~Review~Safe and Sound (Twist of Fate #2) by Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy~

 

36262701Title: Safe and Sound
Authors: Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy
Series: Twist of Fate #2
Page Count: 362 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

 ~Synopsis~ 
I’ve been drowning for a long time. I never thought I’d find someone who knows what that’s like…
Self-proclaimed playboy, Aiden Vale, has it all – good looks, successful career, plenty of cash in the bank and an endless supply of men who know the score… that one night is just that. So the last thing he wants, or needs, is to forge a connection that might mean revealing more of himself than he’s ready to. But when fate intervenes, putting Aiden in the path of someone who threatens to knock down his carefully constructed walls, he’s quick to realize the young man he’s become infatuated with is hiding a painful secret.
I finally have a shot at freedom. I’ll never let anyone take that from me ever again…
Ash Valentine is just looking for a way out, and the last thing he wants or needs is another man controlling every aspect of his life. Desperate for the cash that will help him flee his abusive boyfriend, Ash accepts what is supposed to be a temporary job at a local coffee shop. But nothing prepares him for the gorgeous and enigmatic Aiden Vale, and the small acts of kindness the charming coffee shop regular bestows on him or the new friends he begins to make along the way. 

Terrified of once again becoming too reliant on someone else to take care of him, Ash refuses Aiden’s repeated offers of help in any form. But when it becomes clear that there’s something more behind Aiden’s need to save him, Ash begins to wonder if he’s found someone who needs saving just as badly.
I know he wants to save me, but what if he’s the one who needs saving…
As their tentative friendship turns into something more, long buried secrets begin to surface. When Aiden’s need to protect Ash clashes with the younger man’s desire for independence, memories of the one he couldn’t save begin to tear at the fragile cords of Aiden’s soul, and he’s forced to face a truth he’s been hiding from for a long time. 
Threatened with losing what they’ve only just found, will Aiden and Ash find a way to accept their pasts or will they let the pain drag them below the surface for good?No cliffhangers and can be read as a stand-alone.

*** TRIGGER WARNING – includes scenes of domestic violence. ***


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This is the second book in the “Twist of Fate” series, book 1 being “Lost and Found”.

I really enjoyed book 1, so I was very excited about this second installment. I had very mixed feelings about  Aiden in the previous book, and I was curious to see what the authors had in store for him.

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~Release Day Review~Rim Shot by Skylar M. Cates~

 

36120877Title: Rim Shot
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 216 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Can college roommates go from friends to lovers?
Kyle: I’m confident that with hard work, my position as point guard can carry me from rural Indiana to the NBA. I also know I’m attracted to guys, but admitting it might disappoint my father, who is all I have in this world. I have big dreams, so I’ll stay in the closet. As long as my life remains scandal-free, I have a shot.
Micah: My large family can’t spare the money to help with my education, but that won’t stop me from studying medicine. I needed to get out of the house I was sharing with my ex before I went insane. Luckily, I heard about a guy looking for a roommate. Living with a straight jock won’t be easy, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.


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The second I saw this book’s blurb I was sold. I am a sucker for sports books and you can throw me a geek and a jock storyline any day.

So I was very excited when I finally got my hands on it.This was my first book by this author so I really had no expectations going in…except for that awesome blurb that is.Unfortunately…I wasn’t blown away…

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Kyle is a point guard on the college basketball team. Now I had to look that up because I really don’t know anything about basketball, except for the fact that most of the players are huge and that the ball needs to go through the hoop. 😀

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Pre-Release Review~Running into Love (Fluke My Life #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds~

 

34828379Title: Running into Love
Author:  Aurora Rose Reynolds 
Series: Fluke My Life #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Page Count: 244 pages
Genre(s): Romance/Comedy
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Fawn Reed has kissed one too many toads and has finally decided that Prince Charming doesn’t exist. After countless mishaps, mistakes, and unmitigated disasters on the dating scene, she’s decided to give up and move on with her life…solo.
Everything changes, however, after Fawn runs into Levi Fremont, a homicide detective new to New York City.

Dedication to the job has rendered Levi’s love life nonexistent—until he moves in next door to the free-spirited Fawn. After a series of comedic run-ins push them together, will they finally give in to the inevitable and realize—maybe—they are perfect for each other?


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I am a big fan of this author. I really loved her “Until” series and the “Underground Kings” !! So, of course, I had to give this new book a go. 😉

Even though I did enjoy reading this one…it wasn’t my favorite of her…I found the opening scene of this book pretty confusing. The heroine was running around with her arms wide and her eyes closed and ran into the hero. When he asks her if she is alright afterward she acts all flighty, and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why, and what was going on.

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Thankfully it did get better and things became more clear.

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~Review~Her Dark Angel Of The Night (Nocturnia #1) by Scerina Elizabeth~

 

35584260Title: Her Dark Angel Of The Night
Author: Scerina Elizabeth
Series: Nocturnia #1
Page Count: 104 pages
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Genre(s): Erotic Romance, Paranormal
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Scerina Johnson’s world is flipped upside down when a mysterious man enters her life. At first he haunts her in her dreams only to find out he is indeed real and not only that, her guardian angel sent to watch over her and protect her.
But soon these two find themselves head over heels before they even realize what is actually going on as their love for one another grows all the more stronger and deeper with each passing moment. She wonders where has he been all her life since he has been watching over from the moment that she was born. A man like this is a “Once In A Lifetime Kind Of Man” who happens to be a fallen angel who is a Vampire Prince from another world.
But things are not so easy for them as his evil twin brother has evil plans for her and anyone who is close and dear to her. Their love is forbidden but they are destined to be together to save mankind as well as protect mankind.


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I’ve read in the past books with vampires and I’m a big fan of them.

But…I think I’m old fashion way when it comes to vampires. The story of this book looks a lot like the Vampire Diaries tv series, but in some ways, it doesn’t.The story is about two vampire brothers, twins actually, who both want the same mortal girl. One of them is the evil one and one of them is the good one. I fell for the bad guy, obviously. 😛

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~Release Day Review~Permanent Ink (Art & Soul #1) by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn~

 

35263129Title: Permanent Ink
Authors: Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
Series: Art & Soul #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 249 pages
Release Date: August 7, 2017
Genre(s): M/M,Contemporary Romance,
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies.

Jericho is known for his ability to transform poorly designed tattoos into works of art, but he was once as aimless and misdirected as Poe. Wanting to pay it forward the way someone once did for him, Jericho makes Poe his apprentice and is determined to keep things strictly professional. Easier said than done when Poe makes his interest—and his daddy kink—abundantly clear.Jericho can’t resist Poe or their intense chemistry for long. But between the age gap, tension with Poe’s father, and Poe’s best friend calling him a sellout, they’ll need to ensure they’re both on the same page before they can rewrite their rocky start into something permanent.


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I love Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn, so I was very excited to read this one.

It was only later on that I realized that this was a book with “Daddy” kink…Now I love books with age-gaps and I don’t mind a sexy older man…but a 22-year-old wanting to be called “boy” and pleading his “daddy” to pound him harder…yeah that doesn’t really do it for me.

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So this is definitely a case of “it’s me and not the book”.

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So what’s the story about…

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~Review~A Reason To Stay (Blackwood #1) by Melissa Ellen~

 

35491571Title: A Reason To Stay
Author: Melissa Ellen
Series: Blackwood #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 423 pages
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

From two different worlds. With pasts that haunt them. An undeniable love that heals them. Will one tragic night break them?

Ava Conner is a smart, beautiful, independent, focused architecture student that has her life ahead of her. She knows what she wants and she is determined to let nothing stop her from getting it. She has no time for men and she is content with being alone. That was until she got knocked flat on her ass by Rhett Blackwood. Literally.


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This is my first read from this author and I didn’t know what to expect, but if you are looking for some steamy hot sexy stuff, this book is not the one, so move along.For the steamy hot sexy stuff, you have to put your imagination to work… So just romance.

My initial review was different. I was harsher on it, but reading book 2 immediately, make me change my mind. The luck was that kept my review, and not posting it…So back to our book and review…

The book starts with Ava…a young college student who wants to be an architect. 

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She works part time in one fine restaurant, she lives with her best friend and party with her. One day, before one of her exams, she decides to study in a coffee shop, but when she sees how her time flown, she runs out running right into one hell of a “Sex God”.
Obviously, the attraction between them was off the charts and more important… was mutual.

Rhett…is one of the sexiest eligible bachelor’s from Boston and New York.

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He is one rich sexy guy, tall, well build, gorgeous with sexy and mischievous blue eyes. He knows what he wants, and what he wants is what he gets… No matter what. He wants and likes control, he craves control in every aspect of his life. But when he meets Ava, all his world and life turns upside down.


He’s a guy with a tormented past. She is a girl with trust and relationships issues. What is going to happen with and between them?

At the beginning of the book, I was like…

I didn’t like several aspects in the book. The book, or at least at the beginning of it, was full of boring details. Too many unimportant details about decoration and stuff related with architecture… In my opinion.
Rhett is a little too much insta “in love”. It doesn’t say it, but you as a reader see it, feel it. The action, the connection between them is too fast, too sudden. Too overall.

It would have been better if it was more concentrate on them, as a couple, how they build their relationship slowly. I love insta love, but this was way insta. Another moment that I didn’t like was their first moment as a couple. I not telling anything about this one, because I don’t want to ruin the joy for other readers.


What I love about the book…

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Rhett is a possessive, protective, dominant, control freak Son of a Beach. Ava defies him every moment, but of course, she doesn’t win, she just pisses him off more.
I’m not judging the book because is just romance. No… I love romance.

Towards the end of the book, the book got better.

The book got more concentrate on the characters. And especially that final part from Rhett’s POV. I loved Rhett’s sister and can’t wait to read her story.

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~Review~The Well by Marie Sexton~

 

34685160Title: The Well
Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Self Published
Page Count: 206 pages
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

 ~Blurb~

Twenty years after prom queen Cassie Kennedy is brutally murdered, six teenagers break into the house where she was killed to hold a séance. Haven knows his cousin Elise only wants to scare the crap out of him and his friends, but he’s willing to put up with one of her pranks if it means a chance to spend a few hours with the new kid in town, Pierce Hunter.
But when morning comes, Elise has disappeared without a trace.

Twelve years later, Pierce and his twin brother Jordan are professional paranormal investigators, starring in their own ghost-hunting TV show. When Pierce calls Haven, insisting they return to the supposedly haunted building one last time, Haven reluctantly agrees. He’s nervous about seeing Pierce again, but he’s determined to get some answers. Did they really speak to Cassie’s ghost that night? What happened to Elise? And the biggest mystery of all – how did she know the secret of the well?


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When I read the blurb of this book, I got immediately excited. I mean paranormal investigators..ghosts…sounds all kinds of creepy and mysterious.

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Which is exactly what I got. Mystery, suspense, and ghosts. What I didn’t get however was a romance story. There is a couple in this book, but that’s not what this book is about. Now it doesn’t say so in the blurb, that it is a romance and I myself am a sucker for mystery and suspense…but still.

I want everyone to be aware of this fact before going in.

Now…I did enjoy this little mysterious story. I would have liked it better with a bit more romance, not gonna lie. But still, it was very enjoyable.

This book skips between the present and the past which tends to annoy me, but in this case, it didn’t. It really added to the mystery.


12 Years ago, a couple of teenagers, including Pierce and Haven, held a seance in a haunted house. The next day, one of them disappeared. Now, 12 years later they are together again (Pierce now being a paranormal investigator), reenacting that night and trying to figure out what exactly happened.

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I can’t say too much about the plot, without spoiler the story, so I won’t. I read and have read a lot of different genres in my life. Thrillers and mystery/suspense being one of them. I don’t mind if a book lacks in the romance department. That said, I would have liked this one better I think if there wasn’t any romance/pairing at all.

Now I felt a bit bereft since that part of the story never really developed.

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I think readers who enjoy mystery and suspense with a hint of paranormal will definitely like this one.

Readers who are into romance and M/M…maybe not so much.
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~Release Day Review~Maelstrom by Kass Barrow~

 

34909593Title: Maelstrom
Author: Kass Barrow
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: May 13, 2017
Page Count: 238 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance,
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

When Kylor Knightley, a multi-millionaire nightclub owner, is out talent-spotting at an open mic event in London’s Limehouse district, the last thing the stiff-lipped Brit expects is to fall head-over-heels for a devastatingly handsome singer ten years his junior.

Born in New York, twenty-two-year-old Eden McFadden now calls London home and has ambitions of making it big in the capital’s music scene. In the meantime, the feisty free spirit is secretly rocking it as a stripper at a gay club in Soho. But when fate brings him and Kylor together in Limehouse, it starts a chain of events that tears both of their worlds apart.

It’s going to take some serious attitude adjustment for the smart-mouthed stripper and the arrogant British gent to find common ground, but the attraction is too strong to ignore. Sometimes you have to trust in fate and see where it takes you.


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This was a nice read, though I have, to be honest, and admit that it wasn’t at all what I was suspecting.

Kylor is a posh, kinda stuck up, businessman, looking for talent, for the club he partially owns. He is always dressed in expensive suits and even the language he uses is all prim and proper. I’m gonna have, to be honest here and say that it took me some time to get used to his character.

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When going to an open mic night, he hears Eden sing and is convinced that Eden is the perfect guy for the job. Problem is, Eden is gone before he has a chance to talk to him, so he tracks Eden down…to his place of employment.

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Eden works as an exotic dancer at a strip club, where he and his fellow dancers go “full monty” on the crowd. Eden is the total opposite of Kylor. He is passionate, a bit wild and lives his life to the fullest. He is also immediately drawn to the handsome red-head in the expensive suit.

Kylor convinces Eden to audition for his club and soon Eden finds himself with a new job.Even though Kylor is also very attracted to Eden, he won’t go there. Bussiness after all, should not be mixed with pleasure. Of course, Eden doesn’t share this opinion.


The banter between these two really made me laugh out.

Kylor often ran his mouth without thinking and at times, he was quite rude and disrespectful towards Eden. Thankfully Eden was snarky enough to have a great come-back.

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The problem I, however, had with the story, was that for me, it took way too long for them to get their act together.

I was on pins and needles when we got to the 80 % mark and things finally started moving in the right direction. After all that build-up and all that talk about Eden having such a huge “member”, I couldn’t wait for the two of them to give in and finally get it on.

And they did…off the page…

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Now if there is one thing that really annoys me, it’s fade to black sex scenes. In this case, I really needed more. The sexual tension between these two just keeps building throughout the book and I was really expecting a big bang !! I don’t mind reading books that don’t have any sex scenes in them…

…but I don’t like getting all wound up, only to be left hanging…

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Other than the steam seriously lacking, I did enjoy this story and it did make me laugh.

I especially liked the first half of the book, the second dragged a bit and I just wanted them to get together already.

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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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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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