~Release Day Review~The Long and Winding Road by T.J. Klune~

 

32801570Title: The Long and Winding Road
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: Bear, Otter, and the Kid #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 346 pages
Release Date: August 11, 2017
Genre(s): M/M,Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
~Synopsis~

Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.

And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they’ve never been before.

There’s a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go.
There’s a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect.
There’s a brother returning home after learning how to stand on his own.
As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever.

Beginning in Bear, Otter, and the Kid, and continuing in Who We Are and The Art of Breathing, TJ Klune has told a saga of family and brotherhood, of love and sacrifice. In this final chapter, the events of the past pave the long and winding road toward a future no one could have imagined. 


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I was so very happy when I got my hands on this book….yet also so very sad. 

I know that all great things usually come to an end…doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it though. 😛

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Now I have promised some of my dear GR friends to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, so that’s what I am gonna try to do. I know plenty of people want to read this awesome book and I don’t want to ruin things for them. 😉

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Release Day Review~Barrel Proof (Agents Irish and Whiskey #3) by Layla Reyne~

 

34473508Title: Barrel Proof
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #3
Publisher: Carina Press
Page Count: 189 pages
Release Date: August 7, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

FBI agents Aidan “Irish” Talley and Jameson “Whiskey” Walker can’t get a moment’s peace. Their hunt for the terrorist Renaud seems to be nearing an end, until a fire allows him to slip through their fingers—and puts Jamie’s life in danger. When Jamie is nearly killed, Aidan learns how many forms loss can take. 
Aidan says I love you just moments before learning that Jamie’s been keeping a devastating secret about Aidan’s late husband. How quickly trust and love can go up in flames. When Aidan requests a solo undercover assignment, Jamie hopes Aidan will find a way to forgive him. 
But the explosions are far from over. Aidan’s cover lands him in the heart of the terrorist’s conspiracy, and Jamie will have to put his life, his career, and his freedom on the line to save the man who has become his entire world. Partners always is a promise he intends to keep.


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Ladies and gentlemen, we are now crossing a zone of turbulence. Please take your seat and keep your seat belts fastened. Thank you!

Hmm, as a description for this book ‘zone of turbulence’ might be a slight understatement. One helluva ride that gives you barely time to catch your breath is more like it…I knew it would not be easy what the author had in store for not only the reader, but also for Aidan and Jamie in this last installment of the Agents Irish and Whiskey Series. I would not have thought that she has some kind of mean streak when it comes to making everyone suffer, though. 😉

Barrel Proof not only picks up right where Cask Strength ended, it throws us directly head over heels into action and from that point on it leaves us barely time to breathe.

No worries, I try to be as vague as possible about the plot, just let me say that every breathtaking minute and every heart-wrenching moment was more than worth it in the end.


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~Review~Axios: A Spartan Tale by Jaclyn Osborn~

 

35712947Title: Axios: A Spartan Tale
Author: Jaclyn Osborn
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 362 pages
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Historical Fiction
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

I am Axios of Sparta, and I was born to kill. At age seven, I left home to train with other boys where we were taught obedience, solidarity, military strategy, and how to withstand pain. My harsh upbringing stripped me of my weaknesses and forced me to become strong. Ruthless.
But, I craved something greater—a life I could never have.
Against all odds, and the toughest training a warrior could endure, I found an unexpected love in the arms of a fellow Spartan. He was the very air I breathed and the water that sustained me. Fighting side by side with him, we were invincible. Where he went, I followed.
However, there was no place for love in Sparta. Feelings were for the weak. The only life for a Spartan was one of battle and brutality with no guarantee of tomorrow. In times of war, all men were put to the test, but the greatest challenge for us was not one of swords and spears, but of the heart.


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I have no words… ”Epic and beautiful” doesn’t even cover it…

I fully intended to write a proper review and a story like this definitely deserves one, but although it’s been almost a day since I finished this book, I just…can’t. 

“My warrior. My lover. My heart.”

For me, this was a once-in-a-lifetime reading experience that will stick with me forever and Axios and Eryx will always have a more than a special place in my heart. It was not only one of, but the most heart-wrenching love story I’ve ever read.

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~Review~Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey #2) by Layla Reyne~

 

34033755Title: Cask Strength
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #2
Publisher: Carina Press
Page Count: 205 pages
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Genre(s):M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Professionally, the FBI team of Aidan “Irish” Talley and Jameson “Whiskey” Walker is as good as it gets, closing cases faster than any team at the Bureau. Personally, it’s a different story. Aidan’s feelings for Jamie scare the hell out of him: he won’t risk losing another love no matter how heart-tripping the intimacy between them. And loss is a grim reality with the terrorist Renaud still on their trail, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake.
Going undercover on a new case gets them out of town and off the killer’s radar. They’re assigned to investigate an identity theft ring involving a college basketball team in Jamie’s home state, where Jamie’s past makes him perfect for the role of coach. But returning to the court brings more than old memories.
As secrets and shocking betrayals abound, none may be more dangerous than the one Jamie’s been keeping: a secret about the death of Aidan’s husband that could blow his partner’s world apart and destroy forever the fragile bonds of trust and love building between them.


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“Partners, Irish, always.” Lowering their hands, Aidan leaned forward and brushed his lips, sealing the vow.”

“Partners, Whiskey, always.”

For God’s sake, it was about time, guys!!! After a path of trial and tribulation to get to this promise (and not only for Aidan and Jamie, but also for me, dammit!) the ‘always‘ is rather wishful thinking, though, with all the obstacles in their way and secrets still waiting to be revealed and I am pretty sure that the author will send both men and us readers to hell and back in the next book until they get their well-deserved HEA. Continue reading “~Review~Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey #2) by Layla Reyne~”

~Release Day Review~Chasing Destiny (Silver Tip Pack #2) by Megan Erickson~ 

 

33795022Title: Chasing Destiny
Author: Megan Erickson 
Series: Silver Tip Pack #2
Page Count: 224 pages
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance,Paranormal, Werewolves & Shifters
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Some live on memories…

Almost dying during a pack uprising has a way of shaking things up. I’m no longer Mr. Laid Back now that there’s an itch under my skin I can’t scratch.

On a volunteer mission that goes beyond the walls of our compound, we enter the territory of a pack long thought dead, and find ourselves on the business end of their spears.

What I’m not prepared for is what I find within their walls—The one shifter I never thought I’d see alive, the one I’d mourned twice, the one I’d always loved. He is alive, and if I have anything to do with it, he’ll stay that way. But he’s got secrets, and exposing them could lead us to an enemy worse than the bloodthirsty undead shifters wanting to kill us all…


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Wow…this was really good, I enjoyed the hell out of it.

I have been curious about Bay and his story, ever since he was introduced in book 1. He has been one of my favorites since the beginning…but I have to say that I have a new favorite right now.

He goes by the name Nash. 😉

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~Review~Give Me Hell (Give Me #4) by Kate McCarthy~

 

35300930Title: Give Me Hell
Author: Kate McCarthy
Series: Give Me #4
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 395 pages
Release Date: July 6, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

 ~Synopsis~

Mackenzie Valentine is wilful, fiery, and determined to prove she doesn’t need anyone. Desperate to break free from the over-protective parents and three older brothers who dictate her every move, she runs away at the age of seventeen to hunt down the only boy who makes her feel alive.

Jake Romero has no choice but to leave the best thing that ever happened to him, taking him down a path that leads to notorious gang, the King Street Boys. When fate throws Mackenzie back in his life, he turns her away in her time of need, knowing he now lives a life in which she doesn’t belong. Except his decision has shattering consequences, leading to secrets, lies, and the ultimate betrayal. 
Years later, their lives continue to entwine, and when his past returns demanding retribution, Mackenzie intervenes and gets caught in the crossfire, leaving behind a devastation that no one sees coming. Can their relationship withstand the hell it’s endured, or is it too late for love? 

18+ Recommended. Contains adult language and themes.


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I have been waiting for this book a long time. I first finished book 3 in this series in 2014 and now we finally have Mac’s story!!

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To be honest…it was worth the wait!! Continue reading “~Review~Give Me Hell (Give Me #4) by Kate McCarthy~”

~Review~Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1) by Megan Erickson~

32486744Title: Daring Fate
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Silver Tip Pack #1
Page Count: 240 pages
Publisher: Megan Erickson
Release Date: November 14, 2016
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal, Werewolves/Shifters
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

We all have tragic backstories in today’s world. 

I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.

When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.

As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first…


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This book was awesome! I also liked that it was a bit different from the regular shifter stories.This is definitely one of my favorite M/M shifter books.

Continue reading “~Review~Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1) by Megan Erickson~”

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~Release Day Review~A Destiny of Dragons (Tales From Verania #2) by TJ. Klune~ 

 

30370036Title: A Destiny of Dragons
Author:  TJ. Klune 
Series: Tales From Verania #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 400 pages
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.
Life is good.
Until it’s not.

Because Vadoma, the leader of the Gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.
And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.
Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.

The first book in the DESTINY FUCK YEAH! Trilogy (because sometimes, having a destiny is the stupidest thing ever).


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~Review~The Lightning-Struck Heart (Tales From Verania #1) by TJ. Klune~ 

 

25922661Title: The Lightning-Struck Heart
Author: TJ. Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #1)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 400 pages
Release Date: July 20, 2015
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City Of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident. 
Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King’s Wizard, Morgan of Shadows. 
When Sam’s fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds. 

At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle—Knight Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed. 

Naturally, it all goes to hell when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can’t control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan’s boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have. 

Or so he thinks.


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I am not even gonna try and explain the whole storyline of this book.

It is way too complicated and ridiculous to explain. What I will tell you, is that everybody should read this book! I can honestly say that this book will probably be my favorite read of 2016…and the year has just begun. That’s how awesome this book is.

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If you want to step into a world of magic and creatures and romance, all while laughing your ass off at every page then you should start reading this one…

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~Review~Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie~

 

21427834Title: Damaged Like Us
Authors: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 352 pages
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Don’t date your bodyguard. 
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet. 
Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth. 
He is certified American royalty. 
When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated. 
Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. Damaged Like Us can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca’s other novels.


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I am a huge fan of these authors…Like screaming fangirling huge!!

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So imagine how I felt when I found out that my favorite authors didn’t only write a spin-off of one of my favorite series…but they also made it an MM one!!

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