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

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

~Blurb~

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

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


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

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

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

Thankfully this book met all my high expectations.


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

…both pining after one another.

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

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

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

I was very pleasantly surprised. 😀

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

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

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~Review~A Day Makes by Mary Calmes~

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

~Blurb~


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

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


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A Day Makes by Mary Calmes

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

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

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

It had all the required ingredients…

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…all that and so much more….


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

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

…but together, they were just awesome!!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


~Blurb~

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

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

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

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

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

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Wow, this book put me through the wringer…

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

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

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

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

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

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

So why continue reading?

Well because the story is really good.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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I absolutely love this series.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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These two were absolutely perfect together.

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

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~Review~Single Malt by Layla Reyne~

 

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Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1) by Layla Reyne

*****4.5 Stars*****4,5ghj

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He rotated and folded his arms on the tub’s edge. “What would you do,” he said, voice rough and rumbling, “if you’d already lost the love of your life, only to find a second chance at something – maybe love, you’re not sure yet – and before you can even wrap your head around the idea, that second chance is almost snatched away? Not once but twice.”

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My initial thoughts? Here we go again! Insta-lust.

Definitely one of my pet peeves, but…

For the first time, an author bothers to explain in a believable and realistic fashion to me why both men feel this way and I was able to relate, not to say be completely fine with it.


FBI-Agent Aidan Talley (“Irish”) is still grieving.

Eight months ago he lost his husband and his work partner in a car crash which slowly but surely proves to be not so accidental as it seemed. First day back at his job and he have to deal with a new case and a new partner. A new partner who stirs feelings in him he could not – should not – have. Despite his grief he is lonely, and his new partner, computer specialist Jameson Walker (“Whiskey”), meets exactly his type, but an irrational sense of guilt towards his dead husband makes him shy away from acting on his attraction.

As a former basketball star turned FBI-Agent, the burnt child, in this case, Jamie Walker…

…dreads the fire after the media frenzy surrounding his person, when it comes to the attention of any kind and hides in the cyber division of the FBI until he is partnered with Aidan. A man he already lusted after for three years, but who was definitely off-limits because of his marriage. He knows that life is too short to waste time when it comes to grabbing the chance and take what and who he wants, but he also knows what being in the spotlight can cost him.


Both men are more than reluctant to pursue their growing attraction…

…not just because of Aidan’s survivor’s guilt and Jamie’s fear of exposure, but due to the fraternization policy of the FBI. This proves to be the least of their worries, though, when they find themselves tangled in a web of terrorism, corruption, and betrayal that is their new case and there could be more at stake than just displeasing their employer, namely losing the life of your partner, the man who could be your second chance for love in your life.

 

He had no idea where they went from here. But for tonight, he wasn’t empty; he was holding life in his arms. Walker dropped a kiss in his hair and Aidan took a deep, contented breath of ocean and sex, of them, memorized it, and tucked it away so no matter what happened, he’d always have tonight.

I just love these two men.

Jamie is such a sweetheart and I just wanted to wrap Aidan in a bubble so he cannot be hurt again. I’m not really a big fan of age-gap, but these guys are just perfect for each other. There are swoon-worthy scenes that just melted my heart, but there is also lots of banter between them that made me howl with laughter.


At times it was a bit difficult to read, though, especially at the beginning, and that is exactly the reason why I don’t give this story solid 5 stars. It might be the fact that English is not my mother tongue, but there were a lot of technical terms I never heard of.  It was a bit arduous to look them up and all the shortcuts like CDC, GNL, BLS, MIT, UT and whatever, left my head spinning sometimes. To add insult to injury, I’m not a computer person. I consider myself lucky to install a new program on my laptop without breaking something and random pop-up windows will bring me occasionally on the verge of a panic attack…

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No, no, it is not that bad, but all the technobabble.

Um, sorry, Jamie, the hacker lingo – left me feeling like I should have read a manual first or taken the crash course ‘How to hack into a computer in five easy steps’ beforehand. After a while, I did not even try to pretend I understood every word they said and just went with the flow, just like at work when our technician tries to explain the engineering marvels to me. But it worked – just like at the office 😉 – and I got the gist of what was going on.


This is a great start to an amazing new series …

…and the ending left me more than anxious for the next book.

It is not a cliffhanger in the classical sense, but a hint that this is just the calm before the storm and secrets threaten to put a strain on Aidan and Jamie’s tentative relationship…

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~Review~See My Words by Melanie Hansen~

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

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

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I seriously couldn’t wait to read this after reading book one Pieces of Me and it didn’t disappoint.

I knew that Scott and Rylan still had a long way to go.Their story is extremely emotional and was quite hard to read at times but ultimately it’s a love story, a second chance for two men that were, in the end, perfect together.


This book continues straight after events at the end of book one.

Scott, having always relied on his looks and charisma, finds himself in a difficult place.Just as his life seemed to be on track, career-wise, he’s delt a massive setback.

I found this difficult to read at times. Scott is so emotionally scarred…all he’s been shown in his young life was negatively and the insecurities continued into adulthood.When Rylan comes back into his life, he still can’t let go of the past and tries over and over to push him away believing he’s not good enough for Rylan.


I absolutely loved Rylan. As a reader, I always believed in his love and commitment to Scott and he was what made this book so special for me.Yes, at times, I wanted him to walk away but I always believed in him to do the right thing for both of them.

This is about two men finding their way in life…

…dealing with the past, facing up to the future and while they both had their struggles it was Scott that went on one hell of a journey…and, in the end, he figured it out on his own.


This is emotional, angsty but I always had faith that these two men would make it.

Have to mention one of the best secondary characters I’ve read about in Minh…

I know we kind of got his story/conclusion but I would absolutely love more of his and Chris’s story…maybe just a novella??

Highly Recommended series!

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~Review~Cry No More by Linda Howard~

 

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Cry No More by Linda Howard

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

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Cry No More was almost perfect. For that, I needed a bit more from the male MC.  I can’t pinpoint why but I couldn’t read him.

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But he was too mysterious and not in that fascinating enigmatic way,  it was more like in a shady way. There was something missing, like a piece of a puzzle to make the whole him make sense. On the other hand, the female character exceeded my expectations. Milla had her world ripped apart.

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…and she became a lady on a mission.

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Tireless on her mission, I must say. Ten years, a pillar, steady, strong, fierce on what she believed. Helping other families, who were facing the same kind of nightmare she had once been through in her life.


I couldn’t be prouder of her and yet, at the end, she astonished me again, showing that on top of all her other qualities she was also…

…the most selfless character I came across in a book.

Because c’mon, what she did at the end?  I am not sure I would be able to do the same. Maybe. Maybe not. It’s that kind of situation where you only know what to do once you come across it: to deal with your heart or your reason?

I won’t forget this book anytime soon and that is the reason I will round it up to 5 stars.

A remarkable story!

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~Review~Femme by Marshall Thornton~

 

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Femme by Marshall Thornton

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

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Well, this is a little gem. It’s the first book I’ve read by this Author and I was very impressed.

This surprised me in the best way, not least, because there are hardly any on page sex scenes but I didn’t care because the writing is so engaging…that’s not to say it isn’t sexy because it is…

Lionel is deliciously femme, from his pink boy shorts, red heels, and his homemade pom-poms.

Doug(Dog) is gay and plays for a gay softball team.

He’s obviously out to his teammates but not his family, something he isn’t planning on changing anytime soon.But his resolve is about to be tested when he meets the tornado that is Lionel.


After a drunken hook up one night, these two seem to take two steps forward and ten steps back as far as dating goes and although they’re complete opposites they are just so damn cute together.

The humor here is brilliant, I’m sure I had a huge smile on my face reading this.

I absolutely loved Dog’s mother, when she found out he was gay, her research went into overdrive.

“I’ve had a very busy twenty-four hours. And I’ve come a long way. Last night I was on the same shift with Juan Hernandez. He’s a gay, and he explained a lot of things to me. He told me all about bears and otters and wolves and cubs and polar bears, and—oh my God you boys like your wild animals, don’t you?”


So…Dog is in the closet with his family… Lionel is out and proud but has to go back in the closet for work…and pretend he’s straight.

Mixed with the sass and humor there is a message here.
Be true to yourself, don’t hide, don’t pretend…just be yourself.

Highly Recommended!

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~Review~Damnable Grace by Tillie Cole~

 

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Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen #5) by Tillie Cole

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

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I have loved every book in this series and this one was no exception.

When words fail

First I want to be clear that these books can not be read as stand-alone novels and they should be read in order. Second, there are a lot of triggers in these books, the author warns for those in the blurb and in the books themselves.

I will try and write a review, but it’s hard. I don’t want to spoiler anything because I think these books should be enjoyed without any spoilers…


This story is about AK and Phebe…we have met both of them in the previous books. 

Phebe is Lila’s sister…

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…and she has been one of the cult’s  Sacred Sisters for a very long time. Her life was never ever easy, but now she is living in a different kind of hell.Phebe has been taken away from New Zion and now serves a new master.

My heart broke for all that she went through.

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AK is the Hangmen’s Sergeant at arms.

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He is an experienced sniper, who is quite broken himself. He remembers Phebe…he remembers her red hair and her freckles..so when the Hangmen plan to retrieve Phebe from her hell…he is the first one to jump.

Question is…will he prepared for what he finds…


Just like all the previous books, there were scenes that made me cry my eyes out…

These two broken souls trying to heal each other…it was simply beautiful.

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Ak is definitely one of my favorite Hangmen…after Ky, of course, I think he will always be my number one.

I also loved catching up with all the other characters….the psycho trio was amazing as always and I loved Flame and how he has grown…


This series is by far, one of the greatest “biker” series out there.

It is dark and gritty, but underneath all of that, there is definitely hope…

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~Release Day Review~Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan~

 

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Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: The Roosevelt, Book #2
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance,
Page Count: 190 pages
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

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~Blurb~

Some heroes wear capes. Some prefer sensory sacks.

Emmet Washington has never let the world define him, even though he, his boyfriend, Jeremey, and his friends aren’t considered “real” adults because of their disabilities. When the State of Iowa restructures its mental health system and puts the independent living facility where they live in jeopardy, Emmet refuses to be forced into substandard, privatized corporate care. With the help of Jeremey and their friends, he starts a local grassroots organization and fights every step of the way.

In addition to navigating his boyfriend’s increased depression and anxiety, Emmet has to make his autistic tics acceptable to politicians and donors, and he wonders if they’re raising awareness or putting their disabilities on display. When their campaign attracts the attention of the opposition’s powerful corporate lobbyist, Emmet relies on his skill with calculations and predictions and trusts he can save the day—for himself, his friends, and everyone with disabilities.

He only hopes there isn’t a variable in his formula he’s failed to foresee.


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Shelter the Sea (The Roosevelt #2) by Heidi Cullinan

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

4,5FFF


I was so excited about this follow-up story about Emmet and Jeremey, but I have to admit, I was also a bit worried. Book 1 left me with an amazing feeling when I was finished and I was a bit nervous this book would mess that up for me.

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I shouldn’t have worried though because this book left me feeling even happier than book 1 did.

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Before I continue this review, I would like to point out, that this is not a stand-alone. You should read book 1 first and if you haven’t, you are missing out big time !!

I am not gonna go into the plot too deeply, because, like the previous book, I think this book should be enjoyed without too many spoilers.

This book takes us back to Emmet, Jeremey, and their friends…

…who are now happily living at The Roosevelt.

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But life doesn’t always allow us to stay happy…. Sometimes the outside world tries to decide whether or not we are allowed to be/stay happy.


This book is about standing up for your (equal) rights and fighting for what you believe in.

It’s about the challenges, that people with disabilities face every single day. It’s about the fact that it’s ok not to be normal….because normal doesn’t exist and nobody really is.

“I knew I wasn’t wanted. Every day, every aspect of the world, of the culture, made a point to tell me I was different and less than, and so were all my friends.”

It’s about love…friendship and superpowers !!

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Emmet, Jeremey, David and Darren blew me away. It wasn’t easy for them, but they fought none the less. I was in awe of their strength and friendship.

“Let us be your sensory pack. We’re your Blues Brothers shield. Tell your octopus it’s safe with us.” 


Of course, Emmet is still….and will probably always be….my all time favorite !! He is such an awesome character and brought tears to my eyes on multiple occasions. I hope we’ll get many more of him in the next two books. One will be David’s story and one will be Darren’s. I can’t wait !!!

“I’d had it wrong all along. I didn’t have to shelter the sea. I had to find the way to let the sea shelter me.”

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~Release Day Review~Starting from Scratch by Jay Northcote~

 

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Title: Starting from Scratch
Author: Jay Northcote
Series: Housemates, Book #5
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Transgender, Contemporary Romance
Length: 57,000 words
Cover: Garrett Leigh
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating:*****4.5 Stars*****

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~Blurb~

Starting over isn’t easy, but Ben is ready to live his life as the man he was always meant to be.

Ben is transgender and back at university after hormone treatment and chest surgery. His new housemates have no idea about his history and Ben would prefer to keep it that way. He’s starting from scratch and his life is finally on track, except in the romance department. The idea of dating guys as a guy is exhilarating but terrifying, because if Ben wants a boyfriend he’ll have to disclose his secret.

Sid is drawn to Ben from the moment they meet. He normally gets what he wants—in the short term at least. Ben’s guarded at first, and Sid’s not used to guys rejecting his advances. He eventually charms his way through Ben’s defences and helps Ben on his journey of sexual awakening.

It doesn’t matter to Sid that Ben is trans. He’s attracted to the whole person, and isn’t worried about what is—or isn’t—in Ben’s pants. They’re good together, and both of them are falling hard and fast, but Ben’s insecurities keep getting in the way. If Sid can convince Ben he’s committed, will Ben finally be able to put his heart on the line?

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.


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Starting from Scratch (Housemates #5) by Jay Northcote

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Another great book in this super sexy series but can be read as a standalone.

Ben and Sid were briefly introduced in the previous book.

Ben is transgender and has gone through his transition.He returns back to the shared house in the New Year determined to try and be more outgoing and interact with people more.


Sid is Jude’s ex-hook up from the previous book.He’s just recently broken up with someone so when he gets an invitation from Jude inviting him on a night out with his friends he thinks why not?


Sid and Ben are drawn to each other, not least because of everyone else in part of a couple.They get on well and Sid finds himself getting more and more attracted to Ben, so much so that he doesn’t hold back.

“So, what do you say? Want to try having sober sex with me?”

Poor Ben is like a rabbit in the headlights…he’s still trying to adjust emotionally and still has insecurities about his body.

And my heart ached for Ben, at times, as he battled his inner demons.

However, they start to text each other and develop a friendship but when feelings get involved Ben knows he has to tell Sid about being trans.I loved how Sid reacted….all he wanted was to make Ben at ease.

I’ve read a few transgender books but this is the first one where I came to fully appreciate that people have choices, things aren’t straight forward and that Ben’s decision regarding his own personal transition was right for him.

The relationship between them developed at exactly the right pace and…

…they are just perfect together.


I just have to mention a new character that was introduced.Johnny…how I loved that dirty boy, with his messy blonde hair and love of eyeliner.I’m keeping everything crossed that it’s his story next.

Definitely a recommended read!

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~Release Day Review~Imagines by N.R. Walker~

 

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Title: Imagines
Author: N.R. Walker
Series: Imago, Book #2
Cover: Harper By Design
Release Date: April 10, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Judith~

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Imagines is the Latin plural for Imago, and the only thing better than one metamorphosis, is two.

Jack Brighton and Lawson Gale have been together for six months and are very much in love. Lawson’s work ensuring the survival of the Tillman Copper is demanding as ever, and Jack’s work with the regeneration of the bushfire-ravaged national park is just as hectic.

When Jack suggests they take a short trip, Lawson agrees. But then he is offered a two-week research position in tropical Queensland to help determine why the Ulysses butterfly is on the decline. Figuring they could combine work and pleasure, Jack and Lawson go on their first vacation together.

Working alongside renowned professor Piers Bonfils isn’t easy. But personal and professional differences aside, Lawson is offered a more permanent role in Queensland. Torn between his new life in Tasmania with Jack and a dying species of butterfly he feels compelled to save, Lawson has to decide where his fate lies.

But fate changes the rules. On a research expedition into the depths of the rainforest, suddenly it’s not only the butterflies’ existence that hangs in the balance

A butterfly’s life cycle never changes. From larvae to imago, their course is plotted by design. Jack and Lawson need to determine where they stand if they live through it. Because the only thing more incredible than one imago is two.


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Imagines (Imago #2) by N.R. Walker

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

4,5FFF


“In entomology, we have a term called imagines.It’s the plural of imago.And if imago is one butterfly reaching it’s full potential, then surely we, together, would be imagines.”

And the cuteness continues…
I couldn’t love Jack and Lawson more…


They’re six months into their relationship.Jack has some vacation time and they are planning a trip when Lawson is offered a two week research program to look into the decline of the Ulysses butterfly.So, they decide to combine work and leisure and set off to Queensland.

There is no relationship angst at all here, just an adorable love story.


Lawson is just as feisty as ever and I loved him getting bossy in the bedroom again.
And, Jack (swoon)….who wouldn’t want a boyfriend like him? I adored him, being so protective and taking care of Lawson.

There is a bit of drama and Lawson finds himself with an important decision to make but you always know these two will make it.


The Epilogue couldn’t have been more perfect.

I could read about these two all day long and never get bored.

Highly Recommended series.

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