~Review~Axios: A Spartan Tale by Jaclyn Osborn~

 

35712947Title: Axios: A Spartan Tale
Author: Jaclyn Osborn
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 362 pages
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Historical Fiction
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 3.5 up to 4 Stars

~Synopsis~

I am Axios of Sparta, and I was born to kill. At age seven, I left home to train with other boys where we were taught obedience, solidarity, military strategy, and how to withstand pain. My harsh upbringing stripped me of my weaknesses and forced me to become strong. Ruthless. 
But, I craved something greater—a life I could never have. 
Against all odds, and the toughest training a warrior could endure, I found an unexpected love in the arms of a fellow Spartan. He was the very air I breathed and the water that sustained me. Fighting side by side with him, we were invincible. Where he went, I followed. 
However, there was no place for love in Sparta. Feelings were for the weak. The only life for a Spartan was one of battle and brutality with no guarantee of tomorrow. In times of war, all men were put to the test, but the greatest challenge for us was not one of swords and spears, but of the heart.


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Initially this was gonna be a 5 stars rating. I loved the beginning of this tale.

Then, at some point in the middle, I changed my mind and I was sure I was giving it 3 stars. But the last 20% of this tragic story made me change my mind again and rounded up to 4. Because the book is good, It’s just me who is weird and finds some things boring, or long, or whatever. I’m sure, any other reader is gonna savor every single page of this gorgeous friendship and love story.

“I do not fear death because I’m afraid of dying, Ery… I fear it because it would take me from you”

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~Release Day Review~Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan~

 

35652776Title: Antisocial
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 341 pages
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Romance, New Adult & College
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A single stroke can change your world.

Xander Fairchild can’t stand people in general and frat boys in particular, so when he’s forced to spend his summer working on his senior project with Skylar Stone, a silver-tongued Delta Sig with a trust fund who wants to make Xander over into a shiny new image, Xander is determined to resist. He came to idyllic, Japanese culture-soaked Benten College to hide and make manga, not to be transformed into a corporate clone in the eleventh hour. 
Skylar’s life has been laid out for him since before he was born, but all it takes is one look at Xander’s artwork, and the veneer around him begins to crack. Xander himself does plenty of damage too. There’s something about the antisocial artist’s refusal to yield that forces Skylar to acknowledge how much his own orchestrated future is killing him slowly…as is the truth about his gray-spectrum sexuality, which he hasn’t dared to speak aloud, even to himself.
Through a summer of art and friendship, Xander and Skylar learn more about each other, themselves, and their feelings for one another. But as their senior year begins, they must decide if they will part ways and return to the dull futures they had planned, or if they will take a risk and leap into a brightly colored future—together.


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I absolutely loved Heidi Cullinan’s  Carry the Ocean and Shelter the Sea . So when I saw that there was a new book coming out by this amazing author…I jumped on it. 😉

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Now I am gonna confess and say that I knew absolutely nothing about this book before I started it.

So imagine my surprise and intrigue when I found out that one of the characters is asexual (or somewhere on the spectrum). I have to admit that I’m pretty clueless when it comes to asexuality or anything really, that falls into the gray area of sexuality. So color me intrigued.

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~Pre-Release Review~Dirty Deeds (The Dirty #1) by HelenKay Dimon~

 

34848612Title: Dirty Deeds
Author: HelenKay Dimon
Series: The Dirty #1
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 250 pages
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

No dirty deed goes unnoticed in a seductive game of cat and mouse. But for Alec and Gaige, the wrong move could get them killed.

Alec Drummond didn’t make his billions by playing nice—or by playing much at all. When it comes to pleasure, Alec only has time for whatever’s quick and easy, which is exactly what he gets from his company’s hot new computer genius. But Gaige Owens isn’t some pushover. He pushes back, and it’s giving Alec a rush. The question is, could Gaige be the one who’s leaking trade secrets? Just to be safe, Alec keeps him close at hand . . . night and day.

Gaige never thought he’d roll over for a man like Alec again, but who could resist sex this mind-blowing? Then there’s the draw of Alec’s mysterious side: his cutthroat ambition, his covert CIA connections, and the murder in his past. For Gaige, a deeper look proves an irresistible temptation. But when Gaige and Alec are stripped of their defenses by an unseen danger, everything they don’t know could bring them closer together—or tear them apart. Only one thing is certain: Before it’s all over, someone’s going down.


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I am a sucker for every cloak and dagger stuff I can get my grabby hands on. Mysteries, spies, organized crime, you name it…

Dirty Deeds seemed to meet my desire to a T. I was rubbing my hands in glee, when I found out that it also deals with industrial espionage in the food sector, since this is a bit different from all the other books I normally read and I love it when authors take a chance at something new. The story examines some dark deeds around the world in more detail from a different angle and I thought it would be refreshing to get to know more about it.

“Drummond supplies food and food hybrids across the world. We’re involved in alternate fuel sources and some other side projects that Seth and his people care about.” “All of that food, those seeds, that information and intel, moves across the world,” Tony explained. “There are people who would prefer if their opponents –rebel factions, demonstrators, groups they don’t like– didn’t have food.” “The concept of starving people out.” Now that sounded like power to Gaige. Scary fucking power.”

However, espionage can be a bit tricky and confuse for me, and I have to admit this was also the case here sometimes. I had to read a few passages twice to understand what was going on and I’m still not sure I really understood everything in the end.

Alec Drummond is the CEO of Drummond Enterprises…

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A family business in the food sector, the FBI has taken aim at in being the initiator of some shady business dealings concerning some dubious, off-the-books deliveries to a Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, which actually exists, by the way. By infiltrating Gaige Owens, a tech nerd and wizard when it comes to hacking into computers, into the company, FBI-Agent Seth Lang tries to find out who is responsible for said manipulations. Gaige has been coerced by Seth into accepting this job in order to redeem himself of any suspicion in taking part in some deceptive practices by his former lover.

When Gaige’s cover is blown immediately during a break-in, Seth makes Alec and Gaige work together by force on figuring out what is really happening, but it is obvious neither of them wants to lay his cards on the table.

Needless to say, Alec as an uncompromising businessman with a somewhat mysterious aura and a once-burnt-twice-shy past, is not overly thrilled with the idea of having someone snooping around in his business and decides to keep a very close eye on Gaige twenty-four-seven. Well, that does not really help to keep the mutual attraction both men instantly feel at bay and soon enough they find each other head over heels not only in a relationship that threatens their resolve of keeping it no strings attached, but also fear for each other’s lives when things are heating up…

This book can be read as a standalone, although it is a spin-off from the Tough Love Series…

Which I haven’t read so far, and overall this was quite an enjoyable -albeit sometimes a bit confusing- read. I loved the setting, even if I was anxious at the beginning when I found out that it primarily takes place in Germany. For me as a German, these kinds of stories mostly end up being a bit disappointing because of wrong translations etc., but kudos, Ms. Dimon, except for one term of address I can’t see anything wrong with it. The setting itself was described with such a passion for detail without getting too overstated, that I had a feeling I would be right there in Munich with the characters.

I had a bit of a hard time to warm up to Alec in the beginning, but once I got to know him better and his more “human” side, I really liked him. Gaige, on the other hand, I loved from the start. I loved his humor…

“Do you want a hug?” Alec joked. Gaige’s eyebrow lifted. “It is tempting to say yes just to see you panic.”

…Which he often used to cover up his vulnerability and him being such a nerd but radiating some quite bad-ass vibes in defending himself was exactly the type of guy I like to see in my books. Their sex scenes were steamy and hot and to be honest they made me add a half star to my rating.

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The reason why I did not give it more stars was once again the whole insta-love stuff.

Believe me, I’m really tired myself to say it again and again in my reviews, but most of the story takes place over a span of one week and sorry, but no… just… no. It is so not believable, especially since Alec is described as a man who does not trust easily and who really jumps to some weird conclusions why he can trust Gaige.

“Do you need anything before we go?” Gaige stopped. “I don’t even understand the question. Like what?” “There’s a shopping area beneath us.” Gaige looked down at his feet. “Really”? The reaction eased the disquieting sense Alec had of being played. Gaige didn’t pretend to know things he didn’t.”

Seriously? Sorry, but for me, this really did upset the applecart regarding his alleged hardass image.  And Gaige gathered some not quite positive experience in the love department, either, so, all in all, it happened way too fast for my taste. Thank goodness, at least the L-word was not mentioned explicitly. Well, it was, but this was a scene that occurred a bit later and was sweet enough to conjure a smile on my face. Someone who rather conjured a constant scowl on my face was Seth. Bloody hell! I hated his guts. What an asshole!!! Like I already said, I don’t know the Tough Love Series yet, but said Seth got his own book in there and to be honest, right now I don’t really feel compelled to read it. 😦

The next book will be about Finn, Alec’s brother, and although I had a few niggles about Dirty Deeds, I will definitely read his book, too.

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~Pre-Release Review~Dirty Deeds (The Dirty #1) by HelenKay Dimon~

 

34848612Title: Dirty Deeds
Author: HelenKay Dimon
Series: The Dirty #1
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 250 pages
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

No dirty deed goes unnoticed in a seductive game of cat and mouse. But for Alec and Gaige, the wrong move could get them killed.

Alec Drummond didn’t make his billions by playing nice—or by playing much at all. When it comes to pleasure, Alec only has time for whatever’s quick and easy, which is exactly what he gets from his company’s hot new computer genius. But Gaige Owens isn’t some pushover. He pushes back, and it’s giving Alec a rush. The question is, could Gaige be the one who’s leaking trade secrets? Just to be safe, Alec keeps him close at hand . . . night and day.

Gaige never thought he’d roll over for a man like Alec again, but who could resist sex this mind-blowing? Then there’s the draw of Alec’s mysterious side: his cutthroat ambition, his covert CIA connections, and the murder in his past. For Gaige, a deeper look proves an irresistible temptation. But when Gaige and Alec are stripped of their defenses by an unseen danger, everything they don’t know could bring them closer together—or tear them apart. Only one thing is certain: Before it’s all over, someone’s going down.


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Apparently, this book is a spin-off of the “Tough love” series, which I have not read. This book can be read as a stand alone, but I do have to say that I was pretty confused the first couple of chapters.

It felt like I had missed something important.

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Thankfully things cleared up after a while and I really got pulled into the story.

Alec is a billionaire, who runs a company, which is food based. This was one of the parts that was really confusing to me, and I’m still not quite sure what he does exactly. I do know that his company helps with storing important seeds in a “Global Seed Vault”, which is meant to help mankind in case of hunger etc.

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Someone has been using his company to cover up some shady business involving ” The Seed Vault”. This is where CIA agent Seth comes in and demands that Alec works with computer genius/hacker Gaige, to find out what exactly has been going on. Since it seems like an inside job…

Gaige is supposed to do his thing and find the leak.

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Since Alec doesn’t trust Gaige one bit, he is determined to be the man’s shadow…Which also means, that Gaige will be staying with him at his home, for the duration of this investigation.

What he didn’t take into consideration, however, is the extreme attraction that lingers between the two of them. Being this close 24 hours a day won’t make things any easier.

They succumb to the temptation pretty fast…

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The first half of this book was a bit confusing and it started off a bit slow. I felt like there was too much telling and not enough showing. The MC’s spend a lot of time in their heads when I would have preferred them interacting a bit more.

This changed a bit during the second half and things got a bit more exciting even though the whole “Vault” thing was a bit confusing at times, I did like the mystery part in this one.

The sexy times were also very entertaining. 😉

I especially liked Gaige’s character. He may have been a computer geek, but he sure had some moves and I loved that he saved Alec’s life more than once.

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Seth however, I didn’t care for one bit. I found out he has his own book in the “Tough Love” series, but I don’t think I will be reading that one since…I really despised the guy in this book.

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The reasons I can’t give this book a full 4 stars, is because the storyline was just a bit too confusing to me.

These two also go from hating each other, to moving in really fast. They didn’t actually use the word “love”,  though it is implied in one of their conversations (which was actually a really cute conversation).  I also really missed an epilogue. I am a sucker for epilogues and I always feel bereft when there isn’t one.

Should there be a next book about Finn, I would definitely read it. He seemed like the more laid back brother, so I am very curious about his story.

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~Pre-Release Review~Pounding Skin (Skin Deep Inc. #2) by L.A. Witt~

 

35101031Title: Pounding Skin
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Skin Deep Inc. #2
Publisher: Swerve
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Military
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 3.5 up to 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A Skin Deep, Inc. Novel

Fighter pilot Jon Russell never sleeps with the same man twice. Known for his lack of shame when it comes to hooking up, Jon has no interest in commitment—even friends with benefits sounds like too much work.
Matt Huffman has slept with lots of women. He’s had loads of girlfriends. So why does the hot as hell pilot getting a tattoo as the result of a lost bet stop his breath? And how come he can’t stop thinking about him, even after he’s gone?

When Jon returns to Skin Deep the second time, he doesn’t want another tattoo. He wants to hook up with the gorgeous artist he spent hours agonizingly close to, and Matt wants to explore some curiosity about men. Fulfill the desire he can’t stop fantasizing over. And he wants to do it with Jon.
As their casual hook up becomes more than just skin deep, both Matt and Jon are faced with questions they don’t want to answer. Matt understands he’s bi—but are these feelings he has typical of hooking up with a man? Or is it only Jon that can make his heart pound? If Jon wanted nothing more than a fling, why does he find himself needing not just Matt’s body, but all of him? And can their relationship withstand the hardships that makes Jon avoid them in the first place?

The Skin Deep, Inc books can be read in any order—come enter a world where gorgeous tattoo artists and hot Navy men find passion, pleasure, and a happily ever after together.


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Even if this is book 2 in the Skin Deep Inc. series it could be read as standalone.

In fact, if I had read this book before book one, I probably would have enjoyed more Colin and Daniel’s story. Here we can testify, as the missed epilogue in Back Piece, that they are still happy and totally in love.

Here, in Pounding Skin, a tattoo artist (Matt Huffman) and a USA Navy pilot (Jon Russell) cross paces in Skin Deep Inc. and they are instantly attracted to each other. The problem? One of them is a manwhore allergic to serious relationships and the other, our tattooed hero, doesn’t know even if he is straight, bi or gay.

“To bi? Or not to bi?”

“Yep. Turns out that I am bi. Because effing hell, I want to taste that man”

Matt is hot. I know it’s not the deepest thing to say as a character’s introduction, but he is and I felt really attracted to him. He is a pure contradiction. He has a badass exterior going on (broad, sexy, tattooed and pierced) but he is kind, shy and insecure in the inside since he is “experimenting” new things and he doesn’t know what to expect or how a fuck buddies arrangement works with another man.

Our other MC, Jon, the pilot, the manwhore, the out and proud who doesn’t want a relationship has been a surprise too.
I was gonna start with “he is hot” but I think once in a review is enough. Straightforward and plain with what he wants, Jon is a great and interesting character. He seems to be very confident and clear: he wants to have fun, no strings. And it’s not a pose, he is really happy being like this.

” Jon would rather chew off one of his own limbs than do anything that resembled ‘settling down'”


Both MCs are deep, complex and attractive enough to support the story themselves even if it’s not necessary because I think this book (and its plot) is better than Back Piece.
I’m not saying book 1 was a bad read because it wasn’t, but to me, it lacked something, a missing piece I couldn’t put my finger on. But this one has found the lost feeling in its predecessor, and LA Witt has done a great job developing plot and characters.

The couple evolution is palpable and progressive. Everything grows naturally between our MCs and that was something that I truly enjoyed.

There are some great things in this book that I feel the need to highlight:

  • This is a story totally based on the relationship development. How they are, how they begin, how they evolve and how they get their HEA.
    The plot in this book is a recurrent dynamic in romance. Boy meet boy, everything starts as a casual thing and then the attraction develops into something different, bigger and deeper. But even if the formula has been used till satiation, Witt makes it work perfectly here. I really liked the way the story is told. It is entertaining and sexy and undoubtedly very well written.
  • The sex scenes: my inner slut was totally satisfied. And it wasn’t that way in book one, where they were too many and not as hot as Matt and Jon’s scenes.
    But it is true that in my opinion there is still a lot of sex. I would have been happier with less.
  • The background and the secondary character’s stories are remarkable. In this book, you get to know our boys, but also their friends. In fact, after reading about our next couple I’m totally in for book 3. It could be my favorite in this series.

So, would I recommend Pounding Skin? I think is a great read so even if you haven’t enjoyed Back Piece, you could enjoy Jon and Matt’s love story.

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~Review~The Only One (Blackwood #2) by Melissa Ellen~

 

34945354Title: The Only One
Author: Melissa Ellen
Series: Blackwood #2
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 447 pages
Release Date: April 27, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

She is determined to forget him.
He will stop at nothing to protect her and get her back.

Ava Conner has moved on with her life. She has a job she loves, friends she can count on and the independence she has always wanted. Her life is her own with no man to complicate it for her.

Rhett has waited patiently for Ava, giving her the space he knows she wanted. Circumstances have changed, though. He can no longer sit idle, leaving her vulnerable and unprotected.


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Well, this second book got unexpectedly good and better from all points of view, in comparison with the first one. The writing got much better…In my opinion. It got more interesting, pleasant, suspenseful, funnier, much concentrate…

Even much hotter… 😛

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I didn’t expect that but I loved it. I wanted more sexy action.Anyway back to the book and the review…The book continues the action from book one…but after 3 years.

Ava… moved to L.A

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Works as an architect and lives alone. She isn’t happy but she gets herself busy in work to forget and not think of anything, especially to Rhett.

Rhett, on the other hand, had to spend this 3 years trying to correct all the mistakes.

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Removing all the evil and hoping that one day he and Ava will be together again. He still loves her and wants her with all his heart. He will not give up at her, at them. And now he has his perfect chance since his sister Valerie is moving to L.A for college.


What really happened 3 years ago? Was it Rhett so cold that he couldn’t be there for Ava when she most needed him? Will Ava forgive Rhett and give them another chance?

As I said at the beginning I liked this book way more than the first one.

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

 

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

~Blurb~

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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~Review~Until Sage (Until Him #2) by Aurora Rose Reynolds~

 

26838703Title: Until Sage
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Series: Until Him #2
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Page Count: 202 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

 ~Blurb~

Sage Mayson had Kimberly Cullen once, and the memory of that brief encounter has tortured him since the moment he pushed her away. He should have followed his gut, but he didn’t, and now he’s left watching the woman he wants more than anything from afar.

Kimberly vowed to protect her heart from Sage, but when her sister is murdered and her world starts to fall apart, he’s the one person she finds herself leaning on.

Getting a second chance is something Sage knows is rare. He’s not going to squander the one he’s been given, and he won’t take no for an answer when it comes to making Kim his.

But what Sage doesn’t know is Kim has a secret that could leave them both devastated and heartbroken.


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I love this author and I have read all the books in this series and the other series.

That’s a lot of books and I can honestly say, that I am still not bored with them. All these books have possessive alpha men and a heavy case of insta-love, which I don’t even mind.

That said, this wasn’t my favorite of the series. I enjoyed it…. I just didn’t love it as much as I did all the others.

I gave it 4 stars, but it’s more like 3,5 to me…

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In the previous book, it was made clear that Sage messed up his chance to be with Kim.

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In this book, we find out what exactly happened between the two of them, and how they move forward from there.

For some reason, I expected a bit more on what was going on between them and how things went wrong. Sage messing up, felt a bit rushed over and they were back together in a flash.

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After reuniting, not much else happens, to be honest.

I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop or for things to take a different turn, but they never did.Sure Kim is struggling with some personal stuff and when Sage finally finds out towards the end, they have some falling out…but even that was fixed within a few pages. It also didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Not her keeping her secret and not how he reacted when he found out.

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For me, there just wasn’t enough meat to the story. I liked it, but I expected so much more from these two…especially since we have known them for some time.

It was good…but I expected the best. My bad I guess.

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I do hope that the next book (yes I will definitely read the next books) will wow me a bit more.imageedit_44_8150275859

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