~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~Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan~

 

35652776Title: Antisocial
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 341 pages
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Romance, New Adult & College
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A single stroke can change your world.

Xander Fairchild can’t stand people in general and frat boys in particular, so when he’s forced to spend his summer working on his senior project with Skylar Stone, a silver-tongued Delta Sig with a trust fund who wants to make Xander over into a shiny new image, Xander is determined to resist. He came to idyllic, Japanese culture-soaked Benten College to hide and make manga, not to be transformed into a corporate clone in the eleventh hour. 
Skylar’s life has been laid out for him since before he was born, but all it takes is one look at Xander’s artwork, and the veneer around him begins to crack. Xander himself does plenty of damage too. There’s something about the antisocial artist’s refusal to yield that forces Skylar to acknowledge how much his own orchestrated future is killing him slowly…as is the truth about his gray-spectrum sexuality, which he hasn’t dared to speak aloud, even to himself.
Through a summer of art and friendship, Xander and Skylar learn more about each other, themselves, and their feelings for one another. But as their senior year begins, they must decide if they will part ways and return to the dull futures they had planned, or if they will take a risk and leap into a brightly colored future—together.


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I absolutely loved Heidi Cullinan’s  Carry the Ocean and Shelter the Sea . So when I saw that there was a new book coming out by this amazing author…I jumped on it. 😉

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Now I am gonna confess and say that I knew absolutely nothing about this book before I started it.

So imagine my surprise and intrigue when I found out that one of the characters is asexual (or somewhere on the spectrum). I have to admit that I’m pretty clueless when it comes to asexuality or anything really, that falls into the gray area of sexuality. So color me intrigued.

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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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~Release Day Review~Permanent Ink (Art & Soul #1) by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn~

 

35263129Title: Permanent Ink
Authors: Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
Series: Art & Soul #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 249 pages
Release Date: August 7, 2017
Genre(s): M/M,Contemporary Romance,
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies.

Jericho is known for his ability to transform poorly designed tattoos into works of art, but he was once as aimless and misdirected as Poe. Wanting to pay it forward the way someone once did for him, Jericho makes Poe his apprentice and is determined to keep things strictly professional. Easier said than done when Poe makes his interest—and his daddy kink—abundantly clear.Jericho can’t resist Poe or their intense chemistry for long. But between the age gap, tension with Poe’s father, and Poe’s best friend calling him a sellout, they’ll need to ensure they’re both on the same page before they can rewrite their rocky start into something permanent.


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I love Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn, so I was very excited to read this one.

It was only later on that I realized that this was a book with “Daddy” kink…Now I love books with age-gaps and I don’t mind a sexy older man…but a 22-year-old wanting to be called “boy” and pleading his “daddy” to pound him harder…yeah that doesn’t really do it for me.

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So this is definitely a case of “it’s me and not the book”.

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So what’s the story about…

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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

~Synopsis~

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.


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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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~Review~Unbreakable Stories: Ian by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott~

 

35905637Title: Unbreakable Stories: Ian
Author: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #4.5
Release Date: August 2, 2017
Genre(s): M/M,Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Unbreakable Stories: Ian is a collection of short stories following the ups and downs of Ian Pierce and Hollis Banner has they navigate their new relationship and the unique complications of dating with a brunch of overprotective “brothers” determined to guard Ian’s heart. 

This collection is more than 38,000 words and contains short stories such as: 
Midnight Perp 
No Boyfriends Allowed 
A Night Off 
Taking It Slow 
This is Us 
And a very special bonus.


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I was so damn excited when I found out about this surprise release of my favorite couple…and also my favorite man of this series…Hollis little-heart-hi.png (600×510)…sigh. I was in a bit of a book slump and this little gem really made my day!!

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Now, I have loved every single book in this series, but Ian and Hollis…I have always loved them the hardest.

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~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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~Release Day Review~Who We Truly Are (Enhanced #2) by Victoria Sue~

 

35521245Title: Who We Truly Are
Author: Victoria Sue
Series: Enhanced #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 226 pages
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction/Military
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars up to 5

~Synopsis~

Talon’s deadly abilities are spiraling out of control. Desperate to keep Finn safe, Talon struggles to protect the man he loves with all his heart and not become the greatest risk to Finn’s life. 

Finn has no choice but to offer himself as bait for the evil forces kidnapping enhanced children, facing danger he is untrained and unprepared for, and he will have to do it alone. 

Does Talon have one last fight in him? Will he slay everyone who wants to destroy Finn and the team, or will he finally discover that to defeat their enemy and the ultimate threat, the biggest battle he has to face is one with himself?


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This series keeps its promise!!!

Imagine my fist bump when I discovered that Who We Truly Are picks up right where Five Minutes Longer left us. Not only plotwise, but also in being as amazing as the first book. 

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