~Release Day Review~The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania #3) by T.J. Klune~

 

30370040Title: The Consumption of Magic
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 450 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.
It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.
Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.
With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.
A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.
 


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This is the the second (third?) book of the Destiny Fuck Yeah! trilogy…and I have been dying to get my hands on it.

I have also been pretty nervous, about the hints TJ kept dropping…He told us there were going to be some big changes in this book…He told us we would get to know Justin a bit better, and he warned us about the emotions we would be feeling while reading this one.

He wasn’t wrong….damn my emotions and Wookie Cry Face!!

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~Release Day Review~Citywide (Five Boroughs #6) by Santino Hassell~

 

35495782Title: Citywide
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs #6
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 367 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 13, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Anthology can be read as a standalone
A record-breaking heatwave engulfs the Five Boroughs, and emotions run as hot as the temperatures.
In Rerouted, Chris Mendez is trying to live a drama-free life. That doesn’t include another threesome with Jace and Aiden Fairbairn. But then a citywide blackout leaves them trapped together, and Chris is forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew about relationships and his own heart.
In Gridlocked, former Marine Tonya Maldonado is keeping real estate heiress Meredith Stone on permanent ignore. Mere isn’t Tonya’s type. Not even close. Who cares if she kisses like a dream and has the filthiest mouth this side of the East River? But then a security detail at a summer party ends with her saving Mere’s life and discovering they have more chemistry than she’d ever imagined.
In Derailed, Stephanie Quinones escapes the heat and her complicated love life by going on a company retreat. Trouble is, it’s a couples’ retreat, and she lied about having a boyfriend. Unfortunately, the only person willing to play pretend is her on-again/off-again fling, Angel León. They’re currently “off again,” but after a week in the woods, Stephanie realizes she wouldn’t mind them being permanently on.


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 Rerouted. 5/5.

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After getting Jace, Aiden, and Chris’s story in Third Rail I couldn’t wait to get more of these three men’s story and this Novella was just perfect.After a few hookups, Chris has been trying to distance himself from Jace and Aiden-not because he doesn’t want to be with them, it’s more a case of he’s terrified to get too involved and let his feelings for them become more than just sexual.
When a record-breaking heatwave puts New York at a virtual standstill the three men find themselves together again and this time there’s no escaping the deep feelings they’re beginning to develop for each other.
If ever there was a perfect M/M/M combination…this is it! They’re hot, sexy, sweet, and so right together.

Just delicious…

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~Review~Lovers Like Us (Like Us #2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie~

 

36326400Title: Lovers Like Us
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #2
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene lives by his actions, and his actions say he’s the best at whatever he does. As a 24/7 bodyguard and the new boyfriend to Maximoff Hale, protecting the headstrong, alpha billionaire has never been more complicated. And one rule can’t be bent: 
Keep your relationship secret from the public. 
Farrow is confident he’s the best man for the job. But a twist in Maximoff’s fast-paced life sticks them with the rest of Security Force Omega and their clients. 
On the road. 
In a sleeper tour bus. 
For four rocky months.
Sexual frustrations, check. Road trip drama, check. Awkward bonding, check. 
But Farrow couldn’t have accounted for a high-risk threat (identity: unknown) that targets Maximoff before the ignition even turns. And it hits Farrow — someone has it out for the guy he loves. 
Every day, Maximoff & Farrow’s feelings grow stronger, and together, they’ll either sink or swim. 
The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. You must read Damaged Like Us, Book 1, before reading Lovers Like Us.


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I am a huge huge fan of these authors!

I absolutely loved the “Addicted/Calloway” series. So a new series featuring all the Hale/Cobalt/Meadows kids…awesome…having this series start with an MM couple…now that was the freaking icing on the cake for me!!

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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~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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~Review~Fish Out of Water (Fish Out of Water #1) by Amy Lane~

 

30813756Title: Fish Out of Water
Author: Amy Lane
Series: Fish Out of Water #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 270 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: July 29, 2016
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

PI Jackson Rivers grew up on the mean streets of Del Paso Heights—and he doesn’t trust cops, even though he was one. When the man he thinks of as his brother is accused of killing a police officer in an obviously doctored crime, Jackson will move heaven and earth to keep Kaden and his family safe. 
Defense attorney Ellery Cramer grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but that hasn’t stopped him from crushing on street-smart, swaggering Jackson Rivers for the past six years. But when Jackson asks for his help defending Kaden Cameron, Ellery is out of his depth—and not just with guarded, prickly Jackson. Kaden wasn’t just framed, he was framed by crooked cops, and the conspiracy goes higher than Ellery dares reach—and deep into Jackson’s troubled past.
Both men are soon enmeshed in the mystery of who killed the cop in the minimart, and engaged in a race against time to clear Kaden’s name. But when the mystery is solved and the bullets stop flying, they’ll have to deal with their personal complications… and an attraction that’s spiraled out of control.


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I am a huge fan of Amy Lane’s “Johnnies” series and “Beneath The Stain”. You know what I am also a big fan of? Mystery and suspense!

So I knew I had to read this series. I was a bit apprehensive though because so many of the reviews said that the romance factor was pretty low. Since I like mystery/suspense so much, I don’t need a whole lotta romance to keep me happy…but I do need some!

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~Review~Red Fish, Dead Fish (Fish Out of Water #2) by Amy Lane~

 

35508883Title: Red Fish, Dead Fish
Author: Amy Lane
Series: Fish Out of Water #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 330 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: August 4, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other. 
Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.
Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes.
Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor.
 


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After I finished “Fish Out of Water”, I had to jump right into this one. Just to be clear, these books can not be read as a standalone. 😉

I really loved book 1. I fell in love with Jackson and Ellery, and the suspense had me on the edge of my seat. This one though, blew book one, out of the park for me!

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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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~Review~Third Rail (Five Boroughs #4.5) by Santino Hassell~

 

36475156Title: Third Rail
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs #4.5
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: October 25, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Third Rail can be read as a standalone but chronologically takes place after Interborough in the Five Boroughs series.

Christopher Mendez has always known his sexual identity had a swerve. No straight guy would have low-key lusted after his childhood best friend, right? Unfortunately, a combination of insecurity and overall lack of game has prevented him from further exploring his sexuality. That changes once he agrees to participate in a photoshoot for a queer dating app and meets Jace Fairbairn.
Jace is beautiful, fey-like, and in an open polyamorous relationship with his gorgeous linebacker-looking husband Aiden. Once they set eyes on Chris, they’re instantly in lust and determined to broaden his sexual horizons. But what’s supposed to be a straight-forward sexual encounter gets complicated once a one-night-stand has repeat performances, and Jace and Aiden begin to fall in love.

This FREE standalone collection of shorts explores the start of a relationship that eventually blossoms into something the three men realize they cannot do without. 


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Well, this is the one I’ve been waiting for…

I’ve just been dying to get to know Jace better, ever since he was introduced in previous books.This is a great introduction to not just Jace, Adien, and Chris’s story but also glimpses into other characters who will feature in Citywide…and, hello…Clive, I’m a bit in love already!
I seriously can’t fangirl enough about how much I love this Author and his characters.The way he’s interwoven so many characters into each other’s lives, in this series, is just genius.

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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.

Geoffrey Ralse-5ft 5in, a pretty party boy with the twink vibe going on.

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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