~Release Day Review~The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania #3) by T.J. Klune~

 

30370040Title: The Consumption of Magic
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 450 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.
It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.
Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.
With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.
A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.
 


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This is the the second (third?) book of the Destiny Fuck Yeah! trilogy…and I have been dying to get my hands on it.

I have also been pretty nervous, about the hints TJ kept dropping…He told us there were going to be some big changes in this book…He told us we would get to know Justin a bit better, and he warned us about the emotions we would be feeling while reading this one.

He wasn’t wrong….damn my emotions and Wookie Cry Face!!

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~Review~Reservations by Kindle Alexander~

 

36490337Title: Reservations
Author: Kindle Alexander
Page Count: 405 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Wildly successful entrepreneur, Thane Walker is stubbornly set in his ways and adamantly resists the shackles of commitment. He’s seen enough unhappy endings to learn the best way to play is by keeping his men on the payroll. 
Levi Silva’s dream of graduating from one of the country’s top medical schools is in his grasp, until news from home changes everything. Now, he’s raising his two teenage brothers and trying to keep everyone’s head above water, emotionally and financially. 
When Levi’s new job puts him in Thane’s path, their chemistry explodes, but their fear of being involved in relationships keeps them apart. Unfortunately, despite the intense desire drawing them together, neither man can move forward until they get past their own…Reservations. 


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I have enjoyed many books written by Kindle Alexander, and this one was no exception.

Though I have to say, that it also wasn’t my favorite by these authors…Thane is part of the reason for this…

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Thane is a businessman, who among other things, owns  Reservations, a men’s club. He is very much used to getting what he wants. What he doesn’t want though, is a relationship…

Until he meets Levi that is…


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~Release Day Review~Two-Man Advantage by Toni Aleo~

 

36419377Title: Two Man Advantage
Author: Toni Aleo
Page Count: 290 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Wells Lemiere knew the moment he saw Matty Haverbrooke, he had to have him. Matty was quiet, he was talented, he was beautiful, and Wells couldn’t stay away.
As the youngest and most talented son of the NHL Commissioner, Matty had found the burden of family expectations almost too heavy to carry on even his broad shoulders. He had no intention of getting involved in a relationship with Wells. But the heart he’d given up for dead had other ideas.
Their affair was intense and overwhelming, but when Matty couldn’t bring himself to come out and admit he wanted a public future with the man he loved, Wells had no choice but to honor his vow to live openly…and leave Matty behind.
But then he learns Wells is marrying another, and Matty knows he can’t let that happen. Can he throw down his gloves and embrace his future with both hands? Or will he pull the door to his closet shut once more?
 


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As far as I know, this is Toni Aleo’s first M/M book and I have to say I’m impressed. 

This book can be read as a standalone, though the MC’s are previously introduced in the “Assassins” series. I myself haven’t read that series yet, but I am sure gonna, in the future. 😉

Wells and Matty are both players for the NHL. Both are gay and they have been together for some time. But while Wells is out and proud and really wants them to come out as a couple, Matty wants to stay deep in the closet.

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~Release Day Review~Citywide (Five Boroughs #6) by Santino Hassell~

 

35495782Title: Citywide
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs #6
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 367 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 13, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Anthology can be read as a standalone
A record-breaking heatwave engulfs the Five Boroughs, and emotions run as hot as the temperatures.
In Rerouted, Chris Mendez is trying to live a drama-free life. That doesn’t include another threesome with Jace and Aiden Fairbairn. But then a citywide blackout leaves them trapped together, and Chris is forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew about relationships and his own heart.
In Gridlocked, former Marine Tonya Maldonado is keeping real estate heiress Meredith Stone on permanent ignore. Mere isn’t Tonya’s type. Not even close. Who cares if she kisses like a dream and has the filthiest mouth this side of the East River? But then a security detail at a summer party ends with her saving Mere’s life and discovering they have more chemistry than she’d ever imagined.
In Derailed, Stephanie Quinones escapes the heat and her complicated love life by going on a company retreat. Trouble is, it’s a couples’ retreat, and she lied about having a boyfriend. Unfortunately, the only person willing to play pretend is her on-again/off-again fling, Angel León. They’re currently “off again,” but after a week in the woods, Stephanie realizes she wouldn’t mind them being permanently on.


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 Rerouted. 5/5.

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After getting Jace, Aiden, and Chris’s story in Third Rail I couldn’t wait to get more of these three men’s story and this Novella was just perfect.After a few hookups, Chris has been trying to distance himself from Jace and Aiden-not because he doesn’t want to be with them, it’s more a case of he’s terrified to get too involved and let his feelings for them become more than just sexual.
When a record-breaking heatwave puts New York at a virtual standstill the three men find themselves together again and this time there’s no escaping the deep feelings they’re beginning to develop for each other.
If ever there was a perfect M/M/M combination…this is it! They’re hot, sexy, sweet, and so right together.

Just delicious…

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~Review~Reservations by Kindle Alexander~

 

36490337Title: Reservations
Author: Kindle Alexander
Page Count: 405 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Wildly successful entrepreneur, Thane Walker is stubbornly set in his ways and adamantly resists the shackles of commitment. He’s seen enough unhappy endings to learn the best way to play is by keeping his men on the payroll. 
Levi Silva’s dream of graduating from one of the country’s top medical schools is in his grasp, until news from home changes everything. Now, he’s raising his two teenage brothers and trying to keep everyone’s head above water, emotionally and financially. 
When Levi’s new job puts him in Thane’s path, their chemistry explodes, but their fear of being involved in relationships keeps them apart. Unfortunately, despite the intense desire drawing them together, neither man can move forward until they get past their own…Reservations. 


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Thane Walker, 29, has made a success of his life in business with a string of restaurants and his new venture Reservations, an exclusive club for men, looks set to be just as successful.To say he’s emotionally closed off is an understatement.His parent’s marriage was far from happy and has left Thane not wanting to go anywhere near any kind of relationship.He gets his kicks from escorts, that is until he spots a new waiter working in Reservations and is practically salivating at the sight of Levi in tiny purple briefs and boots…..and yes, I was more than happy with that mental image!

Levi Silva, 26, is not in a good place in his life.Due to the recent death of his father he’s had to put his medical studies on hold to take care of his two younger brothers.He’s struggling, emotionally and financially.So when he gets an offer to work at Reservations the prospect of earning good money is too hard to resist.He’s definitely not into random hookups.He believes in family and monogamy so when he catches the eye of Thane, his life is about to get a whole lot more complicated.

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~Pre-Release Review~Reawaken (Under My Skin #2) by Christina Lee~

 

36394029Title: Reawaken
Author: Christina Lee
Series: Under My Skin #2
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 2, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Losing his adoring husband shattered Tristan Rogers’s world. For the past few years, he’s been going through the motions, running their dog grooming business while hiding the loneliness he feels down to his bones. When he witnesses an ugly breakup between a pretentious customer and his boyfriend, Tristan can’t help but intervene. Something about the unassuming younger man calls to him, and he can’t help wondering if he’s experienced some heartache of his own.

Life took a tragic turn for Jonas “West” Hollis as a teen, and he’s felt indebted to his overbearing lover ever since. Tristan’s kindness draws him from the start, but with his dreams finally in reach, West can’t risk getting close to someone else. Not now that he can live his life and stand on his own merit.

From innocent texts to companionable rides on Tristan’s boat, what starts as an unexpected friendship between the men sparks into undeniable attraction. Neither are ready for anything deeper than a couple of passionate nights wrapped in each other’s arms but their connection becomes too intense for either to ignore. If Tristan and West want to heal their broken hearts, they’ll need a considerable amount of trust and courage—not only in themselves but also each other.


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I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series “Regret”, so I was very excited about this second installment.

After reading the blurb though, I got a bit worried, because this book contains a pet peeve of mine…a deceased spouse.

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Thankfully, even though Tristan is still grieving his late husband…I didn’t feel that West had to fight some kind of perfect ghost…It is quite the emotional story though…

Tristan was introduced in the previous book (Brin’s boss at Doggy Styles), but no worries for those who haven’t read that one yet…this book can be read as a standalone…Tristan has been existing for the last three years. I say exciting because he hasn’t been fully living his life, ever since he lost his husband. He is still very much grieving.

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~Release Day Review~A Charm of Finches (Venery #2) by Suanne Laqueur~

 

36285077Title: A Charm of Finches
Author: Suanne Laqueur
Series: Venery #2
Page Count: 582 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

“I swear. Give me one more chance and I will make the most of it.”

Ex-escort Javier Landes is asking for his third chance at love. And the third time is the charm. He meets an art therapist named Steffen Finch and what starts as casual deepens into a passionate relationship—everything Jav has ever wanted, and everything he fears losing. 
Stef’s business card reads Curator & Sailor. His creativity and insightful nature have made him into a talented therapist, the one to call for tough cases. His professional success can’t conceal a deep need to connect with someone, but Javier Landes is the last person Stef expected.
Geronimo “Geno” Caan is Stef’s most challenging case. To cope with his ordeal, he’s allowed an alter-ego called Mos to make decisions, and now lives a double life within a web of lies. Under Stef’s navigation, Geno uses art to express what Mos forbids to be spoken aloud. But as Geno’s attachment to Stef gradually extends to Jav, the boundaries between professional and personal begin to blur.
Over the course of a year, Jav, Stef and Geno form an unexpected and unconventional triangle, revealing how men make love in times of war and how love is a great wisdom made up of small understandings. The long-awaited second book of the Venery series, A Charm of Finches is an epic tale of survival and secrets guaranteed to make you think and feel and remember.


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Another powerful and moving story from this highly talented Author.

I found this a lot darker than book one and I went through a range of emotions reading it-definitely not always pretty but a story told so well.

This subject matter is harrowing at times and I really commend the Author for not portraying some events in graphic detail and yet still leaving the reader in no doubt about what has happened.Is it better for a reader to visualize events in their own minds? For me, it definitely was and I found it all the more impactful.

The story picks up from book one, that’s not to say this can’t be a standalone, as events and background stories regarding the characters are well explained and introduced into this story without too much repetition…However…

I would recommend reading book one to fully appreciate the story here and especially Jav.

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~Release Day Review~Off the Ice (Hat Trick #1) by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn~

 

35482402Title: Off the Ice
Authors: Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
Series: Hat Trick #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 275 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Tristan Holt is nothing if not pragmatic. Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan knows he can’t play hockey forever. One day he’ll retire—if an injury doesn’t force him to hang up his skates first. His backup plan? Finishing his business degree. But he doesn’t count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.
Sebastian is on the bottom rung of the Sociology Department at Georgia State. He has his sights set on tenure, and he can’t afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian’s dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that’s one line Sebastian won’t cross. At least not until summer classes end. After that, everything is fair game.
But Sebastian lives loud and proud, and Tristan is terrified of being the first out player in the NHL. Neither of them can afford to risk their hearts when they can’t imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.


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I am a huge hockey fan! 😀

Those sexy men, with their big sticks, get to me every single time…So it shouldn’t be a surprise, that I am also a huge fan of Avon Gale’s “Scoring Chances” series. When I saw the blub for this one, I knew I had to read it. 😉

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I am so glad I did because I absolutely loved this one! This book has so many of the things I love…We get two awesome men getting down and dirty, sports (hockey), age difference, student/teacher, dirty talk and some very nicely done “kink”. What more could a girl wish for?!

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~Release Day Review~Late In The Day (The Vault #2) by Mary Calmes~

 

35830232Title: Late In The Day
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: The Vault #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Second from The Vault
Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name—and the people associated with it—behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his forty-plus years… but that’s now changing.
The newest chapter of his life is bringing serious change: a stable home, a recovered identity, an unlikely family, and now a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm. The reasons they parted are still valid, and there’s no way they can trust each other. But Efrem has already decided he won’t let Darius go… and Darius will have to decide if he wants to take a chance with his heart this late in the day.


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It’s no secret, that I am a huge fan of all things “Mary”. Her books are like comfort food to me…I re-read them all the time.

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I fell in love with Conrad, when I read “Mine” He was actually my favorite part of the book, and he was just a side-character. So imagine how happy I was, when I found out he was getting his own story.

Now before I say anything more…I would advise everyone to read book 1, “A Day Makes” first, and to also read “Mine”. A lot of characters from this book, make an appearance and I think you might get a bit lost of you don’t.

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~Release Day Review~Psycho Romeo (Ward Security #1) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott~

 

36262555Title: Psycho Romeo
Authors: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Series: Ward Security #1
Page Count: 232 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Suspense
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Geoffrey Ralse is known for being the life of the party. He loves the club scene, hanging with his friends, and flirting with whomever catches his eye. He certainly isn’t going to stop living his life just because some would-be stalker starts sending him threats. 
But it all changes when Geoffrey is drugged and wakes up half naked in his own home with a new message from his stalker. 
He needs help and there’s only one person he trusts… 
Protective Agent Sven Larsen has been fighting Geoffrey’s flirtatious advances for months, even though he’s impossibly drawn to the man. There’s no way he can be around him twenty-four/seven and not finally crack. But one look at Geoffrey’s haunted eyes, and he knows there’s no way he’s letting Geoffrey walk out of Ward Security without him. 
Even if it means breaking his own rules, he will keep Geoffrey safe.

Trigger warning: There is a very short section with sexual assault that some could find upsetting.


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I have been on pins and needles ever since I found out, that these wonderful ladies, we’re gonna write a spin-off of the “Unbreakable Bonds” series. All the books from that series have made it to my “favorite reads” list, so my expectations for this new series was pretty high.

Thankfully it did not disappoint…I was hooked from the very first page! 😀 

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