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~Release Day Review~One Call Away by Felice Stevens~

 

33850582Title: One Call Away
Author: Felice Stevens
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Page Count: 263 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

When a brutal attack from a jealous competitor leaves Noah Strauss, a darling of the modeling world, physically scarred and emotionally damaged, he quits the runway to become a psychologist. Using his contacts from his time in the spotlight, he creates One Call Away, a radio show dedicated to gay men looking for love, advice or someone to talk to. But with secrets of his own and a mother who refuses to understand the career path he’s chosen, the one person Noah can’t seem to help is himself.

On a drunken dare from the senior partner’s grandson, Oren Leavitt calls Noah’s radio show, pretending to be gay. Only Oren isn’t certain if he’s pretending. He’s left his strict Orthodox Jewish upbringing behind, but the guilt remains. Guilt that his actions have prevented his sister from finding a husband and guilt that he’s failed his parents. Talking to “Dr. Noah” helps, and as he finds himself calling the man, again and again, he knows he must be honest. But Oren is unsure if he’s lying to Noah or himself.

For Noah, trust is paramount; he’s been deceived in his personal and professional life and while he desperately wants to help Oren, he also finds himself falling for the sweet and tortured man. Oren is trapped: he risks losing his job and more importantly the love and security of his family but knows he can’t hide if he wants to be with Noah. When unresolved heartaches from the past rise up to control the present, Noah and Oren discover that love often comes from the most unexpected places, and sometimes a call for help not only saves a life, it can be a new and beautiful beginning.


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One Call Away by Felice Stevens

****4 Stars****

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This book isn’t just about two men falling in love.

It’s about fear and hope, friends and family, but most of all, it’s about finding out who you really are.

Noah is a former model, still struggling with the aftermath of a brutal attack. He now works as a psychologist and he has a radio show called “One Call Away”. It’s a show specifically for gay men, to ask questions and seek some advice.

Oren who is a lawyer has been raised by a very orthodox Jewish family. One day he decides to call the show (on a dare), pretending to be a gay man…

…the problem is, that he’s not sure he is pretending…

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These men start to talking and become friends…

…friends with some major (sexual) chemistry.

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But Noah still has a wall up because of his attack and Oren is so afraid to come out to his family, in fear that they will shut him out.

It was very sweet, seeing these two opening up to one another and find what they really needed in each other…love. 

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They were also extremely HOT together!!

Who would have guessed one phone call, could change their lives so completely.

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~Review~Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS #9) by Charlie Cochet~

33780462Title: Darkest Hour Before Dawn
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS #9
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Paranormal/Shifters, Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 224 pages
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time.


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Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS #9) by Charlie Cochet

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I have had a little crush on Hudson ever since he was introduced in the series. What can I say…as much as I love the big Alpha’s…a hot nerd with a Brittish accent gets me all hot and bothered.  😛

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So to say I was excited about this book is putting it mildly.

Thankfully this book met all my high expectations.


This book gives us the inside scoop of Hudson and Seb’s past together. After a freaky accident on the job, they have been apart for 7 miserable years…

…both pining after one another.

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Now that Hudson seems to be in danger, Seb is done with giving Hudson space and distance. He wants to protect Hudson and he wants his mate back, but convincing Hudson is not so easy…

since the man can’t seem to let go of the guilt he is still carrying around.

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It takes some time for Hudson to pull his head out of his ass, but of course, he can’t deny his mate either. And who would have thought these boys had such dirty mouths/minds on them.

I was very pleasantly surprised. 😀

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I absolutely loved the background story about “Wolf” and I really hope we will get a lot more of him in the books to come. And catching up with all Thirds members, especially Dex, is always a blast!!

Can’t wait for the next one …bring it on!!

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~Review~Back Piece (Skin Deep Inc. #1) by L.A. Witt~

 

34442289Title: Back Piece
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Skin Deep Inc.#1
Publisher: Swerve
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Page Count: 316 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~

Colin Spencer is a tattoo artist with a past he’d prefer to keep a secret. Actually, he has a few secrets that he’d rather people didn’t know about, which is why Colin doesn’t do commitment. But when a shy sailor approaches him at the gym, Colin finds this guy pushing all his buttons.

Growing up in a conservative family, then escaping with the Navy, Daniel Moore is an unsure virgin who feels like he can’t share his true self with anyone. Seeing Colin—and his tattoos—at the gym are the sign Daniel needs to finally get those tattoos he’s always wanted, and maybe try his hand at flirting.

As Colin and Daniel spend more time together, their awkward hesitations turn into a deep passion neither expected. But with both men harboring secrets, will their relationship be able to survive their insecurities and become something beautiful?

Back Piece is a sexy, emotional journey of two people learning to love and finding acceptance for who they really are.


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Back Piece (Skin Deep Inc. #1) by L.A. Witt

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I have read several books by this author and though this book was good, it didn’t wow me. I think one of the reasons it didn’t was because is a bit too long for my liking.

Colin and Daniel meet at the gym. When Daniel finds out Colin is a tattoo artist, he goes to the shop to have one done.

These two are quite the opposite of one another.

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Daniel is a 26 closeted virgin and Colin is a former porn star. Both are struggling with different things in life. For Colin, one of those things is an eating disorder,  for Daniel, it’s his homophobic parents, who don’t know he’s gay. Daniel is very ready to give his virginity up…

…and Colin is more than happy to help him.

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There are a lot of steamy scenes in this book…dare I say maybe too much. Don’t get me wrong…I really think these two were hot together, but I started skimming a bit.

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I liked that they went from friends with benefits to lovers….they really did get to know each other well.There is a lot tattooing going on and since I have worked at a tattoo shop myself many years…

I really liked these parts.

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What I didn’t like though was the ending….or lack of.

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I enjoy a good epilogue and I really could have done with one here.

The end felt very abrupt with me.

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~Review~Enemies With Benefits by Joanna Chambers & Annika Martin~

 

34949954Title: Enemies With Benefits (a prologue)
Authors: Joanna Chambers & Annika Martin
Series: Enemies With Benefits #0.5 
Release Date: April 23, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 60 pages
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~ 

They’re dangerous men. Absolute enemies. And totally hot for each other.

Two years ago, the men in Will’s unit were killed in an ambush because they were betrayed. Now, Will has a chance to go after the corrupt billionaire who sold them out.
One problem: the billionaire’s bodyguard. Nobody knows what he looks like; they only know him by the trail of bodies he leaves behind.

Will their passion destroy them both?

Kit’s a hardened assassin who’ll do what it takes to protect his boss. But when Will moves on the billionaire at an elite party, things with Will and Kit take an unexpected -steamy-twist.
Now Kit has to convince Will to walk away–from his quest for justice, and from the red-hot passion that’s spinning out of control.

This is the prologue novella for ENEMIES LIKE YOU, out May 15th, 2017


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Enemies With Benefits: a prologue (Enemies With Benefits 0.5)

 by Joanna Chambers & Annika Martin

****4 Stars****

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This prequel wasn’t at all what I expected …it was quite a surprise and I do have to say…

…it was also pretty HOT.

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Will is a (freelance) assassin, working on an assignment for the CIA, to get revenge on the man responsible for the death of his fellow soldiers…Sergei Polzin

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Kit is Polzin’s bodyguard and though he would love to see the man dead…there is something he needs before that can happen. So he won’t let anyone kill his boss.

Will and Kit come face to face soon enough and both men are quite surprised about the sexual tension between them. 

What follows is “panty dropping ” HOT. 😀

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I really enjoyed this prequel and it made me very curious about “Enemies like you”. Enemies to lovers are one of my favorite tropes and seeing how hot this little number was…

I have high hopes for the full novel.

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~Review~A Day Makes by Mary Calmes~

34568448Title: A Day Makes
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance,  Military / Law Enforcement
Page Count: 200
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Blurb~


Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways – he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community – but he’s really not such a bad guy. Over time he’s found a home of sorts, and he even learns he’s found a place in the hearts of the people he works with…at least enough so that they won’t put a bullet in his head because he’s outlived his usefulness to the boss.

But he never thought he’d find one day could change his life, and he’s about to discover how wrong he is.
Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It’s an improbable idea – a man who deals in death finding love – but it’s like it’s meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day can change everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects – if he can stay alive long enough to find out.


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A Day Makes by Mary Calmes

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

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Mary, Mary Mary, how I love thee, let me count the ways…

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So we have another winner !!! I loved this book…it’s just as awesome as I expected it to be. 

It had all the required ingredients…

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…all that and so much more….


This book starts off with the story of Ceaton Mercer, ex-marine, and how he became a mob enforcer. I loved Ceaton from the very start.

What I loved most about this book, was the comradery. Pravi, Marko, and Luka…these boys were all great in their own way…

…but together, they were just awesome!!

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Then the day comes that changes everything…when Ceaton sets his sight on Brin…or maybe it was more the other way around. 😀

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“There was a pushpin in my mind map of where I thought I was, but you moved it, you changed it, and now my orbit is different because of you.”


This book is a slow burn…though the insta-love/lust is still there.

It is not heavy on the steam, but since, the second half of this book takes place in one day…that makes sense.

I was also extremely happy with the little surprise we got near the ending ! I love it when authors do that and I have high hopes that this book will turn into a series.

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The only thing that upsets me a little, was that it was so short.

I need more…I always need more Mary, so of course, I am off to re-read some old favorites (all of them). 😀 😛

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~Release Day Review~Tied to You by Riley Hart~

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Author: Riley Hart
Series: Wild Side #2
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 239
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5


 ~Blurb~

Miles Sorenson prides himself on his brutal honesty. Facts and logic are a hell of a lot easier to deal with than emotions. He’s got his career and a small, close-knit group of friends, and he doesn’t need nor want anything else. The total opposite of Quinn Barker, who doesn’t take life too seriously and thinks a good laugh can cure anything.

When Quinn takes Miles home, it’s supposed to be a one-time deal. Except they really click in the sack and end up spending the weekend together, enjoying each others’ bodies as much as their company…to Miles’ dismay. Matters get even more muddled when, months later, they run into each other at the popular West Hollywood bar, Wild Side, and pick up right where they left off.

On the surface, Quinn and Miles are like oil and water, but the draw between them is undeniable. As their lives further entwine, they realize there’s more to their connection than the way they singe the sheets together.

But demons from the past have a way of catching up, and no matter how strong the link is tying Miles and Quinn together, the pressure may be enough to make it snap.

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Tied to You (Wild Side #2) by Riley Hart

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I did not read the previous books in this series so I didn’t know anything about Miles and Quinn going into this book.

It starts off with the two of them spending a weekend together and it has little flashbacks of how they met. In the beginning, I felt like I had started reading in the middle of the book and had missed an important part, but after the little time jumps, things became clear to me.

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These two meet and hook up and what was supposed to be a one-night stand…

turns into a whole weekend spent together.

This confuses Miles especially because he doesn’t normally do repeats. Sure the sex with Quinn is awesome, but that has never been a reason for a repeat before…

When the weekend is over, he walks away like he always does, but soon they come face to face again at a bar and…

Miles just can’t resist going back for more.

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Slowly these two get to know more about one another.

Where Miles keeps a lot to himself, Quinn is more outgoing and he actually gets Miles to talk and open op. These two have some things in common, they were both abandoned as children. But while Miles was adopted by a loving family, Quinn grew up in foster care. Quinn had a hard time growing up and it did leave some (invisible) scars, but he was still an all round happy kinda guy and I really liked that about him.

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I had a harder time with Miles, especially in the beginning, but he grew on me the further the story got…guess he just needed some Quinn in his life.

As for the steam…I was surprised that my Ipad didn’t catch fire !!! These boys like it rough and Quinn loves Miles dominating him.

“Get on your knees for me baby boy. I want to see my cock stretching those pretty lips of yours”

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All in all, these guys were perfect for each other.

Miles was especially struggling with some things and Quinn being there for him was everything he needed.

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~Release Day Review~See My Words (Spectrum Nights #2) by Melanie Hansen~

 

34664374Title: See My Words
Author: Melanie Hansen
Series: Spectrum Nights, #2
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: April 24, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance / Friends to Lovers
Page Count: 272
Reviewer:~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 stars out of


~Blurb~

Successful underwear model Scott Ashworth is lucky—his attack at the hands of an unknown assailant will leave no visible scars. His professional goals are still within reach, and best of all, his stepbrother Rylan Mahoney is back in his life, their teenage infatuation, at last, getting the chance to deepen into something more.

Thrown together by the circumstances of Scott’s injury, Rylan’s long-dormant feelings for him are quickly rekindled, though he’s haunted by the memory of Scott’s disappearance on the night of his eighteenth birthday and the six missing years that followed. Rylan pushes Scott for the truth, a firm believer in the maxim that secrets lose their power once they’re shared—but resurrecting old demons almost always comes with a price.

Before Scott knows it, his life is spiraling out of control, his toxic insecurities welling up to threaten the fragile relationship he’s building with Rylan. Learning to let go of the past and believe in himself will be Scott’s greatest challenge, or else he risks losing Rylan forever this time.

Tags: angst, family drama, friends to lovers, hurt/comfort, model (ish), Photographer/photojournalist, reunited, step brothers.

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  See My Words (Spectrum Nights #2) by Melanie Hansen

*****4.5 Stars*****4-5-ghhk

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Wow, this book put me through the wringer…

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I was very excited to start this one after book 1 left me with that big cliffhanger.

This book starts up, right were book ended, and I won’t be saying anything about the events that took place, since I don’ t want to spoiler book 1.

These guys didn’t have it easy in book 1, but this second book doesn’t pull any pushes either. To say that their relationship was rocky would be putting it mildly.

There were times I wanted to slam my Ipad against the wall, because of Scott’s behavior.

Then I figured it would be better to slam Scott into a wall since I love my Ipad so much. 😀

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Now, don’t get me wrong…Scott has his reasons for behaving the way he does, but at some point, his whole “woe is me” behavior, started to grate on my nerves.

So why continue reading?

Well because the story is really good.

It kept me on the edge of my seat and Ryan…Ryan was such an amazing guy. I wanted him to be angry…I wanted him to walk away…But to be honest, that’s just not who Ryan is.

He is loving and caring and he could see right through Scott.

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It takes a long time for Scott to pull his head out of his ass, but I was so thankful when he finally did. The push and pull were driving me insane…

…but I sooo wanted my boys to be happy together.

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If you don’t mind the angst, I would definitely recommend this series…

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~Review~A Mended Man (The Men of Halfway House #4) by Jaime Reese~

 

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A Mended Man (The Men of Halfway House #4) by Jaime Reese

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This is book number four in this series and I loved ❤ ever single one of them !!

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This time it’s Jessie and Aiden’s turn…and I’ve been waiting for their story anxiously. 😀

                              

Jessie was Hunter’s assistant (book 2) and Aiden the grouchy detective is Hunters best friend and Ty’s brother (book 3)


These two have been sniffing around each other for ages, so the time has finally come for them to get together.
The hardest part for me to read in this book was the reason they finally do come together. There is a major tragedy that happens and I was balling my eyes out within the first pages !!

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Jessie was such a strong and sweet character, my heart broke for him on more than one occasion, but he really earned my respect with his strength and positivity !!

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Aiden was a harder nut to crack. He was Jessie’s rock, but he has his own demons to fight and Aiden’s demons won’t give up so easily. Even though Aiden is Mr. tough detective, Jessie is the real hero in this book to me.

He never gave up on Aiden and his love for the man was admirable !!

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I really enjoyed this book, but I have to agree with my friend Susan on this one. I think Jessie’s tragedy and suffering was a bit brushed over. It seemed like he got the short end of the stick on this one. Everything is mostly about Aiden and his struggles. What happened to him was awful, but I just didn’t understand why he wouldn’t talk to Jessie. Jessie bared his freaking soul to him and I just wanted Aiden to wake up and smell the coffee !!

I really loved this one, but I would have loved to read more about Jessie and what he was going through.

Now this book deals with some heavy topics, such as (sexual) abuse, torture, and violence, but it also has a lot of love and fun times. I loved Jessie’s obsession with balls !!!! The steam level in this one is a bit lower than in the previous one, but that is to be expected. 

There was still some hotness though….don’t worry. 😛

I will leave my review with an Aidenism.  😀

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Now I will stay and wait (im)patiently for book 5!  😉 😀

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~Review~A Restored Man (The Men of Halfway House#3) by Jaime Reese~

 

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A Restored Man (The Men of Halfway House #3) by Jaime Reese

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Wow…I absolutely loved this one!!! ❤ 

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So we’ve met Cole in book 2 and I loved him ever since.

He’s awesome funny and I love his food in mouth syndrome.

I admit…I have a little Cole crush going on. 😀

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Cole’s in the Halfway House because he stole a car (he stole much more than one, but he only got caught for one). He did 2 years in jail.

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If you’ve read book 2 then you know, Hunter gave him a car. But he has to earn it. He has to stay out of trouble, find a job and so on. He really wants that car…so he’s gonna need a job. Aiden (also from book 2) helps him with that. His brother owns a very big garage and he can use some help.

That’s when he meets Ty…Ty is Aiden’s brother and he has some serious problems. He’s suffering physically and mentally.

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But who can be dark and broody when Cole is around. No one I tell you !!!

Ty was very sweet and adorable (in a manly way of course)


Now this one has some drama/angst, but not a lot and not between the MC’s. They were really good for each other. I’m not gonna say much more, you’ll just have to read it. I would advise to at least read book 2, because of all the recurring characters.

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I just have one thing that bothered me a bit…This one does not have a whole lot of steam and what’s there is over in the blink of an eye. The sex is definitely not very detailed. I’m a bit disappointed about that. It’s a very nice and slow build, there was tons of sexual tension…so I wanted an explosion and I wanted details about that explosion. I didn’t get it. 😦

Don’t get me wrong, there was sex…I just…needed a bit more after all that build up.

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I can’t wait for the next book about Jessie and Aiden. 😀

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~Review~A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House#2) by Jaime Reese~

 

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A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House #2) by Jaime Reese

****4 Stars****4-fjf

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I love this series and I ❤ loved this book even more than I did book 1.

When Cameron was 17 years old he was sentenced (unfairly) to 10 years of prison time. I loved Cam from the very start.

Cameron has been through a lot and he is also hiding a lot…

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After serving his time, he is welcomed at the Halfway House, by Matt and Julian (book 1). He has some difficulties adjusting because 10 years is a very long time.He tries his best though and he get’s a job at a diner.

While at work he meets Hunter.

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Hunter is older, gorgeous, sexy and a lawyer, an assistant state attorney, to be exact.

These two share an instant attraction with one another.

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These two get to know each other and Hunter is willing to do anything to protect Cam and to prevent him going back to prison again.

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I absolutely loved the mystery/suspence part of this book, and it didn’t take anything away from the romance.Just like the previous book, this is a slow burn romance and the sexual tension is so thick…

…you can cut it with a knife. 😛

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But if I am being complete honest…what I loved most about this book was Cole.

His book is gonna be so great!!!

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~Review~A Better Man(The Men of Halfway House#1) by Jaime Reese~

 

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A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House #1) by Jaime Reese

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I have re-read this series many times and it has become one of my favorite M/M series.

Though this first book is not my favorite, so far that title belongs to book 3, I still enjoyed reading it very much. After reading the other books in this series (they all focus on a different couple), I got to know Matt and Julian even better, which made me enjoy re-reading this one even more.

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Matt has spent 5 years in prison, for a crime he himself did not commit.

He decided to take the fall for it because he wanted to cover for his brother.

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Now that he’s out, he wants to build a half-way house for people just like him. Getting help fixing up the old building he wants to use is not as easy though.

Enter Julian Capeletti, handyman.

He answers the add in the paper, to help restore the old building.

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This is a slow burn romance. You won’t find any insta-love in this one…

But you will find a lot of sexual tension… 😛

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These two men, slowly…start opening up to each other…

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There is a lot going on in the background, most having to do with Matt’s family.I hated Matt’s mother! Besides Matt’s family, there isn’t a great deal of angst in this story.

I just wished the steamy scenes would have been a bit more detailed, but hey…

…that’s just me… 😀 😛

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~Release Day Review~Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan~

 

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Title: Shelter the Sea
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: The Roosevelt, Book #2
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance,
Page Count: 190 pages
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

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~Blurb~

Some heroes wear capes. Some prefer sensory sacks.

Emmet Washington has never let the world define him, even though he, his boyfriend, Jeremey, and his friends aren’t considered “real” adults because of their disabilities. When the State of Iowa restructures its mental health system and puts the independent living facility where they live in jeopardy, Emmet refuses to be forced into substandard, privatized corporate care. With the help of Jeremey and their friends, he starts a local grassroots organization and fights every step of the way.

In addition to navigating his boyfriend’s increased depression and anxiety, Emmet has to make his autistic tics acceptable to politicians and donors, and he wonders if they’re raising awareness or putting their disabilities on display. When their campaign attracts the attention of the opposition’s powerful corporate lobbyist, Emmet relies on his skill with calculations and predictions and trusts he can save the day—for himself, his friends, and everyone with disabilities.

He only hopes there isn’t a variable in his formula he’s failed to foresee.


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Shelter the Sea (The Roosevelt #2) by Heidi Cullinan

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

4,5FFF


I was so excited about this follow-up story about Emmet and Jeremey, but I have to admit, I was also a bit worried. Book 1 left me with an amazing feeling when I was finished and I was a bit nervous this book would mess that up for me.

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I shouldn’t have worried though because this book left me feeling even happier than book 1 did.

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Before I continue this review, I would like to point out, that this is not a stand-alone. You should read book 1 first and if you haven’t, you are missing out big time !!

I am not gonna go into the plot too deeply, because, like the previous book, I think this book should be enjoyed without too many spoilers.

This book takes us back to Emmet, Jeremey, and their friends…

…who are now happily living at The Roosevelt.

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But life doesn’t always allow us to stay happy…. Sometimes the outside world tries to decide whether or not we are allowed to be/stay happy.


This book is about standing up for your (equal) rights and fighting for what you believe in.

It’s about the challenges, that people with disabilities face every single day. It’s about the fact that it’s ok not to be normal….because normal doesn’t exist and nobody really is.

“I knew I wasn’t wanted. Every day, every aspect of the world, of the culture, made a point to tell me I was different and less than, and so were all my friends.”

It’s about love…friendship and superpowers !!

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Emmet, Jeremey, David and Darren blew me away. It wasn’t easy for them, but they fought none the less. I was in awe of their strength and friendship.

“Let us be your sensory pack. We’re your Blues Brothers shield. Tell your octopus it’s safe with us.” 


Of course, Emmet is still….and will probably always be….my all time favorite !! He is such an awesome character and brought tears to my eyes on multiple occasions. I hope we’ll get many more of him in the next two books. One will be David’s story and one will be Darren’s. I can’t wait !!!

“I’d had it wrong all along. I didn’t have to shelter the sea. I had to find the way to let the sea shelter me.”

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Carry the Ocean (The Roosevelt, #1)

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