This first book in a new series had it all for me. I was captivated from the start and wanted to know all the details of A review by The Blogger Girls.
This first book in a new series had it all for me. I was captivated from the start and wanted to know all the details of just about every aspect. I will admit I was a tiny bit lost at times with all the cyber details – coding is so not my thing. Even the coding on the blog makes my head spin, but here, I had no trouble following along and almost felt as though I wanted to be part of the team.
Marc is awesome. He managed to bounce back from an early betrayal that left not only himself with nothing, but the other people who counted on him as an employer. He eventually made it up to them tenfold, but his story was quite interesting. Not allowing himself to lose that kind of control again, he became a powerful player in business. To counter this, and to release his aggression, he found the one person he could trust, a Dom/Escort, Ryan, who he paid handsomely for his services. They end up forming a strong friendship, and I really liked how that played out.
Then comes along Jesse, a computer/hacker expert with a very secret past, to help Marc out of a major security breach at his company. Marc finds it difficult to trust Jesse at first, with all his secrets, but it doesn’t take long before they are comfortable enough to work together. The amazing scorching chemistry they seem to share doesn’t hurt either. Jesse doesn’t like to give up control either, having also been betrayed and forced to do time in prison. But, Jesse is everything Marc needs, and vice versa.
Now, let me say that while this book felt smoking hot throughout, Marc and Jesse don’t actually even kiss or have sex until after 80% into this story. There are other scenes, showing how they each came to the current situation, but their finally coming together took time. It was well worth the wait. They have a very complicated relationship, both knew it would be, and they decided to wait until things were more settled with the other part of the story before they jumped off that bridge together.
These are two very high powered guys, with the growly personas to match. This is not a fluffy love story, though there are definitely tender moments. There are twists and connections that kept me on my toes. As I said earlier, it had just the right amount of everything for me, and I couldn’t read it fast enough to find out about their pasts, how things would go down and where they’d end up. This is a fast-paced read that was very well written. I’m really excited to see these guys again and looking forward to learning more about Ryan. ...more
This is a great start to what looks to be a new series. Knight is finally getting back into the saddle after the loss of A review by The Blogger Girls.
This is a great start to what looks to be a new series. Knight is finally getting back into the saddle after the loss of his wife and child. After burying himself in the bottle and in the records department, he has now been assigned a field job and is being partnered with Day.
Day is the newbie finally getting his first field assignment. At first glance, these two appear a different as night and day, lol. But, as the story progresses, we see that is far from the case and they, in fact, have much in common. The first being that, up to this point, they have both remained deeply closeted, though for somewhat different reasons.
Knight is somewhat of an ass, but Day calls him out on it every time, doesn’t take any crap and actually doles some of his own right back. So, they are gay men, pretending to be straight, pretending to be gay men undercover on a gay cruise as a way to enter the country of their target. These guys are quite funny at times, super sexy at others. I loved their “first” time together, as much as the others. They definitely had some good chemistry going on. But, is it only a fling? A matter of circumstance? Or could it be more? These guys make a great team, and I really enjoyed their banter and senses of humor.
The actual mission was rather quick but added some extra excitement. There are clues gained to help with the mystery behind the deaths of Knight’s family, but he is unable to get very far, and his need for vengeance, justice and revenge for what was lost remains strong.
Knight had the biggest struggle in this story with the loss of his family, feeling he was betraying them by being with Day and actually accepting actually acting upon a gay relationship. Even though he grabs hold before it’s too late, there are still many open ends needing to pan out, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this partnership/relationship plays out in the follow up story(ies)....more
This was another great addition to this series. I skipped book 3, Stripped Raw, as it was m/f written under the pen name A review by The Blogger Girls.
This was another great addition to this series. I skipped book 3, Stripped Raw, as it was m/f written under the pen name Miss Merikan. No Matter What takes place with members of the club from the first two books. I believe it could be read as a stand alone, as the background information brings you up to speed nicely, but I recommend reading the first two so you get to know the other players better.
I loved how this one was a bit different from the first two stories. Here, we have Ghost, not quite a member of the club, much to his bad ass biker father’s disappointment. He was a physician until he lost his license after a previous scuffle where he helped the club out by saving Lucky’s life, getting him into trouble with the law. He is a bit lost at this point, not really knowing what direction his life should go now that he cannot practice anymore. During that time, however, he met Zara while playing an online game. They had an on-line relationship for a few years, but Zara was stuck with an abusive boyfriend. When the opportunity came for Ghost to actually see Zara, he was all ready to propose and steal Zara away. Unfortunately, Zara was not what Ghost had expected.
Zara, I mean Luca, was such a sweet thing. He suffers, and has suffered, quite a bit at the hands of his drug lord boyfriend, who took him in at 15 to pay off his deceased parents’ debt. There are some really well written but quite harsh scenes when he is involved. But, much in the same way as Zara helped Ghost through his hard time, chatting with Ghost saved Luca as well. I loved how we were shown snippets of their chats in the beginnings of the chapters.
Once the truth comes out about Zara, Ghost doesn’t just walk away – he decides to save the friend he knows, be it Zara or Luca. The person he fell in love with is still there, and he has a hard time denying that fact. In private, he has no problem giving in to his feelings and their relationship grew even closer. However, on the outside, Ghost was having some issues coming to grips with the Luca aspect. His parents, especially his biker father, were not keen on the whole gay thing, even though they accept Tooth and Lucky’s relationship for the most part. The other club members are sort of in the same boat of not quite accepting it all. Add to that fact the pressure on Ghost to actually join the club, and he has a whole lot going against him.
Circumstances force things to happen though, and things heat up pretty quickly. As time goes by, Ghost realizes Luca’s importance to him and how he makes him happy. He does what it takes to secure Luca’s freedom and chance at a new life.
This was a pretty fast, intense read, especially towards the end. I really enjoyed these guys together, and it was great to see Tooth and Lucky again. I love how things turned out for everyone, though I wished there had been more closure with Ghost’s father. All in all, this was another great addition to this series, and I’m looking forward to what comes next. ...more
This book is named after Trevor and his brother’s construction company, but rock solid is also what I expect when 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This book is named after Trevor and his brother’s construction company, but rock solid is also what I expect whenever I read a Riley Hart book. They are always something you can really sink your teeth into and can expect a certain degree of emotional involvement with each one.
Here, we are dealing with a recovering addict. After a wake up call that resulted in the death of a “friend,” Trevor entered rehab and has been sober for almost a year and a half. He has been working very hard to turn his life around, but, as expected, it is not easy. He has the help and support of his family, especially his twin brother and now business partner. Trevor realizes how difficult it is for those who have dealt with Trevor in the past to now put their trust in him. They try, but it is difficult for them to forget the old Trevor.
Simon is somewhat the opposite. His life is one big pity party for himself. He dedicated his life to becoming a successful heart surgeon, but after a break in leaves his hand injured with lasting nerve damage, is no longer able to perform surgery. He feels he has lost everything with the loss of full use of his hand. Meanwhile, he decides to renovate his home, hoping to create a space where he can write a book about his field. This is how he meets Trevor.
The two are off to a rocky start, but eventually, albeit reluctantly, a friendship grows. They enjoy spending time together, Simon doesn’t see the old Trevor which Trev finds refreshing. In return, Trevor brings a light to Simon’s life that he long since believed was snuffed out. There is the matter of Trevor (and Simon) believing Simon is straight, but it isn’t long before that changes and the two decide to carry on with a NSA, take it day-by-day relationship.
These guys both have very real struggles which they deal with every day. Trevor is afraid he is trading one addiction for another, but is unwilling to give up his time with Simon. He struggles daily to stay sober, but Simon is a strong supporter, never judging, and always offering positive support. Much of this story shows them dealing with these struggles, with the added suspense of how easily things could change if any number of circumstances play out.
Ms. Hart has another winner here with this emotional story. It is easy to feel for these guys, especially Trevor as he tries so hard to do the right thing. I loved watching Trevor show Simon the joys of being in an actual relationship with another man, both in the bedroom and out. While it isn’t his first time, he had many new things to experience, and it was nice to see him come to the realizations of what was truly important in his life. This is a fabulous start to a new series, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more. ...more
This series continues to deliver time and again. This is the end of a season, and while we get much of what we lo 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This series continues to deliver time and again. This is the end of a season, and while we get much of what we loved from the previous books, there is a lot of development in this segment.
Noel is adjusting to life as a sire, caught with the realizations of who he has become and the fact that he believes he now likes what that is. Realizing his place in the House of Théoden and that Romeo and how Noel treats or deals with him is a direct reflection on the family.
With Dante now having been exchanged, Théoden is more than ready to bring him on board. Dante is even more against it than Noel was, however, so that may prove challenging in the coming days. Théoden has proven time and again that he is more than capable of handling anything though, so I'm excited to see where that leads.
So, the King's decree has been fulfilled with everyone having sired their vamps. Each seems to have found a really good match. The wolves and Théoden have fulfilled their promises thus far, and the alliance is beginning to grow. All is not quite as it seems though, as the wolves seem to be playing their own game. Question is whether it will force Théoden to act positively or negatively. Sure hope they know what they're doing. :D
As I have felt throughout this entire story, each book leaves me excited about what will happen or develop in the next. The covers are absolutely gorgeous, the crests and images all creating such a colorful world that you really feel a part of it. There is quite a bit of hot and raunchy sex, but it is the actual developments in the story that really keep me interested. Bring on Season Three! ...more
I’m a sucker for rent boy stories. Here, Hunter is a high end escort in Vegas, living the high life, or so he thinks. A A review by The Blogger Girlst.
I’m a sucker for rent boy stories. Here, Hunter is a high end escort in Vegas, living the high life, or so he thinks. After a rough start in life, he has become successful and rich by becoming a highly sought after escort. He has money, good looks and popularity, but he finds that he is lacking quite a bit when he runs into his old high school acquaintance, Grant.
Hunter meets grant in a club after Grant’s date ends up taking him to the back room where Grant was really not comfortable. The two reconnect, and their friendship grows. They face a few obstacles though, one of which being their respective occupations really not being good for one another. Grant is a teacher, and Hunter’s current occupation could have some very negative effects on Grant’s profession. Hunter is reluctant to tell Grant what he does, and it takes a while for him to come clean. But, the two have a connection, and after the truth comes out, Grant decides he can deal with Hunter’s job if he doesn’t put too much thought into it, so they decide to take things further.
It doesn’t take long for the issue to start causing problems for them. Between the danger some of Hunter’s jobs put him in and what that actually means as far as Grant’s job goes, they hit some pretty big bumps. Hunter struggles with wanting to keep Grant safe, not knowing if he wants or is able to give up the only job he has been successful at, how he feels when he is with Grant, and generally what is really important to him in the long run. Grant mostly struggles with the actualities of Hunter’s job, i.e. him being with other men.
I really enjoyed the actual struggles these guys faced. It seemed very real and honest, and I loved seeing how the two were together – how having sex was different with Grant than with his customers, etc. It was easy for me to feel the difference, but I could easily see how that didn’t matter in the long run.
This was a solid, easy read. It was fairly predictable, but well written and quite an enjoyable friends to lovers story. As with all of Andrew’s stories, this has a real genuine feel to it. Give this a try if you’d like to see how these guys decide if the price is worth it. I’m looking forward to seeing if some of the other guys figure it out as well....more
It was fun to get back with the Square Peg gang and nice to see things are going well for everyone and that Vin/P 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
It was fun to get back with the Square Peg gang and nice to see things are going well for everyone and that Vin/Patrick and Ben/Shane are still going strong.
This segment is about the Square Peg’s head cook, Dave, who has basically been keeping to himself after finally getting away from his crazy, drug addicted, mentally abusive, ex, Travis. He had pretty much let himself become a doormat for Travis, though the two shared a long history together. They’ve been apart for about a year and a half at this point, but Dave still feels he isn’t ready for any kind of relationship.
When Dave is almost run over by a car, he injures himself when he lands on the sidewalk. Jeremy happens to be there and helps him. Needing Jeremy’s help somewhat forces Jeremy into Dave’s life, but due to Dave’s reluctance to enter into a relationship, let alone with someone as young as Jeremy, Jeremy begrudgingly accepts friendship.
Jeremy is basically a loner too, unless you can count his cat. He spends his time building computers, which he does out of his apartment as a career. He is drawn to his new neighbor, wanting to help as much as he can just so he can spend time with him. Things go on like this for a while, and their friendship grows. But, it doesn’t take long before the big issue comes to light – Travis.
This is where I think the story turned for me. It wasn’t so much Travis and Dave’s past, because I actually enjoyed that part. But, things just seemed to not add up. They haven’t had contact for almost a year and a half. Dave has blocked him, changed his numbers and basically removed Travis from his life. Then, when Dave meets Jeremy, Travis is front and center being a crazy stalker. When things turn dangerous towards Jeremy, Dave realizes something needs to be done. Now, Dave is over with Travis – finished, stick a fork in him, done. But, they have like a 10 year history, so he has some remaining feelings. Still, he is very back and forth about the whole situation. Towards the end, there are certain events with Travis that send Dave into a world of despair, to the point of almost ruining his relationship with Jeremy. It seemed so drastic to me that I just wasn’t buying it. I think Travis just took too much of the spotlight away from Dave and Jeremy.
But, enough of that. Dave is a bit whiney, but once he got past the age deal, which took him a long time, these two were really great together. Jeremy was super sweet and cute and could not have been any more supportive of Dave and his endeavors, and the same can be said for his Square Peg friends/family. Luckily, Dave realizes this in the end, and things end on a good note.
For the reasons stated above, I did not enjoy this story as much as the previous two, but it was still quite good. I’m a big fan of this writing duo and really like their style. Again, it was great seeing the other characters again, and I’d definitely be interested in reading more from this world. ...more
Wow. From the beginning to the very end, this was such an amazing story. I loved every word and did not want it to end.
From the very first chapter, as Emmet tells us about himself, I fell in love. What an amazing character. It really is difficult to describe how wonderful he is, but I’ll try. He has autism, but, with the help of an unbelievably supportive family, has found ways and mechanisms by which to cope fairly well with life. They have a series of codes, either gestures or different clothing, that speak for Emmet when he is unable to verbalize his feelings. He is a math wiz, but where he really excels is making everything in life work in the simplest way possible. I absolutely adored how he explained everything. From his research to execution and every attempt in between, I was head over heels.
Then he finally gets the opportunity to put his plan into motion and meet his neighbor, Jeremey. Jeremey is quite the opposite of Emmet in many ways. For starters, he looks “normal” on the outside. His issues are all internal, but, unlike Emmet, he has not found ways to cope with them. His family just wants him to be normal and believes it is merely within Jeremey’s power to wish the same and make it happen. They are quite detrimental to his well-being, almost disastrously so.
Emmet becomes the shining beacon in Jeremey’s life. They overcome obstacles together, whether their own issues, or issues as a couple. Seriously, these two could not be any sweeter. My heart warms every time I think about them. From their first real kiss, to their first tongue kiss and their sweet lovemaking, I was gushing. They take things very slowly; they don’t have actual penetrative sex until almost 95% because neither was ready, and when they finally do, it is absolutely perfect.
There are a lot of fabulous people in this book, with the exception of Jeremey’s parents, many who helped enable these boys to live an independent life which they strived for. From Emmet’s parents, to their doctor, to David and his father who built The Roosevelt, to Sally, the aid who’s always there for them. David becomes an important player, but they all play a part in supporting and helping Emmet and Jeremey overcome various obstacles.
This book totally touched my heart. I absolutely adored every word and cannot recommend it highly enough. It gives a totally different perspective on how people living with disabilities see things or even feel about those around them. I loved that we got the perspective of each character and could practically feel what they were going through. It is heartbreaking at times but so beautifully written. Both characters are completely endearing and sweet, especially together. I wanted to wrap this book up in a big hug and not let go. I’ll definitely not be forgetting about this one for a long time to come. ...more