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~Pre-Release Review~Oversight (The Community #2) by Santino Hassell~

 

30364801Title: Oversight
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Community #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 242 pages
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal, Suspense/Thriller
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.

Holden Payne has it all . . . or so he thinks. As heir to the founder of the Community—an organization that finds, protects, and manages psychics—he’s rich, powerful, and treated like royalty. But after a series of disappearances and murders rock the Community, he’s branded the fall guy for the scandal and saddled with a babysitter.
Sixtus Rossi is a broad-shouldered, tattooed lumbersexual with a man-bun and a steely gaze. He’s also an Invulnerable—supposedly impervious to both psychic abilities and Holden’s charms. It’s a claim Holden takes as a challenge. Especially if sleeping with Six may help him learn whether the Community had more to do with the disappearances than they claimed.
As Holden uncovers the truth, he also finds himself getting in deep with the man sent to watch him. His plan to seduce Six for information leads to a connection so intense that some of Six’s shields come crashing down. And with that comes a frightening realization: Holden has to either stand by the Community that has given him everything, or abandon his old life to protect the people he loves.


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I loved it! Another Winner…An amazing read!

Oversight, book 2 in The Community Series, by Santino Hassell is darker than it’s predecessor, undoubtedly more complex and equally good. I dare to say, even better. And I truly love Insight, so that statement is coming from someone who is already in love with Nate and Trent and considers the couple hard to beat.

This story is the evolution of what we started in that liquor store in Texas.  In book one we were introduced to another world, a fantastic universe of psychics and powers and in this second installment, we are dragged in a more profound level. Deeper and direct to the human evilness.

This book is dark, sexy, sinfully funny, sarcastically realistic and full of lies, greed, fears, and secrets.


The tone in this story can only be described as obscure. You could say it is scarier and creepier than Insight. It’s also completely different in the perception, and that’s because of our narrator, Holden Payne is a cynical cocky bastard with a sarcastic humor that impregnates the story completely and makes the narration as sophisticated as he is.

Holden’s voice is pretty singular and clear. He is charismatic and charming and also a lonely man, insecure in the inside and, as we can witness, a little oblivious about what happens in The Community where he’s been raised.

I also love Sixtus Rossi, a.k.a Six… an invulnerable.

Yes, that’s Six’s gift, and not a subjective perception of this reader, since probably I would have described him as hot, honest, loyal, lost, sweet…(yes, I think the impenetrable is sweet)
In many occasions, Holden referred to him as a robot or a cyborg and that’s because my poor Sixtus has the rare talent of not feeling any kind of empathy. He also has the shield that Holden’s power needs: he can’t influence Six as he is used to doing. Holden can’t even read him. What a challenge, right? Right!

To me, the mere existence/appearance of Six is enthralling enough to keep me intrigued and captivated. It is true that I missed Nate’s visions in the first chapters but that´s because they were one of the things I loved the most in Insight but, really, having Six and his mysterious and appealing personality did it for me too. And also: Nate and Trent are in the house!!! Oh yes, they are.


I loved the paradox in this story: the relationship between an empath and an invulnerable man, not capable of feeling empathy.

The way they feel for each other. The love story between our MCs is beautiful. There is great love here, really. And it also has a hint of enemies to lovers very enjoyable where the chasing, the banter and the funny conversations between this two, apparently opposite characters conforms a big part of the Oversight big picture.

The complexity of the plot is bigger here that in Insight and not just because our narrator is completely different from Nate, but because it has a huge dose of “political” thriller. Santino takes the readers deep into the ins and outs of an organization full of lies, nastiness, and malice. 


Here we faced a battle between good and evil…

…and we find out how far humans (evolved or not) can go to get what they want and how they can use other people to satisfy their own purposes.

I am hungry for book 3. I can´t wait. I know I have to because it won’t be out until October but I´m really anxious.

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~Release Day Review~Promises Part 3 (Bounty Hunters #3) by A.E. Via~

 

35064709Title: Promises Part 3
Author: A.E. Via
Series: Bounty Hunters #3
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Action
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5 

 ~Synopsis~

A bounty hunter’s partners to lovers’ story.
The hunt is on… and he’s the prey.

Bradford (Ford) King was sure he had the rest of his life mapped out. Though he was no longer a SEAL Lieutenant, his brother was home safe and he had a job that still allowed him to satisfy his hunger for hunting bad guys. Life was simple, no distractions or complications – at age forty-six – that’s all Ford wanted. What he didn’t want was his work partner, sniper/watchman, Dana, giving him s**t all the time.
Dana Cadby had grown up labeled a roughneck from the wrong side of the tracks. He’d fought, scrounged, and survived despite a father that constantly told him he couldn’t. Dana pulled himself up by his own boot straps and made a name for himself in the marksman community. He’d been Duke’s bounty watchman for five years. It was his job to ensure their safety, watch their backs. At thirty-three, he was trusted, well respected by his peers, his bosses, his friends… so why couldn’t he earn the same respect from his partner?
Dana knew he was bisexual before he graduated high school. He also knew he was attracted to the huge, 6’3”, SEAL from the moment he and his brother came to join their team. It wasn’t easy for him to tamp down his immediate reaction to Ford’s thick muscles, full beard, and dark eyes. Still, Dana exhibited nothing but professionalism towards him, not wanting to make his ‘straight’ partner uncomfortable.
After Dana took back his ex-girlfriend, he’d noticed an intensification in Ford’s bad attitude. One that turned aggressive and downright antagonistic, and Dana was damned if he’d just lay down and take it. He was gonna make that man respect him if it was the last thing he did.
When Duke sends Dana and Ford out to track down their most dangerous bounty yet, they both embrace the fact that they make one hell of a team… but they fight tooth and nail against the powerful intimacy brewing between them.
Beware: When Ford and Dana connect, no fugitive can hide from the hunter and his watchman.

This story is a part of a series but can stand alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has a HEA.


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 I am a huge A.E. Via fan, so everytime a new book comes out, it makes me giddy. 😀

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This time we get Dana and Ford’s story.

Those of you, who have read the previous books, know who they are already. Those of you who haven’t…

What are you waiting for??!!

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Bradford King (46), known as Ford, and Dana Cadby (33) both work as bounty hunters for Duke and Quick’s team.Ford is a former Navy Seal, who was dishonorably discharged after rescuing his brother Brian from terrorists. He and his brother joined Duke’s team not too long ago.Dana is the team’s sniper/watchman. Dana is an expert marksman who has won several awards. He has been with the team a bit longer.


Ever since Ford joined the team, Dana has had his eye on the huge rugged man.

Dana has always been bi-sexual, but since he burned himself with the last man he was with…he is a bit cautious. So he has only been with women in the last 10 years. Dana doesn’t think he stands a chance with Ford and besides that…he doesn’t even know if the man swings his way.

So he sticks with his awful girlfriend…I really hated that woman!!! I got so annoyed with Dana for not standing up for himself and just letting her walk all over him.

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What Dana doesn’t know though, is that Ford is just as intrigued by him. He can’t stand seeing the way Dana’s girlfriend treats him (makes two of us). He doesn’t understand why Dana went back to her in the first place…

Dana deserves so much more… He deserves Ford…

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Ford doesn’t have a lot of experience with men. I don’t even think he has a lot of experience with women either. He used to have hook-ups when he was younger, but that stuff got old and he is fine with being by himself….or so he thinks. He just can’t seem to get Dana out of his head and working so up close with the man is slowly driving him insane. Something will have to give…The sexual tension in this book was through the roof and…

I was just yelling at them to get their heads straight and kiss already!!! 😀

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Which thankfully they finally did. 😛

Once these two got their heads out of their asses, they were very sweet and hot together.

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I do have to say that to me, this book seems lower on the steamy side than all the others.

I didn’t mind though…I loved how they took things slow and how sweet they were to one another.What I really loved was the extra parts we got in Brian’s voice. Now, this is a story I can’t wait for. Brian has been my favorite since he was introduced into this series and…

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~Release Day Review~A Kind of Home (A Kind of Stories #4) by Lane Hayes~

 

34819125Title: A Kind of Home
Author: Lane Hayes
Series: A Kind of Stories #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 224 pages
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A Kind Of Story

Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust Isaac, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that he travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. Adam is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.

Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in uncharted and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.


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I really enjoyed this “friends to lovers” story. Also…it has a rockstar…big plus for me. 😛

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This book can be read as a stand alone. Even though books 1 and 3 are about the other members of the band, they can all be read as single stories. I myself have read all of them, and I especially liked the books about the band…Rockstar fan right here. 😛

Isaac is the guitarist for the famous band “Spiral”.

He really loves being in the band, but lately, it hasn’t been as much fun as it used to be. He is exhausted from all the tours and a bit concerned because some crazed creepy fan keeps sending him creepy messages.

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All he wants to do when he gets home from his latest tour is sleep in his own bed and enjoy some private time. So imagine his surprise, when his housesitter/guest, who was only supposed to stay a week, is still in his apartment weeks later, when he gets home.


Adam is the brother of the guy Isaac was best friends with in high school.

He is also Isaacs biggest teenage crush. He still very much likes the man and Adam’s looks only got better over time, but Isaac has managed to keep his lusty feelings in check…well mostly…because Adam is straight after all.

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Adam has recently gotten divorced after staying in a marriage that hadn’t been working for years. He is loyal to a fault, but he was also relieved when his ex-wife threw in the towel. Their marriage wasn’t the only thing that ended though…so did his job. Staying with Isaac for the time being to get his life back in order seems like a very good plan.

But Adam hasn’t  been completely honest about himself, and things are about to get complicated (and hot) when the two of them figure out their mutual attraction for one another.

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I really liked both MC’s a lot. I liked Adam a bit more though.

Even though the whole book is in Isaac’s pov, it was very clear to me what Adam was thinking and feeling. I liked the fact, that his failed marriage thought him how important is to communicate…and he did, he really did. Isaac was a bit more stubborn and it took him a bit longer to completely open up, even to his bandmates.

At the end, he still pulled a stunt that made me want to throttle him, but I did understand where he was coming from, and he had the best intentions at heart…

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These guys were also very hot together…

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I especially liked the scene where Adam bottoms for the first time. 😛

“He rode my fingers like a pro while my dick drooled precum against the back of his thigh.”


I really enjoyed this one and it’s definitely one of my favorites in the series. I have no idea if there will be more, but I hope so. 😀imageedit_44_8150275859
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~Review~Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by Santino Hassell~

 

34346381Title: Illegal Contact
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #1
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group / InterMix
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…


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I am a sucker for geeks, jocks and sports themed books, so I just knew this one was gonna be a big hit for me…

And since I am always right…

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I loved the story, the MC’s and the side-characters!!

Gavin Brawley is a famous football player…a tight end to be precise.

He is also snarky, growly and has some anger management issues. These issues are actually the reason for him being on house arrest with an ankle bracelet, for the next 6 months.

Since Gavin is not real good at taking care of himself and not able to go anywhere, he is forced to hire a PA…

He ends up hiring Noah…

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Noah is a bit of a geek, he has lost his previous job, because his boss was an asshole and he is drowning in debt. He needs a job stat!


These two really don’t get off on the right foot. Now Noah might not like the arrogant football player,  but money is money and he is seriously lacking…

So he can suck it up for the next 6 months…he hopes.

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Being cooped up together in Gavin’s big mansion, these two slowly get to know each other and they realize, that first impression isn’t always right. They actually end up being friends…

Now Gavin has known Noah is gay from the beginning and he has even flirted with him, but Noah didn’t take any of it seriously.He should have though, because Gavin is not as straight as Noah thought he was, and when the truth comes out…all bets are off!!

These two really had it going on. 😛

“You’d let me come in you ?” “Use you until I fill you up?”

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I loved that this book didn’t have any insta-love. You could really see the two of them growing closer.

I also loved the last chapters. There isn’t a huge HEA, more like an HFN and a very realistic one. I loved it and I loved how these two surprised me near the ending…especially Gavin.

I can’t wait for the next book to get here. Highly recommended!!!

ARC of Illegal Contact was generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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~Review~Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by Santino Hassell~

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34346381Title: Illegal Contact
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #1
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group / InterMix
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…


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I am still delighted. I just finished Illegal Contact and the magnificence of what I have read and the way I felt reading it is unbelievable.

I know this story won’t work the same for everyone. I mean, I´m using the word “delighted” here… and I know reading is a very subjective thing. Each one of us has different tastes and, fortunately, a lot of books to choose. But, for this reader, Illegal Contact was an amazing story so elaborate and so simple at the same time that I was completely in tune with characters, the plot and the writing. 

The highest rate for this brilliantly written super slow romance.

This is not the typical geek-meets- jock book. It’s not your usual enemies-to-lovers story. It is both but none at the same time and is Santino Hassell who makes the difference.

I am not particularly a sports books fan. I read them as well as I could read rockstars books or serial killer stories… and what I want to say with this is that you will love this book even if you don’t know a thing about football. As you will see, Noah has zero knowledge about it and he is so cute, I may die.

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And that said,  the important thing here is that I LOVED THE BOOK! 😀

I’m totally and utterly in love with Gavin and Noah. So different voices, so distinctive POVs. So… So… So… (I have no words and, that, coming from me, is saying a lot). At first, I didn´t know if it was the writing, the characters introduction or just the vibe of the book, but it looked terrific since the very first pages and this awesomeness I´m talking about is present all the way to the HEA.


Gavin. The dark one. The moody. The angry guy.

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The poor kid and the rich and problematic adult. The cocky football player. The conflictive celebrity. The sarcastic jerk. The closeted bisexual hottie.

He is all this. But also, Gavin the loyal friend. Gavin the helpless kid abandoned at birth. He is a complex e intense character. But all his hostility is melted with a compassion off the charts. He is a contradiction himself and a very beautiful and enjoyable one. The perfect definition probably comes from Noah …

Gavin. The meanest player in the league, according to the media, but the one with the most aggressively overprotective and caring heart

Noah. The geek. The sweet. The dreamer.

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The more-poor-than-the-rats social worker. The smart-ass gay from Queens. The nerdy savior.And beneath all the sweetness and well being there is also a brave guy who faces whatever life through at him. And he has a temper too. A big one I must say. Gavin refers once to him as “ball of resentment and anger” and also as “sexy-ass geek with an attitude“, and he was very accurate with both expressions if you ask me. He is warmth personified. Hotness and warmth. He is so kind and sexy. So smart and funny, and totally adorable…

Sighs, sighs, and more love sighs.


The millionaire jock and the crusader geek seems incredibly different at first sight, but you can see since the beginning they are not. They fight for the same reason in life. Well, that’s not true. One of them fights and the other shields all his feelings behind an ugly shield of resentment, anger, imbecility, and sarcasm. Yup. Gavin is a jerk, and I felt in love with him right after his first line so, maybe I am a bit messed up but is impossible not to love him.

Both of them grew up poor and unhappy (even though Noah had a family who loved him) and that fact is the nexus between them. Noah’s way out of that unhappiness was becoming a social worker to help underprivileged groups (gays mostly) and Gavin’s out was football. Noah decided to do it to be capable to save other people, Gavin did it of saving himself. But in the end of this journey. Both wants the same. Both are unselfish and altruistic. And two incredible, deep and “rich” characters.The dialogues are fluid, natural. They are funny as hell. The book is riddled with fantastic conversations and smart-ass comebacks (mostly from Noah).

The humor in Illegal Contact is superb.

I’ve been highlighting like crazy all the reading. I was mad because I knew I couldn’t use all my marked quotes and that´s the reason I´m not quoting (even if I´m suffering for it). The thing is the highlights made pretty clear to me that it was being an amazing book. And it was. Till the last word I read.

This is a super slow romance. Very, very slow. 😛

In my case, it worked perfectly because most of the times I prefer the banter, the chasing, the unresolved sexual tension tan the sex itself. And this book has it all, so when you finally get to the sex…well, I´m just saying, it worth every minute of intensity, glances, jealousy and awesome conversations.

So, thank you NetGalley for the copy. Thank you, Santino Hassell, for the perfect book and, thank you, Wendy, for the buddy read. For being there all the way, miles away from me (literally and figuratively because you are the Flash of the books) but hearing my crazy ideas and insight about Gavin and Noah. 😀

Highly recommend!!!

ARC of Illegal Contact was generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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~Pre-Release Review~Unbreakable Stories: Rowe (Unbreakable Bonds #3.5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott~

 

34865867Title: Unbreakable Stories: Rowe
Authors: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Series: (Unbreakable Bonds #3.5)
Page Count: 64 pages
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Unbreakable Stories: Rowe is a collection of short stories following the romantic adventures and misadventures of former Army Rangers turned security experts Rowe Ward and Noah Keegan following the events of Torch, book 3 of the Unbreakable Bonds series. This collection is more than 30,000 words long and contains stories such as: 

Piece of Pie
Mistletoe
Haunted
Gotcha
And many more…


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“There is nothing in this world more powerful than the connection a person feels for another.”

Do you know that feeling when you open a book in a series and it is instantly like coming home? 

When you can’t help getting so absorbed in the story that you are sitting curled up on your couch with a dopey grin on your face because you missed everyone so much and it just feels right being back again? I’m pretty sure you do, but in case you don’t, I suggest you read this series!

I loved every single book so far and the short stories are always the icing on the cake. 

The same holds true for Unbreakable Stories: Rowe. As short as they are, you still get the whole package of fun, sweet and sexy times combined with some heart-eyes but also pensive moments. A few pages in and I already had to run off grabbing some tissues, but leave it to the authors to make me laugh through my tears only a second later.

Seeing how Rowe after going through a rough patch due to Mel’s death finds happiness again with Noah was aside from Devour my most anticipated story in this series. What I especially loved about Unbreakable Stories: Rowe was the way Noah finds his place in Rowe’s life by creating memories of their own, by making every day special, without forgetting about Mel and to see Rowe opening up to Noah. He picks up his life again and feels completely at ease with his feelings for him.


So, get ready for some good but also bittersweet memories…

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“With each passing day, Rowe seemed a little more relaxed, a little more willing to laugh, and a little more playful, as if he were pulling his soul out from the shadow of his wife’s death to embrace living again. Mel was still an intricate part of their lives, but her memory more frequently brought smiles than tears.”

Some pranks only men can come up with…

The saying “In the true man there is a child hidden: it wanted to play” proved never to be truer!

Some hot man-on-man action…that makes you want to run off and take an ice bath. 😀

And some much-needed vacation…


…With the whole gang except for Ian and Hollis, with lots of fun inside and outside the bed and psst…you even get to see a Lucas being all easy-going and relaxed and that’s a sight to see or read in this case. Promise!

“They might be all crazy, but it was a good family to be a part of.”

Admittedly, I missed Ian and Hollis, but all of these short stories except for the first one take place after Devour, so they authors decided to be a bit careful about it. And of course, we will get their own short stories soon.

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~Review~Summer Heat by Jay Northcote~

 

35041274Title: Summer Heat
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Page Count: 205 pages
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it’s with your best friend, things get complicated.

When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.
Adam’s best friend, Finn, agrees to accompany him at short notice. Finn’s had a crush on Adam for years, but is determined to put his feelings aside and be the perfect wingman in Adam’s time of crisis.
A spontaneous threesome with another guy forces Adam and Finn to confront their attraction to each other. Having a holiday fling together wasn’t part of the plan, and as their trip heats up, they soon realise that one night of fun won’t be enough for either of them.

The passion might be scorching, but their hearts and friendship are on the line. If their romance is going to survive the flight home, they have to be honest about what they want.


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Sexy, summer story…Low angst, friends to lovers story…Perfect holiday read…

Adam and Finn have been friends for years.Finn has always had a bit of a crush on Adam but he would never act on it while Adam was in a relationship.Things are about to change, though, when Adam breaks up with his boyfriend and asks Finn to go on the holiday with him that he had planned with his ex.

Sun, Sea, Sand, and sex… 😛

After a hot threesome, Adam and Finn go from being just friends.They are about to get as hot and heavy as the weather…
Ok, so they go from being friends to lovers at a rapid speed but, it is what it is…

A light, sexy, summer story.

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~Release Day Review~Spring Break (Accidental Roots #3) by Elle Keaton~

 

35096685Title: Spring Break
Author: Elle Keaton
Series: Accidental Roots #3
Publisher: Dirty Dog Publishing
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Sometimes a guy needs a break. Carroll Weir got one–but it wasn’t what he expected.

All he dreams of is escaping dreary, damp Skagit, WA, for a warmer climate. Instead, Federal Investigator Carroll Weir is assigned to a cross-agency case involving geoduck smugglers and a very dead Fish and Wildlife Detective.
Sterling Bailey, the regular bartender at the Loft, likes to think of his customers and employees as family since he doesn’t have one of his own. Exhausted and tense, Carroll Weir wanders in one night and one thing leads to another. All in a night’s work, right?
Who murdered Fish and Wildlife Detective Peter Krystad? Does the killer have Weir in his sights? Things begin to heat up between them but Sterling and Weir will have to move past their personal history in order to change the course of their future.
The spark burning between them is hot enough to scald, unless they’re careful somebody’s going to get burned.

Though part of the Accidental Roots Series this book can be read as a standalone.
*HEA No cliffhanger
*Intended for a mature audience, 18+


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How the hell do you end up from blowing an FBI-Agent in the backroom of a bar…

…to being his babysitter and then lover within a few weeks???

And, what is more, when you did not even deign him a second glance so far, much less like him particularly? Well, it happens faster than you think…

Sterling Bailey, outwardly gruff, but at the bottom of his heart caring bartender at The Loft in Skagit, WA, has his own problems, even without help from the outside to make it worse.

The police are on a manhunt for a fourteen-year-old boy. They say he's injured, but dangerous, and issue a warning for everyone to be on the lookout. Your character stumbles upon the boy in an alleyway on a late night.

Turned adrift by his own parents at a very young age due to his sexual orientation and being forced to do everything to survive on the streets, he had landed on his feet again. But this betrayal of confidence comes at a price. Trusting someone is not easy for him and why doing the whole commitment thing when you can just do hookups with no strings attached?

When a blowjob at his bar leads to another one -which is dead against his own life philosophy- and he suddenly seems to be the only person under the sun who is able to take care of said hookup when he is severely injured, his resolve gets rattled with each day he spends with the man and slow but steady he develops feelings he never wanted to feel.

FBI-Agent Carroll Weir -yes, there are a million jokes about his name out there and believe me, he has heard them all- is so done with this rainy dump called Skagit and cannot wait to get the hell out of dodge after the case he worked on for months is mostly wrapped up. His bags are packed, his flight to SoCal almost booked and he already sees himself on a surfboard again and basking in the sun.


A phone call from his boss shatters his daydream and he never would have thought that the murder of a Fish and Wildlife Detective and the possible poaching of a cock-shaped clam would fall under his duties, but so much for his luck. Oh, Weir likes cock, but the real deal, not such nightmare-inducing, the running-him-into-the-ground thing that ends up in a case without any lead.

A hookup at a bar seems to be just the right cure, but what was supposed to be a stress relief makes for an experience he cannot get out of his head, or rather he cannot get the guy out of his head. Sterling Bailey with his goth appearance and his judgmental behavior is a guy who is so not on his bucket list, but a hell of a surprise when it comes down to it. 

“His first impression that Sterling judged and found the rest of the world lacking had been replaced by the understanding that Sterling held his true self-aloof out of self-preservation. Sterling was most comfortable feeling separate from the crowd; it had become his safe place.”

But Weir does not do relationships. He has built up a protective barrier around his heart due to his own past so he would not get hurt again. A tragedy in form of the disappearance of his sister ripped his family apart when he was a kid and instead of holding onto the child who was still there, both parents blamed him and abandoned him one way or the other, which left Weir with a feeling of never being good enough.

When the case or rather the murderer comes too close for comfort to Weir and nearly costs him his life, both men are forced to spend more time together than they prefer, and they discover gradually that they are more alike than they think.

“Leaving Skagit, Sterling hoped, had been a self-protective measure. If Weir didn’t allow himself to get attached, then he wouldn’t get hurt. And, yeah, Sterling knew that because it was one of his own classic moves.”

Their somewhat love-hate relationship turns into deeper feelings neither of them can ignore until the disappearance of Sterling’s sister reopens old sores for Weir and threatens to destroy their tentative chance for love. 


Slowly but surely I feel at home in this town, despite the sordid details that come to light bit by bit.

The atmosphere is so vivid, I can virtually visualize the scenery and feel like I would know each resident inside out. Elle Keaton once again managed that I fell in love with both main characters right from the start. Granted, I already liked Weir in the previous books, but now that I came to know more about his past, I loved him even more.

After the second book, I already shipped him with another character, namely Buck’s friend Miguel, but the author did a great job in making me believe that due to their past Weir and Sterling are a match made in heaven. The relationship development once again left nothing to be desired and what I love in particular is that it was a different approach in each book so far, from insta-love in the first one to friends to lovers in the second and now this love-hate relationship in the third story.

The mystery part was a bit too muddled and also a tad OTT for me this time. Don’t get me wrong, the author de-muddled it perfectly in the end and it was interesting to get to know more about “conversion” therapy. It is still hard for me to believe that some people revert to such drastic measures, although it is proven that they fail spectacularly.

I just wish the solving of the case, or rather of both cases, would have been not so overly dramatic and did not exude the feeling of watching a B-movie sometimes.

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~Pre-Release Review~Unbreakable Stories: Rowe (Unbreakable Bonds #3.5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott~

 

34865867Title: Unbreakable Stories: Rowe
Authors: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Series: (Unbreakable Bonds #3.5)
Page Count: 64 pages
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Unbreakable Stories: Rowe is a collection of short stories following the romantic adventures and misadventures of former Army Rangers turned security experts Rowe Ward and Noah Keegan following the events of Torch, book 3 of the Unbreakable Bonds series. This collection is more than 30,000 words long and contains stories such as: 

Piece of Pie
Mistletoe
Haunted
Gotcha
And many more…


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They always say that the greatest things come in small packages and in this case, I totally agree!!

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This book may be short, but it comes with all kinds of delicious and funny goodness. 😀

First, let me start by saying, that this book can not be read as a stand alone. It’s a collection of stories about Rowe and Noah, so their book should be read before this one.

This series works with a continuing storyline, so it should definitely be read in order. No worries for those of you who haven’t started this series yet.

You have all these wonderful books to look forward too and you are definitely in for a treat. 😉

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Those of you who have read the previous book, know all about Rowe and Noah. I think they are the funniest couple out of all of them and they certainly brought the fun in this book!!

“Peering around Noah, he noticed that he wasn’t wearing briefs with a Santa face, but a jockstrap with red straps accentuating Noah’s perfect ass. There was even a small sprig of mistletoe fastened to the back strap, just above Noah’s crack.”

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One thing is for sure…these two definitely know how to have a good time. They are also very good at setting the pages on fire!

“I need you in me fucking bare. Gotta feel it when you come.”

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I absolutely adored these little stories. It was sweet, funny and hot and I loved the fact that Rowe was finally at peace and allowed himself to really move on and forward…

Now the big question…why not 5 full stars??

Well for one, I gave the novels 5 stars, because there was so much awesomeness in those, but also because this book lacked one very important thing…well at least for me that is. 😛

HOLLIS!!!

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~Release Day Review~On Point (Out of Uniform #3) by Annabeth Albert ~

 

34567844Title: ON POINT
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Out of Uniform #3
Publisher: Carina Press
Page Count: 320 pages
Release Date: June 5, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Military/SEALS
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Never fall for your best friend…

Pushing thirty, with his reenlistment looming, decorated navy sniper Maddox Horvat is taking a long look at what he really wants in life. And what he wants is Ben Tovey. It isn’t smart, falling for his best friend and fellow SEAL, but ten years with Ben has forged a bond so intimate Maddox can’t ignore it. He needs Ben by his side forever—heart and soul.
Ben admits he likes what he’s seen—his friend’s full lower lip and the perfect muscles of his ass have proved distracting more than once. But Ben’s still reeling from a relationship gone to hell, and he’s not about to screw up his friendship with Maddox, too.
Until their next mission throws Ben and Maddox closer together than ever before, with only each other to depend on.
Now, in the lonely, desperate hours awaiting rescue, the real challenge—confronting themselves, their future and their desires—begins. Man to man, friend to friend, lover to lover.


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This book deserves 4 exquisite and yummy Maddox’s cupcakes.

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Though this is book 3 in the “Out of Uniform” series by Annabeth Albert, it could be perfectly read as a standalone. In fact, “On Point” is my first book in this series and I enjoyed it so much, that I’m gonna read the first two as prequels.

There is something beautiful in the way this story starts, with Maddox and Ben taking care of each other in a mission that has gone down. The author shows us a protective Ben, a worried Maddox, and the solid bound both share.
Just watching them interact is enough to know there is trust there. There are loyalty and reliance.

And, of course, there are feelings.

” He couldn’t imagine a team without Maddox on it, couldn’t imagine a world where they didn’t head out together”

As we are witnessing these two men having each other’s back, both are remembering the past, so the present is interspersed with great flashbacks that show the reader how they met, how they bonded and how one night changed everything between them…


Maddox and Ben have been friends for 12 years and theirs is a fantastic friends-to-lovers story. Intense, deep and sweet.

“They weren’t a couple. Couldn’t be a couple. Simple truth was that he had no idea  how to be the man Maddox needed and deserved, and no amount of near-death experiences could change that”

Maddox is adorable, he is a tough navy seal who loves to bake and has a lovely incapacity of course. But most of all, he is a guy in love who has been repressing truths and feelings for a decade now.

Ben is harder, tougher, bitter and more cynical than Maddox. He is the hookup where Maddox is the dating. He is the sexual being when his best friend is the “boyfriend”. He is the practical guy who uses sex as stress relief, where Maddox is the easy optimism prayer who doesn’t sleep around.

“Just friends. As always. He is my best friend”

Both MCs are nearly 30 years old and, as grown experienced men, they have been through a couple of serious and intense relationships. They, as gay military men, have waited for the DADT policy to end, and they have faced family rejection and all kind of dangers together. So they know who they are, they know each other and they have lived their lives. They just need to figure out what to do now, how to face their friendship.


I really loved the book’s structure. Because the seriousness of the present is perfectly mixed with the hotness of the past. Steamy past that is cut in critical moments leaving you drooling and wanting more. So much more.
That present/past frame becomes full mode present with the developing of one of the sweetest, challenging (for them) and natural love story I’ve read lately.

The UST, the jealousy and the denial in this book were delicious.

This is my first time reading Annabeth Albert and I really enjoyed the writing. The friends to lovers thing were perfectly executed and felt natural. They have been friends for a while but not both being single at the same time, so even if the attraction was there they didn’t act or react on this matter. Not at first, at least.

I loved Ben being in denial. Funny and cute as hell. And even if Maddox seems to be the one who has all figured out, he is not. He didn’t want to go deeply into his feelings…

So he is nearly as scared as Ben is.


My favorite things in this story:

  • Very, very likable characters, with their flaws and their problems. Hot alpha males that I really loved.
  • The sex scenes were terrific, perfectly dosed and ridiculously hot. I blushed a lot. Big lust in my case, and it’s not always easy to me. These two are dirty.
  • The mix between sweet, dirty and sad/hard moments. Even if I would say this book is not too angsty, it contains hard things to face, sad situations and serious issues that are perfectly measured with the romantic aspect.

So, I’m reading the first two installments. Both couples made a cameo here but I need more. I especially want to know about the guy who said this:

“Aww. Our favorite odd not-a-couple is back together” 

Yeah, it was Apollo and knowing he has kids it’s making me nothing but eager. I love MM stories with kids. Recommended!

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~Release Day Review~Mature Content (Cyberlove #4) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell~

 

34934798Title: Mature Content
Authors: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Series: Cyberlove #4
Publisher: Megtino Press
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance,
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

My life plan is to be brutally honest all the way to the bank. Don’t believe me? I run a popular YouTube channel called TrashyZane, and my claim to fame is oversharing about every aspect of my personal life. Sometimes while tipsy. Not everyone loves my style, but I have a long history of icing out people who can’t handle me. I have no time for judgmental foolishness.

Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.

But we still hate each other. I think.


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Holy kink, this was hot!!!

First things first: DO NOT READ THIS IN PUBLIC if you don’t want to get caught hyperventilating and with a beet-red face without wanting to explain why. Boy, was I glad that I had time off from work, so I could read the book at home and believe me when I say that my urge to take one cold shower after another was never stronger. These authors sure know how to write sex scenes and if you like the whole package of dirty talk, bondage, kink and sex toys while getting down and dirty you will be in book heaven. Promise!

Two men who like it rough, one on the receiving and the other on the performing end, should be the perfect match, right? Umm, wrong. Okay, one challenge and a hot and kinky night together prove that they are if it weren’t for the teensy-weensy fact that they hate each other. With a passion.

“He ran his gaze down my body, heating my skin inch by inch on the way down, and freezing it on the way up until he met my eyes with a glare.”

TrashyZane and Beau Starr are both…. 

…celebrities… but their images are as different as day and night.

Zane is as real as it gets. He rebels against being pigeonholed and his bias for fishnet stockings is part of that. His channel is more like a diary about his everyday life and his snappy mouth has absolutely no filter. He is not ashamed to tell his subscribers about his preferences in bed, right down to the last detail, and to post the messy visuals to prove it.

Coming from a hypocrite parental home, he learned to stand on his own two feet early on and made it his purpose to fight against hypocrisy and his pet peeve slut-shaming, only with the support of his loving, caring and absolutely awesome grandmother.

Beau Starr is more illusion than reality. His image is that of the nice boy next door, always with a smile on his face and a perfect outward appearance.

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That is nothing but a facade, though. Beau comes with baggage. Baggage in form of his ex-boyfriend who preyed on him and betrayed his confidence insomuch, that Beau had a hard time to leave it all behind and gain control over his life again. Then there are his parents, who love him, but also love to interfere in his life and make it difficult for him to live up to their standard.

“After years of carefully cultivating my image, I could turn on the charm with ease. Beau Starr was me, but a better version of me, the one who didn’t let anything bother him, who always had a snappy comeback, and who certainly didn’t have a messy past.”

It’s hard for him to trust and let somebody in his life again, especially not someone who seems to be a mess.

“I grabbed the hair at the base of his neck, yanked it down, and crashed my lips onto his. He tasted like alcohol, pop rocks, and bad decisions.”

One passionate and oh so kinky night of sex in a hotel room between Zane and Beau turns their world upside down and reveals that there might be more to the other than meets the eye, even if they are above unwilling to admit it. What seems to be just based on a mutual desire at first, turns gradually into respect and deeper feelings for each other, until one kneejerk reaction on Beau’s part could destroy everything.


First of all, I have to admit that this book was not my favorite in this series. Maybe it was once again a case of too high expectation since I could not wait to get Zane and Beau’s story after reading Hard Wired, but aside from the hot sex scenes the first half of the story fell a bit flat for me. It took me three days to read the first half and only one to read the second. That alone should be indication enough, that the second half made more than up for the first, though. 😉

Personally (and that is really just me), I think that these books should come with an index. Just like Hard Wired, I had some issues with the -admittedly, this time, not gamer, but rather- YouTuber speech… Maybe it is the fact that the guys in this book are not my generation or that English is not my mother tongue, but I had to google quite a lot of words again and the shortcuts they used gave me a feeling that I should play more Scrabble.

But did I already mention the melting-the-paint-of-your-wall hot sex? No? I thought I did.

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But of course, this book is more than just about sex…

The story is a great addition to the series and has everything I love about it.Authentic characters. Lots of snark. A bit of angst and drama. A more than believable HEA.

Furthermore, the authors were once again able to give me an understanding of how the cyberworld works (silly me did not even know that YouTubers have agents!) and I always get shiny eyes when it comes to the text messages between the characters. Their banter was friggin hilarious and ohhh, did I love Zane’s humor…

“Most people watch multiple YouTubers. It’s not like Hunger Games where you grab whatever you can get and run for the forest-“

… and his smart mouth…

“Beau is about as appealing as a colonoscopy after Thanksgiving dinner.”


This book proved once again why ‘enemies to lovers’ is one of my favorite tropes and leave it to the authors to pull it off in typical Megtino fashion. Now it is this time of year again where I have to wait for the next book in this series, but I have a suspicion…who will be the next couple…

…Or maybe I should call it hope?… I can not wait to see if I am right… 😀

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~Release Day Review~Before You Break (Secrets #1) by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams~

 

35087293Title: Before You Break
Authors: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
Series: Secrets #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 26, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Six years ago Ellis walked into his first briefing as the newest member of London’s Specialist Firearms unit. He was partnered with Wayne and they became fast friends. When Wayne begins to notice changes—Ellis’s erratic temper, the effects of sleep deprivation—he knows he has to act before Ellis reaches his breaking point. He invites Ellis to the opening of the new BDSM club, Secrets, where Wayne has a membership. His purpose? He wants Ellis to glimpse the lifestyle before Wayne approaches him with a proposition. He wants to take Ellis in hand, to control his life because he wants his friend back, and he figures this is the only way to do it.

There are a few issues, however. Ellis is straight. Stubborn. And sexy. Wayne knows he has to put his own feelings aside to be what Ellis needs. What surprises the hell out of him is finding out what Ellis actually requires.


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This book is a spin-off of the Collars & Cuffs series, which I am ashamed to say…I have not read yet …hangs head in shame.

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The reason for this is that I am just not a real big fan of BDSM. Not that I mind it, it’s just that it has to be written a certain way, for me to really enjoy it.Wayne and Ellis are friends and partners on the job (London’s Specialist Firearms unit).

Wayne is gay…and also a Dom. Ellis has only been with women.

Lately, Ellis hasn’t been doing so well, due to several circumstant stances (read a very messed up family) and he seems to be on the verge of some kind of breakdown. Wayne, who secretly has a thing for his friend, is very worried, but he thinks he has a solution for Ellis’ state of mind.

He takes Ellis to a BDSM club. He thinks if Ellis would just submit, he could let go of everything else and free his mind.


Now I had to suspend my disbelief a little right here because I would think, that when you are on a downward spiral and you are about to fall apart…maybe talking to a therapist or something would be better, but then again…I don’t know shit about BDSM.

Also, this is a book and not real life…so…

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As it turns out, Ellis is indeed a sub, but accepting this fact…now that’s a much different story. Ellis has always been raised a certain way. The man is supposed to be the strong one…the one taking care of everything, and submitting…won’t that make him weak?

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Also, he is supposed to be straight….right?

To say that Ellis’ family was messed up is putting it very lightly. His parents especially were horrible.

Now the question is…will Ellis submit to Wayne, and will Wayne finally be able to show his friend how much he really cares for him.

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I enjoyed reading this book, but…I had a bit of a hard time with how Ellis was introduced into the world of BDSM. It just felt a bit forced to me. Wayne just came in and took over everything and that’s probably what a Dom is supposed to do, but it made me a bit uncomfortable. I also had a hard time with Ellis just taking all the crap his family fed him all those years.

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~Review~In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2) by Hailey Turner~

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35212210Title: In the Ruins
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #2
Publisher: Self Published
Page Count: 461 pages
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sci-Fi/Military, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Ralu~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Truth and lies.
Captain Jamie Callahan knows the Metahuman Defense Force frowns on fraternization. For once in his life, he’s breaking all the rules. Having Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan on his team and in his bed is worth the risk of being found out. When a mission comes down requiring Alpha Team to go undercover in order to infiltrate a criminal alliance, Jamie knows it won’t be easy. Putting his family’s name on the line is nothing compared to the role the MDF wants him to play—that of a billionaire’s son, discharged from the military, with a lover on his arm, looking to make his own shady business deals.
Dirty little secret.
Kyle knows the only way to be with Jamie is to hide their relationship from their superiors. Waking up to Jamie at home is more important than being together in public, or so Kyle thought, until he comes face to face with what he’s been missing. Pretending to be a couple on paper for the sake of the mission thrusts Kyle into a world of incredible wealth and a social status he’s not sure he belongs in, but he’ll do anything to stay by Jamie’s side.
Play the game to win.
Surrounded by the enemy, Jamie and Kyle need to trust each other now more than ever. Their covers—and the life they’re trying to build together—depend on it.

In the Ruins is a 105k word steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending that skirts HEA. There is military violence within the story that may not be suitable for everyone, as well as explicit intimate scenes not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is a sequel to In the Wreckage and reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.


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In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2) by Hailey Turner

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Wow,  Hailey Turner did it again! I loved this book!

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This book made me feel like when I finish the first book in the series In the Wreckage…TO WANT MORE!!!

I love sci-fi movies, sci-fi tv series…and sci-fi books. THIS SERIES IS LIKE ALL I WANT AND LOVE TO READ INTO A BOOK.

Great story, a lot of action, great characters and…HOT SCENE SEX!

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Believe me when I say this… Hailey Turner knows to writes hot sex scenes to make readers feel the intimacy between the characters. 36564-big-smile-emoticon-for-facebook

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The Team is so great and supportive with Jamie and Kyle relationship and not just that…

Alexei…I love him…and am sure we will know more about him in the future.

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I know for many readers this is a new author…it was for me, too when I read In the Wreckage but this series and this author is now in top 5 favorite on my list because…

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I can not wait to read the next book and I recommend this series to everyone who loves this genre.

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~ Release Day Review~In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2) by Hailey Turner~

 

35212210Title: In the Ruins
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #2
Publisher: Self Published
Page Count: 461 pages
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sci-Fi/Military, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Truth and lies.
Captain Jamie Callahan knows the Metahuman Defense Force frowns on fraternization. For once in his life, he’s breaking all the rules. Having Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan on his team and in his bed is worth the risk of being found out. When a mission comes down requiring Alpha Team to go undercover in order to infiltrate a criminal alliance, Jamie knows it won’t be easy. Putting his family’s name on the line is nothing compared to the role the MDF wants him to play—that of a billionaire’s son, discharged from the military, with a lover on his arm, looking to make his own shady business deals.
Dirty little secret.
Kyle knows the only way to be with Jamie is to hide their relationship from their superiors. Waking up to Jamie at home is more important than being together in public, or so Kyle thought, until he comes face to face with what he’s been missing. Pretending to be a couple on paper for the sake of the mission thrusts Kyle into a world of incredible wealth and a social status he’s not sure he belongs in, but he’ll do anything to stay by Jamie’s side.
Play the game to win.
Surrounded by the enemy, Jamie and Kyle need to trust each other now more than ever. Their covers—and the life they’re trying to build together—depend on it.

In the Ruins is a 105k word steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending that skirts HEA. There is military violence within the story that may not be suitable for everyone, as well as explicit intimate scenes not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is a sequel to In the Wreckage and reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.


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In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2) by Hailey Turner

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After reading book 1 not too long ago, I could not wait to jump into this one.

This series marks my first time,  into the world of Sci-fi, and even though I have seen some awesome sci-fi movies in my life…reading this genre somehow never happened. Thank you, Hailey Turner, for opening my eyes to a whole new (book) world. 😛

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First off, these books should not be read as standalone, this is a series and if you want to read book 2, you will have to start with book 1 “In the Wreckage”…

Which was also awesome!!

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Those of you who have read book 1, already know all about Metahumans, what they are and how they came to be. For those of you who haven’t…I will quote my own review of book 1….

“Metahumans are humans, that have been exposed to Splice, a certain chemical that is supposed to kill everyone who comes in contact with it. Somehow, certain people are able to survive this chemical, instead of getting killed, they turn into some sort of superhuman with super powers.”

Like I said in my review of book 1, it’s like a cross between “Thirds” and “X-Men”. 😀


Jamie and Kyle got together in book 1 and so far, 6 months later, they are still going strong.

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The only problem they have, as far as their relationship goes, is that Jamie is Kyle’s superior and therefore, the two of them are breaking the Metahuman Defense Force fraternization rule. Neither of them is ready to give up their job, so keeping things a secret is the only way to go.

“I don’t regret a single decision I’ve made when it comes to you. Maybe it’s not the right decision from a command point of view, but I’m not willing to give you up”

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When the team goes on a new mission, and Jamie and Kyle have to “pretend” to be a couple, both men come to realize what they are missing…Kyle also comes face with the fact that he and Jamie are from very different worlds, which causes some self-doubt on his part.Their feelings for each other, get stronger every day…

How much longer will they be able to keep going on like this?

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I am not going into the plot more than this. I want everyone to enjoy this book without any major spoilers. I will say though, for those who are wondering, that these boys are still very very HOT together…and a bit kinky…

“Some days I can’t get enough of how much you like getting fucked.”

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As much as I loved Jamie and Kyle, this book isn’t just about the two of them. It’s about their whole team….and what an awesome team this is. They are like a family.  There is also an introduction to an MDF member we haven’t met before and I have high hopes, that he will be a part of this little family in the future. I also would really like to have a story about Alexei, because he has been one of my favorites since book 1.

Fingers crossed. 😛

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This book ends on a HFN, so I am pretty sure, there will be more about Jamie and Kyle in the near future.

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~ Release Day Review~In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2) by Hailey Turner~

 

35212210Title: In the Ruins
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #2
Publisher: Self Published
Page Count: 461 pages
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sci-Fi/Military, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Truth and lies.
Captain Jamie Callahan knows the Metahuman Defense Force frowns on fraternization. For once in his life, he’s breaking all the rules. Having Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan on his team and in his bed is worth the risk of being found out. When a mission comes down requiring Alpha Team to go undercover in order to infiltrate a criminal alliance, Jamie knows it won’t be easy. Putting his family’s name on the line is nothing compared to the role the MDF wants him to play—that of a billionaire’s son, discharged from the military, with a lover on his arm, looking to make his own shady business deals.
Dirty little secret.
Kyle knows the only way to be with Jamie is to hide their relationship from their superiors. Waking up to Jamie at home is more important than being together in public, or so Kyle thought, until he comes face to face with what he’s been missing. Pretending to be a couple on paper for the sake of the mission thrusts Kyle into a world of incredible wealth and a social status he’s not sure he belongs in, but he’ll do anything to stay by Jamie’s side.
Play the game to win.
Surrounded by the enemy, Jamie and Kyle need to trust each other now more than ever. Their covers—and the life they’re trying to build together—depend on it.

In the Ruins is a 105k word steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending that skirts HEA. There is military violence within the story that may not be suitable for everyone, as well as explicit intimate scenes not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is a sequel to In the Wreckage and reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.


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In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2) by Hailey Turner

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Entertainment at its best!!!

Alpha Team was the bullet, even if someone else was pulling the trigger, and they couldn’t ever escape that.

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Jamie Callahan’s team of Metahumans with enhanced abilities – well, it spoils nothing to say that they have certain superpowers – has to keep that in mind when their new mission sends them undercover right in the public eye, so as to nose out a Russian terrorist group intent on preying on wealthy citizens with shady morals. Especially Jamie has to play both sides of the fence and gambles for high stakes since it is not only his reputation on the line but also the one of those who is close to him. He is forced to walk a tightrope and has to rely on his team, other organizations and friends more than once to wriggle out of precarious situations in order not to compromise his family and still get the job done.

The only thing that helps him stay in control is the fact that Kyle Brannigan, his secret lover, is also part of the cover and for once they don’t have to hide their relationship in public, if only for show. When more players enter the game, there is more at stake than just his high renown and the whole team has to refer to all their resources and powers to hold the upper hand.


Wow, just wow! Hailey Turner did it again!!!

After only the second installment to In the Wreckage, this series went straight onto my top-ten list of favorites and she proved to me that the first book was not just some kind of one-hit wonder. Not that I ever had any doubts about it, but still I’m glad to see that I was right.

This book and the whole series is so right up my alley and I don’t even know where to start to explain why, so let’s just say that the world building is so unique and well-conceived that I once again got totally engrossed in the story right from the beginning. On the one hand, I could not put my Kindle down and on the other hand, I had to read slowly in order not to miss anything important because of the complex storyline, right down to the last detail.

Another aspect that made me enjoy this book so much is the dynamics between each and every team member.

No, scratch that, they are not only a team, they are family. The snark and banter made me laugh out loud, but when it comes down to it they stand up for each other no matter what and everyone has a role to play. An important role. In this story the team got a new addition in form of former CIA Agent Sean Delaney and boy, do I want to see more of him in the future!!! I daresay that he and a certain moody Russian team member – yes. Alexei, it is you I’m talking about – might become more than just colleagues, all animosity aside, and for me, some kind of enemies to lovers trope would spice up the story even more.

What I loved the most, though, was the development of Jamie and Kyle’s love for each other. Their feelings are getting stronger and stronger by the minute and even if their mission reveals more and more the difference in their social background and raises some kind of self-doubt and misgivings about the continuation of their relationship, Jamie is determined to make it happen against all odds – against the non-fraternization policy of the organization they both are working for and against the outbreak of hostilities from the part of his family – and he always finds the right words to alleviate Kyle’s qualms.

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“I love you and I will always fight for you,” Jamie told him, meaning it more than he’d ever meant anything in his life.


When I started to read the book I was prepared for all eventualities, meaning I stocked up on chocolate and coffee, committed my cat to cuddle duties (of course, he was over the hills and far away when I needed him) and had my notepad with the names and functions of all team members I wrote down while reading the first book at the ready, but I completely forgot about one thing: to retrieve the fan out of the basement. I should have known better! Damn, those sex scenes…

The terms “hot and kinky” do not come anywhere close to describe them.

This is everything

The ending felt more like a HFN for Jamie and Kyle, but thank goodness, the next book is already in the works. I would love nothing better than to beg the author to hurry up because I so cannot wait to get back to this universe and see where the story goes from here since the case is equally anything but solved.

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