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I Believe Now is the second book in aI received a copy of this book from the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review
I Believe Now is the second book in a series by Hurri Cosmo, following the book Until You. While Until You focuses on Max Tyler, a billionaire mobster, and Asher Madden’s relationship, this story has a much darker and more exiting element to it. The former congressman Jackson, who we meet in the first book, beat the charges set against him but has lost everything. He’s determined to get as much of his former life back as he can, as well getting his revenge against Max for taking everything from him, so he kidnaps Asher. What follows was an extremely elaborate and highly detailed plot with Max and Jackson both attempting to out-double cross each other. The plan reaches so far as to include the Yakuza. It’s pretty exciting as far as kidnapping schemes go. Hurri did an exceptional job at putting together a very solid plot. We also get a deeper perspective of Max and his feelings for Asher. Max has always prided himself in not becoming attached to any of his lovers. Through this whole ordeal, he realizes that Asher has come to mean everything to him and that he can’t live without him. Everything does work out in the end, but not before the reader is taken on a while ride. I would recommend this book to others who are looking for a lot of excitement, especially if you don’t want a lot of sex in your story, as there isn’t much in this one. Although Hurri does a good job at recounting things from the first book, I would suggest reading the first book before this one. You’ll understand the characters and why they do what they do much better if you do. ...more
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Asher is a sweet guy with a big probI received a copy of this book from the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
Asher is a sweet guy with a big problem. His brother keeps getting into trouble with the wrong people. The latest bit of trouble is that he owes someone a very large sum of money. So Asher manages to get a job at a club that is owned by a local mobster named Max Tyler. He’s never seen Max so on his first night when the very hot guy in the well-tailored suit is starting at him, he doesn’t realize it’s Max. Work is tough with a boss who hates him and causes him a lot of trouble. Asher also has trouble with the guy who is coming after him for his brother’s gambling debt. Max has set his sights on Asher though and will do whatever it takes to protect him and make Asher his.
The story is full of kidnapping, suspense, mobsters, crooked politicians, political intrigue, assassination attempts, alpha males, and hot sex. Asher and Max are in lust with each other as soon as they lay eyes on each other. The sex between them is smoking hot. I found it to be believable though. There wasn’t any love with it at first. Max does start falling for Asher and realizes that for the first time in his life he wants someone. That’s where the alpha male comes in. Asher tries to fight Max’s advances but to no avail. Actually, his fighting is an act because he likes being manhandled. In the end, Max gets rid of the people who are trying to hurt “his” Asher and he sets Ryker, Asher’s brother, up in a home of his own, and Asher moves in with Max.
The one thing I felt was missing from the story was Ryker. He was briefly in the story at the beginning but disappeared after that. I kept waiting for him to make some sort of appearance. He started everything and created so much trouble for Asher but we never hear from him. I felt like it was a plot hole. I did enjoy the book. Although the action and drama were a bit over the top at times, I really liked Max and his people as well as Asher. Despite Max and his people being mobsters who would and did kill people, Max would do anything to keep Asher safe. I thought this was a fun book to read and I enjoyed the story. I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series. ...more
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Marc is a top salesman at the company where SeThis book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
Marc is a top salesman at the company where Seth works in the warehouse. Seth thinks Marc is hot, as does every other woman, but Seth knows Marc only by is reputation as a player and that he’s, unfortunately for Seth, straight. Little does Seth know, Marc has his eye on Seth and once Marc decides he wants someone, he pursues them until he gets them. When Marc starts flirting with Seth, he’s not quite sure what to do. He’s been burned more than once by straight guys scratching their curiosity so he has no interest in getting hurt again. He tries to rebuff Marc but eventually gives in. The problem though, is that Marc dumped his coworker and Seth supposed good friend right before he pursued Seth. This becomes a problem throughout the story as she turns out to be quite the nasty character despite Seth’s continued attempts to keep her as his friend. Her displays of jealousy and homophobia are rather disgusting and are the few times I want to choke Seth for what seems like him being naïve. I think it just shows what a good and genuine person Seth is. I was okay with Marc seeming to switch easily to men from women. I think it explained why he never lasted more than two weeks with a woman. He was always dissatisfied with women and didn’t know why. When he found he was attracted to Seth and then started dating him, he realized it just felt right being with him. He was very open to being with a man and never questioned it and when he found the right guy he realized he was gay. I did appreciate that he didn’t spend a lot of time tormenting over the decision. It felt right and he accepted it.
The turmoil comes into the story when a few weeks into their relationship, Marc has to go out of town unexpectedly. The nasty “friend” of Seth’s helps to fuel the rumor mill at work and stirs up doubts in Seth’s already shaky confidence when she sees Marc hugging a pretty, distraught, pregnant woman at work. When Seth can’t get ahold of Marc for couple of weeks he expects that Marc has left him. He’s devastated and doesn’t want to stay around so he decides to entertain his cousin’s employment offer in another city. Marc shows back up though with the pretty woman in tow but with profuse apologies, plausible explanations, and professions of love for Seth.
Seth doesn’t readily take Marc back. Marc does have to work to earn Seth’s trust for leaving with no word even though Marc’s reason’s for leaving were good ones. In the end, the pretty woman, who at first was not a nice person, turns out to be a decent person and their issues with her are dealt with. There is a slight twist to her plot line. Seth’s nasty friend is nasty and will always be nasty. Nothing will redeem her.
Overall it was an enjoyable read. The writing was good. The characters were likable, and the story was easily believable. Everyone enjoys a happy or at least a satisfactory ending. Hurri Cosmo has done another rock solid job. I would recommend it to others. ...more
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This is a story that features an older, establThis book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
This is a story that features an older, established couple. Ian is an attorney who put his work first and let his husband, Travis, raise their son, Bobby. Travis, who set his acting career aside to raise their child, was happy enough during their early marriage to take care of their child and keep a happy home. But once Bobby left for college, Travis’s purpose left with him. Ian, wrapped up in his work and himself, didn’t see Travis’s pain and didn’t notice him slipping further into depression. They began to grow more and more distant. So when Travis finally left Ian, Ian hid behind his bruised feelings and decided if Travis wanted to go, he could do what he wanted. But Ian can’t bring himself to divorce Travis regardless of how much he professes to not care what Travis is doing with himself anymore.
Two years have passed and Bobby pleads with Ian to go see his other father one last time. Ian reluctantly goes and finds Travis to be only a shadow of his former self. Travis asks Ian, since it’s their anniversary, to spend one last night with him and Ian reluctantly agrees, if only so he can find out why Travis left him. Over the course of their date and later that evening, Ian has his eyes opened to a number or revelations about himself, Travis, and their failed marriage. Ian discovers that more than anything, he wants to hold onto the man he once loved more than anything and still does love more than anything. Later that night, Ian discovers something about Travis that terrifies him and he becomes determined that whether Travis wants his help or not—whether Travis wants him back or not—Ian is going to help him and he will have Travis back in his life.
They both go through a period of healing. They have a lot of learning to do and have to learn to gain each other’s trust back. Ian learns that his husband and family are more important than his work, and he finally gives Travis the chance to focus on his acting career. They eventually get back to the way they once were and enjoy a renewed love with a new life and even some new editions to the family.
It’s an emotional story to start. Ian isn’t particularly likable in that he seems to be a self centered jerk, especially when you meet Travis in the story. Travis’s emotional state due to severe depression is heart breaking, especially when you know he got there partly due to Ian being so insensitive. But Ian quickly sees the light when the obvious is thrown in his face and desperately wants to fix his mistakes, so he does redeem himself very well. The story has a very real feel to it. Despite starting out heartbreaking, it has a very happy ending. It’s very sweet, and it is a short story that I would gladly recommend it to others. ...more