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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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**** 3.5 Stars****3,5ghgh

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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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~Release Day Review~Enemies like You by Joanna Chambers & Annika Martin~

 

35052522Title: Enemies like You
Authors: Joanna Chambers & Annika Martin
Series: Enemies with Benefits, #1
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

“Do you have no sense of self-preservation whatsoever?” he bites out. “The things I’ve done to protect that man would turn your hair white. Would you really mistake me as your ally? Your friend?”I turn my attention to my pants, snapping myself back up. “I’m not thinking friend, exactly…” I drawl.

They’re dangerous men. Sworn enemies. And they can’t resist each other.

Will has never met anyone like Kit. He’s arrogant. Gorgeous. Totally lethal. The most expensive bodyguard money can buy.

And Will has never gone to his knees for another man—it’s not his style. But a simple command in Kit’s cut-glass accent makes Will want things he’s never wanted, do things he’s never done.

Their red-hot chemistry is off the charts. Just one problem: Will has vowed to kill the billionaire that Kit is hell-bent on protecting.

And Kit has secrets, too—his own reasons for sacrificing his soul, piece by painful piece, to keep one of the worst men on earth alive.


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****3.5 Stars****3,5ghgh

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Before I started this novel, I read the free prolog novella, Enemies with benefits, which I very much enjoyed.

 It isn’t needed to read, however, to start with the novella, since it’s included in this one. It spans the first 24 % of the book.I really enjoyed this one, though I have to say, there were also some things that bothered me.

Will is a (freelance) assassin, working on an assignment for the CIA. His assignment: killing the man who’s responsible for the death of his (former) army team…Sergei Polzin.

The only thing on Will’s mind is vengeance…

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That is until he comes face to face with Kit…

Kit is Polzin’s bodyguard. He wants his boss dead as much as Will does, but he is biding his time, because he is after something precious…

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Kit’s biggest job is to keep Polzin alive. His job, however, becomes much more fun, when he is confronted with Will…

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I am not going into the plot any more than this because I don’t want to ruin anything with spoilers.

I can, however, tell you that these two are flaming HOT together.

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I did, however, have a bit of a problem with the believability. Thankfully I don’t read books for realism because I hope that a real CIA agent would not act this way.

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After I decided to, not take everything so seriously, I got to enjoy the book much more.What also bummed me out, was the lack of an epilog.

I am a big fan of epilogs, they give me closure.  

The ending of this book didn’t give me any real closure. 😦

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~Review~Bold (Blue Boy #3) by Garrett Leigh~

 

23006938Title: Bold
Author: Garrett Leigh
Series: Blue Boy #3
Page Count: 133 pages
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Dancer Kai is the sweetheart of Blue Boy Studio. Cute and petite, he’s the slender bottom every top loves to pound. But nothing is ever quite as it seems, and beneath his golden curls and giggles lies something else…an edge no one can quite put their finger on.

Is Kai bored? Or does he crave something more?

Blue Boy Studio is under new ownership. Veteran porn star Jude has seen it all before, and with the help of Kai’s mentor, Cam, they figure Kai needs a change. Enter Matthew, a fellow dancer and the newbie on the block.

Kai isn’t impressed. Matthew is hot, but Jude and Cam’s plans seem beyond his reach. Can Kai really do…that? He doesn’t believe it, but with Matthew along for the ride, it’s time to be bold and find out.


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****3.5 Stars****

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This is book 3 in the series and this time we get to know more about Kai. The sweet little twink we first met in book 1.

Kai seems to be a bit bored and he might be ready for a change. This leads to him being teamed up with Matthew, another go-go dancer twink. These two start planning a scene together and become fast friends and even much more than that.

They were pretty funny, sweet and hot.

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I really liked Kai’s character. He was a sweet guy and I it was sad to see him struggling with his self-esteem a bit. As with the other books, we only get Kai’s pov, but I didn’t mind it so much in this book. I did think it was a bit weird that these guys spend so much time, planning one scene…I don’t think that’s how things work in the “real” porn business, but hey…I could be wrong.

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I have also come to notice,  that even though these books can be read as stand alone, the MC’s of the former books as well as their relationships, keep developing throughout this series. Case in point…Levi and Sonny’s relationship… who knows what will happen with these two. I don’t know how I feel about this. I don’t really enjoy my HEA’s to be messed with, but then again…they didn’t really have a huge HEA in book 1, it was more an HFN.

All in all, this was an enjoyable read, but I have learned that I am not a big novella’s fan. I much rather read a full novel. 

Novella always seems to leave me wanting more…

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I have no idea if there will be more books in this series, but I figure there will be since so many things were left open.

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~Review~Bones (Blue Boy #2) by Garrett Leigh~

 

35010484Title: Bones
Author: Garrett Leigh
Series: Blue Boy #2
Release Date: May 4, 2017 (2nd edition)
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Cam is a veteran porn star at Blue Boy Studios. Known as Mr. Nice Guy, he’s the top every newbie bottom wants to be paired with.

But in recent months his beloved hardcore scenes have dried up. Instead, he finds himself stuck with a string of monotonous foreplay scenes. He takes his frustration to his boss, and warped kind of lover, Jon Kellar, but Jon won’t bend. Cam is a commodity and will do as he’s told…in every way.

Cam’s frustration builds, but a chance meeting with a hot BMXer distracts him. Sasha Tate is gorgeous, warm and wonderful; everything Cam has ever wanted. They bond over shared interests and a sizzling mutual attraction. Cam is exhilarated and thrilled, until his chosen profession gets in the way.

Sasha pulls back, and before Cam can fix it, life comes at him from all fronts. A crisis threatens much more than his relationship with Sasha, and as his world implodes he begins to realize that life will never be the same again.


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****3.5 Stars****

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I have been curious about Cam, after meeting him in book 1. I really wanted to know what was up with this seemingly sweet top and his boss John.

Cam has been working as a top for “Blue Boys” for some time. He is the nice guy that always gets asked to top the new bottoms, but lately…

He has kinda lost his way…

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The only thing he feels he has going for him at the moment is his weird and unhealthy relationship with his (asshole) boss John.


Things change though when he meets Sasha, a BMX’er, who has nothing to do with the porn industry.

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These two hit it off right away, but Sasha pushes, when they become too close.  Sasha has some issues though, and soon it will become clear that they have more in common than they thought.

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I liked Cam and how open was about his porn career, but just like in the previous book, I wanted to know more about Cam. These books aren’t very deep and I also have to say that they are quite light on the romance. I think I would have liked them better as full novels.

For those who have read book 1…yes there, we do get some Levi and Sonny…HOT.

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~Review~Bullet (Blue Boy #1) by Garrett Leigh~

 

33553918Title: Bullet
Author: Garrett Leigh
Series: Blue Boy #1
Page Count: 105 pages
Release Date: December 22, 2016 (2nd edition)
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Levi Ramone entered the gay porn market for one reason, and one reason only: he needed the cash to pay his momma’s spiraling gambling debts.

Seven years later, he’s a veteran with a reputation as one of Blue Boy Studio’s most ruthless tops, and when his boss suggests it’s time for a change, he finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun. Figuratively speaking, at least.

Enter Sonny Valentine, a go-go dancer at Blue’s sister club, Silver’s. Levi has secretly admired Sonny from afar for years, but there’s a problem. He can’t stand Sonny and the feeling is entirely mutual. When Levi learns Sonny is to play the third part in a scene he already considers his worst nightmare, he figures things can’t get any worse.

But when preparations for the scene from hell collide with tragic events in his personal life, he finds his fast-growing, red-hot attraction to Sonny just might be the only thing left between him and a bullet.


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****3.5 Stars****

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After reading the blurb, and knowing this was a short story, I figured this novella was gonna be one big pornfest, without any real plot.

I was wrong…

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Levi has been working as a pornstar for “Blue Boys” for some time now. He became a pornstar because he needed the money. His father committed suicide and his mother is an awful drunk with plenty of debts, that needed to be paid off.

Getting to have sex for money, seems like and an easy and enjoyable way to make your money…right.

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Levi has always been a top, and not a very gentle one either. He has never given his actions much thought though. That is until Sonny, a fellow porn star, and dancer comments on Levi’s skills as a top.

These two don’t start out o the right foot, but when Levi is scheduled to have his first time bottoming filmed…

Sonny is the one who steps up and tries to help the man out.

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Of course, there is sex in this book, I mean it’s about the porn industry, but that wasn’t all that this book was about.  Levi had plenty of issues outside of his work, that needed his attention, but still with everything going on in his head…he managed to really listen to Sonny.

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This is a short book though, so don’t expect anything deep character wise. To be honest, I would have liked to know more about Sonny. Everything is in Levi’s pov and I didn’t really understand why Sonny did the things he did and how he was actually feeling.

I absolutely loved Amy Lane’s “Johnnies” series, which this can be compared to a little bit. Though this series is way less angsty and not as deep. I think it would be perfect for those who have avoided the “Johnnies” series, because of the angst.

I am very much looking forward to reading book 2. 😀

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~Release Day Review~ The Substitute (The Bro Series, #1) by Xavier Neal~

 

34737087Title: The Substitute
Author: Xavier Neal
Series: The Bro Series, #1
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre(s): Romance, New Adult/College
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

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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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****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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~Review~A Better Man(The Men of Halfway House#1) by Jaime Reese~

 

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A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House #1) by Jaime Reese

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I have re-read this series many times and it has become one of my favorite M/M series.

Though this first book is not my favorite, so far that title belongs to book 3, I still enjoyed reading it very much. After reading the other books in this series (they all focus on a different couple), I got to know Matt and Julian even better, which made me enjoy re-reading this one even more.

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Matt has spent 5 years in prison, for a crime he himself did not commit.

He decided to take the fall for it because he wanted to cover for his brother.

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Now that he’s out, he wants to build a half-way house for people just like him. Getting help fixing up the old building he wants to use is not as easy though.

Enter Julian Capeletti, handyman.

He answers the add in the paper, to help restore the old building.

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This is a slow burn romance. You won’t find any insta-love in this one…

But you will find a lot of sexual tension… 😛

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These two men, slowly…start opening up to each other…

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There is a lot going on in the background, most having to do with Matt’s family.I hated Matt’s mother! Besides Matt’s family, there isn’t a great deal of angst in this story.

I just wished the steamy scenes would have been a bit more detailed, but hey…

…that’s just me… 😀 😛

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~Review~Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennet~

 

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This was an ok read, though it didn’t wow me…I did enjoy reading it.

Valentina, a 31-year-old blogger (think Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City)…

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…has had enough of the men in New York city and decides a move to Alaska, where the men seriously outnumber the women, is the way to go.

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I didn’t care for Valentina a lot…which is one of the main reasons this book didn’t wow me. Her writing-experiment is going very well, comparing Alaskan men to New Yorkers.She catches the eyes of many men, but there is one she is really interested in…

…Logan, the police chief.

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These two get to know each other and after some events, they take things a step further. They were pretty hot together and…

Logan had quite the dirty mouth, which is always a plus in my book. 😀

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Of course, things won’t stay perfect for long and there are some miscommunications that mess things up for the two of them.

No worries though….this one does end on a perfect HEA. 😉

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If you are looking for something light, sassy, sexy, funny, you should give this one a try.

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~Release Day Review~Moments by R.J. Scott~

 

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Title: Moments
Author: R.J. Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books Ltd
Release Date: April 12, 2017(3rd edition)
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ****3.5 Stars****

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~Synopsis~

NB: This is a previously released title. Now in its third edition, it features a new short epilogue and has been re-edited with new cover art.

Actor Jacob Riley is a typical former Hollywood child star with serious issues. He has already done prison time, and at the age of twenty-six has been arrested for possession yet again.

Quietly working to make the world a better place, Ethan Myers is the owner and manager of Macs, an education center for local, low-income families. Losing his partner to cancer has left him lost and alone, and he buries himself in his work in the hope it will mend his broken heart.

Sparks fly when Jacob is forced to complete his community service at Macs. Despite their best efforts to resist, the two men find themselves growing closer as a spoiled Jacob gains his first glimpse at the real world.

As Jacob’s time at Macs comes to an end is there any chance their fragile relationship can survive?


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Moments by R.J. Scott

****3.5 Stars****

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This was a nice enjoyable read.

Jacob is a famous actor and (recovering) addict. He has been sentenced to 4 months of community service at Mac’s, because of possession. I didn’t really like Jacob in the beginning.

He was a bit of an entitled asshole.

Mac’s is run/owned by Ethan. He threw his heart and soul into it, after the loss of his lover. Ethan was a good guy, he was considerate and sweet…a total opposite of Jacob.

These two don’t start off on the right foot, but as we all know….

…hate can quickly turn to lust…

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This also means that Jacob’s behavior does an 180. That doesn’t mean everything is all sunshine and roses though.

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They have plenty of things to work out.


The background story involves the other residents and family members.

Even though I enjoyed reading this one, there were a few things that bothered me, which are Jacobs fast 180 and the misunderstanding at the end.

This is personal though…misunderstandings and miscommunication…

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…always make my eyes twitch.

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~Review~Loose Cannon by Sidney Bell~

 

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Loose Cannon (The Woodbury Boys #1) by Sidney Bell

****3.5 Stars****

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This is book one in what is set to be a very intriguing series.There are three main characters whose stories will be told, Church, Ghost, and Tobias.

This is Church’s story.

Edgar-Allen Church is 18 when he is transferred to Woodbury Residential Treatment Center after committing an assault a year earlier.This is where he meets Ghost and Tobias, hence The Woodbury Boys.

Four years later and he’s set to be released, one of the stipulations being that he must stay with someone who will have a ‘grounding influence’ on him. Church didn’t have much of an upbringing and turned to crime at a young age but now he’s released he’s determined to be a better man.

Fresh out of options he has no choice but to contact the one person he didn’t want to and has had no contact with for five years.


Miller(now 30), never expected to hear from Church again but finds himself unable to refuse his request and agrees to let Church stay with him for the required time.Without going into detail, these men have history but gradually they start a tentative friendship again.

Miller had a very strict upbringing and it was drummed into him from a young age that being Gay was wrong.I wouldn’t say he was in the closet because he’s in complete denial about his sexuality.He’s been with women(there is an MF sex scene which was necessary for understanding him) but it’s definitely not something he really enjoyed.All that changes when Church re-enters his life.To say he’s terrified and confused by his increasing attraction to Church is an understatement.


Interwoven with the relationship there is a plot which I’m still not sure I fully understood-probably because it’s not fully explained/resolved (I’m guessing this will continue in the next book).

I enjoyed the story, overall, but I didn’t really warm to Miller until quite late in the story and the inner monologs got a bit boring at times.

A huge plus for two very well developed, likable, if a bit mysterious characters in Ghost and Tobias.I’m more than a bit fascinated by them, especially Ghost.He wears tiny boy shorts, eye liner, has long blonde hair and looks like an innocent angel…..but looks can be deceiving….

A good start to the series that I would recommend.

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~Review~Honor and Pride by Ann Lister~

 

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Honor and Pride (Guarding the Gods #2) by Ann Lister

****3.5 Stars****

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First, let me start by saying that I absolutely loved Ann Lister’s “Rock God” series.

So naturally, when I found out that there would be a spin-off of that series, I wanted to read all those books too.

This is the second book in the “Guarding the Gods” series and though I enjoyed it, I was a bit confused. I figured with the name of the series, we would also get some celebrities….or at least some roadies from “Black Ice” or “Ivory Tower”. No such luck though. Not even a glimpse of the “Rock Gods” from the previous books, though they are mentioned once or twice.

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I was a bit dissapointed with this, though that doesn’t mean the book wasn’t good. It was just not what I expected.


This book is about Fizzbo, PI and security guard of rock stars…

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…and Kensey, who once did hair and make-up for the “Rock Gods”.

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Fizzbo has had his eye on Kensey ever since they met on the Europian Tour, but after the fire in Germany (book 1), he hasn’t seen or heard from Kensey. Thankfully his luck changes, when Kensey shows up for the last (mandatory) group therapy session, for those who have been in the fire.


Fizzbo is not about to let this opportunity go by and starts chatting Kensey up and asking him out for a date. Kendey is interested in Fizzbo, but he is also very wary. His past has let him believe that he is only good for a “one and done”, and he isn’t interested in those anymore. But Fizzbo doesn’t take “no” for an answer and Kensey is curious to see what could be. They agree to take things slow, but it doesn’t take very long before the two of them are burning the sheets together.

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I always know that I am guaranteed some amazing steam when reading an Ann Lister book.

Fizzbo was such a dirty talker, which Kensey (and me) loved.

“I’m going to make a full meal of feasting on your sweet ass. I will lick and I will fuck that hole with my tongue until you’re screaming so loud the neighbors call the police to do a well-check on us”

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But things are not as good as they might seem. Kensey is struggeling with his past and his selfworth. He is also keeping some big secrets and Fizzbo is not an idiot. He knows Kensey is hiding things…

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Of course, secrets always have a way of coming out….so they do.

I was a bit shocked, to be honest. I was also a bit angry with Kensey. Not because he lied, but because of what he did to begin with. Fizzbo was way more understanding than I would have been. I understand pressure in high school and I can even understand it in college, but he did this and he kept doing it because he didn’t want to face any consequences.

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Now, he didn’t deserve what happened to him in the end, but I don’t think he should have gotten off scot-free either.


That being said…Kensey wasn’t a bad character, I did like the guy. The two of them were perfect together, though at times a bit on the cheesy side…

I enjoyed this one, but I have, to be honest here…

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…I miss my rock stars!!

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~Review~Fall For Me by Ann Lister~

 

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Fall For Me (The Rock Gods #1) by Ann Lister

****3.5 Stars****

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I have read almost all the books in this series (except the MMF, book 2) and the “Guarding the Gods” series. I have no idea why I skipped book one, but this is something I do from time to time and I must have had my reasons (likely one of the books in this series caught my attention and I was too impatient to start at the beginning)

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So I corrected my mistake when Christelle reminded me of this book.

Having read most books in this series, I already knew Dagger and Ryan. So far I have actually liked the books about the Black Ice members better than the “Ivory Tower” ones. My favorite books being 6 and 7.


Dagger is the lead singer of the very famous rock band “Ivory Tower”.

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He has been with men and women, but he classifies himself as gay because he likes being with men more. He is also hiding in the closet because being out might ruin his career.

Ryan is an entertainment journalist, who is about to interview Dagger for a magazine.

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Ryan has always been straight (except for a kiss he shared in his past) and he is still best friends with his ex-girlfriend.

When these two meet, Dagger is immediately attracted to Ryan. Ryan…he is intrigued by Dagger, at least that’s what he thinks he’s feeling…


After Ryan catches Dagger in a compromising situation, Dagger contacts him, to talk things out. He has to be sure that Ryan won’t share his secret with the rest of the world. The two start talking on the phone and from there on out, they keep on talking to each other. They become closer and soon Ryan is not so sure about his feelings anymore…

…because how can he be attracted to Dagger since he is not gay.

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Of course, Ryan can’t keep denying his feelings and he finally gives in to Dagger.

Which was very HOT by the way.

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A whole new world opens for Ryan and the both of them are as happy as can be…But some people may not want them to be happy and what will happen when their both secret comes out…


Now, this is where I started to get pissed off a bit.

I have always liked Dagger in all the other books and come to think of it…this may have been the reason I skipped this book in the first place, after reading some reviews.

Beware…there are some spoilers and ranting ahead !!!

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When their private business becomes a public business, Dagger loses his shit !! He blames Ryan and goes on a yelling spree. Now, this I could handle. Him actually hurting Ryan….not so much. What a freaking douchebag !!! I hated his guts for what he did and I was really disappointed by the fact, that Ryan didn’t even seem angry.

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Sure he apologized…and I am sure he meant it, but still….what an ass !!


Still, I enjoyed this story, but…

I am taking half a star off for Dagger being a douchebag and Ryan being a push-over !!

However, this is one of my favorite rock star series and for me, each book just got better and better…The only thing I really missed in this book were the other band members…I don’t understand why they weren’t present in this book. They don’t even get mentioned. I guess it might have to do with this being the first book of the series…

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~Review~My Name was Karl by Daniel Mitton~

 

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Title: My Name was Karl
Author: Daniel Mitton
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, History/War, Paranormal/Ghosts

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It was a forgotten place. A place with a dark history. Thousands of men had passed through its doors during the first three quarters of the twentieth century. Most had served their time and moved on. But not all had been so fortunate.
As the years ticked by and the seasons changed, the old prison moldered away, but one thing stayed constant.
In the deepest part of the night, on the darkest nights of the year—particularly in spring, if you were sensitive enough to hear them—sounds could be heard coming from the deepest bowels of the lowest level basement. All was not right. Something was waiting, alone in the darkness.
Waiting for someone to finally hear its sorrow.
When Petty Officer Ben Pierce decided to explore the long abandoned Naval Prison next to his decrepit barracks, the last thing he expected to find was a mystery.
Something is in the Prison. Or is it someone? Where is the weeping coming from? When Ben follows the sounds to an ice cold, but empty, cell, he isn’t sticking around to find out any more details.
But now he can’t get it out of his mind.


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My Name was Karl by Daniel Mitton

****3.5 Stars****

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I was a bit worried about this one since I don’t read historical and I don’t enjoy reading about WWI or WWII. This little story wasn’t like anything I expected, though…

First things first. If you intend to read this one, make sure you suspend your disbeliefs. I am very open-minded, but even I had to have a little talk with myself…

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This book starts out pretty harsh.

It starts in the year 1945 when Karl is a radio operator on a German U-boat. They get captured by the Americans and Karl is immediately picked out of a line-up by one of the guards. This is the start of some horrifying events, which leave Karl, to die, 3 days after being captured…alone and naked in a solitary prison cell.

My heart broke for Karl and even though I normally don’t read historical or war-stories, I found myself intrigued by everything that was going on. It was a very emotional part and I really found myself choking up.

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Fast forward to the year 2015 and we get to meet Ben.

Ben works for the American Navy and he is being housed in a building right next to the old prison, where Karl died. A night of wandering through the old prison leads him to certain prison cell…

…a prison cell that seems to be occupied because someone is crying on the inside….

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Ben beliefs in ghosts, especially after meeting Karl. He’s not scared, though. Karl is a sweet man around his age and if things were different, he could even see himself with someone like Karl.

These two became fast friends while Karl was tagging along with Ben. That friendship soon turned into something more. I actually started to get worried, because I really couldn’t see how this could end in a HEA.

This is the part where I really had to suspend my beliefs….

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Unbelievable as this little story was, I did really enjoy it.

After a while, I figured…what the hell and just went with it.

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