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~Release Day Review~Devour (Unbreakable Bonds #4) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott~

 

32867113Title: Devour
Authors: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #4
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Page Count: 249 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Ian Pierce is the chef and part owner of the hottest restaurant in Cincinnati, his chosen family is full of happy relationships, and the scruffy, snarky cop who has been haunting his dreams is one step closer to being in his bed. But everything comes crashing down when the past he narrowly escaped nine years ago comes to a deadly head.

Hollis Banner was enamored of Ian at first sight. He’s kept his distance, knowing the gorgeous, self-confident man is out of his league. Yet there’s no standing aside when Boris Jagger escapes a raid. Jagger’s world has been nearly destroyed and this time, the crime boss is coming after Ian and his friends personally.

Hollis will do whatever it takes to keep Ian safe as they escape to a safe house with a couple of Ian’s overprotective friends. And Ian finds himself in a race to unlock painful memories—memories containing information that could take down the very last of Jagger’s illegal operations forever.

Trigger warning: Flashbacks to abuse could be possible triggers for some.


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Devour (Unbreakable Bonds #4)

by Jocelynn Drake &  Rinda Elliott

*****5 Stars*****

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To say that this was one of my most anticipated reads, so far, this year is an understatement.

I’ve been dying to read Ian’s story and it didn’t disappoint.

I might even have to bump Jude and Snow(just a bit) because Hollis and Ian are my absolute favorite couple in this series…they were everything I hoped they’d be.

Ever since he met Ian…Hollis has been captivated by Ian.

So when he gets the chance to finally end Ian’s nightmares and bring Boris Jagger to justice he doesn’t hesitate.But things don’t always go as planned and with Jagger still, at large the men must think of another way to entrap him.

Hollis and Ian and Rowe and Noah are sent to a ‘safe’ house and this is when Hollis and Ian can finally have time together and give in to their explosive attraction to each other.

And it was definitely worth the wait…these two are seriously hot together.

“You’re so goddamn gorgeous, you steal my breath away,” Hollis said, bending to lick the water from Ian’s neck.”I’m glad the other two left because we are gonna make some noise.”

 With time running out, Ian knows he must confront his past and remember things he’s tried to forget.

These men made his heart beat with strength, with courage…with love and acceptance.

Ian’s story, at the hands of Jagger, was heartbreaking to read but he showed such strength of character as the painful memories slowly came back to him.


This is a unique series!

A connection between four men that goes way beyond friendship.

They find love, experience loss and heartbreak but are always there for each other and, without a doubt…

…the bond between them is unbreakable…

A highly recommended series!

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~Review~The Struggle Within by Tyler May~

 

34942133Title: The Struggle Within
Author: Tyler May
Publisher: Tyler May Books
Release Date: April 22, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

 ~Blurb~

Through Ryan’s trials, there are three different perspectives: a best friend watching from the outside, a lover desperate to get in, and his own mind.
His struggles were theirs. He just didn’t know it.
A tragic accident changed Dr. Ryan Jacobs’ life and freed him from a past he thought he’d never escape, but with that freedom came the realization: he could escape the man, but would be bound to the torturous battle within his mind. Fighting for control of his thoughts, he lived recklessly in a life of addiction and the next good time. Wearing a mask of deception, and hiding it beautifully behind his playboy ways, he fooled himself into thinking this was the real him, but he couldn’t fool everyone.
Dr. Michael Jonas considered Ryan more than just a friend, he was his family. With the support of his wife, Michael held Ryan’s hand, listened to him cry, and helped him through the hardest events of his life. He could see through the fake smiles and playboy attitude, seeing his best friend for the man he really was. After Michael’s wife had given birth to their first child, Michael vowed never to let pain affect his family again, Ryan included. But Michael carried his own burdens and watching Ryan struggle was harder than he thought. It tore him apart, silently, until there was only one choice. Save his best friend before it was too late.
As a high-powered attorney, Jayson Alexander thrived on easy thrills both in his professional and personal life, but when his heart broke the rules, he had no choice but to break it and run from the pain. Obsessive about controlling his own life, he set goals and rules and tried to ensure his own happiness, but life had a different plan. So he sought out answers and took on a case that would eventually change everything. He was drawn to Ryan from the moment he laid eyes on him. With a magnetic connection he couldn’t deny, he found Ryan irresistible, but he found out quickly the connection was more than physical. Jayson wanted Ryan, but how could he fight the demons Ryan’s mind was creating and stop them from pushing him away?
Ryan built a force field around his heart, vowing after that tragic day, no man would be allowed close enough to ever hurt him again, but with the support of his best friend and the man he loved, could Ryan beat The Struggle Within once and for all?

Due to strong sexual content and language, The Struggle Within is intended for mature readers 18 years of age or over.
Trigger warning: The Struggle Within may contain a subject matter that is sensitive to some readers as it deals with domestic abuse, self-harm, and addictive behavior. The author asks that the reader please take these warnings seriously and requests discretion be advised.


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The Struggle Within by Tyler May

****4 Stars****4gdg

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Where to start with this review?

Story wise, it’s going to be vague-I don’t really want to give anything away.I was definitely apprehensive about reading this but I’m all for diversity in books and I’m finding more and more that books that take me out of my comfort zone, actually work for me.

This book won’t be for everyone but I would say…give it a chance…

It deals with mental, physical, and emotional abuse, but it’s also a story of friendship, love, and hopehope, that anyone who has suffered from any form of abuse can eventually find happiness.

Before and after the story there are personal, real-life stories of men who have suffered from abuse and I found their stories incredibly moving.


“I played roulette with my body, keeping my mind pacified and my heart safe.”

While it’s Ryan who was abused here, it’s not just his story. It’s about three men and their connections to each other.

Michael is Ryan’s friend but he’s so much more than that.He’s an ever present, positive force in Ryan’s life.In my view, he plays a massive part in the man Ryan ends up to be.

Jayson, an attorney, plays an integral part in the story…he never gives up on Ryan.

I’ve got two close friends who suffered from mental and physical abuse…not to the extent Ryan did, and thankfully they walked away and found happiness.My point in mentioning this is that I thought the Author has perfectly portrayed what victims of abuse go through.

The feelings of no self-worth.
The shame…
Being trapped in a relationship they are unable to walk away from because they feel so defeated.


Ryan’s story is heartbreaking but it felt real.As a reader, you go on a journey with him.The anonymous sex, the use of prescription drugs are all coping mechanisms…

Until he finally finds happiness.

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~Review~Storm Season (Accidental Roots #1) by Elle Keaton~

 

34521493Title: Storm Season
Author: Elle Keaton
Series: Accidental Roots #1
Publisher: Dirty Dog Press
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Page Count: 308 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Mystery & Detective
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 3,5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

They say you can’t go home again, Adam Klay doesn’t intend to until the death of his father, a famous artist, forces his return to Skagit, Washington. Cleaning up his father’s chaotic life was never on Adam’s bucket list. Worse, Adam finds himself inexplicably drawn to the elusive, terminally-clumsy, gorgeous, Micah Ryan. No way is he getting involved with someone from his hometown; he’s always insisted the best view of Skagit was in his rearview mirror.

Micah Ryan has been coasting on auto-pilot since his family was killed in a car accident a decade earlier. He runs a web business and has an irritable cat. He hardly leaves his house, unless it is for his afternoon espresso. His world tips upside down when Adam Klay rolls into town. For the first time in years, he feels alive. Unfortunately, Micah’s return to the living has been noticed and is not appreciated.

Someone has a secret. Someone is exploiting the vulnerable youth population in Skagit. Teenagers are disappearing, young women turning up dead, the dirty secrets of Skagit are surfacing.


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Storm Season (Accidental Roots #1) by Elle Keaton

****3.5 Stars****3,5ghj

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An auspicious start to a new series…

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… is part of his job, but he is also confronted with it where he expected it least of all…

Dedicated to his job, but worn out FBI Agent Adam Klay is called from the middle of a crime scene to return to his small hometown in order to settle the assets of his deceased estranged father. To say being back generates mixed feelings in him would be quite an understatement and he clutches at every straw to shuffle out of the situation of dealing with the estate and facing up to his past.

One of these distractions is Micah Ryan…

A totally adorbs, clumsy as hell man with an aura of sadness, who stirs up feelings in Adam he was not prepared for. No, he did not expect to find murder in this hick town of his youth, but he expected to find love even less.

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Micah is also completely taken by surprise when he discovers that he cannot get the stranger with the piercing expression out of his head, who evokes such intense emotions in him he never experienced before. Even after a stretch of ten years he is not really able to get over the death of his family due to a car crash and lives more or less the life of a recluse. Normally, opening up to someone is not easy for him, but there is something about Adam that makes him throw caution to the wind and want to trust this guy.

When bodies are piling up, when it seems like there would be more to this sleepy town than meets the eye and Micah is put in the crosshairs of somebody who attempts on his life, Adam is forced to give his all to keep him safe, especially when it becomes clear that all events seem to be connected somehow.


I had my ups and downs with Storm Season, but overall it was an enjoyable read and a promising debut from a new author. 

I particularly loved her dry sense of humor and the snark made me laugh out loud quite often. This book is rather long, but it did not feel this way. The chapters are short with alternating POVs of Adam and Micah and this contributes to giving this story a fast-paced aspect. There happens quite a lot in this book and as for me, it was sometimes a bit too much telling and not enough showing, but the embroilments and the mystery part are still nicely done.

What dimmed my enjoyment a bit was one of my favorite pet peeves…

Guess what! Yes, insta-love.

Since authors use it quite often, I slowly but surely have the impression that it is just poor me who never experienced this kind of phenomenon and therefore cannot relate to it in any sort. This kind of obsession with each other after bumping into one another two or three times and two nights together is simply not realistic for me. I get insta-attraction, yes, but insta-love? Not so much…

To be fair, though, I have to admit that Adam and Micah are good -not to say perfect- for each other to get over their past. Adam helps Micah coming out of his shell and on the other hand, Micah helps Adam finding back to his true self. He helps him appreciating himself and his past and even this dump of a hometown he tried to escape from ages ago. Accomplishing that in another –slower– way would have made it just more plausible for me.

With the case not really solved yet and a killer still on the loose, I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

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~Release Day Review~One Call Away by Felice Stevens~

 

33850582Title: One Call Away
Author: Felice Stevens
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Page Count: 263 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

When a brutal attack from a jealous competitor leaves Noah Strauss, a darling of the modeling world, physically scarred and emotionally damaged, he quits the runway to become a psychologist. Using his contacts from his time in the spotlight, he creates One Call Away, a radio show dedicated to gay men looking for love, advice or someone to talk to. But with secrets of his own and a mother who refuses to understand the career path he’s chosen, the one person Noah can’t seem to help is himself.

On a drunken dare from the senior partner’s grandson, Oren Leavitt calls Noah’s radio show, pretending to be gay. Only Oren isn’t certain if he’s pretending. He’s left his strict Orthodox Jewish upbringing behind, but the guilt remains. Guilt that his actions have prevented his sister from finding a husband and guilt that he’s failed his parents. Talking to “Dr. Noah” helps, and as he finds himself calling the man, again and again, he knows he must be honest. But Oren is unsure if he’s lying to Noah or himself.

For Noah, trust is paramount; he’s been deceived in his personal and professional life and while he desperately wants to help Oren, he also finds himself falling for the sweet and tortured man. Oren is trapped: he risks losing his job and more importantly the love and security of his family but knows he can’t hide if he wants to be with Noah. When unresolved heartaches from the past rise up to control the present, Noah and Oren discover that love often comes from the most unexpected places, and sometimes a call for help not only saves a life, it can be a new and beautiful beginning.


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One Call Away by Felice Stevens

****4 Stars****

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This book isn’t just about two men falling in love.

It’s about fear and hope, friends and family, but most of all, it’s about finding out who you really are.

Noah is a former model, still struggling with the aftermath of a brutal attack. He now works as a psychologist and he has a radio show called “One Call Away”. It’s a show specifically for gay men, to ask questions and seek some advice.

Oren who is a lawyer has been raised by a very orthodox Jewish family. One day he decides to call the show (on a dare), pretending to be a gay man…

…the problem is, that he’s not sure he is pretending…

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These men start to talking and become friends…

…friends with some major (sexual) chemistry.

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But Noah still has a wall up because of his attack and Oren is so afraid to come out to his family, in fear that they will shut him out.

It was very sweet, seeing these two opening up to one another and find what they really needed in each other…love. 

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They were also extremely HOT together!!

Who would have guessed one phone call, could change their lives so completely.

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~Review~Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS #9) by Charlie Cochet~

33780462Title: Darkest Hour Before Dawn
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS #9
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Paranormal/Shifters, Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 224 pages
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time.


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Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS #9) by Charlie Cochet

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I have had a little crush on Hudson ever since he was introduced in the series. What can I say…as much as I love the big Alpha’s…a hot nerd with a Brittish accent gets me all hot and bothered.  😛

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So to say I was excited about this book is putting it mildly.

Thankfully this book met all my high expectations.


This book gives us the inside scoop of Hudson and Seb’s past together. After a freaky accident on the job, they have been apart for 7 miserable years…

…both pining after one another.

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Now that Hudson seems to be in danger, Seb is done with giving Hudson space and distance. He wants to protect Hudson and he wants his mate back, but convincing Hudson is not so easy…

since the man can’t seem to let go of the guilt he is still carrying around.

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It takes some time for Hudson to pull his head out of his ass, but of course, he can’t deny his mate either. And who would have thought these boys had such dirty mouths/minds on them.

I was very pleasantly surprised. 😀

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I absolutely loved the background story about “Wolf” and I really hope we will get a lot more of him in the books to come. And catching up with all Thirds members, especially Dex, is always a blast!!

Can’t wait for the next one …bring it on!!

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~Review~Back Piece (Skin Deep Inc. #1) by L.A. Witt~

 

34442289Title: Back Piece
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Skin Deep Inc.#1
Publisher: Swerve
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Page Count: 316 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Colin Spencer is a tattoo artist with a past he’d prefer to keep a secret. Actually, he has a few secrets that he’d rather people didn’t know about, which is why Colin doesn’t do commitment. But when a shy sailor approaches him at the gym, Colin finds this guy pushing all his buttons.

Growing up in a conservative family, then escaping with the Navy, Daniel Moore is an unsure virgin who feels like he can’t share his true self with anyone. Seeing Colin—and his tattoos—at the gym are the sign Daniel needs to finally get those tattoos he’s always wanted, and maybe try his hand at flirting.

As Colin and Daniel spend more time together, their awkward hesitations turn into a deep passion neither expected. But with both men harboring secrets, will their relationship be able to survive their insecurities and become something beautiful?

Back Piece is a sexy, emotional journey of two people learning to love and finding acceptance for who they really are.


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Back Piece (Skin Deep Inc. #1) by L.A. Witt

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I have read several books by this author and though this book was good, it didn’t wow me. I think one of the reasons it didn’t was because is a bit too long for my liking.

Colin and Daniel meet at the gym. When Daniel finds out Colin is a tattoo artist, he goes to the shop to have one done.

These two are quite the opposite of one another.

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Daniel is a 26 closeted virgin and Colin is a former porn star. Both are struggling with different things in life. For Colin, one of those things is an eating disorder,  for Daniel, it’s his homophobic parents, who don’t know he’s gay. Daniel is very ready to give his virginity up…

…and Colin is more than happy to help him.

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There are a lot of steamy scenes in this book…dare I say maybe too much. Don’t get me wrong…I really think these two were hot together, but I started skimming a bit.

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I liked that they went from friends with benefits to lovers….they really did get to know each other well.There is a lot tattooing going on and since I have worked at a tattoo shop myself many years…

I really liked these parts.

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What I didn’t like though was the ending….or lack of.

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I enjoy a good epilogue and I really could have done with one here.

The end felt very abrupt with me.

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~Review~Enemies With Benefits by Joanna Chambers & Annika Martin~

 

34949954Title: Enemies With Benefits (a prologue)
Authors: Joanna Chambers & Annika Martin
Series: Enemies With Benefits #0.5 
Release Date: April 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 60 pages
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~ 

They’re dangerous men. Absolute enemies. And totally hot for each other.

Two years ago, the men in Will’s unit were killed in an ambush because they were betrayed. Now, Will has a chance to go after the corrupt billionaire who sold them out.
One problem: the billionaire’s bodyguard. Nobody knows what he looks like; they only know him by the trail of bodies he leaves behind.

Will their passion destroy them both?

Kit’s a hardened assassin who’ll do what it takes to protect his boss. But when Will moves on the billionaire at an elite party, things with Will and Kit take an unexpected -steamy-twist.
Now Kit has to convince Will to walk away–from his quest for justice, and from the red-hot passion that’s spinning out of control.

This is the prologue novella for ENEMIES LIKE YOU, out May 15th, 2017


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 by Joanna Chambers & Annika Martin

****4 Stars****

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This prequel wasn’t at all what I expected …it was quite a surprise and I do have to say…

…it was also pretty HOT.

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Will is a (freelance) assassin, working on an assignment for the CIA, to get revenge on the man responsible for the death of his fellow soldiers…Sergei Polzin

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Kit is Polzin’s bodyguard and though he would love to see the man dead…there is something he needs before that can happen. So he won’t let anyone kill his boss.

Will and Kit come face to face soon enough and both men are quite surprised about the sexual tension between them. 

What follows is “panty dropping ” HOT. 😀

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I really enjoyed this prequel and it made me very curious about “Enemies like you”. Enemies to lovers are one of my favorite tropes and seeing how hot this little number was…

I have high hopes for the full novel.

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~Review~A Day Makes by Mary Calmes~

34568448Title: A Day Makes
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance,  Military / Law Enforcement
Page Count: 200
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~


Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways – he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community – but he’s really not such a bad guy. Over time he’s found a home of sorts, and he even learns he’s found a place in the hearts of the people he works with…at least enough so that they won’t put a bullet in his head because he’s outlived his usefulness to the boss.

But he never thought he’d find one day could change his life, and he’s about to discover how wrong he is.
Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It’s an improbable idea – a man who deals in death finding love – but it’s like it’s meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day can change everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects – if he can stay alive long enough to find out.


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A Day Makes by Mary Calmes

*****4.5 Stars*****

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Mary, Mary Mary, how I love thee, let me count the ways…

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So we have another winner !!! I loved this book…it’s just as awesome as I expected it to be. 

It had all the required ingredients…

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…all that and so much more….


This book starts off with the story of Ceaton Mercer, ex-marine, and how he became a mob enforcer. I loved Ceaton from the very start.

What I loved most about this book, was the comradery. Pravi, Marko, and Luka…these boys were all great in their own way…

…but together, they were just awesome!!

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Then the day comes that changes everything…when Ceaton sets his sight on Brin…or maybe it was more the other way around. 😀

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“There was a pushpin in my mind map of where I thought I was, but you moved it, you changed it, and now my orbit is different because of you.”


This book is a slow burn…though the insta-love/lust is still there.

It is not heavy on the steam, but since, the second half of this book takes place in one day…that makes sense.

I was also extremely happy with the little surprise we got near the ending ! I love it when authors do that and I have high hopes that this book will turn into a series.

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The only thing that upsets me a little, was that it was so short.

I need more…I always need more Mary, so of course, I am off to re-read some old favorites (all of them). 😀 😛

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~Review~The Bandit (The Stolen Duet #1) by B.B. Reid~

31368242Title: The Bandit
Author: B.B. Reid
Series: The Stolen Duet #1
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Erotic/Romance, Suspense
Page Count: 398 pages
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~


A missing legacy, a stolen son, and one dangerous secret changed everything for them…
SHE STOLE MY PROPERTY
I’ll never forget the night I caught her sneaking around my place. She thought she could steal from me and get away with it, but I have no intention of letting her get away at all. Mian Ross has a lesson to learn, and I’m going to be the one to teach it to her.
HE STOLE MY SON
I’ll never forget the night I made the second biggest mistake of my life. It was supposed to be a simple job, but it quickly became so much more–one that cost my freedom and cost my son. Angel Knight became my worst nightmare… and now, he’ll never let us go.


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The Bandit (The Stolen Duet #1) by B.B. Reid

*****5 Stars*****5ggh

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Holly ….HOTNESS!

Wow… This book was H O T!

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Wow this book…was just amazing.

The first thing that drawn me to read this book was the cover, and I didn’t even read the blurb. The whole ride was just what I needed. Once in a while, I have a state of mind a little difficult. I want to read all the books in the world, or at least the ones that I’m interested in, that drawn me, but I don’t feel like reading at all. But with THE BANDIT I had a deadline. And I’m so happy it was an amazing rollercoaster of feelings because thanks to books like this one, my appetite for reading books is back.


The story starts with Mains father, who goes to prison because he murdered his best friend, Angel’s father. Did he really kill his best friend? And if he did it, what was his reason? From the moment her father went to jail, Mains life changes from bad to worse. So after months of struggling to survive, she is desperate. And desperate situations lead to desperate measures. She decides to steal from her worse enemy, but she is caught.

And now she has to pay.

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Angel…Angel is the opposite of his name.

What a beautiful name for the devil himself. He is dangerous, jerk, possessive, dominant, vengeful, gorgeous, sexy, rough, persistent, calculated, kinky, ruthless, stubborn. What he wants it’s what he gets. And he seeks revenge. But he seeks it in the wrong place.

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Main and Angel are our heroes. They were destined to be together.

Destined by faith but also by their fathers. Their fathers were best friends, partners in business and the most feared of all the people. They ruled the city, the world. They killed, they stole, they ruled the dirty businesses. From the first time they laid eyes on each other, they knew that they were destined to be together. But Angel wanted to be in his father businesses, so he had to prove to his father that he was capable of that, and his test was to babysit Main.

The attraction and the desire were the most feared enemies of Angel, so he keeps pushing Main away and makes her hate him. She’s only a kid. Most of the time, it worked, but as years pass by and Main grows into a beautiful teenager thru a woman…

…things get complicated.

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This book story had me glued to her from the first page thru the last one. I couldn’t put it down, couldn’t get enough of her.It was written from dual POV. The story was alternating from the past thru the present.The story was interesting and can’t wait to discover the continuing. I didn’t expect that ending but…DAMN.

Z and Lucas were some crazy and  HOT bonus.  Can’t wait to read the next book, and I really hope to see one day the story of Z and Lucas.

What I loved about the book?…Everything!

The story was amazing, captivating, hot, suspenseful….just PURE PLEASURE.

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~Release Day Review~Tied to You by Riley Hart~

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Title: Tied to You

Author: Riley Hart
Series: Wild Side #2
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 239
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5


 ~Blurb~

Miles Sorenson prides himself on his brutal honesty. Facts and logic are a hell of a lot easier to deal with than emotions. He’s got his career and a small, close-knit group of friends, and he doesn’t need nor want anything else. The total opposite of Quinn Barker, who doesn’t take life too seriously and thinks a good laugh can cure anything.

When Quinn takes Miles home, it’s supposed to be a one-time deal. Except they really click in the sack and end up spending the weekend together, enjoying each others’ bodies as much as their company…to Miles’ dismay. Matters get even more muddled when, months later, they run into each other at the popular West Hollywood bar, Wild Side, and pick up right where they left off.

On the surface, Quinn and Miles are like oil and water, but the draw between them is undeniable. As their lives further entwine, they realize there’s more to their connection than the way they singe the sheets together.

But demons from the past have a way of catching up, and no matter how strong the link is tying Miles and Quinn together, the pressure may be enough to make it snap.

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Tied to You (Wild Side #2) by Riley Hart

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

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I did not read the previous books in this series so I didn’t know anything about Miles and Quinn going into this book.

It starts off with the two of them spending a weekend together and it has little flashbacks of how they met. In the beginning, I felt like I had started reading in the middle of the book and had missed an important part, but after the little time jumps, things became clear to me.

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These two meet and hook up and what was supposed to be a one-night stand…

turns into a whole weekend spent together.

This confuses Miles especially because he doesn’t normally do repeats. Sure the sex with Quinn is awesome, but that has never been a reason for a repeat before…

When the weekend is over, he walks away like he always does, but soon they come face to face again at a bar and…

Miles just can’t resist going back for more.

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Slowly these two get to know more about one another.

Where Miles keeps a lot to himself, Quinn is more outgoing and he actually gets Miles to talk and open op. These two have some things in common, they were both abandoned as children. But while Miles was adopted by a loving family, Quinn grew up in foster care. Quinn had a hard time growing up and it did leave some (invisible) scars, but he was still an all round happy kinda guy and I really liked that about him.

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I had a harder time with Miles, especially in the beginning, but he grew on me the further the story got…guess he just needed some Quinn in his life.

As for the steam…I was surprised that my Ipad didn’t catch fire !!! These boys like it rough and Quinn loves Miles dominating him.

“Get on your knees for me baby boy. I want to see my cock stretching those pretty lips of yours”

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All in all, these guys were perfect for each other.

Miles was especially struggling with some things and Quinn being there for him was everything he needed.

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~Release Day Review~See My Words (Spectrum Nights #2) by Melanie Hansen~

 

34664374Title: See My Words
Author: Melanie Hansen
Series: Spectrum Nights, #2
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: April 24, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance / Friends to Lovers
Page Count: 272
Reviewer:~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 stars out of


~Blurb~

Successful underwear model Scott Ashworth is lucky—his attack at the hands of an unknown assailant will leave no visible scars. His professional goals are still within reach, and best of all, his stepbrother Rylan Mahoney is back in his life, their teenage infatuation, at last, getting the chance to deepen into something more.

Thrown together by the circumstances of Scott’s injury, Rylan’s long-dormant feelings for him are quickly rekindled, though he’s haunted by the memory of Scott’s disappearance on the night of his eighteenth birthday and the six missing years that followed. Rylan pushes Scott for the truth, a firm believer in the maxim that secrets lose their power once they’re shared—but resurrecting old demons almost always comes with a price.

Before Scott knows it, his life is spiraling out of control, his toxic insecurities welling up to threaten the fragile relationship he’s building with Rylan. Learning to let go of the past and believe in himself will be Scott’s greatest challenge, or else he risks losing Rylan forever this time.

Tags: angst, family drama, friends to lovers, hurt/comfort, model (ish), Photographer/photojournalist, reunited, step brothers.

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  See My Words (Spectrum Nights #2) by Melanie Hansen

*****4.5 Stars*****4-5-ghhk

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Wow, this book put me through the wringer…

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I was very excited to start this one after book 1 left me with that big cliffhanger.

This book starts up, right were book ended, and I won’t be saying anything about the events that took place, since I don’ t want to spoiler book 1.

These guys didn’t have it easy in book 1, but this second book doesn’t pull any pushes either. To say that their relationship was rocky would be putting it mildly.

There were times I wanted to slam my Ipad against the wall, because of Scott’s behavior.

Then I figured it would be better to slam Scott into a wall since I love my Ipad so much. 😀

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Now, don’t get me wrong…Scott has his reasons for behaving the way he does, but at some point, his whole “woe is me” behavior, started to grate on my nerves.

So why continue reading?

Well because the story is really good.

It kept me on the edge of my seat and Ryan…Ryan was such an amazing guy. I wanted him to be angry…I wanted him to walk away…But to be honest, that’s just not who Ryan is.

He is loving and caring and he could see right through Scott.

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It takes a long time for Scott to pull his head out of his ass, but I was so thankful when he finally did. The push and pull were driving me insane…

…but I sooo wanted my boys to be happy together.

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If you don’t mind the angst, I would definitely recommend this series…

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~Review~The Hot Shot (Game On #4) by Kristen Callihan~

 

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The Hot Shot (Game On #4) by Kristen Callihan

*****4.5 Stars*****4.5 st 2

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I absolutely love this series.

I mean, it has a hot football player, a feisty heroine, and a “friends to lovers” trope…what’s not to love?? Kristen Callihan is definitely one of my favorite M/F authors.

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I was in love with the two main characters, from the moment they meet, at a photo shoot for a naked calendar!

Finn is the quarterback and even though he loves his “job” and the attention that comes with it…being photographed while naked is not really his thing. These feelings only get worse when he meets the photographer…a feisty little lady with a weirdness name.

So what is a man to do…Right…be a cocky asshole.

“Let me guess, …You’re obsessed with finally finding One-Eyed Willie.”

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Good thing that Chess (Chester Copper) has dealt with cocky assholes before and she is not intimidated by the hot quarterback.

“Make all the dick jokes you want. They won’t save you.”

She is attracted to him though, which throws her off her game a bit because, for one, he isn’t her normal type and for two…

…she is a professional for god’s sake! 😀

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Finn feels the exact same way about Chess. But Finn doesn’t date and Chess is not interested in a hook-up. He doesn’t want to say goodbye to her though, they are so good together and she makes him feel at peace. So he proposes to be friends, which is what they become…

The best of friends…friends that lusting after one another. 😛

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I loved the two of them together. Their banter was so funny, but it was also sweet to see how much they cared about each other.They can’t contain their lusty feelings for too long though…

…and something that started as a great friendship soon becomes so much more.

“You’re my girl and I’m your guy. Fate knows it. Now get with the program” 😀

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These two were absolutely perfect together.

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“Whatever we choose, we’ll do it together. As long as we’re together Chess.”

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