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~Review~Redemption (The Protectors #8) by Sloane Kennedy~

 

35173598Title: Redemption
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: The Protectors #8
Release Date: May 18, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance,
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

My job is to save lives. But what if the one that needs saving is the one I was sent to take?
At 33 years old, Phoenix Jones once had a stellar military career ahead of him. But when tragedy struck his family, he walked away from the path he’d chosen to be there for the one who needed him most. Except fate is a bitch and when she once again takes Phoenix’s future in the cruelest of ways, he must find a new path.
When a former army buddy introduces him to Ronan Grisham, the leader of an underground vigilante group, Phoenix knows he’s found a new family and nothing and no one is going to take that from him again. So when Ronan asks him to shadow a young man who participated in a brutal crime against Ronan’s husband, Seth, when he was a child and appears to be targeting him again, Phoenix doesn’t even hesitate for a second.
Even knowing what he must do if the young man proves to have gone back to his old ways.
Because family is everything…
I can’t come back from what I did. I’m not sure I even want to…
An ugly childhood left Levi Deming with little to do but dream of a day when he’d be free of his tormenters so he could carve out a simple life for himself, preferably somewhere far away from the family who never let him forget he was less than human. But one terrible choice at the tender age of 16 changed everything…
Wracked with guilt for the role he played during a home invasion gone horribly wrong, a now 24-year-old Levi is trying to piece together a life where he can maybe do a little bit of good, even knowing it won’t make up for the lives he helped take and it definitely won’t give back the future he stole from the young man whose agonized screams still haunt him night after night. If it were only about him, he’d walk into the nearest police station and happily tell them to lock him up and throw away the key.
But it isn’t just about him anymore…
I expected to find a hardened criminal. What I found was something else entirely…
With Ronan’s orders to terminate young Levi if he so much as even jaywalks, Phoenix expects an easy job with one clear outcome. But when a violent encounter forces Phoenix to interact with Levi, he quickly realizes the case might not be as black and white as he thought. Instead of finding a criminal with no conscience, Phoenix discovers a young man battling impossible odds and near crippling guilt.
When his feelings of disgust and anger begin to fade and turn into something else, the would-be hitman is forced to make a terrible decision between the family he needs and the young man more intent on seeking judgement than redemption.

Trigger Warning: This book contains multiple triggers which could also be considered spoilers. If you want to see what they are, download the sample or use the “Look Inside” feature and scroll to the page right before the table of contents

Note: This book contains M/M sexual content and is intended for mature audiences.
***This is Book 8 in the series, but can be read as a stand-alone story – no cliffhangers.***

The Protectors series crosses over with some of my other series, so for the most enjoyment, they should be read in this order, but it is not required:

Book 1 – Absolution (M/M/M)
Book 2 – Salvation (M/M)
Book 3 – Retribution (M/M)
Logan’s Need (Escort Series #3) (M/M)
Redeeming Rafe (Barretti Security Series #2) (M/M)
Saving Ren (Barretti Security Series #3) (M/M/M)
Freeing Zane (Barretti Security Series #4) (M/M)
Book 4 – Forsaken (M/M)
Book 5 – Vengeance (M/M/M)
Book 5.5 – A Protectors Family Christmas
Book 6 – Atonement (M/M)
Book 7 – Revelation (M/M)
Book 8 – Redemption (M/M)


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Well, this was another heartbreaking yet beautiful story by one of my favorite mm authors.

Those of you, who are familiar with Sloane Kennedy’s books, know that she doesn’t pull any punches. Those of you who haven’t read her books before…are most likely living under a rock and missing out big time !!!

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I am joking though, not about the missing out part, but the rock part. 😛 If you haven’t read her books before, please take note of the trigger warning, this book deals with some heavy subjects.

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It is hard writing a review for this book without any spoilers so I won’t go into the storyline too much…

Levi and Phoenix both have a heartbreaking past, but Levi’s especially was horrifying. To read what he went through and how he turned out to be as a man…yeah, he definitely earned my respect. Even though life has let him down time and again, he still tried to be the best person he could be…..seeking some kind of redemption for the hurt he has caused others in the past. Hurt he couldn’t have stopped, even if wanted to so badly.

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Phoenix was the perfect man for Levi. Caring, comforting, patient and loving.I also want to give some extra credit to Seth… Without him, things may have ended very differently….The steam factor in this one isn’t as high as it was in some of the other books, which was very understandable, considering the subject matters.

It was very sweet and loving though…

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Now I myself can’t wait for the next book.

I have been wanting to know more about Vincent, ever since he was introduced in Cain’s book and it looks like my wish is being granted in the next “Protectors” book!!!imageedit_36_4496991228

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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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~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: ~Vir~
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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Hailey Turner has done a terrific job creating this universe and with “In the Ruins“, the second installment of the  Metahumans Files, she achieves something incredible: maintain the reader interested in her amazing world. Well, not really. We are not talking here about just keep the interest of the reader. Probably the terrific plot and the characters development make book 2 better than “In the Wreckage“. This is another gem and a very shiny one, I must say.

In the Ruins starts a few moths after the last scene in book one, and directly into action.

Our heroes have been together nearly seven months and still hiding their relationship. In this book, we have the chance to witness how their physical connexion develops in something bigger, sweeter, deeper.

And the intimacy between them?


The plot in this second book is an undercover mission, using our incredible and wealthy guy… oh, please, Wait… this description sucks, I should say Jaime is incredible, wealthy, loyal, unselfish, bossy in bed, awesome as the team leader and absolutely generous with their friends.

He is such a good guy, not just a rich, honorable and hot man. And I love him!

“Because my life -my privileged, stupid life, Katie- shouldn’t be worth more than the hundreds of people who are being used as test subjects and killed by criminals who won´t stop even if I do”

And I have to say the plot and the mission itself are brilliantly constructed and developed. It’s not just science fiction, this book has a great dose of thriller and a fantastic espionage basis. I really enjoyed the story line.

The other side of this undercover mission, the love story part, Kyle’s insecurities… I don’t want to say anything about it. You must read this book! That’s the way you should find out how perfect this story is. Well, first you have to start with “In the Wreckage” since this series can’t be conceived as standalone novels. And after that, enjoy this second and great installment.  

These books are amazing!

I have to do a special mention here since I didn’t in my review of book one: The girls in the alpha team are fantastic. They are funny, brave, bad-ass and really smart. Yes, they are! And they were that smart before becoming Metahumans, it’s not a superpower, promise! 😀 (read the sentence with all the irony it’s charged with).


It’s refreshing to read some great female characters in M/M books and I really loved the interactions among the team. Male and female. The characters are perfectly delimited and deep enough to make the reader care about them. In fact, I wouldn’t mind reading about Alexei a little more. He speaks English like I do, high five Alexei!

The bets, the banter, the funny dialogues, the deep ones… Everything Alpha Team related is terrific. All of it is super entertaining. And the new additions are awesome too and I want more…

Everyone is going to want more… I have no doubt.

The way Hailey Turner describes this futuristic society is very appealing and addictive.
This is Sci-Fi suspense at its best.

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~Review~In the Wreckage by Hailey Turner~

 

34346535Title: In the Wreckage
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #1
Publisher: Self Published
Page Count: 341 pages
Release Date: February 19, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sci-Fi/Military, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~ 

A Marine with honor.
After surviving a horrific chemical attack that turned him into a metahuman, Captain Jamie Callahan got a second lease on life. For three years he’s been working for the Metahuman Defense Force and leading Alpha Team—all against the wishes of his family. The job requires his full dedication, so it’s no surprise Jamie doesn’t have time for a relationship. An enticing one-night stand with a gorgeous stranger is all it takes to show Jamie exactly what he’s been missing. When a mission to take down a terrorist cell brings that same stranger back into his world, Jamie’s life gets complicated.
A soldier with secrets.
Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan was only looking to relieve some stress after a long mission. He didn’t know the hot guy he picked up at a bar was the leader of the MDF’s top field team. When Kyle and his partner get seconded to Alpha Team to help fight a terrorist threat, he has to balance his desire for Jamie against his duty to keep his secrets safe. That gets harder and harder to do amidst regulations both are tempted to break.
Two men trying to survive.
Giving into passion could cost both their careers. Abiding by the rules will only result in heartache. An attack on MDF headquarters brings with it a choice Jamie and Kyle can’t escape—duty, or love?

In the Wreckage is a 100k word steamy m/m sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending. 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 18.


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What an awesome read! What a great recommendation!

How can a book be so entertaining, suspenseful and dirty at the same time? This is a good one. Believe me. It has everything you want in a Science Fiction book, with the add of some of the dirtiest sex scenes I’ve ever read. Yes. Everything.

This is a perfectly written MM Romance. A Sci-Fi novel that takes place on an alternative and very fascinating year 2284.
The world building is fantastic but I don’t want to reveal too much, just that something happened that turned some humans in metahumans with different powers: telepathy, telekinesis, shapeshifting, ultra strength…

Science fiction fans (myself included) are used to ordinary men becoming superheroes because of radioactive accidents, chemical, or nuclear physics related. We have read about that kind of DNA alteration, wherever it comes, but here the explanation is brilliantly exposed. It’s very, very interesting and perfectly settled and, I insist, the world building is extremely well done and appealing.

Apollo, Icarus, Bones, Reaper, Inferno… Are some of their code names. Are they cool, or what? These guys rocks!

I’m not an action girl. Ironically, action bored me to dead if it lacks another necessary thing (necessary to me, I mean, there is nothing wrong in the action itself). But the way these guys work together is hot and entertaining as hell. I enjoyed it so much I can’t put it in words.


About our hot and incredible great MCs. Well, I don’t want spoilers here, leaving you this pleasure for your reading. I just want to say these two are scorching hot together (HOT with capital letters). But they are also a great couple outside the bedroom. They talk and they are funny.

“Fight or fuck,” Kyle gasped out, eyes closed, sweaty hair sticking to his flushed face. “See. Told you that you could do both at the same time”

Jaime Callahan is a loyal ex-marine, and an honorable and incredibly hot alpha male. In fact, he is in charge of the Metahuman Alpha Team. It couldn’t be another way. He knows what he wants, he is caring and super dirty (sexually speaking).

“He never thought he´d find someone he was willing to risk his career for until Kyle come along. A single night of passion was enough to make Jaime be selfish and reckless and damn the consequences”

And about Kyle? Kyle Brannigan is the shit too! Well, there’s no need of spoilers here either, so I just gonna say he is incredible, he faced his shitty early years becoming a great and loyal guy. He is hot, he likes it hard (oh yeah!), he is strong and also pursues what he wants. He is the perfect match for our Jaime.

“Wonderful, Kyle thought tiredly. Guess I get to cross of buried alive on my Situations I have Been In And Wished I Wasn´t list. Sadly, it was a long list”


Writing a book is a very difficult thing (and a very terrifying process, as well). Writing a good book? A tremendous and enviable accomplishment. But writing a great sci-fi book? To me, it’s something so superb and so unlikely that I don’t have words (again) to describe the gratifying sensation it made me feel.

I have a kind of Sci-Fi radar (it works with fantasy too) that let me know if the book is being good enough to me, and it involves two things:
First: when I’m not reading the book I spend much time day-dreaming about it. Time I should spend doing other things, of course, but a girl has her priorities 😉
Second: When a team fight starts and I feel the same level of hotness I usually feel with the sex scenes… And in this book, when someone is using pyrotechnic power, another guy is building a protector shield with his mind, while another is joking about something… Oh yeah, I was totally feeling it!

Well, I can’t talk here about the same level of hotness because of the sex scenes in this book…they are something else. But I must say (and probably is the only “but” I have for the book) that sometimes that scenes were a little too long…I’m gonna start book two, as soon as I get some sleep. Priorities or not, I still have necessities… I’m not a metahuman, after all.

Thank you, Ralu, for this recommendation and thank you, Wendy for the description you gave me: (I’m quoting here):

 “It’s like X-Men going down and dirty” oh hell, girl, it was. 😀

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~Review~Ready For Love (Semper Fi, The Forever Faithful #1) by Stella Starling~

 

35132716Title: Ready For Love
Author: Stella Starling
Series: Semper Fi, The Forever Faithful #1
Page Count: 300 pages
Release Date: May 18, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance,
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Jake Hansen has been crushing on Gabe Byrne for half his life, but since Gabe is a straight, self-proclaimed commitment-phobe who moved away years ago to join the Marines, that crush is strictly a fantasy-best-enjoyed-in-private. And even when Gabe starts to flirt with him like crazy, Jake still knows better than to think it means anything.

Because falling in love with your straight bestie? Not just a cliche, but a guaranteed recipe for disaster….right?

Growing up, Gabe never saw “Little Jakey” as anything more than the kid who always liked to tag along after him and his brothers, but somehow, being friends with Jake has become the best part of his day. And after a seven-month deployment? Seeing Jake is the one thing he’s looking forward to the most.

He just didn’t expect that hanging out in person again would be so confusing… or keep blurring the lines about just how straight he is… or keep making him want things that he never thought he would.

Things that seem a lot like forever.


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I absolutely adored this book. I actually smiled from beginning to end.

I haven’t read the other series by this author, but after reading this one, I will definitely be checking it out.  This book just made me all kinds of happy and for that alone it deserves 5 stars. 😀

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Gabe and Jake have known each other since they were young.

Now that they both grown up, they are still good friends. Jake is an out and proud flight-attendant. Gabe is a straight marine, with commitment issues, who has been deployed for the last 7 months. The two of them have been keeping in contact through text messages.

After returning home from deployment, he surprises his “Jakey”, by picking him up at the airport. Now, these two have apparently always been flirting back and forth for shits and giggles, but for Jake….his flirtations come pretty close to the truth. He has been harboring a major crush on his straight friend for a long long time.

Gabe is pretty much clueless.

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That is until one night on the town, changes everything for Gabe. He is starting to get aware that his feelings for Jack have changed…into something much more than friendship.

He realizes, that he is lusting after his best friend.

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Now, what to do. Well, that’s quite simple…Why not turn the friendship into a friendship with benefits. Jake has some doubt because he knows that Gabe is not offering him a real relationship. He knows exactly how Gabe feels about those…but how can he say no, when what Gabe is offering him, is one of his “dirty dreams” come true. He will just have to try and protect his heart.

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These two couldn’t have been more opposite, which made their interactions/banter pretty funny.

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~Review~New Beginnings: Abel’s Journey (No Regrets #2) by Nicky James~

 

34866437Title: New Beginnings: Abel’s Journey
Author: Nicky James
Series: No Regrets #2
Release Date: May 14t, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

**TRIGGER WARNING**
(self-harm, depression, anxiety, substance abuse)

Life is beyond our control. It can bring joy, laughter, and happiness, then turn around and rip your heart out of your chest without warning.

Abel Matheson received a cold dose of life’s reality six months ago, when the man he loved most, lost his fight against cancer.
Free-spirited, easy-going Abel, doesn’t know how to cope with the rotting, festering grief growing inside him. What was once an easy life, has become a struggle to put one foot in front of the other.
His grades are slipping, his job is suffering, money is tight, and the nightmares plaguing his sleep are relentless. Something has to give. He can’t keep going like this.

Desperate to end his suffering, Abel falls back on old habits. Self-destructive habits he knows are wrong.
Every time he tries to stand, he ends up face-first in the mud.

On the advice of a counselor, Abel makes attempts to find a support system to help him handle his grief. Unexpectedly, during his quest toward healing, Abel makes a connection with the most unlikely of people.
His mind wants to rebel against the man who stands before him. Run far and fast in the other direction. But his heart forms a bond that annihilates his fear.
Why this man of all people?
Sometimes you find help and love where you least expect it.


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“I think I’m ready for a new beginning.”

Firstly, can this be standalone? Possibly but I would strongly advise reading No Regrets to really understand Abel’s story. I would say to anyone that has read No Regrets and is a bit apprehensive about reading this one, don’t be.

Abel lost his husband, Landon, six months ago when this book opens and to say he’s struggling is an understatement.The Abel here is nothing like the happy go lucky, endearing, pushy character from No Regrets.
He’s struggling with every aspect of his life.His college grades are slipping, he can’t concentrate on his job….the only comfort he finds is with alcohol, just to numb the pain and loss.

Hard to read at times but his grief was extremely well portrayed.


On a visit back to Landon’s hometown Abel finds help from someone he would probably have never expected to get close to.The Author did an excellent job in the development of these two men’s relationship.Nothing is rushed or forced and while their story definitely isn’t easy, it develops at just the right pace…to me, it felt totally credible and their shared connection to Landon…

Was both beautiful and heartbreaking…

As the story progresses we gradually see Abel emerging from his grief and allowing himself to feel love again.I definitely shed tears at the end but it was just perfect.This book, along with No Regrets are the only books I’ve read by Nicky James and I found her writing just captivating.

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~Review~No Pressure (Accidental Roots #2) by Elle Keaton~

 

34613037Title: No Pressure
Author: Elle Keaton
Series: Accidental Roots #2
Publisher: Dirty Dog Press
Page Count: 224 pages
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Joey James has given up on his ‘Prince Charming’. There is no such thing, he needs to be realistic about his chances of finding a lasting relationship. A chance encounter with a former school mate at the local grocery store changes everything-maybe.
Before Joey can decide what to do about it, he is swept into a terrifying scheme. Forced into helping a dangerous stranger in exchange for his family’s safety, Joey begins a perilous journey into the criminal underbelly of Skagit. He will do whatever is needed to protect his family.

Buck Swanfeldt had a secret crush on Joey James in high school. Buck’s social anxiety and two-year age difference made it impossible for him to approach Joey then. Life since high school has been challenging, and lonely. Eight years later, fate brings them together and Buck decides to act. He utterly fails. He would have left it at that, except fate seems to be intent on pushing Joey in his direction, and clearly, Joey needs someone at his back.

Dark, sordid secrets hiding in Skagit are bubbling to the surface, danger lurks in unexpected places. Buck has never been anyone’s hero but something about Joey has him throwing caution to the wind. Together the two men take on a dangerous force greater than themselves. But sometimes our worst enemy is ourselves.

*warning may need a tissue!

This book is a work of fiction intended for mature audiences only.


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*****4.5 Stars*****4.5stdtd

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Everyone has secrets. Secrets that should never be brought into the light of day.

Secrets that are lurking under the surface of a small town and threaten to unravel its countryside idyll and ideal world.Secrets two men involuntarily participate in, which not only causes quite a stir but will change their life forever.

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For Joey James, the nurse we already met in the previous book Storm Season, two things almost happen at once: a random encounter at a grocery store with a former schoolmate who never even was on his radar, but whom he suddenly cannot get out of his head and an alarming picture on the windshield of his car meant to blackmail him into helping out a criminal individual or otherwise his family would come to harm. Both are things Joey is in over his head, but it soon becomes apparent that the former will – and is even bound and determined to- help him coping with the latter.

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Joey, the nestling of a big family, is a caring person by nature. That is the reason why he will be exploited over and over again by his much older siblings to take care of his parents. That is the reason why he takes in a stray, although there a no dogs allowed in his apartment. That is also the reason why he loves his job at the hospital, which causes him lately more trouble than he prefers.

“He’d been thinking with his heart, with the part of him that hated pain and suffering, with the part of him that fiercely protected those he loved. It wasn’t stupid to care. That’s how he was built: he cared, often too much and too soon.”

But Joey is lonely. The prospects to find someone who wants to share your life as a gay young man in a small town are pretty rare. When he meets a shy and socially awkward man who apparently knows him from yore and who immediately takes flight after a moment of embarrassment, he is curious about the conundrum that is Buck Swanfeldt, owner of the local garage. Fate seems to be intent on bringing both men together and after bumping into each other repeatedly, Buck slowly but surely becomes a safe haven for Joey.


As much as I loved Joey, it was Buck I loved more.

Maybe because I could totally relate to him, being more on the shy side and socially awkward myself. I know how it would feel to screw up one’s courage to address someone you had a crush on for years. I could virtually feel his embarrassment, but I admired him for doing something that would have been a milestone in his life, but I could also understand his need to bolt when sliding into an awkward situation.

Buck always felt a bit like an outcast. He learned early on in his life that appearance is everything. His parents always pretended outwardly to be a loving family, while a look behind the curtain would have revealed a father who liked to bully his son at every chance he got and a mother who stood idly by.

“Buck learned early to be seen and not heard, to listen for the undercurrents, to be very careful how he presented to his family and to Skagit. He figured they would never accept him for who he was, only who they wanted him to be.”


I loved Buck for his fortitude to make something of his life, despite the low self-esteem his parents conveyed at him at every turn. He is the gentle giant you tend to underestimate and who never recognizes himself how gorgeous he really is.

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And it was far from easy. Buck also lived constantly in fear of ending up like his father, but his inner strength helps him to acknowledge that he needs professional helps to overcome his social anxiety and to get a chance at a love-filled life. Oh, and I loved him for grabbing the chance at love when it presented itself…

It was great to be back in Skagit. Elle Keaton creates an atmosphere that makes you not only just read the story, but feel like being part of it, like being there. Well, I could have done without all the rain and snow, but that just conveyed a feeling of reality. 😉 And the great characters did one more thing to make it authentic. I loved the humor in the story and the tentative pace the author brought the relationship between Joey and Buck forward. This might have happened a bit at the expense of steam, but it did not bother me one bit.

Joey and Buck’s relationship was just sweet and both are the perfect match.


The mystery part that forged a bridge between the first two books in this series was wrapped up nicely, but it took a bit of a backseat regarding the romance and all in all it was the perfect combination of both.

There are also a lot of interesting side characters I would love to read more about.

Some of them I already shipped so hard, I can hardly wait to see if I am right and I wonder if -no,…

…I hope– all of them will get their own book…

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~Review~Jagged Pill (Broken Lives #3) by Marita A. Hansen~

 

33026159Title: Jagged Pill
Author: Marita A. Hansen
Series: Broken Lives #3
Page Count: 333 pages
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Genre(s): Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

What was happening couldn’t be real. I couldn’t be on the run from the police and gang members. I was, or had been, a strait-laced high school teacher.

Nor could I be sitting next to one of my students, a boy from my English class. And he definitely couldn’t be the love of my life, since I was married.

But it was all very real.

I was in love with Dante Rata, a teenage gang member from the wrong side of town. I’d ruined my marriage for him. Destroyed my career for him. Left my safe middle-class world behind, risking my freedom, and even my life, just to be with him.

And despite all of that, I was living my happily-ever

For now.

Because when the after part came, I would lose everything.

Including Dante.


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*****5 Stars*****5hj

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Loved it!…One of my top reads this year!

“Life was hard.It had no smooth edges, only rough ones, like a jagged pill.It cut our throats on the way down, making us bleed out one moment, then soar to the heavens the next.It was a paradox, something we either swallowed down or choked on.”

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This is the third book in the series and definitely my favorite.This series just gets better and better.I’m keeping this review deliberately vague, plot-wise…because you really don’t want any indication of what’s going to happen…trust me.

Told from three Pov’s…Clara, Dante, and Tane (yes, Tane…more of him later ), the story picks up straight from where book two ended.Dante and Clara find themselves on the run and are forced to go into hiding after their relationship became public knowledge while Tane is faced with dealing with the aftermath of events from the previous book.


I didn’t really like Clara much in book two but I’ve done a massive U-turn here.Yes, her actions might have been wrong but I really felt for her here.It’s a bit like watching a head-on collision in slow motion…you can see what is going to happen but you can’t quite believe it.

While this story/series is primarily about Dante and Clara we also get an insight into Tane’s life and to say I was happy about this is an understatement.
Tane…happy sigh, I mean a really happy sigh.Every time I saw a chapter was from his Pov I’m sure I had a huge smile on my face… 😀

He is unapologetic, manwhore, sex god, I honestly couldn’t get enough of the man.As we know, from previous books Killer has got quite a thing for him even breaking into his house to watch him sleep.

But Tane’s as straight as an arrow….right??

“Either way, Killer had no interest in the bitches eye -fucking him, since the shithead was too busy eye-fucking me. I clenched my hands, white-knuckling it, annoyed with my thoughts more than him. Because I wanted to fuck the shit out of the hot sonofabitch. I didn’t understand why, since I was completely straight. Up until meeting Killer, I’d never been attracted to a bloke before. He was the first and only dude to ever make my prick stand to attention. I just wasn’t willing to do anything about it.(…)”

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“I didn’t answer, his amazing body short-circuiting my brain. Fuck! He was hot. Lean, all muscle, not one ounce of fat on him. I didn’t even fucking care he had a massive package in his briefs because that body could tempt the straightest guy, and I was fucking straight as an arrow.”

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Believe me, I’d LOVE to say more about these two men but I’m not. 😀


Marita A. Hansen has created a truly compelling series here.The writing is gritty, the characters are wonderfully flawed and I just can’t get enough of this story.

A highly recommended series!!!

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~Review~The Knight (Stolen Duet #2) by B.B. Reid~

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32943650Title: The Knight
Author: B.B. Reid
Series: Stolen Duet #2
Publisher: Bebe’s Reads LLC
Page Count: 226 pages
Release Date: May 3, 2017
Genre(s): Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Little Mian Ross and the big, bad Knight didn’t find their fairytale ending. Together they found war.

The Parties:
Angeles Knight
Mian Ross

The Order:
Angeles Knight orders the liberation of Mian Ross.
He’ll tear down their enemies, forsake his throne, and give his life to keep her safe.
All Mian must do is forgive his betrayal and put her heart on the line.
Again.

The Debt:
His legacy.

The Bandit:
Angeles
The Sixth Knight


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*****5 Stars*****5hj

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Well…for me, the book was AMAZING.

Amazing written, it has an amazing and unique story, adrenaline, suspense, joy, happiness, hate, intrigue, secrets, power, fight for power, life and freedom. After that ending in The Bandit…I couldn’t get fast enough my hands on this one. All my plans and my expectations were blown away, in a very good way.

This two books certainly entered in my favorite shelve.

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I don’t know how to start and how to end, without revealing something important and good from the book.

Because everything in the book is a key to a secret or something.

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I think it was engaging as the first one, very well written, hot but…the ending was a little confusing to me. The book starts right where the first one ended. This book had so many turns and twists. If in The Bandit I could anticipate something…in this book I was completely in the air. I couldn’t think, I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t put it down.You know that feeling when you definitely breathe the book?! This one is just like that. I didn’t need anything, I just needed this book.


Main, is so much powerful, mature and  stronger,

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More determined to win her freedom, to escape from Angel, and so much, very much stubborn. Sometimes, I wanted so much to punch her, to crack her head in two and shove there some brain or mind…

But Angel is so much more determined now than ever to win her back, to win her love, her trust and makes everything to win.

And I do mean EVERYTHING!

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What do you want more than EVERYTHING woman? Damn woman, you are blind???

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~Release Day Review~To Touch You (Mates #4) by Cardeno C.~

 

34870040Title: To Touch You
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Mates #4
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: May 4, 2017
Page Count: 260 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Paranormal, Vampires, Shifters/Werewolves
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

“His name is Salvatore Rossi. He’s a vampire. And he’s my true mate.”

By not relying on anyone except himself, Salvatore Rossi escaped a dead-end existence and reached the height of corporate success. But just when he has everything he always wanted, fate throws Salvatore a challenge he can’t solve alone and a young wolf shifter comes to his rescue.

Since childhood, Yoram Smith’s family was certain he would grow to become Alpha and save their beloved pack from its slow demise. When the time comes for a new leader, Yoram is forced to juggle his duty to care for a splintering pack with his duty to care for an absent mate, and his own strength suffers.

Being turned into a vampire didn’t alter Salvatore’s life philosophy: if you don’t rely on anyone, nobody can let you down. But when the boy who saved his life becomes a man who needs his help, the icy vampire must find his humanity.


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****4 Stars****4 fjf

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I have read and enjoyed every book in this series, so I was very excited to jump into this one. This time we get an Alpha shifter and a vampire.

Just like I said before…my favorite combination!!!

This book can be read as a standalone, but a lot of MC’s from the other books make an appearance, especially Miguel and Ethan from book 2. I think this book would be enjoyed more after reading the previous books.

Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed reading this one, though there were some things that bothered me. In the other books, I could feel the connection between the MC’s right from the start. That wasn’t the case with this book. The MC’s spend most of the book apart, not even interacting one way or another.

They don’t actually get together until 70% into the story.

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There is a reason for this though, so bare with me.

When Salvatore and Yoram first meet, Yoram is only 7 years old. He is a strong little shifter boy though, so he instantly recognizes Salvatore for what he is…

…His true mate…

Salvatore is human and about 37 years old, so it’s understandable he doesn’t experience the same feelings.Yoram is with his uncle Miguel and Ethan at the time of this meeting and Miguel senses, that Salvatore is very ill…

This eventually leads to Miguel saving Sal’s life by turning him into a vampire.

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Years go by and Yoram grows older, wondering what is going on with his true mate…so he pays Salvatore a visit when he is 14 years old, only to get a very cold brush off.

Of course, Yoram is very hurt, but even after the way the man spoke to him, he doesn’t want his mate to suffer. So when Yoram finds out from Miguel, that Sal is probably hungry and in need of his blood, Yoram starts distracting his own blood (just like Ethan he has too much) and starts delivering it on Salvatore’s doorstep. Salvatore happily gobbles it all up…

…and this goes on for 9 long years…

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9 years of Salvatore only thinking about himself and never once wondering how his mate is doing.

No thank you…no nothing!!

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Until the deliveries stop that is…


Yoram is now 27 and the Alpha of a troubled pack. His body is tired from all the needle-pricking and his soul is tired of living without his mate. But Yoram has a pack he needs to take care of, so he can’t leave to bring Sal any more blood. This is what eventually leads Salvatore to Yoram.

After seeing Yoram and his uncles Ethan and Miguel, Sal suddenly has a change of heart and his character does an 180. Suddenly he is all about Yoram and his well-being. Of course,…

we get the now famous “mine” and the steamy scenes that go with it.

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It’s not that I didn’t want it to happen because I definitely did and it was seriously HOT, but it was all a bit too fast. I didn’t really get a chance to get used to Salvatore’s personality change.

I wanted to like him…but I was still stuck on his old and cold personality.

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That said, I did enjoy this story.

Yoram was a great character, though at times I wished he would have been a bit harder. Toby was very funny and he made me laugh out loud more than once and I loved catching up with all the old MC’s, especially Miguel.

I hope there will be more books in this series because…

I will read every single one that comes out. 😀

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~Review~Concourse (Five Boroughs #5) by Santino Hassell~

 

35018303Title: Concourse
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs, #5(Standalone)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

 ~Blurb~

A Five Boroughs Novel

Ashton Townsend is the most famous celebutante of Manhattan’s glitterati. The black sheep of his wealthy family, he’s known for his club appearances, Instagram account, and sex tape. Most people can’t imagine him wanting for anything, but Ashton yearns for friendship, respect, and the love of his best friend—amateur boxer Valdrin Leka.

Val’s relationship with Ashton is complicated. As the son of Ashton’s beloved nanny, Val has always bounced between resenting Ashton and regarding him as his best friend. And then there’s the sexual attraction between them that Val tries so hard to ignore.

When Ashton flees his glitzy lifestyle, he finds refuge with Val in the Bronx. Between Val’s training for an upcoming fight and dodging paparazzi, they succumb to their need for each other. But before they can figure out what it all means—and what they want to do about it—the world drags them out of their haven, revealing a secret Val has kept for years. Now, Ashton has to decide whether to once again envelop himself in his party-boy persona, or to trust in the only man who’s ever seen the real him.
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This title is a stand-alone story in the Five Boroughs universe.
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*****4.5 Stars*****4,5FFF

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I’ve got to admit to being just a little bit obsessed with Instagram, myself, so this was the perfect read for me.This series is firmly up there as one of my favorite MM series.Santino Hassell is a Master at taking two completely different characters and making them fit together.

I was more than a bit fascinated by Ashton…

…when he was introduced in book three and the fact that he’s a bit femme was just my thing.To the outside world, Ashton appears to live a gifted, glamorous life which he’s happy to play out through social media.But, behind closed doors, he’s lost.Ignored by his wealthy family for being different, forced into modeling, all he wants is to be loved and he still craves respect from his family.


Val grew up in the Townsend family, the son of Ashton’s Nanny.

Despite their differences, they become friends at a young age.But Val hates everything about the Townsend family…their wealth, their treatment of Ashton, their ability to manipulate people.He’s determined to make it on his own and wants no part of their money, but what happens when a secret from the past is threatened to be revealed?


They skirt around each other, there’s angst, drama, a constant push and pull between them as they both figure out what they want from life and each other.

Out of all the books in this series, this one could definitely be read as a standalone but if you’re a fan of gritty, real to life, flawed characters…

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this series.

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~Release Day Review~A Worthy Man (The Men of Halfway House #5) by Jaime Reese~

 

34837287Title: A Worthy Man
Author: Jaime Reese
Series: The Men of Halfway House #5
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

 ~Blurb~

A story of two men and the boundless love that forever changed them.

Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.

Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.

After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.

Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.

Although part of a series, this is a full-length stand-alone novel.


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A Worthy Man (The Men of Halfway House #5) 

by Jaime Reese

*****4.5 Stars*****4,5FFF

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I have read and enjoyed every single book in this series. I have also read little snippets of Drayton and Vann (especially Drayton) in the previous books and I was very curious about their story.

Thankfully it did not disappoint.

This book can be read as a stand alone, but I myself would advise to also read the other books in this series, so you have an idea of who all the side characters are, and how the  “Halfway House” came to be. Drayton himself is also introduced in book 3. Having read the previous books myself, I already knew that Drayton and the love of his life Vann, have been separated for a long long time.

This, because Vann has spent the last 10 years of his life in jail.

The two of them met when Vann was about 14 and Drayton was 17. Both so different from one another. Drayton’s parents rich and high class. Vann’s father an abusive drunk. Drayton didn’t have any friends, and his geeky appearance made him a huge target for bullies…

…That is until Vann stepped into his life and became his personal savior.

They became the best of friends after that, taking the step to lovers when Vann turned 18.  

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They had 7 wonderful years together…

…until a horrific tragedy tore the two of them apart.


Drayton has been writing letters to his lover for 10 years, even knowing that none of them would receive a reply. In these 10 years, he has started a company, D&V Infinity, out of nothing. By using Vann’s old design drawing and his own mathematical brain, he produced an electrical car, which among other things has made him a very wealthy man. But being rich isn’t everything and Dray doesn’t have the people skills that his lover did.

He is a bit socially awkward and a lot lonely.

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He never went in search of another lover, cause Vann was his everything. He never gave up on the love of his life and now that Vann is about to be released, he is ready to show him that they still belong together…and he wants to share all his success with him.

But Vann…he really hasn’t had it easy the past 10 years. He had to build up his walls in prison and he isn’t ready to let them all down, no matter how much he still loves Dray. He doesn’t feel adequate enough to be with Drayton and he really lacks a lot of self-worth.

“I wish I were someone else…someone who matters.”

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Thankfully these two never give up on another and they really do bring out the best in each other.And they really do need each other, because life is not done messing with Vann and he just can’t seem to catch a break. But Drayton is there for him…every step of the way.

“You and me forever. We’re a team, You can’t argue with the math.”

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Very slowly Vann starts to find his place in the world again…right by Drayton’s side. These two don’t have it easy and there is definitely some angst in this book. I cried on more than one occasion, but what I mostly felt was hope and the love these two men have for one another…even after all this time apart.They were also very HOT when they finally got the chance to be together.

I think this must have been the hottest book in the series so far. 😛

“I’m going to fuck you, over and over, until your body memorizes how it feels to have me inside you and reminds you of that feeling every time you move.”

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A wonderful “second chance at love” story. This was not my favorite in the series because I think that will always be “Cole’s” book, but it is a very close second.

I also got the impression that there will be more books and…

I myself can’t wait to read each and every one of them. 

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~Review~In Your Eyes (Mates #3) by Cardeno C.~

 

25927403Title: In Your Eyes
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Mates #3
Publisher: The Romance Authors, 2 edition
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Page Count: 226 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Paranormal, Shifters/Werewolves
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. But despite his best efforts, Samuel can’t relate to people, including those he’s supposed to lead.

When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for throwing him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then desperately avoids him. What he can’t do is forget Korban’s warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.

When a battle between their fathers ends tragically, Samuel struggles to lead his pack while Korban works to break through Samuel’s emotional barriers. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past their society’s rules to realize they are destined for one another.


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In Your Eyes (Mates #3) by Cardeno C.

****4 Stars****

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Loved this one. I liked it better than the previous book. Also, this one was more fun!

 There are 3 books in this series and they are all different.

In book 1, we have a shifter and a human, in book 2, we have a shifter and a vampire and in this one, we have 2 delicious alpha male shifters together.

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Korban is the sweet and fun-loving one, while Samuel is the smart, distant and cold one. They are both in line to be the next alpha of their packs since both of them are sons of the current alphas.Korban figured out that Samuel is his true mate, at the age of 11, but it took Samuel way…

…way longer to figure his shit out.

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So it does take them some time to get together and a lot of things happen in between, most having to do with their packs and their Alpha’s. Since I don’t want to spoiler anything, you will just have to read all of that yourself.

However, once they do figure things out…damn, they were HOT!!

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All the hot sex and the biting and …did I mention the knotting ??

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So far I have enjoyed all books in this series, but so far this one is my favorite.

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