The number one reason I grabbed this book was Ty and Zane. I miss them and their (and their friends) shenanigans. The thought of another two FBI agentThe number one reason I grabbed this book was Ty and Zane. I miss them and their (and their friends) shenanigans. The thought of another two FBI agents giving me something similar to that made the decision to give Layla Reyne a try a no brainer. There were zero similarities beyond that. I’m still very happy about having time to enjoy this book though.
Aiden is just now going back to work at the San Francisco field office after an eight month medical leave. Far too much has changed and it’s making going forward difficult. He’s still struggling with survivor’s guilt. The car crash that he survived took the lives of his husband Gabe and his partner Tom. Even though he’s going back to work with the FBI he now has a new role there. He’s no longer under cover and he’s been given a barely out of newbie stage partner whose previous career will never allow him to go under cover.
Life in the cyber cave has been good for Jameson Walker. He enjoys his job with the FBI. He’s damn good at it in fact. Moving to the farthest coast from his home has gotten him out of the shadow of being a basketball god. The opportunity to work with Aidan is a dream come true for him. Jamie has had a bit of a crush on Aidan since he started there three years ago. The chance to work alongside him and learn from him is one of those too good to be true moments. Now Jamie just has to get Aidan to see him as a man, a man who can be more than just a partner at work, and on not some rookie kid that Aidan seems to believe he is.
The only thing that annoyed me about Single Malt, the one thing that kept this from being a five star read… they’re both bazillionaires. I actually rolled my eyes at the three hundred thousand dollar car equipped with flasher lights. Although the super cool cars play into one of Jaime’s specialties well and makes for great banter between Irish and Whiskey and interesting reading for us.
The one thing I always worry about with series that follow the same couple for multiple books are cliffhangers. NO cliffhanger! I hate a cliffhanger and will stop reading a series until all books are out once they occur. There is a piece of info given to one of our guys at the end but it just lets readers know that Aidan and Jamie have some interesting investigations headed their way. Those investigations will of course lead to some intense page turning action in the next book Cask Strength.
I was also very pleased with how Jaime and Aidan didn’t drown me in their insta-love. Single Malt ends on a good note for them. It left me knowing that as the series continues us readers will get to see the relationship evolve while being entertained with these two men figuring out how to make them as a couple work while making the new work partnership continue to work with their personal involvement. I’m looking forward to seeing where this series will go. ...more
At some point an alien race referred to as Opalites came to Earth. They were met with open hostility and the human Earth inhabitants didn’t get to knoAt some point an alien race referred to as Opalites came to Earth. They were met with open hostility and the human Earth inhabitants didn’t get to know why these beings from the planet Opal were there. They killed them, or so they thought. Now possibly twenty some odd years into the future their children are being hunted and made into experimental lab rats by the government.
Dr. Zach Harliegh is very familiar with what happened to the alien visitors from his childhood. His father is the hero that has been memorialized as the assassin that ended the lives of the leaders. Now an adult himself Zach is the world renowned specialist on all things Opalite. This is where some of my confusion came along. I never figured out what there was to study. I was under the impression there were only a few aliens and that the few there were they were eliminated. The other confusion was Raven.
As one of the hidden Opalite children Raven has spent his entire life in hiding with his sister. He has to come out of hiding when his sister goes missing. He hasn’t been in the city very long when the government agents that supposedly want to capture all Opalites beats Raven to the point that he is hospitalized. I never figured out why the agents didn’t want to capture Raven or why his sister left home only to be captured herself. He however meets Zach and they become lovers and go on their rescue mission.
There are just some instances where I need more background information. The alien race is a big unknown here because they have lived their entire lives in secrecy. The things about Raven that are revealed as the rescue mission goes on makes it a bit difficult to believe that their parents were annihilated so quickly and easily in the manner that has been known in this worlds history. Once Raven reaches his “maturity” he becomes an absolute badass. He also goes through this rather intense transformation that just didn’t match up to what is known of the Opalite history. ...more
Complications. The third installment of the Off Beat series is full of them as this sexy trio tries to find a happily ever after. Readers know from thComplications. The third installment of the Off Beat series is full of them as this sexy trio tries to find a happily ever after. Readers know from the blurb that Van doesn’t do complicated. Joshua and Benji have been doing complicated for nearly three years. Benji is miserable. He never wanted the open relationship he’s desperately trying to close. Joshua believes that closing their relationship will be the beginning of the end. Van is the unbiased friend that they turn to but there’s an attraction there that is too big to ignore. Straight up there is a lot going on in this book. All three men have some complication in their life that is affecting their happiness whether it is individually or together. A.M. Arthur did a beautiful job of putting it all together, getting all the fine details out, while giving everything its needed resolution in less than three hundred pages and it all worked out, made sense, and never felt rushed or convenient. Hot Licks has become my favorite Off Beat book. I enjoyed the characters and I loved their story. Be prepared to get a better understanding of various sexuality terms. This was something that came as a bit of a surprise to me. I figured I was getting a menage romance with three gay men. All three guys identifies as something different. Benji is struggling to put himself with a specific label. He knows something has always been missing from his relationship with Joshua. Benji assumed it was the fact that they had an open relationship. He thought closing it was the answer. The more time Benji and Joshua spend with Van each of them discovers a little more about the missing element that they didn’t know they were missing. I can honestly say Hot Licks easily works as a stand-alone. All three of the guys have had very small roles in the previous books but nothing that happened in the previous books has any effect on what happens in this one. ...more
When your Bloodkin employer tells you to go save her favorite reality television star from certain death you do as the Lady commands especially on thoWhen your Bloodkin employer tells you to go save her favorite reality television star from certain death you do as the Lady commands especially on those evenings when she is more dragon than human. That is how Calvin Blake finds himself at the Witching Wild season ending tell all. He’s perfectly okay with this though. He has watched Judith Kress on the show from the very beginning. To say he is completely smitten with her would be an understatement. Judith had a couple ulterior motives for joining a reality show about witches. She wants answers to the questions her father never answered. She would like to understand a few things about herself instead of bumbling through it as she has been for so long. All of that gets tossed aside when what should have been a simple fan letter gives her a weird papercut that only a sexy stranger of a vampire can heal. The even weirder symbol on the letter sweeps her away on a crazy adventure, Until Dawn. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of Kellison’s Dragons of Bloodfire world thus far. Her spin of dragons, vampires, and other paranormals is just different enough to make them beyond intriguing. The dragons and their borderline crazy is the best! Judith and Calvin have such a short amount of time together that the ending of this novella really worked for me. ...more
Thanks to the acknowledgements in the back of the book I remembered reading about Will Madden when he had just started his therapy with Dr. James TaggThanks to the acknowledgements in the back of the book I remembered reading about Will Madden when he had just started his therapy with Dr. James Taggert in Getting It Right. In book world time that was three years ago. Will is still seeing Dr. Taggert because sadly Will is still a wreck. The years and type of abuse that he suffered isn’t something that one can easily heal. Will is working hard for his health. His anxiety has him living at a halfway house now that he has aged out of foster care. The PTSD makes holding a job difficult. Will struggles. The one happy that Will has is the friend he has meet in a chat room. He knows that he needs real in the flesh friends but there is just something about Taz that has him looking forward to their internet chat times. Thomas Zachary knows all about social anxieties and PTSD. For the past two years Taz has hidden himself from the outside world. He has managed to find a job that allows him to work from home. His father does all the shopping and errand running for him. In all honesty Taz is so close to becoming a full-fledged agoraphobic. His own problems have prevented him from making any new friends since he relocated to Wilmington. He enjoys his daily online chats with Will. Taz is content with the life he is sort of living. All that changes when Will suggests they meet, in person. This is such a sweet love story. Taz and Will truly help each other in their healing process. They take baby steps in attempting to do normal dating things while battling the anxieties from their PTSD. They encourage the other to do more activities outside of their normal while offering any support the other could possibly need. They really did make a perfect yet unlikely match. I was overly pleased with having some page time with several of A.M.’s past happily ever afters. It’s always great to see how the couple is doing in the future. Brendan and Romy from Stand By You have a nice size chunk of page time with Taz and Will. In fact all of the couples from the Belonging series make some cameo appearances. As I Am EASILY works as a stand-alone book. I have not read any of the other books in the All Saints series. The couples from the previous books did not even have a large enough appearance to make me curious about them. I’m sure at some point I’ll go back and read them as I do love A.M. Arthur’s books. ...more
Hands down, Riot is my favorite book in the Scarred Souls series. I can even point out the exact reason. 901 and 152 have both been under Master’s conHands down, Riot is my favorite book in the Scarred Souls series. I can even point out the exact reason. 901 and 152 have both been under Master’s control (his very special drug cocktail) for so long that they don’t even know their own names. They don’t remember what outside is like. They are simply going through the motions of a slave life like good little obedient properties. Deep down they know something isn’t right with their lives. Their subconscious thoughts tell them there is more. It’s that moment when they start questioning and wanting more. They become aware to the fact that there is more and they want it. I loved every single second of it! Inessa/152 was introduced in Ravage. She’s Valentin’s baby sister and the sick people that tried to make him a monster have turned her into a sex slave. Valentin’s punishment for disobeying his Mistress was his sister being sent to Georgia and to the Master that is obsessed with her. Once in Master’s possession he puts her on a different drug cocktail. This new cocktail makes her very obedient and needy of the Master’s touch. It also keeps her memory blurred. The Blood Pits ruling Master is a very greedy power hungry sadistic psycho. He has a love hate relationship with 901. 901 is the Blood Pit’s champion fighter. He is undefeated. 901 doesn’t play in the sport of blood. He enters the pit, makes his kills as quickly and efficiently as possible, and quickly returns to his cell. Master desperately wants to find 901’s weakness so that he can exploit it. Master wants 901 to play in the blood sport. He needs 901 to make a show out of his kills. Master sees that 152 is the perfect tool to getting a weakness out of 901. Tillie Cole treats her readers to one hell of a climatic ending to this series. She brings all her tortured scarred souls back in this installment. The hero’s of the previous books get the ultimate revenge when they cash in on the pound of flesh that is due to them for the hell that they’ve been through. ...more
Ravage gives readers to a different view of this dark world that Tillie Cole has created. In the previous two books the heroes were taken from their mRavage gives readers to a different view of this dark world that Tillie Cole has created. In the previous two books the heroes were taken from their mafia royalty families in a revenge tactic. We are immediately swept into a different side of the fighting and slavery. We get to see exactly how these people disappear into this horrific life. Valentin and Inessa, children orphaned by a drug addict mother and left in one of the many overflowing orphanages in Russia know true nightmares. They hide and hope the Night Wraiths never notice them. They know that where the Night Wraiths take the children they steal can’t be good. They know that being taken will make a bad situation worse. Sadly no matter what Valentin does to protect his sister it isn’t enough. In his teen years he and his baby sister are taken it is in this new place where they become 194 and 152. The Mistress takes a personal interest in 194. She forces him to become her favorite assassin. The Mistress knows that 194 will do anything for her because she has 152. Because of the Kostava family massacre twenty years ago Zoya has lived her entire life in hiding with the family servant that saved her lie. Finding out that her brother is not only alive but in a position of power they believe that Zoya is safe. Zoya is not safe. She is now the target and a connection to Zaal. The lover of the man at fault for her family’s annihilation won’t rest until she gets her revenge. 194 knows his objective is to kill Zaal. Zoya is his connection to getting to Zaal. I have to admit one of the main reasons I’ve continued reading the Scarred Souls books is because I have to see just how far the author is going to go into this dark and twisted world. With that said there were a few chapters in this installment that just seemed to drag it on a little too far. It isn’t that the torture went too far it just seemed to me like the torture went on too long. I was ready for the couple to move on. Mentally they were on the same page and understood the thoughts of the other. So yeah there was this huge area of the book that seemed to just drag on. ...more
All Talia wants is a life of normalcy. The thing that everyone takes for granted is the one thing that this Bratva princess wants, anonymity. She hasAll Talia wants is a life of normalcy. The thing that everyone takes for granted is the one thing that this Bratva princess wants, anonymity. She has everything that most people want, the material things in life that most covet are the things Talia wants away from. She’s also tired of the blood, violence, and death. Her work within the Dungeon keeps her far too close to those things. During one of the fighting seasons lulls she seeks refuge in her family Hampton home. It should be deserted this time of year. She should have solace and solitude. Luka is healing his wounds. He has stolen the rival Georgian mafiya boss’s prized pet, his fighter, his experimental drugged annihilator, 221. Luka has hidden the key to the start of his healing (221) in the basement cell of his parents Hampton home. 221 is out of his mind with the drugs that have forcefully been pumped into his body for over twenty years. He is a mindless killing machine that is going through cold turkey withdrawals in Talia’s basement. Reap is a star dark crossed lovers story that surrounds mafiya feuds and old blood debts that have never been paid. Once Talia discovers what is hidden in the basement of her refuge she becomes obsessed. She knows who he is and all the reasons she should stay away from him, all the reasons she should hate him. She can’t help herself. No matter how much she tries to avoid him she just can’t stay away. She’s more than just drawn in, she’s wholly consumed by him. It was impossible not to like 221. He and his twin brother were taken from the massacre of their entire family when they were eight years old for no other reason than some sick mafiya boss twisted enjoyment of their torture. Once the drugs leave his system readers are swept away with him discovering life away from his master. You just have to want the best possible life for him. I really enjoyed that many of the chapters were told from Luka’s point of view. Twelve years of rage, torture, and abuse can’t be healed overnight if ever. He’s still struggling with life. He is struggling with everything but mostly his guilt over killing Anri and now seeking revenge for Anri. I felt that Luka’s page time really added to this installment of the Scarred Souls series. ...more
I like to mix it up a bit on occasion and read something way outside of my preference box. Tillie Cole’s Scarred Souls series fits that description peI like to mix it up a bit on occasion and read something way outside of my preference box. Tillie Cole’s Scarred Souls series fits that description perfectly. This book is dark, really dark and violent. I knew that going into it so I wasn’t surprised there. What did surprise me was the really sweet childhood love story that unfolded with memories as the story developed. The Russian mafiya, Bratva has what is essentially a royalty system, at least within this book it does. Kisa is the Brooklyn Bratva princess. Her fiance the Pakhan heir (prince) is a sick abusive bastard. That’s Bratva life though. It’s a life of crime. She is expected to be the dutiful Bratva wife and somehow the abuse has conditioned her to believe that Alik needs her to calm him. She simply believes that without her Alik would be even more hurtful to those around him. Kisa has simply resigned herself to this life. The one she dreamed of as a child is dead and gone and she knows it will never be as good as what she once had. There’s a new cage fighter this year at The Dungeon. He has traveled a great distance and waited many years to get his revenge. Raze doesn’t remember his life before the Gulag. He knows he was an innocent child when he was thrown into the bowels of hell. The one thing he does now is that he must kill Alik Durov for the lies he told to put him there. It’s almost poetic that Raze will get to meet Alik in a fight for the death in a cage match that Alik’s lies forced Raze to train for. Raze has fought in these death matches for survival until the day he can exact his revenge. To Alik the cage fights is just sport. Once Raze figures out why he want his revenge so badly he has even more to fight for. This is one of those books that the story is just going to stick with you for a long time after you’ve reached the end. Within all the blood and violence is a sweet love story with a hero so damaged that you can’t help but want the best possible outcome for him. I’m still a little shocked at that aspect of the story. ...more
The first line of that blub had me curious. The sexy man on the cover delivering just that had me downloading this book immediately. Rhenna Morgan isThe first line of that blub had me curious. The sexy man on the cover delivering just that had me downloading this book immediately. Rhenna Morgan is a new to me author and I’m glad I gave Rough & Tumble a go.
Vivienne to Jace “I think you’re the type to make a woman lose good sense.”
Yes, I do believe I’ll have myself a super alpha book boyfriend just like that. Jace delivers on all of that and so much more. He’s sexy, tattooed, lives by his own creed, has a delicious smile, and a sexy tongue that delivers scorching hot dirty talk and so much more in the bedroom. He’s the bossy type that you’d never want in real life but book boyfriends are created from the like of him. He’s loyal and devoted to his family and he doesn’t let anyone into that inner circle, ever. He’s pulled himself up by the bootstraps out of a gutter to become a successful business man with his hands in many different business ventures. The moment Jace sees Viv he knows he has to have her in his life and for the life of me I have no clue why.
Jace to Vivienne “The sooner you figure out who the hell you are in the inside, the happier you’ll be.”
I did not like Viv. She has some too stupid to live moments that I never worked past. She’s also fake. Vivienne like Jace came from a less than proper home and upbringing. She’s desperately trying to become a successful business owner to pay for her pristine home that is decorated the way a magazine dictates, her wardrobe that makes her look like someone she is not, and the sensible affordable sedan that society dictates she must have in the garage. Her booze guzzling, drug seeking sister that she has to rescue every Saturday night tarnishes her very fake façade. Yeah I didn’t like Vivie at all.
I did love what Haven is to these six men. I enjoyed the concept behind the Haven Brotherhood. Each of the brothers comes from a different background. Each man has brought something different to the family. This is something that works for me and leaves me with the feeling that I will give the next book in the series, Wild & Sweet a try. ...more
The number one reason I read Connection Error was due to the lost feeling I got with Zack and Pike in the first chapter of Off Base. Connection ErrorThe number one reason I read Connection Error was due to the lost feeling I got with Zack and Pike in the first chapter of Off Base. Connection Error did NOT clear any of that up.
I’m still glad that I read Connection Error. I enjoyed Ryan and Josiah's story. I got a few pages of them in Off Base and the opposites attract had me intrigued enough that I wanted to read their story. Josiah is video game programmer that is struggling with adulating. Most of those struggles stem from his ADHD. He’s trying though. Readers meet him as he’s headed to Germany for the most important job of his life. The first leg of his flight is where he gets to sit next to the sexiest man he’s ever laid eyes on.
“I want my life back.” That has been Lieutenant Ryan Orson, US Navy’s mantra since his injury three months ago. He’s devoted to his career and he doesn’t know any other way of life. Ryan struggles with the fact that everyone assumes he can no longer do things for himself. He hates that those around him want to help him with every little thing. Ryan is angry and truly not coping well. He is bitter about pretty much everything going on in his life. He is doing everything he possibly can to get back to his Navy career. After his failed engagement the last thing he needs is another man in his life, but a little gaming fun with Jos may be just what he needs in his life while he kills time between rehab sessions.
There was so much awesome going on here until the last chapter where we are sped through the happily ever after process in a series of emails. That was such a disappointment after everything Ryan and Josiah go though as a non couple working to something more. The progression of their relationship moves as a friends to lovers story. Then they go back to friends and flash forward through emails to happily ever after. It didn't flow well for me.
This is the only book that I have read in the #gaymers series and it works as a stand-alone....more
Christine d’Abo had me hooked on Nolan within the first few pages of the first chapter. He’s such a sweetheart and it’s obvious that he has been thougChristine d’Abo had me hooked on Nolan within the first few pages of the first chapter. He’s such a sweetheart and it’s obvious that he has been though some sort of hell. He’s come out of the other side of that hell as a different man. This new man is someone Nolan doesn’t recognize. He doesn’t really like the new him all that much either. It is none the less time for him to get back into a semi normal routine and that includes becoming gainfully employed.
To say that Zack Alexander has some anger issues would be a slight understatement. Most of the time he is a grade A jerk. His employer hiring him another administrative assistant is solid proof of that. The difference this time around is that Zack brazenly marches into the conference room, hijacks the interview, grills Nolan on his abilities, and hires the man on the spot. This is the beginning of some much needed changes in Zack’s life. He just doesn’t know it yet.
Everything about Working It really worked for me. At one point Nolan was a confidant man who didn’t have any anxiety problems. One tragic event changed everything for Nolan in an instant. He sees himself as a flawed restoration project, a broken man. Zack’s job is stressful. He only knows how to do things in the most efficient way possible no matter what obstacle is in his way. Failure is not an option and he will do anything to succeed. Unlike the previous administrative assistants Nolan and Zack work well together. Nolan enjoys working for Zack because he is the first one since the accident that doesn’t handle him with kid gloves. Considering how well these two work together and how they interact with each other it only makes since for their relationship to progress from employee employer, coworkers friends, then of course to lovers.
As a series I have no clue where the Ringside Romance books are going. Zack has fond memories of Ringside, the gym he currently owns. In his angsty teen years he meets his two best friends there. They all ended up there because it was a sort of refuge for LGBTQ teens. Zach goal is to get the gym back up and running so that he came provide the solace that was once provided to him. Favorite quote, Zack to Nolan: “I don’t want to break you any more than you are.” ...more
Alpha heir Brady has been sent on a little visiting neighboring prides trip by his alpha/father. As alpha heir Brady has many duties to his pride. OneAlpha heir Brady has been sent on a little visiting neighboring prides trip by his alpha/father. As alpha heir Brady has many duties to his pride. One of those duties is claiming a mate, producing his own heir, and securing the alpha placement for future generations through procreation. The problem with that is Brady likes other men. Creating a child from that union just isn’t going to happen.
Pride Before the Fall is the sequel to Pride and Joey. I do recommend reading Pride and Joey before Pride Before the Fall. Apparently there is some homophobic tension within the prides. I didn’t get that feeling from Pride Before the Fall other than the characters talking about their alphas disliking gays and as gay men this would cause them difficulties once they find their mates. The book I read never showed me that attitude from the Alphas.
The big tension point here was resolved with one of the main characters, the alpha main character not even present. This is a romance. I felt that Brady should have done the rescuing when that drama reared its ugly head. Instead he is not even there at the moment his mate Mason could have used him. It was also a rather anti climatic climax. It was just done and over with so quickly.
There are several tropes in romance that don’t ever work well for me. Inst-love and secret baby are two of them. This book has a sort of version of both. When paranormal romance and a shifter mating bond is used I try to go with the flow of the rules for that type of world. Who am I to question if a lion shifter can’t scent out his mate within a ten minute car ride. Mason and Brady never sharing “I love you” made the connection seem inconsequential. The secret baby that’s not a secret baby was overly convenient. It allowed for the impossible to become possible. ...more
Three years ago while attending University of South Carolina the unexpected happened to Max and Patrick. A chance meeting at a bar that turned into aThree years ago while attending University of South Carolina the unexpected happened to Max and Patrick. A chance meeting at a bar that turned into a one incredibly hot one night stand also set the bar for every encounter they had with another after that. Their paths never crossed again while at USC though. Patrick went on to be drafted by the Packers and Max found himself swept up into the constant strenuous studies of law school with little time to date. Fresh out of law school, about to sit for the bar exam Max has returned home to practice law at his father’s prestigious law firm. Max now has a whole new set of obligations to not only meet but exceed. Running into the very sexy one night stand he never forgot isn’t exactly in his father’s plans for him but Max has never been able to keep that running back from running across his mind. Running his family business and raising his very big little brother was not in Patrick’s five year plan when he first meet Max three years ago. Things change and not always for the better. Patrick’s life has definitely taken a downward tumble from NFL football star. He isn’t angry or bitter about it though. Patrick has kept the family business going, kept its employees with paychecks, pays his bills, and does his best where his little brother Liam is concerned. It’s a good life albeit a lonely one. I was pleased by the fact that this really isn’t a sports romance. There’s a football player on the cover so I was prepared for a sports romance but Patrick is 100% former ball player. The former part is never really touched on either which pleased me greatly. The big thing with their relationship and its problems really is pride, wealth, and an asshole father not understanding his son isn’t going to magically be attracted to women one day no matter how convenient that will be for big papa. Jessica Lee packages it together in a manner that totally works as a believable road to happily ever after. ...more
The Diva found a new to me author. I love it when that happens. Nachos and Hash is my first Brandon Witt book but it certainly won’t be my last. ThisThe Diva found a new to me author. I love it when that happens. Nachos and Hash is my first Brandon Witt book but it certainly won’t be my last. This is the first in his new Mary’s Boys novella series that will have a total of four books. I’m already looking forward to Vodka and Handcuffs (how can one not, that just sounds like one hell of a fun night) the next in the series.
The first in the series features Cody and Darwin. Cody is one of the servers at Hamburger Mary’s. Darwin happens to be on one of his many bad internet match dates the night he meets Cody at Mary’s. It’s all a very cute and sweet set up. A bit opposites attract in that Darwin is college educated, attended grad school, and has now landed a career that should his research yield optimal results many medical advancements will come from it. Cody is twenty-one and has reached his one goal in life, to get out of his parents trailer.
Cody is such a young guy at heart. This sexy little novella has a new adult feel to it. Cody isn’t a virgin but he has never experienced dating, the courtship involved with getting to know another, falling in love, basically everything that Darwin wants to offer him. Darwin is solid. He’s put together. Darwin knows what he wants. He has a check list with most if the things he wants out of life checked off of that list. Darwin knows that Cody can fit into some of that list. He just has to show Cody that he is worthy of all of the things that he never dreamed he could have.