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~Release Day Review~Chasing Destiny (Silver Tip Pack #2) by Megan Erickson~ 

 

33795022Title: Chasing Destiny
Author: Megan Erickson 
Series: Silver Tip Pack #2
Page Count: 224 pages
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance,Paranormal, Werewolves & Shifters
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Some live on memories…

Almost dying during a pack uprising has a way of shaking things up. I’m no longer Mr. Laid Back now that there’s an itch under my skin I can’t scratch.

On a volunteer mission that goes beyond the walls of our compound, we enter the territory of a pack long thought dead, and find ourselves on the business end of their spears.

What I’m not prepared for is what I find within their walls—The one shifter I never thought I’d see alive, the one I’d mourned twice, the one I’d always loved. He is alive, and if I have anything to do with it, he’ll stay that way. But he’s got secrets, and exposing them could lead us to an enemy worse than the bloodthirsty undead shifters wanting to kill us all…


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Wow…this was really good, I enjoyed the hell out of it.

I have been curious about Bay and his story, ever since he was introduced in book 1. He has been one of my favorites since the beginning…but I have to say that I have a new favorite right now.

He goes by the name Nash. 😉

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I would advise everyone to not read this book as a standalone, but to start with book 1. I think starting with book 1 will give you much more enjoyment of the story. 😉


Bay is the brother of the Silver Tip Pack Alpha, Dare.

I have always liked him a lot and I thought he was funny and the more relaxed one of the two brothers. But Bay isn’t feeling so right at all. Losing your childhood friend and potential lover not once, but twice, tends to leave some emotional scars. Not the mention everything else that happened in book 1.

Bay needs a time out and he is itching to get away…he feels something pulling at him, something seems to be calling for him. So when there are rumors about the survival of Reese’s (book 1) old pack, Bay sets out to investigate with two other pack mates.

Never in a million years, would he have suspected to come across his childhood friend Nash…

Who seems to have found refuge with the Whitethroat Pack.

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This Nash isn’t the same Nash he always knew though. This Nash seems not only physically broken, but mentally as well.


For 15 years Nash hasn’t been living but surviving…

But Bay isn’t ready to give up on him…or on them. He is so relieved to get another chance with Nash, that he will fight tooth and nail to make Nash happy again and to get him back with his pack where he belongs.

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Nash, however, doesn’t think he deserved a place within his old pack. He has some secrets he’s been keeping and he fears that Dare will kick him out once he finds out and that Bay will want nothing more to do with him.

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This doesn’t prevent him from getting closer to Bay though…because he just can’t stay away from Bay and his intoxicating scent…Damn these two were HOT together.

This book is pretty high on the steamy side with a nice side of “dirty” thrown in. 😛

“Fuck if you could see yourself” “Sucking for all your worth, begging for my dick, for me to fill you up. You need me in your hole, don’t you? You need my come more than your next breath.”

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I totally understood where Nash was coming. Slowly he starts revealing everything that has happened to him. He shouldn’t have worried about Bay though…The man was so loyal and so in love with Nash!!

“You’re the destiny I’ve been chasing all my life Nash”

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I absolutely loved this one…even more than I did book 1. It was heartbreaking, sweet, HOT, and it has the right amount of suspense. I really enjoy this series and I hope there will be many more books to come…

I myself am hoping for Vaughns book…I would like to see him hooking up with the feisty alpha of the Whitethroat Pack. 😛

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~Review~Defiance (The Protectors #9) by Sloane Kennedy~

 

35696076Title: Defiance
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: The Protectors #9
Page Count: 333 pages
Release Date: July 17, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

“All I ever wanted was to serve and protect my country. It ended up costing me everything …”

At 49, Vincent St. James has learned to live with the choices he’s made, even if he isn’t always proud of them. After the military decided his sexuality was more important than his impeccable service record, Vincent lost everything, including the man he’d planned to spend the rest of his life with.
And a man with nothing to live for has nothing to lose.
With a bone deep hatred of all things government, Vincent found another way to serve his country, but it too came at a steep cost that he never could have foreseen. Dealing in secrets and death means there’s always someone waiting around the next corner trying to either take his place or bury their secrets along with his body. Even if he wanted out, it’s far too late for that.
When he’s given the chance to help out a friend who once had his back when others didn’t, he jumps at the chance to repay the favor. Even if it means protecting the kind of man he despises most…a power-hungry politician looking to push his own agenda on an unsuspecting public.

“I made a terrible choice twelve years ago and it cost me the only person who ever really mattered to me. But maybe there’s another way I can make things right …”

30-year-old Nathan Wilder can’t take back the moment he betrayed his twin brother, but he can try to make sure that the legacy of hate that drove him to turn on Brody never has a chance to rear its ugly head again. And if that means going against his powerful father’s right-wing political constituency in a down and dirty race for a seat in the U.S. Senate, then so be it. But when the threats that had been limited to harmless emails start taking an uglier turn, culminating in a violent attack that leaves no doubt as to the assailant’s intent, Nathan is thrown into the direct path of a mysterious and dangerous man who may end up forcing Nathan to confront truths he just isn’t ready to face yet.

“Protecting him was supposed to be a favor for a friend and nothing more. Once he’s safe, I’ll let him go. I have to …”

Protecting Nathan was supposed to be a walk in the park for a guy like Vincent. But nothing about the younger man is what he’d been expecting, especially the long-dead feelings Nathan stirs in him.
The feelings that aren’t just about protection.
Which is a problem, because while the threat against Nathan is temporary, the danger that’s become a way of life for Vincent is just waiting for the next thing it can take from him. Caring about someone means painting a target on their back and Vincent is done losing people he loves.
But letting Nathan go may not be as easy at seems…especially when Nathan decides to finally stand up and fight for what…and who he truly wants


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As most probably you already know, I am a huge Sloane Kennedy fan!!

She writes it and I read it. I like this relationship and I don’t see me breaking up with her in the near future. I really do recommend everyone to read this and the other series!!

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Anyways…this was another great read, though I have to say, it wasn’t my favorite. In my opinion, this one was a bit tame or mild compared to some of the other books, which I also understand. Some people would actually prefer a milder book I think since some of the others have been quite gut-wrenching and heartbreaking.

I am not one of those people though. I actually like it when a book breaks my heart into itty bitty pieces and then puts it back together again. What can I say…

I am weird like that. 😛

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This book, though it had some sad parts, didn’t really break my heart and it didn’t make me cry. Now that’s not to say it wasn’t good…because it sure was…it was just surprising since it’s a Sloane Kennedy book.


Those of you who have been reading this series, have briefly met Nathan in “Finding Hope” (Finding Series).

He is Brody’s twin brother. Now that book did have me sobbing like a little girl. I really liked Brody and I was pretty sure I would love his twin brother Nathan as well, which I did…though it took me a while.

Nathan has been estranged from his brother since the moment his brother came out to him as being gay when he was 17 years old. Brody expected his brothers support, but what he got was Nathan cursing him out and telling their father.

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Nathan and Brody were raised by their politician father who as a governor tried to block gay marriage in his State. To say their father was a bigot is putting it very mildly. It was expected that both sons would run for political office. Brody eventually said “fuck it” and left…Nathan however stayed.


For a long time of his life, he believed his fathers bullshit about “gayness” is the devil’s work… Thankfully after his father’s retirement and some soul searching, Nathan did follow in his father’s footsteps…though on the completely opposite side…as a Democrat. This, however, has left some people very angry and has caused serious threats to both Nathan and his brother.

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This is where Vincent comes in. We have met Vincent briefly in “Revelation” (Protectors series).

I was very curious about him and his mysterious ways. Vincent was a Major in the army, but he and his boyfriend were not honorably discharged when they were caught holding hands. The end of both their careers has led to some very tragic events. Now Vincent is quite the loner, but since he owes Dom and Cade…he has taken it upon himself to protect Nathan and get to the bottom of those threats, no matter how much he hates Nathan and his politician ways…

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But we all know how close hate and love can be right…and how easy it is to go from one extreme to the next…Against all odds, these two find peace and calm with one another. Even though Nathan has always fought against his real feelings, he didn’t fight against being with Vincent.

Once he made the decision he was all in, and I did admire him for that.

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They had a lot to overcome and to work out, but like I said..compared to the other books, it was pretty mild. No worries, there is still some great action and even some blood. 😛


I myself am most curious about Jace and Caleb’s story.

When we met Caleb he was 17 and still too young to have his own story. Now that he is 19, the time has finally come and the next book in this series will be his!!!

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Sloane also mentioned at the end of this book, that we will also be getting Everett, Gage and Nash’s story…Another MMM and… I am absolutely thrilled by this since no one can write an MMM book like she can.

I am absolutely thrilled by this since no one can write an MMM book like she can. 😛

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~Release Day Review~Who We Truly Are (Enhanced #2) by Victoria Sue~

 

35521245Title: Who We Truly Are
Author: Victoria Sue
Series: Enhanced #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 226 pages
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction/Military
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars up to 5

~Synopsis~

Talon’s deadly abilities are spiraling out of control. Desperate to keep Finn safe, Talon struggles to protect the man he loves with all his heart and not become the greatest risk to Finn’s life. 

Finn has no choice but to offer himself as bait for the evil forces kidnapping enhanced children, facing danger he is untrained and unprepared for, and he will have to do it alone. 

Does Talon have one last fight in him? Will he slay everyone who wants to destroy Finn and the team, or will he finally discover that to defeat their enemy and the ultimate threat, the biggest battle he has to face is one with himself?


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This series keeps its promise!!!

Imagine my fist bump when I discovered that Who We Truly Are picks up right where Five Minutes Longer left us. Not only plotwise, but also in being as amazing as the first book. 

Okay, okay, it was more of an excited squee – umm, internally of course – than anything else, but who wants to quibble over details… 😉

It’s no secret that I had a book crush on Five Minutes Longer and I can wholeheartedly fess up that the crush only intensified. I’m madly in love with Talon and Finn and declared them my favorite couple of the moment when I was asked about it in a Facebook group, just in case you still have any doubts.

Nevertheless, this book took me by surprise. It was not the adrenaline-sparked rollercoaster ride that was book #1 which does not mean it won’t keep you on the edge of your seat sometimes. A lot of things happen again this time around, but most of them are more… subtle. Who We Truly Are concentrates more on the romance between Talon and Finn. You would almost think after what happened last time both men would be safe and sound – not to say happy – in their relationship, but both Talon and Finn still struggle with deeply ingrained self-doubts and shy away from admitting to their feelings, much less say them out loud.


More enhanced children go missing and Finn is -due to his boyish looks- the number one candidate to be sent undercover into a foster home to investigate their disappearance. After the incident at the end of the first book (nope, for those who don’t know the book yet, I won’t tell you what exactly happened because that would spoil the whole fun, wouldn’t it?) said mission sets Talon’s teeth on edge and his protectiveness towards Finn into overdrive…

“Sometimes Talon wished he’d never met Finn. Sometimes he just wanted to run away and hide him to keep him safe.”

Talon’s inner struggle threatens to not only affect their teamwork but also to screw up their relationship.

“Trust me,” Finn said gently and raised Talon’s chin with two small fingers. “I don’t just mean with the job,” Finn added as if Talon didn’t know. As if Talon didn’t understand Finn was asking for more. For him. All of Talon, and especially for Talon’s heart.”


But there is more to it than that. Although it becomes more and more apparent that there evidently might be a possible explanation for what triggers the abilities of the Enhanced, it is still uncharted territory and when Talon’s abilities seem to evolve, he lives in constant fear of hurting Finn. When everything is in danger of spiraling out of control…

… Finn has to give his all to save them both. But Finn would not be Finn if he would not commit himself with heart and soul to the cause and his feelings.

“Miss me?” Resentment flared at the stupid question, and Finn opened his mouth to give Talon a comeback, but Talon’s eyes caught Finn’s own, and Finn saw. Saw all the doubt, worry, fear that had prompted the comment. All the things in him were reflected in Talon’s gaze. He hadn’t been teasing or mocking. “Always.” Finn put every second of longing, lust, and conviction he could into the one word. He didn’t need the love in there. Talon could see in his eyes what was in his heart. It wasn’t just an answer. It was a promise.”


I did not expect the range of feelings I would be going through. Feelings like rage over the still prevailing prejudices against everything and everyone who falls short of the so-called “standard”. Who is different. And although this story is fiction, it is a reminder of the narrow-mindedness of people in the world we are living in at the moment what makes it even more real. Sissy-me even cried at some point because the fate of the enhanced children nearly broke my heart. 

The back and forth between Talon and Finn almost floored me. The alternation between hot and tender moments, but also the inner conflict on both sides that burst out into full-blown crises sometimes, put me through the wringer and wrecked my secret stash of chocolate. I took a deep – a very deep – breath and longed for a relaxing massage when both men got their well-deserved HEA.

“No one has ever had that faith in me. Ever… And that’s when I knew. That’s when I knew I’d be a fool to ever let you go.” Tears glinted in Talon’s eyes. “Never again. I am never letting you go.”


We also get a lot of team dynamics and more background info about the other team members in this book and I cannot wait to read more about Gael, whose story is next. After the team more or less accomplished the “test phase” with Finn as a guinea pig of some sorts, the team is growing and now it will be Gael who is assigned a partner and I can already virtually see the sparks that will fly between him and Jake.

Highly recommended!!!

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~Review~Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1) by Megan Erickson~

32486744Title: Daring Fate
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Silver Tip Pack #1
Page Count: 240 pages
Publisher: Megan Erickson
Release Date: November 14, 2016
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal, Werewolves/Shifters
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

We all have tragic backstories in today’s world. 

I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.

When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.

As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first…


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This book was awesome! I also liked that it was a bit different from the regular shifter stories.This is definitely one of my favorite M/M shifter books.

In this apocalyptic world, humans no longer exist. They were wipes out a decade ago by a nasty virus.Three different kinds of creatures are left roaming this world.

The werewolves, which are like the regular werewolves we read about. They can shift to either human or wolf form. They live in packs and stay with their own kind.

One of these werewolves is Reese.

Then there are the “Weres”. Now they are a different kind because they are much bigger then werewolves and they also have the ability to shift in 3 different forms. Human, werewolf, and wereman. They also live in packs and stick to their own kind.

Dare is the alpha of a giant pack of weres.

The third kind of wolf is a very nasty kind. They are called the Noweres. They are undead Weres who were either infected by the virus or bitten by other Noweres. They are Were zombies. These zombies roam around trying to infect the Weres, and killing the werewolves since werewolves can’t be infected/changed.


I loved the world building in this book, it was amazing and I was intrigued from the very first page.

Reese is trying to escape the werewolf pack that he is in with his younger brother and sister because his current Alpha is a cruel dick. After getting his brother out, he goes back for his sister but is captured, beaten and left in a hole in the ground for the Noweres to find.

His brother goes for help though and they are both saved, by the Silver Tip Pack. The only problem is that this pack is a Were pack. And their Alpha “Dare” is one huge badass. Also turns out that Dare and Reese are true mates. Reese is not really excited about this fact at first. He has been a captive for most of his life and he isn’t looking forward to being a captive again, even if it is a big handsome and strong Alpha Were…He can’t stop his (physical) attraction however and neither can Dare.

The heat between the two of them is too strong…boy was it. I’m still fanning myself. 😛


Now this book had plenty of steam, these two can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. Also, Reese can’t seem to stop sniffing Dare. 😀

They might be attracted to one another, but that doesn’t mean there is trust or love. Also, Reese has some other pressing things on his mind. Then there is the fact that a couple of weres are starting problems for Dare within the pact and there are Zombie wolves outside on the other side of the walls waiting to rip them apart.

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~Release Day Review~A Destiny of Dragons (Tales From Verania #2) by TJ. Klune~ 

 

30370036Title: A Destiny of Dragons
Author:  TJ. Klune 
Series: Tales From Verania #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 400 pages
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.
Life is good.
Until it’s not.

Because Vadoma, the leader of the Gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.
And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.
Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.

The first book in the DESTINY FUCK YEAH! Trilogy (because sometimes, having a destiny is the stupidest thing ever).


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I have re-read “The Lighting Struck Heart” over and over again…I will continue to do so in the future because it never fails to put a smile on my face. It is the funniest book I have ever read and for those of you who haven’t read it yet…

Please go do it now, you will thank me later. 36564-big-smile-emoticon-for-facebook

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This book is one of the 3 books that will follow my favorite group of merry men from “The Lightning Struck Heart”.So don’t expect any closure at the end…it isn’t happening. winking-face-facebook-symbol

I won’t go into the storyline too much in this review. I think it’s best to just go in blind and enjoy everything for yourself. sparkling-heart-symbol-for-facebook

All you really need to know is that all our favorites are back together again. Sam, Ryan, Gary, Tiggy, and Kevin are going on a new adventure and this time they will be joined by someone else…

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Vadoma, gypsy leader, and Sam’s grandmother has paid the castle a little visit. She brings with her a prophecy that was written in the stars and Sam’s true cornerstone…Ruv. I admit I was a bit worried when I read the blurb. I wanted to know who this Ruv was…

And smash him like Tiggy would do. emoticon-crying-tears-of-joy

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No worries though…Ryan is still fine as ever. He is Dashing and Immaculate (capitalized so it’s true) after all, so how could Sam ever replace him. It was funny watching him fall over himself with jealousy though…

He really used his posing skills in this book. emoticon-mocking-with-tongue-out

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Now Sam and his friends have to get ready because Sam has a destiny to fulfill.


This book was funny as hell, but it had a bit more of a serious tone than “The Lightning Struck Heart”. This is because the stakes in this book are much higher.

It doesn’t end in a major cliffhanger, but a small one. This is after all only the start of the “DESTINY FUCK YEAH! Trilogy”. 

(because sometimes, having a destiny is the stupidest thing ever)

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~Review~The Lightning-Struck Heart (Tales From Verania #1) by TJ. Klune~ 

 

25922661Title: The Lightning-Struck Heart
Author: TJ. Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #1)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 400 pages
Release Date: July 20, 2015
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City Of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident. 
Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King’s Wizard, Morgan of Shadows. 
When Sam’s fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds. 

At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle—Knight Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed. 

Naturally, it all goes to hell when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can’t control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan’s boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have. 

Or so he thinks.


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I am not even gonna try and explain the whole storyline of this book.

It is way too complicated and ridiculous to explain. What I will tell you, is that everybody should read this book! I can honestly say that this book will probably be my favorite read of 2016…and the year has just begun. That’s how awesome this book is.

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If you want to step into a world of magic and creatures and romance, all while laughing your ass off at every page then you should start reading this one…

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This book is about Sam of Wilds a 20 year old wizard appretice and his two best friends…Gary, a snarky and sassy gay hornless unicorn and Tiggy a sweet and very protective half-giant, who loves to smash things.Then there is also the man Sam has been crushing on since he was 15 years old (and with crushing I mean jerking of while fantizing about him). The dashing and immaculate Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart.

“Look. This has been… fun.” Lie. This had been nerve-racking and I needed to go masturbate. “But I have to go. I’ve got stuff to do before I head out again.” Masturbate. “Wizard stuff. Like… secret wizard stuff.” Masturbate.”

Too bad Ryan is about to be married to the prince of Varnia, Prince Justin…the same prince, Sam will serve in the future, when he becomes king.

When Justin gets kidnapped by a dragon, it’s up to Sam, Gary, Tiggy, and Ryan, to go and rescue the man.Which is the start of one of the funniest “adventures” I have ever read about. emoticon-crying-tears-of-joy

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Like I said….I can’t go into the plot much further because really…it’s too much to explain and I probably wouldn’t make much sense.

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Can’t wait for the other books in this series!!!

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~Review~Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie~

 

21427834Title: Damaged Like Us
Authors: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 352 pages
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Don’t date your bodyguard. 
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet. 
Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth. 
He is certified American royalty. 
When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated. 
Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. Damaged Like Us can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca’s other novels.


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I am a huge fan of these authors…Like screaming fangirling huge!!

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So imagine how I felt when I found out that my favorite authors didn’t only write a spin-off of one of my favorite series…but they also made it an MM one!!

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That’s right!! This is Moffy’s (Maximoff) story and we get us some man on man action.

Now first things first…The authors say that this story can be read as a stand-alone and I agree…sort off. If you haven’t read the “Addicted” and “Calloway” series, you can still read this book and follow the storyline. I do think though, that this book is so much more enjoyable if you have read the previous series. These families went through a lot to get where they are now. I don’t think you can fully grasp how and why Moffy came to be who he is today if you skip the other series. So my personal advice would be to read the other books…

They are so freaking good!!!

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Also, this book ends in a HFN. It is a new series and there will be another book(s) about this couple…No cliffy, so don’t worry. 😉

Now about the story…and I will try to keep the spoilers low…

Moffy is the son of Lily Calloway and Loren Hale. His parents are extremely famous…and not always in a good way. His mom is the daughter of the founder of “Fizz”, a soda that surpassed coca cola. She is also a sexaddict…which is how she became famous because her personal life was leaked to the press. His father, Loren Hale, is also very well known because of his last name, since its the name of a famous baby line. He is a recovering alcoholic.

They didn’t have it easy and they had a lot of hate thrown their way…

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This story isn’t about Moffy’s parents though, since they already have their own books. They do make a small appearance.

This story is about Moffy and the fact that he himself has been very very famous, since the moment he was born. Everything about him is public knowledge. He can’t go anywhere without being hounded by fans, haters, and the press. All of this is the reason that Moffy needs a bodyguard 24/7. Since his old bodyguard is retiring, he is getting a new one…

And he isn’t exactly happy about this fact.

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Farrow has been fodder for Maximoff’s spank bank since Moffy was 16 years old. He is the son of their family doctor and after finishing his medical degree, he decided that security was much more his thing. He has been Lily’s bodyguard for the last 3 years and now he is being assigned as Moffy’s personal protection.

Moffy is bisexual and he has been out for a long time. The only thing he isn’t open about towards the public and the press are his hook ups. He has no idea how he is gonna function with his “wet dream”…

Protecting him and watching him 24 hours a day…

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But when it becomes clear that Farrow feels the exact same way about him…all bets are off. 😀

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I think these authors did a very good job with their first MM. It was very sexy and sweet. I loved catching up with all these kids that I missed so much. I loved seeing how close Moffy and Jane still were. I can’t wait to read more. Like I said earlier, this book ends on a HFN, because there will be more to follow. I can only hope that we all the kids get their own book(s).

Now I am gonna have to re-read the “Addicted” and the “Calloway” series again. 😛

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~Review~Risky Behavior (Bad Behavior #1) by L.A. Witt & Cari Z.~

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35017547Title: Risky Behavior
Authors: L.A. Witt & Cari Z.
Series: Bad Behavior #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 280 pages
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

It’s day one of Darren Corliss’s career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not. 

Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner. Or babysitter. Not even if that partner is easy on the eyes. 

As Darren gains Andreas’s hard-won trust, they both realize there’s more than just mutual suspicion simmering beneath the surface. But their investigation is heating up as quickly as their relationship, and Darren has no choice but to go along with Andreas’s unorthodox — and borderline unethical — methods. As IA puts the squeeze on Darren to give up the man he’s falling for, he has to wonder—is Andreas the only cop left in this town who isn’t dirty? 


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Starring:

Andreas Ruffner, a supposedly bad cop whose cultivated an image of a lone wolf who can’t keep a partner and whose more than dubious -and admittedly not always by the book, let alone illegal- methods attract ire and suspicion with Internal Affairs…

Darren Corliss, the good cop, the golden boy, a rookie and freshly promoted detective, whose first day on the job not only begins with reeling in a new, gruff and a partner but also a babysitter job in order to convict said partner of abuse of authority.


The story:

In order to bust a drug ring that not merely screams inside job, but also seems to go higher up the food chain than everyone suspected…both detectives discover that the first impression can be deceptive but that trust has to go both ways in order to get the job done.

 A job that contains more complexity and requirement of being handled with kid gloves (or rather questionable practices) than one of them expected, but the other one would be more than willing to sacrifice everything for, even his reputation, to bring it to an end.

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And they are not only dealing with superiors and highly respected officials who would like to be a nail in Andreas’s coffin and colleagues that play a dirty game…but also have to fight their mutual attraction that is more than just a bad idea in a number of ways.

Does that sound familiar? Yes? You think this is your typical run-of-the-mill cop story you probably read about a hundred times before?

Yeah, it is… NOT. Quite the contrary, because this is so much more.

As for me being a fan of old cop movies and ~ series, I got immediately sucked into a story about solid police procedure with lots of legwork and relying on informants, but also into the swamp of corruption, dirty cops, and drug deals. But the most unusual for me about it was the characters. They are not your picture-postcard perfect cops who do everything by the rulebook. They are men with a history. Men with a rare background you usually won’t find in a book like this.

I can’t tell you more without spoiling a big part of the story, just so much that it deals with a delicate subject that would have been taboo just years ago and with the way the authors handled it, they helped me eliminate some of my own prejudices. To be honest, I don’t know if it is all medically accurate, but at least it incented me to find out more about it.


As for the romance part, some people might say that there could have been a bit more…

But I loved the way Andreas and Darren danced around each other at first. I really felt their inner conflict between duty and attraction and especially Andreas’s loneliness and hopelessness to find love again virtually vibrated off the pages. The slow burn romance also means that there is only one “real” sex scene and even I got… umm, a bit sexually frustrated now and then because of them getting disturbed every goddamn time things started to get interesting. The one and only that was there, though, was extremely hot and…

Very surprising, so to speak. 😀

So, to everyone who loves an amazing cop mystery, a slow burn romance, unusual circumstances, age gap and alternating POV’s from the main characters…

READ THIS BOOK AND YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!

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~Review~Gasping for Air (Game Day #2) by T.S. McKinney~

 

34885369Title: Gasping for Air
Author: T.S. McKinney
Series: Game Day #2
Publisher: Painted Hearts
Page Count: 459 pages
Release Date: April 22, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

How far will Trystan go to win the heart of the man he loves? All the way. 

Trystan Matherly is conceited, arrogant, and rich. He has plenty of money, athletic ability, and gorgeous looks to keep the men forming a long line just to be with him. Choosing his next lover has been as simple as down-selecting to the hottest candidate. 
Until Dakota. 

With his sad eyes, full lips, and perfectly sculpted swimmer’s body, Dakota is just the kind of lover Trystan wants. After only one look, he knows he has to have him. Too bad Dakota seems to be totally oblivious to all his charms. 
Dakota Jacobson is lonely, tired, and depressed. He’s at Alabama Temple to complete his degree, not to put up with idiots. He works diligently to be as invisible as possible. He doesn’t need friends and he sure doesn’t need lovers…especially not football titans that think they rule the world. Nope; been there, done that. 
Until Trystan. 

With his sexy eyes, arrogant smirk, and muscled physique, Trystan is just the kind of lover Dakota never intends to have…again. Too bad Trystan refuses to allow him to be invisible.


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First I want to thank Elsbeth for bringing my attention to this book…thanks, sweetie!!

It has been some time since I’ve read the first book in this series and I loved it…I didn’t expect I would love this one even more, but I did. I loved every single page, which is saying a lot because this book is freaking long. 😛

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One of the reasons I loved this one so hard, was Trystan. I really liked him in the first book, but he was amazing in this one.Now don’t get me wrong…Dakota was pretty awesome as well.

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Now before I go into the story, I do want to say that this book contains quite a few triggers. If you are sensitive to those, take note of my warning. Its deals with (sexual) abuse, and violent rape, which is described and depression.

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This book can be read as a stand alone. Though I would like to say that book 1, which is about Alex and Lincoln, was pretty great as well. Book 1 is BDSM themed, while this one is more on the rough and kinky side of things. 😉

It was very emotional to read at times and I cried my eyes out.

That being said…there were also plenty of times I laughed my ass off. 😉 To me, this book had everything I look for in a book…emotion, angst, humor, love, some mystery and suspense and plenty of steam with a side of kinky. 😉

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Trystan is the school’s star football player. He is rich entitled, cocky. He has a love for rough and kinky sex and he is bi-sexual. He is used to getting what he wants and what he wants right now is Dakota. The cute member of the swim team, whom he has nicknamed “Guppy”.

“Sure I called him a guppy”  “He swims. Guppies swim. It’s cute, right?”

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Problem is, Dakota doesn’t want anything to do with Trystan, which is slowly bruising the man’s ego…

Dakota has his reasons for not trusting any of Trystan’s actions…hell Dakota doesn’t trust anyone. Trystan is not one to give up so easily though, and he vows he will wear this Guppy down…which of course he does.

These two were awesome together. Dakota looked so sad all the time and all Trystan wanted was to put a smile on his pretty face…

“Maybe it had been that pain and sadness that had originally sparked my interest, but it was his smile that had turned it into an obsession.”

Dakota tells him that things can’t go past anything physical, that he isn’t capable of anything more, but Trystan is so sure of himself…He will fuck his Guppy into submission make him love him.

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The banter between the two of them, had me laughing until I cried… 😀

But Trystan doesn’t know all that has happened in Dakota’s past and when I myself found out…tears where rolling for completely different reasons…

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“I was gasping for air when you found me, Trystan, and you saved my life. I love you.”

I absolutely loved this one, sure it was long, but any book that can make me…laugh, cry swoon and sweat…

Is awesome as far as I am concerned!

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~Review~Wolfsong (Wolfsong #1) by TJ Klune~ 

 

29233804Title: Wolfsong
Author: TJ Klune
Series: Wolfsong, #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 20, 2016
Page Count: 400 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal, Werewolves/Shapeshifters
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.
Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.
Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.


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This is by far one of the best shifter books, I have ever read!!

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I’m not going into the plot or anything because I couldn’t even explain the awesomeness, that is this book. I also don’t want to spoiler anything.The only thing you’ll need to know is that this book is about…

Candy canes and pine cones… and epic and awesome!!!

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This book gave me everything. It made me smile, cry, swoon and laugh out loud.

It had me on the edge of my seat, and once I started it, there was no stopping. My emotions were all over the place…but in a good way.

I loved every single character in this book !!

That doesn’t happen often. At the end, they all felt like my family.The book is about a family of wolf shifters and a human boy, who is so much more than he ever thought he would be.

It’s about a pack and unconditional love.

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It’s about loss and finding out who you truly are, and where you belong. It’s about Ox and Joe, two of the most wonderful characters ever!!

“We’re friends first,” Joe whispered in my ear. “You’re my best friend, Ox, and I promise that will never change. We’ll just be… more.”


Yes, this book was emotional at times and it managed to make me cry right from the start. My heart broke a couple of times while reading, but it was also ended in the sweetest ways…

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I’m sure I will be in a book slump for a while because this is gonna be a hard book to top.I would recommend this one, to everyone who loves a good shifter book…

Because this one definitely deserves 6 Stars!!! ❤

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~Review~Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1) by Layla Reyne~

 

33296928Title: Single Malt
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #1
Publisher: Carina Press
Page Count: 194 pages
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

The heart’s a resilient beast

Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case, and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he’s not—Jamie is off-limits. 

Jamie’s lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco’s top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie’s skills invaluable. 

Jamie’s talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security biocontainment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They’ll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.


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I really enjoyed this first book in this new series.

I am a sucker for all kinds of suspense/mystery and action books and I do love me some hot FBI agents. This books totally delivered on those points, but it also gave me something extra… A hot (former) jock turned FBI geek, all in one!!

I have found myself a new favorite character…Mr. Jameson Walker.

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Now before I continue with this review…let’s talk about that name some more!! Jameson Walker…nicknamed “Whiskey” …how freaking awesome is that. I myself loved the name and I loved the man (and I love the whiskey). 😀


I do want to warn everyone who starts this series, that this first book is not very high on the romance. There’s a lot of sexual tension, lusting and even some hot trysts (after 70%), but real romance and love…no…not yet that is. 😉 I am sure that we will get more of that in books 2 and 3…At least I hope so. 😛

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This book is also heavy on the police technicality. These men work cybercrime, so there is a lot of hacking and technical computer lingo going on. I myself love that shit…but some might not.


Aiden is back at the job after he took a 8 month leave, because he lost his partner on the force, Tom and his husband Gabe, in one freaky accident. He himself got hurt (physically and emotionally). His boss, who is also his sister in law (Gabe’s sister) is resigning him to a different department though. He is gonna work cybercrimes…

With a new partner…cybercrime expert…Jameson Walker.

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Jameson (Jamie) has been working cybercrimes for three years now and he is quite the hacking expert. He is a former (famous) basketball player turned FBI-agent. He loves his job, he loves the anonymity after he spends so much time in the spotlights. He feels quite at home in his cave.

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These two have instant chemistry and Jamie has been lusting after Aiden for three years. But Aiden…he is still dealing with his husband’s death and he isn’t ready to let go.

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Jamie understands this and he himself also wants to be cautious, for his own reasons.

These boys get sent on an assignment, which I myself found very interesting, having to do with someone hacking a lab, that holds all sorts of deadly diseases and shit.Spending a lot of time together in close quarters eventually leads these two to let go…sexually at least.

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Things are left pretty open at the end. So prepare for a mild cliffy. I can’t call it a HFN because the both of them aren’t ready for more yet…especially Aiden.

“No promises, Whiskey. We have fun, we enjoy each other, we keep it casual and quiet”

Very curious to what will happen next…bring on the next one, please!!! 😀

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~Release Day Review~Coach’s Challenge (Scoring Chances #5) by Avon Gale~

 

35380848Title: Coach’s Challenge
Author: Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances #5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 210 pages
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A Scoring Chances Novel

It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds that the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression. And it only gets worse when Shane’s rough good looks give Troy inappropriate thoughts about a member of his team, even if Shane’s set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon and with a team that doesn’t trust him, the coach, or each other. Despite his determination to not get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything. 


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I am a huge fan of this series and this author. So I was very excited to start this one.

What I like most about these books is that even though they are in the same series, they are so different from one another. I found book 1 a bit quirky, book 2 sexy, book 3 romantic, book 4 very emotional and this one…well this one was really fun to read!!

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I loved the banter between these two men !! This was definitely my kind of book.

Now that being said…book 4 is still my favorite because the MC’s in that one just ripped my heart to shreds out and put I back in piece by piece.Anyone who has read the previous book (which I recommend you read before this one), knows about the shitstorm that happened with the “Ravens” team. Their former coach, St. Savoy (Laurent’s dad) really messed the team up and now that he has been kicked out, they have a new coach to clean up their act.


Troy has some personal reasons to coach the “Ravens”.

He himself hates St. Savoy for blackmailing him with being gay when he was younger. Coaching this team to success is his way of revenge and giving St. Savoy the middle finger.

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Shane is a veteran player, who never really lived up to his potential.

This is gonna be his last season playing and he has decided to go out the way he wants to…by accepting a position for “The Ravens”. Shane is also gay, but after all these years he is still in the closet about it.From the moment these two meet, when Shane shows up late for practice, they clash…Problem is, they are both immediately attracted to each other as well,…

…and fighting and arguing with each other gets them hot. 😛

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Like I said, the banter between them was hilarious and what followed was delicious. We’ve got another controlling dirty talker right here!!

You got me too worked up. You like that? Like knowing how fucking bad I wanted my cock in your mouth, wanted to fuck your throat? 

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Of course what they are doing isn’t really smart. Troy is after all still Shane’s coach. But the body wants,  what it wants and in this case, after some time…the heart wants what the heart wants…

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Now, these two may not have a romantic bone in their body, but don’t think there wasn’t any love. They were definitely in love, they just weren’t very sappy about it. I don’t need a lot of sap in my books though…give me a funny guy over a sappy one any day!!

“You up for round two, old man? Maybe over that table with your stupid puzzle on it?” It’s a jigsaw puzzle, Shane. Not a jizzsaw puzzle.”

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See…funny guys. 😉 Which is also why I love Max, Misha, and Drake so much, who I am happy to say, have some little scenes in this one as well. 😉

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~Pre-Release Review~Coach’s Challenge (Scoring Chances #5) by Avon Gale~

 

35380848Title: Coach’s Challenge
Author: Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances #5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 210 pages
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A Scoring Chances Novel

It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds that the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression. And it only gets worse when Shane’s rough good looks give Troy inappropriate thoughts about a member of his team, even if Shane’s set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon and with a team that doesn’t trust him, the coach, or each other. Despite his determination to not get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything. 


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Low on angst + top-notch sexy = another hit in this series

‘A new broom sweeps clean’ as the saying goes and in this case, there is not just one but two needed to clean up the mess the former coach of the Asheville Ravens left behind by making said team the probably most hated in the whole league.

For Troy Callahan, new head coach of the Ravens, whose career as an active hockey player found an abrupt end not long after it began by being outed as gay by the man whose position he acquires now, it is personal satisfaction to succeed where Denis St. Savoy failed in order to get the team back at the top of its game. 

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His reputation as a control freak, him being tough as nails but also fair, and his changes to the atmosphere, soon earn him the respect of his players. But of course, the players have to earn his respect, too.

Well, that is where the other ‘broom’ comes into play…

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Shane North, almost at the end of his career, a Player talent which never quite lived up to expectations and whose reputation as a goon being more benched than actually active on the ice, is not quite the addition Troy wants on his team, especially when Shane seems to prove him right on his first day with his supposedly lax attitude.


When both men first meet, they are finding themselves on a collision course of strong will and a personality to match, but they also feel an immediate mutual attraction, neither of them can deny.

“You’re an asshole, but other than that, you’re a pretty stand-up guy.” Shane glanced pointedly down at Troy’s crotch and then back up again.”

And now… Let the sexy times begin! And sexy, not to say steamy and hot, is what you get here, and even though both men are pretty aware of the fact what consequences her relationship could entail…

“He was surprised when, a few seconds later, Troy pushed the curtain aside and got in with him. Shane blinked at him through the water. “Let’s just go ahead and make the most out of this mistake.” With that, Troy grabbed him by the back of the neck to pull him in and kiss him.” For once Shane didn’t even want to argue.”

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… they cannot keep their hands off each other and are very…umm, inventive when it comes down to exploiting every chance they get, even in defiance of any risk.


Although it was another hit, I have to admit that Coach’s Challenge was not a direct hit for me. My favorites in this series are still Power Play and Empty Net, maybe because in both books more emotions are involved. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved the banter between both men and the dirty talk was hot as hell,…

“I already figured you’d be a loudmouth control freak in bed, like you are on the ice, so no surprise there.”

… but both suddenly speaking of having developed deeper feelings came a bit out of thin air for me. Blame it on me being a romantic at heart, but I would have wished for one or two at least a bit tender moment between Troy and Shane beforehand so I could reenact it better.

That doesn’t mean you don’t get any emotions here at all, though. There was at least one scene in the locker room, that actually made me tear up, but it related to a certain Team captain who really stole my heart in this book.

Everything else I love about this series was there, though. Avon Gale’s love for this sport is once again palpable and I’m really not exaggerating here when I say that she made me craving for every scene that is happening on and off the ice.

And aside from the smartass replies from both characters…

“Could you get off my lap? I can’t fucking think about the future with your dick pressing into my thigh.” “That’s my cell phone. Fucking amateur.”

… there was humor galore that made me wheezing with laughter.

“That was the thing about Troy. He just said something like it was fact and made it happen. Shane wouldn’t be surprised if he scored goals back in his hockey-playing days just by looking at the puck and saying, “Get in the net, goddammit.”


Add some great side characters to the mix, like the GM of the team and Troy’s best friend, Gabe, but also Shane’s friend Alani (I promise you, she simply rocks!) and a whole bunch of adorable hockey players…

… and you get an all-around carefree package of an enjoyable read. So now, dear Avon, you just have to tell me that Xavier’s story will be next and I am a very happy little girl. Yes? Pretty please?

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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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