~Release Day Review~The Long and Winding Road by T.J. Klune~

 

32801570Title: The Long and Winding Road
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: Bear, Otter, and the Kid #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 346 pages
Release Date: August 11, 2017
Genre(s): M/M,Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
~Synopsis~

Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.

And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they’ve never been before.

There’s a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go.
There’s a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect.
There’s a brother returning home after learning how to stand on his own.
As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever.

Beginning in Bear, Otter, and the Kid, and continuing in Who We Are and The Art of Breathing, TJ Klune has told a saga of family and brotherhood, of love and sacrifice. In this final chapter, the events of the past pave the long and winding road toward a future no one could have imagined. 


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I was so very happy when I got my hands on this book….yet also so very sad. 

I know that all great things usually come to an end…doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it though. 😛

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Now I have promised some of my dear GR friends to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, so that’s what I am gonna try to do. I know plenty of people want to read this awesome book and I don’t want to ruin things for them. 😉

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~Release Day Review~Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan~

 

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

~Synopsis~

A single stroke can change your world.

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


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

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

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

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Release Day Review~Barrel Proof (Agents Irish and Whiskey #3) by Layla Reyne~

 

34473508Title: Barrel Proof
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #3
Publisher: Carina Press
Page Count: 189 pages
Release Date: August 7, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

FBI agents Aidan “Irish” Talley and Jameson “Whiskey” Walker can’t get a moment’s peace. Their hunt for the terrorist Renaud seems to be nearing an end, until a fire allows him to slip through their fingers—and puts Jamie’s life in danger. When Jamie is nearly killed, Aidan learns how many forms loss can take. 
Aidan says I love you just moments before learning that Jamie’s been keeping a devastating secret about Aidan’s late husband. How quickly trust and love can go up in flames. When Aidan requests a solo undercover assignment, Jamie hopes Aidan will find a way to forgive him. 
But the explosions are far from over. Aidan’s cover lands him in the heart of the terrorist’s conspiracy, and Jamie will have to put his life, his career, and his freedom on the line to save the man who has become his entire world. Partners always is a promise he intends to keep.


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Ladies and gentlemen, we are now crossing a zone of turbulence. Please take your seat and keep your seat belts fastened. Thank you!

Hmm, as a description for this book ‘zone of turbulence’ might be a slight understatement. One helluva ride that gives you barely time to catch your breath is more like it…I knew it would not be easy what the author had in store for not only the reader, but also for Aidan and Jamie in this last installment of the Agents Irish and Whiskey Series. I would not have thought that she has some kind of mean streak when it comes to making everyone suffer, though. 😉

Barrel Proof not only picks up right where Cask Strength ended, it throws us directly head over heels into action and from that point on it leaves us barely time to breathe.

No worries, I try to be as vague as possible about the plot, just let me say that every breathtaking minute and every heart-wrenching moment was more than worth it in the end.


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

 

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

~Synopsis~

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

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


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

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

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

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So what’s the story about…

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~Release Day Review~Chasing Destiny (Silver Tip Pack #2) by Megan Erickson~ 

 

33795022Title: Chasing Destiny
Author: Megan Erickson 
Series: Silver Tip Pack #2
Page Count: 224 pages
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance,Paranormal, Werewolves & Shifters
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Some live on memories…

Almost dying during a pack uprising has a way of shaking things up. I’m no longer Mr. Laid Back now that there’s an itch under my skin I can’t scratch.

On a volunteer mission that goes beyond the walls of our compound, we enter the territory of a pack long thought dead, and find ourselves on the business end of their spears.

What I’m not prepared for is what I find within their walls—The one shifter I never thought I’d see alive, the one I’d mourned twice, the one I’d always loved. He is alive, and if I have anything to do with it, he’ll stay that way. But he’s got secrets, and exposing them could lead us to an enemy worse than the bloodthirsty undead shifters wanting to kill us all…


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Wow…this was really good, I enjoyed the hell out of it.

I have been curious about Bay and his story, ever since he was introduced in book 1. He has been one of my favorites since the beginning…but I have to say that I have a new favorite right now.

He goes by the name Nash. 😉

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

 

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

~Synopsis~

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

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

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


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This series keeps its promise!!!

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

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~Release Day Review~A Destiny of Dragons (Tales From Verania #2) by TJ. Klune~ 

 

30370036Title: A Destiny of Dragons
Author:  TJ. Klune 
Series: Tales From Verania #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 400 pages
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.
Life is good.
Until it’s not.

Because Vadoma, the leader of the Gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.
And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.
Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.

The first book in the DESTINY FUCK YEAH! Trilogy (because sometimes, having a destiny is the stupidest thing ever).


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~Release Day Review~Coach’s Challenge (Scoring Chances #5) by Avon Gale~

 

35380848Title: Coach’s Challenge
Author: Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances #5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 210 pages
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A Scoring Chances Novel

It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds that the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression. And it only gets worse when Shane’s rough good looks give Troy inappropriate thoughts about a member of his team, even if Shane’s set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon and with a team that doesn’t trust him, the coach, or each other. Despite his determination to not get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything. 


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I am a huge fan of this series and this author. So I was very excited to start this one.

What I like most about these books is that even though they are in the same series, they are so different from one another. I found book 1 a bit quirky, book 2 sexy, book 3 romantic, book 4 very emotional and this one…well this one was really fun to read!!

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I loved the banter between these two men !! This was definitely my kind of book.

Now that being said…book 4 is still my favorite because the MC’s in that one just ripped my heart to shreds out and put I back in piece by piece.Anyone who has read the previous book (which I recommend you read before this one), knows about the shitstorm that happened with the “Ravens” team. Their former coach, St. Savoy (Laurent’s dad) really messed the team up and now that he has been kicked out, they have a new coach to clean up their act.


Troy has some personal reasons to coach the “Ravens”.

He himself hates St. Savoy for blackmailing him with being gay when he was younger. Coaching this team to success is his way of revenge and giving St. Savoy the middle finger.

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Shane is a veteran player, who never really lived up to his potential.

This is gonna be his last season playing and he has decided to go out the way he wants to…by accepting a position for “The Ravens”. Shane is also gay, but after all these years he is still in the closet about it.From the moment these two meet, when Shane shows up late for practice, they clash…Problem is, they are both immediately attracted to each other as well,…

…and fighting and arguing with each other gets them hot. 😛

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Like I said, the banter between them was hilarious and what followed was delicious. We’ve got another controlling dirty talker right here!!

You got me too worked up. You like that? Like knowing how fucking bad I wanted my cock in your mouth, wanted to fuck your throat? 

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Of course what they are doing isn’t really smart. Troy is after all still Shane’s coach. But the body wants,  what it wants and in this case, after some time…the heart wants what the heart wants…

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Now, these two may not have a romantic bone in their body, but don’t think there wasn’t any love. They were definitely in love, they just weren’t very sappy about it. I don’t need a lot of sap in my books though…give me a funny guy over a sappy one any day!!

“You up for round two, old man? Maybe over that table with your stupid puzzle on it?” It’s a jigsaw puzzle, Shane. Not a jizzsaw puzzle.”

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See…funny guys. 😉 Which is also why I love Max, Misha, and Drake so much, who I am happy to say, have some little scenes in this one as well. 😉

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