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~Review~ Under Pressure by Kara Greenan

 

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Under Pressure (No Pressure, No Diamonds #1) by Kara Greenan

****4 Stars****

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To Catch A Thief…

… starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid.

I loved this film. Maybe that is the reason why everything revolving around a heist fascinates me, be it a movie or a book. Hence I could not resist when Under Pressure popped up on the site of a publisher and of course had to click the download button. And what can I say? I don’t regret it.


London is a thief and good at his job.

The best, as a matter of fact. A legend, despite his young age.

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Nobody knows any details about him and that is exactly the way he wants it. The less attachment, the better. So you won’t get hurt when people abandon you, right? He learned that lesson at a very young age, when his mother submitted him into foster care, but kept his siblings. That is why it hits him hard when he thought he had found someone special in Sebastian, a colleague during a planned heist in Venice. He thought he had found someone he could love, someone he could trust, only to be dumped after a few nights of passion, hot sex and something London thought, would be more. Deeper.


One year later. A new heist. A new team. A team, London calls his friends, his almost only friends. When the heist proves not to go to plan, not to be as smooth as they hoped it would be….

Sebastian comes in.

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Sebastian is a grifter. The son of an Earl, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and because of the wealth of his family and his good looks used to get what he wants.He is able to charm his way into the coldest of hearts and everybody is happy to please him. My initial thoughts were “spoiled brat” and that is true to some degree, but there is more to him than meets the eye. The only problem? When you are used to telling lies left, right and center, nobody will believe you when you tell the truth. Especially not London, who is set hard on revenge, when Sebastian joins the team. Getting it without endangering the heist proves to be difficult.

 And resisting Sebastian’s charm and the chemistry between them which is still there, even more so…

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Obviously, the heist plays an important role in this book…

… but the main focus lies on the relationship between London and Sebastian and their dance around each other.

The story, told in British English, is very interesting, albeit a bit slow, and with the setting in three of the most beautiful metropolises in the world, London, Venice and Paris, it is absolutely refreshing. Add great characters to the mix and consider me hooked.


You might ask yourself now, why only four stars and not five, then?

For one, Under Pressure contains two of my pet peeves: present tense narration and flashbacks. It is virtually two stories in one, the present day when London and Sebastian meet again and one year ago when they met in the first place. Where I adapted to the present tense pretty soon this time – which surprised me the most, because that is something I normally don’t like at all -, the flashbacks yanked me out of the story sometimes, even if I understand that they are necessary to comprehend everything, especially Sebastian’s motives for dumping London a year ago. On the positive side, because of the flashbacks, it did not really feel like the insta-lust/~love that it actually was. We get to know the story bit by bit and that was something I have not experienced before.


Probably it is just me, but sometimes I found it hard to keep track of in which head I was in because for me the perspective changed at the whiplash-inducing speed at times. I had to read some sentences twice to know whose thoughts I was reading about.

And then there was the first sex scene, or rather the nonexistent first sex scene… Well, to say I like sex scenes would be an understatement, but I even survived a whole series without real sex scenes. But then there was no sex! The first sex in this book was off-page and clueless me did not even get it at first. A few pages later (after another flashback) London claimed that he and Sebastian had sex and me: “Huh? When?”. I actually had to turn back and yes, there it was. The clue. Don’t get me wrong, the following sex scenes were absolutely hot and they so made up for the lack of the first one (just to give you a hint, not to say an appetizer: rimming over a balcony rail. Do I have to say more???), but it was a bit disappointing at that moment, although I know where the author is coming from.


All in all, though, this was a very enjoyable read…

…which I can only recommend and of course. I cannot wait to read more about London and Sebastian and the team planning a new heist.

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~Review~ In The Wreckage by Hailey Turner~

 

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In The Wreckage (Metahuman Files #1) by Hailey Turner

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

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 What an amazing debut novel!!!

This book pushed all my buttons!!! 


The blurb is conclusive enough so I won’t go into further detail. You will get the idea what is going on when you read it. I will just say something about the great job the author did with this book.

As for the worldbuilding… One word: excellent! 


Everything is described with a passion for detail and you just feel the excitement and the dedication of the author to introduce us to the world she created. So, if you are looking for a fantastic, action-packed sci-fi story with lots of emphasis on paranormal elements, burning-the-sheets hot sex, and great characters, don’t look any further. You will get it all in this book.

From the very beginning, you will be thrown right into the action and it felt like being part of the team. Admittedly, I had to write down the names, functions, special abilities and code names of the team members, because they were introduced in quick succession and my old brain could not memorize them, not for the life of me. A few glances at my notepad helped, though and after a short while I had a feeling I would know each member for ages. The story is a well-made combination of thrilling, hot and personal moments and I think it is safe to say that this book will satisfy the needs of everyone.


What was just meant to be a random hook-up for Jamie Callahan

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and Kyle Brannigan

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…in search of some stress-relief on both sides,…

…turns into something both men feel instantly, but are intent on not pursuing any further. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about insta-love here (and believe me, I was thanking all my lucky stars for that!), but a connection Jamie and Kyle cannot deny for long when they – albeit involuntarily – meet again as part of the same team. Despite their own principles and the non-fraternization policy of their employer, both men cannot take their hands off each other and what follows is some hot sex and a slow but steady development of deeper feelings.


Jamie has a very complex personality.

I loved his caring-at-the-job, but bossy-in-bed attitude. Kyle found in him the Alpha to his Omega, so to speak, with him being more on the submissive side in bed, but a bad-ass in his job, nonetheless.

Speaking of bed… Boy, can this author write sex scenes!!!

Long, kinky and hot as hell.

Did I mention they were long? As in thirty pages long?

Yes, umm, I counted the pages. And that was just the first one. Thirty pages of hot and kinky sex… I was in book heaven! I said to a friend that this was one of the hottest sex scenes I have ever read and I stick by my word. And that was just one of them…

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The story itself was exceptionally well written

…but the editing could have been a tad better. Umm, I am really not an expert in regards to English grammar and everyone who reads my reviews probably recognizes that in an instant, but I had to read some sentences twice because they just seem to be strung together without the use of any commas, so it was hard for me to understand them immediately. Some words were missing too, but overall, that did not keep me from enjoying this book immensely.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel! Highly recommended!

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~Release Blitz~Review & Giveaway~Momo: My Everything by Posy Roberts~

 

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Title: Momo: My Everything
Author: Posy Roberts
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Length: 27,000 words
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William Harris is a reserved man, private and guarded. He has no one to go home to. He’s never found a man worth sticking around for. He’s never been in love. And he’s convinced he’s happy with his lone-wolf life.

Nate Kelly is William’s opposite, social and easy going. He comes into William’s life as the elegant geisha Momo. When William realizes Momo is a man in drag, he’s captivated.

From their first date, William’s world changes. Nate is nothing like his usual type. And William soon finds out being with this carefree man means always being on display and attracting attention, which makes him want to retreat. He tries to keep Nate at arm’s length, but it’s no use. Nate’s transformed his life in a matter of months and keeps drawing him back in.

If they stand a chance, William has to be comfortable standing next to someone so at home in the limelight. Their future together and William’s happiness depend on it. Is Nate the man finally worth giving up William’s solitary existence? Is he worth sticking around for?

*Extensively reworked from the short story, The Measure of a Man.*
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“Does anyone ever really get another person?” Nate asked. “Everything they get is still filtered through their own lenses.”

I’ll second that! And it is not always the first impression that counts… Sometimes you have to take a closer – not to say a very close – look at somebody to see what makes him tick, to see through his facade. Regardless of the fact whether he is wearing an actual disguise or not.


William Harris and Nate Kelly meet during a company event at a Japanese teahouse…

…where Nate works dressed up as a Geisha named Momo.

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William is the first of his colleagues who recognizes the man behind the drag …

…and although Nate normally is so not his type, both men feel an instant attraction for each other, which they pursue over several dates until it turns into something deeper despite their differences.


How is the saying? Opposites attract and this also proves to be true in this nice short story.

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William leads some kind of double life.

During the day at work, he is an uptight, reserved man who cherishes his privacy and who rather keeps to himself.At night he is someone who likes clubbing, doing hook-ups in back rooms or taking them home. No relationship, nothing permanent, no strings attached. He himself is completely amazed when he feels attracted to Nate/Momo and even more surprised at himself when he makes a spur-of-the-moment decision and takes him up on his offer for a date.


Nate is out and proud. Flamboyant, comfortable in his own skin and his surroundings.

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He has no problem with being in the center of attention…

…and that is exactly the crux of the matter… Wherever Nate shows up, there will be attention and William, accustomed to hiding his true self, has to come to terms with accepting himself, with being in the limelight as well, if there ever will be a real chance for both of them.


I don’t know the – much shorter – previous version of this book The Measured Man, so I cannot assess to which extent the story has been altered or extended. Momo: My Everything is nicely done, even if a bit clichéd regarding William’s sexist, unlikeable boss, acting like a jerk. I have to admit that it was maybe a bit too sweet for me, though, and I would have liked there to be more drama. It is told solely from William’s POV and for me, it would have been more enjoyable to get to know more about Nate’s thoughts and feelings. 


What I loved about it, though, was the fact that despite there was – for a short story seemingly mandatory – insta-love or in this case ~attraction, both men did not jump into bed with each other on their first date, not even on their second. There was a lot of getting to know each other, before they act on their attraction more thoroughly, so to speak ;-), and that was really refreshing for a change.


I will leave it to the author herself to have the final word, to describe this book perfectly.

This is a story about falling head over heals in love. It’s a story about transformation. It’s a story about shattering boxes people try to place us in. But more than that, it’s a story about learning to love yourself.

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~Review~ The Difference Between by Blake Moreno

 

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The Difference Between By Blake Moreno

*****4.5 unbreakableandpure stars*****

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 Admittedly, it is pretty rare that I read dark books and, if so, I definitely have to be in the right mood.

Nonetheless, I would not consider myself being particularly squeamish, but nothing in the world could have prepared me for the chapters two and three of this book. If they are not dark and disturbing, I don’t know what is. You will learn in detail what a mentally ill person is able to do to another human being and though this is fiction, it felt realistic and brutal and excruciating. There is a trigger warning at the beginning of the book and you should take it seriously, as in really seriously.


You might ask yourself now, why the hell did she not give up on this book.

Well, authors who are eclectic, who are not set on a special type of story, who can write pretty much anything from funny to emotional to dark, and moreover do this in an authentic, believable fashion are pretty rare. Authors who make me enjoy topics I’m normally not pretty fond of are even rarer. When I learned that this is a book by Leta Blake – written under a pen name – of course, I could not resist giving it a shot. Leave it to her  -or in this case Blake Moreno – to turn such a gut-wrenching story with almost unbearable occurrences into an overall enjoyable read for me.


Wade leads a happy life, in a stable loving relationship with Russ…

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… When he is being kidnapped, raped and tortured by his ex-friend-with-benefits, Owen.


In the first three chapters of this book, we get a pretty graphical presentation of the things Owen does to Wade and surviving this horrible experience seems to become nearly impossible. I have to admit that I powered a bit through these scenes. On the one hand, I had to read through my fingers sometimes and on the other hand, I could not put it down.

After having faced all sorts of humiliation over several weeks, Wade is finally being rescued…

…and what starts now is an emotional journey of taking control over his own life again, of being in charge of his feelings. Especially his sex life, something he more than enjoyed being rough and kinky before, is understandably a sensitive subject now. His devotion and determination to make it work made my heart clench.

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You cannot imagine how much I felt for him.

Obviously, the task at hand is far from being easy and there are more than just a few regresses when random things like words, events and even things that belonged to the daily routine so far, trigger flashbacks, but I loved Wade so much for not giving up. With the help of a special therapy and with the support of his lover Russ, Wade slowly but surely gets a grip on “normalcy” again, or rather as normal as his life can be from now on.

The same goes for Russ, though. Let’s face it, Wade might wear the physical scars, additional to the emotional ones, but the ordeal of a loved one also takes a toll on the one left behind, and Russ is no exception on that matter. Feelings of guilt and pain almost wreck him, but he does everything in his power to be supportive and protective and to make Wade feel safe again. That is all that matters to him. At the end, his intentness on how far he will go is put to the test and once again there were some scenes that made me swallow if not even a tad uncomfortable, but to a certain degree, I could comprehend Wade’s train of thoughts in order to feel whole again.

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What I also loved about this book, aside from the strong characters…

 …and the sensitive fashion the author deals with the recovery of Wade, was the fact that there is no additional drama due to Wade and Russ’s relationship. One feeling that does not waver during the whole book is love which goes along with a lot of trusts. On both sides. Both men never question their love for each other and it is love and inner strength that keeps both of them sane.

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I recommend this book with caution, it is definitely not for the faint of heart.

You can skip the most challenging parts, but be aware of the fact that there are still some references to the happenings during Wade’s torment, although not that graphic as in said chapters.

But if you like to read an intense story filled with hope, love, and fortitude,

you should give this book a try.

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~Review~ The River Leith by Leta Blake

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The River Leith by Leta Blake

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

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Sometimes it took divine courage to let go and end up in an ocean of the unknown.

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Compared to the hectic and stressful times we are living in, three years appear to be nothing. If your memory of three years is completely erased, though, it could change your life forever. Suddenly you realize how important such a short period can be. You have forgotten about events that took place in that time. Your own habits. Your surroundings. People you have met and people you have lost. The person you love more than anything else in the world.

You feel like a stranger in your own life.


Leith, an amateur boxer, who got a blow to the head during a fight, awakes from a coma and has to deal with the aftereffects of this fateful day when he learns that he cannot remember the last three years. His old life is fed to him bit by bit, but some things he has to recover on his own. When Leith is introduced to Zach, his supposedly best friend, he also has to deal with certain feelings he develops for him over time. Feelings he cannot really comprehend. You might imagine his shock when he discovers that said feelings apparently have already been there.


This was my second book by Leta Blake and even though I have to admit that I loved Vespertine a bit more, I enjoyed this story immensely.

The River Leith virtually vibrates with emotions. It’s safe to say that they are oozed page by page and I can guarantee you that some tissues will be required when you read it. Umm, well, I hope those who have already read the book won’t consider me a wimp, so let us rather agree that I needed them. 😉


You practically feel the anger and the frustration radiating from Leith sometimes, when he is not able to regain his memory or when there are situations too heavy for him to deal with.

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You feel the pain and the despair of Zach, having the love of his life in front of him and still somehow gone.

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You feel the small glimmer of hope blossoming in Zach every time there seems to be an improvement in Leith’s health.


And you feel the love both men have to rediscover, tentatively at first…

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… but soon getting stronger and stronger again.


I loved the sometimes mythical and philosophical undertone of the story and how it played out in the end. I don’t have a medical degree of any kind so I cannot evaluate how authentic the amnesia topic is handled by the author, but what is important to me is that it felt this way. That’s all I need to feel this story.

Highly recommended!

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~Release Day Review~ Hard Wired by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

 

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Series: Cyberlove, #3
Authors: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Publisher: Megtino Press
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance / Gaymer

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My FallenCon agenda is simple: sit on a couple of panels and let people meet the real me. Jesse Garvy—mod of a famous Twitch channel and, if I ever come out of my shell, future vlogger. I definitely didn’t plan to sleep with a moody tattooed fan-artist, but he’s gorgeous and can’t keep his hands off me. There’s a first time for everything, and my first time with a guy turns out to be the hottest experience of my life.

But the next day, I find out my moody fan-artist is Ian Larsen AKA Cherry—someone I’ve known online for years. And he’d known exactly who I was while shoving me up against that wall. Before I figure out whether to be pissed or flattered, the con ends.

Now we’re back online, and he’s acting like nothing happened. But despite the distance between us, and the way he clings to the safety of his online persona, we made a real connection that night. I don’t plan to let him forget.

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Hard Wired (Cyberlove #3)

by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

 *****4.5 Stars****
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Amazing.. Adorable.. Angsty..

It might be the fact that this story was a bit angstier than the previous books.

I just love angst in my books!!!… But I can safely say that Hard Wired replaced Fast Connection as my favorite in this series, at least regarding storyline and characters. There was one thing that niggled me a bit, but I will come back to it later.

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The beginning of Hard Wired takes us back to the games convention in Boston.We already visited in the previous book, from where Dom retrieved his little runaway sister and her boyfriend. We also know Jesse Garvy and Ian Larsen, the two mods of Kai Bannon’s Twitch channel – better known as Garvy and Cherrycakes- being at the convention to represent Kai who cannot go himself due to his social anxiety.

So far, everybody deemed Cherrycakes to be a girl and not a man with a secret crush on Jesse for a long time. The convention is their first meeting in person which is already doomed to go awry because of said secret. When they finally meet, sparks fly, although Ian struggles with the right time to tell Jesse the truth. When his fear of being too late apparently proves to be true, Jesse’s initial reaction sends Ian into a spin and results in him taking flight. What follows is a fight for a connection to deepen into a relationship, which proves to be anything but easy.


There werent many things in my life I fought for. Ever. Something told me this was a risk worth taking. ~Jesse~


Both, Ian and Jesse, are some damaged characters due to their past.

Ian, with his tattoos and piercings, feels rejected all his life. Literally. His own parents dumped him as a baby, followed by an abusive childhood in foster care and Ian comes to the conclusion that he is simply not likable.He tries to hide his insecurities, his vulnerability, and his issues in dealing with other people behind his two alter-egos.

Cerise, the cynical, seemingly confident fan-artist whose dream is to visit an art school in order to improve his drawing skills to make something of himself and Cherrycakes, the sweet and endearing mod of Kai’s channel, everybody loves for his/her witty comments.

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My personas were all I had. My online friends... my only friends. My art was my world. And Kais chat had become a second home. Without it? Who was I? ~Ian~


I would not call it a split personality because of him choosing these “personas” deliberately and not due to an illness, but rather a way to build up a facade, to feel strong and loved at the same time. To find his place in the world. He has a long way to go to accept himself, to accept the fact that each and every persona is a part of himself.


Jesse seems to be the only adult in his family.

He is just too good to be true, which does not contribute to his own good.He has an abusive past of a different kind, with his parents taking advantage of his left and right, guilt-tripping him into supporting them financially, what might cost him his own dream of becoming a vlogger like his cousin and best friend, Beau. Believe me, his parents made me throw a tantrum more than once and you can be glad that you are not my neighbors, otherwise you would have probably heard me ranting and raving at them through the walls. Loud.

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I loved Jesse for not giving up on Ian, for pursuing his attraction and love for this man, even though he is always the one to call and does not really get something back at the beginning. Ian was the one I wanted to hug constantly. My heart went out to him and his story made me even choke sometimes.

They were just perfect for each other, in giving each other strength and reinforcing their self-confidence. In convincing each other not only to chase their dreams but to make them come true. In giving each other hope not only for their personal but also for their professional future.


As for the one thing that niggled me and what is the reason for me to give this book 4.5 instead of 5 stars: I don’t mind the insight into the background of a convention. On the contrary, I found it rather interesting, since I will presumably visit a convention myself this year, not a games convention, but a convention nonetheless.What bugged me, though, was that this book was a bit heavy on – I don’t even know how to call it – gamer speech? Slang? Pin it on me being too old or maybe on the fact that I don’t have children at this age or that I live in Germany, but there were quite a few words I had to google, what somewhat disturbed my reading flow sometimes.


Overall, though, this story feels as real as the first two and that is still what I love the most about this series.

 Highly recommended!

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Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.


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Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

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~Review~ Shades of Gray by Brooke McKinley

 

 

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Shades of Gray by Brooke McKinley

*****5 Stars*****

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So. Many. Feels…

WHY THE HELL DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS???

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At first glance, this seems to be a typical crime story. FBI Agent blackmails a criminal into testifying against his boss, they fall in love, the boss gets wind of the deal, both are on the run and were miraculously saved. End of story.

Nooo, not this time. Obviously, Shades of Gray has a crime plot, but first and foremost it is a romance. A beautifully written love story between two men on different sides of the law. You feel the chemistry between them virtually sizzling, but it is not just pure blind lust. From their first time together there is a tenderness, that grabbed my heart.


Miller and Danny are far from perfect, and yet for me, they are.

Miller Sutton, a somewhat disillusioned and job weary FBI Agent, who lived all his live in denial about his sexuality, about who he really is.tumblr_mx4wumIA281sjxsk8o1_500.gif (500×213)

Danny Butler, a drug runner whose bad choice got him to be delinquent when he was a teen, but who came to terms with it along the way, until some events -some decisions- made him question his choice.

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Then there is said drug lord who does not accept betrayal in any way and sends his sadistic killer after them…

Both men have to realize in a painful way that not everything is black and white. Not their situation and not the other person.


I never thought I would cry over a crime story someday… There were scenes in this book that were hard to take. I had tears streaming down my face while at the same time, I felt pure white-hot rage. And the apparent hopelessness of their situation honest-to-goodness made my chest constrict.

L'amour nous déchirera.


It makes me sad that the author apparently has chosen not to write any other books, but I can not be happier that I met Miller and Danny. I loved them both so hard, well, maybe Danny a little bit more. 😉 I know, I know… I’m late to the party and I could not add anything else that has not already been said in other reviews so I will leave it at that.

In case you are as late to the party as me, read this book, you won’t regret it! This goes straight onto my favorites shelf!!!

Highly recommended!

 

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~Review~Fast Connection by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

 

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Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2)

by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

*****5 Stars*****

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It all began with a photo…

… in an app for gay hookups. This is how Dominic and Luke met and this is how their relationship went from just sex, over friendship, to love.The End.  😀


LOL. Uhm, no, not really. This sounds much easier than it actually was. Their journey was bumpy, not to say rocky, caused by the no-strings-attached-we-are-just-fuck-buddies attitude of both of them, but I loved every goddamn minute of it.

Especially Luke was reserved for a good while, so to speak. I must admit that I had a few problems with him at the beginning, but the more I got to know him and the reasons why he behaved the way he did, I understood him much better and really, really liked him at the end.


But Dominic…facebook-comments-emoticon-with-heart-eyes

Damn, I loved that guy! Actually, I already liked him in Strong Signal, even though he acted like an asshole a great deal of time, and I was so looking forward to getting his story. I was not disappointed. Dominic was simply adorable. More than once, I wanted to give him a hug, hold him and tell him that everything is going to be okay.


With their excellent writing style, both authors succeeded once more in making me getting lost in a story about “normal” people who live an ordinary life, without additional drama, who simply have to deal with normal life situations. What I once again loved about this book was the cyber-element. Their texts were funny, cute and hot. You could say: dumbass, the series is called Cyberlove, of course, there’s a lot of cyber-activity in it. You’re right. 😉

And this is exactly what makes this series so special and why Im looking forward to the next book.

 

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~Review~ Full Throttle by Nasia Maksima

 

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Full Throttle (Dirty Angels #1) by Nasia Maksima

****4 Stars****

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Two men. One passion.

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Now that sounds a bit like a movie tagline, but it is not that far-fetched because you get a certain Fast and Furious vibe right from the beginning. Since I’m  an adrenaline junkie at heart – umm, and only at heart, not in reality! 😉 – and a sucker for those movies, I was hooked from the start.

Luc and Jesse are two men as different as they come and yet they have so much in common. Aside from their love for street racing, both are on the verge of being forced to live a life they despise, but they desperately try to live up to their fathers expectations, nonetheless.


Luc, son of a Governor by day and leader of an illegal street racing crew consisting man in shadows: mostly of his siblings by night, comes from a wealthy family.

Already having disappointed his father once and threatened to get separated from his family and friends if this ever happens again, he attempts to stay out of trouble to follow his father’s only mantra of “don’t embarrass the family“. Obviously, this proves to be not as easy as it sounds with his secret hobby and the fact that he is gay, something no one can know about, not by any means.


Jesse, son of the Police Chief and living in rather poor circumstances, lives in constant fear of getting beaten up by his Oliver Dale by Alex Brennan-Kearns: abusive alcoholic father.

Believe me, I hated the guts of Jesse’s father with all my heart. Jesse is on the brink of passing an exam that gets him accepted into the FBI, though everything he wants is getting into an elite mechanical engineering grad program at the university.


Jesse’s dream is to be accepted into Luc’s team, the Dirty Angels, to get a starting place in a race that got his brother killed one year ago. On the one hand, he wants to know more about the circumstances of the accident, which is proven to be caused by sabotage and on the other hand he wants to win this race, both for his brother and for himself to prove that he can make it.


There is a lot of chemistry between Luc and Jesse and sparks fly right from the beginning, even if it is a constant back and forth because of Luc trying to hold on to his own mantra of I’m not gay.

The whole story is an accomplished combination of racing scenes, rivalry, loveable characters, family drama, romance and hot sex scenes. And dirty talk. Lots of it. I just love it when the supposedly weaker guy (weaker in terms of his build) takes charge and bosses the other one around. 😉


The writing style is great and the story is – albeit not literarily challenging – very enjoyable.

I really loved it. Well, at least up until roughly 90%… Then it turned into something that was a bit too melodramatic, too soap-opera-y and B-movie style for my liking. Although the ending is satisfying when the ‘bad guys’ got their come-uppance, I really wish the author would have found a better solution. This definitely spoiled it a bit for me and kept me from giving a better rating. I’m definitely looking forward to a sequel, though.

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~Review~ Guns n’ Boys: Swamp Blood By K.A. Merikan

 

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Guns n’ Boys: Swamp Blood (Guns n’ Boys #4)

by K.A. Merikan

***3 Stars***

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Hmmmm…

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This seems to be a typical case of all-of-my-friends-loved-it-but-me. Maybe I should add that I’m not really into books about biker gangs and this story was apparently some kind of crossover with another series by the authors (Sex & Mayhem) about the Coffin Nails MC.


I don’t know how much it was the book or how much it was me being sick that I did not really enjoy this story. I loved Guns n’ Boys: Homicidal Instinct and I even thought that this series was getting better and better, but not for me I’m afraid. I debated with myself if I should write a review at all, because I want to be fair, but decided to steer a middle course and give it 3 stars to compensate any injustice.

The book began just great. Both, Dom and Seth, have to deal with the aftereffects of what was done to Seth by his own brother at the end of the previous book and I so felt for them.


I really get that it is hard for both of them to cope with the events…

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… but what followed was somewhat unnecessary drama.


The ensuing ups and downs in their relationship, their fights and especially Dom’s behavior felt a bit staged. A little less and I could have believed it. As it was, though, it was tiring and eye-roll inducing. For me, it felt like being back at square one just the other way round, because this time it was Dom whom I did not particularly like in this book and he was always my favorite so far.

He behaved like a self-righteous prick sometimes and was far too arrogant for my liking. Those who followed my reviews for the other books in this series know that it is quite a surprise – yes, for me too! – that I loved Seth more this time.


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I really enjoyed his character development, with him finally standing up for himself and trying not to depend too much on Dom, it was more than I could have asked for.

Who I did not care much for was Mark, the little hooker Dom, and Seth took in after saving him from trouble with a biker.With him behaving like a brat most of the time, I did not even feel sorry for him, at least not until the end, anyway.

And don’t get me started on Dana. I somehow I don’t trust her, being sent after Dom and Seth by the mafia in the last book and jumping ship just like that. Something about her just feels off.


Enough with the rant, though. The sex was hot – just to give you a hint: role-play!!! – and the ending was as thrilling as in the other books, albeit a bit OTT.

I better stop now, because it is hard to think with a stuffed-up nose and a head that feels like being filled with cotton. 😉 I have read the first four books in this series, including the short story, almost back to back and maybe it is time for me to take a longer break from it, to read something in between, so I can enjoy the next book again.

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