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~Release Day Review~Devour (Unbreakable Bonds #4) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott~

 

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Authors: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #4
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Page Count: 249 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Ian Pierce is the chef and part owner of the hottest restaurant in Cincinnati, his chosen family is full of happy relationships, and the scruffy, snarky cop who has been haunting his dreams is one step closer to being in his bed. But everything comes crashing down when the past he narrowly escaped nine years ago comes to a deadly head.

Hollis Banner was enamored of Ian at first sight. He’s kept his distance, knowing the gorgeous, self-confident man is out of his league. Yet there’s no standing aside when Boris Jagger escapes a raid. Jagger’s world has been nearly destroyed and this time, the crime boss is coming after Ian and his friends personally.

Hollis will do whatever it takes to keep Ian safe as they escape to a safe house with a couple of Ian’s overprotective friends. And Ian finds himself in a race to unlock painful memories—memories containing information that could take down the very last of Jagger’s illegal operations forever.

Trigger warning: Flashbacks to abuse could be possible triggers for some.


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Devour (Unbreakable Bonds #4)

by Jocelynn Drake &  Rinda Elliott

*****5 Stars*****

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To say that this was one of my most anticipated reads, so far, this year is an understatement.

I’ve been dying to read Ian’s story and it didn’t disappoint.

I might even have to bump Jude and Snow(just a bit) because Hollis and Ian are my absolute favorite couple in this series…they were everything I hoped they’d be.

Ever since he met Ian…Hollis has been captivated by Ian.

So when he gets the chance to finally end Ian’s nightmares and bring Boris Jagger to justice he doesn’t hesitate.But things don’t always go as planned and with Jagger still, at large the men must think of another way to entrap him.

Hollis and Ian and Rowe and Noah are sent to a ‘safe’ house and this is when Hollis and Ian can finally have time together and give in to their explosive attraction to each other.

And it was definitely worth the wait…these two are seriously hot together.

“You’re so goddamn gorgeous, you steal my breath away,” Hollis said, bending to lick the water from Ian’s neck.”I’m glad the other two left because we are gonna make some noise.”

 With time running out, Ian knows he must confront his past and remember things he’s tried to forget.

These men made his heart beat with strength, with courage…with love and acceptance.

Ian’s story, at the hands of Jagger, was heartbreaking to read but he showed such strength of character as the painful memories slowly came back to him.


This is a unique series!

A connection between four men that goes way beyond friendship.

They find love, experience loss and heartbreak but are always there for each other and, without a doubt…

…the bond between them is unbreakable…

A highly recommended series!

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~Review~The Bandit (The Stolen Duet #1) by B.B. Reid~

31368242Title: The Bandit
Author: B.B. Reid
Series: The Stolen Duet #1
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Erotic/Romance, Suspense
Page Count: 398 pages
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~


A missing legacy, a stolen son, and one dangerous secret changed everything for them…
SHE STOLE MY PROPERTY
I’ll never forget the night I caught her sneaking around my place. She thought she could steal from me and get away with it, but I have no intention of letting her get away at all. Mian Ross has a lesson to learn, and I’m going to be the one to teach it to her.
HE STOLE MY SON
I’ll never forget the night I made the second biggest mistake of my life. It was supposed to be a simple job, but it quickly became so much more–one that cost my freedom and cost my son. Angel Knight became my worst nightmare… and now, he’ll never let us go.


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The Bandit (The Stolen Duet #1) by B.B. Reid

*****5 Stars*****5ggh

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Holly ….HOTNESS!

Wow… This book was H O T!

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Wow this book…was just amazing.

The first thing that drawn me to read this book was the cover, and I didn’t even read the blurb. The whole ride was just what I needed. Once in a while, I have a state of mind a little difficult. I want to read all the books in the world, or at least the ones that I’m interested in, that drawn me, but I don’t feel like reading at all. But with THE BANDIT I had a deadline. And I’m so happy it was an amazing rollercoaster of feelings because thanks to books like this one, my appetite for reading books is back.


The story starts with Mains father, who goes to prison because he murdered his best friend, Angel’s father. Did he really kill his best friend? And if he did it, what was his reason? From the moment her father went to jail, Mains life changes from bad to worse. So after months of struggling to survive, she is desperate. And desperate situations lead to desperate measures. She decides to steal from her worse enemy, but she is caught.

And now she has to pay.

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Angel…Angel is the opposite of his name.

What a beautiful name for the devil himself. He is dangerous, jerk, possessive, dominant, vengeful, gorgeous, sexy, rough, persistent, calculated, kinky, ruthless, stubborn. What he wants it’s what he gets. And he seeks revenge. But he seeks it in the wrong place.

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Main and Angel are our heroes. They were destined to be together.

Destined by faith but also by their fathers. Their fathers were best friends, partners in business and the most feared of all the people. They ruled the city, the world. They killed, they stole, they ruled the dirty businesses. From the first time they laid eyes on each other, they knew that they were destined to be together. But Angel wanted to be in his father businesses, so he had to prove to his father that he was capable of that, and his test was to babysit Main.

The attraction and the desire were the most feared enemies of Angel, so he keeps pushing Main away and makes her hate him. She’s only a kid. Most of the time, it worked, but as years pass by and Main grows into a beautiful teenager thru a woman…

…things get complicated.

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This book story had me glued to her from the first page thru the last one. I couldn’t put it down, couldn’t get enough of her.It was written from dual POV. The story was alternating from the past thru the present.The story was interesting and can’t wait to discover the continuing. I didn’t expect that ending but…DAMN.

Z and Lucas were some crazy and  HOT bonus.  Can’t wait to read the next book, and I really hope to see one day the story of Z and Lucas.

What I loved about the book?…Everything!

The story was amazing, captivating, hot, suspenseful….just PURE PLEASURE.

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~Review~A Restored Man (The Men of Halfway House#3) by Jaime Reese~

 

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A Restored Man (The Men of Halfway House #3) by Jaime Reese

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Wow…I absolutely loved this one!!! ❤ 

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So we’ve met Cole in book 2 and I loved him ever since.

He’s awesome funny and I love his food in mouth syndrome.

I admit…I have a little Cole crush going on. 😀

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Cole’s in the Halfway House because he stole a car (he stole much more than one, but he only got caught for one). He did 2 years in jail.

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If you’ve read book 2 then you know, Hunter gave him a car. But he has to earn it. He has to stay out of trouble, find a job and so on. He really wants that car…so he’s gonna need a job. Aiden (also from book 2) helps him with that. His brother owns a very big garage and he can use some help.

That’s when he meets Ty…Ty is Aiden’s brother and he has some serious problems. He’s suffering physically and mentally.

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But who can be dark and broody when Cole is around. No one I tell you !!!

Ty was very sweet and adorable (in a manly way of course)


Now this one has some drama/angst, but not a lot and not between the MC’s. They were really good for each other. I’m not gonna say much more, you’ll just have to read it. I would advise to at least read book 2, because of all the recurring characters.

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I just have one thing that bothered me a bit…This one does not have a whole lot of steam and what’s there is over in the blink of an eye. The sex is definitely not very detailed. I’m a bit disappointed about that. It’s a very nice and slow build, there was tons of sexual tension…so I wanted an explosion and I wanted details about that explosion. I didn’t get it. 😦

Don’t get me wrong, there was sex…I just…needed a bit more after all that build up.

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I can’t wait for the next book about Jessie and Aiden. 😀

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~Review~Consent (Power Exchange #3) by A.J. Rose~

 

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Consent (Power Exchange #3) by A.J. Rose

*****5 Stars*****

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This story will test your boundaries…

… and not only yours, but those of Ben and Gavin, too. And I don’t mean the boundaries of their relationship. I was more than grateful that their steadfast love is the one constant in this book that kept me from ending up as a total mess.

“I love you,” I said, mouthing the edge of his jaw. “You’re my anchor. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
“I love you, too. And you don’t have to find out. Because I’ve got your back, Gavin. Always.”

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Their love is solid as a rock and they find their strength in each other,

…despite every curveball life throws their way. And this time it is challenging, dark and brutal, even more so than in the previous books.

AJ Rose, bestows deeper insight on us, about what a human being is capable of to inflict pain on another person without any remorse and just for the own profit. There is a trigger warning from the author at the beginning of this book and you should take it very seriously.

This book is definitely not for everyone.

For me, the most challenging part reading about everything that happened here was that the events this story deals with are not just fiction, but to some extent brutal reality. At the same time, though, the knowledge that this book deals with such a tender subject was exactly what kept me reading.


Believe me when I say that the author does not sugarcoat anything…

She does not go easy on anyone. Not on Myah and the other victims. Not on Ben and Gavin. And not on the reader. There is no slow buildup, no lulling into a false sense of security at the beginning of the book. With one phone call in the middle of the night, right on the first page, I was thrown head first into the course of events that kept me on edge most of the time.

“It’s Myah. She’s missing.”

What ensues this call is the desperate search for Gavin’s ex-partner and sister-in-law, as well as the hunt for the perps, with Ben, Gavin and Gavin’s brother Cole left on their own and very little to go on.

While time is running out, evidence rather non-existent and most clues leading to a dead end, the nerves of Ben, Gavin and Cole are stretched too thin and all of them are pushed to their limits of how far they would go to save a life.

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“You are not a monster,” he said, voice low and trembling. “You are a hero.” I kissed the end of his nose. “So are you.”


For me, Myah just rocks. I liked her from her first appearance and of course, I had to know that she will be okay. No, this was by far not an easy read. We also get Myah’s POV in this book and a few times I was pushed against the walls of my comfort zone due to the graphic descriptions, but to be honest this was not even the worst. It was the mind fuck. The implications. To know what happened and to read about the effects it had on everyone involved.

There is no whitewash about the fact that life sometimes is not fair. And it was the fate of the boys, especially of Marshall, the boy we met in Safeword who already went through so much,…

that nearly broke me and I was a sobbing mess.

So much so that I had to put my Kindle away and needed some time to calm down.

Despite the fact that the search for Myah takes on an important role in this story, the main focus was still laid on Ben and Gavin and I loved how far they had come in their love and trust in each other.


There is still some exploring of limits and new territories, though, and even if I normally love my couples being exclusive, there was one scene that made my hormones perform an excited lap dance.

The threesome in this book was one of the hottest ever!

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The intimacy about it just felt… right. To be honest, I really don’t know if I should be relieved or disappointed that this will remain most certainly a one-time thing. I would love to read more about a certain someone in the future because for me he was more than an interesting side character.


As hard as it was sometimes to keep reading, towards the end I could not put my Kindle down and…

…the epilogue was just the icing on the cake.

I’m more than curious about where the author will take us with Restraint, the next book in this series.

I admire the courage of AJ Rose to pick up such a sensitive topic and deal with it in a quite relentless way -although she was probably aware of the controversies that will be provoked- while at the same time, she always kept sight of the basics…the romance between Ben and Gavin.

…the romance between Ben and Gavin.

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~Review~Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan~

 

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Carry the Ocean (The Roosevelt #1)

by Heidi Cullinan

*****5 Stars*****

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Damn this book hit me in the feels….I loved it !!

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Jeremy is a teenager with depression and anxiety. He is a mess, and it doesn’t help that his parents won’t acknowledge that there is something seriously wrong. They want him to act normal and stop being a pain in their ass. I hated his parents.

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Emmet is autistic. He’s also a genius and he is amazing.

I loved his character. He knows who he is and what his limitations are and he helps the people around him, to understand who he is and what he needs from them. He was funny, sweet and extremely lovable. His parents were awesome people.

Everybody should have parents like that !!

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When Emmet first sees Jeremey, he knows, that he wants Jeremey to be his friend…or more specifically….his boyfriend.

“It’s like Elwood Blues says: everybody needs somebody to love. I’m an everybody. I get a somebody.”

He introduces himself to Jeremey at a neighborhood party and this is the start of a beautiful friendship, that eventually leads to more.

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The road they travel is not always easy, but it is beautiful. Jeremey has a lot of problems…..starting with his awful parents. With the help of Emmet and Emmet’s parents, things start to change for him.

“I really am Super Emmet, and like the comic book Superman, I have a powerful secret weapon. My mom.”

These two were so sweet together. Especially Emmet. He put a smile on my face on nearly every page.

“Frankly, I’m awesome, and anybody who doesn’t agree should get out of my way.”


I’m not gonna tell you everything that happens. I will tell you, that sometimes the story is hard, but it will also make you laugh and swoon.

I would definitely recommend this book to everybody.

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“No one is normal. Normal is a lie.”

This was not just a story…it was a beautiful journey about two young boys

…realizing that normally doesn’t exist and that it is ok to be different.

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~Review~What Binds Us by Larry Benjamin~

 

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What Binds Us by Larry Benjamin 

*****5 Stars*****

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This is the story that had to be told, the story of the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon.

I’m left feeling exactly the same way I felt after reading Unbroken by this Author.I have no idea how to put into words how much I loved this book.One thing is for certain, Larry Benjamin is an extremely talented Author.His writing is beautiful, almost poetic at times and I have swept along in a sea of emotions reading this.

The story is narrated by Thomas-Edward, but it’s not just his story that’s told…it’s Dondi’s as well…an amazing, touching friendship between two very different men.


Starting in the late 1970’s, Thomas and Dondi meet at the college where they are roommates.

Coming from quite a conservative family Thomas is swept away by the larger than life, Dondi.Dondi is like a whirlwind. He’s beautiful, flamboyant, extravagant -he rocks into Thomas’s world and changes it forever.

“Dondi was an inferno, all right. Like the sun, he provided light and warmth. And like the sun, he could burn you to a crisp if you got too close.”


They become lovers, then friends.Dondi is unable to commit to just one person so they up with something that is special…a truly touching friendship…not always perfect but they are constant in each other lives.Dondi might move from one lover to another but he wants Thomas close to him, always.

“Being able to think about you, knowing where you are and that you’re safe comforts me.I know it’s crazy but it’s true.You’re my best friend.”

-Dondi to Thomas.


During one long summer, Thomas meets Matthew, one of Dondi’s brother….and the love story begins.And, it’s a beautiful, powerful love these two men have for each other.
However, the love story isn’t the main focus of this story.It’s about family and friendship and the deep bonds that are unbreakable.

It’s a powerful, emotional story that I’m so glad I read.

I’ve tried to keep this spoiler free about events in the book and I would recommend not reading any reviews as some have touched on what happens and while the outcome becomes inevitable for the reader, I would advise going into it relatively blind.

Highly Recommended.

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~Review~The Faintest Spark by Christina Lee~

 

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The Faintest Spark (Roadmap to Your Heart #1.5)

by Christina Lee

*****5 Stars*****

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I loved book 1 in this series and I absolutely adored this little gem !!

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It was short, it was sweet and it was HOT.

Mal is president of the Disciples. The same MC club, Smoke (book 1) is a part of. He takes very good care of the men in his club and lately, he has also been taking care of Sawyer….

Sawyer is part of the Scorpions MC and he has been on an undercover assignment within another MC club, to earn his patch and prove his worth. This assignment also has to do with the storyline of book 1.

I don’t think it’s completely necessary to read book 1, but it would give you more understanding as to what this assignment was about.

Anyways, this undercover gig has left Sawyer a bit fucked up and in his time of need, he turns to Mal, who is a good listener and most importantly…he cares.

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His caring, however, soon turns into something more.


The two of them grow very close and so does the sexual tension. For Sawyer, these feelings aren’t so strange because he is bi and everyone within his club knows this. But for Mal, this is the first time he has felt any attraction towards a man. Him being club president also complicates things, not to mention that they are also from different clubs.

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But again….the heart wants what it wants and boy does these two want each other !!

“Such a greedy little hole. Sucking on my finger like this.” “Don’t want your finger. Want your cock.”


I was very proud of Mal for not doubting himself too much and going after what he wanted !! Sawyer was the perfect man for him and he helped Mal express his wants and needs.

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I fell in love with Sawyer’s bravery, his beauty, his unflappable dignity and given any alternate version of reality….I still would’ve chosen him.

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~Review~Safeword by A.J. Rose~

 

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Safeword (Power Exchange #2) by A.J. Rose

*****5 Stars*****

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“I tilted my head, baring my neck, my control to him, hoping he’d take it and make it his, make it safe to be vulnerable again. Make me feel his control over me so I could finally let go and just be.”

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Two questions are whirling around in my head since I finished this book last night.

What it is about this series that I love it so much? And what the hell took me so long to start with this sequel?

Honest to God, I don’t have an answer, so maybe reviewing it might help me to find one.


First of all, I don’t mind kinky sex. At. All. BDSM, though, is so not my thing.

Okay, I might have mentioned it already, once or twice, and I’m sorry you just heard it a third time, but I have to explain it a bit. It is not even the dominance part or the giving up of control, in fact, I can understand it to some extent.

It is rather the whole concept, the accomplishment, that bothers me. I just don’t get why someone likes to get spanked (not me, when I was a child and got a smack on my backside for getting up to nonsense, that’s for sure!) or likes to wear a collar like a watchdog. Somehow, in this series, this concept works for me, though.

Maybe it is just the context, with the thrilling aspects of another murder case or the perfectness of Ben and Gavin being together, all wrapped up in a gripping writing that made me experience the full range of emotions and kept me completely engrossed in the story.

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It’s been almost four years since I’ve read Power Exchange and at first, I was hesitant to start with Safeword without re-reading the first book. I should have known better! Power Exchange left such a deep impression, I even remembered the names of side characters and that is something that astonishes me the most. Normally, I write my reviews after finishing a book because after reading something in between, it is entirely possible that I can’t seem to remember shit, so you get what I’m saying. A very deep impression.

Ben and Gavin have been through so much in the first book and now they have to deal with the aftereffects on their daily life, be it in their relationship with the relearning of trust, or in (mostly) Gavin’s job as a detective dealing with another serial killer, or facing the incomprehension and sometimes even homophobia of the outer world.

What I loved the most about this book was the fact that Ben and Gavin’s love never wavered, not for one second.

Both men are even willing to make sacrifices for the sake of the happiness of the other…

… and the two scenes when both men were safewording to each other almost broke my heart.


But I promised you the full range of emotions and this book not only made me cry, it also made me laugh because of Gavin’s lovely douchebag of a brother, it made me feel overwhelmed because of the cohesion in Gavin’s family, it made me bite my nails while searching for a killer, but it also made me feel compassion for him due to what he went through and it made me hate the man who sent him on a downward spiral and made him a killer.

So, scratch the “maybe” in the paragraph with the context. It is the whole package that made me love this story so much and I definitely won’t wait another four years to read the next book.

Highly recommended!

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~Release Day Review~Enemy Within by Tal Bauer~

 

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Title: Enemy Within
Series: The Executive Office, Book 3
Author: Tal Bauer
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: 3/28/2017
Genre: Romance, Thriller/Suspense

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~Synopsis~

The White House, infiltrated.
The president, running for his life.
A traitorous general, intent on burning the world to the ground.

When everything falls apart, who do you trust?

President Jack Spiers fled Washington DC on the heels of a devastating attack on CIA headquarters, masterminded by one of America’s own, former General Porter Madigan. While the world believes Jack was killed in the bombing, he embarks on a wild infiltration mission, smuggling himself into occupied Russia to rescue the love of his life: former Secret Service Agent and First Gentleman Ethan Reichenbach.

Reunited, Jack, Ethan, and deposed Russian president Sergey Puchkov, along with President Elizabeth Wall—the only person left in Washington DC who Jack trusts—must work together. They piece together a desperate plan, hunting Madigan to the ends of the earth and the bitter frigidity of the Arctic, where Madigan’s world-shattering doomsday plan comes together.

Outnumbered, outmaneuvered, and outgunned, Jack, Ethan, Sergey, and the rest of the team struggle to put a stop to Madigan and his army. In the desolate extremes of the Arctic, their resolve, their strength, and even their love is tested, pushed to the absolute limits as choices must be made: choices that pit the fate of the world against the love in their hearts, and the loves of their life.

As the world crumbles around them, Jack and Ethan find themselves waging a war on two fronts—against an enemy they can see, and another, hiding within their ranks.

Who can be trusted when the enemy is within you?

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Enemy Within (The Executive Office #3)

by Tal Bauer

*****5 Completely-Blown-Away Stars*****

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Enemy Within picks up right where Enemy of my Enemy ended and Jack, Ethan, Sergey, Sasha, Adam and Faisal and all the others try to stop former General Madigan and his henchmen from pursuing his idea of “a new dawn rising”, from creating a new world order by destroying everything known to mankind at any sacrifice, which would not only affect America, but the world in its entirety. To make things worse, each step to achieve their goal is endangered by Madigan’s followers who already infiltrated them on the inside. With just a few men against an army, outmanned and outgunned, the odds are against them and their time is running out.

By scattering our heroes all over the northern hemisphere, Tal Bauer sends us on one hell of a ride…that will make you clutch at any straw for a moment to breathe…


I will keep this review as spoiler-free as possible so I won’t go into detail about the storyline.

I just promise you that you will be sitting most of the time on the edge of your seat. Well, umm, at least that is what I did. I could not sit still and I fidgeting the whole time. I am even pretty sure that I discovered the one or other gray hair when I looked in the mirror today, that what is left of tearing it out I mean. There are lots of jaw-dropping situations where I wondered if one of the characters I came to love so much during all the books would make it and…I am more than happy that Ethan kept Jack in good shape, beforehand…

…so he was able to keep up with the other guys.


Of course, there are also scenes that made me laugh out loud due to a certain adorkable Secret Service Agent and others that made me cry -sob even- when it was questionable if Jack and Ethan, Sergey and Sasha or Adam and Faisal would see the love of their lives, respectively each other again.

But most of all, each and every swoon-worthy moment was the one thing that conjured a goofy grin on my face and made each situation when my heart leaped into my throat that much more bearable.These moments kept the balance in this book. These moments helped the characters…

…to have some time for themselves, some time to recover…

…and not only them but me too. 😀


Obviously, suspending your disbelief seems to be once again mandatory, but for one thing, the story takes place in the near future and who knows what will be feasible by then and for another thing,…

…thinking about the current political situation, this

Our leaders must be accessible. They must be trustworthy. If our leadership is not accessible, honest, and accountable, we run the risk of our nation sliding into a degradation of democracy and a despairing illusion of freedom.

… leaves some doubts about the story being that far-fetched.


Tal Bauer did once again a great job with his research, be it regarding locations, religion or events that actually took place at some point and which he included perfectly into the story. If you are interested in more details, make sure to read the author’s notes at the end of the book.

The circle story is complete, everything is wrapped up, but the author left the door open to continue with the series at some point down the line. Well, it is pretty rare for me that I love each and every character in a book -at least the good guys-, and yes, okay, Adam and Faisal are still my favorites, but this being the case…

…I so wouldn’t mind a sequel. I WANT MORE!!!

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~Review~Bonfires by Amy Lane~

 

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Bonfires by Amy Lane

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I loved this book so hard !!!

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First of all…this book isn’t just about two older men falling in love. It’s about family…family by blood and family by heart.

It’s about love and it’s about hate…but most of all, it’s about hope and standing up for your beliefs….

Aaron and Larx, have known each other for years, but the day Aaron sees Larx running without a shirt, everything changes….


Aaron is in his late 40’s, he’s a father of 1 awesome son and 2 daughters.

His wife died 10 years ago and Aaron has been single ever since. His daughters have left the nest, which leaves only his son Kirby living at home.Aaron has been working as the deputy sheriff for several years.

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He has always known he was bi-sexual, but he never did anything with it. He loved his wife and he was very happy with her. After her death, his time was spent working and raising his kids… Seeing his son’s teacher running down the side of the road, without his shirt on, however,  is stirring some feelings inside, feelings he thought were dead…..

One glimpse of that glistening, tan back, those rangy shoulders, the sweat-slicked black hair, and his libido woke up and started to pray to Cialis, goddess of horny middle-aged men.

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Larx (Lyman Larkin) has been teaching high school for a long time…

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… but recently he also got roped into being the school principal. Larx is also bi-sexual and before he married his ex-wife he did enjoy being with men…more so, than with women. Larx’s ex-wife doesn’t really play a role in this book, though it’s explained, that she’s a real piece of work and why Larx has sole custody of his two children. He has two daughters, one is already in college, the other one still lives at home.


His daughters, especially the younger one was quite awesome !! Actually, Larx himself was pretty awesome. He was definitely my favorite character and he made me laugh my ass off on multiple occasions….

“I have gray in my pubes…..My pubes, Aaron. I haven’t looked at them in seven years and they grew gray without me.”

I loved, how they went from friends to lovers. I loved, how they became a family of their own, even bringing in someone from the outside when he needed a home.


But things are never easy in a small town and haters are gonna hate…

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There was some awful bigotry in this book and some people that needed to bitch slapped hard !!

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Thankfully, there was also a lot of love and acceptance.

It was wonderful to see the MC’s,  as well as their friends and family, stand up for the rights of kids, fighting against racism and bigotry.

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They were grown men, nearing 50, but it didn’t feel ludicrous at all. Every touch, every whisper, every shiver between them was brand-new. It wasn’t young love-it was worse, bigger, more painful.


For those of you who are worried. This book made me angry and it even made me cry, but most of all…it made me laugh and smile.

It also ends with a HEA for this amazing couple…

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….and I hope there will be more books….for this couple or maybe for a different couple I got to know in this book…..

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~Review~A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove~

 

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A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove

******5 Stars******

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I don’t read as much Y/A adult as I used to because with me getting older, it gets harder and harder to identify with the MC’s. But every now and then, a Y/A book comes along that blows my mind….

…which is exactly what this book did.

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This story is about Nate and James…

Nate is 17 years old and quite the loner. Not because he wants to be, but because he doesn’t have any friends. Everyone at school sees him as some sort of freak because they don’t understand Nate. Nate only has two people in his life who care about him and with whom he can talk. His Aunt Susan, who took him in, after his mom kicked him out, and his departed Nana. That’s right….

…Nate can see and speak to ghosts…

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I loved Nate from the very first page. He was so sweet and so lonely and my heart broke for him.

Nate has been able to talk to ghosts since he was 12 years old. His Nana, being able to do the same thing, used to help him when she was still alive and she is still trying to be there for him after death. Having been caught talking to himself when he was younger has earned him the title of the school freak.

Always alone. Always the freak no one wanted to get close to. My chest was so tight I couldn’t breathe.

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But things are about to change when a new boy comes to town.

James, also 17 takes an immediate liking to Nate. They become fast friends and Nate is very happy,  even tough he believes this friendship will only be temporary.

Things aren’t easy for the both of them, though. James is grieving recent the loss of his older brother David and Nate doesn’t know how to come clean about the fact that…

…David is right there with them….

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So Nate does his best to ignore David and tries to just focus on his friendship with James. Things get even harder when his feelings grow into something more. He tries to not let his feelings show. He is pretty sure that James is not into boys and he doesn’t want to lose his one and only friend.

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There were definitely a few tears when reading about Nate’s unrequited love.

Thankfully James comes to his senses…and I got to also read about their love growing. These boys were so sweet together. There isn’t much steam in this book, which considering their age, is very understandable.

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I really enjoyed this Y/A story. It was sweet, funny and at times very sad….

I am also a big sucker for ghost stories, so they made this book all the more awesome for me.

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~Review~No Regrets by Nicky James~

 

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No Regrets by Nicky James

*****5 Stars*****

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A truly moving love story

There is a note to the reader at the start of this book, from the Author.I’m only going to quote her final words and hopefully, that will be enough to convince anyone to read this amazing book.

No one will die in this book.You will not journey with Landon to his end.Instead, you will walk beside him and watch him live.

I knew reading this would be painful for me as someone very close to me had the exact same illness Landon has.I knew all those memories would come flooding back and they did but I wouldn’t have missed reading this for anything.


Landon is 26 and has a terminal illness.

He’s working his way through his bucket list and while he’s in China he meets Abel. Abel is like a breath of fresh air….he’s pushy but so endearing. Landon is happy in his own company, he’s resigned to the fact he can’t let anyone get close to him.

But Abel has other ideas…

After their initial encounter they bump into each other again and no matter how hard he tries Landon can’t seem to deter Abel.One of the things on his bucket list is to have sex with a stranger so Landon thinks why not?

It was only supposed to be a one night stand…


Landon and Abel are two of the most engaging characters I’ve read about and together they are perfect.
I had a lump in my throat more than once reading this.

I felt…
Every emotion.
Every struggle.
Every happy moment.
Every sad moment.


The message is a strong one and it’s so beautifully written.

Life is for living!

Take every moment, and if you’re lucky enough to find that special person to share it with-grasp it with both hands and don’t let go.

“I love you, Abel, as much as you’ve made this harder on me, you’ve made my life a million times brighter.No regrets, okay?”


This book ended with hope for me.
Hope, that these two amazing men get to share their lives'(however short) together.

Landon and Abels’ story is just beautiful.

Highly recommended!

A copy of No Regrets was given to me by Nicky James for an honest review.

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