~Series Reviews~Temptation by Ella Frank~

 

Temptation Series

Check out this fantastic Series, read Wendy’s reviews and start reading today.
You do not want to miss this series! 😀

Reviews: Try (Temptation, #1), Take (Temptation, #2), Trust (Temptation, #3).

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34846729Title: Try
Author: Ella Frank
Series: Temptation #1
Page Count: 370 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 9, 2013
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Try – verb: to make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case…someone.

Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed—after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto—if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try?
And he wants to try Tate Morrison.
Just coming out of a four-year marriage with an ex-wife from hell, a relationship is the last thing on Tate’s mind. He’s starting fresh and trying to get back on his feet with a new job at an upscale bar in downtown Chicago.
The only problem is, Tate has caught the unwavering and unwelcome attention of Mr. Logan Mitchell – a regular at the bar and a man who always gets what he wants.
Night after night Tate fends off the persistent advances of the undeniably charismatic man, but after an explosive moment in the bar, all bets are off as he finds his body stirring with a different desire than his mind.
As arrogance, stubbornness and sexual tension sizzles between the two, it threatens to change the very course of their lives.
Logan doesn’t do relationships. Tate doesn’t do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and…tried?


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We all have that one MM book that “popped” our “M/M reading cherry”…This one is mine. 😀

I loved every single page and I can honestly say that this book changed my reading preferences, so it will always hold a special place in my heart since it paved the way for so many awesome M/M books I have read ever since!!

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~Series Reviews~Enhanced by Victoria Sue~

 

Enhanced Series

Check out this fantastic Series

and read Wendy’s and Simone’s Reviews.

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32856461Title: Five Minutes Longer
Author: Victoria Sue
Series: Enhanced #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 216 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced were viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.
Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.
Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI from the time he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying, homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with deadly abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.
Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives are at stake—four weeks for them to survive.


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This book really took me by surprise. I absolutely loved it!!!

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Guess I am a huge sucker for badass men with superpowers!!This book kind of reminded me of the “Thirds” series, though it was completely different. For one…it’s not about shifters…It’s about “Enhanced Humans”.

What are “Enhanced Humans”, you say??

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Well, they are boys, who have yet to hit puberty, who wake up one day,  with a special ability (think X-men) and a mark on their face. There aren’t very many enhanced around, and the reason why and how this genetic condition manifests in some children is still unknown. What isn’t unknown, is that the enhanced are treated very poorly by the rest of the human population. As is often the case…people fear and hate what they don’t know…

Parents literally kick their kids out when they suddenly bare a mark. These kids are sent to “homes” and some with very special/dangerous powers are even send to “kiddie prison”.

The thought alone made me sick!!!

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~Review~Locked in Silence (Pelican Bay #1) by Sloane Kennedy~

 

36241872Title: Locked in Silence
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: Pelican Bay #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 284 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Release Date: September 13, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

I’ve spent years hoping someone would finally hear me. It’s easier not to try anymore…
Ten years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rearview mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home.
At twenty-eight, Nolan has traveled the world as a successful concert violinist with some of the best symphonies in the country. But success breeds envy, and when Nolan’s benefactor and lover decides Nolan has flown high enough, he cruelly clips Nolan’s wings. The betrayal and ensuing scandal leaves the violinist’s career in shambles and with barely enough money to start fresh somewhere beyond his vindictive ex’s powerful reach. But just as he’s ready to get his life back on track, Nolan gets the call he’s been dreading.
After a stroke leaves his father a partial invalid, duty-bound Nolan returns to Pelican Bay and a life he’s spent years trying to forget. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again…
Even if I could speak, there wouldn’t be anyone there to listen…
Pelican Bay’s golden boy, Dallas Kent, had the quintessential perfect life. Smart, gorgeous, and popular, the baseball phenom was well on his way to a life filled with fame and fortune. But more importantly, he had a one-way ticket out of Pelican Bay and far away from the family who used love as currency and whose high expectations were the law of the land. But a stormy night, sharp highway curve and one bad decision changed everything, leaving Dallas with nothing.
Because the accident that took his parents, his future and his crown as the boy who could do no wrong, also stole his voice.
Despised for the horrific wreck that ended the lives of two of Pelican Bay’s most respected residents, Dallas has retreated to a secluded stretch of land where he’s found refuge in a menagerie of unwanted animals that don’t care that he once had the world at his feet or that he’ll never speak again.
But when the quiet, bookish boy he wasn’t allowed to notice in school suddenly reappears ten years later at Dallas’s wildlife rehab center in desperate need of a job, Dallas is thrust back into a world he’s worked hard to escape.
Dallas’s silence was supposed to send Nolan scurrying, but what if Nolan ends up being the one person who finally hears him?
Will two men who’ve been fleeing from the past finally come home to Pelican Bay for good or will the silence drive them apart forever?
 


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I have a great love for all things written by Sloane Kennedy.

So when I found out that she was working on a new series, I was very curious about which direction this would go.

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This book is much different than any of the others in the “Protection” and the “Finding”series. It was emotional…though not too angsty. It made me angry, but not with the MC’s. I would really qualify this one, as a “hurt/comfort” book, but also as a “second chance” one.

Nolan and Dallas both grew up in the small town Pelican Bay.

Nolan was the nerdy, scrawny kid, who didn’t have a lot of friends. Many times he was the target of practical jokes and bullying. He spends most of his time playing his violin and making sure he got accepted to Juilliard.

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Dallas was the school’s “golden boy”. He excelled in everything and he was loved by everyone. No one ever knew the “real” Dallas though. He himself never did anything to hurt Nolan, when they were young… but he didn’t stop the others either.

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~Release Day Review~Off the Beaten Path by Cari Z.~

 

36095814Title: Off the Beaten Path
Author: Cari Z.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Werewolves/Shapeshifters
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

When Ward Johannsen’s little girl Ava shifted into a werewolf, she was taken into custody by the feds and shipped off to the nearest pack, all ties between father and daughter severed. Ward burned every bridge he had discovering her location, and then almost froze to death in the Colorado mountains tracking her new pack down. And that’s just the beginning of his struggle.
Henry Dormer is an alpha werewolf and an elite black ops soldier who failed his last mission. He returns home, hoping for some time to recuperate and help settle the pack’s newest member, a little pup named Ava who can’t shift back to her human form. Instead he meets Ward, who refuses to leave his daughter without a fight. The two men are as different as night and day, but their respect for each other strikes a spark of mutual interest that quickly grows into a flame. They might find something special together—love, passion, and even a family—if they can survive trigger-happy pack guardians, violent werewolf politics, and meddling government agencies that are just as likely to get their alpha soldiers killed as bring them home safely.


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“It’s not your place to take care of me.”
“It is now, though,” I said earnestly. “You’re my pack.”
“You feel like pack. You might feel like more.”

The Eye of the Werewolf

Granted, the circumstances under which Ward Johannsen and Henry Dormer met are not the best, to put it mildly.

Ward lands on Henry’s doorstep -literally-, on the brink of drawing his last breath -also quite literally- in search of his little daughter, Ava, who got snatched from under his nose by the government and sent to Henry’s pack after turning into a werewolf. Ava is all the world to Henry and with nothing else to lose, he moves heaven and hell to find her, his own delicate state of health notwithstanding and fully intent on not letting himself be put off by an intimidating alpha werewolf.

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~Pre-Release Review~Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem #2) by Rhys Ford~

 

35491732Title: Tramps and Thieves
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Murder and Mayhem #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 210 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.
Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.
For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in. 
When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.


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I have been excited about this book ever since I found out that there was gonna be a sequel to “Murder and Mayhem”. I absolutely loved that book and I had very high expectations for this second one.

Thankfully my expectations were met. 😉

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Now let me start off by saying, that this book can not be read as a stand alone. It’s a continuing storyline about the couple from book 1.

Rook and Dante. I still love their names…so freaking cool!

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~Release Day Review~Manic Pixie Dream Boy (The Underdogs #1) by K.A. Merikan~

 

36069622Title: Manic Pixie Dream Boy
Author: K.A. Merikan
Series: The Underdogs #1
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd.
Page Count: 143 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Rocker Romance
Release Date: September 10, 2017
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

-You can’t hide the cracks under the spotlight-

Dusk. Leader of The Underdogs. Destined for greatness. Lives in the now.
Abe. AKA Lolly. Iridescent. Unicorn.
All Dusk wants out of life is for his band to become world famous. He also wants to have a lot of fun along the way. And to get his rocks off. When he wants something, he goes for it, consequences be damned.
So when he sees a gorgeous pink-haired guy who is the human equivalent of tattooed cotton candy, he can’t help but have a taste. But it’s when Lolly ends up on their tour bus that Dusk knows their meeting was destiny. 
Abe is the kind of guy who goes with the flow. He was hitchhiking anyway, so why not spend the week with a hot piece of rocker beefcake, getting smothered by his sexy long hair? And why not play the part of the supportive cutie while he’s at it? It’s not like he’d be sticking around for long anyway.
All plans hit a wall when photos of Abe and Dusk emerge online, suddenly pushing the band into the spotlight. To take advantage of the sudden popularity, the band offers Abe money for staying. 
Which means money for being in a fake relationship with Dusk.
Which isn’t even fake.
Or is it?


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Every time I read the blurb of a KA Merikan’s book it talks to me.

I feel attracted to their synopsis like a moth to the light, so I keep adding them to my shelves. But until now, until Manic Pixie Dream Boy I’d never tried this duo before. This time I’ve gone beyond the interesting blurb and to the whole experience and, let me tell you, what an incredible experience this one has been!
My first book by this authors and, for sure, not my last. I’m kinda obsessed now and I guess this is the beginning of a huge fangirling thing so, Helloo Merikans! You have a new fan in me.

Not a creepy one, promise, just a fan with a healthy obsession…or not…


So now, about the book:

This is the story of Dusk and Abe. Two guys who met in a stop on their way to LA.

They crossed paths (swords too, figuratively speaking) and start a new journey together. This is the story of The Underdogs, a rock band that makes my heart sing, and my panties melt. This is the story of their guitar and lead singer-Dusk- who wants to shine in a competitive and difficult world and a shiny man-Abe aka Lolly- who doesn’t belong anywhere and who is always waiting for an upcoming storm.

Manic Pixie Dream Boy starts directly into the action and with the action I mean taking care of the business, doing the dirty, a filthy encounter in a gas station restroom…That action.

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~Review~Laurent and the Beast (Kings of Hell MC #1) by K.A. Merikan~

 

33959435Title: Laurent and the Beast
Author: K.A. Merikan
Series: Kings of Hell MC #1
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd
Page Count: 360 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Dark Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

— Nothing can stop true love. Not time. Not even the devil himself. —

1805. Laurent. Indentured servant. Desperate to escape a life that is falling apart. 
2017. Beast. Kings of Hell Motorcycle Club vice president. His fists do the talking.

Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he’s covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurt his body, but damaged his soul and self-esteem, so he’s wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him.
Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse. Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast’s heartstrings. Laurent is so lost in the world around him, and is such a tangled mystery, that Beast can’t help but let the man claw his way into the stone that is Beast’s heart.
In 1805, Laurent has no family, no means, and his eyesight is failing. To escape a life of poverty, he uses his beauty, but that only backfires and leads him to a catastrophe that changes his life forever. He takes one step into the abyss and is transported to the future, ready to fight for a life worth living. 
What he doesn’t expect in his way is a brutal, gruff wall of tattooed muscle with a tender side that only Laurent is allowed to touch. And yet, if Laurent ever wants to earn his freedom, he might have to tear out the heart of the very man who took care of him when it mattered most.

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters. 


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Dark…Obscure…A twisted fantasy tale…I loved…

This is the story of two worlds colliding. Future and the past. 1805 and 2017 converging for just one reason: the constant human need to be more, to be better, to be what we are not. Two timelines joining together two different, but lovable guys. A sweet love story flooded by dark magic. And yes, you’ve read right, to me it was sweet. Very.
A novel that tells us about human evilness and ambition. A dark tale about our particular beauty and the beast.

“The path to Paradise begins in Hell”

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Release Day Review~The Alpha Heir (Kingdom of Askara #2) by Victoria Sue~

 

34859095Title: The Alpha Heir
Author: Victoria Sue
Series: Kingdom of Askara #2
Page Count: 306 pages
Release Date: September 4, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Fantasy/Shifters
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Man and wolf. Sworn enemies in the battle for Askara. Can hate and betrayal ever lead to love?
Caleb Harken has spent six years wrongfully imprisoned for his father’s treachery. Tortured and reviled by the very wolf pack he should have been leading as Alpha, he is not surprised to learn he’s finally to meet his death at the hands of the human rebel leader, Taegan Callan.
Taegan gave up his dreams of a life-mate and a family after seeing too many humans butchered at the hands of the wolves—even if Caleb doesn’t seem to be the bloodthirsty savage he expects, and even if he starts to long for a different kind of future with the wolf.
Can Caleb become the Alpha he was always meant to be and lead his pack, or will he finally realize that winning his freedom means nothing when he has already lost his heart?


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I absolutely loved book 1, The Alpha King in this series. I am normally not a big fan of mpreg, but I made an exception for that one since it was so nicely done. 😉

Of course, when I found out that there was gonna be the second book in this series, I jumped on it.

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Even though this book is about a different couple than book 1, I would still advise reading the first book before starting this one. This mostly because of the world building that takes place in that one, but also because it’s an awesome book!!

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~Series Reviews~In the Company of Shadows by Santino Hassell & Ais~

 

In the Company of Shadows

In a post-apocalyptic future, the Agency works behind the scenes to take down opposition groups that threaten the current government. Their goals justify all means, even when it comes to their own agents.

Sin is the Agency’s most efficient killer. His fighting skills and talent at assassination have led to him being described as a living weapon. However, he is also known to go off on unauthorized killing sprees, and his assigned partners have all wound up dead.

Boyd is not afraid to die. When his mother, a high-ranking Agency official, volunteers him to be Sin’s newest partner, he does not refuse. In fact, his life has been such an endless cycle of apathy and despair that he’d welcome death.

In the Company of Shadows follows these two cast-offs as they go from strangers to partners who can only rely on each other while avoiding death, imprisonment, and dehumanization by the Agency that employs them.

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Check out this fantastic Series

and read Vir’s, Simone’s and Wendy’s Reviews.

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~Review~Home and Away by Samantha Wayland~

 

25690047Title: Home and Away
Author: Samantha Wayland
Publisher: Loch Awe Press
Page Count: 402 pages
Release Date: June 7, 2015
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

You can build a team, but you have to find your home.

Rupert Smythe is fond of many things. Callum Morrison isn’t one of them.
Rupert is a quiet, thoughtful business man and, sadly, a total wimp. Maybe not the ideal candidate to run a professional hockey team, but he signed on to do it anyway. As his life has reminded him on an almost daily basis since, this isn’t the most brilliant idea he’s ever had. And that was before Callum showed up.
Being in the spotlight is just part of being a professional athlete, but Callum needs a break. He arrives in Moncton unannounced, determined to help grow the team he just bought, and under the assumption he’d be welcome. Possibly he should have tried to make a better first impression.
Callum figures he can push through the rest of the summer, never expecting two kids, a host of friends, and his growing feelings for Rupert to derail everything he has ever believed about what he wanted, and what he could have. 


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This book has been on my TBR list for a long time.

Since I am sure a huge hockey fan, I don’t really know why it took me so long to read this one…other than the fact that I am an idiot.

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This is an enemies to lovers story with a broody hockey player and a hot nerd in the mix…how could I have been so stupid!! It was awesome!!

Anyways…I am glad I fixed my mistake…better late than never, right!? 😀

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Rupert is a prim and proper English man. He is a former figure skater and an Earl to boot. Right now though he is the manager of the  Canadian “Ice Cats” hockey team. This isn’t the easiest of jobs for him since his past has made him pretty fearful of big scary dudes…and we all know how big and scary those hockey players can get.

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