Pre-Release Review~Running into Love (Fluke My Life #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds~

 

34828379Title: Running into Love
Author:  Aurora Rose Reynolds 
Series: Fluke My Life #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Page Count: 244 pages
Genre(s): Romance/Comedy
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Fawn Reed has kissed one too many toads and has finally decided that Prince Charming doesn’t exist. After countless mishaps, mistakes, and unmitigated disasters on the dating scene, she’s decided to give up and move on with her life…solo.
Everything changes, however, after Fawn runs into Levi Fremont, a homicide detective new to New York City.

Dedication to the job has rendered Levi’s love life nonexistent—until he moves in next door to the free-spirited Fawn. After a series of comedic run-ins push them together, will they finally give in to the inevitable and realize—maybe—they are perfect for each other?


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I am a big fan of this author. I really loved her “Until” series and the “Underground Kings” !! So, of course, I had to give this new book a go. 😉

Even though I did enjoy reading this one…it wasn’t my favorite of her…I found the opening scene of this book pretty confusing. The heroine was running around with her arms wide and her eyes closed and ran into the hero. When he asks her if she is alright afterward she acts all flighty, and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why, and what was going on.

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Thankfully it did get better and things became more clear.

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~Release Day Review~ Suspicious Behavior by L.A. Witt & Cari Z.~

 

34998102Title: Suspicious Behavior
Authors: L.A. Witt & Cari Z
Series: Bad Behavior #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 280 pages
Release Date: August 21, 2017
Genre(s): M/M,Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Detective Darren Corliss is hanging by a thread. In between recovering from a near-fatal wound and returning to work at a hostile precinct, he’s struggling to help care for his ailing brother. His partner and boyfriend, Detective Andreas Ruffner, wants to help, but doesn’t know how. And with his own family crises brewing, Andreas is spread almost as thin as Darren.
For cops, though, life takes a backseat to the job. When a stack of unsolved homicides drops into their laps, Andreas and Darren think they’re unrelated cold cases. But when a connection surfaces, they find themselves on the tail of a prolific serial killer who’s about to strike again.
Except they’ve got nothing. No leads. No suspects. Just a pile of circumstantial evidence and a whole lot of hunches. Time is running out to stop the next murder—and to pull themselves back from their breaking points.


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… And our cops Darren Corliss and Andreas Ruffner have their hands more than full this time with juggling between doing their job by solving an extremely intricate case and their personal life which proves to be a tough challenge in its own way.

Boy, could I relate to the exhaustion both men felt. After two weeks of hard work in order to start my vacation, I’m was feeling bone-tired and did not even manage to get much reading done before I went all cross eyed and sleep took over.

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~Release Day Review~Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader~ 

 

33986831Title: Irresistible You
Author: Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #1
Publisher: Pocket Star
Page Count: 400 pages
Release Date: August 14, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Hot in Chicago series author Kate Meader returns with her all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series, featuring her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (Romantic Times). Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.

Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem, a chip on his shoulder, and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?
He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…


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I have read several of Kate Meader’s books, which I really enjoyed so I figured I would give this new series a try. I am glad to say that I am not disappointed. This could also be because it’s a book about hockey…and sports themed books are a weakness of mine…especially hockey and baseball. 😛

It’s hard to go wrong with HOT hockey players running around with their sticks. 😛

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~Pre-Release Review-Controlled Burn by Erin McLellan~

 

34834900Title: Controlled Burn
Author: Erin McLellan
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 293 pages
Release Date: August 14, 2017
Genre(s): M/M,Contemporary Romance, New Adult & College
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

At eighteen, Joel Smith’s life fell to pieces. His boyfriend died in a car crash while reading a sext from him, the local newspaper outed them both in the aftermath, and his parents got a divorce. Joel did everything possible to outrun his past: he moved to Oklahoma for college, legally changed his name, and started over.
Since then, he hasn’t let anyone get close—not his classmates, not his roommate, and definitely not his hookups. The strategy has served him well for over three years. Why would he change it now?
But Joel doesn’t plan on the articles about his boyfriend’s death being used as a case study in one of his classes. And he doesn’t plan on Paulie McPherson, who is sweet and giving and fun. In Paulie, he finds a home for the first time in years.
But love isn’t simple, and lies have a tendency to get in the way. Joel must figure out if he’ll allow his grief to rule him, or if his connection with Paulie is worth letting all of his walls come tumbling down.


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Well…this book was definitely more angsty and emotional than I expected. This is a book about loss, but also about love…

Joel (21) has been grieving the death of his boyfriend for 3 years now. He doesn’t let anyone close anymore and only has casual hookups. He hasn’t really been living…more like surviving I would say.

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~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~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~ Daily Grind by Anna Zabo

 

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This was a very nice surprise.

I haven’t read the other books in this series, so I had no idea what to expect. Thankfully this book didn’t disappoint.Brian is the owner of Ground N’At, a coffee shop located beneath SR Anderson Consulting. He is a very hard and dedicated worker….a bit too hard one might say.Rob is the CEO of a robotics company. And for those who are into Gingers….you lucked out with Rob.


They have instant chemistry when they meet.

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Brian has always known he was bi, he just never acted on it. That is until he gets to know Rob. These two men were very sweet, funny and very very HOT together.

“And yes, a taste of that cream, too, please.”

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We also get quite the “dirty talk”, which made me a very happy camper. 😀

“Right now, you have one job.” …“Take my cock and love every single second of it.”

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There is not a lot of angst in this one, except for Brian working himself to the ground.

All in all, I really like this one and I will go back and read the other books in this series. 😀

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Dark & Dazzling (Sassy Boyz #2) by Elizabeth Varlet

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5 BIG stars

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I love, love, love Elizabeth Varlet. Her writing style is just my favorite!

I absolutely adored Fierce & Fabulous and I couldn’t wait to read the second book in this series. The waiting drove me crazy! So to say I was surprised when I received the ARC via NetGalley is an understatement.

At first I read the free chapters on the author’s page, the first two or tree. Reading the beginning of this story made me crazy with the need to read more. The beginning of this story is HOT, with just the right amount of hotness and mystery, to make you want for more! I was dying to see how Hot Fudge will give into Azariah’s beauty and sassiness.

Azariah/ Z wears the scars of his past in his soul. He wants to prove to himself that he can make his own future, he fights so bad to be independent. When he’s not dancing with the Sassy Boys, he works as a waiter in a restaurant where he meets Connelly.

Connely is not so out and proud because he works in the police department. But seeing Z wearing makeup and heels makes him want to get to know him better. The attraction was HUGE and Z’s smart mouth made me love this story more.

Why is this story named “DARK”? Because Z makes some crazy decisions and I was so afraid he’ll end up hurt and broken. I was right. I don’t approve with his behavior but he felt he didn’t have any choice.

Just like Ansel in the first book, Z doesn’t believe in relationships even he feels something powerful for Connelly. He feels he doesn’t have the right to happiness and this broke my heart.
On the other hand I was surprised by Connelly’s kindness. He wanted to help Z and even if he also made me SO mad at one point, by keeping Z in the darkness about the investigations, I got to accept his choices. I am sorry only because they both fought their feeling for too long. I couldn’t wait to see them give in!

I loved the dual POV and the way the author described Z’s breakdown. Her talent is undeniable!

I can’t wait to read more!

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Bender by Gene Gant

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****3,5 stars****

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This book was recommended to me by a good friend…Dia,…who liked the book.The only thing she told me was that the main character is asexual and initially I was not really interesting to read about this.It is not a subject that I am interested to read in romance books but the description of the book made me curious because I love books especially when they are intense.


This book was interesting for me because it was the first book that I read where the main character, which here is Mace Danner, is asexual.My opinion is that this book is more about the journey of a young man toward the light at the end of a tunnel and is not so much about romance.A journey which is full of pain, darkness, guilt, and self-punishment.

“I’m poison. I poison everything.”

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Mace is lonely and broken inside and very confused about his sexuality…because he never been attracted to people, sexually.He lives a secret life as a paid submissive escort to pay college and because he wants to be punished for his brother’s death.Mace feels guilty for the death of his brother and I’ll leave those who want to read the book, to discover while reading, why he feels guilty and circumstances that lead to his brother death.

My heart was broken for him when one night he has “a meeting with a client “and it turns into something else.Because of that night will begin a friendship between him and Dex Hammel. Mace, of course, he tries to keep him away but Dex is determined to help him.


Dex is the dorm’s resident advisor, where both live.He is a nice guy and I like him, but I would have liked to know more about him because I didn’t feel so much the connection between Dex and Mace.

Why Mace feels guilty for the death of his brother?
Why does he feel the need to be punished?
Why did he not let anyone get close to him?
Will can Dex help Mace and convince him that he needs help?
Will their relationship become more than a friendship?
Mace will it be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel?


For those who want to find answers to these questions, I recommend you to read the book.Even if the book is short and is not a normal romance book because the main character is asexual the book is good and the story is interesting.

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