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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~Rock by Anyta Sunday~

 

23159305Title: Rock
Author: Anyta Sunday
Publisher: Sunday Publications
Page Count: 248 pages
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance,
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

 ~Synopsis~

Igneous.

When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad.
Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who stole the rock-solid foundation of his life. 
And then …
There’s Jace. Lila’s son. Lila’s smug, regurgitated-fish-scale-blue eyed son. 
All Cooper wants is to have his family back the way it once was, but there’s something about this boy that promises things will never be the same again. 

Sedimentary.

Resisting the realities of his new life, Cooper and Jace get off to a rocky start. But rocky start or not, after hundreds of shared memories together, they forge something new. A close … friendship.
Because friendship is all they can have. Although it’s not like they are real brothers…

Metamorphic.

But how does that friendship evolve under the pressures of life?
Under pressures of the heart?


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This is a frustrating, forbidden, sad and beautiful love story.

This is the story of how I became a rock“… oh, yes it is…(sighing loudly).

To me, what I’ve read is so powerful that I’m still hangover while writing this review. I’ve laughed, cried, and prayed for the book to be endless. I also prayed for the exact opposite, begging for the couple to have their HEA and stop messing with my feelings…

This is a beautiful story that describes us the awakening of an epic love. This is a magnificent book that tells us about the start of a heartfelt and heartbreaking relationship between two men who met being kids and went through life with their paths tangled, entwined and intimately connected as “brothers”, friends and lovers.

I want this to be a total spoiler-free review, so I’m gonna ramble and gabble about my thoughts and my perception of this exquisite love story. So you are safe, nothing is gonna be revealed.


Cooper and Jace meet when both of them are teenagers.

They find each other in a tough moment in Cooper’s life and started bonding and sharing a life.It’s magnificent how you can be a part of it, feel all of it, being there with the weight of the unsaid words, witness the secret and longing glances, and understand the beginning of a camaraderie bigger than anything.

This book is not exactly one of unrequited love but, at the same time, it is, since we could say that´s the main reason (along with the prohibit love) for our MCs being apart for such a long time. It’s angsty for a softie like me who cries every time our hero’s heart is ripped off his chest, or even if it’s not but he is having a really bad day, he is jealous or simply sad. Yup. That soft. So, did I cry reading Rock? Yes, I did. Did I enjoy while crying? Hell, yes, like crazy. Would I reread again this magnificent and powerful story? Of course, I would, and I would cry too.

Anyta Sunday plays beautifully with the chapter’s titles.

All of them has a rock name in it, don’t let you forget, not for a second, that you are reading about Cooper’s experiences, feelings, and states of mind. We have our narrator’s sweet POV and the rock names to remind you the significance, the meaning of the stones, that they are related to what we are going to read. I also loved the way the book is structured. Different parts named according to the relationship development and also geologically connected to the plot… beautiful.

So you could say Anyta Sunday touches me. Her writing and her characters.

The dialogues flow so easily and the feelings go so deep in me, that I felt drowned in the beautiful drama, the magistral narration and the sadness of this unforgettable love story.

I wanted to make a special mention to Lila and David (Cooper’s dad) because theirs is a love story plagued of sad and painful moments. This secondary mini plot is also heart wrecking because this is a couple who has been in love all their lives, not being together for the most part of it…and once they are happiness seems to escape them anyway… I can’t imagine what it feels like to be incapable of sharing your life with the person you love (I’m a lucky girl) but it has to be hard, very very hard.


Anyta Sunday gave me 10 years of love and heartbreak, 10 years of Cooper and Jace’s lives full of great conversations, tears and a palpable evolution (we go from a YA lovely novel to a splendid drama with more experienced men).

And all of it packed in a magistral narration, sprinkled with a few references I loved…

Such as a Flight of the Conchords T-Shirt (it’s New Zealand, after all) or Cat Stevens’s “first cut is the deepest”, song, that drove to another place and another time.

Because as I said, I’m a softie, and proud of it! 😀

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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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~Review~Insight (The Community #1) by Santino Hassell~

 

34533654Title: Insight
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Community #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 298 pages
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal, Suspense/Thriller
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate. Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.

Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.


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A perfectly clear image has been on my mind since I started reading this story.

Probably the first image you will find if you google “NY piers”. Beautiful (of course, it’s New York) but nothing special unless you are being transported to that place while reading the first chapter of Insight. In that moment Santino got me. I loved the idea. I really liked that first vision and how it dragged me into this new world.

All my reading has been conditioned by Theo’s “first appearance”. And even if Theo wasn’t the best person, neither the best brother, I’ve been mourning him all the way. He’s been present in my head every single page.But the main reason that made me loved Insight was the magistral mix of nostalgia, darkness and the obscure sadness covering all the story.

The world building in this first installment of The Community is captivating and fast paced. The universe Santino describes is totally absorbent and original.

Everything has a dark atmosphere that you can almost breathe. But that darkish background, mixed with the simple and direct to the point dialogues, makes the setting and the story itself easy, intense and more attractive.And I loved it because this book succeeded where others didn’t. This novel transported me to a place, to a different world. That’s the magic of books, and this one did that for me. During all my reading I was visualizing the story as a movie and not any random movie, but one I would truly enjoy.


Nathaniel Black is our narrator, in this new Series by Santino Hassell.

Lucky Blue Smith:

He is a psychic who read paranormal M/M romance. He is an empath who listens Japanese rock metal. He is a social unskilled guy who has been bullied all his life. Bullied for being gay, and bullied for being a “Black”.That’s Nate, ladies and gentleman, my lovely and adored Nate.

So, this beautiful character who lives in Santino’s personal Village of the Damned  (bleached people included) meets a New Yorker called Trent. 

Sarcastic, beautiful and apparently supernormal Trent….

The couple starts a journey that takes them from Texas to New York (the word “journey” is used here in both ways, literally and metaphorically).We don’t get to know Trent’s POV in this story, but I didn’t miss it too much because you get to know him through Nate’s eyes.


In this setting Santino’s use of the dialogues is vital. They are the “lung” insufflating air in this story. They are the axis since we all are Nate and we need to know trough him (thoughts and conversations) who the rest is, what they want… At first, I thought some of the interactions were a bit forced but everything flows naturally once I accustomed to the rhythm and the writing.

I wouldn’t say theirs in insta-love because it’s not (there is no love implied at first) but they do connect instantly, they bond since the beginning. Trent trusts in Nate’s word, he believes in him.  He is Noah’s partner in crime or, in this case, I should say, his partner solving the crime (he calls himself “the amusing sidekick“). And they are super cute together.
But I must say that even if there are love and hot sex in this book, the love story between Noah and Trent is not the epicenter of this book. Insight is the set up for The Community, the scenario for the whole series so I could say that this first installment has in it a huge dose of paranormal mystery with, of course, the basis of a good MM romance. And it didn’t disappoint me at all.

I’m really hoping book two will follow the footsteps of this one.


I’m not giving away anything substantial about the plot.

I’ve preferred to discover this book by myself and I’m giving you the same opportunity. I’ll just say I was absorbed by the simple (and also magical) narrative. I was completely into it at the end of chapter one (I loved the end of chapter one).

The characters in Insight are perfectly defined even if they have no voice. Noah is the deepest character, sure, but the book is full of great and intriguing characters. The lack of other POVs it’s probably a need in the story because this way is easier for the plot to thrive and for the thriller to prosper.

The only snag that I found is that, at one point, I was ahead in the “investigation”. I was solving the puzzle before Nate, and yelling at him to fit the clues in the big picture… but anyway, I love him and I´m sure he has forgiven me already for all the presumptuous “I knew it“.


In the last three weeks I have read, 3 completely different genres by Santino Hassel: Sports Romance, Cyberlove, and now this Paranormal/Thriller novel.

I can say without any doubt that he knows how to write whatever he wants, that’s for sure and I will happily wait for any book he throws in my way. 😀imageedit_36_4496991228

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

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

~Synopsis~

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

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

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


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

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

The highest rate for this brilliantly written super slow romance.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Noah. The geek. The sweet. The dreamer.

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

Sighs, sighs, and more love sighs.


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

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

The humor in Illegal Contact is superb.

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

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

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

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

Highly recommend!!!

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

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~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: ~Vir~
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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Beau and Zane: the light and the dark side of the force.

Well, it is more like the light and dark of YouTube, but I wanted to introduce a Star Wars reference because I am a fan, it fits perfectly here and my knowledge about YouTube is poor.

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Beau Starr vs TrashyZane
Beautifuls vs skanks.
Positivism vs negativity.
Sugary vs sourness

“As Beau Starr, nothing touched me”

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Beau Starr has been created to hide Beau Shields, and Beau (both personas, in this case) has worked hard to be a better person and run away from his past. Beau is pretending to be a man who is not. Every time he is recording one of his videos, he is acting, pretending to be a “perfect guy counselor” for the new generations. And it has to be exhausting to be him… Really. His public face is an act. He is all image. A fraud.

“Zane: You are amusing when you are not being fake as fuck
Beau: excuse you?
Zane: dude, you act differently on YouTube! Even your voice is different. This higher register version of a palatable gay”

What to say about Zane? Dark, hot, eccentric, sexy, messy, cynic and a self-proclaimed misanthrope.

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Zane doesn’t trust. He is guarded. He proclaims that he doesn’t want tolerance, he needs full acceptance.
I thought at first he would be darker, more depressed, a lot of more sinister. But he is just brutally honest and he likes to talk about his sex life.

Well, Beau is not what I thought neither. Reading hard wired or at the beginning of this installment, I didn’t know what to expect. He is guarded too (and that´s the reason he is wearing a smiley, happy mask all the time) because Beau has been hurt and he didn´t trust since.


The story starts with both of them calling each other “nemesis”  but I didn’t feel at any moment that they were enemies. Just their public faces were. And their cyber characters are not them.

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So I think Beau and Zane were not opposites at all. It’s just that they were so shielded behind their YouTube personas, that they were not prepared to become their inner selfs. If that made any sense.

Zane watched me now, his light green eyes clear and his expression relaxed. I hadn’t seen him like this before, and it embarrassed me. Why was he letting me see him like this? Why did he show everything”

These two are dirty, that’s for sure! This book pushes all your buttons in the lust, kinky department. They like it rough and it’s great to witness how Beau becomes a sexual animal every time Zane is near him (or texting him, videotaping him…) because it’s not what we are used to from Mr. Beautiful.

When our MCs bare their souls and take off their masks (beau’s falseness and Zane’s guardedness) they discover they are something near to soul mates. They complement each other perfectly. Two faces of the same coin. Together, they find a balance between two forces.

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(Yeah I know. Doesn’t fit. But at this point, I have decided it is a Star Wars theme review)


The best: Ian’s cameo (I love the guy), the humor (as usual), the writing (of course), the texting and the dirty talk. I really am a dirty-talk junkie.

I have to say that, sadly, even if I liked and enjoyed this couple (and more the second half where the authors deepened in the characters and the relationship) I didn´t LOVE them. And I hate myself for it, because I really, really wanted to love every single thing.In this enemies-to-lovers story, something was missing…something was a bit off… 

I am a huge fan of this series. I gave the previous books (the three of them) 5 stars without thinking about it for a second, so maybe my expectations were too high…
Or maybe it’s just that is I recently finished Illegal Contact and that was a GOOD enemies to lovers book.  Probably is wrong to judge this book regarding my previous read but, since both are Santino’s I couldn’t help the comparison.Probably it was my fault, as I said, because of the high expectation I had.

Anyway, I recommend this book to any fan of the Cyberlove Series. 

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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~Hard Wired (Cyberlove #3) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell~

 

33803072Title: Hard Wired
Authors: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Series: Cyberlove #3
Publisher: Megtino Press
Page Count: 232 pages
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance,
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

 ~Blurb~

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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“Strong signal” and “Fast Connection” were both highly recommend books from my friends.

We talked a lot about Kai or Costigan. Almost everyone I virtually know loved them, their partners, their stories.But I haven’t been warned for this one. No one has told me the emotional load this book has. I wasn’t prevented for what Hard Wired has meant to me.

Garvy and Cherrycakes have worked together as mods for Kai’s Twitch channel for two years. But when they finally meet in person, they do it as Jesse and Ian or, at least, as Jesse and a goth, sexy emo artist, known as Cerise. And here, with a base of lies and fears, their story begins. Here, the emotional journey with these two starts.

Ian has suffered a lot.

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His life has been shit, and the fact that he’s been through hell and back shows in his “multiple” personalities.He has built a barrier, a solid wall isolating him from the real world and creating some alter egos, inner personas to interact with people (mostly virtually). Personas that make him feel stronger, empowered. Identities that cover the part of himself that he doesn’t want to show.

“My soul was hateful, so I´d erected walls around my heart and shoved claws under my nails after the first time I´ve been bullied”


 Jesse, on the other side, is sweet,  naive and a lovely character.

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He is shy but at the same time blatantly honest and I loved that in him. He is a good guy and he acts like one. Jesse Garvy is awesome. Our pretty surfer boy.

“This Kiss alone was fucking heaven. It wasn´t a percusor, it wasn´t even foreplay, it was the main goddamn event all on its own”

But he is also blocked, ridiculously selfless, sacrificing his life and going through the motions in a role he doesn’t want to live… and Beau has a great quote here. A quote that could be perfectly out of “Good Will Hunting”:

“I hoping one day you say fuck it, pack your bags, drive your car to LA and crash on my couch”


There is no doubt that  Ian and Jesse´s relationship is hard. Going backward, for every straight step the take.Ian is complicated and even if Jesse struggles to understand him and be there for him, it’s a difficult thing to do. He is completely inexperienced and he has shitty parents but they are much better than Ian’s experiences so probably he didn’t get it the way he should.
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There was a moment in the book where you could think Ian is overreacting or behaving like a spoiled brat or something like that. Even the relationship between our main characters could seem childish. But my point of view is completely the opposite. Ian can’t cope with reality. He is disgusted with himself, he thinks he doesn’t deserve good things, he doesn’t trust in people, and the only way to cope is to create some alter egos to cope for him.
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Well, I think it is pretty awesome to find a mechanism to face reality more…easily? But I think is better to find a mechanism that effectively works. You like it or not.
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“I can´t pretend to be super fucking normal all the time, Jesse. I am anxious and scared, and sometimes, I´m so vulnerable it makes me sick. And I don´t know how to fix that about myself, or fix the way I want to hide myself completely when those parts of my brain take over”
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It is true that Ian/Cerise drama was a bit exhausting the last ten percent of the book but I loved him anyway…This book was a sure thing, so I didn’t bother in reading the blurb. I started blind on reviews too, and you could say (in this metaphorical blindness thing) that I, also, blindly…
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Loved everything in this book. Every minute. Every page.

 I’ve never thought about myself as an angst junkie because I am not. I escape drama as much as I can. Really. Not my thing. But with this book, I just find out this is my kind of angst: not too much, just a sad edge, a very constant give-and-take, a permanently present tussle between two characters I was loving very, very much.
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And probably the love I professed for both MCs is the reason I enjoyed this sad story. Because this is sad and a bit depressing too, but it is also sweet, and addictive and hot.This is probably the less steamy in the series (so far) but also the deeper, or at least, this is how I see it. Ian is so fucked-up that he makes this book darker than the others and at the same time, sweeter in the end and the HEA, because the attainment is bigger. Much bigger.
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Summarizing, this is a love story between two completely different men. It is the perfect match between light and dark where light is not so bright and dark it isn’t that black.
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They converged in a perfect shiny gray… And, yes, I’m sure this awesome color exists 😉
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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: ~Vir~
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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Hailey Turner has done a terrific job creating this universe and with “In the Ruins“, the second installment of the  Metahumans Files, she achieves something incredible: maintain the reader interested in her amazing world. Well, not really. We are not talking here about just keep the interest of the reader. Probably the terrific plot and the characters development make book 2 better than “In the Wreckage“. This is another gem and a very shiny one, I must say.

In the Ruins starts a few moths after the last scene in book one, and directly into action.

Our heroes have been together nearly seven months and still hiding their relationship. In this book, we have the chance to witness how their physical connexion develops in something bigger, sweeter, deeper.

And the intimacy between them?


The plot in this second book is an undercover mission, using our incredible and wealthy guy… oh, please, Wait… this description sucks, I should say Jaime is incredible, wealthy, loyal, unselfish, bossy in bed, awesome as the team leader and absolutely generous with their friends.

He is such a good guy, not just a rich, honorable and hot man. And I love him!

“Because my life -my privileged, stupid life, Katie- shouldn’t be worth more than the hundreds of people who are being used as test subjects and killed by criminals who won´t stop even if I do”

And I have to say the plot and the mission itself are brilliantly constructed and developed. It’s not just science fiction, this book has a great dose of thriller and a fantastic espionage basis. I really enjoyed the story line.

The other side of this undercover mission, the love story part, Kyle’s insecurities… I don’t want to say anything about it. You must read this book! That’s the way you should find out how perfect this story is. Well, first you have to start with “In the Wreckage” since this series can’t be conceived as standalone novels. And after that, enjoy this second and great installment.  

These books are amazing!

I have to do a special mention here since I didn’t in my review of book one: The girls in the alpha team are fantastic. They are funny, brave, bad-ass and really smart. Yes, they are! And they were that smart before becoming Metahumans, it’s not a superpower, promise! 😀 (read the sentence with all the irony it’s charged with).


It’s refreshing to read some great female characters in M/M books and I really loved the interactions among the team. Male and female. The characters are perfectly delimited and deep enough to make the reader care about them. In fact, I wouldn’t mind reading about Alexei a little more. He speaks English like I do, high five Alexei!

The bets, the banter, the funny dialogues, the deep ones… Everything Alpha Team related is terrific. All of it is super entertaining. And the new additions are awesome too and I want more…

Everyone is going to want more… I have no doubt.

The way Hailey Turner describes this futuristic society is very appealing and addictive.
This is Sci-Fi suspense at its best.

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~Review~In the Wreckage by Hailey Turner~

 

34346535Title: In the Wreckage
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #1
Publisher: Self Published
Page Count: 341 pages
Release Date: February 19, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sci-Fi/Military, Mystery/Suspense
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~ 

A Marine with honor.
After surviving a horrific chemical attack that turned him into a metahuman, Captain Jamie Callahan got a second lease on life. For three years he’s been working for the Metahuman Defense Force and leading Alpha Team—all against the wishes of his family. The job requires his full dedication, so it’s no surprise Jamie doesn’t have time for a relationship. An enticing one-night stand with a gorgeous stranger is all it takes to show Jamie exactly what he’s been missing. When a mission to take down a terrorist cell brings that same stranger back into his world, Jamie’s life gets complicated.
A soldier with secrets.
Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan was only looking to relieve some stress after a long mission. He didn’t know the hot guy he picked up at a bar was the leader of the MDF’s top field team. When Kyle and his partner get seconded to Alpha Team to help fight a terrorist threat, he has to balance his desire for Jamie against his duty to keep his secrets safe. That gets harder and harder to do amidst regulations both are tempted to break.
Two men trying to survive.
Giving into passion could cost both their careers. Abiding by the rules will only result in heartache. An attack on MDF headquarters brings with it a choice Jamie and Kyle can’t escape—duty, or love?

In the Wreckage is a 100k word steamy m/m sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending. 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 18.


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What an awesome read! What a great recommendation!

How can a book be so entertaining, suspenseful and dirty at the same time? This is a good one. Believe me. It has everything you want in a Science Fiction book, with the add of some of the dirtiest sex scenes I’ve ever read. Yes. Everything.

This is a perfectly written MM Romance. A Sci-Fi novel that takes place on an alternative and very fascinating year 2284.
The world building is fantastic but I don’t want to reveal too much, just that something happened that turned some humans in metahumans with different powers: telepathy, telekinesis, shapeshifting, ultra strength…

Science fiction fans (myself included) are used to ordinary men becoming superheroes because of radioactive accidents, chemical, or nuclear physics related. We have read about that kind of DNA alteration, wherever it comes, but here the explanation is brilliantly exposed. It’s very, very interesting and perfectly settled and, I insist, the world building is extremely well done and appealing.

Apollo, Icarus, Bones, Reaper, Inferno… Are some of their code names. Are they cool, or what? These guys rocks!

I’m not an action girl. Ironically, action bored me to dead if it lacks another necessary thing (necessary to me, I mean, there is nothing wrong in the action itself). But the way these guys work together is hot and entertaining as hell. I enjoyed it so much I can’t put it in words.


About our hot and incredible great MCs. Well, I don’t want spoilers here, leaving you this pleasure for your reading. I just want to say these two are scorching hot together (HOT with capital letters). But they are also a great couple outside the bedroom. They talk and they are funny.

“Fight or fuck,” Kyle gasped out, eyes closed, sweaty hair sticking to his flushed face. “See. Told you that you could do both at the same time”

Jaime Callahan is a loyal ex-marine, and an honorable and incredibly hot alpha male. In fact, he is in charge of the Metahuman Alpha Team. It couldn’t be another way. He knows what he wants, he is caring and super dirty (sexually speaking).

“He never thought he´d find someone he was willing to risk his career for until Kyle come along. A single night of passion was enough to make Jaime be selfish and reckless and damn the consequences”

And about Kyle? Kyle Brannigan is the shit too! Well, there’s no need of spoilers here either, so I just gonna say he is incredible, he faced his shitty early years becoming a great and loyal guy. He is hot, he likes it hard (oh yeah!), he is strong and also pursues what he wants. He is the perfect match for our Jaime.

“Wonderful, Kyle thought tiredly. Guess I get to cross of buried alive on my Situations I have Been In And Wished I Wasn´t list. Sadly, it was a long list”


Writing a book is a very difficult thing (and a very terrifying process, as well). Writing a good book? A tremendous and enviable accomplishment. But writing a great sci-fi book? To me, it’s something so superb and so unlikely that I don’t have words (again) to describe the gratifying sensation it made me feel.

I have a kind of Sci-Fi radar (it works with fantasy too) that let me know if the book is being good enough to me, and it involves two things:
First: when I’m not reading the book I spend much time day-dreaming about it. Time I should spend doing other things, of course, but a girl has her priorities 😉
Second: When a team fight starts and I feel the same level of hotness I usually feel with the sex scenes… And in this book, when someone is using pyrotechnic power, another guy is building a protector shield with his mind, while another is joking about something… Oh yeah, I was totally feeling it!

Well, I can’t talk here about the same level of hotness because of the sex scenes in this book…they are something else. But I must say (and probably is the only “but” I have for the book) that sometimes that scenes were a little too long…I’m gonna start book two, as soon as I get some sleep. Priorities or not, I still have necessities… I’m not a metahuman, after all.

Thank you, Ralu, for this recommendation and thank you, Wendy for the description you gave me: (I’m quoting here):

 “It’s like X-Men going down and dirty” oh hell, girl, it was. 😀

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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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~Review~Believe in the Wish by Christi Snow~

 

34423748Title: Believe in the Wish
Author: Christi Snow
Release Date: May 11, 2017
Page Count: 211 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating:  5 Stars out of 5

 ~Blurb~

I buried my twin sister six months after she found out she had cancer. Her funeral was three months ago. Today is our birthday and it started with delivery of letters from her.

It seems she didn’t trust me to move on after her death. She knows me too well. But how can I go on when my other half is just…gone? That’s not something I can recover from with a snap of my fingers. But I also can’t ignore her instructions even though I’d be perfectly content to cuddle up with my buddy, Johnnie Walker, and call it a year.

She has a list of things for me to do and there are rules attached.

There’s one major problem besides the fact it’s been three months since I left the house. I have to do all these things with her jerk of an ex, Hawk Simmons. He abandoned her shortly after she found out she was sick. If that wasn’t enough to make this a really bad idea, the fact that he makes an appearance in all my nighttime fantasies probably does.

I don’t think I can do this, but I owe it to my sister’s memory to try.


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One of the best books I’ve read this year!

I loved it! I loved every single page of it! so I rounded up my 4.5 stars, to 5.

In his 25th birthday, Ethan Roberts (drunk and hurting) receives a letter from Emma, her recently dead twin sister, with a list of things he must do, assignments to accomplish with the help of Hawk Simmons, her ex and the hot, sexy man Ethan hates more than anyone in the world.

Ethan is mourning his sister death and, on the first page, we can read the really sad motto he wants to follow in that right moment:

“Sleep, that beautiful place where pain didn’t exist. Where memories didn’t exist. His goal in life now is to spend as much time in that space as possible”

And even if it sounds depressing as hell, it’s not. This whole story is far from it.This is not a story of death. This is not a book about cancer and loss. This is the complete opposite. This is a love story. A story of life. A perfectly well-written book, about how people can connect in life and be happy getting over the bad things, getting past the sad parts anyone, unfortunately, have to experience. A story of people who deserves happiness.

And after that super long introduction, if you are still with me 😉 let’s start with our MCs. And here, I don’t want to say too much because this is a book you have to read and, discover by yourself, who Ethan and Hawk really are.


Ethan is a graphic designer whose twin has died four months ago and he doesn’t seem to find his way out the hole he is in. And he doesn’t want to, either. So when the help comes from Hawk, the sexy motorcycle designer who broke his twin’s heart before she died, things gets complicated.

Ethan is hot, hot, hot (three times because I’m gonna give Hawk a fourth hot, a bit more, just a little bit). He is sweet, shy and he doesn´t know how to handle his life without Emma.

Hawk, on his behalf, is dealing with his own problems and loss. He is much more than Ethan thinks, much more than you reader could imagine in the first moment. He has a hard life to live too. It’s not just Ethan who is mourning someone. Hawk has issues tormenting him, unresolved things hunting him.

As I said Hawk is hot, hot, hot, hot (there is four, right?) and both characters together are incredible, sexy, funny and the attraction between them is a constant turn on.
This is a couple you want to meet and know. They are full of surprises and I really love them both.


Emma deserves a special mention here because she brought perfection to this story. She is the one who makes everything possible. She is dead, yes, and it´s very, very sad because she was young and full of life but, you are going to smile thinking about her and her fixing from the grave. This caring and beloved person, makes you believe in the wish.

This is a beautiful story you must read, nothing more and nothing else.

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~Review~Coming In by Michelle Ogilvy~

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35060529Title: Coming In
Author: Michelle Ogilvy
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Page Count: 275 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5 

 ~Blurb~

 Jay and Adam have been sharing a flat, and a bed, since they moved down to Adelaide after high school a couple of years ago. Neither man considers himself gay or mentions the sexual nature of their friendship to anyone else.

Their arrangement doesn’t stop Jay from casually dating random women he meets through work and both men seem happy with the way things are. That is, until Adam meets April, a damsel in distress that latches herself onto Adam in a way that he doesn’t mind at all. Jay sure does, though.

As Adam gets closer to April, the friendship between the two men starts to unravel and for the first time in years, Jay is facing a life without Adam. If he wants to save their friendship, he will have to offer Adam a lot more than a spot in his bed. There’s only one problem, Jay doesn’t believe in love.


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**** 4 Stars****4gdg

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Coming in by Michelle Ogilvy is a book about two friends trying to figure out who they are.

This is the story of Jason Porter and Adam Pearson.

Best friends since childhood, actual flatmates and regular fuck buddies. But this “lovers status” is something that the world doesn’t know. Out of the semi-bubble, they have built around them, they are just friends.

But it’s not like the sex thing is Jay’s and Adam’s little dirty secret. Nope. They are not really conscious of the significance of their non-discussed relationship. Or the magnitude of it. They have been together like that for years and we are not talking just about sex. They sleep together every night, with cuddling and everything. But they don’t label their sexuality or relationship.

The thing is, Jay, dates random women constantly and it “seems” both of them are ok with this agreement, at least until the harpy among all harpies comes into their lives.Her name is April and I hated her so much that I don’t want even to talk about her.

She is Adam’s obnoxious girlfriend. A total bitch.

I know some of MM romances has one of those, but this insufferable girl is a bit over the top.I HATED HER! And sadly, I hate Adam every time she is in the picture with him because everything seems fake, and she is evil incarnated and the main source of the angst here. Nope, nope not talking about this girl or the stupidity of my (usually) smart and sweet Adam.

For those who don’t tolerate infidelity in their readings, I have a Warning: There is cheating in this book. Not on the page, and not between our main characters, but the fact is that they can’t avoid being together, and they have been doing it for years, even though they were in a relationship or not.

“Whatever had been between the two of them over the last few years, it wasn’t healthy”


It is difficult for me to review “Coming in” in a few sentences because I perceive two completely different parts in the book, and I feel the need to explain it:

The first half was ok. The conversations are simple, not deep at all. The sex is off the page and there is no explanation about how and why Jay and Adam get where they are. Too many things are taken for granted.

I was a bit out in this first 50%(the percentage is nearly literal). It bothered me not knowing them. I was enjoying it, but I needed to feel them, together and separately, and the story wasn’t deep enough either. Angsty? Yeah. Uncomfortable? Very. But not deep. The characters were not giving me what I was wanting and needing.

They didn’t talk about their sexuality, about their attraction. They just seemed to need each other, and even though I liked the concept of that dependence I needed to know why, how, when…

Come on, guys! Talk to each other! Talk to me! Argh…

And then:

Everything changes. The plot starts taking shape and the characters start to feel and to talk about these feelings.

“I’m not gay” Adam replied.
“No, you’re just a hypocritical son of a bitch”


In this second half we get to know Jay and Adam deeply and, as the author deepens in them, and in their friendship, I start loving both characters (though I must say Jay was my favorite. He is a cynical jerk but I love him).

Here, at last, they show their fears and insecurities, and both have a lot of them, because they are young and a little lost.It seems that Adam and Jay have never stopped to analyze their relationship, until hateful April comes. And when they do, we could say everything changes between our guys and their bubble blows up.

They seem lost and miserable outside this bubble and without each other, and they need to be clear, to be honest, to say what they really feel.


“It wasn’t like Adam doesn’t know the goodbye was coming. But it supposed to be him leaving, not Jay. And he hadn’t realized it would hurt this much”

So, I would say this is a great friends to lovers story, I really enjoyed it.

No doubt I will read the author again.

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