Another dynamic writing duo hits the scene! You get the gist of this story from the blurb, but the rest is what r 4.5 star Review by The Blogger Girls.
Another dynamic writing duo hits the scene! You get the gist of this story from the blurb, but the rest is what really makes this story work. It is full of fabulous dialog, delicious dirty talk, and plenty of smexy time to go along with the romance that neither of these guys planned on having.
Gary is trying to get back at his cheating ex by making him jealous, and Travis ends up needing Gary to help convince a potential investor that he can be serious about things. Perfect scenario for each of them. All goes great as they spend more and more time together doing boyfriendy things and even enjoying the other benefits.
When Gary realizes he wants more with Travis but that Travis is just not an actual relationship guy, things get a bit more complicated. I absolutely loved these guys. What’s not to love? Two genuinely nice guys who were just perfect for each other. I loved how Gary turned into Sexy Gary for Travis and their banter and nicknames were such fun! Go Superass! And I loved how Gary never gave up trying to help Travis and how they supported each other were their parents and families were concerned.
As a secondary story line, both men are having parental issues, but it was lovely to see them make some progress or achieve some type of resolution there. With the help of their support systems and each other, it feels like these guys can tackle any obstacle.
As for everyone else, Metropolis sounds like a fabulous place to live, entertaining to say the least! There were plenty of great side characters to enjoy here as well, from Travis’ brothers and bff to Gary’s friends. I sure hope we get so see more of these guys in the upcoming stories. Perhaps Derrick is next?
This story is full of wonderful story telling, a good amount of angst and feelings and loads of hot sex and happiness. Devon’s quick wit shines throughout, and Riley’s fabulous writing tops it all off. I loved this series opener and can’t wait to see what they come up with next for the Metropolis tenants!...more
3.5 stars - This story starts out with Ray starting his one week volunteering at a school for handicapped kids in Vietnam, a position he hoped would l 3.5 stars - This story starts out with Ray starting his one week volunteering at a school for handicapped kids in Vietnam, a position he hoped would look positive on his CV while allowing him one last shot at playing basketball before his back finally kept him from playing. He was doubling as an English teacher/basketball coach and had prepared himself physically to be able to withstand his last hurrah.
While there, he meets Xin, who turns out to be there in a charity capacity to secure contacts as a way to get his father to donate more money. I was a little bit unclear as to how this all worked, but the focus was more on Ray and his reasons for being there. Ray and Xin were roommates at the school, and since Xin only had a few meetings and chose to spend his downtime with Ray.
Ray hides his back issues, and while there is definitely some great chemistry, he believes he doesn’t want anything with Xin since he cannot do casual, can’t have a fling, and is only there for a week. Ray also believes he is damaged goods and that Xin deserves better. So, three are some issues going on, aside from the physical, but the two grow closer as they spend together, but it isn’t until the final day that they give in. I loved the banter and dialog when these guys got going, though some of it did get confusing with the differing languages and interpretations.
There were issues with Xin’s family – his father and stepbrother both seemed to dislike him, but other than his being gay, the reasons weren’t really detailed. This was one of the things I thought could have been expanded on, as it left quite a few unanswered questions and seemed to be glossed over, especially where Xin’s job in his father’s company was concerned. The same applied to Muy Lei, which felt rushed and shortchanged.
This was technically instalove, as it takes place over the course of a week, though it felt like much longer than that. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did, as it isn’t normally a story I would jump on. This is my first book by this author, and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more.
Interesting start to a new series. Jericho is called back home with news of his estranged father needing help, only to find he is dead and there is a Interesting start to a new series. Jericho is called back home with news of his estranged father needing help, only to find he is dead and there is a murder mystery to be solved. Jericho is reunited with friends (the current Sheriff) and a lover (Wade) who appears to be on the other side of the law most of the time. There is definitely some unfinished business and untapped lust between Jericho and Wade, but this segment doesn't get to that stage yet. It definitely left me wanting to jump into the next installment to see where things go with the mystery, as well as with Jericho and Wade....more
This was a very interesting start to a new dystopian sci-fi/paranormalish tale. The story centers around Exile, a sort of Review by The Blogger Girls.
This was a very interesting start to a new dystopian sci-fi/paranormalish tale. The story centers around Exile, a sort of island of misfit paranormals. It is a secret island where the Estranged seek refuge if they are lucky enough to find it and be accepted. Much of the beginning of this story explains about the Cure, the Estranged and about Exile, where we meet Kaeva.
Kaeva is an Estranged who, due to his “power” is forced to live a mostly solitary life. He has the ability to short out anything with an electrical pulse, including humans, through either touch or, if he is angry, through close proximity. When one of his friends, also one of the 3 “rulers” of Exile, has a vision, it is decided Kaeva must be the one to mentor/chaperone the newest arrival to the island, Eddie.
Eddie has a different power – he can hear the evil thoughts of people, something which is slowly driving him out of his mind. He has remained hidden in society and put down by his mother ever since his power became known. He has decided that he is ready to die to end it all and so has a bit of a recklessness about him. A chance encounter sends him in the direction of Exile and while he feels more comfortable there being among others like himself, he still doesn’t really see any other option for himself. Thus, when he and Kaeva are thrown together during Eddie’s initiation period, he has little to now fear of Kaeva.
I have simplified things quite a bit, but that is the gist of it. This is not a hot and heavy sexfest, as you can imagine from the issues at play here. But, Eddie is a wonderful character, funny and witty, who pushes through Kaeva’s shields little by little until you just can’t wait for something to happen that will make it possible for them to be together. I won’t spoil the rest of the story, but suffice to say, they do get their chance, and it is worth the wait.
All in all, I really enjoyed this series opener. There is a lot of set up in the beginning, but once the characters really come into play, it was hard to put down. It is always fun to read a story that is different from the norm, and this one definitely fits that bill. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next and to see more of the many interesting characters we have already met....more
3.5 stars - Macio is a champion MMA fighter with a sole focus on winning. He is also deeply closeted for the betterment of his career, relying solely 3.5 stars - Macio is a champion MMA fighter with a sole focus on winning. He is also deeply closeted for the betterment of his career, relying solely upon discreet escorts to sate his needs. He is cocky and stand-offish where the media is concerned, until he agrees to an exclusive interview with Aiden, a well-known journalist for one of the best magazines in the industry. Macio is still somewhat closed off with Aiden at their first meeting, but there are definitely sparks flying. Unable to get Aiden out of his head, especially once he learns Aiden is out and proud, Macio sets up another interview, and their trust in one another grows quickly from there.
The biggest issue these two face is Macio’s closeted status. Aiden has already dealt with a previous broken relationship when he refused to be put back in the closet, but he decides Macio is worth it and takes up residence in Closet Estates once again. This situation seems understandable and believable given Macio’s profession, and it is easy to see why Aiden chose to play along while their relationship grew. But, Macio is convinced by others on his team to do things to keep up straight appearances, including the use of a beard. Macio makes some pretty bad choices where Aiden is concerned, though he wasn’t trying to be malicious or purposely hurt him.
I’m usually pretty good at just enjoying a story for what it is, but there were a few blatant issues here that I have no doubt will rub readers the wrong way. I actually thought Kathleen, the Beard, had a tinge of multiple personality disorder. She went from one extreme to the other and back again in a fairly short amount of time. Aiden comes across as a domesticated doormat at times, taking whatever he can get from Macio. These feelings were present, along with a few other niggles, but it was also easy to see that these guys just totally fell hard for each other and while trying to do what was best for Macio, lost sight of the repercussions of their actions.
All in all, this was a fast-paced, often exciting story that had plenty of MMA action, but not so much as to be too much. Once these guys were together, they were pretty focused on each other, as opposed to any outsiders, and they realized what was important in time for a nice happy ending. While I wasn’t totally wowed by this story, there were plenty of aspects to enjoy that kept me turning pages to the end. I hope these authors join together again and look forward to seeing what they come up with next.
Super sweet snippet about two guys finding each other and spending a night of companionship and a lovely happ Review by The Blogger Girls.
Ryan and Owen
Super sweet snippet about two guys finding each other and spending a night of companionship and a lovely happy ending.
Kayden and Jack
This segment was a little more involved than the first. Kayden is a young man struggling after a bad breakup with a guy who was deeply closeted. A man Kayden had given all of himself to, and he was now reeling in the aftermath. Eventually he meets someone new, who loves him for him and is proud of their relationship and is just generally everything Kayden’s ex wasn’t. This turned around beautifully by the end for a lovely happy ever after.
Ben and Alex
And here is a tasty little taboo story that has Kol’s signature all over it :D Two cousins, in love but fighting it because of the obvious familial connection. Both have struggled to come up with a solution, to no avail. They finally decide to give in and just enjoy each other but are outed by the maid to the entire family who are gathered for Christmas. Their love wins in the end with them supporting each other.
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So, here, Kol has given us three short stories, each providing a bit more depth and story than the previous one. All have happy endings and give a lovely taste of Christmas spirit. This was another lovely tidbit from Kol that showed some of the various facets of his creative mind. Merry Christmas and Happy Endings to everyone!...more
Gorgeous cover, promising steamy blurb, sexy MMA fighter, oh my! Sign me up! I am a sucker for these stories, and I always love when they stray from t Gorgeous cover, promising steamy blurb, sexy MMA fighter, oh my! Sign me up! I am a sucker for these stories, and I always love when they stray from the typically expected storyline. Here, Liam is a guy from a crappy childhood who learned to fight on the streets and was able to make a living out of it. Unfortunately, that means hiding his sexuality.
Liam’s father was/is a drunk, his mother works two jobs and Liam was left to look after his 3 siblings. He left as soon as he could but still did his best to provide for his mom, brothers and sisters. When we meet him, he is as yet undefeated and working his way up to be eligible for a shot at a belt. He has a team of people who take care of him, from the sleezy manager to the sexy trainer, Michael, whom Liam is secretly crushing.
There were some typical themes here, but that is to be expected. Liam’s basically been told all along that he can’t be a gay fighter. From his loser homophobic alcoholic father, to his manager who goes out of his way to keep up appearances that Liam is straight and getting lots of female attention. Thankfully, Liam’s main beard is Anya, who understands and supports Liam. She also happens to be a closeted lesbian, which makes things easier for both of them as they make their appearances and put on a good show.
On the Michael front – he has a long-time boyfriend, his high-school sweetheart, but he is finding it increasingly impossible to fight his feelings for Liam, who he believes is straight. Michael’s position as Liam’s trainer puts them in frequent close contact, from the training sessions, to the aftercare massages, etc. He is also quite frustrated by all the female attention Liam is seemingly getting, and even after he knows the deal, this aspect causes a lot of frustration and problems on their relationship.
This is a slow burn story. It takes a long time for Michael and Liam to get together, though I really enjoyed the story up to that point. Once they are together, they don’t just jump in and have hot sweaty pent up but finally getting some muscly man sex. No siree, because Liam wants it to be more than sex, wants them to take their time, etc. Not quite what I expected, but quite a nice change if I do say so. There was quite a bit of miscommunication (of course) and the I’m not closeted and won’t go back v. the I’m closeted because I have to be but maybe some day trope definitely causes them problems. But, my heart truly broke for Liam. He was so conflicted with trying to do the right thing for his family, listening to his supposed advisors, and he when he finally takes control of it all, it is a beautiful thing.
I really enjoyed this well-written story. It had just enough fighting to not overload, and it had me turning pages at a steady pace. I believe Ms. Warren generally writes m/f stories, but I would not have known it from reading this one, which was wonderfully edgy and slightly gritty yet still had a tinge of romance and sweetness. I’m excited this is the first book of a series and interested in seeing where the story will go next. I hope it is another m/m, and whether it is a continuation (would love to see more Michael/Liam!) or new characters, I am definitely looking forward to it.