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~Pre-Release Review~Oversight (The Community #2) by Santino Hassell~

 

30364801Title: Oversight
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Community #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 242 pages
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal, Suspense/Thriller
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.

Holden Payne has it all . . . or so he thinks. As heir to the founder of the Community—an organization that finds, protects, and manages psychics—he’s rich, powerful, and treated like royalty. But after a series of disappearances and murders rock the Community, he’s branded the fall guy for the scandal and saddled with a babysitter.
Sixtus Rossi is a broad-shouldered, tattooed lumbersexual with a man-bun and a steely gaze. He’s also an Invulnerable—supposedly impervious to both psychic abilities and Holden’s charms. It’s a claim Holden takes as a challenge. Especially if sleeping with Six may help him learn whether the Community had more to do with the disappearances than they claimed.
As Holden uncovers the truth, he also finds himself getting in deep with the man sent to watch him. His plan to seduce Six for information leads to a connection so intense that some of Six’s shields come crashing down. And with that comes a frightening realization: Holden has to either stand by the Community that has given him everything, or abandon his old life to protect the people he loves.


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I loved it! Another Winner…An amazing read!

Oversight, book 2 in The Community Series, by Santino Hassell is darker than it’s predecessor, undoubtedly more complex and equally good. I dare to say, even better. And I truly love Insight, so that statement is coming from someone who is already in love with Nate and Trent and considers the couple hard to beat.

This story is the evolution of what we started in that liquor store in Texas.  In book one we were introduced to another world, a fantastic universe of psychics and powers and in this second installment, we are dragged in a more profound level. Deeper and direct to the human evilness.

This book is dark, sexy, sinfully funny, sarcastically realistic and full of lies, greed, fears, and secrets.


The tone in this story can only be described as obscure. You could say it is scarier and creepier than Insight. It’s also completely different in the perception, and that’s because of our narrator, Holden Payne is a cynical cocky bastard with a sarcastic humor that impregnates the story completely and makes the narration as sophisticated as he is.

Holden’s voice is pretty singular and clear. He is charismatic and charming and also a lonely man, insecure in the inside and, as we can witness, a little oblivious about what happens in The Community where he’s been raised.

I also love Sixtus Rossi, a.k.a Six… an invulnerable.

Yes, that’s Six’s gift, and not a subjective perception of this reader, since probably I would have described him as hot, honest, loyal, lost, sweet…(yes, I think the impenetrable is sweet)
In many occasions, Holden referred to him as a robot or a cyborg and that’s because my poor Sixtus has the rare talent of not feeling any kind of empathy. He also has the shield that Holden’s power needs: he can’t influence Six as he is used to doing. Holden can’t even read him. What a challenge, right? Right!

To me, the mere existence/appearance of Six is enthralling enough to keep me intrigued and captivated. It is true that I missed Nate’s visions in the first chapters but that´s because they were one of the things I loved the most in Insight but, really, having Six and his mysterious and appealing personality did it for me too. And also: Nate and Trent are in the house!!! Oh yes, they are.


I loved the paradox in this story: the relationship between an empath and an invulnerable man, not capable of feeling empathy.

The way they feel for each other. The love story between our MCs is beautiful. There is great love here, really. And it also has a hint of enemies to lovers very enjoyable where the chasing, the banter and the funny conversations between this two, apparently opposite characters conforms a big part of the Oversight big picture.

The complexity of the plot is bigger here that in Insight and not just because our narrator is completely different from Nate, but because it has a huge dose of “political” thriller. Santino takes the readers deep into the ins and outs of an organization full of lies, nastiness, and malice. 


Here we faced a battle between good and evil…

…and we find out how far humans (evolved or not) can go to get what they want and how they can use other people to satisfy their own purposes.

I am hungry for book 3. I can´t wait. I know I have to because it won’t be out until October but I´m really anxious.

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~Release Day Review~Promises Part 3 (Bounty Hunters #3) by A.E. Via~

 

35064709Title: Promises Part 3
Author: A.E. Via
Series: Bounty Hunters #3
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Action
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5 

 ~Synopsis~

A bounty hunter’s partners to lovers’ story.
The hunt is on… and he’s the prey.

Bradford (Ford) King was sure he had the rest of his life mapped out. Though he was no longer a SEAL Lieutenant, his brother was home safe and he had a job that still allowed him to satisfy his hunger for hunting bad guys. Life was simple, no distractions or complications – at age forty-six – that’s all Ford wanted. What he didn’t want was his work partner, sniper/watchman, Dana, giving him s**t all the time.
Dana Cadby had grown up labeled a roughneck from the wrong side of the tracks. He’d fought, scrounged, and survived despite a father that constantly told him he couldn’t. Dana pulled himself up by his own boot straps and made a name for himself in the marksman community. He’d been Duke’s bounty watchman for five years. It was his job to ensure their safety, watch their backs. At thirty-three, he was trusted, well respected by his peers, his bosses, his friends… so why couldn’t he earn the same respect from his partner?
Dana knew he was bisexual before he graduated high school. He also knew he was attracted to the huge, 6’3”, SEAL from the moment he and his brother came to join their team. It wasn’t easy for him to tamp down his immediate reaction to Ford’s thick muscles, full beard, and dark eyes. Still, Dana exhibited nothing but professionalism towards him, not wanting to make his ‘straight’ partner uncomfortable.
After Dana took back his ex-girlfriend, he’d noticed an intensification in Ford’s bad attitude. One that turned aggressive and downright antagonistic, and Dana was damned if he’d just lay down and take it. He was gonna make that man respect him if it was the last thing he did.
When Duke sends Dana and Ford out to track down their most dangerous bounty yet, they both embrace the fact that they make one hell of a team… but they fight tooth and nail against the powerful intimacy brewing between them.
Beware: When Ford and Dana connect, no fugitive can hide from the hunter and his watchman.

This story is a part of a series but can stand alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has a HEA.


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 I am a huge A.E. Via fan, so everytime a new book comes out, it makes me giddy. 😀

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This time we get Dana and Ford’s story.

Those of you, who have read the previous books, know who they are already. Those of you who haven’t…

What are you waiting for??!!

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Bradford King (46), known as Ford, and Dana Cadby (33) both work as bounty hunters for Duke and Quick’s team.Ford is a former Navy Seal, who was dishonorably discharged after rescuing his brother Brian from terrorists. He and his brother joined Duke’s team not too long ago.Dana is the team’s sniper/watchman. Dana is an expert marksman who has won several awards. He has been with the team a bit longer.


Ever since Ford joined the team, Dana has had his eye on the huge rugged man.

Dana has always been bi-sexual, but since he burned himself with the last man he was with…he is a bit cautious. So he has only been with women in the last 10 years. Dana doesn’t think he stands a chance with Ford and besides that…he doesn’t even know if the man swings his way.

So he sticks with his awful girlfriend…I really hated that woman!!! I got so annoyed with Dana for not standing up for himself and just letting her walk all over him.

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What Dana doesn’t know though, is that Ford is just as intrigued by him. He can’t stand seeing the way Dana’s girlfriend treats him (makes two of us). He doesn’t understand why Dana went back to her in the first place…

Dana deserves so much more… He deserves Ford…

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Ford doesn’t have a lot of experience with men. I don’t even think he has a lot of experience with women either. He used to have hook-ups when he was younger, but that stuff got old and he is fine with being by himself….or so he thinks. He just can’t seem to get Dana out of his head and working so up close with the man is slowly driving him insane. Something will have to give…The sexual tension in this book was through the roof and…

I was just yelling at them to get their heads straight and kiss already!!! 😀

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Which thankfully they finally did. 😛

Once these two got their heads out of their asses, they were very sweet and hot together.

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I do have to say that to me, this book seems lower on the steamy side than all the others.

I didn’t mind though…I loved how they took things slow and how sweet they were to one another.What I really loved was the extra parts we got in Brian’s voice. Now, this is a story I can’t wait for. Brian has been my favorite since he was introduced into this series and…

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

 

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

~Synopsis~

A Kind Of Story

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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These guys were also very hot together…

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

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


I really enjoyed this one and it’s definitely one of my favorites in the series. I have no idea if there will be more, but I hope so. 😀imageedit_44_8150275859
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~Review~P.S. I Spook You by S.E. Harmon~

 

35215347Title: P.S. I Spook You
Author: S.E. Harmon
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 275 pages
Release Date: June 12, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Supernatural/Ghosts
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency’s golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one slight, tiny, itty-bitty paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden he’s the agency’s embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself—go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him.
Cold-case detective Daniel McKenna’s latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Five years earlier, high school student Amy Greene went missing after leaving her part-time job and was never seen again. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help that his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex.

It doesn’t help that Rain is pretty sure he’s falling in love with Danny all over again—if he ever stopped. Add to that the frustration of seeing ghosts at every turn while he works a case that’s stalled in its tracks, and Rain is starting to wonder if second chances and happy endings are just for fairy tales.


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I love paranormal and I love mystery. So this book was perfect for me.

It pulled me in right from the very first page. I really liked the mystery part, it had me on the edge of my seat while biting my nails…

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To me, this was a mystery/paranormal first and a romance second. Now no worries, there is romance and there is even some very nice steam, but the main focus of the book is…ghosts. 😛

Rain is an FBI profiler with the BAU. He is a pretty straight-laced kinda guy, which is quite the feat if you look at his hippy parents and twin sister. There are only two things not so straight about him.

His sexuality and the fact that he sees and talks to ghosts.

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He himself isn’t so happy about the whole ghost thing. It’s hindering his job and when his gift becomes public knowledge, he is sent on leave for a month, with mandatory visits to a psychiatrist.

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When he gets back from his leave, he is send to help out the local PD on a cold case in his hometown…as a form of punishment. A town where his sexy ex-boyfriend is a detective and Rain has never really gotten over his ex.

An ex he will now have to work with and who doesn’t know his secret.

I really liked detective Danny McKenna and I also understood that he still felt the hurt of Rain leaving him. He never got over Rain either, but he is also afraid of being left behind again.

Even though these two are ex’s, they are also still friends. Awkward friends who would like to jump each other’s bones…but friends none the less. So when Danny offers Rain a place to stay, he doesn’t have to think about it.

It’s either his hot ex or his hippy sister. 😛

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While working the cold case, Rain is being joined by his “stalker” ghost, who tries to help him out in exchange for Rain doing him a favor. Slowly Rain starts accepting the fact that he is not crazy and that there is a reason for him being able to see all these ghosts.

He actually starts wanting to help them….

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Problem is, what will happen when everyone, including Danny, finds out his secret…


I really loved this one. I was filled with mystery and ghosts.

The MC’s were great and funny. I loved the banter between the two of them and even though there are only a few steamy scenes, they were definitely HOT !!!

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I would have liked an epilogue though…. It always gives me a bit more closure, but don’t worry they it ends with a HEA. I would love for this to turn out into a series, cause I would read every single book. 

Highly recommended for those who love paranormal and mystery/suspense!!!

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~Review~Summer Heat by Jay Northcote~

 

35041274Title: Summer Heat
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Page Count: 205 pages
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it’s with your best friend, things get complicated.

When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.
Adam’s best friend, Finn, agrees to accompany him at short notice. Finn’s had a crush on Adam for years, but is determined to put his feelings aside and be the perfect wingman in Adam’s time of crisis.
A spontaneous threesome with another guy forces Adam and Finn to confront their attraction to each other. Having a holiday fling together wasn’t part of the plan, and as their trip heats up, they soon realise that one night of fun won’t be enough for either of them.

The passion might be scorching, but their hearts and friendship are on the line. If their romance is going to survive the flight home, they have to be honest about what they want.


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Well…this book definitely deserves its title, cause there was some serious HEAT in this one. 😀

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This is a friends to lovers story, that is low on angst and high on the good feels. 😛

After Adam gets dumped by his boyfriend of 5 years, he seeks out his best friend Finn. Finn, of course, has been hiding his true feelings for his best friend for some time, and he isn’t all that upset to hear about Adam’s break up.

So when Adam asks him to go on a romantic getaway he had already booked and planned, Finn doesn’t really have to think about saying yes.


While on their little vacation, the two of them join in a threesome with another guy. The lines of their friendship blur from there and…

These two really get it on!!

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They pretend it’s just gonna be for this summer…just fucking and nothing more…But we all know how that is a lie…The question is what will happen to their relationship/friendship when their vacation time ends…

There is a lot of steam in this book…It seemed like Adam and Finn were trying to make up for all their years of just being friends…

Not that I minded. 😛

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If you are looking for a light and hot summer read than this book is perfect!

I would have liked to read it on a beach on some tropical island, but well…we can’t all get what we want.

It isn’t a very deep story though. These two go from friends to lovers quite fast, but I tried to keep in mind that they had been friends for many years…I myself prefer a bit more angst in my books, but sometimes…

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~Release Day Review~Spring Break (Accidental Roots #3) by Elle Keaton~

 

35096685Title: Spring Break
Author: Elle Keaton
Series: Accidental Roots #3
Publisher: Dirty Dog Publishing
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Sometimes a guy needs a break. Carroll Weir got one–but it wasn’t what he expected.

All he dreams of is escaping dreary, damp Skagit, WA, for a warmer climate. Instead, Federal Investigator Carroll Weir is assigned to a cross-agency case involving geoduck smugglers and a very dead Fish and Wildlife Detective.
Sterling Bailey, the regular bartender at the Loft, likes to think of his customers and employees as family since he doesn’t have one of his own. Exhausted and tense, Carroll Weir wanders in one night and one thing leads to another. All in a night’s work, right?
Who murdered Fish and Wildlife Detective Peter Krystad? Does the killer have Weir in his sights? Things begin to heat up between them but Sterling and Weir will have to move past their personal history in order to change the course of their future.
The spark burning between them is hot enough to scald, unless they’re careful somebody’s going to get burned.

Though part of the Accidental Roots Series this book can be read as a standalone.
*HEA No cliffhanger
*Intended for a mature audience, 18+


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How the hell do you end up from blowing an FBI-Agent in the backroom of a bar…

…to being his babysitter and then lover within a few weeks???

And, what is more, when you did not even deign him a second glance so far, much less like him particularly? Well, it happens faster than you think…

Sterling Bailey, outwardly gruff, but at the bottom of his heart caring bartender at The Loft in Skagit, WA, has his own problems, even without help from the outside to make it worse.

The police are on a manhunt for a fourteen-year-old boy. They say he's injured, but dangerous, and issue a warning for everyone to be on the lookout. Your character stumbles upon the boy in an alleyway on a late night.

Turned adrift by his own parents at a very young age due to his sexual orientation and being forced to do everything to survive on the streets, he had landed on his feet again. But this betrayal of confidence comes at a price. Trusting someone is not easy for him and why doing the whole commitment thing when you can just do hookups with no strings attached?

When a blowjob at his bar leads to another one -which is dead against his own life philosophy- and he suddenly seems to be the only person under the sun who is able to take care of said hookup when he is severely injured, his resolve gets rattled with each day he spends with the man and slow but steady he develops feelings he never wanted to feel.

FBI-Agent Carroll Weir -yes, there are a million jokes about his name out there and believe me, he has heard them all- is so done with this rainy dump called Skagit and cannot wait to get the hell out of dodge after the case he worked on for months is mostly wrapped up. His bags are packed, his flight to SoCal almost booked and he already sees himself on a surfboard again and basking in the sun.


A phone call from his boss shatters his daydream and he never would have thought that the murder of a Fish and Wildlife Detective and the possible poaching of a cock-shaped clam would fall under his duties, but so much for his luck. Oh, Weir likes cock, but the real deal, not such nightmare-inducing, the running-him-into-the-ground thing that ends up in a case without any lead.

A hookup at a bar seems to be just the right cure, but what was supposed to be a stress relief makes for an experience he cannot get out of his head, or rather he cannot get the guy out of his head. Sterling Bailey with his goth appearance and his judgmental behavior is a guy who is so not on his bucket list, but a hell of a surprise when it comes down to it. 

“His first impression that Sterling judged and found the rest of the world lacking had been replaced by the understanding that Sterling held his true self-aloof out of self-preservation. Sterling was most comfortable feeling separate from the crowd; it had become his safe place.”

But Weir does not do relationships. He has built up a protective barrier around his heart due to his own past so he would not get hurt again. A tragedy in form of the disappearance of his sister ripped his family apart when he was a kid and instead of holding onto the child who was still there, both parents blamed him and abandoned him one way or the other, which left Weir with a feeling of never being good enough.

When the case or rather the murderer comes too close for comfort to Weir and nearly costs him his life, both men are forced to spend more time together than they prefer, and they discover gradually that they are more alike than they think.

“Leaving Skagit, Sterling hoped, had been a self-protective measure. If Weir didn’t allow himself to get attached, then he wouldn’t get hurt. And, yeah, Sterling knew that because it was one of his own classic moves.”

Their somewhat love-hate relationship turns into deeper feelings neither of them can ignore until the disappearance of Sterling’s sister reopens old sores for Weir and threatens to destroy their tentative chance for love. 


Slowly but surely I feel at home in this town, despite the sordid details that come to light bit by bit.

The atmosphere is so vivid, I can virtually visualize the scenery and feel like I would know each resident inside out. Elle Keaton once again managed that I fell in love with both main characters right from the start. Granted, I already liked Weir in the previous books, but now that I came to know more about his past, I loved him even more.

After the second book, I already shipped him with another character, namely Buck’s friend Miguel, but the author did a great job in making me believe that due to their past Weir and Sterling are a match made in heaven. The relationship development once again left nothing to be desired and what I love in particular is that it was a different approach in each book so far, from insta-love in the first one to friends to lovers in the second and now this love-hate relationship in the third story.

The mystery part was a bit too muddled and also a tad OTT for me this time. Don’t get me wrong, the author de-muddled it perfectly in the end and it was interesting to get to know more about “conversion” therapy. It is still hard for me to believe that some people revert to such drastic measures, although it is proven that they fail spectacularly.

I just wish the solving of the case, or rather of both cases, would have been not so overly dramatic and did not exude the feeling of watching a B-movie sometimes.

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~Release Day Review~On Point (Out of Uniform #3) by Annabeth Albert ~

 

34567844Title: ON POINT
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Out of Uniform #3
Publisher: Carina Press
Page Count: 320 pages
Release Date: June 5, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Military/SEALS
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Never fall for your best friend…

Pushing thirty, with his reenlistment looming, decorated navy sniper Maddox Horvat is taking a long look at what he really wants in life. And what he wants is Ben Tovey. It isn’t smart, falling for his best friend and fellow SEAL, but ten years with Ben has forged a bond so intimate Maddox can’t ignore it. He needs Ben by his side forever—heart and soul.
Ben admits he likes what he’s seen—his friend’s full lower lip and the perfect muscles of his ass have proved distracting more than once. But Ben’s still reeling from a relationship gone to hell, and he’s not about to screw up his friendship with Maddox, too.
Until their next mission throws Ben and Maddox closer together than ever before, with only each other to depend on.
Now, in the lonely, desperate hours awaiting rescue, the real challenge—confronting themselves, their future and their desires—begins. Man to man, friend to friend, lover to lover.


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This book deserves 4 exquisite and yummy Maddox’s cupcakes.

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Though this is book 3 in the “Out of Uniform” series by Annabeth Albert, it could be perfectly read as a standalone. In fact, “On Point” is my first book in this series and I enjoyed it so much, that I’m gonna read the first two as prequels.

There is something beautiful in the way this story starts, with Maddox and Ben taking care of each other in a mission that has gone down. The author shows us a protective Ben, a worried Maddox, and the solid bound both share.
Just watching them interact is enough to know there is trust there. There are loyalty and reliance.

And, of course, there are feelings.

” He couldn’t imagine a team without Maddox on it, couldn’t imagine a world where they didn’t head out together”

As we are witnessing these two men having each other’s back, both are remembering the past, so the present is interspersed with great flashbacks that show the reader how they met, how they bonded and how one night changed everything between them…


Maddox and Ben have been friends for 12 years and theirs is a fantastic friends-to-lovers story. Intense, deep and sweet.

“They weren’t a couple. Couldn’t be a couple. Simple truth was that he had no idea  how to be the man Maddox needed and deserved, and no amount of near-death experiences could change that”

Maddox is adorable, he is a tough navy seal who loves to bake and has a lovely incapacity of course. But most of all, he is a guy in love who has been repressing truths and feelings for a decade now.

Ben is harder, tougher, bitter and more cynical than Maddox. He is the hookup where Maddox is the dating. He is the sexual being when his best friend is the “boyfriend”. He is the practical guy who uses sex as stress relief, where Maddox is the easy optimism prayer who doesn’t sleep around.

“Just friends. As always. He is my best friend”

Both MCs are nearly 30 years old and, as grown experienced men, they have been through a couple of serious and intense relationships. They, as gay military men, have waited for the DADT policy to end, and they have faced family rejection and all kind of dangers together. So they know who they are, they know each other and they have lived their lives. They just need to figure out what to do now, how to face their friendship.


I really loved the book’s structure. Because the seriousness of the present is perfectly mixed with the hotness of the past. Steamy past that is cut in critical moments leaving you drooling and wanting more. So much more.
That present/past frame becomes full mode present with the developing of one of the sweetest, challenging (for them) and natural love story I’ve read lately.

The UST, the jealousy and the denial in this book were delicious.

This is my first time reading Annabeth Albert and I really enjoyed the writing. The friends to lovers thing were perfectly executed and felt natural. They have been friends for a while but not both being single at the same time, so even if the attraction was there they didn’t act or react on this matter. Not at first, at least.

I loved Ben being in denial. Funny and cute as hell. And even if Maddox seems to be the one who has all figured out, he is not. He didn’t want to go deeply into his feelings…

So he is nearly as scared as Ben is.


My favorite things in this story:

  • Very, very likable characters, with their flaws and their problems. Hot alpha males that I really loved.
  • The sex scenes were terrific, perfectly dosed and ridiculously hot. I blushed a lot. Big lust in my case, and it’s not always easy to me. These two are dirty.
  • The mix between sweet, dirty and sad/hard moments. Even if I would say this book is not too angsty, it contains hard things to face, sad situations and serious issues that are perfectly measured with the romantic aspect.

So, I’m reading the first two installments. Both couples made a cameo here but I need more. I especially want to know about the guy who said this:

“Aww. Our favorite odd not-a-couple is back together” 

Yeah, it was Apollo and knowing he has kids it’s making me nothing but eager. I love MM stories with kids. Recommended!

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

 

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

~Blurb~

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

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

But we still hate each other. I think.


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Mature Content (Cyberlove #4)

by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

****4 Stars****ima4

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I absolutely love this series and though this book wasn’t my favorite out of all of them, it was definitely the hottest!!

Phewww I am still fanning myself. 😀

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These books are stand alone stories, but both Zane and Beau are introduced in book 3…so I would advise reading that book first.


Beau is Jesse’s (book 3) cousin and he is quite the famous vlogger. He is very well known in the YouTube community for his perfect image…even his followers are called “beautifuls” LOL. No one knows though, that behind this perfect image…

A whole other side of him is hiding…

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Beau has been burned pretty bad in the past by really his true self and with an awesome deal on the line and thousands of people watching him…he isn’t taking any chances.

Zane is the complete opposite of Beau. His YouTube name is “TrashyZane” and he calls his followers “skanks”. Zane is all about being his true self online. He has learned a long time ago to say “fuck it”…

To anyone who doesn’t accept him the way he is.

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So these two have been sworn enemies in the YouTube community for a long time. But what happens when they actually get close and find out that are more perfectly matched for each other then they thought. Kinky sex is what happens!!! 😛 


Beau loved giving it hard and Zane was more than willing to submit to Beau’s dominance. Who would have guessed Beau was such an awesome dirty-talker. 😛

“Your dick is leaking like a faucet,” “You don’t have to speak at all, do you, Zane? This cock of yours is begging in its own.”

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Now just because the two of them bumped uglies…that doesn’t mean they are friends all of a sudden. It only means that they are a match in the bedroom.

“We hate-fucked and still hate each other.” 

Slowly though they start to get to know each other and they learn that there is more beneath the image they portray. They even become friends…

“You know I could probably like you”. “Yeah, I could maybe like you too”.

Their friendship evolves and I loved reading all the text messages they send to one another. They both start opening up and their friendship turns to love.But when Beau’s past comes back to haunt him, he will seriously need to step up his game…and do some delicious groveling

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I really enjoyed this book. Though it still deals with some issues, it’s much lighter than the previous book. It wasn’t as funny as book 2 though, which is still my favorite!

I am leaving this review with my favorite scene because it seriously cracked me up. 😀

“He puckered his lips in a kiss, and I turned away. In response, he whipped his hair in my face. Strands were clinging to me. At the end of the panel, I’d probably be reeking of grapefruit while hacking up a Zane hairball.

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

 

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

~Blurb~

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

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

But we still hate each other. I think.


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Holy kink, this was hot!!!

First things first: DO NOT READ THIS IN PUBLIC if you don’t want to get caught hyperventilating and with a beet-red face without wanting to explain why. Boy, was I glad that I had time off from work, so I could read the book at home and believe me when I say that my urge to take one cold shower after another was never stronger. These authors sure know how to write sex scenes and if you like the whole package of dirty talk, bondage, kink and sex toys while getting down and dirty you will be in book heaven. Promise!

Two men who like it rough, one on the receiving and the other on the performing end, should be the perfect match, right? Umm, wrong. Okay, one challenge and a hot and kinky night together prove that they are if it weren’t for the teensy-weensy fact that they hate each other. With a passion.

“He ran his gaze down my body, heating my skin inch by inch on the way down, and freezing it on the way up until he met my eyes with a glare.”

TrashyZane and Beau Starr are both…. 

…celebrities… but their images are as different as day and night.

Zane is as real as it gets. He rebels against being pigeonholed and his bias for fishnet stockings is part of that. His channel is more like a diary about his everyday life and his snappy mouth has absolutely no filter. He is not ashamed to tell his subscribers about his preferences in bed, right down to the last detail, and to post the messy visuals to prove it.

Coming from a hypocrite parental home, he learned to stand on his own two feet early on and made it his purpose to fight against hypocrisy and his pet peeve slut-shaming, only with the support of his loving, caring and absolutely awesome grandmother.

Beau Starr is more illusion than reality. His image is that of the nice boy next door, always with a smile on his face and a perfect outward appearance.

Messy

That is nothing but a facade, though. Beau comes with baggage. Baggage in form of his ex-boyfriend who preyed on him and betrayed his confidence insomuch, that Beau had a hard time to leave it all behind and gain control over his life again. Then there are his parents, who love him, but also love to interfere in his life and make it difficult for him to live up to their standard.

“After years of carefully cultivating my image, I could turn on the charm with ease. Beau Starr was me, but a better version of me, the one who didn’t let anything bother him, who always had a snappy comeback, and who certainly didn’t have a messy past.”

It’s hard for him to trust and let somebody in his life again, especially not someone who seems to be a mess.

“I grabbed the hair at the base of his neck, yanked it down, and crashed my lips onto his. He tasted like alcohol, pop rocks, and bad decisions.”

One passionate and oh so kinky night of sex in a hotel room between Zane and Beau turns their world upside down and reveals that there might be more to the other than meets the eye, even if they are above unwilling to admit it. What seems to be just based on a mutual desire at first, turns gradually into respect and deeper feelings for each other, until one kneejerk reaction on Beau’s part could destroy everything.


First of all, I have to admit that this book was not my favorite in this series. Maybe it was once again a case of too high expectation since I could not wait to get Zane and Beau’s story after reading Hard Wired, but aside from the hot sex scenes the first half of the story fell a bit flat for me. It took me three days to read the first half and only one to read the second. That alone should be indication enough, that the second half made more than up for the first, though. 😉

Personally (and that is really just me), I think that these books should come with an index. Just like Hard Wired, I had some issues with the -admittedly, this time, not gamer, but rather- YouTuber speech… Maybe it is the fact that the guys in this book are not my generation or that English is not my mother tongue, but I had to google quite a lot of words again and the shortcuts they used gave me a feeling that I should play more Scrabble.

But did I already mention the melting-the-paint-of-your-wall hot sex? No? I thought I did.

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But of course, this book is more than just about sex…

The story is a great addition to the series and has everything I love about it.Authentic characters. Lots of snark. A bit of angst and drama. A more than believable HEA.

Furthermore, the authors were once again able to give me an understanding of how the cyberworld works (silly me did not even know that YouTubers have agents!) and I always get shiny eyes when it comes to the text messages between the characters. Their banter was friggin hilarious and ohhh, did I love Zane’s humor…

“Most people watch multiple YouTubers. It’s not like Hunger Games where you grab whatever you can get and run for the forest-“

… and his smart mouth…

“Beau is about as appealing as a colonoscopy after Thanksgiving dinner.”


This book proved once again why ‘enemies to lovers’ is one of my favorite tropes and leave it to the authors to pull it off in typical Megtino fashion. Now it is this time of year again where I have to wait for the next book in this series, but I have a suspicion…who will be the next couple…

…Or maybe I should call it hope?… I can not wait to see if I am right… 😀

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~Release Day Review~Small Change (Small Change #1) by Roan Parrish~

 

35109768Title: Small Change
Author: Roan Parrish
Series: Small Change #1
Publisher: Monster Press
Page Count: 258 pages
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Ginger Holtzman has fought for everything she’s ever had—the success of her tattoo shop, respect in the industry, her upcoming art show. Tough and independent, she has taking-no-crap down to an art form. Good thing too, since keeping her shop afloat, taking care of her friends, and scrambling to finish her paintings doesn’t leave time for anything else. Which … is for the best, because then she doesn’t notice how lonely she is. She’ll get through it all on her own, just like she always does.

Christopher Lucen opened a coffee and sandwich joint in South Philly because he wanted to be part of a community after years of running from place to place, searching for something he could never quite name. Now, he relishes the familiarity of knowing what his customers want, and giving it to them. But what he really wants now is love.

When they meet, Christopher is smitten, but Ginger … isn’t quite so sure. Christopher’s gorgeous, and kind, and their opposites-attract chemistry is off the charts. But hot sex is one thing—truly falling for someone? Terrifying. When her world starts to crumble around her, Ginger has to face the fact that this fight can only be won by being vulnerable—this fight, she can’t win on her own.

Small Change is the first book in a series that will include M/F and M/M romances.


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Ginger is Daniel’s best friend from In the Middle of Somewhere and this book, kind of, runs parallel with that one.However, this is a standalone and the first book in a new series by Roan Parrish that will also include MM stories.

Ginger Holtzman is a tough independent woman.

She’s had to work hard to get where she is and she’s not about to relinquish her independence any time soon.The owner of a Tattoo shop and currently working on an upcoming art show,s he knows how hard it is for a woman in this industry.


Christopher Lucen is the owner of a coffee shop in the same area.

One of the good guys, He’s patient, caring, steady, and is always there for people…oh, and he’s just a bit hot!

Christopher is instantly smitten with Ginger…but is she ready to let someone into her life permanently? She’s very open about her sexuality…she’s bi sexual but has never really had any kind of long-term relationship before.

“What if, with Christopher, I could burn the world down when I needed to, and he could extinguish a spot for us in the center of it, carve out a safe place for us while the fire raged outside.”


What I loved about this book…Christopher (happy sigh )…I want one of my own.If ever there was a description of a perfect man, this is him, I absolutely loved him and he’s a huge factor in this book working for me.All he wants is to be loved…

“Christopher wants to be loved(…)And he wants to be needed.It’s what he’s always wanted(…)”

-A slow build up.Both characters are in their thirties and there’s no insta lust and falling into bed.The sex scenes are perfectly placed in the story.

-A secondary character….Faron.Hello, if ever I was intrigued by someone it’s most definitely him.

The story is told, primarily, from  Ginger’s pov but we do get an insight into Christopher’s thoughts by way of emails to his brother, Jude.

On that note, Jude is gay and I’m so excited to get his story and I’ve got high hopes for him and a certain character.

A bit of drama and angst towards the end and I definitely got annoyed with Ginger, but overall I really enjoyed this.

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~Review~In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2) by Hailey Turner~

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35212210Title: In the Ruins
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #2
Publisher: Self Published
Page Count: 461 pages
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sci-Fi/Military, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Ralu~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Truth and lies.
Captain Jamie Callahan knows the Metahuman Defense Force frowns on fraternization. For once in his life, he’s breaking all the rules. Having Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan on his team and in his bed is worth the risk of being found out. When a mission comes down requiring Alpha Team to go undercover in order to infiltrate a criminal alliance, Jamie knows it won’t be easy. Putting his family’s name on the line is nothing compared to the role the MDF wants him to play—that of a billionaire’s son, discharged from the military, with a lover on his arm, looking to make his own shady business deals.
Dirty little secret.
Kyle knows the only way to be with Jamie is to hide their relationship from their superiors. Waking up to Jamie at home is more important than being together in public, or so Kyle thought, until he comes face to face with what he’s been missing. Pretending to be a couple on paper for the sake of the mission thrusts Kyle into a world of incredible wealth and a social status he’s not sure he belongs in, but he’ll do anything to stay by Jamie’s side.
Play the game to win.
Surrounded by the enemy, Jamie and Kyle need to trust each other now more than ever. Their covers—and the life they’re trying to build together—depend on it.

In the Ruins is a 105k word steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending that skirts HEA. There is military violence within the story that may not be suitable for everyone, as well as explicit intimate scenes not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is a sequel to In the Wreckage and reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.


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In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2) by Hailey Turner

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Wow,  Hailey Turner did it again! I loved this book!

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This book made me feel like when I finish the first book in the series In the Wreckage…TO WANT MORE!!!

I love sci-fi movies, sci-fi tv series…and sci-fi books. THIS SERIES IS LIKE ALL I WANT AND LOVE TO READ INTO A BOOK.

Great story, a lot of action, great characters and…HOT SCENE SEX!

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Believe me when I say this… Hailey Turner knows to writes hot sex scenes to make readers feel the intimacy between the characters. 36564-big-smile-emoticon-for-facebook

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The Team is so great and supportive with Jamie and Kyle relationship and not just that…

Alexei…I love him…and am sure we will know more about him in the future.

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I know for many readers this is a new author…it was for me, too when I read In the Wreckage but this series and this author is now in top 5 favorite on my list because…

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I can not wait to read the next book and I recommend this series to everyone who loves this genre.

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~ Release Day Review~In the Ruins (Metahuman Files #2) by Hailey Turner~

 

35212210Title: In the Ruins
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #2
Publisher: Self Published
Page Count: 461 pages
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sci-Fi/Military, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Truth and lies.
Captain Jamie Callahan knows the Metahuman Defense Force frowns on fraternization. For once in his life, he’s breaking all the rules. Having Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan on his team and in his bed is worth the risk of being found out. When a mission comes down requiring Alpha Team to go undercover in order to infiltrate a criminal alliance, Jamie knows it won’t be easy. Putting his family’s name on the line is nothing compared to the role the MDF wants him to play—that of a billionaire’s son, discharged from the military, with a lover on his arm, looking to make his own shady business deals.
Dirty little secret.
Kyle knows the only way to be with Jamie is to hide their relationship from their superiors. Waking up to Jamie at home is more important than being together in public, or so Kyle thought, until he comes face to face with what he’s been missing. Pretending to be a couple on paper for the sake of the mission thrusts Kyle into a world of incredible wealth and a social status he’s not sure he belongs in, but he’ll do anything to stay by Jamie’s side.
Play the game to win.
Surrounded by the enemy, Jamie and Kyle need to trust each other now more than ever. Their covers—and the life they’re trying to build together—depend on it.

In the Ruins is a 105k word steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending that skirts HEA. There is military violence within the story that may not be suitable for everyone, as well as explicit intimate scenes not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is a sequel to In the Wreckage and reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.


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After reading book 1 not too long ago, I could not wait to jump into this one.

This series marks my first time,  into the world of Sci-fi, and even though I have seen some awesome sci-fi movies in my life…reading this genre somehow never happened. Thank you, Hailey Turner, for opening my eyes to a whole new (book) world. 😛

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First off, these books should not be read as standalone, this is a series and if you want to read book 2, you will have to start with book 1 “In the Wreckage”…

Which was also awesome!!

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Those of you who have read book 1, already know all about Metahumans, what they are and how they came to be. For those of you who haven’t…I will quote my own review of book 1….

“Metahumans are humans, that have been exposed to Splice, a certain chemical that is supposed to kill everyone who comes in contact with it. Somehow, certain people are able to survive this chemical, instead of getting killed, they turn into some sort of superhuman with super powers.”

Like I said in my review of book 1, it’s like a cross between “Thirds” and “X-Men”. 😀


Jamie and Kyle got together in book 1 and so far, 6 months later, they are still going strong.

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The only problem they have, as far as their relationship goes, is that Jamie is Kyle’s superior and therefore, the two of them are breaking the Metahuman Defense Force fraternization rule. Neither of them is ready to give up their job, so keeping things a secret is the only way to go.

“I don’t regret a single decision I’ve made when it comes to you. Maybe it’s not the right decision from a command point of view, but I’m not willing to give you up”

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When the team goes on a new mission, and Jamie and Kyle have to “pretend” to be a couple, both men come to realize what they are missing…Kyle also comes face with the fact that he and Jamie are from very different worlds, which causes some self-doubt on his part.Their feelings for each other, get stronger every day…

How much longer will they be able to keep going on like this?

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I am not going into the plot more than this. I want everyone to enjoy this book without any major spoilers. I will say though, for those who are wondering, that these boys are still very very HOT together…and a bit kinky…

“Some days I can’t get enough of how much you like getting fucked.”

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As much as I loved Jamie and Kyle, this book isn’t just about the two of them. It’s about their whole team….and what an awesome team this is. They are like a family.  There is also an introduction to an MDF member we haven’t met before and I have high hopes, that he will be a part of this little family in the future. I also would really like to have a story about Alexei, because he has been one of my favorites since book 1.

Fingers crossed. 😛

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This book ends on a HFN, so I am pretty sure, there will be more about Jamie and Kyle in the near future.

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~Review~Surrender the Dark(The Dark #1) by Tibby Armstrong~

 

30049602Title: Surrender the Dark
Author: Tibby Armstrong
Series: The Dark #1
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 251 pages
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal/Vampires
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

As a provocative series of paranormal temptation begins, a vampire king seduces the supernaturally gifted man hunting him. But when the stakes are literally life or death, their struggle for control is no game.

Benjamin Fuller is a hunter, born and bred. Blinded as a child by the vampire who slaughtered his family, he’s blessed with a second sight that allows him to catch and kill his quarry. What his gift can’t help him see coming is his fierce, almost carnal attraction to the mystery man who claims to be a fellow hunter and whose touch triggers both lust and revulsion. When he gains the upper hand, Benjamin vows to bring his enemy to his knees.

After many years spent in exile, the only one who can help restore Tzadkiel Dragoumanos to his rightful place as War King is a blind hunter with golden curls, a lithe dancer’s physique, and distinctive facial scars—scars Tzadkiel gave him two decades ago. The mere scent of Benjamin Fuller provokes an unwelcome rush of insatiable desire. Yet to win an all-out supernatural war, Tzadkiel must resist the ravenous hunger to possess his prey—for now.


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This is a great enemies-to-lovers story!

This is a stunning and original Hunters vs. Vampires book. This is an M/M romance between a vampire who wants to kill a hunter, and a skilled hunter bred to execute the vampire race.The atmosphere Tibby Armstrong has created is completely absorbing and with a Dark-ish tone involving every page, every street of Boston, that had me fascinated since the very first page.

The world building is extremely attractive and the writing is remarkable.

To build a great and solid world in this genre is not easy. I have read tons of paranormal books. Some of them are good but, sadly, the vast majority not so much because of its lack of originality. And then,  “Surrender the Dark” comes, mixing Greek mythology, with a different concept of vampires and hunters and dragging me in, almost magically, restating my love for a genre that I do not love easily.

And what makes Armstrong’s Universe original and appealing is a mixture of great things: the plot is consistent. The characters are developed, deep and very likable. The dialogues sharp, and to the point.The whole idea of “Surrender the Dark” is terrific, as well as the many little things that put the story together.


I very much identified with the humor in this book.

It is sarcastic and sour, and the author achieves a superb mixture between a dark atmosphere, with evil creatures lurking in the night, and very amusing interactions between the characters. Part of my high rating is because I find the humor in this book magnificent.

I loved Benjamin from the first page. I loved that boy playing in his uncle’s yard. And I love the man he becomes. I really liked the way that boy grew up assuming wrong beliefs as unquestionable truths, and how he learned life is not always what it seems (or what your parents told you).

But, probably, I love Tzadkiel even more than Benjamin, and not only because I think the character is sexy as hell. No, there is more. I like the way he talks and the loyalty to his family, to his Mora. He is honorable. He is smart. He is powerful, and his power is extremely hot. He is my War King. The undeniable winner for me.

Something I really enjoyed in this unique story is the fact that they don’t go from enemies to lovers all at once.

It is more complicated and entertaining than just that. The couple from being mortals nemesis to reluctant allies, and in the middle of that process, they become lovers. But the hate and the need for vengeance is still there, so the charm and the curiosity about what is going to happen is on the scene until the end.

While I was reading Surrender the Dark, I was thinking that even if our MC’s are both male (sexy and hot long-haired male) that  fell in love with each other (and you with them) the nuanced plot was more centered in the superb supernatural world the author was giving us, than in the love story itself. Benjamin and Tzadkiel are our guides in this ride, and certainly, their relationship is the final reason for the book, but you could say their romance is not the absolute center here. I didn’t care because I was completely absorbed in Armstrong’s world, but I have to confess I’m a bit dirty and I missed more steam.

This is book one in The Dark series (can be read as standalone). Taste the Dark and Claim the Dark are expected on December 2017 and May 2018.

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~Release Day Review~Road to the Sun by Keira Andrews~

 

35121059Title: Road to the Sun
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

A desperate father. A lonely ranger. Unexpected love that can’t be denied.

Jason Kellerman’s life revolves around his eight-year-old daughter. Teenage curiosity with his best friend led to Maggie’s birth, her mother tragically dying soon after. Insistent on raising his daughter himself, he was disowned by his wealthy family and has worked tirelessly to support Maggie—even bringing her west on a dream vacation. Only twenty-five, Jason hasn’t had time to even think about romance. So the last thing he expects is to question his sexuality after meeting an undeniably attractive park ranger. Ben Hettler’s stuck. He loves working in the wild under Montana’s big sky, but at forty-one, his love life is non-existent, his ex-boyfriend just married and adopted, and Ben’s own dream of fatherhood feels impossibly out of reach. He’s attracted to Jason, but what’s the point? Besides the age difference and skittish Jason’s lack of experience, they live thousands of miles apart. Ben wants more than a meaningless fling. Then a hunted criminal takes Maggie hostage, throwing Jason and Ben together in a desperate and dangerous search through endless miles of mountain forest. If they rescue Maggie against all odds, can they build a new family together and find a place to call home?

Road to the Sun is a May-December gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring adventure, angst, coming out, sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.


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I have read multiple books written by Keira Andrews, and so far I have loved every one of them. Though this book isn’t my favorite by this author, I did really enjoy it.

Jason is a 25 year old single father, trying to raise his 8 year old daughter as best as he can. Maggie was born, after a curious and awkward stumble with his best friend, when Jason was 17 years old. Maggie’s mother died in a terrible accident when Maggie was only a few months old. Instead of being supportive,  Jason’s parents wanted to take Maggie from him and raise them as their own…

Even going as far as taking him to court.

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Jason however, wanted to be Maggie’s father and raise her himself, so he took his daughter and left. It hasn’t been easy, doing everything on his own, trying to make enough money so he could offer his daughter a good life, but he did it. Jason has never had the time or interest to start a relationship with someone. His daughter always comes first and for Jason, this means putting all his own needs aside.

Now, father and daughter are camping in a nature park in Montana and his world is about to be rocked in two different ways. One comes in the form of a sexy park ranger…

The other in the form of criminal on the run.

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Ben is a 41 year old park ranger, who has recently had his dreams shattered. After spending almost 2 decades with the same man, his boyfriend has left him to marry a movie star and adopt a baby…

Destroying all Ben’s hopes and dreams in the process.

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When working as a tour guide one day, he meets Jason and Maggie. Ben and Maggie immediately have a click, bonding over nature. With Jason though, he feels lust at first sight, even though he isn’t quite sure about Jason’s sexuality. He intends to find out though…real soon. The two of them strike up a tentative friendship and Ben plans to try and take things a bit further…soon.

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But all the plans Ben has made in his head, of approaching Jason this way, fall apart, when a criminal on the run kidnaps Maggie while they are hiking. What follows is an emotional search, while Jason does his best not to fall apart.


When Maggie is found and safe in the hospital, Jason has his emotional breakdown, which leads to comfort and much much more. Now this book isn’t filled with steamy scenes and it takes some time for the two of them to come together, but what was there, was very HOT.

“I like it messy. I want to roll you over and fuck you, make it good for you, make you come. Then I want to jerk off on you and see my cum on your skin”.

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But where will they go from here? Jason has Maggie to think of first, and Ben has a job he loves halfway across the country.


This was a very nice read and I love stories where there is an age-gap between the MC’s. The angst centers mostly around the kidnapping and Jason’s fear of not being a good father.

It was quite heavy on the insta-love. These men only know each other a week and already feel, as if they are in love and can’t live without each other.  

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~Review~The Well by Marie Sexton~

 

34685160Title: The Well
Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Self Published
Page Count: 206 pages
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

 ~Blurb~

Twenty years after prom queen Cassie Kennedy is brutally murdered, six teenagers break into the house where she was killed to hold a séance. Haven knows his cousin Elise only wants to scare the crap out of him and his friends, but he’s willing to put up with one of her pranks if it means a chance to spend a few hours with the new kid in town, Pierce Hunter.
But when morning comes, Elise has disappeared without a trace.

Twelve years later, Pierce and his twin brother Jordan are professional paranormal investigators, starring in their own ghost-hunting TV show. When Pierce calls Haven, insisting they return to the supposedly haunted building one last time, Haven reluctantly agrees. He’s nervous about seeing Pierce again, but he’s determined to get some answers. Did they really speak to Cassie’s ghost that night? What happened to Elise? And the biggest mystery of all – how did she know the secret of the well?


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When I read the blurb of this book, I got immediately excited. I mean paranormal investigators..ghosts…sounds all kinds of creepy and mysterious.

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Which is exactly what I got. Mystery, suspense, and ghosts. What I didn’t get however was a romance story. There is a couple in this book, but that’s not what this book is about. Now it doesn’t say so in the blurb, that it is a romance and I myself am a sucker for mystery and suspense…but still.

I want everyone to be aware of this fact before going in.

Now…I did enjoy this little mysterious story. I would have liked it better with a bit more romance, not gonna lie. But still, it was very enjoyable.

This book skips between the present and the past which tends to annoy me, but in this case, it didn’t. It really added to the mystery.


12 Years ago, a couple of teenagers, including Pierce and Haven, held a seance in a haunted house. The next day, one of them disappeared. Now, 12 years later they are together again (Pierce now being a paranormal investigator), reenacting that night and trying to figure out what exactly happened.

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I can’t say too much about the plot, without spoiler the story, so I won’t. I read and have read a lot of different genres in my life. Thrillers and mystery/suspense being one of them. I don’t mind if a book lacks in the romance department. That said, I would have liked this one better I think if there wasn’t any romance/pairing at all.

Now I felt a bit bereft since that part of the story never really developed.

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I think readers who enjoy mystery and suspense with a hint of paranormal will definitely like this one.

Readers who are into romance and M/M…maybe not so much.
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