is to an assassin. To one particular assassin who’s having trouble adjusting to retirement. Jack’s unsure how to help Ethan—or if he even can.
When the killer strikes close to home, Jack must race against the clock to stop another murder, despite the price someone has put on his head. Could the matters be connected? Is a certain assassin at the centre of both? Surrounded by killers, the only one Jack wants near disappears, leaving Jack drowning in secrets. He’ll have to do what he does best—unravel the secrets, including Ethan’s—to stop the killer and save the life he and Ethan have only just begun to build.
Content Warning: Child abuse and child sexual abuse in a character’s history and not depicted directly on the page.


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~Review~First Light (Heartsville #2) by Christina Lee & Felice Stevens~

 

42951429Title: First Light
Authors: Christina Lee & Felice Stevens
Series: Heartsville #2
Page Count: 269 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 24, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮3.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Two years after the death of his wife, Aubrey Hendricks is still weighed down by grief. He can’t focus on anything beyond working at the family farm, First Light. At the urging of a friend, he takes a step toward resuming a normal life and reopens the bakery his wife once ran. He places a Help Wanted ad in the local paper, and to his surprise, an applicant shows up the next day. 
When Oliver Hansen gets a second chance at life, he grasps it with both hands. Leaving his stressful life in New York, he plans to enjoy the simpler things. Driving to Heartsville in the Pocono Mountains to thank his heart donor’s widower is a top priority. But the brusque man with the melancholy eyes strikes a chord in Oliver. So when Aubrey mistakenly believes he’s there to apply for the bakery job…Oliver takes him up on the offer. 
As Oliver busies himself with the grand reopening, he and Aubrey establish a tentative friendship, which soon shifts to blazing attraction. Oliver falls hard for him, yet he can’t help but wonder if Aubrey’s feelings are an attempt to maintain a connection to the wife he’s still mourning. And Aubrey is unsure if Oliver will tire of the slow pace in Heartsville and go running back to the city he loves. The two must successfully navigate the stormy waters of grief, doubt, and their very different lifestyles, or they risk losing both their hearts—again. 
Please note: This is in the same world as our MMM, LAST CALL, except FIRST LIGHT is MM and a complete standalone.–


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