~Release Day Review~Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader~ 


33986831Title: Irresistible You
Author: Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #1
Publisher: Pocket Star
Page Count: 400 pages
Release Date: August 14, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5


Hot in Chicago series author Kate Meader returns with her all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series, featuring her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (Romantic Times). Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.

Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem, a chip on his shoulder, and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?
He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…

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I have read several of Kate Meader’s books, which I really enjoyed so I figured I would give this new series a try. I am glad to say that I am not disappointed. This could also be because it’s a book about hockey…and sports themed books are a weakness of mine…especially hockey and baseball. 😛

It’s hard to go wrong with HOT hockey players running around with their sticks. 😛

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~Pre-Release Review-Controlled Burn by Erin McLellan~


34834900Title: Controlled Burn
Author: Erin McLellan
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 293 pages
Release Date: August 14, 2017
Genre(s): M/M,Contemporary Romance, New Adult & College
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5


At eighteen, Joel Smith’s life fell to pieces. His boyfriend died in a car crash while reading a sext from him, the local newspaper outed them both in the aftermath, and his parents got a divorce. Joel did everything possible to outrun his past: he moved to Oklahoma for college, legally changed his name, and started over.
Since then, he hasn’t let anyone get close—not his classmates, not his roommate, and definitely not his hookups. The strategy has served him well for over three years. Why would he change it now?
But Joel doesn’t plan on the articles about his boyfriend’s death being used as a case study in one of his classes. And he doesn’t plan on Paulie McPherson, who is sweet and giving and fun. In Paulie, he finds a home for the first time in years.
But love isn’t simple, and lies have a tendency to get in the way. Joel must figure out if he’ll allow his grief to rule him, or if his connection with Paulie is worth letting all of his walls come tumbling down.




Well…this book was definitely more angsty and emotional than I expected. This is a book about loss, but also about love…

Joel (21) has been grieving the death of his boyfriend for 3 years now. He doesn’t let anyone close anymore and only has casual hookups. He hasn’t really been living…more like surviving I would say.

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This is when he meets Paulie…who is quite the opposite. Continue reading “~Pre-Release Review-Controlled Burn by Erin McLellan~”

~Review~Kiss My Boots (Coming Home #2) by Harper Sloan~


32861737Title: Kiss My Boots
Author: Harper Sloan
Series: Coming Home #2
Publisher: Pocket Books
Page Count: 369 pages
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5


In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?
Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.
The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing…

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I have read almost all of Harper Sloan’s books, so of course, I had to read this series as well. 😉 I absolutely loved the “Security” series and “Hopetown” even more.

This series is a bit different though… For one, we get Cowboys…woohoo!! Continue reading “~Review~Kiss My Boots (Coming Home #2) by Harper Sloan~”

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


33296928Title: Single Malt
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #1
Publisher: Carina Press
Page Count: 194 pages
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5


The heart’s a resilient beast

Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case, and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he’s not—Jamie is off-limits. 

Jamie’s lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco’s top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie’s skills invaluable. 

Jamie’s talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security biocontainment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They’ll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.

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I really enjoyed this first book in this new series.

I am a sucker for all kinds of suspense/mystery and action books and I do love me some hot FBI agents. This books totally delivered on those points, but it also gave me something extra… A hot (former) jock turned FBI geek, all in one!!

I have found myself a new favorite character…Mr. Jameson Walker.

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Now before I continue with this review…let’s talk about that name some more!! Jameson Walker…nicknamed “Whiskey” …how freaking awesome is that. I myself loved the name and I loved the man (and I love the whiskey). 😀

I do want to warn everyone who starts this series, that this first book is not very high on the romance. There’s a lot of sexual tension, lusting and even some hot trysts (after 70%), but real romance and love…no…not yet that is. 😉 I am sure that we will get more of that in books 2 and 3…At least I hope so. 😛

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This book is also heavy on the police technicality. These men work cybercrime, so there is a lot of hacking and technical computer lingo going on. I myself love that shit…but some might not.

Aiden is back at the job after he took a 8 month leave, because he lost his partner on the force, Tom and his husband Gabe, in one freaky accident. He himself got hurt (physically and emotionally). His boss, who is also his sister in law (Gabe’s sister) is resigning him to a different department though. He is gonna work cybercrimes…

With a new partner…cybercrime expert…Jameson Walker.

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Jameson (Jamie) has been working cybercrimes for three years now and he is quite the hacking expert. He is a former (famous) basketball player turned FBI-agent. He loves his job, he loves the anonymity after he spends so much time in the spotlights. He feels quite at home in his cave.

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These two have instant chemistry and Jamie has been lusting after Aiden for three years. But Aiden…he is still dealing with his husband’s death and he isn’t ready to let go.

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Jamie understands this and he himself also wants to be cautious, for his own reasons.

These boys get sent on an assignment, which I myself found very interesting, having to do with someone hacking a lab, that holds all sorts of deadly diseases and shit.Spending a lot of time together in close quarters eventually leads these two to let go…sexually at least.

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Things are left pretty open at the end. So prepare for a mild cliffy. I can’t call it a HFN because the both of them aren’t ready for more yet…especially Aiden.

“No promises, Whiskey. We have fun, we enjoy each other, we keep it casual and quiet”

Very curious to what will happen next…bring on the next one, please!!! 😀


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~Review~Just a Bit Wicked (Straight Guys #7) by Alessandra Hazard~


32790204Title: Just a Bit Wicked
Author: Alessandra Hazard
Series: Straight Guys #7
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 214 pages
Release Date: December 17, 2016
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5


He’s sure he’ll never fall for a man…

When it rains, it pours. After losing his prestigious job, Vlad discovers that his girlfriend has cheated on him. Angry and hurt, he’s determined to find her lover and teach him a lesson. When he finds out that her lover is bisexual, it only makes him angrier. Raised by an extremely homophobic family, Vlad is convinced he’s straight and holds nothing but contempt for people who aren’t.
But sometimes contempt and anger can turn into obsession, and then into something else entirely—something Vlad has always considered sick and wrong.

He’s sure he’ll never fall for a homophobic bully…

Sebastian is a successful English model who has always detested bullies. When a man shows up on his doorstep accusing him of sleeping with his girlfriend, Sebastian isn’t interested in being a punching bag. However, provoking a homophobic man is probably not the best idea…or the safest. But then again, Sebastian has never been good at playing it safe.
Things get a lot more complicated when Vlad has to bodyguard Sebastian. Can they stay professional?
They can’t. They bicker and fight, and they hate everything about each other.
Now if only they could figure out how to keep their hands off each other.

Warning: references to past bullying and minor character deaths, violence, homophobia, internalized homophobia, hate sex.

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After reading the previous book and being introduced to homophobic Vlad, I was a bit hesitant to read this one. He was quite the asshole in book 6, and I didn’t think his behavior would change anytime soon.

Turns out I was mostly right. His behavior did NOT change soon…but I did love reading his book and yes…I even loved him !!

Dare I say, he has even become one of my favorite characters in this series….after Tristan that is. 😉

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I think one of the reasons I feel this way is because he did show so much growth…Anyways, Vlad was introduced in the previous books as one of Roman’s Russian, and very homophobic, guards. Let’s just say he didn’t leave a really good impression.

This book starts out with Vlad returning back home and finding out that his girlfriend has been cheating on him. Vlad has done many terrible things in his life, but hitting a woman has never been one of them, so he figures he best take it out on the guy she cheated with…and beat him to shit.

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This is how he meets Sebastian, a bi-sexual model and the man his girlfriend cheated with. Things don’t really go as planned though and soon Vlad finds himself in a situation, that goes against everything he has been taught and believes in. Because being gay is wrong and he isn’t gay…he can’t be gay….

Not wanting to be gay doesn’t stop him from being attracted to Sebastian and wanting to do all sorts of sexual things to and with the man though.

Now getting Vlad’s background it was easy to see, how he became the person that he is today. It doesn’t make it right and it doesn’t excuse his behavior, but it was understandable. As Vlad says so himself…everyone has a right to their own opinion on things.

The problem was him being so outspoken about it.

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It also didn’t help that every other character in this book kept taunting him. This actually annoyed me much more than Vlad’s homophobia did. Sebastian at times, acted like a little kid, trying to get his way and he constantly tried to get Vlad to take things one step further. And Vlad…he kept taking the bait… This actually led to Vlad bottoming for the first time, which actually pissed me the hell off.

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Now, these two go from hate fucking, to fuck buddies, to friends (very shortly) and then to actual lovers. I myself would have liked it if there would have been more about them being actual lovers instead of fuck buddies. We only get to read about them being together as lovers in the epilogue.

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What I enjoyed most about this book was Vlad growing into himself.

He may have been a big homophobe in the beginning, but to me, he wasn’t an unlikable character. When he started to realize that his slurs were very hurtful, he stopped using them. It took a long time for him to accept the fact that he was gay, but like I said…

His character did show real growth.


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~Release Day Review~Regret (Under My Skin, #1) by Christina Lee~


35281797Title: Regret
Author: Christina Lee
Series: Under My Skin, #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Page Count: 235 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5


When Brian “Brin” Schubert’s condo floods, he takes his co-worker up on the offer to stay on his crappy futon for a while. The last thing he expects is for his friend’s roommate to be the one guy he despises the most. The same guy who stomped on his heart senior year of high school. And by the looks of the girl on his arm, the same man who’s still deep inside the closet. 

Nicholas Dell never predicted that eleven years later, one of his greatest regrets would show up on his doorstep down on his luck. Nick has made some terrible mistakes—story of his life—and he’s been paying for them ever since. And if the guilt and shame aren’t enough, his first crush had to turn into one of the sexiest men he’s ever laid eyes on. 

Nick and Brin have weeks to steer clear of each other. Weeks to avoid strangling each other. But when stubbornness leads to skyrocketing sexual tension, hate-sex doesn’t seem like such an awful way to work through their frustration. Except hate is a powerful emotion, especially when it’s turned inward. And in Nick’s case he’s been drowning in a sea of self-loathing for so long, he can’t see his way out. 

As Brin reconnects with Nick, his perception of what really happened in their past begins to change. He’s finally ready to forgive him and take a second chance on the one guy who stirs him like no other. But Nick’s demons are complicated, heart-wrenching…demanding. So devastating, he might never allow himself true happiness—even with the one man who’s always owned his heart.

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I don’t really know how I would classify this story…”Second change love”, “friends to lovers” or “enemies to lovers”…

So I am going with “frenemies to lovers”. What I do know is that this book isn’t exactly “lighthearted”. It didn’t make me burst into a full out sobfest, but it did hurt my heart a bit.

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This story starts off with Brin needing a place to stay, because the pipes in his apartment have burst, leaving his place flooded…His friend Elijah offers him a place on the futon in the apartment he shares with his roommate. Since the roommate seems fine with Brin crashing for a while, Brim happily accepts the offer.

But imagine his surprise when Elijah’s roommate is none other than his high school crush…Crush seems to be the proper name in this case since that is exactly what he did to Brin’s heart back then…

...He crushed it…

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Nick had never expected to see Brin again. He is happy and sad at the same time. Happy because Brin always meant so much to him…and he still does. Sad because he is so sorry and so ashamed of his behavior back then. He tried to get Brin to listen to him afterward, but Brim wanted nothing more to do with him, which he totally understood.

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In the beginning of the story, I was totally on Brin’s side…

I understood why he felt so angry and betrayed and I wanted him to stay far away from Nick. But the more I got to know of Nick and what was plaguing him…the more my heart broke for the guy. Nick had such a low opinion of himself…He was so filled with grief and guilt, I was surprised that he was even functioning at all…

“I couldn’t have what I wanted and still, make up for what I did at the same time. I didn’t deserve it and I’d been paying for it my whole life.”

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He hates himself for everything that has happened in his past and he thinks he doesn’t deserve to be loved. He really wasn’t a bad guy, he was just so young and messed up when things went down with Brin and he didn’t know how to handle things. He is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and he just needs someone to show him that he is worthy to be loved…

And Brin is the perfect man for the job.

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I also want to give some credit to Nick’s mom who really came through in the end… Awesome lady, though it took her a bit longer. 😛

I really enjoyed this book, though I would have really liked an epilogue.

Epilogs give me closure and I really wanted to see how things turned out for the two of them. Nick spent most of the book being drowned by feelings of guilt,…

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~Release Day Review~A Kind of Home (A Kind of Stories #4) by Lane Hayes~


34819125Title: A Kind of Home
Author: Lane Hayes
Series: A Kind of Stories #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 224 pages
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5


A Kind Of Story

Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust Isaac, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that he travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. Adam is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.

Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in uncharted and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.

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I really enjoyed this “friends to lovers” story. Also…it has a rockstar…big plus for me. 😛

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This book can be read as a stand alone. Even though books 1 and 3 are about the other members of the band, they can all be read as single stories. I myself have read all of them, and I especially liked the books about the band…Rockstar fan right here. 😛

Isaac is the guitarist for the famous band “Spiral”.

He really loves being in the band, but lately, it hasn’t been as much fun as it used to be. He is exhausted from all the tours and a bit concerned because some crazed creepy fan keeps sending him creepy messages.

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All he wants to do when he gets home from his latest tour is sleep in his own bed and enjoy some private time. So imagine his surprise, when his housesitter/guest, who was only supposed to stay a week, is still in his apartment weeks later, when he gets home.

Adam is the brother of the guy Isaac was best friends with in high school.

He is also Isaacs biggest teenage crush. He still very much likes the man and Adam’s looks only got better over time, but Isaac has managed to keep his lusty feelings in check…well mostly…because Adam is straight after all.

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Adam has recently gotten divorced after staying in a marriage that hadn’t been working for years. He is loyal to a fault, but he was also relieved when his ex-wife threw in the towel. Their marriage wasn’t the only thing that ended though…so did his job. Staying with Isaac for the time being to get his life back in order seems like a very good plan.

But Adam hasn’t  been completely honest about himself, and things are about to get complicated (and hot) when the two of them figure out their mutual attraction for one another.

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I really liked both MC’s a lot. I liked Adam a bit more though.

Even though the whole book is in Isaac’s pov, it was very clear to me what Adam was thinking and feeling. I liked the fact, that his failed marriage thought him how important is to communicate…and he did, he really did. Isaac was a bit more stubborn and it took him a bit longer to completely open up, even to his bandmates.

At the end, he still pulled a stunt that made me want to throttle him, but I did understand where he was coming from, and he had the best intentions at heart…

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These guys were also very hot together…

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I especially liked the scene where Adam bottoms for the first time. 😛

“He rode my fingers like a pro while my dick drooled precum against the back of his thigh.”

I really enjoyed this one and it’s definitely one of my favorites in the series. I have no idea if there will be more, but I hope so. 😀imageedit_44_8150275859

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~Review~Mature Content (Cyberlove #4) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell~


34934798Title: Mature Content
Authors: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Series: Cyberlove #4
Publisher: Megtino Press
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance,
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5


My life plan is to be brutally honest all the way to the bank. Don’t believe me? I run a popular YouTube channel called TrashyZane, and my claim to fame is oversharing about every aspect of my personal life. Sometimes while tipsy. Not everyone loves my style, but I have a long history of icing out people who can’t handle me. I have no time for judgmental foolishness.

Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.

But we still hate each other. I think.

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Beau and Zane: the light and the dark side of the force.

Well, it is more like the light and dark of YouTube, but I wanted to introduce a Star Wars reference because I am a fan, it fits perfectly here and my knowledge about YouTube is poor.


Beau Starr vs TrashyZane
Beautifuls vs skanks.
Positivism vs negativity.
Sugary vs sourness

“As Beau Starr, nothing touched me”


Beau Starr has been created to hide Beau Shields, and Beau (both personas, in this case) has worked hard to be a better person and run away from his past. Beau is pretending to be a man who is not. Every time he is recording one of his videos, he is acting, pretending to be a “perfect guy counselor” for the new generations. And it has to be exhausting to be him… Really. His public face is an act. He is all image. A fraud.

“Zane: You are amusing when you are not being fake as fuck
Beau: excuse you?
Zane: dude, you act differently on YouTube! Even your voice is different. This higher register version of a palatable gay”

What to say about Zane? Dark, hot, eccentric, sexy, messy, cynic and a self-proclaimed misanthrope.


Zane doesn’t trust. He is guarded. He proclaims that he doesn’t want tolerance, he needs full acceptance.
I thought at first he would be darker, more depressed, a lot of more sinister. But he is just brutally honest and he likes to talk about his sex life.

Well, Beau is not what I thought neither. Reading hard wired or at the beginning of this installment, I didn’t know what to expect. He is guarded too (and that´s the reason he is wearing a smiley, happy mask all the time) because Beau has been hurt and he didn´t trust since.

The story starts with both of them calling each other “nemesis”  but I didn’t feel at any moment that they were enemies. Just their public faces were. And their cyber characters are not them.


So I think Beau and Zane were not opposites at all. It’s just that they were so shielded behind their YouTube personas, that they were not prepared to become their inner selfs. If that made any sense.

Zane watched me now, his light green eyes clear and his expression relaxed. I hadn’t seen him like this before, and it embarrassed me. Why was he letting me see him like this? Why did he show everything”

These two are dirty, that’s for sure! This book pushes all your buttons in the lust, kinky department. They like it rough and it’s great to witness how Beau becomes a sexual animal every time Zane is near him (or texting him, videotaping him…) because it’s not what we are used to from Mr. Beautiful.

When our MCs bare their souls and take off their masks (beau’s falseness and Zane’s guardedness) they discover they are something near to soul mates. They complement each other perfectly. Two faces of the same coin. Together, they find a balance between two forces.


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The best: Ian’s cameo (I love the guy), the humor (as usual), the writing (of course), the texting and the dirty talk. I really am a dirty-talk junkie.

I have to say that, sadly, even if I liked and enjoyed this couple (and more the second half where the authors deepened in the characters and the relationship) I didn´t LOVE them. And I hate myself for it, because I really, really wanted to love every single thing.In this enemies-to-lovers story, something was missing…something was a bit off… 

I am a huge fan of this series. I gave the previous books (the three of them) 5 stars without thinking about it for a second, so maybe my expectations were too high…
Or maybe it’s just that is I recently finished Illegal Contact and that was a GOOD enemies to lovers book.  Probably is wrong to judge this book regarding my previous read but, since both are Santino’s I couldn’t help the comparison.Probably it was my fault, as I said, because of the high expectation I had.

Anyway, I recommend this book to any fan of the Cyberlove Series. 


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