~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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~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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~Review~Rainbow Sprinkles by Anna Martin~

 

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Author: Anna Martin
Series: States Of Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Release Date: March 27, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 77
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~Synopsis~

Cooper Reed has a fairly relaxed life for someone who lives in LA. He’s no celebrity—just the guy who makes sundaes at the Dreamy Creamery, and that’s the way he likes it. The highlight of every week is the beautiful guy who turns up and orders a sundae with rainbow sprinkles. Cooper still isn’t sure if that’s a code because he has a huge crush and the hot guy is terrible at flirting.

Drew Tanner, it turns out, is an original California dreamer. He’s as wholesome as apple pie and twice as sweet, a real-life Disney Prince at Disneyland. But while Drew’s head is in the clouds, Cooper’s feet are firmly on the ground, and their different outlooks might be more than their new relationship can take.


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I recently read and enjoyed The Impossible Boy. In fact, it’s up there in my top reads so far this year, so I was excited to read my second book by this Author but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me.

I think this just really wasn’t my thing….a bit too sweet for my tastes.

Cooper( who I actually loved ) is currently working at the Dreamy Creamery by day and a bartender at night.He’s pretty content, still trying to work out what he wants to do with his life.One thing is certain he’s more than a bit smitten with a certain Hottie that regularly comes into the shop.

Drew is an aspiring Actor.Currently doing small acting roles in Disneyland, just waiting for the one break that will further his career.


There’s no doubt these two are super cute together.

I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot.

Their flirting and subsequent dates were pretty adorable but things just seemed to move way too quickly in their romance to make it believable for me. Add into the mix the argument/drama between them and it sort of went downhill for me.

If you’re after a short, sweet MM romance this might just be the book for you…

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~Review~Rescue Me by K.M. Neuhold~

 

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***3 Stars***

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This was a nice buddy-read for me with my favorite ladies, Susan, Elsbeth, and Karlijn. 🙂

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Thane is a former marine and current firefighter.

He is gay and closeted, not because he is really scared of coming out, but because it was easier to stay inside the closet, because if his jobs. He has never been in a serious relationship before, so he didn’t feel the need to come out either.

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Madden is a tattoo-artist.

He works at Heathens Ink, with his best friends. He is out and proud. He was kicked out by his parents when he was 14 years old, for being gay.

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Thane and Madden meet in a gay club and are immediately attracted to one another. But before they can make actual plans about going home together, all hell breaks loose.

Thankfully Thane’s training kicks in and he saves the day big time…

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He even offers Madden a place to stay, because Madden isn’t able to return home to his apartment. Thane definitely had a bit of a hero complex going on, but it wasn’t annoying…it was actually quite endearing.The two of them become closer and closer while Thane takes care of Madden.


They were really sweet and hot together…

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But it’s not all sunshine and roses since Madden is still struggling with the aftermath of all that has happened.

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Now this book is pretty heavy on the insta-love and very fast paced. Thane only looks at Madden once and decides the man is his. Also, even though this book deals with some heavy subjects, it isn’t really deep. I just felt something was missing….I think I like a bit more depth in my story and I like my MC’s to be a bit more developed.

That being said, I still enjoyed this one and I will definitely give book 2 a try which will be an MMM.

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~Review~ Guns n’ Boys: Swamp Blood By K.A. Merikan

 

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by K.A. Merikan

***3 Stars***

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Hmmmm…

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This seems to be a typical case of all-of-my-friends-loved-it-but-me. Maybe I should add that I’m not really into books about biker gangs and this story was apparently some kind of crossover with another series by the authors (Sex & Mayhem) about the Coffin Nails MC.


I don’t know how much it was the book or how much it was me being sick that I did not really enjoy this story. I loved Guns n’ Boys: Homicidal Instinct and I even thought that this series was getting better and better, but not for me I’m afraid. I debated with myself if I should write a review at all, because I want to be fair, but decided to steer a middle course and give it 3 stars to compensate any injustice.

The book began just great. Both, Dom and Seth, have to deal with the aftereffects of what was done to Seth by his own brother at the end of the previous book and I so felt for them.


I really get that it is hard for both of them to cope with the events…

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… but what followed was somewhat unnecessary drama.


The ensuing ups and downs in their relationship, their fights and especially Dom’s behavior felt a bit staged. A little less and I could have believed it. As it was, though, it was tiring and eye-roll inducing. For me, it felt like being back at square one just the other way round, because this time it was Dom whom I did not particularly like in this book and he was always my favorite so far.

He behaved like a self-righteous prick sometimes and was far too arrogant for my liking. Those who followed my reviews for the other books in this series know that it is quite a surprise – yes, for me too! – that I loved Seth more this time.


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I really enjoyed his character development, with him finally standing up for himself and trying not to depend too much on Dom, it was more than I could have asked for.

Who I did not care much for was Mark, the little hooker Dom, and Seth took in after saving him from trouble with a biker.With him behaving like a brat most of the time, I did not even feel sorry for him, at least not until the end, anyway.

And don’t get me started on Dana. I somehow I don’t trust her, being sent after Dom and Seth by the mafia in the last book and jumping ship just like that. Something about her just feels off.


Enough with the rant, though. The sex was hot – just to give you a hint: role-play!!! – and the ending was as thrilling as in the other books, albeit a bit OTT.

I better stop now, because it is hard to think with a stuffed-up nose and a head that feels like being filled with cotton. 😉 I have read the first four books in this series, including the short story, almost back to back and maybe it is time for me to take a longer break from it, to read something in between, so I can enjoy the next book again.

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~Review~ Love in Lingerie by Alessandra Torre

 

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***3 Stars***

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I’ve been watching it ever since I first saw it advertised on. Highly praised and highly valued. Given the author, I said it can not be another way.

The book must be amazing or….

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The book starts with Kate who applies for a position as Creative Director at Marks Lingerie. Her job is to help save and bring back to life the company. She is not satisfied with the current job that she has, she feels underrated. She feels that she does not make what makes her happy. So she applies to another company, where she is charmed by her new boss. Although it is engaged, she is not happy. She has a dull and simple relationship with her fiance and a boring life. 

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Trey is a very known playboy who fucks each walking skirt. He needs to save his company from bankruptcy. So he needs new and attractive ideas. So he hires Kate even though the attraction between them is on fire.

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Along the way, they become very good friends. Way too abruptly on my opinion. They both are very attracted to each other. They both fight against the attraction. They think at the company and at the friendship between them, they don’t want to put this two in danger. So in the end of the book, they decided to give their love a chance.

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What I do not like in the book was…It seemed to me very simple both the book and their relationship. They became best friends too suddenly and tThey both had dirty and exciting thoughts about one another. Just thoughts and nothing more. I thought Kate was a mean bitch when she judges Trey for his kink and didn’t even listen to him all the way.


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It was me or I don’t know. Everyone praise this book. But I really don’t see the fuss around her. I think it wasn’t as good as the previous books of the author.

Sorry, but I didn’t find in the book what I was looking for.

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