I received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
Mac has a tumultuous past with his parents in a town that treated him horriblyI received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
Mac has a tumultuous past with his parents in a town that treated him horribly because he is gay. After a gay bashing, he moves away to live with his aunt. He specifically picks a college where being gay is acceptable. Mac meets Gideon soon after getting to campus their freshman year. They immediately hit it off, but have disastrous consequences when Mac makes a move. Gideon makes it clear he doesn’t want to be friends. Jump forward to their junior year. Gideon needs a roommate and Mac shows up, not knowing it’s Gideon. They decide to give it a trial period. It’s not long before Gideon realizes he can no longer fight and hideaway his attraction toward men when he realizes he’s falling for Mac. They start a friends with benefits relationship that ends up going further than either of them realize and Gideon in particular can’t handle the lies that are piling up. Gideon finally has to face the relationship head on while Mac is dealing with a tragedy in his own life and facing down his own demons. Gideon has to decide what he wants, which is to take control and stand up for the guy he loves, because Mac really needs Gideon to be there for him.
This was a very well put together story. I adored both Mac and Gideon. Gideon was so awkward at the start that he was just sweet. He really came into his own and stood up for Mac who isn’t as put together as he seems. They make a good pair. The sex is hot! It’s a nice hurt/comfort kind of story. There were some issues with the editing. It could have used a good beta. For instance, they discuss not having a condom and then they are putting on a condom. There were some other issues with inconsistencies but although I noticed them, they were minor. It was still a very good story that I highly recommend. ...more
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It took me a little time to get into this bookThis book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
It took me a little time to get into this book. Joey Nichols is a small town mechanic who is dumped by his boyfriend, Riker, who has made it big as an actor. Not only is he dumped, but he's outed in a horribly public way, which makes life pretty awful for him in his small town. Troy Steele is an author who needs Joey's help to get back at his movie producer ex, who happens to now be dating Riker. You soon find out that everyone is intertwined all along the way. Troy is writing the next book and screenplay in the successful movies that Riker and Troy's ex are involved in and Joey can help him exact some revenge for both of them. But somewhere along the way, Joey and Troy fall for each other and revenge doesn't seem so sweet for Troy anymore, especially when Joey finds out what is really going on. Troy finds himself acting like one of his heroes in his story who has to win back the angry lover. He does a good job showing Joey how much he cares.
It's an overall good story and one I did enjoy. I liked Joey but I felt the southern accents were a bit to put-on. At one point Joey's father implies that Troy is using his college educated speech as if his father, being southern, should find it difficult to understand or rather, as if his father was implying Troy was acting superior. It just rubbed me wrong. I'm from Louisiana and I've lived in Georgia and I, nor anyone else I knew spoke "hick". There is a difference between dialect and hick. I get touchy over dialect.
Otherwise, I thought there were some good bits of humor. The relationship between Joey and Troy was slow to get going but I liked them as a couple. It had a decent bit of angst. I would recommend it. ...more
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I really like Rebecca James’ otI received a free copy of this book from the author via Indigo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
I really like Rebecca James’ other shifter books so I jumped at a chance to read this one. I did like Michael and Quinn. They are hot together and make a great couple. Michael has a severe handicap when it comes to being around other people. He has social anxieties that keep him from being around others, but he finds that Quinn and the other wolves make him comfortable and at ease. Michael is shocked to find out that he’s half werewolf. There’s even more surprises in store for him in that regard. And then he finds out he’s pregnant. I like m-preg stories, but I was a little disappointed that the pregnancy goes beyond the scope of this book. It also would like it to have been a bigger focus of the story than it was.
This was a very character driven book, but I was able to keep everyone straight. It does make for a very busy book though. Because there are so many characters, there seems to be a lot going on. Michael had some other surprises at Quinn’s compound too. (view spoiler)[He was able to connect with long lost family he had been searching for all of his life. (hide spoiler)] The author does a fantastic job at describing the compound where at Daos 5. But unlike the wolves in the author’s other stories who live in very simple, muted settlements, these wolves live in splendor that I find hard to hide from the rest of the world. But then we find out why. (view spoiler)[They are aliens. (hide spoiler)] I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, outside of shifters, in my M/M and didn’t realize this was sci-fi, so I was taken by surprise a little when this went in that direction. I do have to say that I was very impressed with the detail the author uses in describing Daos 2 and Daos 5. The world building is some of the best I’ve read. The detail is great and sets the story up very well. The ending is definitely set up for a sequel, so if you want to get answers to some of the threads, like the pregnancy, you’re going to have to wait until the next book (I’m assuming).
Overall it was an interesting story. I will admit I didn’t like it as much as I liked the author’s other shifter stories, but that was due to the sci-fi angle. If you enjoy shifters, particularly with sci-fi (more so than just what shifters gives you) and you are okay with more of a promising HFN type ending, then you’ll enjoy this. I would recommend it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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Jase has been in love with Matt, his best friend, for a loI received a free copy of this book from IndiGo Marketing in exchange for an honest review.
Jase has been in love with Matt, his best friend, for a long time, but when Matt tells Jase he is straight, Jase decides to go off to the military to put distance between them. After a decade and a severe injury that ends Jase’s career as an MP, Jase heads home to Matt’s wedding. It’s here that Jase meets Chris, Matt’s half brother that they never knew about until not so long ago. Chris has kept his parentage mysterious but he definitely looks like Matt. Chris has severe ADHD and insomnia and a lot of personal issues he has trouble dealing with.
Jase is the complete opposite of Chris with his order and control but they two are drawn to each other and their chemistry is very intense. There is a lot of drama in that Chris is determined to keep his secrets his own and Jase is determined to make him open up. It turns out that Chris has a lot of abuse in his past. And the reader is treated to a plot twist and we finally do find out Chris’ story.
This was a lot of intensity and a lot of drama. I did find it was a little bit too much for real life. The plot twist was a bit of a stretch? It was a good story, nonetheless. It was just a bit of a wild ride. If you want angsty drama with damaged characters and intense relationships will most likely enjoy it. ...more
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I would give this book ten stars if I coulI received a free copy of this book through IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
I would give this book ten stars if I could. It’s going on my all-time favorites shelf. It was absolutely amazing. This book will make you warm and fuzzy all the way through. There is so much emotion. You do have to keep in mind that it is set in 1991, because things are not like they are now. People aren’t as accepting of gays as they are now. And they are also in an area of the US that is more conservative. I also like that the author chose this time, when they didn’t have cell phones and internet, or even cordless phones. It wasn’t as easy to communicate with people back then, and that added a lot to the flavor of the story.
Peter and Adam are high school seniors at a private school. Peter is there because he was bullied for being gay at the public school. He wasn’t out, but it was assumed he was. Adam and his sister move to town to live with their older brother and they are a bit exotic. While Peter is introverted and lives behind his beloved camera lens, Adam is gorgeous and he and his sister draw a crowd. It’s why Peter can’t understand why Adam is drawn to him, but Adam wants Peter, and Peter definitely wants Adam. They become fast friends but hide away their growing attraction for each other that leads to fooling around. It’s Peter’s first everything with a boy, but Adam is bi and experienced with both sexes. Peter is soon drawn into the in-crowd thanks to Adam and is sister. But Adam isn’t out and refuses to ever be out despite Peter wanting them to be so. Adam dates Leslie to combat the gossip.
So starts the real angst of the book. Do you compromise yourself and your integrity for love? What about the innocent people who will get hurt in the process? Do you set aside what you feel and believe for another?
Thank goodness Adam doesn’t appear to be the only option for Peter. And no, I’m not a fan of Adam at all. Yes, he does have his own issues he has to deal with, but I think Adam is a crappy person, and if I could reach into the book, I’d choke him. Daniel is an older college student who Peter meets while at his friend/employer’s house. It seems we may see more of Daniel in the future and I certainly hope so. I absolutely can’t wait until the second part comes out. Leta Blake’s serials are always an absolute treat to read. I can’t recommend this one highly enough. ...more
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Hunter and Shawn are coworkers in a busy ER. Hunter has been crushing on ShawnI was given a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
Hunter and Shawn are coworkers in a busy ER. Hunter has been crushing on Shawn for a while now. There is a hostage situation in the ER that is pretty intense but Hunter and Shawn make it through. They end up in a supply closet together caught up on the high of surviving. Shawn makes it clear that it’s not going to happen again, but shows up later for more. It turns out he has reasons for wanting to hold Hunter at arms-length. Shawn has a past and because of this, he’s dark and mysterious. Hunter has baggage of his own that he has to deal with.
The story is very fast paced with lots of action and plot twists. The sex is hot. The characters are likable. This was a lot like watching an action movie. At times I felt like it was a bit busy. But it was consistent and overall it was a good story. ...more