~Reviews~Whatever it Takes by Barbara Elsborg~

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Author: Barbara Elsborg
Page Count: 336 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Suspense
Release Date: December 2, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Dia~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

War in Syria has devastated Zain’s country, destroyed his family and broken his heart. When there is nothing left to stay for, he journeys to England, determined to follow in his father’s footsteps and train as a doctor in London. He might be a refugee with no money, no friends and no qualifications but he still has his dreams and he’ll do whatever it takes to ensure his future turns out to be the one he wants.
Roman is a world away from the naïve Russian boy who lost everything, one devastating day. Now he’s a fixer for a wealthy Russian, keeping the guy’s business dealings away from the attention of the British authorities. Roman is balanced on a moral tightrope which grows more unsteady by the day. The last thing he needs is to become emotionally involved with a young Syrian, especially when he can’t afford to trust anyone.
A chance discovery in Roman’s car by Zain sets off a violent chain reaction and Zain is thrown into a world that threatens not just his dreams but his life. Roman has difficult decisions to make. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep Zain safe. But lingering shadows from their pasts as well as prominent figures from Roman’s present need to be eliminated if they’re to have a chance together.
As lies and danger escalate, are they doomed before they’ve even begun?


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~Release Day Review~The Story of Us by Barbara Elsborg~

 

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Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 435 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, New Adult
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Two boys. One love. Ten summers. 
Are you okay?
The first words Zed says to Caspian, and the first time someone has cared about the answer. On a hot summer’s day, the lives of two boys are changed forever. A rebel and a risk taker, Caspian doesn’t give a damn for the consequences. Studious and obedient, Zed is the good boy who is never good enough.
The two couldn’t be more different, but there’s one thing they share, a need to belong to someone who understands them, someone who cares. Their friendship goes deeper than either can possibly imagine. They’re young, in love, and planning their future when an act of betrayal tears them apart. 
Fate deals its hand. Seasons pass. Zed’s words follow Caspian through pain, fear and into the darkest of places. Friendships can last a lifetime, even when the world conspires to crush them. But this is more than friendship. This is love and they’re not going to let it slip through their fingers. 
The Story of Us is a tale of love and survival, and the triumph of good over evil against the odds.
The Story of Us is a new adult contemporary romance. It deals with family and social issues, violence and cruelty to children but not sexual assault, sexual situations, and has dark elements and suspense. The events and locations are a mixture of real and fictional. The characters are fictional.


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~Pre-Release Review~The Story of Us by Barbara Elsborg~

 

42562254Title: The Story of Us
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 435 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, New Adult
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Two boys. One love. Ten summers. 
Are you okay?
The first words Zed says to Caspian, and the first time someone has cared about the answer. On a hot summer’s day, the lives of two boys are changed forever. A rebel and a risk taker, Caspian doesn’t give a damn for the consequences. Studious and obedient, Zed is the good boy who is never good enough.
The two couldn’t be more different, but there’s one thing they share, a need to belong to someone who understands them, someone who cares. Their friendship goes deeper than either can possibly imagine. They’re young, in love, and planning their future when an act of betrayal tears them apart. 
Fate deals its hand. Seasons pass. Zed’s words follow Caspian through pain, fear and into the darkest of places. Friendships can last a lifetime, even when the world conspires to crush them. But this is more than friendship. This is love and they’re not going to let it slip through their fingers. 
The Story of Us is a tale of love and survival, and the triumph of good over evil against the odds.
The Story of Us is a new adult contemporary romance. It deals with family and social issues, violence and cruelty to children but not sexual assault, sexual situations, and has dark elements and suspense. The events and locations are a mixture of real and fictional. The characters are fictional.


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~Release Day Review~Edge of Forever by Barbara Elsborg~

 

40055953Title: Edge of Forever
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 279 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: May 31, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

When you stand on the edge, you might just find yourself falling. 
Teaching Russians how to be cowboys? Levi thinks his father is joking when he tells him that’s what he wants him to do for the next six months. Working in the frozen desolation of southwest Russia he’ll earn enough to buy a new barn for their Montana ranch. But there’s a deeper agenda for sending him to the edge of nowhere. It will stop him sloping off on Saturday nights to gay bars and clubs for threesomes with strangers. 
Pasha finally pushes his father too far and is banished to a remote ranch in the middle of a snowy Russian winter. Stripped of all the trappings of his privileged Moscow lifestyle, he has nothing at his disposal but a suitcase of designer clothes and a whole lot of sass. Pasha hates the countryside, hates physical work, hates the cold and hates cows. But de-prived of money, phone, and access to anyone who might help him, he’s screwed and not in a good way. 
Levi’s counting down the days till he can return to the States and his Saturday night hook-ups. Then Pasha arrives at the ranch wearing eyeliner, retching every time he walks into a barn, and Levi is amused, irritated—and attracted. After a vicious attack on Pasha throws them into close quarters, both men are forced to re-evaluate not just who the other is, but whether they truly want to return to the lives they left behind. 
When you stand on the edge, you just might find yourself falling in love. 


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I am a huge Barbara Elsborg fan! So when I found out she had written a new book, I knew I had to read it! She is a genius,  I mean nobody does PNR the way she does it, and Inigo is still one of my all-time favorite characters. For those of you who don’t have a clue who I am talking about…go read “Bloodline” !! Actually, you should read that whole series, because Ezra is pretty awesome as well…All Barbara’s PNR books are favorites of mine!

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~Review~Archangel’s Assassin by Barbara Elsborg~

 

36523716Title: Archangel’s Assassin
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Page Count: 275 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

He wants to forget 
West is an archangel’s assassin delivering justice to supernatural creatures who break the law. Not a straightforward job because he also has to absorb the memories of those he kills. Even worse, West is breaking the law himself in an attempt to free his brother from hell. If he doesn’t succeed before his archangel boss finds out, West will be joining his sibling. 
He wants to remember 
A young guy wakes in a London park with his memories gone. He has no idea who he is, or where he comes from. A bracelet engraved with the single word Tao is the only clue to his identity. With no sign of his memory returning, he drifts into a life on the streets. Begging is his only way to survive. 
Two worlds collide 
When Tao returns West’s stolen wallet, West offers to buy him a coffee. Tao delights in the chance to sit down with a good-looking guy until his instincts tell him to run away. Fast. West is surprised when Tao flees, considering how much he’d been mentally urging him to stay. Is he losing his touch or is Tao more than a scruffy young man down on his luck? 
Only one way to find out. 


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No one does Angels, Demons, Vampires and Faeries like Barbara Elsborg does!

I am a huge fan of her PNR books and “Bloodline” and “Dirty Angel” are definitely two of my all time favorites. So, of course, I was jumping for joy, when I found out she was publishing another PNR.jumping_for_joy_by_piggybank12-d4jo8ma.gif (500×500)

A couple of pages into this book and I was no longer jumping for joy, but crying big fat tears.

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I should have known, because even though this author has the ability to make me laugh my ass off….she also always makes me cry my eyes out !! One minute your laughing and thinking how much fun the characters are, and the next you are overwhelmed with emotions!

I love how she does that, which is one of the reasons I am such a big fan. 😉

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~Review~Archangel’s Assassin by Barbara Elsborg~

 

36686615Title: Archangel’s Assassin
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Page Count: 275 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

He wants to forget 
West is an archangel’s assassin delivering justice to supernatural creatures who break the law. Not a straightforward job because he also has to absorb the memories of those he kills. Even worse, West is breaking the law himself in an attempt to free his brother from hell. If he doesn’t succeed before his archangel boss finds out, West will be joining his sibling. 
He wants to remember 
A young guy wakes in a London park with his memories gone. He has no idea who he is, or where he comes from. A bracelet engraved with the single word Tao is the only clue to his identity. With no sign of his memory returning, he drifts into a life on the streets. Begging is his only way to survive. 
Two worlds collide 
When Tao returns West’s stolen wallet, West offers to buy him a coffee. Tao delights in the chance to sit down with a good-looking guy until his instincts tell him to run away. Fast. West is surprised when Tao flees, considering how much he’d been mentally urging him to stay. Is he losing his touch or is Tao more than a scruffy young man down on his luck? 
Only one way to find out. 


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I don’t read that many PNR stories but Barbara Elsborg is one of my favorite Authors in this Genre.

I love how she mixes it up with stories set in the present day combined with Mystical elements.

Tao (who I adored), wakes up in London with no memory of how he got there or who he is.The only indication of anything from his life is the bracelet he’s wearing with ‘Tao’ written on it.
-He doesn’t want to beg…but he has to in order to survive…
-He’s confused and frightened but still has a sense of what’s right and what’s wrong.
-When he sees a man’s wallet being stolen, he steps in…was the encounter just the right thing to do or fate?

Hints are given from the beginning that Tao might not be all he appears to be.

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~Release Blitz & Giveaway~Dirty Games by Barbara Elsborg

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Title: Dirty Games
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Dark/Violence
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The last thing Linton needs when he arrives home after three months in the States is to find his beautiful flat is a squat, complete with his younger brother Dirk, who’s lying in Linton’s bed with a couple who’ve paid him for sex. Dirk isn’t even supposed to have a key. But after Linton throws Dirk out, life slams in hard and if his brother is to have any hope of a future, Linton has to play dirty. Or at least pretend to. What he hasn’t factored in is having to play the game to the bitter end.


Film star Thorne Morrisey has everything. Good looks, charm, seductive magnetism and a voice that could charm a snake from its basket. He can also be a real shit and yet people still love him – though he’d rather not have the love of his ex. Owen’s a suicidal wreck after Thorne dumped him in a very public and humiliating way and Owen’s wealthy brother has his own reasons for wanting revenge on Thorne. Max’s weapon of choice is his employee, Linton.

Linton and Thorne are on a collision course and in for the game of their lives. But who’s playing who?

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 ~Author Bio~

Barbara Elsborg lives in Kent in the South of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.
Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they were to write.

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~Release Day Review~Dirty Games by Barbara Elsborg~

 

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Title: Dirty Games
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Dark/Violence

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 The last thing Linton needs when he arrives home after three months in the States is to find his beautiful flat is a squat, complete with his younger brother Dirk, who’s lying in Linton’s bed with a couple who’ve paid him for sex. Dirk isn’t even supposed to have a key. But after Linton throws Dirk out, life slams in hard and if his brother is to have any hope of a future, Linton has to play dirty. Or at least pretend to. What he hasn’t factored in is having to play the game to the bitter end.

Film star Thorne Morrisey has everything. Good looks, charm, seductive magnetism and a voice that could charm a snake from its basket. He can also be a real shit and yet people still love him – though he’d rather not have the love of his suicidal ex, dumped by Thorne in a very public and humiliating way. His ex’s wealthy brother has his own reasons for wanting revenge on Thorne, and his weapon of choice is Linton.

Linton and Thorne are on a collision course and in for the game of their lives. But who is playing whom?

This book has dark themes and violence.


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Dirty Games by Barbara Elsborg

****4 Stars****

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A story of revenge, blackmail…..and love.

Linton is an Architect and has just returned back to the UK after 3 months in America where he was sent by his boss Max, after he was involved in an office scandal…He returns to his flat to find his younger, addicted, brother in bed with a man and a woman who paid him for sex.Not only that but the flat is a mess.He completely flips and kicks Dirk out…

a decision that will have far-reaching consequences…


Thorne is an upcoming Actor.

Extremely good looking but a bit arrogant.He’s bi sexual and has recently gone through a very public break-up with Owen ( Max’s brother )

Thorne and Linton are the main characters but there are a LOT of secondary characters interwoven into the story when a plan for revenge is set in motion.


Max wants revenge on Thorne for publicly humiliating his brother (Owen) and also for his reputation being tarnished.What better way than for Thorne to fall for someone, only to be dumped and humiliated the same way Owen was…

Linton finds himself drawn into the plan for revenge.He’s put in an impossible position…he wants no part in seducing Thorne but fate transpires against him when he needs money…and quickly.


This Author has created some fantastic MM couples and Linton and Thorne are no exceptions.

They have great chemistry and the sex scenes are smoking hot but what I loved the most was the banter between them…..some of the best I’ve read.

I found this compulsive reading although a bit confusing at times with so many characters introduced.

Still, though, an enjoyable read that I would recommend.


If you’ve read Dirty Angel by this Author, you’ll love the tiny part it plays here.Thorne is cast as Aden in an upcoming movie of the book. A really nice touch I thought.

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Bloodline by Barbara Elsborg

~Review by Judith~

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Bloodline by Barbara Elsborg

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*****4.5 stars*****

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This was so different to previous books I’ve read by this Author,but I absolutely loved it.There definitely aren’t enough,good,paranormal M/M books out there and this soo worked for me.


Well,this was definitely a first for me.A Barbara Elsborg book with humor,add into the mix a sexy Paranormal M/M and this was a hit for me.

A sexy Vampire…Inigo.                   A sexy faerie…Micah.

                 

 


They shouldn’t connect but they do in the most delicious way.They are both tops sighs.How will they ever get around this? Oh,yes….bring on the sexy times.They adapt very quickly!

This is the second book in the series.I haven’t read book one because it’s M/F but that definitely didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this and this can be read as a stand alone.


Paranormal books aren’t necessarily my preferred Genre but I love it when I find one’s that really work.

This wasn’t too complicated,which they sometimes can be and the scene setting and characters were so engaging.The humor works perfectly here,a little bit dry but given the characters it was spot on.
The inner thoughts of Inigo were just brilliant and I know it’s wrong but I found,the villain,Oberon so damn funny… I was kind of rooting for him!

 

If you’re a fan of M/M Paranormal I would highly recommend this.

 


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Drawn In by Barbara Elsborg

Drawn In by Barbara Elsborg

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******4.5 Stars.******

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This is definitely my kind of book.

Two characters who are struggling in their daily lives for different reasons.I didn’t find it particularly dark although there is some sensitive,thought-provoking subject matter.

Kell  is working as an undercover Cop in a gay club trying to obtain information to bring down the club’s owner.One of the men close to the
top takes a shine to Kell and he finds himself giving into Marek’s violent demands in the hope of gaining his trust and getting some insight into the club’s business.Add into the mix his truly despicable brother whose sole purpose in life is driven by his hatred of Kell.

Gethin is a former musician now working as a Private Investigator.He was in foster care from a young age.His life definitely hasn’t been a bed of roses and he’s now having to deal with his ex Jonnie and to say the situation is complicated is an understatement.

Both men cut quite lonely,sad figures and I felt for both their situations.They meet when Gethin is helping a friend out,working as a waiter at a party Kell is at.The attraction between them is obvious and after their first sexual encounter, they agree to a casual,sex-only involvement.

The plot is a good one as the two men’s worlds collide.

This definitely isn’t a romance for the majority of the book although the more their lives become intertwined the more they become to acknowledge it’s not just about sex.On that note,let me say the sex is pretty damn hot……it’s raw,dirty and passionate,just how I like my men to be!

Like I said,one of the subject matters, in particular, was very difficult to read about and I think the Author perfectly captured the last scene between those involved.

Would I recommend this one?

100% yes if you’re a fan of this Author and like something a bit edgier.But if you’re into fluffy M/M reads probably not.

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