~Review~Reservations by Kindle Alexander~

 

36490337Title: Reservations
Author: Kindle Alexander
Page Count: 405 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Wildly successful entrepreneur, Thane Walker is stubbornly set in his ways and adamantly resists the shackles of commitment. He’s seen enough unhappy endings to learn the best way to play is by keeping his men on the payroll. 
Levi Silva’s dream of graduating from one of the country’s top medical schools is in his grasp, until news from home changes everything. Now, he’s raising his two teenage brothers and trying to keep everyone’s head above water, emotionally and financially. 
When Levi’s new job puts him in Thane’s path, their chemistry explodes, but their fear of being involved in relationships keeps them apart. Unfortunately, despite the intense desire drawing them together, neither man can move forward until they get past their own…Reservations. 


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I have enjoyed many books written by Kindle Alexander, and this one was no exception.

Though I have to say, that it also wasn’t my favorite by these authors…Thane is part of the reason for this…

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Thane is a businessman, who among other things, owns  Reservations, a men’s club. He is very much used to getting what he wants. What he doesn’t want though, is a relationship…

Until he meets Levi that is…


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~Release Day Review~Two-Man Advantage by Toni Aleo~

 

36419377Title: Two Man Advantage
Author: Toni Aleo
Page Count: 290 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Wells Lemiere knew the moment he saw Matty Haverbrooke, he had to have him. Matty was quiet, he was talented, he was beautiful, and Wells couldn’t stay away.
As the youngest and most talented son of the NHL Commissioner, Matty had found the burden of family expectations almost too heavy to carry on even his broad shoulders. He had no intention of getting involved in a relationship with Wells. But the heart he’d given up for dead had other ideas.
Their affair was intense and overwhelming, but when Matty couldn’t bring himself to come out and admit he wanted a public future with the man he loved, Wells had no choice but to honor his vow to live openly…and leave Matty behind.
But then he learns Wells is marrying another, and Matty knows he can’t let that happen. Can he throw down his gloves and embrace his future with both hands? Or will he pull the door to his closet shut once more?
 


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As far as I know, this is Toni Aleo’s first M/M book and I have to say I’m impressed. 

This book can be read as a standalone, though the MC’s are previously introduced in the “Assassins” series. I myself haven’t read that series yet, but I am sure gonna, in the future. 😉

Wells and Matty are both players for the NHL. Both are gay and they have been together for some time. But while Wells is out and proud and really wants them to come out as a couple, Matty wants to stay deep in the closet.

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~Pre-Release Review~Reawaken (Under My Skin #2) by Christina Lee~

 

36394029Title: Reawaken
Author: Christina Lee
Series: Under My Skin #2
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 2, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Losing his adoring husband shattered Tristan Rogers’s world. For the past few years, he’s been going through the motions, running their dog grooming business while hiding the loneliness he feels down to his bones. When he witnesses an ugly breakup between a pretentious customer and his boyfriend, Tristan can’t help but intervene. Something about the unassuming younger man calls to him, and he can’t help wondering if he’s experienced some heartache of his own.

Life took a tragic turn for Jonas “West” Hollis as a teen, and he’s felt indebted to his overbearing lover ever since. Tristan’s kindness draws him from the start, but with his dreams finally in reach, West can’t risk getting close to someone else. Not now that he can live his life and stand on his own merit.

From innocent texts to companionable rides on Tristan’s boat, what starts as an unexpected friendship between the men sparks into undeniable attraction. Neither are ready for anything deeper than a couple of passionate nights wrapped in each other’s arms but their connection becomes too intense for either to ignore. If Tristan and West want to heal their broken hearts, they’ll need a considerable amount of trust and courage—not only in themselves but also each other.


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I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series “Regret”, so I was very excited about this second installment.

After reading the blurb though, I got a bit worried, because this book contains a pet peeve of mine…a deceased spouse.

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Thankfully, even though Tristan is still grieving his late husband…I didn’t feel that West had to fight some kind of perfect ghost…It is quite the emotional story though…

Tristan was introduced in the previous book (Brin’s boss at Doggy Styles), but no worries for those who haven’t read that one yet…this book can be read as a standalone…Tristan has been existing for the last three years. I say exciting because he hasn’t been fully living his life, ever since he lost his husband. He is still very much grieving.

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~Release Day Review~A Charm of Finches (Venery #2) by Suanne Laqueur~

 

36285077Title: A Charm of Finches
Author: Suanne Laqueur
Series: Venery #2
Page Count: 582 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

“I swear. Give me one more chance and I will make the most of it.”

Ex-escort Javier Landes is asking for his third chance at love. And the third time is the charm. He meets an art therapist named Steffen Finch and what starts as casual deepens into a passionate relationship—everything Jav has ever wanted, and everything he fears losing. 
Stef’s business card reads Curator & Sailor. His creativity and insightful nature have made him into a talented therapist, the one to call for tough cases. His professional success can’t conceal a deep need to connect with someone, but Javier Landes is the last person Stef expected.
Geronimo “Geno” Caan is Stef’s most challenging case. To cope with his ordeal, he’s allowed an alter-ego called Mos to make decisions, and now lives a double life within a web of lies. Under Stef’s navigation, Geno uses art to express what Mos forbids to be spoken aloud. But as Geno’s attachment to Stef gradually extends to Jav, the boundaries between professional and personal begin to blur.
Over the course of a year, Jav, Stef and Geno form an unexpected and unconventional triangle, revealing how men make love in times of war and how love is a great wisdom made up of small understandings. The long-awaited second book of the Venery series, A Charm of Finches is an epic tale of survival and secrets guaranteed to make you think and feel and remember.


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Another powerful and moving story from this highly talented Author.

I found this a lot darker than book one and I went through a range of emotions reading it-definitely not always pretty but a story told so well.

This subject matter is harrowing at times and I really commend the Author for not portraying some events in graphic detail and yet still leaving the reader in no doubt about what has happened.Is it better for a reader to visualize events in their own minds? For me, it definitely was and I found it all the more impactful.

The story picks up from book one, that’s not to say this can’t be a standalone, as events and background stories regarding the characters are well explained and introduced into this story without too much repetition…However…

I would recommend reading book one to fully appreciate the story here and especially Jav.

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~Release Day Review~Off the Ice (Hat Trick #1) by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn~

 

35482402Title: Off the Ice
Authors: Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
Series: Hat Trick #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 275 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Tristan Holt is nothing if not pragmatic. Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan knows he can’t play hockey forever. One day he’ll retire—if an injury doesn’t force him to hang up his skates first. His backup plan? Finishing his business degree. But he doesn’t count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.
Sebastian is on the bottom rung of the Sociology Department at Georgia State. He has his sights set on tenure, and he can’t afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian’s dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that’s one line Sebastian won’t cross. At least not until summer classes end. After that, everything is fair game.
But Sebastian lives loud and proud, and Tristan is terrified of being the first out player in the NHL. Neither of them can afford to risk their hearts when they can’t imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.


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I am a huge hockey fan! 😀

Those sexy men, with their big sticks, get to me every single time…So it shouldn’t be a surprise, that I am also a huge fan of Avon Gale’s “Scoring Chances” series. When I saw the blub for this one, I knew I had to read it. 😉

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I am so glad I did because I absolutely loved this one! This book has so many of the things I love…We get two awesome men getting down and dirty, sports (hockey), age difference, student/teacher, dirty talk and some very nicely done “kink”. What more could a girl wish for?!

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~Release Day Review~Late In The Day (The Vault #2) by Mary Calmes~

 

35830232Title: Late In The Day
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: The Vault #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Second from The Vault
Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name—and the people associated with it—behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his forty-plus years… but that’s now changing.
The newest chapter of his life is bringing serious change: a stable home, a recovered identity, an unlikely family, and now a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm. The reasons they parted are still valid, and there’s no way they can trust each other. But Efrem has already decided he won’t let Darius go… and Darius will have to decide if he wants to take a chance with his heart this late in the day.


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It’s no secret, that I am a huge fan of all things “Mary”. Her books are like comfort food to me…I re-read them all the time.

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I fell in love with Conrad, when I read “Mine” He was actually my favorite part of the book, and he was just a side-character. So imagine how happy I was, when I found out he was getting his own story.

Now before I say anything more…I would advise everyone to read book 1, “A Day Makes” first, and to also read “Mine”. A lot of characters from this book, make an appearance and I think you might get a bit lost of you don’t.

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~Release Day Review~Psycho Romeo (Ward Security #1) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott~

 

36262555Title: Psycho Romeo
Authors: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Series: Ward Security #1
Page Count: 232 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Suspense
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Geoffrey Ralse is known for being the life of the party. He loves the club scene, hanging with his friends, and flirting with whomever catches his eye. He certainly isn’t going to stop living his life just because some would-be stalker starts sending him threats. 
But it all changes when Geoffrey is drugged and wakes up half naked in his own home with a new message from his stalker. 
He needs help and there’s only one person he trusts… 
Protective Agent Sven Larsen has been fighting Geoffrey’s flirtatious advances for months, even though he’s impossibly drawn to the man. There’s no way he can be around him twenty-four/seven and not finally crack. But one look at Geoffrey’s haunted eyes, and he knows there’s no way he’s letting Geoffrey walk out of Ward Security without him. 
Even if it means breaking his own rules, he will keep Geoffrey safe.

Trigger warning: There is a very short section with sexual assault that some could find upsetting.


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I have been on pins and needles ever since I found out, that these wonderful ladies, we’re gonna write a spin-off of the “Unbreakable Bonds” series. All the books from that series have made it to my “favorite reads” list, so my expectations for this new series was pretty high.

Thankfully it did not disappoint…I was hooked from the very first page! 😀 

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~Pre-Release Review~Psycho Romeo (Ward Security #1) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott~

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36262555Title: Psycho Romeo
Authors: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Series: Ward Security #1
Page Count: 232 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Suspense
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Geoffrey Ralse is known for being the life of the party. He loves the club scene, hanging with his friends, and flirting with whomever catches his eye. He certainly isn’t going to stop living his life just because some would-be stalker starts sending him threats. 
But it all changes when Geoffrey is drugged and wakes up half naked in his own home with a new message from his stalker. 
He needs help and there’s only one person he trusts… 
Protective Agent Sven Larsen has been fighting Geoffrey’s flirtatious advances for months, even though he’s impossibly drawn to the man. There’s no way he can be around him twenty-four/seven and not finally crack. But one look at Geoffrey’s haunted eyes, and he knows there’s no way he’s letting Geoffrey walk out of Ward Security without him. 
Even if it means breaking his own rules, he will keep Geoffrey safe.

Trigger warning: There is a very short section with sexual assault that some could find upsetting.


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The Unbreakable Bonds series is most definitely one of my favorite series…

So, I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this spin-off series…Could Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott equal that? The answer is… most definitely if this first book in the series is anything to go by.I loved everything about this and, as usual, the writing and storytelling were totally on point.

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The darling of social media, he has a large group of ‘ friends’ and followers but is still lonely. A self-made millionaire at the age of 19 after creating a highly successful hook-up app.When his parents died he fought with everything he had to bring up and be there for his younger brother.There’s a lot more to Geoffrey than his beautiful good looks.

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~Review~Whiskey Kisses by Anna Martin~

 

36422105Title: Whiskey Kisses
Author: Anna Martin
Length: 19,000 words
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: October 21, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

In a small town about an hour’s drive outside Dublin, there’s a whiskey distillery. 

Jim has worked in the distillery as its business manager since he returned to his home town after getting his degree. Whiskey is a slow business and rural life is quiet, but Jim takes it in his stride. That is, until the handsome and mysterious Mr. Aiden Rooney moves into a room above the local pub and sets off a flurry of gossip. 
Aiden’s an artist, and his devil-may-care attitude is a revelation to Jim. But he still lives in a small town in rural Ireland, and he’s not even sure if he wants to be out and proud. The choices they make could change everything, if only Jim dares to follow his heart.


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An enjoyable short Novella…Perfect for a quick read!

Jim is in his late 20’s…He’s been to college, got his degree and now he’s back home in a small Irish town working as a Business Manager for a Whiskey distillery.He’s reasonably content with his life but he’s not out to his family or anyone in town so he’s conflicted when he meets Aiden, who is new in town.

Aiden is an Artist…Out and not ashamed of his sexuality at all, although he’s not about to flaunt it all around town.


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~Release Day Review~Kill Game (Seven of Spades #1) by Cordelia Kingsbridge~

 

35138461Title: Kill Game
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Series: Seven of Spades #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 304 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: October 23, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Homicide detective Levi Abrams is barely holding his life together. He’s reeling from the fallout of a fatal shooting, and his relationship with his boyfriend is crumbling. The last thing he’s prepared for is a serial killer stalking the streets of Las Vegas. Or how he keeps getting thrown into the path of annoyingly charming bounty hunter Dominic Russo.
Dominic likes his life free of complications. That means no tangling with cops—especially prickly, uptight detectives. But when he stumbles across one of the Seven of Spades’s horrifying crime scenes, he can’t let go, despite Levi’s warnings to stay away.
The Seven of Spades is ruthless and always two moves ahead. Worst of all, they’ve taken a dangerously personal interest in Levi and Dominic. Forced to trust each other, the two men race to discover the killer’s identity, revealing hidden truths along the way and sparking a bond neither man expected. But that may not be enough to protect them.
This killer likes to play games, and the deck is not stacked in Levi and Dominic’s favor.


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A fantastic start to what looks set to be an addictive series.

If you’ve read previous books like Control and Close Protection by this Author you might be expecting lots of dirty sex here, but that’s not what this book is about.What you get here is an exciting Murder/Mystery plot with a side of a delicious slow burn involving two hot as hell MCs.

Levi Abrams is a Homicide Detective struggling to come to terms with an incident from a previous job.To make things worse his relationship with his long-term boyfriend is suffering and they have begun to drift apart.

Dominic Russo is working two jobs as a Bounty Hunter and a Bar Tender.Recovering from a gambling addiction he tries to keep himself grounded and has great support from his family.

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