I liked these characters but this book took too long given its length and genre. I just can't get into (some) male-female romance as much anymore. TheI liked these characters but this book took too long given its length and genre. I just can't get into (some) male-female romance as much anymore. The dynamics are so different from one another. It seems like no matter how much I like the guy in m/f, he just doesn't do it for me the same way two guys does. I like the dirty talk and sex scenes better in m/m. Give me double the boners, I guess. Plus, I really cringe at the words used for female body parts in these books. I think with this book, it's a case of "it's not you, it's me", because it wasn't a bad book, just didn't work for me and my mood.
This chick was strong but at times she was a little *too* anti-girly girl. You really don't need to prove to me that you're tough by belittling women who are "girly." You can be both strong AND emotional/girly - the two are not mutually exclusive. Shit like that bugs me. I'm sort of annoyed that I paid for this book, rather than getting it on Kindle Unlimited because I will never read it again, like I would the first two (male/male romance), which ARE on KU. Meh....more
I loved how much Jeremy rambled and got sidetracked about different topics. And I loved that Benj found him so endearing for it. I like it when littleI loved how much Jeremy rambled and got sidetracked about different topics. And I loved that Benj found him so endearing for it. I like it when little quirks like that are looked upon with affection, rather than scorn....more
Childhood friends to young adult lovers Openly gay Catholic priest Rock star addict who wears his past on his skin in the form of tattoos Addict sobersChildhood friends to young adult lovers Openly gay Catholic priest Rock star addict who wears his past on his skin in the form of tattoos Addict sobers up, returns to childhood home Old lovers reconnect and try to work through past hurt to become friends again Forbidden love Amped up sexual tension for pages upon pages Emotional payoff
I loved this book and these men and all their stuff.
5 stars because I will read it many more times....more
3.5 stars. I liked the guys together in this and how they worked through the bullshit at the start and how they were so loyal and comfortable about th3.5 stars. I liked the guys together in this and how they worked through the bullshit at the start and how they were so loyal and comfortable about their love for each other, but this one kind of dragged for me. There were more editing errors (typos and grammar issues) in this one, like in the first one. I don't usually notice those things so to me they were pretty obvious. There is some stuff that happens with the frat that I felt was a bit drawn out and unnecessary. The sex in both books is good, though. Yes, that matters to me. Why is the sex in male-male better than sex in *most* male-female romances to me? Double the boners, double my pleasure? I don't know...
This series is pure brain candy fluff. That is what I wanted when I found it but if you're looking for depth, this isn't the place to be.
Kind of bummed that the 3rd book is male/female but I did like the female character and I'm interested in seeing what the author does with her love interest because he starts off as kind of an asshole in book 1 but then he reveals some stuff that shows his more human side in this book....more
Probably more like 3.5 but I'll stick with 3 here on GR. This was okay, had some editing errors, was a bit frat-ty for awhile but I liked the two mainProbably more like 3.5 but I'll stick with 3 here on GR. This was okay, had some editing errors, was a bit frat-ty for awhile but I liked the two main dudes once the frat guy stopped acting frat-like (the non-frat guy is the racer and he's out of college). I liked it more when they finally revealed their feelings for one another. The UST in this lasted for awhile, which was good and yet frustrating all at the same time. But hey, that just means a nice release when things come together, kwim?
Ends on a cliff hanger so have book 2 ready if you read this....more
This book was unique in that I have never read a book with a teenage taxidermist before. It was quirky and a little weird, plus the most awkward charaThis book was unique in that I have never read a book with a teenage taxidermist before. It was quirky and a little weird, plus the most awkward character but I think I loved it. There were some parts that I felt kind of 'meh' about but whatever, it entertained me.
Ugh. Not even sure I want to bother right now. I still don't think that Michael Graham deserves John Rikker so I find it very hard to be happy for theUgh. Not even sure I want to bother right now. I still don't think that Michael Graham deserves John Rikker so I find it very hard to be happy for the outcome of this book. I'm using this book for a challenge. It's a Bingo card where we have either specific tasks, like "Title with the word "On" in it" or "Genre: Sports", or there are pictures and we can interpret how the book fits them any way we see fit. Well, I was reading this for Genre: Sports but another teammate finished a book that fit that, which completed that card, so I continued reading in case this book fit the next Bingo card we received. Well, there is a picture of a window still available so I'm claiming that square.
Justification: I wanted to defenestrate Michael Fucking Graham for at least 80% of this book, maybe even 90%! ((Understatement of the year?? PERHAPS!))
Bet I make team captain proud. She loves the creative uses of the pictures. EDIT: The window square got us triple points! Mwahahahaha! Defenestrate: verb (used with object), defenestrated, defenestrating. To throw (a person or thing) out of a window.
(seriously spell check? You don't know defenestrate??)
I get where Graham is coming from, I really do, without actually having experienced any such thing as he has, but dammit, he took too long to come around for me. ...more
(I need a nap and I feel like this review went off on a very rambling nonsensical trip). I tried to avoid reading reviews of this to avoid spoilers and(I need a nap and I feel like this review went off on a very rambling nonsensical trip). I tried to avoid reading reviews of this to avoid spoilers and outside influence on my own take on this, but I did notice that many people didn't seem to love this as much as they did the first one, Him. I, however, am the opposite. I really loved this. I felt like I got a better feel for each guy as an individual and their voices felt more distinct in each PoV narration.
In this book, Wes is a pro hockey player but his team and the media doesn't know he is gay so he is effectively in the closet until/unless it somehow comes up. He refuses to deny it should it ever become a thing, though. So, we are just waiting for the shoe to drop, basically. I did wonder about how he was out during college and how come that never made headlines once he went pro. It seems to me like people who follow college sports would know this stuff and when that college player goes pro, someone would leak the story because a rookie NHL player being gay would be a big deal. But whatever, that didn't happen and I don't feel like expending a lot of brain cells thinking about that. Maybe it was addressed and I simply forgot the details.
Jamie has come to terms with his newly realized bisexuality and he works as a coach for a junior league hockey team. He and Wes live together but since they aren't officially out, so as to avoid a media circus for Wes during his rookie year, Jamie now has to figure out how to reconcile all of these new things in his life, these changes and his relationship with Jamie and their need to keep secrets. Yes, it is a stressful situation for a guy of 23!
For the first 40% of this, little situations presented themselves to cause tension between Wes and Jamie and it kind of drove me nuts! New neighbor, who is a teammate of Wes's drops by unannounced and interrupts what is meant to be reunion sexy times! Another time, Wes gets roped into attending a function that of course Jamie can't go to as his Plus-1 because secrets! All of these things made me yell at Wes to just tell these people to bugger off! But he felt obligated to his team. Eventually, the story took a new turn and really sucked me in. At 50% the obnoxious teammate/neighbor proved himself to be a really cool guy and good friend to our boys so I forgave him his earlier clock blocking antics and grew to like him. Which is good because the next book is about him.
With the dramatic turn of events, we get to see Wes and Jamie deal with a lot of emotional stuff and understanding what the other is going through or how they are feeling, we see their relationship tested and their strength as they deal with that and reading their alternating points of view throughout make me feel so much love for them, I wanted to hug them, to bake cookies for them. I was rooting for them with the turn of every page!
Shit, I am so sleepy I can't remember what else I wanted to say. Oh! One thing that was kind of joked about in the first book didn't happen here and I really wished it had! Nothing major but will put under a spoiler. (view spoiler)[ in Him, Wes made a joke about wanting to see Jamie in his team jersey, presumably during sex. I wanted to see that so bad! Either a hot make out scene or just anything where Jamie would be wearing it while Wes fucked him or something, anything! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Needed a book with "Call" in the title. This was a fast read. It was a bit cheesy and the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying after all the drama leadiNeeded a book with "Call" in the title. This was a fast read. It was a bit cheesy and the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying after all the drama leading up to it....more
This is not a perfect book and yes, the end is a little bit cheesy but damned if I did not love these men as much as I did in the first book, Aced. ThThis is not a perfect book and yes, the end is a little bit cheesy but damned if I did not love these men as much as I did in the first book, Aced. They were so mature about their relationship and all of the crap they had to deal with in regards to paparazzi and bullshit tabloid rumors that would test the strongest relationships. I loved their strength and unity so much! Dylan and Ace are sizzling hot and so damn in love and secure with one another, there was NO DRAMA or angst from either of them! I kept thinking it might happen, that maybe Dylan would run off just to get away for a little while but no, of course he wouldn't because that is not Dylan. Dylan is there with Ace through thick and thin, no matter what.
Loved the appearance of Dylan's parents and brother! What a hoot they are. With parents like them, it's no wonder Dylan is the awesome guy he is.
The drama with Dylan's biological mother felt a little unfinished so I'm not sure if something will come up with that in the next (and final?) book in this little series/trilogy, or if the authors just decided to leave it as it stands in this book. I'm not overly bothered by that, it just felt kind of like it ended abruptly.
Cannot wait for the next one, coming in 2017!!! ...more
Disclaimer: make no mistake, this is pretty much a gay/first love fairy tale. I am perfectly fine with that but I wasn't looking for some harsh realitDisclaimer: make no mistake, this is pretty much a gay/first love fairy tale. I am perfectly fine with that but I wasn't looking for some harsh reality when I chose to read this. Could this story happen in real life? I don't know but sure, maybe, why not? And does it matter? Who reads romance for only realistic stories, anyway?
This was so sweet. Someone else said this is a comfort read after you've read something dark and that is so true. I've read a few depressing books this week and this one was nothing but sweetness and light. Every time I thought these boys might encounter something angsty, it either didn't happen or it wasn't that severe and was remedied pretty fast. The love they shared was just adorable and touching and it is what I wish for everyone to have in a first love. (Of course, in my mind, these boys are one another's first, last and always loves).
I loved that this book wasn't about two gay boys meeting resistance from their families for being gay. It was about a deaf boy whose parents needed to loosen the reigns a little and trust that they raised a young man with a good head on his shoulders, and his new boyfriend, who was raised mostly by his sister and allowed a lot of freedoms. When each of them came out to their family, it was just accepted and not made into A Big Deal. If my son came out to me, that's how I would handle it. Because it isn't a big deal (even though I guess it kind of is, but you know what I mean. I hope).
This is a YA book in some respects but these boys are both 18 and they are in love so there is sex but like everything else, it is sweet and loving and not gratuitous. This kind of reminds me of , in the sense that it is about a first love that is healthy, respectful, deeply loving and responsible. If people could just get past the whole "male/male" thing and see this as simply two young people who fall in love, I would recommend it to everyone who wants to read a touching young adult romance. ...more
5 stars for Adam again. He is such a good book boyfriend. Brave and handy! Plus, he is so patient and understanding with Parker's insecurities and ...5 stars for Adam again. He is such a good book boyfriend. Brave and handy! Plus, he is so patient and understanding with Parker's insecurities and ... I just drew a blank on what I had planned to write. Anyway, let's not forget damn sexy.
I know a lot of people were annoyed with Parker in this book but I understood his insecurities about being enough for Adam. And I also understood Adam's need for a family.
Loved the secondary characters.
Maybe I will do a better review later, when I'm not at work....more
Ehhh. I liked Reid and his story line but I wasn't too crazy about Zarley. For one, her name irritated the crap out of me. I know that's silly but heyEhhh. I liked Reid and his story line but I wasn't too crazy about Zarley. For one, her name irritated the crap out of me. I know that's silly but hey, it distracted me throughout the entire book, which took away some of my overall enjoyment. Secondly, I didn't really like her much- she was so hung up on being independent and not wanting any help from Reid and yeah, I get where she's coming from but it just sort of annoyed me how much she stressed not even wanting gifts from him. But I guess it makes sense, she didn't want to be seen as a kept woman, basically. But where do we draw the line between kept woman and accepting a gift from your boyfriend that you love and who clearly loves you because of everything to do with you that isn't just sexual? Meh! I did like that she didn't put up with Reid's crap, though! He has no filter and doesn't have the greatest social skills and she had to put him in his place quite a few times. I also liked that she was firm about her needing to focus on her studies. There was just something about her personality that bugged me but I can't put my finger on it.
I wasn't really into the writing style, either, so I don't know if I'll read the next two books in this series. I like the male character in the next book (was not into the female as she was portrayed in this book so, I'm hesitant) but I loved both of the characters that will be in the 3rd book. Maybe I'll skip to book 3 and think about book 2 later....more
Hm. I'm torn. I loved Leith and this take on amnesia, which is not my favorite trope by a long shot. I got that the author wanted to explore amnesia aHm. I'm torn. I loved Leith and this take on amnesia, which is not my favorite trope by a long shot. I got that the author wanted to explore amnesia as a way to show a couple falling in love all over again so the amnesia thing worked for me here. I wasn't thrilled with what Zach did a few weeks after Leith came out of his coma, in his home that he shared with Leith, no less. I mean, I get that Zach was in a really lonely place when he did it but that doesn't mean I agree with it. Poor Leith! I could sympathize with Zach and Leith both.
I really didn't like how their relationship was kept from Leith just because somehow Leith identified himself as straight (and why would that even come up? Does anyone ask you after you get out of a coma, "Hey, are you still bisexual?" uh. ???) after the coma. Felt like a betrayal to me. Anyway. I didn't want to get too involved in this review so I'll just say that I loved all the tenderness and the scorching sex between Zach and Leith, so that made me give this 4 stars instead of 3....more
First, this ends on a cliff hanger, so be warned. The next book was scheduled for a late August 2016 release but due to one of the authors having healFirst, this ends on a cliff hanger, so be warned. The next book was scheduled for a late August 2016 release but due to one of the authors having health issues, it's been pushed back until an unspecified date.
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started reading this but I was taken on kind of a fun ride with two guys that cracked me up and made my Kindle sizzle with their banter and their sexy, sometimes kinky ways. I haven't read either of the authors' other books so I wasn't familiar with these characters (each character was a side or background character from each author's series). I will be reading those other books since I enjoyed this one.
*Dylan is from this series, the Devil's Kiss book: and
*Ace is from this series but not sure which book: and
I liked how these guys started off as sort-of enemies (who turned out to fantasize about one another before they met -- Dylan being a huge fan of Ace and his movies and Ace stopping traffic to drool over Dylan's Calvin Klein billboard on the street), then they became friends, then lovers and it clearly was more than a fling. Dylan was so open and honest with his sexuality and his feelings and I loved his candor and how he helped Ace to open up more.
What I didn't like so much was how Ace seemed so willing to 'come out' a year prior to this story taking place, yet he hid his budding relationship with Dylan to avoid media troubles, which puzzles me because if the media already knew he was gay, and his career wasn't in jeopardy, why hide it? I get it, he was concerned that the paparazzi would be all over the first guy that he was in an open relationship with, but eh, so? The paparazzi was already following him around. I guess he prevented Dylan's home from being stalked?
I loved Dylan's crazy hippy family and hope we see them some more in book 2.
I look forward to seeing how this story unfolds in the next book!
This book frustrated me with a lot of misunderstandings and repetitiveness. I was kind of entertained but I just got so fed up with Brennen's insecuriThis book frustrated me with a lot of misunderstandings and repetitiveness. I was kind of entertained but I just got so fed up with Brennen's insecurities and jumping to conclusions!...more
Re-read. I read the original uncut version of this earlier this year and then I read book 2. Now I want to continue on with the series so I'm readingRe-read. I read the original uncut version of this earlier this year and then I read book 2. Now I want to continue on with the series so I'm reading this version to 1)see what it's like and 2) to reacquaint myself with the story line so I can finish the series. I'll re-read book 2, as well.
Santino is releasing a prequel about Emilio Vega in parts on Tumblr but even though I don't *need* to finish ICoS in order to read that, I want to. And it's just time to finish this darn series because I already love it, what's keeping me??
The cut version is of course an even faster read than the original. I loved it, naturally!...more
This was a fun romance with a sci-fi twist. I don't want to give anything away so I don't intend to get very specific here. Loved the characters and tThis was a fun romance with a sci-fi twist. I don't want to give anything away so I don't intend to get very specific here. Loved the characters and the setting. Can't wait to read the next in this series....more