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

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~Pre-Release Review~Dirty Deeds (The Dirty #1) by HelenKay Dimon~

 

34848612Title: Dirty Deeds
Author: HelenKay Dimon
Series: The Dirty #1
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 250 pages
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

No dirty deed goes unnoticed in a seductive game of cat and mouse. But for Alec and Gaige, the wrong move could get them killed.

Alec Drummond didn’t make his billions by playing nice—or by playing much at all. When it comes to pleasure, Alec only has time for whatever’s quick and easy, which is exactly what he gets from his company’s hot new computer genius. But Gaige Owens isn’t some pushover. He pushes back, and it’s giving Alec a rush. The question is, could Gaige be the one who’s leaking trade secrets? Just to be safe, Alec keeps him close at hand . . . night and day.

Gaige never thought he’d roll over for a man like Alec again, but who could resist sex this mind-blowing? Then there’s the draw of Alec’s mysterious side: his cutthroat ambition, his covert CIA connections, and the murder in his past. For Gaige, a deeper look proves an irresistible temptation. But when Gaige and Alec are stripped of their defenses by an unseen danger, everything they don’t know could bring them closer together—or tear them apart. Only one thing is certain: Before it’s all over, someone’s going down.


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I am a sucker for every cloak and dagger stuff I can get my grabby hands on. Mysteries, spies, organized crime, you name it…

Dirty Deeds seemed to meet my desire to a T. I was rubbing my hands in glee, when I found out that it also deals with industrial espionage in the food sector, since this is a bit different from all the other books I normally read and I love it when authors take a chance at something new. The story examines some dark deeds around the world in more detail from a different angle and I thought it would be refreshing to get to know more about it.

“Drummond supplies food and food hybrids across the world. We’re involved in alternate fuel sources and some other side projects that Seth and his people care about.” “All of that food, those seeds, that information and intel, moves across the world,” Tony explained. “There are people who would prefer if their opponents –rebel factions, demonstrators, groups they don’t like– didn’t have food.” “The concept of starving people out.” Now that sounded like power to Gaige. Scary fucking power.”

However, espionage can be a bit tricky and confuse for me, and I have to admit this was also the case here sometimes. I had to read a few passages twice to understand what was going on and I’m still not sure I really understood everything in the end.

Alec Drummond is the CEO of Drummond Enterprises…

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A family business in the food sector, the FBI has taken aim at in being the initiator of some shady business dealings concerning some dubious, off-the-books deliveries to a Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, which actually exists, by the way. By infiltrating Gaige Owens, a tech nerd and wizard when it comes to hacking into computers, into the company, FBI-Agent Seth Lang tries to find out who is responsible for said manipulations. Gaige has been coerced by Seth into accepting this job in order to redeem himself of any suspicion in taking part in some deceptive practices by his former lover.

When Gaige’s cover is blown immediately during a break-in, Seth makes Alec and Gaige work together by force on figuring out what is really happening, but it is obvious neither of them wants to lay his cards on the table.

Needless to say, Alec as an uncompromising businessman with a somewhat mysterious aura and a once-burnt-twice-shy past, is not overly thrilled with the idea of having someone snooping around in his business and decides to keep a very close eye on Gaige twenty-four-seven. Well, that does not really help to keep the mutual attraction both men instantly feel at bay and soon enough they find each other head over heels not only in a relationship that threatens their resolve of keeping it no strings attached, but also fear for each other’s lives when things are heating up…

This book can be read as a standalone, although it is a spin-off from the Tough Love Series…

Which I haven’t read so far, and overall this was quite an enjoyable -albeit sometimes a bit confusing- read. I loved the setting, even if I was anxious at the beginning when I found out that it primarily takes place in Germany. For me as a German, these kinds of stories mostly end up being a bit disappointing because of wrong translations etc., but kudos, Ms. Dimon, except for one term of address I can’t see anything wrong with it. The setting itself was described with such a passion for detail without getting too overstated, that I had a feeling I would be right there in Munich with the characters.

I had a bit of a hard time to warm up to Alec in the beginning, but once I got to know him better and his more “human” side, I really liked him. Gaige, on the other hand, I loved from the start. I loved his humor…

“Do you want a hug?” Alec joked. Gaige’s eyebrow lifted. “It is tempting to say yes just to see you panic.”

…Which he often used to cover up his vulnerability and him being such a nerd but radiating some quite bad-ass vibes in defending himself was exactly the type of guy I like to see in my books. Their sex scenes were steamy and hot and to be honest they made me add a half star to my rating.

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The reason why I did not give it more stars was once again the whole insta-love stuff.

Believe me, I’m really tired myself to say it again and again in my reviews, but most of the story takes place over a span of one week and sorry, but no… just… no. It is so not believable, especially since Alec is described as a man who does not trust easily and who really jumps to some weird conclusions why he can trust Gaige.

“Do you need anything before we go?” Gaige stopped. “I don’t even understand the question. Like what?” “There’s a shopping area beneath us.” Gaige looked down at his feet. “Really”? The reaction eased the disquieting sense Alec had of being played. Gaige didn’t pretend to know things he didn’t.”

Seriously? Sorry, but for me, this really did upset the applecart regarding his alleged hardass image.  And Gaige gathered some not quite positive experience in the love department, either, so, all in all, it happened way too fast for my taste. Thank goodness, at least the L-word was not mentioned explicitly. Well, it was, but this was a scene that occurred a bit later and was sweet enough to conjure a smile on my face. Someone who rather conjured a constant scowl on my face was Seth. Bloody hell! I hated his guts. What an asshole!!! Like I already said, I don’t know the Tough Love Series yet, but said Seth got his own book in there and to be honest, right now I don’t really feel compelled to read it. 😦

The next book will be about Finn, Alec’s brother, and although I had a few niggles about Dirty Deeds, I will definitely read his book, too.

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~Pre-Release Review~Dirty Deeds (The Dirty #1) by HelenKay Dimon~

 

34848612Title: Dirty Deeds
Author: HelenKay Dimon
Series: The Dirty #1
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 250 pages
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

No dirty deed goes unnoticed in a seductive game of cat and mouse. But for Alec and Gaige, the wrong move could get them killed.

Alec Drummond didn’t make his billions by playing nice—or by playing much at all. When it comes to pleasure, Alec only has time for whatever’s quick and easy, which is exactly what he gets from his company’s hot new computer genius. But Gaige Owens isn’t some pushover. He pushes back, and it’s giving Alec a rush. The question is, could Gaige be the one who’s leaking trade secrets? Just to be safe, Alec keeps him close at hand . . . night and day.

Gaige never thought he’d roll over for a man like Alec again, but who could resist sex this mind-blowing? Then there’s the draw of Alec’s mysterious side: his cutthroat ambition, his covert CIA connections, and the murder in his past. For Gaige, a deeper look proves an irresistible temptation. But when Gaige and Alec are stripped of their defenses by an unseen danger, everything they don’t know could bring them closer together—or tear them apart. Only one thing is certain: Before it’s all over, someone’s going down.


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Apparently, this book is a spin-off of the “Tough love” series, which I have not read. This book can be read as a stand alone, but I do have to say that I was pretty confused the first couple of chapters.

It felt like I had missed something important.

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Thankfully things cleared up after a while and I really got pulled into the story.

Alec is a billionaire, who runs a company, which is food based. This was one of the parts that was really confusing to me, and I’m still not quite sure what he does exactly. I do know that his company helps with storing important seeds in a “Global Seed Vault”, which is meant to help mankind in case of hunger etc.

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Someone has been using his company to cover up some shady business involving ” The Seed Vault”. This is where CIA agent Seth comes in and demands that Alec works with computer genius/hacker Gaige, to find out what exactly has been going on. Since it seems like an inside job…

Gaige is supposed to do his thing and find the leak.

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Since Alec doesn’t trust Gaige one bit, he is determined to be the man’s shadow…Which also means, that Gaige will be staying with him at his home, for the duration of this investigation.

What he didn’t take into consideration, however, is the extreme attraction that lingers between the two of them. Being this close 24 hours a day won’t make things any easier.

They succumb to the temptation pretty fast…

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The first half of this book was a bit confusing and it started off a bit slow. I felt like there was too much telling and not enough showing. The MC’s spend a lot of time in their heads when I would have preferred them interacting a bit more.

This changed a bit during the second half and things got a bit more exciting even though the whole “Vault” thing was a bit confusing at times, I did like the mystery part in this one.

The sexy times were also very entertaining. 😉

I especially liked Gaige’s character. He may have been a computer geek, but he sure had some moves and I loved that he saved Alec’s life more than once.

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Seth however, I didn’t care for one bit. I found out he has his own book in the “Tough Love” series, but I don’t think I will be reading that one since…I really despised the guy in this book.

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The reasons I can’t give this book a full 4 stars, is because the storyline was just a bit too confusing to me.

These two also go from hating each other, to moving in really fast. They didn’t actually use the word “love”,  though it is implied in one of their conversations (which was actually a really cute conversation).  I also really missed an epilogue. I am a sucker for epilogues and I always feel bereft when there isn’t one.

Should there be a next book about Finn, I would definitely read it. He seemed like the more laid back brother, so I am very curious about his story.

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~Pre-Release Review~Jilted (Love Hurts #2) by Sawyer Bennett~

 

32870200Title: Jilted
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Love Hurts #2
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 232 pages
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Hollywood hath no fury like a woman scorned. In this fun, flirty second-chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, an aspiring starlet reconnects with her first love.

“Sawyer Bennett never fails to deliver heroes I fall hard for and heroines I adore.”—Violet Duke

Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.

Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be.


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I’ve read 2 other books by this author, but I wasn’t as impressed with them, as I was with this book. This book was flawless, smooth, funny, HOT, dirty, easy going…and I could go on and on. All in all a great story! I am very pleased and it gave off some good vibes. I was pleasantly surprised.

This book starts with Eden…a famous actress.

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She is a famous Hollywood star, who is engaged with Brad, who is a famous actor as well. They are on the red carpet at the premiere of Brad’s new movie, when Eden finds out from a reporter, that Brad was cheating on her with his co-star in the movie. She breaks up with him live, right then and there on the red carpet, in front of everyone and leaves. On the way home, she realizes the mistakes she has made.

She is in for another big surprise when she arrives back in her hometown to lick her wounds…What she finds in her very own house is something…or should I say someone…she never expected.

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He lives in Newberry, Georgia, his hometown and is Eden’s first love. They were together in high school and their first year in college. He didn’t want to leave his hometown, and he went back after he finished college. Coop is a sexy as hell single guy who doesn’t do relationships, only occasionally “benefits” dates. He is dominant, persistent, stubborn, hot, kinky, and he knows how to please a woman 😛

I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. … Neil Gaiman

Now, after fourteen years, fate brings them back together.

Coop has moved into her house…well actually it’s their house. They try to stay away from each other, but it’s no good. The attraction between the two of them is just too powerful.

I think Eden was a great heroine, I loved how crazy she was. I liked her determination and her ambition, but I wasn’t a fan of her stubbornness. It was a good thing that she realized this herself at the end.

Coop’s character was amazing. I totally agreed with him. He knew Eden even better than she knew herself. I knew he couldn’t resist her, even if he wanted to. I liked his dark side and that he was very kinky. God how I loved that part. 😛

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So as I said, I’m repeating myself again. I loved the book.

Read it yourself and find out why. 😀

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~Pre-Release Review~Pounding Skin (Skin Deep Inc. #2) by L.A. Witt~

 

35101031Title: Pounding Skin
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Skin Deep Inc. #2
Publisher: Swerve
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Military
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 3.5 up to 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A Skin Deep, Inc. Novel

Fighter pilot Jon Russell never sleeps with the same man twice. Known for his lack of shame when it comes to hooking up, Jon has no interest in commitment—even friends with benefits sounds like too much work.
Matt Huffman has slept with lots of women. He’s had loads of girlfriends. So why does the hot as hell pilot getting a tattoo as the result of a lost bet stop his breath? And how come he can’t stop thinking about him, even after he’s gone?

When Jon returns to Skin Deep the second time, he doesn’t want another tattoo. He wants to hook up with the gorgeous artist he spent hours agonizingly close to, and Matt wants to explore some curiosity about men. Fulfill the desire he can’t stop fantasizing over. And he wants to do it with Jon.
As their casual hook up becomes more than just skin deep, both Matt and Jon are faced with questions they don’t want to answer. Matt understands he’s bi—but are these feelings he has typical of hooking up with a man? Or is it only Jon that can make his heart pound? If Jon wanted nothing more than a fling, why does he find himself needing not just Matt’s body, but all of him? And can their relationship withstand the hardships that makes Jon avoid them in the first place?

The Skin Deep, Inc books can be read in any order—come enter a world where gorgeous tattoo artists and hot Navy men find passion, pleasure, and a happily ever after together.


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Even if this is book 2 in the Skin Deep Inc. series it could be read as standalone.

In fact, if I had read this book before book one, I probably would have enjoyed more Colin and Daniel’s story. Here we can testify, as the missed epilogue in Back Piece, that they are still happy and totally in love.

Here, in Pounding Skin, a tattoo artist (Matt Huffman) and a USA Navy pilot (Jon Russell) cross paces in Skin Deep Inc. and they are instantly attracted to each other. The problem? One of them is a manwhore allergic to serious relationships and the other, our tattooed hero, doesn’t know even if he is straight, bi or gay.

“To bi? Or not to bi?”

“Yep. Turns out that I am bi. Because effing hell, I want to taste that man”

Matt is hot. I know it’s not the deepest thing to say as a character’s introduction, but he is and I felt really attracted to him. He is a pure contradiction. He has a badass exterior going on (broad, sexy, tattooed and pierced) but he is kind, shy and insecure in the inside since he is “experimenting” new things and he doesn’t know what to expect or how a fuck buddies arrangement works with another man.

Our other MC, Jon, the pilot, the manwhore, the out and proud who doesn’t want a relationship has been a surprise too.
I was gonna start with “he is hot” but I think once in a review is enough. Straightforward and plain with what he wants, Jon is a great and interesting character. He seems to be very confident and clear: he wants to have fun, no strings. And it’s not a pose, he is really happy being like this.

” Jon would rather chew off one of his own limbs than do anything that resembled ‘settling down'”


Both MCs are deep, complex and attractive enough to support the story themselves even if it’s not necessary because I think this book (and its plot) is better than Back Piece.
I’m not saying book 1 was a bad read because it wasn’t, but to me, it lacked something, a missing piece I couldn’t put my finger on. But this one has found the lost feeling in its predecessor, and LA Witt has done a great job developing plot and characters.

The couple evolution is palpable and progressive. Everything grows naturally between our MCs and that was something that I truly enjoyed.

There are some great things in this book that I feel the need to highlight:

  • This is a story totally based on the relationship development. How they are, how they begin, how they evolve and how they get their HEA.
    The plot in this book is a recurrent dynamic in romance. Boy meet boy, everything starts as a casual thing and then the attraction develops into something different, bigger and deeper. But even if the formula has been used till satiation, Witt makes it work perfectly here. I really liked the way the story is told. It is entertaining and sexy and undoubtedly very well written.
  • The sex scenes: my inner slut was totally satisfied. And it wasn’t that way in book one, where they were too many and not as hot as Matt and Jon’s scenes.
    But it is true that in my opinion there is still a lot of sex. I would have been happier with less.
  • The background and the secondary character’s stories are remarkable. In this book, you get to know our boys, but also their friends. In fact, after reading about our next couple I’m totally in for book 3. It could be my favorite in this series.

So, would I recommend Pounding Skin? I think is a great read so even if you haven’t enjoyed Back Piece, you could enjoy Jon and Matt’s love story.

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~Review~Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by Santino Hassell~

 

34346381Title: Illegal Contact
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #1
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group / InterMix
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…


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I am a sucker for geeks, jocks and sports themed books, so I just knew this one was gonna be a big hit for me…

And since I am always right…

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I loved the story, the MC’s and the side-characters!!

Gavin Brawley is a famous football player…a tight end to be precise.

He is also snarky, growly and has some anger management issues. These issues are actually the reason for him being on house arrest with an ankle bracelet, for the next 6 months.

Since Gavin is not real good at taking care of himself and not able to go anywhere, he is forced to hire a PA…

He ends up hiring Noah…

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Noah is a bit of a geek, he has lost his previous job, because his boss was an asshole and he is drowning in debt. He needs a job stat!


These two really don’t get off on the right foot. Now Noah might not like the arrogant football player,  but money is money and he is seriously lacking…

So he can suck it up for the next 6 months…he hopes.

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Being cooped up together in Gavin’s big mansion, these two slowly get to know each other and they realize, that first impression isn’t always right. They actually end up being friends…

Now Gavin has known Noah is gay from the beginning and he has even flirted with him, but Noah didn’t take any of it seriously.He should have though, because Gavin is not as straight as Noah thought he was, and when the truth comes out…all bets are off!!

These two really had it going on. 😛

“You’d let me come in you ?” “Use you until I fill you up?”

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I loved that this book didn’t have any insta-love. You could really see the two of them growing closer.

I also loved the last chapters. There isn’t a huge HEA, more like an HFN and a very realistic one. I loved it and I loved how these two surprised me near the ending…especially Gavin.

I can’t wait for the next book to get here. Highly recommended!!!

ARC of Illegal Contact was generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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~Review~Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by Santino Hassell~

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34346381Title: Illegal Contact
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #1
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group / InterMix
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…


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I am still delighted. I just finished Illegal Contact and the magnificence of what I have read and the way I felt reading it is unbelievable.

I know this story won’t work the same for everyone. I mean, I´m using the word “delighted” here… and I know reading is a very subjective thing. Each one of us has different tastes and, fortunately, a lot of books to choose. But, for this reader, Illegal Contact was an amazing story so elaborate and so simple at the same time that I was completely in tune with characters, the plot and the writing. 

The highest rate for this brilliantly written super slow romance.

This is not the typical geek-meets- jock book. It’s not your usual enemies-to-lovers story. It is both but none at the same time and is Santino Hassell who makes the difference.

I am not particularly a sports books fan. I read them as well as I could read rockstars books or serial killer stories… and what I want to say with this is that you will love this book even if you don’t know a thing about football. As you will see, Noah has zero knowledge about it and he is so cute, I may die.

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And that said,  the important thing here is that I LOVED THE BOOK! 😀

I’m totally and utterly in love with Gavin and Noah. So different voices, so distinctive POVs. So… So… So… (I have no words and, that, coming from me, is saying a lot). At first, I didn´t know if it was the writing, the characters introduction or just the vibe of the book, but it looked terrific since the very first pages and this awesomeness I´m talking about is present all the way to the HEA.


Gavin. The dark one. The moody. The angry guy.

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The poor kid and the rich and problematic adult. The cocky football player. The conflictive celebrity. The sarcastic jerk. The closeted bisexual hottie.

He is all this. But also, Gavin the loyal friend. Gavin the helpless kid abandoned at birth. He is a complex e intense character. But all his hostility is melted with a compassion off the charts. He is a contradiction himself and a very beautiful and enjoyable one. The perfect definition probably comes from Noah …

Gavin. The meanest player in the league, according to the media, but the one with the most aggressively overprotective and caring heart

Noah. The geek. The sweet. The dreamer.

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The more-poor-than-the-rats social worker. The smart-ass gay from Queens. The nerdy savior.And beneath all the sweetness and well being there is also a brave guy who faces whatever life throws at him. And he has a temper too. A big one I must say. Gavin refers once to him as “ball of resentment and anger” and also as “sexy-ass geek with an attitude“, and he was very accurate with both expressions if you ask me. He is warmth personified. Hotness and warmth. He is so kind and sexy. So smart and funny, and totally adorable…

Sighs, sighs, and more love sighs.


The millionaire jock and the crusader geek seems incredibly different at first sight, but you can see since the beginning they are not. They fight for the same reason in life. Well, that’s not true. One of them fights and the other shields all his feelings behind an ugly shield of resentment, anger, imbecility, and sarcasm. Yup. Gavin is a jerk, and I felt in love with him right after his first line so, maybe I am a bit messed up but is impossible not to love him.

Both of them grew up poor and unhappy (even though Noah had a family who loved him) and that fact is the nexus between them. Noah’s way out of that unhappiness was becoming a social worker to help underprivileged groups (gays mostly) and Gavin’s out was football. Noah decided to do it to be capable to save other people, Gavin did it of saving himself. But in the end of this journey. Both wants the same. Both are unselfish and altruistic. And two incredible, deep and “rich” characters.The dialogues are fluid, natural. They are funny as hell. The book is riddled with fantastic conversations and smart-ass comebacks (mostly from Noah).

The humor in Illegal Contact is superb.

I’ve been highlighting like crazy all the reading. I was mad because I knew I couldn’t use all my marked quotes and that´s the reason I´m not quoting (even if I´m suffering for it). The thing is the highlights made pretty clear to me that it was being an amazing book. And it was. Till the last word I read.

This is a super slow romance. Very, very slow. 😛

In my case, it worked perfectly because most of the times I prefer the banter, the chasing, the unresolved sexual tension tan the sex itself. And this book has it all, so when you finally get to the sex…well, I´m just saying, it worth every minute of intensity, glances, jealousy and awesome conversations.

So, thank you NetGalley for the copy. Thank you, Santino Hassell, for the perfect book and, thank you, Wendy, for the buddy read. For being there all the way, miles away from me (literally and figuratively because you are the Flash of the books) but hearing my crazy ideas and insight about Gavin and Noah. 😀

Highly recommend!!!

ARC of Illegal Contact was generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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~Pre-Release Review~Unbreakable Stories: Rowe (Unbreakable Bonds #3.5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott~

 

34865867Title: Unbreakable Stories: Rowe
Authors: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Series: (Unbreakable Bonds #3.5)
Page Count: 64 pages
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Unbreakable Stories: Rowe is a collection of short stories following the romantic adventures and misadventures of former Army Rangers turned security experts Rowe Ward and Noah Keegan following the events of Torch, book 3 of the Unbreakable Bonds series. This collection is more than 30,000 words long and contains stories such as: 

Piece of Pie
Mistletoe
Haunted
Gotcha
And many more…


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

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“There is nothing in this world more powerful than the connection a person feels for another.”

Do you know that feeling when you open a book in a series and it is instantly like coming home? 

When you can’t help getting so absorbed in the story that you are sitting curled up on your couch with a dopey grin on your face because you missed everyone so much and it just feels right being back again? I’m pretty sure you do, but in case you don’t, I suggest you read this series!

I loved every single book so far and the short stories are always the icing on the cake. 

The same holds true for Unbreakable Stories: Rowe. As short as they are, you still get the whole package of fun, sweet and sexy times combined with some heart-eyes but also pensive moments. A few pages in and I already had to run off grabbing some tissues, but leave it to the authors to make me laugh through my tears only a second later.

Seeing how Rowe after going through a rough patch due to Mel’s death finds happiness again with Noah was aside from Devour my most anticipated story in this series. What I especially loved about Unbreakable Stories: Rowe was the way Noah finds his place in Rowe’s life by creating memories of their own, by making every day special, without forgetting about Mel and to see Rowe opening up to Noah. He picks up his life again and feels completely at ease with his feelings for him.


So, get ready for some good but also bittersweet memories…

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“With each passing day, Rowe seemed a little more relaxed, a little more willing to laugh, and a little more playful, as if he were pulling his soul out from the shadow of his wife’s death to embrace living again. Mel was still an intricate part of their lives, but her memory more frequently brought smiles than tears.”

Some pranks only men can come up with…

The saying “In the true man there is a child hidden: it wanted to play” proved never to be truer!

Some hot man-on-man action…that makes you want to run off and take an ice bath. 😀

And some much-needed vacation…


…With the whole gang except for Ian and Hollis, with lots of fun inside and outside the bed and psst…you even get to see a Lucas being all easy-going and relaxed and that’s a sight to see or read in this case. Promise!

“They might be all crazy, but it was a good family to be a part of.”

Admittedly, I missed Ian and Hollis, but all of these short stories except for the first one take place after Devour, so they authors decided to be a bit careful about it. And of course, we will get their own short stories soon.

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~Review~Blood Guard (Mission #1) by Megan Erickson~

 

34444705Title: Blood Guard
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Mission #1
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 182 pages
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre(s): Romance, Paranormal/Vampires
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.
Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .
Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.


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I am a big sucker for vampires, so when I saw this baby on Netgalley, I knew I had to read it.

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Tendra is a waitress, who one day after her shift, gets snatched off the street and kidnapped. She is thrown into a world, where all of a sudden vampires are real and she herself is supposed to be  “Sanguivita” ( meal ticket) for the clan’s king, because of her “special” blood.

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Of course, Tendra was quite shocked at first, but evidence suggest, her kidnapper Athen, is not talking out of his ass. 😛 


Apparently, there are different kinds of vampires. Those that only feed with consent, and those that don’t give a damn about the human envolved. Those are the dangerous kind and they are now after Tendra…This is where Athen comes in.He is her Blood Guard and he is supposed to keep her safe and deliver her to the clan’s king… 

…Who is also his brother…

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The two of them go on the run…but being chased by bad vampires isn’t the only problem they are facing…

There is also the little fact of them falling for each other.

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I really enjoyed reading this one and I think it was a promising start to a new series.

I also got a few laughs in, which is always a plus for me.  It was definitely inst-lovey, but for some reason, with PNR books, I don’t care so much.  I also really liked the MC’s. Kendra was pretty badass, though Athan was a bit softer than I expected him to be.

I am very curious about book 2.

An ARC was kindly provided to me via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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