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~Release Day Review~Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns by Tara Lain~

 

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Title: Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns
Author: Tara Lain
Series: Cowboys Don’t,  Book #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 22, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance/Cowboys

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Cowboy Danny Boone—a name he made up one drunken night and has regretted ever since—harbors a big past and yearns for a small future. A short, bright career as a champion bull rider almost ended in his death when his homophobic father discovered Danny was gay. Now Danny longs for a plot of land he can build a ranch house on and enough money to make up for some of the education he missed.

Danny also hides a preference for beautiful femmes who like to top—a combo rarer than a unicorn. Then onto the guest ranch where Danny works drives San Francisco decorator Laurie Belmont, a young man so gorgeous he makes horses gasp, and so ballsy he almost kills Danny’s attacker.

Laurie’s trying to find his way out from under the thumb of a domineering mother, helpless father, and rich, privileged boyfriend.

But no matter the attraction, their lives are worlds apart, and cowboys don’t ride unicorns.

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Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns(Cowboys Don’t #2)

by Tara Lain

****3.5 Stars rounded to 4****

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I haven’t read the previous book in this series, so it’s safe to say that this one can be read as a stand alone. I usually don’t read a lot of books that have a femme/flamboyant hero, because I am much more into the whole big bad alpha thing.

What I do love, however, are cowboys…they are my kryptonite.

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Danny is a ranch hand at a dude ranch, which is owned by Rand (book 1). He used to be a famous bull rider in the past, but his dad put a stop to that, in a very cruel way. Danny changed his name and even though, he still rides on rodeo’s from time to time, to make some money…

…he tries to stay as far away from his past as he can.

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Danny also has a very specific preference, when it comes to his romance/sex life. He loves flamboyant men, but he loves it even, more when they top him. Finding such a mystical unicorn isn’t very easy, though.

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Until one day, such a rare unicorn walks into the ranch as a guest…. Danny feels an immediate attraction towards the flamboyant man. There is only one problem. Laurie didn’t come alone, he is with his boyfriend. His very rich boyfriend.

While Danny is trying to outrun his past, Laurie is struggling with his future.

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He wants to do right by his parents and he knows his boyfriend could be a big help, but shouldn’t his feelings matter. He knows Grove is not the man for him. What he really wants is a go at that cowboy.

Luckily for both of them, he gets that chance …

“Hang on. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride”. 

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But what will happen when Danny is confronted with his past and Laurie’s future gets in the way….


This book was heavy on the insta-love, I would have liked it more if the two of them would have gotten to know each other a bit better. I also would have liked to read more about Danny and his father. The situation between them was quite volatile and it was fixed a bit too fast and easy for my taste.

Still ..it was a very nice read, even though my preference for alpha men has not changed.

In the end, I am happy that Danny found his unicorn….

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“Everyone knows it takes a real cowboy to ride a unicorn”.

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~Review~Let Love Live by Melissa Collins~

 

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Let Love Live (Love #5) by Melissa Collins

****4 Stars****

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I was a bit nervous about reading this one. I am not a huge fan of the “deceased lover” trope and the fact that this book was divided into two storylines, “before” and “after”, really had me worried. I shouldn’t have, though, especially since this book was so highly recommended by my friend Ralu. Thanks again dear Ralu !!

The story starts off with Dylan and Shane being teenagers and best friends. Both are still in high school. Both are also struggling with the fact, that they are gay and falling in love with their best friend. When they confess their darkest secret to one another, it’s bittersweet. Sweet because these boys found so much love with each other.

Bitter because being together is not as easy as it may sound.

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Things are especially hard for Shane. His home life is already beyond fucked up with his piece of shit, abusive and alcoholic father. 

Imagine what would happen when he finds out the truth.

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Once both boys are off to college, they continue their relationship from a distance…sneaking around so Shane’s family won’t find out he is gay. But if there is one thing I have learned from all the books I have ever read,…

…it’s that secrets always have a way of coming out.

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And when it does…things take a turn for the absolute worst. I felt so sorry for Shane and how he was feeling.

At the same time, my heart broke for Dylan…

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The second half of the book brings us to 8 years later.

Dylan is working as a counselor for the Gay/Straight allegiance. But for all the counseling he is doing for others…he is not so good with taking his own advice. Dylan is still living under an amount of guilt and hasn’t been able to hold onto a real relationship for longer than 6 months.

His guilt and especially his fears won’t let him…let go.

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This is when he meets Connor.

Connor is a former MMA fighter who has recently opened a gym. Connor hasn’t had the easiest of life either, but even though he has lost his dream of being an MMA fighter…he won’t give up on his other dream. Finding love and being happy.

There is an instant connection between these two men and even though Dylan tries to keep things casual at first…Dylan won’t let him. I really loved Dylan. I admired him for standing up for what he wanted and for not giving up on Dylan right away.

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“You brought me back to life simply by just being here. And I don’t ever want to picture a life that you’re not a part of.”


All in all, I really enjoyed reading this one. I would have liked a bit more Dylan and Connor if I’m honest. Everything went so fast all of a sudden, while the first part of the book seemed a bit slower paced.

Still, it was a very nice “second change” book about loss and love and letting go.

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~Release Day Review~ Step by Step by K.C. Wells~

 

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Title: Step By Step
Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance

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Jamie’s life is one big financial mess, and it really isn’t his fault. However, the last thing he expected to find in the library was a Good Samaritan. He might have been suspicious of Guy’s motives at first, but it soon becomes apparent that his savior is a good man who has been lucky in life and is looking to pay it forward. Guy being gay is not a problem. Jamie’s not interested… or so he thinks.

Guy is happy to help Jamie, and the two men get along fine. But when Jamie’s curiosity leads him from one thing to another, Guy finds himself looking at the younger man with new eyes. What started out as a hand up is now something completely different….

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Step by Step by K.C. Wells

****4 Stars****

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I’m not normally a fan of an age difference but this really worked for me.

Jamie is nearly 21 and struggling to put himself through college.

The college fund his parents had for him has been used for his parents long and messy divorce.He’s just lost one of the three jobs he had and is behind with his rent when a kind of Knight in Shining Armour steps in.


Guy is 38 and has a very comfortable life.

He offers Jamie a room in his home, wants to help with bills and tuition and genuinely wants Jamie to get the best out of life.
You might be forgiven for thinking this was just a bit unbelievable but somehow it wasn’t and I think it’s because Guy is a good man…I mean a really good man.There was no creepy ulterior motive about Guy’s proposal.He had been in a similar situation when he was young and someone stepped up to help him and he wants to repay the favor.

Guy is upfront about his sexuality.He’s gay but has two grown up children around Jamie’s age from a relationship when he was young.Jamie is straight and hasn’t had much time or inclination for sex.


There is no insta lust here.

They become friends and develop a mutual respect for each other.But gradually things change and their relationship develops at just the right pace.I don’t think this book it about being labeled as gay, straight or bi…..it’s a story of two men who connect emotionally and then physically.I enjoyed their friendship just as much as their sexual relationship…

…which was smoking hot!!


Some brilliant supporting characters, especially Ryan and Cole…….I so want their stories.The Epilogue giving teasers about Cole was very intriguing. I’m hoping his story is next if there is going to be one??

Talking of the Epilogue….I’m not normally bothered either way about one but this was just perfect.
A recommended read, even if you’re not a fan of an age difference I think this one might convert you.

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~Dark Space series by Lisa Henry~

 

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Dark Space (Dark Space #1) by Lisa Henry

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

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Well, what do you know? I have read my second sci-fi book this week and again…

…I loved the hell out of it.

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I was already in a sci-fi vibe from the last book, so I figured, why not give this one a go. I’m still shocked by how much I enjoyed reading this book. Guess I am more into sci-fi than I thought.

Anyways, I am gonna try and keep this review short, because there are plenty of awesome reviews on this book already.


Let’s start with Brady….my favorite. 😉

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Brady is 19 years old and has been working on a space station for the last 3 years. The reason they are in space…to protect the earth from aliens….or “faceless” as they are called. Brady is scared to death of space and of the faceless, but being drafted..he had no other choice. He really wants to go home to his sick father and his baby sister, but he still has years to serve. Brady is a bit of an angry dude, so I really connected with him from the start.


He is of the opinion that life in general sucks…

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and his thoughts throughout this book, made me laugh out loud…


I really understood where he was coming from. Being locked in dark outer space for the last 3 years…the life slowly being sucked out of you… all the while being afraid of freaking aliens coming and destroying you and anything around you.

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His fears and his pessimism get even worse when one day an alien pod arrives, within it a lieutenant that was kidnapped 4 years ago.

Lieutenant Cameron Rushton…

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Brady is called to the medic bay to come help, but when he helps to cut Cameron out of the pot, he gets injured and comes in contact with the strange fluid surrounding Cameron. Apparently, this causes a bond between the two of them and soon it becomes clear that Cameron can’t survive without Brady. He needs Brady’s touch and heartbeat to stay alive. Brady sort of functions as his battery. Fucked up…but there you have it.

“You’re my heartbeat, Brady .”


Cam also has a message….the faceless are coming…Which makes Brady even more neurotic than he already was. He is convinced they are all going to die and…

…this is his motto for most of the book. 😛

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There is also a plus to all this, though. Because Cam can’t survive without Brady, the two of them are forced to stay together in their private little world. They share almost everything…including each other’s thoughts and fears. Touching becomes more and more urgent…

…which made for some very nice and steamy scenes…

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But “the faceless” are coming….and what will happen then…


Huh…guess my review isn’t as short as I promised…

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I really enjoyed this one…I especially loved Brady and his anger and pessimism…

I can’t wait to see what’s gonna happen in book 2. I also want to thank my sweet, sweet friend, Susan, for recommending this one to me…Thanks, babe. 😉

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Darker Space (Dark Space, #2) by Lisa Henry

****4 Stars****

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After finishing book 1 and loving it, I jumped right into this one.

Brady and Cameron have come home and are taking care of Lucy. They still work for the military and they still get tons of medical and psych evaluations, because of their interaction with “the faceless”. Now that they are back with Lucy and in a relationship together, they should be doing great….only they are not.

Especially Brady is struggling. He feels lost now that his physical and mental connection with Cam is gone. He feels unworthy a lot of the time and boy …

…he is one angry little dude…

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I still loved him to pieces though and I totally got where he was coming from.


Cameron seems to be doing a bit better…but where the black still freaks Brady out…Cam really misses space.

He misses being out there, close to the stars.

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Things are about to change, though because guess what….

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Yep, the aliens are back…or well Kai-Ren is.


It starts with dreams and it soon evolves to Cam and Brady hearing Kai-Ren and their psychic connection being restored. They try to keep things a secret, but with the military up in their butts, that’s not as easy as it sounds, especially when said military consists of a bunch of assholes. At least we still had Brady being his mouthy self. 😉

He was very specific about what he thought of them.

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This major clusterfuck eventually leads the guys back to space…where Brady is doing his very best not to freak the fuck out. This is a hard feat for him, especially when Lucy gets envolved and some stupid officers make some very stupid mistakes.

I really enjoyed this second book and I am so glad I have read it because I needed to understand who Kai-Ren was and what he wanted. Now I still don’t know everything, but things are much clearer to me and I have to admit….I actually like the dude.Yes Susan…I admit you were right !!

I now have a weak spot for Kai-Ren

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Brady is still my favorite, though. I know he was a bit dark in this book and a whole lot angry, but I actually liked that about him. I loved being inside his head. I also loved that he finally made peace with everything…including himself.

”Am I your heartbeat again?”
“You always have been.”

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I hope there will be the next book soon because…

I am very curious to see what’s gonna happen next.

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~Review~ Under Pressure by Kara Greenan

 

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Under Pressure (No Pressure, No Diamonds #1) by Kara Greenan

****4 Stars****

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To Catch A Thief…

… starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid.

I loved this film. Maybe that is the reason why everything revolving around a heist fascinates me, be it a movie or a book. Hence I could not resist when Under Pressure popped up on the site of a publisher and of course had to click the download button. And what can I say? I don’t regret it.


London is a thief and good at his job.

The best, as a matter of fact. A legend, despite his young age.

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Nobody knows any details about him and that is exactly the way he wants it. The less attachment, the better. So you won’t get hurt when people abandon you, right? He learned that lesson at a very young age, when his mother submitted him into foster care, but kept his siblings. That is why it hits him hard when he thought he had found someone special in Sebastian, a colleague during a planned heist in Venice. He thought he had found someone he could love, someone he could trust, only to be dumped after a few nights of passion, hot sex and something London thought, would be more. Deeper.


One year later. A new heist. A new team. A team, London calls his friends, his almost only friends. When the heist proves not to go to plan, not to be as smooth as they hoped it would be….

Sebastian comes in.

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Sebastian is a grifter. The son of an Earl, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and because of the wealth of his family and his good looks used to get what he wants.He is able to charm his way into the coldest of hearts and everybody is happy to please him. My initial thoughts were “spoiled brat” and that is true to some degree, but there is more to him than meets the eye. The only problem? When you are used to telling lies left, right and center, nobody will believe you when you tell the truth. Especially not London, who is set hard on revenge, when Sebastian joins the team. Getting it without endangering the heist proves to be difficult.

 And resisting Sebastian’s charm and the chemistry between them which is still there, even more so…

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Obviously, the heist plays an important role in this book…

… but the main focus lies on the relationship between London and Sebastian and their dance around each other.

The story, told in British English, is very interesting, albeit a bit slow, and with the setting in three of the most beautiful metropolises in the world, London, Venice and Paris, it is absolutely refreshing. Add great characters to the mix and consider me hooked.


You might ask yourself now, why only four stars and not five, then?

For one, Under Pressure contains two of my pet peeves: present tense narration and flashbacks. It is virtually two stories in one, the present day when London and Sebastian meet again and one year ago when they met in the first place. Where I adapted to the present tense pretty soon this time – which surprised me the most, because that is something I normally don’t like at all -, the flashbacks yanked me out of the story sometimes, even if I understand that they are necessary to comprehend everything, especially Sebastian’s motives for dumping London a year ago. On the positive side, because of the flashbacks, it did not really feel like the insta-lust/~love that it actually was. We get to know the story bit by bit and that was something I have not experienced before.


Probably it is just me, but sometimes I found it hard to keep track of in which head I was in because for me the perspective changed at the whiplash-inducing speed at times. I had to read some sentences twice to know whose thoughts I was reading about.

And then there was the first sex scene, or rather the nonexistent first sex scene… Well, to say I like sex scenes would be an understatement, but I even survived a whole series without real sex scenes. But then there was no sex! The first sex in this book was off-page and clueless me did not even get it at first. A few pages later (after another flashback) London claimed that he and Sebastian had sex and me: “Huh? When?”. I actually had to turn back and yes, there it was. The clue. Don’t get me wrong, the following sex scenes were absolutely hot and they so made up for the lack of the first one (just to give you a hint, not to say an appetizer: rimming over a balcony rail. Do I have to say more???), but it was a bit disappointing at that moment, although I know where the author is coming from.


All in all, though, this was a very enjoyable read…

…which I can only recommend and of course. I cannot wait to read more about London and Sebastian and the team planning a new heist.

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~ Review ~ Misfits by Garrett Leigh~

 

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Title: Misfits
Series: Urban Soul Book #1
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 16, 2015
Genre(s): M/M/M, Contemporary Romance

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Misfits (Urban Soul #1) by Garrett Leigh

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This was my first book by Garrett Leigh, and she most certainly did not disappoint. 

I know she is a writer that has the ability to dig into a character and draw out deep emotions that make them come alive on the page.  I, however, am a complete and total baby with a mushy heart that easily breaks…so I’ve tended to avoid more angsty stories.


I haven’t read a ménage book in years,…

…so I was coming into this one with an open mind not having other books in this genre on my mind.  The problem I have run into with this type of book is I am a true romantic at heart, that being said I am also possessive, competitive and do not share well – especially the love of my life.  Let’s be honest, ménage books are on a slippery slope, it can often be difficult to bring out a real romance and relationship.  So; I was very happily surprised when that was exactly what this book was going for, and I’ll be damned….she was able to do it!!


Tom and Cass have been together for nine years, they live together, own businesses together and are totally committed to each other.  They met when they were very young, and fell fast in love, but were too young to settle down….so they didn’t.  This led them to have an open relationship, they are very honest with each other and share everything.

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I personally don’t get it, but hey it totally works for them. 

They hook up with blokes from time to time and on occasion, even together, but it’s not often they find someone they both like, so that’s rare.


Their businesses were thriving keeping them very busy and often away from each other. 

One night while Tom is at dinner Tom researching his next project he meets Jake, they seem to have a connection right from the start.  Flirting leads to spending the night together, but in the morning Jake wakes up to not Tom in the room with him but Cass.  He has no idea about their open arrangement and can’t get out of there fast enough.  He can’t help but think Tom has cheated with him and is none too happy with the situation.

“It’s not cheating, Jake.  We choose to live this way.  It might not make sense to you, but it works for us.”

Jake doesn’t really understand the situation between them, but Tom isn’t ready to give Jake up, and Jake is equally interested in Tom.  Tom is torn between his quickly growing feelings for Jake and how it can fit into his relationship with Cass, he can’t live two separate lives.  Cass seems to be trying to push Jake and Tom together, and Jake is confused by his feeling for both men.


Circumstances arise for Jake, and while Tom is a fixer at heart, wanting to help and save everyone he loves, Cass is the person that ends up being there for Jake. Jake and Cass start to grow a beautiful friendship, but Jake doesn’t feel right getting in between Tom and Cass, he sees they have a very loving relationship.  But he notices that something is going on under the surface. Cass seems to be holding himself back, blocking himself from Tom, and Jake can see and fell the underlying tension.

“I’m not punishing you, Cass.  I just don’t want to be alone, and neither do you, so why are we both so lonely?”


The three become a family of sorts and you can watch the transitions from friend to lover, Cass and Jake build a slow bond that grows of its own accord, nothing was forced.  Tom and Jake, from the start they had feelings fast and strong but were able to grow into something more.  They all needed to work on different aspects of their lives,…

…and truly that was what the majority of this story centered around.

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They did all come together, and believe me when I say, it was hot..hot…SO HOT!!! 

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This really ended up being a journey of acceptance and understanding not everyone has the same definition of love and family. 

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This relationship with the three of them was what they needed to be happy and complete.

“Tom knew Cass was the love of his life and Jake…Jake had taught them to love each other better.  Jake had taught them how to live.”

They found a way to make it work, different was normal for them.

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~Review~ Twist by Kylie Scott

 

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Twist (Dive Bar #2) by Kylie Scott

****4 Stars****

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Ever since reading the first book in the “Stage Dive” series, I have been a huge fan of Kylie Scott.

I loved all books in that series and so when the “Dive Bar” series came out, I jumped right into that one too. I really liked the first book in this series, so when I received an ARC for book 2, it made my day.  🙂

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I have to say that I liked this book a bit more than book 1. Reason being… the heroine.   She was extremely funny and sarcastic…and I just love some me good sarcasm…

This book is about Joe and Alex….and no, Alex is not a guy….sorry guys. 😛

Joe is a sexy lumbersexual, working as a bartender at “Dive Bar”. He also helps his father in his carpentry business. Joe has a beard….Bearded men usually don’t do it for me….at all. However, the reference to “Thor” kind of got to me, so I figured I could work with it.  😉

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Joe has been snooping in his brother Erik’s online dating account and it was there, that he met the lovely Alex.


Alex is a graphic designer, who works mostly from home.

She doesn’t have many friends, just one really because she is a bit socially awkward. She doesn’t do relationships either. One night stands are really all that she is after, but after emailing back and forth with her new online buddy, she starts reconsidering. Finally, she picks up the courage, to go meet the man face to face.

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These two don’t really start off on the right foot. It did make for some hilarious scenes, though.

I loved snarky Alex !!

“Lumbersexuals were clearly the worst. Truth was, I’d never been especially into beards.  At best, I’d been indifferent. Now, however, I outright despised them. Horrible hairy frames for lying lips and duplicitous tongues, that’s what they were. Loathsome whiskery bastards. Burn them all in a fire”.

This girl was funny as hell !!


I also really liked Joe. He was very sweet, charming and sexy, though, at the end, he pissed me off something fierce !!

Still…these two made an awesome couple.

They were funny together, their banter was great and the steam was HOT !!

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I am very curious to see who is gonna be next in this series. I myself hope it’s Erik’s turn to fall flat on his face. That guy needs a good kick in the nuts by the right girl !!

Even though I really liked this book and I laughed my ass off…

Mal and Jimmy from “Stage Dive” will always be my favorites…..though you never know.

 

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~Review~ Lost Rider by Harper Sloan~

 

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Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) by Harper Sloan

****4Stars****

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I have a very deep love for cowboys, so when I was given the chance of reviewing a “cowboy” book, by one of my favorite authors…I jumped on it !!

You know what they say….and I totally agree !!

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“Lost Rider” is the first book in this new series by Haper Sloan.

It was very different, from all the other books I have read by her (which are a lot), though one thing has not changed…. the delicious alpha hero.  😉

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The beginning of this books has some flashbacks to the past when Maverick and Leighton were much younger. Leighton has always had a huge crush on her best friends older brother.

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Maverick had a really hard time growing up.

His father was an absolute asshole and the only thing that kept Maverick going were his dreams of bull riding…and Leighton. He knows he can’t stay…he is slowly dying inside. He knows she has a big crush on him and he knows that she would follow him to the end of the world if need be…So he does the only thing he can think of. He breaks her 16-year-old heart into little pieces and goes off to chase his dreams.

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Fast forward 10 years and Maverick is forced to come home again.

His bull riding career has come to a screeching halt and his siblings need him because their father has died. Coming home also means…

…Coming face to face with the one girl he never wanted to leave…

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Leighton was crushed when Maverick broke her heart and left…

But she has since grown up and made a life for herself. Maverick still owns a piece of her heart though and she doesn’t know if that will ever change. Now Maverick has come back and he has made it very clear he wants her and he intends to never let her go.

But how will she ever trust him again...

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This was a very low on angst, second chance story.

Not only a second chance on love but a second chance on family and life. I enjoyed reading it, though I would have enjoyed it more if there would have been a bit more angst. I also would have preferred a bit more dialogue. The MC’s spend a lot of time in their heads…

I liked Maverick and Leighton, though Leighton did annoy me at times. I know what Maverick did to her when she was 16, was extremely shitty, but in my opinion, him leaving was a necessity. Not everything was about her, though for some reason, she made it out to be. Thankfully she was also funny as hell, so that made up for her annoying parts.

As for Maverick…yeah he was a major asshole in the beginning. But what can I say…I like assholes and he did try very hard to redeem himself. He was also a major dirty talker, which get’s me all the time.  😉

The steam in this book was delicious…

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“I was lost once. A Rider without the ability to do what he loved. I came home even though it was the last place I thought I wanted to be, and in the process not only did I find myself again, but I also found that my reason for livin’ didn’t have shit to do with ridin’. ” 

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I do have to say that “Corps Security” and especially “Hope Town” are still my favorite series by this author, though. I don’t think anything will change that. Still, this was a very sweet, low on angst and high on love “second chance” story. I am definitely reading the next book !!

An arc was kindle provided to me by the author, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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~Review~ Daily Grind by Anna Zabo

 

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Daily Grind (Takeover #4) by Anna Zabo

****4 Stars****
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This was a very nice surprise.

I haven’t read the other books in this series, so I had no idea what to expect. Thankfully this book didn’t disappoint.Brian is the owner of Ground N’At, a coffee shop located beneath SR Anderson Consulting. He is a very hard and dedicated worker….a bit too hard one might say.Rob is the CEO of a robotics company. And for those who are into Gingers….you lucked out with Rob.


They have instant chemistry when they meet.

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Brian has always known he was bi, he just never acted on it. That is until he gets to know Rob. These two men were very sweet, funny and very very HOT together.

“And yes, a taste of that cream, too, please.”

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We also get quite the “dirty talk”, which made me a very happy camper. 😀

“Right now, you have one job.” …“Take my cock and love every single second of it.”

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There is not a lot of angst in this one, except for Brian working himself to the ground.

All in all, I really like this one and I will go back and read the other books in this series. 😀

An ARC was kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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~Review~Hard Wired by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

 

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Hard Wired (Cyberlove #3)

by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

****4 Stars****

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This was another amazing read by these two wonderful authors.

For those of you, who have read book 1, you already know  Garvy (Jesse) and Cherry (Ian).

They are Kai’s moderators when he is on Twitch. If you have not read book 1 yet….what the hell are you waiting for ??!!

With the way Cherry acted on Twitch, all happy, sweet and emoji-friendly, everyone (almost everyone) assumed that Cherry was a girl.

This is not the case, though. Cherry is, one of Ian’s (online) persona’s …and when I say one, I mean he has more. His other persona is Cerise. A bad boy artist who has a lot of followers on Tumblr.

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Ian has created these persona’s because it makes him feels safe. He doesn’t like interacting as himself. He doesn’t even know who he really is anymore.

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Jessy is Kai’s other moderator. He is a bit of shy surfer boy living in Santa Cruz and taking care of his hippie parents, who can’t seem to support themselves. He really wants to start his own channel, but he hasn’t found the balls to do it yet. He has also just come to terms with being gay.

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These two men will be meeting for the first time face to face as panel members for FallenCon. And while Ian knows all about Jesse (he has been crushing on the man for 2 years), Jesse has no idea who Ian /Cherry / Cerise is.

When Cerise and Jesse come face to face for the first time he doesn’t tell him who he really is. They both hit it off though and there is an immediate attraction between the two.

Later that day they take full advantage of that attraction…..and it was HOT!


Of course, Ian’s identity can’t stay a secret for long, because they are both on the same panel for FallenCon for Kai.

Jesse is pretty hurt, but he is willing to give Ian another chance to explain, but Ian runs.

Jesse doesn’t give up that easily though and he starts reaching out to Ian online. Slowly they start building a new (online) relationship. They spent a lot of time in this book apart, but no worries, because their interactions are really sweet and…

…their skype/phone sex is really HOT.

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But Jesse doesn’t like Ian hiding behind his Cerise persona and Ian is not ready to let go of his armor

.Question is, will these two work things out, while also being so far apart….


I really enjoyed this book and I have to say that my heart broke for Ian. I can understand if some people found his behavior a bit annoying, but he was definitely my favorite character in this book.

I do have to say that even though this book was great, book 2 is still my favorite. I don’t see that changing in the future either, because…

..Dominic just stole my heart !!

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Book 2 was a bit lighter and funnier, while this one carried a somewhat sadder undertone (at least for me). The steam level of this book was also a bit lower than it was in the other books (there was still plenty..not worries), though this did not bother me and was very understandable, with the being apart so much.

I’m very curious to see who’s up next. I think it will be Zane and Beau, which would be awesome because I liked both their characters in this book.


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